Queen Creek voters to decide if town can set budget or follow state limit

Queen Creek voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Alternative Expenditure Limitation on the Tuesday, Aug. 28 ballot. The Alternative Expenditure Limitation measure is called “Home Rule” because the issue can be decided by voters at the local level, according to a press release. Home Rule is part of the Arizona Constitution and […]

Goldwater Institute asks Arizona judge to stop collection of Pinal County’s Proposition 417 tax

Lawyers for Pinal County taxpayers on Feb. 26 asked an Arizona judge to issue an order barring the county from collecting a transportation excise tax scheduled to go into effect in April. That tax, passed as Proposition 417 at the November election, is the subject of lawsuits brought by local citizens and small businesses represented […]

Learn about Court Appointed Special Advocates program March 1

On Thursday, March 1, at 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in Florence, members of the public are invited to “Conversation with a CASA.” During the event, community members will be able to casually visit with staff and volunteer advocates and learn how they can have a lifelong impact on children living in foster care. The […]

Barney to step down as county supervisor to oversee East Valley Partnership

Supervisor Denny Barney, District 1, will be transitioning out of his position on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to assume a new role as president and CEO of East Valley Partnership. EVP CEO and former Gilbert Mayor, John Lewis, will step down at the end of May.  Supervisor Barney has agreed to serve as […]

As monsoon storms grow stronger, county works to keep San Tan park trails safe for visitors

County supervisors will vote in late February on whether to increase park entry fees, with extra revenue to go to park maintenance     For the 500 miles of trails in the Maricopa County Park system, increasingly destructive monsoon storms are causing more erosion, more damage and potentially more costly repairs. Researchers predict the summer […]

Pinal County Air Quality adding monitors for Johnson Ranch

Pinal County’s Air Quality Department announced on Monday, Jan. 29, that two new monitors for measuring hydrogen sulfide have arrived, according to a press release. One has been installed and the second is expected to be in operation by the end of the week, Joe Pyritz, spokesman for Pinal County, said during a phone interview […]

MCDOT to host open house about transportation needs in the county

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation will hold a public open house Wednesday, Feb. 7, to provide information and gather input regarding future transportation needs of Maricopa County residents. The MCDOT Small Area Transportation Study will examine current and future traffic volumes and patterns in the area bounded by Higley Road, Hunt Highway, Chandler Heights […]

Ramp detours at State Route 87 and I-10 interchange begin Jan. 29

Drivers in Pinal County should plan for ramp closures and detours between Interstate 10 and State Route 87 beginning 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, and continuing until late fall 2018. The restrictions are to accommodate construction of the new SR 87 alignment, in conjunction with the I-10 widening project underway near Picacho. Directional signage will […]

Pinal County Supervisor Todd House collects 27,000 donated diapers

  What started as a small donation drive five years ago has turned into a bonanza for local human-aid agencies. District 5 Pinal County Supervisor Todd House has been holding a diaper drive since he was elected to the office.  Each year, the donations keep on growing and growing and growing. “It’s amazing, the people’s […]

Influenza continues to cause widespread illness in Pinal County

Recorded deaths concentrated in members of the public over 50 years of age Pinal County has continued to receive reports of historically high numbers of influenza cases in the community. So far, Pinal County has more than 1,000 cases reported this season, more than last year. Currently there are eight recorded deaths related to flu. […]