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Top election officials in Arizona county leave amid threats

The elected county recorder and the elections director in Arizona's Yavapai County are resigning after more than a year and a half of threats and heated criticism from backers of former President …

FBI subpoenas Republican Arizona Senate president's records

FBI agents looking into events surrounding former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss have subpoenaed Arizona Senate President Karen Fann. The Prescott Republican …

Experts: US Court fractures decades of Native American law

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American land is upending decades of law in support of tribal sovereignty. The Wednesday ruling veers from the …
Missing Person

Goodyear police seek help locating missing elderly woman

Goodyear police are asking the public for help in locating a 60-year-old resident who went missing from a residence in Estrella Mountain Ranch early Friday morning.  Susan Maalihan Irwin had …
ABORTION

Arizona abortion questions remain a week after Supreme Court ruling

PHOENIX - The question of whether some or all abortions are currently legal in Arizona - and for how long - remains unresolved as the issue goes to judges here.On Wednesday, Attorney General Mark …
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West Valley

When it comes to recycling, it has been a tough road for municipalities since China imposed strict recycling restrictions back in 2018.

The city of Peoria website underwent a rebrand, updating the graphics, imagery, and basic functionality of the site.
Surprise has a plan to guide community development decisions for the next 10 to 20 years. It’s called a General Plan, and Arizona state law requires that it’s updated every 10 years.
Years of planning to add some twinkle to Glendale’s downtown paid off Thursday night.
BUCKEYE -- The first Young Hearts Preschool will open its doors for children ages 3-5 Aug. 15 on the brand new Campus of Great Hearts Roosevelt Academy in Buckeye, and applications are being accepted …
Phoenix

The Phoenix City Council has approved seven recipients of the Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations. The grant is part of …

PHOENIX — In the final hours of fiscal 2022 Thursday, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were set to make some last-minute department adjustments to the budget for that …
Two groups promoting downtown Phoenix are merging, as Downtown Phoenix Inc. absorbs Downtown Phoenix Partnership. The merger originally was planned to be official today but will wait until the …
Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Christ-centered nonprofit providing support and resources to underserved communities, announces its back-to-school community outreach event will return to an in-person …
PHOENIX – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has announced that 22 people have been indicted on drug and weapons charges in a case that began with an investigation of …
East Valley

The Scottsdale Police Department, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will be conducting DUI task forces and saturation patrol from July 1 through July 4, for the …

The Mesa Fire and Medical Department announced recently that Deputy Chief Forrest Smith has been selected as the new assistant fire chief replacing Assistant Chief Mike Dunn, who is retiring in …
72SOLD, a real estate company which spearheads the initiative of selling homes in 72 hours, is thrilled to welcome former 12News Arizona Midday Host Destry Jetton to its team.
With Fourth of July just days away, the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce is showing that it’s never too early to be thinking about the winter holidays. The chamber announced in a press …
The Apache Junction City Council mayoral election is nearly here. The 2022 primary election is Aug. 2 and will include two candidates for the office of mayor: Mehmood Mohiuddin and Chip …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Masino: Police should do briefings at schools to prevent shootings

A simple remedy and no-cost solution to eliminate mass shootings in Arizona schools.

Doctor: True or false? Learn to stay safe in the summer sun

With summer officially here, as an Arizonan, you’re likely looking for ways to continue enjoying the outdoors while also staying cool...

Russell: 'Monsoon' describes a year's entire season

Please be aware that the word monsoon describes the entire season of a particular year. The front page of the July 2022 issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent said “Prepare for …

Hague: Profitable sales are built on scarcity

Every home in America is unique. Even if a home is in a subdivision surrounded by hundreds of others very much like it...

Kufahl: Tech work causes havoc in yard

On June 6 one of a construction team entered our area of Sun City West and proceeded to install this portion of fiber-to-the-home network as introduced in a carefully crafted letter sent to homeowners in the affected area some weeks ago. This team turned into a virtual wrecking ball when they reached my yard.
Valley sports

Diamondbacks face the Rockies looking to end road losing streak

The Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Colorado Rockies looking to stop a three-game road losing streak.

