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Mrs. Bunny to appear at all-ages crafts event in Surprise

The city of Surprise announced Cookies and Crafts with Mrs. Bunny on Saturday, March 16 at Sierra Montana Recreation Center.
TREATS AND MORE

Three Dog Bakery opens 1st Arizona location in Chandler

Three Dog Bakery is open at 1085 W. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, the first Arizona location of the business that creates treats for dogs. The store also provides dog food, toys and other …
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NBA All-Star Aftermath: Breaking Down the Brilliance of the 2024 Showcase

The 2024  NBA All-Star Weekend, held with great anticipation and fanfare, showcased the remarkable talents and competitiveness of the league's top players, culminating in an event filled with …
Valley & State
NEIGHBORS

Grant will support Valley students chronicling veterans, their stories

Thunderbirds Charities awarded a $15,000 grant awarded to Veterans Heritage Project.
Jobs

Dysart seeking bus drivers at career event in Surprise

Job seekers interested in school bus driver or bus aide positions at Dysart Schools can come to a Ride and Drive Event.
Water

Surprise expands water rebate program to all in city

The city of Surprise is expanding its water conservation rebate program to all water users within the city limits.
City Government

Surprise has open commission position available

The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for a spot on the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission.
THE PICK

Winning lottery tickets from Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix claimed for $4M-plus

Lottery tickets purchased at locations in Goodyear, Phoenix and Mesa have been claimed for more than $4.3 million, Arizona lottery officials said Monday. The biggest winner was a The Pick …

Biden administration taps $366M to fund clean energy for Native American tribes and rural areas

President Joe Biden's administration is announcing funding for 17 projects to expand renewable energy access on Native American reservations and in other rural areas. The $366 million plan will fund …
ON TOUR

Kings Of Leon add Phoenix stop to summer tour

Grammy-winning, multi-platinum rock band Kings of Leon will perform in Phoenix this summer.
LIVE MUSIC

Dan + Shay to bring summer tour to Phoenix

The three-time Grammy Award-winning duo Dan + Shay have extended their The Heartbreak on the Map Tour, which now includes a Phoenix stop.
THINGS TO DO

Tedeschi Trucks Band bringing soul caravan to Phoenix

Grammy-winning powerhouse Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their soul sounds to Phoenix.

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Opinions with Civility
The Postal Service has experienced better days.
Regarding concerns with Goodyear Airport: The opinion writer lives 7.3 miles from the airport, which is not close, at that distance no trainee flies at rooftop altitude.
It’s been 42 years since the San Francisco Giants became Scottsdale’s Spring Training home team. Four decades of games, sunshine and fun at the intersection of Drinkwater Boulevard and …
I am a retired Phoenix Police Officer, 1962-1991.
The nation’s Medicare physician payment system has been broken for a long time. Don’t believe me? Ask any doctor from any specialty. Every one of them will agree.
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Local sports

Jets host the Blues after Connor's 2-goal showing

The Winnipeg Jets host the St. Louis Blues after Kyle Connor's two-goal game against the Arizona Coyotes in the Jets' 4-3 overtime win.

Coyotes bring 12-game losing streak into matchup with the Canadiens

The Arizona Coyotes come into the matchup against the Montreal Canadiens as losers of 12 straight games.
LOCAL SPORTS

As losses mount, Coyotes endure growing pains in uphill battle

TEMPE — The Arizona Coyotes dropped their 12th straight game Sunday at Winnipeg. But making matters worse in last Wednesday’s loss to Toronto at Mullett Arena, the home team finished …
National sports
The NBA’s Hornets say they are committed to “fully funding” a new practice facility in downtown Charlotte above the $30 million to be provided by the city under a revised proposal. The Hornets, …
Twenty years ago, the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators set the NHL record for penalty minutes in a brawl-filled game. Since then, fighting has evolved to the point of being rare but not gone. …
NHL players past and present give their thoughts on what they see fighting's role as being in hockey today. The Associated Press spoke with a more than a dozen current and former players to get their …
Only seven players in NHL history have fought more more than Donald Brashear. Among those he Brashear started the 2004 brawl between his Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators. Twenty years …
The 2004 brawl between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators started with a stick swing in their previous game. It ended with an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes, 21 fighting majors, 20 ejections …
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Valley business

Chandler speech therapy business celebrates 5-year anniversary

The SPEAK Center for Language & Learning, also known as the CASA Speech Therapy, recently held a fifth-anniversary celebration that included local elected officials. On the left are Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Council member Christine Ellis. On the right, holding the ribbon, is Chandler Chamber Director Terri Kimble. Holding the scissors is the center's founder and director, Ebony Green.

The SPEAK Center for Language & Learning, also known as the CASA Speech Therapy, recently held a fifth-anniversary celebration that included local elected officials and Chandler Chamber Director …

Help Phoenix Babbo Italian Eatery raise money for pancreatic cancer research

Babbo Italian Eatery is hosting its third annual Baseball for Babbo Day of Giving event this month.

WESTMARC to host economic development Fellows inaugural cohort

The West Valley will host Economic Recovery Corps Fellows, designed to build capacity in some of the hardest-hit and most economically distressed areas across the U.S. while cultivating the next generation of economic development leaders.

