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Contractor-managed Carefree Post Office transitioning to USPS management
CAREFREE – The Carefree Post Office will be undergoing some changes and renovations in the coming months.

A community of caring: Zen Dispensary collects and delivers donations to hurricane victims
NEW RIVER – This week, Zen Dispensary employees are delivering a truckload full of supplies to the greater Houston area to help provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Merrill Gardens holding benefit fundraiser, Sept. 22
ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens at Anthem is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 22 to raise money for those in need after the recent devastating hurricanes.

New River repaving projects underway
NEW RIVER – The Maricopa County Department of Transportation is repaving and making guardrail updates along north valley roadways.

The Long Road Home
William Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, describes Darin Mahoney’s music as, “Traditional and familiar with melodies that are deeply heartfelt.

Rock the District announces musicians for Shake the Lake
NORTH VALLEY – Rock the District’s renowned teen performers will perform at Shake the Lake on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Bartlett Lake Marina.

TRRFCC Horsemanship program expands, offers more opportunities for students
SCOTTSDALE – Students at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School will have the opportunity this school year to get hands-on equine experience through the TRRFCC Horsemanship Program.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Manuel, where art thou? Our kind and friendly tarantula has not yet arrived at my friend Diane Wilson’s house for his annual visit! Twenty-plus years have gone by since he first wandered up the driveway and made a habit of staying with Diane for three months at a time. Manuel, what happened?

Arizona officials want tougher controls on opioid prescriptions
PHOENIX – Arizona officials on Sept. 6 said they want to limit doctors to prescribing no more than five days’ worth of opioids for people who haven’t already been on the powerful pain medication.

Snakebites increase during rattlesnake birthing season
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona is in the middle of rattlesnake birthing season, leading to an increased risk of snakebites, according to poison control experts.

Local Soroptimist chapter to host 40th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
CAVE CREEK – Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills will hold their 40th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 10.


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 — “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.