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Animals

3 bears released back into wild after shelter, care at Scottsdale sanctuary

With joint efforts between Scottsdale-based Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and Arizona Game and Fish Department, three of five baby bears have been rehabilitated and released into the wild. …
ELECTIONS

Republican governor candidates trade barbs, Ducey opinions in TV debate

PHOENIX - Three of the four Republicans who hope to replace Doug Ducey as governor lashed out at him and some of the things he did, including how he handled COVID, promising something radically …

Arizona attorney general: Pre-state abortion ban enforceable

Arizona’s Republican attorney general says that a pre-statehood law that bans all abortions is enforceable. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his decision Wednesday and said he will soon …

Buckeye P&Z passes 455-home plat

It’s not often a West Valley planning commission has almost 700 homes on its agenda at the same time. That’s the quantity the Buckeye Planning and Zoning Commission recommended for …
Politics

Arizona House leader receives award for commitment to veterans

State Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has been honored with the Legislator of the Year award from the Arizona Department of the American Legion for his commitment to veterans. …
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West Valley

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

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.
Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Jason Reynolds will be receiving at least 50% of his performance pay based on goals that were set by the governing board last September.
The city of Peoria is about to begin saving transportation funds on a Valley Metro bus route.
Goodyear police apprehended a suspect in the Tuesday shooting death of 50-year-old Luis Rene Duarte at his home in Goodyear near 167th and Hilton avenues.  48-year-old Surprise woman Dulcenia …
Phoenix

The Phoenician Resort is poised to take its next step in expansion, adding five luxury condominium timeshare units next to the resort entrance at the foot of Camelback Mountain in east …

The Valley’s favorite neighborhood hangout, The VIG, is returning to north central Phoenix with the opening of an all-new location this fall. The VIG North Central ,8729 N. Central Avenue will …
Cox Communications announced it is expanding its gig internet, TV, phone, home security and automation services to nearly 2,500 residents and businesses in Desert Hills. The move is part of about …
The Maricopa County Community College District is conducting a search for candidates to replace Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College’s president, who is retiring  this summer.
After a record-breaking post-pandemic year, the Arizona State Fair is back for more.
East Valley

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.

The Scottsdale Police Department is investigating the tampering of a package of over-the-counter laxatives sold at a local Walmart store, officials say. On June 28, the Scottsdale Police …
The candidates for mayor of Paradise Valley, incumbent mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and councilwoman Julie Pace, participated in a forum at the town hall June 28 to answer pressing questions about …
Tempe residents are being asked to weigh in on the city’s future in a new citywide survey, which is set to close July 1. 
The Tempe Office of Sustainability is getting a big financial boost, to the tune of $500,000. 
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Why are there so many drownings in Arizona?

...What is with all the almost and drownings in Arizona? I am a ’70s and ’80s girl and everyone I knew had a pool...

Masino: I support Lamon for GOP U.S. Senate primary contest

The time for Arizona voters to make a difference in our government is rapidly approaching. Early voting ballots will be mailed to Republican voters July 2.

Patchen: Our teachers aren’t paid enough

I read your recent article in the Scottsdale Independent, “Leaving the Classroom,” with avid interest because of my strong belief...
In this Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, lightning streaks across the night sky as a monsoon storm sweeps through the Phoenix metro area. Arizona’s monsoon season is quickly approaching. ADOT plans to begin installing the new dust-detection system early this fall 2019.

Berg: Monsoon storms bring dust, heavy rain … and health dangers

Monsoon 2022 has arrived and with it the promise of thunderstorms that bring welcome rain...

First bipartisan gun control bill in a generation signed into law: 3 essential reads on what it means

President Joe Biden signed into law on June 25 a bipartisan bill that is the first significant change in federal gun legislation in nearly three decades.
Valley sports

Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0. Jake …

Padres take 3-game losing streak into matchup with the Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres head into the matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing three in a row.

