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Three agencies to conduct aerial survey to guide wild burro management
PHOENIX – You may have noticed low-flying aircraft in the north valley this week; the aircraft is being used to conduct an aerial survey to help guide management of wild burros.

Corporation Commission approves EPCOR wastewater district consolidation
ANTHEM – Anthem eastside residents will be seeing their wastewater bills steadily decrease over the next five years, as the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 4-1 on June 13 to approve full consolidation of the EPCOR Water wastewater districts.

Black Canyon City Community Library holding Garden Day
BLACK CANYON CITY – Kids can learn all about gardening and decorate their own plant pot at Garden Day at the Black Canyon City Community Library on Saturday, June 24, from 12-2 p.m.

Maggie Fire burns 1,400 acres; forward progress now stopped
BUMBLE BEE – A fire sparked in the Bumble Bee area on Sunday afternoon has currently burned approximately 1,400 acres. The fire is located near Maggie Mine Rd., west of I-17.

Free to Express True Creativity
This is an attitude local artist Ravay Snow has taken to heart and incorporated in her life as she is living her dream.

Check this out: Libraries offer autism resources, robotics parts
PHOENIX – Arizona public libraries have pushed to become more than just a place to check out books, and an $800,000 grant will help continue the expansion by developing 50 programs at 36 libraries throughout the state.

Maricopa County Animal Care offers pet pool safety tips
PHOENIX – The dog days of summer are here, and Maricopa County Animal Care is urging pet owners to keep their pets safe around water.

Experience the world of reptiles at the Twilight Croc Walk on June 30
SCOTTSDALE – See what crocodiles and other reptiles do as daytime turns to night at the Phoenix Herpetological Society’s ‘Twilight Croc Walk’ on Friday, June 30, from 6-9 p.m. 

Business Spotlight: The Gremlin Garage
North valley residents have a new one-stop shop for motorcycle and ATV needs. The Gremlin Garage opened two weeks ago in the Riverside Plaza on the frontage road in New River, just south of the I-17 and New River interchange.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I touched a snake. Actually, I grabbed onto the beast thinking he was a garden hose and picked him up. Once I realized the writhing, evil monster in my grip was not a hose, I screamed and tossed him to the ground. Running up to the house, heart pounding and still yelling, my husband, Doug, came out to see who was murdering me.

‘Abstract Expressions’ opening reception on June 23
CAREFREE – Fearless Art Works will present ‘Abstract Expressions’, featuring the work of Nancy Christy-Moore, Ted Loomis, Megan Somerville-Loomis, and Meryl Epstein.

Peoria Happenings
Behind the Scenes and into the Streets
During the summer time, our Public Works employees are out there every day, in the heat, keeping the city in top shape. These employees are providing the utmost quality and customer service 24 hours a day. 

Disney star Ricky Garcia to visit Outlets at Anthem
PHOENIX – Disney star Ricky Garcia will be visiting the Outlets at Anthem on Saturday, Aug. 5. Fans are invited to enter to win VIP passes for the meet and greet.

West Wing School receives A+ School of Excellence Award
PEORIA – West Wing School has been recognized as an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.


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

2016 BC JV Football Schedule

2016 BC Varsity Football Schedule

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 — “47 Meters Down
It's been more than 40 years since the release of "Jaws", and people are still afraid to go in the water.

Movie Review — “The Mummy
The legendary Boris Karloff portrayed many iconic characters throughout his long career: The Monster in "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy" are undoubtedly two of the most recognizable.

Movie Review — “Wonder Woman
While walking into the anticipated screening of director Patty Jenkins' film "Wonder Woman", two women were walking a few steps in front of me and one of them proudly said, "We finally have a superhero we can call our own".

Movie Review — “Chuck
Do you recognize the name Chuck Wepner? What if I told you that Chuck Wepner was a boxer who went the distance in the ring with Muhammad Ali when "The Greatest" was in his prime, in the first fight after Ali defeated George Foreman in Zaire in "The Rumble in the Jungle".

Movie Review — “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Have you ever made a mixtape? Those of us from the cassette days probably understand this concept best. It can be a complicated process depending on the kind of theme you want the music to have

Movie Review — “An Evening with Werner Herzog: A Cinematic Master
A few weeks ago, I got a call from a fellow film critic friend letting me know that director Werner Herzog was going to be in town doing a discussion at Arizona State University. I didn't know anything else but that Werner Herzog was coming, and I immediately knew I was going.

Movie Review — “After the Storm
There is a moment in director Hirokazu Koreeda’s quiet and affective character study film “After the Storm” when you’ll wonder if you should continue to support the main character Ryota and his quest for betterment.

Movie Review — “CAR DOGS
ASU makes a spark in the independent film community: An interview with director Adam Collis

Movie Review — “Beauty and the Beast
“Tale as old as time”. In 1946, French artist, playwright, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau brought a classic of storytelling to stunning, visionary life. “Beauty and the Beast” has since been retold and reimagined, though it wasn’t until 1991 that a film would come close to matching the magical quality of Cocteau’s film. Disney animation crafted a children’s musical that would become a beloved staple for a generation of young people.

Movie Review — “Kong
Kong is king!! And since 1939, Kong has been one of the iconic movie monsters. Nearly 80 years, which included numerous films, and the giant ape has gone from a stop-motion puppet to a spectacle of computer-generated effects.