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More than 50 employers met with potential employees Wednesday morning at the annual Maricopa Job Fair at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino’s new ballroom. Businesses from Maricopa, Pinal County and beyond touted their open positions to a crowd of job-seekers.

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Vinnie Latona (left) with MHS instructor Brad Chamberlain.

A career and technical student who graduated from Maricopa High School in May won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 26-27.

Vinnie Latona was awarded the high school gold medal in Internetworking. Learn more about Vinnie and top-10 finisher Braydon Sanders, also from Maricopa, in the upcoming August issue of InMaricopa magazine. Both are heading to college after thriving in Brad Chamberlain’s MHS Cisco Academy.

More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.

Participants earned places in the national competition by winning their categories in state championships. Students demonstrated their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 103 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers.

More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year. A total of 1,122 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to students.

Restrictions begin July 15 as project nears 80% completion

Closures and detours in the area of the overpass begin Monday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers that State Route 347 in Maricopa will be closed between Edison and Bowlin roads from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. July 15.

The full closure is needed as construction crews make final preparations for the scheduled opening of the new SR 347 overpass at 5 a.m. Monday. Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists around the full closure as access onto SR 347 between Edison and Bowlin roads will be restricted.

Motorists in the restricted area when the closure begins should proceed with caution when exiting the area. Police officers will assist with enforcing the restriction and ensuring drivers safety vacate the area.

Other road closures and restrictions will begin after the overpass opens as the project enters its third, and final, phase. These include:

• The Alterra Parkway/SR 347 intersection will be closed in all directions from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday. The full intersection closure is needed to install signal foundations and new poles.
• The full closure of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway between SR 347 and Plainview Street for approximately three months begins Monday.
• North- and southbound travel will be reduced to two lanes in each direction on a segment of the old SR 347 alignment, between Hathaway Avenue and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, through the end of construction in the fall. The segment of the old SR 347 alignment that will remain open after the project is completed is being renamed “Maricopa Road.”


Noah Kell, 3, and Ayden McCracken, 3, check out an Apex Motor Club sports car. Submitted photo

The children from Baby Fox Academy received a special visit from Apex Motor Club today. As part of the summer curriculum, the preschoolers have been learning about different modes of transportation.

“We like to invite our community members to be involved in our preschool program,” said owner and director Laurie McCracken. “It’s very important for our children to see all the different things that make our community great. It’s also important to give our community members the opportunity to have an impact on the children in our program, to show them all the different possibilities there are for their future.”

The preschoolers squealed in excitement upon seeing the cars parked just outside their preschool’s front door this morning. The children were able to sit inside the various models. They peered in awe when being shown one car’s engine and giggled when they heard the engines roar.

“Bringing experiences like this to children in our program is one of my favorite parts of running a preschool,” McCracken said. “Watching the wonderment and inquisition that these children exhibit in learning new things is amazing.”

Baby Fox Academy is a state-licensed, in-home preschool in operation three years. It is owned and operated by Laurie and Matt McCracken. Laurie is a former elementary school teacher of over 20 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary ed and a master’s in early literacy.

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By Brian Petersheim

Brian Petersheim

Currently finding a nice rental home in Maricopa for a great price with less than perfect credit is like finding a hidden treasure at a flea market. Supply of available rentals is extremely low, while demand has been high

To put the supply in perspective, the city of Maricopa currently has about 18,500 homes currently, but as of today’s date there are only 14 homes available for rent on the Arizona Regional MLS (plus eight furnished vacation rentals).

The rental homes are coming on the market, have multiple applicants within the first few days and are rented quickly — 96.3 percent of the homes are rented within 30 days.

There were 81 homes rented in the past three months in Maricopa. The average monthly rent was $1,350 for approximately 2,000 sq ft home.


Total number of homes for rent – 14
Rentals allowing pets – 5
Rentals with pools – 1
Short term/seasonal rentals – 8

Monthly lease prices of the 14 homes

With the rental market as tight as it currently is with supply, a prospective tenant needs to put their best foot forward when applying to rent a home. These are some tips and tricks to help a tenant get into the rental home of their dreams and set them above the competition!

