Letter from the editor: Look back, look forward in 2020


2020 rings in the end of an era and the beginning of another. What will the new ‘20s bring to Maricopa?

Last year brought the beginnings of commercial projects and the end of the overpass construction. In this issue we look back at some of our top stories of 2019 and the 2010s as a decade.

On our cover is Alice Johnson-McKinney, a long-time farmer and landowner, who moved to the area in 1969 and has seen a lot of eras come and go. Over the years, she’s been asked often about her late husband Louis Johnson and good friend John Wayne, but she has quite a story of her own that starts in this issue and continues at InMaricopa.com.

This month, we also look inside the water debate between the state’s Department of Water Resources and the Pinal AMA. We break down the letter grades recently assigned to area schools. We also check in with Maricopa Family Advocacy Center after one year to see how its relationship with Maricopa Police Department and Against Abuse is fighting domestic violence.

Police Chief Steve Stahl talks about the past and the future in a Q&A with InMaricopa you can also watch on video. You can also read about the ending lifecycle of smoke detectors, career-preparedness resources for high schoolers and tips for saving your plants during a winter frost.

Much more is in this issue of InMaricopa.

Happy reading,

Raquel Hendrickson is the editor of InMaricopa.

This item appears in the January issue of InMaricopa.