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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, florenceaz.gov, 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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Silver lining seen as case dismissed
Sat, Apr 27, 2013Pinal County
A lawsuit brought by opponents of the Florence Copper Project has been dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court.Officials from Curis Resources, owner of the FCP, called it a fitting conclusion to a frivolous and ill-advised lawsuit. But mine opponents said they still won a victory by confirming that a temporary Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Town of Florence, Curis Resources, Florence Copper Project

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Foes aim to block Florence mine plan
Thu, Sep 27, 2012Pinal County
Opponents of a proposed Florence underground copper mine are seeking an injunction to stop the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality from issuing a temporary wastewater permit that would allow the project to move forward.Developers Southwest Value Partners and Pulte Home Corp., along with Johnson Utilities, the water provider in Florence, Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AMIGOS, Curis Resources, Florence Copper Project, Developers, Johnson Utilities

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