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  • Golfers fire holes-in-one

    The following holes-in-one were reported to the Daily News-Sun:• Lorraine Charles used a 5-wood on Jan. 19 to ace the 134-yard 15th hole at Quail Run Golf Course in Sun City.• Jim Conley used a driver on Jan. 7 to ace the 176-yard 11th hole at Lakes West Golf Course in Sun City. His playing partners were Dave Pedersen, Doug Barton, Allan Walczak and Terry Kjartanson. It was Conley’s second overall hole-in-one.• Larry Olson used a 6-iron on Jan. 9 to ace the 172-yard 13th hole at Echo Mesa Golf Course in Sun City West.• Sandra Duncan used a 7-iron on Jan. 11 to ace the 107-yard 16th hole at Echo Mesa.• Byron Volk used a 5-hybrid on Jan. 16 to ace the 166-yard 14th hole at Desert Trails Golf Course in Sun City West.

  • Liberty Buick drives into first place

    Liberty Buick improved to 2-0 Thursday and moved atop the softball standings in the Sun Cities Central League.Two other teams remain undefeated — the Daily News-Sun and Wanderlust Travel are each 1-0.Liberty Buick 17Hayden Flooring 9Gary Zeman went 4-for-4 with a pair of triples and Liberty Buick pulled away with a seven-run sixth inning.Dan Burke and Brent Hall each went 4-for-4 while Mike Carr, Tom Dellopoulos, Willie Doby and Don Spotts each had three hits in the win.

  • Reid West Golf Gala set at Grandview GC

    It’s that time of year again.The best manufacturers in the game are converging on Sun City West to showcase their latest products during the third annual Golf Gala from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Grandview Golf Course, 14260 Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.Hosted by Reid West Golf Academies and the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, this event provides an opportunity for golfers to try all of the latest clubs from TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, Cobra, Nike, Tour Edge and more.This is Reid West Golf Academies’ largest demo day of the year.A single-day event, it has been a tremendous success throughout the community and typically sees more than 2,000 people in attendance.Throughout the day, top instructors from Reid West will provide free short-game clinics.

National Sports

  • Players set to face renovated TPC Scottsdale

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tom Weiskopf borrowed a design element from Oakmont when he replaced the left fairway bunker on TPC Scottsdale's par-4 18th hole. Out of respect for the historic Pennsylvania club's Church Pews bunker, the course architect refers to the four long, thin strips of raised, turfed ground as islands. "That's reserved for Oakmont. There is only one Church Pews," Weiskopf said. "Those are islands in there. Four islands. Big islands. Some people call them church pews. They can call them whatever they want. You don't want to be in there." At the Phoenix Open this week, players will face a 300-yard carry over the left-side water and need to fly it 340 yards to clear the bunker. The previous bunker ended at 310 yards. The punishing islands are the key feature. "Oh, my gosh, that went through a process of about two months, because the islands were actually a little higher. They were very nice," Weiskopf said. "You know, I had enough controversy as a player. I didn't want controversy. So, we toned them down. I wish we wouldn't have, to tell you the truth." The 72-year-old Weiskopf, a 16-time winner on the PGA Tour who has designed close to 70 courses, directed the $9.2 million renovation that was completed in November. He relished the chance to update the city-owned Stadium Course he teamed with Jay Morrish to design nearly 30 years ago. "I felt lucky to be approached and asked to be involved," Weiskopf. Weiskopf's team moved four greens, resurfaced all of the putting surfaces, reshaped and moved bunkers and tee boxes and replaced the irrigation and drainage systems. The clubhouse also was renovated, bringing the cost to $15 million. Weiskopf used ShotLink data from the last five years to put the fairway bunkers back in play for even the longest hitters. He cut the number of bunkers from 73 to 66 and filled them with white sand that area tour players tested for two years on the back range. "I thought the most important thing that we could do for this tournament was to challenge the tee shot more," Weiskopf said. To reduce frost, the second and third greens were shifted to create better angles to the morning sun. The fourth hole was completely rebuilt, with the green moved away from the hotel, and the 14th green was shifted to a hilltop. "I always thought the 14th green should be up on the hill in a location where you look behind that green and you can see the famous Superstition range behind it," Weiskopf said. "More importantly, we needed to get away from a very tight situation with the road." Mark Calcavecchia set the tournament record of 28-under 256 in 2001 and Phil Mickelson tied it two years ago. The course record is 60, set by Grant Waite in 1996 and matched by Calcavecchia in 2001 and Mickelson in 2005 and 2013. "I would hope we never see the 20s," Weiskopf said. Mickelson said he has always liked Weiskopf's work. "He has great strategy from a player's standpoint," Mickelson said. The greens are better than he expected. "The first year you always have to cut some slack because the greens are firm and unreceptive because the roots haven't had a chance to grow in," Mickelson said. "Surprisingly, the greens are putting very true and in wonderful shape." Keegan Bradley also praised the work. "They did an unbelievable job," Bradley said. "A lot harder, but still very fair. I think this is a great test."

  • AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

    PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. But are the laws strong enough? An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws — one in each state and the District of Columbia — found that fewer than half contain all of the key principles in the initial bill passed in Washington state in 2009. That measure mandated education for coaches about concussion symptoms, removal from a game if a head injury is suspected, written clearance to return, and a concussion information form signed by parents and players. About a third of the laws make no specific reference to which ages or grades are covered. Even fewer explicitly apply to both interscholastic sports and rec leagues such as Pop Warner or Little League. Certain laws make clear they cover public and private schools, others only refer to public schools, while some don't say at all. Almost all lack consequences for schools or leagues that don't comply. "We did make compromises ... in some states where we wanted to get something. A 'B'-level law, as opposed to an 'A'-level law," said NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller, who testified about concussions before Arizona's legislature on Tuesday while in town for the Super Bowl. "Better to get something good, and get something in place," Miller said, "as opposed to shoot for something fantastic in all places — and fail." The laws were passed with remarkable speed, and many were weakened because of concerns about cost. Jay Rodne, the Republican who sponsored Washington's initial law, said putting expensive enforcement mechanisms in the bills would have caused many to fail. Judy Pulice, in charge of state legislation for the National Athletic Trainers' Association, helped guide the NFL as bills were written and was disappointed that the final products didn't include penalties for noncompliance. "What happens if you don't pull the kid out of the game? What happens if you put them back in with no medical release?" Pulice said. "Nothing happens." The AP's review of the laws passed after Washington found that only 21 have all four of the requirements in the model legislation. All but two of the laws call for the immediate removal of an athlete from a game or practice if a concussion is suspected. All but four contain language about education for coaches. Yet only 34 say that before returning to action, an athlete with a head injury must have written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. Just 30 mandate that a concussion information form be signed both by the athlete and a parent or guardian. "They don't all have the (main) principles. Not every state has the same bite as Washington state," said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington and co-chairman of the NFL head, neck and spine committee. He treated Zackery Lystedt, the middle-school football player who nearly died after getting two concussions in a game. Washington's law was named for the teen. After that landmark bill was passed, Ellenbogen recalled, he had a conversation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about efforts to replicate the legislation. "The commissioner asked me, 'What do (you) want to get out of this?' I said, 'I want to see, in my lifetime, 10 more states pass a Zack Lystedt law,'" Ellenbogen said. "And he said, 'No. We're going to get all 50 states. And we're going get them in under five years.'" Goodell pushed for the laws at a time his league was facing almost daily reminders of concerns about the link between football and head injuries. Researchers studying brain tissue of deceased former players such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide, found signs of a degenerative disease also found in boxers and often connected to repeated blows to the head. Thousands of ex-players sued the league, saying it didn't do enough to inform them about, and protect them from, concussions. President Barack Obama suggested fans might have a guilty conscience while watching football. Against that backdrop, Ellenbogen said, the NFL held weekly conference calls with state legislators, doctors and other advocates. Miller, who led the lobbying, estimated the effort cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their success was swift. By comparison, it took more than twice as long to get mandatory seat belt laws passed in 49 states; New Hampshire still doesn't have one for adults. "We wouldn't have had 50 states pass these laws," Ellenbogen said, "if it wasn't for the financial backing and political gravitas of the NFL." Goodell wrote 44 governors whose states had not enacted laws. He spoke about the topic at Harvard's School of Public Health and in an address to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. And when, a few days before last year's Super Bowl, Mississippi became the last state to finalize its law — albeit a measure missing elements — the league patted itself on the back, saying it had "actively advocated" for the regulations. In October, the NFL trumpeted that Goodell would accept the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington's 2014 Leadership Award. Now the question becomes how effective these laws might be in a country where, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly a quarter-million people under 19 were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal, sports-related concussions in 2009. For 10 years, Dr. Dawn Comstock has collected data from athletic trainers at hundreds of U.S. high schools, and she is comparing state-by-state concussion statistics from before and after each law was enacted to try to understand the practical effect the legislation is having. "I'm sensitive to people getting a false sense of security," said Comstock, of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "It's great what (state lawmakers) did. But has it made a difference for any player playing any sport?" Larry Cooper, athletic trainer at a school for grades 7-12 outside of Pittsburgh, charts concussions reported in all sports. In the 2007-08 academic year, three years before Pennsylvania passed its law, there were 10 concussions reported at his school, he said. That rose to 15 in 2013-14, and 18 already in 2014-15. "Parents and student-athletes are much more aware of signs and symptoms," Cooper said. He's not the only one noticing. Despite the weaknesses in a majority of the laws, there does seem to be consensus that they have increased awareness. The NFL's Miller said they can always be amended. "I say, 'Let's go back and make them better.' That's OK, too," he said. "There's only 10 laws that are etched in stone and those are the Ten Commandments. Everything else can be changed. Everything else can be improved." Follow AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Follow AP National Writer Eddie Pells on Twitter at http://twitter.com/epells

  • Lynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined'

    PHOENIX (AP) — Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same. "I'm here so I don't get fined," the Seattle Seahawks' star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Tuesday. It's not clear if his plan will work. About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. But the media-shy Lynch made it clear right from the start he wasn't saying anything except variations of his scripted answer. Lynch set a timer on his phone and told everyone he showed up just to avoid a fine. Lynch caught a bag of Skittles tossed from Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and stopped to pick up a reporter's recorder off the floor before he walked away. The Professional Football Writers of America was talking to the league about the session, and Lynch had been apprised of a potential fine. He is also required to be at media sessions Wednesday and Thursday. In November, the NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch. "I'm fine sitting up here, but not everybody is comfortable with it, so I don't think he should be forced to do it," All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said. Lynch has much more to say when the price is right. Insurance company Progressive and candy maker Skittles released commercials featuring Lynch saying a bit more than his usual: "Yeah" and "Nope" and "Thanks for asking." At Media Day last year, Lynch's reclusiveness became a major story. Lynch appeared for 6 1/2 minutes, left the arena, and then returned to a "mixed zone" the NFL created for players not on podiums or in microphone-equipped speaking areas at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. With the exception of briefly speaking with the NFL Network's Deion Sanders, to the Seahawks' website, and to Armed Forces Network, he did not deal with reporters that day. Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback, tried again to interview Lynch, but got nowhere this time and left laughing. Teammates defended Lynch's behavior. "This is who he is. I don't nitpick or judge, so I just accept a person for who they are," All-Pro safety Earl Thomas said. "I just love who he is. He is so random." Sherman even continued answering questions after the 60-minute session ended. "I don't think (players) should be obligated any more than the commissioner is obligated to speak to the media," Sherman said. "I think that if players are going to be obligated to speak to the media, then every one of the NFL personnel should be obligated to speak to the media weekly, and that's not the case. "It's unfortunate, but I think that every team should be forced to present certain players, obviously a few of them. Obviously, if someone is uncomfortable in front of the media and uncomfortable answering questions, then you have to find a way to accommodate the NFL. This is a game; you find a way to accommodate everyone else who's uncomfortable." Lynch was fined $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during Seattle's overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. The league did not specify what the gesture was, but Lynch grabbed his crotch after scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Lynch was fined $11,000 for a similar gesture in Seattle's win over Arizona on Dec. 21. Lynch also was told before the last game he could not wear gold shoes because they were a violation of the NFL's on-field dress code, and that he could be ejected from the game if he wore them. "He's a guy that cares about everyone in that locker room," assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom Cable said. "Anytime you hand it to him, he's carrying them. He's not carrying the football, he's carrying his team. That's who he is. That's what he does."

