Mesa News Today – Week of March 21

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MOST WANTED: AZ adds three Valley men to list of crooked contractors

They take your money and run according to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. The agency added three Valley contractors to its ‘Most Wanted Unlicensed Entity List’. 1. Michael R. Peterson, 36 years old According to ROC, Peterson operates in Mesa and Scottsdale under the name Peterson Millwork and Design,LLC .



Donations Needed

United Food Bank’s inventory of non-perishable food items is low, and a food drive is a great way to help. Schedule a food drive with Melissa Forrester by contacting or (480) 398-4464. You can also drop off donations directly at the warehouse located at 245 South Nina Drive in Mesa or donate directly online at Items on most-needed list: Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna and Chicken, Canned Fruit & Veggies, Whole Grain Cereals, Soup, Stews, Chili, Beans, Rice and Pasta.

Mesa News Today – Week of March 13

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Mesa News Today – Week of March 8

It’s here! Don’t miss a thing!
So much going on in Mesa!
  • Spring Training
  • Downtown Grid Bikes
  • Bike Festival
  • Spring Break Activities
  • Jungle Park to Open This Week!
  • Mesa Swap Meet
  • Gun Show
  • Spark! 2017
  • Falcon Field Open House
  • i.d.e.a. Museum Summer Camp
  • An Evening with Neil Gaiman
  • Where to See AZ Wildflowers
  • And Much More!

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Poppies at the base of Superstition Mountains. Photo by Jill Adair

Cubs Wives Build Greenhouse at Mesa Urban Garden

By Jill Adair

In the tradition of giving back to the communities the Chicago Cubs are involved in, their wives built a greenhouse Monday morning at Mesa Urban Garden.

Cubs Wives, part of Cubs Charities, finished the assembly of a greenhouse with the financial support of the Cubs Foundation, completing a task on Mesa Urban Garden organizers’ to-do list.

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New greenhouse at Mesa Urban Garden. Photo courtesy of Ryan David Winkle


The frame of the greenhouse has been at the site for several months. But Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle, a founder of Mesa Urban Garden, said extra hands were needed to finish the greenhouse project, including installing shelves.

Cubs Wives volunteered to complete work on the greenhouse plant seed starter trays. Seedlings grown in the greenhouse will be transplanted to several plots that supply produce to local food banks, Winkle said.

Mesa Urban Garden, at 212 E. 1st Ave., is a popular event space and a source of locally grown food for families, food banks and nearby restaurants. Winkle said that after nearly five years of operation, the garden is firmly rooted as a downtown Mesa community gathering place and a point of pride for revitalization of the Southside Heights neighborhood.

Winkle said it has exceeded the expectations of its founders and the volunteers who run it.

“I started the Mesa Urban Garden about five years ago,” Winkle said. “This was my entry into public projects with the city as a partner (the rent for the land is $1 a year). All the original board has gone on to higher service. It’s an all volunteer, all donation community garden and event center. The most successful community garden in the Valley.”

But as every gardener knows, there’s always room for improvement.

He said the greenhouse built today adds another amenity to an urban garden that features 120 plots and event space for a variety of uses, such as art shows, weddings and yoga classes.

The Cubs won the 2016 National League Championship Series and 2016 World Series, which ended a 71-year National League pennant drought and a 108-year World Series championship drought. Mesa’s Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, is Spring Training home of the Cubs

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Helping hands completed the project. Photo courtesy of Ryan David Winkle


Why Mesa News Today?

It’s been nine months since I started Mesa News Today. So why am I doing this?

First, I moved to Mesa with my family in 1970 and have lived here ever since. I love Mesa!

And not only did I grow up here, get married and raise my three children here, but I’ve got other ties to this city.

I started my journalism career at the daily newspaper, The Mesa Tribune, in 1985. I’ve also worked at Independent Newspapers, covering Mesa as a reporter, photographer and News Services Editor. I’m now in my seventh year teaching journalism as a part-time associate faculty member at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Last year I attended the Mesa Leadership Program and documented my journey on a blog and through a series of articles in The Arizona Republic. After that experience was over I understood even better how much is going on in this city of ours and how much Mesa has to offer. But I was frustrated by the LACK of local news coverage. The Arizona Republic has a great reporter covering Mesa government, but only one for a city with a population of nearly a half a million people! ABC15 covers a bit of police news each week with a few other pieces now and then. Others, like the East Valley Tribune and Mesa Independent, offer a little weekly coverage. But in Arizona’s third largest city (and 38th in the nation) I thought we could do better. I think we all want MORE news about what’s going on in our community. It’s important to be informed and we can enjoy living here more when we know what’s going on.

So I started MESA NEWS TODAY. It is designed to curate Mesa news from any and all sources. We also provide original content. It is released as an email newsletter once a week. Please sign up to get the FREE weekly newsletter delivered right to your inbox by sending an email request to

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Thanks for being here and being a part of our great community! Stay informed! Life is more fun that way!

Jill Bishop Adair