PAYSON, Arizona — Tonto National Forest fire managers plan to use prescribed fire and mastication operations to reduce hazardous fuels on 640 acres west of the community of Strawberry between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9 as conditions allow.

Smoke may impact Strawberry, Pine and roads in the surrounding area and may linger for several days after ignitions are complete. Fire managers will end ignitions each day by 3 p.m. to minimize the impact of smoke. Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution and slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.

FLORENCE, AZ - On Saturday November 3rd, Pinal County Superior Courthouse will join courts and communities across the county to finalize the adoptions of nearly 45 children from the foster care system. This one day celebrates the joys of adoption and encourages more people to create or grow families through adoption.

“Our court is proud to join the thousands of volunteers, lawyers, foster care professionals, CASA advocates, court staff and judges working together nationwide on this special day to celebrate the adoption process,” said Donna McBride, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Supervisor and Co-Chair of the Adoption Day event. “By giving these children stable, loving environments, you can make a powerful difference in their lives. And our communities, in return, will experience incredible joys and happy families.”

Upcoming Programs

Youth Commission Applications

The Town of Florence is seeking 14 to 18-year-old applicants for the newly created Florence Youth Commission. Selected Florence resident applicants will represent youth interests and act as a direct voice to Town staff and the Mayor and Town Council. Applications are available in the counselor’s office at Florence High School, the Community Center, 778 N. Main or online at

PHOENIX - The Tonto National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits at 8 am on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Each Christmas tree permit is $15 and can be purchased at the following locations during hours indicated:

Supervisor’s Office:
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch from 1 to 1:30 pm
2324 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 225-5200

Mesa Ranger District:
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 pm
5140 E. Ingram St.
Mesa, AZ
(480) 610-3300

FLORENCE, AZ -- Good news for taxpayers in Pinal County as the Board of Supervisors adopted a lower tax rate for FY 2018-2019.

The new property tax rate -- $3.83 is nearly four cents lower than last year’s $3.86.9. Pinal County joins four other Arizona counties to offer their taxpayers a break this fiscal year.

“This is a target for us in our Strategic Plan,” stated Chairman Todd House. “I would like to see it go even lower next year and the following year.”

“Let’s Be Civil – Promoting Positive Communication” is the theme for the 31st Annual Pinal County Town Hall, Thursday October 18th. Approximately 200 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions being held at Robson Ranch located at 5750 N. Robson Blvd., Eloy, Arizona.

Pinal County Town Hall’s primary sponsor each year is the Pinal County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Anthony Smith, Dist. 4, represents the Board on the Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from throughout Pinal County who meet monthly to work out details for the event. During this year’s Town Hall, attendees will hear from large and small business owners, a mayor, and a Pinal County supervisor on how a disgruntled citizen may be calmed (maybe!). We will also hear from an American Airlines’ government liaison who has lots of interesting stories to share!