Queen Creek Town Council executive session July 25 on Johnson Utilities

The Queen Creek Town Council is to meet in a closed-door executive session July 25 to discuss and consult with the town’s attorney for legal advice on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s actions related to Johnson Utilities. The meeting, which is not open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Ironwood Conference Room […]

Council seeks to have Queen Creek regional partner on items related to Johnson Utilities

The Queen Creek Town Council on July 18 approved an intergovernmental agreement to act as regional partner with the town of Florence in the ongoing Arizona Corporation Commission investigation of the billing and water quality issues of Johnson Utilities LLC. The agreement includes submitting an application to the commission to be designated as the interim […]

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office offers report on Country Thunder 2018 efforts

Country Thunder 2018 ended Sunday, April 8 in Florence with 16 arrests made during the four-day event, which the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office provided law enforcement security and 24-hour law enforcement support. PCSO scheduled off-duty deputies and undercover officers to work the campgrounds and the concert, according to a press release. Additionally the sheriff’s office, […]

Music legends, emerging stars to perform at County Thunder

The line-up for Country Thunder includes some of today’s top county/western stars as well as up-and-comers. Veteran duo Big & Rich; Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Cole Swindell will be joined by emerging superstars Brett Young and Michael Ray; the legendary Tracy Lawrence and red-hot, up-and-comer Lindsay Ell at Country Thunder Arizona, which […]

Scenic Florence: Glossy snake

  Photographer Steven Alexander came across this glossy snake while he was driving through Florence. “The snake was soaking up the heat from the road and I moved it to safety so as to avoid danger from oncoming traffic,” he said in his e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife […]

Pinal County: Repairs to Attaway Bridge near Florence expected to begin in late June

Project expected to begin June 26, cost $300,000-$400,000 Pinal County Public Works is the preparation stages for repairing Attaway Bridge, on Attaway Road south of Hunt Highway. This major arterial connects Coolidge, Florence and the San Tan Valley areas. “We are currently in the bidding process right now,” said Public Works Director Louis Andersen in […]

Pinal County to host family resource provider fair in April

Registration for free vendor booth ends March 31 Services available to families and children will be highlighted in April as Pinal County hosts a resource provider fair in Florence. The resource fair will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the services available to them and for professionals to network with other providers, […]

ADOT: SR 79 at Gila River Bridge in Florence narrowed to one lane Sept. 28-29

State Route 79 will remain narrowed to one lane in both directions at the Gila River Bridge between mileposts 135 and 136 in Florence, from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29, for bridge repair work. Traffic will be alternated to the open lane, guided by crews and traffic devices, according […]

State Route 79 narrowed to one lane Sept. 22 for Gila River bridge work in Florence

State Route 79 will be narrowed to one lane in both directions at the Gila River Bridge between mileposts 135-6 in Florence, from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 22, for bridge repair work. Traffic will be alternated to the open lane, guided by crews and traffic devices, according to a press release. Drivers should […]

Proposed land swap for Resolution Copper mine topic of June 9 meeting

Queen Creek and San Tan Valley residents can weigh in this week on a proposed land swap of 5,344 acres of privately held land for 2,422 acres of federal land for a Resolution Copper mine.

A public scoping meeting will be held 5-8 p.m. June 9 at the Central Arizona College San Tan Campus, 3736 E. Bella Vista Road in San Tan Valley. A presentation begins at 5:30 p.m., according to a press release.

“Tonto National Forest officials have extended the public scoping period for the proposed Resolution Copper mine and associated land exchange environmental impact statement,” Carrie Templin, Tonto National Forest spokeswoman, said in the release. “The EIS will analyze the environmental effects of a mining proposal submitted to the Tonto National Forest by Resolution Copper Mining LLC; the exchange of 2,422 acres of federal land near Oak Flat for 5,344 acres of privately held land elsewhere in Arizona; and any necessary amendments to the Tonto National Forest land and resource management plan.”