On the south side of Apache Trail, just west of Ironwood, there is a row of three single-story buildings, painted bright white, with equally bright blue doors and roofs. The buildings would be nondescript, except for that unexpected pop of color amidst the desert hues around them. With signs on either end proclaiming the strip to be “Apache Trails Self-Storage,” passersby easily assume that the repetitive pattern of bay doors open to nothing more than temporary shelter for an overflow of household goods; but in these small spaces, a few businesses have set up shop. One of them is Just For You.
Joining at least 20 other states, a new provision in Arizona’s service animal law makes it illegal to “fraudulently misrepresent” any animal as a service animal to a public place or business. The law carries a civil penalty of up to $250 for each violation.
A service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is trained (or being trained) to perform work for someone with a disability. Animals that provide only emotional support do not qualify as service animals. If an animal does not qualify as a service animal, it is now illegal for a handler to claim that it does.
I couldn’t imagine Apache Junction without Dirtwater Springs.” The iconic eatery’s new proprietor Brenda Barnum had worked in the local restaurant off and on since 2003, virtually raising her three daughters there. “When Dick [Parks] told me he was going to retire, it was like – either someone was going to buy it or it was going to close."
When speaking with Dr. Eva DeCozio, DVM, Medical Director at VCA Animal Hospital, 17 N. Mountain Rd., Apache Junction, the conversation moves fluidly between animals and humans. It can be difficult to track which she is talking about until eventually one realizes – it doesn’t really matter.
The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename the Chamber, “Superstition Region Chamber of Commerce.” The new name will become effective November 10, 2018, when the Chamber unveils its new logo and branding elements.
I always wanted to do something besides work for somebody else,” reminisced Rick Tanner, the owner of Red Mountain Carpet and Tile. “When we got back from my grandmother’s funeral in Idaho, it just popped into my head right there, sitting at the kitchen table: ‘Carpet cleaning.’ The idea just would not leave."
Mediacom Communications officially opened their new customer service center and retail store at 1435 E. Old West Hwy. in Apache Junction on Thursday, August 16 and the company continues to hire new employees to fill positions in a newly-created bilingual call center.
On July 2, 2018, a new chairman, Steve Byfield, general manager of Roadhaven Resort, assumed leadership of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Byfield has served on the Apache Junction Chamber’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and will now step up to serve as Chairman of the Board.
The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the newest member of the team: Heidi Geldis-Young. She will be taking over as Director of Events and Marketing. The Chamber also welcomes Rody Espanol. Rody will be taking on the role of Territory Manager.
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.”
Signaling a shift in local travel habits of the Greater Phoenix Market, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport posted its best ever summer passenger numbers in the history of the Airport. July marked the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year passenger activity growth at Gateway Airport. Travelers can now choose from one of 46 nonstop destinations offered at Gateway Airport through its airline partners Allegiant, WestJet and Swoop.
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.
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.
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.
Got Shade? The City of Apache Junction got some recently, at a local playground. The AJ Multi-Generational Center (MGC) playground received a new shade structure after a very generous donation from Apache Greyhound Park.
Apache Junction is on a sure path for growth and, for some, that means outward growth—acquiring land beyond the current city boundaries and enticing development there. Just as important, and perhaps even more important, is the inward growth of the city. We don’t need to move or add a mountain to improve Apache Junction in a big way. This is the idea behind the city’s Strong Sustainable Community Initiative program.
The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce held their 2018 Fry’s Food Community Awards Banquet at Roadhaven Golf & Tennis Resort in Apache Junction. The annual formal banquet honors outstanding small business, medium business, large business, non-profit, volunteer, teacher, firefighter, police officer and professor for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Apache Junction community.
False Alarms Come with Fees
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:
- Reducing the number of false alarms received from businesses and residences.
- Addressing officer safety as a result of recurring false alarms.
- Encouraging and educating residents and business owners to register their alarms systems with the City as required by city ordinance.
- Updating the alarm permit program and better aligning it with surrounding jurisdictions.
- Enhancing prioritization in all calls for service.
Providing an improved response to actual alarms for burglaries and robberies.