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Kimberly Moran selected as new president of Litchfield Elementary district

Kimberly Moran has been chosen to lead the Litchfield Elementary School District governing board following a vote at a Jan. 11 meeting.  Former President Danielle Clymer was first to nominate …

Townsend announces bid for congressional seat in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — State Sen. Kelly Townsend announced Monday she will run for Congress to represent southern Arizona. The decision means Townsend will avoid facing fellow Republican Wendy Rogers …

Coconino County to hire judge to help with backlog of cases

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County is using federal relief funds to address a backlog of court cases that were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The county anticipates spending …

Navajo increases ability to do COVID testing, vaccinations

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Health facilities on the Navajo Nation are increasing the ability to test for COVID-19 and vaccinate people as the omicron variant spreads, tribal leaders said. Navajo …
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West Valley resale shops adapt to squeeze of supply chain

Some local resale shops are adapting to recent supply shortages rather than letting shortages clamp down on sales. Sue Slezak, manager at Sun City’s Sun Health Resale Boutique and Sun Health …
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

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.

Graham: Panhandlers are just scamming, laughing at you

I write to respond to the letter from Barbara Plona in the Jan. 12 edition of the Sun City Independent. With all due respect, the attitude expressed in that letter is exactly the reason the panhandlers at our major intersections will be around for a long time.

Rediscovering America: A quiz for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day — On this holiday, we celebrate one of the great civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The Rev. King challenged Americans to uphold the Declaration of Independence’s promise “...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
More sports

Biggest golf tours back in action from Hawaii to Middle East

PGA TOUR THE AMERICAN EXPRESS Site: La Quinta, California. Courses: PGA West (Stadium). Yardage: 7,158. Par: 72. PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament). Yardage: 7,147. Par: 72. La Quinta CC. …

New York Rangers Launch First-ever NFT Products in Leadup to Henrik Lundqvist Night This Month at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 18, 2022--The New York Rangers have announced the launch of the first-ever Rangers NFT products leading up to Henrik Lundqvist Night presented by Chase, when the …

Morikawa back in Middle East to start Race to Dubai defense

It has been a half-year since Collin Morikawa won the British Open and he has gotten somewhat used to being introduced as “champion golfer of the year.” This week is the first time the …

Arizona travels to New Jersey for non-conference battle

Arizona Coyotes (9-24-4, eighth in the Central) vs. New Jersey Devils (14-18-5, sixth in the Metropolitan)Newark, New Jersey; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Jersey plays Arizona in a …

Analysis: Dak Prescott hands it to all the wrong people

Dak Prescott kept handing it to all the wrong people. He should have delivered the football to umpire Ramon George instead of to his center Tyler Biadasz before time ran out on Dallas' season, …

No. 2 Auburn gets showdown with No. 12 Kentucky

Auburn has steadily moved up the rankings this season, climbing from No. 22 in the preseason to No. 2 in this week's AP Top 25. Coach Bruce Pearl believes the Tigers, with their quality wins and …
Most recent
Do Minnesota cases show it's getting easier to convict cops?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First, it was Mohamed Noor — convicted of murder for shooting an unarmed woman who approached his police SUV. Then it was Derek Chauvin, found guilty of murder for using his …

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

Irish mourn slain 23-year-old teacher who was out jogging

Review: TV star Bertinelli pens compelling 'Enough Already'

Nation

'This Is Us,' 'black-ish' salutes set for Paley TV festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “This Is Us,” “black-ish” and “Better Call Saul” are among the shows to be saluted at the Paley Center for Media’s annual TV festival, returning to live events …

O'Rourke raises $7M in first weeks of bid for Texas governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that his campaign for Texas governor raised $7.2 million in the first six weeks of a race that could wind up as one of the nation's most …

Asia shares mostly lower as investors mull likely rate hike

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday following a national holiday in the U.S, while oil prices surged following an attack on an oil facility in the capital of the United Arab …

Taiwan pays $900,000 for ally Guatemala to lobby Washington

MIAMI (AP) — Guatemala has hired for $900,000 a major supporter of former President Donald Trump to seek influence with U.S. officials in an unusual lobbying contract paid for by its ally Taiwan, …

The AP Interview: Exiled artist Ai Weiwei on Beijing Games

Ai Weiwei is one of China's most famous artists, and many regard him as one of the world's greatest living ones of his profession. Working with the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, he …
World

Russia shortens COVID-19 isolation to 7 days as cases surge

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are shortening the required isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 to seven days as the country faces another surge of COVID-19 cases, this …

Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is sending troops from the country’s far east to Belarus for major war games, officials said Tuesday, in a deployment further beefing up Russian military assets near Ukraine …

