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Tue
19
May
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College tuition hikes will hurt state’s economy

by Mark Cardenas

Arizona state representative, D-District 19

Tue
12
May
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Want to improve schools? Look to Camelback H.S.

by Bruce Hilby

Camelback High School Community Network communicator

For communities such as Avondale that are looking for ways to improve their local schools, the renaissance at Camelback High School in Phoenix over the past several years may provide some suggestions.

Here is a quick summary of what has transpired:

Tue
05
May
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Restoring our river, but safety 1st

by Jackie Meck

Buckeye mayor

For more than 25 years, I have been fighting an issue that sounds simple: remove salt cedar trees, replace them with natural vegetation and let the Gila River flow once again. As I have learned over the last two decades, this issue is anything but simple.

Fri
01
May
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The bright side

by John Safin
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO

 

Tue
07
Apr
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Are you stopping for school buses?

Nancy Hamptonby Nancy Hampton
Agua Fria Union High School District transportation director

School bus drivers of the Agua Fria Union High School District safely transport more than 2,000 students to and from school each day.

Fri
27
Mar
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Be more than the plan

John Safinby John Safin
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO

Tue
24
Mar
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Drought does not equal water shortage

by David Iwanski
Former Goodyear Water Resources manager

In 1980, our state Legislature passed and Gov. Bruce Babbitt signed into law the Arizona Groundwater Management Act, which, to this day, represents the most comprehensive piece of legislation of its kind in the nation. Cities, towns, private water utilities, mining interests, environmental groups and irrigated agriculture were all represented during deliberations. The Act mandated that water users reduce their excessive pumping of groundwater, which was depleting our aquifers, it required reductions in per capita consumption and cropping irrigation, it required mandatory conservation and water resources planning, and lastly, it encouraged development of renewable water supplies, including surface water and reclaimed wastewater.

Tue
03
Mar
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Litchfield Elem. District a smart choice

by Julianne Lein
Litchfield Elementary School District superintendent 
 

Over the past 20 years, Arizona has become a national leader in school choice. Increased choices have spurred innovation across many school districts (including public schools) and increased education options for parents.

As many parents embark on kindergarten registration in the month of February, the Litchfield Elementary School District continues to focus on quality education with many options for our parents. We know choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. In our district, excellence in education is something we focus on every day.

Fri
27
Feb
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Puppies, kittens and babies …

John Safinby John Safin
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce president/CEO

Fri
30
Jan
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New year, new attitude

by John Safin

Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO

How’s that New Year’s resolution coming along? According to 2014 statistics, 45 percent of Americans make a resolution and only 8 percent actually achieve success. Most resolutions are challenging and achieved with discipline and continued motivation.

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