An excessive heat warning is in effect this weekend until 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.
An excessive heat warning is in effect this weekend until 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.
A 53-year-old man from Goodyear was killed in a single-vehicle rollover on State Route 347 overnight.
According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the 2003 Chevrolet pickup the man was driving north went off the road near Casa Blanca Road at milepost 181. The driver apparently overcorrected, and the truck rolled. The incident happened around 10 p.m.
The driver was thrown from the vehicle and died on scene. He was the only occupant. According to DPS, he was not wearing a seatbelt. Officers are investigating whether impairment played a part in the crash.
His identity is not being released until next of kin can be informed.
1:30 AM UPDATE | The northbound lanes have reopened.
1:00 AM UPDATE | SR 347 NB is still closed at milepost 182; all traffic must exit at Casa Blanca Road. Still no estimated time to reopen the road.
11:20 PM UPDATE | All NB traffic on SR 347 must exit at Casa Blanca Road (mp 178). There is no estimated time to reopen the lanes.
11:09 PM UPDATE | Gila River Police announce DPS is working a fatal accident accident on HWY 347 at Mile Marker 182. 347 will be closed for an undetermined period of time. Traffic is being detoured at Casa Blanca Rd. Traffic is heavy in the area, drive safely and avoid the area if possible.
10:57 PM UPDATE | SR 347 NB remains closed near the Maricopa-Pinal county line, due to a serious crash. There is no estimated time to reopen the lanes.
10:30 PM UPDATE | SR 347 NB is now closed due to this crash. No estimated time to reopen.
10:25 Pm UPDATE | SR 347 NB, near Maricopa-Pinal county line: A serious crash is on the right shoulder. Please watch for slowing in the area.
We all struggle at times, and none of us are immune to the economic catastrophe our country is experiencing. Some may be impacted less, but many are facing very trying times.
InMaricopa understands struggle as we have been part of the fabric of Maricopa since 2004. 85239.com, which we were called back then, rode the wave of growth and the horrible crash of a recession with you, and our future was just as uncertain. Fortunately, we came out of the recession stronger then when we entered, just like Maricopa.
The city rebounded just in time for this pandemic, and we again turn to the resilience of Maricopa to not only come back, but comeback stronger. No virus can take Maricopa down; only we can do that with failure to act and care for one another.
We are turning the magazine rack (blue box) outside our office into an impromptu food pantry. If you are in need, stop by the Maricopa Business Center at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 101. Take what you need, and leave what you don’t. The goal is to give a hand-up to those who need it most. We are all in this together.
We are also partnering with Local Media Foundation to raise financial support through donations. The COVID-19 Local News Fund is exclusive to independent, family-owned, local news organizations such as InMaricopa to increase our ability to bring you critical information on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Maricopa. Please visit www.InMaricopa.com/LocalCoverage to learn more.
The impact of COVID-19 has created immediate needs for residents within the City of Maricopa. Global Water has expanded our customer assistance program to provide assistance to those who need it most during these challenging times. The new program was expanded to provide assistance specific to COVID-19 including:
Additionally, at Global Water we recognize the commitment and sacrifices made by the members of the military and our military veterans. The revamped assistance program provides resources to support our military customers and veterans. This additional assistance includes:
The revised customer assistance program continues to provide low-income assistance and expands the program to be inclusive of more customers. Customers who have a household income equal to or less than 300% of the federal poverty level can qualify for the program. Finally, the program was expanded to allow qualifying customers to receive up to $350 per year per utility service. If a qualifying customer has both water and sewer service from Global Water the customer would be eligible for $700 in assistance annually.
To distribute these funds to customers, Global Water works with the local community action agencies. The local agencies work with you directly to determine if you qualify for these programs. Rest assured, Global Water does not collect your personal information regarding these programs.
If you are a Global Water customer who is in need of assistance, you can find more information about our Customer Assistance Program at www.gwresources.com/customer-assistance or you can call us at 866-940-1102 or email us at CustomerService@gwresources.com.
We recognize these are unprecedented times and Global Water is here to help.
“Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, 2020.
“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries. I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”
Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:
To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
On March 23, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families.
