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Kenny Dillingham prepares for second year at ASU

Kenny Dillingham, the youngest college football head coach in the Power 5 conferences at 33 years old, is fully embracing the evolving landscape of college football heading into his second year at …

Elder abuse reports jump in Maricopa County

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Saturday, June 15. To raise awareness, the office of Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell is bringing attention to this issue. “The elder …

Scottsdale police detective dies in 'line of duty'

A nine-year-veteran of the Scottsdale Police Department died Thursday night after what authorities called a "critical incident" near 76 th Street and Greenway Road. Detective Ryan So …
Rio Verde Foothills

Some: water issue in Rio Verde Foothills not yet solved

Efforts to get a long-term solution to the water hauling problem in the Rio Verde Foothills are moving forward but how they are being handled is leaving some property owners crying foul. Private …
Dink and Rally

Indoor pickleball franchise coming to Scottsdale

With the summer heat baking Valley pickleball players, one incoming membership-based pickleball facility will allow Scottsdale players to rally indoors from dawn until the stroke of midnight. …


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Wolborsky: Here’s why you should support Schweikert

I support David Schweikert for congress and here’s why you should, too. Congressman Schweikert has been representing Arizona in the House of Representatives for 11 years. Because of his …

Davis: Thank you, Detective So

My heartfelt condolences to Detective So’s family and his Scottsdale Police family. I thank all the brave law enforcement men, women and first responders that protect us 24/7. They deserve …

Dunican: Gretchen Jacobs fights for safer schools

A whopping 39% of all Arizona Board of Education disciplinary cases in 2023 involved teachers’ sexual interest in children. And now, Scottsdale Unified School Board …
EVIT Nursing Degree

EVIT to offer associate degree in registered nursing starting in August

The East Valley Institute of Technology will be offering a new associate degree program in registered nursing in August. Starting in August, the five-semester program will combine lecture, lab …

HonorHealth performs procedure for patients at risk of foot, leg amputations

HonorHealth is the first healthcare system in Arizona to treat patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a minimally invasive technique to bypass blocked arteries in the leg and restore blood flow to the foot. 

Scottsdale City Council candidates face off in Scottsdale Independent hosted forum

Eight of the nine candidates running for three open seats on the Scottsdale City Council participated in the Scottsdale Independent’s forum June 11 to a standing room only crowd at the …
Women in Sports

Scottsdale sports podcaster recognized

Scottsdale resident, author and podcaster Sasha Graham recently announced that her podcast “Sports Will Save Us All” has been shortlisted for the International Women’s Podcast …

Scottsdale mayoral candidates face off in Scottsdale Independent hosted forum

All three candidates for the Scottsdale mayor’s office took part in the Scottsdale Independent’s forum June 11 to a standing room only crowd at the Scottsdale City Hall. They …
Scottsdale Opinions with Civility

Kurland, Baker and Cieniawski: Let’s elect O’Callaghan to congress

We are educators and activists for public schools in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. The three of us have all endorsed Conor O’Callaghan for congress because he came up from the Scottsdale …

Hart-Wells: Gratitude and grace for our 2024 graduates

Celebrations are in order, but first I want you to take a moment to be grateful.  For the caregivers and loved ones, family members and friends who are family in every way it matters to …

Swoope: We have to elect competent representation

This year we have witnessed legislators and courts, totally ignorant of female reproductive biology, impose their ideological beliefs on women’s bodies, unfazed by the suffering that has …
Rachel Sacco is the president and CEO of Experience Scottsdale, as well as a Paradise Vally resident.

Sacco: Supporting Scottsdale’s hospitality businesses throughout the summer

Another exciting high tourism season has come and gone, and that means Scottsdale’s streets will quiet down as residents begin their annual hibernation into air-conditioned homes and as some …

Bengert: Scottsdale Unified failing many graduating students

In a recent piece, Superintendent Menzel of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) highlights what he considers a list of accomplishments for the 2023-2024 school year. According to him, this …

Goldberg: Modern times are tricky when raising kids

Technology has changed, and keeps changing, but no one changed the babies, young children, teens and adults. They all still need the same tender loving care they always did. There is nothing …
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The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board will meet June 11 at Coronado High school.

SUSD Board meeting set for June 11

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board will meet June 11 at Coronado High school, 7501 E. Virginia Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Camp Invention students built glow boxes and experimented with circuits and different types of light. (Independent Newsmedia/George Zeliff)

Young Scottsdale innovators shine bright

Each summer, Laguna Elementary School provides students with the opportunity to explore science and technology through the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention. Camp Invention partners with the …
Craig Miller, left, of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, presents certificates to six of the club's 2024 eight scholarship recipients. Rotary Club of Scottsdale President Gretchen Kinder is on right.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale presents annual scholarships

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale has announced the winners of the club's annual scholarship program, with six of the eight recipients graduating from Saguaro High School. Club President Gretchen …
Scottsdale resident Michael James Greenwald was formally rewarded his master’s of fine arts in screenwriting from Hollins University on May 19.

Scottsdale resident earns M.F.A.

Michael James Greenwald of Scottsdale, received a M.F.A. in screenwriting on October 1, 2023, and was recognized during Hollins University’s 182nd commencement ceremony on May 19, 2024. …
Students at four Scottsdale schools will receive free meals next school year. (Courtesy Metro Creative Graphics)

Four Scottsdale schools qualify for free meals

Students at Hohokam and Yavapai Elementary School, Tonalea Middle School and Coronado High School will all eat free meals next school year. The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will …
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“Under the Spell of Denali” is one of the pictures that will be on display at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West during artist Veryl Goodnight’s “Sled Dogs in America: Alaska & Beyond” exhibition starting July 17.

‘Sled Dogs in America: Alaska & Beyond’ exhibition on display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Artist Veryl Goodnight’s “Sled Dogs in America: Alaska & Beyond” Exhibition will be on display at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West beginning July 17, …
The Southwestern Amateur Golf Championships is returning to Scottsdale June 12-15.

Amateur golf tournament returning to Scottsdale

The Southwestern Amateur Golf Championships returns to the Desert Mountain Club’s Outlaw Course from June 12-15. This year’s tournament marks the 109th year for the Men’s Division …
Fatima Mazmouz, “H.EROS, Portraits of Moorish Women,” 2023, is among the works featured in the upcoming “transfeminisms” exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Scottsdale Arts receives two grants for exhibit “transfeminisms”

Scottsdale Arts received two grants for an upcoming exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The Terra Foundation for American Art will support the museum exhibition with a $60,000 …
Artist and art editor Joshua Rose will bring his expertise to Scottsdale Ferrari Art Week.

Art editor Joshua Rose brings expertise to Scottsdale Ferrari Art Week

Distinguished art editor, renowned artist and culture connoisseur Joshua Rose will serve as a consultant for Scottsdale Ferrari Art Week, March 20-23, 2025. The 3-day international modern and …
Tracy Laasch is a sculptural mixed media artist and co-owner of The Felted Desert.

Scottsdale gallery features needle felting artist

When sculptural mixed media artist Tracy Laasch began creating her needle-felt designs nearly four years ago, her husband Brian enjoyed them so much that he began bringing them to work with him to …
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