  1. Know what your credit report looks like before you find the home of your dreams.
  2. Attach reference letter from boss or previous landlord to application.
  3. Have your real estate agent reach out to the landlord’s real estate agent to confirm the house is still available and ask if there are any applications pending.
  4. Any Realtor can help you with rental listings.

If you are interested in purchasing a home for an investment property, please reach out.

Brian Petersheim-Realtor
Call/text 602-206-9644

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Homes continue to go up in Alterra and other subdivisions in the summer heat.

Another sizzling weekend is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.
Today is sunny and hot, with the expected high temperature to reach 113 degrees F. The evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 81.
Friday, the forecast calls for a sunny and hot day with a high near 112. Pinal County Department of Air Quality has issued an airborne
coarse particle high pollution advisory. The overnight low will be around 80.
Saturday, plan for a mostly sunny and hot day with a high near 112 and few breezes. The nighttime low will be around 80.
Sunday will likely be sunny and hot with a high near 110 and winds 5-10 mph. The overnight low will be around 81.
That leads to a week of similar high temperatures and a few clouds on the horizon.

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Believed to have been taken between 1900 and 1920, this photo of a train at the pumping station with the iconic water tower nearby is so typical of Maricopa at that time it served as a postcard. For 40 years, Maricopa was a junction for the Southern Pacific Railroad where passengers bound for Phoenix could catch the Doodlebug into town. Just like the train, they could stop for a little refreshment in Maricopa before continuing on their journey. The east-west tracks now belong to Union Pacific, and the northbound spur was torn up.

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This item appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

Maricopa weaver Tiffany Yazzie will have her art on display at Maricopa Public Library this summer. She weaves in the traditional style of Navajo design and stories through the ages.

Yazzie was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. Her mother and grandmothers were her first teachers. Her mother showed her how to dress a loom by first creating a warp, setting up a heddle to separate the warp threads and then weave in the yarn. Her grandmother taught her how to care for the sheep and the goats, then to process their hair into yarn.

Her paternal grandmother, Suzie Yazzie, was renowned for her pictorial rugs and demonstrated daily for tourists, photographers and filmmakers from around the world.

Tiffany Yazzie is inspired by vivid color combination and how they interact with various Navajo weaving styles and techniques. She weaves fibers spun from sheep and goat hair into a vertical standing loom through the warp fibers that she strings by hand. These weavings or textiles take 30 to 200 hours to complete. Her designs are not drawn or sketched out before starting to weave. This for Tiffany is creativity being woven in the moment.

“This collection on display highlights a weaving style called the Eye Dazzler,” Yazzie said, “a weaving that stacks shapes in distinct colors leaving no gaps in between them. When gazed upon, the overall textile design dazzles the eyes. Unlike traditional eye dazzlers, I used gaps and shades of brighter colors to highlight the shapes repetitive pattern. This collection took about 300 hours to weave using 2,400 yards of spun wool and mohair.”

The display will be at the Maricopa Public library on Smith-Enke Road for three or four months.

This story appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

The City of Maricopa and Ak-Chin had simultaneous celebrations of the Fourth of July on Thursday, which created lots of fireworks and water slides (and tremendous traffic jam afterward) as residents and visitors came out to join in the fun. Those participating in the first tailgate party at Copper Sky had positive feedback from their experience. Crowds gathered twice on the soccer fields to watch a motocross show, and there was general reveling throughout the park.

By Harriet Phelps

Harriet Phelps

This topic is probably not one that your mother discussed with you. In Arizona, the sunrises and sunsets are the best time to watch the birds and the bees. It is very relaxing. They are pollinators.

Pollinators are important to our environment and are essential for fruit and vegetable production. Pollinators in general are in decline, which impacts food production. Gardeners can conserve bees and habitat for birds by planting flowers and trees that attract and provide nesting habitat and protection from harmful pesticides.

What you need to know

Every fifth bite, or one-third, of our food in the United States depends on pollination.

The honeybee is one of more than 20,000 distinct bee species and can visit 50 to 1,000 flowers. The number of hives in the United States has decreased about 50 percent from 6 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today. –

There are 300 species of hummingbird and they are found only in the Western Hemisphere. The Anna hummingbird stays year-round in the northern Sonoran Desert. – National Park Service

What you can do

There is a bee/bird-plant relationship that provide the habitat and feeding of pollinators. Whether you are a pot-container gardener on your patio or a full-fledged vegetable gardener, it all matters. Use or using your ZIP code for a list.

