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This October, a stranger may knock on your door.

Maricopa City Council has requested the U.S. Census conduct a Special Census in Maricopa. In order to gather accurate data, Census enumerators will carry out a citywide population count of Maricopa residents during the month. City officials hope to see the population of Maricopa eclipse the 43,482 population count from 2010, and most expect the number to rise above 50,000.

From the City of Maricopa website:

The goal is earn a “fair share” of state and federal monies the city may be entitled to if it can prove its population. Showing a population over 50,000 may also entice more brand-name business to look more closely at the city.

Starting on Thursday, Census workers will go door to door for a meticulous canvass of all residents.

They will have official badges from the Census Bureau.

From the City of Maricopa:

Here’s how you can help…
Answer Your Door to the Census Workers
The best way you can help is to simply answer your door, take the survey and be counted!
Spread the Word
Make sure your neighbors, family and friends understand the importance of Maricopa’s Special Census and being counted.
Feel Confident
Know that Maricopa Census workers are primarily local residents who have gone through extensive background checks and are sworn to keep your information confidential.

Helpful Census Tips:
Check the Badge
Each U.S. Census worker will be wearing a Bureau-issued identification badge.
Check Your Front Door
If a Census worker stops by and you’re not home, they will leave a note on your front door with additional information on how you can complete your Census survey.
Call the Maricopa Special Census office at 520-374-0138 to verify a census worker or ask questions.

Maricopa Little League will host an Umpire Clinic Monday at Pacana Park.

Activities, classes and meetings dot the calendar for this week. Here at, we will be hosting an open house as the Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Thursday.


Age-Friendly Maricopa Advisory Committee meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda includes a presentation on the City of Maricopa Human Services Assessment, an update on the You Are Not Alone program, the goals and objectives of the Age-Friendly Maricopa policy, a group forming to begin discussions on how to privately obtain a Senior Center location, and more.

The Streets Don’t Love You Back, a five-week series of intervention classes, comes to Maricopa for the first time, starting at 4 p.m. at the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Center.

Teacher Open House is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, where teachers learn about the resources the library has to offer.


Coffee with Friends of the Library starts at 1:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library. All are welcome to attend.

Tale Waggers starts at 3:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library. Come read to PJ the Dog. For struggling readers and animal lovers.

An Umpire Clinic for anyone interested in officiating Maricopa Little League games starts at 6:45 p.m. at Pacana Park. The only two prerequisites are you are at least 13 years old and have the desire to give back to the community.


S.M.A.R.T. Kids starts at 2:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library. School aged kids will learn about science, math, art and technology in this program.

Window Painting for Teens starts at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library as teens paint the windows of the library in preparation for Halloween.

Last day for Early-Bird Registration for the Mud Run is online or at City Hall. The early rate is $25 for the annual race Oct. 24.  There will be multiple heats available.


Maricopa Palooza runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Arizona College – Maricopa Campus. This is a fun, free event for prospective, current students and community members to visit the Maricopa campus, explore programs and services, meet faculty and staff, and learn about transfer opportunities from University recruiters.  Entertainment and activities will be provided.

InMaricopa Open House/Maricopa Chamber Mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 101. It’s going to be a party – with food, live entertainment and special guests. Drop in, see InMaricopa’s new office space and network with other business owners.


Frozen Friday is from noon to 2 p.m. at Graysmark Academy. Meet-and-greet with Princess Anna for pictures, snacks and fun.


Author A.L. Waddington signs books at Bead & Berry Coffeehouse for the final installment of her EVE series.

 For detail on these and other events, or to add your own, visit

Angelia Ebner, fifth grade teacher at Maricopa Elementary School.

Angelia Ebner has a special connection with students. During her decade in the Maricopa Unified School District, many have been in her classrooms – she has taught kindergarten through fifth grade – and her influence lasts long after students have moved on to other grades and schools.

Ebner, who teaches fifth grade at Maricopa Elementary School, was named one of the 10 finalists for Arizona Teacher of the Year.

