Valley & State
EXEMPTION

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Clergy in 33 states are exempt from laws requiring professionals such as teachers, physicians and psychotherapists to report information about alleged child abuse to police or child welfare …
REAL ESTATE

Glendale seeks proposals for downtown parcels up for sale

The city of Glendale is seeking proposals from individuals or firms to purchase and develop eight city-owned parcels in a prime location near Historic Downtown.
BOB BURNS

High court says lone Arizona regulator can seek utility docs

The Arizona Supreme Court says the state utility regulation commission can't prevent individual members from issuing subpoenas to investigate companies the panel oversees. The former state …
Remembrance

Former Paradise Valley mayor David Hann dies

David Hann, who was elected mayor of Paradise Valley in 1992, passed away on Sept. 6. He was 91-years-old. Hann spent his early years in Kansas and Colorado, before entering the Navy. After …
Elections

Survey reveals majority believes Arizona elections are fair

 Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) announced  findings from a new Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey that builds on survey research released earlier this year. The Arizona …
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

ADOT starts 3-year I-17 project from Anthem Way to Sunset Point

The first phase of the Interstate 17 improvement project from Anthem Way to Sunset Point has begun. Construction work at New River Road began Monday, Sept. 26, according to the Arizona Department …
COLORADO RIVER

California man dies in apparent boating accident in Arizona

Authorities are investigating the death of a California man in an apparent boating accident on the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona. Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement deputies were …
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FILE - Voters deliver their ballot to a polling station in Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2020. An Arizona judge is declining a request by the state Republican Party to block most mail ballots for the 2022 election, preserving the voting method used by the overwhelming majority of voters. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled Monday, June 6, 2022, that nothing in the Arizona Constitution prohibits the Legislature from allowing citizens to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona candidates on the ballot

Arizona has a slew of contested elections in November whether that’s statewide races or contests for the Legislature. Voters will have some choices when they start early ballots in October. …
FILE - An election worker sorts ballots, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Arizona's largest county is facing a repeat of #SharpieGate, the social media uproar that erupted after the 2020 election based on the false claim that Sharpie pens provided at the polls would ruin ballots. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Key dates ahead for general election

The Arizona general election has key dates to pay attention to as voters decide who will take office in federal, state, county and local races in November. In Maricopa County, 17 justice of the …

Q&A: Deer Valley Unified school board candidates

The Glendale Independent has caught up with the four candidates running for two open seats on the Deer Valley Unified School District’s Governing Board.
Democrat Brandy Reese (left), Republican Travis Grantham (center) and Republican Laurin Hendrix are vying for the Arizona Legislative District 14 seats.

LD-14 candidates give their views on state's issues

The newly created Arizona Legislative District 14 covers most of Gilbert but also includes some of Chandler and a small piece of Queen Creek.  In the Senate, incumbent Republican Warren …
FILE - In this Thursday, June 24, 2021, file photo, Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, speaks during a vote on the Arizona budget at the Capitol, in Phoenix. "It's unfair to the people who you ask to vote to have more than one subject matter," Kavanagh told a Senate committee in March. Voters may back a measure with issues they support though it contains other issues they don't, he said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Q&A: Kavanagh, Dugger seek election to Arizona Senate for District 3

Standing house representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and newcomer Thomas Dugger, D-Phoenix, are competing for Legislative District 3’s Arizona State Senate seat in the upcoming midterm elections.
Around the Region
West Valley

NEIGHBORS Free remote independent living skills classes starting in October Online classes scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of each month Special to Independent Newsmedia Monthly classes for …

A Glendale Walmart store recently reopened after undergoing a remodel and improvements.
Abrazo Arrowhead campus officials celebrated the unveiling of the hospital’s new multimillion-dollar Cardiac and Electrophysiology Suite.
To give residents another opportunity to learn more about the Peoria Unified School District governing board candidates, Peoria Independent has submitted a second questionnaire inquiring about their stance on certain issues.
A motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Sun City’s southern border.
Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns are bringing back most of their star players in an effort to win an elusive NBA title. One man who apparently won’t be along on the journey is team owner Robert Sarver. The Suns …

Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring said the city needs to do a better job collecting abandoned shopping carts as council last week unanimously approved a new contract for its long-time cart …
Authorities say a man was fatally shot by Phoenix police after he allegedly threw rocks and other items at officers and patrol cars. Police say the incident occurred in north Phoenix around 6:45 p.m. …
 Three women were recognized last week for their courage, bravery and civil service during the Phoenix Police Foundation’s fifth annual Women in Blue Celebration. Phoenix police …
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal crash that occurred early Saturday morning when a car fell off an overpass onto Interstate 17 at the Stack in Phoenix. The one-car …
East Valley

The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board took a first step Sept. 27 Gtoward adopting a number of policy changes and additions in the aftermath of the past session of the Arizona …

Help keep Tempe buildings safe for everyone. The city is looking for engineering, electrical and plumbing professionals to serve on Tempe's Technical Code Advisory Board of Appeals.
Seven candidates for two Mesa Public Schools governing board seats have filed signatures to be on the ballot at the Nov. 8 election. According to the Maricopa County school superintendent’s …
With the announcement of a new certification program, Scottsdale Community College is ready to meet the expanding opportunities for nursing careers locally and nationwide. SCC is making it more …
Every day of Aida Sibic’s life has been irrevocably impacted by war.  Now in her early 40s and living in Tempe, Sibic and her family were forced to leave their homeland of Bosnia behind and became refugees in California. Cut off from friends and loved ones, Sibic formed a love of technology as a teen in a new country. She now works in cybersecurity. 
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Marudhavanan: Fees are not acceptable but mandatory

I am writing to you in response to Sandra Lena- Autry’s letter (“Objecting to continued fee increases,” Sun City West Independent, Aug. 17, 2022).

Caputi: District overrides are essential to success of Scottsdale schools

As a business owner and Scottsdale City Councilwoman, I understand the intrinsic value good schools bring to our community, both in the foundations they provide to our neighborhoods and the educational experience they offer our students.

Anable: Cyber Security Month highlights ‘team effort’ of internet safety

In October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month brings into focus three indisputable truths about the internet. One, it is an incredible resource that offers a universe of opportunities to …

Brown: Yes on DAA is an investment in our Scottsdale neighborhoods

Old guys have a tendency to talk about the past. I could talk about being a PTA president or serving on the SUSD Governing Board or serving on the Scottsdale Human Services Commission or even talking …
For those with behavioral health disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder, there may be an increased risk of suicide. For example, research indicates the rate of suicide for those who have bipolar disorder is 10 to 30 times more than the overall population.

Stangler: How to help spot signs of suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, which offers a good time to raise awareness to help reduce the stigma around mental health issues. This could be an important step to lowering suicide …
Local sports

Astros host the Diamondbacks to begin 2-game series

The Houston Astros host the Arizona Diamondbacks to begin a two-game series.

Injury-depleted Rams keep rolling with unlikely contributors

The Los Angeles Rams almost certainly wouldn’t be such consistent winners if this team hadn’t stayed relatively healthy over the past half-decade. The Rams’ overall health is down this …

Turner heads into another season with Pacers, trade talk

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has grown accustomed to the trade talk. He saw two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert dealt away in February. He saw guard Malcolm Brogdon sent to …
National sports

World Cup Watch: European giants showing flaws before Qatar

All roads now lead to Qatar for Europe’s top soccer nations after they played their final competitive games ahead of the World Cup. The conclusion of the Nations League's group stage showed the …

Body of missing famed U.S. extreme skier recovered in Nepal

The body of a famed U.S. extreme skier who went missing this week after falling from the world’s eighth-highest mountain has been recovered and transported to Nepal’s capital. Hilaree Nelson was …

Cardinals clinch NL Central title by beating Brewers 6-2

Andrew Knizner hit a two-run homer, Miles Mikolas pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central title with a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Paul Goldschmidt …

Judge 4 walks, still at 60 HR; Yankees win AL East, top Jays

Aaron Judge walked four times and stayed at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, as the New York Yankees clinched the AL East title by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2. …

CFP expansion talks head toward October after 7-hour meeting

The conference commissioners who manage the College Football Playoff have met for almost seven hours to work on expanding the postseason system from four to 12 teams as soon as the 2024 season. There …
Most recent