Hummingbirds require nectar from plants and protein from insects caught in flight. They drink up to two times their body weight per day. Boiling a mixture of one cup sugar to four cups water until the sugar dissolves is all that is necessary. It does not require the red coloring. Keep your red feeder clean and replace the water not used weekly. This mixture also attracts the bees that want a drink of water.

Create a pollinator habitat with bee-friendly plants and a water source.

Support local beekeepers by buying honey from them or at farmers markets. They are resources for bee problems, too. If bees become a problem, swarm or build a large hive that you would like removed, call a beekeeper. Do not remove the bees yourself. Always be prepared for bee sting or pollen allergy and seek medical advice.

Harriet Phelps is a retired psychologist, a member of the Pinal County Master Gardeners Maricopa for six years and was a Master Gardener in Rock Island County, Illinois for seven years.

MG Office 520-374-6263,,

This column appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

Dayv Morgan

By Dayv Morgan

Dayv Morgan

As summer hits and the weather warms up, the thought of having a backyard pool becomes more desirable.

But many people are hesitant to add one, thinking the cost is too great, and the return on investment will be too small when it’s time to sell. In Maricopa, however, neither seems to be accurate.

In some parts of the Valley, pools are very common. Over the last month in Chandler, for example, almost 50 percent of the homes sold had a pool. Therefore, most appraisers will say a pool only adds about $10,000 of value to a home.

But in the Maricopa market during the past month, 48 of the 196 closed homes had pools (24.4 percent), and the retail price of these homes is $25,000 or more above the same floorplan without a pool.

Currently the number of properties with pools is growing, meaning many of the pools are new. In the first five months of this year, the city issued 88 permits for residential pools

If you are hoping to have a pool in time to beat the summer heat, get started now. The whole process could take up to eight weeks – two to three weeks for permitting and five to six weeks for construction.

So, what does it cost to keep cool?

A basic 80-foot perimeter pebble-tec pool, with a maximum depth of 5 feet, should cost about $25,000, depending on the access to the yard. This means in most cases you will get at least a 100 percent return on your investment.

If you add other pool features such as a waterfall, spa, in-floor cleaning system or heater, the price will jump quickly and the overall return for the pool investment will decline.

Another benefit to consider is the “days on market” when you list your home for sale. Properties with pools tend to sell much faster than those without.

In the last month, Maricopa homes without pools took an average of 81 days to sell, while homes with a backyard pool sold a month faster, in only 53 days.

Dayv Morgan is a Maricopa Realtor and owner of HomeSmart Success.


This column appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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Priscilla Behnke.

By Priscilla Behnke

Priscilla Behnke.

This July is the third season of “Stranger Things.”

The show is intriguing and not just for the Lovecraftian and Dungeons & Dragons-inspired, other-dimensional monsters terrorizing the residents of Hawkins. It also has resonating themes of friendship, sacrifice, fighting for a cause bigger than yourself and the true grit of parenting.

In season one, a group of young friends find themselves worried about their missing pal, Will, as does his single mother, Joyce. The show meticulously makes a point through flashbacks and small moments to show Joyce knows Will. She had taken the time to find and talk with him even when he would withdraw. She noticed when something was wrong, right down to the missing birthmark on a fake body. It was her persistence coupled with a strong support system that saves Will.

His friends are key players, but they don’t do it without adults. Chief Hopper rescues the young heroes and in the end it’s when the kids align with Hopper and Joyce that they are successful. If left to navigate the danger alone, they would have lost.

Our world doesn’t have Lovecraftian monsters, but there are real dangers lurking, ready to destroy our kids – addiction, loneliness, bullying, trafficking, lack of purpose. As parents we need to be vigilant, set boundaries and make decisions that are best for our kids, not decisions that are most convenient for us.

This theme is echoed in season two. Conflict arises when the kids separate from the adults and keep them in the dark about their new “pet.” Will tries to stand his ground against a creature alone. Joyce’s vigilance saves the day. The mother with few resources takes advantage of those she has. She won’t take no for answer, and when Will tries to shut her out, she looks at his video tapes, drawings, anything with clues.

