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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Ex-MP survived ‘The Surge’ in Iraq, now helps other female veterans

Lynise Grell has a knack for putting herself in other people’s shoes. She spent eight years in the U.S. Army as a military-police officer. During...

Thanking veterans for their service

They've put on the uniforms of the United States of America's armed forces to defend our rights and our way of life. Many of them...

Maricopa Museum and Visitor Center opens after years of planning, digging

The Maricopa Museum and Visitor Center opened Saturday morning with extensive displays telling Maricopa's history. Read other stories about the new museum here. The museum plans...

The stars came out for Mayor Nancy Smith’s first State of the City address

It was a who's who of Maricopa at the reception that preceded Mayor Nancy Smith's first State of the City address on Oct. 19. Captains...

Maricopa’s new museum reflects a 21st-century city on the move

Maricopa regards itself as a 21st-century city on the move. Actually, it has been on the move since the middle of the 19th century,...

Celebrating Italian Americans’ contributions to America

Italian-American Heritage Month is celebrated in Maricopa and across the country during October to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes and valuable...

Flash to the past: Three arrested in seizure of 1.5 tons of marijuana

In August of 2004, the Pinal County Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of the marked patrol division, seized 2,927 pounds of marijuana from...

Longtime Maricopa historian and school teacher Pat Brock dies

EDITOR's NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect funeral arrangements.  Pat Brock, who documented the history of Maricopa in her books “Reflections of a...

Flash to the past: When grocery shopping wasn’t nearly as pricey

With inflation high these days, it’s interesting to look at what prices on a few staples were back in 2009. At Bashas’, chicken breasts were...
mosquito

Flash to the past: Maricopans left itching as mosquitoes thrive

In August 2012, a trifecta of heat, humidity and standing water left mosquitoes feeling right at home in Maricopa, and Maricopans were itching like...

Flash to the past: Monsoon season

The monsoon season was particularly active in 2017, with at least four flooding events in July alone. The last week of July proved the busiest,...

Flash to the past: Police seek vocal sheep, find vocal frog

In July 2009, Maricopa police officers responded to a report of a sheep stuck in a drainage ditch in The Villages. The call came from...

Flashback: Pima Butte opens doors

In July 2005, Maricopa schools welcomed students for the first day of the new school year. Pima Butte, a new elementary school in Rancho...

History: Progress in action

This month, Desert Sunrise High School will accept its first students. It’s a milestone and a statement about the population growth in Maricopa over...
347 Overpass

Blast from the past: Mayor elected, fugitive arrested, and a new route opened

The month of June in the past. 2004: Maricopa native Kelly Anderson was elected mayor of the first elected City Council on June 1. Councilman...

History photo: ‘Instant messaging’ at Maricopa Wells

During the first decade of Arizona’s territorial years, Maricopa Wells served not only as the hub for a network of wagon roads, but also...

Pool is gone, but history remains

A community pool once sat just north of where the Silver Horizon Zephyr railcar now sits. The Zephyr railcar came to Maricopa in 2000...

History photos: Student explosion

The Maricopa High School campus has grown considerably over the years. The football players and cheerleaders pictured were among the 28 MHS students —...

A blast from the past

In Maricopa, shops and storefronts have come and gone over the past few decades. In the black-and-white photo from the 1960s, you can see...

Air Maricopa

Maricopa’s airfield ran perpendicular to John Wayne Parkway, more exactly where the overpass now sits. In this photo from the early 1900s, one of...

A water tower and an overpass

In the 1930s, a couple of men came to Maricopa and set up a woodcutting business. They contacted the people on the reservation and...

The last years of Lorenzo and Olive Oatman

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in a series of articles dealing with the Massacre of the Oatman family in 1851 and those who...

The Oatman Massacre: Rescued by the Mojave

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the latest installment in a series dealing with the Oatman massacre and the experiences of the family members who survived...

There yesterday, gone today

Shown is a picture of the NAPA Auto Parts from the 1960s. The store was razed at the end of 2020 due in large...

City residents divided on cemetery

Believe it or not, Maricopa, with a population of more than 60,000, does not have a cemetery. The city is exploring the possibility of...

Vietnam vet shares memories with JROTC class at MHS

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program at Maricopa High School is thriving, with about 130 students, or 5% of the...

Old-school memories

This aerial photo from 1958 shows the original Maricopa High School with its gymnasium, right, and two wings of classrooms. The school had only...

Parade lets veteran groups shine together

The COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the nation since early 2020 has changed the way we do a lot of things. Put the staging...

CURTIS: The Oatman Massacre – Part Two: rescued by the Mojave

This is the second in a series about the massacre of the Oatman family in 1851 after leaving Maricopa Wells. You will recall that two...
Silver Horizons

Restoration of Silver Horizon progressing

The renovation of one of Maricopa’s most iconic historical landmarks, the Silver Horizon rail car, is progressing – with a milestone coming soon. Paul Shirk,...