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Autumnfest returns to Anthem this weekend
ANTHEM – Anthem welcomes one of the most beloved carnivals and craft fairs back to the Valley this weekend.

Black Canyon Fire District awarded grants from the 100 Club of Arizona
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon Fire District is very pleased and honored to receive two grant awards from the 100 Club of Arizona.

CCUSD budget takes forefront at candidate forum
SCOTTSDALE – Cave Creek Unified School District Governing Board candidates agree that CCUSD offers excellent educational opportunities for students...

Master sculptor Ray Villafane offers behind-the-scenes look at Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
CAREFREE – Carefree just kicked off its second annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

Prop 205: A closer look at the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act ballot measure
NORTH VALLEY – How do you feel about marijuana legalization? This Election Day, Arizona voters will decide if marijuana should be legalized in this state.

NVSO presents first concert of the season on Oct. 22
PHOENIX – Phoenix violists Craig and Jessica Triplett will be featured in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2016-17 season

A Gift of Time
Time, without magic or pretense, moves the three-dimensional universe with no regard for eternity.

Black Canyon City artist’s work featured at Phoenix Airport Museum
PHOENIX – Weather is often a popular subject of small talk, but in Arizona it can be a major topic of discussion.

North Valley Dining: Rock Springs Café
ROCK SPRINGS – Rock Springs Café has been a local fixture for 95 years and has served over one million customers. This historic café offers all kinds of classic home-cooked food, like southern style barbecue, two gun chili, and flame-broiled cheeseburgers. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are offered at the Rock Springs restaurant.

North Valley Christian Academy wins McTeacher's Night Challenge
ANTHEM – The Anthem McDonald’s restaurant has raised over $3,600 for local schools.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Do thieves read papers? Well, I doubt it, but just in case, here goes. Would the thief who stole my grandson’s tile saw out of the back of his pick-up truck please return it!

Who teaches the teachers? Rules would hold teacher colleges accountable
PHOENIX – For years, the U.S. Department of Education has rated teachers’ success based on how well their students performed on tests. Now, it wants to take a step back and evaluate how teachers are taught to teach.

Cactus Shadows takes the big stage with ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
SCOTTSDALE – High school actors and actresses will take the big stage for the first time this school year with their production of Peter and the Starcatcher. The show will be on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.



Boulder Creek volleyball team continues to aim high
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School’s varsity women’s volleyball team was beat by Mountain Pointe High School on Sept. 13 after a defeating 3-0 loss.

Jags varsity team wins first home game of the season
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School varsity football team beat Liberty 14-10 in last week’s home game.

2016 BC Frosh Football Schedule

2016 BC JV Football Schedule

2016 BC Varsity Football Schedule

Jags football season kicks off with first varsity game this Friday
ANTHEM – Friday night football starts up again this Friday, Aug. 19, with the Boulder Creek High School varsity team at an away game at Hamilton, starting at 7 p.m.

D-backs pitchers against possible limiting of relief pitching
PHOENIX – When Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in July that the league is talking about limiting the use of relief pitchers because they can “rob action” from the game, he didn’t make any new friends in the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen.



Movie Review — “Birth of a Nation
It’s been 150 years since the abolishment of slavery. Take a quick look at the headlines populating social media feeds or the top story on the nightly news, and it doesn’t take much to realize that society still has a long way to go. Racism, discrimination, intolerance: these are words that have taken political precedent just a month out of an election for our nation.

Movie Review — “Queen of Katwe
For a few years as a teenager, I played chess almost every day. I read books, studied strategy, and tried to play different people as often as I could. Chess was a fun game but also a way to help me focus on being patient and also brought an understanding of what motivated people.

Movie Review — “The Magnificent Seven
In 1960, veteran director John Sturges was tasked with taking some of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood and collaborating on an updated remake of an Akira Kurosawa film called “Seven Samurai”. That film would become the classic western “The Magnificent Seven”.

Movie Review — “Blair Witch
It’s not too often that you get a film that changes the landscape of possibilities for a genre. “The Blair Witch Project” had that effect on horror.

Movie Review — “Sully
The summer saw its fair amount of superheroes. Viewers watched extraordinary mutants fighting an ancient enemy in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, they were introduced to a group bad guys with amazing skills fighting a threat to the world in “Suicide Squad”, and they even saw the return of super agent Jason Bourne again performing acts that would get any normal human seriously injured.

Movie Review — “Hands of Stone
Ask any true boxing fan to list their top ten greatest boxers of all time and it's a safe bet that Roberto Durán will end up on many of the lists. Roberto Durán Samaniego is Panamanian icon, a symbol at one point during his professional boxing career of freedom for the people.

Movie Review — “Hell or High Water
I have two younger brothers. From the outside, one might watch the antics of three grown siblings insulting each other and describe the behavior as dysfunctional, and with the type of cringe-inducing comments that we would make, it would be very easy.

Movie Review — “Suicide Squad
It’s fun to cheer for the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong, watching Spider-Man swing into action to fight Doc Ock or reading about The Green Lantern meeting archenemy Sinestro always makes it fun to have a hero to cheer behind.

Movie Review — “Star Trek: Beyond
“Space, the final frontier”. Gene Roddenberry’s contribution to science fiction in the form of “Star Trek” made a cultural impact that has spawned numerous television shows, film adaptations, conventions, and undoubtedly some of the most loyal fans of any genre property.

Movie Review — “Ghostbusters
“Awful”. “Terrible”. “Disappointed”. These were the overwhelming sentiments from social media and entertainment sites concerning the trailer for the rebooted “Ghostbusters” film well before it was set to arrive in theaters.

Movie Review — “The Purge: Election Year
Turn to any television network over the next few months and the height for political dissension in America will be at its most aggressive levels.