Again, the kids find they need adults to fight the danger. Joyce again rescues Will as she tries to make the environment inhospitable for the monster. He cries to manipulate her so she will quit. She does what’s right for her son, not what is easy for them, and continues to make the hard choice, which saves her son. She’s aware of the realities of the danger her kids face, and she refuses to let them face them alone.

If our kids fall to what preys on them, we need to be ready for the long hard fight, and as a community we should be ready to stand with those parents. Above all we shouldn’t be leaving our kids to fight this world’s monsters alone.

Priscilla Benhke is program director for Maricopa CAASA and Be Awesome Youth Coalition.

This column appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. —

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In Jefferson’s draft there is a part on slavery here

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Matthew Thornton
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll Of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton.
New York
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas M’kean
North Carolina
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward Jr.
Thomas Lynch Jr.
Arthur Middleton
New Jersey
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkins
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Photo by Kyle Norby

By Jim Headley

When Jiffy Lube opened its doors this year, it brought eight jobs to Maricopa.

“This location was ideal due to population growth and the need for our services,” company spokesperson Jodi Stiles said. “This Jiffy Lube is a multicare location, which allows them to perform all the normal maintenance in addition to mechanical repairs, with the exception of transmission and engine replacement.”

Stiles said the Maricopa shop, which is 2,900 square feet, also offers tires.

The new location’s eight employees include manager Patrick Hance.

“He has been with us over nine years and comes with great experience. He is also a resident of Maricopa and takes great pride in assisting guests to help maintain their vehicles in his community,” said Stiles.

Maricopa’s Jiffy Lube location is on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, just west of Walmart.

“Our goal is to provide a service for our guests at a fair and honest price as we help them maintain their vehicles,” she said.

Jiffy Lube has been in Arizona 27 years and has 52 locations in the state.


Jiffy Lube
Where: 42100 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 520-635-6257

Maricopa Art Committee announced an upcoming Art Gallery show to hang on the walls of City Hall from September through mid-December.

The theme for this show for local visual artists is “Celebrations.” This is a juried gallery of artwork selected by arts advocates and professionals. Celebrating good times with family, events, beautiful Arizona sunsets and anything that inspires your celebration of life is the inspiration for this gallery show.

Click here for the policy, application and instructions. Please note – each JPG of your work needs to be submitted through individual emails. Please include in the subject part of the email. One application only.

Artists name
Artwork title
Medium used
Price (if for sale)



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Photo by Kyle Norby

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa from May 16 through June 15 was a lakefront property in Province with a 3-year-old house. Its selling price was almost 4 percent lower than its listing price of $400,000 last year and was $20,000 below its original list price. It was on the market nearly nine months.

1. 41673 W. Harvest Moon Drive, Province, $385,000

Sold: May 16
Purchase price: $385,000
Square footage: 2,325
Price per square foot: $165.59
Days on market: 231
Builder: Meritage
Year built: 2016
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Community: Province
Features: Upgrades, lots of storage, front courtyard, electric shades, solar panels
Listing agent: Pat Lairson, The Maricopa Real Estate Company
Selling agent: Sheila Steinle, HomeSmart Success

2. 43265 W. Bailey Drive, The Villages at Rancho El Dorado ………………………..$362,000
3. 21839 N. Greenway Drive, Rancho El Dorado ………………………………………….$360,900
4. 40759 W. Bravo Drive, The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado ……………………………$350,000
5. 20126 N. Snowflake Drive, Province …………………………………………….…………$325,000

This item appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

Photos by Kyle Norby

Marlins and Seals were spotted at Copper Sky Aquatics Center on Saturday during a fun meet that let the swimmers have a splash and get ready for competition mode. Boys and girls competed in the lap pool.

Hailee, Corinne Lee Myers, Kandice Pyper, Briana Brennan and Sophie Del Cotto. Photo by Kyle Norby

By Fran Lyons

Celebrating their May 25 grand opening, Earthwise Pet Supply of Maricopa launched its Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa for dogs and cats, aka fur babies.

This new business located in The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta is a one-of-a-kind place offering an array of services and products.

Two full-time, professional groomers are available in the Spa to pamper and style pets (cats included). A unique self-bathing station, fully equipped with everything you need to wash and dry your pet, is in-store for your convenience. The staff will even clean up the mess.

