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InMaricopa staffer Jaime Harrison hands out face masks. There will be another free distribution from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the InMaricopa parking lot at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road.

Even as Gov. Doug Ducey extended his stay-at-home order through May 15, he began to relax some of the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This week, more retail stores statewide are reopening for business, including in-store shopping, as well as appointment-based services, including medical and dental offices. The continuation of proper social distancing and stepped-up hygiene is part of that process.

As more people venture out, InMaricopa wants to help you and your family stay safe, so we are planning another free distribution of surgical-style masks from 8 to 10 a.m. today, during a drive-thru in the parking lot of our offices at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road. Please enter the lot from the westernmost driveway, stay in your vehicle and proceed slowly to the canopy where an InMaricopa.com staffer will distribute masks to you.

Arizona is not requiring residents to wear masks when they go out in public during the health crisis. But federal health officials say they are a highly effective way to slow the spread of the virus and recommends people wear them when out in public.

As a result, InMaricopa has had three recent distributions, handing out hundreds of masks to people who needed them. (See video below from one of our distributions.)

We encourage all residents who do not have face mask protection to stop by this morning.


To continue to grow our local coverage of COVID-19’s impact on Maricopa in the difficult weeks to come while continuing our day-to-day newsgathering, we are partnering with the Local Media Association’s foundation to ask our readers to help with a tax-deductible donation at InMaricopa.com/LocalCoverage.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey coronavirus update
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces Wednesday the extension of his stay-at-home order through May 15. (Source: Arizona Department of Health Services, via YouTube)

The state is urging retail stores to test their employees for coronavirus symptoms before the shift as non-essential retail stores get ready to resume partial operations next week.

On Wednesday Gov. Doug Ducey extended his stay-at-home order for the coronavirus pandemic through May 15. On Friday, his office issued guidelines for businesses and their customers as they are permitted to begin reopening on May 8.

Customers are advised to follow the recommendations on social distancing and hygiene of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and urged to stay home if sick and order online or use curbside pickup, if possible. In addition:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and waiting in line
  • Wear a cloth covering over the mouth and nose when out in public
  • When you do have to shop in-store, go during hours when fewer people will be there (early morning or late night, for example)
  • Those at higher risk for severe illness should ask if the store has special hours for shoppers at higher risk
  • Disinfect the shopping cart, with disinfecting wipes, if possible
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • If possible, use touchless payment (without touching money, a card or keypad). If you must, use hand sanitizer right after
  • Use hand sanitizer when leaving a store. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home

The state Department of Health Services recommends that retail stores implement employee screening for coronavirus symptoms before their shifts start. In addition, they are asked to:

  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Operate with reduced occupancy and capacity based on the size of the store, with special emphasis on limiting places where employees and customers can congregate
  • Implement comprehensive sanitation protocols
  • Continue providing options for delivery or curbside service even if customers are allowed inside a store
  • Close fitting rooms at clothing stores, meeting rooms and other enclosed spaces accessible to customers
  • Consider making face coverings available to employees and visitors to wear in-store

On Wednesday, Ducey announced a goal to resume dine-in services at restaurants in May. Additional guidance being developed in coordination with public health officials will be issued in the coming days, his office said. The City of Maricopa is reopening select parks and recreational facilities beginning Friday.

To continue to grow our local coverage of COVID-19’s impact on Maricopa in the difficult weeks to come while continuing our day-to-day newsgathering, we are partnering with the Local Media Association’s foundation to ask our readers to help with a tax-deductible donation at InMaricopa.com/LocalCoverage.

The City of Maricopa had closed the dog park at Copper Sky.

The city of Maricopa will begin this weekend to reopen parks and recreational facilities closed or restricted as part of the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents can expect the following facilities to reopen in the next couple of days:

  • The dog park
  • Ramadas and shade structures to provide protection from the sun and heat
  • Playgrounds and skate park
  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Athletic fields, with the exception of baseball and softball fields at Copper Sky
  • Resumption of all curbside library services

The majority of the facilities will open by close of business Friday, and all facilities will be open by Sunday with a few possible exceptions, including the dog park, the city said.

“We have been using this time to make repairs to the dog park to include new irrigation and drinking water at both pet and human fountains,” the city said in its announcement late Thursday afternoon. “We hope these limited openings will provide a positive outlet for the residents of Maricopa.”

