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At the Arizona Humane Society, we care for and love each and every one of the more than 15,000 sick, injured and abused pets that walk through our doors each year. But, of course, we can’t help but have some that pull on our heartstrings just a tad bit more than others … this includes our beloved senior pets. more
If you’ve ever traveled by motorcycle, you know stopping for gas can be time consuming. Dismount, take off your helmet and gloves, unzip your riding pants, dig your wallet out of your jeans, angle the pump perfectly to avoid squirting gas on the tank, etc. It can be cumbersome. more
Prominent chefs and restaurateurs from around the Valley share some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories with the Independent Newsmedia reader community, including favorite holiday dishes and some of the unique family traditions they’ve cherished over the years. more
A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?” more
Deep-frying a turkey is a great way to get a delicious, moist meal for Thanksgiving; but this method of cooking can be a very dangerous undertaking. Every fall, millions of dollars of damage, trips to the emergency room and even deaths result from attempts to deep-fry turkeys. more
Many older cats and dogs tend to spend more time in shelters waiting for their forever home compared to their younger furry friends. Most people come to the shelter wanting to adopt puppies, kittens or young adult dogs and cats. more

On any given night in Arizona, there are just under 11,000 people experiencing homelessness. Still being in the middle of a pandemic and now seeing inflation rise by over 6%, it is no wonder that so many people are struggling in the wake of what’s happened globally in the past year and a half. more
Alzheimer’s disease is devastating — not only for the more than 6 million Americans living with the disease, but also for the 11 million family and friends serving as caregivers. Here in Arizona there are 262,000 family caregivers. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, offering an important reminder to support caregivers in our state. more
The term herd immunity means that enough of a population has gained immunity to stifle a pathogen’s spread. You can think of herd immunity as being similar to fire starting in a field: If the field is dry and filled with weeds, the fire will catch and spread quickly. However, if the field is well-maintained with watering and trimming, the fire will fizzle out. more
After months of debate and negotiation, Congress has passed a sweeping measure to upgrade many parts of the nation’s infrastructure. The bill provides $1.2 trillion in funding, including $550 billion in new federal spending; the rest renews and updates existing transportation programs, such as highway construction. more
Heartburn, reflux, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation — 61% of Americans report having one or more GI symptoms in the past week! Ouch! Gastrointestinal diseases and distress can come in many forms affecting the throat, stomach and GI tract. The good news is that most diseases and symptoms can be treated or prevented. more
When I was 10 years old, I witnessed my grandfather, Cesar Chavez, fasting to demand a ban for pesticide use on table grapes. The pesticides poisoned the soil and posed serious health impacts to the … more
In the last 11 months I have spent in the Senate, I have traveled thousands of miles around Arizona and talked with local leaders from big cities, small towns, rural regions and tribal nations. Their messages to me have been consistent: our communities need a federal investment to upgrade our infrastructure, create good-paying jobs, and put more money in the pockets of working families. more

There has long been a connection between the holiday season and the time to give back to your community, to help your neighbor or someone in need — But with a year unlike any in recent memory thankfully in America’s rearview mirror, we at St. Mary’s Food Bank know first-hand Arizonans will step up when called to give back at any time of year. more
In my life, like most of you, I’ve had many roles. I’ve been a mom, a wife, and an employee for most of my life. I could never seem to keep a plant alive but managed to raise three boys to manhood. Now, I have another role, as an area coordinator for Operation Christmas Child for the West Valley. more
Veterans answered their nation’s call, and now a group of Americans are joining together to answer a cry for help from far too many of those who’ve served. Military veterans make up … more
We are humbled by the outpouring of community generosity that helps expand our nonprofit mission. Since 1977, we have remained focused on bringing comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community, and we could not do it without the people, businesses and volunteer groups who give their time, talent and donations. more
All wars have stories and if truth be told, the United States has been a warrior nation for its entire history. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History had a superb exhibit about America at War. more
Did you hear the news about Zillow? It finally admitted what I’ve been saying for years - its home flip business is a flop.  more
Many of us who drive on the state highway system likely don’t pay much attention when we cross over the majority of the more than 4,800 bridges that the Arizona Department of Transportation … more

Dear citizen, voter, responsible adult American: Critical reading is a required course in colleges today. What is important to understand about this course is that the future voters of America are … more
Dear valued readers: Some of you may have noticed recent changes to the Daily Independent at YourValley.net, especially changes to our commenting system, which allows you to respond beneath news … more
Our president is boring. He must have had a charisma bypass. He has not called our veterans “losers.” He has not made fun of challenged folks. He has restored the world’s … more
Last month we saw historic worker action take over national headlines. In what has come to be known as “striketober,” workers across the country were withholding their labor in the face of inexcusable corporate greed. Going on a strike is a sacrifice and not easily decided, but for too long our economy has favored lining the pockets of CEOs. more
An employee at MacEwan University got an email in 2017 from someone claiming to be a construction contractor asking to change the account number where almost $12 million in payments were sent. A week later the actual contractor called asking when the payment would arrive. more
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