Valley & State
SAFETY

Safety committee meeting at PORA

The Roads, Traffic & Safety Committee will meet at the Property Owners and Residents Association.
EXEMPTION

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Clergy in 33 states are exempt from laws requiring professionals such as teachers, physicians and psychotherapists to report information about alleged child abuse to police or child welfare …
REAL ESTATE

Glendale seeks proposals for downtown parcels up for sale

The city of Glendale is seeking proposals from individuals or firms to purchase and develop eight city-owned parcels in a prime location near Historic Downtown.
ELECTIONS

Judge blocks enforcement of voter law sponsored by Chandler senator

PHOENIX — A federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing a new law he said could inadvertently make felons out of volunteers who register people to vote.
HOUSING

Report: Glendale has Valley’s cheapest apartment rent, but ...

Good news, bad news when it comes to apartment rents in Glendale.
BOB BURNS

High court says lone Arizona regulator can seek utility docs

The Arizona Supreme Court says the state utility regulation commission can't prevent individual members from issuing subpoenas to investigate companies the panel oversees. The former state …
Remembrance

Former Paradise Valley mayor David Hann dies

David Hann, who was elected mayor of Paradise Valley in 1992, passed away on Sept. 6. He was 91-years-old. Hann spent his early years in Kansas and Colorado, before entering the Navy. After …
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FILE - Voters deliver their ballot to a polling station in Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2020. An Arizona judge is declining a request by the state Republican Party to block most mail ballots for the 2022 election, preserving the voting method used by the overwhelming majority of voters. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled Monday, June 6, 2022, that nothing in the Arizona Constitution prohibits the Legislature from allowing citizens to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona candidates on the ballot

Arizona has a slew of contested elections in November whether that’s statewide races or contests for the Legislature. Voters will have some choices when they start early ballots in October. …
FILE - An election worker sorts ballots, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Arizona's largest county is facing a repeat of #SharpieGate, the social media uproar that erupted after the 2020 election based on the false claim that Sharpie pens provided at the polls would ruin ballots. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Key dates ahead for general election

The Arizona general election has key dates to pay attention to as voters decide who will take office in federal, state, county and local races in November. In Maricopa County, 17 justice of the …

Q&A: Deer Valley Unified school board candidates

The Glendale Independent has caught up with the four candidates running for two open seats on the Deer Valley Unified School District’s Governing Board.
Democrat Brandy Reese (left), Republican Travis Grantham (center) and Republican Laurin Hendrix are vying for the Arizona Legislative District 14 seats.

LD-14 candidates give their views on state's issues

The newly created Arizona Legislative District 14 covers most of Gilbert but also includes some of Chandler and a small piece of Queen Creek.  In the Senate, incumbent Republican Warren …
FILE - In this Thursday, June 24, 2021, file photo, Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, speaks during a vote on the Arizona budget at the Capitol, in Phoenix. "It's unfair to the people who you ask to vote to have more than one subject matter," Kavanagh told a Senate committee in March. Voters may back a measure with issues they support though it contains other issues they don't, he said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Q&A: Kavanagh, Dugger seek election to Arizona Senate for District 3

Standing house representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and newcomer Thomas Dugger, D-Phoenix, are competing for Legislative District 3’s Arizona State Senate seat in the upcoming midterm elections.
Around the Region
West Valley

NEIGHBORS Free remote independent living skills classes starting in October Online classes scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of each month Special to Independent Newsmedia Monthly classes for …

A Glendale Walmart store recently reopened after undergoing a remodel and improvements.
Abrazo Arrowhead campus officials celebrated the unveiling of the hospital’s new multimillion-dollar Cardiac and Electrophysiology Suite.
The first phase of the Interstate 17 improvement project from Anthem Way to Sunset Point has begun. Construction work at New River Road began Monday, Sept. 26, according to the Arizona Department …
To give residents another opportunity to learn more about the Peoria Unified School District governing board candidates, Peoria Independent has submitted a second questionnaire inquiring about their stance on certain issues.
Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns are bringing back most of their star players in an effort to win an elusive NBA title. One man who apparently won’t be along on the journey is team owner Robert Sarver. The Suns …

Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring said the city needs to do a better job collecting abandoned shopping carts as council last week unanimously approved a new contract for its long-time cart …
Authorities say a man was fatally shot by Phoenix police after he allegedly threw rocks and other items at officers and patrol cars. Police say the incident occurred in north Phoenix around 6:45 p.m. …
 Three women were recognized last week for their courage, bravery and civil service during the Phoenix Police Foundation’s fifth annual Women in Blue Celebration. Phoenix police …
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal crash that occurred early Saturday morning when a car fell off an overpass onto Interstate 17 at the Stack in Phoenix. The one-car …
East Valley

The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of thefts Sept. 6-12: Theft, reported at 12:35 p.m. Sept. 6 in the 2300 block of West Apache Trail. Theft, reported at 12:42 …

The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of shoplifting thefts Sept. 6-12: Theft — shoplifting, disorderly conduct — at a convenience store Sept. 7 in the 5100 block of …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of domestic violence and other incidents in Gold Canyon Sept. 6-12. Residential burglary — unlawful entry, reported at 7:51 …
The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board took a first step Sept. 27 Gtoward adopting a number of policy changes and additions in the aftermath of the past session of the Arizona …
Help keep Tempe buildings safe for everyone. The city is looking for engineering, electrical and plumbing professionals to serve on Tempe's Technical Code Advisory Board of Appeals.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Syms: It’s time to re-fund the police to keep us safe

As a mother, my heart breaks for the children of Eliza Fletcher, the Tennessee mom and teacher brutally murdered while innocently out for her morning jog. As a policy maker and advocate who has …

Kriwer: Answering questions about merger option

In answer to a Sun City resident’s questions (“Is department merger really necessary?” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 21, 2022) regarding feasibility studies with the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority with Buckeye Valley and Sun City fire districts.

Marudhavanan: Fees are not acceptable but mandatory

I am writing to you in response to Sandra Lena- Autry’s letter (“Objecting to continued fee increases,” Sun City West Independent, Aug. 17, 2022).

Caputi: District overrides are essential to success of Scottsdale schools

As a business owner and Scottsdale City Councilwoman, I understand the intrinsic value good schools bring to our community, both in the foundations they provide to our neighborhoods and the educational experience they offer our students.

Anable: Cyber Security Month highlights ‘team effort’ of internet safety

In October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month brings into focus three indisputable truths about the internet. One, it is an incredible resource that offers a universe of opportunities to …
Local sports

Astros host the Diamondbacks to begin 2-game series

The Houston Astros host the Arizona Diamondbacks to begin a two-game series.

Injury-depleted Rams keep rolling with unlikely contributors

The Los Angeles Rams almost certainly wouldn’t be such consistent winners if this team hadn’t stayed relatively healthy over the past half-decade. The Rams’ overall health is down this …

Turner heads into another season with Pacers, trade talk

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has grown accustomed to the trade talk. He saw two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert dealt away in February. He saw guard Malcolm Brogdon sent to …
National sports

Custom Cable Manufacturer Hosts 1st Annual Corporate Golf Tournament to Benefit Charity

SEATTLE - September 28, 2022 - ( Newswire.com )Technical Cable Applications, a custom cable manufacturer based in the Seattle area, celebrated its 20th anniversary of being in business this year. The …

Black & Veatch’s Contributions to Leading Pediatric Medical Center Near $5 Million

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 28, 2022--Black & Veatch announced today that its support of Children’s Mercy Kansas City, including proceeds from its 24th Charity Golf Tournament …

Wilson cleared by doctors, will start for Jets at Pittsburgh

Zach Wilson will start at quarterback for the New York Jets at Pittsburgh on Sunday, six weeks after having knee surgery. Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision Wednesday to have the second-year …

Denmark to wear World Cup jerseys that protest host Qatar

Denmark will wear team jerseys at the World Cup that protest the human rights record of host nation Qatar. A black option was unveiled Wednesday to honor migrant workers who died during construction …

Sharks hope changes get team back on track after 3-year skid

The Sharks made some big changes after missing the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time in franchise history. San Jose brought in new general manager Mike Grier and coach David …
Most recent

