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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 …
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Taliesin West landmark in north Scottsdale transforms during COVID-19 pandemic

Scottsdale’s own UNESCO World Heritage Site --- Taliesin West --- has gone under some changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, helping visitors to rediscover the past and legacy of Frank Lloyd …
A stretch of Loop 101 in the northeast Valley has been under construction for almost two years, but the project is ahead of schedule and is projected to be completed in mid-2021, up from an original schedule of a Fall 2021 completion. This photo, near 64th Avenue, shows part of the section undergoing widening before construction began. [Submitted photo/Arizona Department of Transportation]

WIDE, OPEN ROAD: Loop 101 widening ahead of schedule, new I-10 widening to start in fall

With a growing population, the Valley will see the completion of one freeway widening project this year and the start of construction of another. The widening of Loop 101 in the northeast Valley …

Racist slurs interrupt funeral for Phoenix civil rights icon

PHOENIX (AP) — An online memorial service for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday morning by a man who repeatedly yelled racist slurs. “I condemn …
2020 champion Graysen Huff, a senior from Auburn University, celebrates his Patriot All-America Golf Invitational win Dec. 31.

Mavericks, partners pull off successful Patriot All-America despite pandemic

Coordinating a growing, 10-year-old tournament that brings 84 amateur golfers from colleges and universities around the country to Litchfield Park is no simple task. Toss a pandemic into mix, and the challenges are magnified immeasurably.
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve been infected? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've had the virus?

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus? Yes. Regardless of previous infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention people should plan on getting vaccinated when …

Arizona man charged in Capitol riot appears in court

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who took part in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns made his first court appearance Monday. A judge …
Albanian prime minister Edi Rama receives the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Rama was among the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine which the country has received from an undisclosed European Union member country. The Prime Minister said he was "not authorized" to say which EU country had provided 975 vaccines. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Connecticut to open first mass vaccine site

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut will open its first mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the University of Connecticut’s football stadium within the next 10 days as the state prepares to administer …
Calvin C. Goode is laid at state in front of Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building in Phoenix on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Family members and members of the community attended the public, socially distanced viewing for Goode who died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. He was 93.

Phoenix to honor late civil rights icon Calvin C. Goode

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix city officials, residents and prominent members of the Black community will honor late civil rights icon, city leader and longtime Arizona resident Calvin Coolidge Goode in …
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington. On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Capitol rioters were antifa activists. At center is Jake Angeli, wearing fur hat with horns, a regular at pro-Trump events and a known follower of QAnon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked …

Supply & Demand: Phoenix metropolitan housing market continues appreciation climb

In a world turned upside by a global pandemic amid a quickly changing economic landscape where laws of yesterday no longer apply — one law of business a part of the Arizona real estate …
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Independent Insiders Only: Season 1 of YourValley In The Know podcast

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net offers Season 1 of the YourValley In The Know podcast featuring cutting-edge reporting narratives, one-one-interviews and hyperlocal stories you can’t …
Royal Palms Live Music & Classic Movie Series.

Royal Palms continues concerts, classic movies

Back by popular demand, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is extending its free Live Music & Classic Movie Series with local musicians, timeless films and the stunning views of Camelback Mountain.
The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival allows home viewers to travel from the beaches and shuks of Israel to Hollywood sound stages; from snowy Norway forests to the Yankee Stadium announcers’ booth; and from an operating room in modern-day Italy to the cobblestone back alleys of wartime France.

Upcoming Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebration to be virtual

For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture including bringing a lineup of films honoring traditions and heritage.
Winner of five awards, Tastes and Treasures II: A storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, has 216 pages; comes in hard cover, with full-color photos for $30

Arizona history cookbook Tastes and Treasures II heats up for holiday season

Part Arizona history baked with storytelling makes for appetizing recipes in Tastes and Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

Things to do: Arizona State Fairgrounds launches Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food

The Arizona State Fair is hosting its first ever “Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food” campaign. Due to the overwhelming demand for Arizona State Fair drive-thru edible creations event …
Puff can often be found chilling on his rock in his off-exhibit enclosure or roaming around the reptile lab for exercise.

‘Puff on the Shelf’ debuts at Butterfly Wonderland through Dec. 25

Aside from thousands of colorful butterflies as Butterfly Wonderland’s main attraction, another fan-favorite is Puff, a Chinese water dragon who resides in the Rainforest Reptiles exhibit.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a vial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine Covid-19 candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, at Wockhardt's pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Wrexham, Wales, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (Paul Ellis/PA via AP)

The Latest: Nobel laureate warns of increased trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad says the COVID-19 pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the …
The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Highways and Dierks Bentley collaborate for a virtual performance of "I Love You Arizona."

The Phoenix Symphony notes: ‘I Love You Arizona’ in virtual show

The Phoenix Symphony has found a new way to express its admiration and pride for Arizona as its 66 musicians created a virtual performance of the Rex Allen, Jr. song “I Love You Arizona.”
Christmas lightings are pictured where the Christmas market usually takes place, Friday, Nov.27, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-known festive market will not be taking place this year. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

The Latest: British govt insists virus measures are needed

LONDON — The British government is warning lawmakers who oppose strict coronavirus restrictions that the measures are the only way to avoid a surge that will overwhelm the health system. A …

Town of Paradise Valley resident shares a page from Tombstone history

In order to tell a little of the story of the newspaper in the town that became known as “the town too tough to die,” I need to start with a bit of Arizona history. Tombstone itself …
Opinion
Madison Blanton

Blanton: We must prioritize those with developmental disabilities for vaccination

With the hope of a new start at a new year, it seems clear that the coronavirus has also made a New Year’s resolution to persevere with a vengeance and stick around and mutate.
Barbara Duncan

Duncan: Here’s what I see for the future of Arizona education

What do you think Arizona’s K-12 schools will look like in 2031? Does the prospect excite or dishearten you? After a year of countless hardships for families, we could use some positivity.
Giselle Alexander

Alexander: 6 things to know about PPP loans and your taxes

Last year was monumental to say the least. Life as we once knew it became a thing of the past, for individuals and businesses alike.
Mark Field

Field: Beware of bait-and-switch mortgage offers

Be careful when dealing with online mortgage companies. Many of these companies like LendingTree and Paymybills.com are not mortgage companies, but marketing companies intending on selling your …
Dr. Timothy Byrne

Doctor: FAQs and tips regarding COVID-19 vaccination

The advent of COVID-19 vaccinations is a positive step in the pandemic fight. While more vaccination sites are opening and eligibility for receiving the vaccine is increasing, below are a few basics to know during the vaccine rollout.
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