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  • Surprise offers Saturday registration

    The Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department offers youth sports in volleyball, softball, tee-ball and baseball.  Registration is open through Saturday.There are two ways to register, online at https://surpriserec.surpriseaz.com or in person at the Community and Recreation Services office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A special registration event is also scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community and Recreation Services office.• Fall Babe Ruth Girls Softball League will place emphasis on the development of skills and the value of teamwork. Ages: Girls, 7–14. (Age determined on or before Dec. 31, 2014)• Cal Ripken Youth Fall Baseball League will concentrate on instruction and emphasize the development of fundamental skills over wins and losses. Participants registered in the Major Division will go through a skills evaluation and will be drafted to a team. The skills evaluation will be held in mid-October. Ages: Boys and Girls, 7–12. (Age determined on or before Dec. 31, 2014)

  • Sun City bocce club announces schedule

    The Bocce Club of Sun City has announced its schedule of events for the upcoming fall season.All activities will be at the Sundial bocce courts, located outside of the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave.• Bocce tournaments will be played at 10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept. 29 through Oct. 24.• Open play will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday from Sept. 28 through Oct. 19.• The club’s Halloween party is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Sundial bocce clubhouse. Participants should dress in costumes.For information, call 623-271-0092.

  • Glendale’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest rescheduled for Tuesday

    Glendale’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Foothills Park sports complex, Field No. 1, 19070 N. 57th Ave., which is north of Union Hills.The event was originally scheduled this week, but was postponed because of poor field conditions following heavy rains.This is a national skills competition in which girls and boys in five separate age divisions compete against each other in punting, passing and placekicking. Scores are based on distance and accuracy. This program is free for boys and girls ages 6-15.Winners from the local competition will advance to the sectional competition Nov. 2 at the Sahuaro Ranch Main soccer field, 59th Avenue and Mountain View. Only the top four boys and girls first place finishers in each age bracket from the pool of sectional competition champions will advance to the Team Championships, which will be contested during an Arizona Cardinals game at University of Phoenix Stadium.For information, call 930-2841.

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  • Surprise man, one other, arrested after spectators brawl during Cardinals-49ers game

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - Two men, including a Surprise resident, have been arrested on assault charges after fighting in the stands during Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.Glendale police said after looking at the video, they believe the incident happened at 2:35 p.m. in a section where more than one fight broke out during the game.Sgt. Jay O'Neill, a department spokesman, said officers helped stadium security personnel who responded to two separate brawls in adjoining upper deck sections of University of Phoenix Stadium.Video posted on social media showed several 49ers and Cardinals spectators, including several women, exchanging shoves and then punches.A pile of people then tumbled a few feet down concrete stairs, leaving one man with a cut to his head.O'Neill said 31-year-old Philip Martinez of Calimesa, California, was arrested for assault along with 37-year-old Daniel Mayerhofer of Surprise, Arizona.

  • H.S. coach suspended for taking part in team prayer

    TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe high school football coach has one week remaining of a suspension that resulted from the coach instigating a team prayer.The headmaster at Tempe Preparatory Academy, Dr. David Baum, said he suspended Head Coach Tom Brittain for two weeks after Brittain instructed a player to lead a team prayer in which Brittain participated."Our adults on campus are authority figures," Baum said."If they seem to be condoning, on behalf of the school, a particular approach to religion, it has a sway on our students."Baum said that cannot be allowed, so he suspended Brittain for the prayer, which was in Show Low after a winning game.Tempe Prep is a charter school; it receives public money.

