News from Apache Junction, Gold Canyon & Queen Valley, AZ
Home of the Superstition Mountains and The Lost Dutchman Mine
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The body of 34-year-old Christopher Hensley was found Friday, April 19, near a canyon south of Siphon Draw in the Superstition Mountains. Authorities have confirmed that the body is that of the novice hiker missing since Monday, April 15.
The volunteer Superstition Search and Rescue (SSAR) team began looking for Hensley on Friday morning after a request by his wife the night before. The Apache Junction based volunteer team found the body after only a two hour search.Hensley was last seen Monday afternoon when he set out for a hike at Lost Dutchman By Bill Van Nimwegen The News Photo of Christopher Hensley from azcentral.com. State Park. “He was racing the sun,” said Robert Cooper, Director of Urban Search and Rescue at SSAR, “It looks like he may have slipped and fallen 200 feet into a steep canyon.”
Victim’s family threatens $4 million lawsuit against Pinal County— DPS investigators recommended manslaughter charge in ‘reckless’ 97 mph wreck— County Attorney Voyles claims political ties with Sheriff not a factor in declining prosecutionThe family of Jeffrey Sorenson, 57, a retired Army officer and former Department of Defense executive who was killed in a car accident last year, has filed a $4-million notice of claim with Pinal County as the first step in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Judge Shaun Babeu proposes DV court to be restructured, and no longer centered in Apache JunctionCiting a crippling expansion of the Domestic Violence (DV) Specialty Court located in Apache Junction, Judge Shaun Babeu has drafted a procedures manual aimed at optimizing resources by screening offenders, narrowing the number of adult supervision cases and opening a new felony DV court in Florence.
Usually, coyotes and freeways are a bad combination but in this case it’s cause for celebration. The US-60 overpass slopes at Idaho Road have been getting a makeover with a colorful rock art coyote design.The design was originally conceived from a photo of coyotes drinking from the fountain at City Hall. Drawings were made from the photo by the city’s Multi-Media Producer Matthew McNulty, and included in the grant proposal. The approved designs now add some whimsy and visual interest in place of the large dirt slope that faced the on- and off-ramps before.
More than 1.75 million people around the world have turned from tenants to homeowners since they partnered with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is currently seeking families to experience this transition in Apache Junction. Applications are being accepted now.
County Manager discovers that jail is losing millions on federal contractEarly last year, Pinal County Manager Fritz Behring directed county finance staff to look into why the Pinal County Jail seemed to be loosing revenue. The audit revealed that the county had been losing money on it’s biggest contract— housing immigration detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The amount of potential revenue lost runs in the millions.
Apache Junction and Combs played about as even a match as you could expect this past Tuesday at Davis Field, but in the end, it was the Coyotes who prevailed in overtime by a 3-2 score.
The match was tied 2-2 at the end of the first half and neither team was able to score in the forty-minute second half nor the first ten minute overtime period. But in the second overtime period, Combs put the gamewinner in the net with just 4:16 remaining to pull out the “W.”