ZERO TOLERANCE NOW IN EFFECT ON I-10

If you’ve traveled between Casa Grande and the Valley, you should have noticed a new sign on the highway announcing the SAFETY CORRIDOR and ZERO TOLERANCE. This means there will be strict enforcement of laws, including exact speed limits, with zero tolerance for violations. As of mid-December, the speed limit on Interstate 10 between State … Read More…

Out and About – July

Exciting events and striking scenery in Pinal County! If you would like to contribute images of area events, people, pets and scenery, please post on our Facebook page or email to:  editor@raxxdirect.com

Ticks Suck!

by Gigi McWhirter, Queen of Receptionland at Casa Grande Animal Hospital It is a fact: Ticks suck and are bad news. They are known transmitters of several illnesses which can not only be severe, but can lead to death in both animals and humans. Keeping your pet and your environment tick-free must be a top … Read More…

CITY UPDATES PLANS FOR CARR MCNATT PARK

by Harold Kitching As the Community Services Department continues to refine the master plan for improvements at Carr McNatt Park, changes have been made for a wider walking track, additional parking and two tennis courts rather than a pickleball area. Interim Director James Burke told the City Council during a study session Dec. 19 that … Read More…

MARIJUANA: THE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY

by Breanna Boland, Executive Director (ACPP II), Casa Grande Alliance Since 2006, there has been a 15 percent increase in the number of Casa Grande youth who have never used drugs or alcohol. What that means for our community is there are 1,190 more kids living alcohol and drug free!1 This is wonderful news but there … Read More…

A SNEAK PEEK INTO 2016/2017

Although the official 2015/2016 season officially wrapped up in May with the Central Arizona Symphony, the Coolidge Performing Arts Center is already gearing up for the 2016/17 season! The 2016/17 season will be as hot, if not hotter, than the Arizona summer! Not only are favorite performers Arvel Bird and Elvis tribute artist Jim Westover … Read More…

MEET VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR SHIRLEY

by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator Casa Grande is a community with many resources. One resource that is the lifeblood of Seeds of Hope is volunteers. We are able to accomplish our mission because of the in-kind support volunteers give us. Matching a volunteer’s skill set, availability and passions to a program takes delicate coordination. Enlisting … Read More…

COURTROOM DRAMA

by Donna McBride Courtrooms, attorneys, witnesses, tears, cross examinations and a verdict – sounds like a scene out of a Law and Order episode, doesn’t it? For Pinal County Juvenile Court, it is actually part of their Community Advisory Board’s (CAB) educational goal. For the past 13 years, the CAB has sponsored a Mock Trial … Read More…

MEASLES: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

As of July 2, The Arizona Department of Health Services is confirming two new cases of measles, bringing the total to 22 cases stemming from a Pinal County outbreak that began May 26 at a private prison near Eloy. In 2015, seven cases of measles were reported in Arizona and three cases were registered in … Read More…

BEING THE VOICE OF A CHILD

by Lydia Mercier, CASA Advocate – Casa Grande Introduction by Donna McBride Children being removed from their homes due to neglect and abuse have reached an all-time high – more than 1,200 children in Pinal County. The task to protect them is overwhelming for police, social workers, foster families and the courts.  And that’s why … Read More…