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Brewer: Arizona seniors deserve a future of economic security

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …
Pam Burks

Burks: Vote for Jerry Walker for Central Arizona College Governing Board

I serve the Gold Canyon community as a volunteer for several organizations and events — Gold Canyon Business Association, Gold Canyon Lions, Gold Canyon Republican Chairman, Gold Canyon …
Harry Davis

Davis: Story needed on teachers unable to teach because of health concerns

It is noticeable that your article on the Queen Creek schools reopening said nothing about the dozens of experienced certified teachers who had to leave the district because they had medical advice …
David Coward

Coward: Postal service is an old friend in serious trouble

An old and dear friend of ours is in serious, in fact, life-threatening trouble. This friend predates the Constitution and was born before the Declaration of Independence was signed by our founding …
Michelle Lind

Lind: Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …
Ed McClelland

McClelland: When it comes to mental health, race matters

As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Bishop: Our bodies are designed to fight off viruses – and they do it every day

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families.

Shufelt: 250+ birthdays celebrated each and every month, even in the pandemic

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …
Mayor Gail Barney

Barney: Everyone counts; have you completed the 2020 Census?

Serving on the Queen Creek Town Council since 2002, I have had the opportunity to grow with the community. From building Mansel Carter Oasis Park, opening the splash pad at Founders’ Park, …
Shannon Clancy

Clancy: Who is on the front line for families facing homelessness?

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Pineda: Tips to help older adults stay healthy this summer while in quarantine

While most residents in cities around the country look forward to the summer season, Arizonans try their best to stay cool living through the hottest days of the year, with temperatures rising above …

Elisco: Good things happening despite pandemic

The relentless pace of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and healthcare workers across the Valley and the country. Long days are spent caring for COVID and non-COVID patients. The …
Justin Loflin

Loflin: Lost your job due to COVID-19? Consider a career as a roofer

Have you been thinking about what career path to take? Have you recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Is college not an option for you? If you answered yes to any of these …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia launches collaborative commenting platform at yourvalley.net

The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At Yourvalley.net, which is powered by the work of local …
Pam Burks

Burks: 'Back the Blue Rally' held in Apache Junction

On July 9 --- 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. --- there was a “Back the Blue Rally,”organized by your District 5 Pinal County supervisor, Todd House, and your Pinal County assessor, Doug Wolf. I …
Whitney Lawrence

Lawrence: McSally will fight to protect people like me with pre-existing health conditions

I think everyone can agree that right now, times are tough. Coronavirus has affected millions of Americans --- most people either know someone who has gotten sick, lost a job, or lost a loved …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close …
Mimi Rogers

Rogers: The crisis of the pandemic on individuals who have intellectual disabilities

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, such as family and friends. So, with everything going …
Deke Beveridge

Beveridge: Why we chose to again temporarily close resource center at Empowerment Systems

Once again, we have chosen to make the difficult decision to temporarily close the resource center and have all Empowerment Systems staff work from home. As much as we want to remain open for our …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Never know when you might need a helping hand

When the work van pulled up in front of Arizona Helping Hands, I recognized the company name. I thought my friend Dale was coming to say hi and tour the Arizona Helping Hands facility where we …
Pam Burks

Burks: Re-elect Todd House for District 5 supervisor

It is with enthusiasm that I endorse Todd House for re-election as Pinal County supervisor, District 5. There is a choice between leadership. He has proven accomplishments such as: lowering taxes, …
David Coward

Coward: Pinal County supervisors wrong to only 'recommend' wearing of masks

Dear Chairman Smith and board members, I’m writing in opposition to your revisions to the draft of Resolution No. 061920-LSE-03 concerning the implementation of mitigation measures for …
Michael Vallante

Vallante: Supporting black-owned small businesses, entrepreneurship

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that has been taking place in some cities, the impact has been felt in every sector of our economy. There has never been a more challenging time for …
David Sheppard (Photo courtesy Just Leadership USA)

