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He wrestled with kidney cancer for a decade, fought like a demon, but Dave Rehnke took his last breath on Monday, the 11th of January. Rehnke worked for 26 years as a firefighter in Peoria, rising to the rank of captain. He loved his city, his peers on the front lines and the job—though it w…

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January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was often depicted as having two faces—one face looking back on the past and one looking forward to the future. The greatest blessing about the month of January is that it offers a fresh start—a chance to begin again. 

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It can be easy to take for granted the institutions that function in the background of our everyday lives. Like many others who work in the field of special education, I take pause this month to reflect on the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which …

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He wrestled with kidney cancer for a decade, fought like a demon, but Dave Rehnke took his last breath on Monday, the 11th of January. Rehnke worked for 26 years as a firefighter in Peoria, rising to the rank of captain. He loved his city, his peers on the front lines and the job—though it w…

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January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was often depicted as having two faces—one face looking back on the past and one looking forward to the future. The greatest blessing about the month of January is that it offers a fresh start—a chance to begin again. 

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Penalties for a new set of laws for wrongfully using your cellphone while driving became effective on Jan. 1. The laws were actually adopted in 2019, but until recently, law enforcement officers had been issuing warnings.  

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Sometimes he has a good day, his mind clicking like it used to, and our phone conversations take us back in time. 

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It can be easy to take for granted the institutions that function in the background of our everyday lives. Like many others who work in the field of special education, I take pause this month to reflect on the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which …

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Is it safe to say “good riddance” to 2020? What a year! 

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When it comes to doing life-threatening work during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have rightfully congratulated our heroes on the front lines: doctors, nurses, firefighters, cops, paramedics. 

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A few weeks ago marked the 79th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was a day of “infamy.” 

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A sculptor and artist by trade, a politician by choice, Speaker of the Arizona House Russell “Rusty” Bowers has long been a puzzle: 

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Here today. Gone tomorrow. Oh, monolith, shining object from an alien world sitting in the Utah desert, how we miss you. 

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a variety of moratoriums on residential evictions. But unless something changes, after December 31, ordinary landlord-tenant law will begin again. In short, tenants who have not paid their rent will once again face being evicted.    

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Toilet paper. Where art thou? You have been missing from the store shelves, and we are becoming worried. Oh, and are you taking the soda cans with you into hiding? We are getting a little concerned, because we have already suffered through shortages. Regarding the toilet paper, it seems that…

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After a year of fighting over masks, we have something new to look forward to likely beginning next month: arguing over whether or not refusing to get a vaccine against COVID-19 constitutes a public health menace.

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Thanks. Giving. Two simple words with distinct meanings. And now the “day of thanks and giving” is upon us, but it’s different this year. It’s, perhaps, not the huge family gathering (sadly)—and if we do get together, possibly wearing face masks? 

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What a turbulent week! Do we need a little more love? A reader emailed and asked me to “write something uplifting about love.” So here goes. I am devoting this column to love.

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We survived. Thankfully, a few days ago, we weren’t destroyed by a menacing asteroid. But we never worried. We had bigger fish to fry. Oh, and what about that election? It seems it has left a lot of folks joyful, hopeful, depressed, discouraged, dismayed, angry, confident and enthused. We ha…

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Are you scared? If I told you that Americans spend a whopping $9 billion on all things related to Halloween, would it cause you to shake in terror? That translates to a mere $75 per person on spooky holiday decorations or costumes, not to mention another $30 on candy! Hey, I have spent my qu…

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We met in eighth grade English. He was the tall kid with the dirty blond mop parted in the middle and feathered back. I was, unsurprisingly, the class wiseass. 

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A mammogram can save a life. The message is heard every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it applies all year round: Your health can’t wait.

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In a normal year, October is a time of petting zoos, pedal carts, bounce houses, face painting and pony rides, but 2020 is anything but a normal year. 

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It is not an exaggeration to say the future of American health care—what it will cost, who decides treatment, how much and from whom—is on the line in this election.

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It’s all gone. Disappeared into the evil black hole of cyberspace where “data” may enter but never leave. Last week, my email “went down,” and every single email I have ever had for 20 years disappeared. When I called my service provider (and waited for an hour on the phone) the representati…

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Congratulations! Considerable excitement and anticipation were generated when the town of Carefree learned that the new ownership group of the Foothills Focus was in the process of expanding the newspaper. Our best wishes to all involved, and in particular to the management and staff who wil…

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The Foothills Focus has come to town! Starting with the edition you hold in your hand, you’ll see them in your mailbox weekly. This is great news!

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It was a messy brawl that started with name-calling, gut punches and plenty of lies. OK, unvalidated, unverified “facts.” When you see two grown men “going at it” with such venom, the stakes are clearly high. 

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been dead mere hours when the argument over replacing her on the U.S. Supreme Court exploded among those Americans who live and breathe politics. 

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Finally, summer has ended. I hate to rush a season, but it has been too hot, too dry and even a bit boring. 

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Editor: I am Young Marine/Pfc. Andrew Lewis. I am part of the North Valley Young Marines unit, and I recently graduated the recruit training stage of the Young Marines as the honor graduate. The Young Marines program is for children who are 8 years or older through high school graduation. Th…

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Should I worry? Well, worry is considered a waste of time. My mother used to say that worry is like a rocking chair. It goes back and forth but never gets you anywhere. OK, but that was before there was a pandemic, killer hornets and now an asteroid barreling toward Earth. Sure, getting stun…

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Do you like nature? Yes, I thought so. Me, too. But sometimes people have very clear (weird) ideas about nature. I am a Realtor, so I spend a lot of time listening to people’s “special requests.” And sometimes, what I hear is not to be believed. Read on.

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It’s been too hot! Have you been outside lately? The entire state is an inferno! This unrelenting heat has given new meaning to the term “hot flashes.”

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The phone call came toward the end of March about 25 years ago. I had left my mother and father happy anniversary wishes on their answering machine, back when there were such things.

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Surprise. Not all news is uplifting. But there is something special about finding humor in the middle of a serious headline. During 2020, we need reading material that makes us laugh. Especially if the topic has nothing to do with the pandemic!

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When it comes to bad years, it’s pretty tough to top 1347. That was the year the Black Death kicked into overdrive, contaminating major cities in Europe and Asia. Ultimately, that epidemic killed more than 50 million people over the next few years.

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