Under today’s order, Arizonans are also encouraged to improve social connectedness by:
Maintaining ongoing connections and communication with current social supports and structures such as family, friends, neighbors and other social groups;
Educating fellow Arizonans on the negative health impacts of social isolation;
And developing habits and activities that increase resilience, such as physical activity, virtual social gatherings, assisting neighbors, implementing or participating in connection campaigns for at risk populations, and participating in volunteer activities.
Under this policy, essential activities include:
Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence.
Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household.
Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.
Already, Arizona has taken proactive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
On March 11, Governor Ducey issued a declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and mitigate the spread of the disease.
On March 15, a statewide school closure was issued in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Today, it was extended through the end of the school year, following CDC guidance.
Many businesses have already greatly reduced their hours and operations as directed by health officials and in an effort to protect the public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.
On March 17th, following updated guidance from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued updated guidance that included canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people, recommending telework and other alternatives, restricting access to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities to provide critical assistance, and providing recommendations to restaurants and eating establishments to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
On March 19th, Governor Ducey required restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only and required all bars, gyms and movie theaters in those counties to close. That same day, Governor Duey halted all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services.
View a full list of actions HERE.
Last week, Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. The website, ArizonaTogether.org, also features tools for mental health support for individuals and families facing changes and stress as a result of COVID-19.
View the Executive Order encouraging Arizonans to stay home, stay healthy and stay connected HERE.
View daily Arizona COVID-19 updates from ADHS HERE.
The Maricopa Economic Development Alliance appointed Eric Wilkey and Andy Kroese to its Board of Directors. Returning from a year’s retirement is Bill Stacy of Electrical District No. 3.
Wilkey is president of Arizona Grain Inc., based in Casa Grande. He joined Arizona Grain in 1991, directing the merchandising and logistic activities for the company. Kroese is vice president and chief financial officer for Arizona Grain Inc. He joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for the company’s accounting and finance functions along with information technology and human resources. He will serve as an advisory director to the MEDA Board.
“Agriculture and agribusiness still play an out-sized role in our local and regional economy,” Mayor Christian Price said. “Having top executives from one of the most steadfast firms in this sector will help Maricopa capitalize on these critically important resources.”
Stacy previously served as MEDA’s chairman and CEO for eight years. In January, he assumed the position of interim general manager at ED3 while the firm searches for a new leader. He has been with the utility since 2008.
“My ties with Electrical District No. 3, the City of Maricopa and MEDA are deeply entrenched,” Stacy said. “It is a bona fide pleasure and honor to be this engaged in the community, and I am very proud to see the progress that has been made on the economic development front in Maricopa.”
In these ever-changing times, Central Arizona College’s primary goal remains: to provide quality learning opportunities while keeping students, faculty, staff, and community members safe.
CAC has long provided online opportunities for degrees, certificates, and transfer credits. These paths to learning are available at affordable tuition rates and offer students the ability to pursue their goals and maintain schedule flexibility. All courses are currently online as per social distancing guidelines described by both the state and federal government.
These measures and all updates from President Dr. Jackie Elliott can be found here. We thank everyone for their continued support of Central Arizona College as we navigate current events to continue to serve students and the community.
Kevin McDill one of the organizers of the Izzy Softball Tournament posted this notice to social media: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce we will be postponing the 4th Annual Izzy Tournament. This was not an easy decision to come to, but we all feel it was the best move to make for the sake of the tournament itself and all of the people involved. We will be working with the city this week to schedule a new date and will let everyone know ASAP. The goal is to do it as soon as possible, hopefully in May. But if we can’t do it by then, we will wait until October when it cools down a bit.”
In regard to teams that have paid for their slot in the tournament McDill said refunds will be available.
“For those who have already paid – if you want a refund, let me know and I will do that immediately. If you want to wait until we get a date and see if you can still put your team in, that’s fine. Or if you want to just leave your fee paid for whenever we can finally do this thing, that is fine, too. Just let me know.”
Kevin added that “We are really sorry to have to do this, but we really had no choice. Thanks for understanding.” For more information or to donate, contact Kevin McDill at CoachKevinM@yahoo.com or call him at 480-272-1074.
In order to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Electrical District No. 3 (ED3) has decided to temporarily close all customer service offices as of Thursday, March 26, to the public until further notice. ED3 feels the safety and health of our customers, employees and the community is our priority. ED3 has multiple programs in place to assist customers during this time of need.
