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  • Chargers announce they're moving to Los Angeles

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams in giving the nation's second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time in decades.Team chairman Dean Spanos made the announcement that the Chargers will relocate to LA for the 2017 season in a letter posted Thursday on the Chargers' Twitter account, which was rebranded as the Los Angeles Chargers."San Diego has been our home for 56 years. It will always be part of our identity, and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years. But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers," Spanos said in the letter.The Chargers' decision to move comes less than three months after San Diego voters resoundingly rejected a team-sponsored measure asking for $1.15 billion in increased hotel occupancy taxes to help fund a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center.They're leaving behind a loyal fan base that cheered for Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow during the Air Coryell years in the 1970s and early 1980s, and for Junior Seau, Stan Humphries and Natrone Means on the Chargers' only Super Bowl team in 1994."For more than a decade, the San Diego Chargers have worked diligently toward finding a local stadium solution, which all sides agreed was required," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Thursday, pointing out that the Chargers delayed exercising the option to move to LA that was granted a year ago. "The Chargers worked tirelessly this past year with local officials and community leaders on a ballot initiative that fell short on election day. That work - and the years of effort that preceded it - reflects our strongly held belief we always should do everything we can to keep a franchise in its community. That's why we have a deliberate and thoughtful process for making these decisions.

  • DeWayne Russell finds a home, becomes a man at GCU

    DeWayne Russell arrived on the national scene with his 42-point performance in a 79-70 loss to nationally ranked Louisville on Dec. 3.But the Valley, particularly the West Valley, has watched the Grand Canyon University senior point guard grow up.Russell finished his career at Peoria High School with a state title in 2012. Since then, he has searched for — and found — a program to become home, earned his degree and gotten engaged. He has become a man.“I remember being a senior in high school thinking I was going to high school to play basketball. That was my main focus. Getting that degree and looking back at some of the people I went to high school with and seeing that they didn’t get that opportunity to get their school paid for, I’m blessed to be in the position I am. I’m working on my masters. It’s crazy to see a kid from Peoria got the opportunity to do something like that,” Russell said.About 18 months after graduating from Peoria, Russell had reasons to wonder if he — like many of his peers — would become a college basketball nomad. Shortly after winning the state title, he committed to USC but the Trojans continued to recruit and sign guards so he took a different path.He landed at NAU and started immediately for the Lumberjacks, averaging 14.4 points per game. Prior to the 2013-14 season Russell appeared to be the face of the program, going on a press tour to the Valley with NAU Coach Jack Murphy.

  • Surprise adds spring girls volleyball league, baseball/softball clinic

    Registration is now open for a variety of City of Surprise youth sports programs, including volleyball, softball, tee-ball and baseball.Registration is open through Jan. 28.The final registration day, Jan. 28, is a special Saturday registration, which will be held from 8 -11 a.m. at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave.Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration can also be completed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.The following sports are open for registration:• Babe Ruth Girls Softball League (Girls, 7-16 years old) – Teaches the game of softball in the spirit of sportsmanship, fun and wholesome competition. An emphasis is placed on the development of skills and the value of teamwork.

National Sports

  • Arizona's Trier tested positive for PED

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona sophomore Allonzo Trier, who has yet to play this season, admitted Wednesday that he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.The 6-foot-5 Trier, who came to Arizona as the marquee player in coach Sean Miller's recruiting class, had a strong freshman season, averaging 14.8 points."Earlier this season, I was notified that I tested positive for a trace amount of a banned performance-enhancing drug following an NCAA random test and I was shocked," Trier said in a statement. "I have never knowingly taken a banned substance. After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA."The NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored. Although I can practice and travel with the team, I am not allowed to resume playing in games until the substance completely leaves my body even at a trace amount. Unfortunately, I am unsure of when that time will be, but I hope it is soon."The school had never said why Trier was suspended, citing privacy issues. Miller had said Trier was practicing with the 14th-ranked Wildcats but never indicated when he would be back.Trier thanked his family, coaches, teammates, his attorney and the athletics department for their support.

