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Mesa pools open May 29

All nine city of Mesa pools will open for the summer, with modified programming and hours, beginning Saturday, May 29. The pools open for public swimming at 1 p.m. most days. Skyline and Rhodes …
Entertainment

Gila River Music Festival May 21-22

The inaugural Gila River Music Festival is May 21-22 in Kearny, a small town on the Gila River an hour from the Valley just down the road from Superior. “The music festival will feature a …
entertainment

Chandler Center for the Arts adds shows for 2021-22 season

Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., recently added fall concerts and shows to its upcoming season with a new round of performances going on sale May 10. New shows added to the …

Indie pop/rock group plays two shows

The local band A Girl Named Scot will perform at a house show 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at 2314 E. Whitton Ave. Other artists performing are The Whitton, Local Bandits, Jam Now and John …
ENTERTAINMENT

Guitar League to bring back live monthly meetings

The Phoenix chapter of the Guitar League will relaunch monthly live meetings beginning Tuesday, May 11.

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Tempe landmark Rula Bula closing its doors after 20 years along Mill Avenue

Rula Bula Tempe Irish Pub and Restaurant, the iconic watering hole found along Mill Avenue, announced last month it would be closing down at the end of June after more than 20 years of business. A …
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Multiple-residence development planned at Crismon Road, Southern Avenue

A rezoning of 8 acres, planned area development overlay and site plan for a multiple-residence development west of Crismon Road on the south side of Southern Avenue should be approved by the Mesa …
First responders

5 robberies, 5 burglaries reported April 16-22 in Mesa

The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following robberies and burglaries April 16-22: Robbery of an individual at a highway/road/alley/sidewalk April 17 in the 1500 block of West …
By ZIP code

Coronavirus cases up 452 in a week in Mesa

The Arizona Department of Health Services on April 28 reported the number of coronavirus cases in Mesa is 69,075 in ZIP codes 85201-85210, 85212, 85213 and 85215. It is an increase of 452 from a week …
Earth Day

Conservation in action: Local partnership organizes Salt River clean-up effort

Rio Reimagined, Arizona State University, the city of Phoenix, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have come together for a day-long community cleanup effort this Saturday. The …
OPINION

Last month, Arizona lawmakers had an opportunity to support legislation that would have made it easier for local cities to address nuisance short-term rental properties that have been the cause of …

I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to go to my mailbox and find a copy of the Mesa Independent. I’ve been an avid newspaper reader since I was in grade school and I’ve …
This is the time of year that many of us in the Valley start talking about the extreme summer heat and planning how we can escape, if even for a weekend. This is also the time of year that many of …
Neighbors
“Lake Watson at dusk, Prescott,  Arizona,” by photographer Dean Degner.

Scenic Arizona: Lake Watson at dusk

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …
Nathan Hale Elementary School student Mary Callan won third place in the grades 4-6 category.

Mesa elementary school students participate in Earth Day art challenge

Working in partnership with Mesa Public Schools, the city of Mesa Environmental Management & Sustainability Department sponsored the “Express Your Environmental Self” Earth Day …

Foundation provides free copies of U.S. Constitution to support civics education

A local nonprofit organization has printed small pocketbook-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence and making them available free of charge to Arizona school …
Mesa Sunrise Rotary volunteers fill gift bags for Christian Care Cottonwood Assisted Living residents.

Mesa Sunrise Rotary volunteers fill gift bags

Members of Mesa Sunrise Rotary, as part of Rotary Week of Service, recently created gift bags for the residents at Christian Care Cottonwood Assisted Living. The community is on the Arizona Long …
Francesca De Martini

Grant provides additional support for MCC life science students

Life Science faculty members from Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College recently received a $11,000 Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation Horizon Grant for spring/fall …
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
Education

Construction workers speak with students at Eastmark HS career fair

Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contracting company with a regional office in Tempe, recently set out to change perceptions about the construction industry among East Valley teenagers. They …
Education

BASIS Mesa one of top 60 high schools in U.S.

