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Greg Hague, CEO and founder of 72SOLD.

72SOLD acquires Gilbert real estate firm

72SOLD affiliate Hague Partners recently announced the acquisition of The Real Estate Firm, a real estate brokerage in Gilbert. Founded in 2014 by Malani Tillotson, the affiliation adds 30 real …
A Burlington store will open in the fall at Mesa Grand, 1727 S. Stapley Drive in Mesa.

New Burlington location coming soon to Mesa

Burlington Stores, a national retailer, recently announced it will open a new store in Mesa this fall bringing the total number of locations in the state to 16. It will open at Mesa Grand, …
The Pronto Bowl is a September special at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants.

Serrano’s to feature 'Pronto' specials in advance of Tempe opening in late fall

The Serrano family, owners and operators of Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants, will be providing customers with a “Taste of Pronto” through the end of September at all four …

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7-year-old Mesa girl killed in head-on crash in Kansas

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — A 7-year-old Arizona girl was killed Tuesday in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 50 in in southwest Kansas. The child, Isabella Rodriguez- Rivera, was a passenger in a …
News

Expect delays on SR79, Florence to Oracle Junction, starting Sept. 21

Motorists who use State Route 79 between Florence and Oracle Junction should expect delays starting Tuesday, Sept. 21, while crews complete a chip seal followed by a fog seal. Motorists should …

US faith leaders recall Sikh's bias killing post Sept. 11

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Sikh businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi was helping plant a flower bed at his Arizona gas station when he was shot dead by a man seeking to avenge 9/11. Mistaken for an Arab Muslim …
First responders

7 thefts reported Aug. 30-Sept. 4 in Mesa

The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following thefts Aug. 30-Sept. 4: Theft at a highway/road/alley/sidewalk Aug. 30 in the 2000 block of South Nina Circle. Theft at a residence/home …
By ZIP code

Coronavirus cases up 1,539 in a week in Mesa

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Sept. 15 reported the number of coronavirus cases in Mesa is 85,608 in ZIP codes 85201-85210, 85212, 85213 and 85215. It is an increase of 1,539 from a …
OPINION

Behavioral health has always been as important as physical health, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought it out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The tight relationship between behavioral and …

National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners all across the country. Today, Arizona is home to more than 550,000 small businesses, employing an …
Two of the biggest topics buzzing around our industry these days are the resurgence of golf and how to make the sport, and private golf clubs, more inclusive. Our core demographic is changing and if …
Neighbors
Glenn Tallar

Organ Stop Pizza welcomes new organist, Glenn Tallar

For nearly 50 years, Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa has been a destination restaurant for customers of all ages. It is home to the Mighty Wurlitzer, the world’s largest and finest theater organ, …
Jayeden Valbrun, far right, with his family.

Mesa student, 11, excelling at ASU Prep Digital

Mesa resident Jayeden Valbrun began the sixth grade a few months ago at Arizona State University Prep Digital online K-12 school. He has expressed interest in accelerating his learning by taking …
In one of the classes learn how Block Watch, neighborhood clean-ups, neighborhood gatherings and the neighborhood registration program can help strengthen your neighborhood.

Free ‘Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ classes begin Sept. 28

“Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ free classes with useful information to support Mesa residents who want to improve their neighborhoods starts Sept. 28. “Attend these free …
Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Southwest division team members at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa prior to packing meals. From left are Regional Marketing Director Amara Boesch, Superintendent Manny Vidaure, Project Manager Tony Allen, Senior Client Coordinator Tracie Blackwell and Assistant Superintendent Beth Butler.

Tempe construction firm helps fight child hunger in Mesa

As part of Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s National Day of Giving, the construction manager’s Southwest division spent an afternoon volunteering with Feed My Starving Children to …
In one of the classes learn how Block Watch, neighborhood clean-ups, neighborhood gatherings and the neighborhood registration program can help strengthen your neighborhood.

