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Salt River Tubing open with safety protocols in northeast Mesa

        The business operates under permit of the USDA Forest Service in Tonto National Forest. (Salt River Tubing)Salt River Tubing opens in northeast Mesa Salt …

Salt River Tubing opening May 16 in northeast Mesa

Salt River Tubing and Recreation’s opening day --- with safety protocols --- is 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, on the Lower Salt River. The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, which …

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Maricopa County reports increase in building permit submissions

Data from the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department shows some encouraging signs for the nation’s fastest-growing county. Building permit submissions are up …

O’Connor U launched by Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute has launched a new transformational initiative to bring its educational programs online, O’Connor U. The initiative provides innovative civics …

Arizona tourism group launches health certification program

The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association has launched the AZSAFE + CLEAN Certification program in an effort to build consumer confidence and awareness about the safety and cleanliness of hotels …

Courtyard by Marriott at Gateway Airport, American Red Cross to host blood drive

Courtyard by Marriott at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at 6907 E. Ray Road in Mesa. For more …

Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores reopen with enhanced safety guidelines

Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores in Arizona recently began a phased reopening. In accordance with health department guidelines, shoppers are asked to stay 6 feet apart to maintain social …
OPINION

This weekend, we pause to reflect upon the selfless men and women who have honorably served our nation and state and made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us our freedom. We pay tribute to their …

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in …
Education

Higley delivers food, necessities to House of Refuge families

Campus closures around Arizona created new challenges for Arizona schools, from how to deliver education to how to provide food to those students who rely on them for meals. A small population in …

Shane Hilstrom hired as Eastmark High School baseball coach

Shane Hilstrom is the new baseball coach of Eastmark High School. The hire was approved at the May 20 Queen Creek Unified School District Board meeting. Coach Hilstrom takes on the role of EHS …

Arizona students receive Flinn Scholarships to local universities

For the 35th straight year, a cohort of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors has chosen to forego attending out-of-state universities and accept the Flinn Scholarship.

Community colleges provide personal protective equipment to healthcare workers

As healthcare workers grimly face a national shortage of medical supplies, nursing programs from Arizona’s community colleges are organizing and donating personal protective equipment to …
Business

Plexus Worldwide is recognizing the work of first responders during the coronavirus crisis.

Panda Cares, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, has donated $77,760 worth of personal protective equipment to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The donation included 9,600 KN95 particulate …
Entertainment
The Commemorative Air Force in Mesa is the home to World War II planes like this B-25. Photo from Commemorative Air Force website at azcaf.org.

Flyover May 8 commemorates 75th anniversary of World War II end

Another flyover is coming to the Valley, this time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, according to a …
The Commemorative Air Force in Mesa is the home to several large World War II planes like this B-25. Photo from Commemorative Air Force website at azcaf.org.

Flyover May 8 commemorates 75th anniversary of World War II's end

Another flyover is coming to the Valley, this time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, according to a …

The Arizona Highways Collection presents Photography by Barry M. Goldwater

Since 1925, Arizona Highways has been sharing the history, culture and natural beauty of Arizona with readers around the world. And …
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, like other parks in the Maricopa County. system, contends with monsoon damage every year. Researchers believe that climate change will make the monsoons even more powerful. (Photo by Gabriel Sandler / Cronkite News)

Maricopa County takes precautions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Maricopa County’s parks, trails and open spaces provide spaces for respite, health, and wellness, but the temporary closures of …

Parks and rec department shares COVID-19 updates, precautions, suggestions

When Governor Doug Ducey imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a point stressed throughout his March 30 …
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