Dr. Berry: Growth, opportunity at Queen Creek Unified School District

Two words have become synonymous with Queen Creek Unified School District. Those words are growth and opportunity. We started as a K-8 district housed at one site. We became a K-12 unified district in 1985 and in 1988, the first class graduated from Queen Creek High School. Over the past 34 years we have worked […]

Davis: That was front page news?

I must be missing something.  I wish the front-page article (April 1, 2019, issue of the Queen Creek Independent) had explained why Apache Junction resident Julie Jenkins’ snarky Facebook post about Queen Creek residents was front-page news. “QC feeds off the people who want new, shiny, pretty and expensive things.  It’s close enough to Gilbert […]

Turko: Arizona foster care tax credit remains a sure thing

While a state of limbo lingers as legislators work to conform Arizona tax law to changes in the federal tax code, one thing remains certain – there is an easy way to help children in foster care. The Arizona foster care tax credit reduces your state income tax obligation one dollar for every dollar you […]

Dyer: Denied access to Queen Creek records? E-mail me what happened, when

Have you been denied access to public records that the Town of Queen Creek retains as a municipality? If yes, please e-mail me at rdyer@newszap.com with when it was, what you asked for and what the town said when it denied you access. Since January, Independent Newsmedia editors in Arizona — including here in Queen […]

Rogers: Get regular checkups, understand family history of cancer

Four times in my life, I’ve sat across from a doctor and heard the words you never want to hear: “Keith, you have cancer.” The first time, it was testicular cancer. The second time it was kidney, followed shortly thereafter by thyroid. And in 2011, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I’ve spent many of […]

Dill: Medicare can help you stay healthy

You may have heard something lately about “preventive health care.” What does that mean? At its most basic, preventive health care means living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. And stop smoking. Like anyone else, people with Medicare can benefit from healthy living habits. But Medicare covers a […]

Galai: Prosecutors have the power to stop bad roadside drug tests from ruining people’s lives

Three years ago, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff tested positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1 million because she […]

Bisson: Spring training brings economic wealth to Arizona

Those who know me, know I love watching baseball. While I root for my home team — go D’backs — I enjoy catching the news about the New York Mets, and following former Diamondbacks players whom no longer make Arizona home. Spring training brings a wealth of economic value to Arizona. According to statistics from […]

Dyer: Fun for whole family at the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek

If it’s March then it’s time for the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Rodeo. The rodeo with its seven classic events — saddle bronc, bareback, bulls, barrel racing, team roping, calf roping and steer wrestling — is March 14-17 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. Presented by Banner Ironwood […]

Barney: Do you know the plan for Queen Creek roadways?

Living in Queen Creek for the past 70 years, I have experienced the gradual shift from a quiet, farming community to a vibrant town. With new businesses and residents comes increased traffic, not only from Queen Creek, but from the growing areas southeast of us. As a Town Council, we must continually prioritize our projects […]