Valley & State
CITY

Glendale tabs new budget and finance director

Levi Gibson is the city of Glendale’s new budget and finance director.

Dugong, coral, abalone face extinction threat, IUCN says

An international conservation organization says populations of a vulnerable species of marine mammal, numerous species of abalone and a type of Caribbean coral are now threatened with extinction. The …
LAMB'S SHOE REPAIR

Mesa police seek help in homicide case

The owner of Lamb’s Shoe Repair in Mesa was found dead inside his store on Tuesday, and the Mesa Police Department is asking for assistance in finding his killer. Police said they are …

Protections sought for coyotes in Mexican wolf territory

Environmentalists want the U.S. government to list coyotes as endangered in parts of Arizona and New Mexico where Mexican gray wolves are found. A coalition of groups argue in a petition submitted …
TRANSPORTATION

Glendale residents can schedule public transit rides with new app

The city of Glendale will retire its Dial-A-Ride program with the launch of the brand-new Glendale OnBoard phone app.
TRANSPORTATION

Transit grant boosts Phoenix light rail effort

Phoenix has received a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for a light rail extension project. The money will help in the city’s effort to pay for items identified …
HOLIDAY

Singers greet Sun City West shoppers

Carolers came out to Sun City West to entertain shoppers.
Military

‘Remember Arizona’: Survivor’s granddaughter pays tribute at ceremony for namesake sub 

The sponsor of the USS Arizona submarine paid tribute Dec. 7 to those who served on the famed battleship of the same name and those who will serve on the new boat.  Nikki Stratton, …
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West Valley

Despite some late rain dropping on Sun City Dec. 3-4, the work schedule at Viewpoint Lake continues to move forward.

Neither Cactus or Higley played 5A football last season, and both entered the conference this year as contenders, but also curiosities. The teams with close ties among current and former coaches were able to answer enough of their early season questions to make the conference final Friday night
Currently living in England, singer/guitarist and former Surprise resident Freddie Hall returns to the West Valley with a one-night performance.
The city of Peoria celebrated the unveiling of the Centennial Plaza Decades Walk expansion project, which is a new, vertical monument that honors historic local, state and national events that …
Residents can sign up now for the Organization of HOAs 2023 Leadership Academy.
Phoenix

Indie rock titans The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie will join forces for a landmark 20th anniversary co-headline North American tour, which will include a stop in Phoenix.

Russia has freed WNBA star Brittney Griner in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The swap was confirmed by U.S. officials with …
The 45th Annual Indian Market at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park will be this weekend, showcasing more than 100 local and regional artists and more. It will take place 9 a.m. to 4 …
President Joe Biden touted manufacturing jobs and what some call an entire ecosystem as the country’s leader visited Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in Phoenix on Tuesday …
The Phoenix Youth and Education Office is accepting applications for the 2023 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year awards. The awards honor the achievements of young people, “enhance …
East Valley

The first phase of installing a non-potable water reservoir in the city of Apache Junction has been approved with a $1.1 million agreement for administration and inspection services. The water …

Developers are looking to build out the 94 Hundred Shea project with a new residential component called 94 Hundred Shea – The Village, on Shea Boulevard, east of 92nd Street.
Barrett-Jackson, one of the big draws of collector car auctions in Arizona, is gearing up for another big event in January. The Scottsdale-based company is planning its 2023 Scottsdale Auction …
The United States Postal Service is having a job fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Tempe Post Office, 233 E. Southern Ave. There are immediate openings for mail handlers, …
The Valley STEM Festival, organized by Firebird Robotics from Chaparral High School, will be held outdoors on Jan. 14, 2023, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with no charge for participants or attendees.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Thornley: Women’s guild separates from Sun City church

The Women’s Guild at St. Clement of Rome in Sun City sadly announce the separation of the Guild from St. Clement’s Parish. The closing of the Clementique Shop and the end of Julia Chesna Trust has diminished our scholarship fundraising for the St. John Paul II high school seniors. This unfortunate event is due to circumstances beyond our control. We are currently reorganizing as a guild elsewhere.
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Don’t let holiday stress lead you to the ER

The holiday season is upon us, time for socializing with friends and family and enjoying time together.
One of Mayor-elect Jason Beck's top campaign issues was to bring an airport to the city of Peoria.

Dwyer: Airport would negatively affect quality of life in Peoria

Thanks for your article about a possible airport coming to Peoria ("Here is how to get an airport to Peoria," Peoria Independent).

Lehrer: Reflecting on this year’s accomplishments in Sun City

Let’s reflect and rejoice in all we have accomplished together.

