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From the Office of Supervisor Pete Rios

On June 20, the Board of Supervisors adopted a fiscal year 2012-13 budget of $334,515,835. This is a budget that is six percent lower than last year’s budget. 

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Juror Appreciation Week in Pinal County First Week in May

The First week in May in Pinal County as been officially proclaimed by the Board of Supervisors as Juror Appreciation Week. The Clerk of the Superior Court, Chad A. Roche, ap- proached the Board to secure the proclamation that honors Jurors who answer the call to Jury Service.

“The right to a jury of one’s peers is a concept that anchors the American justice system,” Roche said. “It is a vital duty and privilege of citizenship,” he continued. The Clerk’s office plans on highlighting the im- portance of Jury Service throughout the week.

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ASU Head Coach Todd Graham to appear at Florence Chamber event

Todd Graham, the head coach of Pittsburgh, is ASU's 23rd football coach.

Todd Graham, first-year head football coach at Arizona State University, will appear at the Florence Holiday Inn Express as the featured guest of the Florence Chamber of Commerce during its monthly luncheon, May 15 at noon. The lunch and program, "Speaking Victory," is presented by the chamber, the ASU Sun Devil Club, and the ASU Foundation President's Community Enrichment Programs.

"We have a large number of Sun Devil fans in the Florence area, and I’m looking forward to meeting as many as I can,” said Graham, who is 49-29 in his six-year head coaching career and most recently was head coach at Pittsburgh in 2011. “Getting together with the Florence Chamber folks is a great way we can continue to spread the word about ASU and our football team.”

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Supervisors Appoint Ronald LeDuc to Interim Constable of Apache Junction Justice Court

Mike Speakman, Family Education Coach

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Gold Canyon resident Ronald LeDuc to fulfill the remaining term as Constable of Apache Junction Justice Court Precinct Seven.

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Supervisor Bryan Martyn Stepping Down

Pinal County District 2 Supervisor Bryan Martyn, announced that he would be stepping down from his current position, and accepting the position as the next director of Arizona's state parks system.

He will be replacing interim Director Bill Feldmeier.

Martyn was elected as one of the three members of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in 2008.

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Stolen PCSO Weapons

On 05-09-12, around 4:30 a.m., an unknown person(s) broke in to an unmarked Pinal County Sheriff’s Office vehicle parked at a residential address in Casa Grande and stole the following items:

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House, Senate Pass Resolution Supporting Proposed Rail Project Coalition of Advocates Key to Rallying Support

Julie Nunley, CEO Banner Ironwood

The Union Pacific Railroad first announced plans to construct a classification yard in the Picacho area in 2006.  Last month, Arizona’s state Senate and House approved a resolution in support of the project.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044, sponsored by Senator Al Melvin, (SCR1044) passed the House with a 46-4 vote and passed the Senate 19-9.   

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Former Vice Mayor Eck Files Notice To Sue Sheriff Babeu

Malicious prosecution suit arises from 2009 ‘road rage’ incident in Apache Junction

A Notice of Claim was filed on April 23, 2012 on behalf of Robert Eck, Jr., Robert Eck III and Cynthia Eck for more than two million dollars in damages from Sheriff Paul Babeu and Pinal County for “maliciously ordering the filling of unfounded criminal charges against Robert Eck, Jr.”

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Sheriff Babeu Honors AZ City Teens Who Helped Save Woman’s Life

Pictured left to right are Deputy Jason Carnes, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Antonio Ramirez, Salvador Morreno and Chief Deputy Steve Henry.

Sheriff Babeu recently honored two Arizona City teenagers for helping to save a woman who was discovered lying unconscious in front of a residential home.

On April 27th, Salvador Morreno, 11, found the woman near South Huntington Road and Benito Drive in Arizona City. As Morreno tended to her, he flagged down Antonio Ramirez, 15, who called 911.

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Apache Junction Suing County

Casa Grande joins in suit, allege County withheld funds

The cities of Apache Junction and Casa Grande are suing Pinal County and County Treasurer Dolores J. Doolittle for withholding tax increment financing (TIF) funds since Oct. 28, 2010.

“As a result, the cities have been impoverished by the failure of the County to distribute the TIF funds,” according to the lawsuit dated June 19, 2012.

