Segments of Apache Junction roads to close temporarily due to repaving

The city of Apache Junction will be paving segments of Baseline Avenue and Idaho Road from March 28 through April 16.

The work will result in the closure of the two streets during this time. Baseline Avenue will be closed from Idaho Road to Winchester Road and Idaho Road from U.S. Highway 60 to Baseline Avenue.

Motorists can use Tomahawk Road to access businesses along Baseline Avenue within the industrial park, including those on Winchester Road. That will also allow drivers on Baseline to access the Arizona Department of Transportation motor vehicle emissions testing facility, the Apache Junction Public Works Department and the city’s Paws and Claws Care Center for animals.

In addition, repaving began March 14 on Ironwood Drive between Broadway to Apache Trail, according to a press release. Work is expected to take about three months.

All construction will be conducted during daylight hours for the safety of construction workers. Any questions related to this project should be directed to the Public Works Department at 480-982-1055.

Source:  http://apachejunctionindependent.com/news/segments-apache-junction-roads-close-temporarily-due-repaving/

Arizona Media Not Doing Its Job; Fails to Inform the People

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 7. 2016) – Arizona media apparently has little interest in informing Arizonans about what is going on in their state legislature if it doesn’t fit its agenda.

Last week, the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center hosted a press conference in support of nine measures making their way through the state House and Senate that would serve to limit federal power and reestablish state control. Several state legislators showed up, but zero members of the media bothered to take advantage of an opportunity to learn about an important movement currently gathering momentum in the Arizona State Legislature.

The press conference highlighted nine bills pending in the Arizona Legislature that would serve to limit federal power in some way. Legislation addressing constitutional tender, the right to keep and bear arms, NDAA indefinite detention, presidential executive orders and asset forfeiture law reform were among those featured. These aren’t bills simply languishing in committees. Legislation to prohibit state cooperation with federal indefinite detention without due process, to define gold and silver as legal tender and to bar state cooperation with the enforcement of future federal gun control have all passed one chamber of the legislature.

But this apparently doesn’t count as news in the Grand Canyon State, and major media players don’t deem it an important responsibility to inform Arizonans about these initiatives. The Arizona TAC sent out some 50 invitations to members of the media.

Rep. Sonny Borrelli suggested the press might suffer from partisan bias, noting that the media has a long tradition of ignoring Republican efforts to inform the electorate while Democrats can garner media attention, “at the drop of a hat.”

Prominent Arizona activist Joel Alcott said it was no coincidence that the press ignored the event. He said that because these bills are among the most controversial before the legislature this session, it was a deliberate move to avoid lending them any additional credibility.

The press might not care about efforts to limit federal power, but Arizonans do. The proposed laws build on a state constitutional amendment passed in 2014 that enshrined the anti-commandeering doctrine in the Arizona constitution. The amendment explicitly affirms the state’s right to “exercise its sovereign authority to restrict the actions of its personnel and the use of its financial resources to purposes that are consistent with the Constitution.”

Since Arizona voters approved the measure, efforts to put it into action have stepped up with legislators introducing numerous bills.

Journalists love to talk about their responsibility to the people and opine about their integral role in democratic self-government. They sometimes even refer to themselves as the “Fourth Estate.” But in practice, it seems like nothing more than pious talk. In the real world, far too many media outlets have become shills for the status quo and left-leaning establishment politics. That may sound unfair, but the crickets at the Arizona TAC presser testifies to this truth.

Source:  http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/arizona-media-not-doing-its-job-fails-to-inform-the-people/

Apache Junction to collect hazardous waste, electronics and shred documents

The city of Apache Junction will hold its annual household hazardous waste, white goods, electronic recycling and document shredding collection event from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The event will take place at the city of Apache Junction‘s public works operations yard at 575 E Baseline.

This collection event is for items that typically cannot be deposited into a regular trash load.  An effort will be made to recycle most of the items collected.  Residents may bring from their homes items such as anti-freeze, motor oil only, paint, tires with no rims, refrigerators, air-conditioners, freezers, etc.

Electronic recycling will be held for items such as PC’s, laptops, flat panel monitors, power cords, keyboards, typewriters, etc.

Document shredding of confidential documents will be done on-site.

For additional information on the event, call Heather Hodgman at 480-474-8500.

Source:  http://apachejunctionindependent.com/news/apache-junction-to-collect-hazardous-waste-electronics/

UPDATE ON THE AZ STATE SENATE BILL SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 11, 2016

 12:00 Noon 2nd Regular Session for the 52nd Legislature Convenes

The Senate floor can be viewed here: http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=3

 2:00 PM Governor Ducey Delivers his State of the State Address

The address can be viewed here: http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=6

 Natural Resources

9:00 AM

Room 109

NOT MEETING

 State Debt & Budget Reform

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Commerce & Workforce Development

