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Carefree, Cave Creek approve cost-sharing trolley proposal
CAVE CREEK – Residents and visitors of the towns Carefree and Cave Creek can expect a new trolley public transportation system; on Nov. 6, the Cave Creek Town Council approved sharing the costs with Carefree.

New River gas station owner donates $5,000 to New River Elementary
NEW RIVER – New River Elementary received a $5,000 donation last week from The Carioca Company, parent organization of the New River Shell station, convenience store, and SUBWAY.

Quail Run on Show
According to science, our southwest Gambel’s quail is known as callipepla gambelii…but in the studio of Artist Beth Cox a new species of camouflagela bethii has emerged.

Sculpture in Fabric
“Sewing is sculpture in fabric” is a statement local artist Glenda White can certainly identify with. Born and growing up in Denver, Colorado, Glenda picked up needle, thread, and fabric with her grandmother at the age of 7...

Foothills Christmas Pageant to run Dec. 2-3
CAVE CREEK – Preparations are ongoing now for the 65th annual Cave Creek Foothills Christmas Pageant, which will take place Dec. 2-3, at 7 p.m. each night.

Tickets on sale now for ACTS Holiday Home Tour
ANTHEM – The 2017 ACTS Holiday Home Tour takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. each evening. This marks the twelfth year for this community holiday event.

Ten years of Moonlight Madness at the Outlets at Anthem
PHOENIX – Ready to shop ‘til you drop? The 10th annual Outlets at Anthem Moonlight Madness event starts at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. The mall will remain open all night during this Black Friday kick-off.

Cactus Shadows student recognized through U.S.E.F Athlete Lettering Program
SCOTTSDALE – Nicole Larson, the 2017 United States Equestrian Federation’s two-time Junior Reserve National Champion, is now the first-person ever at Cactus Shadows High School to letter all four years with the U.S.E.F Athlete Lettering Program.

Pinnacle Concert Series begins with Celebration of Christmas on Dec. 3
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series 2017-2018 begins on Sunday, Dec. 3, with the Celebration of Christmas.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Did you enjoy the Veterans Day Parade? It is the one Great Day to honor our men and women who served, watch the bands, the flags, the thrilling display of pride as we are reminded just how much we owe those who wear and wore the uniform.

Business Spotlight: Twin Tails Cageless Grooming salon now open in north Phoenix
PHOENIX – If going to the groomer tends to be a bit “hair-raising” for your dog, now there’s a new option for the doggy salon experience.

Corporation Commission approves water hauling station rates
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved proposed standpipe water tariffs for the proposed EPCOR water hauling station in the Desert Hills area. At the Commission’s Nov. 7 open meeting, the Commissioners approved a rate of $9.55 per one thousand gallons.

To leash or not to leash? Untangling Cave Creek’s leash laws
CAVE CREEK – Downtown Cave Creek brings more than just people watching. If you have ever spent time on a patio at one of the town’s restaurants or bars during peak-season, then you would know that the animal watching is second-to-none in the Valley.

Multiple injuries caused by Oct. 31 car crash in north Phoenix
PHOENIX – Multiple people were injured in a car crash near Dixileta Dr. and North Valley Pkwy. on Halloween night.


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 — “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.