City Elections

The Casa Grande City Council has set Aug. 30 as the day for the municipal primary election and Nov. 8 for the general election. Within minutes after the decision Monday night, council challenger Bob Huddleston posted his first campaign ad on Facebook. For more information visit www.haroldkitching.com/political.

Country Thunder Speed Limit

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be reducing the speed limit on State Route 79 in Florence (milepost 136) around the clock beginning 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, through 6 a.m. Monday, April 11, for the Country Thunder Music Festival, which is expected to attract approximately 25,000 people. For more information visit www.haroldkitching.com/news

DOUBLE SHOOTING

Casa Grande police are seeking the identities of two men who dropped off victims of a double shooting at Casa Grande Banner hospital shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The shooting is believed to have taken place in the 200 block of East Viola in Casa Grande.  Story and surveillance photos are posted at HaroldKitching.com

Pool Safety Tips

Already this year, drownings of children in unsecured pools in Valley areas are being reported. The Casa Grande Fire Department has pool safety tips and a pool safety video. The link to this video is on the home page at www.haroldkitching.com.

Recreation Center Approval

Final approval was given Monday night for planning and preconstruction services for the proposed community recreation center. As he did during initial approval, Councilman Dick Powell voted against. For more on this announcement, visit HaroldKitching.com

Bob Huddleston announces run for Casa Grande City Council

Bob Huddleston, former Casa Grande police chief, has filed for a seat on the City Council. Three seats are open for the August primary election. Incumbents Lisa Fitzgibbons and Mary Kortsen have filed for reelection. Incumbent Karl Montoya has so far not made a decision. Huddleston joins Donna McBride and David Snider as challengers. For more on this announcement, visit HaroldKitching.com

I-10 WIDENING

Widening of Interstate 10 from State Route 87 to Picacho Peak and from Early Road to Interstate 8 are on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s suggested list for quicker timelines. The State Route 347 railroad overpass in Maricopa city is also on the list. You have your chance to comment. www.haroldkitching.com/news

CITY FUTURE

Future city leaders need to look ahead to consider situations ranging from quality of life to the work mindset of millennials, Mayor Bob Jackson said during his 2016 State of the City address. www.haroldkitching.com/state-of-city

TRAILHEAD

The City Council has given final approval to buying 40 acres of land that will allow eventual construction of a new Peart trailhead for Casa Grande Mountain, replacing the one now located on leased property. www.haroldkitching.com/news