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Litchfield Park council eyes COVID-19 grant, Ground Control expansion requests

Litchfield Park’s City Council has a packed night Wednesday, Jan. 20, with a regular meeting that will see reelected incumbents Ron Clair, Ann Donahue and John Romack taking their oaths of office and selection of a vice mayor among seven action items and numerous presentations, project updates and monthly reports.

Goodyear to kick off 75th anniversary celebration with virtual ceremony

The city of Goodyear will kick off a nearly year-long 75th anniversary celebration of its Nov. 19, 1946, incorporation with a small ceremony streamed live from its oldest park at 10 a.m. Jan. 22.

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital …

New weekly COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park down slightly

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 was 2,845 as of Friday, Jan. 15, a 11.65% increase over last Friday and 2.56% increase over Thursday. That represents an increase of 297 new cases over the week and 71 cases overnight.

Feds: Capitol mob aimed to 'assassinate' elected officials

PHOENIX (AP) — The pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents. The remarks came …
West Valley Preps

West Valley Preps Goodyear/Surprise girls soccer preview

A shorter, COVID-delayed girls soccer season is under way for Northwest Valley high schools. Here are previews, with coaches’ comments, for teams that responded to our questions.

Estrella Foothills, Millennium high school winter coaches, parents weigh in on chance to play again

By a 5-4 vote Jan. 12 Arizona interscholastic Association board vote, winter sports — boys and girls basketball, soccer and wrestling — will start as (re)scheduled on Jan. 18. Players …

AIA board reverses course, votes 5-4 to start winter sports play Jan. 18

Much like the decision of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board to cancel the winter sports season Jan. 8 by one vote, the 5-4 decision at Tuesday's board meeting to reinstate the winter sports season.

AIA board cancels winter sports season

The Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board voted to cancel the winter sports season, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases since the holidays and the recommendations of the AIA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

2020 All-West Valley Preps girls volleyball team

West Valley Preps has selected the top volleyball players in the Northwest Valley for the 2020 season.
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With the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the major tasks are now distribution and vaccination. Developing the vaccines has been a technological marvel, but until we get shots in the arms of 80% of the population, the COVID-19 pandemic will not be aborted.

There is an early warning sign that high-demand jobs may be hard to fill when the labor market fully reopens, even with millions of Americans looking for work.
The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At Yourvalley.net, which is powered by the work of local …
I’m always thinking about the future and attempt to glean from the ethers what will happen next. It’s easier to predict the future when you create it, so the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has taken new action to make sure the future of our community is bright.

The city of Litchfield Park announced that CenturyLink will discontinue its Prism Internet Protocol Television service to city residents on March 31.

The 263,606-square-foot industrial building that houses Daimler Trucks North America’s parts distribution facility in Goodyear’s PV|303 industrial park has sold for $43.1 million, brokers Cushman & Wakefield announced.
Southwest Valley residents are invited to join Chamber President John Safin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, for Chat with the President, a virtual open discussion about business, the local economy, community and other topics of interest.
CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, will hold a curbside career fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 13 and 14, to fill more than 200 customer experience consultant positions.

Agua Fria Union High School District will hold a virtual town hall-style meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, to discuss the characteristics and traits desired in the district’s new …

The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek values strong schools and strong communities. This thriving service club prioritizes partnerships with Avondale, Litchfield and Agua Fria school districts, with an emphasis on Title I schools where children from low-income families compose at least forty percent of enrollment.
Agua Fria Union High School District students who want to showcase their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills while competing for scholarships up to $1,000 and other prizes, can sign up now for STEMCon X.
High school sophomores in the Southwest Valley worried about going to college because of tight finances and other challenges are encouraged to apply for ACE, Estrella Mountain Community College’s Achieving a College Education program.
Ballet Arizona dancers perform in “Pas de Sept

Ballet Under the Stars adapted for COVID-19 safety

Ballet Arizona will continue to pull a pirouette on its programming during the COVID-19 pandemic as the Valley’s only professional ballet company presents Ballet Under the Virtual Stars, an online adaptation of its free Valley-wide community performances, Saturday, Jan. 23.
Kiwanis Club of Litchfield’s Trout Fishing Derby drew 806 fishing enthusiasts to Tierra Verde Lake Park in 2020. This year’s event will feature masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Kiwanis Trout Fishing Derby modified for COVID-19 safety

Kiwanis Club of Litchfield’s much-loved Trout Fishing Derby will go on this year, with social distancing and other COVID-19 safety mitigations in effect to keep participants safe.
Bronze sculptures by Arizona artist Kim Seyesnem Obrzut will be among the art on display during the 2021 Litchfield Park Gathering.

Litchfield Park Gathering to showcase Native American art

Downtown Litchfield Park should be humming with activity Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10, as the city celebrates the 29th annual Native American Fine Arts Festival.
Baby reticulated giraffe Noel was born at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park just before Christmas

She’s already 6 feet tall: Wildlife World Zoo welcomes baby giraffe Noel

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park is celebrating the holiday season with the birth of Noel, a baby reticulated giraffe who arrived just before Christmas.
Peregrine falcons will highlight the Watchable Wildlife Program’s first virtual experience. [Submitted photo]

AZGFD to kick off virtual speaker wildlife series Jan. 7 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is getting ready to roll out a new and exciting way to keep people connected with the state’s diverse wildlife.
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