Constable Acton Suspended

On Sept. 20, 2017, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted 2/1, to suspend District 7 (Apache Junction) Constable John Acton for 60 days without pay, effective immediately. Supervisors Pete Rios and Mike Goodman voted to approve the suspension, while Chairman Steve Miller voted no, stating, “I think that there’s more to this that ought to be looked at going down the pike.” Supervisor Todd House abstained due to his “personal relationship” with Acton. Supervisor Anthony Smith was absent.  Continue Reading...


AJ Community Town Hall Deemed Success

What are Apache Junction’s unique attributes and economic strengths? Where are the greatest opportunities to strengthen and grow Apache Junction’s economy? To what extent does education play a role in maximizing opportunities to grow?  These are a few of the questions that a diverse group of local residents grappled with at the Community Town Hall last Friday, September 15. Organized by the City of Apache Junction and facilitated by Tara Jackson and Evelyn Casuga from Arizona Town Hall, the 6-hour exercise succeeded in gathering information and perceptions from those who live and/or work in the city. Continue reading...


Council Meets New AJPD Resource Hire

On September 19, Chief of Police Tom Kelly introduced the newly hired Community Resources Coordinator, Rob McDaniel to the Mayor and City Council. McDaniel retired from a career in law enforcement and moved to our community from Loveland, Colorado. His duties include reaching out to Apache Junction with information from the department. His police background is extensive, and he rose in the ranks from Patrol Officer to Captain and Commander (SWAT) in Loveland. Continue reading...


Emergency Repairs to SR88

Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays of up to 20 minutes as the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) begins repairs Monday, Aug. 28, to a flood-damaged stretch of State Route 88 (Apache Trail) between Apache Junction and the area east of Canyon Lake. Work on the two-month project will occur between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, between mileposts 196 and 220. The highway will be narrowed to one lane in half-mile increments, with a pilot vehicle guiding drivers through the work zone. Continue reading...


Historic Mining Camp Restaurant Burns

An early morning fire on July 25 consumed the Mining Camp Restaurant in the foothills of Superstition Mountain, taking with it 56 years of history. The fire was reported by a neighbor to Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) at 3:03 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Assistant Chief Richard Ochs. “All five SFMD stations sent units,” he said in a phone interview. “The first truck at the scene woke up the owners, who were not aware of the fire,” Ochs said. Their home, which is on the same property, but detached from the Dutchman’s Hideout and Mining Camp restaurant was not damaged, but the other building burnt to the ground. Continue reading...

 

AJ Voyeur Sentenced

An Apache Junction voyeur, arrested in 2015 for  using his cell phone to record a 14-year-old female while she was taking a shower, was sentenced to seven and one-half years in the State Department of Corrections. Jesse Sullivan, age 44, was arrested by Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) on a felony warrant on December 9, 2015. According to a statement by AJPD, Sullivan’s arrest came a day after he was seen peering through a bathroom window and recording the minor on his cell phone. Continue reading...


Name Change Considered for US 60

Among the items unanimously passed in the consent agenda for the Sept. 20, 2017, Pinal County Board of Supervisors regular session was a resolution to support a proposal to the AZ State Board on Geographic and Historic Names to rename US 60 through Pinal County as the Rose Mofford Memorial Highway. Continue reading...


Feds Sentence 3 AJ Residents for Tax Scheme

Three residents of Apache Junction were sentenced for convictions of filing false tax returns in order to claim tax refunds from the U.S. Treasury. Douglas Charron, Beverly Lock and Judith Eastman were arrested in May, 2016 and found guilty of filing 1,700 fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and fraudulently claiming $18,000 in refunds from tax years 2008 to 2011. Continue reading...


Water District Replacing Old Water Meters

Some customers of Apache Junction Water District (AJWD) have been complaining about receiving unusually high water bills this month. Some are seeing two and three times more usage on their bills than they are used to—and they are scrambling to track down leaks, and measure flow rates on toilets, shower heads and appliances. However, the water draining culprit may not be any of those mentioned, but, rather, the equipment that had been measuring water usage to their home. Continue reading...


City Council Discusses SR 88 Roundabout

At the Apache Junction City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, August 1, the council discussed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the city and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for the landscape and irrigation maintenance of the roundabout intersection improvements at Superstition Blvd. and State Route 88. Raquel Schatz, the project engineer in the city’s Public Works Department presented an overview to the council. Continue reading...


City Not Changing Current Public Events Code

At the City Council Meeting last Tuesday, June 20, the council voted 6-1 not to make amendments to City Code Article 8-8 Requirements for Community and Civic Events. Councilman Dave Waldron was the dissenting vote. The request for the amendment was made by David Bowling and Jim Duncan, neighbors of the Hitching Post establishment on Hwy 88, and who have objected to its outdoor events. Continue reading...