VALLEY OF THE SUN

'The Ladies' drive-in pop-up shows through Saturday in Chandler parking lots

Following sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes "The Ladies" are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, "Ladies in the Headlights!" to Chandler. Performances will be held Aug. …

Nintendo profit zooms as virus has homebodies playing games

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co.'s profit multiplied more than sixfold in April-June as people stuck at home during the pandemic turned to playing video games. The Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and …

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Local news

Rocky Mountain Emmys names local Silver Circle Society inductees

Local communications professionals are among five invited to join the Silver Circle Society of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Mesa officer among 2 injured in freeway collision

A Mesa police officer is in the hospital following a collision along a Valley freeway.
ENTERTAINMENT

Mesa water park suing over shutdown order

PHOENIX — The owners of a Mesa water park are suing to be allowed to reopen, claiming the policy of Gov. Doug Ducey that keeps it shuttered is discriminatory.
Money

ADOR returns more than $42M in unclaimed property

The Arizona Department of Revenue’s unclaimed property program returned $42.5 million to rightful owners in the fiscal year July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
2020 Primary Election

Unofficial results show shakeup in Mesa District 2 while other incumbents hold

Unofficial results show the Mesa City Council will largely remained unchanged with the exception of a change in District 2.
OPINION

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families.

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …
Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …
Neighbors
The new plate can be ordered through the AZ MVD NOW website at azmvdnow.gov.

Arizona Historical Society license plate gets new look

In time for Arizona’s monsoon season, the Arizona Historical Society has a new specialty license plate that pays homage to the state’s powerful summer storms.
Abrazo Scottsdale Campus employees partook in ice cream, which the hospital's medical staff sponsored for the employees.

Abrazo medical staff sponsor ice cream social for hospital employees

Doctors at Abrazo Health hospitals are providing free ice cream trucks for staff at each Abrazo hospital in the Valley this week.
Superstition Mountain Rotary Club President Harvey Clark presented the check to Teen Strong founder Sherry Eklund at a recent meeting.

Superstition Mountain Rotary Club donates $5K to ‘Teen Strong’

Superstition Mountain Rotary Club --- in cooperation with the Arizona Rotary District 5495 grants program --- awarded a $5,000 grant to Teen Strong of Mesa. It is a combined effort of $2,500 from …
Yannik Paul of Phoenix won the 77th Phoenix Open.

Yannik Paul of Phoenix wins 77th Arizona Open

Yannik Paul of Phoenix overcame a five-stroke deficit heading into the final round of the 77th Arizona Open to ultimately claim the contest by two strokes.
Bashas' hosted a fundraiser in the second half of June, raising about $78,400 for A New Leaf, which will use the money to benefit households struggling with unemployment and other similar effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bashas' raises $78k for A New Leaf to benefit those struggling from pandemic effects

While Arizona reels from the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many citizens are stepping up to help families facing unpaid bills and the prospect of homelessness.
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education

Valley Voices abound as concerns swirl around return to classrooms in Arizona

Valley schools prepare to begin online learning in the early weeks of August as parents offer insights into the various degrees of staying home or returning to the classroom.

Abrazo Central Family Medicine Residency celebrates 2020 grads

The Abrazo Health Family Medicine Residency at Abrazo Central Campus recognized its class of 2020 during graduation ceremonies on June 27.
Return to Learn

Mesa Public Schools sets plan for phased returning amid global COVID-19 pandemic

Mesa Public Schools announced its final plans for reopening schools in the fall with the district taking a phased approach to returning to in-person learning, one that has no plans to return to in-person by Aug. 17.

Arizona back-to-school assignment tackles ‘social-distance’ learning amid pandemic freeze

Like an old-fashioned game of freeze tag, many norms synonymous with going back to school are at a standstill until things can somewhat melt back to normal.
Business

Sales have exceeded expectations at Newport Homes’ neighborhood, The Strand at Cadence, Arizona-based real estate investment and development company Harvard Investments recently …

Los Sombreros has announced the opening of a third location in Mesa at 1976 W. Southern Ave, at the northeast corner of Dobson and Southern. The new restaurant is offering curbside pickup and …
Entertainment

LPGA set to tee-off from Longbow Golf Club in Mesa

The third stop on the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Longbow Golf Club in Mesa for the inaugural Founders Tribute.
The Ladies will be performing in some of Chandler's iconic locales with locations and directions disclosed to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the performance. Participants should tune their car radios to 88.1 to hear the performance. Curbside food orders will be available to complete the live experience.

'The Ladies' drive-in pop-up shows Aug. 7-15 in Chandler parking lots

Following sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes "The Ladies" are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, "Ladies in the Headlights!" to Chandler. Performances will be held Aug. …
Baseball is back and the Arizona D-backs will start their season in San Diego against the Padres before returning to Chase Field to host the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30.

Arizona Diamondbacks gear up for 60-game season

Major League Baseball announced the 2020 60-game D-backs schedule which will consist of 10 games against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants plus interleague matchups against all five American League West teams.
Fireworks entertainment is planned in Apache Junction, Mesa and Queen Creek on July 4.

Fireworks July 4 in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa

Celebrate Independence Day with loud reports and bright streaks of light as fireworks are shot off in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa on July 4. Fireworks in Apache Junction Because of …
Fireworks entertainment is planned in Apache Junction, Mesa and Queen Creek on July 4.

Fireworks July 4 in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa

Celebrate Independence Day with loud reports and bright streaks of light as fireworks are shot off in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa on July 4. Fireworks in Apache Junction Because of …
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