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Pinal files RTA appeal, wants to keep collecting tax

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Counsel representing Pinal County has formally filed a notice to appeal a judge’s ruling that declared its new voter-approved excise tax is “illegal.” Joseph Kanefield, a Phoenix attorney representing Pinal County, said he filed a notice to appeal on Friday, hoping to reverse a Maricopa County judge’s decision last

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Transportation tax

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Maricopa surpasses key 50,000 population milestone

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Pinal County

MARICOPA — A long-awaited milestone in the growth of Maricopa has finally been reached. The city announced Friday that the latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts Maricopa’s population at 51,977. That number has been approved by the Arizona State Demographer’s Office, the Maricopa Association of Governments and Central Arizona

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Encanterra residents split on Queen Creek annexation

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — The future of San Tan Valley’s incorporation hopes could be decided in the near future, and residents are mixed on whether the right course is being taken. Homeowners and residents of Encanterra Trilogy Resort Community voiced their grievances and endorsements for a possible annexation into Queen Creek in

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Encanterra, San Tan Valley, Annexation

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Company sues Johnson Utilities over failed land deal

Wed, Nov 21, 2018

Development

SAN TAN VALLEY — A company is faulting Johnson Utilities’ poor water service as the cause for its inability to sell property to homebuilders in Pinal County, according to a civil complaint filed in court last week.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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Native American couple works on trying to preserve culture

Sat, Nov 17, 2018

Pinal County

ELOY--  In 1990 President George H.W. Bush designated the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Since then similar proclamations have been made each year. What originally started as an effort to gain a single day of recognition resulted in a whole month of recognition and hopes of raising awareness. Royce

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Popular Pinal politician became ‘Mac’ in Florence

Wed, Oct 17, 2018

Pinal County

FLORENCE -- Ernest W. McFarland — U.S. senator, governor and state Supreme Court chief justice — was a popular Arizona politician in the latter half of the 20th century. A new book makes a case that his years in Florence as a young lawyer, prosecutor and judge were essential preparation

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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal

Sun, Sep 30, 2018

Environment

PHOENIX (AP) — Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Colorado River

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New Pinal medical forensic department helps victims

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Up to now, many Pinal County victims of domestic violence or sexual assault had to be taken to clinics in the Valley to be examined. Many times, they said, they just couldn’t make the trip; they never received any medical care and evidence was lost. “(They say)

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Domestic Violence, San Tan Valley, medical forensics

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Tribally owned solar power plant beats skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Energy

WASHINGTON — Deenise Becenti remembers watching a Navajo woman who had been waiting for more than 20 years to get electricity in her home flip the switch to turn on the lights for the first time this summer. “She had a whole lot of happy tears,” said Becenti, spokeswoman for the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Solar energy, Navajo

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CAP-dependent Pinal farmers look for drought alternatives

Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — While there is support for preventing a drought contingency plan from devastating Pinal County agriculture, nobody is quite sure how to do it. But on one point there is consensus — hard decisions will have to be made. The drought contingency plan steering committee heard ideas on how to

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, CAP, Drought Contingency plan

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