  • Johnson's big 4th quarter gives Jazz 106-101 win over Suns

    PHOENIX (AP) — Old-timer Joe Johnson gave the young Phoenix Suns a lesson in clutch shooting.Johnson scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired with 49.8 seconds to play, and the Utah Jazz made it seven in a row against the Suns with a 106-101 victory Monday night.The Jazz scored the final seven points after T.J. Warren's steal and breakaway dunk put Phoenix ahead 101-99 with 1:13 left.The Suns played tight defense on the next possession, when the ball touched Johnson's hands twice. The second time he was in the corner with P.J. Tucker in his face."Even though it wasn't the look that we wanted, I knew I had to get a shot up and luckily it went in," Johnson said.Devin Booker, the Suns' 20-year-old guard, called it "an unbelievable shot."

  • Williams shines, Mavericks beat Suns 113-108 in Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deron Williams' savvy floor game helped the Dallas Mavericks offset Devin Booker's sensational shooting in Mexico City.Williams had 23 points and 15 assists, and the Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night in the fourth regular-season NBA game played in Mexico.Williams shot 9 for 15 from the field in a matchup of struggling teams south of the border. Harrison Barnes added 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 for the Mavericks, who broke a three-game losing streak.Williams has scored at least 20 points six times in his last 10 games."Deron had a great night, both as playmaker and as a scorer, and he was involved in key stops down the stretch," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "When a veteran guy like that has a night like that, it's a real advantage for your team. He was solid and did it in a spectacular fashion — a sign of a great pro."Booker scored 29 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 19 rebounds against his former team.

  • Surprise Police seek suspects in 2 waves of vehicle burglaries

    On Jan. 5, 2017, around 2:40 a.m., the Surprise Police responded to several reports of burglaries from vehicles in the area of 16200 North 162nd Lane.According to several victims, an unknown suspect entered and removed property from several unlocked vehicles in the area.The suspect was described as a male approximately 16-20 years old, with long curly hair, and was last seen wearing a dark colored ball cap, a dark colored hooded jacket, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes.Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective M. Leszcynski at 623-222-4169 or 623-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.Click here to view a video of the incident.• On Jan. 15 around 1:40 a.m., the Surprise Police responded to several reports of burglaries from vehicles in the area of 17200 North Elko Drive in Surprise.

  • Dysart begins enrollment for Innovation Academy

    Dysart Unified School District is now accepting open enrollment applications for the Innovation Academy at Western Peaks.The Dysart Innovation Academy will provide a personalized learning environment for students in grades 5-8. Utilizing digital learning tools and project based instructional approaches, the Innovation Academy will personalize education for students by addressing the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students.In the Innovation Academy setting, the students move from a “one-style-fits-all” approach to student-centered learning. Utilizing a 1 to 1 technology approach, students will be engaged in decisions about the what, when and how of their learning.Students will be expected to master the state standards while building competency in all areas described in the Profile of a Dysart Student. By creating a competency based environment, students will become independent and innovative thinkers by engaging real-world problems with tangible solutions.Incorporating project-based learning strategies, students are able to develop important skills that will prepare them for success in an ever-changing world.As a unique learning environment, students will have 1 to 1 technology use, 24/7 access to objective based learning resources, non-traditional classroom dynamics, and project based instruction integrating communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • Glendale Chocolate Affaire sweetens first February weekend

    Glendale will soon host the sweetest event in town. The 22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire will be a chocoholic’s dream, with chocolate and more in Historic Downtown Glendale for three days, Feb. 3-5.Where else in the Valley can you fine nearly 40 chocolate purveyors all in one spot, with chocolate favorites like chocolate-covered strawberries, nuts, cheesecake, bananas, and truffles, but new things you may not have tried, including chocolate lemonade, a chocolate steamed bun, spiced chocolate and a Polar Plunge (hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream.) That's just the tip of the chocolate- covered iceberg – partake in a chocolate lover’s scavenger hunt to find all of the delicious confections.If you really want to find out the best of the best at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, attend the Sweet Tooth competition, in which vendors enter their best chocolate creation and judges vote on the most decadent and delicious ones.The contest takes places on stage Friday evening at 6 p.m. KTVK-3TV television personality Jaime Cerreta will emcee.The Chocolate Affaire is presented by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. Glendale’s hometown factory will offer tours all weekend and visitors can expect to find some Willy-Wonka-type magic happening and maybe a free sample of their confections there, as well. Free shuttles, sponsored by SRP, will carry visitors to and from Cerreta’s.Besides the love of chocolate, the other facet of the Glendale Chocolate Affaire is a celebration of romance.

