Halloween is coming up and the City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation wants to make your night spook-ta-cular!  We will be hosting our annual Halloween Festival from 5:00-8:00pm on Monday, October 31. The event will take place at Prospector Park on the Soccer Fields located at 3015 N. Idaho Rd.  The park is about 1/8th of a mile north of Lost Dutchman Blvd. (also known as Brown in Mesa). This event is free to the community and is offered as a safe alternative to the traditional neighborhood trick or treating. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our event sponsor Friends of Apache Junction.

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Jeff Serdy on KFNX 1100AM this Saturday, 09/29/12

Jeff Serdy, an Apache Junction Gun Shop Owner (http://www.ajisports.com/) and Apache Junction City Council Member, will be on the radio this Saturday at noon on 1100 KFNX AM on the program “A Call to Rights.”  He will be talking about Fast & Furious, his shop, his disappointment with the NRA, and related matters. If you’re out of the area, the program is streamed on the internet at http://1100kfnx.com/

I’ve known Jeff for some time now and, no pun intended, he is a straight shooter.  I think this will be a program you will be interested in hearing.

Pinal County Republican Committee Meeting – 09/15/12

The Pinal County Republican Committee (http://www.pinalcountygop.org) monthly meeting was called to order 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the SaddleBrooke Activity Center in SaddleBrooke AZ.

The minutes of the last meeting, held August 18, 2012, were approved without correction.  Chairman Kohut welcomed another new Precinct Committeeman giving a brief overview of the PCRC, its purpose and organization, introduced the Statuary Officers and District Chairmen and announced the number of Precinct Committeemen is currently 226.  Chairman Kohut also welcomed current and former candidates, campaign managers and anyone representing candidates in the election.  The Chairman asked candidates who did not win their primaries to move their efforts to supporting the candidates now in the general election.  Seraphim Larson, PCRC Secretary and District 2 Chairman, talked about updates and some technical issues in setting up new communication channels.

Chairman Kohut’ Report include a succinct summary of the issues regarding the State Committee Woman election at national and state levels.  The Chairman then moved to the coming election, the mixed feeling of the electorate across the board and the need to encourage our base for the coming election.  The Party is focusing on hot spots at all levels of the election and organizing to reach out and encourage voters to exercise their franchise – the bottom line is – does one support or oppose the policies of the current President?

Clara Davis advised the San Tan Republican Club, the Western Pinal Republican Club and the Pachyderm Coalition will be sponsoring a booth at the Coolidge Days Festival on October 5-7.  Chairman Kohut advised that events can be emailed to him or Secretary Larson to go on the calendar being created as part of the new communication tools.

Under New Business there was a spirited discussion about how Legislative Districts are represented in counties above and below certain key population thresholds.  The most difficult issue is that a county above the threshold can organize by LD with officers and representation by LD but those in the same LD but a different county below the threshold are required to be represented under the county system.  Hence, they are sitting in an LD that has a representative body in which they cannot have membership.  This is not a new system, it’s been that way for some time, but continues to be a source of conflict for LD members feeling they lack representation in their own LDs.  It was moved and approved to request the legal interpretation used by the AZ GOP on this situation.

The PCRC is made up of all Republican Precinct Committeemen in Pinal County.  The PC’s are elected to represent the Republican members of their Precincts.  If you have questions or want information please go to the website to contact the Committee. – PLH

AJ autistic boy’s drawing wins ‘ZooWalk’ T-shirt contest

Colby’s drawing of a lineup of four turtles with a rainbow-colored one lying on its back, quickly grabbed the attention of the judges “hands down” who selected it as the winner out of about 100 entries from children and adults …

Read more:  http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/health/article_ad1113cc-fdf3-11e1-a9d6-0019bb2963f4.html

Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots Weekly Meeting – 09/13/12

The Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/) held their regular weekly meeting at the Feedbag’ Restaurant in Apache Junction on Thursday at 6:30 PM with founder, Judy Novalsky, facilitating the meeting.

Todd House reported on the Special Meeting of the Apache Junction Fire Board (http://www.ajfire.org/) on September 10th where the Fire Board voted to retain interim Chief Paul Bourgeois as Chief of the Apache Junction Fire District.  Todd also reminded everyone that Barbara Cobb (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Cobb-for-AJFD-Board/379884572084142) and Charlie Fox are candidates for the Fire Board in the November election.

