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Desert Foothills Theater presents ‘All Shook Up’
SCOTTSDALE – Desert Foothills Theater is shaking things up with their upcoming production of ‘All Shook Up’, opening Friday, Jan. 13.

Daisy Mountain, BCC fire departments discussing merger options
NORTH VALLEY – The Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon City fire departments are mutual aid partners, and since July 2016...

Never Give Up!
Have you ever believed something’s value is against all probability? Playwright Steven Sachs replies, “Isn’t that what we do every day as artists?

AZGFD issues reminder not to feed wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Feeding wildlife can endanger both yourself and the wild animals, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department is reporting that people feeding wild animals has become a public safety hazard in northern Arizona.

Goal setting teaches toddlers and preschoolers lifelong skills
Around this time, millions of Americans set goals for themselves on things they would like to do or improve this year.

County teams up with state agencies to launch program that helps deaf and hard of hearing
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County Emergency Management has teamed up with state agencies to launch a pilot program addressing communication messages for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Soroptimist International and Foothills Food Bank team up for Christmas giving
SCOTTSDALE – Multiple families had a merrier Christmas, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills and Foothills Food Bank.

Driver killed in rollover accident on Carefree Highway
PHOENIX – A 27-year-old man died in a single-vehicle accident on Carefree Highway on Sunday night.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
It is winter in the barn. Not just the weather, but the Season of life. My old horse Baxter has arthritis pretty bad, struggles to walk and as my neighbor says, “his time is a coming.” Sadly, our Vet agrees.

Carefree seeking applications for planning and zoning commission
CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree is accepting applications for a qualified person to serve a two-year, unpaid appointed term on its planning and zoning commission. Resumes and letters of interest should be submitted to Kandace French, the Town Clerk, by Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m.

Health & Resources Expo set for Jan. 28
SCOTTSDALE – Connect with more than 40 local health and wellness resources serving your community at the Health & Resources Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 28. The free, family-friendly event will be hosted at Cactus Shadows High School’s Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., in north Scottsdale.

As medications find way to water supply, experts eye better tracking
PHOENIX – The Arizona health community distributed 305 million pain reliever pills last year – enough to provide 24-hour medication for every adult in the state for two weeks straight, according to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival set for Jan. 20-22
CAREFREE – Fine artists from around the world will converge along Ho Hum and Easy Streets in downtown Carefree on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Jan. 20-22, for Thunderbird Artists’ 24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival.

YCSO shares overview of recent rescues
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies and dedicated search and rescue volunteers have been busy in recent weeks with rescue-related incidents.


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.

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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 — “Silence
What does it mean to have faith? This question means something different to every person and is categorized and signified by numerous factors beyond the simple aspect of religious designation.

Movie Review — “Fences
I know someone who I would consider a great talker. They can tell stories with such flare and emotion that it feels like you are in that exact moment. They can inspire a group of people with meaningful and honest messages of encouragement.

Movie Review — “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It’s only been five years since the last Harry Potter film was in theaters. Talk to any Potter fan and it might as well be a lifetime.

Movie Review — “Arrival
“E.T.”, “Independence Day”, “The War of the Worlds”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “First Encounter of the Third Kind”; these are all films that have portrayed contact with alien beings from outer space in different ways.

Movie Review — “Doctor Strange
What makes a good superhero? The kind of powers they possess? The kind of origin story they have? Perhaps how cool they look in their costume?

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.