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"Man Down" carries a poignant message about American veterans' mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there. 

  • Dutch Bros doubles down at 83rd and Thunderbird

    The double drive through at the Dutch Bros Coffee near the southwest corner of 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road pumps out orders left and right.The establishment has seen lines in excess of 20 cars during peak times.But coffee fiends will be happy to know a new Dutch Brothers is set to open to alleviate those lines. And don’t worry, the new location will come in on 1.38 acres just across the street near the northeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, just south of the Culvers.The Peoria Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow for the construction of the new drive-through coffee shop and a covered patio area, Nov. 17.Jennifer Stein, a spokeswoman for the city, said the new location could open by spring, once the planning site plan, building permits and construction are complete.“I believe that the new location is primarily intended to absorb the overflow of customers from the current store, which has been so successful that it has created very long lines at the drive-throughs,” she said. “The new store will have significantly more space to accommodate vehicles waiting in the drive-through lanes in an orderly fashion, as well as the capacity to serve more customers in a shorter amount of time.”

  • Car manufacturing company to bring 2,000 jobs to Casa Grande

    PHOENIX -- A California startup will build a $700 million plant in Casa Grande to manufacture luxury electric vehicles. The plan by Lucid Motors, announced Tuesday, eventually will involve hiring 2,000 workers for what would be the state's only car manufacturing operation. The first hires will take place next year, with training of local workers for the jobs through the community and technical colleges in Pinal and Maricopa counties. Plans are to have the first vehicles ready for sale by 2018 with the goal of producing 8,000 to 10,000 built the first year. The goal is full-scale production of more than 50,000 a year by 2022 Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich was part of today's announcement. That is because the plan involves having at least some of the parts built in Mexico and shipped to Arizona for final construction. "This announcement proves without a doubt how bilateral relations can bring prosperity for our citizens when we work for a common goal,'' she said during the event in front of the old state Capitol. "Our two states together as a mega-region are a more attractive place for creating new business.'' Brian Barron, the company's director of global manufacturing, called Arizona the "perfect place'' for his company to set up production operations. 

  • Renaissance Glendale remains area's only 4 diamond hotel

    For the ninth straight year, the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa remains the only four diamond hotel in the Northwest Valley.AAA Arizona’s 2017 list of Arizona five and four diamond recipients is hot off the press. This year, six properties celebrate a prestigious five diamond status, while 63 properties earned the four diamond award.“We are proud to recognize the finest our state has to offer in the hospitality industry,” said Lisa Fell, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Our five and four diamond properties work endlessly to ensure the highest level of service and amenities that guests have come to expect, and we are pleased to bestow them with our five and four diamond designation.”Two new properties were added to the Four Diamond list this year: The Camby, Autograph Collection in Phoenix, and Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.The Wigwam is the only other West Valley hotel or restaurant to make the list. And the Litchfield Park institution did so for the 13th straight year.A total of 69 Arizona establishments earned the AAA designation for 2017.

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  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Surprise incubator techs the halls Thursday

    Check out the latest tech wonders evolving at the city’s business incubator Thursday at the AZ TechCelerator campus and enter for a chance to win some cool tech devices .The AZ TechCelerator’s “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House runs from 5–7 p.m., Dec. 8, at 12425 W. Bell Road.Look at the latest advancements from Surprise’s technology start-ups, including electric vehicle conversions, water desalination, and electric skateboards, all in a joyful setting of holiday music, comfort food, and warm coffee.A raffle will be held at 6:30 p.m. for those who complete a special scavenger hunt, with tech giveaways ranging from a Fitbit Charge 2, Google Home, an Xbox One and more.Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 16 businesses, over 200 jobs graduated, and a local Google corporate office. This year, the AZ TechCelerator reached worldwide with its Global Concierge Services program, which helps international businesses establish local operations in Surprise and has so far generated more than 300 additional community jobs.Learn more at www.aztechcelerator.com or call 623-222-TECH.

