Supervisors House & Chase Attend National Association of Counties Conference

FLORENCE, AZ – Supervisors Cheryl Chase and Todd House recently joined 2,300 fellow county officials from across the country during the 2013 NACo Annual Conference: County Solutions and Idea Marketplace in Tarrant County/Fort Worth, Texas to establish national policies affecting counties and work collaboratively to find and share innovative solutions to challenges facing American communities. The theme of this year’s annual conference was Why Counties Matter.

NACo’s Annual Conference is the most important gathering of county officials of the year. Decisions made during the conference allow counties to speak with a strong, clear and unified voice to the Presidential administration, Congress and the American people on issues ranging from transportation and water infrastructure, health care and court and jail systems.

Supervisors House and Chase said the conference was productive and informative.

“There are more than 3,000 counties throughout the country and, while many of our issues are unique to our local areas, there are broad common threads and policy issues we all face,” Supervisor Todd House said. “This forum gave us an opportunity to learn about some of those major issues, particularly infrastructure, transportation and health and human services issues.”

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Neighbors help neighbors in Apache Junction storm cleanup

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Home video taken by Bradi Riggins, of Apache Junction, shows the river formed by rain that flowed into her front yard, flooding part of her property during Sunday’s monsoon.

“It was a sight to see,” Riggins said. “It filled up with water, was like whitewater rafting.”

Riggins knew city crews were already swamped with calls, so she dialed up a friend who works for a landscaping supply company.

Fred Niehans got permission from his boss at AZ Rock Depot to bring over a Bobcat tractor to help move all the mud.

“This is the area where a lot of water started coming in,” Niehans pointed up where he built a berm to keep the water from flowing into the yard.

He helped not only Riggins but other neighbors in need.

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County Continues its Commitment to Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition

From left to right: Celeste Andreson, The Nature Conservancy Lower San Pedro River; Jake Jacobson, President & CEO of the Copper Basin Railway; Frances Wickham, Vice Mayor of the Town of Mammoth; Pete Rios Pinal County Supervisor for District 1; Maria Munoz, Vice Mayor of the Town of Hayden and Lillian Martinez, Board Member and Executive Assistant to Supervisor Rios.

FLORENCE, AZ – Pinal County District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios, who represents the County’s Copper Corridor region presented a check to the regional Economic Development Coalition. The check for $50,000 is the county’s contribution to support economic development activities aimed at growing and retaining businesses in the Copper Corridor area.

The Copper Corridor covers the mineral rich region in eastern Pinal County stretching south from Superior through the communities of Kearny, Hayden, Winkelman, Mammoth, San Manuel, Oracle and terminating at Oracle Junction.

The Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition’s volunteer board of directors represents each of the communities that make up the region. Its mission is to “unify Eastern Pinal and Southern Gila Counties into a regional community to promote economic development, plan and prepare for population growth while preserving the region’s values” according to its website.

“In my opinion, this region is the most beautiful part of Pinal County. It has also been the area hardest hit by volatility in the commodities market with the opening and closing of mining operations,” said Pete Rios. “Pinal County supports economic development directly through our staff and also by working with economic development foundations and coalitions who are often the ‘boots on the ground’ helping local businesses grow, expand and flourish.”

“We know that the county’s economic prosperity is linked to the opportunities that are created in all of our communities, which is why I am pleased to present this contribution on behalf of the Board to support the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition,” Rios said.

Pet dog shot and killed in Apache Junction

If anyone has ANY information on this, Please, PLEASE call the police. – Editor



APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Apache Junction Police are investigating the killing of a pet dog, shot while inside his own front yard.

“It’s senseless. I can’t explain; it hurts so bad,” said the dog’s owner, Ted McDowell.

McDowell found “Scrappy” as a stray five years ago.  He described the dog like a child.

“He was such a lovable, great dog,” said McDowell.  “He was our buddy.”

McDowell told 3TV around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, he let Scrappy out in the fenced, front yard of his home on East Junction Street, as he normally does.  However, instead of finding his pet waiting by the door, he found him suffering from two to three gunshot wounds in the corner of his yard.

“I found him laying right there,” said McDowell pointing to the spot. “Somebody walked up and shot him.”

A spokesman with Apache Junction Police says, as of now, detectives don’t have many leads, and they can’t say whether or not the case may potentially be related to the shootings of three animals in nearby Queen Creek.

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Morning Bell: Obamacare, Simplified

Posted on July 19, 2013

With open enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges set to start in fewer than three months, the law’s supporters are attempting to change the subject from Obamacare’s many delays and glitches. Instead, they’re mounting a campaign to sell the unpopular measure to the public.

President Obama yesterday gave a speech on Obamacare, trying to justify the fact thatpremiums continue to rise, violating his 2008 campaign promise to lower them by $2,500 per family per year. The Kaiser Family Foundation even released a video that attempts to simplify and explain the 2,700-page measure.

But there’s another helpful chart that shows how Obamacare will work, and it’s taken from an official report released by government auditors. Click on the image below to see how the Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration explained the Obamacare enrollment process, in testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday:

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Trio of Pinal County car thieves undone by waffles

It was surveillance video from a waffle house and gas station that lead Pinal County sheriff’s officers to arrest a trio of car thieves.

Deputies received a 911 call at about 8 a.m. July 12, from a man who reported his car had been broken into overnight while it was parked in front of his Gold Canyon home north of Florence, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

Taken were a laptop computer and a wallet containing cash and credit cards.

“While investigating this case, it was discovered one of the credit cards which had been stolen was used at a local gas station and a Waffle House … that morning,” Gaffney said.

Deputies identified the suspects from surveillance video and learned they might be staying at a nearby hotel.

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$22 million budget reviewed by Apache Junction School District board

At its June 26 meeting, the Apache Junction Unified School District board of directorsreviewed the proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year.

Finance Director Cindy Reichert presented a maintenance and operations budget of $22,844,101 – a reduction of 4.6 percent from the previous year, according to a press release posted at the district’s website.

In addition, Ms. Reichert explained the state has combined schools’ soft capital and unrestricted capital funds into one account, now called District Additional Assistance. AJUSD’s DAA fund for the 2013-14 school year will be approximately $21,000 less than the combination of the soft capital and unrestricted capital funds in 2012-13 – a 3 percent reduction in capital funding, according to the release.

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Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston!


National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.
One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.” Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington ‘s town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.
Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.
And this, people, is how the American Revolution began.

April 20, 1775