Young Ella Christensen represents family, community at national rodeo

Ella Christensen, 12, of Queen Creek, who comes from a long line of horse enthusiasts, will showcase her skills in a national rodeo. Young Ella recently qualified for the Junior National Finals Rodeo happening in Las Vegas. She is prepared to compete Wednesday, Dec. 12 and is just as sure of barrel racing as her […]

Scenic photo: Superstition Mountains

“While driving through Apache Junction looking for any interesting to photograph: Metal Cowboy decor, background Superstition Mountains,” 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 description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do […]

New design guidelines approved for Queen Creek’s downtown core

Downtown Queen Creek is to become pedestrian oriented as businesses are given more flexibility with new design guidelines and zoning designations approved recently by the town council. “The downtown core as referred to within this application is envisioned to become a destination that focuses on pedestrian oriented, compact development that is integrated with more specialty […]

Scenic photo: House sparrows in Sossaman Estates

House sparrows snapped by photographer Tom Schuh in his Sossaman Estates yard. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send submissions with your name to qcnews@newszap.com.

Bisson: Donations help during holidays

ICM Food & Clothing Bank needs your help to make the holidays brighter for children of low-income families. “We have 200 children that have not been adopted this year — out of 500,” stated Abby Loza, director of volunteers and programs for ICM Food & Clothing Bank. “We are desperate for donations.” According to the […]

Scenic photo: Squirrel in Queen Creek

“Sitting on patio in the afternoon I (saw) this little squirrel eating pods from the tree. He’s such a cutie,” 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 description of the shot, for publication with […]

Queen Creek Town Council executive session Dec. 5 includes Canyon State Academy

The campus of Canyon State Academy, which offers programs for youth ages 11 to 17, is a topic on the eight-item, closed-door executive session agenda for the Dec. 5 Queen Creek Town Council meeting. The meeting, which is not open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ironwood Conference Room in the […]

Central Arizona College Radiologic Technology students participate in Volunteer Day

Each year in November, the Central Arizona College Radiologic Technology program conducts its annual Volunteer Day. More than 40 radiologic technology students and their instructors gathered to work on the Gold Mine and Petroglyph trails in the Superstition Mountains. The group met at the trailhead in Gold Canyon at dawn and put in 160 man-hours […]

Scenic photos: Hawks near Queen Creek Wash Trail

“I thought I would send over a few photos I took of some hawks in early October near the QC Wash Trail,” Queen Creek photographer Clay McInturff said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for […]

Dyer: Get an annual medical physical and, for men, a DRE

A close friend of mine learned during his annual medical physical that he has an enlarged prostate. It was discovered with a digital rectal exam. Blood and urine tests have been done and the results will be shared with his doctor to determine the next steps. When I heard his news I immediately sought out […]