ED3 encourages customers to call 520-424-9021 to discuss bill payment options. Customers have the availability to go to Walmart or Fry’s Marketplace to make cash or credit/debit payments at either location. Customers can also make payments online at (www.ed3online.org) or on the District’s mobile app that can be used remotely.
The District wants you to know we will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of local and national health officials as new information gets released to the public.
As a reminder, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), some of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses are to practice everyday preventive behaviors such as staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, consistently washing hands with soap and water, and thoroughly cleaning frequently touched work surfaces.
Please contact ED3 Customer Service at (520) 424-9021 if you require assistance.
In an indication City Hall is closing, the City of Maricopa introduced curbside service in a website announcement today.
“City Hall may be closing to the public, but that does not prevent our committed staff from serving you,” the City posted to its site. The curbside service is set to start Monday.
City spokesperson Ellen Buddington confirmed the decision. “City Hall’s physical doors will close to the public but we will be open for curbside service only starting Monday, March 23 during normal City Hall hours of operation. Most City business will continue via utilizing multiple electronic formats/media as well.”
While many services are already available online, those who need to come to City Hall are asked to pull up at the front entrance and call 520-568-9098 for service. Those services will be available during City Hall’s regular business hours, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
At the same time, City Manager Rick Horst posted a letter to the community. “While our physical doors may close, our virtual doors will open. While exercising sound virus containment practices, we remain ready, willing and able. We know there are varying opinions regarding what should and should not be done. We seek to balance the reality of the situation with the reality of human need.”
By Rep. Tom O’Halleran
When I was elected to Congress in 2016, I vowed to do my part to keep Arizona families healthy and informed. Today, I am joining Yavapai County Community Health Services Epidemiologist Stephen Everett to bring you updated information and resources regarding the spread of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
We are teaming up to bring you concise, factual information to help keep your family safe and healthy. All information in this article is up to date as of March 19, 2020.
In the field of public health, there are three commonly agreed upon phases in fighting an outbreak: Contain, Delay, and Mitigate. We are past Contain: trying to identify and isolate cases and contacts before COVID-19 can get out into the greater community.
We are now in the Delay Phase. Here, the goal is to “flatten the curve”, as you’ve heard from many health experts at this point. Let’s say one sick person infects two more. They get sick and infect two more. Without intervention, this will keep doubling. Soon, the health care system will be overwhelmed and there will not be enough resources for everyone to receive the treatment they need.
By slowing the number of new cases and spreading them out over a longer period of time, everyone who gets infected will have better access to care.
Not only will this help our health care system, it will also protect the essential services that keep our society running. Flattening the curve means more police and firefighters to protect our communities, more utility workers to keep water and electricity on, and more private sector workers to manufacture, transport, and sell the food and supplies we need to survive.
What can each of us do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the most vulnerable in our communities?
Wash your hands. Soap and water, at least twenty seconds, and rub! It’s friction that gets rid of the germs.
Clean and disinfect surfaces. When wiping down surfaces, let them air dry. The longer the surface stays wet, the more effective the disinfectant. And don’t forget handles, knobs, faucets, and any other items commonly touched.
Stay home if you are sick and leave only to seek medical care.
Wash your hands. Yes, it’s important enough to say twice.
Practice social distancing. People can spread COVID-19 without showing symptoms or knowing they have it—especially younger, healthy people. Keep at least a six-foot distance from others when possible and stay away from crowded places.
Above all, stay calm. Panic transmits faster than COVID-19 ever will. As of now, grocery stores remain open and operating. Don’t overbuy and prevent another family from accessing the items they need.
While there is no doubt this public health crisis is seriously affecting our day-to-day lives, our jobs, schools, and economy, we must hold onto positivity in these uncertain times, and keep in mind that the measures we are taking are vital to protecting our loved ones.
Humanity survived the Spanish flu, which killed more people than World War I. We have survived plague, cholera, typhus, malaria—and that was just the 20th century. We will defeat COVID-19, but how well we do it depends on you.
Tom O’Halleran is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. A Democrat, he lives in the Village of Oak Creek. Stephen Everett is an Epidemiologist—a scientist who studies diseases within populations of people—with the Yavapai County Community Health Services.
