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Only four Maricopa establishments received a food inspection from the county’s Public Health Department from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and all received an excellent rating.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]

  • F.O.R. Maricopa
  • Helen’s at Copper Sky
  • Helen’s at Pacana Park
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
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 December issue of InMaricopa.

Businesses and organizations receiving business licenses Oct. 16-Nov. 15:

Commercial: Great Escape Maricopa, Holistic Mental Health, Phoenix Sky Gear, WingStop

Home-based: Almentia KG LLC, Buddy’s Pet Care, Elaine Glasgow, Jaded Ivy, La Vie Group Home, Las Tostaditas, LaydeePink Photography, Little 6 Industries, Manila Bakery, Raven Photography Services, The Sharp Solution

Out of town: Academy Mortgage, Advanced Contract Flooring, Aeos Energy, Arizona Outdoor Recreation, AZ ATM Expert, Clear Brite Headlight Restoration, Fire Sure Protection, G Squared Building, Lakeside Pools, Modern Paving Seamless Flooring, Thistle Door, Waite Arizona LLC

Nonprofit: Against Abuse Inc., Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa, Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation


This item appear in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Great Escape Maricopa opens Dec. 7.

 

Justin Pierce received a new commercial permit Oct. 24 for a Circle K convenience store at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road at Porter Road. The store is set to be 5,301 square feet with seven fuel pumps under a 2,464-square-foot canopy. It is valued at $863,714. The site also received the OK for a lot split and on-site improvement.

Cross Fit Maricopa is taking over the space vacated by Cross Fit Stand & Battle at 21576 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 102, with new owner Scott Bradley receiving a final inspection Nov. 1.

Apex Motor Club received an at-risk grading permit and permission for a temporary construction trailer as it begins construction at 22408 N. Ralston Road.

Meritage Homes in Province received an administrative design review permit for Parcel 8 as it develops parcels 8 and 10. Province also received a permit in Parcel 15 for grading to fix erosion at Honeycutt Road and the Santa Rosa Wash.

Brakes Plus, to be constructed at 44510 W. Edison Road east of IHOP, has received approval for 123 linear feet of underground fireline.

Maricopa Auto Outlet, 19864 N. John Wayne Parkway, had its zoning request approved for an expansion Nov. 7.

Sacate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road, received a permit for a lot line adjustment from 46 to 50 acres. The company also received approval for electricity for a temporary construction trailer. At the same address, Red River Cattle received a zoning text amendment to be allowed by exceed the maximum building height.

Sacate Pellet Mill

Maricopa Renovations is dividing office space as a commercial alteration for Maricopa Bookkeeping at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway.

Leeanne Richmond has a temporary use permit to operate the monthly Second Saturday Farmers Market from Sequoia Pathway Academy, 19265 N. Porter Road.

Great Escape Maricopa, an escape room business, received a new tenant final inspection Nov. 7 as Carl Diedrich converts the former Camino Montessori space at 44301 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy. The business opens to the public Dec. 7.

CleanChoice Services is the primary contractor for an office remodel for Arizona Storage Company, 40675 W. Honeycutt Road.

Chris Cahall received a permit for a $1,000 wall sign at American Family Insurance, 19756 N. John Wayne Parkway.

Wynn Hair and Nails, 20555 N. John Wayne Parkway, was approved for coming-soon and grand-opening banners as well as a foot massage banner, all as temporary signage.

Two commercial shade structures received permits at Leading Edge Academy, 18700 N. Porter Road.

Tortosa Homeowners Association is installing a new well pump for an existing community well on the northeast corner of Honeycutt Road and Costa del Sol Boulevard at a cost of $35,000. It received a permit of major electrical work.


This story appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Michael Lewis (PCSO photo)

Michael J. Lewis, 39, was arrested on an active warrant by Maricopa Police on Monday. Lewis was also allegedly in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and an unused syringe.

Police conducted a traffic stop at 9:34 p.m. at Circle K located at 18141 N. John Wayne Parkway. A passenger in the front seat of the vehicle verbally identified himself as Michael Lewis, who was wanted on an active warrant with a bond amount of $4,006. He was placed under arrest.