The city also will be scheduling Drive-In Movie Nights, with guests remaining in their cars with distancing requirements in place.

All restrooms will remain closed.

“I have been advocating for this for weeks, so I am happy we found a way to make it happen!” said Councilmember Vincent Manfredi. “I trust that our residents will remember to adhere to social distancing, use hand sanitizer and if possible to wear a mask. The City of Maricopa is moving forward and trying to get back to normalcy. It will take months before we are back 100%, but it is a start.”

The city said it reserves the right to close any facility if patrons ignore or refuse to follow established rules governing public safety as set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Office of the Governor.

Councilmember Vincent Manfredi is minority owner of InMaricopa.

Graduation at Maricopa High School will be different in 2020.

In a year when high school graduates nationwide are missing out on traditional celebrations due to public health considerations over coronavirus, Maricopa High School is working to ensure its seniors get proper recognition for their achievement.

After seniors voted overwhelmingly to have a traditional graduation ceremony in December, a planning committee continues to work on the details and will share them when finalized.

On May 21, the high school will release its graduation video on the district web site, according to the district calendar. In addition, Ak-Chin UltraStar will play the video on its large outdoor screen on dates and times to be determined and shared soon.

InMaricopa is helping to produce the video and will again print the high school’s graduation program, to be handed out to graduates with their diplomas. The plan to distribute diplomas is still being finalized and will be announced soon.

The high school’s online program and senior awards listing will be shared on May 4 with the school community, according to the calendar. Award pick-up will be May 6 in the student parking lot by the campus entrance gate. Yearbooks will be distributed on May 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Say Sushi received a satisfactory rating.

 

In Pinal County’s health inspections of 16 Maricopa restaurants Dec. 16-Jan. 15, four eateries performed less than excellently.

Cilantro’s had two containers of menudo and a container of beans not properly cooled in its refrigerator. Cold-holding items should be at 41 degrees F or under, but the two containers were at 64 degrees, and beans were at 60 degrees. The inspector discussed proper cooling for large containers.

At McDonald’s on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, an employee with artificial fingernails was working on premade salads. Artificial or polished nails are not allowed. A bag of ice was stored in a bin with unbagged ice. The inspector also noted “many non-food contact surfaces need additional cleaning to maintain in a sanitary manner.”

Say Sushi had a refrigerator not keeping food under 42 degrees. That affected dumplings, raw chicken and cream cheese balls. The unit was required to be serviced.

True Grit Tavern had a few issues, according to the inspector. A refrigerator was not holding food items cold enough, and warm foods were not kept warm enough. The inspector noted it was the second notice on the refrigerator. A handwashing sink had no soap. A dishwasher was not dispensing sanitizer properly and required maintenance.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Brooklyn Boys Italian Restaurant
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Dunkin Donuts
Good Donuts
Gyro Grill
Li’s Garden
Maricopa High School
Maricopa High School – Culinary Arts
McDonald’s (John Wayne Parkway)
Native Grill and Wings
Wendy’s
WingStop

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspections]
Cilantro’s Mexican Cocina
McDonald’s (Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway)
Say Sushi
True Grit Tavern

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
None

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]
None


This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Agave's Restaurant re-opened as the last stage of the expansion of Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino. Submitted photo

Agave’s Restaurant reopened after a four-month renovation, marking the final chapter of the expansion of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino. The interior and menu were updated for the restaurant, which seats 118 inside and poolside.

The future Roots Eatery is transforming the former pizza shop of Dominos at 20046 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 104, as it transforms itself from a home-based business of catering and cooking classes into a restaurant.

Iconic Tire & Service Center has a commercial permit to build a 6,277-square foot facility at 19945 N. John Wayne Parkway. The same development, the city’s Planning and Zoning Department has the plans for Maricopa Animal Hospital, a 4,000-square-foot structure on the south side of Maricopa Self Storage.

Pinal County broke ground on a new court administration complex at 20025 N. Wilson Ave. Jan 17. It will include improved court facilities, sheriff’s office facilities and satellite offices for clerk of Superior Court, assessor, recorder, supervisor’s office and more.

North of Maricopa Self Storage, an AAMCO is under construction. That development also has plans for John Wayne Parkway Self Storage under way.

Bahama Buck’s, a shaved-ice eatery, has a development review permit at 17452 N. Porter Road, where the city replatted to accommodate the business needs.

