Art Show Closes Age Gap

Nichole Kluth says she witnessed the “generational gap” disappear as the school celebrated the close of the proficiency program in May, in which 13 students collectively moved more than $1,300 in art “off-the-easels.” This was within three hours and with hundreds in attendance. “The youngest artist was 8 years old and the oldest was a … Read More…

Jeremy Johns Creates Path to Save a Native Language

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor Jeremy Johns says his early childhood on the Ak-Chin Indian Community reservation was filled with great experiences and memories. Time was spent walking to the store with friends, buying snacks, hanging out at the park after school, and his summers were spent at the community center pool. The sun dropping … Read More…

Back to School: Expect (Mostly) the Expected

by Blake Herzog As students return to school after the most unusual and unpredictable academic year any of us hope to see in our lifetimes, district and charter schools are planning to keep routines as smooth as possible for the large majority choosing in-person campus learning. They are also providing options for students and parents … Read More…

Juvenile Team Program Nets Positive Results

by Donna McBride, Program Administrator/Public Information Officer, CASA Unit of Pinal County Juvenile Court Pinal County Juvenile Court Service’s mission is to create positive growth opportunities by implementing programs that empower youth and strengthen families while improving community safety using evidence-based practices. A great example of this is our use of a specialized caseload that … Read More…

In Memoriam – Snider Was County, City, Schools Leader

Longtime Casa Grande and Pinal County leader David Snider was serving as president of the Casa Grande Elementary School District board and a leader on water conservation issues when he died suddenly of an aortic dissection Jan. 22, 2021. He served two terms on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors from 2005 to 2012 and … Read More…

Home is Where the Heart Is

by Donna McBride, Program Administrator/Public Information Officer, CASA Unit of Pinal County Juvenile Court “Home is where the heart” is has certainly held true over the past year. Now that 2020 is behind us and spring is closing in, our personal spaces may need some sprucing up. We often look around at the house to … Read More…

Casa Grande — United in Our Purpose

by Craig H. McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande There is a sentence in our Declaration of Independence issued by the Continental Congress July 4, 1776 that speaks to our forefathers’ commitment to our fledgling alliance that we call these United States of America. It is: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a … Read More…

Eloy’s Amenities Really Shine In Springtime

by Joel Belloc, Mayor, City of Eloy It is a beautiful spring in Pinal County. I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the weather, view the spectacular spring flowers and be thankful for a new year. One of the biggest events going on right now is the U.S. Census. It is … Read More…

Road Improvements Throughout Coolidge Benefit Residents, Economy

by Jon Thompson, Mayor, City of Coolidge This month I’d like to speak about one of the items that has been a major focus of our citizens. As Coolidge grows and more residents move into the city, roads have been ranked as an important infrastructure concern. The City Council and I have taken important actions … Read More…