  • Fallen Glendale officer Brad Jones to be honored at Centennial wrestling tourney

    Each year Centennial High School in Peoria hosts a two-day wrestling tournament in honor of Brad Jones, a former Centennial High School wrestler who became a Glendale Police Officer.From Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 21 the 6th Annual Brad Jones "Pack" Invitational will take place.Officer Jones was killed in the line of duty while responding to an apartment complex near 75th and Glendale avenues October 29, 2011. He had accompanied a probation officer in meeting with a convict. The suspect, Ryan Heisler, shot Jones during the encounter. Jones died later that night.Each year Peoria and Glendale police officers attend this event to support Jones' family and the tournament.The finals are on Saturday  at 6 p.m. at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.The Jones families along with officers from both agencies participate in the opening of the finals.

  • Residents speak, Glendale council listens

    Bill Hutzel is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.“I’ve been sober for several years,” the Glendale resident said. “But in the height of my addiction, I frequented plasma centers, any place I can to get money to fuel my addiction.“The times I was turned away from those facilities for whatever reason, I looked for other resources that I needed. I was there and I was going to get something whether it was an unlocked car or whether it was going into somebody’s open garage. I never did that but I have been tempted to go into somebody’s home to get what I needed.”Mr. Hutzel shared his experience with the City Council last week to highlight his belief that plasma centers often attract an undesirable element and possibly more crime.His testimony along with about 16 other neighbors persuaded the council to unanimously reject a rezoning request that would have allowed for a much larger plasma center to set up shop at the northwest corner of 59th and Kings avenues. More than 50 residents showed up in protest, many wearing red tops to show their unity.“The community that I represent strongly opposes this,” said Councilman Ray Malnar, who represents the Sahuaro District. “ This is in my district. I was elected to represent the community and the people that I represent, I will stand behind them. I always will. That is my commitment when I was elected and will be my commitment in the future. I am your representative. You are my boss.”

  • Pinnacle Peak Road to be widened, includes annexation of right-of-way into city

    Infrastructure improvements are coming to the benefit of Liberty High School and motorists in north Peoria.City Council approved an agreement between Maricopa County and the city to improve Pinnacle Peak Road from 91st to 99th avenues from two lanes to five lanes with a raised median.Unincorporated county land borders Pinnacle Peak Road to the north and the city borders Pinnacle Peak Road to the south. A new residential development is planned to the south of Pinnacle Peak Road.The county maintains the road since it is within its jurisdiction. However, they are interested in the city taking over the maintenance, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Stein.The agreement states the city will take over the maintenance by annexing the county right-of-way into the city if the county agrees to fund the improvements for the north half of the road. The county will contribute about $3 million for improvements, which is expected to be paid in two payments in fiscal year 2018.The south half of the road will be improved by the Meadows, a Maracay Homes residential development, she said.

  • Westbound Grand closed in Peoria Jan. 27-30 for repairs

    Westbound Grand Avenue will be closed Jan. 27-30 for bridge and New River Trail repairs.Pin and hanger assemblies will be replaced so the trail must be closed for safety reasons since the bridge will be supported on temporary towers constructed by Arizona Department of Transportation’s contractor.There will be street and trail signs indicating the closures. Questions and comments can be directed to the ADOT project hotline at projects@adot.gov or 855-712-8530.

  • Fallen Glendale officer Brad Jones to be honored at Centennial wrestling tourney

    Each year Centennial High School in Peoria hosts a two-day wrestling tournament in honor of Brad Jones, a former Centennial High School wrestler who became a Glendale Police Officer.From Friday, Jan. 20 to Saturday, Jan. 21 the 6th Annual Brad Jones "Pack" Invitational will take place.Officer Jones was killed in the line of duty while responding to an apartment complex near 75th and Glendale avenues October 29, 2011. He had accompanied a probation officer in meeting with a convict. The suspect, Ryan Heisler, shot Jones during the encounter. Jones died later that night.Each year Peoria and Glendale police officers attend this event to support Jones' family and the tournament.The finals are on Saturday  at 6 p.m. at Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave.The Jones families along with officers from both agencies participate in the opening of the finals.