  • Surprise Police continue toy drive at several sites

    Recently, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive, the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2016.The police are now asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. The police are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate kids in the community.The police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:• The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, No. 103• The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive• The Sun City Grand Cimarron Center at 17100 W. Clearview Drive

  • Ventana Lakes supports Valley View at fundraiser dinner

    Ventana Lakes residents in Peoria did their part to support the Valley View Community Food Bank.The community hosted a fundraising dinner Nov. 19. A pasta dinner and penny auction were conducted at the Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Lane, with more than 130 attending.Residents of the age-restricted community already contribute nonperishable food items to the food bank that serves a wide area of the West Valley and beyond. Residents Tony and Evelyn DeMont coordinate the collection of donated food weekly from the Ventana Lakes community and deliver them to the Food Bank.They approached residents Kathy and Fred Freda in September about hosting a fundraising event and they agreed.A penny auction was added, including items donated from community residents.Mr. and Mrs. Freda presented Jesse Ramirez, food bank director and founder, with an initial contribution of $1,200 raised from the dinner proceeds. However, he was not able to stay to the end of the event to see that another $800 was raised in the penny auction.

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Peoria announces 2017 spring training schedule

    The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.Peoria will be entering its 24th season of spring with the opening game Feb. 25 between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres in the annual charity game benefiting the Peoria Diamond Club. The final game is an evening game March 31 with the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies and a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the season.“I am so proud to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat, in a press release. “Spring training is a driving force in our economy and, with record-breaking attendance the last two years, we are excited to bring America’s favorite pastime to our residents once again.” The San Diego Padres’ home slate is highlighted by an early season matchup against the division rival San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., Feb. 28, and a fireworks show after the 6:40 p.m. game versus the Chicago White Sox March 3. The Seattle Mariners’ schedule features a Saturday matinee against the San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., March 18, and a 7:10 p.m. contest against the division rival Oakland Athletics on March 21. Be sure to mark your calendar for The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, play in Peoria four times in six days, March 8-13.“We are eager to hear the words ‘play ball’ more than ever,” said Chris Calcaterra, Community Services Deputy Director. “We have taken our fan experience to another level with our latest addition, Peoria Cove, which is a coastal-themed playground for children that is unlike anything else in the Cactus League.”MLB pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training by Feb. 14 and position players are due by Feb. 17. Clubs’ first full squad workouts are scheduled to begin the day after position players report. Each team in the Cactus League may have varying report days. To find the complete 2017 Peoria home schedule, visit springtrainingpeoria. com.

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Sun City West Community Fund offers help for residents

    Residents in need have an opportunity for help through the Community Fund of Sun City West.Thjose in need can call the fund hotline at 623546-1122 for help with utility, medical, water, trash or even a mortgage.The Community Fund of Sun City West relies on donations from the public.Those interested in contributing can call the hotline or visit the agency website, www.communityfundsuncitywest. org. Donors can also mail a check to CSSCW, 13940 W. Meeker Blvd., No. 115, PMB 613, Sun City West, AZ 853750900.The fund helped with $92,000 worth of bills in 2015 for Sun City West residents.The fund is a qualifying charitable organization in Arizona.

  • Surprise Police continue toy drive at several sites

    Recently, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive, the Surprise Police Department’s Toy Drive 2016.The police are now asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. The police are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate kids in the community.The police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:• The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, No. 103• The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive• The Sun City Grand Cimarron Center at 17100 W. Clearview Drive

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Peoria announces 2017 spring training schedule

    The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.Peoria will be entering its 24th season of spring with the opening game Feb. 25 between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres in the annual charity game benefiting the Peoria Diamond Club. The final game is an evening game March 31 with the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies and a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the season.“I am so proud to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat, in a press release. “Spring training is a driving force in our economy and, with record-breaking attendance the last two years, we are excited to bring America’s favorite pastime to our residents once again.” The San Diego Padres’ home slate is highlighted by an early season matchup against the division rival San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., Feb. 28, and a fireworks show after the 6:40 p.m. game versus the Chicago White Sox March 3. The Seattle Mariners’ schedule features a Saturday matinee against the San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., March 18, and a 7:10 p.m. contest against the division rival Oakland Athletics on March 21. Be sure to mark your calendar for The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, play in Peoria four times in six days, March 8-13.“We are eager to hear the words ‘play ball’ more than ever,” said Chris Calcaterra, Community Services Deputy Director. “We have taken our fan experience to another level with our latest addition, Peoria Cove, which is a coastal-themed playground for children that is unlike anything else in the Cactus League.”MLB pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training by Feb. 14 and position players are due by Feb. 17. Clubs’ first full squad workouts are scheduled to begin the day after position players report. Each team in the Cactus League may have varying report days. To find the complete 2017 Peoria home schedule, visit springtrainingpeoria. com.

