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 […]

Schnitzer: Falls a significant health threat to area seniors

Each year millions of older adults experience falls and fall-related injuries. Falls are serious and costly but they can be prevented. Falls Prevention Awareness Week is Sept. 22-28 – a time to highlight the dangers of falls and offer tips to avoid them. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one […]

Autumn: Help lower employee stress and improve productivity

In the workplace, a modest amount of stress can be normal. But sustained levels of stress can be harmful and may lead to numerous health issues, affect professional and family relationships, and contribute to poor work performance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “40 percent of workers say that their jobs are […]

ACLU drops suit against Rep. Gosar for blocking social media accounts

The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday, Aug. 3, withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight, with Rep. Gosar’s general counsel calling it a fitting conclusion to a court case that […]

AZGFD releases Top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August

What makes for good camping and fishing during triple-digit months of desert sweat? Escaping to the high country for stocked or self-sustaining fish, quality camping amenities, and scenery that’s as cool as the air temps. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released its list of Top 5 camping and fishing locations for families. Fire […]

Arizona motor vehicle crash deaths total 1,000 in 2017

Driver behavior continues to be the leading factor in traffic fatalities and 1,000 people died needlessly on Arizona’s city, county, state and reservation roadways in 2017. That’s the major takeaway from the 2017 Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report, which was released Tuesday, July 31. Traffic deaths in Arizona rose for the third straight year, climbing […]