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Native Pat Kieny

Lifting of occupancy limits has limited impact on restaurants

Gov. Doug Ducey’s rollback on Friday of occupancy limits on restaurants and other businesses will have limited impact at one popular Maricopa eatery. The order...

Ducey executive order requires schools to reopen

An executive order issued Wednesday by Gov. Doug Ducey returning schools to “in-person, teacher-led instruction” wouldn’t appear to have much of an effect in...
MHS Basketball

AIA removes mask mandate for athletes during competition

Athletes will no longer have to wear masks during competition in the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The group's executive board voted Tuesday to remove the mask...

55-and-older residents now eligible for COVID vaccine

Good news prevailed in this week’s COVID-19 virus reporting issued by Pinal County Public Health. There were only 52 new cases in the county...
2nd high school - classroom

Board revisits quarantine rules, gets update on 2nd high school

The Maricopa Unified School District is evaluating a change in determining who is quarantined when a positive COVID-19 case is reported at one of...
Santa Cruz Elementary School

Santa Cruz students learning at home due to staff quarantines

All students at Santa Cruz Elementary School are learning from home until Monday due to positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines among faculty and staff....

9 key COVID questions answered by Pinal County Health Team

Whether its questions about COVID-19 vaccine availability or quarantine protocol in schools, answers have sometimes been hard to come by. Depending upon where you...
MHS Basketball

AIA allows more fans at high school games

Fans of Maricopa Rams sports may soon be able to follow their teams in person again. The Arizona Interscholastic Association's executive board voted Tuesday to...
Moderna COVID vaccine

Pinal adds 65 and over to early vaccine group

Pinal County Public Health and its community partner vaccination teams have added persons 65 and older to the 1B-1 early vaccination group, increasing the...
Torri Anderson MUSD

MUSD keeps COVID protocols, approves raises for staff

Despite all three secondary schools suspending in-person learning for a period of time since Feb. 3, the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board chose...
Desert Wind Middle School

Both Maricopa middle schools closed due to COVID-19

The Maricopa Unified School District has shut down both of its middle schools for in-person learning just days after returning to the classroom. District students...
COVID-19 vaccine clinic

COVID-19 update: Pinal has dose of better news

Pinal County had a dose of better news in the first week in February, reporting just 122 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Son’s COVID illness was crash course on misery of isolation

Recently, my family had occasion to experience the world of isolation, one of the biggest challenges for seniors, especially in pandemic times. Our older son...
Maricopa High School

District closes Maricopa High School for rest of week

Maricopa High School will close Thursday and Friday due to staff quarantines. Students will learn from home and return to campus on Monday for classes. A...
Vice Mayor Nancy Smith

Too much spread, too little vaccine, health director tells city council

Significant community spread of COVID-19 remains a problem and there's not enough vaccine to coming to Pinal County right now to help suppress it,...
Jaime Buchholz

Where are they now: Princess moves from pageant lines to front lines

Back in 2015, Jaime Buchholz, then 24, was finishing her star-studded run as Miss City of Maricopa. Aging out of the program and fulfilling...
Global Water Assistance

Global Water helped community with $140K for COVID relief in 2020

Global Water Resources continued to be a strong supporter of Maricopa community initiatives during 2020, including contributions of more than $140,000 to area programs. “Due...
MUSD board meeting

Students can return to classroom Monday, but situation ‘volatile’

Students in the Maricopa Unified School District will be able to return the classroom on Monday. But the situation is “volatile,” cautioned Superintendent Dr. Tracey...
COVID 19 vaccine clinic

Ducey acts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an advisory Tuesday to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the state and move doses to where they can be...
COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Hundreds get COVID-19 vaccine at all-day clinic

Hundreds of people were inoculated against COVID-19 on Saturday as part of an all-day clinic organized by the City and a medical practice in...

City, partner to offer COVID-19 vaccine in one-day clinic

The City of Maricopa will partner with Southwestern Pediatrics and Family Care to offer 400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in a one-day clinic...
Ben Owens MUSD

MHS stages intervention for students struggling during pandemic

A program at Maricopa High School is trying to help students struggling to learn in the pandemic age and help them catch up if...

In reversal, AIA to allow winter sports season to go on

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has reversed its earlier decision to cancel the winter sports season due to concerns about community spread of COVID-19. Its Executive...
Bret Roberts Doug Ducey

Roberts seeks end to Ducey’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

State Rep. Bret Roberts, LD-11, introduced legislation Monday calling for an end to the State Emergency Declaration issued in March by Gov. Doug Ducey. Some...
Pat Kieny Native Grill

Native Grill owner tastes success despite 9/11, housing crash, fires and COVID-19

All business owners encounter hurdles as they are getting things going; it’s part of the process. Pat Kieny, the owner of Native Grill & Wings,...

AIA cancels winter sports season, citing COVID-19 hospitalizations

The Arizona Interscholastic Association on Friday canceled the winter sports season, noting the state has the highest rate of coronavirus hospitalizations in the nation. After...

MUSD extends at-home learning through Jan. 29 – at least

Students in the Maricopa Unified School District will return to their school classrooms no sooner than Feb. 1. The district’s Governing Board on Thursday night...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Step into new year with lessons learned from pandemic

Every great tragedy leaves its mark. WWII. The Great Depression followed the stock market crash in 1929 and lasted 10 years. The attack on...
National Guard Vaccine

Ducey: COVID-19 vaccine distribution needs shot in the arm

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday took executive action to rapidly expand Arizonans' access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In an effort to streamline distribution across the...
COVID-19 vaccine

Update: Some Pinal community partners get Moderna vaccine

UPDATE, Dec. 21, 5:17 p.m. Pinal County Public Health announced Monday that a small number of its community partners have received shipment of COVID-19 Moderna...
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