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South Chandler home sells for $2.755 million

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced the $2.755 million sale of a luxury single-level residence on the fifth hole of Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler. The firm wrote, …
hometown heroes

12 Heroes honored for their contributions to the Peoria community

The Heroes came out in spades to be honored Feb. 20 at the Rio Vista Community Center in Peoria.

Gilbert's Office of Digital Government chief resigns

Gilbert’s chief digital officer has decided to step down from the position.   Dana Berchman tendered her resignation effective March 7 in an email Tuesday to Gilbert Town Council. …
Valley & State
Crime

Lord death ruled a homicide by Maricopa M.E.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner has ruled 16-year-old Preston Lord's death a homicide.   Lord was severely beaten during a house party in Queen Creek on Oct. 28. He died of his …
ON STAGE

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ coming to Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria

Charlie Bucket, a boy whose dreams of finding a Golden Ticket to tour Willy Wonka’s over-the-top chocolate factory come true in an upcoming Arizona Broadway Theatre production in Peoria.
DOWNTOWN

Arizona Science Center in Phoenix expanding staff scientists team

Arizona Science Center is adding 12 senior and staff scientist positions plus a Director of Tribal Relations and Native American Engagement.
HCR 2060

House panel OKs Peoria lawmaker’s proposal to restrict benefits for ‘illegal aliens’

Backed by Republican lawmakers, House Speaker Ben Toma answers questions Monday on his proposal to deny benefits to those not here legally and impose new penalties on the employers who knowingly hire …
Things To Do

Surprise art house to present Extravaganza exhibit

Surprise residents can unleash their inner artist and soak up the creative energy at Ground Floor Artists’ “Art Extravaganza" in March.
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Surprise speeding up work on 163rd Avenue

The Surprise City Council approved spending $11 million earlier this month to expedite road improvements on traffic-choked 163rd Avenue in north Surprise.

Biden wants people to know most of the money he's seeking for Ukraine would be spent in the US

As President Joe Biden pushes House Republicans to pass needed aid for Ukraine, he wants voters to understand that nearly two-thirds would actually be going to U.S. factories, like a munitions plant …
Business

Ono Hawaiian opens store No. 2 in Surprise

The Prasada area in Surprise has a new restaurant to offer westside residents Pacific barbecue.

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Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices & Encouraging Civility

Mikolajczyk: Don't be a 'fellow traveler'

“Fellow Traveler” is a term from the 1950’s. It described Communist sympathizers masquerading as democracy advocates.
Ryan J. Taylor

Taylor: GOP can win by modernizing Broken Windows policing

America is experiencing a resurgence in violence not seen since President Bill Clinton resided in the White House.

Shinkoskey: Authoritarians in their own fraternity

MAGA’s candidate for president is good buddies with Russian president Putin, who exiles, disqualifies, or kills political opponents like Alexei Navalny.

Wheatley/ Goodman: Funding crucial to growth

On Jan. 12, 2024, Governor Hobbs released her Fiscal Year 2024-25 Executive Budget Proposal.
James Whitford

Whitford: HUD's biggest disbursement fails

The headline in my local paper read, “Local Coalition Receives $692,793 Grant to Help Homeless.”
Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

No. 21 Washington State, back in the Top 25 for first time in 16 years, eyes trip to No. 4 Arizona

Washington State puts its first ranking in 16 years on the line when the No. 21 Cougars head to fourth-ranked Arizona for a showdown between the top two teams in the Pac-12. They meet on Thursday …

Oilers host the Bruins after Kane's 2-goal game

The Edmonton Oilers host the Boston Bruins after Evander Kane's two-goal game against the Arizona Coyotes in the Oilers' 6-3 win.

Coyotes take losing streak into home matchup against the Maple Leafs

The Arizona Coyotes will try to break their 10-game losing streak when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
National sports
Marko Arnautović came off the bench to help Inter Milan to a 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Arnautović replaced the injured Marcus Thuram at …
Right-hander Jakob Junis is guaranteed $7 million as part of his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and could earn $12 million over two seasons. Junis gets a $4 million salary this year as …
Tennessee has hired three new assistant coaches with first-time head coach Brian Callahan bringing former Cincinnati colleague Colt Anderson with him as the Titans’ new special teams coordinator. …
A Mississippi grand jury has decided not to indict former NFL player Jerrell Powe after he was arrested on a kidnapping charge in 2023. His attorney told The Associated Press on Monday that he …
Aaron Judge’s big toe is more than a footnote for the New York Yankees. Judge missed 42 games after tearing a ligament in his right big toe when he crashed into the right-field fence at Dodger …
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Valley business

Influential Surprise Retail Survey returns to city

Costco and In-N-Out Burger were previous most desired retailers and restaurants who eventually opened in Surprise.

