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Local third graders earn high marks in state-wide reading competition
This spring, March Madness and the Final Four frenzy were not just about basketball! For students at Desert Mountain School in Desert Hills, it was about reading.

Two fires sparked in Table Mesa area over Easter weekend
NORTH VALLEY – Firefighters responded to two fires in the Table Mesa area on Sunday. Crews worked together to extinguish the fires, spending approximately 10 hours battling the blazes.

Sheriff Penzone discusses community issues at local forum
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone spoke at a community meeting on Friday, discussing local issues and sharing plans and priorities for Valley law enforcement.

A Classical Journey
“St. Julien-en-Genevois, where I was born, is near the French Alps, just east of Geneva.

Highway fatalities in state, nation continued three-year climb in 2016
PHOENIX – Highway fatalities in Arizona rose from just over two per day in 2014 to an average of more than 2.6 per day last year, the highest level in nine years, according to the most recent estimates.

HOA cites homeowners for hanging rainbow flag to celebrate diversity
CAVE CREEK – Ken Haycraft hung an American flag and a rainbow flag, which honors gay and transgender communities, inside a garage window to celebrate diversity.

Music in May at Anthem Community Park kicks off Friday, May 5
ANTHEM – Anthem’s Music in May returns for a 16th season on Friday, May 5, at the amphitheater in the Anthem Community Park.

NVCA appoints new Leadership Team members in preparation for new campus opening
PHOENIX – North Valley Christian Academy has appointed key personnel to their Leadership Team in preparation for the new campus opening, scheduled for August 16, 2017. The new team members include Alicia Roberts, Kacey Johnson, and John Kennedy.

Board of Supervisors approves Maricopa Trail agreement with Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE – The footprint of the growing Maricopa Trail will now be seen in Scottsdale.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
KaCHOO! Oh, excuse me, Dear Readers, because it seems I cannot stop sneezing! And I guess I am not alone. After reading many medical articles about allergies, it clarified one thing…we are suffering in Phoenix with itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, sneezing fits, sore throats and general fatigue. The devil is called pollen!

AZGFD takes in captive deer fawn following traffic stop by law enforcement
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department took possession of a “kidnapped” deer fawn during a recent traffic stop in Wickenburg.


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 — “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.