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Arizona's border wall delayed after 2 containers topple

An effort by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to use shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the U.S.-Mexico border wall suffered a brief setback when two stacked containers somehow …
EDUCATION

Ducey slams school voucher opponents at Phoenix Christian Prep

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers are taking a victory lap over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June giving the state the …
DROUGHT

Federal officials cut Arizona's water draw from Colorado River

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. officials announced Tuesday that Arizona and Nevada - two states reliant on water from the Colorado River - will face more water cuts as they endure extreme …
CRASH

6 French tourists on plane that crashed into Lake Powell, killing 2

Authorities say a small plane that plunged into a lake that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line, killing two people and injuring five, was carrying six French tourists plus a pilot. Kane County …
CRIME

Killers sentenced in murder of Chandler police officer

The final two defendants in the 2010 killing of Chandler police officer Carlos Ledesma have been sentenced and will spend decades behind bars. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced …
ELECTION 2022

Court battles rage over 3 Arizona voter initiatives

Proponents of three voter initiatives who each turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures last month to qualify them for the November ballot are trying to beat back legal challenges that could …
THOMPSON RANCH

El Mirage police reveal charges against 2 parents in school lockdown

Authorities on Monday released the charges against  parents who police said tried to force their way into an El Mirage elementary school last week. Police had locked down Thompson Ranch …
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Openings

Jersey Mike's opens at Prasada in Surprise

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened its second location in Surprise at 13641 N. Prasada Parkway on Aug. 10.
Opinion

I still like my old CDs better; how about you?

I still buy CDs as there is something tangible about their ownership...
Opinion

Powers: Congress should do more, pass the Open App Markets Act

I was happily surprised to open the Daily Independent and see that President Biden had signed the CHIPS Act...
Opinion

Kehaly: Arizona, let’s stand together for health care affordability

In a recent Pew Research study, reducing health care costs is the second-most-important priority for Americans...
Around the Region
West Valley

Glendale Community College presents Arizona’s poet laureate sharing his journey, “From Nogales Boy to Poet Laureate: A Latino’s Journey,” in celebration of Latine Month.

Western Maricopa Education Center is a public school district in the Valley that provides industry-standard career training programs for high school and adult students. Every student who completes a program has the opportunity to test for licensure or certification.
The Surprise Fire Medical Department is opening recruitments for multiple positions this and next month.
Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Partner with a Principal program. During the weeks of Sept. 19 through Oct. 14, local corporate executives and community …
A fairly new crew of Glendale Prep players will tackle the recurring issues with the football program since it began playing 11-man ball in 2016. The 2022 Griffins will again sport a small roster in terms of numbers, height and weight. 
Phoenix

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will host a press conference Aug. 16 to reveal details on how water usage will evolve to address the current drought conditions impacting the Colorado …

Common Sense Media announced Monday a new campaign in Arizona to create awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program, an effort to bridge the digital divide for lower-income families. The …
Jayleen McGehee feels and tastes the benefits of gardening in her backyard. And she sees the benefits, too - in her wallet. McGehee is a beneficiary of the city of Phoenix’s Backyard …
PHOENIX  — It’s been 80 years since the first Navajo Code Talkers joined the Marines, transmitting messages using a code based on their then-unwritten native language to confound …
Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix and used a specially designed oxygen mask to resuscitate the animal. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire …
East Valley

This autumn, the Tempe community surrounding Arizona State University and craft beer lovers all around the valley will have new stomping grounds — Hundred Mile Brewing Company. 

Fireworks erupted at last night’s Florence Town Council meeting after a vote to table a request for a conditional use permit for a self-storage facility proposed at the southeast corner of …
The legislative subcommittee of the Veterans of Foreign War No. Post 7968 Auxiliary is inviting area residents to attend its Arizona District 5 meet-and-greet event. The event is 7 p.m. Wednesday. …
Family-owned Mici Italian, which has a location in Gilbert, has been ranked on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Residential homebuilder Landsea Homes Corp. announced Aug. 16 that two model homes are available to tour at Rev at Eastmark in Mesa and that homes are also now selling. “We’re excited …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Herrington: 4 things you should know about new COVID-19 guidance

Updated COVID-19 GuidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 guidance to focus on reducing the risk of severe illness...

Cantor: Questions raised as Arizona elections ensue

Here I am again. I have mentioned before that I really don’t like politicians and politics and those who give large sums to those campaigns……and do not want anyone to know about …

Cowdrey: There will always be excuses

Interesting reading (“Beardsley project delay continues,” Sun City West Independent, July 27, 2022).

Mason: Paying a bonus to landlords for renting to locals is madness

This is madness — now Sedona is paying short-term rental owners a bonus to rent long-term to locals. Why, because STRs have taken up so much of the local housing stock that it is unaffordable …
A formerly sunken boat sits high and dry along the shoreline of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, near Boulder City, Nev. Las Vegas area water officials want to cap the size of new swimming pools, citing worries about supplies from the drying-up Lake Mead res-ervoir on the drought-stricken Colorado River.

