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  • Bell Road bridge work in final two months

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of Sept, 26.The update is as follows:Bell Road remains closed until November 22* between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway. Area businesses are open during construction and accessible beyond the “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signage.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option No. 1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.The Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.

  • May bank fraud suspect in Surprise remains elusive

    On May 25 the Surprise Police responded to a fraud report at a local business in the area of Bell Road and Loop 303 in Surprise.According to a store representative, an unknown person, posing as the victim, conducted several fraudulent transactions totaling $15,000.The person of interest is described as a female, with short brown hair, and was last seen wearing a black V-neck top and dark colored glasses.Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the person is asked to contact Detective J. Kulfan at 623-222-4156 or 623-222-TIPS (8477).Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • 1 dead, 2 injured after vehicle side-swipe in Glendale

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Glendale police say a vehicle collision has left one person dead and two injured.Police say the incident occurred Saturday just before 5 p.m. in the area of Northern and 67th avenues.According to investigators, two cars were heading in the same direction when one side-swiped the other.The impact caused one vehicle to veer off the road and hit a utility pole.Police say the driver and two passengers in that car were hospitalized.One, a front seat passenger, died. The driver remains in serious but stable condition. The other passenger has since been treated for minor injuries.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Hot Rod Night At Westgate 9/21/16

    People gather at the Westgate Entertainment District for Hot Rod night on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Cars were lined up the district for people to see along with live music and vendors.  All photos by Independent Newsmedia/Alexandra Gaspar. 

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Get to know the PUSD Governing Board candidates at upcoming forum

    Residents, readers and tax payers can get to know the candidates running for Peoria Unified School District Governing Board before election day, Nov. 8.The public can attend a Meet the Candidate Forum hosted by the Peoria United Parent Council and moderated by Independent Newsmedia.Six candidates are running for three seats. They include incumbents David Jonagan and Judy Doane, as well as newcomers Dr. Russell McConnell, Monica Ceja Martinez and David Sandoval.All six candidates are invited to participate in the forum. Mr. McConnell, Ms. Ceja Martinez and Mr. Sandoval had confirmed as of Sept. 23.Registration begins 6 p.m. and the forum starts at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 29 at the PUSD administrative offices in the administration center board room, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, in Glendale.Voter registration deadline for the general election is Oct. 10, and early voting begins, Oct. 12.

  • Peoria GAIN Annual Public Safety Night set for Oct. 15

    Peoria’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments are bringing together family fun and safety education in one place at the GAIN Annual Public Safety Night, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.This is an opportunity for an up-close look at police cars, fire trucks, specialty emergency vehicles and equipment. In addition, safety organizations will have displays to show how to keep residents and their families safe. The event will include kid-friendly activities such as inflatables, face painting and more. Call 623-773-7099 or visit peoriaaz.gov/gain.

  • Sun City Fire budgets right on target

    The Sun City Fire and Medical Department is on track with its budget for the current year, but could face challenges in coming years.Mike Thompson, Sun City fire chief, and Gabe Buldra, the fire district’s finance director, conducted a budget review last week and found spending on track for the year. The review is part of district officials’ efforts to keep the entity in solid financial shape despite continued economic shifts.“We want to make sure we are where we should be,” Mr. Thompson explained. “We do this review every quarter.”Going into last week’s review the chief was concerned because of recent personnel overtime, equipment purchases and costs to start ambulance service.“We are probably a little under budget, but we’re not in trouble,” Mr. Thompson said.They also reviewed the budget for the coming ambulance service and found, based on service calls, their initial budget during the application process was very conservative.

  • Bell Road bridge work in final two months

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of Sept, 26.The update is as follows:Bell Road remains closed until November 22* between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway. Area businesses are open during construction and accessible beyond the “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signage.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option No. 1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.The Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.

