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Expedia Group CEO responds to band of Arizona mayors

After more than 30 mayors issued a joint letter to short-term vacation rental platforms — Expedia and Airbnb — one CEO has responded.
Paradise Valley

2022 General Plan: How can you get involved and stay informed?

All of Paradise Valley is invited to collaborate in the General Plan Update process. The plan is relevant to all who live, work, visit and invest in the town. To support this commitment, the Town …
The Independent Interview

From space to Senate: Sen. Mark Kelly gets to work in Arizona

Mark Kelly is reporting for duty once again, this time in a new role for the national figure: Arizona senator. Sen. Kelly, a Democrat from Tucson, was elected in the November general election to …
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Town of Paradise Valley puts ‘Belief into Action’ with annual MLK ceremony

The Town of Paradise Valley held firm to its belief in humanity as the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was held virtually Jan. 18 with awards and words of encouragement on improving race relations.

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital …

SmokeTree Resort withdraws its application at Paradise Valley Town Hall

GenTree LLC has withdrawn its project application to demolish and rebuild SmokeTree Resort, according to Paradise Valley officials. In November, the application received a recommended denial from …
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Stanton earns Paradise Valley vice mayor nomination

Mark Stanton will serve as the Paradise Valley vice mayor for calendar year 2021 after receiving the sole nomination from his peers. Mr. Stanton, unanimously supported by the other Paradise …

Feds: Capitol mob aimed to 'assassinate' elected officials

PHOENIX (AP) — The pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents. The remarks came …

Governor Ducey’s new budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion tax cut spread over the next three years. This idea, especially when added to the loss of revenue from Prop. 123 expiring soon, …

Arizona’s highways can seem pretty desolate at times, miles upon miles of emptiness. Then, in the distance, you see it, a much-needed spot to pull over, gas up and perk up before hitting …
Living in Paradise

Paradise Valley surgery center set to open this spring

The medical building a stone’s throw from Paradise Valley’s eastern limit, on Lincoln Drive, is set to reopen as a new, multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center. Paradise Valley …
Real Estate

Luxury Paradise Valley, local garages

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty presents the list of the most lavish estates with the greatest garages; just in time for the kick-off of any car lover’s favorite time of year, …

Michael Waltrip Brewing Company is named ‘Official Beer of the Mobetta Golf Tour’

Michael Waltrip Brewing Company, founded by two-time Daytona 500 champion, Michael Waltrip, and the Mobetta Golf Tour, cofounded by PGA legend John Daly, announce the brewery’s …

Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is scheduled to release an environmental review that will pave the way to create one of the largest copper mines in the U.S., against the wishes of a …
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The Independent Interview: One-on-one with Scottsdale Realtor Gary Shapiro

Through necessity oftentimes innovations born to survive become staples of doing business in industries impacted by acts beyond one’s control. Looking beyond the tumultuous times of the …

Credit Union West has announced that the organization’s 2021 Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from high school seniors in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, Yuma, Mohave, …

Helios Education Foundation announces the completion of its 65,000-square-foot education campus for collaboration among education partners anchoring educational excellence in Arizona.
Astronaut will open on Feb 6 at the Arizona Science Center.

Arizona Science Center lands new exhibit: Astronaut

An exhibition about what it’s like as a space explorer: Astronaut is set to open on Feb 6 at the Arizona Science Center.
INCA design of Leon Polk Smith

Heard Museum to debut Leon Polk Smith exhibition

A new original exhibition, Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight, which opens on Feb. 4, will be displayed through May 31 at the Heard Museum.

Independent Insiders Only: Season 1 of YourValley In The Know podcast

The Daily Independent at offers Season 1 of the YourValley In The Know podcast featuring cutting-edge reporting narratives, one-one-interviews and hyperlocal stories you can’t …
Dr. Jeff Hall

AAUW to host talk with director of Lowell Observatory

Join the American Association of University Women — Northwest Valley for a Zoom conversation Jan. 21 with Dr. Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
Carrying “the musical and social torch that was first lit by the powerful duo of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, original inventors of the Afrobeat sound,” the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra is led by funky heiress Camille Sledge with its 16-strong orchestra and musicians.

Herberger Theater to present 3 outdoor concerts in January

The Herberger Theater Center announces its new Art of Celebration Concert Series featuring three concerts on The Pavilion, its new outdoor stage.
Royal Palms Live Music & Classic Movie Series.

Royal Palms continues concerts, classic movies

Back by popular demand, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is extending its free Live Music & Classic Movie Series with local musicians, timeless films and the stunning views of Camelback Mountain.
Playwright, “Supernatural” Executive Producer Steve Yockey.

ATC’s 2021 ‘Hang & Focus’ podcast series launches Jan. 8

Steve Yockey, a Los Angeles-based playwright whose work is produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and longtime colleague of Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director Sean Daniels, is this year’s first guest on ATC’s Hang & Focus podcast at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.
The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival allows home viewers to travel from the beaches and shuks of Israel to Hollywood sound stages; from snowy Norway forests to the Yankee Stadium announcers’ booth; and from an operating room in modern-day Italy to the cobblestone back alleys of wartime France.

Upcoming Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebration to be virtual

For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture including bringing a lineup of films honoring traditions and heritage.
Winner of five awards, Tastes and Treasures II: A storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, has 216 pages; comes in hard cover, with full-color photos for $30

Arizona history cookbook Tastes and Treasures II heats up for holiday season

Part Arizona history baked with storytelling makes for appetizing recipes in Tastes and Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

Things to do: Arizona State Fairgrounds launches Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food

The Arizona State Fair is hosting its first ever “Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food” campaign. Due to the overwhelming demand for Arizona State Fair drive-thru edible creations event …
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