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Peoria police arrest sexual abuse suspect

Peoria Police Detectives arrested 66-year-old Marco Chinchilla, of Sun City, on suspicion of one count of Sexual Abuse and one count of Vulnerable Adult Abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching a Peoria Unified student.

Great Hearts Academies hosts hiring fair for Arizona locations

Great Hearts Academies in Arizona is hosting a hiring fair in March with hopes of landing 240 new teachers. The outreach is part of the  Phoenix-based charter school group to find new …

Peoria fire-medical cancer program set to launch

Retired Peoria Fire-Medical Department Capt. David Rehnke, 59, succumbed last month to a 10-year battle with renal cell carcinoma. His death was considered to be in the line of duty caused by …

Traffic collision on Olive Avenue in Peoria results in fatality

Kevin Surratt, 50, of Phoenix died from injuries sustained in a car accident in south Peoria.

Peoria plans Jomax construction in Vistancia, connection to Loop 303

More ease of access to the northern part of Peoria will soon be on its way.


Drive-thru division: Rezoning of Taco Bell in Peoria rolls on

Division over a drive thru on Thunderbird Road in Peoria has yet to be finalized.

Cigna partners with Sonora Quest, Genalyte on health care analytics effort

Health care diagnostics and analytics company Genalyte  and Sonora Quest Laboratories announced a strategic partnership with Cigna Medicare Arizona to leverage science-based analytics to reduce costs while improving clinical outcomes for customers of Cigna Arizona’s Medicare Advantage plans.

1 home sale eclipsed $1M mark last week in Peoria

One home sale eclipsed the $1 million mark in Peoria for the week of Feb. 12-18, according to Realtor. com.

Peoria Council recommends 2 liquor licenses

Peoria City Council recommended approval of two liquor licenses for Peoria businesses to the Arizona State Liquor Board.

Peoria chamber launches advertising program

The Peoria Chamber of Commerce launched a new Open for Business Advertising program to help promote local businesses.


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Opinions: Highlighting Peoria Voices
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.

Cravens: Searching for the definition of impeachment

I would like to correct Carolyn Copeland’s letter (“Reader says Trump was never impeached”) in which she continues to assert that Donald Trump was never impeached. In the first …
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.

Dunham: New water line benefits customers, supports local farmers

EPCOR has received a $250,000 grant from the Water Management Assistance Program at the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
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Park West to host Great Egg Giveaway event

Park West, located at 9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, will host its inaugural Great Egg Giveaway eggs-travaganza 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 27.

Some Peoria trails closed for repairs

City of Peoria Trails Division will be performing repairs to New River Trail, north of Rio Vista Community Park and to the Greenway Channel Trail through March 15.

Peoria dog park closed for construction

The Alta Vista Dog Park was temporarily closed starting Monday, Feb. 22 for construction.
A Vermillion Flycatcher was captured at Skunk Creek in this image by city of Peoria volunteer Adrian Reznik. The Skunk Creek Trailhead on 83rd Avenue, north of Thunderbird, is considered a birding hotspot due to the large number of different species that have been observed there, Della Killeen says, adding that the Vermillion Flycatcher “is quite rare in the low desert.”

Peoria calling on residents to help document bird population

The month of March brings Birding BioBlitz to Peoria, and the city is calling on residents to help.
Peoria’s Veterans Memorial is located at Rio Vista Community Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road.

City seeking Veterans Memorial Board members

The City of Peoria clerk’s office is inviting all interested residents to apply to serve on the Veterans Memorial Board.

Apply for the Peoria Veterans Memorial Board

Positions are open for the Peoria Veterans Memorial Board, which is responsible for the development and promotion of activities related to the recognition of veterans of the armed forces and their …
St. Mary’s Food Bank development associate Rebecca Utech is flanked by CORE Institute orthopedic surgeons Dr. Damon Adamany, Dr. Amalia de Comas and Dr. Mark Campbell.

CORE Institute donates $10K to St. Mary’s Food Bank

The CORE Institute, Arizona’s orthopedic practice, made a $10,000 donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank to help meet increased demand from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local nonprofit collaborates with Peoria to shed light on victims of teen dating violence

For the month of February, local nonprofit BLOOM365 will be hosting their Silent Witness Initiative in Peoria
Diamond Club General Manager Roz Shanley welcomes volunteers.

Diamond Club in need of volunteers

Peoria Diamond Club is still  looking for volunteers to help at the upcoming spring training season at the Peoria Sports Complex. The volunteer labor force efforts provides funding for their …

Learn about matters of the heart on Feb. 11

February is the month to celebrate love.
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AZ Playbacks make live music rounds in Peoria, Sun City

AZ Playbacks have a handful of West Valley gigs on the way.
From left, Larry Hill, Dan Krohn, Cheri Adams and Dave Albert perform as Cheri and the Pacemakers Feb. 27 in Peoria.

Classic rock combo coming to Peoria

Cheri and the Pacemakers will bring their live sounds to Sunset Bistro at the Lakes, at 19260 N. Westbrook Parkway, Peoria, for a 6:30 p.m. show Saturday, Feb. 27.

'Ol Porch Dog' bringing sounds back to Peoria

Sun City singer Larry Kubiayk, aka “Ol Porch Dog,” will bring beach vibes to Peoria this week.
Larry Kubiayk has gigs this week in Peoria and Surprise.

‘Beach Show’ cruising to 2 West Valley spots this week

Sun City singer Larry Kubiayk, aka “Ol Porch Dog,” will twice bring beach vibes to the West Valley this week.
Cheri Adams, Dave Albert, Larry Hill and Dan Krohn as Cheri and the Pacemakers play in Peoria on Feb. 10.

Classic rock combo coming to Peoria for live gig

Cheri and the Pacemakers will bring their classic rock mix to a 6:30 p.m. gig Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Sunset Bistro at the Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Parkway, Peoria.
This Tchokwe Mask hails from Angola.

West Valley Art Museum features African tribal art

Ironically, the works currently on display at the West Valley Art Museum (WVAM) Art Gallery in Peoria aren’t actually art strictly speaking.
One year ago this month just prior to the pandemic, TheaterWorks in Peoria opened “Anything Goes” on the Gyder mainstage.

State budget includes $2M for the arts

Arizona Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Joseph Benesh lauded Gov. Doug Ducey’s inclusion of a $2 million allocation in his 2022 executive budget for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Peoria's Bistro ready again for AZ Playbacks

AZ Playbacks perform 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Sunset Bistro at the Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Parkway, Peoria.

One-man tribute to the Beatles coming to Peoria

“Ol Porch Dog” will be bringing his take on the Beatles back to Peoria.
Guy Dobbins, Larry Kubiayk and Scott Severtson -- as the Rockin The Blues trio -- have upcoming gigs in Peoria, Wickenburg and Sun City.

Blues trio planning Peoria gig

The trio Rockin’ The Blues has a trio of West Valley gigs coming up in February.
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