Leading Edge Academy received a commercial permit for a planned 5,000-square-foot charter high school at 18700 N. Porter Road.

Central Arizona College is expanding its driveway and firelane at its campus at 17945 N. Regent Drive.

Global Water Resources installed new waterline liner along Honeycutt Road east of White and Parker Road to decrease the likelihood of line breaks.

My Home Group real estate office officially opened Jan. 25 at 20046 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 106.


This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Maricopa City Hall

 

City of Maricopa Departments
39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
Maricopa-AZ.gov

Administrative Services
Jennifer Brown, director
520-316-6841
Jennifer.Brown@Maricopa-AZ.gov

City Clerk’s Office
Vanessa Bueras
520-316-6971
Vanessa.Bueras@Maricopa-AZ.gov

City Manager’s Office
Rick A. Horst
520-316-6811
Rick.Horst@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Communications
Adam Wolfe, public information officer
520-316-6911
Adam.Wolfe@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Community Services (parks, recreation, libraries)
Nathan Ullyot, director
520-316-6960
Nathan.Ullyot@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Development Services (planning, zoning, building safety)
Kazi Haque, director
520-316-6985
Kazi.Haque@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Financial Services
Brenda Hasler, director
520-316-6850
Brenda.Hasler@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Fire Department
Brady Leffler, chief
520-568-3333
Brady.Leffler@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Intergovernmental Affairs
Dale Wiebusch, director
520-316-6813
Dale.Wiebusch@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Police Department
Steve Stahl, chief
520-316-6800
Steve.Stahl@Maricopa-AZ.gov

 

Public Services
Mike Riggs, director
520-316-6944
Mike.Riggs@Maricopa-AZ.gov

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department
Chief Brady Leffler
520-494-2307
Brady.Leffler@Maricopa-AZ.gov
Administration Office
45654 W. Edison Road
Mail: 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
520-568-3333
Maricopa-AZ.gov/departments/fire-and-medical-department

Fire Station 571 (Homestead)
20945 N. Porter Road

Fire Station 572 (Sorrento)
36930 W. Bowlin Road

Fire Station 574 (Alterra)
44925 W. Alterra Parkway

Fire Station 575 (Acacia Crossings)
45695 W. Edison Road


Ak-Chin Fire Department
Chief Cecil Peters
45401 W. Farrell Road
520-568-1300


North Hidden Valley Fire Department
53510 W. McDavid Road
602-571-1059


Thunderbird Fire District
12365 N. Ralston Road
520-251-3122


Maricopa Police Department
Chief Steve Stahl
Steve.Stahl@Maricopa-AZ.gov
Emergency: 911
Dispatch: 520-568-3673
Administration: 520-316-6800
Maricopa-AZ.gov/departments/police-department

Main Station
39675 W. Civic Center Plaza South

Copper Sky Substation
17985 N. Greythorne Drive


Ak-Chin Police Department
Chief Manuel W. Garcia
45525 W. Farrell Road
520-568-1200


Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Mark Lamb
520-866-5111
PinalCountyAZ.gov/Sheriff

Adult Detention Center
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence
855-355-0358

PCSO Search & Rescue
971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence
520-866-5111

PCSO Stanfield Substation
36697 W. Papago Drive
520-866-7991


Banner Casa Grande Medical Center – Emergency Room
1800 E. Florence Blvd, Casa Grande
520-381-6300
BannerHealth.com/Locations/Casa-Grande/Banner-Casa-Grande-Medical-Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center – Emergency Room
1955 W. Frye Road, Chandler
480-728-3000
DignityHealth.org/Arizona/Locations/ChandlerRegional

 

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Mike Cruz

Maricopa resident Michael “Mike” Cruz has officially announced his candidacy for the August primary election for Pinal County assessor.

Cruz was born and raised in Phoenix and has a bachelor’s degree in business education from Arizona State University and an MBA from Everest University-Tampa. A former tax professional and now working in education, he is challenging Assessor Douglas Wolf in the Republican Primary.

He said his campaign will focus on being a voice for every resident he understands “the uniqueness and the issues that many are facing throughout all parts of the county.”

In a press release, Cruz said he “will work with county officials to create sustainable solutions that aim to lower property taxes and promote growth” and “provide new transparent leadership that is focused on fair property assessments, jobs and the economy, and senior citizens.”

“People in the community are receiving Mike with open arms as a fresh voice and someone who can relate and advocate for them,” Steve Miller, Pinal County supervisor, stated.

