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TY WELLS

Cause of death released for former Arizona swimmer

Authorities have released the cause of death for former University of Arizona swimmer Ty Wells. The Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office says the 23-year-old Well died Jan. 27 of natural causes …
Super Bowl

Super Bowl Experience opens at Phoenix Convention Center

Football fans of all ages descended upon Phoenix Convention Center Feb. 4 for opening day of the Super Bowl LVII Experience presented by Lowes. Featuring games, exhibits and interactive …
Margaret T. Hance Park

Garden adds sustainable investment to downtown Phoenix

Mayor Kate Gallego said Phoenix has added another “must-see” destination for the thousands of visitors expected over the next week for the Super Bowl – one that will be a focal …
super bowl

Leading the Big Game effort

The work it takes to bring a Super Bowl to Arizona is wide in scope and the people involved are many.
MONDAY MORNING TRAVEL

Gilbert Road bridge work requires another lane shift

Drivers will see changes Monday along Gilbert Road at the Salt River crossing. Maricopa County Department of Transportation crews on Monday, Feb. 6, will gradually shift the two southbound lanes …
SENATE COMMITTEE

Queen Creek senator leads new panel to screen governor's nominees

PHOENIX – Senate Republicans this week scrapped decades of precedent and set up a new process to confirm the governor’s agency nominees. The change, which came on a party-line vote, …
TOUR DE FAT

New Belgium Brewing ends 15-year run of Tempe bicycle party, fundraiser

The Tour de Fat, a bicycle parade and charity fundraiser, has ended its annual event in Tempe after 15 years. New Belgium Brewing sponsored the event, and company officials said in a release they …
Border

Cochise sheriff comes to ‘share the reality’ of border in House testimony

WASHINGTON — Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a sharply divided House committee Wednesday that drug trafficking and illegal immigration is getting worse and that it’s affecting …
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West Valley

The City of Avondale rolled out a new online citizen engagement platform, Avondale Connect, as part of its ongoing efforts to build a connected community through citizen engagement and transparent communication.

Norman Palmer weaves a yarn.
For his work in the Peoria and beyond, Norman Palmer has been named the 2022 Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the Veteran category.
Sun Cities residents saw their wastewater rates rise dramatically five years ago and they likely will see they jump up again.
Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale will host a free cardiovascular screening event on Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day this month.
Phoenix

Musicians will gather Saturday morning in Phoenix to form five news bands. Saturday night, they will take the stage and perform. It’s called the Phoenix Rock Lottery, when 25 musicians …

The Phoenix Police Department is now one of more than 20 statewide agencies that have earned accreditation through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP).  
PHOENIX – A recent survey of commercial real estate investors ranked Phoenix as a top 10 target among U.S. metros. Phoenix ranks No. 8 according to CBRE’s 2023 U.S. Investor Intentions Survey.
On Jan, 26 Maricopa County announced they have allocated more than $7.5 million in federal funding for the county’s community college system and Mesa public education.
Cox Communications is giving away free connections to its Wi-Fi network in the Phoenix area during the big game and more.
East Valley

The Dolores Huerta Scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Tempe Union High School District whose civic involvement reflects her work in such areas as community organizing and policy …

PHOENIX – Organizers of the WM Phoenix Open know not all the fans who pour into the TPC Scottsdale for its PGA Tour event are there to wander the rolling course and watch golf. Through the …
Competitions such as QB toss, football kick, corn hole, catch and run, running back relay and scrimmage touchdown dance are planned at Monday’s Special Olympics Coca-Cola Sun Games. They …
Ken Eddy, better known as “Teton Ken,” a historian who portrays the legendary Jacob Waltz at museums, events and schools, has been named grand marshal of the 2023 Lost Dutchman Days …
Commercial building permits issued Jan. 5-11 in Mesa are, according to the city’s website (by address, date issued, description, value, type of work and contractor or applicant): • 5200 …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Kurland: Menzel works for all Scottsdale Unified students

So, once again a bunch of educational terrorists are holding our community schools hostage. In a Jan. 26 press release from our LD3 State Representatives they stand “unanimously …

Copeland: Information about Sun City rules was available during annual meeting

I’m guessing Victor Vitez (“SCHOA, county not doing their jobs?” Sun City Independent, Jan. 18, 2023) did not bother to attend the recent Sun City Home Owners Association annual meeting where he might have gotten the answers to some of his questions and complaints.
Mike Poe, Quintero Golf Club General Manager

Poe: The health benefits of golf and the Quintero Golf Club

The beginning of the year provides an opportunity to put your best foot forward, and for many individuals that includes bettering their health habits.

Querrey: Healthy hearts make happy Valentine’s days

Between golf and football, there’s a lot going on around the Valley in February. As a healthcare professional, Valentine’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Let’s consider what we can do to be with our sweethearts for many Valentine’s days to come.

