Strength test: Casteel wrestling team works out with QCFD to kick off season

Wearing firefighter gear — a jacket, helmet and oxygen tank — the Casteel High School wrestling team partnered with the Queen Creek Fire Department and East Valley Institute of Technology for their first preseason work out this fall. “We put our heads together as coaches, looking at what can we do to look at their […]

Mansel Carter park opening

Queen Creek’s newest community amenity, Mansel Carter Oasis Park, opened on Sept. 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening festivities. The 48-acre park,  19535 E. Appleby Road, includes a variety of features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in Queen Creek. “Our parks provide a gathering space for our community […]

Photos: Queen Creek Unified School District Adult graduation

Since 1995, Queen Creek Unified School District has offered adult education classes to adult learners. Through the program, adult learners have been able to increase their English language skills, obtain their High School Equivalency diploma, as well as gain access to quality educational opportunities to support employment, job training, higher education goals and prepare them […]

Casa De Mina offers Mexican food experience second to none

What was once a favorite hang-out known mostly to local lovers of Mexican food has now become a popular destination attracting diners from throughout the East Valley. Casa de Mina is located in a large building tucked off Power Road, just south of Riggs Road. According to Manager Tony Roth, the fine-dining Mexican restaurant was […]

Big Tin Cotton Gin provides space for vintage market vendors

Upcoming shows are Jan. 19-21, Feb. 16-18 and March 16-18   While vintage markets tend to be the new trend and are popping up all over the Valley, Queen Creek has had one of its own for several years. Pam Vowell and her husband, Charles, used to run a lighting company out of The Big […]

Casteel captures first state championship football title in school’s history

  By winning the 2017 Division 3A Arizona state football championship, the Casteel High School football team in Queen Creek not only brought home a championship trophy, but they delivered hope, inspiration and joy to their principal who is fighting cancer. The team finished undefeated and became the first sport in the school’s young history […]

PHOTOS: Gala of the Royal Horses

Gala of the Royal Horses was hosted Dec. 15 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre.in Queen Creek. The show included riding master Rene Gasser and his daughter, Katharina, known as Gigi, and son, Sidney, riding Lipizzaner, Friesians and Andalusian horses in dressage-style tricks. Friesians, from the Netherlands, are known for their dancing skills; Lipizzaners, from […]

Familiarity is strength behind Franklin girls volleyball team

  Benjamin Franklin High School’s volleyball Class of 2018 all have one thing in common: They’ve been at the varsity level since they all were in eighth grade. Brian Farr has been coaching the high school team the past two years. The fact they’ve played together for so long — and know each other so […]

Painting Wonderland gives patrons chance to let creativity soar

‘There’s no politics here. There’s no drama here, no craziness. It’s just you, the pottery piece and falling in love.’ – Painting Wonderland owner Tara Pool-Walker     Painting Wonderland is a place where the community gets their creative juices flowing and create their own art pieces. The studio has been open since June 17 in […]

Featured Restaurant – Biscuits Cafe in San Tan Valley

Biscuits Cafe is San Tan Valley’s newest brunch-and-lunch spot   Large portions of freshly made food welcome diners to the new Biscuits Cafe in San Tan Valley. Biscuits Cafe, which opened in September, is part of the Biscuits Cafe franchise, based out of Oregon. “We did a soft opening Sept. 11,” General Manager Dustin Johnson […]