The primary election is Aug. 4.

www.cruzforassessor.com
www.facebook.com/cruzforassessor
@MikeCruzMBA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikecruzmba/

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Senior Aleina Estrada smiles as a game ends in another victory for the Pumas. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The Sequoia Pathway girls’ basketball team is undefeated at the halfway point of the season, 8-0. The Pumas are outscoring their opponents an average of 56-24. Last week, they defeated Imagine-Surprise in a comeback, 68-52, and East Valley Athletes for Christ, 43-39, their closest game of the season. They next play Tuesday at Glenview Adventist Academy.

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Rep. Bret Roberts. Submitted photo

State Rep. Bret Roberts (R-11) of Maricopa introduced legislation to strengthen the law against sanctuary cities in Arizona.

If enacted, House Bill 2598 would find any city, town or county that adopted sanctuary-city policies liable for damages against victims of crimes committed by immigrants living in the country illegally. The legislation would allow the state to bill the municipality for the cost of incarceration.

In November, voters defeated an initiative to officially designate Tucson as a sanctuary city and prohibit city law enforcement from checking immigration status. Had the initiative succeeded it would have been in defiance of a controversial provision of SB 1070, which requires authorities to contact federal immigration officers if they have a “reasonable suspicion” an arrested person is in the country illegally.

“Thankfully, voters in Tucson rejected last November’s radical attempt officially allow their city to become a sanctuary city and ignore state law,” Roberts said. “Although these efforts failed in Tucson, it is only a matter of time before liberal activists in other parts of Arizona attempt to replicate this effort. For this reason, I have introduced this bill to strengthen the law and hold cities, towns and counties who ignore our state laws civilly liable for releasing illegal immigrants into our communities.

“The protections being granted to those here illegally is more protection than what we afford our own citizens; it’s time we level the playing field.”

Sanctuary cities are illegal in Arizona, and the current penalty for violating the law can range between $1,000 and $5,000 for every day a city violates the law. In 2016, lawmakers passed legislation that withholds state monies from municipalities that violate state law.

Sanctuary cities were a bullet point in Gov. Doug Ducey’s State of the State address. Ducey said a ballot issue is in the works for November asking voters to go further than adding to revised state statutes and amend the Arizona Constitution.

“Now it’s time for all Arizonans to make their voices heard, and enshrine it in our Constitution,” Ducey said. “T.J. Shope has the ballot referral. This November, let’s give all Arizona voters the opportunity to say yes to the rule of law and No to sanctuary cities.”

 

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Mid-January looks like autumn at Villages entry. Photo by Dennis McCormac

A mostly sunny weekend is the lead into a cloudy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday has a forecast of a sunny day with a high near 66 degrees F followed by a mostly clear night with a low around 39.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 69. The nighttime low will be around 41 under partly cloudy skies.

Sunday, too, is likely to be mostly sunny with a high reaching up to 72. Clouds are expected to roll in heavily overnight as the low lingers around 47.

Monday, Martin Luther King Day, is forecast to be mostly cloudy but with a balmy high of 74. The low will be around 49.

The rest of next week is expected to be partly cloudy but with no threat of precipitation.

Copa Craze. Photo by Anita McLeod

The 13 food establishments inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health between Nov. 18 and Dec. 17 received squeaky-clean reports.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Children’s Learning Adventure
Copa Craze
Culver’s of Maricopa
Denny’s
Dickie’s Barbecue Pit
Firehouse Subs
Francisco’s Mexican Food
The New HQ
Panda Express
Raceway Bar & Grill
Sunrise Café
Sunrise Preschool
Tacos ‘n’ More

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspections]
None

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
None

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]
None


This item appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Kyle Norby

One person was reported injured in a two-vehicle collision on the State Route 347 overpass Monday after 3 p.m.

The vehicles collided in the northbound lanes, and one car flipped on its side. Lanes were closed to traffic while first responders worked the scene.

Photo by Kyle Norby

According to Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, a 25-year-old man was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center with “minor extremity injuries.”

Maricopa Police Department is investigating the incident.

Photo by Kyle Norby

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa Nov. 16-Dec. 15 is a two-story, five-bedroom home with a private pool and a putting green. On the market several times since 2006, it sold for 48% above its previous selling price in 2015. On market for three months, it sold for its asking price.