“Our team genuinely cares about animals. We all love to engage with our furry friends,” said team member Sophie Del Cotto. “We’re here for your pet, and you, the pet parent.”

A coalition of locally owned and operated stores, Earthwise Pet Supply’s first store was established in California in 1977. It is a company committed to excellence. Their mission is to better the lives of pets and their owners through proper education, exceptional customer service, all-natural products and green business practices.

“Earthwise Pet Supply of Maricopa is a family business that shares the love of our fur families and the joy they bring to our lives,” said Kandice Pyper, the “hands-on” store owner.

Trained by an Earthwise Pet Supply representative, each team member at the shop takes a weeklong food course and is very knowledgeable about the specific brands and products offered.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with an exceptional, informative and beneficial experience,” Pyper said. “We’ll guide you through the process of selecting a diet program specifically for your pet. We do our best to assure that our animal companions are healthy, happy pets. After all, they’re part of the family.”

All the nutritional products available at the store have been selected from a handful of suppliers, including longstanding family companies passed down from generation to generation. There are special discounts for military members and seniors.

“The products we offer are all natural and sourced in the USA,” Pyper said. “We like to support other small businesses just as Maricopa is supporting us. You don’t have to worry where our food comes from. Earthwise Pet Supply does the research for you and adheres to the highest standards. You can now confidently shop locally for the best nutritional pet products available.”

Originally from Canada, Pyper has years of experience with animals. She worked at a pet resort for 10 years and for the SPCA handling animal adoptions and surrenders. New to Maricopa, Pyper loves the warm weather in Maricopa and the opportunity to provide a valuable service based on her love and empathy for animals.

“My team and I are thrilled to be a part of the growing and thriving community of Maricopa. We’re open seven days a week and welcome you to stop by and check us out,” she said. “While you’re here, pick up a free sample of pet food.”

20924 N. John Wayne Parkway


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Long-range predictions for hotter, drier-than-normal July

Sonoran Desert (file photo)

By Jim Headley

Peter Geiger, editor of Farmers’ Almanac, said it will be hot in Arizona this July.

While that really doesn’t come as a surprise, Geiger said it will be downright “sizzling” across the Southwest.

“I don’t get to talk to very many people in Arizona,” Geiger said. “I will not disappoint you this summer – we use the word ‘sizzling’ and with average precipitation.”

A competing publication with an even longer history, The Old Farmer’s Almanac also is specifically predicting the month of July will be hotter and drier than normal in the Valley of the Sun.

Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, said the company researched and developed a weather forecast in February 2018 that indicated this July will be slightly hotter than normal and with below-normal rainfall.

The forecast is produced by Michael Steinberg.

“They are also predicting the monsoon for later in summer, probably more into September and October,” Stillman said. “We have also made a similar prediction for above-normal rainfall in September and October.”

Geiger said Farmers’ Almanac, established in 1818, predicts the weather for three-day segments throughout the year.

“We do talk about monsoon showers July 4 through the 7th for parts of Arizona,” Geiger said. “We talk about more monsoon storms in Arizona from July 24 to 27. I don’t know if that’s unusual. On average, you will get four rainy days throughout the month of July and you get about an inch of rain.”

Spring in Arizona was “cooler than normal,” which is exactly what Farmer’s Almanac predicted in its 2019 edition.

Stillman said it’s encouraging when The Old Farmer’s Almanac, established in 1792, comes out with a forecast more than a year in advance that matches the much later National Weather Service forecasts.

“It’s our long-range philosophy and the technology that is applied,” she said.

Old Farmer’s Almanac weather map

How do Farmers’ Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac make such long-range predictions with accuracy?

“It is done using a mathematical formula that was developed in the early 1800s by our first editor, David Young,” Peter Geiger said of the Farmer’s Almanac. “It is applied to sunspot activity, point of positions of the Earth and the effect the moon has on the Earth. Sunspot activity is critically important. We are told that we are maybe 75 to 85 percent accurate,” he said.

Over at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, it’s similar.

“We use three scientific disciplines,” Janice Stillman said, “which include solar sun activity, the sunspots, which are magnetic storms on the surface of the sun that occur in cycles of 11 years on average. We are in the midst of one of the quietest cycles in more than 100 years. There is almost no solar activity. We also use climatology, which is the study of prevailing conditions over long periods of time, decades and even centuries. We also take into consideration greenhouse gasses and carbon influence in the atmosphere.”