Paris Fashion Week roared into full gear Wednesday, with glitzy shows and growing anticipation of Balmain’s evening fashion festival spectacular, a charity concert featuring the latest fashions, …

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — New satellite imagery of one of the world’s most reclusive nations shows a military buildup inside Eritrea near the border with Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, backing …
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen warned that the risk of a return to fighting “is real,” urging warring parties to accept a longer extension of the current ceasefire due to expire next …
ROME (AP) — Swept away by Italian elections that are expected to see Giorgia Meloni soon form the nation's first far-right-led government since World War II were veterans of successful battles for …
BEIJING (AP) — China’s yuan fell to a 14-year low against the dollar Wednesday despite central bank efforts to stem the slide after U.S. interest rate hikes prompted traders to convert money into …
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Valley business

Barre3, Peixoto open at Gilbert's Epicenter

Two more businesses have opened at Epicenter, the vertical mixed-use development in Gilbert’s Agritopia neighborhood.  Barre3 fitness studio opened Sept. 15 at 3150 E. Ray Road, Ste. …

Four Seasons in Scottsdale to hit sales block

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is likely to hit the sales block as part of a potential $1.3 billion deal. The resort's Chinese owner, Daija Insurance Group Co. is believed to be putting the …

Pure Infusion Suites holding ribbon cutting, open house

Pure Infusion Suites is celebrating its opening Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a ribbon cutting and open house at its medical clinic, 1760 E. Pecos Road, Ste. 301, Gilbert.   The event …

Octane Raceway celebrates 19th anniversary with $19 specials

Arizona’s indoor-outdoor, high-speed kart racing track and entertainment venue, Octane Raceway, will celebrate its 19th anniversary Oct. 3–6 with big deals and discounts on racing, axe …

Neighbors

Paradise Valley resident shares love for jazz locally, beyond

Driving around Paradise Valley, you may have encountered a pair of cars with license plates reading “jazz” and “jazzed.” Owned by Rich Rector and his wife, the former has turned his long-standing passion for jazz music into a radio show where he captivates listeners with an array of jazz accompanied by his commentary.

Meet your neighbor: Lillian Turner

Meet your neighbor, Lillian Turner, a Scottsdale resident who is a part of the Scottsdale-based Make-A-Wish organization. In the Q & A below, Turner talks about her passion for volunteering for …

Home is where the art is for Surprise man

When Bill Frank first started copying comic strips in his adolescent years, little did he know his talent for art would lead to such an interesting life.

DAR Apache Trail Chapter rings bell honoring signing of Constitution

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, bells were ringing across the nation marking the 235th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Apache Trail Chapter of National Society Daughters of …

Things to do

Sun City Grand drama, comedy club debuts ‘Occurrence’

The Sun City Grand Drama and Comedy Club will open its 2022–2023 season with the world premiere production of “The Occurrence” written by playwright Robert O. Davis. In this play …

Scottsdale's poet laureate to share reading from new collection

Join Shemer Art Center for an Artist Cafe featuring Lois Roma-Deeley, the city of Scottsdale’s poet laureate, who will be reading from her newly published, full-length poetry collection titled “Like Water in the Palm of my Hand.”

Seductive Car Club hosts car show, toy drive in November

Seductive Car Club is hosting its annual car show and toy drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Superstition Harley Davidson, 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Admission is free to the …

Sonoran Desert Chorale opens 29th concert season in Mesa

The Sonoran Desert Chorale begins the 29th season with a new artistic director, Craig Peterson, and a variety of styles and texts in praise of life, nature, love, the Almighty, and of course, …

Entertainment
First lady Jill Biden speaks during an event for the Class of 2022 National Student Poets at the White House in Washington Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jill Biden hosts White House reading for student poets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Tuesday hosted a reading by this year's group of National Student Poets, allowing each one to read their winning work in a White House room set up to mimic a coffee …
Billy Eichner poses for a portrait at the Crosby Street Hotel to promote his film "Bros" on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Billy Eichner made a great rom-com. Now its audiences' turn.

