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  • 1 dead, 2 injured after vehicle side-swipe in Glendale

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Glendale police say a vehicle collision has left one person dead and two injured.Police say the incident occurred Saturday just before 5 p.m. in the area of Northern and 67th avenues.According to investigators, two cars were heading in the same direction when one side-swiped the other.The impact caused one vehicle to veer off the road and hit a utility pole.Police say the driver and two passengers in that car were hospitalized.One, a front seat passenger, died. The driver remains in serious but stable condition. The other passenger has since been treated for minor injuries.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Hot Rod Night At Westgate 9/21/16

    People gather at the Westgate Entertainment District for Hot Rod night on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Cars were lined up the district for people to see along with live music and vendors.  All photos by Independent Newsmedia/Alexandra Gaspar. 

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Get to know the PUSD Governing Board candidates at upcoming forum

    Residents, readers and tax payers can get to know the candidates running for Peoria Unified School District Governing Board before election day, Nov. 8.The public can attend a Meet the Candidate Forum hosted by the Peoria United Parent Council and moderated by Independent Newsmedia.Six candidates are running for three seats. They include incumbents David Jonagan and Judy Doane, as well as newcomers Dr. Russell McConnell, Monica Ceja Martinez and David Sandoval.All six candidates are invited to participate in the forum. Mr. McConnell, Ms. Ceja Martinez and Mr. Sandoval had confirmed as of Sept. 23.Registration begins 6 p.m. and the forum starts at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 29 at the PUSD administrative offices in the administration center board room, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, in Glendale.Voter registration deadline for the general election is Oct. 10, and early voting begins, Oct. 12.

  • Peoria GAIN Annual Public Safety Night set for Oct. 15

    Peoria’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments are bringing together family fun and safety education in one place at the GAIN Annual Public Safety Night, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.This is an opportunity for an up-close look at police cars, fire trucks, specialty emergency vehicles and equipment. In addition, safety organizations will have displays to show how to keep residents and their families safe. The event will include kid-friendly activities such as inflatables, face painting and more. Call 623-773-7099 or visit peoriaaz.gov/gain.

  • West-MEC breaks ground on campus in Surprise Oct. 6

    West-MEC is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning stages of the construction of their Northwest Campus from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 6 on the future site of the campus in Surprise, the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Grand Avenue.West-MEC Superintendent Gregory J. Donovan, the West-MEC Governing Board, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, the Surprise City Council, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., SPS+ Architects, Architechnology and numerous city and local school officials will be on handThe ceremony will include a light breakfast, a ceremonial groundbreaking and speeches from school officials and local community leaders.The first phase of the 45-$50 million, 19.3-acre campus is scheduled to open in August 2017. Phase 1 will feature four buildings and programs in medical assisting, coding and security, cosmetology and law and public safety.West-MEC, a Joint Technical Education District, could have training in up to 32 careers offered to high school students as well as adults.About 130 Dysart Unified School District students now travel to West-MEC for specialty programs and this will provide a closer site for their commute. Arizona Charter Academy is just south of the site and already sends students to the other three sites.

  • El Mirage restaurant clears air on allowing service dogs

    Donna Brown was ready to walk into Rio Mirage Cafe in El Mirage to enjoy an early dinner with friends with little to no problems.However, an issue arose before her arrival. She had planned to bring her service dog, Mocha, to the restaurant. Ms. Brown’s friends were there before her to reserve a table. Upon telling an employee they were expecting another woman and her service dog, the employee said animals were not allowed inside.“I was flabbergasted,” Ms. Brown said about the situation. She is a Sun City resident of 11 years and has frequented Rio Mirage Cafe for about 15 years. Mocha, a black Labrador weighing about 102 pounds, helps Ms. Brown from falling over; or in the event she does fall, Mocha helps her get up.Ms. Brown spoke to the manager present at the time, and even tried to show papers saying service dogs were allowed in public places. She requested a letter saying the restaurant would not allow animals, but she was told the order came down verbally from Rio’s corporate office.Ultimately, they let Mocha in, but after the night no more animals would be allowed, Ms. Brown recalled the restaurant telling her.Back home, Ms. Brown called the Rio Mirage Cafe’s location in Surprise to see if it, too, did not allow service animals. One of the managers there, Rafael, who used to work at the El Mirage restaurant, told Ms. Brown they allowed them.

  • Rival blames Joe Arpaio for costs in racial profiling case

    PHOENIX (AP) — The sheriff of metro Phoenix is facing stinging criticism from his political rival over the financial impact of a racial profiling case that targeted his trademark immigration patrols and is expected to cost taxpayers $72 million by next summer.County officials voted Wednesday to pay $4.4 million in legal fees to lawyers who won the case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Most of the fees are attributed to Arpaio's contempt-of-court violations for ignoring a court order to stop his immigration patrols.Paul Penzone, the sheriff's Democratic challenger, rejected claims by Arpaio's office that the lawyers who filed the case were responsible for the costs."There is no room for them to try to portray themselves as victims when they created a problem that we are paying for," Penzone said.Arpaio campaign manager Chad Willems issued a statement saying the American Civil Liberties Union refused to settle the contempt case and instead drove up the taxpayer tab by letting the contempt hearings drag on."If Penzone wants to side with the ACLU on this issue, he can be our guest," Willems said.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Workshop in Surprise details symptoms, treatment of diabetes

    The city of Surprise is hosting a free informational workshop on diabetes that will cover the risk factors, symptoms, treatment and what can be done to avoid or delay the disease.The workshop will be taught by Cindy Penaranda, Certified Diabetes Educator for Banner Health, and will also provide time for questions.Surprise welcomes the public from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 from in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov. Those interested should register early since space is limited.

