A chihuahua waits with his owners outside the Church at Litchfield Park polling location, Nov. 8, 2022.

Unofficial Results: Moran in narrow lead; 'yes' on Litchfield, Agua Fria overrides

Updated 8:10 p.m. Nov. 8, 2022 Litchfield Elementary School District governing  board race: Moran has narrow lead School board president Kimberly Moran has a slight lead with 35% of the …

Few Southwest Valley homes break $1M mark this fall

Sales of Southwest Valley homes breaking the million-dollar mark slowed this fall. See where the top-selling homes were sold and view price trends over time. Litchfield Park Some of the most …
Weekend traffic in the West Valley is expected to be heavy with NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway and a home game for the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale.

NASCAR, Cardinals make for busy weekend on West Valley roads

Drivers in the West Valley need to prepare for heavier-than-normal traffic this weekend with NASCAR racing and Arizona Cardinals football attracting fans Saturday and Sunday. ADOT officials said …

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Racing

Phoenix Raceway names NASCAR's 1st female African American track president

Latasha Causey will become the first female African American track president in NASCAR history when she takes over that position later this month at Phoenix Raceway. Causey, who grew up in the …
Education

Budget overrides back on the ballot for Southwest Valley schools

Last November, 30 years of continuous budget overrides in the two Southwest Valley school districts came to an abrupt end when residents voted down override measures that provide Agua Fria Union High …
WATER

Free West Valley Water Association workshop to offer important tips

The West Valley Water Association, which includes the city of Glendale, is offering a free online workshop on landscaping management and wise water use.
Education

Board president hints at leadership changes at Litchfield elementary district

The Litchfield Elementary School District board president hinted at leadership changes at last week’s candidate forum held by the district’s education foundation.  During …
Development

Controversial Litchfield Park rezone delayed again 

The city of Litchfield Park has once again delayed its decision regarding what has become a contentious and controversial rezoning request involving a sitting city planning commissioner and a church …
MONSOON

Pole numbers: SRP, APS set records during summer of 2022

Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service reached records over the summer as rain and high winds produced widespread damage and power outages. “On July 17th, we had a storm that caused …
Recreation

Avondale to host fishing derby

The city of Avondale is hosting a fishing derby November 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Festival Fields Park, 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road. Families are invited to bring their fishing equipment and chairs …
CALENDAR

2023 Scenic Arizona Calendar now available

The 2023 Scenic Arizona Calendar, published by the Daily Independent at YourValley.net, is now available.
City News

Litchfield commissioners vote to strengthen RV code

Litchfield Park's planning and zoning commission voted Oct. 11 to clarify the city's ordinance on the storage of recreational vehicles, opting to adopt the strictest possible interpretation. The …
Education

Litchfield Elementary seeks funds for playground

Editor's Note: This article was updated Oct. 14, 2022 at 4:10 p.m. to reflect that Kiwanis International has yet to post results of the Legacy of Play contest set to be announced Oct. 13, …
Religion

Christian evangelists back on the streets after pandemic pause

Jehovah’s Witnesses have resumed their public ministry after a two-year pause due to the pandemic.  Representatives of the Christian denomination can once again be seen spreading their …

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WEST VALLEY PREPS

Millennium star Jones will keep playing in purple, black

Eryn Jones has been a fixture in purple and black for four years, and that will not change when she moves to Texas next August. The star Millennium senior outside hitter has been a crucial part of the Tigers’ varsity since her first month on campus
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Paradise Honors girls swimming emerges as contender

Two years ago, the Paradise Honors swimming program existed more on paper than during the fall season. Now the Panthers are a true high shool team, with practices and camraderie during meets.
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Dear Editor, "I put a stake in the heart of the McCain Republicans." That comment should go down in the annals of political comments as one of the most profoundly stupid campaign calls in recent …

Ken Burns' gripping documentary, "The U.S. and the Holocaust" brought back memories of my own family. My four grandparents immigrated from eastern Europe in the 1890s and settled in New York. My …
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Education

Catholic Charities Westside Head Start has begun enrolling students in the 2022-2023 school year, which includes enrollment for Head Start, Early Head Start, pregnant mothers and home-based programs.

Independent Newsmedia is providing ongoing coverage of school board races in cities across the Valley, including Litchfield Elementary School District, where three candidates are running for two …
School districts across the country are dealing with learning loss after more than two years of pandemic-related disruptions. How do you plan to do to address learning loss in LESD schools at the …
Recess should be a time for a kid to exercise, explore and have fun with friends — but at Litchfield Elementary School, playground offerings are limited.  Students from third to fifth …
Four Southwest Valley high school seniors have been named class of 2023 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. The Southwest Valley semifinalists named Wednesday in the 68th …