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Back to school roundup
NORTH VALLEY – It’s that time of year again – the beginning of a new school year is right around the corner.

D-Backs Hitting Coach Turner Ward graduates from University Of Phoenix
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks Hitting Coach Turner Ward has officially graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Businesses hope I-10 closure is road-funding ‘wakeup call’ to Congress
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona Trucking Association President Tony Bradley says one good thing may have come out of the closure of a section of Interstate 10 this week – it could point up the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure.

MCSO investigating fatal stabbing in New River
NEW RIVER – One man is dead of stabbing wounds after a deadly fight last weekend. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death.

I-17 crash leaves two people dead, one injured
PHOENIX – A horrific accident on Monday, July 27 on the southbound I-17 near Dixileta took the lives of two people. Another person was injured in the crash.

Truck catches fire in Country Club
ANTHEM - A truck caught fire in the Anthem Country Club on Wednesday, July 22.

Business Spotlight: Diamond Dance Works
Diamond Dance Works was started by Danielle Cicogna, a dancer for over 20 years and a teacher for more than 10 years. As a young dance student, Danielle aspired to open her own studio one day.

North Valley Dining: Ocho Locos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Spice up tonight’s dinner with a visit to Ocho Locos. This Mexican/American-themed restaurant offers lots of choices for fun family dinners. Plus, on Wednesday nights, kids under 10 eat free, with the purchase of their parents’ entrées.

Parkside announces open recruitment for Community Manager Position
ANTHEM – The Anthem Parkside Community Association is now recruiting for the full-time position of Community Manager.

MCSO: Man severely burned after suicide attempt
ANTHEM – A tragic suicide attempt resulted in a man being severely burned.

ADEQ issues fish consumption advisory for Bartlett Lake
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has issued a fish consumption advisory recommending that people limit consumption of channel catfish and largemouth bass caught from Bartlett Lake in Maricopa County.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Missing a few friends? Wondering where all of the neighbors have gone? Finding your streets and roads particularly empty? I have found the missing masses! We are all in San Diego.

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle nets record $598,400 for wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Winners of the 10th annual “Arizona Big Game Super Raffle” were announced July 23 during a Sportsmen’s Open Forum at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters.

Arizona Wildlife Views magazine wins award
NORTH VALLEY – At least 31 of the 50 states publish a magazine about wildlife and outdoor recreation, promoting appreciation for America’s natural heritage. In any given year, only one of those magazines can be named “the best state wildlife magazine in the nation.”

Norway, the new Scotland!
“He delivers a gift for England’s two-year old Princess Mary, daughter of young Henry VIII, and meets the enigmatic Lady Avery Albergar, the “Ice Maiden” of Queen Catherine’s court…” Beguiling words written by local award-winning author of historical romances, Kris Tualla.

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle nets record $598,400 for wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Winners of the 10th annual “Arizona Big Game Super Raffle” were announced July 23 during a Sportsmen’s Open Forum at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters.

En route to Hall, Johnson continues to be valuable resource for D-backs
PHOENIX – Randy Johnson used to cram his 6-foot-10-inch frame into the luggage racks above the seats in the charter buses used by his minor league team so he could sleep on long road trips.

Looking Out The Window
Local artist Judith Visker lived an expansive and full life before she jumped into a box of paints, brushes in hand, and never looked back.

Movie Review — “Ant-Man
Ants can be highly determined insects with the right motivation, and they can move an exceptional amount of weight in relation to their tiny size.

Movie Review — “Minions
A minion needs a master but does the master really need a minion? In the case of the giggling, goofy product of the “Despicable Me” franchise, the master may want to steer clear of this disaster inducing group of faithful minions.

Movie Review — “Entourage
“Entourage” had a cable television run from 2004 to 2011. It was a television series that ran the familiar gamut of staying around for a few seasons too long, rehashing tired ideas, and beating the same jokes into unfunny submission.

Movie Review — “San Andreas
I remember in grade school when my science teacher talked about how a big enough earthquake would eventually drop California into the Pacific Ocean. Call in the summer blockbuster movie makers to make this story a realization through the extravagance of special effects.

Movie Review — “Tomorrowland
A young boy brings an invention, a rocket pack made from household materials, to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Movie Review — “The Age of Adaline
If you had all the time in the world, what would you do? If today would be the oldest that you would ever get, what would you do tomorrow?

Movie Review — “True Story
There are always two sides to every story. The back and forth, cat and mouse discussions between a suspected murderer and a discredited journalist take focus in director Rupert Goold’s “True Story”, which also happens to be based on a true story.

Movie Review — “While We’re Young
During some pre-movie chitchat a few weeks ago, I struck up a conversation about music with a young man sitting nearby.

Movie Review — “Focus
A jigsaw puzzle can be put together in many different ways. Some start with the edges, while others focus on distinguishable objects. In the end, it's a pleasant process of time spent in a non-too-complicated exercise.

Movie Review — “McFarland USA
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Kingsman: The Secret Service
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Selma
Selma, Alabama is the location of the events in director Ava DuVerney’s exceptional and confident film about a small, in the vast continuing struggle, yet significant moment in the civil rights movement.

Movie Review — “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s body of work can easily be described as serious and downtrodden but also in moments exceptional and striking. From his first impressive feature “Amores Perros” into further serious and grim pieces “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Iñárritu is always commenting on something.

Movie Review — “Fury
David Ayer understands how to make procedural films. Look no further than the “day-in-the-life” cop drama “End of Watch” for evidence. “Fury” examines a worn-out and broken group of soldiers, following them at the end of one battle right into another mission, just another day of work for these men.

Movie Review — “Gone Girl
David Fincher has made a career taking audiences to dark places with bad people. In the beginning moments of Gillian Flynn’s scripted adaptation of her popular novel “Gone Girl,” a man is gently caressing the head of a beautiful woman, the way two people in love would – however, the voice-over narration concerning the situation is a violent soliloquy of hatred.