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Abrazo Arrowhead’s 1st-ever baby born delivers her baby there 30 years later

Litchfield Park woman welcomes baby boy At Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., every delivery is special. But little Preston Tafoya kicked things up a notch.  Preston’s …

Litchfield Park native Josh Rojas finishes season with D-backs

Litchfield Park native and Millenium High School grad Josh Rojas made his Major League Baseball debut in a familiar uniform. The 25-year-old debuted with the Diamondbacks in August and finished …

Fundraiser Saturday benefits nonprofit Meals of Joy

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit senior meal delivery program, will host its annual fundraising gala 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at PebbleCreek, 16262 W. Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear. This year’s …

WestWorld events bring economic gain to Maricopa County

Scottsdale boasts large events annually that make a significant impact on its local economy and beyond. Several of those events are housed at …

Abrazo West Campus hospital staff honors EMS heroes

Abrazo West Campus honored local Emergency Medical Services personnel for heroic work during its annual EMS Heroes awards luncheon on the hospital campus. “As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the Abrazo …
West Valley Preps

West Valley Preps Week 8 football scoreboard

All games played on Oct. 11. All rankings for conference unless denoted for Open Division

West Valley Preps’ Week 7 football scoreboard

Week 7 in Arizona high school football saw Mountain Ridge take Liberty to double overtime, winning 39-33.

Pitts' key plays against Desert Ridge produce player of week win

The Week 4 football player of the week poll was up for two weeks and Liberty junior Shane Pitts led for most of that time frame. The safety/kicker won what turned out to be a two-man contest for …

Higley defense holds Millennium in check

Sam Ganczaruk For West Valley Preps Millennium wasn’t ready for the bright lights just yet. The previously unbeaten Tigers struggled offensively Friday as visiting Gilbert Higley upended …

West Valley Preps' Week 4 football scoreboard

All games played on Sept. 13 6A Shadow Ridge 43  Willow Canyon (5A) 14 Liberty 30  Mesa Desert Ridge 28 Laveen Cesar Chavez 48  Mountain Ridge 38   Phoenix Desert Vista 41  …
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Opinion

The men and women of America’s armed services have pledged — and often sacrificed — their lives to protect our freedoms. Yet just a single state, Arizona, has decided these heroes …

No public health issue is as important as being able to access high-quality, affordable health care; I believe we all can agree on this. Growing up, I always wanted to be a firefighter, and …
‘Tis the season for lots of festivals, fairs, and carnivals! Plus, there are school sports, professional sports, dances and lots of other fall fun. My shameless plug is for the Southwest Valley …
With over four decades of law enforcement and government service, it frequently becomes difficult to hold my tongue when speaking about law enforcement/community relations (just ask my lovely wife, …
Business

Leadership West, the West Valley’s premier leadership program, announces 33 new members to its latest class. New cohort group members join the ranks of business owners, municipal and civil …

ACE Recyling is hosting a ribbon cutting and celebration of its new name noon-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at 10297 W. Van Buren St., No. 16 in Tolleson. Call 623-907-5430 or visit …
By Mark Carlisle Independent Newsmedia Future changes in technology will affect how all Arizonans live their lives. And with three tech companies investing in Goodyear and El Mirage over the …
The City of Goodyear announces Amazon Logistics’ opening of a delivery station location in Goodyear later this year. This is Amazon’s third facility in the city limits, joining a fulfillment …
Education

Arizona earned another F this week when a national study ranked the state dead last in school funding — 51st out of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. A nationwide comparison …

By Melissa Rosequist Independent Newsmedia Seven municipal leaders gathered at Scottsdale City Hall for a roundtable discussion on the growing STEM environment within the Valley — leading to …
Goodyear students among those awarded millions in scholarship dollars Great Hearts Academies, a nonprofit network of tuition-free public charter schools in Arizona and Texas, announced its 2019 …
The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) will host information sessions on the A+ Schools of Excellence program. A+ Schools of Excellence is a comprehensive school assessment program that …
Entertainment
The Litchfield Park Festival of Arts takes place Nov. 2-3. [Submitted photo]

Festival of Arts returns to Litchfield Park

The Litchfield Park Festival of Arts goes 9 a.m.-5 p.m. over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at Downtown Litchfield Park, 101 …
Singer songwriter Miguel Melgoza performs 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Red’s Bar & Grill inside The Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd. in  Litchfield Park. [Submitted photo]

Singer-songwriter Miguel Melgoza performs at Wigwam Wednesday

Singer songwriter Miguel Melgoza performs 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Red’s Bar & Grill inside The Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd. …

Health Events Week of Oct 10-16

The following are health events for the week of October 10-16

Food truck party comes to Goodyear Ballpark Saturday

The (Food Truck) Round Up goes 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. The Roundup is a food truck …

Richie Darling stops at Saddle Mountain Brewing Co. in Goodyear Sept. 18

By Steve Stockmar Independent Newsmedia You’ve seen him at venues around the Valley, now Richie Darling brings his one-man …