Animal Care and Control will be expanding their hours of operation

FLORENCE – Beginning in 2016, Pinal County
On Wednesdays, the shelter located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner, Casa Grande, 85194, will be open from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. On Saturdays, the shelter will be open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
‘We have had a lot of people ask us to remain open longer so they can come in after work,’ Audra Michael, Animal Care and Control Director said. ‘So we changed our schedule around to accommodate extra hours for people who need to come in later. We’re going to see how this goes for a couple of months. If we need to change it to make it more accommodating for people, we will do that.’

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday-Closed
  • Monday-8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday-8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday-8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Thursday-8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday-8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday-10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

You can reach Animal Care and Control through the Pinal County Citizen Contact Center at 520-509-3555 or within any part of Pinal County at 3-1-1.

To see the animals the shelter has for adoption:


Pinal County jobless rate drops as population climbs

Pinal County’s population grew 2.6 percent this year, but its unemployment rate has steadily dropped over the past seven months.

The county’s jobless rate dropped from 6.3 to 6 percent, its lowest since May’s 5.6 percent. The state’s seasonally adjusted rate is also 6 percent, a drop of 0.1 percent. The U.S. rate is unchanged at 5 percent.

“We’ve grown, and we’re still gaining jobs. That’s very, very, very difficult to do,” said Tim Kanavel, Pinal County Economic Development manager. “People are getting jobs, whether it’s at home or in stores or somewhere out of the county.”

Pinal’s estimated population growth was 10,231 people in the past year. The growth rate of 2.6 was the highest in the state. Overall, Arizona’s population grew 1.4 percent in 2015.

 Pinal gained 500 nonfarm jobs in November. The state gained 29,800 nonfarm jobs last month.

Research administrator Doug Walls of the Arizona Department of Administration said the state is nearing pre-recession levels of jobs but still has 7.3 percent to regain. Ten years ago, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent.

All indicators in the employment outlook are “pretty positive,” he said. Ten of 11 job categories showed growth so far in 2015. The only sector reporting losses was natural resources and mining.

According to the state data, the biggest job gains during 2015 have been in education and health, which picked up 13,800 jobs. Leisure and hospitality grew 10,900 jobs, and trade, transportation and utilities (TTU) gained 10,800 jobs.

TTU had Arizona’s biggest month-to-month growth in November with a pickup of 14,600 jobs. Education and health serviced gained 3,400 jobs.

Construction, a large job sector before the recession, remains one of the smaller categories. After nine Novembers in a row reporting over-the-month job losses, construction showed a job gain of 1,600 last month.

“Construction has not recovered the majority of its jobs,” Walls said. “They were clearly at an unsustainable level before the recession.”


Pinal County Used and Surplus On line Auction

FLORENCE – Are you searching for a gift for that hard-to-shop-for-person in your life? Pinal County may have what you are looking for.

Beginning on Friday, December 11, the county will begin selling used and surplus items through an online auction site.

Finance Director Levi Gibson said there will be items ranging from used computers to heavy equipment for sale on the site,az/browse/home

. The public will have 14 days to bid on items the highest bidder will win the auction. The heavy equipment will have a 28 day bid window. The person who wins the bidding process will have to come to Pinal County to pick up their items.

‘Most items that are being replaced will be on the site,’ Gibson said. ‘All items will be sold ‘as is’. No guarantees or warranties on the equipment sold.’

The money earned from the online auction will go into a capital replacement fund for various equipment purchases. If the item sold is a used truck, the money from the auction would be designated to the capital replacement fund for vehicles.

Registration for the auction site is free of charge. Any items sold will have a 10 percent buyer’s premium charge, along with the Town of Florence sales tax of 8.7 percent.

Source:  Pinal County Government Website

Transportation bill includes expansion through Pinal County

Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015 10:54 am

A sweeping transportation bill approved by Congress this week includes a provision to expand the length of the proposed new Interstate 11 through Pinal County.

The House and Senate each approved the bill with bipartisan support Thursday, and it was signed by President Barack Obama on Friday.

 The portion of the proposed I-11 between Las Vegas, Nevada, and Wickenburg already had a federal designation, but the I-11 provision in the newly approved transportation bill expands it to the entire proposed route.

That extends it southward to the U.S.-Mexico border and northward in Nevada to Reno.

No funding is set aside for I-11, but supporters say the expanded designation of the route helps the planning process and makes it more likely to get funding.

U.S. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., added language to the legislation that classifies the entire I-11 route as one of the nation’s High Priority Corridors.

Titus added another provision in the bill to authorize a new program called the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects, which would ideally find funds for projects like I-11.

Last month Maricopa Mayor Christian Price said he’s pleased with the added provisions because it increases the chances of obtaining federal funding for I-11.

If the road is built, Price thinks the project will be a “fabulous addition” not only for Maricopa but for the entire state. It will be a “slow-moving process” finding the multiple revenue streams to fund the freeway, Price added, though he plans to work with state and federal representatives to make the project happen.

The Arizona Department of Transportation completed a two-year feasibility study last year, which focused on building a route that runs from Hoover Dam south to the U.S.-Mexico border.

ADOT Director John Halikowski said the I-11 project is one of “several important corridors in the state highway system that, with the necessary investment, will help ensure Arizona’s future and quality of life.”

Pinal County Animal Care and Control Lowering Adoption Rates for December


This dog is not available at the shelter but serves to illustrate the many cute animals that are.

– In a season where kids dream of full stockings hung by a fire, Animal Care and Control Director Audra Michael dreams of having an empty shelter.

“It sounds strange, but an empty shelter would be a good thing for the animals and my staff” Michael stated.  “That would mean all the animals found loving homes and our staff would be given a chance to focus on other items the shelter needs.”

During the month of December the shelter will hold a “Santa Paws” event where adoption fees are lowered for all dogs and cats.

• $75.00 plus license ($15.00 or $30.00) for ANY dog which includes puppies
• $25.00 for any already altered dog (plus license)
• $25.00 for ANY cat
• $10.00 for already altered cats

“Our shelter is full right now and we would like to get these great dogs and cats a home for the holidays,” Director Michael said.  “We are always putting a serious effort forward to avoid euthanizing any adoptable animals.”

The shelter is located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road and is open M-F from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  By phone, the shelter can be reached through the Citizen Contact Center at (520) 509-3555/(888) 431-1311.  Adoptable animals can be found at

Economics of adopting a pet during December:

Pinal County Animal Care and Control

• Adoption fee: $25.00 to $75.00
• License fee (dogs only): $15.00 to $30.00
• Vaccinations: Included
• Microchip: Included

From pet store

• Adoption fee: $250.00 to $2000.00
• License fee (dogs only): $15.00 to $30.00
• First shots: $100.00
• Microchip: $25.00-$50.00

Savings from Pinal County Animal Care and Control: $300-$2075.00

“There are all sorts of breeds here at the shelter,” Michael said.  “From your standard average mutt to pure bred.  We have something for everyone from big dogs to little kittens.”

Date: 12/1/2015

Source:  Pinal County website