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On the issues: Candidates share views during forum in Anthem
ANTHEM – Nineteen candidates running for a variety of Arizona offices answered questions and offered information on their backgrounds and views at a Sept. 14

Annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K set for Oct. 1
ANTHEM – Join the fight against cancer and walk for a cure on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Community celebrates opening of Opportunity Way Park
ANTHEM – Anthem’s newest amenity, Opportunity Way Park, opened and was dedicated to the residents of the Anthem community on Sept. 17 after a ribbon cutting at the site.

Safeway returning to Anthem; opening date not yet set
ANTHEM – In 2000, Anthem and the surrounding communities celebrated the opening of Safeway, the first grocery store in the area.

The Color of the Spirit
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Nature always wears the color of the spirit.” The mixed media, nature-inspired sculptures of local artist Nancy McIntosh surprise and delight their admirers and inspire the spaces they occupy.

Boosterthon Fun Run raises funds for Desert Willow Elementary
CAVE CREEK – On Sept. 16, more than 614 students ran in the Boosterthon Fun Run at Desert Willow Elementary.

TRRFCC Horsemanship kicks off its fall classes and will hold Family Fun Night in November
CAVE CREEK – Entering its ninth year, TRRFCC Horsemanship continues to positively impact the Cave Creek, Phoenix and Scottsdale communities as it kicks off its first classes of the fall.

Water delivery issues discussed at council meeting
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council scheduled a special work session for Sept. 26 to continue discussing and working out the details necessary for delivering  water to west-side residents, after hearing recommendations from the town’s attorney, town manager and members of the water advisory board during last week’s council meeting.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I am leaving on a short trip. I will be taking a time capsule (Southwest Airlines) to a faraway land (Ohio), a place of my youth (family home) where nothing much changes and a million memories will greet me.

YCSO online dog licensing program in full swing
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Last year, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office launched a Web site providing dog owners the ability to obtain licenses, maintain pet records, and even report an animal missing, and YCSO is encouraging more Yavapai County residents to take advantage of this convenient program and apply.



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.

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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 — “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.