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The life-size replica of a T. Rex skull greets visitors to the store.

Tyrannostorus opens in Mesa

The Tyrannostorus has opened at 1816 W. Baseline Road in Mesa. The business offers an interactive shopping experience where visitors can browse through prehistoric relics and replicas, such as …
The 320-acre Legacy Sports Park, breaking ground Friday in Mesa, will include 16 NBA-sized basketball courts as well as dozens of other sport courts and fields and entertainment venues. [Submitted photo]

Drone footage: Bell Bank Park in Mesa set to open in January

Above is submitted drone footage for Legacy Sports USA’s Bell Bank Park in southeast Mesa. Legacy Sports USA’s Bell Bank Park is set to open Jan. 7 at 1 Legacy Drive in southeast …
Beginning Black Friday through New Year’s Eve, Serrano’s will be offering its red beef and pork or green corn tamales by the dozen.

Serrano’s has 3 specials through Dec. 6

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants, which celebrates 42 years in the restaurant industry in December, will be spreading cheer this holiday season through the sale of its tamales and …

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MESA NEWS & OPINION
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Genes

Lives turned upside down: DNA testing uncovers family secrets

Cantenn Rothwell was 9 when he learned that Todd, the man who had raised him, was not his biological father.
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101-acre annexation before Mesa council Wednesday

Annexing more than 101 acres west of Sossaman Road and north of the Warner Road alignment will be voted on at Wednesday’s Mesa City Council meeting. The council on Dec. 1 in a consent agenda …

2nd Annual Synergy Achievement Awards Honor School Districts’ Pandemic Year Successes

Edupoint announces winners at National Users Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona MESA, Ariz., Dec. 2, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading …
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6 burglaries reported Nov. 14-17 in Mesa

The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of robberies and burglaries Nov. 14-17: Burglary at a residence/home Nov. 14 in the 1200 block of South Merino.Burglary at a residence/home …
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Coronavirus cases surpass 102,000 in Mesa

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Dec. 1 reported the number of coronavirus cases in Mesa is 102,114 in ZIP codes 85201-85210, 85212, 85213 and 85215. It is an increase of 1,491 from a …
OPINION

Americans have an anger problem. People rage at each other. They are angry at public officials for shutting down parts of society. Or for the opposite reason because they aren’t doing enough to curb the virus. Democrats vent their rage at Republicans. And Republicans treat Democrats not as opponents but as enemies.

With the Thanksgiving gatherings concluded and the leftovers long-since eaten, many of us are starting to put up holiday decorations for the holiday season. And we’re fortunate that here in the Valley, there’s a pretty good chance the weather will be perfect while you string the lights.
If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it’s possible that existing vaccines won’t be as effective as they have been. If so, it’s likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron.
Neighbors
The socially distanced, pre-scheduled drive-through pick-ups will take place at the Care Campus, 466 S. Bellview in Mesa.

51 families to pick up ‘emergency Santa’ holiday items Saturday in Mesa

A total of 51 families participating in Catholic Charities Community Services’ Emergency Santa program will pick up their holiday goodies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nearly 400 …
Jocelyn “Jo” Mandal

Mesa Community College academic advisor receives national recognition

Jocelyn Mandal, student services analyst-advising at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus, recently received the Certificate of Merit as part of the Outstanding Advising Award-Primary …
“Guide to Building Community in Your Neighborhood” is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Charles K. Luster Utilities Building’s North Community Room, 640 N. Mesa Drive.

Free ‘Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ class Dec. 3

“Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ free classes with useful information to support Mesa residents who want to improve their neighborhoods continue Dec. 3. “Attend these free …
Joanna R. Couch

Meet Your Neighbor: Joanna Couch owns Mesa business The Soap Gal

Name: Joanna R. Couch Age: 43 Town/neighborhood: Mesa About me: My soap journey began in 2009. My mother and I owned and operated a successful decorative painting business. While in Golden, …
Paul Skogebo

Developer and RV industry leader Paul Skogebo dies at 83

Paul Ronald Skogebo — who had been inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame — died unexpectedly Nov. 7 at his Mesa home at the age of 83. Born on Nov. 9, 1937 in Owatonna, Minnesota, …
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Mountain Ridge controls second half for historic playoff win

