Editors Letter: A brush with Maricopa fame

Justin Griffin In Maricopa Editorial Director (file photo)

Talk about a juxtaposition.

Victor Moreno, a photographer who sometimes lends his expertise to us here at InMaricopa, was at the Don Pearce Fire Station on Edison Drive to take photos of James Huerta for this month’s magazine cover.

And while he was shooting Huerta, I was taking pictures of Victor.

Victor has captured so many images of what matters to Maricopa both for our magazine and for other entities.

He’s the guy who photographs everyone and here I’m taking pictures of him.

It was truly a moment of creation.

In this month’s issue, we have stories about the two, who are as close to Maricopa stardom as it gets. Through their work, although in very different fields, the two men touched many lives in Maricopa.

Huerta’s story is remarkable in that he is a 64-year-old man who follows and often exceeds the efforts of men and women a third of his age. This guy is perhaps the closest Maricopa has to a superhero.

But all superheroes have their weaknesses. For a few weeks in 2020, it looked like Huerta may have found his kryptonite with a COVID-19 infection. The man who makes everything seem effortless has struggled to recover.

Speaking of overcoming hardship, Amalia Clark, owner of Molly’s House of Little Feet, has an interesting story we tell about the 10-year journey to open her nursery school on Porter Road.

Tom Schuman took the time to talk with Clark about how she made her dream come true.

Growth, commercial or otherwise, is a complex subject at Maricopa. Jay Taylor examines how residential growth must occur before commercial growth can follow. It seems like you can’t have one without the other.

And as part of our monthly InFocus segment, we talk with City Manager Rick Horst about jobs, growth, and how we might have some unexpected allies in the drive to improve State Route 347.

These are just a few of the features in this month’s issue.

Have fun and thanks for reading!

This letter from the editor first appeared in the March issue of InMaricopa magazine.

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