Diamondbacks rally from 6-run deficit to beat Padres 7-6

Josh Rojas scored the winning run in the ninth inning when shortstop C.J. Abrams couldn’t handle a throw at second base, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a late six-run deficit to beat the …
National sports

Kvitova feels the nerves, but reaches 3rd round at Wimbledon

Petra Kvitova has plenty of experience on the grass courts of Wimbledon. But that doesn't mean everything is easy for the two-time champion at the All England Club. She has spoken about being nervous …

NFL and Ice Cube team up for economic equity initiative

The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube. The league announced Thursday a partnership with Contract with Black America Institute, an economic inclusion-focused initiative led by artist and entrepreneur …

Lewis Hamilton pushes back against 'old voices' over racism

Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that Formula One should ignore “old voices” and reject racism as it focus on becoming more inclusive. Hamilton was speaking after comments made last year by …

Sabres re-sign goalie Craig Anderson to 1-year contract

Goalie Craig Anderson is putting off retirement for now, returning to the Buffalo Sabres for a one-year contract. The 41-year-old Anderson also played for Buffalo last season, going 17-12-2 and …

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U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster shots tweaked for the fall will have to add protection against the newest omicron relatives. The Food and Drug …

The Supreme Court says gun cases involving restrictions in Hawaii, California, New Jersey and Maryland deserve a new look following its major decision in a gun case last week. The Supreme Court said …
Peoria City Council renewed its contract with Greater Phoenix Economic Council for fiscal year 2023 for $95,778.
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Valley business

We Are Airstream acquires oldest Airstream dealership on the west coast

We Are Airstream Chandler announces its acquisition of Airstream of Santa Barbara. The one-acre property, which is the oldest Airstream dealership on the west coast, will now be called We Are …

New restaurant concept coming to Scottsdale this summer: Collins Bros. Chophouse

An award-winning restauranteur, Christopher Collins, of the Valley-based Common Ground Culinary, announced in a press release the grand opening of his newest concept on the northwest corner of Hayden …

Rosewood Homes announces groundbreaking of new development in Scottsdale

Scottsdale-based Rosewood Homes announced the start of pre-sales and model home construction at its new 19-home Rosewood Canyon in the Storyrock Master Planned Community in north Scottsdale.

Large logistics building in Mesa sold to private firm

MESA — Cushman & Wakefield advised Lexin Capital, a private investment, development and management company, on Monday in the dispositional sale of a recently built Class A warehouse/distribution building totaling 147,435 square feet on 29 acres in Mesa.

Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbor: Adamski president of LeTip networking group chapter

Name: Nikol Adamski Age: 49 Town/neighborhood: Northeast Mesa When and why I moved here: My parents moved here in 1979 from Michigan to escape the cold, for a better life and a fresh start. …

Help youth in foster care succeed at school

For kids and teens in foster care, back to school is just one more hurdle to overcome because they often don’t have the right – or enough – school supplies to succeed. Without the right tools, not only do kids feel embarrassed, they are unable to perform at the same level as their peers, limiting their chances at good grades and graduation.

Scottsdale’s Gore rolls out red carpet for June 29 movie premier

Screenwriter Scott Gore, of Scottsdale, knows how to put a fresh spin on what some may consider a “familiar story,” by adding a new layer of interesting characters, plot twists and story lines.

Arizona Coyotes help launch Pride Growlers

In a June 27 press release, the Arizona Coyotes stated it is proud to support the Arizona Legacy Pride Hockey Association (ALPHA) Pride Growlers with the goal to show that hockey is for everyone and …

Things to do

Karaoke Club continues ‘Kabaret’ this summer

Members of the Karaoke Club of Sun City West meet for their “Karaoke Kabaret” Fridays this summer. Located in the arts and crafts building at the Beardsley center, doors open at 5 p.m. …

Scottsdale Canal Convergence to celebrate 10th anniversary in November

Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence — Water + Art + Light will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 4–13, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.The free, 10-night event features large-scale …

Glendale invests almost $900K in Gila River Arena upkeep

The city will spend almost $900,000 for capital repairs to Gila River Arena, inside the Westgate Entertainment District.