Free ‘Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ classes begin Sept. 28

“Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ free classes with useful information to support Mesa residents who want to improve their neighborhoods starts Sept. 28. “Attend these free …
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
Education

Mesa High School evacuated due to bomb threat, no explosives found

Mesa High School students were evacuated Wednesday due to a bomb threat. As of Wednesday afternoon, Mesa police has found no evidence of any explosive devices on campus. About 3,000 students were …
Education

Mesa donates truck to EVIT Fire Science program

A fire truck donated by the city of Mesa to the East Valley Institute of Technology will increase the ability of EVIT’s Fire Science program to create a more realistic environment in which to …
Neighbors

Tidwell receives Tancer Arts in Education Award

A Mesa teacher dedicated to sharing a love of the arts with their students has won Act One’s Tancer Arts in Education Award. Taryn Tidwell of Shepherd Junior High School in Mesa is the …
Neighbors

Mesa Public Schools teacher 1 of 5 top finalists for Teacher of the Year

Nancy Parra-Quinlan, a seventh/eighth grade STEM/CTE teacher at Kino Junior High School in the Mesa Public Schools district, is one of five teachers named finalists for the Arizona Educational …
News

Dental hygiene students offer discounted dental teeth cleanings, services Sept. 11

Mesa Community College dental hygiene students are accepting appointments for discounted teeth cleanings and oral health screenings on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral …
Education

Construction trades learned at EVIT program taught in Apache Junction

The tiny house is where big dreams are born. The house is located on the yard between the welding and construction classrooms at Apache Junction High School. It’s 8 feet wide, 10 feet high …
Education

Mesa Community College fall 2021 classes begin Saturday

Mesa Community College is reopening its campus facilities for in-person services while continuing to offer virtual options. Virtual services remain available, giving students and the community …
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The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, which includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing.

Salt River Tubing open weekends in September

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, weather and water flow conditions permitting. The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, …
The event consists of a 400-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.

Mesa Sprint Triathlon Sept. 25 benefits youth programs

Registration is underway for the 10th Annual Mesa Sprint Triathlon that starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Road. The event consists of a 400-yard swim, …
Herencia Mexicana will perform at the Oct. 2 event.

22nd Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival in Chandler Oct. 2

Chandler Center for the Arts celebrates the rich cultural history of Mexico through vibrant music and dance at the 22nd Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival. The 7 p.m. Oct. 2 event at the …
The show features more than 600 top custom, exotic, rare and exclusive cars and trucks. There are car exhibitions, drag racing and drift exhibitions.

FuelFest Dec. 4 in Chandler with Cody Walker, Tyrese Gibson

FuelFest is set for its inaugural and rescheduled date at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Chandler. Now in its third year, FuelFest blends enthusiasts’ passion for …
The event consists of a 400-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.

Mesa Sprint Triathlon Sept. 25 benefits youth programs

Registration is underway for the 10th Annual Mesa Sprint Triathlon that starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Road. The event consists of a 400-yard swim, …
Obituaries

Jeanne M. Brubaker

Jeanne, 98, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on September 7, 2021, at home. She had been a patient at Banner hospital in early August after breaking her hip. Her niece Barb Dallara from Philadelphia …

Robert Walfred Latvalla

Robert formerly of Minnesota, Massachusetts, and most recently Arizona, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, in his 93rd year, died peacefully on September 10, 2021. He is preceded …

Martha Lee Brady

Martha Lee Brady passed peacefully on September 11, 2021, at the age of 90. Though the world has lost a sweet, loving, and talented soul, Martha has joined her beloved husband, Roger, sisters Jean …

Richard Christian Herrmann

Richard died suddenly on September 2, 2021 after celebrating his 90th birthday a month earlier. “Dick” was a thoughtful, loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great …

Dale Lings

On September 7, 2021, Dale Lings died suddenly of a heart attack at 74 years old at Bigfork Valley Hospital, MN. Dale and his wife of 50 years, Diane, were spending the summer at their cabin in …
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