Pinal County

Sep 23, 2023

Water cuts force Pinal County farmers to scale back

Farmers in Pinal County left swathes of land unplanted following Colorado River water cuts. Now yielding fewer crops, they’re forced to find alternative ways to survive, as agriculture faces  a bleaker future. 

ESA, microschool
Aug 31, 2023

Alternative micro-school fails to meet zoning laws

Tia Howard wanted to start her own micro-school. So, she contracted with a curriculum provider, found a piece of rural residential land, signed a contract and made a $5,000 deposit. But Howard soon found Pinal County’s zoning code does not account for micro-schools. And per an interpretation from the county, a micro-school would be barred from rural residential land as it does not fall under the[...]

heat state of emergency, Hobbs
Aug 11, 2023

Hobbs declares heat state of emergency

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is declaring a heat state of emergency -- but only of three of Arizona's 15 counties.

hand counts, election, Mohave County, Pinal County, Cochise County, Rogers, Borrelli
Aug 2, 2023

Rural counties debate prospect of hand counting election ballots

More rural counties toyed with the prospect of hand counting ballots in the 2024 election this week, on the urging of two state lawmakers, a handful of board members and constituents with election trust issues.

Jul 15, 2023

Arizona judge rules no new trial for Hamadeh

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen late Friday turned down a bid by Abe Hamadeh for a new trial to contest his loss in the attorney general's race.

Prop 400, Pinal County, transportation, tax
Jun 30, 2023

Pinal County ‘Preserving Our Future’ highlights vital construction

The Pinal County Public Works Department has launched a public awareness campaign to inform residents of the half-cent road excise tax on the ballot and its implications for transportation maintenance and project expansion.  

Pinal County, elections, quit
Jun 28, 2023

Pinal County elections director quits, says she wasn’t protected

The elections director of Pinal County has resigned after less than a year in the job, saying county supervisors had tried to politicize elections in the small jurisdiction east of Phoenix.

Colorado River, drought, water w
Jun 23, 2023

Arizona’s water future depends on new supplies 

None of us has a crystal ball, but we can be certain that our water future will require a variety of adaptive changes.   

SRP, Coolidge, Coolidge Generating Station, Arizona Corporation Commission
Jun 20, 2023

SRP’s Coolidge gas plant expansion is back from the dead

A plan to expand SRP’s Coolidge Generating Station is back from the dead after the utility agreed to make a substantial investment in the neighboring Randolph community – but the deal is opposed by some environmental activists, industry groups and even an SRP board member.

Jun 16, 2023

‘It was a nightmare’: Pinal County builds new elections space after cramped quarters contribute to errors

Construction is under way on a $29 million, 53,000-square-foot elections center in the nearby county seat of Florence, which will have more than enough room to keep voter registration, early voting, and Election Day activities under one roof.

Pinal County, Proposition 400, half-cent sales tax
Jun 8, 2023

Half-cent sales tax critical for maintaining roads in Pinal County 

For nearly 40 years, Pinal County has used a half-cent road excise tax to help improve streets and roads in the county, and its incorporated towns and cities.  

Lake, judges, courts, election litigation, retention
Jun 8, 2023

Politics, election denial encroaching on judiciary

Judges in Maricopa and Pima counties don’t want to run retention campaigns. But as political polarization and election denial draw closer to the judiciary, they may have to.