VALLEY OF THE SUN

Arizona Diamondbacks gear up for 60-game season

Major League Baseball announced the 2020 60-game D-backs schedule which will consist of 10 games against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants plus interleague matchups against all five American League West teams.

Fireworks July 4 in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa

Celebrate Independence Day with loud reports and bright streaks of light as fireworks are shot off in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa on July 4. Fireworks in Apache Junction Because of …

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Loop 101 Price Freeway closures, restrictions July 10-14

Drivers on the Loop 101 Price Freeway in Chandler, Tempe and Mesa should plan to use alternate routes this weekend as the northbound Price Freeway will be closed between Ray Road and U.S. Highway …

Sports anything but normal upon return

The return of professional sports will provide a portion of normalcy for many people, but what sports will look like is going to be far from normal.

Arizona tops 112,000 cases of COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 112,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning.

Arizona tops 108,000 cases of COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 108,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning. In Arizona, there are 108,614 cases and 1,963 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up …

Arizona fire departments see decrease in calls due to coronavirus

Municipal fire departments around the valley have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since late February and the call volume has decreased inside some organizations, officials contend.
OPINION

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close …

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, such as family and friends. So, with everything going …
Education

Arizona back-to-school assignment tackles ‘social-distance’ learning amid pandemic freeze

Like an old-fashioned game of freeze tag, many norms synonymous with going back to school are at a standstill until things can somewhat melt back to normal.

Honeywell Hires JAG students to make PPE equipment

Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates announces that Honeywell has hired two JAG students to help produce critical personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higley delivers food, necessities to House of Refuge families

Campus closures around Arizona created new challenges for Arizona schools, from how to deliver education to how to provide food to those students who rely on them for meals. A small population in …

Shane Hilstrom hired as Eastmark High School baseball coach

Shane Hilstrom is the new baseball coach of Eastmark High School. The hire was approved at the May 20 Queen Creek Unified School District Board meeting. Coach Hilstrom takes on the role of EHS …
Business

Through its WaFd Bank Foundation, WaFd Bank Arizona’s 31 branches recently donated $40,000 to Phoenix-based Central Arizona Shelter Services and Tucson-based Primavera Foundation to help them continue their operations amid COVID-19.

The Salvation Army has been selected as July’s “Charity of the Month” by Bashas’ Family of Stores in support of the Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS). When you …
Entertainment
Fireworks entertainment is planned in Apache Junction, Mesa and Queen Creek on July 4.

Fireworks July 4 in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa

Celebrate Independence Day with loud reports and bright streaks of light as fireworks are shot off in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and …

Return of the movie theater: A pandemic guide to movie-going in 2020

In a typical year, the time between the Academy Awards and the summer blockbuster season has provided moviegoers with a steady, highly …
Salt River Tubing is in northeast Mesa, seven minutes from Loop 202 Exit 23A on North Power Road in the Tonto National Forest

‘Superheroes Splash Down’ at Salt River Tubing June 27

Join Salt River Tubing for its Fourth Annual Superheroes Splash Down 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, for a “More Teens in the …
Fireworks entertainment is planned in Apache Junction, Mesa and Queen Creek on July 4.

Fireworks July 4 in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Mesa

Celebrate Independence Day with loud reports and bright streaks of light as fireworks are shot off in Apache Junction, Queen Creek and …
No crowds this year, due to social-distancing guidelines, at Mesa's Independence Day celebration 9-9:30 p.m. July 4. It will be in the parking lot of Fiesta Mall, 1425 W. Southern Ave., in Mesa.

Mesa July 4 event a drive-in fireworks show

Due to an abundance of caution while maintaining social-distancing guidelines, the 11th Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of …
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