The strange thing is, Stillman said, we should be experiencing a severe cooling period with slow sunspot activity. Instead, with global climate change occurring, things are still heating up when they should be cooling down.

“You don’t know until you get through it. I know the global temperatures are rising but it’s not the same all over the globe all of the time. We do believe that solar cycles have something to do with the warming oceans and the jet stream being influenced by the meltdown in the artic,” she said.

Geiger said because Farmers’ Almanac’s forecasts are based on statistical data, climate change is not considered a factor when forecasts are made. The planet’s climate changes on a regular basis anyway, he said.

“Are we shooting to be totally hot and never cool again? I don’t know,” Geiger said. “Climate change is not as factorable as is sunspot activity and planet position – that stuff you can measure. Climate change is always happening. You really have to look back hundreds of thousands of years to see what’s happened to the climate on the planet.”


This story is in the July issue of InMaricopa.

The vehicle purchased by PCSO with highway safety funds is the fourth Charger put in use for traffic details. Submitted photo

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received more than $46,000 in funding from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The money was used to purchase a fully-equipped Dodge Charger to enhance the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and DUI enforcement efforts in Pinal County. STEP grants allow the PCSO traffic unit to conduct speed enforcement details throughout the county.

Speed and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are both linked to many of the accidents and fatalities in Pinal County and across Arizona.

“This is our second vehicle purchased through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant. The unmarked aspect allows us to blend in and target aggressive drivers,” said Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb. “We appreciate all the help from Director Alberto Gutier and everyone at the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help promote safer roads in Pinal County.”

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office currently has four unmarked Chargers to help with traffic enforcement.


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Photo by Kyle Norby

The least expensive home sold in Maricopa from May 16 through June 15 was a 16-year-old home that had only one owner. It sold for $5,000 under its asking price and quickly was offered for rent. Two of the three bedrooms are carpeted while the rest of the house has wood and tile flooring.

1. 42358 W. Sunland Drive, Rancho El Dorado …………………………………………….$167,000

Sold: May 29
Purchase price: $167,000
Square footage: 1,281
Price per square foot: $130.37
Days on market: 19
Builder: Unknown
Year built: 2003
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Rancho El Dorado
Features: Near golf course, new bathroom and kitchen fixtures, kitchen appliances, pantry
Listing agent: Casey Edward Clay, EXIT Realty Expanded Vision
Selling agent: Bryan C. Adams, The Maricopa Real Estate Company

2. 19365 N. Miller Way, Maricopa Meadows ……………………………………..$172,000
3. 19393 N. Sandalwood Drive, Glennwilde ………………………………………..$175,000
4. 46028 W. Starlight Drive, Maricopa Meadows ………………………………..$179,000
5. 46059 W. Holly Drive, Maricopa Meadows ……………………………………..$180,000

This item appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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Brian Petersheim

By Brian Petersheim

Brian Petersheim

June 2019 in real estate was hot, and not only for showing homes with temperatures in the triple digits. June is one of the busier months for buying and selling homes in Maricopa.

The market will begin to slow down as many soon to be residents have already chosen their home and will be moving before the next school year starts.

June’s median list price in Maricopa was $239,900  (+ $1,505 from last month). Please see graph below for median list prices from January 2017 to June 2019

The average price per square foot was $116 (-$1 per square foot from last month). The sales price per square foot has increased $20 per square foot from January 2017 to June 2019

Average home days on the market was 57 (which is a 2 day decrease from last month)

Homes under $200,000 averaged 49 days on the market, while more expensive homes over $300,000 averaged 72 days on the market

324 Homes currently available for sale, not under contract, looking for offers
257 Homes currently under contract (should close escrow within 45 days pending inspection, appraisal, etc)
184 homes sold in June 2019
32 of the sold homes had a built in private pool.
$166,000 Least expensive home sold- Notes: 2-bed/2-bath  1,327 sqft Villa in Province, 42485 W. Jawbreaker
$355,000 Most expensive home sold- Notes: 4-bed/2.5-bath  2,863 sqft single story on 1/3-acre over-sized golf course lot with pool, 43298 W. Desert Fairways Drive.
9 Homes sold in Province (active adult community)
33 Of the sold homes were brand new/spec homes

