VALLEY OF THE SUN

Karate, cheer, soccer offered by ActivStars

Registration has begun for eight- to 12-week karate, cheerleading and soccer ActivStars after-school youth recreation programs. They start in September and October for children ages 4-17. Enhanced …

Karate, cheer, soccer offered by ActivStars

Registration has begun for eight- to 12-week karate, cheerleading and soccer ActivStars after-school youth recreation programs. They start in September and October for children ages 4-17. Enhanced …

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Transportation

North Price Freeway closed between US 60 and Red Mountain Freeway this weekend

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for a full closure of northbound Loop 101 Price Freeway between US 60 and Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway from 8 p.m. on Friday, …
transportation

Plan for Loop 202 West restrictions this week in Chandler area

Drivers should plan for lane restrictions Wednesday and Thursday nights, Sept. 23-24, as well as this weekend, Sept. 25-28, along westbound Loop 202 Santan Freeway between Loop 101 and Interstate 10, …
transportation

State Transportation Board meets Sept. 18

The apparent low-bidder for constructing 5 miles of new State Route 24 freeway from Ellsworth Road to Ironwood Drive is 20.1% under the Arizona Department of Transportation’s estimate of the …
Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army reactivates heat-relief stations for latest excessive heat warning

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services activate 10 heat relief stations throughout the Valley on any day the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. East …
IN THE KNOW

In the Know: One-on-one with Jason Ayala on consumer behavior

As consumer spending has undoubtedly shifted during the time of the novel coronavirus, Independent Newsmedia reached out Certified Financial Planner Jason Ayala. Mr. Ayala, a Scottsdale-based …
OPINION

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …

As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
During monsoon season, Arizona’s unique desert storms may bring cooler weather to the Valley, but they also increase respiratory disease and other health risks for us Phoenicians. When it finally arrives here in the Phoenix area, monsoons and haboobs bring intense pressure build up and thick walls of dust, manure, pesticides from agricultural land and whatever else the storm picks up along the way.
Neighbors
Helen Hunter

Meet Your Candidate: Helen Hunter seeks District 16 House seat

Helen Hunter is running as a Democrat for an Arizona House seat up for election in District 16 --- which includes part of Queen Creek in Pinal County, Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and east …

Project Humanities’ 7th annual Hacks for Humanity goes virtual

Project Humanities’ annual Hacks for Humanity: Hacking for the Social Good draws participants from different professions, ages, communities, and backgrounds for a weekend of creating solutions …

Family Promise illuminates positive light during dark times of novel coronavirus

In the time of the novel coronavirus, crisis knows no bounds and in the case of family homelessness the realities have become harsher than years before in the Valley of the Sun, outreach officials …
The 9/11 Heroes Run in Mesa will shift to a virtual running rather than in-person because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual 9/11 Heroes Run shifts to virtual event

The Travis Manion Foundation’s Annual 9/11 Heroes Run, which typically takes place in-person in Mesa, will shift to a virtual event for 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gila Topminnows, an endangered fish housed at Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus,recuperated and will be released into the wild.

Mesa CC Red Mountain Campus helps endangered fish to recover

The endangered, native Gila Topminnows are at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus will get a new home after the fish reached healthy levels.
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
Education

Fulton Homes reimagines its 'School Salute' program for 2020-21 school year

Even though most schools have transitioned to remote learning, Fulton Homes is continuing its annual School Salute program to encourage students to continue developing their love of music. Held in …
Education

Mesa Public Schools preps for modified in-person learning

Mesa Public Schools is telling its families to prepare for landing as the district prepares for a shift to modified in-person learning by Sept. 14.

GCU men’s hoops gears up for tough nonconference slate in 2020-21

The Bryce Drew era of Grand Canyon University men’s basketball begins with a 2020-21 schedule that potentially features six nonconference opponents who won 19 or more games and a GCU Arena return visit from San Diego State.
EDUCATION

Florence, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert schools receive SRP history and social science grants

Teachers and students across the Valley and Florence are starting the school year with new tools to help them learn more about history and social science thanks to grants by SRP. The history and …
Business

Marcus and Millichap recently announced the sale of Bella Rosa, a 28-unit apartment property at 6521 E. University Drive in Mesa. The asset sold for $4.3 million, according to Ryan Sarbinoff, …

Abrazo Mesa Hospital, 5750 E. Baseline Road in Mesa, celebrates its first anniversary on Oct. 1. It is the first of three “microhospitals” being developed across the Valley by Abrazo …
Entertainment
Eliana Pipes is the winner of Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.

Pipes wins 2020 ATC National Latinx Playwriting Award

Eliana Pipes, a playwright, actor and filmmaker, recently won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.
As a co-production with the Chandler Center for the Arts, "Ladies in the Headlights" is a 15-minute drive-up pop-up performance designed for parking lots.

'The Ladies' drive-in pop-up shows through Saturday in Chandler parking lots

Following sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes "The Ladies" are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, "Ladies in the Headlights!" to Chandler. Performances will be held Aug. …

LPGA set to tee-off from Longbow Golf Club in Mesa

The third stop on the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Longbow Golf Club in Mesa for the inaugural Founders Tribute.
The Ladies will be performing in some of Chandler's iconic locales with locations and directions disclosed to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the performance. Participants should tune their car radios to 88.1 to hear the performance. Curbside food orders will be available to complete the live experience.

'The Ladies' drive-in pop-up shows Aug. 7-15 in Chandler parking lots

Following sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes "The Ladies" are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, "Ladies in the Headlights!" to Chandler. Performances will be held Aug. …
Baseball is back and the Arizona D-backs will start their season in San Diego against the Padres before returning to Chase Field to host the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30.

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.
Obituaries

Georgia Bee Carpenter

Georgia, 86, of Sun City, AZ, passed away September 15, 2020. She was born December 30,1933 in St. Louis, MO to George and Beatrice Kube. There she met and married the love of her life, Kenneth …

Keith Godfrey Johnson

Keith, 77, of Surprise, AZ, passed away on Sept. 13, 2020, 6 days before his 78th birthday. Keith was born in Croydon in the United Kingdom.He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandra Johnson …

Merrell Shutt Grant

Merrell, a Nebraska native who retired to Sun City in 1987, passed away at age 94 on September 1, 2020.Prior to retirement Merrell taught high school English in Lincoln, Nebraska for 29 years and …

Charles Edwin Anderson

Charles, of Sun City West, was born in Hayfield, Virginia, March 2, 1929. He went to his eternal home September 5, 2020. Charles attended the University of Virginia & Shepherd College. He was a …
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