Monday, August 30, 2010

Labor Day Holiday Closures Holiday Trash & Recycling Schedule Labor Day-Monday, September 6

All City Of Casa Grande offices and services, with the exception of Emergency Services, will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.

Trash collection days will be affected.

  • Trash normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, September 7.
  • Trash collection normally made on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, September 8.
  • Recycling collection normally made on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday along with the normal
  • Tuesday recycling pickup. Recycling collection Tuesday, September 7, will remain on the same day.
  • Uncontained trash collection for the week also begins on Tuesday, September 7.

Flu Shot Appointment Scheduling Starts Sept 7

FLORENCE – The Pinal County Public Health Services District will begin providing flu shots to the public on Friday, October 1, 2010 by appointment only.  For your convenience, and to ensure short wait times, we will begin scheduling appointments starting Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and continuing through the end of October.  In order to schedule appointments for adults, please call toll free 1-888-431-1311, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Flu shots through the Pinal County Public Health Services District are just $15, a bargain compared to the cost of cold and flu medicines or trips to the doctor's office and missed work.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment, the opportunity to receive a flu shot as a "walk-in" will be available on the following days after October 23, 2010:
Kearny – Wednesdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oracle – 2nd Friday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Eloy – Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mammoth – Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Superior – 3rd Thursday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Apache Junction – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Coolidge – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Casa Grande – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Stanfield – The 2nd Wednesday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Maricopa – Wednesdays 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Please be advised, all Pinal County Public Health Services District clinics will be closed Monday, October 11, Tuesday, November 2, Thursday, November 11, and Thursday, November 25.
The Pinal County Public Health Services District has not received any flu vaccines for children yet.  Once the youth dosages are received, children can receive a flu shot without an appointment at their local Pinal County Public Health clinic.  Updated information will be posted on the Pinal County Information Hotline toll free at 1-866-763-7252 as it becomes available.
In order to reduce that chance of catching the flu this season, the Public Health Department recommends frequent hand washing using soap and warm water for 30 seconds.  If you do become ill, it is important to stay home to help prevent spreading the illness to others.  For more information on influenza and vaccinations, please call the Health District hotline at 1-866-763-7252.
The number to call for appointments is 1-888-431-1311.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pinal, Gila Counties Ideal Locations for Adult Foster Home Setting

Pinal, Gila Counties Ideal Locations for Adult Foster Home Setting: "

FLORENCE – Pinal/Gila Long Term Care will be holding a series of six public forums throughout Pinal and Gila counties. The first event will be on September 14, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center in Casa Grande, with the remainder of the forums to be announced at a later date. The goal is to increase the types of community-based settings in the area by providing alternatives to institutionalized health care.

The informational series will provide community members with information about how they can become a manager of an adult foster care home. Adult foster homes are residential settings that provide room, board, and adult foster care services for up to four adults. Some of the benefits in creating an adult foster care home include: caring for a family member in an environment that is comfortable and safe for them, and being able to generate income in a tough economy.

“Adult foster care homes are already prevalent in communities like ours. We are excited about creating an alternative option for elderly and disabled residents who prefer to live outside of an institutional setting,” said Donna Beedle, Director of Pinal/Gila Long Term Care.

A manager/sponsor lives with the residents and integrates those who are receiving adult foster care into their family. Adult foster care homes are similar to assisted living centers in that they provide three different levels of care:
  • Supervisory – general supervision including daily awareness of resident functioning and continuing needs, the ability to intervene in a crisis and provide assistance in the self-administration of prescribed medications.

  • Personal – assistance with activities of daily living that can be performed by people without professional skills or professional training and includes the coordination of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments by a nurse who is licensed.

  • Directed – programs and services including personal care services, provided to people who are incapable of recognizing danger, summoning assistance, expressing needs and making basic care decisions.
Staff from Arizona Department of Health Services, Pinal County’s Office of Licensing Services and Building Safety Department will also be in attendance to answer questions about how to establish or operate an adult foster care home. For more information, go to

Pinal County’s website features a host of information pertaining to county services, emergency management, tourism, public health and much more. Explore and discover Pinal County’s wide open opportunity.


Mosquito Fogging set for August 31-September 2

FLORENCE – Pinal County Environmental Health Services announced today that adult mosquito fogging will be conducted in four areas of the county beginning Tuesday, August 31. Mosquitoes trapped during routine surveillance for West Nile virus tested positive, resulting in the need to fog the area to prevent transmission of the disease to humans.
The area encompasses Battaglia Drive to the north, Sunland Gin Road to the east, Alsdorf Road to the south and Henness Road to the west.
Regional Park and Heartland Ranch: The area encompasses Martin Road to the south, Skousen Road to the west, East Vah Ki Inn Road to the north and 9th Street to the east.
The area encompasses Earley Road to the north, Henness Road to the east, State Route 84 to the south and Peart Road to the west.
The area encompasses the Copper Basin Subdivision of Hunt Highway to the west, Judd Road to the north, Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the east and Magma Road to the south.
**All fogging takes place between the hours of 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM because that is the time when the breed of mosquito that carries West Nile is most active.
The pesticide that will be used during fogging is called Anvil. It is a pre-mixed, ready-to-use product that contains two active ingredients: Sumithrin (2%) and piperonyl butoxide (2%). Sumithrin is a man-made version of a natural pesticide found in chrysanthemum flowers. Piperonyl butoxide enhances the ability of Sumithrin to kill mosquitoes. Anvil is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency and is effective against the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.
There are several things that residents can do to reduce exposure during fogging:

  • Close all windows and doors. Air conditioners can still be operated, but if they have vents to bring in outside air, they should be closed. Turn off evaporative coolers.
  • Stay inside your home.
  • If possible, bring pets inside.
  • Thirty minutes after the end of the scheduled fogging each night, you may resume normal activities.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile virus can cause severe illness in people and horses, although not everyone who is infected will develop symptoms. People of all ages can be affected however, the elderly may be more prone to serious illness. County health officials urge all county residents to "Fight the Bite" and follow these simple personal precautions to avoid mosquitoes and the diseases they may carry:

  • Avoid outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, wear lightweight clothing that covers your arms and legs and use an insect repellent containing an EPA registered active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always follow the directions on the label.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-tighting screens and remain closed. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes in them
  • Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around the home by removing standing water in potted plants, tires, bird baths and other containers where water may collect.
  • Ensure that swimming pools and decorative water features are properly maintained.