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Alarm Permits in Pinal County Top 15,000 for First Time

A local business in Florence is armed with an alarm and permit issued by the PCSO Alarm Unit.

Call it a by?product from being one of the fastest growing counties in America, the number of homes and business with alarm permits in Pinal County has grown to over 15,000 for the first time since permits were issued in 2003.

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AJ Hospital Founder Dies In Small Plane Crash In NM

Dr. Robert Siegel, the man most responsible for bringing a hospital to Apache Junction, was honored with the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News

Cardiologist Dr. Robert Siegel piloting private plane

A prominent Valley cardiologist and founder of the Apache Junction Hospital (Arizona Regional Medical Center) died in the crash of his small private plane near Las Vegas, New Mexico on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012.

Dr. Robert M. Siegel, 63, was killed in the crash reportedly after experiencing engine problems shortly after refueling and taking off from the Las Vegas airport.

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Florence Community Healthcare Closes Its Doors

In July 2010, less than 2 years ago, Florence Community Healthcare, a 23-bed hospital in Pinal County, opened its doors to provide care for the town's residents.

Prior to the facility opening its doors, residents were forced to travel to Casa Grande or Phoenix for treatment.

This week however, the same healthcare facility closed its doors and moved its patients to other healthcare facilities.

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After Encounter with Cactus, Puppy Named Cholla Up for Adoption Friday


A very kind man from the Hidden Valley area south of Maricopa called Animal Care & Control after he found a stray dog covered in cactus needles.

An Animal Care & Control officer responded, rescued the brown and white boxer mix puppy and took him immediately to Maricopa Animal Hospital.

The Animal Control staff thinks the puppy was so hungry and dehydrated that it attempted to eat a cholla cactus.

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Licensing Your Dog Just Got More Convenient

Pinal County Animal Care & Control announces that dog licenses may be obtained at four locations around the county.  Customer service representatives in three of Pinal County’s One Stop service centers are now able to take pet license applications.  There are One Stop locations for pet licenses in Florence, Apache Junction and Oracle.  

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First Pongamia Tree Sustainable Biofuel Demonstration Site in Arizona is in Pinal County

May 3rd, 2012 was a dynamic day for Pinal County, the Town of Florence and the surrounding areas.

The first Pongamia Tree sustainable biofuel demonstration site in Arizona was presented to the community, thanks to a partnership between Johnson Utilities and TerVivia BioEnergy.

Looking out over 15 acres, you could see small trees planted a few feet apart from each other, filling up rows and rows of land.

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Fireworks: You Can Buy Them in Pinal County; But You Can't Light Them

Use of Fireworks Banned in Unincorporated Pinal County, Most Public Lands

Due to the extreme fire risk and the fact that nearly one million acres have already burned in parts of Arizona, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors enacted a ban on the use of consumer fireworks.  While Arizona Revised Statutes 36-1606 made it possible for people to purchase consumer fireworks, the statute also allows counties to ban the use of fireworks if a “reasonable risk of wildfires” exists.

While it is not against the law to purchase fireworks, discharging them in unincorporated Pinal County is against the law while the ban is in effect.  The Board can lift the ban in the future when the risk has subsided due to increased rains.

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Lower Pinal County Budget Tentatively Passed

Base tax rate down 20 cents to $3.79

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved an amended tentative budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 totaling $334,515,835 in a special meeting on May 25. This budget reflects cuts of $23 million from last year’s county budget which totaled $357,096, 950.

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Final Supervisor Martyn Update – April 28, 2012

Dan Lavelle, owner of Lavelle's Deli and Ice Cream

My Friends,

It has been more than four years since we first met on the campaign trail.  In that time we’ve experienced a lifetime of adventure, success, failure, passion, compromise, satisfaction and disappointment.  To you all, I say “Thank you.”  Thank you for giving me the honor of serving as your representative in the democratic process.  

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Process for Naming District 2 Supervisor Outlined in Meeting Today


The Pinal County Board of Supervisors met this morning to discuss the process they will use to select a candidate to represent District 2 through the end of the year.  Supervisor Bryan Martyn resigned his seat, effective April 30, to accept the position of Arizona State Parks Director.

Arizona Revised Statutes 11-211.A and 16-230.A require that the person selected be a qualified elector in District 2 and be registered to vote as a Republican – the same party as the individual voters originally elected to the Board.

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