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PUSD board approves new superintendent contract, includes annual salary of $205K

The Peoria Unified School District and future Superintendent Jason Reynolds came to terms on his contract effective, July 1, his first day on the job. The contract expires June 30, 2022. Mr. …

‘Hike for Hope’ benefit for West Valley nonprofit coming to Peoria

The seventh annual Hike for Hope benefiting Billy’s Place will take place 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. It will start and finish in WestWing at Copper Hills Church near Sunrise Mountain, 27035 …

Overall violent, property crimes down in some Arizona cities in first half of 2019

Preliminary statistics show overall declines in both violent and property crime in the first half of 2019 in the United States compared to the same time frame the previous year, according to FBI …

Off-roading: Peoria Police Department receives $30K grant for OHV

The Peoria Police Department will be getting a new a side-by-side off-highway vehicle to patrol and use in the city’s desert areas.

Update of Peoria's fleet shop planned for  2022

Welcome to an ongoing series informing residents about city projects that affect them directly. The Peoria Independent features capital improvement projects that have begun construction, are in design, or planned for the future.
West Valley Preps


Just when Sierra Colby was finally ready to take the field, she was sidelined, first by an injured knee in the fall, and then by mononucleosis. As the new year started, the senior was healthy and …

Former Phoenix Suns venue to host some Arizona high school tourney games

The Madhouse on McDowell will say hello to basketball once again as several state high school basketball championships will be played at the Phoenix venue. The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. …

Liberty, Sunnyside wrestling split tournament showdowns

Arizona's top two wrestling programs made themselves at home on the road during the state's two biggest tournaments this month. Liberty traveled to its first Flowing Wells Invitational in Tucson …

Peoria survives fouls, threes to defeat Deer Valley in OT

Eventually, Peoria freshman point guard Andrew Camacho made enough free throws to ensure Deer Valley would not be able to tie on another Jackson Leyba three pointer.   "yes he's a high …


Fresh off a Division I state wrestling title on its first try and full of returning starters, Liberty’s 2019-20 squad is not complacent. Instead, the Lions are pushing for the next level …
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Peoria Business

A medical marijuana dispensary in Peoria is expanding its operations.

A new 189-unit single story, multi-family residential gated community is planned for nearly 18 acres at the northwest corner of 83rd and Olive avenues.
Great Hearts Academies in Arizona is looking to hire 250 teachers and teaching assistants for the 2020-2021 school year.
A new 189-unit single story, multi-family residential gated community is on track for nearly 18 acres at the northwest corner of 83rd and Olive avenues.
Peoria Education

Getting the word out at Peoria Unified More teachers could apply for prestigious certification By Philip Haldiman Independent Newsmedia A group of Peoria Unified School District teachers …

The West Valley Arts Council, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, is seeking students to participant in …
      Zuni Hills gets latest Friendship Bench Peoria Pioneer Lions Club project will add 16 new benches this year A Friendship Bench was recently erected in the school …
Just in time for the spring semester to kick off, the Peoria Unified School District opened the Sunrise Mountain Art Center, also known as SMart Center, for students on the campus of Sunrise Mountain High School.
Peoria Opinion

As we move our city into the future, I am often asked about important topics related to new construction, future development, public safety, transportation, schools, water and many others. One question I have been asked is how is Peoria addressing the growing issue of homelessness?

For most living in the Mesquite District, Happy Valley Road is the main corridor we use to access our neighborhoods, shopping centers, parks, schools and more.
The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”
If you haven’t seen 16-year-old Greta Thunberg fight for environmental justice over the last year, then you’ve probably been under a nice, cool rock.