Under-fire Boris Johnson denies lying over lockdown parties

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied misleading Parliament about lockdown-breaching parties, as senior government ministers said he would have to resign if he was …

Kazakhstan's ex-leader rejects reports that he fled abroad

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's influential former leader released a short video on Tuesday in which he talked about the violent unrest that engulfed the ex-Soviet nation earlier this month and rejected …

Pakistani Taliban claim multiple overnight attacks on police

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban targeted police in multiple attacks overnight in the capital, Islamabad, and the country's restive northwest. Three policemen and three assailants were killed …
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Business

Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Microsoft is buying the gaming company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, gaining access to blockbuster games like “Call of Duty: and ”Candy Crush." The all-cash deal will let Microsoft …

Goldman Sachs Q4 profits fall as compensation costs soar

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs' said its fourth-quarter profits fell by 13% from a year earlier, largely due to the bank preparing to pay out hefty pay packages to its well-compensated employees. …

Airlines again warn of potential disruption from 5G rollout

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or …

Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi …

Neighbors

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. …

Meet the Girl Scout: Buckeye resident Addison Cowan

Meet Addison Cowan, a Girl Scout from the city of Buckeye. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host their cookie season Jan. 17-Feb. 27, featuring …

Glendale troop ready for Girl Scouts Cookie Season

Girl Scout Cookie Season is fast approaching, and with a new cookie.

Things to do

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 …

Superstition Mountain Museum hosts Native American Arts Festival in February

Superstition Mountain Museum will present an event celebrating Native American culture and art 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20. The two-day Native American Arts Festival will include …

Poetry Slam coming to downtown Glendale

Eight poets will compete in three rounds of performance poetry in an upcoming Poetry Slam in Glendale.

Obituaries & Memorials

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 …

Robert Lawrence Wright Sr.

Passed away on Dec 15th,2021. He was an Air force veteran of 25 years. He was a loving father and husband. He will be so very missed by all who loved him. He is survived by his Daughter, Denise N. …

Jacqulyn Stacy Walden

Jacqulyn Stacy Walden September 6, 1947 ~ December 31, 2021 Jacqulyn Stacy (Jensen) Walden on Friday, December 31, ended the hard battle with Polymyositis and all of its inflicting …
Entertainment
FILE - Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2021. The U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican is putting forth what he characterizes as a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he’s best-positioned to rebut. Tim Scott of South Carolina tells The Associated Press that he hopes a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community will help refocus a fraught national conversation on race. Scott has timed the release in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Sen. Tim Scott memoir 'America' coming out in August

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Tim Scott has a memoir out this summer that he says will explain the two words that have shaped his life: hope and redemption. “No matter how great the darkness, these …

Free e-book previews new Bissinger, Hamid and other works

NEW YORK (AP) — A free e-book compilation includes excerpts from upcoming novels by Geraldine Brooks, Karen Jay Fowler and Mohsin Hamid among others. Buzz Books 2022: Spring/Summer was …
This combination of photos shows promotional art for "A Hero," a film premiering Jan. 21 on Amazon, left, "Munich: The Edge of War," a film premiering Jan. 21 on Netflix and "Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock," premiering Jan. 21 on Apple TV+. (Amazon/Netflix/Apple TV+ via AP)

New this week: Mellencamp, Hilary Duff and 'Fraggle Rock'

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 — Iranian filmmaker …
FILE - Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi stands beneath a fresco by Italian Baroque painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, inside The Casino dell'Aurora, also known as Villa Ludovisi, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.  The villa containing the only known ceiling painted by Caravaggio goes on the court-ordered auction block Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 with an estimated value of nearly a half-billion euros (dollars), thanks to an inheritance dispute pitting the heirs of one of Rome’s aristocratic families against their step-mother, a Texas-born princess. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Once, twice, sold? Rome villa with Caravaggio up for auction

ROME (AP) — A Rome villa containing the only known ceiling painted by Caravaggio is set to go on a court-ordered auction block Tuesday, thanks to an inheritance dispute pitting the heirs of one of …
Wrestling camels, bearing elaborately decorated saddles, parade during a contest in Turkey's largest camel wrestling festival in the Aegean town of Selcuk, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Ahead of the games, on Saturday, camels were paraded in a beauty pageant titled "the most ornate camel contest" when they are decked out with colorful beaded muzzles, fabrics, pompoms, bells and Turkish flags. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

AP PHOTOS: Bejeweled camels wrestle for victory in Turkey

SELCUK, Turkey (AP) — Black-eyed Nirvana and Mr. Isa, two male camels from the western Aydin province of Turkey and wearing colorful saddles, circled the grounds with their owners and then wrestled …