Town’s claim for Florence Copper land is dismissed
Thu, Jul 16, 2015Pinal County
The town of Florence’s attempt to acquire Florence Copper Inc.’s private property through eminent domain has been dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court.The town sought eminent domain over two years ago, commenting at the time that other legal issues between and the town and Florence Copper left the town no Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Town of Florence, Florence Copper

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Sat, Jan 31, 2015Pinal County
Supporters outnumbered opponents 5-1 as speakers came forward to comment on the Florence Copper Project last Thursday night before an audience of 500 people in Florence High School’s main gym.US Environmental Protection Agency officials held a public hearing to gather input on its proposed Underground Injection Control permit for a Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Florence, Florence Copper Mine

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Johnson Utilities: Owner calls off sale to Florence
Tue, Jun 10, 2014Pinal County
FLORENCE — After months of negotiations with the town of Florence and gaining approval by voters in last week’s special election, Johnson Utilities owner George Johnson has stopped all negotiations to sell his company to the town of Florence.A council meeting to approve the purchase contract and management agreement related Read More

Tags: Arizona, PinalCounty, Florence, Johnson Utilities

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Miller: Trio of Republicans colluded on assistants’ raises
Fri, May 23, 2014Pinal County
Supervisor Steve Miller smelled something fishy when the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved large pay increases for three of its assistants in February.

Tags: Arixona, Pinal County, Florence, Assistant raises.Pinal County Supervisors

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‘Yes’ votes are leading on JU question
Fri, May 23, 2014Pinal County
Ballots counted by press time indicated Florence voters were leaning in favor of allowing the town of Florence to buy Johnson Utilities. Final unofficial election results could be posted on the town website,, by the time you read this.Florence voters went to the polls in a special election Tuesday Read More

Tags: Arixona, Pinal County, Florence, Johnson Utilities

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Reorganization will save county $175,000
Thu, May 15, 2014Pinal County
With Pinal County struggling financially, a personnel shakeup was approved last week in order to save nearly $175,000.County Manager Greg Stanley proposed combining three departments into one. Building Safety, Planning and Development and One Stop Shop were merged to create a new Community Development Department.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Florence, Pinal County administration

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Voters decide if town buys JU on Tues.
Thu, May 15, 2014Pinal County
“Shall the Town of Florence, Arizona, be authorized to acquire and operate the water and wastewater utilities and related assets owned by Johnson Utilities, LLC, and Southwest Environmental Utilities, LLC, including but not limited to wells sites, pumping stations, setback areas, access rights, and current and future water and wastewater Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Florence, Johnson Utilities, Water, Wastewater, San Tan Valley

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Sheriff Babeu proposes budget
Thu, May 8, 2014Pinal County
FLORENCE — Sheriff Paul Babeu’s budget has caused some heated arguments from the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in the past, but no such drama existed on the afternoon of April 30.Of course, it was merely a presentation to the board of Babeu’s proposed budget.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Florence, Pinal County budget, Sheriff Paul Babeu

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Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full
Tue, Nov 19, 2013Immigration
Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people it had to keep in jail each night.That's effectively what Congress has told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a policy known as the "detention bed mandate." The mandate calls for filling 34,000 beds in some 250 facilities across Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, U.S. Congress, U.S. Immigration and Customes Enforcement, Florence

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Northwest subdivisions will be Florence’s new population base
Sat, May 11, 2013Pinal County
The town would increase its “civilian” population by more than half with a pair of annexations that would take Magic Ranch, Crestfield Manor and Wild Horse Estates into the town of Florence.When these annexations are complete in six months to one year, they would comprise the town’s biggest civilian population Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Florence, population growth, annexation

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