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Cave Creek Balloon Festival set for May 28
CAVE CREEK – The 7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will be lighting up the night sky at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course on Saturday, May 28, 5:30-9 p.m

Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – Honor those who have lost their lives in the service of our country at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. ‘A Day of Remembrance’ begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

Local Girl Scouts troops celebrate ‘Night of Stars’
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Mountain Neighborhood Girl Scouts celebrated a ‘Night of Stars’ on May 14, honoring the hard work and community service of the troops.

Gavilan Peak School celebrates A+ School of Excellence award
ANTHEM – Gavilan Peak School celebrated their A+ School of Excellence award in a school-wide ceremony on May 17.

Big Splash Water Park to begin full summer hours on May 28
ANTHEM – Get ready to make a splash this summer! The Big Splash Water Park at the Anthem Community Center will be open for full summer hours starting on Saturday, May 28.

Cave Creek Town Council appoints John Ford to fill vacant seat
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council appointed a new council member, John Ford, during the regular meeting on May 16.

Delightful Creations in Outdoor Spaces
Albert Einstein wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Officials warn Arizonans to “think twice” before luring wildlife with food
NORTH VALLEY – A nuisance bear is being sought after repeatedly showing up at the Pioneer Pass campground in the Tonto National Forest.

Starlight Community Theater to present ‘Oliver!’
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater is bringing the classic Dickens novel Oliver Twist to the stage with a performance of ‘Oliver!’, which is based on Dickens’ timeless work. The show will open on Friday, June 3.

Business Spotlight: Caurus Academy: Focusing on an individualized approach to education
ANTHEM – “Learners today. Leaders tomorrow.” That’s the motto at Caurus Academy.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
For 3.3 million high school students, the end is near. Oops, I guess it is the beginning. Life starts now! That’s right, school days are winding down, caps and gowns are being worn with dignity (and relief) as millions of students leave high school for the world at large.

YCSO seeking suspects in burglary in Black Canyon City
BLACK CANYON CITY – On May 16, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Javalina Crossing Saloon in the 34000 block of S. Old Black Canyon Highway, in Black Canyon City, regarding a burglary.

Variance denied for proposed LDS seminary
ANTHEM – After a contentious, tension-filled meeting on May 19, the Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors voted three against, two in favor a variance agreement to the LDS Church for the proposed seminary house near Boulder Creek High School.

Justice Courts Will See All Prisoners Via Video
Justice Courts are working with other Maricopa County agencies and have developed a new and better system for resolving cases involving people who have been arrested.

Phoenix Police Chief Candidates Forum to be held June 6
PHOENIX – Residents interested in the Phoenix Police Chief hiring will have an opportunity to contribute to the selection process, first-hand, at a June 6 public forum for final-round candidates.



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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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 — “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.