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  • Results have Roe, Lopez, Hartke winning council seats

    The Chandler City Council race appears to be decided, with Kevin Hartke, Terry Roe and Rene Lopez set to win seats without having to participate in a fall election.Roe and Lopez will take over for Trinity Donovan, who is scheduled to be termed out, and Jeff Weninger, who is running for the state Legislature. Weninger won his primary along with J.D. Mesnard and will head to the Nov. 4 general election.Mayor Jay Tibshraeny was re-elected after running unopposed.Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock said the results are unofficial as early ballots and provisional ballots have not been processed. The process could last through the weekend.Roe, a retired police sergeant, said the key to his success in his third run at the council was gaining public notice.“It was never good enough to be a retired police sergeant to be elected in Chandler,” he said. “Chandler wanted to know who I was and what I stood for and today I think that’s largely been accomplished.”

  • Chandler PD: Man impersonating SRP employee in phone scam

    A man impersonating a Salt River Project employee is telling local businesses their power will be shut off without payment, according to the Chandler Police Department.Police said in a statement the phone scam involves a man calling businesses, claiming the power bill is past due and power will be shut off within the hour. He then instructs the business to buy a pre-paid credit card and share the card’s access code to cover the remaining balance.SRP said it does not notify customers by phone if the bill is past due, but rather through a delinquent reminder bill.Anyone who has received a similar phone call and has not reported should call the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130.SRP asks that customers never give their personal or financial information to any caller or visitor. Business customers can call the SRP Business Contact Center at (602) 236-8833, and residential customers can call (602) 236-8888 for accurate account information.Customers can also find additional information at srpnet.com/scam.

  • Ducey wins GOP gubernatorial primary, to face Dem. DuVal in November

    Doug Ducey apparently walked away with the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, beating out five other contenders.And today he starts off today with the chore of uniting the party after a particularly divisive – and expensive – primary.Despite an endorsement by Gov. Brewer, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith trailed badly, having been vastly outspent by Ducey. But money was not the deciding issue, as former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones also came up short despite putting $5.3 million of her own cash into the race.Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former California Congressman Frank Riggs and disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were never really in the running, outspent by the other three.The heated campaign – including sharp attacks on the other five contenders by Thomas – means Ducey starts with the backing of less than half the party faithful. It also means that all the nasty things each said about each other will have to be swallowed, with smiles all around, if the Republicans are to maintain their hold on the governor's office being vacated by Brewer.The governor, however, also swallowed hard, taking the stage Tuesday night next to Ducey and promising to do what she can to get him elected in November.

  • Ducey wins GOP gubernatorial primary, to face Dem. DuVal in November

    Doug Ducey apparently walked away with the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, beating out five other contenders.And today he starts off today with the chore of uniting the party after a particularly divisive – and expensive – primary.Despite an endorsement by Gov. Brewer, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith trailed badly, having been vastly outspent by Ducey. But money was not the deciding issue, as former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones also came up short despite putting $5.3 million of her own cash into the race.Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former California Congressman Frank Riggs and disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were never really in the running, outspent by the other three.The heated campaign – including sharp attacks on the other five contenders by Thomas – means Ducey starts with the backing of less than half the party faithful. It also means that all the nasty things each said about each other will have to be swallowed, with smiles all around, if the Republicans are to maintain their hold on the governor's office being vacated by Brewer.The governor, however, also swallowed hard, taking the stage Tuesday night next to Ducey and promising to do what she can to get him elected in November.

