election 2022

Learn more about Peoria Unified School District candidates: Academics

To give residents another opportunity to learn more about the Peoria Unified School District governing board candidates, the Peoria Independent has submitted a second questionnaire inquiring about their stance on certain issues.

ASU grad, former Glendale, Peoria teacher creates mural at Phoenix Fry’s

ASU grad, former Glendale, Peoria teacher creates mural at Phoenix Fry’s The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture partnered with Fry’s Food Stores to commission artist Kenneth Keene to …
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Peoria police seek assistance in locating endangered male

Peoria Police seek the public’s help in locating, Dylan Schalow, a 20-year-old male.


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U.S. Army to conduct training in area of Peoria, Phoenix, Sept. 20-23

The U.S. Army will be conducting routine training this week in the areas of Peoria and Phoenix, Sept. 20-23.

New website, mobile app to make communicating with Peoria easier

Does a pot hole need to be filled in your neighborhood? Do you want to find out when your bulk trash pick up is? Maybe you’d like to report graffiti on a nearby wall. All this and similar …

Peoria approves nearly $200K in grant funding for public safety

Peoria City Council approved $195,235 in grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for public safety, Sept. 13.


Developer withdraws housing proposal in Peoria

It appears residents have won a fight against a housing community proposed near their neighborhood.

Glendale hospital planning assessment screenings for heart, stroke risks

Low-cost vascular risk assessment screenings will take place at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale this month.

Get to know your Peoria business: Precision Aerial Solutions

Get to know Peoria-based Precision Aerial Solutions

Opinions: Highlighting Peoria Voices
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Everhard: Reasoning for school board candidate forum cancellation 'perfect'

Thank you for your excellent article regarding the desire to meet one of our basic rights and your well-founded concerns about exercising that right.

Hughes: Water rebates should be available to all Peoria residents

The city of Peoria offers five rebates for Peoria water customers, including smart irrigation controllers, but that doesn't mean they are available to all residents.

Burhop: What would be in the Trump presidential library?

Presidential libraries are actually museums.

Allans support Binsbacher in 2022 Peoria mayoral race

My husband, John and I are both wholeheartedly supporting Bridget Binsbacher for Peoria mayor.

Hoffman: Hospitality investors will see need to serve WV with more resorts

Hoffman: Resorts will have their day in the West Valley

Sturniolo: Way to go, Mayor Carlat!

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat returned a great rebuttal in the article "Republicans censure Peoria mayor over Kelly endorsement."
Sports and West Valley Preps Reporting
Centennial junior cornerback Demari Washington and senior cornerback Marvaun Green tackle Hamilton junior Roch Cholowsky during their Sept. 24 game at Centennial High School in Peoria.

2022 Preps football preview: Centennial

The path back to the pinnacle of Arizona high school football began where Centennial paved the way in the first place — the weight room. If the Coyotes are not able to reverse course after a stunning 3-8 season in 2021, it will not be caused by a lack of strength and physicality.
The Peoria Panthers varsity football team lines up for a play during practice in August.

2022 Preps football preview: Peoria

Former Kelis football head coach Jason Golden will renew an anticipated rivalry as his Peoria Panthers take the field this upcoming season. But solid overall defense and an up-tempo offense should drive the team to some victories this season.
Cactus junior linebacker Tovia Vito intercept a jump ball thrown by Desert Edge senior quarterback Adryan Lara to junior Vinny Mansfield in the second quarter of their game at Cactus Oct. 8, 2021. Vito is one of three returning defensive starters for the Cobrs in 2022.

2022 Preps football preview: Cactus

From the outside, a title wave of change struck the Cactus program soon after the calendar flipped to 2022. Only six players with starting experience return to a team with a new coach that moved up to 5A after running roughshod over the 4A conference.
Glendale Prep junior safety/receiver Manuel Valenzuela flexes, after gaining possession of the ball during a Sept. 4, 2021 home game against Phoenix Veritas Prep. Valenzuela also will play quarterback in his senior season.

2022 Preps football preview: Glendale Prep

A fairly new crew of Glendale Prep players will tackle the recurring issues with the football program since it began playing 11-man ball in 2016. The 2022 Griffins will again sport a small roster in terms of numbers, height and weight. 
Sunrise Mountain junior running back Rex Underhill dives into the end zone to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead at Scottsdale Desert Mountain Nov. 26. Desert Mountain came back to win the 5A semifinal 17-8.

2022 Preps football preview: Sunrise Mountain

Most teams would look for a slightly less challenging non-conference slate when their region gets tougher and their rival is again coming off an Open Division semifinal appearance.
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September is National Preparedness Month

Be set during National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

Learn about Peoria police and fire-medical at annual public safety night

The Peoria Police and Fire-Medical departments are bringing together family fun and safety education for the annual G.A.I.N. Public Safety Night.
Peoria is celebrating the third annual Thank a Water Hero Day, Sept. 23.

Peoria celebrates water heroes

The third annual Thank a Water Hero Day is Friday, Sept. 23. Join the city of Peoria to celebrate  the Arizona water heroes who ensure continued access to safe and clean water every …
The city of Peoria is hosting Peoria Recycles Day, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-noon at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Bring items to Peoria Recycles Day, Oct. 29

The city of Peoria is hosting Peoria Recycles Day on Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-noon at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
Overseeding is stressful to Bermuda Grass and it is recommended that you “let Bermuda rest” every few years?

Prepare for healthy winter grass in Peoria

It is getting to the time of year where many start planning for winter grass overseeding. Did you know that overseeding is stressful to the Bermuda and it is recommended that you “let Bermuda …
Peoria Entertainment Reporting

Fear Farm in West Valley opens today

The scary season means the return of Arizona’s spookiest experience right here in the West Valley.
Tickets and festival passes for the 2022 Peoria Film Fest are on sale now.

Peoria Film Fest tickets are on sale now

Tickets and festival passes for the 2022 Peoria Film Fest, part of the Phoenix Film Festival and presented by the city of Peoria, are on sale.
The Peoria City Council adopted the new 2022 Arts and Culture Plan, Sept. 13.

Peoria adopts 2022 arts and culture plan

The city of Peoria has reaffirmed its commitment to the arts with the creation of the new 2022 Arts and Culture Plan, which was adopted by the mayor and council at the Sept. 13 city council meeting.
Comedian Rob Schneider and his daughter, Miranda Scarlett Schneider, in their new film, “Daddy Daughter Trip.” The movie will be released Sept. 30 and was shot entirely in Arizona, including a local Bashas'.

Bringing Arizona to the big screen today, in the future

Arizona is Rob Schneider’s state. And he’s bringing it to the big screen. With much love.

RaeRae of Light to host fundraiser for congenital heart defect research

RaeRae of Light is hosting their inaugural “The Beat Goes On” backyard fest on Saturday, Oct. 22.
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