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 1

NOT MEETING

Water & Energy

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Tuesday January 12, 2016

 Federalism, Mandates, & Fiscal Responsibility

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Appropriations

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 109

 NOT MEETING

 TRANSPORTATION

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 1

 NOT MEETING

 Wednesday January 13, 2015

 Public Safety, Military & Technology

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 1

 NOT MEETING

 Finance

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Health & Human Services

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Government

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 * SB1009 confidential data; criminal records check (Kavanagh)

* SB1010 recycled materials report; state agencies (Kavanagh)

* SB1017 municipal service access cards; requirements (Kavanagh)

* SB1040 department of administration; continuation (Kavanagh)

* SB1042 Prescott historical society; continuation (Kavanagh)

* SB1043 state personnel board; continuation (Kavanagh)

* SB1044 special census; lawful presence (Kavanagh)

* SB1045 pioneers’ home; miners hospital; continuation (Kavanagh)

* Pending Introduction, First Reading and Committee Assignment

 Financial Institutions

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 109

* SB1003 securities; exempt transactions (Farnsworth D,Burges, Farley, et al)

* SB1005 private fund advisers; exemption (Farnsworth D: Shooter, Cobb, et al)

* SB1006  institutional investor; definition (Farnsworth D, Begay, Farley, et al)

* Pending Introduction, First Reading and Committee Assignment

 Thursday January 14, 2015

 Education

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 1

Presentations Spotlight on School Success:

Joint Technical Education District

Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology

Advanced Placement Academy

Flagstaff High School

Career and Technical Education

Mingus Union High School District

Flagstaff Unified School District

 Judiciary

10:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 109

 NOT MEETING

 

Source:  Personal email from State Sen. Steve Smith

Superstition Fire and Medical District begins providing emergency patient transportation Jan 6th, 2016 · by Dave Montgomery

Superstition Fire and Medical District’s new ambulances are 2015 Horton models and will match looks and colors with the rest of the SFMD fleet of emergency vehicles. (Courtesy of Superstition Fire and Medical District)

Superstition Fire and Medical District began a historic new service to the area Monday, Jan. 4. With the addition of five new ambulances into its fleet of state-of-the-art emergency rescue equipment, SFMD paramedics and EMTs will be responding to calls where the transport of critical patients is needed. Less critical, or low-acuity medical transports, will continue to be provided by Southwest Ambulance.

Southwest Ambulance has provided all ambulance service to the citizens of the fire district for the past two decades. But as Fire Chief Paul Bourgeois explains, the environment has changed and it’s opened the door for a new partnership and new service delivery model for the SFMD.

“There is a basic expectation everyone in our community should have – to be transported to an appropriate medical destination in a timely manner when you call 911,” said Chief Bourgeois. “In this new system, we will retain care of our most critical sick and injured patients all the way to the hospital, providing a more efficient and effective service to our community.”

SFMD successfully worked with Rural-Metro Corp., Southwest Ambulance’s parent company, to develop a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding to capture the spirit and intent of this arrangement.

“The MOU helps to stabilize and strengthen our relationship with Rural-Metro,” said Chief Bourgeois.

SFMD staff was able to present a cost model showing conservatively that the new ambulance service will be fully self-sustaining in three to four years, with total investment recovery and positive revenue within four to five years.

“Our finance division worked very hard to show the Department of Health Services that this will be a benefit to our community,” said Chief Bourgeois.

The new ambulances are 2015 Horton models and will match looks and colors with the rest of the SFMD fleet of emergency vehicles. Each ambulance costs approximately $208,000. We received a $200,000 grant from the Gila River Indian Community for one of them.

The new units are equipped with many new features for both patient comfort and care, and items that will assist the paramedics while treating a patient while in route to the hospital.
Loading and unloading patients will be made much easier based on the latest technology and equipment available. Each new ambulance is equipped with a Stryker Power Pro Cot – Power-PRO XT. This innovative battery-powered hydraulic system that raises and lowers the patient with the touch of a button is coupled with the Stryker Power-Load cot fastener system, which lifts and lowers the gurney into and out of the ambulance, reducing the risk of injuries.

Helping to allow the paramedic to do the work needed in the safest manner possible, the new ambulances are also equipped with liquid-filled suspension springs, providing significant ride and handling performance improvements over conventional steel and air spring suspension systems.

It is also a much more comfortable experience for the patient. With the high temperatures of our summer months to contend with, each unit’s newer air-conditioning technology allows average cool down times of about nine minutes compared to the average 22 minute cool down time in older units.

“We are excited to be taking this step towards providing the very best pre-hospital service anywhere” said the fire chief. “We believe this is the next wave of change adding to the community para-medicine phenomenon that is changing the way fire-based EMS will look.”

If you would like to know more about the SFMD, visit our website or call our offices at 480-982-4440.

Editor’s note: Dave Montgomery is the assistant fire chief and public information officer for the Superstition Fire and Medical District. The SFMD encompasses 62 square miles and serves Apache Junction, the unincorporated areas of Gold Canyon, Superstition Foothills, Goldfield Foothills and Entrada Del Oro.

Source:  http://apachejunctionindependent.com/police-sheriff-fire/superstition-fire-and-medical-district-begins-providing-emergency-patient-transportation/

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.”