  • No drama this year in Surprise as Valley Vista pulls away from Willow Canyon

    The “Battle of Surprise” trophy will stay at Valley Vista for another year as the Valley Vista Monsoon (3-2) used a 21-0 fourth quarter run in the second half to defeat the Willow Canyon Wildcats (2-4) 35-6.That is six consecutive wins after Willow Canyon won the first four games in their series.Senior slot receiver/running back Vodrey Gates scored three three times as he caught a 20-yard scoring pass, a 9-yard pass and an 80-yard run to highlight the offense .Gates prefers to look at his team's performance and go from there.“I could do more, but I feel we’re getting better,” Gates said. “Honestly, I feel I’d rather have zero catches and the team win the game.“It’s good when everyone’s doing their job and when we get going, we feel where we want to be.”

  • LETTER: EPCOR increase does not address district problems

    There have been several letters and articles published in the Independent about the EPCOR wastewater rate consolidation proposed for Sun City.These articles asked Sun City residents to contact the Arizona Corporation Commission to speak out against the proposal, but none of these have actually spelled out the proposal’s economic impact in dollars and cents.The EPCOR proposal seeks to consolidate, or equalize, the wastewater processing rates charged in five wastewater processing districts managed by EPCOR. The rates charged in these five districts range from a high of $71.16 per month to a low of $22.11 per month. Sun City homeowners pay the lowest rate. If EPCOR’s request is approved, the wastewater processing rate for Sun City homeowners will be “equalized” to $41.02 per month. At the same time the rates of three of the remaining districts, where the rates are $60.33, $63.84 and $71.16 will also be “equalized” to $41.02.The increase for Sun City Residents will be $18.91 per month, an 85 percent increase, not a 54 percent increase as stated in a previous letter. This adds up to an annual increase of $277 a year.The EPCOR proposal doesn’t take into consideration why each district’s rates are so different (e.g., established community versus new development) or the economic circumstances of the districts (e.g., wage earners versus retirees). Sun City residents, most of whom live on fixed incomes, will be obligated to help pay the wastewater bills of people we do not know. Sun City will become EPCOR’s piggy bank!Don’t for a minute think that the Corporation Commission will have the best interests of Sun City residents at heart. We need to help the commissioners understand what our best interests are by contacting each of them. The Independent has published articles and letters that included the commissioners’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. A sample letter was also published.

  • North County Fire will stop using insect spray inside buildings

    A Sun City West North County Fire & Medical District board director is not a fan of insecticides and would like an environmentally-friendly approach used to getting rid of bugs.“We’re paying them to poison us,” said Smitty Smith, a board member who has not sprayed for bugs at his home for 10 years and only uses diatomaceous earth.The topic was discussed during September’s board meeting where Mr. Smith talked about the costs associated with spraying versus using a more natural method.“We’re paying a pest control company $279 a month, $3,300 a year for all the stations and they have a lot of – mostly toxins, carcinogens,” Mr. Smith noted. “I know they’ll tell you that it’s all safe.”He said he worked for a pest control company a couple years after he retired. “None of that stuff they use is safe. They wear gloves and masks, boots,” Mr. Smith added.He proposed the fire district use diatomaceous earth which costs about $2 per pound and that 40 pounds would cost $80 and last about a year. “Put it down around the perimeters and it’s safe. It’s non-toxic,” he said.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • North County Fire will stop using insect spray inside buildings

    A Sun City West North County Fire & Medical District board director is not a fan of insecticides and would like an environmentally-friendly approach used to getting rid of bugs.“We’re paying them to poison us,” said Smitty Smith, a board member who has not sprayed for bugs at his home for 10 years and only uses diatomaceous earth.The topic was discussed during September’s board meeting where Mr. Smith talked about the costs associated with spraying versus using a more natural method.“We’re paying a pest control company $279 a month, $3,300 a year for all the stations and they have a lot of – mostly toxins, carcinogens,” Mr. Smith noted. “I know they’ll tell you that it’s all safe.”He said he worked for a pest control company a couple years after he retired. “None of that stuff they use is safe. They wear gloves and masks, boots,” Mr. Smith added.He proposed the fire district use diatomaceous earth which costs about $2 per pound and that 40 pounds would cost $80 and last about a year. “Put it down around the perimeters and it’s safe. It’s non-toxic,” he said.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Sun City West man endures pain of data breach

    The effects of the Banner Health data breach in July continue to reverberate and multiple class action lawsuits against the company may follow in the months ahead.On July 7, Banner Health had a data breach where about 3.7 million people may have had their confidential financial and medical information stolen. Those affected included patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, food and beverage customers as well as physicians and healthcare providers.Banner Health discovered that cyber attackers may have gained unauthorized access to computer systems that process payment card data at food and beverage outlets at some Banner Health locations, based on a release from the health provider.The attackers targeted payment card data, including cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code, as the data were being routed through affected payment processing systems.Payment cards used at food and beverage outlets at certain Banner Health locations during the two-week period between June 23 and July 7 may have been affected. A list of the outlets that were affected can be found at www.BannerSupports.com.Individuals were not notified until Aug. 3, when Banner announced it had sent out letters. However, lawsuit documents claim not all 3.7 million people have received notifications.

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