Number of bedrooms – 184 sold homes
2 bed – 12
3 bed – 85
4 bed – 70
5 bed – 15
6 bed – 2
7+ bed – 0

Garage parking: of the 184 sold
2 car – 140
3 car – 42
4 car – 2

Price ranges of the 184 sold:
$150,001-175,000—- 6
$175,001-200,000—- 42
$200,001-225,000—- 44
$225,001-250,000—- 44
$251,001-275,000—- 24

The biggest news of real estate in June was the re-grand opening of the Alterra subdivision with Lennar Homes and their new models. Lennar labels itself as an “everything’s included” builder, which means they build each different floor plan with the same upgrades.

The biggest news in real estate in May was the “roll out” of several new floorplans in Palo Brea (diagonal from Ultrastar) that will feature the upgrade of an attached RV garage.

Final thoughts: The past few weeks the RE market has stayed relatively stable in terms of sales-to-inventory. However, inventory is low enough to keep us in a slight seller’s market.

Any questions about value or the market, please reach out to me.

Brian Petersheim – Realtor
call/text 602-206-9644



Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino General Manager Robert Livingston announced Caesars Award of Excellence winners at the Ak-Chin property. All but one are Maricopa residents.

April Stovall received the leadership award in Facilities & Surveillance. Called the “expansion champion,” she was the liaison between the construction company and internal stakeholders. “She works tirelessly to keep the construction company on track and hold them to the quality she knows Harrah’s Ak-Chin deserves.”

Also receiving the leadership award was Gwendolyn Perrin in Housekeeping. Livingston said she inspires her team to perform at a high level, maintaining productivity and quality standards. “She makes it routine to visit her team members often as they clean rooms, always lending a hand, rewarding hard work and documenting concerns.”

Chris Pablo in Warehouse received the award for superior internal service. He started as a Harrah’s Development System associate before interning in the warehouse. “When his team is in need of help, he steps up to the plate.”

Christopher Walker in Facilities was also awarded for superior internal service. He enjoys problem-solving and is often heard humming or singing 1980s music under his breath once a task is completed. “Chris remains calm under pressure and handles himself in a professional manner, regardless of the situation.”

Brian Pape in Facilities received the award for innovation. You can see many of his “masterpieces” throughout the casino such as the cactus and chips display on the promenade, the new slots cabinets on the gaming floor and the new slot machines counter in front of live Keno. “He is able to create, build, recycle and develop at about half the cost if not less than what it would cost to actually purchase.”

Christi Montes in Executive received the award for community service. She volunteered almost 200 hours in 2017 and then volunteered 607 hours in 2018. “Some of the organizations Christi helps had some wonderful words to say about her. One said, ‘I look forward to working with her each event. I wish I had 20 more like her.’”

Linda Hunter in the Gift Shop won the award in the suggest category. Her ability to recommend add-ons at the register, complimentary items on the floor and perfect gift items contributed to both increased service scores and sales up 12.6 percent over prior year. “You will not find an employee more passionate about the products and services that we offer.”

Mario Cardenas of Chandler received the award for superior guest service. He created, fostered and evolved many relationships with VIP guests. “Mario is always going above and beyond to help our guests; he has been known to drive tickets to customers on his way home.”

This story appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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 In Lincoln, Nebraska, members of the Maricopa High School Theatre Company participated in the International Thespian Festival last week and were one of the highlights of this year’s event. Their group number “Welcome to the Rock” from the musical Come from Away was one of just seven to receive a callback after their initial performance and then went on to perform in the Showcase on Friday and Saturday, a rare honor. Troup members earned their spots at Nationals with top marks in the state competition. The ITF has grown to almost 4,500 performers, so big it has to move from Nebraska, where it has been held since 1995, to Indiana University next year.

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Jacob Keel, MHS junior, fields the ball at 1st base while David Pankenier checks the speed of the oncoming throw. Photo by Victor Moreno

Monday night, the Maricopa High School baseball team was the beneficiary of a local MLB scout and college recruiter, Maricopa resident David Pankenier.

