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Photographs capture humpback whale's Seattle visit, breaching in waters in front of Space Needle

Seattle (AP) — Pictures released by a conservation group show a young humpback whale breaching in front of the Space Needle as it visited the waters off Seattle last week, capturing a rare display …

Man charged in killings of 3 homeless people and a suburban LA resident, prosecutors say

Prosecutors have charged a man with four counts of murder for the fatal shootings of three homeless men in Los Angeles and a suburban resident last month. Prosecutors say Jerrid Joseph Powell faces …

Appeals court orders U.S. Fish and Wildlife to revisit Fort Huachuca water ruling

PHOENIX — Calling its report “arbitrary and capricious,” a federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit its conclusion that Fort Huachuca was adequately compensating for the water it was pumping out of the San Pedro River basin.
Valley & State

Phoenix charter school to host free festival

Families will gather to celebrate creative expression from cultures around the world this week in Phoenix.
City Finances

Scottsdale’s 2023 budget ends in good shape

The Scottsdale City Council will hear good news when city treasure Sonia Andrews gives her review of last fiscal year’s budget during the council’s Dec. 5 meeting. The city’s …
cost of government

Chandler: $2M for utility billing software

The city of Chandler is set to spend more than $2 million this week on new software for its utility billing. One of the items on Monday night’s Chandler City Council study session consent …
Election 2024

Queen Creek council members seek reelection

Three seats are up for grabs on the Queen Creek Town Council and now all three incumbents are running for reelection in 2024. Queen Creek Councilor Robin Benning announced …

Hobbs attends ceremony to light ‘Christmas’ tree

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs has found at least one issue in which she disagrees with the last Democrat who was governor of Arizona.

Phoenix Banner CEO named to 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Peter S. Fine, CEO of Banner Health, has again been named to “Modern Healthcare”’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Valley’s One Step Beyond offering holiday pies, artwork sale

This holiday season, One Step Beyond, a Valley provider of comprehensive programming and services for adults with intellectual disabilities, is spreading joy with a baked goods and artwork sale.

Survey open now to better serve Arizona military community, families

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is seeking feedback for the 2023 Arizona Veteran Survey.


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Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices & Encouraging Civility

Lorenz: I am thankful, but also disappointed

I am truly thankful for the great privilege of working with extraordinary Fountain Hills citizens on a topic that is important to our community, education. I volunteered to help facilitate …

Cap: We know who is to blame for the 5G moritorium

Concerning 5G, Councilmembers Skillicorn, Toth, Kalivianakis and Friedel put our community in this position in the first place. They implemented the moratorium on improvements to the 5G service based …

Plencner: Some thoughts on next year’s elections

“Why have you not written any letters to the editor recently,” a friend asked. “Well, apparently we have fixed everything,” I jokingly replied. If only that were true. …

Goncalves: Everyone should have right to opinions

I could not believe the arrogance and pompous opinion of Pam Wehbi in her letter “Enough with the misinformed opinions.” She claims the radical right is misinformed. What makes her …

Taylor: All investments come with risk

I read with interest the article written by Dennis Hanzel in the Nov. 29 issue. I agree that it is troubling that the Recreation Centers of Sun City West lost substantial funds in their investment …
Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

Los Angeles takes on Phoenix in conference showdown

Los Angeles and Phoenix will square off in a matchup of Western Conference opponents. Tuesday's game will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The Lakers won the previous matchup …

Wyoming and Toledo head west for Arizona Bowl clash

Wyoming is heading back to the Arizona Bowl for the second year in a row and third time in five years. The Cowboys will face a Toledo team that won 11 straight games before falling to Miami, Ohio in …

Frankie Collins' 21 points powers Arizona State past San Francisco, 72-61

Frankie Collins scored a season-high 21 points and led all five starters into double-figure scoring as Arizona State rolled to its third-straight win, beating San Francisco 72-61. The Sun Devils …
National sports
Rich Rice of the Texas Rangers has won Major League Baseball's Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. The Fishel Award is named for the former executive with Cleveland, the St. Louis …
Big-name free agents appear in no hurry to strike deals at the winter meetings, biding time until Shohei Ohtani potentially breaks the record for richest contract set 4 1/2 years ago by Mike Trout. …
Associated Press Nevada Daybook for Tuesday, Dec. 05.The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover.Please …
LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Oregon’s Bo Nix, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., transfer quarterbacks who have all played at least five college seasons, and Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison are the …
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts tells MLB Network that Mookie Betts is set to become the regular second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2024. A strong-armed outfielder, Betts played 107 games in …
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West Valley

Get ready for a joyous and magical experience as the city of Surprise presents Cookies and Crafts with Santa.

