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Hancock Health, Hendricks Regional Health join Mayo Clinic network

Hancock Health, Hendricks Regional Health and Mayo Clinic announced Wednesday, June 29, that the two Indiana health systems have joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Members of the Mayo Clinic Care …
Health Care

New UA Health Sciences center will positively impact job growth

Arizona could see a significant return on investment from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies, with economic gains as high as $4.8 billion, according to an analysis by Rounds Consulting Group of Tempe.
Domestic Poultry

Backyard birds: Valley urban chicken farmers find eggs, joy

More Arizonans now fancy themselves hobbyist farmers and egg producers as they embrace residential chicken farming...

Top election officials in Arizona county leave amid threats

The elected county recorder and the elections director in Arizona's Yavapai County are resigning after more than a year and a half of threats and heated criticism from backers of former President …

Bacterial outbreak found at Arizona's largest state hatchery

Arizona officials have halted all fish stockings from the largest state-run hatchery because of a bacterial outbreak among its trout. The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Friday a temporary …
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West Valley

When it comes to recycling, it has been a tough road for municipalities since China imposed strict recycling restrictions back in 2018.

Goodyear police are asking the public for help in locating a 60-year-old resident who went missing from a residence in Estrella Mountain Ranch early Friday morning.  Susan Maalihan Irwin had …
The city of Peoria website underwent a rebrand, updating the graphics, imagery, and basic functionality of the site.
Surprise has a plan to guide community development decisions for the next 10 to 20 years. It’s called a General Plan, and Arizona state law requires that it’s updated every 10 years.
Years of planning to add some twinkle to Glendale’s downtown paid off Thursday night.
Phoenix

Phoenix police arrested a 20-year-old woman this week after discovering 166,000 suspected fentanyl pills in a spare tire, authorities said. Police were working on an investigation for illegeal …

The Phoenix City Council has approved seven recipients of the Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations. The grant is part of …
PHOENIX — In the final hours of fiscal 2022 Thursday, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were set to make some last-minute department adjustments to the budget for that …
Two groups promoting downtown Phoenix are merging, as Downtown Phoenix Inc. absorbs Downtown Phoenix Partnership. The merger originally was planned to be official today but will wait until the …
Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Christ-centered nonprofit providing support and resources to underserved communities, announces its back-to-school community outreach event will return to an in-person …
East Valley

Commercial building permits listed June 2-8 in Mesa City Council District 6 in southeast Mesa are, according to the city’s website (by address, date issued or in review, description, value, …

Queen Creek residents should expect heavy traffic in the southeast part of town this holiday weekend. According to a town press release, increased traffic is expected to be especially busy on …
Scottsdale detectives have arrested Jason Ullerich on several charges, including attempted sexual concuct with a minor. The arrest occurred June 29 after police said the suspect “initiated …
The Scottsdale Police Department, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will be conducting DUI task forces and saturation patrol from July 1 through July 4, for the …
As more concern rises about water shortages and how cities can prepare for the future, residents may wonder how they can assist in conserving this valuable resource in their daily life.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Masino: Police should do briefings at schools to prevent shootings

A simple remedy and no-cost solution to eliminate mass shootings in Arizona schools.

Doctor: True or false? Learn to stay safe in the summer sun

With summer officially here, as an Arizonan, you’re likely looking for ways to continue enjoying the outdoors while also staying cool...

Russell: 'Monsoon' describes a year's entire season

Please be aware that the word monsoon describes the entire season of a particular year. The front page of the July 2022 issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent said “Prepare for …

Hague: Profitable sales are built on scarcity

Every home in America is unique. Even if a home is in a subdivision surrounded by hundreds of others very much like it...

Kufahl: Tech work causes havoc in yard

On June 6 one of a construction team entered our area of Sun City West and proceeded to install this portion of fiber-to-the-home network as introduced in a carefully crafted letter sent to homeowners in the affected area some weeks ago. This team turned into a virtual wrecking ball when they reached my yard.
Valley sports

Diamondbacks bring 1-0 series lead over Rockies into game 2

The Arizona Diamondbacks lead 1-0 in a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

Diamondbacks cruise 9-3 as Rockies lose another pitcher

David Peralta, Alek Thomas and Carson Kelly homered, and Merrill Kelly pitched seven strong innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies, who lost a starting …