  • Cardinals look to shake off distraction vs 49ers

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have a hard time beating San Francisco. Now they have a distraction to deal with, too. Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday and accused of assaulting his wife. Police say he head-butted her, breaking her nose. The Cardinals tried to move on, placing Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list. But the issue remains a backdrop to this matchup of NFC West foes. The Cardinals have called this a rivalry. That's a tough label to justify because Arizona has beaten San Francisco once in the last 10 tries. Arizona coach Bruce Arians certainly doesn't think it is. "It's kind of like the Browns and the Steelers," he said. "When you beat them 10 times it's a rivalry for one team but not the other. I'd imagine they (the 49ers) think the Seahawks are their rival, not us." Arizona's lone victory over San Francisco since 2008 came three years ago. This time, the Cardinals enter the contest ahead of the 49ers in the standings. Arizona is 2-0 after beating the Giants on the road 25-14. San Francisco is 1-1 after losing to Chicago 28-20 to spoil the debut of the 49ers' swanky new Levi's Stadium. "We all understand we're in the bouncing back business," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "That's part of our job description. Nobody does it better than our team. Tough loss. Fortunately, we're a tough team." Each team has a significant injury: Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer (nerve damage in his throwing shoulder), San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle). If Palmer can't go, Drew Stanton will get the start. Last week was the first time Stanton played in a regular-season game in four years. Davis was on crutches early in the week, but an MRI showed no significant damage. "I don't think there's any doubt Vernon will be out there," Arians said. "It's too big of a game for them. They definitely don't want to lose two in a row. Especially, they want to win the division, like we do. It'll be all hands on deck." Here are things to look for when the 49ers and Cardinals meet. CONFIDENT STANTON: If Stanton goes, he will play with the confidence of managing a tough game on the road a week ago. His numbers weren't great: 14 for 29 for 167 yards. But he was not intercepted. "I think that once you get a chance to get out there and see it unfold, it is more comforting going through this week for sure," Stanton said. ELLINGTON'S CONDITION: Arians says running back Andre Ellington is "fine," even though he missed practice time for the second week in a row with what he's described as a partially torn tendon in his left foot. Despite the injury, Ellington showed some of his old acceleration ability against the Giants, rushing for 91 yards in 15 carries. With Dwyer's absence, Stepfan Taylor moves up to backup running back. TIGHT END DEPTH: Davis hobbled out to the weight room Wednesday still using crutches for his injured left ankle, and also was listed on the injury report with a knee issue. Backup tight end Vance McDonald also sustained a knee injury in a 28-20 loss to the Bears last Sunday night, though neither he nor Davis had any structural damage. McDonald was optimistic he would play. Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end. TURNOVERS VS. TAKEAWAYS: San Francisco has had two drastically different games so far. It realizes it must take care of the ball to bounce back against Arizona, as has been a regular pattern under fourth-year coach Harbaugh. The 49ers forced four turnovers in a season-opening win at Dallas, getting three interceptions against Tony Romo in as many Cowboys possessions. In Sunday's stunning loss to Chicago that spoiled the debut of the new stadium, the Bears rallied behind Jay Cutler's three fourth-quarter touchdown passes. Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. San Francisco also hurt its cause with 16 penalties for 118 yards, and the Bears got six of their 19 first downs via penalty. By contrast, last week against New York, the Giants had four turnovers, Arizona none. ESTABLISHING THE RUN: The 49ers know they must get Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde involved. That begins with the offensive line doing its job. There were breakdowns on offense all around against the Bears. San Francisco managed five of its 19 first downs on the ground, finishing with 127 yards rushing. ___ AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.

  • Surprise woman applies for one-way trip to Mars

    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- If you had the chance to go to Mars, would you? What if they told you it was a one-way trip? The Mars One mission boasts an elaborate plan to populate the red planet permanently and one woman from the Valley is a finalist in what could become a first for mankind."I love testing myself, knowing if I had to, if I was out there and had to keep going, I like knowing I'd be able to keep going," says Carmella House.It's why she pushes forward always trying to reach what seems just too far away."I always wanted to be an astronaut," she says. "I don't remember having something else that I wanted to do."As a child, Carmella attended space camp a record 19 times. By high school, she had her pilot's license.  Then, she went to the Navy and is currently getting her doctorate in Astrophysics. A dream to leave Earth and weightlessly exist among the stars is now, nearly, a reality.

