Pinal County parks now accepting online reservations
(Florence, Ariz.) — Now, you can reserve your picnic spot at Pinal County's parks online. County officials have announced a new system where residents and visitors can reserve time and space within four of the county's parks.
Key dates to know in Pinal County to ensure your vote counts next month
(Florence, Ariz.) — Following heated primaries in Pinal County, midterm elections are quickly approaching in Arizona, with several key races tightening up and voters preparing to make up their minds.
Apache Junction Police to receive dozens of new stun guns, body-worn cameras
(Apache Junction, Ariz.) — Chief Mike Pooley arrived at the Apache Junction Police Department in January to take up his new position. Upon starting his duties as police chief, one of the first things Pooley noticed was that his new department had some technological catching-up to do.
Prop 469 vital to easing worsening Pinal traffic, local leaders say
A map of proposed transit improvements.(Pinal Regional Transportation Authority) (Pinal County, AZ) From miles-long backups on SR-347 to the lack of public transportation options, getting around largely rural Pinal County can be difficult at times if not almost impossible – even if your vehicle has a siren and flashing lights.
Central Arizona Vaqueros men's basketball team eyes ACCAC ascendance as new season nears
(Coolidge, Ariz.) — Entering his eighth season as the head coach of the school's men's basketball program, Tramaine Aaron's main goal is putting out a product in which the Central Arizona College faithful can take pride.
SRP facing opposition over plan to install gas turbines at Pinal County solar facility
(Florence, Ariz.) — Utility company Salt River Project’s two new board-approved 50-megawatt natural gas turbines at the company's Copper Crossing facility have provoked a divided response.
How to avoid “sextortion”: Pinal officials to offer tips at documentary screening this weekend
Screenshot courtesy of Pinal County Attorney's Office. (Queen Creek, Ariz.) — In conjunction with the Queen Creek Police Department (QCPD), the Pinal County Attorney's Office (PCAO) is hosting a first-of-its-kind film showing at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on Sept. 17.
Arizona State Representative tells NewsBreak that Eyman prison tour was a sanitized "set-up"
(Florence, Ariz.) — One state lawmaker who toured a state prison in Pinal County last week believes the five-hour walkthrough did not provide a clear picture of the conditions inside.
Court rejects recount for primary where 3 candidates are within 2 votes of each other
A Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting about problems with the recent primary election.(Pinal County) (Pinal County, AZ) The Pinal County Superior Court ruled against a recount for last month’s Coolidge City Council primary election even though three candidates are within three votes of one another.
Phoenix woman's survival story key to Pinal's domestic violence awareness initiative
Pitcher (middle) with members of MOMnation AZ.Courtesy of Sara Pitcher. Warning: This story contains graphic depictions of domestic violence including sexual assault. (Florence, Ariz.) — The Phoenix woman whose story inspired the Pinal County Attorney's Office to launch its domestic abuse awareness program finally got some justice this week when the ex-husband who tried to kill her was sentenced to life in prison.
Abortion advocates and providers draw line between police violence and reproductive rights
(Phoenix) — The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is the largest prosecutorial office on the ballot nationwide in 2022. Two-thirds of Arizona's criminal traffic runs through Maricopa, which nearly five million Arizonans call home.
Pinal County OKs funding boost for local mothers in need
A $1.7 million grant to help low-income mothers was approved by the Pinal County board of supervisors last week to support peer counseling services for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is considered a major health benefit to newborn babies, but women who face obstacles such as lack of work leave or adequate child care are more likely to choose formula. These challenges disproportionately impact low-income families.
Local businesses, organizations invited to "Paint Pinal Purple" in October
(Florence, Ariz.) — Each year, the Pinal County Attorney's Office makes it a priority to step out into the community and hold what community liaison Latisha Joseph calls "awareness events." One of the events this year is designed to raise awareness and support for domestic violence victims, and the PCAO wants to involve as many of the county's businesses and organizations as possible.
Cuts to Pinal County water supply deal another blow to its crucial agriculture industry
Pinal County is getting a one-two punch when it comes to water supply. Last week, Arizona was told it needed to cut its Colorado River water usage by 21% next year. And Pinal County was recently designated a natural disaster area because of ongoing drought.
"Coffee with Kent and the Chief" event makes latest stop in Maricopa
(Maricopa, Ariz.) —An opportunity to speak face-to-face with county attorney Kent Volkmer is coming to the Copper Sky Community Center this week. Volkmer, alongside Maricopa police chief James Hughes, will be available to meet with residents and answer their questions at a "Coffee with Kent and the Chief" event on Aug. 25.
Free seminars offer estate planning tips to Pinal County residents
Pinal residents could find useful information about estate planning at free seminars in Eloy, Oracle, and Queen Creek.Image by Eddie K from Pixabay. (Eloy, Ariz.) — Alpha Omega Family Services president Gene Adams is on the road again, and he's bringing the organization's free Living Trust seminars to Pinal County this month.
New stretch of State Route 24 now open along Maricopa-Pinal County line
(Queen Creek, Ariz.) — Drivers commuting along the border between Maricopa and Pinal counties received welcome news on Thursday, as the Arizona Department of Transportation confirmed work to extend State Route 24 was complete.
Popular Utah-based coffee chain plans expansion into Pinal County
(Queen Creek, Ariz.) — A Utah coffeehouse chain is set to expand into Arizona, with three new stores on the horizon for the Phoenix metro area. Beans & Brews Coffeehouse already has one Arizona store, situated in Colorado City. But the company has recently confirmed its plan to openthree additional locations in Queen Creek and San Tan Valley.
Pinal residents sound off over ‘dangerous’ sheriff
Residents are concerned rightwing Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is more concerned with politics than policing. At a Board of Supervisors meeting last week, some residents said they felt Lamb, a Jan. 6 sympathizer, proponent of conspiracy theories and a Fox News regular, is only concerned with power.
"I just kept watching": Central Arizona Vaqueros pitcher reacts to being selected in MLB Draft
Drew Sommers delivering a pitch.Courtesy of Vaquero Sports. (Coolidge, AZ) — For many prospects, Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft is the culmination of a lifelong dream. It is the start of a new chapter in their lives as they prepare to embark on a professional career.