Glendale will be well represented when Momma’s Organic Market/Get Local Arizona Events kick off their 15th season on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Researchers in China have found a major catch of fish fossils, including the oldest teeth from any species. The scientists describe some of the fossils, which are more than 400 million years old, in …
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday warned oil and gas companies against increasing prices for consumers as Hurricane Ian neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast. “Do …
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries should impose “biting sanctions” on Russian trade and hit officials responsible for “sham referendums” held in parts of Ukraine as Moscow ramps up …
The Arizona Coyotes labored during the first season of their rebuilding project, finishing near the bottom of the NHL standings. The focus of the second year will be about making progress, no matter …
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Valley business

Barre3, Peixoto open at Gilbert's Epicenter

Two more businesses have opened at Epicenter, the vertical mixed-use development in Gilbert’s Agritopia neighborhood.  Barre3 fitness studio opened Sept. 15 at 3150 E. Ray Road, Ste. …

Four Seasons in Scottsdale to hit sales block

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is likely to hit the sales block as part of a potential $1.3 billion deal. The resort's Chinese owner, Daija Insurance Group Co. is believed to be putting the …

Pure Infusion Suites holding ribbon cutting, open house

Pure Infusion Suites is celebrating its opening Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a ribbon cutting and open house at its medical clinic, 1760 E. Pecos Road, Ste. 301, Gilbert.   The event …

Octane Raceway celebrates 19th anniversary with $19 specials

Arizona’s indoor-outdoor, high-speed kart racing track and entertainment venue, Octane Raceway, will celebrate its 19th anniversary Oct. 3–6 with big deals and discounts on racing, axe …

Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbor: Tempe resident pens book on refugee experience

Every day of Aida Sibic’s life has been irrevocably impacted by war.  Now in her early 40s and living in Tempe, Sibic and her family were forced to leave their homeland of Bosnia behind and became refugees in California. Cut off from friends and loved ones, Sibic formed a love of technology as a teen in a new country. She now works in cybersecurity. 

Paradise Valley resident shares love for jazz locally, beyond

Driving around Paradise Valley, you may have encountered a pair of cars with license plates reading “jazz” and “jazzed.” Owned by Rich Rector and his wife, the former has turned his long-standing passion for jazz music into a radio show where he captivates listeners with an array of jazz accompanied by his commentary.

Meet your neighbor: Lillian Turner

Meet your neighbor, Lillian Turner, a Scottsdale resident who is a part of the Scottsdale-based Make-A-Wish organization. In the Q & A below, Turner talks about her passion for volunteering for …

Home is where the art is for Surprise man

When Bill Frank first started copying comic strips in his adolescent years, little did he know his talent for art would lead to such an interesting life.

Things to do

Sun City Grand drama, comedy club debuts ‘Occurrence’

The Sun City Grand Drama and Comedy Club will open its 2022–2023 season with the world premiere production of “The Occurrence” written by playwright Robert O. Davis. In this play …

Scottsdale's poet laureate to share reading from new collection

Join Shemer Art Center for an Artist Cafe featuring Lois Roma-Deeley, the city of Scottsdale’s poet laureate, who will be reading from her newly published, full-length poetry collection titled “Like Water in the Palm of my Hand.”

Seductive Car Club hosts car show, toy drive in November

Seductive Car Club is hosting its annual car show and toy drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Superstition Harley Davidson, 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Admission is free to the …

Sonoran Desert Chorale opens 29th concert season in Mesa

The Sonoran Desert Chorale begins the 29th season with a new artistic director, Craig Peterson, and a variety of styles and texts in praise of life, nature, love, the Almighty, and of course, …

Entertainment
Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, and Simon Bergson, chairman of The Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation visit Auschwitz - Birkenau Nazi German death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Film icon Schwarzenegger visited the site of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz on Wednesday to send a message against hatred. The "Terminator" actor was given a tour of the site, viewing the barracks watchtowers and the remains of gas chambers that endure as evidence of the German extermination of Jews, Roma and others during World War II. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)

Schwarzenegger visits Auschwitz in message against hatred

Arnold Schwarzenegger has visited the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp to send a message against hatred. The “Terminator” actor and former California governor was given a tour of the site, …
This image shows a live performance of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 26, 2013. A touring, interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is hitting the road to celebrate the cult film’s birthday with screenings, live shadow casts. (Dennis Parrington via AP)

