CASA GRANDE — Tucson resident and former Navy SEAL Eli Crane built a thriving company selling, in its own words, “the most Bad Ass bottle openers on the market” made out of bullets and frag gr…
ELEVEN MILE CORNER — An alarming number of strays continue to pour into the county animal shelter, according to staff, who are increasingly feeling the stress.
CASA GRANDE — An innovations center in Superior and two infrastructure projects on tribal lands were included as part of a seven-bill appropriations minibus that passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday night.
CASA GRANDE — This week’s dry spell may come to an end in Pinal County Thursday as more monsoon storms are expected to roll in.
SACATON — The Boys & Girls Club of Gila River in Sacaton was one of the recipients of a backpack and school supply collection drive conducted by Phoenix Premium Outlets.
FLORENCE — A Gold Canyon man said half of his subdivision is in state Legislative District 16 and the rest is in District 8. Nick Myers of San Tan Valley said he lives in “the gerrymandering portion of LD 12,” where he’s surrounded on three sides by District 8.
BAPCHULE — A new program at St. Peter Indian Mission School on the Gila River Indian Community aims to teach middle school girls the basics of coding and encourage them to consider careers in engineering or science.
SIGNAL PEAK — Central Arizona College announced this week that it is providing free tuition to Pinal County residents for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. The decision was made possible by federal American Rescue Plan Act funding the school received earlier this year.
CASA GRANDE — When Pinal Partnership President Anthony Smith listed proposed development in the county, Casa Grande City Councilman Dick Powell wanted to know: Do they have water?
MARICOPA — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg got a first-hand look last week at how dangerous the State Route 347-Riggs Road intersection is.
CHANDLER -- The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for weekend travel delays on State Route 587 on the Gila River Indian Community south of Chandler while intermittent lane closures are in place for pavement maintenance.
SACATON — High winds from thunderstorms that moved through the region this weekend snapped a number of wooden power poles on the Gila River Indian Community.
FLORENCE — The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will meet to obtain public input from 5-7 p.m. July 23 at the Second Pinal County Courthouse, 135 N. Pinal St.
PHOENIX — Fire restrictions that closed state land to recreation are lifted effective at 8 a.m. on Friday. However, state land in Pinal County will remain under Stage II fire restrictions, according to a press release from the Arizona State Land Department and Department of Forestry and Fire…
PHOENIX — A Maricopa man has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a man on the Gila River Indian Community.
FLORENCE — There is more future demand for water in Pinal County than can be satisfied by existing resources, officials say. And that demand will not be met by excessive pumping of groundwater.
COOLIDGE — While many residents in Pinal County are eager to celebrate July Fourth in full this year after the pandemic, some believe that the weather is a hazard that must be contended with.
GOLD CANYON — According to Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Danny Seiden, the only thing hotter than Arizona’s temperature is its economy.
FLORENCE — Six residents urged the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday to promote from within instead of doing an outside search for a new elections director.
COOLIDGE — After an initial schedule raised concerns about representation, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission released a second draft Tuesday of potential public hearings that includes every county and is geared significantly more toward regional representation.
FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors expressed its support for hiring an elections director with superlative qualifications and experience, including planning, organizing and executing a major election in either a leadership or consulting role.
COOLIDGE — Pinal County is the third most populous county in Arizona and continues to see growth, but at least one advocacy group, Rural Arizona Engagement, is sounding the alarm about representation in the state’s redistricting process.
FLORENCE — After trimming Pinal County’s primary property tax rate by four cents in each of the last few budget years, county officials have approved a bigger slice to give back $1.7 million to taxpayers.
FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors on June 9 declared a local emergency for the Telegraph Fire burning in northeast Pinal County and requested state and federal disaster relief.
SACATON — A Sacaton woman was arrested on suspicion of drug charges after Gila River Indian Community Police officers found drugs in her home.
FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to submit a request for and accept almost $90 million through the federal American Rescue Plan.
SACATON — A riverbed that has been parched since the end of the 19th century — a portion of the historic lifeblood of the Gila River Indian Community — is now coursing again with water, luring things like cattails and birds back to its shores.
CASA GRANDE — Area Head Start provider Pinal Gila Community Child Services Inc. is one of several agencies statewide to receive a share of $4.4 million in federal coronavirus relief funding.
FLORENCE — More employees are staying longer with Pinal County than they were just a few years ago, but county staff continue to look at ways to reduce turnover.
FLORENCE — Pinal County’s new two-story Development Services building, replacing the old “Building F” that was once a jail, opened with a ribbon cutting on May19.
PHOENIX — Arizona won’t be shutting down businesses that refuse to serve people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 — at least not yet.
SACATON — The Gila River Indian Community’s push to gain territorial rights over the historic Blackwater Trading Post passed a major hurdle last week.
COOLIDGE — In a disappointment to many local officials and legislators, the legislative budget presented on Tuesday did not include funding for widening of Interstate 10 between Chandler and Casa Grande.
FLORENCE — Pinal County is on track to have a new annual budget that fulfills all department requests for new spending and personnel while trimming the primary property tax rate by six cents.
FLORENCE — Building bridges is important for both local infrastructure and political relationships. Such was the takeaway from the first in-person Pinal Partnership breakfast in over a year, featuring Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, and Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge.
FLORENCE — Local and state law enforcement agencies are having to retire some of their drug-sniffing dogs early because of the state’s new marijuana law.
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is cutting off what some say has been an easy — and unethical — source of money for police and prosecutors.
FLORENCE — Six Pinal County residents, most of them saying the county was already well on its way to meeting the goals of the proposed federal HR 1, spoke in defense of the legislation before the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday.
FLORENCE — Pinal County is seeking a new Superior Court judge after announcing the retirement of presiding Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville on Monday.
COOLIDGE — When officials with the Central Arizona Project and Arizona Department of Water Resources announced near-guaranteed CAP water reductions last Thursday, they stressed that the state was prepared for the crisis.
FLORENCE — Pinal County Public Health Director Tascha Spears reports that significant percentages of Pinal adults have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
TEMPE — Body camera footage from Arizona State University Police officers shows a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy blurting out a racist word as he tried to convince officers not to arrest him for suspected drunken driving.
SACATON — The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for early morning lane restrictions on westbound Interstate 10 between the Sacaton Rest Area and Casa Blanca Road Thursday.
PHOENIX — The FBI has arrested a man in connection with two bank robberies in Casa Grande and about nine others in the Phoenix area over the last month.
FLORENCE — A fire chief says special services districts were slighted in the first round of federal COVID-19 funding, and he is asking the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to help remedy the matter.