  1. 44557 W. Granite Drive, Cobblestone Farms

Sold: Dec. 13
Purchase price: $369,900
Square footage: 3,721
Price per square foot: $99.41
Days on market: 94
Builder: Fulton Homes
Year built: 2005
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Community: Cobblestone Farms
Features: Granite countertops, soaking tub, three-car garage plus three-car parking slab, heated pool, extended patio
Listing Agent: Lauren Rosin, West USA Realty
Selling Agent: Davee Jacobs, Long Realty Uptown

  1. 22693 N. Sunset Drive, Cobblestone Farms ……………………………. $345,000
  2. 21550 N. Backus Drive, Rancho El Dorado ………………………………. $335,000
  3. 40615 W. Dennis Lane, Smith Farms ………………………………………. $324,000
  4. 41941 W. Monteverde Court, Glennwilde ……………………………….. $322,000

Angela Mattson of Buff City Soap. Photo by Kyle Norby

Business and development activity in Maricopa Nov. 16-Dec. 15.

Wade Jurney Homes received administrative design review of five plans for 53 lots in the Alterra subdivision.

Volkswagen, continuing to construct its charging station at its facility at 17169 N. Murphy Road, received commercial permits for a small office and a bathroom.

Pinal County’s project to expand its court and administrative complex at 19955 N. Wilson Ave. was allowed right of way for potholing to determine future utilities.

Buff City Soap opened its doors Dec. 14 at 21101 N. John Wayne Parkway.

Forestar Real Estate Group received subdivision improvement permits for three parcels in Rancho Mirage Estates.

The former Pet Club at 21145 N. John Wayne Parkway received a commercial tenant improvement permit to expand as a boarding facility and 24/7 pet hospital as Exceptional Pets Maricopa.

AAMCO Total Car Care, being constructed at 20215 N. John Wayne Parkway, and the new fire department administration building at 45695 W. Edison Road check out on automatic fire sprinkler systems. Sacate Pellet Mill’s northside hay company installed a sprinkler system in its office, 38743 W. Cowtown Road.

Global Water Resources received a permit for “minor interior alterations” at its office, 22590 N. Powers Parkway, a project valued in city paperwork at $680,000.


This item appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.

Firefighters check out a smoky fire Thursday. Photo by Kyle Norby

Smoke was reported at Edwards Circle Thursday afternoon in a public housing complex.

“When crews arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the top of the structure coming out from the eaves,” Maricopa Fire/Medical Department spokesman Brad Pitassi said. “They went inside and they couldn’t initially see to find the fire yet.”

Crews contained the fire quickly, but the origin was not pinpointed.

“It appeared it may have been in the attic or could be the wall,” Pitassi said.

The building was next door to Pinal County Head Start.

 

Photo by Kyle Norby

Temperatures in Maricopa will return to the 60s during a sunny weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 61 degrees F. Tonight is also expected to be clear, with a low around 36.

Friday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 62. Overnight, the low will be around 36 under mostly clear skies.

Saturday is again predicted to have sunny skies as the high climbs to about 66. The nighttime low will be around 38.

Sunday will likely be the warmest day of the weekend with a predicted high of 68 and the overnight low around 39.

From this distance, the early days of next week look like more of the same, with no precipitation.

Sasha Verma (PCSO)

The apparent killing of a dog led Maricopa Police to a Desert Cedars home, where they allegedly uncovered child porn.

Sasha Verma, 50, had a bail hearing Friday in Superior Court and remains behind bars on a $400,000 bond, as records describe him as a flight risk. He was arrested Dec. 19 after an incident in which nearby residents came home to find a pool of blood in their backyard but not their young dog.

Determining a projectile had struck and likely killed the dog, police tracked its trajectory to a home on Yucca Lane.

Verma was contacted at the home, where police served two warrants. They allegedly found more than 100 weapons and ammunition. Police also allege Verma had multiple passports and other international documents and was carrying $70,000.

In a folder in the home, investigators allegedly found pornographic photographs of underage children. They also reported finding 13 pornographic magazines involving children.

Police have not said if the dog was ever found on the property, saying they are not able to release details on an ongoing investigation.

A grand jury indicted Verma on 11 counts of exploitation of a minor. He is also charged with animal cruelty.