According to the MPD report, the small amount of meth was located in a folded receipt along with the syringe in his pockets. Lewis confirmed to officers that it was meth and that he was planning to inject it using the syringe, according to police report’s probable-cause statements.

Lewis was booked into the Pinal County Jail for the active warrant, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Cattle being transported through Maricopa “fell out” of a truck Wednesday. Some were injured and others scattered along Farrell Road, State Route 347 and Ak-Chin’s Juan Street neighborhood.

Maricopa Police and Ak-Chin Police both responded to the scene as the cows became a road hazard. Officers found at least two animals immobilized by the accident, with at least one having to be dispatched by the owner.

Officers rounded up the cattle while waiting for a transport truck from Stanfield.

First responders prepare to transport and injured man to an ambulance in Maricopa Meadows. Photo by Kyle Norby

A pedestrian crossing a boulevard in Maricopa Meadows was struck by a minivan and had to be transported to a hospital Tuesday afternoon.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the 69-year-old man was on a push scooter when he crossed in front of traffic mid-block in a location without a crosswalk. The white minivan was traveling about 30 mph when it collided with him, MPD estimated.

The man reportedly suffered head and leg injuries and was transported to a trauma center.

The incident was at the curve of Hogenes Boulevard and Bowlin Road at Orchid Avenue.

 

 

Doug Hocking

Learn about an important part of Apache history, watch the swearing in of new councilmembers, join a parade of lights or sing Hallelujah with the chorus – there is a lot to do this week in Maricopa. For detail on these and other events, or to add your own, visit InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

MONDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Senior Bowling is at 10 a.m. at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road.

The Apache Wars: Maricopa Historical Society Lecture Series with Doug Hocking is at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meet at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Behavioral Health Services, 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103.

TUESDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Celebrate Recovery Coffee & Karaoke is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

City Council Regular Session and swearing-in is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Pass in Review concert is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

WEDNESDAY

Creative Sisterhood meets at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Babytime is at 9:30 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Harrah’s Club 777 Toastmasters meet at 3 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

S.M.A.R.T. Kids meet at 3:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Maricopa Police Explorer Post Meeting meets at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

THURSDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Farkle at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Family Story Time is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.

FRIDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

8-Bits video gaming is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Strength & Hope Al-Anon Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

SATURDAY

2nd Saturday Maricopa Market is at 8 a.m. at Sequoia Pathway Academy, 19265 N. Porter Road.

Ride for Toys, with Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m.at Copper Sky Regional Park, 55345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Sugar Plum Tea, hosted by DSPA Gems, is at 2 p.m. at Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Living Nativity Maricopa is 5-8 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W Honeycutt Ave.

Creche Festival: Nativities from around the World is 5-8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Masik Tas Light Parade starts at 7 p.m. through the Ak-Chin community on West Farrell Road.

Grand Winter Holiday Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road.

SUNDAY

Holiday Homes on Parade begins and runs through Dec. 18 at participating homes throughout Maricopa.

Handbell Choir performs at 4 p.m. at Central Arizona College – Maricopa Campus, 17945 N. Regent Drive.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Weather remains cool under sunny skies in Maricopa Monday. Photo by Jim Headley

Get ready for a cold and rather damp week ahead, according to the National Weather Service.

Today the sun will be shining with an expected high near 61 degrees F and north-northeast winds around 5 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 35. East-northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday, clouds will be increasing with an expected high near 66. East-northeast winds will continue at 5 mph. Tuesday night will be chilly with a low of 38 under mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 73. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Wednesday night will see mostly cloudy skies with a low around 45. South-southwest winds of 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday, a 50-percent chance of showers is expected. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 64. South-southeast winds around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible. Rain showers will be highly likely Thursday evening with a low of 47 and 5 mph winds from the south-southwest. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday will have a 50 percent chance of showers with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 62. South winds around 5 mph becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Chances for precipitation will fall to 10 percent Friday night with partly cloudy skies and a low around 43. Northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

During the service of a routine protection order on Nov. 26, Jason Simpson of West Avella Drive, was found to be in the possession of two potentially prohibited weapons, according to the Maricopa Police Department.