Of Arizona’s nine positive and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, five are in Pinal County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Community spread is considered minimal.
Three of the cases of novel coronavirus are in Maricopa County, and one is in Pima County.
ADHS has the current Public Health Recommendations:
-No recommendations to cancel mass gatherings at this time
-No recommendations to close schools at this time
-No current changes to your normal business activities. Telework and other alternatives can be considered.
-Increase hand hygiene (wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds)
-Stay home when you are sick
-Implement visitor screening for healthcare facilities and congregate settings.
Confirmed positive: 3
Presumptive positive: 6
Pending results: 40
Local Real estate agent to give out $100,000 in certificates and 15 cases of water at Salsa Festival this weekend!
Local HomeSmart Success real estate agent Brian Petersheim has teamed up with highly acclaimed, local mortgage lender Rudy Benitez, of Annie-Mac mortgage, and Jeremy Eaton, of Security Title agency, to offer a certificate good for a $1,000 credit at closing when they use Brian Petersheim as their agent to buy or sell a home to the first 100 visitors to their booth at this weekend’s Salsa Festival this Saturday from 12-8 at Copper Sky.
“I wanted to give out something of value, and who can’t use an extra $1,000 when they are buying or selling a home?” said Petersheim. “The $1,000 can be used in many different ways. The most common use would be toward closing costs, price reduction or maybe a home warranty if needed. The best part is the credit is done after everything has been negotiated in the sale, so it is truly an extra $1000! Also, the certificate is good for three years, so even people who are not quite ready to pull the trigger on buying or selling a home should stop by. ”
In addition to the $1,000 certificates, the real estate trio is holding a contest at the booth to guess the number of skittles in the jar. “Anyone can enter. You just need to bring your best estimation skills to guess the number of skittles in a jar,” said Petersheim. “We also have plenty of swag to give away at the booth, courtesy of Annie-Mac, Security Title and HomeSmart Success. “
The booth is the Homesmart Success/Brian Petersheim booth. The city of Maricopa hasn’t assigned booth spaces yet, so location is still unknown. Please keep your eyes peeled for the Homesmart Success/ Brian Petersheim booth!
Be sure to stop by, grab your certificate and see how this team can help you with buying or selling your home. Unable to make it to the Salsa Festival? You can still score this amazing $1,000 certificate. Simply reach out directly to Brian via text at 602-206-9644 or email at BrianPetersheim@gmail.com
By Vincent Manfredi
Please reach out via email to the representatives below who serve on the Appropriations Committee and let them know why you support HB 2802, which would help fund needed fixes to the SR 347. If you can, attend the meeting. It’s Monday, Feb. 24, at the Arizona Legislature. Please send a personal email giving examples of why you want this bill to move forward.
Vincent Manfredi is a Maricopa City Councilmember and minority owner of InMaricopa.
Whether you want to spit a cricket, ride an auto-guidance tractor or learn about remote-sensing instruments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will have something for you to enjoy at Farm Science Day.
IF YOU GO
What: Farm Science Day
When: March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, 21881 N. Cardon Lane
How much: Free
The Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, University of Arizona and Maricopa Agricultural Center welcome all to the free, family-friendly farm and science activities at their location on Smith-Enke Road at Cardon Lane on March 21.
If you’ve ever wondered what is going on at the USDA farm, now is the time to learn about their research and resources. Attendees can watch the “world’s largest field scanner,” plant their own cotton and learn how biotechnology and irrigation technology are changing modern farming.
There will be face painting, cricket-spitting contests, temporary tattoos and kids’ crafts, as well. Wild at Heart will return with its live raptor display, and everyone can enjoy the interactive insect zoo.
Maricopa Master Gardeners and Arizona Farm Bureau will be on hand for the day.
Since the 1980s, U of A’s Maricopa Agricultural Center has been on the land once owned by Fred Enke and John Smith. The mission of the university’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences is to develop the “best-integrated agricultural technologies for problems faced by Arizona consumers and producers.” At the Maricopa farm, it focuses on cotton, alfalfa, small grains and new specialty crops to be used for fibers, oils and pharmaceuticals.
USDA’s Arid-Land Center opened in 2006. It was created to develop sustainable agricultural systems and protect natural resources in arid areas. Research results will be in the spotlight for the Saturday event.
This story appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.