  • Surprise man, one other, arrested after stadium brawl

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two men, including a Surprise resident, have been arrested on assault charges after fighting in the stands during Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Glendale police said after looking at the video, they believe the incident happened at 2:35 p.m. in a section where more than one fight broke out during the game. Sgt. Jay O'Neill, a department spokesman, said officers helped stadium security personnel who responded to two separate brawls in adjoining upper deck sections of University of Phoenix Stadium. Video posted on social media showed several 49ers and Cardinals spectators, including several women, exchanging shoves and then punches. A pile of people then tumbled a few feet down concrete stairs, leaving one man with a cut to his head. O'Neill said 31-year-old Philip Martinez of Calimesa, California, was arrested for assault along with 37-year-old Daniel Mayerhofer of Surprise, Arizona. One person identified as a victim was contacted by police while leaving the stadium but declined to press charges, O'Neill said. He said several people were ejected following the fight around halftime of the game, which Arizona won 23-14. By the end of the game, O'Neill said six people had been arrested and 39 others ejected from the stadium.

  • Hikers rescued at White Tank Mountain Park

    APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Authorities say a man has died while hiking east of the Valley. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a group of three people were hiking the First Water Trail in Tonto National Forest around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday when a 57-year-old man in the group stopped breathing. The other hikers called 911 and CPR was performed but the man died on the trail. Officials said it appears the man suffered a medical issue. The trail in Maricopa County is near Lost Dutchman State Park. Meantime, two young hikers on a five hour hike became lost and ran out of water after going off the Mesquite Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park in the west Valley. An official said they were afraid to call 911 for fear they'd be charged for their rescue. They instead called family members and after some discussion made the call for help around 2:30 p.m. The two young men were located and taken to safety around 3:30 p.m. Officials say there is no charge for being rescued and hikers should always call for help when it's a matter of life or death.

  • Family of former Cactus H.S. student honored at football game

    Cactus High School alumnus Joshua Florence saved four lives through organ donation after his death in 2007.Josh has been chosen by Donor Network of Arizona, the state's only organ recovery organization, to represent Arizona at the 2015 Rose Parade. In memory of Josh's legacy and the Florences' decision, Josh will be honored on the Donate Life float at the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. His portrait will be among more than 70 other donors adorning the float, titled "The Never-Ending Story."His inclusion in the parade will be celebrated on Sept. 26 at the Cactus v. Greenway football game before the 7 p.m. kickoff.Steven and Sandy Florence of Glendale learned first-hand how this loss feels when their 19-year-old son, Joshua, was killed in a car accident on May 3, 2007.However, during the worst moment of their lives, Steven and Sandy made the best decision of their lives: they chose to say "yes" to organ and tissue donation on Josh's behalf.Josh saved four lives the day he passed away and healed dozens more in the following months.

  • Surprise man, one other, arrested after stadium brawl

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two men, including a Surprise resident, have been arrested on assault charges after fighting in the stands during Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Glendale police said after looking at the video, they believe the incident happened at 2:35 p.m. in a section where more than one fight broke out during the game. Sgt. Jay O'Neill, a department spokesman, said officers helped stadium security personnel who responded to two separate brawls in adjoining upper deck sections of University of Phoenix Stadium. Video posted on social media showed several 49ers and Cardinals spectators, including several women, exchanging shoves and then punches. A pile of people then tumbled a few feet down concrete stairs, leaving one man with a cut to his head. O'Neill said 31-year-old Philip Martinez of Calimesa, California, was arrested for assault along with 37-year-old Daniel Mayerhofer of Surprise, Arizona. One person identified as a victim was contacted by police while leaving the stadium but declined to press charges, O'Neill said. He said several people were ejected following the fight around halftime of the game, which Arizona won 23-14. By the end of the game, O'Neill said six people had been arrested and 39 others ejected from the stadium.

  • Glendale hospital hosts seminar on heart failure

    Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale has scheduled the next installment of its “I Can Cope Series.”“What is Heart Failure?” will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Room 6 at the hospital, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road.To register, call 602-230-2273.

