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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

US announces $83M in latest round of tribal housing grants

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Emergency management officials on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota have a new building, but they have been operating out of an old jail that's set to be torn …
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Six months into contract with Avondale PD, Litchfield sees increased police presence

In the six months since the city of Litchfield Park officially transitioned its public safety services from the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office to the Avondale Police Department, residents may have …
Mobile gastronomy

Pita Jungle’s mobile kitchen sets up shop in Litchfield Park

Southwest Valley pita fans rejoice. Local restaurant Pita Jungle is camped out on the corner of Camelback and Litchfield roads this week offering Mediterranian-inspired fare from its 20-foot food …
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Schnepfs sell land for build-to-rent community in Queen Creek

One of the founding members of Queen Creek is selling 13 acres of land in order to build rental housing. Mark Schnepf, who helped lead incorporation efforts for Queen Creek and later became the …
education

Huntington University to hold first fundraiser for Peoria school

Huntington University Arizona will be holding its first fundraiser in Peoria, 7 p.m., Feb. 21.
First responders
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Kharley Lee, a 12-year-old runaway.
A records request reveals the number of arrests for suspicion of domestic violence occurring in the Town of Queen Creek over the last five calendar years. The total? 175 total arrests with an …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Jan. 6-13: Theft of property reported at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 8 in the 400 block of North Pinal Parkway …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Steven Alexander

Alexander: ‘Golfer’s elbow’ hindering your golf game?

You are humming along, just finished playing a round of golf, when you pull up to the cart drop-off. You reach to grab your bag off the cart and wham, pain on the inside of your elbow makes you drop …
Phoenix Philatelic Association president Kevin Lesk, left, admires Monroe Wingate’s stamp collection.

Hospice patient shares lifelong passion: 2 million stamps in collection

It was 1939, and Monroe Wingate was just 9 years old when his father returned home from a business trip with a little package of German stamps. Two of them depicted an eagle circling the world with a swastika. Hitler’s invasion of Europe was all over the news and the young boy knew he was holding a piece of history.

Rigler: As COVID-19 cases rise, please help keep ERs open for emergencies

With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, Arizona has seen more COVID-19 cases in the past week than any other week of the pandemic. Alongside this increase, we’ve seen more people seeking care in hospital emergency rooms and more people seeking COVID-19 testing.

Feess: Sen. Sinema has spoken; now she must get job done on voter rights bill

Dear Sen. Sinema: I am respectfully writing to you with regard to the implications of your stated position on two issues, the filibuster rule in the Senate and the proposed voting rights act.

Fast: COVID mitigation measures inconvenient, but necessary

First, I want to thank the Sun City Independent for publishing Mr. Reilly’s views and to thank him for presenting his views in the form of a prediction for 2022.
More sports

Houser strong in season debut, Sabres beat Senators 3-1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Michael Houser made 43 saves in his season debut and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Tuesday night. Houser became the sixth goalie to start a game for …

Dvorak scores 2, Montembeault saves 48, Montreal tops Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — Christian Dvorak scored twice, Sam Montembeault made a career-high 48 saves for his second win of the season and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 Tuesday night for …

No. 18 Texas Tech's strong 2nd half beats No. 15 Iowa State

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kevin Obanor scored 13 of his 15 points after halftime as 18th-ranked Texas Tech turned a close game into a 72-60 win over No. 15 Iowa State on Tuesday night, giving the Red …

No. 24 Tennessee scores final 8, beating Vanderbilt 68-60

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Uros Plavsic's short jumper with 55 seconds left broke a tie at 60, and 24th-ranked Tennessee scored the final eight points holding off in-state rival Vanderbilt 68-60 …

Smith, Pack lead Kansas State past No. 23 Texas 66-65

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Mark Smith scored 22 points, Nijel Pack made a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Kansas State held No. 23 Texas scoreless for the final 3 1/2 minutes to rally for a 66-65 win …

Islanders win 4-3 in shootout, hand Flyers 9th straight loss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers stretched a shootout to nine rounds — only to see their losing streak reach nine games. The only consolation? Few fans stuck around to the end to watch …
Most recent
ILO report says Afghan crisis causing massive job losses

BANGKOK (AP) — More than a half million people in Afghanistan have lost their jobs since the Taliban takeover in mid-August, the International Labor Organization said in a report released …

Ovechkin scores 27th, Capitals beat Jets 4-3 in OT

Edwards leads No. 10 Houston over USF for 8th straight win

Demko makes 31 saves as Canucks beat skidding Predators 3-1

Nation

Body cam footage released in 2018 California bar massacre

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video from cameras worn by deputies who responded to a mass shooting at a Southern California bar in 2018 and recordings of calls for help released Tuesday captured the chaos, …

Pardoned Kentucky killer sentenced to 42 years in prison

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man pardoned by Kentucky’s former governor for a 2014 drug robbery killing will return to prison to serve a 42-year federal sentence for the same crime. Patrick Baker was …

Prosecutor: No charges in Black Kansas teen’s custody death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor said Tuesday that he won't file criminal charges over the death of a Black 17-year-old who became unresponsive while being restrained facedown for more than …

West Virginia lawmakers introduce 15-week abortion ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban abortion after 15 weeks — a proposal nearly identical to the Mississippi law currently under review by the U.S. …

LA mayor nominates 1st woman as city's fire department chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 22-year Los Angles Fire Department veteran was nominated Tuesday to become the first woman to lead the department. Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley would become the first …
World

UK police asked to probe Indian officials’ role in Kashmir

LONDON (AP) — A London-based law firm filed an application with British police Tuesday seeking the arrest of India's army chief and a senior Indian government official over their alleged roles in …

