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In 2012 my family experienced the loss of my brother Nathan due to suicide. After spending a full weekend with him at my parent’s house, none of us knew what was coming just two days later that Tuesday evening. more
I recently got a call from a resident asking if the Peoria mayor was Republican or Democrat. It was the first thing out of his mouth. Honestly, I didn’t know which party she is affiliated with. And maybe that is a good thing, which I will explain later. more
As a proud Peoria Unified School District parent, I will be voting yes on the upcoming override. Schools in Arizona are already operating on a shoestring budget, it’s embarrassing that as a … more
I read your article in the Peoria Independent with much interest (“Overriding the misinformation,” Sept. 25), and for the last two weeks or so have been doing tons of homework on both sides of this subject. more
Let me put my cards on the table upfront. I am a proud, unapologetic supporter of the Peoria Unified School District. I served as a governing board member for 12 years. I have fought for adequate funding for Arizona public schools for 30 years. more
Peoria certainly looks quite different than it did 20 years ago. Growth is leaving its stamp on the city with development dominating the northern part of town and population increases marching higher. more
Peoria has been home to my family since the late 1800s. Our grandfather, Natividad Lebario, was born on Dec. 25, 1885 and our grandmother, Aurelia, was born in 1895. Together they raised 10 … more
It is difficult for me to fully describe the impact Peoria Unified School District and the community it serves has had on me both personally and professionally. I began teaching at Peoria High … more
Iattended the Peoria school district and lived in Peoria from 1961 until 1968, and then I taught in the district and coached for over 38 years.During that time I have seen some of the high points in … more
When I was first elected to represent Peoria citizens nearly 15 years ago, the city of Peoria’s population was nearing 130,000 residents and our city was growing by the day. We were in the midst of … more
In a significant legislative victory for the American Legion, and one that may positively impact many local Peoria residents, on July 30, 2019, President Donald Trump signed Congressional bill S.504 … more
We continue to see the announcements of new homes coming to the northern part of town on a monthly, even weekly basis, creating a dire need for new schools in the area. The most recent example of … more
By Kelly Carbello Special to Independent Newsmedia I think we all grieve as we would after any significant loss, with slight variation. The five stages of grief are: shock, denial, blame, … more
I was disheartened to read Mr. Gray’s letter concerning his Medicare Part D medication costs. Part D plan sponsors are typically private companies monitored by Medicare. Unfortunately, these … more
Building on a year’s worth of momentum, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors just took an important step to restore our statutory responsibilities related to elections. These … more
On May 17 I received a voicemail message at 11:28 a.m. on my cell phone from 469-796-2679 indicating that it was the Social Security Administration and my Social Security number had been suspended, a … more
What is in a name? Actually quite a lot. As you may have already read, this news provider is once again named the Peoria Independent. But this is no new name by any stretch of the … more
Recently, the Daily News-Sun featured an excellent guest commentary by Amy Burnett on our urban bobcats. Although part of our desert landscape, Amy cautioned that if “you are not making it … more
Erin Thorburn Honey bees typically travel 1.3 miles to collect the necessary resources to bring back to the bee hive. For the last few decades, the majority of West Valley finance and insurance … more
The Peoria Unified School District continues to be sought out by families whose want is for their children to be in a safe, supportive and inspiring educational environment, where academics and their … more
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