Valley & State
SUPER BOWL

Calm will soon give way to Super frenzy at Glendale Westgate

Folks walking a leisurely pace around Westgate Thursday were soaking up the sunny calm. At times, birds outnumbered people.
Communications

Cox rolls out free internet connections during February

Cox Communications is giving away free connections to its Wi-Fi network in the Phoenix area during the big game and more.
Government

Glendale senator pushes bill barring drag shows before children, in government buildings

PHOENIX — Republicans in the Arizona Senate are targeting "drag story hour" and other drag performances that have drawn the ire of conservatives, with the sponsor of a proposal banning certain …
ARIZONA LOTTERY

Scottsdale Safeway sells $3.5M The Pick ticket

The Pick jackpot of $3.5 million was hit last night by the person who purchased a ticket at a Safeway in Scottsdale. The Arizona Lottery announced the winning ticket from Wednesday night's drawing …
Public transit

Arizona garners $179M in federal transit funds

An estimated $179 million will be invested in the states public transit from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.

Interior: $580M headed to 15 tribes to fulfill water rights

The Biden administration on Thursday said 15 Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million this year to fund settlements that ensure access to water that's legally theirs. The money will …
CITY COUNCIL

Tempe considers license requirement, minimum age hike for tobacco sales

A Tempe City Council committee has decided to update a proposal to decrease youth tobacco and e-cigarette use by establishing a tobacco sales license, enacting fees to ensure compliance and raising …
Nursing school grants

ADHS awards $43.1 million to accelerate nursing degrees for nearly 900 students

Five schools receive funding for programs addressing Arizona's nurse shortage. $43.1 million in grants awarded by the Arizona Department of Health Services will go toward nearly 900 Arizona nursing students, will be able to accelerate completion of their studies and help address the state's shortage of nurses.
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West Valley

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

At least three Peoria home sales eclipsed the $1 million mark in January.
Sun City residents will have a chance to get petition signatures on Recreation Centers of Sun City properties.
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 …
The Priscilla Rose Band will be performing classic rock and pop tunes suitable for dancing this weekend in Surprise.
Phoenix

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.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Art Museum celebrated its annual fundraiser event, The pARTy, on January 28 with  nearly 250 people filling the Museum and raising almost $900,000, which will benefit the Museum’s exhibitions, education programs and vital operations.
Attorney General Kris Mayes announced a new partnership with her office and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona to launch a first-of-its-kind Train the Trainer program aimed at creating awareness and preventing human trafficking and missing and murdered Indigenous People in tribal communities.
On Jan. 31, Lou Ferrigno, the original “Incredible Hulk” actor, fitness expert, retired bodybuilder and brand ambassador for Cochlear, visited Desert Voices preschool in Phoenix near …
The cities of Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale have been named recipients of a federal grant program aimed at implementing roadway safety plans. Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete …
East Valley

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 …

An $874,500 contract has been approved for roadway reconstruction, curb, gutter and sidewalks in Haven Hollow in Apache Junction. The City Council at a recent meeting approved the contract with …
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 …
Scottsdale Arts announced it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $45,000.
The Apache Junction Prospectors (2-21) boys’ basketball team hosted the Vista Grande Spartans (1-19) on Jan. 27. The Prospectors were looking to electrify the almost packed crowd in their …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
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.
(The Associated Press)

Sandefur: What’s going on in Phoenix’s homeless ‘Zone’ lawsuits?

A trial judge in Phoenix issued a ruling Monday rejecting the city’s efforts to throw out a lawsuit challenging the legality of the city’s actions in maintaining “The Zone."

