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Bald eagle breeding season brings park closures statewide
ARIZONA — Each year as part of its highly successful program to manage and conserve bald eagles in the state

Carefree appoints new town council member
CAREFREE – At the January 9, Carefree Town Council meeting, Stephen Hatcher, was appointed and officially sworn in as a new council member

Foothills Food Bank nears goal, needs 300 more donor tiles to complete mural
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank’s goal to sell 600 glass tiles by the end of the year for its donor glass tile wall to offset the cost of its growing needs is halfway completed, with nearly 300 donors' tiles adorning the organization’s main southwest wall.

Third annual Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race
CAVE CREEK – The third annual Prickly Pedal mountain bike race is on Jan. 20, it features a 40-mile course that takes riders through rocks, sand, mud, and aggressive ascents on the Maricopa Trail

Special elections district 8: Polling locations finalized
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Recorder's Office held a public meeting on Jan. 11 to gather input on the polling place plan for the upcoming special election in Congressional District 8

Arizona Fine Art Expo begins featuring 115 art studios
SCOTTSDALE – Renowned artists from across the globe will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks

Releasing the Spirit of Stone
Born into an artistic family, in Nyanga, Zimbabwe, Africa, on December 22, 1967 Gedion entered the world blessed, inspired, and guided by one of Africa's "first generation" sculptors, his father Claud Nyanhongo.

Business Spotlight: The Mattress Place
CAVE CREEK – The Mattress Place is a specialty mattress retailer that provides products from value entry level to ultra-luxury mattresses, beds, headboards, frames and pillows located near Dynamite and Tatum boulevards.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
The world is coming to an end. It will not happen because of a crazy guy with a bad haircut in North Korea. It will not be due to climate change, global warming or extreme weather.

Ben Avery offers firearm courses for all ages, skill levels
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hosting a variety of introductory firearm programs in 2018 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility that are designed to teach participants of all ages with little or no experience about the basics of gun safety, handling and marksmanship.

Local woman wins Gigmaster award, honoring vendors nationwide
DESERT HILLS – –  Local Desert Hills business woman, Jean Briese, was selected as a winner of the GigMasters’ Best Of 2017 Award. This highly sought-after award, honors vendors that have earned four or more reviews of four-stars or higher in 2017.

Special elections district 8: Polling locations finalized
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Recorder's Office held a public meeting on Jan. 11 to gather input on the polling place plan for the upcoming special election in Congressional District 8, that will be filling the vacant seat left by Rep. Trent Franks, after he recently resigned amongst allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.


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.

 

Movie Review — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A magical board game called Jumanji wreaked havoc on two kids in the 1990s, unleashing a jungle of wild animals, dangerous challenges, and a long-lost man who had been trapped in the game for decades.

Movie Review — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The battle between good and evil continues in the newest “Star Wars” film. Forty years ago, the franchise, which shows no sign of slowing down under Disney’s guidance, created a science fiction opera that pitted a rebellious young boy with astounding hidden skills against an evil empire lead by a masked villain that would become one of cinema’s most iconic characters.

Movie Review — “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Drive along any busy freeway in the city and you are bound to see advertisement billboards glowing throughout the day. Everything from political commentaries to sporting events to local attorneys have the opportunity to influence and impart their message on your drive through the city.

Movie Review — “Justice League
There is nothing wrong with a little teamwork. The superhero genre has been working towards the team oriented concept for some time now. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the first to successfully achieve this feat with “The Avengers”, talk about a D.C. Comics Justice League movie has been brewing for some time now, long before Marvel thought about bringing a team of heroes to screens.

Movie Review — “Thor: Ragnarok
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor, the god of thunder, gets the short end of the hammer. Having two feature films and numerous cameos, Thor has been relegated to somewhat of a supporting character position within the heavy hitters in the Avengers. Iron Man is charismatic, Captain America is proud, Hulk is smash, and Thor, well, he has a hammer.

Movie Review — “The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Good families are seemingly always cursed in horror films. Whether a maniacal supernatural force or suppressed family secrets, something is bound to tear the family unit to its core. “The Shining”, “The Amityville Horror”, even “The Conjuring” have all used some horrific device to accomplish this aspect. It creates great drama watching an upstanding family fall to pieces.

Movie Review — “Only the Brave
The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots is tragic and heroic. It’s a story that displays the consistent, and often underappreciated, bravery that firefighters demonstrate while battling some of the biggest fires in the country.

Movie Review — “Happy Death Day
Remember that movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray? It’s the film where Murray relives the same day over and over again. It’s a simplistic, often goofy, premise that conveniently allowed the comedian the opportunity to do what he does best.

Movie Review — “Stronger
Jeff Bauman may not be a name that you recognize, but his story is one that you’ll remember. The Chelmsford, Massachusetts native was waiting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two homemade bombs detonated, which resulted in the loss of both of Bauman’s legs.

Movie Review — “It
“Everything down here floats…” If you were a fan of Stephen King and watched television in the fall of 1990, there’s a good chance that you didn’t look at clowns the same way ever again.

Movie Review — “Good Times
If you are going to make bad choices, it's important to stay a step ahead of them. Directors Benny and Josh Safdie make the most of this method in the new film "Good Time".

Movie Review — “Detroit
In the summer of 1967 in Detroit, race issues between Black Americans and authority figures divided the city, turning it into a war zone of military patrolled streets filled with angry and frustrated protestors.

Movie Review — “Atomic Blonde
Actress Charlize Theron commands your attention whenever she is on the screen. It’s more than just her stunning beauty however; Theron has always had a unique, mysterious quality about her. It would seem that by this time in her career, considering her extensive filmography, that she should have tackled, punched, kicked her way through a cool, hard-hitting, spy film.

Movie Review — “Dunkirk
In the chaos and confusion during an evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied Forces from the shores of France in director Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk", one soldier tells another, "Survival is not fair". Indeed, with the shores of England so close, safety for the Allied Forces was still far from being achieved.