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When word of a new development comes along, some simply say, “Oh well—there goes the neighborhood.”

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Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar, Arizona Sen. Lupe Contreras and Reps. Diego Espinoza and Lorenzo Sierra announced they partnered to secure COVID-19 testing for essential workers in Tolleson—including those at JBS meat plant.

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After sponsoring what was dubbed “The HEROES Act,” Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva voted for the $3 trillion stimulus bill. It passed by a 208-199 vote in the House of Representatives May 15.

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Talk about a cliffhanger: The Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission heard dozens of protests of a plan to turn the Falcon Golf Course into a “cross-dock” transportation facility.

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Though it is still a far cry from “business as usual,” West Valley cities are reopening some facilities —just in time for Memorial Day weekend, in some cases.

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After being virtually stopped for more than a month, the West Valley took cautious steps forward last week.

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Gov. Doug Ducey announced May 15 that $300,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that support senior citizens, the homebound and those who are medically fragile.

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The Buckeye Police Department seeks assistance identifying the body of a woman found in the desert 10 miles north of Indian School Road and 355th Avenue April 17. According to police, the woman is between 33 and 58 years old, with a protruding jaw and tattoo of “Joe” or “Foe” on her right arm.

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While some are eager for a return to normalcy, others around the West Valley feel extreme caution is still needed in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale has taken the unique step of publicly reporting cases of COVID-19 - even as the number who died there more than doubled over the last week.

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As retail shops around the West Valley ponder reopening while following safety guidelines, there may be a model to follow: Goodwill of Northern and Central Arizona.

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Avondale Police responded to a call of an unresponsive child found in a bathtub the afternoon of May 11.

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This week, hungry folks around the West Valley heard this for the first time in more than a month:

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A controversial project to turn Falcon Golf Course into a “cross-dock” industrial facility is on the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting agenda set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14.

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Making up almost half of the population in Arizona, according to 2019 data from the Office of Economic Opportunity, minorities are a large part of workers in the third fastest-growing state in the United States. 

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Working from home or office in the days of COVID-19 presents major challenges for many West Valley residents. 

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Goodyear Police Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board meetings have become something of sequels to the appeal hearing of former Police Chief Jerry Geier.

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Goodyear and Litchfield Park residents were upset last month after learning of a “cross-dock” facility that could bring thousands of truck trips per day to Camelback Road.

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Seven people died of COVID-19 in Maricopa County April 30, according to the Department of Health. All were residents of long-term facilities. Seven more died of COVID-19 the next day, with five coming from long-term facilities.

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West Valley residents may find it a little easier to get a COVID-19 test after the state began a three-Saturday blitz aimed at collecting samples from at least 60,000 Arizonans so officials can better determine how many people in the state are infected.

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On May 1, Tolleson Union High School District announced a tentative graduation date of Monday, June 29, at State Farm Stadium. 

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After a movie and TV actor donated convalescent plasma, Vitalant is seeking to cast locals who have recovered from COVID-19 in supporting roles to fight the pandemic.

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Three days before Gov. Doug Ducey announced restaurants can offer dine-in service soon, a flyover honored health care workers and first responders.

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The Goodyear Planning and Zoning Commission held its first online meeting April 15. (Goodyear City Council and other meetings also are online only, due to social distancing and meeting size guidelines.)

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Responding to neighbors angry about a project that would bring hundreds of trucks to their North Goodyear neighborhood, the developer asked Maricopa County Planning and Zoning commission for a delay until May 14. 

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Luke Air Force Base will honor Arizona’s front line COVID-19 responders with a community flyover at 3:10 p.m. Friday, May 1. “We are honored to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the health care workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel who are working on t…

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While the number of Maricopa County deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities has spiked over the last two weeks, county health officials refuse to provide names of the facilities that have had deaths and coronavirus positive tests.

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Homie, a real estate tech disruptor that operates in the greater Phoenix area, has partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) to help provide relief to those most impacted by coronavirus through the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Some people in the West Valley continue to work even as stay-at-home and business closure orders have been imposed in a patchwork across the state. 

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Since restrictions forced many businesses to close, Rep. Debbie Lesko said her 8th Congressional District office, which includes parts of Avondale, Litchfield Park and Tolleson, has been “getting hundreds of calls from all kinds of businesses.

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Buckeye City Council is looking to fill a vacancy after former District 6 Councilman Eric Orsborn resigned to run for mayor. 

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