County, ASU partnership focuses on heat extremes, air quality

The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority has approved a grant to the ASU Foundation for a New American University for research to help reduce urban heat and improve air quality. The $2.99 million grant is for three years and will help get the Healthy Urban Environments Initiative at Arizona State University off the ground, according […]

Maricopa County and Queen Creek to share cost of some Ocotillo Road improvements

The cost of a $2 million project for improvements to Ocotillo Road from 228th Street to Meridian Road will be shared by the Town of Queen Creek and Maricopa County, according to a recently approved intergovernmental agreement. The town is in the design phase for construction of Ocotillo Road from Signal Butte to Ironwood roads, […]

Gates: Maricopa County primary election review received

We have received the Maricopa County Audit Department’s initial review of the Aug. 28 primary election. As community members and voters, I am sharing the results with you as well. You may view the report at maricopa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/41436/Interim-Report—Final. After voters experienced a myriad of issues on election day, my colleagues and I on the board of […]

Maricopa County plans new animal shelter in Mesa

Maricopa County has found a potential replacement for the east animal shelter at Rio Salado and Loop 101, according to a release. Current plans call for a new facility to be built at the county-owned campus at Mesa Drive and Baseline Road. “The new shelter would offer the same services as the Rio Salado location […]

Maricopa County prepares to lift fire ban at regional parks

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will lift its annual fire ban Friday, Aug. 31, allowing park visitors to use campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills. “With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, we know park visitors are eager to include a family barbecue over a campfire as part of their holiday festivities,” R.J. Cardin, […]

The breakfast club: Desert Tortoises chow down at Queen Creek park

Desert Tortoises devoured their tasty breakfast, with no utensils or table manners, in front of a small crowd at San Tan Mountain Regional Park on Saturday, Aug. 11. The two Desert Tortoises, Santana and Shelly were featured in a weekend class. The park ranger discussed what the tortoises like to eat, their unique personality traits […]

Maricopa County to begin hearing civil traffic cases in Queen Creek

Maricopa County is hearing civil traffic cases in Queen Creek one day per month with the first hearings set for Thursday, July 19. On the third Thursday of the month from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Judge Samuel Goodman from the San Tan Justice Court will hear cases at the Queen Creek Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway. […]

Dropped lawsuit claimed Queen Creek council candidates’ nominating petitions were invalid

A lawsuit, since dropped, questioned the validity of the nominating petitions for Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney and Councilwoman Julia Wheatley and listed 15 other defendants. The lawsuit was filed June 13 in Maricopa County Superior Court. It was dismissed June 21-22, according to information at superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket. “The court finds that the nominating petitions in […]

Report: Hispanic motorists in Maricopa County still arrested, searched more often

Maricopa County patrol officers stopped Hispanic drivers for longer periods and searched them more often than other drivers, according to an annual report analyzing traffic-stop data. The results are similar to those over the past three years. Whites were stopped for an average of 13 minutes, compared with Hispanics, who were stopped for about 16 […]

Chucri: Happy Independence Day

Let our Independence Day celebrations remind us how deeply fortunate we are as Americans to live in this great nation. Our democracy continues to be a model for the world. Have a happy and safe holiday. Steve Chucri Chairman Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2