The Maricopa High School girls soccer team kept a lid on second-ranked Campo Verde much of the game Saturday but ultimately fell 3-1 in the state championship bracket. Seeded 15th in the round of 16, the Rams had the Coyotes scoreless until late in the first half. Campo Verde had the 1-0 lead at the break, but MHS tied the score off a bouncing header from senior Saneya Cowing.
The Coyotes broke through and scored twice more in the final 20 minutes, however, to move on to the quarterfinal. Maricopa’s season ended with a 9-7-1 record overall but with high expectation for the coming seasons as the team is laden with sophomores and freshmen.
Cowing and sophomore McKinley Hacker were both in the 5A San Tan region’s Top 10 in scoring during the season. Sophomores Lexi Rowe and Anna Kramarczyk were Top 10 assists leaders. Next year, the MHS soccer teams move to the 6A Desert Southwest region.
By Al Brandenburg
The Maricopa Senior Coalition has three long-term goals. Internment and funeral services in Maricopa, digital-photo storage services and a livable/age-friendly community.
As part of the latter and considering the growing size of our senior population, assisted living services becomes important. At some point, some of us will no longer be able to fend for ourselves. Most seniors wish to age in place in their own homes, but sometimes the best option for keeping an aging loved one safe, healthy and active is to consider a move to an assisted-living community.
Fear of the unknown often causes seniors to hesitate when it comes to moving to long-term care. Fortunately, some senior living communities are offering temporary stays, which allow potential residents to test the waters with no long-term commitment.
In the next year or so, Maricopa will have its own assisted-living senior facility near Copper Sky. Senior care exists in two scenarios. Independent living being the least restrictive and assisted living which is also minimally restrictive but, as the name implies, offers assistive services and supports.
Independent living encompasses a wide range of housing arrangements, from apartment-style communities to housing co-ops. Generally, though, residents live in their own private dwelling spaces and have access to common areas where they can gather with other members of their community. Independent living can also be referred to as an active adult community, senior apartments, a retirement community, a 55+ community or a retirement home.
Because this option is designed for seniors who can still live independently, the features and amenities in the individual dwelling areas are comparable to those in a typical small home, townhouse or apartment.
Assisted-living communities with specialized memory care units for seniors with cognitive impairment often feature increased security measures (e.g. locked doors and extra surveillance equipment) and may not allow residents to have kitchens in their apartments, due to safety concerns.
So, when is the right time to consider this move? Timing a transition to senior living can be tricky because it is highly personal. It depends on how well your loved one is faring in their current home, their present health status, and their future medical and personal needs.
Some things to consider:
If the answer to any these questions is “no,” it may be time to begin researching local assisted-living communities.
Al Brandenburg is director of the Maricopa Senior Coalition.
This column appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.
Record demand for quality pre-owned vehicles has created a critical shortage of used inventory at Freeway Chevrolet.
“Used values are high right now due to the shortage of inventory,” said Michael Broadway, Freeway’s general sales manager. “When you combine that with the biggest new car incentives of the year, it’s a win-win for the customers and for us.”
So in order to build up the used car inventory for the spring/summer selling season, Broadway and his team will be conducting the First Annual Presidents Day Trade-In event.
This Presidents Day weekend, Freeway will be offering 120% of Kelley Blue Book on trade ins*.
“When you combine that with savings of up to $15,000 on Silverado and $10,000 on Trax and Equinox, it’s a perfect storm for consumers,” Broadway said. “And we have excellent inventory of all the 2020 Chevys, including Silverados, Equinox, Traverse and Trax.”
In order to accommodate the influx of Trade-ins, Freeway has covered a portion of its lot for express appraisals. Used Vehicle Director Raymond Bequet will have a team of appraisers on duty with hand held appraisal software to quickly calculate values for customers.
Bequet said, “Time is money for us and for our customers, and the goal is to trade for 100 vehicles during this four day event.”
In addition, a full range of financing options will be available, regardless of credit score, with rates as low as 0%. Broadway emphasizes that this event will end promptly at close of business on Presidents Day (Feb. 17). They are expecting a huge turnout, so appointments are highly recommended, either by calling or book online at FreewayChevy.com.
