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Oro Brewing Co. was recognized in the coffee beer beer-style category for its Café Oro, a blonde ale infused with cold-press coffee from local roastery Village Coffee Roastery. Oro Brewing Co. is a seven-barrel microbrewery that specializes in small batch craft beers.

Oro Brewing Co. in Mesa wins gold medal at Great American Beer Festival

Oro Brewing Co., a microbrewery at 210 W. Main St. in Mesa, won a gold medal at the 2022 Great American Beer Festival competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the a commercial …
From left are Sharma Glenn, coordinator for A New Leaf; and Alexandria Sturm, business support specialist for Two Men and A Truck Mesa.

Mesa moving company collects food donations for A New Leaf charity

Two Men and A Truck Mesa recently partnered with A New Leaf to collect and deliver food donations for its Movers For Meals campaign. A New Leaf, a local non-profit organization, is dedicated to …
The Buffalo Wild Wings GO at 1134 S. Stapley Drive in Mesa will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.

Buffalo Wild Wings GO opening Friday in Mesa

Buffalo Wild Wings GO will open Friday, Nov. 18, at 1134 S. Stapley Drive Suite No. 106 in Mesa. It is the chain’s second in Mesa — the first is at 1229 E. McKellips Road, according to …
A 100-foot-long mural covers the entire frontage of the business at 150 S. Dobson Road and features vibrant colors and images designed to positively represent the sizeable Asian community in that neighborhood.

Mesa UNITS Moving and Portable Storage has new mural

Those passing by UNITS Moving and Portable Storage of Phoenix’s location in Mesa will notice a new, eye-catching mural at its facility. A 100-foot-long mural covers the entire frontage of …
The business, 7045 E. Main St. in Mesa, will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, trailers and moving supplies.

Stoney’s Auto new U-Haul neighborhood dealer in Mesa

Stoney’s Auto has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Mesa community. The business, 7045 E. Main St. in Mesa, will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, trailers …
Social opportunities include movie nights and a comfortable living room with tables for cards and other games.

Optum opens East Mesa Community Center for ages 55 and up

In line with its mission to help people live healthier lives, Optum Arizona officially opened its doors Oct. 31 to a new community center designed to be a neighborhood hub for people 55 and older in …

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Development

Industrial buildings planned near Falcon Field Airport in Mesa

Three industrial buildings are to be constructed on 17.72 acres on the south side of McDowell Road and the west side of Greenfield Road, across the road from Falcon Field Airport. The Mesa …
SOUTH CANAL

Fish herding prepares Mesa canal for maintenance work

Portions of the South Canal on the southside of the Salt River in Mesa are being drained for annual maintenance and construction and that required herding and relocating fish. The work, which …
IMPAIRED DRIVERS

East Valley DUI holiday task force begins Friday

The East Valley Holiday DUI Task Force starts today and runs through New Year’s Eve. The Chandler Police Department’s traffic section is among the law enforcement agencies from …
Arizona Election 2022

East Valley senator requests Maricopa County general election information

PHOENIX — The head of the Senate Government Committee is demanding Maricopa County officials produce a laundry list of documents and records regarding the just completed general …
First responders

2 robberies, 8 burglaries reported in Mesa Nov. 1-5

The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of robberies and burglaries Nov. 1-5: Burglary at a parking/drop lot/garage Nov. 1 in the 2000 block of North Center Street. Burglary at a …
COVID-19

908 coronavirus cases reported in a week in Mesa

The Arizona Department of Health Services on Nov. 23 reported the number of coronavirus cases in Mesa is 188,971 in ZIP codes 85201-85210, 85212, 85213 and 85215. That is an increase of 908 from a …
WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT

Widow of man shot, killed by Mesa officer settles with city for $8M

PHOENIX  — The widow of an unarmed Texas man fatally shot by police outside his Mesa hotel room in 2016 has agreed to settle her wrongful death lawsuit. A notice of settlement filed …
OPINION

The holidays are usually a time for celebration and feelings of joy. The idea of getting together with family, living out traditions, and taking much needed R&R are some of the best parts of the …

I’m Dr. Destin and I love Orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Not only do I have a passion to provide Ortho-K to others, but I have also been blessed to wear these night lenses personally for about 20 …
“Volunteers of America,” our U.S. military and our country’s creation of forced military service with a conscription act during the Civil War and the creation of the draft in 1940 …
Neighbors
Mesa resident and Arizona State University senior Nathaniel Ross has been awarded the coveted Rhodes Scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.

Mesa resident awarded Rhodes Scholarship, will attend Oxford

Arizona State University senior Nathaniel Ross has been awarded the coveted Rhodes Scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford, the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust …
The Arizona National Guard assisted United Food Bank in a distribution effort at Mesa Convention Center in this file photo.

United Food Bank distributes turkeys, trimmings Monday in Mesa

Up to 1,800 families are expected to visit the Mesa Convention Center Monday, Nov. 21 to pick up all of the items needed to celebrate Thanksgiving. United Food Bank said volunteers have put …
More than 150 members of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club attended the fundraiser.