  • Peoria couple wins $1-million

    A Peoria couple was announced as the winner of a $1 million Powerball second prize.The ticket was bought at Quick Trip at 9020 N. 91st Ave. in Peoria. They won the drawing on Sept. 17.The couple wishes to remain anonymous. The winning ticket matched five out of five numbers drawn, not including the Powerball.“It was great meeting the winners and presenting them with their check,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery.The next drawing for the Powerball will be Sept. 24 for an estimated $225 million.

  • Peoria councilman says he won't be part of a runoff election

    Peoria City Councilman Ron Aames said he will end his re-election bid rather than be required to take part in a Nov. 4 runoff.Aames announced Sunday night he would withdraw from the race if a Maricopa County Superior Court judge rules he must face challenger Mike Finn for a seat on the governing body in the Palo Verde district.Aames outpolled Finn by 49 votes in the Aug. 26 primary. However, city officials determined his 1,852-1,803 margin was not enough to avoid a runoff when factoring in under-votes – when a voter does not cast a ballot for either candidate – and over-votes – when someone votes both both competitors. City Clerk Rhonda Geriminsky was relying on city charter when figuring the total percentage of primary support -- 45.4 percent for Aames and 44.2 percent for Finn – in the Aug. 26 election. A candidate must receive a majority, or 50 percent plus one vote, of the support to avoid a runoff.However, without including ballots where a no-vote or a vote for both candidates was cast, Aames drew 50.48 percent of the vote, enough to win the contest Aug. 26 outright.Aames filed suit against Geriminsky, the City Council and Finn, seeking to void the city’s decision to send the race to a fall runoff. Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sally Duncan ordered oral arguments in the case be heard Oct. 2.Aames said he is confident the court will rule in his favor.

  • Daily News-Sun wins top Ariz. honors for photography, website, special section

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Individual wins by Daily News-Sun photographers and the newspaper’s website highlighted the publication’s awards at the industry’s leading Arizona organization Saturday night.The paper and its website, yourwestvally.com, drew 15 separate honors across a dozen categories during the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2014 Better Newspapers Contest. Winners were presented with their awards during the ANA’s annual convention at Chapparal Suites hotel and conference center in Scottsdale.DNS photographers Jarod Opperman and Nick Cote grabbed a combined six awards, while the paper’s website, managed by Brittany Martin, was named Best Newspaper Website.All awards were presented to the paper in the division of Daily Newspapers with a Circulation of 25,000 or less. The DNS competed with papers across Arizona in that division.Awards also were given to nondaily and daily papers in several other divisions.DNS photographer Jarod Opperman won first place for Best News Photo and Best Feature Photo, while fellow photographer Nick Cote won for Best Sports Photograph. Opperman also placed second in the Best News Photo and Best Feature Photo Layout categories, the latter for his display of Ms. Senior Arizona contestants. Cote received second-place honors for Best Sports Photograph. Cote won third place for Best Feature Photograph.

  • Ariz. Corp. Commission rivals square off

    PHOENIX -- In a sometimes testy exchange, candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission traded barbs Monday night on whether someone should force the state's largest electric utility to say whether it's putting money into the race and how much.Democrats Sandra Kennedy and Jim Holway said the current members of the commission -- all Republicans -- should demand that Arizona Public Service disclose what funds it or Pinnacle West Capital Corp., its parent company, have provided to elect Tom Forese and Doug Little."They are the APS-chosen candidates,'' Kennedy charged. She said Wall Street analysts have suggested the ability for Pinnacle West to improve its bottom line is likely better with the election of the two Republicans."I want to be good for your bottom line,'' she told the audience watching the televised debate on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate.The whole question of whether the two Republicans were nominated for two open seats because of APS backing and whether they could win the general election with utility help drew an angry response from Forese."The idea that it's impossible that we have broad support is insulting,'' he said, saying he and Little have backing from business groups and many consumers.