  • Jazz event set to raise money for Gilbert 4-year-old’s cancer treatment

    What started as an accident at her preschool has led to multiple months of chemotherapy treatment for Gilbert 4-year-old Olivia Dodson, whose family has organized an event on Sept. 7 to raise funds for cancer treatment.Olivia’s mom, Sarah, said her daughter’s bought with AML, or acute myeloid leukemia, began a few months ago when a classmate accidentally hit her in the face with a ball. The impact resulted in a sizable bruise, albeit one that took awhile to go away.It was then that the family began to notice more and more bruises on Olivia in places like the upper arms where most kids wouldn’t get them. The family intended to take Olivia to the doctor after a spring trip to New York, but another bruise on the forearm — one Olivia couldn’t remember receiving — forced a trip to the doctor’s office and a diagnosis of AML on March 7.“I don’t know what would have happened when we were in New York,” Sarah said.According to the Mayo Clinic, those bruises are one of the symptoms of AML, which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It’s an aggressive form of cancer that forms quickly and is treatable with a series of four chemotherapy sessions within the span of a few months.Unfortunately, the chemotherapy is potent and wipes out the immune system, and it requires hospital stays that can last weeks. Sarah said Olivia recently completed the fourth session, one that forced her to stay at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for six weeks.

  • Police clear Gilbert High coach Rutt of theft allegations, district still investigating

    The Gilbert Police Department has cleared Gilbert High School football head coach Tim Rutt of allegations of theft made against him last week.In an email, Gilbert Police spokesperson Jesse Sanger said detectives reviewed allegations that Rutt misappropriated items valued at $2,000 and determined a crime was not committed. Rutt, who was placed on paid leave by the Gilbert Public Schools district on Aug. 14, was accused of theft by a member of the booster club.District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone said in an email Rutt will remain on paid administrative leave until Gilbert Public Schools completes its investigation into the allegations. He said the district does not have a specific date for an end to the investigation."We will proceed in a timely manner and ensure that the process is thorough," Nardone said.That could mean Rutt will not coach Thursday's opener against Mesquite High School. Gilbert High School Athletic Director Dan Haasch said in an email Assistant Coach Jared Baker will lead the team this week. Haasch said the school will not name an interim head coach and will instead have the entire staff serve as the Tigers' coach.Attempts to contact Rutt for comment were not returned.

  • Territorial Days and Wildlife fest are Worth the Trip

    CHINO VALLEYTerritorial Capital Days Pancakes & ParadeIn need of some small-town Americana? Take a Saturday morning jaunt to Chino Valley’s annual Territorial Days celebration — themed this year around the town’s railroad history — which kicks off with a down-home pancake breakfast (served from 6 to 11 a.m.), followed by a parade (starting at 9:15 a.m.) and a day full of activities, food and vendors at Memory Park. If you’re an early riser, you can also participate in the 7:15 a.m. 2-mile or 10K races that benefit the Chino Valley High School cross country team. The Chino Valley Lions and Lionesses sponsor the event in conjunction with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.DETAILS >> Pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m., parade at 9:15 a.m., with activities and food available until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Parade begins near the Heritage Middle School, 1076 N. Road 1 W. with festivities continuing throughout the day at Memory Park, 1020 W. Palomino Road. (928) 636-2493 or ChinoValley.org.PINETOP-LAKESIDEWildlife and Science Festival

  • 10 things to do this weekend and beyond

    Red Rocks Music FestivalThis four-day festival of classical chamber and operatic music starts with two concerts Thursday and Friday in Phoenix before heading to Sedona for the weekend. Thursday’s show features a quartet playing the works of Gabriel Fauré and César Franck and Friday’s performance, “The Magnificent Blend of Voice & Strings,” will include the vocal talents of soprano Ariana Wyatt and baritone Adam Margulies.DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29. Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $28 for each show or $48 for both. (877) 733-7257 or RedRocksMusicFestival.com.English Country DancingThis traditional style of folk dance has been around for hundreds of years and underwent a revival in the U.S. and Great Britain in the 20th century. Steps are not difficult to learn, partners are not necessary for the classes and dress is informal.DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $7 per person. (602) 258-0109 or AZIrish.org.

