Queen Creek Fire and Medical wishes holiday safety tips to all

From family meals to decorations, many holiday traditions can be a safety hazard if not properly prepared with caution. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires originate frequently in the kitchen. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the most common days for home cooking fires. The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department, […]

Meet the Teacher: Matty P assists education process as data specialist

Name: Matthew Patriquin but all my friends call me Matty P. So please, call me Matty P School: Queen Creek Middle School #wildcatpride Why you chose to work in the district: Long story short I met the love of my life. We both are in education, I was at a district in Phoenix and was […]

Military families can apply for new, transitional home in Phoenix

Operation Homefront is accepting applications from veterans and military families for a new transitional home in Phoenix. The national nonprofit has a mission to “build strong, stable, and secure military families,” according to a press release on the Phoenix home, which is the fifth location opened by Operation Homefront since August 2018. The new 2,125-square-foot, one-story, […]

Scenic photo: House sparrows in Sossaman Estates

House sparrows snapped by photographer Tom Schuh in his Sossaman Estates yard. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send submissions with your name to qcnews@newszap.com.

Scenic photo: Squirrel in Queen Creek

“Sitting on patio in the afternoon I (saw) this little squirrel eating pods from the tree. He’s such a cutie,” Queen Creek photographer Maile Alday said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with […]

Queen Creek Town Council executive session Dec. 5 includes Canyon State Academy

The campus of Canyon State Academy, which offers programs for youth ages 11 to 17, is a topic on the eight-item, closed-door executive session agenda for the Dec. 5 Queen Creek Town Council meeting. The meeting, which is not open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ironwood Conference Room in the […]

Scenic photos: Hawks near Queen Creek Wash Trail

“I thought I would send over a few photos I took of some hawks in early October near the QC Wash Trail,” Queen Creek photographer Clay McInturff said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for […]

Fulton Homes closes on land for 1,700 homes at Barney Farms

Fulton Homes has started developing their newest community, Barney Farms, in Queen Creek after closing on the land purchase in early November. Buyers looking to invest in Barney Farms are not only buying into the community and amenities that Fulton Homes provides, but also into the farming tradition of the Barney Family, according to a […]

Southeast Valley’s Parents as Teachers Program named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate

The Arizona Partnership for Children’s Parents as Teachers Program in the southeast Valley has been named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate by the Parents as Teachers National Center as a top performer in the international network. The Parents as Teachers Network serves families in Queen Creek, Mesa and Gilbert through home visits that equip parents with […]

Combs district superintendent finalists meet community Dec. 6

The J.O. Combs Unified School District’s Governing Board invites the community to a forum 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, to meet the finalists for the superintendent position. The forum, which will be in the library of Combs High School, 2505 E. Germann Road, will be moderated by Steve Highlen, Arizona School Board Association consultant. Parents, […]