Ellsworth Road Improvement Project

Road Closure AdvisoryRiggs Road at Ellsworth Road (West Leg Only)9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 3/29/11Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, t...

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Better with age: National holiday honors senior citizens

Roger Barrientos

Roger Barrientos was 6 years old when his family piled into their ‘47 Chevy and drove close to 1,000 miles from San Antonio, Texas, to Queen Creek, Ariz. It was 1952, and a man had told his father, a carpenter, he could get rich picking cot­ton in the young community.

Mr. Barrientos, 67, still remembers the ironing board strapped to the top of the car as it sped along the highway.

He also remembers his life on the J.O. Combs cotton farm southeast of the in­tersection of what is now Ironwood and Combs roads in San Tan Valley.

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Every 13 minutes in America ... a woman dies from breast cancer

A new breast cancer is diagnosed every 2.5 minutes

A woman's choice of developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8

Peace of mind is priceless and on March 31st, women in San Tan Valley will have that chance, to rest assured.

During the upcoming Golf for the Cure/ Rally for the Cure event, on Saturday March 31st, Assured Imaging will be on site with their digital state of the art Mobile Mammography coach to provide digital state of the art Mammograms to residents of San Tan Valley. 

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Berlin nice to meet in San Tan Valley

Terri Nunn, Berlin at The Good Life Festival

The Dalai Lama once said that “not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” For fans of the 1980’s electro-pop band Berlin, it was a wonderful stroke of luck that lead singer Terri Nunn did not get the role of Princess Leia in “Star Wars” for which she auditioned. Otherwise, those that witnessed Terri Nunn and her band Berlin perform on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Good Life Festival at the Encenterra Country Club in San Tan Valley, Arizona would have missed out on something special.

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Expect More Excellence Tour

The Expect More Excellence Tour highlights what Arizonans are doing all over the state to make progress toward world-class education. The Tour celebrates the kind of world-class education we expect and believe can be available for all Arizona students. 

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Explosion in San Tan Valley

Earlier this afternoon, a white pickup truck traveling on Ocotillo, west of Ironwood near Meridian, crossed the center line and collided with a Sysco semi-truck, according to Rural Metro spokesperson, Colin Williams.

On impact, the semi exploded and sent pillars of black smoke into the air.  Miraculously, there were no injuries.  Air evac was on standby but was not needed.

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Family in Magma Ranch Loses Everything in House Fire

Wednesday, December 19th, a fire broke out in a home in Magma Ranch.  The family lost everything in the fire and is going to have to start over.

Luckily, no one was injured in the fire. There are 4 kids and 2 adults in the family. The children are Kyra (17), Dillon (17), Bryan (12), and Jasmine (18).

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FHS Receives Lead and Inspire Award!

Lead and InspireFlorence High School has been notified that they have been selected to receive the third annual ASU Options for Excellence Lead and Inspire Award in the Rural High School Division! The notice of award to FHS specifically cites the building and strengthening of student achievement through AP/IB courses, renewed pride in the Florence High community and the focus of all students to look forward to the future and post-secondary studies.

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Fighting drug abuse: Drop box is one way to keep unwanted meds out of kids’ hands

Members of the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition met April 29 to discuss its Crisis Network, RX Medication Disposal Drop Box and other projects. (Photo by Wendy Miller, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA)

San Tan Valley has another tool to keep prescription medicine away from children and out of the local water supply.

The RX Medication Disposal Drop Box is a place to bring unused prescription medications. A partnership of the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Rural/Metro Fire Department, the drop box was introduced March 12 at the Rural/Metro fire station, 28353 N. Main St. in San Tan Valley.

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Final Presentation to Protect Our Water Our Future

The attached meeting announcement is regarding a controversial issue that impacts our quality of life in San Tan Valley.

The Town of Florence is considering the approval of a copper mining project that proposes to bring increased jobs and revenue to their city. This project has been recently endorsed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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Do you know someone local in Arizona who is a hero?

May is Hero Appreciation Month and local Realtor, Dani Miller, would like to recognize your favorite hero with a special token of appreciation.

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Do you remember this young man?

Dustin Cote

A little over a year ago on August 11th, a San Tan Valley teen was lowering a lawnmower deck when his left hand slipped from wet grass into the path of fast-moving blades, severing his pinkie, ring and middle fingers.

Doctors deemed the fingers far too damaged to be reattached.

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Dog Perishes in House Fire in Johnson Ranch

A neighbor walked out of his home on Sunray Drive, in San Tan Valley, to see smoke billowing out of his neighbor's home.  He called 911 and in less than 3 minutes, San Tan Valley's fire department, Rural Metro, had 2 trucks from stations 841 and 843 on scene.  According to Rural Metro spokesperson Collin Williams, there was a dog inside during the fire.  "We tried all we could do resuscitate the dog, with CPR and dog oxygen masks, etc, but unfortunately we weren't able to save him".

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Doggedly Determined Work from Officer Results in Jail Time for Animal Abuser

After an eight month effort by Pinal County Animal Care and Control, a convicted animal abuser will be spending time behind bars.

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Donetrius Ward Arrested for Aggravated Assault

Donetrius Ward

A 30-year-old Pinal County resident had listed his 1997 Cadillac Deville for sale online through “Craigslist.”  On July 16th he received a phone call from a male subject who identified himself as “G.”  It was later determined “G” was in fact Donetrius G. Ward (age 29 of Chandler).

The victim and Ward met in San Tan Valley later that day and Ward asked if he could drive the vehicle to his mechanic so he could inspect it.  The victim drove with Ward to his mechanics house.  The mechanic checked the vehicle out and then Ward and the victim left.  The victim dropped Ward off at a house in San Tan Valley so Ward could think about the purchase.

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Tests confirm Johnson Utilities drinking water is safe - All restrictions have been lifted

Johnson Utilities confirmed this morning that water in its Florence area drinking water supply system contains no harmful bacteria.

Steps our customers can follow to resume unrestricted use of the water are included in the attached public notice.

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Drive-in movie night at LifePoint

More than 500 people attended the Friday, Oct. 27, Drive-In Movie Night at LifePoint Church, 28479 N. Main St. in San Tan Valley. Pastor David Hinman said in a phone interview that the event where children design vehicles out of cardboard boxes and watch a movie with family has been held for five years.

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Big Turnout as Community Pauses to Remember before Celebrating Christmas

Last Sunday night, the 7th Annual San Tan Christmas Jam began with a Prayer Vigil for the victims of the Newtown school shootings.

Pastor Mark Krenz of ONE Community Church lead the crowd of over 600 San Tan Valley area residents in a time of reflection, remembrance, comfort and hope.  27 candles were lit one at a time as each of the victims names was read.

A moving singing of Silent Night followed and concluded with a prayer by Pastor Krenz.

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Dune buggy crash kills San Tan Valley teen

Attorney General Tom Horne

A 17-year-old boy was killed and his older brother was injured when the dune buggy they were riding in hit a tree Tuesday in northern Arizona.

According to Gerry Blair with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, the San Tan Valley brothers and other family members were camping and participating in off-road recreation.

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East Valley school districts push for budget overrides

Competitive sports programs are just one area that faces cuts if they fail to reinstate its budget override funding.

Independent Newspapers Voters will have a lot to choose from this November, including the decision to reinstate budget over­rides for some East Valley school districts, according to East Valley education officials. Dr. Gayle A. Blanchard, superin­tendent of Combs Unified School District, hopes voters will consider the choice between raised taxes and school cuts, which also rests on their shoulders.

School districts rely on these override funds, and their loss will mean cuts in programs like art, music and sports, but these funds come directly from the residents with noticeable tax increases.

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