Judge signs plan, resolves Puerto Rico bankruptcy battle

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s nearly five-year bankruptcy battle was resolved Tuesday after a federal judge signed a plan that slashes the U.S. territory’s public debt load as part …

Fishermen protest after eruption causes oil spill in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An oil spill on the Peruvian coast caused by the waves from an eruption of an undersea volcano in the South Pacific nation of Tonga prompted dozens of fishermen to protest Tuesday …

Torture claims filed against new Interpol leader from UAE

PARIS (AP) — The French lawyer for a jailed human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday filed a torture complaint against the new president of Interpol, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser …

Colombia's Ingrid Betancourt announces presidential run

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, who was held as a hostage for six years by Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, said on Tuesday that she will be running for her …
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Business

Trump plans 2,300 new homes at struggling Doral resort

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump plans to build 2,300 luxury homes at his Doral golf resort in the Miami area, part of a flurry of recent moves to revive a family business suffering from the one-two …

NTSB chief to fed agency: Stop using misleading statistics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error …

US regulators aiming at illegal and anticompetitive mergers

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. competition regulators have mounted an effort to tighten enforcement against illegal mergers, in line with President Joe Biden’s mandate for greater scrutiny to big …

SeeHomesFirst.com offers homebuyers first look at new homes on the market

Paradise Valley resident Greg Hague is on a mission. The founder of 72SOLD and Phoenix real estate power brokerage Hague Partners is launching a new real estate website aimed at going toe-to-toe with nationwide home search websites like Zillow and Realtor.com.

Neighbors

Meet the Girl Scout: Mesa resident Gina Ferroni

Meet Gina Ferroni, a Girl Scout hailing from the city of Mesa. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season through Feb. 27, featuring …

Meet the Girl Scout: Tempe resident Savanna Ellis

Meet Savanna Ellis, a Girl Scout hailing from the city of Tempe. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season through Feb. 27, featuring …

Meet the Girl Scout: Abby hails from Peoria

Meet Abby, a Girl Scout from Troop 997 in Peoria. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season Jan. 17-Feb. 27, featuring traditional …

Meet the Girl Scouts: Queen Creek sisters Lizzy, Ally Small

Meet Lizzy and Ally Small, two Girl Scouts hailing from the town of Queen Creek. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season Jan. 17-Feb. …

Things to do

The Brothers Four perform in Gold Canyon in February

The Brothers Four perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. As they celebrate more than 60 years of performing and …

Register for Mesa parks and recreation programs

Although cooler weather prevails right now, spring will be here soon. Registration is underway for Mesa residents for the city of Mesa’s Parks and Recreation spring programs. Registration …

Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in February in Apache Junction

The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo, to be held Feb. 25-27 at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd., at Tomahawk Road, is a full eight-event rodeo, with professional cowboys and …

Central Arizona College Foundation ‘A Night of Stars’ Feb. 4

The Central Arizona College Foundation will host the annual A Night of Stars event on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Windmill Winery, 1140 W. Butte Ave. in Florence, to raise money for CAC’s …

Obituaries & Memorials

Robert Gottfred "Fred" Loose

Robert Gottfred “Fred” Loose, passed away on October 20, 2021. Fred was born in Denver, CO and grew up in Fort Morgan. After graduating from Fort Morgan High School, he attended Otero Junior …

Charlotte Lape Byrne October 16, 1920-January 7, 2021

Charlotte and her identical twin Marcia were born on October 16, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to William Edward Lape and Verna Love Lape. Charlotte weighed just under 3 pounds at birth and Marcia just …

Myrlene Ann Shoup-Hugo

Myrlene Ann Shoup-Hugo (92) passed away in Sun City, Arizona on January 13, 2022 surrounded by her three sons. She was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma on July 16, 1929. Her childhood was a happy one …

Kent Ray Myers

Kent Ray Myers was born March 15, 1943 in Alexander, Iowa, the youngest of five boys. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1963 after realizing he would never be a farmer. He earned his success and valued …

John Willis Kohl

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 22nd - 10:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise. Masks will be required plus social spacing in the sanctuary. Weather …
Entertainment
FILE - A decorative grammy is seen before the start of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The upcoming Grammy Awards have been postponed due to what organizers called "too many risks" due to the omicron variant. The ceremony had been scheduled for Jan. 31st in Los Angeles with a live audience and performances. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Grammy Awards move ceremony to Las Vegas site in early April

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2022 Grammy Awards will shift to an April show in Las Vegas after recently postponing the ceremony due to rising COVID-19 cases because the omicron variant. The awards …
FILE - Actor-comedian Louie Anderson appears at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 18, 2016. A spokesman for Anderson says he is being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital. Anderson's publicist says he was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and “is resting comfortably.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Actor-comedian Louie Anderson undergoing cancer treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louie Anderson is being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital, a spokesman for the actor and comedian said. Anderson, 68, was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin …
Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Golf goes to Netflix and it has competition from tennis

HONOLULU (AP) — Formula One racing got a huge boost in interest in North America through the Netflix series “Drive to Survive.” Netflix now is expanding to a documentary series on golf, …
This image released by Netflix shows Regina King, center, from the film "The Harder They Fall." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)

‘Harder They Fall,’ 'Insecure,' H.E.R. nab NAACP awards noms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix could be a dominant force at next month’s NAACP Image Awards. The streaming giant on Tuesday emerged with a leading 52 nominations including the film “The Harder …

Former AG William Barr's memoir to be published March 8

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Attorney General William P. Barr has a memoir coming out March 8 titled “One Damn Thing After Another,” and billed by his publisher as a “vivid and forthright book” …