  • Detective stays vigilant with cold cases

    On May 24, 1996 Diana Shawcroft, 20, and Jennifer Lueth, 19, took a short walk to a mini-mart to buy some cigarettes and soda.The two best friends never returned. Their bodies were found three months later in a remote desert 100 miles north of Phoenix.The murdered girls are now among Glendale Police’s 60 cold cases, No. 96-47770.A case is considered cold when all leads such as lab work, interviews and information received have been exhausted and that can sometimes take up to a year, according to Glendale Detective Roger Geisler.The department began in 2007 featuring it cold cases on its website at https://www.glendaleaz.com/police/coldcaseinformation.cfm in the hopes someone would come forward with a tip that would help solve the murders.What is known about Ms. Shawcroft and Ms. Lueth’s case is the store cashier saw the two, who lingered in front of the store, talk to a man who pulled up in a blue truck. They got into his vehicle, which then drove off.

  • Ventana Lakes supports Valley View at fundraiser dinner

    Ventana Lakes residents in Peoria did their part to support the Valley View Community Food Bank.The community hosted a fundraising dinner Nov. 19. A pasta dinner and penny auction were conducted at the Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Lane, with more than 130 attending.Residents of the age-restricted community already contribute nonperishable food items to the food bank that serves a wide area of the West Valley and beyond. Residents Tony and Evelyn DeMont coordinate the collection of donated food weekly from the Ventana Lakes community and deliver them to the Food Bank.They approached residents Kathy and Fred Freda in September about hosting a fundraising event and they agreed.A penny auction was added, including items donated from community residents.Mr. and Mrs. Freda presented Jesse Ramirez, food bank director and founder, with an initial contribution of $1,200 raised from the dinner proceeds. However, he was not able to stay to the end of the event to see that another $800 was raised in the penny auction.

  • MAG offers 2016 household travel survey

    Maricopa Association of Governments hopes to make future trips better by learning more about how people travel in the Valley.Participants will be compensated for their time, $10 per household member age 6 and older.People can go to http://portal.optimumesp.com/oesp/takeSurvey.htm?token=137g8241kakn8 to see if they are eligible to participate.If qualified, an online registration must be completed, a smartphone app must be downloaded and must answer questions online about travel for those 6 and older.Responses and all-study related data are confidential. For more information, call 602-707-0050 or email MAGTravelSurvey@AskArizona.comMAG serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

  • Peoria announces 2017 spring training schedule

    The 2017 spring training schedule for Peoria Sports Complex has been released.A new kids’ playground will be featured in the 24th spring training season.Peoria will be entering its 24th season of spring with the opening game Feb. 25 between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres in the annual charity game benefiting the Peoria Diamond Club. The final game is an evening game March 31 with the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies and a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the season.“I am so proud to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat, in a press release. “Spring training is a driving force in our economy and, with record-breaking attendance the last two years, we are excited to bring America’s favorite pastime to our residents once again.” The San Diego Padres’ home slate is highlighted by an early season matchup against the division rival San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., Feb. 28, and a fireworks show after the 6:40 p.m. game versus the Chicago White Sox March 3. The Seattle Mariners’ schedule features a Saturday matinee against the San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m., March 18, and a 7:10 p.m. contest against the division rival Oakland Athletics on March 21. Be sure to mark your calendar for The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series opponents, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, play in Peoria four times in six days, March 8-13.“We are eager to hear the words ‘play ball’ more than ever,” said Chris Calcaterra, Community Services Deputy Director. “We have taken our fan experience to another level with our latest addition, Peoria Cove, which is a coastal-themed playground for children that is unlike anything else in the Cactus League.”MLB pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training by Feb. 14 and position players are due by Feb. 17. Clubs’ first full squad workouts are scheduled to begin the day after position players report. Each team in the Cactus League may have varying report days. To find the complete 2017 Peoria home schedule, visit springtrainingpeoria. com.

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