Valley & State
Crime

Tucson man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

On Monday, Orlando Miguel Valenzuela, 28, of Tucson pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact. Sentencing is scheduled for April 10, before United States District Judge Cindy K. …
BROADWAY CURVE PROJECT

Sections of I-10 close this weekend between US 60, Loop 202

Workers place concrete for the foundation of a light pole next to the ramp that connects westbound US 60 to westbound Interstate 10. Work on the Broadway Curve improvement project this weekend …
EDUCATION

Chandler elementary school to be 'reimagined,' rebuilt

One of the Chandler Unified School District’s oldest campuses is in need of a remodel to make it more useful in the years ahead. Rather than purchase land for a new school, the district is …
TRANSPORTATION

Options for Grand Avenue bridge in Phoenix up for discussion

State transportation officials will conduct a public meeting this month as part of a study of proposed improvements to the Grand Avenue intersection with 35th Avenue and Indian School Road. The …
BUSINESS

Kentay Garvin named CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

Kentay Garvin, Esq., is the new CEO of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona.
Parks and recreation

Gilbert unveils ‘preferred alternative’ option for Water Tower Plaza 

Gilbert’s current vision for a renovated Water Tower Plaza features an event lawn, a shaded splash pad and an elevated picnic area.  That conceptualization was presented to Gilbert Town …

Skincare Brand MY I.D. Launches Database of U.S. Charities Combatting Human Trafficking

PHOENIX - January 26, 2023 - ( Newswire.com )MY I.D., a skincare brand dedicated to combatting human trafficking and helping those who have been affected by this crime, has compiled a database of …
TRAFFIC

Regional Unity Walk in Tempe to close section of Mill Avenue

The Regional Unity Walk will require some travel restrictions in Tempe on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tempe officials said southbound Mill Avenue will be closed between Curry Road and Rio Salado Parkway …
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West Valley

Four outstanding local women will be raised up in the community throughout February and March, leading up to the YWCA 29th Annual Tribute to Leadership Awards where they will officially be celebrated.

City of Avondale offices, libraries, and resource center will be closed in observance of Presidents Day, February 20.
U.S. Navy Engineman Fireman Colby Behm, from Waddell, Ariz., logs pipe readouts aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz .
Nearly three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical profession are still facing major work-related issues resulting in a decline in nurses in Arizona and the U.S..
With water conservation at urgent levels, the city of Glendale has found a way to beautify municipal landscaping around town, save money, and – most importantly – save water consumption, all at the same time.
Phoenix

Professor Emeritus Daniel Arreola will speak about his book, “Postcards from the Sonora Border: Visualizing Place through a Popular Lens, 1900s-1950s,” as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2023 Arizona Author Series.

Scottsdale’s alleyways see major aesthetic improvements with the city’s refresh campaign — just in time for the anticipated crowds heading to the Valley.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is encouraging job seekers to explore exciting new career opportunities at the statewide Arizona Education Job Fair & Career Expo.
Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is defending her decision to continue her Republican predecessor’s program to transport migrants out of border communities. Hobbs said in an interview with The …
A new art exhibit is coming to Olney Gallery in Phoenix.
East Valley

I Love Mesa Day is back on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a full day of family fun. The City of Mesa and Downtown Mesa Association are partnering to bring free concerts, movies and mostly free activities …

The Prospectors (2-17) faced off against the Buffaloes (1-14) in Apache Junction on Jan. 20. Both teams were looking to end the season on a high note headed into the final weeks. Apache Junction …
The Gold Canyon Business Association has been dissolved and replaced with the Gold Canyon Chamber of Commerce. “Due to the devastating effects of COVID, and the continuous struggles of …
An office development planned for 1 acre west of Lindsay Road on the north side of Southern Avenue in Mesa will be the new headquarters for Boomerang, a real estate finance company. The …
Three Queen Creek High School students are getting ready to take part in the “Feeding the Future” competition, a culinary contest that challenges students to create nutritious meals …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Jason Fischbeck

Fischbeck: Some of the most popular 2023 home trends for East Valley homeowners

When a new year arrives so do new trends and people are always trying to upgrade their homes with the newest style. East Valley homeowners are no exception. Whether they are looking to upgrade the …

Howicz: Little difference with RCSC board behavior, action in Sun City

The ridiculous and childish behavior continues with a minority, and frankly most are sick of it.