Sheppard: What Juneteenth means to me as a black man in America

This Friday, we celebrate Juneteenth --- a holiday that receives little attention but holds special significance for me as a black man in America this year. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 …
Jim Rounds

Rounds: Maricopa County supervisors need to approve project, bring 1,100 jobs to Valley

During difficult economic times like these, nothing is more valuable than a good job. As an economist, I routinely advise community and business leaders on how to recruit and create more of these …

Fassbender: Funds needed for Pinal County Veterans Memorial

The Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation is building a memorial in Pinal County to honor all the fallen soldiers who were from Pinal County. The foundation is building this memorial to honor not …

Shufelt: Tragedy befalls an amazing foster family

I met Curtis four years ago. He came to Arizona Helping Hands to receive beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, sports equipment and more to help his family. His daughter’s life had been …

Rhoden: A letter to my kids regarding #BlackLivesMatter

I last wrote a public letter to you six years ago in BKNation. During that time, in 2014, we had just moved to the Phoenix area and I was a recently minted PhD. The world at that time seemed in …
John L. Shields

Shields: 'Keep up the great work' on the Queen Creek Independent

After 50 years with newspapers as an editor and publisher, I can speak with some knowledge about community newspapers. Unfortunately, social media and other factors have dramatically impacted …

Taylor: The link between a healthy life and school dollars

In this unparalleled time where our emotional and physical well-being are threatened, staying healthy and maintaining a normalcy has become increasingly challenging. It’s imperative more …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Putting our helping hands together for the dads

I’ve had the honor to meet some amazing dads in my work at Arizona Helping Hands. Foster dads don’t have nine months to wrap their heads around the responsibilities of parenting. They …
Chasity Cruz

Cruz: Learn more about the newest elementary school in Queen Creek USD

The Queen Creek Unified School District is opening its eighth elementary school ahead of the 2020-21 school year. Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary will serve pre-K to sixth-grade students. This …
Robin Schaeffer

Schaeffer: Tips on how to return to public life while minimizing health risks

We get it. After a couple months of relative seclusion, you’re probably eager to see friends and extended family, enjoy a favorite meal out of the house, and finally get that haircut …
Mayor Gail Barney

Barney: We mourn the tragic death of George Floyd

The Town of Queen Creek joins the rest of the country in mourning the tragic death of George Floyd. We value the relationships we have with our community and the safety of all residents and …
Mary Lynn Kasunic

Kasunic: Social-distancing can mask elder abuse

In a year with many distractions and stressful events, we must not forget that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. Annually, this day highlights the issues of elder abuse and the 10% of …
Jennifer Chau

Chau: Fair funding, representation hinge on an accurate census count

During this pandemic, we’ve seen our communities step up for one another to help flatten the curve. While we continue to practice social distancing, one of the most impactful civic duties that …
Jody Martin

Martin: How to stop the protests

I want to explain how to stop the riots, looting and protests since no one seems to know and no one else is saying it. My son from Nigeria and my Russian/Ukrainian daughter from Ukraine thought it …
Steve Chucri

Chucri: Wishing you a meaningful day of reflection

This weekend, we pause to reflect upon the selfless men and women who have honorably served our nation and state and made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us our freedom. We pay tribute to their …
Seema Verma

Verma: Got Medicare? Get a no-cost test for COVID-19

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in …
Marcus Johnson

Johnson, Gjersvig: How unemployed Arizonans can navigate health care coverage

The necessity of quality healthcare coverage has become abundantly clear for many Americans over the recent weeks For the one in 10 Americans now unemployed whose health insurance options were …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Even COVID-19 won’t slow down Arizona Helping Hands

The coronavirus has shut down or slowed down many businesses throughout the United States, but the essential services provided to children in foster care by Arizona Helping Hands have continued on …
Marc Lamber