  • Surprise police seek help locating missing man, 80

    SUPRRISE, Ariz. – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing senior who disappeared from his family’s house earlier this week.Anthony Pasquale, 80, is described as white, about 6-feet tall and weighing around 250 pounds with green eyes and white hair, according to police.He was last seen by family wearing a baby blue color fleece pullover shirt, dark blue pants and white tennis shoes. He also had on a pair of brown, wire-frame eyeglasses.Pasquale may be driving a white 2004 Ford Expedition, bearing Arizona handicapped license plate (FPL 40).He takes daily medications for minor health issues, police said.He was last seen at his family’s housoe in the 15000 block of West Yucatan Drive.

  • Town site residents want upgraded basics, way of life preserved

    Residents attending last week’s Heritage Overlay District meeting in the Original Town Site had a clear message for Surprise.When considering what improvements need to be made and what to bring into the area they’re asking the city keep it simple and don’t import anything that will change the character this neighborhood has enjoyed for more than 50 years.Priorities included improved infrastructure.Most who spoke Jan. 21 said they didn’t want name brand stores or restaurants, or even large-scale cultural attractions. These residents would rather go out to major events when they can and come home to quiet streets.“We’ve got hoopla close to us,” nine-year OTS resident Paul Washburn said.Through a heritage overlay district, the city can manage what kind of development fills the neighborhood. It also can preserve historical buildings and phase out the spot commercial zoning that brought in industrial developments and marred residential areas.

  • Local author shares political book

    “How Freedom Works” by Surprise author Terry Hjelkrem provides a simple cookbook approach for one to taste the immediate effects of topical and social proposals of the times.This book can help readers capture the essence of current issues without emotion, bias and political and religious buzzwords. It can also help equip students and children with immediate understanding and analyses of civil discourse topics. This book can help readers in their goals of self-improvements and social and political consciousness.Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.Hjelkrem is a war veteran, a retired certified public accountant, a real estate broker, a business owner and an insurance agent.

  • Peoria police begin testing body-worn cameras

    PEORIA, Ariz. – The Police Department has become the latest local law-enforcement agency in the Valley to test the use of body-worn cameras on officers to protect the department against unsubstantiated claims or complaints from the public on police activity.Department officials announced the 6-month pilot Wednesday.“This is the way of the future. We’re moving in a direction that comes with technology. It helps clear up complaints, and we can better track interactions with public,” said Public Safety Department spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto.“If an incident involving a complaint that an officer was rude while wearing camera, it’s easy for a supervisor look back with a citizen and judge for themselves whether that was in fact the case or if the individual was upset because they were being issued a ticket,” Jacinto said.A total of 54 of the Peoria department’s 150 officers will be outfitted with the Taser Axon body cameras, which they will wear on their chest. The participants volunteered for the program and include officers from all shifts across all squad areas of the city, Jacinto said. Once they complete a shift, the officers will download the video into a remote evidence-management system.“The cameras are used to capture any interaction between officers and citizens while on patrol. The use of cameras can often be used to gather evidence during interactions and help eliminate disputes. The cameras are designed to provide an additional layer of accountability for our members and also will offer a degree of additional safety for them as they patrol,” she stated.

  • Busy week, weekend on West Valley roads

    Whether you’re heading to the big game or just about town this week and especially this weekend, there are a few watchwords to remember, according to Valley public safety and transportation officials: Plan ahead and leave early.That includes trips that will not just take drivers near University of Phoenix Stadium, as traffic is expected to affect other areas of the West Valley.Most of the delays, closures and restrictions on the roads will be on local streets in Glendale near the stadium and Westgate Sports and Entertainment District and the major highways in the vicinity.“Drivers have become familiar with the areas that become most congested before Arizona Cardinals games, and those same roads are the most likely to experience delays before the Super Bowl. Drivers might expect more congestion than on a typical football Sunday, but the same areas are likely to be busy,” stated Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Herrmann in an email.In addition to Loop 101 throughout the West Valley, especially near the stadium, Interstate 10 leading to Loop 101 and surface streets near the stadium are likely to see some type of additional volume.“If you are not headed to the stadium for a Super Bowl-related event, I would stay clear of the 101 along with Glendale and Northern avenues.