  • Quick Look: New this week at the movies

    >> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.A Five Star Life (subtitled)Stylish and independent, Irene is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge’s manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment’s notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia, two lively young nieces, and best friend — and former lover — Andrea. But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. Starring: Lesley Manville, Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Alessia Barela, Gianmarco Tognazzi. Not RatedEs El Chapo?In February, the world’s biggest drug lord, Chapo Guzman, was reportedly captured in Mazatlan, Mexico, without a single shot being fired. Many people in Mexico and the U.S. don’t believe it’s the real Chapo Guzman who was arrested. Filmmaker Charlie Minn visits the home state of Chapo Guzman in Mexico to get answers. Not RatedIf I Stay

  • ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ gets it right, says Higley’s Zubey

    Inspirational sports movies are not uncommon, but the 12-year, 151-game winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team — the longest consecutive winning streak in American team sports history — is extraordinary. That story and the story of Coach Bob Ladouceur comes to the big screen Friday, Aug. 22, in director Thomas Carter’s film “When the Game Stands Tall,” based on Neil Hayes’ book of the same name.The film, starring Jim Caviezel as the soft-spoken Ladouceur and Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson, starts in 2003, when the streak comes to an end, but the making of young men begins.“It ain’t about the football. It ain’t about scoring touchdowns. It’s about moving you in a direction that can assist you and help you to grow up … so that when you take your place out in the world and out in our community you can be depended on,” Coach “Lad” tells his team in a scene from the film.That focus on character, service to others, and caring for each other like family is true to life, says Higley High School football coach Eddy Zubey, who graduated from De La Salle in 1995, having played in the ’92, ’93, and ’94 seasons with the Spartans. Zubey’s older brother also graduated from De La Salle — a private Roman Catholic school for boys in Concord, Calif. Their father coached freshman football there before passing away from cancer.“Coach Lad taught me stuff my mom couldn’t, like how to shave. My situation was unique from the standpoint that he knew my dad. I was only 7 years old when my dad passed away and my mom never remarried. Coach Lad really took me under his wing,” says Zubey, who saw the movie in a pre-release screening.Zubey says Caviezel “nailed” his portrayal of Coach Ladouceur, who just retired in 2013 as head coach at De La Salle, where he is now the running backs coach. Ladouceur acted as a consultant for the film, as did his assistant coach, Terry Eidson.

  • Worth the Trip: Elgin wine fest and Prescott rodeo

    ELGINMagdelena BashSaunter down to southern Arizona, where the elevation is higher, the air cooler, and the wine flows in abundance, particularly this weekend at the annual harvest festival — named in honor of the owner’s grandmother, who celebrates her 95th birthday this year — at Kief-Joshua Vineyards, where you’ll enjoy wine tastings, food, and live music from country-western singer Andy Hersey and the well-known Phoenix group The Dry River Yacht Club.DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin. Admission is free, tastings are $8 (which includes a souvenir glass) or $5 if you bring your own glass. (520) 455-5582 or KJ-Vineyards.com.PRESCOTTCowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding

  • Chandler Center For The Arts celebrates 25 years with free weekend events

    Three days of free events kick off the Chandler Center for the Arts’ 25th season. Plugged In, a concert featuring nine of the best youth bands in the Valley, starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. On Saturday, the center hosts an open house during the day with face painting, balloon artists and live music on three stages followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of The Music of Motown starring Joe Bourne playing the Motown hits of the 1960s. On Sunday at 3 p.m., ¡FlaMEXico! celebrates the musical confluences of Spain’s flamenco and Mexico’s mariachi styles.DETAILS>> Aug. 22-24, times vary. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2680 or ChandlerCenter.org.