Lamber: Lawsuits expected as Arizona businesses reopen

Now that commerce is resuming across Arizona, business owners are entering into uncharted territory taking a risk that customers and employees will catch COVID-19 at the business. If that happens, …
Nikki Julien

Julien: Less lawn equals more wildlife

Here in Phoenix our summer months are not known as gardening weather but there’s important work to do in the yard this year --- remove your lawn. You probably already consider this every …
Seema Verma

Verma: Thank you to all on the front lines of the pandemic

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I’d like to thank all those who work in nursing facilities --- doctors, nurses, food preparers, housekeepers and others --- for …
Jan Brewer

Brewer: President Trump's immigration pause is patriotic

Whenever anyone questions the wisdom of allowing large-scale illegal immigration, the first thing we invariably hear from the open-borders left is that it will outrage Hispanic-Americans. More often …
Darius Amiri

Amiri: Supreme Court may vote soon on the plight of 'Dreamers'

While the nation’s focus is rightfully on the COVID-19 crisis, another crisis looming for a large group of young people. Dreamers are living a nightmare as they wait for the federal government …
Jeff Brown

Brown: Council approves proclamation supporting reopening of Queen Creek businesses

About opening Arizona, about opening QC and about Queen Creek businesses and residents, the Town of Queen Creek mayor and council have been working since last week on the attached proclamation. It …
Sen. Karen Fann

Fann: Why Arizona lawmakers will end session May 8

The Arizona Senate will be returning on Friday, May 8 to sine die. This direction was determined after conversations and communications with members of the Arizona Senate and House. There is a …
Leah Martineau

Martineau: Time to move forward and open Queen Creek

To Mayor Barney, Town Council and town staff: I know the past several weeks is nothing any of us would have ever predicted. I understand the seriousness of the matter. When this all started, …
Judy Lutes

Lutes: Arizona Winter Visitors Association ceases operations

It’s a sad day for the Arizona Winter Visitors Association. After 28 years we have shut it down because of the virus. We can’t operate with no income; as of Jan. 1 we have not received …
Sen. Sylvia Allen

Allen: Arizona education and the CARES Act

As chair of the Arizona Senate Education Committee, I passionately work toward bettering the education of every child in the state and I fully support Arizona parents and their school choice rights, …

Shufelt: Supporting Arizona's children during Foster Care Awareness Month

Governor Doug Ducey has again issued a proclamation declaring the month of May to be Foster Care Awareness Month. The governor urges “all citizens to do something positive to improve the …
Zach Shaw

Shaw: Caregivers key to fighting COVID-19

Older adults, with diminished immune systems due to aging and with pre-existing conditions, are much more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general population. In-home caregivers can help prevent …

Wolfe: Keeping peace at home while everyone is online

Now that most of us are working and learning from home, you may be noticing that some websites may be a bit slow to load, and you may experience intermittent buffering when streaming video. While …
Berry Staub

Staub: Virtual tours of homes in Eastmark for health, safety of buyers

Shea Homes Arizona recently "opened" its newest community, Reserves Estates at Eastmark. I say open with a grain of salt, because as you might guess, we’re opening this community differently …

Rhein: State Route 88 no longer closed leading to Apache Lake

As a homeowner in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley, I’ve enjoyed reading the Queen Creek Independent as your paper has articles that can’t be found elsewhere. I always felt I was getting …
Jason Houston

Houston: Some questions for Trump fans to consider before the election

Some questions for Trump fans to consider before Nov. 3: Why does Trump fight with everyone? Why does Trump put his knowledge above the experts'? Why does Trump constantly ignore the …
Aaron Blocher-Rubin

Blocher-Rubin: Potential adverse impact of unemployment claims on self-insured nonprofits

During these uncertain times, the economic impact of coronavirus-driven cancelations, postponements and shutdowns continues mounting. This is especially daunting for many nonprofit organizations …
Robin Benning