  • El Mirage man indicted in fatal Glendale shooting New Year's Day

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – An El Mirage man faces charges of first-degree murder and other offenses in the fatal shooting of a Phoenix man and the wounding of two others in a parking lot early New Year’s Day, police have announced.Steven Orozco, Jr., 24, was indicted by a Maricopa County Grand Jury Monday in the death of Keith George, 21, as well as the wounding of two other men, ages 31 and 23, whose identities are not being released by police.The indictment was announced Tuesday afternoon.“On Thursday Jan. 1, 2015, officers in the area of 51st Avenue and Peoria Avenue heard what sounded like gunshots and responded to investigate. This occurred just after 1 a.m. Two shooting victims were located in the parking lot of 5140 W. Peoria Avenue. A vehicle seen leaving the area was stopped just south of Peoria on 51st Avenue, and a third shooting victim was located inside that vehicle. The Glendale Fire Department responded and treated the victims, all of whom were transported to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries. Keith George, 21, of Phoenix, was later pronounced dead at the hospital,” stated Sgt. David Vidaure in a press release.George and the 31-year-old were found in the parking lot, while the 23-year-old was in the vehicle.Orozco was arrested following a search of his house Jan. 16 by Glendale detectives and a SWAT unit. In addition to murder, he faces two counts of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana, Vidaure said.

  • Peoria resident wins national award

    Peoria resident Kirsten R. Lewis won a distinguished national award from the American Probation and Parole Association for her research on secondary traumatic stress among probation officers working with criminal offenders.Lewis is a Maricopa County adult probation officer.This award honors a practitioner who has published an article in a national or regional journal concerning probation, parole or community corrections issues. Lewis was recognized for her achievement last week by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors.The 2014 Sam Houston Award came to Lewis for “groundbreaking” research on stress management and wellness issues among probation, parole and community corrections officers.She has been a probation officer since 1997 and is a member of the staff development team at APD.She created the county’s Stress Management Program for Employees Exposed to Vicarious Trauma, a 2013 National Association of Counties Award winning program for innovation. She has also helped to develop strategies to reduce job stress among officers. Lewis’ research, “Surviving the Trenches: The Personal Impact of the Job on probation Officers,” was published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice in 2013. Her work has also appeared in the APPA’s Winter 2013 Perspectives journal.  

  • Peoria police begin testing body-worn cameras

    PEORIA, Ariz. – The Police Department has become the latest local law-enforcement agency in the Valley to test the use of body-worn cameras on officers to protect the department against unsubstantiated claims or complaints from the public on police activity.Department officials announced the 6-month pilot Wednesday.“This is the way of the future. We’re moving in a direction that comes with technology. It helps clear up complaints, and we can better track interactions with public,” said Public Safety Department spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto.“If an incident involving a complaint that an officer was rude while wearing camera, it’s easy for a supervisor look back with a citizen and judge for themselves whether that was in fact the case or if the individual was upset because they were being issued a ticket,” Jacinto said.A total of 54 of the Peoria department’s 150 officers will be outfitted with the Taser Axon body cameras, which they will wear on their chest. The participants volunteered for the program and include officers from all shifts across all squad areas of the city, Jacinto said. Once they complete a shift, the officers will download the video into a remote evidence-management system.“The cameras are used to capture any interaction between officers and citizens while on patrol. The use of cameras can often be used to gather evidence during interactions and help eliminate disputes. The cameras are designed to provide an additional layer of accountability for our members and also will offer a degree of additional safety for them as they patrol,” she stated.

  • Top students spell their way to regional spelling bee

    The annual District Spelling Bee was held at the Peoria Unified School District's Administration Center Friday, where top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers.The event includes one top speller and seven runners-up who will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in February.The winner of the Annual District Spelling Bee is Seth Reay from Apache Elementary School. Reay won in the 25th round with the word variance.The seven runner-ups include:*         Becca Johnson from Copperwood Elementary School*         Ben Jones from Desert Valley Elementary School