Webb: Run Sun City courses for quality experience, not just revenue

At your invitation, I submit my comments as a frustrated Sun City golfer.
Local sports

Ayton has 31 points and 16 rebounds, Suns beat Pistons

Deandre Ayton had 31 points and 16 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Detroit Pistons 116-100 on Saturday night. The surging Sungs have won eight of 10 games, including a victory at Boston on …

No. 9 UCLA routs Washington State 76-52; 13-0 at home

Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and No. 9 UCLA defeated Washington State 76-52 to win its 21st consecutive home game. The Bruins improved to 19-4 overall and lead the …

Richardson and Oregon host Arizona State

Oregon plays the Arizona State Sun Devils after Will Richardson scored 22 points in the Ducks' 91-76 loss to the Arizona Wildcats. Saturday's game is the second meeting of the season between the two …
National sports

Bruins rolling, rest of NHL making final push for playoffs

The Boston Bruins are atop the NHL standings and running away with the Atlantic Division going into the second half of the season. But the playoff races are hot in the Metropolitan, Central and …

Abraham Ancer completes wire-to-wire win in Saudi Arabia

Abraham Ancer has capped off a wire-to-wire victory in the Saudi International. Ancer closed with a 68 for a two-shot win over Cameron Young. It's the Mexican's third worldwide win and the first time …

Chiefs' Hunt, Eagles' Lurie behind Super Bowl-winning teams

Kansas City owner Clark Hunt and Philadelphia owner Jeffrey Lurie are seeing sustained success. Hunt hired head coach Andy Reid after Reid had been fired by Lurie in Philly. Reid has helped the …

Panthers hope All-Star weekend showcased team's investment

Matthew Tkachuk is under contract to the Florida Panthers for much of the next decade. So is fellow All-Star Aleksander Barkov. And right there are two compelling reasons why players might want to …

Gavins wins Ras Al Khaimah Championship after wild finish

Daniel Gavins won the Ras Al Khaimah Championship after a wild finish that saw the Englishman twice find the water on the last hole before rolling in a title-clinching putt from 26 feet for …
Most recent

For the first time in almost two months, the box office doesn’t belong to blue people. After seven weeks as the top film in theaters, “Avatar: The Way of Water” was finally knocked out of the …

Overwhelmed by thousands of Cubans crowding its southern border after making the dangerous trip through Central America and an increase in makeshift boats crossing the Florida Straits, the United …
Maryland officials are preparing for as many as 80,000 residents who could no longer qualify for Medicaid coverage this spring. That's because the federal government is reinstating a requirement that …
Two weeks into the double murder trial of South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, prosecutors haven’t presented any direct evidence that he killed his wife and son at their home in June 2021. There …
MADRID (AP) — Animal rights groups and pet shop owners marched Sunday in separate demonstrations to protest a new animal welfare law proposed by the Spanish government that seeks to advance the …
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Valley business

Film incentives take off in Arizona

Weeks after new film incentives took effect, Arizona is already seeing results. Nicely Entertainment has announced its expansion to the state. Production on “Mysteries of the Heart,” …

Vistancia commercial core sees activity in north Peoria

Much of the Vistancia commercial core still remains vacant, but has seen more permitting activity lately, signaling that construction could be near.

Mesa business license special introductory pricing continues in 2023

In an effort to encourage registrations for the city of Mesa’s general business license, the application fee will remain $10 through the end of 2023. The application is available at …

At least 3 Peoria home sales eclipsed the $1M mark in January

At least three Peoria home sales eclipsed the $1 million mark in January.

Neighbors

Point of Grace performs Feb. 26 at Valley Presbyterian Church

As part of its 2022-2023 concert series, Valley Presbyterian Church will be presenting three-time Grammy nominated and multiple Dove Award winner Point of Grace.

Pinal County health director retiring

Pinal County Public Health Director Tascha Spears is retiring and her last day with the county will be Feb. 13. “(I)t’s been a privilege to live and to work in Pinal County,” she …

Surprise details library transition timeline

In preparation for the transition of the three city of Surprise libraries from Maricopa County Library District staffing and programming to city of Surprise staffing and programming, the libraries …

Arizona’s reigning top Girl Scout cookie seller, from Glendale, back at it in 2023

Last year the West Valley set the Girl Scouts cookies standard, and they’re at it again this time around.

Things to do

Apache Junction NJROTC students host vehicle show Saturday

Car, truck, motorcycle and military vehicle lovers — as well as anyone interested in helping patriotic high school students — are invited to attend the 25th annual Navy Junior ROTC …

Desert survival class Saturday at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

Authentic drum circle in Glendale for Black History Month

Play an authentic African djembe and dundun drum, learn an African welcome song, and dance using lapas at an upcoming African Djembe Drum Circle.