The two firearms, a New England shotgun and Remington shotgun, were found to be too short to own.

The New England had a 13.5-inch long barrel while state law dictates an 18-inch long barrel is mandatory. The Remington had a total length of just 24 inches with state law requiring a total length of 26 inches.

MPD charged Simpson for possession of the firearms.

 

 

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Clouds loom over the Heritage District in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After a cloudy and potentially rainy Thursday, weekend weather is shaping up to be cool and mostly sunny in Maricopa.

Today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 74 degrees F. There is a 50-percent chance of showers overnight leading to precipitation of less than a 10th of an inch while winds of 10-15 mph supports gusts us to 25 mph.

Friday, a 20-percent chance of showers is forecast for the morning. The day is expected to turn partly sunny with a high near 64 and continued breezy conditions. The overnight low will probably be around 41.

Saturday, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 64 and breezes gusting up to 20 mph. A 20-percent chance of rain returns overnight while the low is around 40.

Sunday is likely to be sunny with a high near 60 and light winds. The night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 34.

The following week starts out cool, even near freezing Monday night, but is expected to warm up slightly by midweek.

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Highway Patrol stops a driver near the city limits of Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

Beginning Dec. 1, a new $32 fee will be part of vehicle registration in Arizona.

The Public Safety Fee was established by the Legislature through House Bill 2166 this year. It goes into effect for registrations due in January.

Most motorists will pay $32 per vehicle, per year. Motorists can start paying Dec. 1. Street-legal golf carts and primarily off-highway vehicles will pay $5. Those who register a vehicle annually or pay for a two- or five-year registration will pay the entire amount up front for each registered year.

There are approximately 2.3 million vehicles registered in Arizona.

The Public Safety Fee changes the Highway Patrol’s source of revenue away from a gas tax.

The gas-tax account – Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) – was established in 1997 to pay for highway infrastructure. For the past decade, much of the Highway Patrol’s budget was part HURF.

The Public Safety Fee will free up all HURF funds to go toward maintenance and construction of roadways as originally intended.

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Senior Jene Brown backs Apollo under the goal in Tuesday's win. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Coasting to the finish, the Maricopa High School girls’ basketball team defeated Apollo Tuesday, 60-49, despite scoring only two points in the fourth quarter.

The Rams threw a little of everything at Apollo. They built a 19-10 score after one quarter to a 41-22 lead at the half. Overall staying aggressive through at least three quarters, the girls combined for a dozen steals.

Sophomore Shakira Gillespie led the Maricopa scoring with 16 points, and senior Jayla Johnson added 15. Senior Jene Brown scored 10, and sophomore Brooke Smith scored nine. Though senior Italy Brookshire scored six, the Rams lost her in the third quarter to a leg injury after a tumble to the hardwood. Maricopa shot 10-for-15 from the free-throw line.

The win put their overall record at 4-1. The Rams next play at Camelback on Thursday.

The girls started the season in the Scorpion Shootout, losing to O’Connor 42-37, but defeating Prescott 39-32, Shadow Ridge 43-25 and Gila Ridge 57-40.

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Rams listen to their coaches at halftime Tuesday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa High School varsity soccer had solid openings for the season Tuesday.

The boys had a 4-0 home victory over McClintock. Senior Brandon Ortega and freshman Kevin Vasquez scored in the first half. Vasquez scored two more goals in the second half for his auspicious debut with the Rams. Ortega had two assists. In net, Mario Gastelum had seven saves to keep the Chargers scoreless. Starting Saturday, the boys will be in the Coyote Classic Tournament.

On the road, the varsity girls also defeated McClintock, 5-1. Freshman Lexy Rowe scored two goals for the Rams. Junior Saneya Cowing, junior Payson Hacker and senior Bianca Olivares also scored a goal apiece. Senior Mackenzie Ford had 13 saves at the net. The girls next play in the Coyote Classic Tournament starting Dec. 4.

