Text-to-9-1-1 Arrives in Pinal County

All Pinal County residents now have the option of texting to 911 in emergency situations when it is difficult or impossible to place a phone call, expanding the accessibility to the essential public safety service. According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, the primary uses of Text-to-9-1-1 are: when an individual is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or … Read More…

Pinal County to Pay Down Pension Debt with Bonds

Pinal County will be paying down its entire unfunded public safety pension debt through low-interest bonds, a move financial consultants say could save taxpayers up to $66 million over the next 20 years. The County Board of Supervisors authorized the move with a unanimous vote Oct. 16, approving a resolution allowing the sale of pension … Read More…

Global Water Named ‘Utility of the Future Today’

Global Water Resources, a utility serving the City of Maricopa and surrounding areas, has been awarded a “Utility of the Future” award from the Water Environment Federation, cited for its superior water reuse strategies. Global Water’s Total Water Management approach to its service areas is based on owning and operating water, wastewater and recycled water … Read More…

CASA Celebrates 35 Years Statewide

Arizona’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program is celebrating 35 years of its volunteers representing foster children in court proceedings, giving their feelings and preferences a voice within complex court proceedings that determine their future. CASA volunteers have helped more than 25,000 Arizona children determine their own future over the years by getting to know the … Read More…

CG Community Rec Center Honored for its Design, Construction

The Casa Grande Community Recreation Center has won two major awards for its design and construction. ENR Southwest, a regional edition of the national construction industry publication Engineer News-Record, honored the structure in August as Best Government Building for the area including Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. It automatically will be submitted for consideration at … Read More…

Maricopa Parks and Rec Programs Win Statewide Awards

The City of Maricopa’s Parks and Recreation Department won big during August’s Arizona Parks and Recreation Association online awards presentation, with two innovative programs receiving top awards: Maricopa Swims, which has taught 198 first graders how to swim well enough to be safe in the water, was honored as Outstanding Educational Program, with the award … Read More…

Just Under 200 Multi Housing Units Approved by Maricopa Council

Zoning for a nearly 200-unit, single-story apartment complex at the southeast corner of Bowlin and Porter roads was approved by the Maricopa City Council on Aug. 18, possibly bringing up to 350 more residents to the area. The 25-acre development proposed by El Dorado Holdings, which was the first major developer in Maricopa’s initial housing … Read More…

Republic Services Orders 2,500 Refuse Trucks from Nikola

Republic Services, the second-largest recycling and waste removal company in the country, announced in August it ordered a minimum of 2,500 zero-emission trucks from Nikola Corp., the vehicle manufacturer that just broke ground for a massive factory in Coolidge. Republic President Jon Vander Ark said, “Our agreement with Nikola represents the industry’s first large-scale commitment … Read More…

Shower Trailer Serving Homeless Residents in CG

A Casa Grande nonprofit is offering free showers in a trailer parked at a church one day a week to people who are homeless, with hopes of expanding to other services for them. Melanie Velcko said The Rest Stop’s showers are available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Fountain of Living Waters Church, … Read More…