Wheat: Development, other uses using up resource faster

I was just thinking about our water shortage in this country.
Local sports

Walker's clutch 3s rally No. 3 Houston past Wichita State

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jarace Walker had 15 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:27 left, and No. 3 Houston rallied past Wichita State 70-61 on Thursday night. Marcus Sasser also …

Tubelis scores 40 in No. 5 Arizona's 91-76 rout of Oregon

Azuolas Tubelis scored 40 points, most by an Arizona player in 28 years, and the No. 5 Wildcats avenged an earlier loss to Oregon with a 91-76 win. The Ducks manhandled Arizona 87-68 at home last …

Cambridge brothers lift Arizona St. past Oregon St. 68-57

Desmond Cambridge Jr. and his brother, Devan, combined to score 32 points to help Arizona State complete a season sweep of Oregon State, posting a 68-57 win. The Sun Devils won at Corvallis, 74-69, …
National sports

California weighs making flag football a girls' school sport

California officials are considering a plan to make flag football a girls’ high school sport amid soaring popularity of the game and a push to get more female athletes on the field. The California …

Ford returns to Formula One in partnership with Red Bull

Ford will return to Formula One as the engine provider for Red Bull Racing in a partnership announced Friday that begins with immediate technical support this season and engines in 2026. Red Bull …

Anaysis: Eagles weren't afraid to make difficult decisions

The Philadelphia Eagles are playing for another Super Bowl title because they weren’t afraid to make difficult decisions following a disastrous 2020 season. Just three years after hoisting the …

Ukraine steps up efforts to exclude Russia from Olympics

Ukraine has stepped up efforts to lobby international sports leaders against Russian participation in next year’s Paris Olympics as indications mount that the games could see the biggest boycott …

Caitlin Clark scores 42, No. 6 Iowa tops No. 8 Maryland

Caitlin Clark scored 42 points and Monika Czinano had 28 as No. 6 Iowa defeated No. 8 Maryland 96-82. Clark, who entered second in the nation in scoring at 27.1 points per game, was 13 of 19 from the …
Most recent

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ruled that Amazon broke labor laws by forcing more than 2,000 delivery drivers to use an app that the company controlled for scheduling work and payments and …

Videogame maker Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay $35 million to settle federal regulatory charges that it failed to collect and respond to employee complaints of workplace misconduct and …
Does the Federal Reserve have it wrong? For months, the Fed has been warily watching the economy’s robust job gains out of concern that employers, desperate to hire, will keep boosting pay and, in …
NEW YORK (AP) — That the death of Tyre Nichols — young, Black, just trying to get home — came at the hands of Memphis police officers was a familiar refrain in the nation's seemingly endless …
After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's launched a cartoon contest to mock Iran's ruling cleric, a state-backed Iranian cyber unit struck back with a hack-and-leak campaign that was …
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Valley business

Scottsdale entrepreneur shares career advice in new podcast

Scottsdale entrepreneur Loree Philip’s new podcast, "Daring to Leap," is available now.

Salad and Go to open 2nd Glendale location

A new Salad and Go location will open in Glendale this month.

Arizona Helping Hands receives $90,000 donation

Arizona Helping Hands announced that Kia America has donated $90,000 to the nonprofit’s programs for foster children and kinship families.

Shop owner moves seamlessly from music to sewing

There is a relationship in Suzanne Novak’s life between music and bridal alterations she does at her shop in Gilbert, Suzanne's Sewing Service.

Neighbors

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.

Big Game Big Give auctions $10 million penthouse

In what might be an Arizona first for live charity auctions, Big Game Big Give has announced a Bing Hu-designed and inspired penthouse at Silverleaf’s exclusive ICON development will be auctioned off on Saturday, Feb. 11 with at least $1 million going back to the charity at the star-studded party. 

Charles Santa Cruz reflects on 48 years in public education

Charles Santa Cruz cannot possibly pick a favorite memory in 48 years of public education. There are too many to count. But there is one special piece that encapsulates all those memories: a ring Santa Cruz wears.

Elementary school in Surprise raises funds for heart health

At just 5 years old, a young student in Surprise has helped inspire an entire school to raise record funds.

