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Local dog sanctuary finalist in national grant contest, seeks online votes
NEW RIVER – A local dog sanctuary, Rusty’s Angels, which specializes in caring for and re-homing senior-aged dogs is a top five finalist for a $15,000 national award in the Alba Botanica’s Do Good, Do Beautiful Grant Program.

Proposed bill could determine the fate of Mexican wolf recovery
PINETOP — Biologists have recently finished conducting their annual wolf population survey in an aerial operation that captures, collars and surveys the Mexican gray wolf population near Alpine, Ariz., and surrounding areas.

Arizona registered voters decrease by 31,000
PHOENIX – Arizona lost more than 31,000 registered voters in 2018 leaving approximately 3.6 million voters registered in the state.

CCUSD students receive awards at ASU video competition
CAVE CREEK – Students from Sonoran Trails Middle School (STMS) and Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS), located within the Cave Creek Unified School District, have received awards from the Arizona State University's Confucius Institute Video Competition.

Support Anthem Pets by purchasing Arizona Coyotes tickets
ANTHEM – The Arizona Coyotes' third annual Animal Rescue Night is on February 24, during their game against the Anaheim Ducks, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Anthem Pets.

Peoria Sports Complex Celebrates 25 years by Thanking Fans
PEORIA – As the 2018 spring training season draws closer, the Peoria Sports Complex has turned its attention to the fans.

One man and a green fire truck, Rural Metro Fire Department commemorates 70 years of service
SCOTTSDALE - Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Rural/Metro Corporation now known as Rural Metro Fire Department, was the conceptualization of a 22-year-old journalist working for the Arizona Times.

Arizona state fish returns: AZGFD to resume stocking Apache trout
PHOENIX -- The Apache trout, one Arizona’s two native trout, are returning to lakes and streams in the White Mountains by this May.

Your North Star
Local 3-dimensional artist, Brian Johnson, finds endless inspiration in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert for his one-of-a-kind hanging wall sculptures.

Black Mountain Coffee ribbon cutting ceremony
CAREFREE – The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present on February 6, 2018 to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for Black Mountain Coffee & Cafe. In November 2017, Don and Lisa Little became the new owners of the coffee shop and café.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Are you ready for love? I hope so, because Valentine’s Day is here, and it is time to order flowers (red, of course), buy a box of chocolates and get the best bottle of champagne that you can afford. Prepare to celebrate love in honor of the “most romantic day of the year” that actually got started in the Fifth century as a pagan holiday.

Rounding up hope for Arizona’s foster care children
BLACK CANYON CITY – Thrive, a non-profit organization that helps families in the foster care system re-unify through mentorship and prevention, is holding its first-ever fundraising event at Canyon Creek Ranch on Saturday, February 24.

Cactus Shadows High School holding Blanket Drive
The CSHS Superintendent's Student Cadre meets monthly with the Superintendent and is no stranger to service projects.

Stolen vehicle crashes, ejects driver and passenger in North Phoenix
PHOENIX – On February 6, a driver in a reported stolen vehicle out of Avondale allegedly fled from police, and eventually crashed ejecting himself and a passenger near 7th Street and Deer Valley Road.

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.


Movie Review — “Fifty Shades Freed
At the end of “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to the 2015  hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Anastasia Steele was being proposed to by Christian Grey. The couple, dealing with the kind of relationship complications that would spell doom for any new romance, haven’t grown much since their first meeting. 

Historic Oscar snubs: Five movies that should have been nominated
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this week; as with most years usually the favorites make the cut, but there are always some surprises. This is the Super Bowl for the film industry, and fans arduously pick who they think should win the big prize for best film, actor or director.

Movie Review — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A magical board game called Jumanji wreaked havoc on two kids in the 1990s, unleashing a jungle of wild animals, dangerous challenges, and a long-lost man who had been trapped in the game for decades.

Movie Review — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The battle between good and evil continues in the newest “Star Wars” film. Forty years ago, the franchise, which shows no sign of slowing down under Disney’s guidance, created a science fiction opera that pitted a rebellious young boy with astounding hidden skills against an evil empire lead by a masked villain that would become one of cinema’s most iconic characters.