Qejaun Clinkscale (PCSO photo)

After a traffic stop on Honeycutt Road Friday, a man wanted on a warrant for drug-possession charges was arrested by Maricopa Police Department on drug-possession charges.

Qejaun Clinkscale, 26, was stopped around 5:30 p.m. When MPD ran a warrants check, they found one out of Maricopa County Superior Court with a bond of $1,800. Clinkscale allegedly told officers he had four Percocet pills, two syringes and a used metal spoon in his backpack.

Police reportedly found those items as well as “black tar-like substance wrapped in plastic” that weighted half a gram. The officer identified it as heroin. Clinkscale allegedly said he had purchased the “old” heroin more than two years ago in Utah. He had prior arrests in Utah County and Washington County in that state.

According to the MPD report, Clinkscale said he bought the Percocet pills for $10 each and used one Thursday night.

Clinkscale was arrested and booked into the Pinal County jail on the outstanding warrant and the additional recommended charges of possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia. His bond is $1,000.

 

 

A man reportedly tried to fight two people on Bedford Drive early Sunday morning and was arrested on suspicion of assault and domestic violence.

Maricopa Police arrested Mathew Zak after he allegedly pushed his ex-girlfriend and another man and tried to force his way into her house, according to the report.

Zak arrived at the house at around 1 a.m., began ringing the doorbell and “tried to gain access,” the allegations state. Another man answered the door and refused to let Zak inside. Zak then allegedly “continuously pushed” the man forcefully in his attempt to enter the house.

The ex-girlfriend came to the door during the scuffle. According to the MPD report, Zak grabbed her arms “and began to push his way into the residence.”

The other man then grabbed Zak and pulled him off the woman, at which point Zak began shoving him again, the report states. The man allegedly punched Zak in the face “in self-defense.” Police then arrived and placed Zak in custody. He was booked into the Pinal County jail on recommended charges of assault per domestic violence and assault.

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Sunny skies won't last all week in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After a mild midweek, temperatures are likely to drop in Maricopa with even a possibility of rain arising, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny and high is expected to be near 72 degrees F. Tonight will be clear, and the low will be around 41.

Tuesday is likely to be a duplicate, with a high of 72 during a sunny day. The evening will be mostly clear, with the low around 40.

Wednesday, the forecast sees another sunny day and a high near 74. The overnight low is expected to be 44.

Thursday is expected to be only partly sunny with a high near 71. Clouds are likely to continue to move in, bringing a 30-percent chance of showers in the evening when the low is around 45 and the wind increases to 5-10 mph.

Friday, the chance for rain dwindles to around 10 percent before 11 a.m. The rest of the day is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 63. The overnight low may be around 40.

From this distance the weekend looks mostly sunny with daytime temperatures staying in the 60s.

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Jacob Cowing proved to be a triple threat for the Rams.

In voting for 5A San Tan’s All-Region football team, a Maricopa High School senior was named First Team in three positions, and six other Rams were named Second Team.

Jacob Cowing was voted on the top team as a receiver/tight end, kickoff returner and defensive utility/flex player. He had 872 receiving yards, scored 15 touchdowns and had 372 yards in kickoff returns.

Named to the second team were sophomore Mister Chavis as running back, senior Tylen Coleman as defensive lineman, senior Bakari Jackson as linebacker, junior Ilijah Johnson as defensive back, senior Trey Keel as offensive lineman and senior Kenny Shelton as defensive lineman.

Second Team honorees: (from left) Mister Chavis, Tylen Coleman, Bakari Jackson, Ilijah Johnson, Trey Keel and Kenny Shelton.

On the honorable mention list were seniors Isaiah Crawford, Stefon Nelson and Logan Taylor.

MHS was 5-6 overall and reached the 5A playoffs.

Maricopa High School’s volleyball team struggled with a record of 2-20 but six players were named to the honorable mention list in 5A San Tan voting: Ashley Brown, Kenzie Ford, Layla Gardner, Shakira Gillespie, Brooke Smith and Ashley Tuke.

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A crash in the southbound lanes of State Route 347 blocked traffic Saturday around 7 p.m.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a motorcycle “went down” north of the Riggs Road intersection. The rider was transported to a hospital by ambulance for injuries.