Things to do

Cactus hike Feb. 8 at Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa

Join Ranger Nikki on an easy/moderate 3-mile walk 9-11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road in Mesa, to learn all about cacti from saguaros to cholla, prickly pear, …

In Peoria, it's all about the Bubble Bowl

Things are poppin’ at Park West lifestyle center this February in celebration of the Super Bowl.

Pro athletes showcase art at Scottsdale Civic Center

A large portion of the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center recently opened to the public, and Scottsdale Arts is preparing a variety of events, including a showcase of artwork by professional …

'Light at Play' coming to Peoria next week

A unique interactive art experience is coming to downtown Peoria next week.

Entertainment
Shania Twain poses for a portrait at Ticketmaster in West Hollywood, Calif., on on Jan 18, 2023, to promote her new album "Queen of Me." (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

Q&A: Shania Twain talks rebuilding confidence with new album

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shania Twain felt the need on her new album to empower herself the same way she has uplifted listeners with hits like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “She’s Not Just a …
Lil Wayne accepts the Recording Academy global impact award at the Black Music Collective on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Dr Dre, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne honored at pre-Grammy event

Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne were honored at the Recording Academy's second annual Black Music Collective event during an official pre-Grammy event. The three Grammy winners and music …
Additional performances have been added to Fountain Hills Theater's production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

Fountain Hills Theater’s ‘Beauty and the Beast' extends performance run

Fountain Hills Theater is adding an additional three performances to its production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” 
Singer Bruce Springsteen, right, and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren perform during their 2023 tour Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Exuberant Springsteen, E St. Band launch 1st tour in 6 years

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It's been six years since Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band embarked on a major tour. Judging by the first show Wednesday night in Tampa, Florida, you'd never know it. …
FILE - Comedian Roy Wood Jr. poses for photographers as he arrives to the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, Saturday, April 30, 2022. Wood will headline this year's White House Correspondents Dinner on April 29. He plays a reporter on “The Daily Show,” the long-running Comedy Central program that blends comedy and news. The show's former host, Trevor Noah, spoke at last year's dinner.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

'Daily Show' reporter to headline White House press dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real and fake news will collide again at this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Roy Wood Jr., who plays a reporter on “The Daily Show,” the …
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

Jailed leader of Greek far-right party faces election ban

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government is seeking to ban a far-right political party led by a jailed former lawmaker from participating in a general election later this year, with a …

Ukraine may also get old Leopard 1 tanks from German stocks

BERLIN (AP) — Ukraine may be able to add old Leopard 1 battle tanks from German defense industry stocks to deliveries of modern tanks that Berlin and other governments pledged last week to counter …

NATO urges Russia to respect nuclear pact with the US

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO called Friday on Russia to respect the only treaty it has with the United States aimed at keeping a lid on nuclear weapons expansion and urged Moscow to allow on-the-ground …

AP Month in Pictures: Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan

JANUARY 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan in January 2023. …

Companies pledge millions in fed effort to stem road deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 50 businesses and nonprofits — including rideshare companies Uber and Lyft, industrial giant 3M and automaker Honda — are pledging millions of dollars in initiatives to …
World

Dutch ministry won't appeal unlawful Afghan airstrike ruling

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Friday that it will not appeal a court ruling that Dutch forces unlawfully bombed a residential complex in Afghanistan in 2007, killing some …

Ex-pop star Gary Glitter freed from UK prison

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been released from prison in England after serving half of a 16-year prison sentence for sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 79-year-old singer's …

UK man admits treason over crossbow plot against queen

LONDON (AP) — A man who was arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle with a loaded crossbow pleaded guilty to treason on Friday for planning to attack Queen Elizabeth II. Jaswant Singh Chail, …

Former Kenyan policeman sentenced to death for murder

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan former policeman was sentenced to death on Friday for the murder of a human rights lawyer, his client and a taxi driver. Frederick Leliman and three others were …

Turkey says West failed to share details of security threat

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey for a second day on Friday railed against a group of Western countries that temporarily shut their consulates in Istanbul, accusing them of failing to share information …