Diamondbacks face the Rockies looking to end road losing streak

The Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Colorado Rockies looking to stop a three-game road losing streak.
National sports

Garland, Cavaliers agree to 5-year, $193 million extension

Cavaliers All-Star guard Darius Garland has agreed to a five-year, $193 million contract extension. His agent Rich Paul confirmed the move. Garland’s deal is the largest in franchise history. The …

Wimbledon marks, players recall, Centre Court's 100 years

Centre Court at the current Church Road location of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club opened in 1922. That centenary is being celebrated at Wimbledon on Sunday. That there will be …

Analysis: NBA teams going all-in, and that's what it takes

The moves in the NBA right now are big and bold. That's what it takes now to win championships. It took Golden State about $340 million to win this past season's championship between payroll and …

Sainz takes 1st career pole position for British Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz was fastest in the rain to take his first career pole position in his 150th start ahead of the British Grand Prix. Sainz set the fastest time of 1 minute 40.983 seconds late in the third …

French player who beat Serena reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

Harmony Tan keeps knocking the tournament favorites and the local favorites out of Wimbledon. First was seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams. Then came 32nd-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo. And …
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A three-day assembly of Islamic clerics and tribal elders in the Afghan capital concluded Saturday with pledges of support for the Taliban and calls on the international community …

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The bodies of two young children have been recovered from a Minnesota lake, and searchers are still looking for a third they fear may have been intentionally …
LONDON (AP) — The streets of London were filled with color on Saturday as the U.K. capital marked 50 years of Pride. A vibrant crowd of hundreds of thousands turned out to either take part in …
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Valley business

Arizona Federal converts to state charter, changes name

Arizona Federal Credit Union announced it is officially changing its name to Arizona Financial Credit Union, effective July 1, in line with its conversion from a federally-chartered to a …

Wildjoy adventure spreads like fire in Arizona

From road trips and date ideas, to water activities, hiking trails, and things to do in Arizona, 25-year-old Lacy Cain has made her business Wildjoy the place to go for free or low-cost ways to …

Smoke Tree Resort purchased by local real estate firm

Scottsdale-based Walton Global Holding has purchased Smoke Tree Resort, in the Town of Paradise Valley, for $14 million. The deal closed on June 29, with ST Holdings, a subsidiary of Walton Global …

National nonprofit Petco Love invests in HALO Animal Rescue

HALO Animal Rescue is set to receive a $35,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love during a special celebration 11 a.m. July 5 at the Happy Valley Petco, 2501 W. Happy Valley Road, in …

Neighbors

Mesa Fire and Medical Department selects new assistant fire chief

The Mesa Fire and Medical Department announced recently that Deputy Chief Forrest Smith has been selected as the new assistant fire chief replacing Assistant Chief Mike Dunn, who is retiring in …

Queen Creek Chamber announces plans for Holiday Festival & Parade

With Fourth of July just days away, the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce is showing that it’s never too early to be thinking about the winter holidays. The chamber announced in a press …

Miracle League of Arizona fall registration open

Registration for the 2022 fall season at the Miracle League of Arizona is now open. Registration and participation in the league is free and can be done on the Miracle League of Arizona’s …

Queen Creek players headed to national soccer tournament

An Arizona soccer team with seven Queen Creek girls is heading to a major national tournament in July. The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships take place July 18 at the ESPN Wide World of …

Things to do

‘Summer Market’ series ready to open at Fountain Hills museum

Signed Jemez pottery, Acoma pieces, art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with dish sets, decorative items and much more will be featured in the upcoming “Summer Market” in Fountain Hills.

To lick or not to lick: Scottsdale restaurant offers salt bricks for customers to purchase

After almost 15 years of business and a new location, The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale and its infamous Himalayan salt wall have received a bit of buzz for viral videos and images of patrons taking a taste of more than the restaurant’s tasty dishes.

Glendale water park will have 2 nights of July 4th fireworks

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Glendale will have two nights of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hinkle announces departure from Theater Works after 7 years

Cate Hinkle, who has guided Theater Works’ growth and outreach over the last seven years has announced her departure from the organization, effective the end of June.

