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West Valley farmers market to stay in Glendale, expand to Peoria, Surprise

Momma’s Organic Market will stay in Glendale permanently, but it will add a new — yet old — Peoria location, and also add a Surprise market.

West Valley nonprofit partners with country star to give back to military members

Packages from Home is partnering with Crown Royal’s Purple Bag Project and country music star Kane Brown to give back to America’s military and veterans.

Mircosoft gives Benevilla COVID-19 Response Fund award

Benevilla received a $10,000 C-19 Response Fund award from the Greater Phoenix Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Team, bolstering the local organization’s community support.

Meet Your Neighbor: Alexa Nolte explores her future

Alexa Nolte grew up in Goodyear and now calls Litchfield Park "home."

Goodyear Police corporal saves runaway calf from drowning

A Goodyear Police corporal’s history of horsing around paid off for a runaway calf that found itself trying to keep its head above water in a Roosevelt Irrigation District canal Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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RECREATION

Goodyear golf course to close temporarily

Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Regional Park will be closing temporarily starting Monday, Aug. 17, according to a release.

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.

COVID-19 cases in Goodyear up 65 over the week

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Goodyear was 2,549 as of Friday, Aug. 13, a 2.62% increase over last Friday and a 0.20% increase over Thursday.
DEVELOPMENT

Just won't quit: Arizona farming families persist as development gobbles up land

The Rayner and Gladden families’ multigenerational Southwest Valley farming operations have weathered just about everything the world has thrown at them for the better part of 100 years, from drought and pests to extreme price swings and two pandemics, but there are two modern threats that are unrelenting — development and water availability.

COVID-19 cases in Goodyear up 99 over last week

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Goodyear was 2,533 as of Wednesday, Aug. 12, a 4.07% increase over last Wednesday and a 0.36% increase over Tuesday.
Goodyear Business News
Southwest Valley residents who qualify can get a ClearCaptions telephone like this one to help them with their telephone conversations.

Southwest Valley residents have chance to ‘read’ their phones

People with hearing difficulties could have a hard time understanding telephone conversations. That could lead to frustrations for the caller and callee — or worse, open the caller up to scams.
First Fruits created the Tackle Kids Summer Nutrition program to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the U.S.

Bashas’, First Fruits fund 42,000 emergency meals for Navajo Nation

Bashas’ Family of Stores and First Fruits are funding 42,000 emergency meals for children and families on the Navajo Nation through St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Valley Sleep Center, Goodyear is slated to open in September at 13481 W. McDowell, Suite 200.

Valley Sleep Center to open sixth location in Goodyear

Valley Sleep Center, which specializes in sleep health management services, is poised to open its sixth location in Goodyear in September.
Taxpayers wishing to speak with an Arizona Department of Revenue specialist can click the blue button from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to get connected.

Revenue department’s live chat assists 31,000 taxpayers in first year

Arizona Department of Revenue specialists have assisted more than 31,000 taxpayers through live chat since the department debuted the service Aug. 1, 2019, on its AZDOR.gov andAZTaxes.gov websites.

Home sales are on fire in the Valley

The coronavirus pandemic is not slowing down home sales in the Valley.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

AIA revises hopeful start dates for fall sports

During a special meeting Aug. 5 the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Executive Board approved a fall 2020 high school athletics calendar. This list of revised start dates for practice …

Maricopa JUCO athletes receive signs of hope

Trevor Baugh and hundreds or local athletes in his shoes could breathe a sigh of release. On July 16, the Maricopa County Community College District announced its intent to maintain its athletic …

COVID-19 spike changes high school football outlook

The brutal truth of Arizona high school football is there are no guarantees of when, how, and if the Friday Night Lights will burn again in the Grand Canyon State.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

School delays to also push back high school fall sports

In response to Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order that will delay the start of in-person classes for the 2020-21 school year, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has also delayed all school-related athletics until at least Aug 17.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

More Class of 2020 athletes sign with universities

The following local high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs.
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Opinions

Americans love anniversaries, whether it is the birth of our nation on July 4th, our parents’ 50th, Pearl Harbor or 9/11. The year 2020 has a number of significant anniversaries of laws that have changed American society in uncountable ways.

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.
Education
EDUCATION

Buckeye family donates computers to Litchfield students

As school districts across the state begin the new school year in a distance-learning format, ensuring that every student has access to the necessary technology is a top priority. The need for technological devices is crucial and the digital divide is real.

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.

Legacy Traditional Schools launches laptop loaner program

Legacy Traditional Schools, which operates 16 campuses in cities around the the state, including Goodyear, announced it will loan laptops to students who need them for the 2020-21 academic year.

Goodyear, Litchfield Park school districts map out reopening plans

Officials with Agua Fria Union High School District and associated elementary/middle school districts, Avondale and Litchfield, have been working all summer to determine how best to reopen next month in the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19.

LESD to participate in 2020-21 national meals programs

Litchfield Elementary School District #79 announces it will participate in the 2020-21 school lunch and school breakfast programs.
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