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Arizona's pandemic-influenced learning declines could take years to recover

Arizona students took a hit when it came to learning during the pandemic so far, and it may take several years to correct that slide. The state is putting roughly $19 million into corrective …
Thunderbirds Charities

As host of ‘The People's Open’ Phoenix Thunderbirds raise more than $3.8 million for Arizona charities

The Thunderbirds --- hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open --- announced the 2021 edition of “The People’s Open” raised more than $3.8 million that will be awarded to Arizona …
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School district employee accused in child porn case resigns

The Sun City man accused of possessing child pornography resigned from his position with the Deer Valley Unified School District last week, according to a district spokeswoman. Curtis Scott …

Retro Recipe With A Healthful Touch

(NAPSA)—Here’s news you can take comfort in: Not only are comfort foods gaining in popularity, many are also losing some of the fat and calories they once had while retaining their flavor. For …
Opinion

Everything you wanted to know about the World Series … but were afraid to ask

Imagine you’re at an outdoor dinner party (yes, COVID-friendly). It’s October, and the conversation steers towards the World Series. While you are generally culturally literate, you know …
Opinion

Christensen: Health literacy more important than ever for Arizonans in ongoing COVID-19 crisis

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions across the country, and Arizona has not been spared. This virus and its resulting economic fallout have put a harsh spotlight on rising health care …
Opinion

If you have a Scottsdale address north of Jomax Road (or North of McDowell Mountain Road if you live in Rio Verde), you probably live in the Cave Creek Unified School District. This sprawling …

I’m wondering when traffic laws became optional? Folks texting while driving. Speed limits are completely ignored. Red lights are meaningless. HOV lanes obviously are there as race tracks. …
Neighbors

Meet Freddy – Driven teen ready for forever family

A mature 16-year-old, Freddy isn’t afraid to express his wants and needs. He knows he wants a family that will help him become a successful adult and be there for him even after he turns 18.

Worthy, Yalia, and Eliav are three close siblings who are ready to find a forever family together!

Eight-year-old Worthy is an energetic boy who loves sports and playing outdoors. Outgoing and friendly, Worthy looks forward to seeing his classmates from his second grade class and is curious to …

Meet Daniel – Easy-going teen seeks forever family

Sixteen-year-old Daniel is kind, easy-going, and always willing to lend a helping hand.
Superstition Mountain near Goldfield Ghost Town, by Curtis Roberts, of Peoria. [Submitted photo]

2022 Scenic Arizona Calendars are now available

Copies of Independent Newsmedia’s 2022 Scenic Arizona Calendar are now available for purchase. Photographers with submissions featured in the calendar include: Curtis Roberts, of Peoria; …
Seth

Meet Seth – Smart and driven teen seeks forever family

Smart and quick thinking, Seth is a natural puzzle solver, but there’s just one puzzle he has yet to solve: finding a forever family to call his own. The 16-year-old is open to all different …
Damone

Meet Damone – Smart, helpful young man searches for family of his own

Fifteen-year-old Damone is hard to miss. The high school sophomore is growing like a weed and using his height to hone in his basketball talents.
Education
With some of the strongest growth in the state coming within the Deer Valley Unified School District’s boundaries, population changes driving school boundary changes is almost inevitable.
While Deer Valley Unified School District is battling the same pandemic-driven bus driver shortage as other districts, there’s another shortage problem Deer Valley isn’t worrying about — teachers.
While an Arizona judge ruled Monday that a ban on public school mask mandates is unconstitutional, Deer Valley Unified School District will continue to make masks optional on campus, according to a district spokesperson.
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