Change water in flowerpots, bird baths and pet watering bowls located outdoors at least twice per week.
The County has a mosquito hotline and a webpage. If you would like information on mosquito prevention and control, please call: 866-287-0209, ext. 6200, or visit the West Nile virus webpage at If you notice any green or abandoned pools, you can call and report the information to the mosquito hotline.

For information or questions concerning the health effects of West Nile virus, please call the Pinal County Public Health Information Hotline: 866-763-7252.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Electric Light Parade Now Accepting Applications

The City of Casa Grande Community Services Department is in the process of taking applications for those that are interested in submitting an entry for the 16th Annual Electric Light Parade.  Interested parties may submit an entry form on the city web site,  , or they may pick up an entry at the Parks and Recreation Office at 404 E Florence Blvd.  You can also request an entry form be emailed to you at  Entry forms are due by October 1, 2010 and can be faxed to the Parks and Recreation office at (520) 421-8678.

This event is sponsored by: APS, Main Street, The Casa Grande Valley Dispatch and the City of Casa Grande.  Please contact Caryl Chase at (520) 421-8677 ext. 4500 if you have questions concerning this event.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pinal County Outdoor Lighting Code

Dear Interested Individuals:
enclosed please find a link to the Pinal County website to view the most recent version of the proposed Outdoor Lighting Code. The version has been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission and is scheduled for a public hearing with the Board of Supervisors on September 15, 2010.

please take a moment to read the proposed light code it can be found at:

thank you for your continued involvement.


Steve Abraham, AICP, MPA
Senior Planner
Pinal County Planning and Development
P.O. Box 2973
Florence, AZ 85132
phn 520-866-6045
fax 520-866-6530
"Working together to provide quality services, to enhance
the growth and beautification
of Pinal County for a better tomorrow."

Attempted Kidnapping

An Attempted Kidnapping of a 4 year old was reported to the Casa Grande Police at about 7:30 PM Wednesday, August 18th. The offense took place near the baseball field/skate park at 1090 N. Casa Grande Ave. According to the victim's mother, she saw her 4 year old daughter walking with a light skinned Hispanic or white female away from the mother. The victim's mother was able to catch up with her daughter after verbal attempts to recall the girl failed as it appeared the suspect was attempting to guide the 4 year old away from the mother. The 4 year old was not harmed. The female suspect left the area on foot but the direction isn't known.

The suspect is described as:

  • A white or Hispanic female
  • Approximately 5'6 in ht
  • Approximately 25 yrs of age
  • Wt of around 150 pounds but with a heavy appearance
  • Black or dark colored spandex type sweat pants
  • A white undershirt or cloth around her lower neck area
  • Black sleeveless workout jack
  • Tennis shoes

    If anyone has any further information on this investigation, please contact the Casa Grande Police Criminal Investigation Division.

Friday, August 20, 2010

First sentencing of “Fertile Ground” drug case takes place

Florence, AZ - The Pinal County Superior Court on Wednesday, August 18,
2010, sentenced Willie Henry Stringfellow Jr., to 9.25 years in prison
for selling illegal narcotics, a Class 2 Felony.

Stringfellow, 28, was arrested in March, 2010  following a seven-month
long investigation by the Casa Grande Police Department and the Drug
Enforcement Administration. He was indicted on numerous charges of
"knowingly selling a narcotic drug."

Stringfellow pled guilty to sale of narcotic drugs on Wednesday, August
18, 2010.

"We will relentlessly fight drug trafficking in our communities and
neighborhoods," said James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney. "We will
prosecute vigorously drug crimes committed in Pinal County."

The investigation involved an undercover operation. For about seven
months, a task force targeted the sales, distribution and violence
associated with PCP and other illegal drugs in Casa Grande, Coolidge and
surrounding communities. During this same period the task force
conducted over 100 enforcement operations.  Officers of these different
agencies worked together to arrest and indict more than 24 accused drug
dealers and suppliers.

For more information call Kostas Kalaitzidis at 520 866 6699 or 520 709
1333 or email at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEW CAC choir director!

Hello Everyone!

I have good news for anyone interested in singing in College Choir!  There is a new director that was hired last Wednesday to replace Dr. Pisciotta.  His name is Andy Bade and he is hitting the ground running!!
I realize some addresses may be wrong or changed, but I wanted to get the news out to as many of you as possible!

I am including some information that Andy sent to me so that I might pass it forward to you all!

A little about me... I am finishing my doctorate in choral conducting at the UA.  I am finished with everything but the final paper, which is on its way, but will still take some time, especially with a new job.  Anyone who travels often to Tucson, especially on the weekends, and listens to the UA classical music radio station on the way may be familiar with my voice, since I have been an announcer for KUAT-FM for the past couple of years.  (I also sometimes fill in on the NPR sister station, KUAZ.)

I know you will find him enjoyable and I would love to help him get started....(since this hasn't been a really smooth transition for him!)  Get on out there, or drop him an e-mail for more information!

Love to you all!

Kim Freyermuth