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Buckeye officials are looking for public comments on the 2021-22 budget.

Buckeye invites public comment on budget

Buckeye residents are invited to watch a short video describing the upcoming Fiscal Year 2021/22 budget process and provide comments and feedback through an online form.   The …
The more than 300 golfers who played in the Maverick tournament line up to hit the links at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park on May 14.

West Valley Mavericks golf tournament raises more than $300K for charity

Despite the uncertainties of planning a major event during the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Valley Mavericks Foundation pulled off its most successful Maverick Golf Tournament to date, drawing 344 golfers to the Wigwam resort in Litchfield Park and raising more than $300,000 for local charities, including Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits registering for 2021 Engage Conference

Registration has opened for the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofit’s 2021 Engage Conference featuring four half-days of virtual programming throughout August to engage and inform nonprofit staff, board and volunteers in effective leadership and collaboration to rebuild, strengthen and succeed.

County conducting COVID-19 impacts survey

A new survey from Maricopa County Department of Public Health asks county residents ages 12 and older how COVID-19 has impacted them and their families.
Maj. Gen. Bryan Radliff, 10th Air Force commander, left, and Col. Jim Greenwald, outgoing 944th Fighter Wing commander, applaud Col. Mark Van Brunt, incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony June 6 at Luke Air Force Base.

Greenwald relinquishes 944th Fighter Wing command to Van Brunt

Amid displays of the 944th Fighter Wing’s full airpower arsenal, its commander, Col. Jim Greenwald, relinquished command of the unit to Col. Mark Van Brunt, incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony June 6 at Luke Air Force Base.
Meals of Joy's Duck Derby will be virtual this year; organizers are hoping to top the $11,000 raised during 2020's virtual event.

Meals of Joy Duck Derby fundraiser returns July 4; someone will win $1,000

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors, will hold its fourth annual Duck Derby rubber duck race Sunday, July 4.
New Life Center is one of 21 Southwest Valley nonprofits awarded grants from the city of Goodyear in fiscal 2021. The city will accept application for fiscal 2022 grants through Friday, June 12.

Goodyear community funding grants available to nonprofits

Each year, thousands of Goodyear residents benefit from the services and programs offered by nonprofits, from providing families with food and clothes to assisting teens in crisis and sheltering domestic violence victims, nonprofits provide critical resources for the community. 
Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Judd, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit flight line expediter, uses the KILA app May 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The app has revolutionized the launch and recovery process for the F-35A Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

KILA app improves launch and recovery at Luke

The Air Force prioritizes searching for new ways to streamline processes, track progress and increase efficiency as a whole. Members of the 56th Fighter Wing introduced a new way of completing the mission through the Spark Cell Initiative, KILA.
Darren Montoya was found safe May 20 after a bus driver spotted him in Goodyear.

Bus driver helps Goodyear Police find man reported missing

Thanks to a sharp-eyed bus driver, a man who went missing May 12 after leaving Abrazo West Campus was found safe eight days later.
U.S. Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter jets assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base fly in formation May 5 over Bagdad, Arizona. The flight marked the first training sortie featuring a Danish pilot flying a Denmark-owned F-35.

Danish pilot makes F-35A history at Luke AFB

The Royal Danish Air Force achieved a milestone in the F-35 training program by using a Denmark-owned F-35A Lightning II for the first time in a training flight over Luke Air Force Base.
A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a blank COVID-19 vaccine record card.

Can't find your COVID-19 vaccination card? No worries, request your record from the state

Southwest Valley residents who have lost the COVID-19 vaccination card they received when they were vaccinated against the coronavirus need not worry.
Tech. Sgt. Michael Walker, 309th Fighter Squadron aviation resource manager, helped save the lives of 28 people during an active shooter incident May 20, 2020, in the Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale. For his actions, he was awarded the 2021 Air Force Sergeants Association William H. Pitsenbarger Heroism Award.

1 Year Later: Luke AFB airman honored for saving lives in Westgate shooting

Tech. Sgt. Michael Walker, 309th Fighter Squadron aviation resource manager, received the 2021 Air Force Sergeants Association William H. Pitsenbarger Heroism Award this spring.
Commerce Spotlight

Donate blood, maybe win a new car

Vitalant has partnered with Valley Volkswagen dealers for its Summer Drive to Save Lives, in which donors will be entered to win a 2021 VW Tiguan 2.0T S.

Airbnb and Expedia Group’s Vrbo partner to address ‘party houses’

Airbnb and Vrbo, an Expedia Group company, has announced a partnership to develop the Community Integrity Program.
A look inside a previous West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo.

Vendor registration open now for Biz 2 Biz Expo in Glendale

Businesses can register for booths now at the upcoming West Valley Biz 2 Biz Expo in Glendale.
Entertainment & Neighborhood News
Your Valley Voice
POST-PANDEMIC TRAVEL

Kirschner: A Capitol idea — add state houses to your bucket list

We are now in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world has changed. Many of us have remained sequestered at home, and travel has been put on hold.
OPINION

Kirschner: ‘The Shot’ is safe, effective; get one

On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address. He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself; nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” His comments are valid today.
Neighbors
The Rotary Club of Surprise with members of the Rotary Club Mar de Peñasco organized the delivery of several donations of needed firefighting equipment to the Fire Department/Bomberos of Puerto Peñasco from the Buckeye Fire Department.
The Kiwanis Clubs of Litchfield and Buckeye are working with West Valley students in the clubs’ youth Service Leadership Programs to nurture a community garden that benefits students as well the hungry.
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