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Durfey: Keep an eye on Peoria's 85383 ZIP code

As a Realtor, having the opportunity to work for many clients in the Northwest Valley, it is not uncommon for me to share desirable locations by offering statistics or information for specific neighborhoods and/or ZIP codes. You can expect detailed knowledge for pin-point areas from an experienced Realtor.

Tracy: Why your small business should bank with a community bank

Who you bank with matters.

Ask ADOT: Why are Arizona's highway signs green?

Most weeks in our hectic world, there’s just no time to contemplate everything that surrounds us. But there are times when a question will spontaneously pop into our brains, right between the …

Herrington: CDC urges vaccination for pregnant women

Waiting on COVID-19 vaccination because you are pregnant creates unnecessary risks for you and for your pregnancy. That’s the focus of an emergency announcement recently from the Centers for …

Rigler: Specialists use contact tracing to curb the spread of COVID-19

Friday, Oct. 1 was the 10th annual National Disease Intervention Specialists Recognition Day, the day honoring health care professionals who are crucial in the effort to disrupt the transmission of deadly infectious diseases by connecting people who have been exposed to care and services using a method called contact tracing, which has been vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Senators: Let’s keep America’s small businesses open with innovation

As America celebrates National Small Business Week and the hardworking entrepreneurs who form the backbone of our economy, policymakers must do more than recognize the vital contributions of small businesses. Indeed, Congress must redouble its determination to support small business owners and the nearly 60 million workers they employ following a year in which “the pandemic resulted in the permanent closure of roughly 200,000 U.S. establishments above historical levels.”
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Gates: We must work together to combat domestic violence in our communities

Dear friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Combating domestic violence is one of the most important challenges we face today, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem.

Herrington: There’s a public health role in creating a weather-ready nation

Many issues related to weather can impact your health. Wildfires spawned by lightning can cause respiratory illnesses from smoke and poor air quality. Flash flooding has led to numerous rescues from vehicles and homes. Last year, extreme heat sent at least 2,414 people to Arizona emergency rooms and contributed to 522 deaths.

Bloomer: Can fitness, exercise protect you from COVID-19? Here's why that's not enough

Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? A research scientist and fitness enthusiast explains why the answer is no I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the Sept. 24 Senate audit hearing

Members of the Board of Supervisors watched the Senate/Cyber Ninja hearing and the County’s social media team, working with elections professionals, responded to allegations in real time.  …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.

Sjolander: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

With Arizona marking September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. It has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.

Maricopa County Supervisor Chucri: I am resigning effective Nov. 5, 2021

It’s hard to believe I have been involved in Arizona politics now for 28 years. When I first ran for Maricopa County Supervisor in 2012, I campaigned to bring civility, innovation and most …
Rebecca Durfey

Durfey: Peoria home inventory rising, demand cooling, but quite slowly

The National Association of Realtors recently announced that the inventory of unsold homes increased nationally from 7.3% to 1.32 million from June to July – equivalent to 2.6 months of the monthly sales pace.

Fray: Let’s mask up in Arizona schools to keep us safe from COVID-19

I am an eighth-grader at Ira Murphy Elementary and I believe masks should be required in schools. When I got to my first math class this year, I felt anxious and unsafe. No one was social distancing. There were 32 kids in the classroom and seven were wearing masks. I sat next to two kids, two feet away, and both were unmasked. No one even cared.

Chandler: Northwest Valley Connect needs kind, helpful volunteer drivers

Northwest Valley Connect officials are looking for people who can give four hours per week of their time to drive neighbors to the doctor or shopping. Volunteers can join the cadre of others as a …
Cory Underhill

Underhill: State leadership has put schools between rock and hard place

State leadership passed a law against two proven COVID-19 mitigation strategies that now directly affect our youngest learners who are not eligible for vaccines.
Kacie Franklin

Franklin: In such serious times, we must remember the wins

Those who serve, such as Peoria Unified School District employees, have been the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Our teachers are our children’s first line of defense not only from an educational perspective but in many ways a personal one.

Gray: Keep kids safe, what if your child died of COVID-19?

When it comes to the pandemic, the new boogeyman in the room seems to be Social Emotional Learning.
Peoria Unified School District Superintendent

Reynolds: We remain committed to safety during pandemic

We are off to a wonderful start to the 2021-22 school year at Peoria Unified School District and our teachers, staff and students have hit the ground running, working hard on teaching and learning.
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