Go-kart and gaming center to open in Chandler Feb. 28

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the country’s premier entertainment destination, has announced that it will officially open its newest location in Chandler on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The center is located on the west side of Cooper Road, just south of Loop 202.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the country’s premier entertainment destination, has announced that it will officially open its newest location in Chandler on Wednesday, Feb. 28, according …

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

The Grand is wrapping up in quilts in Surprise

Members of the Cactus Needle Quilters Club show off a piece of work that will be part of the Caring Quilts show at The Grand on March 16.

The Cactus Needle Quilters Biennial Quilt Show is coming to The Grand in March.

Monthly Family Literacy Night program coming to Glendale

A free series of one-hour meetings for parents of young children who are learning to read is coming to Glendale.

Arizona Bike Week announces musical lineup

Aside from the breathtaking stunt shows, bull riding competition and rolling pieces of art, Arizona Bike Week’s musical card this year is filled with Yelawolf, Brantley Gilbert, Everclear, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Godsmack.

More than 20,000 motorcycle riders descended on Scottsdale last year for Arizona Bike Week and this year, the 27th edition of the festival looks to be no different. The bikes are definitely the …

Pickleball tournament coming to Glendale

The Pickleball Space in Glendale will host its inaugural March Mad MoneyBall Tournament.

The newly opened Glendale venue, The Pickleball Space, will host its inaugural March Mad MoneyBall Tournament.

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Obituaries & Memorials

JOY ANN PALETHORPE

Joy Ann Palethorpe (December 4, 1946 - February 8, 2024) Passed away peacefully.

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 …
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Nation

Latvia extends an entry ban on Russian tourists until March 2025 citing Moscow's war in Ukraine

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia’s government has extended restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens into the Baltic country until next year, citing Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine which …

US sanctions Iranian deputy commander, Houthi member and ships that transport Iranian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. sanctioned a deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a Houthi militant member, firms registered in Hong Kong and the Marshall Islands, along with …

Toppled moon lander sends back more images, with only hours left until it dies

A toppled moon lander is still beaming back pictures, as its nears the final hours of its life. Intuitive Machines posted the latest photos of the moon's unexplored south polar region Tuesday. The …

Teenager in custody after 2 killed, 2 injured during shooting in remote Alaska whaling village

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two people were killed and two were seriously wounded during a shooting at a home in a remote Inupiat whaling village on Alaska’s northwest coast and a 16-year-old boy …

Burger chain Wendy's looking to test surge pricing at restaurants as early as next year

Wendy’s is looking to test having the prices of its menu items fluctuate throughout the day based on demand, implementing a strategy that has already taken hold with ride-sharing companies and …
World

UK's Prince William pulls out of memorial service for his godfather because of 'personal matter'

Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, because of a personal matter. The palace …

China's embattled former foreign minister steps down as member of the legislature

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s former foreign minister, Qin Gang, who has been missing from public view since last June, has resigned from the national legislature, state media reported …

Why thousands of junior doctors in South Korea are striking, and what it means for patients

Thousands of junior doctors in South Korea are a week into a labor boycott in protest of the government’s push to recruit more medical students to cope with the country’s fast-aging population. …

NATO's chief says the alliance has no plans to send troops to Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance has no plans to send combat troops into Ukraine, as some Western countries are thought to be considering putting boots on the …

A Russian court sentences the co-chair of a Nobel-winning rights group to 30 months in prison

A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced a veteran human rights advocate who spoke out against the war in Ukraine to two years and six months in prison. He was taken directly into custody from the …
Entertainment
This image released by Lifetime shows Wendy Williams, subject of the Lifetime documentary "Where is Wendy Williams?" (Calvin Gayle/Lifetime via AP)

Wendy Williams documentary producers say they didn't know she had dementia while filming most scenes

The executive producers behind Lifetime's Wendy Williams documentary say they, too, were unnerved by some of what they saw while filming the former talk show host. But in an interview with The …
Musician Don Henley arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. Henley says he never gave away his handwritten pages of draft lyrics to “Hotel California” and other Eagles hits. Testifying Monday in a New York courtroom, the Eagles' singer and drummer called the pages “very personal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Don Henley resumes testifying in trial over 'Hotel California' draft lyrics

Don Henley has resumed testifying in a trial surrounding handwritten drafts of lyrics to Eagles hits including “Hotel California” and his decade-long effort to reclaim the pages. The Eagles …
Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Gianandrea Noseda conducts the orchestra during a concert at Milan's La Scala theatre, Italy, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

US National Symphony Orchestra triumphs in La Scala debut with Italian conductor Noseda

MILAN (AP) — Conductor Gianandrea Noseda made a triumphant return to Teatro alla Scala in an informal role as cultural ambassador, leading the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra that he has made more …
FILE - Taylor Swift arrives at the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. A photographer told police he was punched in the face by Taylor Swift’s father on the Sydney waterfront on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, hours after the pop star’s Australian tour ended. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Photographer accuses Taylor Swift's dad of punching him in the face on Sydney waterfront

A photographer has told police he was punched in the face by Taylor Swift’s father on the Sydney waterfront hours after the popstar’s Australian tour ended. Ben McDonald said he provided police …
FILE - Music mogul and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards, May 15, 2022, in Las Vegas. Combs was sued Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, by a music producer who accused the hip-hop mogul of sexually assaulting him and forcing him to have sex with prostitutes. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Music producer latest to accuse Sean 'Diddy' Combs of sexual misconduct

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been sued  by a music producer who accused the hip-hop mogul of sexually assaulting him and forcing him to have sex with prostitutes. The suit was filed Monday in federal …