*Some restriction apply, See dealer for details
By U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran
In December 2019, I voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a new North American trade deal that will improve international trade with our neighbors to the north and south, protect our workers and environment, and create enforcement provisions to ensure all that trading partners are held accountable.
Last month, I was pleased to see the agreement move through the Senate and to the president’s desk for a signature.
Over the last year, I have sat down with businesses of all sizes across our state to hear about the changes they needed to see in order to succeed and continue to offer services and jobs to Arizona families. I also personally met with Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, on several occasions to negotiate provisions within this important agreement.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2018, Arizona had $20.4 billion in total trade with potential USMCA markets, and, according to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, between 1994 and 2017, Arizona’s exports to Mexico grew from $2.4 billion per year to $7.7. billion — a 311% increase.
Currently, over 200,000 jobs in Arizona alone depend on trade with Mexico and Canada. A study from the International Trade Commission found that the USMCA, if ratified, would add an estimated $68.2 billion to the economy and create 176,000 new jobs.
When it comes to our state’s growing economy, creating good-quality jobs that support a family is a key priority of mine. According to a recent study by the University of Arizona, our state is attracting new residents at one of the highest rates in the entire country. Arizona’s economy is not only growing at a pace that exceeds that of our thriving national economy, but is also diversifying away from one main sector—construction and real estate—to include other industries like education, transportation, and manufacturing.
The USMCA will ensure that new jobs in these industries are preserved and that new economic sectors can continue to expand and spur the creation of more employment for Arizona families.
Although Arizona’s job market expanded under NAFTA, the newly renegotiated USMCA is a bigger win for not only our economy, but also our workers and our environment. This agreement improves upon NAFTA by bolstering protections for our hardworking labor community, preserving important environmental standards, and enhancing compliance monitoring. I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that these essential provisions were included in the final agreement language.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a win for Arizona workers, rural communities, agriculture producers, and small and large businesses throughout the state. It is an example of legislating done right—thoughtful negotiations, consideration of input from stakeholders and experts, and bipartisan, bicameral support. I was proud to vote to ratify the USCMA and look forward to seeing all the good it will do for our Arizona, our rural communities, and our nation.
Tom O’Halleran is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Arizona’s First Congressional District. A Democrat, he lives in the Village of Oak Creek.
A man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in Maricopa early Thursday morning.
A 20-year-old man, identified as Briar Mckay Hoover, was in a car with his father when an argument began. The man fell out of the vehicle near S.R. 347 and Smith Enke Road and was struck by another vehicle. Reports by police state the vehicle the male fell out of did remain on scene. All traffic on westbound Smith Enke has reopened to traffic. All road closures due to the accident have been removed.
The other vehicle said to be a “dark-colored” sedan fled the scene.
“We are still investigating what happened,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.
Live traffic camera stream available here.
Arizona Department of Transportation’s work widening the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway will begin impacting traffic on Jan. 6.
For approximately 60 days, MCGH will be closed between White and Parker and Porter Roads. A detour will be set up along Bowlin Road.
Left on Porter Road
Right on Bowlin Road
Right on White and Parker Road
Right on White and Parker Road
Left on Bowlin Road
Left on Porter Road
Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, with backup from the volunteers of CERT, hosted its seventh annual Ride for Toys on Saturday at Copper Sky. They collected new toys in exchange for a ride in a fire truck. Kids also met some special guests. The toys go to F.O.R. Maricopa food bank for its Christmas program. Over the years, more than 500 toys have been collected by Ride for Toys. A raffle also helped MFMD provide a cash donation to the organization as well.
By Scott Bartle
Unbelievably, the holiday season is upon us. Halloween is in the rear-view mirror, and now folks are counting down the number of shopping days until Christmas.
But before we get there, we celebrate Thanksgiving. In that spirit, I am writing to tell you how thankful we are for you, our readers. It is for you and because of you our company, services and jobs exist.
We are in our 15th year bringing you hyper-local news and information. We have always made Maricopa news accessible to you at no charge, and we always will. And it is because of your support of our advertisers we are able to do so.
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This column appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.
Maricopa is under a Flash Flood Watch with heavy rains expected this afternoon through Wednesday night. According to the National Weather Serivce, widespread rainfall and a few embedded thunderstorms could lead to flooding of washes and small streams along with localized urban flooding.