DPS re-routed southbound traffic to Maricopa Road and ack to Interstate 10. Northbound traffic was slow through the area but lanes were open. Southbound lanes remained closed at 7:45 p.m.

Saturday Maricopa Police charged Pedro Zabala with two counts of criminal damage when he was having an overnight stay at a friend’s house.

According to police records, officers responded to an address on North Celis Street at 1 a.m. Saturday after the female resident came home and became engaged in an argument with Zabala.

Reports indicate he threw clothing items on the front patio and was then locked outside by the resident. She found her washer overloaded with clothing and bleach. She said the clothing was hers and was taken out of her closet.

 She told officers that about $3,000 of her clothes were ruined in the incident.

At 7:40 a.m. Saturday she heard banging on her front porch and contacted police.

 Zabala was located walking south of her home by a neighbor. Officers located him and also found the windshield of the woman’s car smashed in three places, the driver’s door mirror was broken off, air was let out of a tire, the rear window was smashed and there were five dents in the driver’s door.

 Zabala allegedly was carrying a yellow baseball bat when stopped by officers. Estimated damage to the vehicle is $2,000.

 

 

John D. Forker was charged by Maricopa Police Friday evening with criminal damage, domestic violence assault, endangerment and disorderly conduct after allegedly pushing and hitting his girlfriend’s son at a residence on West Walker Way.

According to police records, Forker is accused of pushing his girlfriend’s son into furniture and then repeatedly punching him in the face.

According to records, Forker is said to have pushed him while the man was holding a 1-year-old girl. A lamp was also broken in the altercation, according to police reports.

 Officers reportedly found the victim with injuries and scratches as well as “spitting blood.”

 

Tiffany Yenis (PCSO photo)

 

On Nov. 5, Maricopa Police responded to a disturbance on North Kari Lane after a man called to report his wife, Tiffany Yenis, “woke up this morning and began yelling and acting out of control.”

He told officers his wife wanted to gather her personal belongings and leave with their two children. A second reporting party told officers she was also outside screaming and banging on the front door of the residence.

A police probable cause statement alleged Yenis then took a small television set and slammed it into the driver’s side window and door of a parked van. She was also seen slamming the television into the hood of the vehicle, according to the report.

 Yenis allegedly told officers she did grab the television and threw it against her husband’s van. 

 Yenis was placed into custody and transported to the Pinal County Jail.

The Maricopa Turkey Trot is a fun run/walk early Thanksgiving morning.

Thanksgiving brings the 11th annual Turkey Trot as well as Black Friday and Santa Claus. For details on these events and others, or to add your own, visit InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

MONDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Senior Bowling is at 10 a.m. at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road/

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meet at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Behavioral Health Services, 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103.

TUESDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Celebrate Recovery Coffee & Karaoke is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

THURSDAY

THANKSGIVING

Turkey Trot is at 8 a.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

FRIDAY

Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Strength & Hope Al-Anon Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

SATURDAY

Shop Small Vendor Event is at 10 a.m. at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road.

SUNDAY

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m.at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

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Clouds are expected to roll into Maricopa this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This week will be mostly clear with temperatures in the low 80s and upper 60s. Thanksgiving is looking overcast but with mild temperatures.

Today, the high was 74 degrees F and continues to be mostly cloudy going into the evening, which should have a low around 46.

Tuesday expects partly sunny skies and a high near 76. The night is likely to be mostly clear with a low around 43.

Wednesday has a sunny forecast with an expected high of 74. The night, however, will be mostly cloudy with a low around 48.

Thanksgiving, the forecast is for a mostly cloudy with calm winds around 5 mph. The daytime high will be near 71 while the overnight low is expected to be around 42.

Friday may be the coolest day of the week, with a forecast high of 68 degrees under sunny skies. The overnight low is likely to be around 41.

