Mayor Barney: Litter campaign promotes ‘mindful behavior,’ Arizona pride

A new effort by Don’t Trash Arizona addresses the economic, safety and health effects of freeway litter along regional and state highways. “Arizona is our home. Love it. Don’t trash it!” is the catchphrase that will be heard and seen throughout the state. Don’t Trash Arizona is a litter prevention campaign implemented by the Maricopa Association of […]

International council accredits Queen Creek Economic Development Department

Queen Creek’s Economic Development Department recently became an Accredited Economic Development Organization following a review that praised its “commitment and technical expertise.” The International Economic Development Council accreditation makes the Queen Creek department one of 61 organizations receiving the designation. “The Queen Creek Economic Development Department displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is […]

Design contract OK’d for 2 wells in Fulton Homes’ Barney Farms project

A $210,184 contract with Clear Creek Associates for design, construction management and evaluation services for two new wells to be drilled at the Barney Farms residential development was approved in a recent 6-0 vote by the Queen Creek Town Council. The decision was made at a Sept. 19 town council meeting. The wells are to […]

Q-and-A with Queen Creek mayor candidate Gail Barney

One Queen Creek resident is running for mayor and three for three seats on the council in the Aug. 28 primary election. All are presently on the council. The Queen Creek Independent e-mailed questionnaires to the candidates. They will be posted online in the order they were received. Name: Gail Barney Age: 70 Education: Associate […]

Queen Creek Mayor Barney elected Maricopa Association of Governments chair

Regional collaboration and transportation were the themes shared by Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney as he accepted the role as chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments. “One of MAG’s most important responsibilities is transportation planning. The importance of our transportation network cannot be overstated – it affects just about every aspect of our daily […]

Barney: Vote by May 15 on General Plan, which provides framework for the future

As a Queen Creek resident of nearly 70 years, this community and its residents are near and dear to my heart. Growing up we knew everyone, with dirt roads and visits to Oscar’s, the local market. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Queen Creek take shape and change over the years. From our founding fathers […]

Queen Creek celebrates town’s small businesses

The town of Queen Creek is honoring small businesses this week for creating jobs and providing a “unique character” to the community. Small Business Week is being celebrated nationally through Saturday, May 5, and in Queen Creek “we are fortunate to have some outstanding small businesses,” Mayor Gail Barney stated in a release. “Our small […]

Queen Creek’s future vice mayors need to commit more hours as role expands to meet town growth

Each year, the town of Queen Creek gets a new vice mayor. The position is filled by a member of the Queen Creek Town Council. He or she is appointed by the mayor for a one-year term and approved by a majority of the council. The vice mayor’s duties are growing nearly as rapidly as […]

New growth, more interest making Queen Creek the East Valley’s hot spot

Growing up in a farm community with dreams of working on the family farm, Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney never thought he would be where he is today. “I enjoy meeting with people. It’s the thing that I was not looking forward to the most. I’m not a people person. I’ve never been a people […]