The discovery of gold followed by California statehood in 1850, created a need for quicker mail to the growing western state. California’s population swelled to over 380,000 people making a new form of communication critical to the state’s economic health.

These reasons were the predominant factors which created the Pony Express in 1860. For 19 months, before the invention of the telegraph, 127 riders, averaging about 75 miles per day, delivered mail, messages and newspapers to all points between St. Joseph, Missouri and San Francisco.

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PHOENIX – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials announced today a $12,000 Brownfields Grant award to the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside to conduct an asbestos and lead-based paint survey of the old Town Hall building at the corner of Niels Hansen and Jackson Lanes.

The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside intends to conduct remediation and abatement of contaminants based on these survey results and to prepare for the building's safe demolition. The building previously served, over 60 years, as a Town Hall, an office space and a junior high school.

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Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following information regarding an assault and subsequent burglary of an elderly woman on Hunt Ave in the Central heights area outside of Globe Arizona.

On July 22, 2017, at approximately 2:53 a.m., the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault and burglary in the area of Hunt Ave in Central Heights. The 82 year old victim was washing dishes at the time when she was assaulted inside her home by an unknown suspect. The suspect was reportedly a stocky male wearing a white ski mask with no other description available.

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PHOENIX — The Tonto National Forest will offer a 30-day public comment period from July 1 through July 30, 2017, to collect feedback on suggested changes to the proposed management plan for the Apache Leap Special Management Area and forthcoming Forest Plan amendment that would incorporate the new management direction.

Guidance for providing comments is included in the June 30, 2017, Legal Notice. Guidance also is available on the project website at: http://www.apacheleapsma.us/.

According to Tonto National Forest project manager Mary Rasmussen, the Congressional designation of the Apache Leap Special Management Area in December 2014 created a changed circumstance signaling an initial need for a plan amendment. The management plan components that are under development for the Apache Leap Special Management Area has created an additional need to amend the Tonto Forest Plan.

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If you are a registered independent voter and have selected to receive your ballot by mail, you must act now if you want to secure your vote and cast a ballot by mail in the August 30, 2016 Primary Election. The deadline to submit your information to the Pinal County Recorder is July 16, 2016.

Questions on the Primary Election ballot include, but are not limited to, election of the Town of Florence Mayor and three Councilmembers, and the Home Rule Option.

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Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following information regarding the recovery of a body in the Pinto Valley Bridge Area on Hwy 60 west of Globe.

On June 15, 2016, at approximately 7:09 a.m., the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a male subject standing on the Pinto Valley Bridge. Gila County Deputies were dispatched along with Arizona Department of Public Safety Troopers, Globe and Tri-City Fire Departments and Arizona Department of Transportation. Upon the Deputies arrival the male subject was seen jumping from the bridge.

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