That sets up a weekend that is forecast to be in the upper 60s.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

 

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa Sept. 16-Oct. 15 was a two-story in The Villages. The 12-year-old home has a pool, gourmet kitchen and professionally landscaped yard, as well as a master-suite balcony overlooking a gorgeous backyard. The cost of the home went up nearly 73 percent since the recession. It had been on the market for less than $200,000 in 2011. Now with many upgrades it fetched $360,000.

1.       43198 W. Bailey Drive, The Villages at Rancho El Dorado

Sold: Oct. 11
Purchase price: $360,000
Square footage: 3,955
Price per square foot: $91.02
Days on market: 33
Builder: Hacienda Homes
Year built: 2006
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Community: The Villages at Rancho El Dorado
Features: Split-level downstairs, upstairs loft and master suite, three-car garage, RV gate, stainless steel appliances, kitchen island with breakfast bar, heated swimming pool, outdoor fireplace.
Listing Agent: Rute Haag, HomeSmart Success
Selling Agent: Ted A. Anderson, HomeSmart Success

2.       19042 N. Ibis Way, Senita ………………………….…..$342,500
3.       42302 W. Bravo Drive, Rancho El Dorado……….$322,000
4.       22163 N. O’Sullivan Drive, Rancho El Dorado….$320,000
5.       40997 W. Novak Lane, Homestead North……….$308,000


This item appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

 

The least expensive home sold in Maricopa Sept. 16-Oct. 15 was on the market less than a month in the Smith Farms subdivision. Its selling price of $147,500 was less than a percentage point higher than the last time it sold in 2007. The one-story house overlooks a greenbelt and includes an eat-in kitchen.

1.       18374 N. Celis St., Smith Farms

Sold: Sept. 27
Purchase price: $147,500
Square footage: 1,321
Price per square foot: $111.66
Days on market: 27
Builder: KB Home
Year built: 2007
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Community: Smith Farms
Features: Extended covered patio in back, two bedrooms plus an office/den, two-car garage
Listing Agent: Jo Ann A. LaRussa, Keller Williams Legacy One
Selling Agent: Manuel M. Zambrano, Go Sold Realty

2.       21362 N. Reinbold Drive, Rancho El Dorado………………………….$162,000
3.       17316 N. Rosa Drive, Santa Rosa…………………………………………..$170,000
4.       45047 W. Alamendras St., Acacia Crossings…………………………..$171,000
5.       44993 W. Miraflores St., Acacia Crossings……………………………..$172,500


This item appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

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Three schools in Maricopa have earned A-ratings from the state as announced this fall, and other schools showed marked improvement.

A
Butterfield Elementary (MUSD)
Legacy Traditional School (charter)
Pima Butte Elementary (MUSD)

B
Leading Edge Academy (charter)
Maricopa Elementary School (MUSD)
Santa Cruz Elementary School (MUSD)
Santa Rosa Elementary School (MUSD)

C
Camino Montessori (charter – closed)
Desert Wind Middle School (MUSD)
Graysmark Schools (charter)
Maricopa High School (MUSD)
Maricopa Wells Middle School (MUSD)
Saddleback Elementary School (MUSD)
Sequoia Pathway Academy (charter)

D
Stanfield Elementary School (SED)

 

A = Excellent: Distinguished performance on the statewide assessment, significant student growth, high four-year graduation rates, students are on track to proficiency or overall performance is significantly higher than the state average.
B = Highly Performing: High performance on statewide assessments and/or significant student growth and/or higher four-year graduation rates and/or moving students to proficiency at a higher rate than the state average.
C = Performing: Adequate performance but needs improvement on some indicators including proficiency, growth or graduation rate.
D = Minimally Performing: Inadequate performance in proficiency, growth and/or four-year graduation rate relative to the state average.
F = Systematic failures in proficiency, growth and graduation rates and/or performance is in bottom 5 percent of the state.



