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Homes and lots in some master-planned West Valley communities will be sold out by the end of this year as developers and homebuilders are now buying up land farther to the west and northwest.

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Devin Del Palacio and Freddie Villalon used their recent appointments as president and vice president, respectively, of the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board to reflect on their plans.

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Avondale Finance Director Lindsey Duncan briefed the city council on the municipality’s budget process and financial status during its Feb. 16 meeting. 

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A grand jury indicted Incito Schools as well as its two co-founders, April Black and Amanda Jelleson, for a fraud scheme alleged to have occurred between November 2016 and November 2017, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

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Elected and public safety officials celebrated the $95 million completed expansion of the Avondale Police Department headquarters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 3. 

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Dr. Jennifer Cruz was overwhelmed with emotions when the Pendergast Elementary School District’s board chose her as its next superintendent.

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Western Maricopa Education Center has an up-and-coming information technology security student who may be the next global technology trendsetter.

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Avondale’s city council passed and adopted the Avondale Strategic Five-Year Plan, authorizing city officials to begin carrying out its purpose and stated goals for the year of 2021.

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Abrazo West Campus has earned Primary Plus Stroke Center certification for its ability to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to all patients with acute stroke symptoms and, if necessary, admit patients to a dedicated stroke care unit.

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Automated license plate reader cameras will be installed in Litchfield Park within 60 days to observe vehicles that may have an active warrant or a silver/Amber alert, according to Matthew Williams, interim city manager. 

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As if low inventory wasn’t exerting enough pressure on home prices, two new trends are apparently are adding to the surge — particularly for new houses.

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Dr. Timothy Byrne, medical director of cardiac services at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, noted it has been a year since the CDC identified the first COVID-19 patient in the United States, and getting the vaccine is an important part of putting the pandemic behind us.

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Liberty Elementary School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 8, to celebrate the start of construction on the new Blue Horizon Elementary School, 2700 W. Blue Horizon Parkway North in Buckeye. 

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To support and provide for the unhoused in Downtown Phoenix, P4P Construction has joined forces with the charitable efforts of nonprofit Avondale Moose Lodge.

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The Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) recently launched its bimonthly series, West Valley Hot Topics. The speaker series invites experts in a wide variety of fields to speak about the West Valley’s key issues of business attraction and economic development.

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The Avondale City Council OK’d the building of an apartment complex and the rezoning of 7 acres of land at its monthly meeting on Feb. 1.

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Mayor Thomas Schoaf and Interim City Manager Matthew Williams will discuss the State of the City during a prerecorded presentation available on YouTube on Saturday, Feb. 13. 

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With Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers expected to report in one week, Cactus League teams are scrambling to determine what Spring Training will look like for fans in 2021.

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At its Jan. 20 meeting, Litchfield Park City Council discussed current events, city center updates and the automated license plate reader system progress.

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Hundreds of jobs could be coming soon, as Buckeye City Council approved an Economic Development Agreement with CRE/LGE Design Build to facilitate a major industrial facility.

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West Valley gun shops report gun sales that were peaking months ago have fallen drastically — though demand remains high, supplies are extremely low.

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Goodyear City Council passed a new utility-rate plan that raises rates by 14% over the next four years — a reduction from an earlier proposal that called for a 21% increase in combined water, sewer and garbage collection by 2025.

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Goodyear Fire Station No. 186, a 12,587-square-foot facility designed to ensure firefighters’ long-term health, is ready to roll on Willis Road just east of Rainbow Valley Road.

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Avondale City Council discussed plans for the city over the next five years during a study session, then approved a plan for a single-family residential neighborhood in northeast Avondale near Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Buckeye may be getting a new shopping center by early 2022 on the corner of Jackrabbit Trail and Indian School Road. 

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Daniel Canales Jr., an Avondale man suspected of car theft, was shot and killed by an Avondale police officer in Goodyear Sunday, Jan. 17.

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After months of construction delays in the fall, then a wait as a connecting road was completed, the Fairway Drive ramp and interchange project is finished.

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Flite Goodyear, which cranked out fighter jets and tranquil blimps in the early days of the West Valley, is taking off again.

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Public school districts are monitoring West Valley surges in COVID-19 spread — while hoping to get as many teachers as possible vaccinated.

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Despite the uncertainty of the economy due to the pandemic, the Buckeye City Council approved hiring for nine full-time and two part-time positions, as well as increasing two part-time water department positions to full time. 

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Pandemic pessimists and oasis optimists alike have reason to dig into their views.

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In two decades as a Maricopa County prosecuting attorney, Gina Godbehere has seen some grisly crime scenes. Though her main function is to prove guilt in court, she takes a boots-on-the-ground approach, arriving at murder scenes as police are still identifying witnesses and investigators tak…

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Arizona Democrats registered more new voters in the last election cycle than any other party, moving ahead of independents in registration for the first time in 10 years—but still failing to overtake Republicans.

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The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up in January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals—especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage.

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Rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 6—delaying the Congressional certification of the Electoral College—may have been fortunate not to break into Rep. Ruben Gallego’s location. 

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After a long delay, it’s time for drivers to finally put down their cellphones unless they want to see red and blue flashing lights in their rear-view mirror.

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