NFL legends host health, wellness festival in Chandler

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the day before Super Bowl LVII, former NFL quarterback and Arizona State University alum Jake Plummer, along with Ricky Williams, in partnership with The Marijuana Industry …

Entertainment
Julie Greenwald, left, and Craig Kallman arrive at the Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Cardi B pays homage to Kallman, Greenwald at pre-Grammy gala

Cardi B paid homage to Atlantic Records executives Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman in a pre-Grammy event. The rapper gave high praise to both Greenwald and Kallman who were honored with the  2023 …
This combination of photos shows top nominees for the Gramy Awards, from left, Adele, Beyonce and Harry Styles. (AP Photo)

Grammys could make history with Beyoncé, Bad Bunny wins

Will Beyoncé emerge from the Grammy Awards as its most decorated artist ever? That’s one of the key storylines heading into Sunday’s ceremony, where she's the leading nominee and needs four wins …
Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year Jennifer Coolidge, center, rides in a parade in her honor, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Hasty Pudding celebrates Coolidge as its Woman of the Year

Dressed up as a dolphin and forced to give someone a lightning-fast makeover, “The White Lotus” actress Jennifer Coolidge was roasted Saturday before being honored as the 2023 Woman of the Year …
FILE - John Lydon attends the LA premiere of "Punk" at SIR in Los Angeles, Monday, March 4, 2019. Punk icon John Lydon has failed in his attempt to become Ireland’s entry for the pop music competition the Eurovision Song Contest. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Punk icon Lydon fails in bid to play Eurovision Song Contest

LONDON (AP) — Punk icon John Lydon has failed in his attempt to become Ireland’s entry for the pop music competition the Eurovision Song Contest. The former Sex Pistols frontman entered the …
Berry Gordy, left, and Smokey Robinson, right, accept their MusiCares Person of the Year awards at a celebration in their honor at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Gordy, Robinson honored at reunion of aging Motown stars

The Temptations, the Isley Brothers and the Four Tops turned back time, singing and dancing as if in their prime at a reunion of aging Motown stars. The occasion was to honor Motown Records founder …
Obituaries & Memorials

Shirley Ann Metz Beyer

Shirley passed away at age 90 on January 14, 2023, in Sun City West after a brief illness.Shirley was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, and raised in Chicago. She attended Hirsch High School there and …

Ruby May Reynolds Csuy

Ruby was born in Andersonville, Tennessee, January 18, 1928 to Louis Alcain Reynolds and Lelia Mae Jones Reynolds. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Conda Lee Reynolds, William Carl Reynolds, …

Deacon Paul E. Csuy

Paul was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, June 22, 1937 to John and Ann Csuy. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruby, brother Jack and sister Joanne (Fassbender). He is survived by brothers David Csuy …

Robert James Strieff

Robert (Bob) James Strieff, age 73, went to be with His Lord and Savior on January 23, 2023. Bob is survived by his wife, Lynne; children: Melissa (Cody), Connie (Matt), Frank (Joy), Tori, and Josh; …

Woodrow Skelding

Woodrow Skelding, (85) of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on January 25, 2023. Woodrow, fondly known as Woody, was born on December 1, 1937 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Woody is survived by his wife …
Nation

How to watch the Grammys live (including the red carpet)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammys have evolved from their humble beginnings into a daylong feast of music — and there's many ways to watch the red carpet and show live. Most of the awards are …

Europe bans Russian diesel, other oil products over Ukraine

The European Union is launching its ban on imports of Russian diesel fuel. Starting Sunday, the 27-country EU is taking the step to further slash its energy dependency on Moscow. The measure also …

Chinese balloon's downing creates spectacle over tourism hub

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon just off South Carolina’s coast created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a …

Tesla hikes price of Model Y after US alters tax credit rule

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla has raised prices on its Model Y in the U.S., apparently due to rising demand and changes in U.S. government rules that make more versions of the small SUV eligible for tax …

Route to Super Bowl is long, dangerous for Mexican avocados

It is a long and sometimes dangerous journey for avocados destined for guacamole on tables and tailgates in the United States during the Super Bowl. It starts in villages like Santa Ana Zirosto, high …
World

Ukraine: 5 injured in rocket attacks on 2nd-largest city

Officials say five people have been injured in Russian rocket attacks in the central area of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said Sunday four …

Iran acknowledges 'tens of thousands' detained in protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday reportedly ordered an amnesty or reduction in prison sentences for “tens of thousands” of people detained amid nationwide …

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames 'system' for her failure

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss says her failure wasn't her fault. Truss on Sunday blamed a “powerful economic establishment” and internal Conservative Party …

Former Israeli PM: Putin promised not to kill Zelenskyy

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia's war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his …

EU migration impasse leaves many refugees out in the cold

BRUSSELS (AP) — Some refugees and asylum-seekers in Brussels have been spending months in between the Street of Palaces and the Small Castle — quite literally. Unfortunately, it's not a dream …