Queen Creek no longer investigating inoperable-vehicle complaints on private property

Complaints of inoperable vehicles on private property — including those propped up on blocks with no wheels or with flat tires — are not to be investigated by Queen Creek officials, the town council decided recently. The town receives an average of two complaints a week about inoperable vehicles that are in view from a […]

Black Rock Coffee planned at Ellsworth Loop and Walnut in Queen Creek

A Black Rock Coffee is to be one of the tenants in a three-business complex planned at Ellsworth Loop and Walnut roads, a town planner said at a recent Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Founded in 2008, the food and beverage company has one Chandler and three Mesa locations, according to br.coffee. The […]

Nonprofits range from helping youth in Uganda, to parachuting enthusiasts

Queen Creek is the base of a nonprofit that educates the neediest youth in Uganda and Gold Canyon is the home of an organization that teaches the proper use and safety of parachuting. Those unusual organizations and eight others that may not be well known in the East Valley – or only to a niche […]

Protecting the QC: Response times to decrease with addition of new fire station

When a dog gave birth in a resident’s shower and one of the puppies ended up in the drain, Queen Creek firefighters were called to provide assistance and arrived within a minute. Engine 413 was dispatched at 9:15 a.m. June 30 to an “assist citizen” incident in the 18000 block of East Canary Way and […]

Queen Creek district approves purchase of land for seventh elementary school

A 15-acre site in Cadence at Gateway phases 2-3 in Mesa is to be purchased for a new Queen Creek Unified School District elementary school, the governing board decided recently. The property for the district’s seventh elementary school is generally southeast of Ray and Ellsworth roads. “The district is paying nothing for the land for […]

Del Taco Restaurant plan OK’d by commission, at Queen Creek council July 18

A permit and plan for a new Del Taco Restaurant within Queen Creek Marketplace is to be discussed by the Queen Creek Town Council at a July 18 meeting. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Queen Creek Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway. A public hearing was held in June about the Del Taco […]

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 […]

Queen Creek firefighters save newborn puppy stuck in shower drain

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department officials were successful in extricating a newborn puppy that was stuck in a shower drain. Engine 413 was dispatched at 9:15 a.m. June 30 to an “assist citizen” incident in the 18000 block of east Canary Way and arrived on scene at 9:16 a.m., Constance Halonen-Wilson, public information officer for […]

Queen Creek pension costs continue to increase as town grows

The Arizona state program that provides lifelong monthly retirement income to town and school district employees is requiring additional funding from both employers and employees. Beginning in July, town and school district budgets are increasing funding set aside for pensions. State retirement system The Arizona State Retirement Systems retirement pension provides a lifetime guaranteed benefit […]

The salaries and benefits of Queen Creek leadership

The Queen Creek Independent on May 24 requested that the town provide the total salaries for the department heads, which they call “directors;” the amounts for benefits; and their photos. To receive the information, the Independent was required on June 13 to e-mail a Freedom of Information Act request. Listed in the order provided, the […]