Shall: What was cost for Sun City's Duffeeland Dog Park

I would like to know how much Recreation Centers of Sun City officials spent to reconfigure the doors and the cost of the tokens at the dog park.
Local sports

New Orleans puts home win streak on the line against Phoenix

New Orleans heads into a matchup against Phoenix after winning five consecutive home games. The teams meet Friday for the second time this season. New Orleans is 10-5 against the Western Conference, …

South Dakota hosts UC Irvine in cross-conference matchup

South Dakota and UC Irvine meet in non-conference action. Saturday's meeting is the first this season for the squads. South Dakota is 3-0 at home, and UC Irvine is 1-2 on the road.

No. 14 Indiana plays No. 10 Arizona

The No. 14 Indiana Hoosiers take on the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saturday's meeting is the first this season between the two squads. Indiana is 6-0 at …
National sports

Energy Transfer returns as partner for the second annual Invited Celebrity Classic presented by ...

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Officials at the Invited Celebrity Classic presented by Choctaw Casinos & Resorts today announced that Energy Transfer will partner with the PGA …

Russian athletes could compete in Asian events, IOC says

The International Olympic Committee says it will examine a proposal for athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus to resume competing in international sports events in Asia. The move comes ahead of a …

INAUGURAL GOLF GALAXY HOT LIST LIVE PRESENTED BY GOLF DIGEST IS COMING TO PHOENIX

On Feb. 9–11, the first-of-its-kind event will feature the live unveiling of the 2023 Golf Digest Hot List and allow golfers to demo the year's best equipment ahead of the upcoming seasonPHOENIX, …

Portugal coach: Ronaldo did not threaten to leave World Cup

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo did not threaten to leave Qatar after being dropped from the team to play Switzerland at the World Cup. Santos did acknowledge his star player …

Long jumper accused of false information to get Olympic spot

A long jumper and two officials from Albania could face bans after they were accused of submitting false information that helped the athlete get a spot at the Tokyo Olympics last year. The Athletics …
Most recent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Friday it is sanctioning a group of companies and people linked to illegal fishing operations and human rights abuses in Chinese waters. One …

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s press erupted in outrage Friday at Prince Harry and Meghan’s documentary series, which lambasts the U.K. media over its treatment of the royal couple. But much of …
Many women with two or three breast tumors can get by with lumpectomy surgery instead of having their whole breast removed, a new study suggests. In recent years, more patients with multiple …
BERLIN (AP) — Organizers of the annual Berlin film festival said Friday that Kristen Stewart will head the international jury in 2023.. The American actor, screenwriter and director, who …
PARIS (AP) — French energy giant TotalEnergies said Friday that it will walk away from its stake in Russian natural gas producer Novatek and take a $3.7 billion loss. TotalEnergies, which has …
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Valley business

Torchy’s Tacos opens Queen Creek location next week

Queen Creek residents looking to get their Torchy’s Tacos fix won’t have to wait much longer. The Austin, Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos, known for its “Damn Good Tacos” …

Florence benefits from continued SRP development

There’s good economic news for Florence. The SRP board of directors this week approved the second phase of continued development at the Copper Crossing Energy and Research Center in …

Peoria shifts to buyer’s market

The Valley housing market has “glided” into a buyer’s market for the first time in 12 years, according to Tina Tamboer of the Cromford Report.

Scottsdale PR firm marks milestone in growth

For the past 12 years, Scottsdale's Evolve PR and Marketing has worked with local and national businesses to promote and enhance their message to the world.

Neighbors

Scottsdale tattoo and piercing shop now accepting toy drive donations

Prescott-based metal band, Redstone Crown, has teamed up with Arizona Children’s Association and Immortal Art Tattoo & Body Piercing in Scottsdale to host a toy drive from now to Dec. 20.

Free lunches for homeless event coming to Glendale

The Black Business Owners Coalition of Glendale and the Arizona Kosher Pantry are partnering together to provide free hot kosher meals to Glendale’s homeless population.

One Step Beyond’s culinary center a booming catering service

It’s a typical Wednesday morning in the One Step Beyond kitchen. Cutting up veggies to prep for meals, looking over that day’s lunch menu.

Apache Junction falls short in basketball home opener vs. Bulldogs, game against Coyotes

The Apache Junction Prospectors (0-5) matched up against the Goldwater Bulldogs (0-1) for their home opener on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Apache Junction High School. Both teams were trying to finally …

Things to do

Scottsdale Gallery Association announces first 2023 Gold Palette ArtWalk

It’s sure to be a happy New Year with the return of one of the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s most popular and well-attended Gold Palette ArtWalks — Demonstrate.

Gilbert-sponsored USS Arizona submarine to have keel-laying ceremony

The town of Gilbert is hosting a viewing Wednesday, Dec. 7, for the keel-laying ceremony for the USS Arizona nuclear submarine, which has the town as its municipal sponsor.  The town’s …

Blues legend Carvin Jones to play Glendale gig Tuesday

Legendary Valley blues man Carvin Jones has a gig in Glendale Tuesday evening.