  • Gilbert downs Mesquite 27-14

    With head coach Tim Rutt on paid administrative leave after allegations surfaced that he misappropriated items worth roughly, the Tigers rallied around replacement coach Jared Baker to beat Mesquite 27-14 on Thursday night.“The first couple of days it was a little issue because it kind of catches you off guard,” Baker said of preparing the team without Rutt. ”These kids are physically and mentally tough and they did an awesome job.”Quarterback Nick Nezami, a transfer from Texas, was on point for the Tigers going 17-for-27 for 205 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Nezami found wide receiver Rico Yanez for a seven-yard touchdown pass with 5:39 left in the first quarter to give Gilbert a 6-0 lead after the extra point was missed.The Tigers would extend their lead in the second quarter when Nezami connected with Yanez again, this time for a 25-yard score, and hit wide receiver Jamian Maes to put the Tigers up 20-0 going into halftime.Gilbert would score once more on a six-yard run from running back Mario Meza, but Mesquite wasn’t ready to roll over and play dead. With less than four minutes left, the Wildcats got on the board on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Austin Brice to cut the lead to 27-7. The Wildcats Ryne Miller then intercepted a pass from Gilbert backup quarterback Dane Stankiewicz and returned it 55 yards for a score.“I would lie if I said I didn’t get worried I mean but that’s football,” Baker said.

  • Police clear Gilbert High coach Rutt of theft allegations, district still investigating

    The Gilbert Police Department has cleared Gilbert High School football head coach Tim Rutt of allegations of theft made against him last week.In an email, Gilbert Police spokesperson Jesse Sanger said detectives reviewed allegations that Rutt misappropriated items valued at $2,000 and determined a crime was not committed. Rutt, who was placed on paid leave by the Gilbert Public Schools district on Aug. 14, was accused of theft by a member of the booster club.District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone said in an email Rutt will remain on paid administrative leave until Gilbert Public Schools completes its investigation into the allegations. He said the district does not have a specific date for an end to the investigation."We will proceed in a timely manner and ensure that the process is thorough," Nardone said.That could mean Rutt will not coach Thursday's opener against Mesquite High School. Gilbert High School Athletic Director Dan Haasch said in an email Assistant Coach Jared Baker will lead the team this week. Haasch said the school will not name an interim head coach and will instead have the entire staff serve as the Tigers' coach.Attempts to contact Rutt for comment were not returned.

  • Photos: Campo Verde vs Goldwater Football

    The football game between Campo Verde and Goldwater at Campo Verde High School on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • Photos: Williams Field vs Show Low Football

    The football game between Williams Field and Show Low at Williams Field High School on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • Williams Field defense steps up in 31-7 home win over Show Low

    Williams Field senior running back Braedyn Bushman ran for two touchdowns in the second half to help the Blackhawks secure a 31-7 victory over Show Low on Friday night.Bushman finished the night with 25 carries for 172 rushing yards and the two rushing touchdowns in the final two quarters, but he and the rest of the Blackhawks offense had a hard time finding the end zone early in the game. Despite dominating the time of possession, the Williams Field offense stalled in the first half because of penalties and turnovers.“We were just sloppy,” said Williams Field head coach Steve Campbell. “The good news is that they’re things that we can clean up. I think that in game one, there’s a lot of that. There’s a lot of sloppiness. You’re not used to going against other opponents. You’re not used to a lot of the atmosphere and that type of thing.”The Blackhawks finished the game with 117 total penalty yards. Campbell said he was still content with the performance, especially since it was nine of his starters first varsity game.When the Williams Field offense did not hinder itself, it had no problem moving the ball down the field, and Bushman said the Blackhawks cleaned up their act in the second half.“I think really what happened was we just stopped the mental mistakes,” he said. “We stopped doing the little off-sides penalties. We started doing the little things right and we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot with stupid little mistakes.”

  • Gilbert Campo Verde opens season with 35-7 win against Goldwater

    This early in the season, football teams are still trying to work out the kinks. Campo Verde coach Max Ragsdale feels like there are still several of them to be worked out in his team despite beating Barry Goldwater 35-7 on Friday night.“A lot of room for improvement,” he said. “A lot of mental errors.”Campo Verde (1-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two rushing touchdowns from running back Zac Wheeler. The Coyotes’ rushing attack worked well, as Wheeler finished with 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.“I felt we did pretty good,” he said. “Obviously we need a little bit more tweaks, we’re not all of the way there yet. We need to pick up the intensity and a little bit more tempo but overall we did alright.”The passing game didn’t fare as well as the ground attack; Campo Verde quarterbacks Cole Pineda and Dylan Wright combined to go 6-of-20 for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The battle between the two is still ongoing, Ragsdale said.“We’re still evaluating. We don’t know who our guy is,” he said. “We wanted to make sure everybody got some reps, live game reps behind the first group of offensive linemen and we wanted to make sure it got done that way.”

