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Boating safety: Tips to stay safe out on the water
NORTH VALLEY – With the record high temperatures this past week, many local residents are heading out to one of Arizona’s lakes. Stay safe out on the water by following boating safety guidelines.

Canon Elementary teacher named Yavapai County Rural Teacher of the Year
BLACK CANYON CITY – Canon Elementary School fifth grade teacher Trinka Hall has been named as the Yavapai County Rural Teacher of the Year.

Bill banning town licensing fees for real estate agents to take effect
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona real estate agents will be saving funds on city and town licensing fees when Senate Bill 1368 goes into effect this July.

Get fired up this 4th of July with fireworks events around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Get ready to celebrate the United States with Independence Day activities around the Valley! Rides, food, music, and – of course – fireworks will be featured at events around the state.

Intensely Social Characters
Local artist Susan Falcon Hargraves put down roots early in life in progressive thought and the arts.

Career Connectors partners with Scottsdale charity
SCOTTSDALE – Valley nonprofit Career Connectors distributed over $2,500 in gift cards to families in need at its recent Scottsdale networking event.

OSHA unveils new hot app – no, really, it’s an app warning of hot weather
NORTH VALLEY – Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials had a message on June 10 for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety.

Business Spotlight: Granite Transformations
Is your home in need of an update and some TLC? Granite Transformations offers a wide variety of products to renovate kitchens and bathrooms.

Backpacks being collected for kids in need
ANTHEM – The start of the new school year is fast approaching, and a drive is being held to get school supplies for kids in need.

Cave Creek Council approves Cahava Springs project
CAVE CREEK – After months of debate and public hearings, the Cave Creek Town Council unanimously approved the Cahava Springs Revitalization District on June 15, which will allows the property owners of the subdivision to tax themselves, financing major infrastructure projects within the town estimated at over $19 million.

ADOT urging drivers to ‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive’ during dust storms
NORTH VALLEY – Where will you be when the dust settles? That’s a question the Arizona Department of Transportation is asking motorists this year as another summer monsoon season begins.

Movie Review — “Entourage
“Entourage” had a cable television run from 2004 to 2011. It was a television series that ran the familiar gamut of staying around for a few seasons too long, rehashing tired ideas, and beating the same jokes into unfunny submission.

Movie Review — “San Andreas
I remember in grade school when my science teacher talked about how a big enough earthquake would eventually drop California into the Pacific Ocean. Call in the summer blockbuster movie makers to make this story a realization through the extravagance of special effects.

Movie Review — “Tomorrowland
A young boy brings an invention, a rocket pack made from household materials, to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Movie Review — “The Age of Adaline
If you had all the time in the world, what would you do? If today would be the oldest that you would ever get, what would you do tomorrow?

Movie Review — “True Story
There are always two sides to every story. The back and forth, cat and mouse discussions between a suspected murderer and a discredited journalist take focus in director Rupert Goold’s “True Story”, which also happens to be based on a true story.

Movie Review — “While We’re Young
During some pre-movie chitchat a few weeks ago, I struck up a conversation about music with a young man sitting nearby.

Movie Review — “Focus
A jigsaw puzzle can be put together in many different ways. Some start with the edges, while others focus on distinguishable objects. In the end, it's a pleasant process of time spent in a non-too-complicated exercise.

Movie Review — “McFarland USA
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Kingsman: The Secret Service
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Selma
Selma, Alabama is the location of the events in director Ava DuVerney’s exceptional and confident film about a small, in the vast continuing struggle, yet significant moment in the civil rights movement.

Movie Review — “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s body of work can easily be described as serious and downtrodden but also in moments exceptional and striking. From his first impressive feature “Amores Perros” into further serious and grim pieces “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Iñárritu is always commenting on something.

Movie Review — “Fury
David Ayer understands how to make procedural films. Look no further than the “day-in-the-life” cop drama “End of Watch” for evidence. “Fury” examines a worn-out and broken group of soldiers, following them at the end of one battle right into another mission, just another day of work for these men.

Movie Review — “Gone Girl
David Fincher has made a career taking audiences to dark places with bad people. In the beginning moments of Gillian Flynn’s scripted adaptation of her popular novel “Gone Girl,” a man is gently caressing the head of a beautiful woman, the way two people in love would – however, the voice-over narration concerning the situation is a violent soliloquy of hatred.