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In the opinion pages of the Aug. 29 Arizona Republic, readers were told for the second time in August about the growing gang problems in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, problems that have spread beyond Salt River and into the East Valley and beyond. Gangs have long been a problem there and continue to grow in boldness. Last May gangsters murdered a Salt River police officer across the street from an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood. Attacks on police and community members are all too common.
To drive down the 101 and admire Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Fields and pristine farmland you’d never guess that beyond the obvious beauty and the increasing wealth of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community there exists an extremely serious crime problem. A crime problem driven by organized crime gangs with ties to prison gangs and, ultimately Mexico based drug cartels, whose crime sprees don't stop at tribal boundaries, but extend well into the bordering cities of Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and beyond.
Arizona State University. Mill Avenue. Arizona Mills and Tempe Marketplace. These are some of the places and institutions most associated with Tempe today. While ASU and Mill Avenue both have deep roots in our town’s history, there is much more history to this desert city than we see at first glance.
A man impersonating a Salt River Project employee is telling local businesses their power will be shut off without payment, according to the Chandler Police Department.
More than a dozen schools in the East Valley and beyond received grant money from SRP for their math and science programs.
A storm that rolled through the East Valley on Sunday left its mark in a number of ways.
A Mesa resident convicted of killing a man with a hammer and dumping the victim's body in the desert has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Officials are searching for a 43-year-old man who was last seen tubing down the Lower Salt River on Thursday.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old man after his 19-year-old girlfriend was found shot to death in the desert northeast of Mesa Thursday morning.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies say a woman has been found dead in the desert northeast of Mesa.
The Gilbert Leadership Class XXVII recently graduated from the nine month Gilbert Chamber of Commerce leadership program, which focuses on community involvement and comprehension of Gilbert’s infrastructure.
Throw on a grass skirt or Hawaiian shirt for this island-themed day at the river. You’ll find limbo and hula hoop contests, free leis, music, and prizes for the best Hawaiian costumes to bookend a leisurely float down the scenic Salt River.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Salt River Tubing, at Bush Highway and Usery Pass Road, Mesa. $17 per person per tube; includes shuttle service. (480) 984-3305 or SaltRiverTubing.com.
In-demand jazz trombone soloist Harry Watters and local 28-piece Salt River Brass will be joined on stage by Pat Sheridan and Sam Pilafian on tuba, Mike Kocour on piano, and Dan Bukvich on percussion, to perform songs from the Great American Songbook. The concert will be filmed for theatrical release.
DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $12; free for children 2 and younger who sit on an adult’s lap, but you must pick up a ticket for such youngsters at will call. (480) 644-6500 or MesaArtsCenter.com.
“(Maricopa County Sheriff Joe) Arpaio should be commended for lowering crime and rescuing animals from certain death. You don't have to like his schtick.” Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones responding to a question from KPNX’s Brahm Resnik on why she sought Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s endorsement. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2014/06/07/arizona-income-tax-debate-end/10119357/.
The lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Barb Peters, of Scottsdale, bird watches at the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
(L-R) Pat Murphy, of Mesa, Johanna Kirk, of Phoenix, and Barb Peters of Scottsdale, bird watch at the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
(L-R) Pat Murphy, of Mesa, Barb Peters of Scottsdale, and Johanna Kirk, of Phoenix, bird watch at the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.