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Legal briefs detail another Johnson Utilities financial scheme

Tue, May 29, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Almost all parties in the Johnson Utilities evidentiary hearing have recommended the appointment of an interim manager, including Queen Creek, Florence, Arizona Corporation Commission staff, community activist John Dantico and the state Residential Utility Consumer Office.

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Queen Creek annexation proposal divides San Tan Valley

Fri, May 25, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — A map for the annexation of the Encanterra gated community and the surrounding neighborhoods has been submitted to the town of Queen Creek. The map is included as part of a pre-application by Encanterra resident Leah Gumm that includes an area substantially larger than the subdivision, causing

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Journalist from Globe running for Arizona House in District 8

Wed, May 23, 2018

Election 2018

GLOBE — Linda Gross is making a run for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 8, making a transition from journalism to politics. Gross has been the publisher and a writer for the Globe Miami Times for a number of years since she moved to Globe in 2001. During the

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Church association calls for resignation of Pinal supervisor

Fri, May 18, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — In a sign of the spread of controversy over Johnson Utilities in San Tan Valley, even local churches are getting involved. The Association of Christian Churches and Organizations in San Tan Valley and Queen Creek has released a declaration calling for the appointment of an interim manager

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Legislature sends millions to 'freedom schools' at ASU, UA

Thu, May 10, 2018

Education

Arizona lawmakers this session provided $2 million to two state universities for “freedom schools” designed to teach conservative values.Since 2016, legislators have appropriated $12 million to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona for the ideologically driven centers, which previously had been funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.An AZCIR

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Tags: Arizona, 2018 Legislature, Freedom Schools, Budget

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Johnson Utilities hearing concludes with questions remaining

Thu, May 10, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The Johnson Utilities evidentiary hearing with the Arizona Corporation Commission ended Wednesday, yet after almost four weeks of testimony there are still critical questions that remain unanswered.

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EV had strong presence in teacher, voucher dramas

Mon, May 7, 2018

Education

East Valley legislators and activists played key roles in two of the biggest political dramas involving public education last week – passage of Gov. Doug Ducey’s funding plan for better teacher pay and the proposed expansion of the state-funded voucher system to send children to private and parochial schools.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, East Valley#redfored, Education walkout

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Opinion: Elect more Democrats

Mon, May 7, 2018

Election 2018

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense," in which he explained that it was only common sense that the colonists should break away from British rule to establish the new American nation. He soon followed with "The American Crisis," to inspire the colonists in their battles against

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Tags: Pinal County, 2018 Election, Letter to the Editor

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Future uncertain for CUSD after teachers vote to walk out

Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Education

COOLIDGE — With 78 percent of Arizona educators voting to strike beginning Thursday, schools in the Coolidge Unified School District face an uncertain future as the district attempts to assess how many teachers will walk out. 

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Supervisors' resolution would deny San Tan incorporation petitions

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Pinal County

FLORENCE — A persistent effort to allow residents of San Tan Valley to vote on whether to incorporate into a city could be facing a death blow. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors, in a special meeting Monday, is set to vote on a resolution that would reject petitions submitted by

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation

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