Entertainment
Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman, right, receives his stolen Gretsch guitar during the Lost and Found Guitar Exchange Ceremony Friday, July 1, 2022, at Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Bachman’s long-held dream came true Friday when he was reunited in Tokyo with a beloved guitar nearly a half-century after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel. Bachman, 78, a former member of The Guess Who, received the guitar from a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Rock star Randy Bachman reunited with beloved stolen guitar

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman’s long search has ended after he was reunited in Tokyo with a cherished guitar 45 years after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel. Seventy-eight-year-old Bachman, …
FILE - Luke Combs performs during CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville, Tenn., on June 11, 2022. Comb's latest album, "Growin' Up," releases Friday, July 1. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Song by song, country star Luke Combs grows into stadiums

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Luke Combs is making big leaps this year in his unprecedented rise to the top of country music, both personally and professionally. The North …
Benin bronzes objects are displayed at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday June 29, 2022 . The ethnological museum houses 78 objects, including 64 bronzes,from the former royal house of Benin, whose core area is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria. Germany is set to sign an agreement in Nigeria that paves the way for the return of important sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the late 19th century. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)

Germany, Nigeria to sign accord on return of Benin Bronzes

Germany is set to sign an agreement with Nigeria that paves the way for the return of important sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the late 19th century. The …
FILE - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush poses with his 'Berlinale Camera Award' wich he received prior to the screening of the film 'Final Portrait ' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The international film festival in the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary kicks off Friday, July 1, 2022 following a protest by Ukraine against screening a Russian movie. This year’s festival will honor Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush for his outstanding contribution to world cinema at the festival’s closing ceremony. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Ukraine protests Russian film screening at Czech film fest

PRAGUE (AP) — An international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary kicked off Friday amid controversy following a protest by Ukraine over the screening of a Russian film alongside …
Vanessa Dawson, back left, producer of Maui Moisture, stands in her hair care truck near the Essence Festival in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked a multitude of times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked multiple times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any …
Obituaries & Memorials

Annabelle Faye Chaney Lowery

Annabelle passed away at Hospice of the Valley Thunderbird Inpatient Unit on June 25, 2022, at 96 years of age. She was born May 31, 1926 to Naomia and Arthur Chaney in Springfield, Ohio. She was the …

Shirley Ann Cleveland

Shirley Ann Cleveland born March 22, 1933 in Bemidji, Minnesota to Paul and Ethel Wrege. She passed away May 15, 2022 in Sun City, Arizona at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by husband …

Janet Dolores Larson

Janet Dolores Larson, 79, of Goodyear, AZ passed away June 26, 2022

Jean Bratton (JB) Wyckoff

Jean Bratton (JB) Wyckoff passed away peacefully early in the afternoon of June 23, 2022

Arthur Alexander Babbitt

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Arthur Alexander Babbitt loving husband and father passed away at age 93. He was born on October 8, 1928, to the late John Forrest and Lessie Myrna (Snyder) Babbitt in …
Nation

Stuck bags add to tangles at Paris airports amid travel boom

Airlines worked Saturday to deliver luggage to passengers around the world after a technical breakdown left at least 1,500 bags stuck at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, the latest of several …

Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet weekend for Carolinas

Tropical Storm Colin is bringing the threat of rain and high winds for a day or two during the holiday weekend to both North and South Carolina. Conditions are expected to improve by Mondays July 4th …

From AM to PM, the fickle force of government is with you

The Supreme Court's ruling on carbon emission controls on power plants this past week has cast light on the world of federal regulation. The ruling is seen as a potential blow to the fight against …

For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the U.S. with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations. COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans …

Regulator urges Germans to prepare for possible gas shortage

BERLIN (AP) — Fearing Russia might cut off natural gas supplies, the head of Germany's regulatory agency for energy called on residents Saturday to save energy and to prepare for winter, when use …
World

Greece gets European assistance in fighting wildfires

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The first of the more than 200 firefighters from six European countries that will help their Greek colleagues in fighting wildfires have arrived in Athens. The 28 Romanian …

With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks

Tourism is booming again in France, and so is COVID-19. French government officials have “invited” or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing …

Pope urges Congo, South Sudan to work for peace, prosperity

Pope Francis is urging the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development. Francis issued a video message on the day he …

Russians press assault on eastern Ukrainian city

KYIV, Ukarine (AP) — Russian forces are pounding the city of Lysychansk and its surroundings in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk province, …

Rescuers recover 26 dead from mudslide in India's northeast

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Fresh rain and falling boulders on Saturday hampered rescuers who have so far pulled out 26 bodies from the debris of a mudslide that wiped out a railroad construction site in …