Seasonal Witchcrafted Yule Market coming to Glendale

The seasonal vendor market, Witchcrafted Yule Market, makes its return to Glendale.

Entertainment
A model walks the runway at the Celine Fall/Winter 2023 Fashion Show on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Celine brings rock music element into Hollywood fashion show

Celine brought a new line of fashion into the Hollywood spotlight in front of a star-studded audience while infusing rock music into Hedi Slimane’s “Age of Indieness” show Thursday night. The …
Ke Huy Quan, star of "Everything Everywhere All at Once," poses for a portrait on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Dana Pleasant/Invision/AP)

'It's fate.' 40 years later, Ke Huy Quan is a star, again

Ke Huy Quan was once one of the most indelible faces — and voices — of the 1980s. He was 12 when he was cast as Harrison Ford’s Yankee hat wearing sidekick in “Temple of Doom.” Quan starred …
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick." (Paramount Pictures via AP)

'Top Gun' named best film by National Board of Review

NEW YORK (AP) — “Top Gun: Maverick,” 2022's biggest box-office hit, has been named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review. Though the National Board of Review, a …
FILE - Tom Cruise appears at the premiere of the film "Top Gun: Maverick" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 18, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Tom Cruise to get Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Award

Tom Cruise is getting his first major honor of awards season. In February, the “Top Gun: Maverick” star will receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America, …
Sculptor Veronica Ryan after being announced the winner of the Turner Prize at St George's Hall in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

Veronica Ryan wins Turner Prize for evocative sculptures

LONDON (AP) — Artist Veronica Ryan has won the prestigious Turner Prize for work that transforms materials including fruits, seeds and volcanic ash into elusive and evocative sculptures. The …
Obituaries & Memorials

David Cook I

David Edward Cook I, 79, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, December 4, 2022. David was a loving and devoted husband, a dedicated father and an amazing …
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Jay Howard Leve

Jay , 66, passed away on December 5, 2022 at his home in Sun City West, AZ.Beloved Father of Sarah Leve of Philadelphia, PA, Dear Brother of Karen Leve Braverman of Louisville, CO, Loving Uncle to …

Elaine R. Granucci

Elaine Reimer Granucci - beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend of many - passed away on November 29, 2022 at her home in Sun City Arizona surrounded by family. Elaine was born in Wichita, …

James David Hann

James was born on 7 July, 1931 to James Berry and Mary Jane Hann. His early years were spent in Overland Park, Kansas and Bailey, Colorado. He was a child of the depression era, an event that would …

Marilee Eshelman

Marilee, 79, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2022, at her home.Marilee was born December 31, 1942, in Peoria, Illinois, to Otha and Emma (Binkele) Eshelman. She was …
Nation

Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle is stepping down

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade publisher, is stepping down. Markus Dohle's decision, effective at the end of the year, comes just weeks after a federal …

Wholesale inflation in US further slowed in November to 7.4%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices in the United States rose 7.4% in November from a year earlier, a fifth straight slowdown and a hopeful sign that inflation pressures across the economy are …

France, Spain, Portugal to build hydrogen pipeline by 2030

ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — Spain, France and Portugal agreed Friday to build by 2030 a major undersea pipeline to transport hydrogen from the Iberian Peninsula to France and eventually the rest of …

UAW says workers at Ohio battery plant vote to join union

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at a General Motors joint venture electric vehicle battery factory in Ohio have voted to join the United Auto Workers union. About 900 workers at the new plant near …

Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried says will testify to Congress

The former CEO of the failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX said in a tweet Friday that he is willing to testify to Congress next week, but that he will be limited in what he can say and that he …
World

Russian arms dealer swapped for WNBA star Griner blasts West

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who returned to his homeland after 14 years in a U.S. prison as part of a swap for WNBA star Brittney Griner, said the West is bent on destroying …

Russian man jailed 8 1/2 years for Ukraine action criticism

MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian opposition figure was on Friday sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison after being convicted on charges stemming from his criticism of the Kremlin’s action in …

Ukrainian Nobel Prize winner says Putin must face tribunal

MOSCOW (AP) — A representative of one the the organizations sharing this year's Nobel Peace Prize said Friday that she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin must face an international tribunal …

67 journalists, media workers killed on the job this year

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia’s war in Ukraine, chaos in Haiti and rising violence by criminal groups in Mexico contributed to a 30% spike in the number of journalists killed doing their work in 2022 …

Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia for Chinese leader Xi's visit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab leaders and others in the Mideast met Friday in Saudi Arabia as part of a state visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping, seeking to firm up their relations …