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Glendale detective involved in shooting at Phoenix gas station

PHOENIX (AP) — A Glendale police detective fatally shot a carjacking suspect who had knocked another detective to the ground during an encounter in Phoenix.

Man, teen killed in shooting in Glendale

GLENDALE (AP) — A double-homicide in Glendale left a man and a 16-year-old boy dead, and investigators suspect the incident was related to drugs, a police spokeswoman said. Police officers …

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.

Apartments approved for Loop 101 and Bell Road

A 418-unit apartment complex has been approved for the northwest corner of Loop 101 and Bell Road on the Glendale-Peoria border. Glendale City Council unanimously approved a general plan and …

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.
Neighbors & Good News
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 …


When Craig Marcus finished two years as the Mountain Ridge boys basketball coach in spring 2010, he never imagined he would return to the same job a decade later. Heck, five months ago Verrado …

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.

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.

Baseball, softball players hope for Maricopa JUCO reprieve

Recent Valley Vista graduate Josette Orion was at work when she heard she was losing another season of softball.

The Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, honored as a National Model Academy, is inviting community members to get involved during the 2020-21 school year.

Glendale Elementary School District began the school year through remote, virtual learning Monday. After considering a soft launch of in-person learning next week, GESD has pushed back the start …
Glendale Union High School District began the school year through remote, virtual learning Monday. GUHSD has committed to distance learning for the first four weeks of the school year, with …

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.

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 …
The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Independent Newsmedia launches real-time, interactive calendar of events at YourValley.net

Independent Newsmedia is providing communities across the Valley of the Sun a free and interactive resource helping event promoters during the time of the novel coronavirus.
Public Service

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.

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.

In-home gun shop approved in north Glendale

The Glendale Planning Commission allowed a north Glendale gun salesman to have customers visit his home to buy firearms. Gabbert’s Gun Shop, northwest of 55th and Grovers avenues, is about …

Abrazo Arrowhead named ‘Best Hospital’ by US News

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and its satellite, Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, are included in Best Hospitals 2020-21 released by US News & World Report.
West Valley Arts Council has named Glendale’s Michael Denson its new Arts HQ Gallery Director.

West Valley Arts Council names Glendale resident gallery director

Glendale resident Michael Denson is the new Arts HQ Gallery Director at West Valley Arts Council, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.
Meghan Ruel

ProMusica Arizona to offer choral, instrumental classes online

ProMusica Arizona is offering weekly classes on choral singing and instrumental playing techniques in September.
Casey Weaver is owner and chief engineer at SteamPunk Audio Labs in Glendale.

Q&A: Catching up with SteamPunk Audio Labs in Glendale

Many aspects of outside daily life have come to a halt during a spring and summer with coronavirus but music is louder than ever inside SteamPunk Audio Labs in Glendale.
Gary and Rochelle Tinstman and Terri Sue Rossi took a quick peek from behind their facemasks.

Musical trio stays in harmony during quarantine

The Red Rock Crossing Band had been plenty busy before coronavirus changed everything for live performing acts. So busy in fact, that the trio’s last live gig -- on March 14 -- was a …
Shelby and Brian Maticic, of Glendale’s Brelby Theatre Company, will be participating gin the July 14 “The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues” event.

Brelby duo to participate in ‘24 Hour Plays’

Brelby Theatre Company, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, is one of a dozen Arizona theatre companies participating in the “The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues.” The project will be …
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