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Deputy Chief Rustenburg discusses her new role in MCSO
NORTH VALLEY – Deputy Chief Kip Rustenburg is known in Maricopa County for her dedication to public safety, and she’s taking on a new role in law enforcement.

In Remembrance: Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – The community is invited to honor fallen heroes at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Now open: Merrill Gardens welcomes new residents
ANTHEM – Retirement community Merrill Gardens at Anthem is now open, and residents are moving in. The community opened on May 9, and staff helped 16 residents move in on the first day.

The Breath of the Wind
It’s been said the horse is made from the breath of the wind, the beauty of the earth, and the soul of an angel. No one knows this as well as local veterinarian and artist Joerg Auer.

Black Canyon City library holding summer reading program
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon City Community Library is inviting young readers to help ‘Build a Better World!’ through this year’s summer reading program.

Peoria Fire-Medical honors exceptional service at awards ceremony
PEORIA – Firefighter of the Year, Meritorious Service Award, and the Medal of Honor were just a few of the awards presented during the annual Peoria Fire-Medical awards ceremony on May 19.

WEB EXTRA: Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon fire boards vote for consolidation
NORTH VALLEY – The Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon fire boards have voted, and consolidation of the fire districts has been officially approved.

Business Spotlight: US Preferred Realty
Thinking about moving but don’t know where to start in the buying and/or selling process? Call US Preferred Realty/Darren Sells Homes to learn more about the north valley real estate market and how to find the home that’s right for you.

Arrest made in Vistancia armed robbery case
PEORIA – On May 18, at approximately 1 p.m., Peoria Police responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Vistancia Mountain Vista Club, located at 29701 North Sunrise Point.

CCUSD honors Inspire Excellence award winners
SCOTTSDALE – The Cave Creek Unified School District held their ‘Inspire Excellence’ awards ceremony on May 18, at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. The Inspire Excellence Awards are the highest honor given to employees, community members, and volunteers of CCUSD.  

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I almost got arrested. Okay, or possibly taken into a windowless room with two frighteningly big, uniformed men who never smile. Yes, I am the person who tried to “break all the rules” while going through security at the Portland airport.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approves tentative FY 2018 budget
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a tentative budget to ensure Maricopa County’s status as the fastest-growing county in the nation is sustainable.

Non-profits invited to take part in 13th annual Shopping Extravaganza fundraiser
ANTHEM – Outlets at Anthem invites local nonprofits to apply now to participate in the 2017 Shopping Extravaganza, a retail philanthropy event. Nonprofit organizations looking to raise money are invited to apply now through June 1 to participate.

Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy
PHOENIX – For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer, many teachers expect more of the same.

Rural Metro Fire Department crew saves orphaned ravens
CAVE CREEK – Rural Metro crews from Station 825 in Cave Creek teamed up with Wild at Heart Raptor Rescue last week for an unusual rescue: saving the lives of five orphaned young ravens.


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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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 — “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.