Mesa is considering a surcharge or a ban on plastic bags in retail stores.
The Neighborhood Services Committee is reviewing options for eliminating use of non-biodegradable bags, including a five-cent surcharge per plastic bag. The Mesa City Council wants to know how well restrictions have worked in other cities, and will be considering the issue after a presentation from Rhodes Junior High students next Tuesday...A Valley resident who won three gold medals at the 1972 Olympics is asking whoever stole them from her home to please return them.
Melissa Belote Ripley won the medals in swimming at the Olympic games in Munich, and had them in her Tempe home after speaking at a school. Ripley's home was burglarized while she was out watching her daughter compete in swimming at the Big 12 Championships. The gold medals have the name Belote engraved on them, and her husband says they have no monetary value if melted down...The Apache Junction Unified School District governing board has decided to close two schools after this year
: Thunder Mountain Middle School and Gold Canyon Elementary School. The district is suffering from budget cuts and declining enrollment, and students at the closing schools will be moved to other schools in the district...