The influential, annual Surprise Retail Survey is available for residents to sound off on a favorite restaurant or retail store they’d like to see in the city.

Horse meditation circles open to women at Cave Creek ranch

The Horse Meditation Circles in Cave Creek are open to women of all ages and backgrounds, with no prior experience with horses or meditation required. Each session is crafted to provide a safe and supportive environment for personal growth and exploration.

A unique form of therapy is offering women a serene setting for healing and introspection in Cave Creek.

New owner of Pilgrim Fasteners wants to expand

MEIDOH Co., Ltd., an international producer of automotive fasteners, recently announced it has acquired Pilgrim Aerospace Fasteners, which has a Chandler facility, and plans to expand, according to a news release.

MEIDOH Co., Ltd., an international producer of automotive fasteners, recently announced it has acquired Pilgrim Aerospace Fasteners, which has a Chandler facility, and plans to expand, according to a …

Delta Dental, UArizona create oral health medical initiative

Michael Jones, Delta Dental of Arizona president and CEO, and Dr. Fredric Wondisford, dean of the UArizona College of Medicine–Phoenix, observe an OMHI lab simulation.

A new initiative to increase oral health education for students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix is expected to launch in the 2024-2025 academic year, which begins in July.

Neighbors

Arizona Jewish Historical Society to showcase rescued Torah Scrolls from Holocaust

The Cutler*Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located at 122 E. Culver St., in Phoenix.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will host the Czech Holocaust Torah Celebratory Commemoration in Phoenix.

Gilbert pioneer family's son learned much from parents

Howard Morrison has taken after his parents, Gilbert pioneers Marvin and June Morrison, in his desire for public service.

The podcast Guiding Growth: Conversations with Community Leaders from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, event and meeting venue Modern Moments and the Gilbert Independent/yourvalley.net explores the …

Arizona Community Foundation distributes $27.4M in grants, scholarships

Statewide nonprofits received almost $28 million in grants from the Arizona Community Foundation.

Drop off your recyclable items at this spot in Phoenix

Newspapers and even old laptops are among the items accepted at the upcoming recycling event Feb. 17 at Pecos Park in Phoenix.

Valley residents are encouraged to drop off items for recycling at an upcoming Phoenix event.

Things to do

Close out Girl Scouts Cookies season with 5K celebration in Glendale

The last weekend of the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Season will wrap up with the annual Bring Home the Cookies 5K in Glendale.

Family gallery tour is next public art event in Surprise

Surprise's next public art event is a family gallery tour, which is an opportunity for families to experience art in three local art galleries.

Surprise's next public art event is a family gallery tour, which is an opportunity for families to experience art in three local art galleries.

Mon Laferte planning Phoenix tour stop

Chilean-Mexican superstar Mon Laferte will bring her tour to Phoenix.

Farm-to-Table dinner set for March 21 in Chandler

The third Grain To Farm to Table Dinner is Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at SanTan Gardens in Chandler.
Tickets for the dinner are $72 and are available for purchase on Eventbrite.

The third Grain To Farm to Table Dinner is Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at SanTan Gardens in Chandler. Tickets for the dinner are $72 and are available for purchase on Eventbrite …

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Obituaries & Memorials

Russell Lee Fishell

RUSSELL LEE FISHELL September 9, 1928 – February 10, 2024 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Russell passed to Rest on Saturday, February 10, 2024 He was born in …

Christy Kay Johnson

Christy Johnson (nee Schiewe), 71, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on February 1, 2024. She was born on December 25, 1952 in Salem, OR. Christy was a beloved wife to her husband David …

Linda "Yvonne" Kohli

It is with great sorrow that the Kohli family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and friend, Linda “Yvonne” Kohli. After a precipitous decline in health due to cancer and …