Thomasson: Welcome to reelected, new members of Paradise Valley Town Council

Congratulations to reelected town of Paradise, Valley Mayor, Jerry Bien-Willner. The Jan. 5 swearing in ceremony with a standing room only crowd of hundreds was testimony to his broad and deep …

Kush: Scottsdale pulls the welcome mat

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the “top off” ceremony (top floor concrete poured) for the 11-story Caesar’s Hotel currently under way next to Scottsdale Fashion Square. …

Chandler councilmember: This is not goodbye, so stop me and say hello

As I neared the end of my eight years of serving the residents of Chandler, I wanted to thank you for the humble opportunity to represent you and our city to improve the lives of our residents. My …
Local sports

Washington hosts Washington and Arizona State

Arizona State plays the Washington Huskies after Warren Washington scored 21 points in the Sun Devils' 77-69 loss to the USC Trojans. Thursday's game will be the second meeting of the season between …

Dallas plays Phoenix after Doncic's 41-point showing

Dallas visits the Phoenix Suns after Luka Doncic scored 41 points in the Mavericks' 127-126 loss to the Washington Wizards. Thursday's meeting will be the third of the season between the two teams. …

Fowler scores twice, Ducks knock off Coyotes 5-2

Cam Fowler had two goals and an assist, Anthony Stolarz stopped 37 shots and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. Plagued by slow recent starts, the Ducks jumped on the Coyotes early and …
National sports

Final 4 NFL teams all feature offensive-minded head coaches

Coach Kyle Shanahan’s success in San Francisco overseeing productive offenses without elite quarterback play is a reason why so many teams each January are seeking the next trendy, play-calling …

Herta wants to run Wickens in next year's Indianapolis 500

Bryan Herta wants to enter Robert Wickens in the Indianapolis 500 as early as 2024. That's even a year longer than preferred because of the work required on the hand control system needed for the …

Voth, Orioles avoid arbitration, agree at $1.85 million

Right-hander Austin Voth avoided a salary arbitration hearing with the Baltimore Orioles by agreeing to a $1.85 million, one-year contract. Voth’s deal includes a $2.45 million team option for 2024 …

Joe Burrow, Bengals go for 4-0 vs. KC in AFC title rematch

The Bengals and Chiefs have become familiar foes. When the teams face off Sunday in Kansas City to determine the AFC champion, it’ll be their fourth meeting in 393 days and a rematch of last …

49ers-Eagles NFC championship matchup has old-school feel

Nasty defenses. Strong rushing offenses. Physical in the trenches. This 49ers-Eagles matchup in the NFC championship game Sunday has all the elements of old-school football. But don’t overlook all …
Most recent

The Scottsdale Philharmonic has announced its 2023 concert schedule for Sundays, Feb. 19, March 19 and May 7, all from 4-6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Payment processing giant Visa Inc. says its profits in its latest quarter were up 6% from a year earlier, helped by the continued rise of digital payments across the globe. The company’s current …
Kentay Garvin has been announced as the new CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona. 
NEW YORK (AP) — Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday that it's in default on its loans and doesn't have sufficient funds to repay what it owes. The home goods chain said in a Securities and …
Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle says it's looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its …
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Valley business

Vacation Rental Management Association elects new member to board

The Vacation Rental Management Association has announced that Alex Husner has been elected to join its Board of Directors. Husner will bring her travel and tourism industry expertise to work in …

Barrett-Jackson executives see demographics changing among car collectors

As the car collecting hobby evolves with technology, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis are aiming to attract younger generations into their love of …

Leadership West hosts annual West-X Leadership Summit

Leadership West is hosting their annual West-X Leadership Summit with the theme “Ride the Wave of Growth” on February 16, 2023, at Rio Vista Recreation Center. Join the non-profit …

Silver Sky is unveiled as new Paradise Valley luxury home community

Scottsdale-based luxury home developer, Silver Sky Development, has announced a new custom-home enclave, Silver Sky, which is a 17-acre community approved by the Town of Paradise Valley Planning Commission.

Neighbors

Scottsdale charitable social club prepares for upcoming events

The goal to raise millions of dollars for Arizona nonprofits remains despite the Scottsdale 20/30 Club changing its name to the Saguaros.

New trailer dedicated to Peoria Police Honor Guard

The Peoria Police Department Honor Guard is rolling a lot easier these days, thanks to a little help from their friends.

Members of Apache Junction High School Thespian Troupe win awards

Members of the Apache Junction High School Thespian Troupe competed at the East Regional Festival on Jan. 21 and returned with a handful of awards. Katherine Davis received a Superior rating in …

Childhelp presents annual gala at The Phoenician

Childhelp, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating child abuse, will host its 19th annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala on Feb. 18, at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. 

Things to do

Super Bowl party round up: Drake, JJ Watt, Rick Ross, Allen Iverson a part of Valley events

From musical performances to private parties and fundraisers, several star-studded events are scheduled to take place around the Valley come Super Bowl weekend. Super Bowl LVII will take …

Scottsdale’s Western Week begins Saturday

Grab your cowboy hat and giddy-up on over to Old Town Scottsdale as it transforms into an Old West experience for the entire family for the city’s Western Week. The annual week-long event …

Native American Arts Festival this weekend

Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 E. Apache Trail (State Route 88) in Apache Junction, is presenting an event celebrating Native American culture and art 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 28-29. The two-day …

Antique Engine and Tractor Show returning to Glendale

The annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show is returning to Glendale for a 33rd annual presentation.