“We are excited to earn an A rating for our wonderful school. This A rating represents the dedication and care of each and every one of our staff and our students’ hard work. I am so proud and excited for our students, staff and community to have another A school in Maricopa.” – Butterfield Elementary School Principal Janel Hildick

“Pima Butte is ecstatic about receiving the 2018 ‘A’ rating. This achievement was due to the tireless effort and dedication of our teachers, the hard work of our students and the support of our families. We are extremely proud of this recognition.” – Pima Butte Elementary Principal Randy Lazar



DROPOUT RATES

Sequoia Pathway Academy          0.18%
Desert Wind Middle School        0.69%
Maricopa Wells Middle School   2.58%
Maricopa High School                  4.51%


GRADUATION RATES (2017)
Percent graduating in four years from Maricopa High School and Sequoia Pathway Academy

MHS                      SPA
                                                                 350 Grads             97 Grads
Total                                                          76%                        97%
Economically Disadvantaged               77%                        96%
Male                                                           71%                        97%
Female                                                       81%                       96%
White                                                         81%                        94%
Hispanic                                                    80%                       100%
African-American                                   65%                        *
Native American                                     54%                        *
Asian                                                          73%                        *

*Sample size too small


Source: AZED Oct. 5



This information appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Cynthia Ramirez

Two cars overturned on State Route 347 after a collision near Casa Blanca Road.

The incident is blocking the left lane in the southbound lanes. A vehicle fire is also reported. Traffic is slow through the area.

Injuries are unknown at this time. Maricopa and Gila River have first responders responding to the scene along with state troopers.

Photo by Cynthia Ramirez

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Clear skies and moderate temperatures are expected this weekend in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today‘s high will reach 73 as the day will be sunny with calm breezes. The night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 39.

Saturday also has a sunny forecast, with a high around 73. Overnight the low will be around 41 under partly cloudy skies.

Sunday is likely to be mostly sunny with a high near 71. The nighttime low will be around 41 with mostly clear skies.

The following week is expcted to be a mix of sun and some clouds, leading to a mostly sunny Thanksgiving.

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As Pinal County continues to tabulate 6,000 provisional ballots, Arizona seems to be a little more purple following the Nov. 6 election.

Republicans swept locally and have apparently retained five seats at the state level, but Democrats have a foothold in three races while also picking up the available U.S. Senate seat.

After trailing early, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulled away from the GOP’s Martha McSally in that Senate race to win by a margin of 50 percent to 48 percent. She will become the first female to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. McSally conceded by congratulating Sinema, but may be first in line for the other Senate seat if interim Sen. Jon Kyl opts not to fulfill the rest of the term.

In Congressional District 1, Democrat Tom O’Halleran easily held his seat against Republican Wendy Rogers. Both Sinema and O’Halleran emphasized the notion of their independence and bipartisanship in winning over non-Democrats.

“I am humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support my campaign has received from Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike,” O’Halleran posted on social media. He has been all three in his political career.

While Republicans had easy wins for governor (Doug Ducey), attorney general (Mark Brnovich), treasurer (Kimberly Yee) and mine inspector (Joe Hart), other races flipped.

Like Sinema, Democrat Sandra Kennedy trailed the two Republicans in the early counting for the two seats on the Corporation Commission. By Friday, however, she had moved into second, displacing Rodney Glassman. By Sunday, she had moved into first place ahead of incumbent Justin Olson.

In a race with no incumbent, Republican Frank Riggs had a small lead over Kathy Hoffman for superintendent of public instruction, but the Democrat pushed past him by 54,000 votes late in the count for a 51 percent-49 percent victory. Perhaps most intriguing of all was the race for secretary of state. The lead flipped back and forth every day following the election with Republican Steve Gaynor most often in the lead until the weekend, when Democrat Katie Hobbs moved ahead by nearly 6,000 votes.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Clear skies and cool temperatures will be common this week in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today‘s high is 65 degrees F with breezes of 10-15 mph. Tonight, the temperature could drop to 40 degrees.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 65 with winds gusting as high as 20 mph. The night is likely to be clear with a low around 39.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 69 and calm winds. The overnight low will likely be around 40.

Thursday has a sunny forecast during the day with a high near 73. The nighttime low will again likely fall to 40.

Friday, the high may be near 72 under sunny skies, while the overnight low will be around 43 under partly cloudy skies.

From this distance, the weekend looks to have some clouds but warmer temperatures in the mid-70s.