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Valley and State
Business

Florence looks to make marijuana businesses easier to locate

The town of Florence is eager to take advantage of the sales tax revenue from legal marijuana dispensaries. The council asked city staff to draw up a set of codes that will make such sales more …

Arizona city approves new anti-discrimination ordinance

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The third most populous city in Arizona has voted to approve a non-discrimination ordinance, joining other cities in the state to provide protections to members of the LGBTQ …

Arizona pandemic death toll tops 16K, with low new case rise

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's COVID-19 death toll surpassed 16,000 on Tuesday as the state reported 81 additional deaths and 849 additional confirmed infection cases. The daily increase in newly …

Scottsdale police catch woman, seek help catching other residential burglar

Scottsdale Police Department detectives arrested 38-year-old Jackie Barnhart at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 at her Phoenix residence for alleged burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.
COVID-19

State lowers vaccine age to 55

Citing medical risks for older adults, state health officials are now making COVID-19 vaccines available for adults at least 55 years old. But not everywhere just yet. Beginning at noon …
First responders
The Superstition Fire and Medical District paid out more than $100,000 on 83 claims and out-of-court settlements during the past six years, according to a review of its records.The claims and …
A public records request for a five-year snapshot from Superstition Fire and Medical District of out-of-court settlements was emailed Saturday, Jan. 16, to Assistant Chief of Planning and Logistics …
The Queen Creek Town Council voted to approve a contract worth $130,254 with Axon Enterprises through the Sourcewell national cooperative contract for the purchase of hardware, professional services …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Linda Brickman, front left, vice chair of the Maricopa County Republicans, Dr. Kelli Ward, back left, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, talk with Rey Valenzuela, right, Maricopa County Elections Department Director of Early Voting and Election Services, as the department conducts a post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Supervisors respond to judge’s election subpoenas ruling

Following the ruling issued Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason — which affirms the subpoenas issued by Arizona Senate Republicans calling for the release of the …
Ryan Patrick Olson poses with Webber, a stuffed platypus that played an integral role in his fantasy memoir, “Carnival of Heaven.”

Olson: Survivors don’t have to let past suffering define them

I was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia a month before my 7th birthday.

Kasten: Watch out for phishing phone calls

This morning there was a message on my landline phone from someone who was obviously very upset about getting phone calls, perhaps multiple times from the same number. After listening to this …
Patricia Kelmar

Kelmar: Tips to protect yourself from a surprise medical bill

Imagine you go to a hospital for a routine procedure. You’ve made sure your hospital and doctor are covered by your insurance.

Henninger: Scottsdale heritage preserved in potential Kimsey project

Once in a while an opportunity occurs where two issues that seem to be on divergent tracts instead find themselves perfectly aligned. Scottsdale has one such issue right now, a project in its …
More sports

Cubs finalize $800,000 deal with reliever Ryan Tepera

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Cubs finalized an $800,000, one-year contract with reliever Ryan Tepera on Tuesday, a deal that allows him to earn up to $1.75 million, and opened a roster spot by …

Rock hall plans October induction before live audience

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said Tuesday that it plans to have a live induction of its 36th class on Oct. 30 in Cleveland — before an actual audience! The induction ceremony …

Trevor Simsby gets unusual shot at WGC and holds his own

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The latest World Golf Championship event has gone to nine venues with five title names since it began in 1999. What hasn't changed is a field that pulls in players from all …

Florida swing in full force with PGA Tour and LPGA Tour

PGA TOUR ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL Site: Orlando, Florida. Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Yardage: 7,454. Par: 72. Prize money: $9.3 million. Winner's share: $1.67 …
Nation

No charges after klan flag hangs next to Black family's home

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor declined to file charges Tuesday against a suburban Detroit man who displayed a Ku Klux Klan flag in his window next to the home of a Black family, …

SCNM to Host Virtual Research Night March 11

TEMPE, Ariz., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (SCNM) is hosting a Virtual Research Night sponsored by Standard Process Inc. on Thursday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. The free event is led by SCNM's Ric …

Watchdog agency says 2020 census is still on high-risk list

A watchdog agency on Tuesday again classified the 2020 census as high risk because of efforts last fall by the Trump administration to shorten the door-knocking and data-processing phases of the …

German unemployment still largely steady despite lockdown

German unemployment held more or less steady in February despite the impact of lockdown measures, according to official data released Tuesday. Extensive use of a short-term salary support program is …

