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Rural residents of San Tan Valley wary of incorporation

Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Residents of rural San Tan Valley are worried that incorporation will bring unwanted changes to their communities. “We moved here because it’s perfect for us, and we don’t want incorporation to spoil it,” Sun Valley Farms resident Gerry Santomassimo wrote to PinalCentral.

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O'Halleran opposes proposed national parks' fee hike amid struggle to fund repairs

Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Pinal County

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom O’Halleran says a proposed entrance fee increase at Grand Canyon National Park will hurt the economy and jobs in Northern Arizona. The National Park Service is considering a dramatic increase in entrance fees at 17 national parks. The Grand Canyon, along with most of Pinal County, is

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Jail audit shows misuse of millions of dollars by PCSO

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

FLORENCE — State funds earmarked to improve the condition of Pinal County’s jail were instead used to pay employee wages and compensation by former Sheriff Paul Babeu, a recently released audit shows.

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Town hall focuses on Pinal's future workforce

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

ELOY — Pinal County is not going to suffer from a lack of employment opportunities in the future. The problem is that residents are not currently prepared to fill the needs of the future workforce. That was the message of the Pinal County Town Hall, an assembly that began in 1988

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Pinal officials support proposed road tax

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

CASA GRANDE — Many Pinal officials are coming out in support of a new road tax and transportation plan that will be before voters in November. Voters will be asked to approve two ballot measures, Propositions 416 and 417, that would allocate a half-cent sales tax increase along with a list

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Committee to work for city vote in San Tan Valley

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — A new political action committee, San Tan Valley Right to Vote, has formed with the goal of letting residents vote on whether to form a city. The group hasn’t decided on an election date, Chairwoman Julie Phillips said. “Not yet. There are still many considerations,” she

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Eloy man to run for LD11 senate seat

Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Election 2018

ELOY — A Democratic candidate has emerged for state Senate in the district that includes western and southern Pinal County. Ralph Atchue of Eloy will be announcing his 2018 candidacy for the Legislative District 11 seat on Sunday. The seat currently is held by Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, who is running

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O’Halleran calls on Congress to continue funding for child health care

Wed, Sep 20, 2017

US Congress

MARICOPA — As a father and grandfather, U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, R-Sedona, said it breaks his heart to see children not receiving the care they need. Because of that, he has partnered with health care providers in the state to call upon Congress to continue funding for the Children’s Health Insurance

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Girard throws hat into LD8 Senate mix

Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Election 2018

ELOY — A Democratic challenger has announced her bid for state Senate. Sharon Girard of Eloy formally announced Saturday that she was entering the race for state Senate, planning to take on Republican incumbent Frank Pratt in Legislative District 8. Girard said listening to voters is of utmost importance and said she’s

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PCSO still accounting for military surplus program

Thu, Sep 7, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — It's taken seven months to identify some of the military surplus items Pinal County should have on hand, and there's still plenty more work to do. Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and Chief Deputy Matt Thomas on Wednesday presented the Pinal County Board of Supervisors with the three-part list

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