Judy Novalsky advised that the City Council has voted to temporarily lengthen the terms of office for the Mayor and Council positions to comply with State Legislation HB 2826.  The Council also discussed forming a Doing Art Project committee to beautify the meridian areas of Apache Junction’s streets.  This would be by donation from artists or possibly a 503c group for donations – no city funds will be used for this purpose.  The Council also voted to create a 2nd Economic Development Zone to allow the City Staff to submit grant requests.  There was discussion if the funds received would be worth the loss to homeowners who homes are now in what is defined as a ‘blight zone.’

Todd House requested volunteers for poll watchers and Jeff Struble raised the question of how to get out more of the vote in Apache Junction which has a very low voter turn-out rate.  Guest, Adam Stevens from the Southeast Valley Tea Party (http://www.southeastvalleyteaparty.org/), suggested we reach out to our families, friends and communities in small groups to talk and share about why it is so important to exercise the right to vote.  It was added that this is also a good idea between elections to keep people informed and involved what their elected officials are doing and how they are performing.

Kelly Caplette gave a summary of the Arizona Insurance Exchange debate sponsored by the Goldwater Institute (http://goldwaterinstitute.org) and the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (http://goldwaterinstitute.org).  Despite early and repeated requests  ( http://americansforprosperity.org/arizona/legislativealerts/will-anyone-defend-the-az-obamacare-insurance-exchange/#ixzz26JqeXp8J) no one advocating the Exchange showed up to defend the idea forcing Tom Jenney, Arizona State Director for AFP, to assume the role of devil’s advocate in defending the idea.  The result of the debate was that an exchange was a dangerous idea for Arizona for several reasons. It comes with a lot of strings and requirements, it allows the Federal government to override the State decisions at will (leaving the state with the bill) and there is dubious indication that insurance companies will be the ultimate financial beneficiaries – more so than the citizens the exchange is supposed to help.  Another conservative blogger who attended the debate summarized the salient points here (http://redmountainpatriots.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/arizona-health-care-exchange/).

Guest speaker, Jill Broussard, Republican candidate for Pinal County School Supervisor (http://www.facebook.com/jill.broussard.393), started with speaking about Proposition 204 – Quality Education and Jobs that seeks to make the temporary 1 cent tax that was to last for three years permanent.  This tax will make Arizona the state with the 2nd highest sales tax rate in the nation and there is no financial accountability written in the proposition.  This with the connection to special interest indicates the proposal has more to do with politics than children (http://votenoon204.com/ ).  Jill wants to operate the County Superintendants office within its budget, something that has not been happening for some time.  She is also working on ways to reduce the administrator to teacher ratio which is currently almost one to one.  Along with increasing the number of reading specialists, especially for the primary grades, she wants to reduce the number of drop-outs and formulate a community volunteer support program that draws parents and other community members into the schools to work together on educating children.  Jill also is investigating the idea of vocational and technical high school programs that both engage students, keeping them in school, and give them practical skills and certifications along with their diploma on graduating.  She also wants to revisit security in the schools and work with the Sheriff’s department to keep the schools safe for education.   – PLH

Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please leave a message to be contacted.

Superstition Mountain Republican Club Monthly Meeting – 09/11/12

The Superstition Mountain Republic Club meeting was held at the Feed Bag Restaurant  in Apache Junction on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 with President Charlie Fox facilitating.

Charlie thanked the veterans present and welcomed new members.  He then mentioned two new movies currently in the theatres, 2016: Obama’s America (http://2016themovie.com/) and The Last Ounce of Courage (http://www.standusa.com/last-ounce-of-courage/).  Both are highly recommended.  There was also a trailer for a movie due to be released soon that looked worth seeing Won’t Back Down (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/05/24/could-new-movie-spark-charter-school-movement/).