  • Sun Health Research experts tackle dementia, delirium

    Join staff from the Banner Sun Health Research Institute from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday for a free event discussing the difference between dementia and reversible pseudo-dementias.Banner Sun Health Research Institute is located at 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City.Delirium is a medical condition that results in confusion and other disruptions in memory, thinking and behavior, including changes in perception, attention, mood and activity level.Drug interactions and delirium are often confused with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  To register, call 623-832-3248.Since 1986, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, part of nonprofit Banner Health, has been a leader in the effort to find answers to disorders of aging, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Heart seminar promotes exercise

    Sun Health will host a free exercise seminar for heart patients from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 9 in the Juniper Room at Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services, 13180 N. 103rd Drive, Sun City.Rhonda Zonoozi, exercise physiologist and health coach, will lead the session.Registration is required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.Call 623-455-5633 to make a reservation.The Sun Health Community Education Series presents ongoing health and wellness programs on a variety of health care, healthy living and personal safety topics focused on seniors.Events occur several times each month at locations across the Northwest Valley and are presented as a community service.

  • Posse earmarks holiday fund donation to golf car safety

    Each year the Recreation Centers of Sun City management team selects a Sun City organization as the beneficiary of its fundraising efforts.Nearly $7,100 was collected during the last fundraising cycle, and the Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City intends to give back to the community by earmarking a portion of the money for the installation of safety belts in golf cars.

  • PD: Driver couldn't find brakes, crashed into Sun City West pond

    SUN CITY WEST - A 91-year-old driver and his passenger went unharmed after crashing into a pond Wednesday morning in Sun City West.According to Lt. Brandon Jones with Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the driver was traveling on Granite Valley Drive and came upon Meeker Boulevard, when he failed to find the brakes.Air15 video showed the car submerged in the pond, showing only a portion of the backseat out of the water.Both occupants in the car were able to get out safely.Crews arrived on scene and were able to recover the car from the water.

  • Bell Road to remain open during overpass construction

    The design for the Bell Road overpass in Surprise has been finalized and ADOT officials said Bell Road and Grand Avenue will not be closed to traffic during construction. In addition, businesses along the roads will not be impacted.“The city of Surprise is very adamant about keeping this intersection open because this is the lifeline of the city from east to west. And also the lifeline for the residents to get into the businesses and do their shopping,” said Owen Mills, project manager with the Arizona Department of Transportation.Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott was adamant about keeping access open Mills said. They talked about closing it during construction so it would go quicker, “but it was off the table. It wasn't thought of to be a good solution,” he added.ADOT's plan is to have two lanes open in each direction through all the construction phases on both Bell and Grand. Construction is estimated to start in late 2015 and be completed in the summer of 2017.“We are not going to be asked to control people with their travel routes.” Mills said if people are delayed, “they may find alternative routes to take to get around the construction. ADOT is not going to tell them which routes to take.”Some construction phases may require closing parts of the intersection, but that will only occur during nighttime work and at that point direct traffic through an alternative route, affecting a small number of people.

  • SCW fire district leaves thousands in uncollected debts on the table

    The Sun City West Fire District is planning on a future presentation from a collection agency after a financial report during a special meeting revealed unpaid debt from the ambulance service.The unpaid debt comes from those who don’t live in the fire district, said Fire Chief Rob Biscoe.The fire district has policy in place that doesn’t bill residents for ambulance transports after they pay their co-pay. Only non-district patients are billed after the insurance pays its portion.“So, a lot of this is going to be tied to the inter-facility transport side of the operations,” Biscoe said.During a meeting last week, Assistant Fire Chief Mary Dalton reported the figures from November, and the current balance on uncollected money was $167,000. Dalton said there always is lag time in getting the monthly reports.Board Director Dusty Rhodes asked about the chances of the fire district collecting on the outstanding amount.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Bird on the move
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Cardinals All-Pro Patrick Peterson will be at Deer Valley on Tuesday along with the NBC/NFL interactive bus leading up to the Super Bowl.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Liberty vs. Paradise Valley Football
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Liberty defeats Centennial 42-13 in the Division II quarterfinal game on Friday, November 14, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Moon Valley vs. Peoria Football
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 12:44 am

Moon Valley defeats Peoria 40-32 in the Division III playoffs on Friday, November 7, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps.

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Monday 11/03/2014
Peoria vs. Cactus Football
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Peoria defeats Cactus 24-21 on Friday, October 31, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps.

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