“I am in my eleventh year of teaching and I love working in many different educational settings,” she said. “As an educator, my goal is to inspire life-long learning in my students and facilitate leadership and efficacy among my peers.”

Ebner is an Arizona Master Teacher, a National Board Certified Teacher, a National Board Ambassador, vice president of the Maricopa Education Association and a Candidate Support Provider for National Board Candidates through the Arizona K-12 Center.

According to MES Principal Jennifer Robinson, teachers can be nominated for Teacher of the Year by an administrator, co-worker, student, school or district committee, friend or family member or even nominate themselves.

“To be considered for the award, teacher candidates must submit a written application that is reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of educators, students and members of the business community,” Robinson said. “Ten finalists are selected from the written applications. The 10 finalists are asked to prepare a 15-minute DVD teaching in the classroom. 

The finalists are interviewed and must give an impromptu speech. Then, four “Ambassadors for Excellence” are chosen. Five others will be semi-finalists, and remaining finalist is Teacher of the Year.

“The Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors have multiple opportunities during the year to make public appearances throughout the state, speaking to professional, civic, educational, parent and student groups,” Robinson said.  

Maricopa High School Football's season-opening game is Friday night at home.

Community meetings and sports dominate the week of activity in Maricopa, with a particularly poignant season-opening game for the Maricopa High School football team on Friday at home.

Free soccer coaching clinics
are offered by Maricopa Parks & Recreation, Arizona Youth Soccer Association and San Tan Legacy at Copper Sky Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinics are for those coaching ages 5-12.

Maricopa High School Girls Golf
team starts its season at home, beginning at 3 p.m. at the duke at Rancho El Dorado.

Maricopa Planning & Zoning Commission meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall to hear a presentation outlining the overarching issues, goals and objectives discussed by the Boards, Committees and Commissions for the General Plan Update.

MHS Boys Golf
team starts its season at 3 p.m. at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes by taking on Casa Grande and Westwood.

General Plan Public Open House
starts at 5 p.m. both days at Maricopa City Hall. The public is invited to see materials on the city’s goals and strategies.

Maricopa Non-Profit Funding Evaluation Committee
meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall to go over its application process and recommend changes after the city’s program was suspended because of budget issues.

Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board Meeting meets at 6:30 p.m. at the district office. The agenda includes a presentation on Ignite for teacher support and teacher empowerment.

Maricopa Chamber of Commerce
is moving to 44480 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 106, and welcomes any help on Friday and Saturday to get set up in time for Monday’s opening.

MHS Varsity Football hosts Agua Fria High at 7 p.m. to start the 2015 season at Rams Stadium. They will honor teammate Nate Ford, who passed away Aug. 21 and whose funeral service is planned for Aug. 29.

Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser
has been scheduled at 7 a.m. at Maricopa Veterans Center by the Women’s Auxiliary Maricopa to help Jesse Ramirez raise the rest of the money necessary for his special glasses. Donations of plates, napkins, drinks, etc., are also welcome.

For more information on these and other events in Maricopa, or to add your own, visit

West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes. Peole over the age of 50 are most likely to develop symptoms.

By Pinal County Public Health Services

The Pinal County Public Health Services District announced Tuesday the county has seen its first locally acquired human West Nile virus (WNV) case of 2015. A male from Maricopa has been confirmed with the infection and is currently receiving medical care while recovering.

WNV is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of a mosquito. The overall risk of WNV to humans is low and the majority of people infected will not experience any clinical symptoms.

For those that get symptoms common symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and body aches. A small percentage of people may experience a more serious form of illness that can include lasting or permanent neurological effects. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

To reduce both annoying bites from floodwater mosquitoes and the risk of West Nile, Pinal County recommends the following:

–    Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Check for items outside the home that collect water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums and other containers and get rid of them.

–    Change water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters and animal watering pans at least twice a week.

–    Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently.

–    Use insect repellent on exposed skin when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.