Booker secures $224M, four-year extension from Suns

Devin Booker helped Phoenix to the NBA Finals in 2021, then played a huge role in helping the Suns to the league’s best record this past season. They can’t wait to see what he does next. To no …

Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0. Jake …
National sports

LEADING OFF: Rookies Morel, Hall look to extend homer runs

Cubs rookie Christopher Morel has homered in three straight games and looks to keep up the run when he faces Boston at Wrigley Field on Saturday. The 23-year-old Morel connected Friday night for a …

JT Poston opens 4-stroke lead in John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston took a four-stroke lead into the weekend in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, following an opening 9-under 62 with a 65 on Friday at TPC Deere Run. Coming off a second-place tie last …

Johnson, Ortiz tied for lead in LIV Golf event in Portland

The outcry that marked the start of the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf series’ first American stop quieted a bit on Friday, putting the focus on the play at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Modest crowds and …

MLB batting average, home runs down through June

The major league batting average was .242 in June, down from .245 in May, and home runs are down 9% from last season at this point, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The season batting average is …

Analysis: Settlement best solution for Deshaun Watson, NFL

Now that Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing has concluded, the best solution for the NFL and the quarterback's legal team is to reach a settlement before retired judge Sue Robinson issues a …
Most recent

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's social media company and some of its employees received subpoenas from both a federal grand jury and securities regulators, according to a public disclosure Friday, …

Conference realignment in college sports has been going on since 1984, when the Supreme Court invalidated the NCAA’s national television contract for football. The conference juggling has gone …
The USFL accomplished what the last two attempts at spring football failed to do — make it through its first season. As the league prepares for Sunday night’s championship game at the Pro …
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Valley business

Arizona Federal converts to state charter, changes name

Arizona Federal Credit Union announced it is officially changing its name to Arizona Financial Credit Union, effective July 1, in line with its conversion from a federally-chartered to a …

Smoke Tree Resort purchased by local real estate firm

Scottsdale-based Walton Global Holding has purchased Smoke Tree Resort, in the Town of Paradise Valley, for $14 million. The deal closed on June 29, with ST Holdings, a subsidiary of Walton Global …

National nonprofit Petco Love invests in HALO Animal Rescue

HALO Animal Rescue is set to receive a $35,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love during a special celebration 11 a.m. July 5 at the Happy Valley Petco, 2501 W. Happy Valley Road, in …

Scrubs & Beyond Store opens in Mesa

Scrubs & Beyond, an omnichannel retailer of health care apparel and accessories, is expanding its service to Valley health care workers with the opening of a new brick-and-mortar store in …

Neighbors

Miracle League of Arizona fall registration open

Registration for the 2022 fall season at the Miracle League of Arizona is now open. Registration and participation in the league is free and can be done on the Miracle League of Arizona’s …

Queen Creek players headed to national soccer tournament

An Arizona soccer team with seven Queen Creek girls is heading to a major national tournament in July. The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships take place July 18 at the ESPN Wide World of …

City of Surprise Fire Department Battalion Chief Cheatham retires

For nearly 40 years, Autry Cheatham has spent his career extinguishing fires, extricating people from vehicles and responding to life-threatening situations from Phoenix to Surprise.

Meet Your Neighbor: Adamski president of LeTip networking group chapter

Name: Nikol Adamski Age: 49 Town/neighborhood: Northeast Mesa When and why I moved here: My parents moved here in 1979 from Michigan to escape the cold, for a better life and a fresh start. …

Things to do

‘Summer Market’ series ready to open at Fountain Hills museum

Signed Jemez pottery, Acoma pieces, art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with dish sets, decorative items and much more will be featured in the upcoming “Summer Market” in Fountain Hills.

To lick or not to lick: Scottsdale restaurant offers salt bricks for customers to purchase

After almost 15 years of business and a new location, The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale and its infamous Himalayan salt wall have received a bit of buzz for viral videos and images of patrons taking a taste of more than the restaurant’s tasty dishes.

Glendale water park will have 2 nights of July 4th fireworks

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Glendale will have two nights of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hinkle announces departure from Theater Works after 7 years

Cate Hinkle, who has guided Theater Works’ growth and outreach over the last seven years has announced her departure from the organization, effective the end of June.

