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Recent city and state mandates on how restaurants will be allowed to operate during this COVID-19 pandemic have thrown the hospitality industry into a tailspin. more
To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. senators --- Kevin Cramer and Mark Warner --- introduced a bill known … more
Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the … more
The AIA reached out to all member schools this morning in regard to current discussions involving the COVID-19 Virus, or Coronavirus. more
I have lived here in Arizona a long time and seen a lot of political maneuvering. Mostly bad. Pardon my cynical attitude. The pols here have a chance for more under-handed chicanery. The 2020 … more
To all the people that have reached out to me and shown me love: I am so grateful for the Centennial community. Over the last two years you have filled my cup and I will eternally love every … more
If you’ve been anywhere near Sunrise Mountain High School lately, you are probably familiar with the excitement that has been emanating from that part of the Peoria Unified School District. more
Attempts to outlaw “dark money” are means to suppress speech (“A light in the dark: The quest to outlaw ‘dark money,’” Page 4). It will allow Jacobin thugs … more
Under current U.S. law, when criminal organizations want to hide their money laundering and financing activities from law enforcement officials, they have the means to do so. The result is the … more
Everything is connected to everything. Peoria Unified Superintendent Linda Palles Thompson was once told this and it has stuck with her over the years, especially when she looks at the new SMart Center, which now houses Sunrise Mountain High School’s visual arts program. more
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? more
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. more
The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.” more
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. more
Local camping enthusiasts recommend some areas for camping during the cooler months. Just moved from Indiana in March and now we are settled in we’d like to get to some camping. Where are … more
This past weekend may have involved counting calories from the feast you indulged in on Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that. But one thing we should all give thanks for is a different kind of … more
For more than a decade, Northwest Valley legislators have done more to hurt school districts than help. more
The city of Peoria sent the Independent a response to those who are requesting their artifacts from the Peoria Arizona Historical Society be returned to them. Here is the text. more
We now know that the Peoria Unified maintenance and operations override failed by just 133 votes. To lose by such a slim margin was heartbreaking. I am beyond grateful for the dedicated parent and community volunteers who worked tirelessly to share information related to the override over the past few months. more
The Peoria Unified School District governing board recently approved a performance pay plan for certificated staff members, including teachers and administrators, that will be used to pay them at the … more
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