Benning: Top 3 campaign issues include protecting residents

What are your top three campaign issues and why?: Protect our residents and ensure the town provides excellent service including police, fire, EMS, water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, traffic controls, parks, libraries, community programming, engineering, building safety and environmental planning.
Diane E. Brown

Brown: APS bill relief? From where it comes matters

Let’s face it. If you are an APS customer, you are likely not pleased with the utility’s last rate hike or that it is now seeking an additional rate hike totaling $184 million. Relief …
Dejan Simurdic

Simurdic: Child drownings are a preventable death

We partner with Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and we strongly recommend and teach our students and families the same safety measures as they do: Child drownings are a top cause of …
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally

McSally: CARES Act a lifeboat for Arizona’s small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the Arizona economy and employ over one million Arizonans. These hard-working Arizonans often put everything they have into building their businesses from scratch …
Seema Verma

Verma: Getting medical care in your home during the pandemic

At Medicare, we understand you may have concerns about going to your doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, our Medicare beneficiaries …
U.S. Rep.  Paul A. Gosar

Gosar: President Trump right to halt immigration to the United States

At a time when millions of Americans are facing unemployment, the very last thing we need to do is import additional foreign labor. I'm grateful to President Trump for halting immigration to the …
Robert L. Murdoch

Murdoch: One viewer's take on coronavirus

Coronavirus has brought me to tears. The first time was when I heard about all the people who had their lives cut short, especially the children, then the seniors whose children placed them in …
Bill Gates

Gates: Continue to stay home, stay healthy, stay connected

Maricopa County, its partners, and all of you have been working very hard to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. I am happy to report that the …

Docimo: Three telehealth tips connected to COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to mount, many Arizonans may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important --- yet potentially overlooked --- …
Dr. Anne Docimo

Docimo: Tips to help make walking one of your healthy habits

With an increased focus on practicing healthy habits – such as washing hands frequently and staying home when sick to help avoid spreading COVID-19 – it’s important to remain …
Portraits for OptumCare

Schnitzer: Tips to help seniors boost their physical, mental health during coronavirus quarantine

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, anyone can get …

Simmer: Rotarians provide ideas on how you can help others during pandemic

Rotarians are “People of Action,” and Rotary clubs and their members throughout Arizona are pitching in to help where needed in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic …

Brown: Tips for consumers from price gouging to student loans

By now, we have all heard public health experts declare the need to frequently wash our hands and practice social distancing. While we heed that important advice, we also urge consumers to be on …

Shufelt: Navigating through uncharted waters

These are truly unchartered waters. Families are confined to quarters and avoiding interactions with others. Parents are working from home, children are avoiding play dates. All the stresses that …

Newlon: Remote online notarization a critical need in Arizona

To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. senators --- Kevin Cramer and Mark Warner --- introduced a bill known …
Jackie Elliott

Elliott: All CAC instruction online for remainder of semester

The Central Arizona College campuses will be closed to the public with essential services moved to online, telephone or virtual formats.Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring coronavirus …
Seema Verma

Verma: Medicare and coronavirus, what you need to know

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the …
Claire Louge

Louge: Stay calm, stay connected

After my plane landed in Chicago for a short business trip, the couple sitting next to me got a panicked phone call from their son. He was in Spain on a school trip, and he had heard the news that …
David Coward

Coward: Rep. Kelly Townsend doesn’t listen

Rep. Kelly Townsend was recently quoted in an article on the effects of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the state legislature: “If you asked every single person here what they think, I bet …
Roger Biede

Biede: Keep our community, local businesses healthy

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce is committed to be a community leader and advocate for our business community. As the situation regarding responses and the community's efforts to prevent …
Dr. Steven Gonzales

Gonzales: Why Maricopa County Community College District classes are suspended through April 5

All in-person and hybrid classes are suspended through Sunday, April 5. All current online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. Faculty are currently working on moving existing in-person …
William Shaheen

Shaheen: Why Superstition Mountain Astronomical League canceled events for season

