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Newcomer Ryan Ownes has overtaken incumbent Kimberly Moran in what is a tight race for Litchfield Elementary School District governing board. There are two seats up for grabs with four names on … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more

The West Valley Water Association, which includes the city of Glendale, is offering a free online workshop on landscaping management and wise water use. more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
The 2023 Scenic Arizona Calendar, published by the Daily Independent at, is now available. more
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 … more

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, … more
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 … more
This fall, Arizona voters will have some big decisions to make at the ballot box at the statewide level. But they will also have some important decisions to make at the local level, including … more
BUCKEYE — Before the Buckeye City Council held an only 12-minute regular meeting Tuesday night, a 1-hour, 40-minute workshop was devoted to a downtown long-range plan. Tuesday afternoon, … more
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 … more
The West Valley Arts Council, a nonprofit and arts advocacy group, wants west-side artists to know that there are plenty of ways to get involved as the group announces several upcoming … more
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 … more

Legendary filmmaker and affordable wine pitchman Orson Welles once said: “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion … more
It’s that time of year again! Dust off your lederhosen and break out the beer steins for Litchfield Park’s annual Oktoberfest at The Wigwam resort. Enjoy live music, lawn games, … more
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 … more
Beginning next year, the Southwest Valley will have more tools in its kit to help combat the rising wave of homelessness, especially among families. The West Valley Housing Assistance Center, … more
Litchfield Park’s historic Wigwam is a nominee in four separate categories in the 2022 Historic Hotels Awards by Historic Hotels of America.  The Wigwam, completed in 1929, is a nominee … more
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