Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Discover the real American cowboy

The American cowboy is probably one of the most misunderstood men of the West.
As romanticized in numerous motion pictures, cowboys always seem to be larger than
life. The truth, however, is far different from the movie myth. Here's your chance to meet
cowboy Lee Anderson of the Arizona Historical Society's "Amazing Arizonans" and his
horse, Concho, as they illustrate the true life of the cowboy(1880-1920) and his many job
descriptions of drover, wrangler, swamper, and bronc twister. You'll get a chance to see
the gear and tack a cowboy carried and find out their uses and history. Don't miss this
unique opportunity to see the West as it really was.

Lee Anderson has long been interested in the "Old West," especially the Conquistadors
who introduced horses to the North American continent. His attraction extends to the
study of antique firearms and horse gear, as well as western clothing and tools. This
presentation is one of three he does with Concho as his equine assistant. The other two
are on the Spanish Colonial Vaquero 1750-1800 and the Mexican Cowboy 1850-1900.
He is developing a new program on the Arizona Rangers as well. Anderson spent several
years professionally training and showing horses, locally and nationally. He also worked
as a pipefitter and welder, and as a quality assurance engineer for the aerospace industry,
before retiring.

Anderson has also published articles in American Horseman magazine, SHOOT
Magazine©, Black Powder and the Old West, and the official Single Action Shooting Society
publication, The Cowboy Chronicle.

This program is presented free of charge through a grant from the Arizona Historical
Society and will be held outside at the Pinal County Museum at 715 S. Main St. in Florence
on Sunday Nov. 14th . For more information call 520-868-4382.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Silent Witness

The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking information relating to a burglary that occurred at 1411 N. Grant Ave. where 38 full size carousel horses were stolen. 30 of the horses were made of aluminum and 8 of fiberglass.  A reward of up to $1000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and or conviction of the suspects involved in this case.

Please contact Silent Witness at 520-836-2100 or via email

View the details on the city website


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pinal County Selects Theme for County Transit Feasibility Study

FLORENCE – Pinal County has been involved in a transit feasibility study since December 2008 and the time to share the findings with the public is fast-approaching.
To help give focus to this important study and the findings and recommendations, the county selected the theme, "Exploring ways to get people where they need to go." 
"The significance of this study cannot be overstated," says David Maestas, project manager for the study effort.  "We decided on this theme, since Pinal County is situated in the middle of the rapidly growing Sun Corridor and is expected to grow to approximately one million people by 2025.  We anticipate substantial transit needs in the future." 
Well-planned communities strive to incorporate a good balance of transportation options:  roadways, buses, rail, vanpools, volunteer driver programs, as well as walking and bicycle paths, Maestas adds.  "We believe this theme will clearly define the purpose of the study, and transit's proper place in a multi-modal transportation system," Maestas said. 
Over the next several weeks, the public will be briefed on the findings and recommendations of the transit feasibility study and will be invited to make comments on the plans.  "Now is the time to plan for future transit needs," he added.
For more information on the transit feasibility study and public briefings, please contact David Maestas at david.maestas@pinalcountyaz.gov or 520-866-6393. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Two Casa Grande Projects Receive National Distinction from Harvard University

Two of Casa Grande's newest public facilities are already receiving national acclaim. Harvard University recently named both the Casa Grande Performance Institute and the Vista Grande Library as a "Bright Idea", thereby putting the projects in a prominent position amongst the nearly 600 applicants for the 2010 Innovations in American Government Award. Casa Grande was one of only seven cities nationwide to receive this distinction for multiple projects, and was the smallest of these jurisdictions. Other cities that received multiple recognitions include Boston, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Seattle.

The Bright Ideas distinction recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships. For more than 20 years, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government has been honoring the country's most creative public sector initiatives through their Innovation in American Government Awards Program. This is the first year that the Bright Ideas program has been in effect, offering further recognition and promotion of creative government initiatives than was previously offered.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pinal County Road Crews Will be Working on Two Separate Projects in the Hidden Valley/Maricopa Area Beginning October 12

FLORENCE – Drivers in the Hidden Valley and Maricopa areas should be on the lookout for road construction beginning on Tuesday, October 12.


Pinal County road crews will be working on removing and replacing approximately 200 feet of pavement on the Maricopa – Casa Grande Highway starting October 12 until October 15, weather permitting.


The construction will take place a mile east of Hartman Road.  During construction, traffic on the Maricopa – Casa Grande Highway will be limited to one lane in both directions.  Flaggers will be present to help direct traffic.  There will be delays while crews work to fix that section of the road.


Pinal County crews will also finalize their work on Hidden Valley Road and Farrell Road starting on Tuesday morning.


Barring any weather delays, the second application of oil and chip on both Hidden Valley Road and Farrell Road should be completed on Thursday, October 14. 


Pinal County Public Works appreciates your patience while we work to complete these important projects.