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‘Hike for Hope’ benefit for West Valley nonprofit coming to Peoria

The seventh annual Hike for Hope benefiting Billy’s Place will take place 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. It will start and finish in WestWing at Copper Hills Church near Sunrise Mountain, 27035 …

Overall violent, property crimes down in some Arizona cities in first half of 2019

Preliminary statistics show overall declines in both violent and property crime in the first half of 2019 in the United States compared to the same time frame the previous year, according to FBI …

Off-roading: Peoria Police Department receives $30K grant for OHV

The Peoria Police Department will be getting a new a side-by-side off-highway vehicle to patrol and use in the city’s desert areas.

Update of Peoria's fleet shop planned for  2022

Welcome to an ongoing series informing residents about city projects that affect them directly. The Peoria Independent features capital improvement projects that have begun construction, are in design, or planned for the future.

Courts: New Year’s Eve DUI citations unchanged in Peoria area

The Peoria area has held steady when it comes to DUI citations over the last few New Year’s Eves, when there is a higher level of drunk driving than other times of the year. A public …
West Valley Preps

Liberty, Sunnyside wrestling split tournament showdowns

Arizona's top two wrestling programs made themselves at home on the road during the state's two biggest tournaments this month. Liberty traveled to its first Flowing Wells Invitational in Tucson …

Peoria survives fouls, threes to defeat Deer Valley in OT

Eventually, Peoria freshman point guard Andrew Camacho made enough free throws to ensure Deer Valley would not be able to tie on another Jackson Leyba three pointer.   "yes he's a high …


Fresh off a Division I state wrestling title on its first try and full of returning starters, Liberty’s 2019-20 squad is not complacent. Instead, the Lions are pushing for the next level …

Mustangs make good from long range after Wildcats stymie short shots

It figures. Sunrise Mountain's girls soccer teams had two golden scoring opportunities  late in the first half, only to see two Willow Canyon players block them with their legs. So in the …

Cousins help define Cactus girls basketball

The Lee cousins are in their final two months of their basketball partnership.  Cactus seniors Myla Lee and Olivia Lee started playing together in fourth grade, with Myla settling into her role as a guard and Olivia working in the post.
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Peoria Business

Great Hearts Academies in Arizona is looking to hire 250 teachers and teaching assistants for the 2020-2021 school year.

A new 189-unit single story, multi-family residential gated community is on track for nearly 18 acres at the northwest corner of 83rd and Olive avenues.
Mayor Cathy Carlat awarded Robyn’s Nest as the Mayor’s Business of the Month for November 2019.
Peoria officials are taking steps to secure new commercial, office, mixed-use and industrial development within its boundaries. The city is targeting more than 650 acres in properties for these …
Peoria Education

The West Valley Arts Council, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, is seeking students to participant in …

      Zuni Hills gets latest Friendship Bench Peoria Pioneer Lions Club project will add 16 new benches this year A Friendship Bench was recently erected in the school …
Just in time for the spring semester to kick off, the Peoria Unified School District opened the Sunrise Mountain Art Center, also known as SMart Center, for students on the campus of Sunrise Mountain High School.
The Peoria Unified School Board voted for a new president and clerk from among their ranks at a public meeting, Jan. 9.
Peoria Opinion

As we move our city into the future, I am often asked about important topics related to new construction, future development, public safety, transportation, schools, water and many others. One question I have been asked is how is Peoria addressing the growing issue of homelessness?

For most living in the Mesquite District, Happy Valley Road is the main corridor we use to access our neighborhoods, shopping centers, parks, schools and more.
The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”
If you haven’t seen 16-year-old Greta Thunberg fight for environmental justice over the last year, then you’ve probably been under a nice, cool rock.