Casteel boys volleyball sweeps past Ironwood to reach semifinals

The Ironwood High School Cinderella boys volleyball season may have ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of Casteel High School but it has plenty to look forward to. “My team has very little experience,” Ironwood coach Lisa Lopez. “Even my most experienced players only played club for one year.” After pulling off the upset […]

Queen Creek approves two-year agreement for electronic review services

The Queen Creek Town Council approved on consent a two-year agreement with e-PlanSoft in an amount not to exceed $106,650 for e-PlanSoft REVIEW license subscription fees. E-planSoft provides ePlanCheck (EPC), which is a plan review software initially implemented in December 2017 by Development Services, according to a staff report from the town. The approval came […]

Family history spurs Queen Creek Boy Scouts project

Caleb Bigelow is an Boy Scout who wanted his Eagle Scout Service Project to include helping to honor the dead. Caleb and members of his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward worked at the San Tan Memorial Gardens to clean grave stones as well as photograph them and post the photos with info […]

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 […]

San Tan Memorial Gardens: Making history, keeping history

Cemetery officials plan to establish program to record histories of those buried there   San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms — the first and only cemetery in the Queen Creek area — just celebrated its fourth anniversary. It opened in January 2013 after the Schnepfs — one of the community’s founding families and owners […]

Full-service Last Chance Salon is a Queen Creek ‘hidden gem’

One Queen Creek hair salon has been in the community for 15 years. Gary Puchalski and his wife, Heather, have owned Last Chance Salon for the last two years. “We had some kids and decided to move back home,” he said “We were looking for something for the kids to grow up in.” Mr. Puchalski […]

Homer’s uses third-generation Southern barbecue recipes

Editor’s note: Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ has changed its hours. See updated hours below. Queen Creek has had many big name restaurants open in the last few months, but locally owned businesses still exist. Stan and Sam Chaffin own Homer’s Smokehouse BBQ, 1532 W. Ocotillo Road in San Tan Valley, where the couple cooks Southern barbecue […]