  • SC woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Juanita B. Torres of Sun City celebrated her 100th birthday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Phoenix on Aug. 30 with approximately 150 guests in attendance.Torres was born in Holbrook on Sept. 5, 1914. She was raised on her father’s sheep ranch in Springerville and attended school in Springerville.She was married to Ishmael Torres on Dec. 30, 1929. The couple worked on her father’s sheep ranch after they were married. Torres did the cooking and baking for the ranch hands. The couple had three children: Joseph I. Torres; Helen B. Dowdy; and an adopted daughter, Cindy Hosain.Her husband passed away on June 8, 1980.Torres has lived in Sun City since 1992.

  • Presbyterian Women's group donates school supplies

    The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Sun City sponsored a back-to-school project to buy backpacks and school supplies for the children at El Mirage Elementary School.The response to the school supply drive was far beyond expectations. More money and supplies rolled in after the supplies were collected at the Presbyterian Women gathering on July 23.A card was inserted in each of the backpacks wishing the children a great school year.The church received a letter from Michelle May, the principal at El Mirage Elementary, after delivery of the backpacks and school supplies.“Dear Members: On behalf of El Mirage Elementary School, I would like to sincerely thank you for the generous donation of school supplies and backpacks for the children in need at our school. We appreciate the support from the community and outside agencies such as yours. Your donation and efforts do not go without notice. Thank you.”• Micki Fischer profiles Northwest Valley residents and organizations in Your Turn. Email Your Turn submissions to her at mfischer@yourwestvalley.com.

  • Ariz. Corp. Commission rivals square off

    PHOENIX -- In a sometimes testy exchange, candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission traded barbs Monday night on whether someone should force the state's largest electric utility to say whether it's putting money into the race and how much.Democrats Sandra Kennedy and Jim Holway said the current members of the commission -- all Republicans -- should demand that Arizona Public Service disclose what funds it or Pinnacle West Capital Corp., its parent company, have provided to elect Tom Forese and Doug Little."They are the APS-chosen candidates,'' Kennedy charged. She said Wall Street analysts have suggested the ability for Pinnacle West to improve its bottom line is likely better with the election of the two Republicans."I want to be good for your bottom line,'' she told the audience watching the televised debate on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate.The whole question of whether the two Republicans were nominated for two open seats because of APS backing and whether they could win the general election with utility help drew an angry response from Forese."The idea that it's impossible that we have broad support is insulting,'' he said, saying he and Little have backing from business groups and many consumers.

  • RCSCW schedules fall events

    As the busy season picks up speed, the Recreation Centers of Sun City West wants to remind residents about the many interesting and fun events that are scheduled in the coming weeks.Starting Oct. 6, the Kuentz Courtyard entertainment series will feature “Jam Sessions” on Mondays, and the “So You Think You Have Talent” concerts on Tuesdays. The Wednesday Happy Hour entertainers will start their season on Nov. 12.The R.H. Johnson Upper Charter Club Open House will be Nov. 1, the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair will celebrate its 36th season on Nov. 8, and the Beardsley Chartered Club Open House is Jan. 3.The annual Holiday in the Park at Beardsley Rec Center will be Dec. 18, and the New Year’s Eve Dance will be at Palm Ridge Dec 31.A new event, Happy Hour at the R.H. Johnson Sports Pavilion, will begin from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, and will be on Fridays and Saturdays. As a special treat, on the second Friday of every month, the Sports Pavilion Happy Hour will be dedicated to all veterans as a show of support to all who have served.For information about these events and other Rec Centers activities, visit scwaz.com.

  • Briarwood golfer aces 2 holes in 1 round

    Ida Breitenberger defied the golf odds when she fired two holes-in-one during the same round Sept. 6 at Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West.Based on statistics from golf.about.com, the odds of getting two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to 1.Breitenberger used a driver for both aces, which occurred on the 124-yard third hole and the 138-yard 11th hole.Her latest golf accomplishment gave her nine total golf aces. She got her first hole-in-one on Sept. 26, 2003, when she shot a hole-in-one at Trail Ridge Golf Course in Sun City West.That first ace in 2003 began a streak of three holes-in-one in a four-month span.Breitenberger took up golf at the request of her husband, Vince, who urged her to avoid becoming a “golf widow.”

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