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Tue
26
May
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Luke changes mission

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE WING COMMANDER BRIG. GEN. SCOTT PLEUS speaks during the formal Change of Mission ceremony May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The Glendale base officially added the F-35 to its training mission. View photo by David Weibel
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE WING COMMANDER BRIG. GEN. SCOTT PLEUS speaks during the formal Change of Mission ceremony May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The Glendale base officially added the F-35 to its training mission. View photo by David Weibel
LT. COL SEAN HOLAHAN talks about training on the F-35 May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. Holahan is one of the first four students to be trained on the new jet at the Glendale base. View photo by David Weibel
LT. COL SEAN HOLAHAN talks about training on the F-35 May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. Holahan is one of the first four students to be trained on the new jet at the Glendale base. View photo by David Weibel
BRIG. GEN. SCOTT PLEUS’ name is revealed May 21 on Luke Air Force Base’s F-35 flagship during the base’s Change of Mission ceremony. View photo by David Weibel
BRIG. GEN. SCOTT PLEUS’ name is revealed May 21 on Luke Air Force Base’s F-35 flagship during the base’s Change of Mission ceremony. View photo by David Weibel

Glendale base adds F-35 training

Luke Air Force Base can officially say it’s the world’s largest training base for the F-16 … and the F-35 after a Change of Mission ceremony was conducted May 21 at the Glendale base.

While the new jet has been flying at Luke for more than a year, the first training class got under way May 4 with four student pilots.

Tue
26
May
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Pet of the Week: May 26, 2015

You wanted pets, we give you pets.

With this weekly feature, readers can view profiles of adoptable cats and dogs of various shapes and sizes from Glendale’s Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

Most of the animals that will have their mugs shown in this space will be canines and felines that are a little harder to place because of size, age or a special need, but are wonderful pets nonetheless. Each animal has its own character so if you’re smitten by an animal in this column, head down to the shelter and see for yourself.

Tue
26
May
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Upgrades to make Dysart Road more bike, pedestrian friendly

TRAFFIC NAVIGATES the construction on Dysart Road south of Van Buren Street May 4 in Avondale. The work on Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in October. View photo by David Weibel
TRAFFIC NAVIGATES the construction on Dysart Road south of Van Buren Street May 4 in Avondale. The work on Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in October. View photo by David Weibel

A project under way to improve a one-mile stretch of Dysart Road in Avondale is expected to take more than a year to complete and cost $6.3 million, of which the city will pay $4.4 million.

Dysart from Van Buren Street to Western Avenue is currently four lanes with a center turn lane, but Avondale is looking to make it more bicyclist and pedestrian friendly, city officials said.

Tue
26
May
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Westview students heading to nationals

KERRIN CRANK, Westview High School student, talks about her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America project May 7 at the Avondale school. Seven of the school’s FCCLA students won state awards and will be going to Washington, D.C., in July to compete in the national competition. View photo by David Weibel
KERRIN CRANK, Westview High School student, talks about her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America project May 7 at the Avondale school. Seven of the school’s FCCLA students won state awards and will be going to Washington, D.C., in July to compete in the national competition. View photo by David Weibel

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members off to Washington, D.C., July 5-9

Seven Westview High School students will represent the school at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference July 5-9 in Washington, D.C.

Tue
26
May
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Buckeye police officers getting body cameras

W.V. departments considering new technology

Police officers across the country are being equipped with body cameras,

and police officers throughout the West Valley could soon be jumping on board with the new technology.

Tue
26
May
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Keeping bellies full

School districts serving free summer meals

It might be summer vacation, but local school districts aren’t taking a break from caring for their pupils.

More than half of children in the West Valley depend on their schools to provide nutritional meals, and many campuses will continue to provide that service over the next two months.

Fri
22
May
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3 Goodyear residents arrested in drug case

Three people were arrested in a drug case May 20 in Goodyear, police said.

Christian Dubrow, 19, Robert Dubrow, 45 and Brittany Reed, 21, were arrested at a home in the 17000 block of West Watkins Street in Goodyear after police served a search warrant and found marijuana, marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and weapons, said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department.

Christian Dubrow was booked on three counts of possession of marijuana for sale, three counts of using an electronic device during a drug transaction, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of misconduct involving weapons.

Fri
22
May
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Luke AFB changes its mission


Luke Air Force Base Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus unveils the new F-35 artwork commissioned for the base. Luke changed it's mission May 21 to officially add F-35 training.

Luke Air Force Base can officially say it’s the world’s largest training base for the F-16 … and the F-35 after a Change of Mission ceremony was conducted May 21 at the Glendale base.

While the new jet has been flying at Luke for more than a year, the first training class got under way May 4 with four student pilots.

They are training in a top-notch, highly classified $47 million Academic Training Center, which is 145,000 square feet and took almost two years to build.

Fri
22
May
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Buckeye boy, 9, completes Alcatraz swim

MASON WHITENER, 9, of Buckeye jumps into the San Francisco Bay April 27 for The Escape from the Rock annual swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore.
MASON WHITENER, 9, of Buckeye jumps into the San Francisco Bay April 27 for The Escape from the Rock annual swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore.

Some men are destined never to leave Alcatraz, while some boys are by swimming across the San Francisco Bay.

Mason Whitener, 9, of Buckeye made the 1.4-mile swim from the island that is home to the infamous prison to the San Francisco shore last month.

It took one hour and 15 minutes for the Scott L. Libby Elementary fourth-grader to complete his quest on April 27, swimming with almost 90 other competitors in The Escape from the Rock annual swim event.

Fri
22
May
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Motorcyclist hits truck after pursuit, rider in critical condition, police say

The Arizona Department of Public Safety called off a pursuit of a motorcyclist shortly before he allegedly ran a red light and struck another vehicle, officials said.

The pursuit of the motorcycle began Wednesday night after DPS tried to pull over the driver for alleged criminal speed, said Tim Case, a public information officer for the department.

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