I believe you all know just how much we in the Superstition Mountain Astronomical League love hosting our "star parties" and enjoy engaging with you, our visitors. It has been a source of extreme …
Jackie Elliott

Elliott: Why Central Arizona College campuses will be fully online beginning March 25

Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have provided several updates during the last several days regarding the situation, including actions taken …
U.S. Rep.  Paul A. Gosar

Gosar: Self-quarantining after contact with individual who later tested positive for COVID-19

I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with …

Opinion: Our Puerto Penasco community is running into discouraging troubles

We love living in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). It is our home. We are committed to making this already wonderful place an even better destination for visitors, new residents and businesses. The …
Ken Parsons

Parsons: Support needed for 'RV Rights AZ' in unincorporated Pinal County

Our group is attempting to educate property owners that reside in unincorporated lands of Pinal County outside cities and HOAs. This1962 Ordinance says that IF complained about an occupied rv you …
Cathi Herrod

Herrod: Passing of HB2706 a victory for Arizona girls and women

Girls and women in Arizona scored a big victory the evening of March 3 in the Arizona House, but only by a slim margin. Many house members voted against preserving a level playing field for female …
Mike Colletto

Colletto: Patient care will suffer if HB2823 becomes law

For decades, the Arizona Department of Health Services has done a good job of making sure ambulance service in Arizona is safe, affordable and available to everyone. HB2823 threatens to upend this …

Hanshew: Errors in ‘The American Dream Act’ article

There are several significant material errors in “The American Dream Act” article. California’s Proposition 13 property tax assessment methodology is held out as the benchmark …
Glenn Hamer

Hamer: Bill throws needed sunshine on a legal process

A bill introduced by state Sen. Vince Leach, SB 1459, throws some needed sunshine on a legal process currently hidden from public view. If the bill passes and is signed into law, Arizona taxpayers …
Richard Dyer

Dyer: State of the Town; and a history not to be forgotten

It was a packed house Feb. 11 for the State of the Town, held at the Queen Creek Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway. Six of the council members were on the dais, with Councilmember Dawn …
Adam Garber

Garber: Improved communication needed for food recalls

As consumers, we rely on the food safety system when we buy groceries. And, we expect that if one of our purchases has been recalled our grocery store will warn us. However, a new report by the …

Watch for warning signs of teen suicide

Participants in a program called One Gilbert hope to unite the town’s residents behind an ambitious and much-needed goal: eliminating teen suicide. The effort, launched in October 2019 by …
Cate Kortzeborn

Kortzeborn: What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful …

Dr. Katz: A healthy lifestyle will be best defense against coronavirus threat

Coronavirus is on the verge of being the next worldwide pandemic. Thousands of people, mostly in China, have contracted the virus. However, at least two Arizonans are suspected of having the …
Daniel Adelman

Adelman, Bendor, O’Grady: Neglect of Arizona schools’ capital needs violates Constitution

School districts all over Arizona are challenged today by aging schools and inadequate funds to repair or replace them. This is a major problem for our educators and for the children they …
Nicole Speranza

Speranza: Queen Creek restricting access to schools for country club lake

I am writing in the hopes that you can help influence the Town of Queen Creek in delaying a project that will detrimentally impact the education, safety, and transportation of residents in the San …

Shufelt: ‘My bike saved my life’

This is a quote from Noah Ehlert, and the inspiration for his Discover Your Path tour, a cross country bike trip from California to Florida to raise awareness of the issues faced by youth in foster …
Joe Arpaio

Arpaio: Eliminating the dangers posed by anonymous shell companies is commonsense

Under current U.S. law, when criminal organizations want to hide their money laundering and financing activities from law enforcement officials, they have the means to do so. The result is the …
Kay Bailey

Bailey: Support Medicare Advantage for Arizona seniors

I’m a senior who loves to travel. And my Medicare Advantage healthcare plan gives me the confidence to know I can see a doctor or fill prescriptions no matter where I go in the U.S. All of …
Richard Dyer

