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  • Elks honor Surprise Police Officer of the year

    On Sept. 24 Officer James Jennings of the Surprise Police Department was honored by the local Raceway Elks Lodge at their annual Law and Order Awards Banquet.At the event, Officer Jennings received the 2016 Raceway Elks Club Officer of the Year Award.Earlier this year, Officer Jennings was nominated as the city of Surprise "Officer of the Year" by his supervisors and peers. At the Surprise Police Department Annual Awards Banquet, held in April 2016, Officer Jennings received the distinguished award.“Officer Jennings is truly an outstanding member of our police force and very deserving of receiving this award. His dedication to those he works with and those he serves makes him a positive example to all,” Surprise Police Chief Terry Young said.The men and women of the Surprise Police Department congratulate him on his award.

  • WHAM brings art alive in West Valley this weekend

    Celebrate the spirit of art and culture in the West Valley with WHAM Art Association and the City of Goodyear on Oct. 1 and 2 for the fifth annual Art is Alive: Arts and Cultural Festival.The festival will be at the Goodyear Ballpark at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. This event is the culmination of several art related activities, displays and projects.Artist booths, art demonstrations and free activities for kids will be combined with performances by several local musical groups and a car show featuring Corvettes and Classic Cars for a weekend of fun.Admission for the event is $3 for adults and teens over the age of 12. Children 12 and under are free.Proceeds of this festival help cover the cost of art programs held at WHAM Community Art Center, including affordable classes and free art exhibits. The weekend’s activities include performances by traditional native American dancers, traditional Mexican dancers, creative storytellers, poetry readers and art activities for adults and children with special needs.In addition, there will be a free skateboard painting activity for teens and a BMX rider performance. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase by the Goodyear Ballpark.

  • In 'Deepwater Horizon,' an ecological disaster's human toll

    TORONTO (AP) — The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else."My 11 brothers that got killed were immediately forgotten," Williams said, speaking from his Sulphur Springs, Texas, home. "We understand the oil. It's bad, yes. The birds are dying and the shrimp and the crabs and all that stuff. But those aren't brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, sons, daughters. Shrimp can come back. People, you can't bring those guys back."Peter Berg's "Deepwater Horizon," which opens in theaters Friday, puts the spotlight of a big-budget disaster movie on the human toll of a real-life tragedy. Mark Wahlberg stars as Williams, a central figure in an earlier "60 Minutes" segment that focused on the Deepwater Horizon workers."There are probably several different ways you could tell this story or any story, but I liked this approach," says Berg ("Friday Night Lights," ''Battleship"). "I was very moved by the fact that 11 men lost their lives and I didn't even know that before the '60 Minutes' piece."Made for over $100 million by Lionsgate, "Deepwater Horizon" gives the true story the kind of action-film treatment usually reserved for caped crusaders. A mock oil rig, 85 percent to scale, was built at an old Six Flags in Louisiana out of more than 3 million pounds of steel — one of the largest film sets ever erected. The film, based on a New York Times article that detailed the events surrounding the explosion, burrows into the details and politics of life on the rig leading up to the chaos-inducing blowout."It's great that the studio would take the risk to make a movie that has no sequel potential," says Wahlberg. "At a time when we get bombarded with superhero movies and other stuff that's pretty mind-numbing, it's nice to have a really smart, adult movie that has action."

In 'Deepwater Horizon,' an ecological disaster's human toll

The name Deepwater Horizon is synonymous to most with environmental catastrophe and corporate negligence. For Mike Williams, who survived the April 2010 oil-rig explosion by plunging into the Gulf of Mexico from several stories up, it was about something else.

  • icon Posted: September 28

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