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MUSD may delay start of school

Casting doubt that the district will be prepared to start school July 23 as tentatively scheduled, the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board will...

MUSD preps options tonight for coming back to school

Tonight, Maricopa Unified School District will present the first draft of its “Welcome Back” plan as it prepares to start classes July 23 in...

Supervisors skip mandate, vote unanimously to ‘encourage’ face masks

On a morning when three governors required anyone traveling to their state from Arizona to be self-quarantined for 14 days, Pinal County Board of...

Governments cautious in building budgets, setting tax rates

Property taxes are in a generally downward trend, but there is still uncertainty in local budgets. That is causing finance experts to calculate zero...

County officials may encourage, not mandate face masks

  The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pinal County is 2,459, and the Board of Supervisors is making a second attempt to take...

The Maricopa community debate about mandated face masks

Should the City of Maricopa mandate the use of face masks? That is the big question being asked late this week after a press...
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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...
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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...

Small business, nonprofit applications for AZCares money now open

This morning, the City of Maricopa opened its application process for small business and nonprofits affected by COVID-19 to receive AZCares funds. The new webpage...

No mandatory face masks in Maricopa, mayor decides

Use of face masks in Maricopa will not be mandatory, the city mayor has decided. Mayor Christian Price announced on Facebook Wednesday afternoon that he...

Letter: Sheriff announces he has COVID-19

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb posted the following on the department's social media today: Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader, we do...

City application process for AZCares funds starts this week

  Maricopa small businesses and others may start applying for AZCares money from City Hall starting Thursday. The city council worked out the timing and some...

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...
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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;...
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Maricopa’s generosity spills over in time of crisis

On Friday morning, in a small town in Navajo Nation near the Arizona-Utah border, a Maricopa woman was putting truckloads of food and supplies...

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...

MUSD task force planning new school year as sports return to practice amid COVID-19

The scheduled beginning of the new school year is looming large in July, and schools are trying to plan their return approach. Maricopa Unified School...
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Impact of COVID-19 on house assessments may take years to appear

COVID-19 has left a lot of economic markers in its wake, but one of the last pockets of the economy where it may appear...

COVID-19 shutdown leads to more shoplifting; domestic violence stats expected to rise

  In recent weeks, national news reports have documented a rise in domestic violence and suicide cases as people quarantined at home during the pandemic. “Now,...

Maricopa proved prescient in adopting emergency fund

  When Maricopa City Manager Rick Horst recommended the city council adopt a General Fund Disaster Contingency Reserve last year, it was more from experience...

CAC plans combined graduation in December

Central Arizona College plans to host a traditional graduation ceremony for all Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 eligible graduates in...

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...

Beacons of Light: Food banks stepped up as COVID-19 increased community need

  By Fran Lyons Wendy Webb, executive director of F.O.R. Maricopa food bank, hoped to get a portion of the financial aid for food banks that...

Businesses carefully come back to life after COVID-19

  As some Maricopa businesses made a cautious comeback in May, so did Maricopa shoppers. “We were going crazy at the house,” said Kandy Christopherson of...

COVID-19 forces innovation even in local essential businesses

“I think that’s awesome, I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s long overdue.”With the county and the state posting record-high unemployment but local consumerism...
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On Facebook, plenty of parental advice on how to reopen schools

Maricopa parents are facing a decision now with the announcement that Arizona public schools will open in July: send their kids back to school...

MUSD looks toward next school year through COVID-colored lenses

Maricopa Unified School District has $950,000 from the CARES Act, but it’s seeing the costs ahead as it plans an opening strategy in the...
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How would you spend the $6 million? City council wants to know

With nearly $6 million incoming from the AZ Cares Fund, Maricopa City Council wants to hear from residents about how to spend it. On Tuesday,...
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Ducey: Schools to reopen on schedule in July after pandemic shutdown

School is almost back in session. Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday that schools in Arizona will reopen in July. "Get ready for school," he told students...
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Maricopa, Pinal County to receive millions in CARES Act funds

After cities and counties protested, with Pinal County going so far as to start a lawsuit, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday announced distribution of...

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