Lillian May Sidlow

Lillian May Sidlow, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, died on February 13, 2024, in San Jose, California. Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1930. She married Homer Sidlow, on …

Lillian May Sidlow

Lillian May Sidlow, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, died on February 13, 2024, in San Jose, California. Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1930. She married Homer Sidlow, on …
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Nation

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Prosecutors say a former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with …

Divers find body in Texas river of Audrii Cunningham, 11, who had been missing since last week

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl from a Texas river days after she went missing last week and authorities are preparing to file a murder charge against …

United flight from San Francisco to Boston diverted due to damage to one of its wings

United Airlines says a flight heading from San Francisco to Boston had to be diverted after the plane suffered damage to one of its wings. United says the Boeing 757-200 with 165 passengers aboard …

Three slain Minnesota first responders remembered for their commitment to service

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two young police officers and a firefighter-paramedic were killed in a burst of gunfire Sunday as they responded to a domestic disturbance call in the Minneapolis suburb of …

Unions oppose plan to move NBA, NHL teams to northern Virginia, another blow to Youngkin-backed deal

Influential labor groups now say they are opposing efforts to move two professional sports franchises from the nation’s capital to northern Virginia, partially due to the apparent inability to …
World

'Without us, you don’t eat': Greek farmers drive tractors to parliament to demand financial help

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Scores of bright-colored tractors were parked outside Greece's parliament Tuesday, horns blaring, as thousands of farmers angry at high production costs shifted their protests …

A widow and two powerful officials indicted: Takeaways from the probe into Haiti’s slain president

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge who investigated the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has indicted some 50 suspects in the case, including the slain president's widow, …

Ransomware group LockBit is disrupted by a global police operation that includes 2 arrests

LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have infiltrated and disrupted LockBit, arresting two people involved with the prolific ransomware syndicate that has extracted $120 million from thousands of …

White House promises 'major sanctions' on Russia in response to Alexei Navalny's death

The White House says it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s death in an Arctic penal colony. National Security Council …

Spanish police suspect bullet-riddled body may be Russian who defected with army helicopter

MADRID (AP) — Police said Tuesday they suspect the bullet-riddled body of a man found in Spain is that of a Russian defector who escaped across the front line and into Ukraine last year with an …
Entertainment

San Francisco Opera commissions Huang Ruo's `The Monkey King' for 2025 premiere, based on novel

The San Francisco Opera has commissioned Huang Ruo to compose “The Monkey King” for a fall 2025 premiere — based on an episode from the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West.” The …
Writer/director Ethan Coen, left, and writer Tricia Cooke pose for a portrait to promote "Drive-Away Dolls" on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke give sexploitation cinema a queer spin in 'Drive-Away Dolls'

NEW YORK (AP) — Scripts of all kinds sit in the drawers of Ethan Coen’s home, some to be returned to, some forever abandoned. When writing with his brother Joel over many years, the absurd …
The Hoosier Gym is shown Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Knightstown, Ind. Thousands of people still visit The Hoosier Gym annually. The gym where many scenes from the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed in the mid-1980s plays host to dozens of high school games each year as fans still flock to the site. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

The Hoosier Gym, home of the Hickory Huskers, still resonates with basketball fans

The court is the same one where Jimmy Chitwood played. The locker room is exactly as it was when Norman Dale coached. The wall separating the bleachers from the floor is still there. Things change. …
FILE - The Beatles address the media in the press room of Kennedy International Airport on their arrival, Feb. 7, 1964 in New York. The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in not just one but a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own film, all of which are to be directed by Sam Mendes. (AP Photo, File)

Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, with a movie each for Paul, John, George and Ringo

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in not just one film, but a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own spotlight — all of which are to be …
American writer, director and actress Lena Dunham, left, and British actor and comedian Stephen Fry pose for photographers at the premiere for the film 'Treasure' during the International Film Festival, Berlinale, in Berlin Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. The 74th edition of the festival will run until Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024 at the German capital. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry connect with their Jewish heritage in new film ‘Treasure’

BERLIN (AP) — Stephen Fry and Lena Dunham play a convincing father and daughter in German director Julia von Heinz’ first English-language movie, “Treasure." Set in post-communist Poland, the …