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Merrill Gardens at Anthem set to open in autumn 2016
ANTHEM – The Merrill Gardens at Anthem construction is moving quickly, and the retirement community is scheduled to be open for residents this autumn.

PVCC at Black Mountain celebrates grand opening of Aquila Hall
SCOTTSDALE – Aquila Hall, the newest addition to Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain, is officially open.

Storytelling Portraits
In Michael Blake’s novel ‘Dances with Wolves’, the character Lt. John Dunbar wrote in his journal regarding the Native American people, “They were a people so eager to laugh, so devoted to family, so dedicated to each other.

Thompson Peak Medical Center implements CT-free robotic orthopedic surgery
SCOTTSDALE – HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center has announced the addition of a Navio orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries.

Arizona Fine Art Expo presents ‘Up Close with Royal Arabian Horses’
SCOTTSDALE – This Saturday, the Arizona Fine Art Expo will welcome special guests from the Scottsdale Arabian Horse show.

Foothills Community Foundation hosting Visual Arts Lecture Series
SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate the world of art in February by attending one of the Foothills Community Foundation’s visual arts lectures, to be held each Monday afternoon this month, at the FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B, in north Scottsdale.

Business Spotlight:The Enclave at Borgata luxury condos scheduled to open in autumn 2016
SCOTTSDALE – Valley residents will soon have a new choice for luxury living. Framing is now underway on all three buildings at The Enclave at Borgata, located just south of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive. Residents will be able to move in this autumn, and sales are underway now.

Three suspects arrested in connection with Anthem burglaries
ANTHEM – On Jan. 27, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office officers arrested three suspects in connection with burglaries in Anthem. Derrick Fargo, Terrick Fargo, and Marlon Nieves-Catala, all 18 years old, were arrested and are facing several charges.

Desert Hills fire destroys two structures
DESERT HILLS – Two structures were destroyed in a fire in Desert Hills on Monday.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I have done something illegal. If you are with local law enforcement or the FBI, please stop reading immediately.

Shops at Norterra to host Valentine’s Vintage Car Show
CAVE CREEK – Arizona turns 104 on Valentine’s Day, and Cave Creek Museum will celebrate a week prior with a fun family program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree.

Cave Creek Museum to host Valentine’s program
PHOENIX – Kick off Valentine’s Day weekend with The Shops at Norterra’s annual Valentine’s Vintage Car Show on Friday, Feb. 12.

North Valley Orchestra to host fundraiser dinner
PHOENIX – North Valley Symphony Orchestra will host a dinner at Moon Valley Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 6, to thank current supporters of the orchestra, and offer information to others interested in supporting NVSO.

Sonoran Trails counselor honored by Arizona School Counselors Association
PHOENIX – Sonoran Trails Middle School counselor Cadi Angeli has been named the Arizona School Counselors Association ‘Counselor of the Year.’ She will be recognized at the AzSCA spring conference, to be held March 7-8. 

Musicfest to present Young Composer winner’s composition at Feb. 23 concert
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona Musicfest announced on Jan. 25 that Arizona native Michael Markowski is the winner of the Young Composer’s Fanfare Competition.

MTA to present Junie B. Jones The Musical, opening Feb. 18
ANTHEM – Barbara Park’s famous first-grade heroine is coming to the stage. Musical Theatre of Anthem will present Junie B. Jones The Musical Feb. 18-28.

 

 

BCHS boys basketball team prepping for State Tournament
ANTHEM – Despite a slow start in the first quarter, the Boulder Creek High School boys basketball team fought back from a ten point deficit but would ultimately fall to Millennium High School 59-54 in Friday night’s game.

BCHS girls basketball team holding winning streak as they prepare for senior night game
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School girls basketball team is coming off of a three-game winning streak after picking up a pair of wins last week against Flagstaff and Westview High School.

Boulder Creek Jags beat Horizon, 55-35
ANTHEM – The Jags won their first game of the season on Friday, beating Horizon 55-35 in a home game.

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BCHS Jaguars
The Boulder Creek Jaguars varsity football team is back in the game! So far this season, they’ve taken on Bradshaw Mountain, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Salpointe Catholic.

 

Movie Review — “Mojave
Director William Monahan, well-known screenwriter for Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”, takes us on a trip into the isolated and narcissistic world of a Hollywood star in his film “Mojave”.

Movie Review — “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
On September 11th, 2012 a group of heavily armed militants from Libya attacked a United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Best Films of 2015
Top 10

Movie Review — “In the Heart of the Sea
Ambition has led many people into foolhardy battles with nature, and it’s no surprise that nature has a pretty good winning percentage. Ron Howard’s film “In the Heart of the Sea”...

Movie Review — “Krampus
It’s December. That means the twinkle lights are up, the merry music is on a continuous loop, and holly jolly glad tidings are greeting you around every corner.

Movie Review — “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
War has been depicted in many ways throughout film history, but what all the best portrayals have in common are an emphasis on displaying the acts of war with unflinching focus on the frailty of human life and the courage of those willing to fight for what they believe in.

Movie Review — “Spectre
Daniel Craig returns to the role of British spy James Bond for the fourth time in the twenty-fourth installment of the long running franchise.

Movie Review — “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Zombies are everywhere. With the continued popularity of “The Walking Dead” television show putting zombies in the living room on a weekly basis, this subgenre of horror is seemingly unstoppable.

Movie Review — “Room
Young children can make the most simple and meaningless objects come to creative life, their imagination transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Movie Review — “Partisan
In director Ariel Kleiman’s introducing shot for his first feature “Partisan,” a man moves across a quiet, desperate landscape salvaging pieces of discarded lives that have left the small community that once existed there.

Movie Review — “Everest
There are many things in nature that display the inadequacy of humans. Still, the daunting Mt. Everest seems to be on a completely different level altogether. Just thinking about the massive size of a mountain that sits five and half miles above sea level is amazing.

Movie Review — “The Transporter Refueled
There may be a new driver, but the fourth film in the rebooted “Transporter” series still focuses on high-speed car chases and fist-fighting extravagance.