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Silver Spur damaged by fire; no injuries reported
CAVE CREEK – Fire broke out at the Silver Spur Saloon & Restaurant on the evening of June 21. No one was injured in the blaze, and firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the surrounding buildings.

County Board of Supervisors approves Special Use Permit for Southwest Wildlife
SCOTTSDALE – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a Special Use Permit for Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center at a June 22 meeting.

Sunset Fire north of Black Canyon City burns 52 acres before being extinguished
BLACK CANYON CITY – A brush fire north of Black Canyon City, in the I-17/Bumble Bee area, burned 52 acres on June 21.

Fireworks and fun: Independence Day celebrations planned around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Independence Day is just around the corner! Get ready for fireworks and fun at multiple events around the Valley.

CCUSD Director of Instructional Technology receives award
CAVE CREEK – On June 9, Nancy Pratt, Director of Instructional Technology for the Cave Creek Unified School District, was honored with the Making IT Happen award for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education.

Enter the World of Yesterday
Today, enter the world of yesterday, glance at the shadows of tomorrow, and discover the magic of fantasy in dreaming come true.

Dangerous waters: Adults drown at twice the rate of children in Arizona
SCOTTSDALE – It takes a split second for the fun of splashing in a pool or lake to turn into danger, for children and adults.

Business Spotlight: Edward Jones Financial Advisor announces grand opening
Jamie Cottrell of the financial services firm Edward Jones invites the public to join her at a grand opening celebration. The event will begin at Noon on June 23, 2016 at her office at 3134 W Carefree Hwy., Ste. 12, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Something very rare happened last week. If you were lucky enough to look up towards the heavens after dark on June 20, you witnessed a “strawberry moon.” 

Truck fire causes closure of I-17 at Anthem Way
ANTHEM – The southbound I-17 was closed at Anthem Way on Sunday afternoon due to a semi-trailer that caught fire. No injuries were reported.

FEMA urges Americans to use FEMA Smartphone App to help prepare for disasters
NORTH VALLEY – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to download and use the FEMA smartphone app. 

Prepare your property for monsoons; free sandbags available through DMFD
NORTH VALLEY – As the monsoon season begins, prepare for possible flooding. Free sand and sandbags are being offered at two local Daisy Mountain Fire Department stations.

New Loop 303 lanes open in northwest Valley
PEORIA – Last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation opened new lanes along Loop 303 between Grand Avenue in Surprise and Happy Valley Parkway in Peoria.

Care urged when hiking during blazing Arizona summer
PHOENIX – It was 9 a.m. and the temperature had already reached 100 degrees.


Jags baseball team continues strong showing in 2016 season
ANTHEM – There are turning points in every game that will decide the outcome. For Boulder Creek baseball, that turning point was in the third and fourth innings where they scored six unanswered runs to knock off the Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions 10-2, on Tuesday, March 15.

New BCHS head football coach introduced at meet & greet
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School is excited to announce Tony Casarella as their new head football coach for the 2016 season. Casarella was introduced at the Jags football meet and greet on Feb. 9.

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 — “Finding Dory
When I was in the third grade, I wandered away from my parents in a department store. Fearing they had left without me, I went into the parking lot to look for them.

Movie Review — “The Conjuring 2
Director Bryan Singer is one of the early creators responsible for the superhero movement in filmmaking, an explosion that currently floods the market.

Movie Review — “X-Men: Apocalypse
Director Bryan Singer is one of the early creators responsible for the superhero movement in filmmaking, an explosion that currently floods the market.

Movie Review — “The Nice Guys
The beginning musical notes and title font of director Shane Black’s crime-noir-comedy “The Nice Guys” lets the viewer know we are taking a trip back to the 1970s.

Movie Review — “Captain America: Civil War
A splash page in comic book terms is a full page, sometimes two page, illustration that is meant to set the mood and grab the reader's attention.

Movie Review — “Being Charlie
Director Rob Reiner has a few memorable, some may argue classic, films underneath his creative belt. Reiner is the director behind “This Is Spinal Tap”, “Stand by Me”, “The Princess Bride”, “When Harry Met Sally…”, “Misery”, and “A Few Good Men”. 

Movie Review — “Green Room
We’ve all heard the saying “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Many have probably fallen into this situation at least once in their life.

Movie Review — “The Jungle Book
The Walt Disney produced animated film "The Jungle Book" was a staple of my childhood, a film that still finds considerable viewings in my home with my family today

Movie Review — “Midnight Special
I assure you this is not the new “Credence Clearwater Revival” biopic. Nope, this is a story about a kid who has extraordinary powers. “Midnight Special” is an unusual film by director Jeff Nichols; however, along with the strange aspects it also comes with a significant amount of heart and sincerity that makes it completely affective.

Movie Review — “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1
“The Divergent Series” has been moving along since its lackluster introduction two years ago. Based on the successful young adult novels, told through three books by author Veronica Roth, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1” has taken the route of other final installment films, like “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, by splitting their finale into two films.

Movie Review — “Eddie The Eagle
The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary made an overnight superstar out of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a British ski jumper well out of his league but undeterred in his efforts to become an Olympian.