Todd House thanked everyone for their support in the primary and advised the political maneuvering was already starting for the general election (Republicans for [Democrat] Maxine Brown in Gold Canyon???) so it isn’t over yet.  On a positive note, Todd was happy to report that, despite the rather tumultuous events around replacing the previous Fire Chief and concerns about how the interim Chief was chosen, the new Chief is doing very well and the Fire board has voted to keep him as existing Chief.   Todd also pointed out that the Fire Board, School Board and Sewer Board have all voted to raise their tax rates in 2012 illustrating the importance of being involved on a local level.  Anyone can run for positions on these boarda (or request appointment, depending on the board).  The CAC (Central Arizona College) Board will also have openings in the next election two years from now

Charlie advised a local business owner had contacted him about getting a Romney/Ryan sign for his business.  Charlie checked with the State GOP and found out the Romney campaign is not providing any materials to their base in Arizona.  The Arizona State GOP is providing a limited supply of yard signs and bumper stickers, for a fee, through their website (http://www.azgop.org/pages/arizona-republican-party-gear).  Or you can go to Mitt Romney’s website store (http://store.mittromney.com/) where you choose from an array of items at a nice mark-up (and be hit up for a donation).  One is forced to presume that the State GOP is subsidizing some of the cost to at least offer better prices and other states in the ‘taken-for-granted’ column are pooling their funds to do the same (http://www.williamsoncountygop.org/2012/08/romneyryan-signs-buttons-and-bumper-stickers-now-available/).  In such a close election it’s a questionable policy to take one’s base for granted – even the Democrats are noticing the dearth of usual material (http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021311995).

There was discussion of GOTV regarding evangelical Christians and not-declared voters.  We need to encourage everyone to vote – well not everyone loves our choices, a failure to vote is support to the opposition.

Kelli Caplette, Club Secretary, presented an excellent summary of the Arizona Health Exchange debate held on September 5 at the Goldwater Institute (http://goldwaterinstitute.org) who sponsored the event along with the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (http://goldwaterinstitute.org).  Oddly enough, although there was no problem finding reputable people to take the con (opposed) side of a State Health exchange debate, it was impossible to “…find anyone who is willing to publicly defend the exchange (or even provide testimony as an ostensibly neutral policy expert) — even after reaching out for three weeks to the Brewer Administration and the state’s health insurance lobbyists, and even after offering them equal time, an equal share of the audience, and the appointment of a pro-exchange co-moderator for the debate“ ( http://americansforprosperity.org/arizona/legislativealerts/will-anyone-defend-the-az-obamacare-insurance-exchange/#ixzz26JqeXp8J).  Since no one advocating the exchange felt  able to stand up to support their position, Tom Jenney, Arizona State Director for AFP, played devil’s advocate representing the pro side of the debate.  The main was  that the exchange comes with a lot of built in requirements and federal powers that can override State plans leaving the State with the bill.  There is also some question about how the insurance companies are involved in formulating an exchange that would result in a profitable boost for their industry but perhaps not the best outcome for citizens of Arizona.  A blogger at Red Mountain Patriots also attended and posted a list of salient points (http://redmountainpatriots.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/arizona-health-care-exchange/) made in this complicated debate.    We need to encourage our Governor to avoid throwing Arizona into this quagmire and urge her to preserve our State sovereignty in this matter.

Ann Fessler-Butts provided a partial showing of Glenn Becks’ Nine Eleven special providing the group with a passionate recapitulation of that terrible event and thoughtful perspective on the eleven years since then.  Charlie reminded everyone that we should be considering candidates to nominate for Club officers at the October meeting and adjourned the meeting.

Anyone interested in attending or joining the SMRC can find information on the club website (www.ajsmrc.com). – PLH

AJ Girl Cited As Heroine In Home Fire

Woke mother and brothers, carried little brother out
By Betty Swanson
The News

A 10-year-old Apache Junction girl is being commended for her quick, lifesaving actions during a residential fire that destroyed a family’s mobile home on Labor Day.
“Samantha Christian is an incredible young lady,” stated Deputy Fire Chief Dave Montgomery. “To remain as calm and collected as she did in alerting her mother and then helping her brothers out of the home shows a great amount of courage for one so young,” said Montgomery.
According to Montgomery, fire broke out in the family’s mobile home at 2650 E. Superstition Blvd. early on the morning of Sept. 3. When firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire, they found LaBecca Christian and her children 10-year-old Samantha, 8-yearold Brandon and 4-year-old Sean all safely outside the home, he said.
“They didn’t find out until later that Samantha had been a real hero that morning as she had awakened to a popping sound and the smell of smoke, and had quickly alerted her mother and helped shepherd her little brothers out of the home,” he said.
“Because she couldn’t lift her brother Sean, she had him climb on her back and carried him out to safety,” added Montgomery.
Samantha and her mother were both treated at a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation and released later that morning.

More at:  http://ajnews.com/