Nikola Delivers First Truck for Market Built in Coolidge

Nikola Motor Company delivered the first zero-emission truck built for production at its Coolidge factory to a Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach freight company on Dec. 17. The Nikola Tre BEV (battery-operated vehicle) is designed for local deliveries up to 350 miles and was delivered to Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), which signed … Read More…

Justice of the Peace Eisele Steps Down

Brett Eisele, justice of the peace for Precinct 3 of the Central Pinal District of the Pinal Justice Court, has submitted his resignation from his job effective Jan. 22. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name his successor on Jan. 19. Eisele did not cite any reasons for the decision in his … Read More…

CG Tech Park wins Kohler Factory, Petrochemical Group Buys Land

A fledgling industrial park on the west side of Casa Grande announced its first three tenants during the last two months of 2021, filling up its entire planned first phase. Kirk McCarville, Pinal County specialist with Phoenix-based brokerage Land Advisors Organization, said all the incoming employers want to break ground during the first quarter of … Read More…

Community Hospital Opens in Maricopa

After battling supply shortages that pushed its completion back by about a month, Exceptional Community Hospital-Maricopa opened its doors to residents at 7 a.m. Dec. 22, within hours providing emergency services that otherwise would have required a transfer to an out-of-town medical center. “The City of Maricopa has needed a hospital for the last 14 … Read More…

New Leaders for Board of Supervisors Selected

Members of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors selected a chair and vice-chair Dec. 15 for the new year during their final meeting of 2021, choosing two recently elected members. District 4 Supervisor Jeffrey McClure of Saddlebrooke will be board chairman for 2022, leading the body’s public meetings and acting as its representative at events … Read More…

County Rewards Citizens for Reporting Illegal Dumping

Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer announced in December a new program incentivizing residents to report illegal dumping incidents with cash awards. These rewards are part of a “Keep Pinal Pristine” campaign led by his office and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to reduce the frequency of the problem, which has been fouling open deserts and … Read More…

Route 347 Study Proposes Several Traffic, Safety Fixes

The long-term traffic issues on State Route 347, the main artery between the City of Maricopa and the Phoenix metro area, is the subject of a study supported by several levels of government seeking a long-term resolution. A draft version of the final study was released in December by the Maricopa Association of Governments that … Read More…

States Plan Additional Conservation for Lake Mead

The Lower Basin states of the Colorado River watershed — Arizona, California, and Nevada — and their partners in the water-using community signed an agreement Dec. 15 that took a further step to help keep Lake Mead from descending to dangerous levels. They agreed to a plan that would leave at least 500,000-acre feet of … Read More…

Project Makes Maricopa Traffic Uglier

The City of Maricopa’s John Wayne Beautification Project along State Route 347 (also known as John Wayne Parkway) is being built between the northern city boundary and Honeycutt Road to attract future residents and employers to the area and is scheduled for completion in February. The project’s scope includes adding trees, landscaping, metal art, decorative … Read More…

County Supervisors Appoint 2 New Legislators

Pinal County has two new state legislators, appointed to fill two vacancies that came up in the county’s delegation this fall. Both were selected by the county Board of Supervisors during its Oct. 27 meeting. Per state statute, three nominees were submitted by the precinct committeemen of the district representing the same party as the … Read More…