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Covid-19

Board of Supervisors seek larger allocation of COVID-19 vaccines for Pinal County

With Pinal County continuing to experience a shortage of the COVID-19 vaccine, the board of supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to authorize Chairman Stephen Miller to seek more doses.
Covid-19

COVID cases in Florence jump by nearly 800

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Jan. 13 reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Florence at 4,305 in the 85132 ZIP code, an increase of 790 from one week ago. More than 90% of cases …
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First responders

Property theft reported in Florence

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area from Dec. 31- Jan. 7: Theft property, reported at 11:21 a.m., Jan. 4 in the 1300 block of South …
education

Commercial electrician installer program provides CAC students with a strong career path

Career pathway, profession, occupation, trade, etc., are all synonymous terms that are most likely very familiar to today’s students and in professional education arenas. These terms are also …
Statewide Reporting
public health

First doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived Monday in Pinal County

Pinal County Public Health ordered 10,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 9, which was the maximum allowed during this first order. Pinal County Public Health chose to move forward with …
News

Pinal County supervisors say goodbye with new board members ready to be sworn in Dec. 21

Three Pinal County Board of Supervisors members conclude their service on Dec. 31. District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios, elected in 2009, served three terms, while District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith …
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Cities sought to follow Florence, Apache Junction in water training

The town of Florence and city of Apache Junction along with other private and public entities participated in an inaugural Growing Water Smart training program in early 2020. Also learning to better …
Tourism

Florence revs up tourism efforts

A new state grant will help Florence ramp up its tourism efforts. The town is partnering with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on the 2021 Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) Rural Cooperative …
Opinion

Blanton: We must prioritize those with developmental disabilities for vaccination

With the hope of a new start at a new year, it seems clear that the coronavirus has also made a New Year’s resolution to persevere with a vengeance and stick around and mutate.

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Florence Unified uses tech to watch students on the bus

In Florence, when the wheels on a school bus go round-and-round, parents of students can see them in real time, Maybe not the wheels themselves, but they can see the location of their child’s …

Virtual Q-and-A sessions on how to enroll at Central Arizona College

Register for spring 2021 classes at Central Arizona College

Central Arizona College graduate being considered for Rhodes Scholarship program

Entertainmenet
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival features "Hunting Elephants," a comedy starring Patrick Stewart about a precocious teen conspiring with three senior citizens to rob a bank to save his mother’s house.

Long-running film festival widens its audience

Documentaries about a Hollywood legend, one of the most infamous men in 20th century America, plus an array of films from around the world that showcase Jewish and Israeli life mark the 25th …
The harvester gathers the olives and puts them in large bins.

The taste of success

With its groves of trees, milling of olive oil, plus outdoor eating, a restaurant, tours and shopping, the Queen Creek Olive Mill has evolved into an agritourism destination. “We’re …
A past Junior Parada Parade.

It's parade time in Florence

The Junior Parada Rodeo gets going today in Florence. The oldest junior rodeo in the country starts today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29. As many as 400 participants are expected to compete.
“Crossing,” acrylic on canvas, 16 inches x 20 inches, by Barbara Usey, who will be at the San Tan Artists Guild’s Holiday Art and Gifts Market.

Winter events showcase locally handcrafted artworks

Several art shows will be held in Pinal County and eastern Maricopa County in November and December, including one each in Florence, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and Queen Creek.

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …
The model train at the museum; in the background is the 20-stamp ore crusher that was state-of-the-art technology for recovering gold in the 1800s.

Superstition Mountain Museum shines anew

After a temporary closure in March, April and May due to COVID-19 concerns, the Superstition Mountain Museum grounds is open to the public. A limited schedule of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Friday, …
Fans will have to wait to see country music acts like Eric Church at Country Thunder in Florence with the postponing of 2020's event to 2021.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Return of the movie theater: A pandemic guide to movie-going in 2020

In a typical year, the time between the Academy Awards and the summer blockbuster season has provided moviegoers with a steady, highly publicized buildup for those big-budget titles soon to draw thousands.
The meeting will take place on Zoom and be live streamed on YouTube.

May 16 San Tan Valley Democrats Club meeting on Zoom, YouTube

Delina DiSanto and Stuart Starky, who are vying to win the Democratic nomination to represent Congressional District 4, are the featured speakers for the San Tan Valley Democrats meeting 10-11 a.m. …

The Arizona Highways Collection presents Photography by Barry M. Goldwater

Since 1925, Arizona Highways has been sharing the history, culture and natural beauty of Arizona with readers around the world. And along the way, it has featured some of the most talented writers …
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