MESA - The visiting crowd held their collective breath as a flag was thrown onto the field after Mesa Mountain View sophomore quarterback Jack Germaine threw an incompletion on fourth-and-11 on his …
Education

Enrollment underway for EVIT high school, adult career programs

The East Valley Institute of Technology is currently enrolling adults for Spring 2022 post-secondary programs and high school students for the 2022-23 school year. High school students can start …
Education

Foundation invests $70K in Mesa Community College student entrepreneurs

Laura Sipp, artist/owner of MAZZ Metal & Artworks, with welding equipment obtained through the Green Flag program. (MCC) Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation invests $70K in Mesa Community …
Education

TruWest gives $40K grant to MCC First Year Experience program

TruWest Credit Union is supporting students participating in the Mesa Community College First Year Experience program. The support includes in-kind financial literacy workshops for program …
Education

Maricopa County Community Colleges eye 2023 to offer four-year degrees

Young high school students can begin to look forward to a new four-year college option as Arizona community colleges eye a 2023 launch date to begin offering more complex degrees. On May 4, …
education

EVIT foundation gourmet breakfast fundraiser Wednesday

The fundraiser furthers the EVIT Education Foundation’s goal of helping students of limited means adopt the skills they need to land lucrative jobs. (File photo) EVIT foundation gourmet …
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Uptick in campus crime reported in 2020 at Mesa Community College

There were 14 crimes reported in 2020 — up from nine in 2019 and six in 2018 — at two Mesa Community College campuses and a downtown center in the Maricopa County Community College …
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Artists in the show include Joni Anderson, Elvie Becker, Diane Black, Linda Jones, Kathy McClure, Susan H. Paige and Loralee Stickel-Harris.

‘Contemporary Wise Women Artists’ show in January at OneOhOne Gallery in Mesa

Meet the artisans showcased in the Contemporary Wise Women Artists show at an open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at OneOhOne Gallery in Mesa. They include Joni Anderson, Elvie Becker, …

Pitbull to attend Barrett-Jackson’s 50th anniversary Scottsdale auction

Barrett-Jackson, touted as the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announces GRAMMY Award-winning artist, renowned philanthropist and NASCAR Cup Series Trackhouse Racing Team owner Pitbull will attend the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan. 22-30.
Revenue from the tourney helped provide more than $12,000 for scholarships, which helped a number of high school seniors proceed with educational goals

Superstition Mountain Rotary golf tourney fundraiser in December

The Superstition Mountain Rotary 21st annual charity golf tournament is Saturday, Dec. 18, at Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. The cost for the event is $160 per player or …
A participant in the EVIT 2019 Power Campus hair show.

EVIT cosmetology students plan Fantasy Hair Show

The EVIT Power Campus in southeast Mesa will be transformed into a creative fantasy world this month when the school’s cosmetology students host their annual hair show. This event returns to …
Individuals, businesses, non-profit agencies and groups are welcome to enter their floats in the 24th annual holiday light parade

Apache Junction holiday program, light parade Saturday

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the city’s annual holiday program and light parade 3-11 p.m. Dec. 4 at Flatiron Community Park, 100 N. Apache Trail. There …
Obituaries

James F. Cochran

In Loving Memory ofJames F. Cochran, passed away on October 29, 2021 in Sun City West, AZ. Jim was a loving husband to Dianne for 54 years and a wonderful father to their three children: David, …

Ronald Joseph Vermeersch

Ronald, 84 passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 26th at home in Sun City, Arizona. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 16th 1937 to René Maurice Vermeersch (1983) and Emily Rose …

Beverly B. Meers

Beverly, age 91, of Youngtown, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Beverly was born April 28, 1930 in Unadilla, New York, to Elmer and Edith Bookhout.She was predeceased by her …

James Randolph Forrest Jr.

James, 94, went from this life’s wonderful adventure to the next one on October 25, 2021, in Surprise, AZ. He was born August 28, 1927, on a Sunday in Norfolk VA to James R. and Nancy M. …

Lois Emma Manos

Lois, 87, gently passed away at home in Sun City West, AZ, with her daughter, Nancy, and niece, Terry, by her side. Lois was born in Valley City, ND. Her family moved to Spokane, WA when she was a …
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