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Arizona City 'Water Days' on hold
 06.04.20

ARIZONA CITY — With school officially out for the summer, kids in Arizona City typically look forward to the Arizona City Fire District’s Summer Safety Mentoring Program.

The three-day-a-week program usually kicks off in early June, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is currently on hold. Fire Chief Jeff Heaton told PinalCentral that the fire district is awaiting direction from the county and the state.

The 12 weeks of the “Water Days” program offers kids a safe place to spend a majority of the morning enjoying various water activities, and they are also given lesson from the fire district personnel about fire safety.

Last year the firehouse saw about 120 kids per day and received help from the Toltec School District and various organizations in providing a lunch for the kids.


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Know the facts about the PO
 06.03.20

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

I have been at the Arizona City Post Office for eight to nine weeks now and the person who wrote a complaint obviously had not been there before that date. If he had others picking up his mail, he would not know the problems that all the online purchases have caused for months now. 

The post office, as well as those across the country, is flooded with extra packages and mail. Far more than regular. Coming in once in eight weeks does not make you an expert on what is happening.

Addressing envelopes and packages is controlled from Phoenix. Some things never make it to Arizona City and are returned by Phoenix. The people here explain all the rules when you renew your boxes. The IRS and USPS are two different entities with different rules. If they were told by Phoenix to suspend box renewal until a future date, they would do so. 

John Farrell

Arizona City


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Why the postal complaints?
 06.03.20

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Regarding the article interviewing Tony Caverly in the May 30 Casa Grande Dispatch, about the Arizona City Post Office: I am so tired of hearing complaints about it. I have lived in Arizona City for 10 years and have not had a problem. Seems that Phoenix has changed something that has affected this PO? Something about how things are addressed? Also seems that a lot of people are ordering online so they have kind of brought this problem on themselves. With the PO getting 500 1,500 packages a day, it does stress everyone out, trying to get them all ready to be given out. And for standing in line — tell me where we don't have to stand in line, the grocery store, banks, pharmacies, Home Deport, most all stores we have to wait in line, so stop complaining about that.

I do not know why there are so many packages sent to the PO and not delivered by UPS or FedEx to street/home addresses. 

I don't think we will ever get house delivery and hopefully not even "cluster boxes"; someplace on some streets, as those boxes will be vandalized or broken into and you still would have to go to a PO to get larger packages.

JR Carlson

Arizona City


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Complaints about PO justified
 06.03.20

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

First of all, I agree with everyone who has complaints about the Arizona City Post Office. Going to pick up mail there is a nightmare, especially during business hours. Having to pick up a package is even worse. Your article failed to mention that they are restricting hours in which you can pick up a package. I went there at 10 one morning and tried to pick up a package, only to be barked at by the person at the door to the "inner sanctum" that if I was picking up a package, I would have to come back after noon. I went back at 12:30 and there was a line of at least 40-50 people standing heel-to-toe out the door. I didn't have time to wait in line for hours, so I went back at 2:30, same scenario. I finally gave up and decided my package wasn't that important. How does this make any sense whatsoever when we are told to avoid crowds? Forcing people to stand in a crowded line for hours just to get their mail?

On another note, to all the crybabies who are complaining about people not wearing masks, do your research. According to numerous sources, (infectioncontroltoday.com, medpagetoday.com, Newsweek) "Surgical and cotton masks are both ineffective when it comes to blocking droplets of the virus SARS–CoV-2 that may be generated when somebody coughs." Don't panic — the CDC has revised its coronavirus explainer page to state that the virus transmits primarily from person-to-person contact and "does not spread easily in other ways," such as from surfaces. This does not apply to the N95 masks that are worn by medical professionals, by the way, which is a different situation.

The most effective way to keep from spreading the virus is common sense, avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing.

Carol Thompson

Arizona City


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Thanks to those protecting us
 06.08.20

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

The gratitude being expressed publicly to those who protect us during this viral pandemic cannot be stated too often. Every day we pay grateful tribute to those who risk a serious threat to their own health to serve others. One category of such workers who appear to be overlooked are our postal workers. I wish to pay special tribute to all postal workers and especially to those at the Arizona City Post Office.

These valiant workers include Julie, Alisha, Amanda, Gina, Sandra, Toni, Tyler, Walter and Tom, and anyone else I may have missed. Thanks extend also to Citizens on Patrol members who have assisted in the social distancing there. I salute them all for the daily risk they take to serve us patrons. Delivery of the mail and parcels (many containing vital medications) is absolutely vital to our existence at this time. They have most admirably answered above and beyond the call to duty!

Donald V. Thurber

Arizona City


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Blaze destroys semi rig at Eloy truck stop
 06.05.20

ELOY — A truck driver escaped unharmed after his rig caught fire at a truck stop in Eloy Wednesday afternoon.

The semi tractor-trailer was destroyed along with its cargo in the blaze in the truck parking lot of the Petro Truck Stop at Sunland Gin Road and Interstate 10.

No one was injured in the blaze and firefighters prevented it from spreading to any other vehicles and structures, according to the Eloy Fire District.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.