Entertainment
Members of the Tennessee State University marching band, known as the Aristocrat of Bands, perform on Oct. 8, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. TSU is hoping to make history after their marching band was nominated for a Grammy in the roots gospel category. The historically Black university's Aristocrat of Bands teamed up with gospel songwriter and producer Sir the Baptist last year to record “The Urban Hymnal.” (Garrett E Morris via AP)

Historically Black TSU hopes for Grammy with gospel album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Like a lot of great projects, the idea for Grammy-nominated album “The Urban Hymnal” was first sketched out on a paper restaurant napkin. Gospel songwriter and …
This combination of photos shows Shakira performing during the halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs', on Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.. Shakira’s two outfits worn during the Super Bowl halftime performance, handwritten lyrics and her heavily crystalized electric guitar are among the items that will be on display for a museum exhibit in Los Angeles. The Grammy Museum said Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, that the multi-Grammy winner will have her first exhibit opening on March 4. (AP Photo)

Shakira’s Super Bowl outfits, lyrics coming to Grammy Museum

Shakira’s two outfits worn during a Super Bowl halftime performance, her handwritten lyrics and her heavily crystalized electric guitar are among the items that will be on display for a museum …
FILE - Elle King performs during CMA Fest 2022 on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. King's latest album "Come Get Your Wife," releases on Friday. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Elle King settles in Nashville as a mom and country singer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Elle King has never fit neatly into any one box. Her early years were split between Ohio, New York City and Los Angeles and her rock music was always banjo-based, …
FILE - Dan Pawlovich, from left, Kenneth Harris, Brendon Urie and Dallon Weekes of the band Panic! at the Disco appear during the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party in Philadelphia on Sept. 13, 2015. Urie, the only musician left from the original group, announced on the band’s Instagram page Tuesday that Panic! at the Disco “will be no more.” Urie shared that he and his wife, Sarah, are expecting a baby and that he plans to focus on his family. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Panic! at the Disco ends; Brendon Urie to focus on family

First there were four, then they became three and finally just one. Now it’s time to say a final farewell to art pop-rock Panic! at the Disco. Brendon Urie, the only musician left from the original …
FILE - People walk in a street as smoke rises in the air after shelling in Odesa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. The United Nations' cultural agency decided on Wednesday Jan.25, 2023 to add the historic center of Ukraine's Black Sea port city of Odesa to the list of World Heritage in danger. The decision was made at an extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris.AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Ukraine's Odesa city put on UNESCO heritage in danger list

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations' cultural agency decided on Wednesday to add the historic center of Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa to its list of endangered World Heritage sites. The …
Obituaries & Memorials

Thomas “Tom” Eugene Smiley

Thomas “Tom” Eugene Smiley 89, of Sun City, Arizona passed away on January 20, 2023.

William “Bill” Lee Van Helden

Beloved Father and Grandfather William Lee Van Helden passed away peacefully in his sleep

Mary V. Wojcik

Mary Wojcik, aged 97, of Sun City, Arizona died on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at her home of natural causes. She was born on August 14, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to Constantine and Clara Valvo, the …

Nancy Eleanor Buckley

Nancy Eleanor (Ruff) Buckley, 92, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2023 at Linden House Assisted Living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nancy was born on November 9, 1930 in Rock Island, …

Nancy Eleanor Buckley

Nancy Eleanor (Ruff) Buckley, 92, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2023 at Linden House Assisted Living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nancy was born on November 9, 1930 in Rock Island, …
Nation

Amid gains, railroaders seeking quality-of-life improvements

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The contract imposed on railroad workers last fall didn't resolve their quality-of-life issues, but already this year there are indications the major freight railroads are …

Farmworker tells TV station he killed 7 on California farms

A farmworker charged in the killings of seven current and former co-workers at two Northern California mushroom farms has admitted during a jailhouse interview Thursday that he committed the fatal …

How Alex Murdaugh came to face trial for murder of wife, son

South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh is standing trial for the killings of his wife and son at their hunting estate in June 2021. The murder charges — and a slew of others preceding them — have …

HarperCollins, striking workers agree to federal mediation

NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins Publishers and the union representing some 250 striking employees have agreed to enter into federal mediation, the first sign of a possible settlement since the work …

FDA declines to regulate CBD; calls on Congress for fix

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday there are too many unknowns about CBD products to regulate them as foods or supplements under the agency’s current structure and called on Congress to …
World

U.S. sanctions Paraguay VP, former president for corruption

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The United States issued sanctions against Paraguay’s former President Horacio Cartes Jara and current Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno, unveiling explosive accusations on …

Haitian police rebels protest gang killings of officers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Disgruntled rebel police officers roared through the streets of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince on Thursday, blocking roads and shooting guns into the air to protest …

ICC judges reopen probe into Philippines' 'war on drugs'

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Thursday cleared the way for the court's prosecution office to resume its investigation into the so-called war on drugs in the …

France urges release of 7 nationals imprisoned in Iran

PARIS (AP) — France on Thursday called for the “immediate release” of seven French nationals detained in Iran, denouncing an “unjustifiable and unacceptable” situation. The French …

Church helps mining community evolve in dark, warming Arctic

Social life in the Norwegian village of Longyearbyen — hemmed in by mountains, a glacier and a fjord on a remote Arctic island — has long revolved around its only church. Founded for and by coal …