Arizona poll: Clean energy provides economic opportunity

Arizonans overwhelmingly embrace the idea of growing the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and believe clean energy is important to Arizona jobs and the economy, according to a new statewide poll. Arizonans’ support for cleaner energy comes at a time when new energy technologies — such as solar, electric vehicles and energy efficiency […]

‘In God We Trust’ license plates spark funding furor

The specialty license plate “In God We Trust” has come under fire because the group behind the plate is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBTQ views. Secular Coalition for Arizona, a nonprofit that promotes the separation of church and state in government, asks on its website “Why […]

Arizona Corporation Commission elects Bob Burns as new chairman

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Jan. 7 elected a new chairman following the departure of former Chairman Tom Forese. Commissioners voted to elect Commissioner Bob Burns as the body’s new chairman, according to a release. “I wish to thank the commissioners for providing me the opportunity to serve them as their chairman as we work […]

Independent Newsmedia launches 13th publication

Independent Newsmedia, Inc., USA, will launch its newest publication in January — the Litchfield Independent — delivered in mailboxes to residents and businesses in the City of Litchfield Park. INI also publishes the Daily News-Sun, five weekly newspapers, five monthlies, one magazine and five community websites, including YourValley.net, throughout the Phoenix-metro area. The company also […]

Brown: More electric vehicles means more savings for Arizonans, study shows

Electric vehicles are the gift that keeps giving. Electric vehicles help cut consumer energy bills and boost the economy while protecting air quality and public health. According to a new groundbreaking study, if Arizonans register just one million more electric vehicles in our state by 2050, consumers and our economy would reap $3.6 billion or […]

Scenic photo: Roosevelt Lake Bridge

“While on a Friday drive to Miami we decided to keep driving and see if (there) was any picturesque sights and stumbled on this Roosevelt Lake Bridge,” Queen Creek photographer Maile Alday said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short […]

Appeals court rejects latest challenge to Arizona’s ‘ballot harvesting’ law

Yet another legal challenge to Arizona’s “ballot harvesting” law was shot down in federal court Oct. 31 when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023. Arizona Democratic Party activist Rivko Knox challenged the law on grounds that it was pre-empted by federal law […]

Brill: These are the issues voters say matter in CD-4

Last week I took a barnstorm tour of 11 cities in two days across Congressional District 4 with gubernatorial candidate David Garcia. Meeting with voters is always inspiring and instructive. For 10 months I’ve been crisscrossing the district to hear what voters have to say about the issues that matter most. Here’s what they’re telling […]

Queen Creek boy and 7 others in Arizona with mysterious, polio-like disease

Talen Spitzer was a healthy 10-year-old kid from Queen Creek a little more than two years ago when, in a matter of minutes, he lost control of his muscles and his hands were paralyzed. His mother, Rochelle Spitzer, said doctors did not know what was wrong with him at first because everything else seemed normal. […]

An American hero: Jack Holder recounts surviving Pearl Harbor attack

Talking about American history should come naturally for WWII Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder. But, there was once a time when the soft-spoken man, approaching 98, didn’t want to tell people that he survived the attack in Hawaii. “For years, I never even told anyone that I was a World War II veteran, until a […]