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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news
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Drinking water near Luke Air Force Base may be contaminated

Residents east of Luke Air Force Base are on edge after learning drinking water in their community may be contaminated following tests that detected high levels of toxic chemicals from a fire extinguishing foam used for decades on the military installation.
FIRST RESPONDERS

Robberies, thefts, assaults reported Feb. 15-22 in Goodyear, Litchfield Park

The following crime reports were taken in Goodyear and Litchfield Park from Feb. 15-22.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Number of new COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park plummets

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Litchfield Park dropped substantially this week, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Abrazo West marks more than 1,000 COVID patient discharges

A year after COVID-19 was first diagnosed in Arizona, Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear announced it has successfully cared for and discharged more than 1,000 COVID patients.
SOUTHWEST VALLEY DEVELOPMENT

‘With care and affection’: Sun Health groundbreaking celebrates Litchfield estate’s history

The long-awaited transformation of the historic Paul W. and Florence Brinton Litchfield estate and the expansion of Sun Health’s La Loma Campus are officially underway.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Valley Vista girls half dominant in win over Millennium

Both coaches in the annual Millennium-Valley Vista girls basketball showdown got about helf they  wanted Feb. 17, five days after both teams suffered a difficult loss.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Ironwood fends off dangerous young Millennium basketball team

Ironwood's veterans made enough plays in the final five minutes of the Feb. 16 rematch of the 2020 5A final to outscore Millennium 13-9 and hold off the young Tigers. Barley, though. Millennium …
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Sunrise blanks Millennium in likely girls’ soccer playoff preview

A couple sophomores spoiled Senior Night at Millennium in what will undoubtedly amount to a playoff match preview.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

AIA allows for visiting parents starting Feb. 8

The Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board announced Thursday that due to improving COVID-19 metrics up to two parents or legal guardians may attend their student-athletes' home and away games as allowed by the school and county guidelines.
GOLF

Goodyear golfer Todd wins close to home at Wigwam

The Warren Schutte Invitational presented by Hilgers Orthodontics, the first PING Junior Masters Series tournament of the 2021 season, teed off Jan. 23-24 at Wigwam Golf Resort, with round one …
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.

Goodyear is growing in amazing fashion in both commercial and residential development.
Let me start with a story that happened last July.
Westmarc is focusing on reaching California’s brokerage and young talent communities.
Business

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday, Feb. 16, that it will continue serving businesses in Avondale despite a decision by the city to withdraw its membership in the nonprofit organization.

Southwest Valley couples looking for simple and safe ways to celebrate romance close to home on Valentine’s Day have several options in Estrella.
The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Friday, Feb. 5, that President and CEO John Safin plans to leave the position as soon as a replacement has been found.
Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road in Goodyear, has earned Primary Plus Stroke Center certification for its ability to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to all patients with acute stroke symptoms and if necessary, admit patients to a dedicated stroke care unit.
Education

Kindergartners through second-graders whose families chose the in-person learning model at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year will return to their Litchfield Elementary School District classrooms beginning Monday, Feb. 22.

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is accepting nominations for the 22nd Annual Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards, presented by Cox Communications and SRP.
The Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is accepting essays for its annual Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship, which recognizes high school students whose ethical behaviors often go unnoticed, but should be recognized to inspire others to do the right thing.
Scott Libby Elementary School’s parent teacher association has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the National PTA to continue its efforts to meet critical needs of students, families and teachers in their school community due to COVID-19.
Entertainment
Goodyear's Mike Greenfield is one of the artists whose works will be on display during the Wigwam Festival of Fine Art.

Festival to bring fine art, food and spirits to The Wigwam

The grounds of The Wigwam in Litchfield Park will be more colorful than usual this weekend, when more than 100 fine artists and craftsmen from across the Southwest showcase their works during the 11th annual Wigwam Festival of Fine Art.
The 2021 Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival will look a little different from the 2020 festival, but will still feature vendors and a beer and wine garden.

Litchfield Park council green lights festival, fun run

Litchfield Park will ring in March with its annual spring Art & Wine Festival, then usher it out with Boy Scout Troop 99’s annual Fun Run.
Lisa Hegarty, who curated the Litchfield Park Historical Society Museum’s 1918 pandemic exhibit, will discuss how the Spanish flu affected Arizona and the Southwest Valley.

Local lecture to focus on 1918 flu pandemic

The Litchfield Park Historical Society and Church at Litchfield Park will present “The Spanish Flu of 1918: A Pandemic’s Local Legacy,” a free hybrid Zoom/in-person lecture, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Ballet Arizona dancers perform in “Pas de Sept

Ballet Under the Stars adapted for COVID-19 safety

Ballet Arizona will continue to pull a pirouette on its programming during the COVID-19 pandemic as the Valley’s only professional ballet company presents Ballet Under the Virtual Stars, an online adaptation of its free Valley-wide community performances, Saturday, Jan. 23.
Kiwanis Club of Litchfield’s Trout Fishing Derby drew 806 fishing enthusiasts to Tierra Verde Lake Park in 2020. This year’s event will feature masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Kiwanis Trout Fishing Derby modified for COVID-19 safety

Kiwanis Club of Litchfield’s much-loved Trout Fishing Derby will go on this year, with social distancing and other COVID-19 safety mitigations in effect to keep participants safe.
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