Pankenier worked with the boys playing summer baseball, after accepting the invitation of new MHS baseball head coach Brad Vericker. The athletes participating spanned grades 7-12.

During the session, Pankenier recorded measurements and statistics related to athleticism testing, defensive testing by position, hitting assessment and a pitching assessment. He recorded the data to assimilate and provide athletes and parents results for each player, so they have quantifiable measurements to see how the athlete compares to athletes being recruited to play at the next level – college and beyond.

“The drills were cool because he can measure the velocity when we throw the ball from the outfield to the plate, and for pitching he can provide a lot of good info – more than just the mph,” said Jackson Lindseth, MHS senior.

Pankenier has a lengthy resume in the baseball world. He is currently the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He is also a professional scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Scouting Career
2002-present: Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks
2004 co-coordinator for the Northern League Tryouts & Draft
2005 Graduate from Major League Baseball Scout School
2012-present: West Coast Scout Prospect Wire Baseball

David Parks, MHS sophomore, throws to first after fielding a ball to measure accuracy and velocity of throw. Photo by Victor Moreno


During a verbal argument on June 11 at around 4 p.m., Gwendolyn Y. Franklin, 67, chased down her ex-boyfriend with a knife in their residence on West Sagebrush Trail while he videoed the confrontation, according to police.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office is now prosecuting her on charges of disorderly conduct with a weapon, a Class 6 felony, and threatening with a weapon, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

According to the police report, while Franklin verbally threatened to kill her ex-boyfriend, he managed to video the incident as it unfolded. Allegedly, the footage clearly shows Franklin chasing and threatening the ex-boyfriend, and the knife is visible in her hand.

Police arrived on the scene, and Franklin was placed under arrest at about 4:25 p.m. The ex-boyfriend showed police the footage. They requested a copy of the video and impounded the knife used by Franklin as evidence.

Franklin was transported and booked into the Pinal county jail but has since been released.

Maricopa has a new drill sergeant. Staff Sgt. Bryan Schmid graduated U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy in Fort Jackson, Hopkins, South Carolina, Wednesday. He is coming home to visit next week before being assigned to his new base. He had to leave for school the day after he and his wife Stefanie had a baby boy, Corbin. Bryan’s parents are David and Lisa Durst of The Villages.

Staff Sgt. Bryan Schmid with wife Stefanie and son Corbin. Submitted photo

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Maricopa High school head coach Theresa Abernathy led summer volleyball camp June 20-22 in the high school gym. The high school season starts with a scrimmage Aug. 27.

Chief Steve Stahl talks to seniors during a Lunch and Learn event at Copper Sky.

Senior Lunch & Learn hosted the Maricopa Police Department, specifically Chief Steve Stahl, to talk about senior safety June 21 at Copper Sky. Stahl and his staff spoke on senior safety, from traffic to fraud, the family advocacy center and You Are Not Alone program in the hour-long chat. Lunch & Learn is the third Friday of each month, providing guest speakers on issues that affect the senior population.

Lunch & Learn
Seniors enjoy a bit of wit and information at Lunch & learn.
Seniors meet for Lunch & learn each month at Copper Sky.
MPD Public Affairs Specialist Ricardo Alvarado talks about the department’s app.


Beginning June 21, due to dry and hot conditions, fire restrictions will be implemented on Bureau of Land Management lands within the Phoenix District. The district’s 2.4 million acres of public lands in Arizona extend across portions of eight counties, including Pima, Pinal, Maricopa, Gila, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties. Visitors to public lands in these counties are encouraged to plan before recreating in the area and check for updates for local weather and fire conditions.

Beginning June 21, the following are temporarily prohibited until rescinded:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where agency-built campfire rings and grills are provided.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Welding or the use of any torch, metal cutting or grinding equipment.
  • Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.
  • Fireworks, exploding targets and incendiary devices are prohibited year-round.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, grills or lanterns that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area of at least six feet or more clear from flammable material such as grass and brush.

Once conditions improve and the risk of wildfires has been reduced, fire restrictions will be rescinded and all allowable activities will be permitted to continue on public lands.

Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the regulations shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. In addition, such persons will be liable to the United States for damages through either an administrative process or in United States federal court.

Fire restrictions can vary by agency and jurisdictions. Know before you go. Learn more about current fire restrictions and current fire situations at