Diaz: Here's some important information about Arizona’s water supply status

In a few days, on August 16th, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation is expected to declare a Tier 2 Shortage for Lake Mead...
Valley sports

Live TV feed briefly shown in D-backs' dugout during game

A monitor in Arizona’s dugout at Oracle Park showed a live television feed during the first inning of Monday night’s game between the Diamondbacks and Giants. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said a …

Unranked LSU eyes quick rebuild under ex-Irish coach Kelly

New LSU coach Brian Kelly enters the first season of his of 10-year contract facing the type of rebuilding project the unranked Tigers haven’t seen in decades. The last time LSU entered a season …

Giants host the Diamondbacks on home winning streak

The San Francisco Giants, on a four-game home winning streak, host the Arizona Diamondbacks.
National sports

Arozarena's early homer sends Rays past skidding Yankees 3-1

Randy Arozarena hit a three-run homer off Nestor Cortes in the first inning and the Tampa Bay staff made it stand up, leading the Rays over the skidding New York Yankees 3-1. Starter Jeffrey Springs …

Seattle QB Lock tests positive for COVID-19; out vs. Bears

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the team’s preseason game against Chicago. The Seahawks issued a statement regarding Lock’s positive test …

Bulls rookie Lewis needs knee surgery, out indefinitely

The Chicago Bulls say rookie Justin Lewis will need surgery to repair an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is out indefinitely. The team said Tuesday that Lewis was …

QB Stafford shows no throwing limitations in Rams scrimmage

Matthew Stafford showed no throwing limitations while fully participating in a scrimmage with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday. Stafford's smooth play further underlined the Super Bowl-winning …

Raiders coach McDaniels searching for dependable O-line

First-year Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels has been searching this preseason for a dependable offensive line to protect Derek Carr once the start starts. The Raiders have used 14 offensive …
Most recent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The first shipment of grain to leave Ukraine under a wartime deal appears to have ended up in Syria — even as Damascus remains a close ally of Moscow, satellite …

The Seattle Seahawks seem likely to be relying on a pair of rookie tackles on their offensive line. Left tackle Charles Cross was Seattle's first-round pick. Right tackle Abe Lucas was drafted in the …
White Sox manager Tony La Russa got a kick out of the idea that a screaming spectator convinced him to insert a pinch-runner during Chicago’s winning rally against the Houston Astros on Monday …
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Valley business

Glendale licenses 39 new businesses in July

The city of Glendale approved 39 new business licenses in the month of July.

Leggings Park has opened at Gilbert's SanTan Village

Leggings Park opened a retail location at 2174 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 118, Gilbert in early May 2022. Its location is across from the kids play area at SanTan Village. This online and retail …

Little Anita's to open in former Juan Jaime's spot in Chandler

Albuquerque-based restaurant Little Anita’s will be opening its first Arizona location in the former Juan Jaime’s spot at 2510 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. This New Mexican restaurant …

Phoenix-based Creation lands on list of fastest-growing private companies

Creation, a real estate development and alternative investment firm headquartered in Phoenix, announced its debut on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America, with a 492% …

Neighbors

Glendale fundraiser to support Special Olympics of Arizona

A fundraiser to support Special Olympics of Arizona is coming to Glendale.

Meet Your Neighbor: Florence Chamber’s Sherri Crosslin

Whenever there’s a Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce event, be it First Thursday Networking Mixers, Casino Night or the Farmers Market, you’ll find Sherri Crosslin in the middle of it …

Goodyear employee featured on American Ninja Warrior

One of Goodyear’s own competed in the latest season of American Ninja Warrior, a popular NBC sports reality TV show in which ‘ninjas’ compete to overcome a variety of obstacle …

Scottsdale native finishes 57-mile swim around Manhattan

Erica Esterly, the 20-year-old philosophy major from Scottsdale and third-year cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, completed her 57-mile swim during the 40 Bridges Race around Manhattan in New York City.

Things to do

Arizona Oral Cancer Walk is Oct. 29 at Phoenix Zoo

The Arizona Oral Cancer Walk Planning committee announces the return of the 11th annual Arizona Oral Cancer Walk. The walk will take place 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Phoenix Zoo with the …

Handbell Ringers seek volunteers

The Handbell Ringers of Sun City are looking for experienced musicians to ring their biggest bells. Sometimes called “buckets and pails,” the bronze “buckets” are heavy, …

Arizona Theatre Company’s London hit show comes to Arizona

Arizona Theatre Company announces that “The Lion,” a one-man folk musical telling a true story of survival, will open its 55th season after its run at Southwark Playhouse in …

Annual Teddy Bear readies for return to downtown Glendale

The 18th annual Teddy Bear Day returns to downtown Glendale in September.

