Chucri elected chairman of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Chairman Steve Chucri outlines vision for 2018   Speaking as the newly elected chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Steve Chucri, District 2, pledged “a new commitment to the hard work involved in building a smart, sustainable future,” according to a press release. Focusing on the challenges that “stretch beyond the present day,” […]

Pinal County public works employee finds wallet, tracks down owner living in Canada

Pinal County Public Works Director Louis Andersen received an e-mail recently from a grateful winter visitor who alerted him to an employee who went out of his way to return his lost wallet. Finding and returning a wallet with $200 cash, identification and credit cards inside, is what most of us would do without hesitation. […]

Pinal County Superior Courthouse to house CASA KidZone

Ribbon-cutting ceremony/open house is set for Jan. 9   Walking into a courthouse can be scary for anyone, but especially for a child. In an effort to help the youngest victims, Pinal County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board and the Court Appointed Special Advocate program have teamed up to make a child’s experience a little […]

Volunteer seats open to those who want to be a voice for young kids

If you are passionate about children and want to impact the early childhood programs available to young kids in our community, First Things First needs you. FTF seeks about 150 volunteers for the opportunity to impact the early childhood services and programs available to young kids in local communities across Arizona, according to a press […]

County declares No Burn Day due to high pollution level for soot

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high pollution advisory for Jan. 2, for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), also known as soot, for Maricopa County. This HPA is due to particle pollutant levels expected to accumulate […]

Air pollution could reach ‘very unhealthy levels’ this weekend, ‘No Burn Day’ declared

High levels of smoke due to wood-burning activity over Christmas weekend People enjoy a cozy fire to celebrate the New Year but this weekend if someone lights up there could be some serious health consequences. Maricopa County could see some of the highest levels of PM 2.5 (smoke) in recent years, according to a press […]

Pinal County copper mine land exchange claims, objection period closes Jan. 29

As evaluations continue for the proposed land exchange between the federal government and Resolution Copper Mining LLC for a copper mine near Superior in Pinal County, the U.S. Forest Service has established a comment period for those with federal or private land claims. Persons claiming such properties or having any liens, encumbrances, or other claims […]

Maricopa County plans to consolidate animal shelters; east shelter in Mesa may close

Maricopa County is planning to consolidate all animal shelter services into a renovated and expanded central location, minutes away from I-17 on the county’s Durango campus. This is the next step in Animal Care and Control’s mission to save lives and provide better customer service, according to a press release. “Centralizing our services to one high-functioning […]

Influenza activity increasing rapidly in Pinal County and state

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Dec. 20 that influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona. Pinal County has also identified this recent trend upward in flu activity. As of Dec. 20, the Pinal County Public Health Department has confirmed 244 cases of influenza compared to 14 at this time last year.     […]

Maricopa County to eliminate criminal conviction question from job applications

Required background checks will still catch those with criminal past prior to hire, officials say   Maricopa County will become a “second chance employer” by removing from most job applications the question related to prior criminal convictions. The Board of Supervisors approved the policy unanimously, as a way to lower recidivism rates and provide increased […]