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BCHS administrators retained; disciplinary action taken
ANTHEM – The Deer Valley Unified School District announced on Feb. 10 that Boulder Creek High School Principal Lauren Sheahan and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jay Kopas will be receiving disciplinary action and will be returning to their posts later this month.

Fighting fires and beyond: Fire Academy class members learn about DMFD
NORTH VALLEY – What does it take to be a firefighter? In the past six weeks, Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Fire Academy class members have gotten an inside look at the work of a firefighter.

A World of Courage
Georgia O’Keeffe wrote, “To create one’s own world takes courage.” Never was there a truer statement for artist Jane Nassano’s artistic journey and art.

CSHS teacher appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Educational Advisory Group
SCOTTSDALE – Jeff Walker, Economics & Entrepreneurship teacher at Cactus Shadows High School, was recently appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Educational Advisory Group.

Pinnacle Concert Series hosts Concordia Choir
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Saturday, March 4, with a performance form the Concordia Choir, with Director Rene Clausen.

The Coyotes and captain Shane Doan put another Valley sports icon on ice
GLENDALE — It didn’t take long for Josh Margulies, the Arizona Coyotes new vice-president of marketing, to realize how much of an icon Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is in the desert.

Wigwam Festival of Fine Art happening Feb. 17-19
WEST VALLEY – The Wigwam Festival of Fine Art returns to the West Valley for three days of extraordinary fine art, wine, and music, on Feb. 17-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Business Spotlight: Carefree Salons and Carefree Tan
Chase away the winter blahs with a summer-perfect tan from Carefree Tan, or, change up the routine with a new look at the adjoining Carefree Salons. Both salons are located in the Tramonto Marketplace, at Carefree Hwy., and North Valley Pkwy.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
She baked her last pie. It was with the usual flakey home-made crust and as Mother likes to say, “real cherries.” No “canned concoction” that looked like red goo. No, this was a proper, old-fashioned pie.

Anthem Rotary introduces Teacher of the Year program
ANTHEM – Do you know a fantastic teacher who merits special recognition? The Anthem Rotary is introducing a Teacher of the Year program, awarding three Anthem teachers for their dedicated work with students.

Daisy Mountain Veterans to present a car to veteran
ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Veterans will host a ceremony and present a deserving Veteran with a car on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in the Anthem Community Park.

Taylor Morrison to hold Ironhorse community grand opening event violin
SCOTTSDALE – Taylor Morrison will unveil its highly-anticipated north Scottsdale community of Ironhorse with seven, all-new Arizona floorplans. The public grand opening event will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Concerto Competition winner to perform Strauss Horn Concerto
PHOENIX – North Valley Symphony Orchestra principal French horn player Philip Johnson will perform Franz Strauss’ Horn Concerto Op. 8 on Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m., at North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive.



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.

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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 — “John Wick: Chapter 2
The modern action film, with all the digital flash and flair, gunfire and explosions, isn’t much different from the action films of the past. Look all the way back to the classic western film and you’ll see that the themes are all very similar. How many times has the lone-hero-seeking-revenge been done?

Movie Review — “Split
M. Night Shyamalan is on a career upswing, and “Split” is somewhat of a return to an earlier form for the director of the standout fright film “The Sixth Sense” and the superhero influenced “Unbreakable”. Shyamalan was, and still is, unfortunately type casted as a director known for surprising, shocking twist endings.

Movie Review — “Paterson
The late, great Leonard Cohen once said, “Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”. Cohen is one of the great poets, both in music and literature. If there were a list of great poets in filmmaking, Jim Jarmsuch would be near the top of the list.

Movie Review — “Silence
What does it mean to have faith? This question means something different to every person and is categorized and signified by numerous factors beyond the simple aspect of religious designation.


Movie Review — “Fences
I know someone who I would consider a great talker. They can tell stories with such flare and emotion that it feels like you are in that exact moment. They can inspire a group of people with meaningful and honest messages of encouragement.

Movie Review — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It’s only been five years since the last Harry Potter film was in theaters. Talk to any Potter fan and it might as well be a lifetime.

Movie Review — “Arrival
“E.T.”, “Independence Day”, “The War of the Worlds”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “First Encounter of the Third Kind”; these are all films that have portrayed contact with alien beings from outer space in different ways.

Movie Review — “Doctor Strange
What makes a good superhero? The kind of powers they possess? The kind of origin story they have? Perhaps how cool they look in their costume?

Movie Review — “Birth of a Nation
It’s been 150 years since the abolishment of slavery. Take a quick look at the headlines populating social media feeds or the top story on the nightly news, and it doesn’t take much to realize that society still has a long way to go. Racism, discrimination, intolerance: these are words that have taken political precedent just a month out of an election for our nation.

Movie Review — “Queen of Katwe
For a few years as a teenager, I played chess almost every day. I read books, studied strategy, and tried to play different people as often as I could. Chess was a fun game but also a way to help me focus on being patient and also brought an understanding of what motivated people.

Movie Review — “The Magnificent Seven
In 1960, veteran director John Sturges was tasked with taking some of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood and collaborating on an updated remake of an Akira Kurosawa film called “Seven Samurai”. That film would become the classic western “The Magnificent Seven”.

Movie Review — “Blair Witch
It’s not too often that you get a film that changes the landscape of possibilities for a genre. “The Blair Witch Project” had that effect on horror.

Movie Review — “Sully
The summer saw its fair amount of superheroes. Viewers watched extraordinary mutants fighting an ancient enemy in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, they were introduced to a group bad guys with amazing skills fighting a threat to the world in “Suicide Squad”, and they even saw the return of super agent Jason Bourne again performing acts that would get any normal human seriously injured.

Movie Review — “Hands of Stone
Ask any true boxing fan to list their top ten greatest boxers of all time and it's a safe bet that Roberto Durán will end up on many of the lists. Roberto Durán Samaniego is Panamanian icon, a symbol at one point during his professional boxing career of freedom for the people.

Movie Review — “Hell or High Water
I have two younger brothers. From the outside, one might watch the antics of three grown siblings insulting each other and describe the behavior as dysfunctional, and with the type of cringe-inducing comments that we would make, it would be very easy.

Movie Review — “Suicide Squad
It’s fun to cheer for the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong, watching Spider-Man swing into action to fight Doc Ock or reading about The Green Lantern meeting archenemy Sinestro always makes it fun to have a hero to cheer behind.

Movie Review — “Star Trek: Beyond
“Space, the final frontier”. Gene Roddenberry’s contribution to science fiction in the form of “Star Trek” made a cultural impact that has spawned numerous television shows, film adaptations, conventions, and undoubtedly some of the most loyal fans of any genre property.

Movie Review — “Ghostbusters
“Awful”. “Terrible”. “Disappointed”. These were the overwhelming sentiments from social media and entertainment sites concerning the trailer for the rebooted “Ghostbusters” film well before it was set to arrive in theaters.

Movie Review — “The Purge: Election Year
Turn to any television network over the next few months and the height for political dissension in America will be at its most aggressive levels.