Superstition Mountain raises $80K for Sunshine Acres Children’s Home

Members of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club raised more than $80,000 during its recent Rock-N-Roll for Sunshine Acres event. More than 150 members attended the charity dinner which …
Participating in the parade were members of Trail Life Troop AZ-1613 from Red Mountain Community Church.

Photos, video: Mesa honors military veterans with parade

The annual East Valley Veterans Parade — with more than 90 entries — honored our nation’s military veterans Nov. 11 in downtown Mesa. The parade began at the Center Street and …
Attendees clap at the Lunch for Love fundraising luncheon.

Child Crisis Arizona’s ‘Lunch for Love’ raises over $1.2M

Child Crisis Arizona, a Mesa nonprofit, recently welcomed 500 guests to its annual Lunch for Love fundraising luncheon. The event, which was held Oct. 26 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, raised …
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
Elections

Chad Thompson, Jill Humpherys elected to Gilbert Public Schools board 

Gilbert Public Schools’ governing board will have a new look when two new board members take office alongside one incumbent who won reelection in the November ballot.  Newcomer Chad …
Elections

Incumbent Humpherys, newcomer Thompson have comfortable GPS board leads

Incumbent Jill Humpherys is the early leader to return to a board seat for Gilbert Public Schools.  Humpherys has 32% of the vote. Newcomer Chad Thompson is settled into the second spot at …
6th year

A.T. Still University receives diversity award

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences is a recipient of the 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by Insight Into Diversity magazine, a diversity-focused …
Clery Act

Pandemic pushes crime down on Mesa Community College campuses, center

There were six crimes reported in 2021 — compared to 16 in 2020 and nine in 2019 — at two Mesa Community College campuses and a downtown center in the Maricopa County Community College …
Clery Act

9 crimes in 2021 reported at 3 Mesa universities, 1 institute

In 2021, there were five crimes at Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, two on non-campus property at Benedictine University-Mesa, one at A.T. Still University and one on public property near …
SCHOOLS

Mesa lawmaker needs support for special session on education funding

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers of Mesa said he is willing to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol after the Nov. 8 election to address an education funding issue. However, the Republican …
Election 2022

Q&A: Mesa USD Governing Board candidates on increasing enrollment

Seven candidates for two Mesa Public Schools governing board seats have filed signatures to be on the ballot at the Nov. 8 election. According to the Maricopa County school superintendent’s …
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Teacher John Jay Pelletier is a former Army Green Beret survival instructor and an active outdoorsman.

Desert survival class in December at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …
A brief program and tree lighting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Main Street and Macdonald will kick off the celebration.

Merry Main Street returns Friday in downtown Mesa

Merry Main Street will bring holiday cheer and thousands of revelers to downtown Mesa this winter. The celebration of the season begins Nov. 25 and will feature activities for all ages through …
Arizona Lights in the Night happens nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Jan. 5, 2023. On weeknights (Sundays through Thursdays) the lights are bright between 6-8 p.m. and on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) guests can see them shine from 6-9 p.m.

Drive-thru holiday lights show starts Wednesday in Mesa

As families and friends travel through the drive-thru light show, they’re greeted by over one million lights glittering on candy canes, snowmen, presents, and more, all synchronized to festive …
The Superstition Mountain Museum Railroad, 4087 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, will be participating 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 17-18.

Train layouts showcased at Christmas open houses in December

Once again Arizona Big Train Operators will be holding its annual Christmas open houses in December. On Dec. 10-11 and 17-18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. members will open their G-scale train layouts to …
It will be hosted by Independent Newsmedia and includes a nonperishable food drive to benefit Apache Junction Reach Out Inc., doing business as Superstition Community Food Bank.

Apache Junction Senior Expo Jan. 10 at Central Arizona College

Seniors and families from Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and neighboring communities are invited to attend the Apache Junction Senior Expo 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Central Arizona College, 805 …
Obituaries

Robert Michael Tomich

Robert, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022. Born October 7, 1937 as a first generation American to Michael (from Serbia) and Irene  (from Italy) Tomich,  Bob Tomich  lived a Norman …

Freida Painter

Freida Painter danced her way out Friday November 4th 2022 just 23 days short of her 101st B-Day. Freidas’ zest for life was there to the end. She is survived by her Daughter Lisa Painter …

David J. Brott

Mr. David John Brott passed away on October 26, 2022 in Peoria, Arizona of a long-time illness. He was born on November 25, 1949, to Robert and Corinne Brott (Evert) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He …

Thomas Charles Bruner

Thomas, 87, of Peoria, AZ passed away Oct. 24, 2022 in . Private family arrangements have been made. Condolences may be shared at www.menkefuneralhome.com

Margaret L. Tomkins

Margaret (Maggie) passed away peacefully at her home in Sun City, AZ, on September 29th. Margaret was born, January 12, 1932 in Glendale, AZ, the daughter of Carl and Iola (Wilkirson) McCaughey.She …
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