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Finding the cave in Cave Creek with the Desert Foothills Land Trust
CAVE CREEK –  Ever wonder what puts the cave in Cave Creek? Or who the ancient people were that once inhabited this harsh yet spectacular landscape, leaving their antique graffiti marks on the cliff walls?

Free consultation sessions, workshops for aspiring authors at Anthem library
ANTHEM - The North Valley Regional Library located in Anthem at the Boulder Creek High School campus was awarded a $5,000 mini-grant to host a Writers in Residence program along with four other libraries around the state.

EPCOR water station to ease New River water woes, delayed again
NEW RIVER – The private utility company EPCOR announced that it can’t finish building the Anthem water station before the April 30 deadline, which is when the City of Phoenix will cut off access to its fire hydrants that water delivery trucks use to service the area.

Image courtesy of ADOT ADOT meeting in Black Canyon City presenting I-17 improvements draws large crowd
BLACK CANYON CITY – Residents from communities in Maricopa and Yavapai counties piled into Canon Elementary School on April 3 to hear the Arizona Department of Transportation’s proposal to improve a stretch of the Interstate-17 from Anthem to Cordes Junction.

Doctors use experimental skin spray to help Peoria woman heal from flesh-eating bacteria
PHOENIX – Christin Lipinski’s battle with flesh-eating bacteria started when she was diagnosed with the flu in January.

Thousands of Lanterns to Illuminate Skies Above Lake Pleasant on April 14.
PEORIA – Soon after sundown, on April 14, friends, family and thousands of strangers will come together to share personal thoughts, wishes and goals as they set free lanterns on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant.

Anthem to host go green recycling event April 14
ANTHEM – Residents are invited to attend the Anthem Community Council’s semi-annual Go Green event April 14, 8-11 a.m., at the Anthem Community Park lower parking lot, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.

Phone Scam Impersonating MCSO employees
NEW RIVER – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents about a phone call scam that has callers impersonating law enforcement officials demanding immediate payment from victims for unpaid fines or missed jury duty.

In The Kingdom of Glass
There are few things in life more brilliant and uplifting than the gleaming, shimmering, and transparent glow of colored glass illuminating our world.

Carefree Desert Gardens: Pleasing the pollinators
CAREFREE - Today, we are well aware of the crisis facing our bee populations. We rely on honeybees for their role in production of many foods we enjoy and depend upon. But, they are not the only pollinators whose populations are threatened.

D-backs announce military and first responders’ discounts, events for the 2018 season
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have teamed up with Geico to provide military and first responders with discounted tickets to all 81 Diamondback home games at Chase Field.

Anthem Goodwill opening soon
PHOENIX— Goodwill is opening a new 25,000 square foot store in North Phoenix on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9 a.m.

SPrickly Pear Inn/Grumpy Mule Mercantile ribbon cutting ceremony
CAVE CREEK – The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present on March 8, 2018 to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Prickly Pear Inn located in downtown Cave Creek.

Business Spotlight: Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
PHOENIX – Do you love to laugh? Do you love good food and drinks? Looking to escape reality for a few hours?  Then look no further than Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy located east of the Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Oh Loyola, how we prayed that you might win, but bravo to the basketball team from Chicago that had an incredible, thrilling, fantastic journey all the way to the Final Four. When a team ranks 46 and makes it to that sacred level of playing, it became almost more than we Americans could handle.


Boulder Creek volleyball team continues to aim high
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School’s varsity women’s volleyball team was beat by Mountain Pointe High School on Sept. 13 after a defeating 3-0 loss.

 

Movie Review — “A Quiet Place
If you live in or near the city, go outside and listen to the world. There is constantly some kind of noise humming about in the atmosphere. When you venture into nature or far outside of the city limits, the quiet can be comforting. However, it can be somewhat unnerving and lonesome.

Movie Review — “Ready Player One
In the corner of my 10-year-old bedroom was an autographed picture of Freddy Krueger, a metal cast Voltron, and an overused Nintendo that could only be started when the right combination of maneuvers was conducted.

The Phoenix Film Festival Returns
The 2018 Phoenix Film Festival is just a week away. Arizona’s largest film festival has expanded to 11 days, boasting over 300 movie screenings with parties, educational panels, industry mingling, and more opportunities to find your new favorite movie.

Movie Review — “Tomb Raider
Lara Croft has been running through jungles, caves, and ancient ruins, solving all manner of puzzles and problems since 1996 when the character made her first appearance for avid gamers. More than twenty years later and Lara Croft is making her third appearance on the silver screen, this time replacing Angelina Jolie with Alicia Vikander in the second franchise film simply called “Tomb Raider.”

Movie Review — “Red Sparrow
At this point in the career of Jennifer Lawrence it’s pretty easy to imagine her playing almost any kind of character no matter how preposterous it might look like on paper. Body morphing blue mutant, home shopping network tycoon, talented archer in a dangerous game; it all seems possible for the Oscar winning actress.

Movie Review — “Black Panther
There are more than a few moments in director Ryan Coogler’s superhero feature “Black Panther” where real trials and injustices of the past converge with the fictional lives of the characters living in this superhero universe.

Movie Review — “Fifty Shades Freed
At the end of “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to the 2015  hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Anastasia Steele was being proposed to by Christian Grey. The couple, dealing with the kind of relationship complications that would spell doom for any new romance, haven’t grown much since their first meeting. 

 

Historic Oscar snubs: Five movies that should have been nominated
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this week; as with most years usually the favorites make the cut, but there are always some surprises. This is the Super Bowl for the film industry, and fans arduously pick who they think should win the big prize for best film, actor or director.

Movie Review — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A magical board game called Jumanji wreaked havoc on two kids in the 1990s, unleashing a jungle of wild animals, dangerous challenges, and a long-lost man who had been trapped in the game for decades.

Movie Review — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The battle between good and evil continues in the newest “Star Wars” film. Forty years ago, the franchise, which shows no sign of slowing down under Disney’s guidance, created a science fiction opera that pitted a rebellious young boy with astounding hidden skills against an evil empire lead by a masked villain that would become one of cinema’s most iconic characters.