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ADHS: Peoria area ZIP codes have 25,980 COVID-19 cases

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 601 new coronavirus cases and 7 new deaths Thursday, for a total of 866,623 cases and 17,367 deaths.

Peoria Council approves fiscal year 2022 tentative budget

Peoria City Council approved the  fiscal year 2022 tentative budget at $695 million, a 4.5% increase from the fiscal year 2021 budget. City officials say the budget maintains core citizen …

Rent, utility assistance still available to Peoria residents

Rent and utility assistance is still available to Peoria residents.

Peoria Main Library to receive face-lift

The Peoria Main Library has made it more than 25 years without major maintenance to the walls, windows and roof, and now officials say it will get much needed renovations, as well as updates to make …

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat announces 2021 State of the City

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat has announced the 2021 State of the City.


Abrazo Arrowhead offers next-gen heart procedure

A next generation heart procedure for atrial fibrillation (Afib) is now being offered at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale.

Abrazo Arrowhead earns top grade in patient safety

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale received an “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades, reflecting the hospital’s commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care.

Barnes & Noble is coming back to Arrowhead area

Book lovers in Peoria were sad to see the Barnes & Noble near Arrowhead Mall close a couple months ago.

Lend a hand for the Peoria Heroes Flag Walk

The Peoria Chamber of Commerce is looking for event sponsors and community support for their event Peoria Heroes Flag Walk.

Land for Peoria self-storage facility sells for $875K

A vacant parcel in Peoria found a buyer this week with a goal of turning the land into a self-storage facility. The 4.88-acre parcel on North 75th Avenue between Cactus Road and Sweetwater Avenue …


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Dr. Yoaav Krauthammer is a cardiac electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale.

Next-gen heart procedure now offered at Abrazo Arrowhead

A next generation heart procedure for atrial fibrillation (Afib) is now being offered at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. Afib is an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood clots, which could lead to a …
PUSD CFO Michelle Myers

Myers: Peoria Unified places emphasis on financial stewardship

It is an honor to serve as the Peoria Unified School District’s Chief Financial Officer.
Michelle R. Reid is the Museum Services Director at Washington-based Museum Pros.

An inside look at Preserving Peoria historical society artifacts

The City of Peoria has been working diligently to return thousands of unclaimed artifacts previously in the possession of the now dissolved Peoria Arizona Historical Society. Without a doubt, the …
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Benita Wykert, Volunteer of the Year, and president Tammy Early. [

Legion Post honors West Valley volunteers

The American Legion Post 62 hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner and celebration.

Learn about Peoria’s water conservation programs

Water conservation is a way of life in the desert.

Heat Relief Regional Network begins in Peoria

The city of Peoria is once again partnering with the Maricopa Association of Governments to kick off the Heat Relief Regional Network.
Charli and Tyler Larsen enjoy a ride at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Litchfield Park.

Peoria Auxiliary lends support to Luke kids, families

Tyler Larsen, 8, has already lived in four different states. In addition to regular extended training sessions, his father, Brandon-- an Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician-- has been deployed twice in Tyler’s young life. Tyler’s little sister, Charli, 4, struggles with her daddy being gone. Like many 4-year old girls, she’s a daddy’s girl and doesn’t quite understand extended absences.

Foundation provides free copies of U.S. Constitution to support civics education

A local nonprofit organization has printed small pocketbook-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence and making them available free of charge to Arizona school …
Youth4Youth develops leadership and success skills in youth while giving them the opportunity to make a positive difference in their school, community and beyond.

Grant will help drug-free community efforts in Peoria

A Glendale organization is one of seven throughout the state to which Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is granting $565,000 to provide programs and services to address substance use disorders, including an effort for Peoria schools.
Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Surgery Director Brenda Mastopietro, Chief Nursing Officer Wendi Sears, Denise Jaronik, RN, and hospital CEO Naman Mahajan celebrate Ms. Jaronik’s recognition as a Tenet Hero.

Abrazo honors Peoria nurse as healthcare ‘hero’

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus post-anesthesia care unit nurse Denise Jaronik, a Peoria resident, was recognized for her exemplary service at during a recent “Tenet Hero” ceremony.
Pictured (left to right): Todd Hornback (WTMC Co-founder/Board Chair), Mayor Eric Orsborn (Buckeye), Councilmember Bill Patena (Peoria), Mayor Michael LeVault (Youngtown), Councilmember Wally Campbell (Goodyear), Mayor Skip Hall (Surprise), Councilmember Chris Judd (Surprise), Les Meyers (WTMC Executive Director) after declaring April 22, 2021 as “White Tank Wild Day” in honor of the White Tank Mountains Conservancy’s regional connectivity efforts during an event at Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye.

West Valley cities pledge to keep White Tanks wild

Several West Valley cities joined to proclaim April 22 “White Tank Wild Day” in an effort for all to enjoy and to conserve the natural and cultural resources of range, a rare pristine landscape in the Valley that many residents and visitors enjoy each year.
Ken Parsons was named Peoria Independent’s Hometown Hero in the Community Cheerleader category.

Parsons honored as Peoria Hometown Hero in Community Cheerleader category

To Ken Parsons, business and community are intrinsically intertwined.

Peoria residents may schedule a household hazardous waste pickup

Peoria residents have the ability to get rid of their unwanted household hazardous waste in a safe manner.
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Winery 101 hosting live music this weekend

A weekend of live music is coming to Winery 101, 9299 W. Olive Ave., Suite 101, Peoria.

Elton John tribute show coming to Peoria

Jeff Burkett brings his Elton John tribute show “Candle In The Wind” to Peoria this month.
Lauren Hardcastle will be part of the cast bringing “Curiouser & Curiouser Too” to live in Peoria.

TheaterWorks to open new immersive production

The pandemic indeed halted live theater in its tracks, but one Peoria stage has mastered a way to keep the show going.

Indie pop/rock group plays two shows

The local band A Girl Named Scot will perform at a house show 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at 2314 E. Whitton Ave. Other artists performing are The Whitton, Local Bandits, Jam Now and John …
Guitar League members jam during a monthly session pre-COVID-19.

Guitar League to bring back live monthly meetings

The Phoenix chapter of the Guitar League will relaunch monthly live meetings beginning Tuesday, May 11.

Live music splits time with 'Whole Hog Roast'

Singer-songwriter Preston Phillip and his trio will perform at noon on Saturday, May 15 at Peoria Artisan Brewery, 10144 W. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Suite 1130, Peoria.
Surrender, a Cheap Trick tribute band, opens a weekend of live music May 1 at Fuzzy’s in Peoria.

Weekend of tribute music coming to Peoria

Peoria is ready to host a weekend of tribute bands.
Cheri Adams, Dave Albert, Dan Krohn and Larry Hill perform as Cheri and the Pacemakers May 1 at a new restaurant in Surprise, Chef Peter's Bistro.

Cover band debuts at Chef Peter’s Bistro May 1

Cheri and the Pacemakers is coming to is a new venue for the band in Surprise next month.
“Nunsense” at Arizona Broadway Theatre stars, clockwise from top left, Kathi Osborne, Renee Koher, Alexia Lorch,Blair Beasley and Liz Fallon.

Curtain to rise on ‘Nunsense’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“Nunsense,” written by Dan Goggin and having made its Off-Broadway debut in 1985, opens its run Friday, April 23 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane.

Combo planning Cinco de Mayo gig in Peoria

Cheri and the Pacemakers will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an upcoming gig in Peoria.
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