Do the 'Time Warp' again — 'Rocky Horror' show will travel

Grab your toilet paper. Bring a flashlight. Don’t forget a newspaper — or your fishnets. A touring, interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is hitting the road to celebrate the …
FILE - Thaw Nandar Aung, a model from Myanmar speaks to a reporter in Bangkok, Thailand on March 31, 2021. The model, also known as Han Lay, who denounced her country's military rulers last year and feared being arrested if she was forced back home from exile, has flown to Canada early Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, which she says has granted her asylum. (AP Photo/Napaxalun Sattayatam, File)

Model fearing Myanmar military heads to asylum in Canada

BANGKOK (AP) — A fashion model from Myanmar who feared being arrested by the country's military government if she was forced back home from exile has flown to Canada, which she says has granted her …

Paris Fashion Week prepares for Balmain fashion festival

Paris Fashion Week roared into full gear Wednesday, with glitzy shows and growing anticipation of Balmain’s evening fashion festival spectacular, a charity concert featuring the latest fashions, …
First lady Jill Biden speaks during an event for the Class of 2022 National Student Poets at the White House in Washington Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jill Biden hosts White House reading for student poets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Tuesday hosted a reading by this year's group of National Student Poets, allowing each one to read their winning work in a White House room set up to mimic a coffee …
Obituaries & Memorials

Carolyn Alice Hatch Bellerive

Carolyn Alice Hatch Bellerive 10-4-1926 to 8-28-2022 Carolyn passed away on Sunday August 28, 2022 in the company of her St. Christopher’s pastor. She was 95 years old and ready to join her …

Catherine M Robbins (Kay)

Catherine M Robbins (Kay) Kay, 99, passed away peacefully at Freedom Plaza Memory Care, Peoria, Az., on September 22, 2022, with her nephew John and his wife, Diane, by her side. Kay was born on …

Helen Marie Marshall

Helen Marie Marshall, 92, passed away peacefully at her home on September 22, 2022. Helen was born in Massachusetts and moved to Arizona with family in 1948 and settled in Apache Junction in 1959. …

Russell Wallace Larson

Russell, son of Arnold and Sara (Erickson) Larson, was born on March 27, 1926 in Seymour, Wisconsin. Russ went to be with his Lord Jesus on September 20, 2022. Russ was brought into the Kingdom of …

Jamie Paul Kern

Jamie passed away August 27, 2022 at  Mountain Vista Hospital at the age of 42. Jamie was born in Des Moines, IA but moved to Mesa, AZ when he was 15.He attended Apache Junction High School; Al …
Nation

New report: Oil spills from offshore transportation way down

A new government report says oil spills from tankers and pipelines in U.S. dropped dramatically from the last decade of the 1990s to the one from 2010 through 2019. It says the amount spilled and …

Austria to launch checks at Slovak border to stop migrants

BERLIN (AP) — Austria announced Wednesday that it will start checks at its border crossings with Slovakia, following a similar decision by the Czech Republic, in a move that’s aimed at keeping …

Katie Couric says she's been treated for breast cancer

Katie Couric says she was diagnosed with breast cancer on the first day of summer, and since has undergone surgery and radiation treatment. The 65-year-old media personality memorably underwent …

Home for Destitute Children's graves restored in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Among the graves at a scenic lakeside cemetery in Vermont is a row of 51 small headstones. There’s one for Little Harry, Baby Ruth and Baby Kirk, as well as for many other …

Network nightly newscasts morph, adapt for the streaming age

NEW YORK (AP) — For more than half a century, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired evening newscasts each weeknight on television. This fall, the competition has spread to another medium. The launch of …
World

Cleric's supporters again storm Baghdad's government zone

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr again stormed Baghdad’s Green Zone government area Wednesday as the Iraqi parliament held session on the …

Kurdish officials: Death toll climbs in Iranian drone attack

KOYA, Iraq (AP) — An Iranian drone bombing campaign targeting the bases of an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq on Wednesday killed at least nine people and wounded 32 others, the …

Study: Heat wave led to unprecedented melt of Swiss glaciers

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's glaciers are melting like never before, an academic study released Wednesday found, with their ice volume declining by 6% this year amid rising concerns about global …

China former top graft buster indicted on bribery charges

BEIJING (AP) — A former top graft buster at China’s ministry for intelligence and counterintelligence has been indicted on bribery charges, just weeks before a major congress of the ruling …

Palestinians: At least 4 killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — At least four Palestinians were killed and 44 wounded during an Israeli military raid Wednesday into the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian …