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Maricopa County is allocating $7.5 million towards …

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.

Buckeye buys $80 million worth of land for water use

Just a few weeks after the Arizona Department of Water Resource released documents that warned of Buckeye’s future drought, the Buckeye City Council held an executive session to discuss paying $80 million on land for the use of groundwater rights on Monday.

Phoenix Convention Center begins to prepare for the …

The Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s ‘first look’ as the NFL loads in and begins this transformation at the Phoenix Convention Center on Monday, January 30,

Phoenix protests aimed at drag show, pronoun bills

A protest last weekend outside the Arizona Capitol was designed to show displeasure at several bills demonstration organizers said were strongly biased against the state’s LGBTQ community.

Buckeye Air Fair takes flight in February

The Buckeye Air Fair returns for a weekend of high-flying fun, Feb. 17-19, at the Buckeye Municipal Airport, 3000 S. Palo Verde Road.

Arizona continues to report nursing staff shortage

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..

Sinema talks big issues with local mayors

Sen Kyrsten Sinema on Friday afternoon joined with mayors from across Maricopa County to discuss issues facing the central and West Valley, including the challenges for employment and water.

Buckeye man killed wife over threat of divorce, police …

A Buckeye man who killed his wife told police he did so over a divorce threat. Court documents say 54-year-old Hercelyn Robert Mayo, who shot and killed his wife on Tuesday morning is claiming self-defense for the shooting of his wife.

Hobbs plans to reform education voucher

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs in her executive budget proposal released on Feb. 13 revealed she seeks to reform an education voucher program successfully passed by her predecessor, Republican former Gov. Doug Ducey.

Arriving for the big game: Valley airports prep for …

Local airports are gearing up for the influx of visitors expected during Super Bowl weekend. That doesn’t just mean Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which will see tens of thousands of people flying in and out. Local airports that can handle private jets also will be seeing a jump in traffic.

Water may wreck West Valley development

The city of Buckeye, one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S., may have to hit the brakes on development as a new report states it may not have groundwater to allow expansion.

Human skeletal remains found in Buckeye

An off-roading effort led to the discover of human skeletal remains in Buckeye late last week. Buckeye Police were alerted of the find near Johnson Road and Southern Avenue, on Jan. 7, by Penny Buffington, who was off-roading in a remote area when she discovered a skull and other bones.

Wall Street Journal calls for the Phoenix Police …

The Wall Street Journal is asking the Phoenix Police Department to conduct an internal review into why one of its reporters was arrested outside a Valley bank. Dion Rabouin, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal was handcuffed in November by Phoenix Police while reporting on the street in front of a JPMorgan Chase Bank located on 12038 N. 32nd St., Phoenix.

Family sues Maricopa County Jail for wrongful death

The family of a man who died early in 2021 while in custody of Phoenix Police and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies is suing both, saying those responding didn’t recognize the man had a mental illness.

COVID-19 still proving deadly for seniors in Arizona

The Valley and state are seeing far fewer cases of COVID-19 so far this winter than in previous pandemic years. But the lack of testing sites in the region, and the lack of data may be showing a …

Valley inflation down in 2023, economists say

Arizona has been experiencing some of the highest inflation rates in the country during 2022, but experts believe next year could hold more promise for lower prices. In the U.S. prices for essential items such as groceries, food, and gas in the month of November increased by 7.1% compared with November 2021 in the inflation rate for goods and services according to market and consumer data tracker Statista.

Maricopa County says 1,000 homeless died during 2022

Dec. 21 marked the national Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, and also marked over 1,000 deaths this year alone for the homeless in Maricopa County. That number means more than double the number of people experiencing homelessness have died 2022 compared with 2021, according to a statement form the Central Arizona Shelter Services. Last December, CASS reported approximately 500 individuals had died on the streets.

Litchfield Park residents hear presentation on …

Litchfield Park residents got a chance last week to voice their concerns with trucks on Camelback road. The city of Litchfield Park held a public meeting Dec. 14 to update the community about Camelback Road trucking complaints.

West Valley’s independent eateries thrive against …

West Valley residents are surrounded by chain stores, restaurants and cafes that for years dominated the market. Yet cities such as Scottsdale and Tempe have already been hosting a thriving independent businesses community, particularly with restaurants. Even local groups that started in Phoenix — Upward Projects, the company behind Postino and other brands, and Fox Restaurant Concepts, behind such eateries as Flower Child and Culinary Dropout, have stuck to the East Valley.

Buckeye council approves rezoning for industrial, …

The Buckeye City Council approved rezoning plans for light industrial and multifamily housing on Tuesday night. Two agenda items involve the same project, the Westpark development that uses a master plan including 79 acres with a five-phase plan.

Search ongoing for geologist missing in Buckeye

It’s been 17 months since South Carolina native Daniel Robinson and geologist went missing on June 23, 2021. After months of no answers, Robinson’s father, David Robinson II, had grown frustrated with Buckeye police as he was left with no answers and many questions on what led to the disappearance of his son.

Information reward has increased for teen hit-and-run …

Buckeye Police Department in conjunction with the Silent Witness have increased the reward for tips in the Anaiah Walker homicide case.

'Porch pirate' crimes ready to spike in Valley

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, thousands of Valley residents will be expecting orders to be waiting for them on their porch after work. This is a “porch pirates” prime opportunity as they can wait and stalk shoppers’ online orders as they are delivered.

Inflation, supply-chain issues are impacting Valley …

As a small business owner, Valene Hatathlie has been through a lot during the past four years. Hatathlie, owner of Val’s Frybread, has faced the pandemic and finding creative business solutions to surviving when her main source of business — public events — were closed. This year, it’s been the cost of her ingredients from flour to oil rising that has posed the biggest hardship.

Liberty Elementary schools in Buckeye, Goodyear …

The Liberty Elementary School District announced this week that all schools under their district will switch to a four-day school week starting next year. The district serves more then 4,500 students in grades K-8 in the Buckeye and Goodyear area.
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