–    When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

–    Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning — or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes.

–    Repair or install screens on your home. Keep mosquitoes outside by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors. Offer to help neighbors whose screens might be in bad shape. Don’t forget to make sure that screens are repaired on tents when camping.

–    If you have a swimming pool, keep it operational. If you must keep it out of use, make sure you remove the standing water, keep it chlorinated, or run the filter daily.

Horses are also susceptible to WNV. Horse owners are encouraged to talk with their veterinarians regarding the WNV vaccine for horses.

For more information about West Nile Virus visit

Pinal County Environmental Health Services also investigates complaints related to WNV, such as standing water, green pools, or other reports of mosquito activity. If you would like information on mosquito prevention and control, or to file a complaint, visit the Pinal County Environmental Health Services webpage at, or call 866-287-0209, ext. 6200.

Michael Butler (left) was arrested Friday, and Juan Juarez was arrested Saturday. (PCSO photos)

A Maricopa man has been charged with trafficking in stolen property. Michael Ray Butler, 48, was arrested Friday afternoon by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

He is also charged with fraudulent schemes and interfering with a judicial proceeding. His bond was set at $1,066, and his arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 21 at Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court.

Juan Juarez, 30, was arrested in the 49000 Block of West Papago Road on charges of second-degree burglary and trafficking in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000, and his preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 26 in Maricopa.

Also last week, Brandon York, 23, of Maricopa, was arrested by PCSO on a charge of disorderly conduct on Friday.

Juan Manuel Martinez, 30, of Maricopa, was arrested Tuesday at the junction of State Route 84 and Navajo Way in Stanfield on a shoplifting charge.

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A 1940 model John Deere farm tractor. Submitted photo

By Maricopa Historical Society

Throughout the last 100 years, the tractor has played a significant role in agricultural practices around the world. Maricopa Historical Society wants you to experience the last century’s agricultural heritage of farm tractors by seeing the current exhibit at the Maricopa Public Library.

The exhibit focuses on some of Maricopa’s farming families that go back several generations. One display, a photo from the Casa Grande newspaper, shows a Maricopa cotton family taking delivery of their new Allis-Chalmers HD-11 Crawler in 1960.

Another longtime Maricopa family has on display the original 1943 application submitted to The United States of America War Production Board to purchase one Victory Model TD-9 International Tractor. The purchase price was for $3,700.00. The request was returned, stamped “REQUEST DENIED” from the War Production Board.

In the exhibit are photos of the eight John Deere trademarks since 1836 and 13 toy replica tractors. There are also antique tractor photos of John Deere, Case and Farmall. Some are still in use today.

Maricopa has a rich history in farming and there is no better place to take a time warp back to the time of antique tractors and farm equipment. Prior to the introduction of the farm tractor, people used animal power to plow and harvest their land. Tractor engines were able to pull heavy loads, which reduced the costs associated with maintaining animal labor. The earliest mechanical tractors were developed using portable engines, or steam engines, that were able to move farm equipment.

This exhibit will be on display at the Maricopa Public Library until Sept. 19.

Dallas Smith is going to prison for molesting an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl. (PCSO photo)

Dallas Smith, 42, of Maricopa, received the maximum sentence for committing sexual acts on two girls.

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Joseph Georgini gave Smith 24 years in the Department of Corrections. Georgini also sentenced him to a lifetime of probation and ordered him to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Smith sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl on a number of occasions between 2011 and 2013. In June 2015, the defendant pled guilty to the charges of molestation of a child, a Class 2 felony, dangerous crimes against children, a Class 3 felony, and to two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, also Class 3 felonies.

“Despite the fact this defendant received the maximum penalty, the harm caused to these young girls may last much longer,” Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said. “Knowing that, I promise our Pinal families to continue fighting for maximum penalties when the facts support such penalties. Thank you to Judge Georgini for recognizing this as one of those cases.”

John Storm joined the Maricopa Fire Department as an assistant chief 16 months ago. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

John Storm    
Assistant Fire Chief Maricopa Fire Department – Community Services,
Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois
Residence: Phoenix
Family: Wife Lynn, sons Patrick, 27, Andrew, 25, and Eric, 22; daughter Michelle, 20; step-daughters Jordan, 21, and Addison, 6. My sons are all serving in the Air Force, my daughter attends University of Arizona, my step-daughter attends San Diego State University. I married the woman of my dreams on March 21 of this year.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in management, Benedictine University (Lisle, Illinois); master’s degree in public administration, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).
Hobbies: I love to golf and fish.
Years on the job: 25 years in the fire service, 24 for the Wilmette (Illinois) Fire Department and 16 months for the Maricopa Fire Department.

Why did you decide to be a first responder? I was working for United Airlines when I started my family and was looking for a more stable job. United went bankrupt not long after I left, [so it] turned out this was a good decision. I spoke with my father about testing for the police department – my father was a 33-year veteran of the police department – and his advice was to test for the fire department. In his words “everyone loves the firemen and you can’t beat the schedule.” Both turned out to be totally true!

What element of your job has been the biggest surprise to you? The biggest surprise to me over my career has been the true appreciation of the public of the efforts of all first responders, including police officers. No matter how bad people’s situations, it seems the worse it is for them personally the more appreciative they are for our efforts. The perfect example of this was early in my career we worked on a young pregnant woman who was not breathing and had no pulse. We worked feverishly on her as did the emergency room staff. Sadly, our efforts failed, but the husband could not thank us enough for trying our best. It has sat with me all these years that this guy lost two family members and he made sure he thanked us repeatedly. This example has been my motivation to do the best always because we are truly appreciated whether it is expressed or not.

Why Maricopa? After completing my 24 years in Wilmette and completing my master’s degree, I noted many advancement opportunities were out West. Maricopa was the perfect fit for many reasons. The executive staff is absolutely the best that could be put together. I also enjoy the challenge of working for a department of a growing Arizona city.

Favorite part of the job: Definitely the people I work with. Secondly, is interacting with the public whenever I get the opportunity.

Least favorite part of the job: Sounds corny, but I really can’t think of a least favorite part.

Scariest moment: The scariest moment of my career was being caught in a flashover during firefighting efforts in the basement of a home back in Illinois. The basement went from complete blackness with tons of heat to a complete fireball in about two seconds. Luckily we were just behind a door in the basement which saved our lives. We had other crews down to help us almost immediately, but for a few seconds the thought did occur that the outcome might not be good.

Bravest act you’ve witnessed: I watched some guys from my department go into a second floor window of a burning second-floor house fire to get to a trapped 8-year-old girl and her father. The whole second floor was on fire and these three guys went in to find the two trapped people without the protection of a hose line (which was being stretched at the time they entered the second floor). They found both people and were able to successfully remove both from the house. Most courageous and work-intensive act I have ever witnessed due to the father being over 300 pounds and they removed him on a ladder unconscious.

What you wish all residents knew about your department: I wish all residents knew that this group of firefighting personnel are the best in the state. I also wish the residents knew how these personnel work so hard to keep the residents and everyone who plays and works in Maricopa the safest they can possibly be.

Ramon Aguirre del Sid, Jermaine R. Padillas Gonzalez, Marcila Aguirre Rico, Marcon Thobourne Jiminson and Argel Ramon Vega Castillo were all arrested Monday by PCSO

Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four men on marijuana charges in the Stanfield area Monday, and a fifth man on Papago Road faces theft charges.

Ramon Aguirre del Sid, 43, and Jermaine R. Padillas Gonzalez, 29, were arrested near Stanfield Road and Interstate 8. Both were charged with possession of marijuana for sale and transporting marijuana. They were booked on a $150,000 bond each, with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 18.

Marcila Aguirre Rico, 49, and Marcon Thobourne Jiminson, 20, were arrested on Stanfield Road and charged with possession and transportation of marijuana. Both were booked on $150,000 bond and were scheduled for arraignment Aug. 18.

Argel Ramon Vega Castillo, 24, was arrested just before 10 a.m. on West Papago Road on a warrant for two counts of theft and a charge of failure to appear. He was given a bond of $535 on the latter charge, but no bond on the theft charges.

Matthew Sabetta and his grandmother brought lunch for the crew building the new Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. He has visited the construction site almost every day. Submitted photo

By Roberta Cianciosi

Since summer vacation began, a Maricopa boy has been making daily visits to the site of the future Our Lady of Grace Church, which is scheduled to open in early 2016.

His name is Matthew Sabetta, and when you meet him you’re immediately touched by his kindness and enthusiasm. Matthew turned 13 in July, and his visits to the worksite make his days complete.

“It’s a special treat for me,” Matthew said. “I see cement trucks, pumper trucks and I get to talk to people.”

Last spring and summer, he and his grandmother Melanie Warthman watched workers complete the infrastructure for the new church and joined in the celebration of the Lighting of the Lights ceremony. He was already planning then to visit the site once work began on the project.

“This is our home away from home,” Warthman said. “We come each day and stay awhile watching the men work to complete the project.”

When parishioners joined Rev. Marcos Velásquez for the groundbreaking in March, Matthew arrived with his hard hat and met several members of the team building the new church. Dean Schifferer, the general manager of Redden Construction, presented him with one of the ceremonial shovels marking the occasion.

With the exception of a short respite to Disneyland, he hasn’t missed a day. His enthusiasm is so infectious that he and his grandmother were at the site before sunrise to watch the pouring of the cement floor. When he visits, Matthew’s favorite spot is the observation deck on the south side, which eventually will be the sanctuary.

“We missed him while he was away,” foreman Carl Utz said. “He makes us stay on top of things, especially with the cement trucks. He’s very pleasant to have around.”

“Mr. Utz has given Matthew a lot of special treatment and he’s been just awesome,” Warthman said.

She and Matthew brought lunch for the crew one day, and, as a reward, Matthew was given a tour of the work being completed. His initials will forever be a part of the floor of the new church’s sanctuary.

“I met Matthew during one of his visits to the site with his grandmother,” Doug McInelly said. “He’s always excited when someone takes the time to talk with him. Our crew really appreciated the time he brought lunch for everyone on the site. It was a special time when we took a picture of all of us with Matthew after lunch. It’s wonderful to see how interested Matthew is in everything every day.”

Visiting each day is special for him, and he even says a prayer for the workers beginning with the Our Father and adding “keep them safe and don’t let them fall.”

“Matthew exemplifies the pure joy and excitement that the parishioners and the constructors have, or should have for the church,” Schifferer said. “We can all be inspired and encouraged knowing that all the challenges will be worth it, when generations to come will be blessed by a wonderful church.”

“It’s exciting to see that level of interest from Matthew,” Project Manager Eric Peterson said. “I have never seen such excitement and interest in all my years of construction. I think we can all learn from his enthusiasm.”

Matthew is going back to school, but that doesn’t mean the visits to the site will stop. He’s planning to stop by before school, and he’ll be there on half-days as well as days off.

Pat Lairson

By Pat Lairson

It is an exciting time in real estate for the city of Maricopa. Overall the market is moving and profitable for most people who want to sell and also a good investment for those who want to buy. Let me give you an overall market view and then talk to you about some homework you should do if you are thinking about listing your home for sale.

There are only 40 active listings for rent. This is an all-time low for rentals available in Maricopa, which has caused an increase in monthly rental prices along with fewer homes to choose from to rent.

There are approximately 325 active single-family homes for sale in homeowners association subdivisions in Maricopa. The lowest-priced home is listed for $99,500 and the highest priced at $459,000. From June 1 to current, there are approximately 264 homes under contract either pending, closed or about to close. The average time a home is on the market has gone down to about 82 days in Maricopa.

So you can see the market is moving.

If you are thinking of selling your home this is a great time to do so. Do some homework first, though, before you sign a contract.

1. Get a market analysis done on your home. Realtors will do this for free and send you a comparative analysis on like homes in your subdivision so you can see the range of what your model will sell for. Your home can’t be priced accurately though until a Realtor actually visits your home.

2. Once you go over the analysis and if you want to list your home, go look at a couple of homes in the price range you think your home is valued at. This will give you some ideas on how to present your home and even price it accurately. Homes painted in neutral colors, de-cluttered and smoke- and pet-smell-free sell much faster.

3. There are costs involved in selling your home. Your Realtor can provide you with a cost sheet so you know exactly what you will net.

4. Make any repairs to your home before you list your home. Most buyers will hire an inspector. A report that comes back with a long list of repairs can scare a buyer off. As a seller, often you know of some items that need to be fixed in your home. Fix these items before you list. You can also get a free termite inspection before you list. Also get an HVAC tune-up and keep the receipt to give to your buyer, patch any outdoor drywall cracks and touch up paint if needed.

5. Find out how your home will be marketed. The Realtor you choose will tell you what they plan to do to sell your home and how they will follow up with potential buyers. They will also advise you on how to prepare your home the best way possible to sell it quickly.

Pat Lairson is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Julia Gusse

By Julia Romero Gusse

Within the last year military veteran unemployment rates have dropped but for the most part vets are having a harder time than non-veterans finding jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Post 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are the group with the highest unemployment compared to their civilian and veterans of previous conflicts. Many employers and organizations have committed to hiring veterans and a few are providing veteran hiring preferences.

It makes good business sense to hire a veteran. Most companies are hiring vets not just because they want to help them readjust to civilian life but also because of what they bring to the business table.  Most veterans learn faster because they have been trained to follow directions in a short period of time, their loyalty and teamwork skills are like no others’, and their commitment and discipline in getting the job done allows them to excel.

Veterans and non-veterans have had a difficult time finding employment since the recession hit and this is evident if you attend any job fairs. The Arizona Workforce Connection’s job fair was held at Harrah’s Ak-Chin a few weeks ago. I attended this fair as a representative of a local veteran non-profit organization (VetIT).

Of the 40 employers that I interviewed, only the Ak-Chin enterprises offer veteran hiring preferences. It is evident the Ak-Chin Indian Community values veterans and is committed to hiring veterans.

Another employer present who indicated a desire to hire veterans was Walmart and, according to their website, on Memorial Day 2015, Walmart and Sam’s Club strengthened their commitment to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020.

For those of you who were unable to attend job fair, I have included 40 of the 52 employers present at the local job fair.  Hire a veteran!

veteran jobs

Central Arizona College Maricopa campus

Maricopa Unified School District has six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The city has two K-12 charter schools and other charters for elementary-aged children. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools. Central Arizona College offers dual enrollment for high schoolers. CAC is the Pinal County community college system.


Central Arizona College: Maricopa Campus

District Schools

Maricopa Unified School District #20
Grades K – 12
District Office: 4150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, Maricopa AZ 85138
Superintendent: Steve Chestnut –

— Maricopa High School

— Maricopa Wells Middle School

— Desert Wind Middle School

— Santa Rosa Elementary School

— Santa Cruz Elementary School

— Saddleback Elementary School

— Pima Butte Elementary School

— Maricopa Elementary School

— Butterfield Elementary School


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    Maricopa Unified School District Administrative Office

Stanfield Elementary School District #24

Grades PreK – 8
515 S. Stanfield Road, Stanfield AZ 85272
Phone: 520-424-3353
Superintendent: Melissa Sadorf –
Principal: Christopher P. Lineberry –


Charter Schools

Sequoia Pathway Academy

 Legacy Traditional School

Leading Edge Academy

Holsteiner Agricultural School

Camino Montessori

Private Schools

Graysmark Academy


The Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed impacts Maricopa and Casa Grande. File photo

The Board of Supervisors, sitting as the Pinal County Flood Control District, unanimously approved the participation with the Army Corps of Engineers on a feasibility study for the Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed.

