Chamber Board Members Step Down

Larry LaPrise

Peter Heck

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, April 3, Mike Eastwood, president and CEO of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, released a statement informing members of the resignation of two members of the Board of Directors: Chairman of the Board Larry LaPrise and Board Treasurer Peter Heck. LaPrise’s resignation is effective immediately, while Heck will remain until mid-April. Both men cited pending job changes as their reason for leaving. Vice-Chair, George Samara, will assume the responsibilities of chairman of the board. Continue reading...


Dirtwater Springs Under New Management

One of the Apache Trail’s oldest watering holes, Dirtwater Springs, has recently come under new management, but don’t expect any surprises. “We are not going to make any big changes,” said Manager Brenda Rozel. “Brenda Barnum, the new owner, has been here as long as I have—14 years or so—and we like it the way it is.” Dick Parks sold the restaurant and bar to Ms. Barnum last month, passing the torch to someone he knew would keep it burning. Along with his wife Elaine, Dick decided to retire after 35 years of running Dirtwater, sell his home in Gold Canyon and move closer to their family in the Florence area. Continue reading...


Apache Junction Tires & Service

“Who do you trust to work on your car?” It’s a question that’s at the core of owner James Pearce’s business philosophy at Apache Junction Tires & Service, 740 W. Apache Trail. “When you have someone work on your car, you want to feel like you’re part of the family, and they really want to figure out what’s wrong with your car. We’re here to fix it. If we don’t know what’s wrong with it, we’ll help find someone who can figure it out.”


Alarm Users Notice

On January 17, 2017, the Apache Junction City Council passed and adopted an update to the City Codes regarding Security Alarm Systems (Volume 1, Chapter 16, Security Alarms Systems) and the Public Safety Fee Schedule (Volume 1, Chapter 4, Article 4-7 (Public Safety Fee Schedule), Section 4-7-1, Subsection J (Security Alarm Permit Fees).

The proposed changes to the City Codes were recommended and passed for the following reasons:

  1. Reducing the number of false alarms received from businesses and residences.
  2. Addressing officer safety as a result of recurring false alarms.
  3. Encouraging and educating residents and business owners to register their alarms systems with the City as required by city ordinance.
  4. Updating the alarm permit program and better aligning it with surrounding jurisdictions.
  5. Enhancing prioritization in all calls for service.
  6. Providing an improved response to actual alarms for burglaries and robberies.

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AJ Chamber of Commerce Names New President/CEO

The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce announced on Jan. 25 that long-time local businessman Michael Eastwood has been named as the chamber’s new president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to add Michael Eastwood to our team and to our community,” said Larry LaPrise, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. “Michael has been in the trenches leading challenging businesses, and will bring an exciting, fresh view to our community that will serve us well.” Continue reading...


If It Ain’t Broke...

If your business received a letter from the Arizona Revenue Department (ADOR) informing you that the $50 Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT or sales tax) license is now $2, I’ll bet you were thrilled. But wait, there’s more... you will have to go to the City Clerk’s office here in AJ and get your $50 business license for 2018. Oh, I know. Blame it all on the greedy city; however, let’s look at the entire story before passing judgment. First, a bit of background: Because the city doesn’t have a property tax, the programs and events the city offers are funded primarily by TPT funds, along with grants, etc. And about half of the city’s general fund is comprised of TPT funds. Continue reading...


Lost Dutchman Realty

Charlie Wise and Larry Stover opened Lost Dutchman Realty in April, 2011. The business consisted of two guys, 1,200 square feet and a dream. Unlike so many Dutch hunters, though, Charlie and Larry knew exactly where the gold was: right here in Apache Junction, where they were born and raised. In 2014, the realtors moved their growing business to a new office at 1075 S. Idaho Rd. Four years later, the duo had built one of the largest realty businesses in the East Valley, with 20 licensed agents mining the local real estate market – and they were out of space again. In December, 2017, they moved to a 3,200 square foot office located all the way across the parking lot from their prior location, to suite 300 (previously the CAAFA office). Continue reading...


Mountain View Funeral Home

Albert Coury, who founded Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in 1951, was a compassionate man who believed in the importance of families. He wanted a beautiful green cemetery where families could feel at ease spending time with loved ones. 66 years later, Mountain View is still owned and operated by the Coury family. Inheriting the values of his father and grandfather before him, Greg Coury represents the third generation to tend the needs of the cemetery. In 2016, Mountain View was voted cemetery of the year. Continue reading...