First Things First honors Karen Bradley as champion for children

First Things First has recognized Karen Bradley as the 2018 First Things First Champion for Young Children. The award is given to local champions who volunteer their time with First Things First and raise public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and health, according to a press release. Champions such as Ms. Bradley, […]

Q-and-A with Queen Creek mayor candidate Gail Barney

One Queen Creek resident is running for mayor and three for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. All are presently on the council. The Queen Creek Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Gail Barney Age: 70 Education: Associate […]

Queen Creek firefighters save newborn puppy stuck in shower drain

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department officials were successful in extricating a newborn puppy that was stuck in a shower drain. Engine 413 was dispatched at 9:15 a.m. June 30 to an “assist citizen” incident in the 18000 block of east Canary Way and arrived on scene at 9:16 a.m., Constance Halonen-Wilson, public information officer for […]

Q-and-A with Queen Creek council candidate Emilena Turley

One Queen Creek resident is running for mayor and three for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. All are presently on the council. The Queen Creek Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Emilena Turley Age: 46 Present or […]

Food for Fines starts July 6 at Queen Creek Library

The Maricopa County Library District’s annual Food for Fines program starts Friday, July 6, and runs through Sunday, July 15. The program allows library customers to bring in non-perishable food items to any MCLD library, including in Queen Creek at 21802 S Ellsworth Road. One non-perishable food item equals $2 in waived fines, for up […]

K12 Public School at Home Mobile Tour stops to fuel online education interests

The K12 Public School at Home Tour parked in Arizona to fuel the interests of students in tuition-free online public education. The travelling, interactive mobile unit will visit 15 cities in 11 states this summer, according to a press release, noting stops in Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe. The mobile unit has a colorful, […]

Group matches those who served in the military with suitable careers

The Arizona Corporate Council on Veteran Careers matches transitioning military service members and veterans with suitable professions. Formed in 2016, the group’s goal is to enhance opportunities for those who’ve served to have careers suiting their talents. More than 20 companies and organizations are involved in efforts of recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans in the […]

Clinical trial seeks early detection for autism

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s research team is enrolling children ages 16-30 months in a new clinical trial that may reshape the diagnostic process for autism spectrum disorder. Marcus Autism Center, part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and SARRC are working together to find better ways to diagnose and treat autism at an earlier […]

NARC honors Valley innovator Dennis Smith with highest award for 40-year contributions

Dennis Smith — responsible for instituting the region’s 9-1-1 service and developing the regional freeway — is bestowed with highest honor. A recipient of the National Association of Regional Councils’ President’s Award, Mr. Smith will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Desert Peaks Awards ceremony, 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2026 […]

Smith of San Tan Valley named to Champlain College trustee’s list

Jeffrey Smith of San Tan Valley was named to the Champlain College trustee’s list for the spring 2018 semester. Students on the trustee’s list have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for two or more consecutive semesters, according to a release. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, […]