Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pinal County holding meetings regarding East-West transportation study

Pinal County is holding two open meetings to get public input on a possible transportation corridor between State Route 347 and Interstate 10.

Since the December 2011 public scoping meetings, possible parkway-concept corridor alternatives have been identified to provide additional capacity and connectivity.  In addition, the team is also evaluating the consequences of not constructing a new transportation facility, known as the No Build Alternative.

Pinal County and the cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande are encouraging members of the public to attend one of the two community information meetings.  The purpose of the meetings is to engage the public for comments and suggestions on the proposals and alternatives.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Credit card fraud cases linked to Bashas’ stores

Authorities have finally found a link between a number of fraudulent credit and debit card transactions reported over the past two weeks.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) began receiving the reports on January 18th. So far, over 400 cases have been reported. Investigation has determined that the victims had all used their credit or debit cards at either Bashas’, AJ’s Fine Foods and or Food City locations to make purchases.

The fraudulent charges to victims accounts are occurring in Arizona, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Italy, France, Canada and Mexico. PCSO has been working with Federal, State, and City law enforcement agencies on this case as it has become International. The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation.

Monday, February 4, 2013

MUSD looking for public input on budget cuts

The Maricopa Unified School District is in the process of determining its budget for the 2013-14 school year.  Due to more budget cutting by the State of Arizona, the District's $29 Million dollar budget will have to be slashed by $1.5 Million.

Two items under consideration for cuts are the possible elimination of all-day kindergarten (providing half-day only). If that decision is made parents would have the option of paying tuition for the second half of the day. The other item being considered is the possible closure of one school.

District Superintendent Steve Chestnut is holding two "Parent/Community Coffee" meetings on Wednesday, February 6th.  The first will be at 10:00 am in the District Board Room at 44150 West Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.  The second will be at 7:00 pm in the Santa Cruz Elementary School Library, 19845 North Costa Del Sol Parkway in Tortosa.

Now is the time to let the District know what's important to you!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Large solar plant proposed near Maricopa

A public meeting is being held next week to discuss a proposed 300MW photo-voltaic solar power plant to be built west of Maricopa.

The Maricopa Solar Park Project would be built on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), inside Maricopa County near the community of Mobile.

The meeting is being held to gather public input as part of a variance process required under the BLM's Programmatic Solar Environmental Impact Statement for projects located outside of designated Solar Energy Zones.

The meeting will be held at the Southern Dunes Golf Course Clubhouse, 48456 West Highway 238, on Tuesday, February 5th, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Next Maricopa Community Theatre production coming up

Maricopa Community Theatre's first production of 2013 opens in two weeks.