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Winter Wonderland Celebration at the Carefree Christmas Festival
CAREFREE – Carefree is soon to be transformed into a snowy Winter Wonderland.

Pictured is a conceptual plan of the proposed Anthem health center
ANTHEM – As the north valley’s population has increased, so has the need for medical services nearby.

New River Mailbox moving; some postal services unavailable until after the move
NEW RIVER –New River Mailbox has been a cornerstone of the New River community for many years.

Three people injured in wrong-way collision
ANTHEM – A pickup truck driver heading south in the northbound lanes of I-17 near the Anthem Way exit struck another vehicle late Monday night.

First reading of Windmill Village rezoning request approved
CAVE CREEK – A new 30-unit multi-family residential housing community is being proposed near the Stagecoach Village shopping center on Cave Creek and Galloway roads

New Needs, New Techniques
A quote from American painter Jackson Pollock sums up the philosophy of local artist/photographer Betsy Anderson’s in one phrase, “New needs; need new techniques.”

Anthem Holiday Home Tour to feature five festive homes
ANTHEM – Get in the holiday spirit on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 with the annual Holiday Home Tour in Anthem.

Giving back: Daisy Mountain Veterans holding toy drive for local families in need
ANTHEM – For families who are struggling to get by, Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Daisy Mountain Veterans is teaming up with local schools to help make sure every local child has the chance to get a Christmas present this year.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I took a selfie. It didn’t turn out very well, because I have decided that most photos of scenery, people, or grandkids seem to look better if I am not in them. But while holding a carrot, I snapped a picture of me and my big old horse, Baxter.

Two pedestrians injured in accident in Cave Creek
CAVE CREEK – Two pedestrians sustained serious injuries after being struck by a van in an accident in Cave Creek in the early hours of the morning of Nov. 24.

ASU picks up 26th Varsity Sport
PHOENIX – Arizona State University caused a mix of emotions when it added men’s tennis and women’s lacrosse as varsity sports, while men’s soccer was put on the back burner yet again.

Celebration of Christmas presented by Pinnacle Concert Series
SCOTTSDALE – Get into the spirit of the season with the Pinnacle Concert Series’ Celebration of Christmas, happening Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Cave Creek Museum to host Cowboy Christmas party
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is celebrating the holidays with several fun events for kids and adults alike, including a party that celebrates the cowboy side of Christmas.

Educators optimistic after seeing final federal rules on school success
PHOENIX – State officials welcomed final regulations for the federal school policy that will replace the troubled No Child Left Behind program, which give states more flexibility to determine school success and which schools are falling behind.


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.

Jags varsity team wins first home game of the season
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School varsity football team beat Liberty 14-10 in last week’s home game.

2016 BC Frosh Football Schedule

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Jags football season kicks off with first varsity game this Friday
ANTHEM – Friday night football starts up again this Friday, Aug. 19, with the Boulder Creek High School varsity team at an away game at Hamilton, starting at 7 p.m.

D-backs pitchers against possible limiting of relief pitching
PHOENIX – When Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in July that the league is talking about limiting the use of relief pitchers because they can “rob action” from the game, he didn’t make any new friends in the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen.



Movie Review — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It’s only been five years since the last Harry Potter film was in theaters. Talk to any Potter fan and it might as well be a lifetime.

Movie Review — “Arrival
“E.T.”, “Independence Day”, “The War of the Worlds”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “First Encounter of the Third Kind”; these are all films that have portrayed contact with alien beings from outer space in different ways.

Movie Review — “Doctor Strange
What makes a good superhero? The kind of powers they possess? The kind of origin story they have? Perhaps how cool they look in their costume?

Movie Review — “Birth of a Nation
It’s been 150 years since the abolishment of slavery. Take a quick look at the headlines populating social media feeds or the top story on the nightly news, and it doesn’t take much to realize that society still has a long way to go. Racism, discrimination, intolerance: these are words that have taken political precedent just a month out of an election for our nation.

Movie Review — “Queen of Katwe
For a few years as a teenager, I played chess almost every day. I read books, studied strategy, and tried to play different people as often as I could. Chess was a fun game but also a way to help me focus on being patient and also brought an understanding of what motivated people.

Movie Review — “The Magnificent Seven
In 1960, veteran director John Sturges was tasked with taking some of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood and collaborating on an updated remake of an Akira Kurosawa film called “Seven Samurai”. That film would become the classic western “The Magnificent Seven”.

Movie Review — “Blair Witch
It’s not too often that you get a film that changes the landscape of possibilities for a genre. “The Blair Witch Project” had that effect on horror.

Movie Review — “Sully
The summer saw its fair amount of superheroes. Viewers watched extraordinary mutants fighting an ancient enemy in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, they were introduced to a group bad guys with amazing skills fighting a threat to the world in “Suicide Squad”, and they even saw the return of super agent Jason Bourne again performing acts that would get any normal human seriously injured.

Movie Review — “Hands of Stone
Ask any true boxing fan to list their top ten greatest boxers of all time and it's a safe bet that Roberto Durán will end up on many of the lists. Roberto Durán Samaniego is Panamanian icon, a symbol at one point during his professional boxing career of freedom for the people.

Movie Review — “Hell or High Water
I have two younger brothers. From the outside, one might watch the antics of three grown siblings insulting each other and describe the behavior as dysfunctional, and with the type of cringe-inducing comments that we would make, it would be very easy.

Movie Review — “Suicide Squad
It’s fun to cheer for the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong, watching Spider-Man swing into action to fight Doc Ock or reading about The Green Lantern meeting archenemy Sinestro always makes it fun to have a hero to cheer behind.

Movie Review — “Star Trek: Beyond
“Space, the final frontier”. Gene Roddenberry’s contribution to science fiction in the form of “Star Trek” made a cultural impact that has spawned numerous television shows, film adaptations, conventions, and undoubtedly some of the most loyal fans of any genre property.

Movie Review — “Ghostbusters
“Awful”. “Terrible”. “Disappointed”. These were the overwhelming sentiments from social media and entertainment sites concerning the trailer for the rebooted “Ghostbusters” film well before it was set to arrive in theaters.

Movie Review — “The Purge: Election Year
Turn to any television network over the next few months and the height for political dissension in America will be at its most aggressive levels.