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As huge East Mesa rezoning nears OK, farm exodus begins BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer

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NEWS .........................8 Mesa mourns boy, 6, killed when truck struck him.

COMMUNITY ....... 19 East Mesa seniors pose for special calendar.

GET OUT ...............28 Mesa’s i.d.e.a Museum’s spring break camp.

COMMUNITY ................. 18 BUSINESS ....................... 25 OPINION ........................ 29 SPORTS ........................... 32 GETOUT........................... 37 CLASSIFIED ..................... 42

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rban sprawl may level Jim Boyle’s bucolic East Mesa dairy farm and force him to move his home and operation to Casa Grande, but he’s okay with that. Despite the more than 40 years his family has tended his two farms near Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, Boyle and four other neighboring dairy families aren’t afraid of the coming upheaval in their lives. Indeed,, they’ve been looking forward to it. The upheaval will come if the Hawes Crossing proposal – a large controversial zoning case with astronomically high financial stakes – gets Mesa City Council approval later this month. The measure to rezone hundreds of acres in the area is to be introduced tomorrow, Feb. 10, with a final council vote slated Feb. 24. If Council okays the rezoning, Boyle and four neighboring dairy farmers will be following the path taken by other agricultural enterprises in the East Valley over the past few decades: moving to more suitable locations elsewhere. The Arizona Land Department also is hoping for zoning approval, but for a somewhat different reason. Because 595 acres of undeveloped state land in the 1,100-acre proposal is along the Loop 202 and near the airport, it is expected to yield a bonanza for Arizona at auction. A state Land Department official estimated the property – earmarked for major commercial development as well as large residential projects – could raise tens of millions of dollars, if not hundreds of millions, for public schools. Boyle knew it was inevitable that he and his

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Mesa Mayor Giles, standing next to one of the two downtown statues memorializing the old Mesa Tribune, which he delivered as a youngster, is thrilled that the city has its newspaper back. (Pablo Robles/Tribune Staff Photographer)

Good news about the news BY STEVE STRICKBINE Tribune Publisher

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f you’re passionate about reading the news, then without a doubt you’ve seen some dire stories about newspapers over the past few years. Media companies nationwide are struggling to make a profit when it comes to putting out print editions.

As the founder and president of Times Media Group, I get a lot of sympathy from my business peers when I mention being in the news business. The truth? So long as media companies stand ready to embrace change, these aren’t dark days. In fact, for creative publishers of lo-

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