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LOCAL NEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Local news

Luke changes F-16 paint scheme to single color

Two-toned F-16C Fighting Falcons are becoming a thing of the past a Luke Air Force Base. In late June, a team of nine 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Low Observable Aircraft Structural …

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 …

Goodyear legislator tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Joanne Osborne, who represents Legislative District 13 in the Arizona House of Representatives, has announced she has tested positive for COVID-19. LD-13 includes LD13 covers Yuma, …

Empty the Shelters adoption event July 10-12 at county's West Valley Shelter

Maricopa County residents looking to bring a furry family member into their homes have an opportunity to do so for free this weekend when the Bissell Pet Foundation hosts its Empty the Shelters …

Arizona adds over 100 deaths of COVID-19, new daily high

Arizona health officials have added over 100 deaths of COVID-19 to the state’s total, though nearly half of them are due to death certificate matching.
SPORTS & DAILY NEWS BRIEFS
West Valley Preps
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Delay in start of school will also push back high school fall sports

In response to Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order that will delay the start of in-person classes for the 2020-21 school year, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has also delayed all …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

More Class of 2020 athletes sign with universities

The following local high school seniors have signed a letter of intent or made a verbal commitment to the following college programs.
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Top volleyball teams return for unique offseason

The large number of girls returning to two state runner-up volleyball teams in Goodyear — Estrella Foothills and Millennium — did not think their path back to the finals would begin …

It’s all fair game as Arizona high school football eyes new year

Every aspect of the upcoming Arizona 2020 prep football season is considered tentative as the spread of COVID-19 will ultimately determine where, when and by whom prep football will be played.

Tennis players earn Sports360AZ academic honors

On April 29, the website Sports360AZ named the boys and girls tennis all-state academic teams. Players from local schools are included belowBOYS TENNISAll state academic team (first team)Centennial: …
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LOCAL OPINION, COMMERCE & EDUCATION
Opinion

A vaccine for Covid sounds like the title of a Hallmark romance movie. A science fiction movie might be more appropriate.

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 …
When the work van pulled up in front of Arizona Helping Hands, I recognized the company name. I thought my friend Dale was coming to say hi and tour the Arizona Helping Hands facility where we …
Business

Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, announced Wednesday, July 9 the sale of AAA, a …

SRS Real Estate Partners’ National Net Lease Group has announced the $9.2 million sale of a large portion of Wigwam Creek Shopping Center at 13000 and 12958 W. Indian School Road in Litchfield …
Small businesses and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to get some relief, thanks to Maricopa County grant program that opens this week.
Opening the Celestial Float Center in Litchfield Park is a dream come true for its owner, Amanda Hawkins. Ms. Hawkins said she began her holistic wellness journey in 2012 after a failed back …
Education

Litchfield Elementary School District #79 announces it will participate in the 2020-21 school lunch and school breakfast programs.

July 1 marked one year since Dr. Rey Rivera was appointed president of Estrella Mountain Community College. Dr. Rivera brought more than 23 years of higher education experience to the position, …
Litchfield Elementary School District launched a new website, lesd79.org, this week. Visitors to the new site, which went live Wednesday, July 1, are greeted with colorful images of district and …
For the past six years Altrusa of the West Valley has honored students from Rio Salado College, 12535 W. Smokey Drive, Surprise, for achieving their GED (General Education Diploma). Altrusa of the …
Entertainment
Mike Wehner, Keith Weaver and Greg Drejza, as Copper Sunrise, usually play around eight gigs a month, mostly across the Southwest Valley.

Litchfield Park trio heads back to Irish Wolfhound

Copper Sunrise, a Litchfield Park-based trio with more than 450 songs in a cover repertoire that spans from The Allman Brothers to …

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 …

3 gigs coming up for Litchfield trio Copper Sunrise

Litchfield Park trio Copper Sunrise, featuring Keith Weaver, Mike Wehner and Greg Drejza, has some West Valley appearances coming up …
Dancers rehearse back in February at the Southwest Ballet Theatre’s studio home.

Ballet theater continuing online Zoom classes

Zoom classes through the Southwest Ballet Theatre continue to be available for new and returning students in July. This fall, …

Restrictions on fire grow at Maricopa County regional parks

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is taking additional steps to protect park visitors and resources due to the …
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