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  • Chandler Chamber of Commerce organizing education forum

    The Chandler Chamber of Commerce will have a forum to discuss issues related to higher education on Sept. 4.Attendees can listen to experts in the field like Arizona State University President Michael Crow and University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart discuss the importance of having a post-secondary degree for business success.The event will take place at Crowne Plaza San Marcos, located at 1 N. San Marcos Place, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information visit http://business.chandlerchamber.com/events/details/education-forum-breakfast-8376.

  • Ovation at Tempe complex purchased for $25.85 million

    Passco InSite, LLC has purchased a multifamily complex in Tempe for more than $25 million.Passco Insite, which is a joint venture between Passco Companies, LLC and InSite Investment Realty, acquired the 270-unit Ovation at Tempe for $25.85 million. The company intends to renovate the facility to upgrade unit interiors, add carports and other amenities, and better Ovation’s exterior.

  • Athleta opens new location at Chandler Fashion Center

    Athleta recently opened its second location in Arizona at the Chandler Fashion Center.The store, which opened on Aug. 19, sells clothing for fitness purposes like yoga, spinning, running, cycling and other activities. There’s also a free fitness class offered at Athleta, which has a second location in Scottsdale.Visit athleta.gap.com for more information.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Keeping the Faith: Belief, not belligerency

    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author.Peter wrote this during a time when Christianity was new, unheard of in most places, and very often viewed with suspicion. Thus, a graceful and thoughtful explanation “for the hope that you have” was absolutely required. Thousands of years later, Christianity is still handled with suspicion by many. Not because it is a novel invention, but because a large core of its adherents have misapplied Simon Peter’s good words.Having a “prepared answer” — that is a ready opportunity to interact, dialogue, and discuss beliefs with others — has been replaced with defensiveness, anger, and out-and-out hostility toward those who see things differently. Many have forgotten to read the second half of old St. Pete’s instructions: “But do this in a gentle and respectful way,” he said.Yes, I am a follower of Jesus. Yes, I consider myself a Christian (on most days). Yes, there are a number of essential beliefs important to me and to which I hold. Yes, some of these beliefs are in conflict with the beliefs of others, and these conflicts are not easily dismissed. But my beliefs, as important as they may be, do not give me the right to be belligerent toward others who do not share my beliefs.I will allow that Christians aren’t the only ones who behave this way. Devotees to other faiths, politicians of all parties and persuasions, soccer fans, college alumni, and those with all manner of competing opinions will attack, degrade, and smear those they consider their opponents. The intent, it seems, is clear: Win the argument at all costs.This cutthroat way of life is consuming every facet of our society, resulting in a complete collapse of common civility — that’s a column unto itself — and there is no relief on the near horizon. Anywhere there is an “us” versus “them” attitude there will be nothing but antagonism and disappointment until “them/they” are somehow rehabilitated or totally vanquished in favor of “us/we.”

  • Take me Home: Beautiful Hannah is a great companion

    Hannah is a beautiful girl, estimated to be a 2-year-old Shepherd blend. She originally was found as a stray in Yuma. She weighs more than 60 pounds. Hannah is a great companion for humans, however, not so much for other animals. She becomes possessive if dogs are around and want her toys or her food. She’ll need to be the only animal in the home because of this. She can and does, however, interact with other dogs when there are no toys or food around.Hannah isn’t too great with her doggy manners upon meeting new dog friends. Volunteers at the shelter say she’s an awesome dog with people and they have no doubt that even though she needs to be the only animal in the home she’ll be enough to fill the role of companion. She’s been spayed, microchipped and is up to date on vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $125. Hannah calls Friends for Life Animal Rescue in downtown Gilbert home for now until a forever family is found.To learn more about Hannah, contact Friends for Life at (480) 497-8296 or visit www.azfriends.org.

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