“This is a huge step forward in eventually being able to come up with a plan to address the flooding that occurs nearly every year on the Santa Cruz River,” Supervisor Anthony Smith said. “It seems that every time the Santa Cruz goes over its banks, there is major property damage. I am looking forward to the day when it does rain you won’t be thinking in the back of your mind ‘how bad will this get?'”

In the past, flooding on the Lower Santa Cruz has destroyed small farming communities along the river and damaged critical infrastructure, as well as caused significant damage to the towns of Maricopa, Casa Grande and Arizona City.

The feasibility study is the second stage in a formal process carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers. The first stage was a reconnaissance study that was completed in 2014. This study found federal interest in developing a potential solution to the flooding problem. The Army Corps of Engineers also gave the recommendation to proceed with the feasibility study.

The study is expected to be completed within three years at a total cost of no more than $3 million. The agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers will have the Federal Government and County split the cost of the study, including in-kind contributions from the county.

“The study is a necessary and important step in the process,” Supervisor Smith said. “When it comes down to it, this is a critical part of our economic future. Working proactively on a comprehensive solution in partnership with stakeholders, the Congressional Delegation and Corps will help position the County for economic growth and it sends a message to businesses that the County is serious about creating the conditions for their success.”

The feasibility study is also good news to the nonprofit Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance. The group is comprised of 20 public and private entities who advocate for a comprehensive, regional solution to the flooding on the Lower Santa Cruz. Supervisor Anthony Smith is an executive committee member of the Alliance.

“We are delighted that the County and the Corps have entered into this agreement to conduct the study and ultimately protect from flooding one of the country’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions,” said Steven Bloch, president of the Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance. “The President, Congress, Corps and local stakeholders have all recognized the importance of this project and together they have helped advance it to the study phase.”

James Brandon Austin turned himself in Tuesday at his attorney's office. Submitted photo

A Maricopa man wanted on suspicion of domestic violence turned himself in today after a search of a Glennwilde neighborhood Monday.

According to the Maricopa Police Department, James Brandon Austin,34, went to his attorney’s office in Phoenix, where he was arrested at approximately 2 p.m.

“He is currently being processed and will be transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and booked on several felony charges under the domestic violence statute,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

MPD officers were called to a location on Porter Road around 4:30 p.m. Monday on a report of an aggravated assault. The address is listed as 18700 N. Porter Road, which is Leading Edge Academy. Officers later found the Nissan Cube belonging to Austin on a Glennwilde street and searched the area.

No one in the neighborhood reported seeing Austin, and MPD could not locate him until they were contacted Tuesday.

MPD released no more details about the case.

Mercedes "Sadie" Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10. (Go Fund Me photo)

A fund has been set up to help the Maricopa family of two children killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 10 Sunday.

Laureano Ocho Rivera set up the “Garcia & White Family Fund” on with the humble goal of $1,000. In one day, more than $5,000 was raised, and donations and condolences continue to come in.

The money is intended to benefit the family of Luis James Garcia, 15, and Mercedes “Sadie” Garcia, 11, who died in the rollover crash.

“Luis and Sadie were taken from us far too soon,” Rivera stated on the fund page. “The pain is felt by an entire community and beyond as this family has touched many of us in one way or another be it from Pee Wee football to Ak-Chin baseball.  Please help us help the family. We love you Adam and Della.”

Nine people were in the Chevy Tahoe that flipped after apparently blowing a tire. Maria Almadelia Farias Cervantes, 23, of Phoenix, died of her injuries later at a hospital. The Garcia children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Six others, including the driver, were injured. One teen has life-threatening injuries.

Mercedes "Sadie" Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10.  (Go Fund Me photo)
Mercedes “Sadie” Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10. (Go Fund Me photo)