  • LETTER: EPCOR increase does not address district problems

    There have been several letters and articles published in the Independent about the EPCOR wastewater rate consolidation proposed for Sun City.These articles asked Sun City residents to contact the Arizona Corporation Commission to speak out against the proposal, but none of these have actually spelled out the proposal’s economic impact in dollars and cents.The EPCOR proposal seeks to consolidate, or equalize, the wastewater processing rates charged in five wastewater processing districts managed by EPCOR. The rates charged in these five districts range from a high of $71.16 per month to a low of $22.11 per month. Sun City homeowners pay the lowest rate. If EPCOR’s request is approved, the wastewater processing rate for Sun City homeowners will be “equalized” to $41.02 per month. At the same time the rates of three of the remaining districts, where the rates are $60.33, $63.84 and $71.16 will also be “equalized” to $41.02.The increase for Sun City Residents will be $18.91 per month, an 85 percent increase, not a 54 percent increase as stated in a previous letter. This adds up to an annual increase of $277 a year.The EPCOR proposal doesn’t take into consideration why each district’s rates are so different (e.g., established community versus new development) or the economic circumstances of the districts (e.g., wage earners versus retirees). Sun City residents, most of whom live on fixed incomes, will be obligated to help pay the wastewater bills of people we do not know. Sun City will become EPCOR’s piggy bank!Don’t for a minute think that the Corporation Commission will have the best interests of Sun City residents at heart. We need to help the commissioners understand what our best interests are by contacting each of them. The Independent has published articles and letters that included the commissioners’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. A sample letter was also published.

  • Bell Road bridge work in final two months

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of Sept, 26.The update is as follows:Bell Road remains closed until November 22* between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway. Area businesses are open during construction and accessible beyond the “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signage.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option No. 1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.The Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.

  • May bank fraud suspect in Surprise remains elusive

    On May 25 the Surprise Police responded to a fraud report at a local business in the area of Bell Road and Loop 303 in Surprise.According to a store representative, an unknown person, posing as the victim, conducted several fraudulent transactions totaling $15,000.The person of interest is described as a female, with short brown hair, and was last seen wearing a black V-neck top and dark colored glasses.Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the person is asked to contact Detective J. Kulfan at 623-222-4156 or 623-222-TIPS (8477).Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • Bell Road bridge work in final two months

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of Sept, 26.The update is as follows:Bell Road remains closed until November 22* between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway. Area businesses are open during construction and accessible beyond the “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signage.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option No. 1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.The Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.

  • PORA considers removing procedures out of bylaws

    SUN CITY WEST, ARIZ. -- PORA is looking into separating procedures from its bylaws.“You will find anything that is procedure, will come out of our bylaws and then it will go into a procedure manual,” said Lyn Konstant, a PORA director.PORA directors have no complete draft of the new set of bylaws, but are expecting it to be done by October Ms. Konstant noted.She pointed out the bylaws will be strictly about governance.“How we govern ourselves and not the how do we do our business,” said Ms. Konstant. “How do we do our business will be in the procedure manual.”Pulling the procedures out of the bylaws was discussed during the Recreations Centers of Sun City West workshop on Sept. 16.

  • North County Fire will stop using insect spray inside buildings

    A Sun City West North County Fire & Medical District board director is not a fan of insecticides and would like an environmentally-friendly approach used to getting rid of bugs.“We’re paying them to poison us,” said Smitty Smith, a board member who has not sprayed for bugs at his home for 10 years and only uses diatomaceous earth.The topic was discussed during September’s board meeting where Mr. Smith talked about the costs associated with spraying versus using a more natural method.“We’re paying a pest control company $279 a month, $3,300 a year for all the stations and they have a lot of – mostly toxins, carcinogens,” Mr. Smith noted. “I know they’ll tell you that it’s all safe.”He said he worked for a pest control company a couple years after he retired. “None of that stuff they use is safe. They wear gloves and masks, boots,” Mr. Smith added.He proposed the fire district use diatomaceous earth which costs about $2 per pound and that 40 pounds would cost $80 and last about a year. “Put it down around the perimeters and it’s safe. It’s non-toxic,” he said.

  • Bell Road bridge work in final two months

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of Sept, 26.The update is as follows:Bell Road remains closed until November 22* between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway. Area businesses are open during construction and accessible beyond the “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signage.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option No. 1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.The Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.