The extension of Prop. 400, now known as Prop. 479 is becoming critical to Surprise’s future.
Bring joy to children in need by donating to the Surprise Police Department’s annual Holiday Toy Drive.
Members of the Sun City Host Lions found their Christmas spirit early this year. A representative from the club stopped by the Bell Fitness/Pool area, 16820 N. 99th Ave., and picked tags from …
Theatre West announces its upcoming production of “See How They Run,” by Philip King, at the Stardust Theatre, 14401 W. R.H. Johnson Blvd. The comedy directed by Bernie Meagher will have …

Three men are behind bars facing first-degree murder charges in connection with what Phoenix police said was a “brutal killing.” Bernardo Pantaleon was found dead Nov. 26 at a park …

A man was found dead early Sunday morning near 27 th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix, police said. The man was found just after 2:30 a.m. Dec. 3 suffering from trauma, according to a …
Phoenix police detectives are investigating a hit-and-run collision Saturday night that killed a 28-year-old man who was crossing East Thunderbird Road. The collision occurred about 6:40 p.m. …
Give the gift of time by volunteering to advocate for a child in Arizona’s foster care system.
A man is dead following a shooting Thursday morning near 35 th Avenue and Earll Drive in Phoenix, police said. Phoenix Police detectives are investigating the shooting after officers responded …
East Valley

Kris Cano and Dr. Velma Trayham have been named the 2024 Diversity Champions by the Scottsdale nonprofit Community Celebrating Diversity. They will be recognized at the 30th annual Martin Luther King …

Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty’s charitable organization The Russ Lyon Foundatio, announce sits collaborative efforts with The Foster Alliance, formerly Arizona Helping Hands, to …
The Rich Hanger opened Oct. 20 at 221 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. It is a curated thrift and consignment shop selling apparel, baby and kids goods. https://therichhanger.com  
A Gold Canyon Christmas tree lighting event is 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, near the main entrance of Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Road, by the Event Center building. …
Holiday shoppers are advised to be aware of various in-store scams from thieves posing as other customers, Chandler Police said in a recent social media post. CPD posted a video to its social …
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Valley business

LEGO franchise store to open in Chandler Dec. 9

Bricks & Minifigs, the Chandler one-stop shop to buy, sell, and trade all things LEGO, will open Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Chandler City Center, located at 2988 N. Alma School Road, Suite 1 in Chandler.

Bricks & Minifigs, promising to be Chandler's one-stop shop to buy, sell, and trade all things LEGO, will open Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Chandler City Center, located at 2988 N. Alma School Road, …

Wildflower restaurant in Tempe reopens after renovation

Wildflower in Tempe has reopened after renovations.

Wildflower has opened its Tempe restaurant following a renovation. “We’re extremely proud of how Wildflower Tempe’s grand refresh turned out,” Louis Basile, Wildflower …

Night golf debuts at Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills

Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills opens its night golf operations, as the 18-hole course is now fully lit.

Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills launched its night golf programming Dec. 1, finally “turning on the lights” at Arizona’s first fully-lit golf course.

Chandler Chamber celebrates top 100 companies

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs was one of the speakers Wednesday night at the city’s Chamber of Commerce Chandler 100 event.

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chandler 100 event Wednesday night to honor some of the top organizations in the city. Independent Newsmedia was honored as a contributor. …


Phoenix event will offer $2M in free dental care

The Arizona Dental Cares Foundation will host its 11th annual Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy in Phoenix this month.

Meet Jacob – Happy-go-lucky pre-teen ready to laugh with forever family


Jacob is a fun-loving, goofy pre-teen who loves a good challenge and to try new things!

Glendale native celebrates American Indian Heritage Month aboard USS Boxer

U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Angela Briones, a native of Glendale and a member of the Navajo Nation, performs a healing dance during National American Indian Heritage Month.

Here’s how to donate to Phoenix Children’s holiday toy drive

Thanks to community donors and the support of official sponsor Amazon, all children at Phoenix Children’s will receive a holiday gift this season.

Things to do

Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix to host ’This the Season this weekend

The Musical Instrument Museum will present ‘Tis the Season: Holidays at MIM this weekend in Phoenix.

Gilbert police collecting annual Blue Line of Love drive

Gilbert's Blue Line of Love drive also includes a Photos with Santa event Dec. 12.

The Gilbert Police Department is conducting its annual Blue Line of Love Holiday Drive through Monday, Dec. 18, for families in need in the town.   Items in need include:    …

Tremble Clefs to perform in Surprise

The West Side Tremble Clefs

The West Side Tremble Clefs will perform soon at the Arizona Traditions Community Center.

Learn about Chandler A-Z at this exhibit

A parade in Chandler's downtown

Photo credit: Chandler Museum Collection, 01-34-3. The Chandler Museum will use the alphabet to take visitors through the city’s history when a new exhibit opens later this month. …

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Obituaries & Memorials

Constance "Connie" Woods

Connie suffered from a stroke in February and died at the age of 77 on Nov. 14. She was born and raised in Pierre, South Dakota. Connie taught Physical Education in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, retiring in …

Charlene Marie Petrizze Schlieker

Charlene suddenly and unexpectantly passed away while on her dream trip to the south pacific. Born August 17, 1946, in Chicago, IL, she transitioned to meet her Lord and Savior April 2, 2023, in …

Rick Carnivale

Rick was born July 10, 1939, and passed away November 9, 2023, A veteran who was well known in the community. Rick is survived by his beloved wife Linda Carnivale of 42 years.