Peoria inches closer to its first competitive mountain bike trail

Peoria resident Ed McKelvey took up mountain biking after he was introduced to it by his brother-in-law when he and his wife moved to the north Valley about five years ago.

Entertainment
FILE - Author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on Nov. 15, 2017. The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Author Jesmyn Ward wins Library of Congress fiction prize

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award and is being honored for her lifetime of …
This image released by Universal Pictures shows characters, from left, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, Bob, Kevin and Stuart in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: In 'Rise of Gru,' Minion mayhem reigns

For a not small segment of the audience for “Minions: Rise of Gru,” only one thing really needs to be said. The Minions are in it. That’s enough. More than any previous “Despicable Me” …
FILE - Singer Janet Jackson performs during the European MTV Awards in Bilbao, Spain, on Nov. 4, 2018. Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 2022 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. Headliners will include Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Mickey Guyton and New Edition. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Essence Fest is back in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans as thousands converge for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. The multiday …
This image released by Lionsgate shows Daniel Craig in a scene from "Knives Out." Craig will return as Detective Benoit Blanc in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out.” It will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. (Claire Folger/Lionsgate via AP)

'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' to debut at TIFF

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out,” will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The …
FILE - R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R&B hitmaker R. Kelly due in court for sex abuse sentencing

NEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. A jury found …
Obituaries & Memorials

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 …

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 …

Donna June Buske

Donna Buske, 82, of Apache Junction passed peacefully Monday, June 13, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband Waldo "Buck" Buske, daughter Candy Lynn Fischer, son Donald Scott Smith and …
William E. “Hap” Carty, considered U-Haul's first employee, died in Tempe at the age of 95.

U-Haul pioneer, Tempe resident dies at 95

An 18-year-old William E. “Hap” Carty, while on leave from the U.S. Army in 1945, helped his sister and brother-in-law with an upstart company they were building – quite literally – in a milk house on the Carty Ranch in Ridgefield, Washington.

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson

Helen Cristin (Henningsgard) Nelson SUN CITY - Of Buffalo, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, June 17th at her winter home in Sun City. Helen was born on September 15, 1924 to teacher Julia …
Nation

Mary J. Blige is next artist in Apple Music concert series

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary J. Blige’s 2022 is going pretty well. Her new album landed in the top 10 of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and she was featured at the Super Bowl halftime show. …

US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued Wednesday on the state of …

Key inflation gauge tracked by the Fed remains a high 6.3%

A measure of inflation that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 6.3% in May from a year earlier, unchanged from its level in April. Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department …

Slightly fewer Americans apply for jobless claims last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting a robust job market despite rising job cuts in some sectors of the economy that have cooled in …

Germany sees possible Russian 'blockade' of key gas pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's vice chancellor said Thursday he suspects that Russia may not resume natural gas deliveries to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after planned maintenance work in …
World

Commission report blasts decision to cull all Denmark's mink

A Danish Parliament-appointed commission has harshly criticized the country’s government for its decision to cull millions of healthy mink at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to protect …

ICC seeks arrest of 3 suspects linked to Russia-Georgia war

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges have issued arrest warrants for three men wanted on suspicion of committing war crimes during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the …

Remains of Congo's independence hero interred amid honors

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The remains of Congo’s independence hero and first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba will be laid to rest in Kinshasa Thursday. The interment in a specially-built …

Germany plans to ease rules for formal changes of gender

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Thursday presented plans to make it easier for transgender people to formally change their name and gender, ending decades-old rules that require them to get …

Meghan bullying claims: Review findings to stay private

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace has investigated how staff handled allegations of bullying made against Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex — but the findings will remain private. Palace officials …