One Mesa high school landed among the top in the country, cracking the list of the best 60 high schools in the U.S. The list, released annually by U.S. News & World Report, ranks high schools …
Education

MCC Amazon Web Services training offered for higher education instructors

Sixteen computer information systems faculty from Arizona and Utah universities and several Arizona community colleges are taking advantage of a no-cost, Amazon Web Services Cloud Foundations …
education

Applications being accepted for social work career building program

A program that seeks participants who are in recovery from opioid use or addiction wishing to launch a career helping others with similar life experiences is accepting applications. The Family …
education

Toastmasters host virtual impact education, career fair Friday

Due to the pandemic, many great highly qualified Arizonans have been laid off and Arizona Toastmasters wants to help them. Arizona Toastmasters (District 3) is hosting its second Toastmasters …
education

Mesa high school graduates can apply for 'Mesa College Promise' funds

Mesa Mayor John Giles and Mesa Community College Interim President Lori M. Berquam recently announced that the first Mesa College Promise eligible high school graduates will receive funding to attend …
education

Toastmasters host virtual impact education, career fair Friday, April 9

Due to the pandemic, many great highly qualified Arizonans have been laid off and Arizona Toastmasters wants to help them. Arizona Toastmasters (District 3) is hosting its second Toastmasters …
Business

NAI Horizon professionals Chris Gerow, Shelby Tworek and Gabe Ortega represented the landlord, RDEV Ranch LLC, in a 60-month retail lease for 1,307 square feet at 1134 S. Stapley Drive in …

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has a new airline with travel to and from Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport starting Nov. 24. Sun Country Airlines announced its new nonstop service …
NAI Horizon represented the seller in the $1.65 million disposition of a building in Mesa that formerly housed a long-standing national tile retailer that went out of business. NAI Horizon Senior …
Houston-based NewQuest Properties will wrap up construction in mid-May at Chandler Ranch, where brands like 99 Ranch and a trio of newly signed restaurateurs from the west coast will open their first …
Daily Independent
Entertainment
Salt River Tubing is in northeast Mesa, seven minutes from Loop 202 Exit 23A on North Power Road in the Tonto National Forest.

Salt River Tubing opens Saturday

Salt River Tubing and Recreation will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, beginning Saturday, May 1, with safety protocols in …
The Joey’s, a young energetic rockabilly group from Scottsdale, are to perform at 4 p.m.

Gila River Music Festival May 21-22

The inaugural Gila River Music Festival is May 21-22 in Kearny, a small town on the Gila River an hour from the Valley just down the road from Superior. “The music festival will feature a …
The Sound of Music will be performed March 26-April 17 at the Zao Theatre stage, 550 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction.

‘The Sound of Music’ continues Friday-Saturday at Zao Theatre

"The Sound of Music," the world’s most beloved musical, graces the Zao Theatre stage March 26-April 17, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard …
Shelly Watson

Classical music makes its grand return at Mesa Arts Center

The series Classical Music Inside Out returns for the 2021-22 season at Mesa Arts Center, kicking off with Shelly Watson in October and culminating with an all-star performance featuring Zuill …
Salt River Tubing is in northeast Mesa, seven minutes from Loop 202 Exit 23A on North Power Road in the Tonto National Forest.

Salt River Tubing opens Saturday, May 1

Salt River Tubing and Recreation will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, beginning Saturday, May 1, with safety protocols in …
Obituaries

ANTHONY KEITH HEDLEY, M.D.

Anthony Keith Hedley born on October 2, 1943 in Durban, South Africa passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and children on April 19, 2021. Tony was a world renowned orthopedic …

Harold Eddie Siddy Jr.

Heaven received a kind, gentle soul on January 26, 2021. Harold fought dementia for years until he passed peacefully at Hospice of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona.Eddie was born in Pottsville, …

Esther Lygre Holte

Esther, completed her earthly life on January 12, 2021, at the age of 103. Born in Minneapolis, MN, she became an excellent student and accompanist, graduating second both in her large high school …

Douglas Randall (Randy) Smith

Douglas, age 93, of Sun City West, AZ, passed away February 5, 2021. Randy was born in February, 1928 in Oakland, California. He loved his country and served in the US Army. He attended University of …
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