Tempe, AZ

Mesa panel approves mental health hospital

The Mesa Planning and Zoning Board approved designs for a 100-bed mental health hospital near Elliot and Ellsworth roads over the objections of several residents who live a short walk from the site. Residents who spoke during public comment said they were concerned that Acadia Healthcare’s hospital could result in...
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Ahwatukee Foothills News

Move to oust City Council candidate moving to appeal

The challenger to the residency of the self-proclaimed front-runner in the Nov. 8 General Election for the Phoenix City Council seat representing Ahwatukee has appealed the judge’s ruling in the case. Ahwatukee resident Moses Sanchez’s last Friday notified Superior Court Judge M. Scott’s that he’ll be appealing his Aug....
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Castro loses phone in Pirates' 6-4 loss to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — Rodolfo Castro got the call-up and dropped a call in his return to the big leagues. The Pittsburgh infielder lost his phone during a slide into third base and the Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night. “I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” Castro told Pittsburgh media members through an interpreter. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.” Rookie Tommy Henry (1-1) was sharp in his Chase Field debut, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings for his first big league win.

Phoenix welcomes interim police chief

City Manager Jeff Barton selected Michael Sullivan, who currently serves as deputy commissioner of the Compliance Bureau for the Baltimore Police Department, to serve as the Phoenix Police Department interim police chief starting Sept. 12, 2022. In May of this year, current Police Chief Jeri Williams informed city leadership of...
FOX Sports

Diamondbacks host the Pirates on home winning streak

Pittsburgh Pirates (44-66, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (50-59, fourth in the NL West) PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Mitch Keller (3-8, 4.21 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 88 strikeouts); Diamondbacks: Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.96 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 80 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Diamondbacks -168, Pirates +143; over/under is 8 runs.

Cactus Shadows is serving up new volleyball programs

Cactus Shadows High School, well known for its athletic achievements, is adding two new sports to its list of extracurriculars this year: boys volleyball and girls sand volleyball. “We have a very successful boys volleyball program at the middle school, Sonoran trails, but then it stops. There’s no boys volleyball...
Ahwatukee Foothills News

Traffic concerns snarl Upper Canyon’s bid for city approval

The Phoenix Planning Commission on Aug. 4 dealt a 30-day setback to the developers’ timetable for the massive Upper Canyon development in Ahwatukee after expressing confusion over their request and questioning city staff’s analysis of a related traffic study. Blandford Homes and subsidiary Reserve 100 LLC have the...
West Valley View

Goodyear unveils Civic Square, newly relocated library

The new Georgia T. Lord Library was unveiled at Goodyear Civic Square on Aug. 1, bringing the city’s vision to create the heart of the community to life. City officials, developers and residents were in attendance for the opening of Goodyear Civic Square at GSQ, a project that has been in the works since 1984. The rehoming of the community’s library was a part of that project, not only to better serve residents but to help build a gathering place — the core of the city.

Daulton Varsho leads the D-backs’ charge

“Youth movement” has become synonymous with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Leading the charge are Daulton Varsho, 26, and Alek Thomas and Geraldo Perdomo, both 22. In 301 at-bats this season, catcher/outfielder Varsho had 12 home runs and 45 RBIs with a .233 average before the All-Star break. Thomas, who has...

Mesa metal band excited about upcoming show

The Mesa metal band Bury The Darkness has been pretty busy these days. Band members – all Mountain View High School alumni – spent their free time between full-time jobs rehearsing recording four new songs and working on the launch of a clothing brand — all of which the band plans to unveil when it hits the stage at the Rebel Lounge on Aug. 12.
East Valley Tribune

Ex-teacher responds to sexually abused student’s suit

A former teacher at Desert Garden Montessori School now serving a four-year prison term for pleading guilty to charges from a 19-month sexual affair with an underage student has filed his own reply to a lawsuit the victim has filed against him and his parents who own the school. Calling...