Swaninger new Gateway Polytechnic Academy principal

Thomas Swaninger is the new principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy. Mr. Swaninger’s hiring was approved at the March 5 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting. He will take over for Allison Carmichael as she takes on her new role as principal of QCUSD’s newest school, Silver Valley Elementary, starting in the 2019-20 school […]

ADEQ: Unpermitted discharge of treated water from reclamation plant into Queen Creek wash has stopped

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has confirmed the unpermitted discharge of recycled water from Johnson Utilities’ Pecan Water Reclamation Plant into Queen Creek wash in the San Tan Valley area has stopped. EPCOR first notified ADEQ of the imminent discharge on Feb. 20, according to a release. The unpermitted discharge of recycled water was […]

13 Boy Scouts in San Tan Valley Troop 182 earn Eagle award

Troop 182 in Taylor Ranch in San Tan Valley had 13 young men awarded Boy Scouts of America’s top rank, the rank of Eagle, at a recent Court of Honor. It was held Feb. 17 at the Ironwood Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 41246 N. Barnes Parkway in Queen Creek, according […]

Galai: Prosecutors have the power to stop bad roadside drug tests from ruining people’s lives

Three years ago, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff tested positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1 million because she […]

Queen Creek Town Council meets March 6

A public hearing on a rezoning of 58.52 acres at the southwest corner of Ellsworth and Riggs roads for a 116-lot Ranchos Legante subdivision is slated at the March 6 meeting of the Queen Creek Town Council. Meetings of the Queen Creek Town Council begin at 5:30 p.m., with public hearings no earlier than 7 […]

Utility services topic of 4 executive session items before Queen Creek council

Johnson Utilities and other utility services are to be discussed by the Queen Creek Town Council behind closed doors, according to an agenda for the March 6 meeting. The executive session, not open to the public, starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Ironwood Conference Room in the Community Chambers Building, 20727 E. Civic Parkway. Items […]

Assaults in Pinal County near QC reported Feb. 25-March 2 to PCSO

Above are the general locations of thefts near Queen Creek reported Feb. 25-March 2 to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Incidents investigated by PCSO included: Assault, reported at 4:47 p.m. Feb. 27 in the 35600 block of North Murray Grey Drive. Assault, reported at 9:53 a.m. Feb. 28 in the 300 block of East Lazio […]

Assaults reported in Queen Creek Feb. 25-March 2 to MCSO

Above are the general locations of assaults reported Feb. 25-March 2 to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for the community of Queen Creek. Those investigated by MCSO included: Aggravated assault, shooting victim, reported at 10:41 a.m. Feb. 28 at East Victoria Lane and South Ellsworth Road. Assault, reported at 7:50 p.m. March 1 in the […]

What are municipal department heads, charter officers paid annually?

The Town of Queen Creek’s 10 charter officers and department heads combined make a similar amount as their 12 counterparts in the City of Apache Junction — a bit over $1.5 million in annual pay. The salaries of those in Queen Creek are paid $1,566,151 and those in Apache Junction make $1,539,574.57, according to materials […]

Bisson: Spring training brings economic wealth to Arizona

Those who know me, know I love watching baseball. While I root for my home team — go D’backs — I enjoy catching the news about the New York Mets, and following former Diamondbacks players whom no longer make Arizona home. Spring training brings a wealth of economic value to Arizona. According to statistics from […]