Entertainment
Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman, right, receives his stolen Gretsch guitar during the Lost and Found Guitar Exchange Ceremony Friday, July 1, 2022, at Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Bachman’s long-held dream came true Friday when he was reunited in Tokyo with a beloved guitar nearly a half-century after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel. Bachman, 78, a former member of The Guess Who, received the guitar from a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Rock star Randy Bachman reunited with beloved stolen guitar

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman’s long search has ended after he was reunited in Tokyo with a cherished guitar 45 years after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel. Seventy-eight-year-old Bachman, …
FILE - Luke Combs performs during CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville, Tenn., on June 11, 2022. Comb's latest album, "Growin' Up," releases Friday, July 1. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Song by song, country star Luke Combs grows into stadiums

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Luke Combs is making big leaps this year in his unprecedented rise to the top of country music, both personally and professionally. The North …
Benin bronzes objects are displayed at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday June 29, 2022 . The ethnological museum houses 78 objects, including 64 bronzes,from the former royal house of Benin, whose core area is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria. Germany is set to sign an agreement in Nigeria that paves the way for the return of important sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the late 19th century. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)

Germany, Nigeria to sign accord on return of Benin Bronzes

Germany is set to sign an agreement with Nigeria that paves the way for the return of important sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the late 19th century. The …
FILE - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush poses with his 'Berlinale Camera Award' wich he received prior to the screening of the film 'Final Portrait ' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The international film festival in the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary kicks off Friday, July 1, 2022 following a protest by Ukraine against screening a Russian movie. This year’s festival will honor Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush for his outstanding contribution to world cinema at the festival’s closing ceremony. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Ukraine protests Russian film screening at Czech film fest

PRAGUE (AP) — An international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary kicked off Friday amid controversy following a protest by Ukraine over the screening of a Russian film alongside …
Vanessa Dawson, back left, producer of Maui Moisture, stands in her hair care truck near the Essence Festival in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked a multitude of times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked multiple times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any …
Obituaries & Memorials

Annabelle Faye Chaney Lowery

Annabelle passed away at Hospice of the Valley Thunderbird Inpatient Unit on June 25, 2022, at 96 years of age. She was born May 31, 1926 to Naomia and Arthur Chaney in Springfield, Ohio. She was the …

Shirley Ann Cleveland

Shirley Ann Cleveland born March 22, 1933 in Bemidji, Minnesota to Paul and Ethel Wrege. She passed away May 15, 2022 in Sun City, Arizona at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by husband …

Janet Dolores Larson

Janet Dolores Larson, 79, of Goodyear, AZ passed away June 26, 2022

Jean Bratton (JB) Wyckoff

Jean Bratton (JB) Wyckoff passed away peacefully early in the afternoon of June 23, 2022

Arthur Alexander Babbitt

On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Arthur Alexander Babbitt loving husband and father passed away at age 93. He was born on October 8, 1928, to the late John Forrest and Lessie Myrna (Snyder) Babbitt in …
Nation

Biden offshore drilling proposal would allow up to 11 sales

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration on Friday proposed up to 10 oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off the Alaska coast over the next five years — going …

Amazon bars off-duty warehouse workers from its buildings

Amazon is barring off-duty warehouse workers from the company’s facilities, a move organizers say can hamper union drives. Under the policy shared with workers on Amazon’s internal app, …

Chip shortage keeps driving up auto prices, cutting sales

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. new vehicle sales likely tumbled more than 20% in the second quarter compared with a year ago as the global semiconductor shortage continues to vex the industry. Yet demand …

EU prepares emergency plan to do without Russian energy

PRAGUE (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Friday pledged to draft an emergency plan this month aimed at helping member countries do without Russian energy in the wake of the Kremlin’s …

As holiday weekend starts, airport crowds top 2019 numbers

The fireworks are still a few days away, but travel for the July Fourth weekend is off to a booming start. The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it screened more people on …
World

Thousands protest migrant deaths at Spain-Morocco border

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of people in several Spanish cities Friday protested the deaths of at least 23 migrants last week at the frontier between the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Africa …

Monkeypox cases triple in Europe, WHO says, Africa concerned

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the …

Tunisian president seeks more powers in new constitution

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday unveiled a new draft constitution that would bestow broad powers on the president and curtail the authority of the prime minister and …

Julian Assange appeals to UK court against extradition to US

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed against the British’s government decision last month to order his extradition to the U.S. The appeal was filed Friday at the High Court. It's the …

In a small village, prayers and hope for missing migrants

The wait for news has been agonizing for families from Mexico to Honduras whose relatives were being smuggled through south Texas this week. Now they hope for what before would have been dreaded -- …