There is a 60% chance of rain throughout Maricopa today. The storm has already knocked out power to traffic lights at several intersections on Honeycutt Road and John Wayne Parkway. Please stop and treat intersections as four-ways or three-ways until power is restored.
Electrical District 3 is showing about 1,500 customers without power.
New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. If you are in the watch area, you should watch the weather and be prepared to take immediate action should heavy rain and flooding occur or a flash flood warning be issued.
Tonight’s forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms before 11 p.m., then a chance of rain after 11 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. The low around 58 with breezes of 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday’s forecast also has an 80% chance of rain. The chance of rain lessens to 50 percent on Thursday. High temperatures will be in the 60s.
To: The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona
We, Larry Hall, Olie Swanky and a large additional number of citizens living in the State of Arizona, with all due respect, do ask for your intervention with the Governor of the State of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich, for us to get justice so that possession is rightfully returned to us and to prevent the further dispossession of our real estate investments that we made in good faith in San Carlos, Guaymas, Sonora.
By invoking influence with officials of the Government of Sonora a few months ago – which influence she does seem to have – Mrs. Catalina Ordaz managed to unjustly and unlawfully commandeer our hotel located on the beach of San Carlos, and she intends to dispossess us of condominium buildings and vacant land primed for development.
As Arizonan investors in Sonora, we felt enormous disappointment and frustration in 2019 with respect to the Government of the State of Sonora since it has been evident how they have unjustly favored the interests of Mrs. Catalina Ordaz to our detriment and prejudice.
We have invested many hundreds of thousands of dollars in Sonora and, at this moment, we feel tremendous uneasiness and legal uncertainty to our detriment from the government of that State.
We believe that the meetings of the Sonora-Arizona and Arizona-Mexico Commissions should not be just a social gathering, but rather be an instrument to promote and protect the interests of the citizens of both States. Therefore, we most respectfully request that you grant us a hearing with you and the Governor of that State at the next meeting of said Commissions to be held on November 5-6 in Hermosillo, Sonora, so that we are allowed to explain personally and in detail the atrocities committed against us due to the “influence” that Mrs. Catalina Ordaz claims to have in Sonora.
Larry Hall, Olie Swanky et al
Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.
Tips from UPRR
- Stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks.
- Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right-of-way are private property – please do not trespass.
- Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – ALWAYS expect a train.
The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive.
Oct. 16, it is expected to stop in Gila Bend around 12:30 p.m. and then pass through Maricopa (but not stop) on its way to Casa Grande to stay overnight. Maricopa’s Dale Brinkman estimates it will roll through Maricopa around 2:15 p.m.
UP says, due to the dynamic nature of these operations, running times and scheduled stops are subject to change. See the current schedule.
The 25 Big Boy reciprocating steam locomotives were manufactured 1941-44, with engines that weighed over 700,000 pounds. Eight are known to still be around. UPRR reacquired No. 4014 for the purpose of restoring it.
“It resonates very loudly with first responders.”
By Joycelyn Cabrera
The Maricopa Police Department hosted the City’s Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at its substation at Copper Sky.
The ceremony is the city’s third annual memorial of the Sept. 11 attacks and the only official memorial held in the rural area south of Phoenix. While other suburbs were invited to participate in memorials held in Phoenix and Tempe, the City of Maricopa has held its own Remembrance Ceremony for Sept. 11 for the last three years at the MPD substation and for the previous nine years, going back to 2007, at local elementary schools, said Ricardo Alvarado, MPD’s public information officer.
MPD Commander James Hughes and Fire Chief Brady Leffler with Maricopa Fire/Medical Department both spoke at the memorial to honor the first responders and civilians who had fallen or were still affected by the attacks 18 years ago.
The city has experienced substantial growth over the last few years, expanding from a small, rural town to a semi-rural, small city. Even so, the community continues to hold multiple annual events year-round, often organized by city departments or volunteer organizations.
The MPD substation’s memorial monument was built and opened to the public by the Maricopa Police Department Foundation to honor fallen officers and their families. It became an obvious place to pay tribute to the 2,977 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“To this day, there are people who still suffer from the effects of going in and helping people to try to save lives,” Leffler said. “There are still people who are dying to this day, from the effects of that day.”