EU envoy urges Kosovo to resume talks with Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union’s special envoy on Tuesday called on Kosovo and Serbia to resume talks on normalizing their ties. Miroslav Lajcak is on a three-day visit to …
World

Russian Sputnik V vaccine splits Slovakia ruling coalition

PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia was thrown into a political crisis Tuesday over a secret deal to acquire Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine orchestrated by the country’s prime minister despite …

Algerian students restart weekly protests cut off by virus

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of students restarted their weekly Tuesday protest marches that were called off last spring because of the coronavirus. The march came eight days after the Hirak …

Myanmar authorities charge Associated Press journalist

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar have charged Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned …

Dutch bar owners, sex workers protest against virus lockdown

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — In a scene reminiscent of carefree cafe life before coronavirus lockdown, Peter Bender reached across one of the outdoor tables at De Ooievaar bar and placed a cup of …

UK holiday firm had 'undesirable guests' list of Irish names

LONDON (AP) — A chain of holiday parks in Britain kept an “undesirable guests” list of Irish last names in an attempt to keep out members of the Irish Traveler community, the U.K. equalities …
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Business

Florence council looks at better defining home occupations, offices

With the pandemic, home businesses are growing and that is causing some changes in zoning issues.

Greater Scottsdale Airpark saw fewer employee cars in 2020, increase in larger jets

The Greater Scottsdale Airpark experienced many of the same pandemic effects faced by other Valley commercial real estate submarkets. During 2020, retailers, restaurants and hotels struggled with …

Hertz eyes bankruptcy exit through $4.2 billion stake sale

In a deal to jettison itself from under bankruptcy protection, Hertz said Tuesday that it may sell a controlling stake in the company to two investment firms for $4.2 billion. Knighthead Capital …

Several Surprise projects approved in January

Here are Surprise projects approved in January.

Neighbors

Equality Arizona, ONE Community support passage of non-discrimination ordinance in Mesa

The Mesa City Council on March 1 passed an LGBTQ+ inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance will fully protect LGBTQ+ families and individuals from discrimination in public …

Goodyear man blends fantasy, reality in book about childhood cancer battle

A Goodyear man who turned his childhood battle with T-cell leukemia into a novel recently published an audio version of the book.

Wigged Out, Inc. gives the gift of dignity, confidence during time of crisis

A matriarch of a family is oftentimes the glue that holds it together, and just as cruel as the disease itself, a cancer diagnosis can shake a family to its core. Another reality of the …

Scenic Arizona: ‘Leap Day’ sunset in Apache Junction

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …

Things to do

Art, spirits, music on tap at Litchfield Park festival this weekend

Art and wine/craft brew enthusiasts who enjoy live music and food will find all of the above at the 23rd annual Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival this weekend.

Scottsdale reinvents Western Week with new date, modifications

The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.

Desert survival class March 6 at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

How to communicate with your mule and donkey topic of March 6-7 clinic

An in-person clinic on how to communicate with a mule or donkey is being held at the Queen Valley Mule Ranch March 6-7. “Maybe you’re feeling a bit down about how your animal is …

Entertainment

Bunny Wailer, reggae luminary and last Wailers member, dies

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Bunny Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving member of the legendary group The Wailers, died on Tuesday in his native Jamaica, according to his manager. He …
This cover image released by Ballantine shows "The Soul of a Woman" by Isabel Allende. (Ballantine via AP)

Review: Isabel Allende offers bold exploration of womanhood

"The Soul of a Woman," by Isabel Allende (Ballantine) Acclaimed writer Isabel Allende’s short memoir, "The Soul of a Woman" is a bold exploration of womanhood, feminism, parenting, aging, love …

Publisher to appeal ruling that it invaded Meghan's privacy

LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper publisher said Tuesday it plans to appeal against a judge’s ruling that it invaded the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex by publishing parts of a letter she wrote …
This combination photo shows key art for the TV series "Soul of a Nation," premiering March 2 on ABC, "Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News," premiering a new season on March 4, and art for the film "Coming 2 America," premiering on March 5. (ABC/Paramount+/Amazon via AP)

New this week: 'Coming 2 America,' Camilo and a dragon movie

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Eddie Murphy and …
This cover image released by G.P. Putnam’s Sons shows "Dark Sky" by C.J. Box. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons via AP)

Review: Elk hunters become the hunted in novel 'Dark Sky'

“Dark Sky,” by C.J. Box (Putnam) Steve Price, the billionaire left coast CEO of a social media company, wants to go elk hunting in Wyoming. He’s hankering for a “real” wilderness …