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Charter high schools pave way to get kids back on campus

  Charter high schools are setting an example for returning to campus amid COVID-19 as Maricopa Unified School District prepares to bring back secondary students...

Teachers say board vote ‘a punch in the gut’

Teachers expressed disappointment and anger Wednesday night as they spoke against reopening campuses before fall break in sharp contrast to the frustrated parents who...

County Health: New data from prisons could impact schools, business

Pinal County’s public health director is warning that school and business dashboards for COVID-19 are going to be harmed by tests in correctional facilities. Tascha...
Copper Sky program

Copper Sky to lift reservation policy, reactivate memberships

Ahead of Thursday morning's news that Pinal County had earned the three benchmarks necessary for businesses to reopen, the staff at Copper Sky Recreation...

Divided MUSD board compromises on start dates

In what was called a tradeoff, Maricopa Unified School District will open elementary campuses Sept. 14 and middle schools and the high school Sept....

County falls short of school COVID benchmarks

  Thursday’s numbers for COVID-19 mitigation benchmarks were one step forward and one step back for schools wanting to bring students back to campus. Pinal County...
Planet Fitness gym

Pinal just misses key benchmark for business reopenings

Maricopa businesses will have to remain closed for now as Pinal County missed a key benchmark in its efforts to reach a moderate level...
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center Maricopa AZ

Coming soon? Movie theater, gyms, bars may reopen this week

A number of Maricopa businesses still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions may be able to open Thursday. The Arizona Department of Health Services expects that,...

Positive COVID-19 test puts MHS football, wrestling into quarantine

  Maricopa Unified School District informed parents Monday a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. Though classes are being conducted online, some student-athletes are preparing...

MUSD compliance means some in-person schooling next week

  Parents will no longer have to fill out a weekly attendance log. That was one update to the Maricopa Unified School District’s distance learning plan...

Weekend weather expected to flirt with record-high temperatures

  An excessive heat warning has been issued again for the Maricopa area for 10 a.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Monday, according to the National...
Kristina Donnay Maricopa Wellness Center

Kristina Donnay, the nurse who stepped up on COVID-19 testing

When Kristina Donnay took it upon herself in April to provide coronavirus testing in Maricopa, she didn’t anticipate working weeks on end in the...

Reader poll results: Maricopa divided on free COVID-19 testing event

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Arizona, The Maricopa Wellness Center and the Arizona Department of Health Services have scheduled a drive-thru testing...

2nd COVID-19 testing blitz scheduled

A second COVID-19 testing blitz will be held in Maricopa. That event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, according to Kristina Donnay, the medical director...

Stay cautious during heat warning

Maricopa is under a heat warning until 8 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Afternoon temperatures of 107 to 120 are expected across...
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Ducey tells residents to ‘stay home’ – but no new order

Stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Doug Ducey implored residents on Thursday, stopping short of re-instituting an order to enforce that...

Emergency center wants to break ground this year

Exceptional Emergency Center would like to be able to break ground on an emergency room in 60 to 90 days. Those are the plans explained...

MUSD sets start date for new school year

  Maricopa Unified School District will begin school July 30. The school year will begin online with two different virtual academies. A 6-12 Virtual Academy, which...

Maricopa businessman set to deliver 2 million COVID test kits

  A multi-million-dollar company started out of a house in Maricopa is working to give away COVID-19 test kits in Arizona and California. Damien Carter, 38,...

Walgreens quietly opens 2nd store

After a 13-year wait, the new Walgreens opened its doors Monday. The store at 41840 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy. was built before the Great Recession...
Copper Sky pool

3 lifeguards at Copper Sky test positive for COVID-19

Three lifeguards at the Copper Sky Multigenerational Recreation Complex have tested positive for coronavirus. None of the lifeguards have worked since June 20, according to...
Exceptional Healthcare Hospital

‘Hospital’ sign on SR 347 hints at future development

When a signboard went up Monday on John Wayne Parkway announcing a “community hospital” coming soon, eyebrows were raised at City Hall. Exceptional Healthcare posted...
347Grill Coronavirus

UltraStar closes 347 Grill after positive COVID-19 case

The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is temporarily closing its 347 Grill restaurant and 10 Pins take-out program after a person who was at the facility...

Harrah’s Ak-Chin mandates face mask policy

Face masks became mandatory at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino at noon Wednesday, according to an email sent to Caesar’s Rewards members. The universal mask...
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City requests residents to wear face masks

The City of Maricopa is strongly encouraging its residents to wear face masks to prevent the most vulnerable in the community. "...The Maricopa Mayor and...
Dutch Bros COVID-19

Dutch Bros closes abruptly after worker tests positive for coronavirus

A worker at the Dutch Bros coffee shop in Maricopa has tested positive for coronavirus. In letter to the community, posted on the Facebook page...

Get face masks from 10 a.m. to noon Friday

The resurgency of positive cases of coronavirus in Arizona underscores the importance of wearing face masks in public to prevent the spread of the...
Ella Walter Maricopa

In The Villages, frontline workers locked out of pool, clubhouse

Heather Walter and her husband, Ryan, have been working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic for months. Both work at the same Phoenix-area hospital;...

How to spend $6 million

WHAT: Maricopa City Council meeting WHEN: June 16, 7 p.m. WHERE: Maricopa City Hall, remotely available at https://www.youtube.com/user/myMaricopa20 When executive orders closed nonessential businesses in Maricopa for...

When stay at home order kicked internet into overdrive, families shifted gears

The coronavirus pandemic turned everyday routines upside down.We are all using the internet basically all day long.. Millions of U.S. families hunkered down together under...

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