Entertainment
Elvis fans tour the Elvis Presley Birthplace on Saturday morning, Aug. 13, 2022, in Tupelo, Miss., for Elvis Fan Appreciation Day. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Elvis death anniversary increases tourism at his birthplace

The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Mississippi is welcoming an increasing number of visitors as fans commemorate the 45th anniversary of Presley’s death. The king of rock ‘n’ roll died …
FILE - German film director Wolfgang Petersen speaks during a press conference promoting his latest film "Poseidon," a remake of the 1972 film "The Poseidon Adventure," in Tokyo, on April 19, 2006. Petersen, the German filmmaker whose WWII submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career, died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File)

Wolfgang Petersen, blockbuster filmmaker of 'Das Boot,' dies

Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose WWII submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career that included the films “In the Line of Fire,” “Air Force …
FILE - Darius Campbell Danesh appears at the after party for the opening night of the "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" musical in the Savoy Hotel in London on April 2, 2014. Campbell Danesh, who shot to fame in 2001 on the British reality-talent show “Pop Idol" and topped British music charts the following year with his single “Colourblind," has died at age 41. His family said Tuesday that he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota on Aug. 11 and pronounced dead by the local medical examiners’ office. The family says the cause of death hasn't been determined yet. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)

'Pop Idol' and stage star Darius Campbell Danesh dies at 41

British singer and performer Darius Campbell Danesh has died at age 41. His family said Tuesday that he was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on Aug. 11 and pronounced dead …
The Lost Mural hangs in the entryway of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, in Burlington, Vt., July 29, 2022. The mural painted in 1910 by a Lithuanian immigrant, that was later hidden behind a wall for years, has been rehabilitated and moved and is what experts say is a rare piece of art. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A mural that was painted in a Vermont synagogue more than 100 years ago by a Lithuanian immigrant — and hidden behind a wall for years— has been termed a rare piece …
FILE - This aerial photo shows part of the Bonanza Creek Ranch film-set in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 23, 2021. New Mexico's Office of the Medical Investigator has determined that the fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor and producer Alec Baldwin last year was an accident. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Medical investigator rules Baldwin set shooting an accident

New Mexico's Office of the Medical Investigator has determined that the fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor and producer Alec Baldwin last year was an accident. The office issued …
Obituaries & Memorials

Rachel Joanna Steinmetz

Rachel, age 93, of Paragould, Arkansas, passed to her heavenly home on Friday, August 12, 2022, at her home in Paragould. Joanna was born on September 6, 1928, in Monette to the late Joseph Matthew …

Lloyd James “Bud” Moran

Bud passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City West at the age of 96. Born in LaCrosse, WI, to Lloyd M. Moran and Ruth (Faas) Moran, he was the eldest of 11 siblings. After graduating from …

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Garcia, Sr.

Charles Joseph "Chuck" Garcia, Sr., 55, went home to be with the Lord in July of 2022. He was born on March 31, 1967, to the late Carlos Garcia and Antoinette Hernandez. Chuck was married to his …

Claudette Edith Corrado

Claudette E. Corrado passed away peacefully on the morning of June 16, 2022 with family by her side. Born to James Chlad & Edna (Bertolino) in Cleveland, Ohio on February 1, 1938. After …

William Carroll Arnold

William Carroll “Bill” Arnold of Gold Canyon passed away on July 17, 2022, at home surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. Bill was born on August 29, 1935, in Duck, Clay County, …
Nation

Mom accused of killing kids in Idaho seeks change in charges

Attorneys for a mother charged with conspiring to kill her children in Idaho and steal their social security benefits have asked a judge to send the case back to a grand jury because they say the …

Which EVs qualify for new US tax credit? Websites offer help

The U.S. government is moving forward with its plan to award new tax credits to electric vehicle purchasers. It's part of the rollout of a huge new climate, tax and healthcare law. Several new …

White House receives plan on ending railway contract dispute

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The special board appointed by President Joe Biden to intervene in stalled railroad contract talks submitted its recommendations to the White House Tuesday on a potential deal …

Airbnb is rolling out new screening tools to stop parties

Airbnb says it's rolling out new technology to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party. Airbnb said Tuesday that the new system examines the renter’s …

Scientists say new climate law is likely to reduce warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive incentives for clean energy in the U.S. law signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden should reduce future global warming “not a lot, but not insignificantly either,” …
World

Palestinian President Abbas skirts apology for Munich attack

BERLIN (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed no regret Tuesday for the deadly attack by Palestinian militants against Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics half a century ago, …

Brazil's presidential campaign kicks off amid violence fears

Brazil’s presidential election campaign officially began with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leading all polls against incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro amid growing concern about …

New Scottish law makes period products free for all

A law has taken effect in Scotland to ensure period products are available free of charge to anyone who needs them. The Scottish government said it became the first in the world to legally protect …

Norway group wants to erect statue of euthanized walrus

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A private fundraising campaign is underway in Norway to erect a statue of a walrus that drew crowds of spectators but was euthanized Sunday after authorities concluded …

South African miners mark 10th anniversary of killings

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — A somber gathering of more than 1,000 marked the 10th anniversary of what has become known as the Marikana massacre, when police opened fire on striking miners, …