Glenn Leslie Gaddis

Glenn Leslie Gaddis, Retired Naval Officer, Sun City West, Arizona, died November 14, 2023. He was born in Austin, Minnesota, the first child of Thomas Leslie GADDIS (1906-1982) and Mayme M. Kline …

Wayne Michael Viseth

Wayne, 77, of Fargo, ND, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at New Perspective Independent Living in West Fargo, ND. Born on July 7, 1946, in Mayville, North Dakota, Wayne was the son of …
The Latest News Around The Globe

GM's Cruise robotaxi service faces potential fine in alleged cover-up of San Francisco accident

California regulators say a San Francisco robotaxi service owned by General Motors covered up an accident involving one of its driverless cars, raising the specter they may add a fine to the recent …

US agency to watch unrecalled Takata inflators after one blows apart, injuring a driver in Chicago

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators said Monday they are monitoring data from a group of mostly unrecalled Takata air bag inflators after one of them exploded in a BMW and hurled metal …

After racist shooting that killed 3, family sues Dollar General and others over lax security

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Family members of three Black people fatally shot at a Dollar General store in north Florida by a racist gunman have sued the store's owner, operator and security …

A deer broke into a New Jersey elementary school. Its escape was caught on police bodycams

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey elementary school had an unexpected visitor over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: A deer jumped through a small window and knocked over items in a classroom …

California faculty at largest US university system launch strike for better pay

California State University faculty are launching four days of strikes across campuses for better pay and benefits. The strike is being held by the California Faculty Association. The union …

World carbon dioxide emissions increase again, driven by China, India and aviation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world this year pumped 1.1% more heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the air than last year because of increased pollution from China and India, a team of …

UN warns that 2 boats adrift in the Andaman Sea with 400 Rohingya aboard desperately need rescue

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency on Monday sounded the alarm for about 400 Rohingya Muslims believed to be aboard two boats reported to be out of supplies and adrift in the Andaman Sea. …

Fossil fuels influence and other takeaways from Monday's climate conference events

The influence of the fossil fuel industry at the United Nations annual climate conference, commonly called COP28, was a focal point on Monday with the president of the talks pushing back against …

A Nigerian military attack mistakenly bombed a religious gathering and killed civilians

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian military attack that used drones to target rebels instead killed an unspecified number of civilians gathered for a religious celebration, authorities said Monday. …

Venezuela's government wins vote on claiming part of Guyana, but turnout seems lackluster

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro got the victory he sought in a weekend referendum on whether to claim sovereignty over an oil-rich area of neighboring Guyana. But …
FILE - Bad Bunny performs at the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2023. Bad Bunny's "Monaco" was named one of the top songs of the year by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

AP's top songs of 2023: 'On My Mama,' 'Flowers,' 'Monaco' and more

It's that time of the year! These are The Associated Press' top ten songs of 2023, as determined by The Associated Press Music Writer Maria Sherman. From Victoria Monét's “On My Mama”, Miley …
Paul Giamatti poses for a portrait in New York on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, to promote his film "The Holdovers." (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

20 years after 'Sideways,' Paul Giamatti may finally land his first Oscar nomination

NEW YORK (AP) — When Paul Giamatti made “Sideways” with Alexander Payne, he stayed in a little house in the middle of a large vineyard. At the end of a day of shooting, he would drive home in …
Actor Jonathan Majors arrives at court for a trial on his domestic violence case, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Opening statements begin in Jonathan Majors assault trial in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements began Monday in the criminal trial of actor Jonathan Majors, who was charged last spring for allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend during an argument. …
This combination of photos shows album art for, top row from left, “New Blue Sun” by Andre 3000, “Mañana Será Bonito” by Karol G, "Lucky" by Megan Moroney, "My Soft Machine " by Arlo Parks, "Genesis" by Peso Pluma, second row from left, "Raven" by Kelela, "Sundial" by Noname, "GUTS" by Olivia Rodrigo, "Hackney Diamonds" by The Rolling Stones and "Rat Saw God" by Wednesday. (Epic/Universal/Sony/Transgressive/Douple P/Warp/AWAL/Geffen/Universal/Dead Oceans via AP)

AP's top albums of 2023: Music from Olivia Rodrigo, Peso Pluma, the Rolling Stones and more

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten of the top albums of the year, as chosen by Associated Press Music Writer Maria Sherman. It was a blockbuster year across genres, but only a few could make AP's list. …
Gene Simmons, left, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer of KISS take a bow during the final night of the "Kiss Farewell Tour," Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Review: The long Kiss goodbye ends at New York's Madison Square Garden, but Kiss avatars loom

Say goodbye to the flesh-and-blood members of the rock group Kiss. Say hello to digital avatars of them that will keep rocking into the future. The legendary hard rock quartet from New York played …