According to county records, Sasha S.M. Verma of California and Dr. Sheo P. Verma of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, listed as unmarried men, purchased the home at 44385 W. Yucca Lane in 2010. Sasha Verma then acquired the home from Sheo Verma in 2017 on a quit claim deed.

First responders check on a pedestrian injured in a parking lot. Photo by Kyle Norby

Be careful out there. An odd assortment of traffic accidents have occurred around Maricopa today, from an insecticide spill to parking collisions.

A small trailer being towed by a pickup truck owned by a pesticide company lost a tire on Honeycutt Road west of the Plainview Street intersection. The tire bounded to the curb while a large container on the trailer spilled its contents across the westbound lanes. There were no injuries.

Just before noon, a pedestrian was reported injured in the parking lot of Fry’s Marketplace. Vehicles were also colliding with each other, including a parked truck that rolled into another vehicle.

In an effort to understand the needs of its audience, InMaricopa published a reader survey.

InMaricopa Advertising Director Vincent Manfredi said the questionnaire is an opportunity for readers to create a better news product for themselves.

“You’re going to give us the ability to provide exactly what you want to see and tell us what you like and don’t like,” Manfredi said.

At the end of the survey, readers have the opportunity to register for the chance to win gift cards to Maricopa Ace Hardware and Native Grill & Wings.

“Toward the middle of January we’re going to pull one winner and then February 15th, we are going to pull another,” Manfredi said.  Only one entry per-person is allowed.

To be eligible, readers must complete the survey and provide their name, email and cell phone number by February 15th.

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President Trump is facing impeachment in the House of Representatives.
Tom O’Halleran

Arizona’s nine representatives have indicated how they will vote on the impeachment articles against President Donald J. Trump in Congress today. Reflecting the rest of the country, they split along party lines. The five Democrat representatives are in favor, while the four Republican representatives are against.

Here is the split:

For impeachment                                               
Tom O’Halleran (D-District 1)
       Represents Maricopa – his full statement
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-District 2)
Raul Grijalva (D-District 3)
Ruben Gallego (D-District 7)
Greg Stanton (D-District 9)

Against impeachment
Paul Gosar (R-District 4)
Andy Biggs (R-District 5)
David Schweikert (R-District 6)
Debbie Lesko (R-District 8)

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The weekend weather in Maricopa is looking sun-filled and mild, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high is expected to be 68 degrees F under sunny skies, and the evening will be mostly clear with a low around 42.

Friday, the forecast is for sunny skies, 5 mph breezes and a high near 70. The overnight low will be around 45.

Saturday also has expectations of sunny skies and a high temperature hitting 72. The evening will likely be mostly clear with a low around 46.

Sunday, the skies look to be mostly sunny with a low of 66. Winds of 5-10 mph may gust as high as 20 mph before calming in the evening as the low drops to around 38.

Next week will likely start with lots of sun with days in the low 60s and evenings in the high 30s.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The least expensive home sold in the city of Maricopa Oct. 16-Nov. 15 was a three-bedroom home in Sorrento. Previously a rental, it was on the market just over a month before selling for its historically highest price, though that was still the city’s most affordable.

  1. 37137 W. Amalfi Ave., Sorrento

Sold: Nov. 15
Purchase price: $169,000
Square footage: 1,370
Price per square foot: $123.35
Days on market: 39
Builder: Unknown
Year built: 2008
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Sorrento
Features: New paint and carpet, gravel landscaping, two-car garage

  1. 36781 W. Mondragone Lane, Sorrento ………………………… $170,000
  2. 46024 W. Long Way, Maricopa Meadows ……………….. $175,000
  3. 46054 W. Starlight Drive, Maricopa Meadows ………… $175,000
  4. 21826 N. Braden Road, Rancho El Dorado ………………. $177,000

This item appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The most expensive home sold in the city of Maricopa Oct. 16-Nov. 15 was a four-bedroom hacienda overlooking the fourth hole of The Duke at Rancho El Dorado. The property, which is on a 10,000-square-foot lot, had only one owner since it was built in 2003. It took only a month to sell at $10,000 under its initial asking price.