In the whistle-stop lead-up to the release of “Bros,” Eichner has worked tirelessly to whip audiences into a frenzy for a film unlike any Hollywood has before produced. A lot is riding on the …
Abigail Cowen, star of the Netflix series “Fate: The Winx Saga," poses for a portrait in Central London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

'The Winx Saga' star says showbiz isn't all fairy dust

Abigail Cowen, the star of Netflix's popular teen series “Fate: The Winx Saga,” wants people to know that a life in showbiz may look glamorous and exciting, but it's also filled with self-doubt …

Glasgow, Liverpool vie to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

LONDON (AP) — The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in either Glasgow or Liverpool, the BBC said Tuesday, after Britain was asked to hold the event on behalf of designated host country …
FILE - Author James Patterson appears at an event to promote his joint novel with former President Bill Clinton, "The President is Missing," in New York on June 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

James Patterson donates to PEN America, Howard University

Howard University, PEN America and Scholastic Book Clubs are among the latest recipients of donations from James Patterson, the bestselling author who has given over $100 million to literary and …
Obituaries & Memorials

Carolyn Alice Hatch Bellerive

Carolyn Alice Hatch Bellerive 10-4-1926 to 8-28-2022 Carolyn passed away on Sunday August 28, 2022 in the company of her St. Christopher’s pastor. She was 95 years old and ready to join her …

Catherine M Robbins (Kay)

Catherine M Robbins (Kay) Kay, 99, passed away peacefully at Freedom Plaza Memory Care, Peoria, Az., on September 22, 2022, with her nephew John and his wife, Diane, by her side. Kay was born on …

Helen Marie Marshall

Helen Marie Marshall, 92, passed away peacefully at her home on September 22, 2022. Helen was born in Massachusetts and moved to Arizona with family in 1948 and settled in Apache Junction in 1959. …

Russell Wallace Larson

Russell, son of Arnold and Sara (Erickson) Larson, was born on March 27, 1926 in Seymour, Wisconsin. Russ went to be with his Lord Jesus on September 20, 2022. Russ was brought into the Kingdom of …

Jamie Paul Kern

Jamie passed away August 27, 2022 at  Mountain Vista Hospital at the age of 42. Jamie was born in Des Moines, IA but moved to Mesa, AZ when he was 15.He attended Apache Junction High School; Al …
Nation

IMF urges UK to "re-evaluate" tax cuts on inflation concerns

The International Monetary Fund has urged the U.K. government to “reevaluate” a package of unfunded tax cuts that it says may fuel inflation and are likely to increase economic inequality. The …

EU chief vows retaliation if pipeline damage is sabotage

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union suspects that damage to two underwater natural gas pipelines was sabotage and is warning of retaliation for any attack on Europe’s energy networks, EU foreign …

In court brief, Musk says the SEC is unlawfully muzzling him

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Securities regulators are unlawfully muzzling Tesla CEO Elon Musk, violating his free speech rights by continually trying to enforce a 2018 securities fraud settlement, Musk's …

Tiny Oregon town hosts 1st wind-solar-battery 'hybrid' plant

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A renewable energy plant being commissioned in Oregon on Wednesday that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there is the first …

Capitol rioter, a ‘one man wrecking ball,' gets 7-year term

An Iowa man who admitted to taking part in the assault of a police officer as part of his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday after the …
World

Pakistan appoints new finance minister amid economic crisis

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan appointed a new finance minister on Wednesday, as the impoverished Islamic nation struggles to recover from an economic crisis worsened by deadly floods. Ishaq Dar, a …

EXPLAINER: What's behind strained China-Japan relations

Japan and China are getting ready to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 normalization of their ties. But there isn’t much of a celebratory mood. Improved ties between Asia’s two biggest …

Top Pakistan diplomat urges flood aid, patience with Taliban

Pakistan’s foreign minister is recommending cooperation with the Taliban even though many U.S. officials say Afghanistan’s ruling faction has proved unworthy of it. Pakistan’s top diplomat, …

Imperial Japan university unites graduates decades after war

TOKYO (AP) — Growing up, Fumina Oka knew little about the mysterious university her Taiwanese grandfather attended in northern China's Manchuria during Japan’s occupation in the early 20th …

Searchers seek to recover 2 missing in Guatemala sinkhole

The search for a mother and daughter whose car plunged into a huge sinkhole in Guatemala has changed to a recovery effort, three days after they disappeared. The chief of volunteer firefighters …