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Anthem School Rockets softball team wins Division II championship
ANTHEM – The Anthem School Rockets softball team are the the 2015-2016 DV7-8C Division II softball champions! The team took home the title after winning their April 19 game against Sierra Verde.

Learn how to save a life at CPR and First Aid Training
NORTH VALLEY – Knowing what to do in a medical emergency can save a life. The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is offering CPR and First Aid Training in May to teach basic life-saving skills.

Sunset Ridge baseball team wins Division I championship
PHOENIX – The Sunset Ridge Hawks baseball team took home a big win on April 19 when they beat Hillcrest Middle School, making the Hawks the 2015-2016 DV7-8C Division I baseball champions.

Boulder Creek student qualifies for Olympic Trials
ANTHEM – Everything changes for athletes once the clock strikes midnight of an Olympic year.

Anthem Rotary awards memorial scholarship to MCSO lieutenant
ANTHEM – The Anthem Rotary has awarded Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Ryan Baranyos the Rotary William Coleman Memorial Scholarship.

Imagination is the Only Defense
Lewis Carroll wrote in his classic story Alice in Wonderland, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

Foothills Animal Rescue holds groundbreaking for new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus
SCOTTSDALE – Foothills Animal Rescue broke ground on the new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus on April 19.

North Phoenix resident receives Red Cross Volunteer Leadership Award
PHOENIX – Bob Wiedower of Phoenix has received the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award from the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter.

Microchip technology reunites Toto the cat with owner a year after disappearance
PHOENIX – Victoria Tenorio lost Toto, her beloved cat of five years, for an entire year. Toto’s litterbox was in the garage when a mechanic came to work on Tenorio’s car. Toto escaped.

Business Spotlight: Kick off the summer with Lake Pleasant Cruises
PEORIA – As summer approaches, it’s a great time to enjoy a day out on the lake. Take a cruise around Lake Pleasant on Lake Pleasant Cruises’ The Phoenix and enjoy the beautiful views that the area has to offer.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Inky, oh why did you have to leave? When an octopus in a New Zealand aquarium sets out to escape by pushing up out of his tank, slithering along the floor to a drain, sliding through that drain which then connects to the ocean, I suppose we could make a movie about it.

Next step taken in LDS seminary variance process
ANTHEM – The Parkside Community Association Board of Directors has voted 3-2 in favor of moving the LDS seminary house variance forward, but the variance isn’t yet a done deal.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office seeking hit and run suspect
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a hit and run that occurred in Black Canyon City on April 23.

Anthem resurfacing roadwork scheduled to be completed this week
ANTHEM – If you’ve driven through Anthem recently, you’ve seen the roadwork that is underway in multiple areas. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of April, with some minor modifications being made afterward, if needed.

AZGFD cautions residents not to ‘rescue’ baby wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Rising temperatures and longer days mean spring is here and newborn wildlife will become increasingly visible..

Arizona to receive $26 million in conservation funding
PHOENIX – Arizona will receive nearly $26 million as part of a distribution of $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced.

New River Kiwanis to hold 20th annual Lobsterfest
NEW RIVER – Join the Kiwanis Club of New River on Saturday, May 7 at the New River Kiwanis Community Park for the 20th annual Lobsterfest.

Phoenix mayor asks business to provide youth employment opportunities
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton hosted an “Engaging Tomorrow’s Youth Today” breakfast for more than 120 business leaders to learn about youth employment opportunities and how they can partner with the City of Phoenix to provide summer internships for youth between the ages of 16-24. 

North Valley Symphony Orchestra to hold final season concert
PHOENIX – Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, when North Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform their final concert of the season, titled “American Freedoms.”

Musical Theatre of Anthem presenting Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will be presenting Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS, a musical based on the classic animated film.

Cave Creek Museum ends season in May with special programs and events
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum’s season comes to the end in May, but not without several special programs and events throughout the month

Spelling Bee raises $11,000 for teacher grants and scholarships
SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Community Foundation, a north Scottsdale-based nonprofit, raised more than $11,000 for teacher grants and student scholarships through its 6th Annual Desert Foothills Community Spelling Bee on April 6.



Jags baseball team continues strong showing in 2016 season
ANTHEM – There are turning points in every game that will decide the outcome. For Boulder Creek baseball, that turning point was in the third and fourth innings where they scored six unanswered runs to knock off the Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions 10-2, on Tuesday, March 15.

New BCHS head football coach introduced at meet & greet
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School is excited to announce Tony Casarella as their new head football coach for the 2016 season. Casarella was introduced at the Jags football meet and greet on Feb. 9.

BCHS boys basketball team prepping for State Tournament
ANTHEM – Despite a slow start in the first quarter, the Boulder Creek High School boys basketball team fought back from a ten point deficit but would ultimately fall to Millennium High School 59-54 in Friday night’s game.

BCHS girls basketball team holding winning streak as they prepare for senior night game
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School girls basketball team is coming off of a three-game winning streak after picking up a pair of wins last week against Flagstaff and Westview High School.

Boulder Creek Jags beat Horizon, 55-35
ANTHEM – The Jags won their first game of the season on Friday, beating Horizon 55-35 in a home game.

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BCHS Jaguars
The Boulder Creek Jaguars varsity football team is back in the game! So far this season, they’ve taken on Bradshaw Mountain, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Salpointe Catholic.


Movie Review — “The Jungle Bookl
The Walt Disney produced animated film "The Jungle Book" was a staple of my childhood, a film that still finds considerable viewings in my home with my family today

Movie Review — “Midnight Special
I assure you this is not the new “Credence Clearwater Revival” biopic. Nope, this is a story about a kid who has extraordinary powers. “Midnight Special” is an unusual film by director Jeff Nichols; however, along with the strange aspects it also comes with a significant amount of heart and sincerity that makes it completely affective.

Movie Review — “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1
“The Divergent Series” has been moving along since its lackluster introduction two years ago. Based on the successful young adult novels, told through three books by author Veronica Roth, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1” has taken the route of other final installment films, like “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, by splitting their finale into two films.

Movie Review — “Eddie The Eagle
The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary made an overnight superstar out of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a British ski jumper well out of his league but undeterred in his efforts to become an Olympian.