  1. 43376 W. Desert Fairways Drive, Rancho El Dorado

Sold: Nov. 8
Purchase price: $340,000
Square footage: 2,851
Price per square foot: $119.26
Days on market: 30
Builder: Hacienda
Year built: 2003
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Community: Rancho El Dorado
Features: 3-car garage, backyard spa, Xeriscaping, game room, RV gate, citrus trees

  1. 42488 W. Venture Road, Rancho El Dorado ………………………….. $319,000
  2. 42793 W. Whispering Wind Lane, Province ………………………….. $315,000
  3. 21774 N. Sunset Drive, Cobblestone Farms ………………………….. $305,000
  4. 21688 N. Sunset Drive, Cobblestone Farms ………………………….. $295,000

This item appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

A collision on John Wayne Parkway caused traffic disruption. Photo by Kyle Norby

A collision between two sedans blocked traffic lanes at a busy midtown intersection Friday afternoon.

First responders reported no injuries, but both vehicles were disabled by the impact in the middle of Edison Road at John Wayne Parkway. Air bags deployed in at least one of the cars.

Maricopa Police Department engaged two tow-truck companies to remove the Ford and Cadillac while Maricopa Fire/Medical helped block traffic.

Despite mild temperatures, there is a 20% chance of showers. Photo by Kyle Norby

A cloudy weekend of mild temperatures could bring rain again to Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 69 degrees F, and tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 46.

Friday is likely to be partly sunny with clouds increasing throughout the day, which will have a high near 71. The night is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a low around 46.

Saturday, the high is expected to be 72 under mostly sunny skies. But clouds return overnight and there is a 20% chance of rain after midnight. The low is predicted to be around 52.

Sunday, the 20% chance of rain lingers in the forecast of cloudy skies and a high near 70. The overnight low is around 48.

Next week sees a lot of sunny to partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s.

Shamrock Farms was among food facilities getting an excellent health inspection.

All Maricopa food facilities inspected by Pinal County health inspectors from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 were given excellent scores.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Aliberto’s
Domino’s Pizza
Bashas’ – AFC Sushi
Bashas’ – Bakery
Bashas’ – Starbucks
Fry’s Marketplace
Fry’s Marketplace – Bakery
Fry’s Marketplace – Deli
Fry’s Marketplace – Starbucks
Fry’s Marketplace – Sushi
IHOP
Jack in the Box
JB Farmer’s Convenience Store
Maricopa Head Start
Province Community Association Clubhouse
Shamrock Farms
Walmart
Walmart – Deli

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspections]
None

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
None

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]
None

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Rain and possible flash flooding is Maricopa's Thanksgiving forecast. Photo by Kyle Norby

Whether staying home or driving to a Thanksgiving destination this week, the weather might be adventurous, according to the National Weather Service. Maricopa is expecting rain and even frost while the high country prepares for a winter storm.

Wednesday starts out well enough in Maricopa with a partly sunny day and a high around 70 degrees F. However, there is a 30% chance of rain after 11 p.m. while the low slides to 48 overnight.

Thanksgiving Day, there is a 70%-80% chance of rain all day while winds are 10-15 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Up to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected during the day. The chance of rain increases to 90% overnight, with three-quarters of an inch possible. The low temperature is expected to be around 45.

A flash-flood watch is in effect from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon. A flash-flood watch means that flooding of washes, creeks and other drainage areas is possible within the watch area. Be prepared to take immediate action should heavy rain and flooding occur or a flash-flood warning be issued.

Meanwhile a winter-storm watch is in effect in Arizona’s high country, including Payson, Prescott and Flagstaff. If traveling in these areas this weekend, stay alert to weather and traffic conditions. If you must drive, make preparations for snow and winds. “Travel will be very difficult to impossible” in many areas, according to NWS.

Snow forecast from 3 p.m. Thursday to midnight Saturday:
Flagstaff 15 to 21 inches
Forest Lakes 19 to 25 inches
Fredonia 1 to 3 inches
Grand Canyon 8 to 12 inches
Heber-Overgaard 7 to 11 inches
Jacob Lake 9 to 13 inches
Paulden 1 to 3 inches
Prescott 4 to 8 inches
Sedona 3 to 5 inches
Seligman 3 to 5 inches
Williams 14 to 20 inches

Friday in Maricopa, there is a 50% chance of rain on a partly sunny day as the high reaches only 58 and winds continue at 10-15 mph. Chances of precipitation lessen to 20 percent at night as the low dips to 36. Frost is possible.

Saturday will also be nippy as skies begin to clear up, with a daytime high near 59 and an overnight low of 35.

Sunday is forecast to warm slightly to 64 on a mostly sunny day. The night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low near 64.

Before driving in questionable conditions, check AZ511.com.