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On March 30, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order for people to  “Stay home” - but with many exceptions.

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As positive COVID-19 tests in Maricopa County rose from 49 on March 21 to 689 in nine days, first responders are changing how they interact with the public.

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Since March 19, nearly 200 Arizona blood drives have been canceled, resulting in the loss of more than 5,000 blood donations for hospital patients.  

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As the number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona surpassed 1,000, many public spaces, government buildings and events of every scale have closed their doors. For city council and other candidates, however, this does not grant them any filing leniency.

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During Avondale’s Public Library closures, residents can pick up library materials at Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, and Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Avenue.

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Gov. Doug Ducey does not plan to order a shelter-in-place lockdown for Arizona, despite orders issued in neighboring states of California and New Mexico for residents to stay indoors, he said in a news conference March 23.

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The city of Goodyear is making a change to trash and recycling pickup “to protect the health of sanitation workers and to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”

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 Gov. Doug Ducey announced March 30 the extension of school closures through the end of the school year.

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After Gov. Doug Ducey reiterated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to eliminate public  gatherings of 10 or more, several West Valley cities are either canceling meetings or making them online-only.

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The COVID-19 pandemic that started in China landed last week in the West Valley.

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Efforts to quickly enact an $11.8 billion “baseline’’ contingency budget for the coming fiscal year hit a snag Wednesday as some Republicans questioned what is — and is not — in the spending plan and Democrats are holding out for some priorities.

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Some small business owners are having a difficult time finding the balance between safety and livelihood.

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Michael Muscato, who plans to challenge Rep. Debbie Lesko for her District 8 seat, said he has created a task force to help seniors combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Goodyear police dog named Diko helped with a drug bust March 5, according to Lisa Berry, a Goodyear Police spokeswoman.

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Like cities around the country, tax-fueled West Valley cities have been spreading the “participate in the census” message for nearly a year.

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Last week, President Donald Trump, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control advised those under 60 to avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible, to protect against COVID-19 — which can be deadly for the elderly population. 

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The House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

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Ahwatukee businesswoman Michelle Cirocco is one of 43 women named by Conscious Company Media as a 2020 World-Changing Woman in Conscious Business, an annual award launched three years ago to recognize female business leaders creating positive social change. This year’s awardees come from six…

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In less than 24 hours, the West Valley went from “bustling spring” to “nothing-doing spring.”

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A Goodyear Police officer shot a fleeing suspect just after midnight Thursday, March 12, according to police spokeswoman Lisa Berry. The suspect, who allegedly was armed, was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.

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Contractor crews working for the city of Avondale started applying a surface sealant to roads throughout Avondale Monday, March 16. Most of these roads being treated are residential streets and the work will take place over a period of approximately seven weeks.

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Banner Health and Abrazo, two of the largest medical providers in the West Valley, have new policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last week, officials made several discomforting announcements regarding COVID-19.

Christopher Mendoza allegedly wanted no part of the legal system in December, when he evaded Goodyear Police searches and barricades around Goodyear and Avondale.

Times Media Group, a Valley-based company with community weekly newspapers and websites throughout Arizona and California, has acquired The Foothills Focus, a community news weekly based in New River. 

The city of Buckeye reports Deeanna French has filed a statement of interest to challenge incumbent Jeanine Guy (who also filed a statement of interest) for the Buckeye City Council District 2 seat.

Firefighter of the Year Award – The Goodyear Fire Department held its first awards ceremony Feb. 27. Engineer Austin Peck was posthumously awarded Firefighter of the Year (the award was accepted by his parents). The award honors “an individual’s commitment and dedication to the department or…

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According to fired Police Chief Jerry Geier’s side, this was a coup the likes of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” with Geier the victim of power-hungry plotters.

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Though health officials insist most don’t need them, masks are flying off shelves.

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Every month, it takes about 1,250 blood donors to save the lives of kids in Arizona’s two largest children’s hospitals. 

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Saying the state has more money than it needs, Republicans on a House panel voted last week to cut state taxes by nearly $162 million this coming budget year – and by an undetermined amount years down the road.

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Tratt Properties LLC representatives and Goodyear officials gathered Tuesday, Feb. 25, to break ground on a 1.3 million-square-foot, Class A industrial speculative building. The project, named Elwood Logistics Center, is south of the junction of Interstate 10 and the Loop 303.

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I recently came across a timely quote from Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW (former Weight Watchers) who shared, “Never waste a good crisis. Learn from it.” Certainly, in these ever-changing times, we are learning volumes from our new normal.