Heather Murphy joined the Pinal County staff in September 2007 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Previously, she served nearly eight years managing communications for the Arizona Corporation Commission, a state regulatory agency. Her professional career has involved work with corporations, non-profits and government. She holds several professional certifications in emergency response and recovery. Following Hurricane Katrina, she took a brief leave of absence from the state to assist FEMA and the state of Louisiana with the launch of the Find Family National Call Center. There she gained valuable real-world crisis communications experience. Murphy is a graduate of the national Emergency Management Institute’s Advanced Public Information Officer training and is certified instructor for the basic PIO course offered by the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. In her leisure time, she is an avid photographer and serves on the board of a statewide pet rescue organization.
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Senator Barbara McGuire, who represents a wide swath of Pinal County as District 8 Senator, was instrumental in ensuring that Pinal County would again receive an appropriation from Arizona Lottery revenues. The $550,000 that McGuire secured for Pinal County will be used to provide vital county services from road construction and emergency management to public health and safety.Counties have historically received lottery revenues since 1986. In the most recent year for which distributions were made, $7.65 million went to counties – $550,000 for each of the 13 rural counties and $250,000 each for Pima and Maricopa counties. In 2011, lottery revenue sharing was eliminated to assist the state in resolving its budget crisis.
No Need to Pay High Fees for Documents Available Directly from CountyA Phoenix-based firm is mailing carefully worded letters to selected property owners in Pinal County offering to obtain a copy of their property deed for a payment of almost $100. Homeowners may obtain a copy of their deed from the Recorder's Office for a small fee, usually less than five dollars.
Animal Control Officers responded yesterday to a call of a dog in distress from the heat. Today, the owners of Midnight met with Pinal Animal Care & Control to claim their dog and complete the investigation.
“We were very concerned that perhaps this dog was abandoned in the San Tan Valley area. What we learned in our investigation is that Midnight accidentally escaped while the owners were unloading their car,” said Animal Control Director Kaye Dickson. “We believe she was loose from about 1:00 to 2:30 when our officers were called by concerned citizens. The owners were distraught and had been canvassing the neighborhood in search of her last evening. By then we had already picked her up.”
Animal Control Officers were called to the San Tan Valley area today where two citizens had found a dog passed out on the road.
They located a spayed female black chow-mix in severe distress from the heat.
The dog was also found with a muzzle on her face that would have prevented her from eating or drinking.
The Pinal County Assessor’s Office will be charging a one-time fee of $10 for filing the Notification of Arizona Residential Rental Property form beginning on July 1, 2013. Payment may be made by check or cash can be accepted at the Assessor’s Office in Florence during regular business hours.
The owners of residential rental properties within Pinal County are required to file the form with the Assessor’s Office. The fee and the rental form are both authorized in ARS 33-1902.
Investigators Believe Infection May be Linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of Frozen Berries sold by CostcoThe Arizona Department of Health Services in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries sold at Costco. As of May 31, 2013, approximately 30 human infections are being investigated in five states. Onset of illness ranges from mid-April 2013 to late May 2013. Costco has removed the product from its stores.
“Today my office became aware of an incident that occurred last night in San Tan Heights. Neighbors reported what appeared to be raw sewage in the water features outside the residential community. I am concerned about this issue and have spoken directly with Johnson Utilities in an effort to learn more. The utility company has assured me that raw sewage was not released and they are working with state environmental officials to resolve the problem.
The Pinal County Library District is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, an online newsstand offering access to thousands of magazines and news publications.“This is the next exciting evolution in bringing the library to your living room,” said Denise Keller, Pinal County Library District Director. “With this new service, you can access 180 complete digital magazines that can be easily viewed on any internet-enabled device inside or outside the library.”