Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent
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San Tan Youth Football League is participating in the nationwide campaign, the NALA’s Shop Local for a Cause June 13-15. The STYFL is at 20364 E. Appaloosa Drive in Queen Creek.The NALA, a small business association, is for local business owners offering new online advertising and marketing tools, business benefits, education and money-saving programs as well as a charity program.
The city of Apache Junction is one step closer to becoming a member of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority with the town of Queen Creek and other local governing bodies.
At their June 5 meeting, members of the Apache Junction City Council voted unanimously to approve the intergovernmental, joint powers and loan agreements necessary to serve on the authority’s board of directors.
A theater chain is one step closer to building an entertainment complex in downtown Queen Creek. During their June 5 meeting, members of the Queen Creek Town Council voted unanimously to approve a site plan for phase one of the movie theater complex being proposed by Los Angeles-based Maya Cinemas. If completed as planned, the complex would occupy a 19-acre parcel of town- owned property north of Maya Boulevard, south of Rittenhouse Road, east of Ellsworth Loop Road and west of Ellsworth Road, according to a staff report to the council.
The town would serve as landlord for the project, but could negotiate a sale or lease of the property, according to Wayne Balmer, the town’s planning administrator.
Phase one of the three-phase plan includes a 59,000-square-foot, 2,300-seat theater; 7,500 square feet of restaurants, retail space and parking, according to the report.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold open meetings to hear public comments on a water rate increase proposed by Johnson Utilities Company at 10 a.m. on both Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12 at the commission office, 1200 W. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix.JU is requesting an increase in its rate for its water division in the amount of $125,071 and for its wastewater division in the amount of $747,274. The ACC staff is recommending the commissioners approve the request, according to a staff report.
San Tan Toastmasters is excited to be celebrating its third anniversary. The club was formed by San Tan Valley resident Ric Wattier and Queen Creek resident Diane Travers Shipman. Their dream was to create a Toastmasters club that would reach out to adults and youth in the San Tan Valley, helping them with their communication and leaderships skills.It’s wonderful to see someone scared of public speaking to become a great motivational speaker. San Tan Valley residents have benefited from two local residents’ dreams. Thank you, Ric and Diane.
There is a distinct warning tone sounded at the Apache Junction Fire District to signal drowning calls. Mark Gomez doesn’t even like to describe it.
“I don’t ever want to hear it,” said Mr. Gomez, AJFD’s EMS/training coordinator. “It raises the hair on the back on my neck.”
Like so many fire departments in the far East Valley, Mr. Gomez has seen his share of drownings. Some have had happy outcomes. Some have not.
The drowning death May 15 in Glendale of a 17-month- old boy believed to have crawled outside through a built-in doggy-door to the backyard pool is a reminder that fatal accidents can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone.
With more than 200 event days at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre every year, the park has become more of a second home than place of employment for general manager Tim Lynch and his staff.Mr. Lynch can recall many days he and his employees have put in long days, working into nights and weekends, according to a press release from the town of Queen Creek. He remembers when senior program technician Tammy Kelly parked her camper outside the arena to catch sleep in between coordinating stalls for horses and getting RVs hooked up for event contestants arriving to the park late at night.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is testing water samples taken from the lakes at the entrance to The Villages, a community in San Tan Heights, along West Hunt Highway near Gary Road in San Tan Valley, Mark Shaffer, communications director for ADEQ, confirmed Thursday night.On May 13, Channel 12 News in Phoenix reported sewage had backed up into the lakes flanking the West Hunt Highway entrance to the community.
The public will be able to remember and honor fallen veterans during the annual Memorial Day ceremonies planned to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery at 7900 E. Main St. (Apache Trail) in east Mesa. It begins with a military fly over.“For many years, Mountain View Cemetery and our avenue of flags has been the perfect location for veterans, fraternal organizations and families to remember and honor those who have served their country and given up so much for our freedom,” Mountain View co- owner Greg Coury said.
Michael Madsen will coach a Memorial Day weekend class for novice photographers at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. The class is limited to 10 enrollees. Registration is $30 for arboretum annual members and $39 for non-members.Call 520-689-2723 to enroll. See more of the artist’s work at www.heartsrock.org, or e-mail him questions at madsen56@hotmail. com The Independent caught up with the Gilbert pro photographer for more info about his workshops.