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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news

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

COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park just under 770

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 ZIP code was 769 as of Friday, Aug. 14, a 1.72% increase over last Friday and a 0.39% increase over Thursday.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park rise by just one overnight

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 ZIP code was 766 as of Thursday, Aug. 13, a 1.86% increase over last Thursday and a 0.13% increase over Wednesday.
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 Litchfield Park top 760

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 ZIP code was 765 as of Wednesday, Aug. 12, a 2.55% increase over last Wednesday and a 0.79% increase over Tuesday.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
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.
DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWS BRIEF

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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

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.
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.
Business

Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear is among four Abrazo Health hospitals across the Valley recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Quality Achievement and Target: Stroke awards.

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.
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.
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.
Education

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 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.
Officials with Agua Fria Union High School District and associated elementary/middle school districts, Litchfield and Avondale, have been working all summer to determine how best to reopen next month in the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19.
Litchfield Elementary School District #79 announces it will participate in the 2020-21 school lunch and school breakfast programs.
Entertainment
Activist Rosetta Walker will be featured speaker during Still Marching: Women in Resistance at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Litchfield Park residents invited to Arizona Historical Society virtual events

Litchfield Park residents interested in learning about Arizona's state parks, the Confederacy in the state, the women's suffrage movement and the forces that shaped early Flagstaff are invited to participate in a series of virtual events hosted by the Arizona Historical Society.
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.
The Litchfield Park Historical Society Museum is housed in one of the dwellings on the grounds of what was the Paul W. Litchfield estate.

Litchfield Park museum closed during the pandemic, but you can still ‘visit’

The Litchfield Park Historical Society Museum, 13912 W. Camelback Road, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that isn’t stopping its volunteers from exhibiting its displays. The …
Mike Wehner, Keith Weaver and Greg Drejza, as Copper Sunrise, usually play around eight gigs a month, mostly across the Southwest Valley.

Litchfield Park trio heads back to Irish Wolfhound

Copper Sunrise is getting back to West Valley gigs in July.

Return of the movie theater: A pandemic guide to movie-going in 2020

In a typical year, the time between the Academy Awards and the summer blockbuster season has provided moviegoers with a steady, highly publicized buildup for those big-budget titles soon to draw thousands.
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