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On Saturday, June 8, Estrella Mountain Car Club (EMCC) donated $10,000 it raised from a car show in March to West-MEC, a public school district that provides career and technical education courses to high school students in the West Valley.

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Blood donors are asked to bring their “lifesaving powers” to Vitalant centers or drives to be automatically entered to win a 2019 VW Passat Wolfsburg Edition.

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Various partners recently celebrated the opening of a new natural gas facility at a Valley wastewater plant that could earn the cities money while benefiting the environment at the same time.

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Two years after an anonymous letter accusing the Buckeye Police Department of misdeeds was sent to the media and city officials, an independent investigation firm hired by city of Buckeye officials has released its findings.

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Construction has begun on a new single-family rental housing community in Goodyear.

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Arizona’s history is sprinkled throughout with the stories of individuals and families who have spent a lifetime, or in many cases several lifetimes, contributing to the field of agriculture. It is the mission of the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame to honor the industry’s pioneers …

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The city of Buckeye is holding a public hearing at its regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, so residents can comment on the property taxes the city collected from one fiscal year to the next.

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A project Avondale Police Chief Dale Nannenga called long overdue is finally coming to fruition, as space in their building is struggling to withstand the resources they need to be fully functional.

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Tolleson Union High School students showed improvement in college and FAFSA applications thanks to the efforts of the counseling staff.

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With the sun being an endless source in Arizona, Saddle Mountain Unified School District partnered with APS earlier this year to install solar panels at Tonopah Valley High School.

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Abrazo West Campus is leading a community cereal drive to provide healthy breakfasts for area families struggling with hunger this summer.

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When Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord found out Franklin Pierce University wanted to bestow her an honorary degree, she had one question.

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Abrazo West Campus received its fifth consecutive “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Score, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care.

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The city of Avondale recently announced James Alcantar is the finance and budget department’s new assistant director.

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With a new decade on the horizon, the nation’s fastest-growing county is making smart investments to further position itself as an attractive, long-term home for families and businesses. On May 20, the Board of Supervisors approved a tentative $2.57 billion budget for fiscal year 2020.

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To show gratitude to the men and women who have served the country, Aspen Dental will open nearly 500 of the nation’s largest network of branded dental offices to provide free care to veterans during the company’s sixth annual Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

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Avondale Elementary School District is proud to introduce its new administration team for Eliseo C. Felix School, effective for the 2019-20 school year.

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Hands 4 Paws, a club at Youngker High School, recently donated $3,200 to the Buckeye Police Department’s K-9 unit in order to pay for a ballistic vest for one of its dogs, Cliff.

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Buckeye posted the fastest growth rate among cities in the nation last year, while Phoenix held the top spot for the size of its overall growth, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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From attending Glendale Community College to helping establish Paradise Valley Community College in the 1980s and serving as president of Estrella Mountain Community College, Dr. Ernest “Ernie” Lara boasts years of involvement with the Maricopa County Community College District.

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Ariana Espinoza, 18, knows the ins and outs of effective communication, teamwork and leadership. She knows how to format a resume and dress for a job interview. Espinoza exhibits employability skills many young adults her age don’t — and she attributes those skills to the Jobs for Arizona Gr…

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The city of Buckeye plans to salute all service personnel who paid the ultimate price for their country this Memorial Day.

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Avondale will hold a Memorial Day service to commemorate the lives of those lost while serving America.

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Generally, holidays are a chance to gather with family and friends to celebrate. But one holiday is not meant for celebration; it is for remembering — remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Margie Castelamare was sitting at her desk with her headset on when she heard the distinct alert of a text message. She looked up to her monitor and read, “I’m an alcoholic. I have nothing good going for my life. I’m attempting suicide. I do have a gun and I’m ready to go to heaven.”

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A mother of three who teaches U.S. history at Westview High School, Lisa Kallmes has a strong appreciate for the history of Arizona.

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Children up to 18 years old can enjoy a free, healthy meal and an activity at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center through a partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Kids Café this summer.

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Before Calvin Curtis, a senior tennis player at Agua Fria High School, competed at the Division II state tournament, before he climbed the ranks to become the Owls’ No. 1 player, before he ever stumbled onto a tennis court and vouched to give the sport a try, he languished alone in his bedro…

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John Zortman knows what a real tomato should taste like. Several years ago when he was freshly retired and living in Colorado, he searched 26 grocery stores in a 90-mile stretch but wasn’t happy with what he found.

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Avondale’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department is collecting backpacks and school supply donations before the next academic year.

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It’s been 24 years since I moved to Arizona and nothing much has changed about immigration politics in all that time. The sad, strange case of 18-year-old Thomas Torres-Maytorena proves as much.

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The Maricopa County Community College District has selected two finalists in the nationwide search for the next president for Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC).

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When Goodyear resident Charles Fleming was searching for an adaptive bicycle for his 8-year-old son, Sebastian — who was diagnosed with Kleefstra syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by lack of the ninth chromosome and marked by intellectual disabilities, nonverbalness and a spectrum o…

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Mickey Ollson, owner and director of Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park, remembers collecting jokes out of Reader’s Digest and telling them aloud in a public speaking class he took in college in the early ‘60s.

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When the Litchfield Elementary School District held multiple surveys and focus groups for its stakeholders, staff salary and class size emerged as central areas for improvement.

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The city of Goodyear has taken a major leap in its long-awaited Sonoran Valley Parkway, which will eventually bridge the northern and southern ends of the city.

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The fastest-growing part of the nation’s fastest-growing county is getting some love from Maricopa County. The county’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget includes a number of wins for the West Valley, including big investments in our regional parks.  Here are the highlights:

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