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Simmons believed radiation exposure at Idaho laboratory was inevitable

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian Simmons was shot and killed in August by Maricopa Police during a noise complaint that escalated into a shootout. Simmons, who...

Pinal County treasurer issues warning on tax scammer targeting residents

Pinal County Treasurer Michael McCord warns residents of a person going door-to-door fraudulently claiming to represent Pinal County and asking for tax payments. McCord released...

Neighbor: Brian Simmons’ mental state had been alarming for some time

To just about everyone who encountered him, it was apparent Brian Simmons was a man dealing with serious mental-health issues. Simmons moved to Maricopa from...

Maricopa hires new voice of city

There is a new voice of Maricopa. Brandon LaVorgna, who has a track record in journalism and municipal-government communications, is the city’s new marketing and...

Recycled water approved at Copper Sky lake

The Maricopa City Council approved a recycled water-use agreement Tuesday evening for the lake at Copper Sky Regional Park. The agreement would allow Global Water...

Maricopa police officers in Simmons shooting say their hand was forced

The two Maricopa Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Brian Simmons during a call on a noise complaint at Simmons’ home in...

Simmons’ family speaks out on death

Cory Simmons, Brian Simmons’ older brother, will forever have two dates stuck in his mind: Nov. 8, 2011, the date of Brian's exposure to...

‘We were trying to get him some help’

Brian Simmons died at his Villages at Rancho El Dorado home on Aug. 29 during an interaction with Maricopa police that started as a...

BRIAN SIMMONS: Tips to managing mental-health care

Brianna Reinhold, a licensed counselor in Maricopa and owner of Northern Lights Therapy, explains persistence is key to helping a loved one experiencing a...

BRIAN SIMMONS: A look at Title 36

If an individual suffers a mental-health crisis and is unwilling to get voluntary help, as with Brian Simmons, an involuntary commitment process is available...

BRIAN SIMMONS: Understanding HIPAA

Understanding HIPAA and what information can and cannot be released to families about their loved ones is among the many frustrations of Brian Simmons'...

BRIAN SIMMONS: A look at Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory is primarily a research facility in Idaho Falls, which is owned by the United States Department of Energy and managed...

Unpacking the Brian Simmons story

Most of the time, my involvement with a story ends the day we upload the magazine to the printer. That's simply not the case with...

Farming, to gaming, to the Super Bowl

As Lemuel Vincent sits in his office, reflecting, he is astounded by the growth and reach of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, of which he...

Poll: Readers say diverging-diamond interchange may work at I-10/SR 347

By Jay Taylor There is movement at the state capital toward funding improvements on State Route 347 from Maricopa to Interstate 10. An overpass at Riggs...

THE SIREN CALL: Maricopa fire chief grew up in the department

Maricopa Fire and Medical Chief Brad Pitassi has risen from one of its first firefighters to the top of the department during his 17...

Driver license, ID cards getting updated look in attempt to cut fraud

New security features designed to reduce fraud are being rolled out by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, it announced this week. MVD...

Maricopa acquires portion of SR 238 for ‘housekeeping’

The Maricopa City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday to annex land adjacent to State Route 238 west of State Route 347. Totaling approximately 12...

Governor vetoes city rental tax bill

Maricopa’s small but growing renter population won’t be seeing any tax relief in their 2024 bills — and city leaders say that's a good...

OP-ED:  How Maricopa is preparing for train derailments, hazmat incidents

As a councilmember, I recently had discussions with our city manager, deputy city manager for public safety, and emergency manager regarding concerns about train...
SR347 Riggs Road

SR 347, 238 funding bill breezes through House, headed to Senate

The Arizona House of Representatives unanimously passed a funding bill Wednesday to widen two state highways that are key entry points into Maricopa. HB 2063,...

Transportation Authority spent $343K on Prop. 469 election. Bang for its buck?

Some people believed money from Proposition 469 last November could be used to build a parking lot – and if you consider the state...

Embattled Pinal supervisor denies changing parties

In ever-growing drama for Kevin Cavanaugh, the Pinal County District 1 supervisor claims he mistakenly changed his party affiliation early this month in a...
Sprouts Farmers Market Opening

Legislature may slash food, rental taxes—and with it Maricopa services

Updated 11:15 a.m., Feb. 21, 2023 Maricopa residents could see a reduction in their food and housing-rental bills in the coming year—but at the expense...

City officials, Martinez continue their push for 347 improvements

If the road can’t be wider for a while, at least the traffic on that road can flow better. That is the position of Mayor...

East Valley freeway closures slated for this weekend

The Super Bowl and WM Phoenix Open are over, which means weekend freeway closures and lane restrictions resume in the East Valley that could...

SR 347, 238 lane closures, lane reductions highlight weekend highway restrictions

Maricopans face several highway closures and restrictions in the coming days, the Arizona Department of Transportation said. Two will have particular impact on local residents: ...

Horst shares vision for Maricopa Station retail project

Transportation has been the No. 1 issue mentioned by Maricopa voters for years. But City Manager Rick Horst introduced plans at Tuesday’s City Council meeting...

DPS cracking down on SR347 speeders 

It is no secret that Maricopa residents aren’t left with many choices when commuting to and from work in the Valley.  State Route 347, the...

City updates dog-park rules to allow kids despite concerns of some users

As more dog parks open across Maricopa, children finally will be able to play fetch with their pooches at city-operated facilities. On Tuesday evening, the...