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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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Maricopa upset by higher school tax due to state law change

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Pinal County

MARICOPA — With an imminent increase of the secondary property tax for Maricopa residents, many in the city are pointing fingers at the state Legislature. On Wednesday, the city sent out a press release informing residents that their secondary property tax would increase. The city says that's because the Legislature passed,

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Maricopa City, Property tax

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Old data causes some Pinal voters to receive the wrong ballot

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Election 2018

FLORENCE — Early voters in Pinal County may have received a primary ballot for a party they did not request. Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross caught the error, which affected voters on the Permanent Early Voting List primarily in Pinal but also in two other counties.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal Elections

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Arizona Supreme Court gives rural areas more freedom over water

Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to new development in and around Sierra Vista even if it could dry up the San Pedro River — and even if it turns out that the home buyers later end up with nothing but sand coming out of their

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Water, San Pedro River

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LD 8 candidates discuss budget, ballot props

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Election 2018

CASA GRANDE — Legislative District 8 candidates met Thursday for a pre-primary forum in Casa Grande. Candidates each were asked for a response on three issues: discuss the state’s budget priorities, discuss whether they support any increased taxation and discuss any ballot propositions and whether they’d support or oppose those propositions.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, LD 8

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

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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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Tags: Pinal County, San Tan Valley

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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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Tags: Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Association of Christian Churches

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

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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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