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—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 “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

Part-time traffic court to use Queen Creek Community Chambers

Traveling to a Maricopa County traffic court to pay a fine or plead not guilty to speeding could be as simple as heading to a town of Queen Creek building. An intergovernmental agreement with Maricopa County to provide a part-time civil traffic court in town facilities was recently approved by the Queen Creek Town Council. […]

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 […]