Dyer: Don’t put off getting required Arizona Travel ID

Getting the new required federally-compliant Travel ID driver’s license recently took me less than 10 minutes at a third-party Motor Vehicle Division office. As it will be required to pass …

Watson: Ducey education plan supports bright horizon for local educators

There are some big changes on the horizon for education in Maricopa County, if Gov. Ducey’s legislative agenda continues to get a good reception from our state lawmakers. Last week Gov. …
Christine M. Thompson

Thompson: Arizona must support the success of all students

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities outlined in the Roadmap for P-20 Education Funding. In …
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick

Harper-Marinick: Maricopa Community College workforce, teacher programs benefit Arizonans, employers

Today (Jan. 17), Gov. Doug Ducey released his FY 2021 budget proposal to the Legislature that includes an $11.1 million investment to fund the Community College STEM and Workforce formula.We …
Cate Kortzeborn

Kortzeborn: Still time to change your Medicare health plan

Did you sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan last year only to find that it doesn’t meet your needs? Not to worry. You still have time to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, …
U.S. Rep.  Paul A. Gosar

Rep. Gosar: U.S. Navy should name warship to honor Granite Mountain Hotshots

Recently, Fire Chief Light in Prescott reached out to me to see if we could ask the Navy to name a warship after the Yarnell 19, the 19 firefighters that died in the 2013 Yarnell fire. I thought …

Hamer: Gov. Ducey ensuring Arizona’s economic momentum continues

Today’s State of the State address was yet another welcome reminder that Gov. Ducey is focused like a laser-beam on ensuring Arizona’s economic momentum continues.
Bill Gates

Gates: Looking back on 2019

Ringing in the new year provides us with a moment of reflection on years past. Looking back, I am so proud of the work that was accomplished in 2019. Many of these accomplishments will continue …
Susan Anable

Anable: Your 2020 online data privacy checklist

Over the last 10 years the number of internet users has doubled from two billion to four billion - more than half of the global population. National Data Privacy Day Jan. 28 reminds us that while …
Richard Dyer

Dyer: Annexations, road construction and what else were top stories for 2020?

The twin annexations of Arizona State Trust land by the Town of Queen Creek and City of Apache Junction and road construction in the region --- including plans for an interim State Route 24 roadway …
Mayor Gail Barney

Barney: Know fireworks laws before the festivities begin

As 2019 comes to a close, it is a fantastic time to reflect on Queen Creek’s 30th Anniversary. The foundation of this community continues to be the people, which is one of the reasons we …

Haws: E-scooters ban in Queen Creek washes, light rail protests

Comment on "Protesters demand end to police crime-suppression sweeps on light rail," on page 10 of the Jan. 1, 2020 issue: I feel Valley Metro light rail has every right to use police to enforce the …
Cate Kortzeborn

Kortzeborn: Your Medicare costs in 2020

As we head into the new year, I wanted to let you know how much your Medicare premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs will be in 2020. Each year, Medicare premiums, deductibles, and …
Bill Gates

Gates: Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy New Year

As the year comes to a close and we gather with friends and family for the holidays, I want to take a minute to say thank you for allowing me to serve you on the Maricopa County on the Board of Supervisors.
Steve Chucri

Chucri: Merry Christmas and have a joyous New Year

During this holiday season, let us reflect on our blessings this past year. This time of year is special because I have the opportunity to tell you how proud and grateful I am to represent the …

Health care systems are committed to keeping Arizona healthy

Our hospitals and health care professionals have served the people of Arizona in the most critical times — from your most joyful to your most frightening moments, our health systems have been with you, the people of Arizona, on your journey.
Barbara Mason

Mason: How to maintain home throughout retirement

Keeping up with your home can be a labor of love. We want our home to be a cozy and comforting place; however, things such as clutter, renovations and safety hazards can make it difficult to relax. …