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Extreme heat, other environmental factors could threaten health of Arizona residents
PHOENIX – If you think it’s hot now, just wait: Some climate researchers predict Arizona’s warming climate will have a substantial effect on water supplies and demand by 2060.

Beat the heat at a new indoor adventure park in Peoria
PEORIA – A new $1.3 million indoor family adventure park, Uptown Jungle, is having its grand opening on May 18-19 in Peoria.

YMCA offering 1,600 free swim lessons, proclaims Safety Around Water Week
PHOENIX – The summer heat has officially arrived in the Phoenix Valley, and unfortunately as temperatures soar, so do the incidents of fatal drownings.

AZ Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to remarkable women that shaped our state.
TEMPE – The Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame had its induction ceremony on May 3 at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, which paid tribute to five incredible women who played a significant role in the state’s history, shaping our state forever – and for the better.

ADOT gains drones through federal innovation program
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is adding drones to help its engineering staff safely and more efficiently inspect hard-to-reach areas on some bridges and perform surveying work along state highways.

Verdict for death of off-duty Daisy Mountain Firefighter
PHOENIX – Brandon Draper was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of an off-duty Daisy Mountain Firefighter.

DVUSD announces revised school-year calendar
PHOENIX – The Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) recently announced its revised school schedule on May 9, which will make up for the lost instruction days due to the historic statewide teacher walk out.

MCDOT road sealings begin May 21
NEW RIVER – The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has scheduled bridge sealing work to begin May 21 and continue through the month of June in New River.

YCSO deputy passes the torch for Special Olympics
GLENDALE – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office participated in the law enforcement torch run on May 2, as part of 2018 Summer Special Olympics of Arizona, which took place at Raymond Kellis High School in Glendale on May 3-5.

Boulder Creek High School Choirs earn honors at California competition
Anthem – Boulder Creek High School Choir Department competed April 14 in the John Burroughs Music Showcase and four of the five choirs placed in their respective categories. This is the first time the school has participated in this competitive ranking competition. 

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
We are being ripped off! That’s right, Dear Readers, the research has been done and the evidence is in – we are paying the same or more for less. It is the saga of the incredible shrinking packages and ounce by ounce, inch by inch, we are being robbed!


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.

 

Life Is Like A Trumpet
The Father of the Blues, W. C. Handy wrote, “Life is like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out.” Local musician and life long trumpet player, Rogerio Araujo, has packed his life full of melodic high notes in his journey from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Scottsdale, Ariz.
MOVIE REVIEW - Tully
How did we do it? It’s the common question that anyone who has children asks themselves when reminiscing about those precious newborn days; when trying to maintain an infant’s tireless schedule causes you slowly lose your mind.

Movie Review — “A Quiet Place
If you live in or near the city, go outside and listen to the world. There is constantly some kind of noise humming about in the atmosphere. When you venture into nature or far outside of the city limits, the quiet can be comforting. However, it can be somewhat unnerving and lonesome.