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Anthem Community Center lifeguards earn StarGuard Elite rating
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Center lifeguards have earned a Starguard Elite rating from the Starfish Aquatics Institute, according to a news release from the Anthem Community Council last week.

Sticks and Tones to perform at the Black Canyon City library
BLACK CANYON CITY – On Saturday, July 22, the Black Canyon City Community Library is proud to host the music and humor of Sticks and Tones.

Last year's bond assessments to be collected this year, due to error
NORTH VALLEY – Local residents may notice this year’s property tax bills are higher than expected.

Cactus Shadows receives grant for Positive Paths program
SCOTTSDALE – The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family has awarded $100,000 in grant funding to the Cactus Shadows High School Positive Paths program.

Something Infinitely Healing
Rachel Carson wrote in her book, The Sense of Wander, "There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature, from day to night, winter to spring."

One person injured after bobcat attack
ANTHEM – One person was injured after an altercation with a bobcat on Sunday morning. The man sustained injuries to his hand after grabbing hold of the bobcat, which was attacking a leashed German Shepherd; the man was able to get the bobcat away from the dog.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Eighty. This is the number of people who formed a human chain in Panama City, Florida to save a family. Nine. This is the number of family members caught in fifteen feet of water in a strong riptide, unable to swim back to shore. It started when two boys started yelling for help.

Storm damage to Burton Barr library sends patrons, staff to other branches
PHOENIX – Storms that flooded Burton Barr Central Library over the weekend will leave it closed indefinitely, sending patrons and staff to other library branches in Phoenix.

Thunderbird Artists issues Call for Artists for upcoming season
NORTH VALLEY – The art festival season will be starting shortly, and Thunderbird Artists is reaching out with a Call for Artists for its upcoming 36th season.

Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal
PHOENIX – Four years ago, No Kid Hungry launched a texting service to help families in need quickly find free meals.

Lake Patrol deputies reminding boaters of monsoon dangers after multiple rescues
PEORIA – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies performed multiple rescues at Lake Pleasant this weekend, due to fast moving and intensely severe thunderstorms.

Opioid prescriptions drop, but Arizona counties still above norm
Despite recent declines in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S., prescriptions are still three times higher than they were in 1999 – and most Arizona counties are prescribing at rates well above the national average.

City of Phoenix offers self-service sand distribution sites
PHOENIX – Monsoon storms have rolled in, and preparation is key to limiting storm damage. The city of Phoenix has refined the sand distribution system for severe weather.

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra holding auditions Aug. 8
PHOENIX – ProMusica Arizona will be holding auditions for both the Chorale and Orchestra at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church in Phoenix on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m. For an audition appointment, contact Patti Graetz at


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

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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 — “Spider-Man: Homecoming
It was the summer of 2002: "Spider-Man" was swinging into theaters under the steady guidance of Sam Raimi. The result was impressive, a comic-book movie that would further define the blueprint of the superhero film.

Movie Review — “Baby Driver
What's your favorite driving song? Do you like something heavy and loud? Do you like something with some rhythm? I'm partial to soul and funk music, "Jungle Boogie" by Kool and the Gang or "Gonna Have A Funky Good Time" by James Brown. Regardless of how cool I may think my driving music is, it will never be as cool as the songs, and just about everything else, in director Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver".

Movie Review — “It Comes At Night
In John Conrad's cynical, politically influenced work "Under Western Eyes", the author takes steps in describing themes of terrorism, the degradation of character, and the suffering experienced by ordinary people caught in the wave of political influence.

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.