Vice Mayor Henry Wade and Councilmember Rich Vitiello spoke at the memorial. Vitiello, a former resident of New York, shared more of his memories of the attack after the ceremony.
“It was the worst day, to me, in American history. It crushed me as a person, to see innocent people die and the people that are still dying because of it,” Vitiello said. “Innocent people died for no reason, for selfishness and hatred.”
MPD invites elected officials to speak at the ceremony.
“As a first responder, you have a different view of how things are portrayed because you can be called on at any time to go into a situation where you don’t go home the next day,” Leffler said. “It resonates very loudly with first responders.”
The MPD plans to continue these memorials annually as younger generations are reminded of the historic tragedy that took place before they were born.
“I remember my parents discussing where they were when they heard the news that President Kennedy was assassinated.” Hughes said. “I remember my grandparents talking about where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Now we find ourselves talking about where we were when Sept. 11 happened.”
Shortly after the Remembrance Ceremony, the MPD traveled to Legacy Traditional School to hold another 9/11 memorial service. The police department will continue to host its annual ceremony at the memorial monument for the community to gather close to home.
Joycelyn Cabrera is a graduate of Maricopa High School and a student at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
The most expensive home sold in Maricopa from July 16 through August 15 was a rare basement home with spacious master suite on main floor and a movie theater and two bedrooms on the bottom floor. With TLC needed in the backyard, it sold for $6,000 under its asking price. Though 14 years old, the home came with new carpet, new paint and a new water heater.
Sold: July 30
Purchase price: $351,000
Square footage: 3,866
Price per square foot: $90.79
Days on market: 140
Year built: 2005
Community: Cobblestone Farms
Features: Basement, gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, split floor plan, main level bedroom with separate exit, three-car garage
Listing agent: George M. Haith, Coldwell Banker
Selling agent: Lori B. Hodgen, AZ Lane Realty
This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.
Last time Lifehouse played Maricopa, it was for a free concert won by the residents for voting themselves to victory in a “Battle of the Burbs” hosted by radio station Mix 96.3 in 2015.
IF YOU GO
When: Sept. 20, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road
How much: $34.50 and up
This time, the alternative rock band from Los Angeles will be bringing its energetic sound to The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. The concert is set for Sept. 20.
Founded in 1999, the band, formerly known as Blyss, has topped charts with multiple hit singles for the better part of 20 years. The group, whose current members are lead vocalist/guitarist Jason Wade, drummer Rick Woolstenhulme (a graduate of Gilbert High School) and bass guitarist Bryce Soderberg, is best known for hits such as “You and Me,” “Hanging by a Moment,” “Sick Cycle Carousel” and “Breathing.”
Since breaking into music in 2000 with their debut album “No Name Face,” Lifehouse has released seven albums – selling more than 15 million around the world. They have also topped out at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “Hanging by a Moment,” and shared the stage with rock ‘n’ roll icons including the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Matchbox Twenty.
In recent years, Lifehouse has released “Lifehouse: Greatest Hits on Universal Music Enterprises,” a chronological collection of the band’s 18 hit singles and best songs.
This story appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.
By Angela Askey
Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Central Arizona College opened its doors in the fall of 1969 near the base of Signal Peak Mountain in Coolidge, AZ and for 50 years, has been serving and educating the diverse communities of Pinal County by providing accessible, educational, economic, cultural, and personal growth opportunities for those of all ages.
Over the years, CAC has expanded to five campuses and three centers located strategically throughout Pinal County.
During the 1972-73 academic year, the state board for community colleges approved preliminary construction plans for the Arizona College of Technology, now known as the Aravaipa Campus.
Ten years later, CAC began offering classes in Apache Junction, using portables at Apache Junction High School until they moved classes to the Grand Hotel in 1985. In the summer of 1987, the Superstition Mountain Campus opened at its current location.
When voters of Pinal County authorized the college to expand educational opportunities and accessibility throughout the county by approving a nearly $99 million general obligation bond, the College began building two new campuses.
The CAC Maricopa Campus opened for business on January 2, 2013 and one year later, in January 2014 the San Tan Campus opened for business
More than 18,800 individuals have received a degree or certificate from CAC since the first graduation ceremony was held in May of 1970.
As part of CAC’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Maricopa Campus (17945 N. Regent Dr.) will host a Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-9 p.m.
This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.