  • West-MEC breaks ground on campus in Surprise Oct. 6

    West-MEC is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning stages of the construction of their Northwest Campus from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 6 on the future site of the campus in Surprise, the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Grand Avenue.West-MEC Superintendent Gregory J. Donovan, the West-MEC Governing Board, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, the Surprise City Council, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., SPS+ Architects, Architechnology and numerous city and local school officials will be on handThe ceremony will include a light breakfast, a ceremonial groundbreaking and speeches from school officials and local community leaders.The first phase of the 45-$50 million, 19.3-acre campus is scheduled to open in August 2017. Phase 1 will feature four buildings and programs in medical assisting, coding and security, cosmetology and law and public safety.West-MEC, a Joint Technical Education District, could have training in up to 32 careers offered to high school students as well as adults.About 130 Dysart Unified School District students now travel to West-MEC for specialty programs and this will provide a closer site for their commute. Arizona Charter Academy is just south of the site and already sends students to the other three sites.

  • El Mirage restaurant clears air on allowing service dogs

    Donna Brown was ready to walk into Rio Mirage Cafe in El Mirage to enjoy an early dinner with friends with little to no problems.However, an issue arose before her arrival. She had planned to bring her service dog, Mocha, to the restaurant. Ms. Brown’s friends were there before her to reserve a table. Upon telling an employee they were expecting another woman and her service dog, the employee said animals were not allowed inside.“I was flabbergasted,” Ms. Brown said about the situation. She is a Sun City resident of 11 years and has frequented Rio Mirage Cafe for about 15 years. Mocha, a black Labrador weighing about 102 pounds, helps Ms. Brown from falling over; or in the event she does fall, Mocha helps her get up.Ms. Brown spoke to the manager present at the time, and even tried to show papers saying service dogs were allowed in public places. She requested a letter saying the restaurant would not allow animals, but she was told the order came down verbally from Rio’s corporate office.Ultimately, they let Mocha in, but after the night no more animals would be allowed, Ms. Brown recalled the restaurant telling her.Back home, Ms. Brown called the Rio Mirage Cafe’s location in Surprise to see if it, too, did not allow service animals. One of the managers there, Rafael, who used to work at the El Mirage restaurant, told Ms. Brown they allowed them.

  • Bell Road bridge work in final two months

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of Sept, 26.The update is as follows:Bell Road remains closed until November 22* between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway. Area businesses are open during construction and accessible beyond the “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signage.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option No. 1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.The Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.

  • ACC commissioner Bob Burns to hire attorney

    PHOENIX -- The showdown between Arizona Public Service and a state utility regulator over its records has been put off while Bob Burns shops for an attorney. Burns said Thursday he reached a deal of sorts with the power company to give it and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., more time to produce all the documents he subpoenaed. That also puts off Burns' demand that Don Brandt, the chief executive of both companies, submit to questioning under oath next month about political donations and other financial matters. But Burns said he is getting something out of the deal, too: time to find and hire an attorney. Burns had thought when he issued the subpoena last month he would have legal help in deciphering the documents he demanded. But those plans fell through when the other commissioners vetoed his plans to hire outside counsel. It was only last week -- after APS and Pinnacle West sued to quash the subpoena -- that the other regulators reversed course and agreed to let him bring on legal help to defend that lawsuit. "I'm off trying to hire a lawyer,'' Burns told Capitol Media Services on Thursday. He said that is proving more difficult than he thought. 

  • West-MEC breaks ground on campus in Surprise Oct. 6

    West-MEC is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning stages of the construction of their Northwest Campus from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 6 on the future site of the campus in Surprise, the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Grand Avenue.West-MEC Superintendent Gregory J. Donovan, the West-MEC Governing Board, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, the Surprise City Council, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., SPS+ Architects, Architechnology and numerous city and local school officials will be on handThe ceremony will include a light breakfast, a ceremonial groundbreaking and speeches from school officials and local community leaders.The first phase of the 45-$50 million, 19.3-acre campus is scheduled to open in August 2017. Phase 1 will feature four buildings and programs in medical assisting, coding and security, cosmetology and law and public safety.West-MEC, a Joint Technical Education District, could have training in up to 32 careers offered to high school students as well as adults.About 130 Dysart Unified School District students now travel to West-MEC for specialty programs and this will provide a closer site for their commute. Arizona Charter Academy is just south of the site and already sends students to the other three sites.

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