  • RCSC officials will address all dog park concerns

    Despite improvements made to Duffeeland Dog Park last year, residents living adjacent to the facility continue to have complaints.Noise, smell and debris were concerns expressed by residents during the Recreation Centers of Sun City member/director exchange meeting Jan. 9. While the dog park was established by a couple who lived adjacent to the facility and was privately owned, the land was purchased by RCSC four years ago and became part of the corporation’s list of amenities.Among the improvements made by RCSC include a new north wall with two entrances featuring a double gate system, shade structures, lowering mounds and new trash recepticles. The gates are creating a problem for one resident. Helen Hatcher said the metal gates frequently slam shut and are exessively noisy.“I live right behind the park and the one gate is right there near my house,” Ms. Hatcher said. “Can something be done to quiet the gates?”Resident Jerry Sylvester said the solution to the gate noise is to have just one entrance gate and have it be on the east end of the wall, away from the residences.Structural noise is not the only problem. Mr. Sylvester said barking gets out of hand at times. He said dogs already there bark loudly when greeting newcomers to the park.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • Smoke detectors do save lives

    Iwrote this article and it was first published in the summer of 2015, but the story needs to be repeated for those of you who need our help.One of the responsibilities of the Fire Marshal’s offi ce is to perform fire Investigations. There are several certified fire investigators within the Sun City Fire and Medical Department, but all of the investigations are channeled through the Fire Prevention office. Since becoming a fire investigator, I have been able to see first-hand how many different things can cause a fire and the damaging effects a fire can have on a person’s belongings, or even their own life.I was called out at 11 p.m. one night because we had a significant structural house fire with partial collapse in Sun City. The residential fire was in a duplex with one elderly man in one side and a couple in the other side. When I arrived on the scene, the fire was significantly extinguished and the fire crews were still putting out hot spots.The entire roof on one end of the duplex had collapsed.This makes a very difficult task for a fire investigator because the ceiling, insulation, roof structure and shingles are all lying on top of the evidence as far as determining the source of the fire.Now comes the part where you need to methodically put things back in place to determine the area of fire origin, the point of fire origin and the cause of the fire.

  • Broadway Tunes begin year for Surprise Pops Band

    The Surprise Pops Band is kicking off the new year with a free concert featuring Broadway show tunes.The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday inthe Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.Doors open at 2:15. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item donation to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank.For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com/.

  • Bell, Grand reconnection in Surprise slated for Feb. 16

    ADOT has set Feb. 16 as its target date for completion of the ramps connecting Bell Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise, as well as the activation of the traffic signal atop the bridge.The completion date will ultimately be determined by the weather. But this timeline gives construction crews some wiggle room to complete the project before the stated goal of Feb. 25 — the first day of Cactus League play in Surprise.As discussed at Tuesday’s Surprise City Council work session, this final configuration provides for a better flow of traffic on both roads and eliminates delays once caused by trains passing by the railroad crossing.“I think a lot of people are seeing the advantages of that already, now that the bridge is completed,” said Armando Lopez, the city’s engineering and construction lead for the project. “When the gates did go down along Bell Road (while a train crossed) it would take about three cycles in order for Bell Road and Grand Avenue to catch up to its normal routine. And we don’t really have any say in when those trains go through, in rush hour, spring training or early mornings.”The main access points for the ramps will be Towne Center Drive in the north and Bell Grande Drive to the south.Northbound drivers on Grand can access Bell Road from a ramp at Bell Grande, right next to the current left turn lane for Surprise Marketplace. Overhead signs will show drivers how to get to Bell. If they want to access

  • Coldwell Realty office spearheads coat, blanket drive

    Violet Hull and Rita Krentzel, sales associates affiliated with Sun City Bell office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, are spearheading a coat and blanket drive.They will be accepting donations of gently used or new coats, blankets, socks and mittens until Tuesday, Jan. 31 during regular business hours at the Sun City Bell office, 17001 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City.All items will be presented to the Phoenix Rescue Mission in downtown Phoenix, which serves the more than 18,000 homeless throughout Maricopa County.

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