Your West Valley News: Local news from Phoenix's West Valley communities - Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, El Mirage, Youngtown

El Mirage Glendale Peoria Sun City Sun City West Surprise Youngtown

  • Surprise Fiesta features prizes

    The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department has announced a giveaway during Saturday’s Surprise Fiesta Grande.The city will be raffling off Family Four Packs to Disneyland, SeaWorld and the opening weekend of 2015 Surprise spring training season.  The inaugural Surprise Fiesta Grande is a street-style festival from noon until 9 p.m. in the Original Town Site on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue. This new event will celebrate the Original Town Site.Admission is free.Entry forms for the Fiesta Grande Giveaway are available at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. and online at You can also enter at one of the business vendor partner booths during the event.Winners will be announced at Fiesta Grande between 6 and 8 p.m. at the main stage. Participants must be present to win. Rules and regulations do apply.  

  • Pin Krackers lead High Rollers

    Three bowlers from the Pin Krackers League led the way this week for the Daily News-Sun High Rollers.The Daily News-Sun recognizes top bowlers each week based on scores submitted and published every Tuesday in the Daily News-Sun. This week’s scores are on A9.The Pin Krackers bowled on Sept. 24.Roger Althaus had the men’s high series. He rolled a 769 series with games of 269 and 267.Jack McKay had the men’s high game. He rolled a 285 en route to a 671 series.Sandy Nardone had the women’s high series and high game. She rolled a 246 and finished with a 581 series.

  • Benevilla honors Sun City attorney

    Benevilla named Sun City attorney Robert F. Jeckel as the recipient of the seventh annual Benevilla Legacy Champion Award at a luncheon Sept. 19 at the Surprise Rio Salado College campus.The Legacy Champion Award recognizes professionals who support Benevilla by providing services to the community, volunteering in the community and giving back to those they serve professionally.Jeckel began his practice of law in Sun City where he still practices today. His practice is limited to estate planning — specifically wills, trusts, probate, estate taxes and legal problems of disability among retired persons. Jeckel is a frequent lecturer and speaker throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has lobbied the Arizona Legislature on the issues of retirement and the rights of retired persons, and has also been an instructor at the Sun City Branch of Arizona State University, for ASU’s Sun City Festival, and for the RISE program at the Surprise Rio Salado campus.In announcing the award, Benevilla president and CEO Michelle Dionisio, said, “Bob has been involved with Benevilla since our early days in the 1980s. He served as one of our first board presidents from 1992-93. He served three terms as a board member at Benevilla. He has also been an active speaker for our Benevilla Life Planning Seminars for over 20 years.”Also recognized at the event was Rio Salado College for its community partnership, dedication and support to Benevilla, a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children and families.

  • Police: Glendale mother drops, falls on 3-year-old daughter

    GLENDALE, AZ - A Glendale woman allegedly dropped and fell on top of her 3-year-old daughter while drunk during an interview with officers Sunday, according to a police report. The officers were responding to the area of 51st and Glendale avenues after receiving reports that Teresa Armendariz, 30, was involved in a fight, police said. They found her in the parking lot of an apartment complex with a swollen eye and a scraped knee. Armendariz had her 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter with her and showed signs of intoxication, including the smell of alcohol, a lack of balance and slurred speech, according to police. She told officers she was not involved in a fight and she ignored further questions. At one point in the interview, Armendariz allegedly picked up her daughter and dropped her as she tried setting her down, police said. Armendariz then fell on top of her daughter. She then started cursing at an officer who had helped her up. Armendariz was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and endangerment. The daughter did not suffer any injuries, according to police.

  • Sun City swimmers post victories

    Three Sun City swimmers accounted for seven victories at the Jamina Winston Memorial Meet, completed Saturday at the Kino High Aquatic Center in Mesa.The swimmers were grouped by gender and age.Ann Case placed first in all her events. She won the 50-, 100- and 200- meter butterfly as well as the 50 and the 100 freestyle.Carol Vangel placed first in both her events, the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle.Craig Stephan finished second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 50 freestyle. His performance in the 50 freestyle produced a personal-best time for him.All three swimmers work out with the Sun City Starrs on weekday mornings at the Bell Recreation Center.

  • RCSCW board finds way to tap into community expertise

    Sun City West officials are moving to take advantage of the expertise of some of the community’s retired professionals by making it easier for them to serve on one of the subcommittees that help research and develop policy.The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s Governing Board adopted a pair of minor changes to current rules and policy at its regular monthly business meeting Thursday that formally recognizes standing committee chairs’ choice of naming their panelists or non-committee members to those subcommittees, which are generally created to examine specific issues.For example, the Investments Subcommittee, a subpanel of the Budget and Finance Committee, is continuing to investigate ways the RCSCW can maximize earnings potential of its investment funds.The changes adopted by the governing board drop language the RCSCW’s attorney’s deemed restrictive in naming subcommittees.Previously, Standing Rule 3 and Policy Statement C1, both of which address standing and special committees, or subcommittees, stated that subcommittee members must be members of their parent standing committee.“That’s not what was intended,” said Jack Steiner, director and Public Relations Committee chair. The RCSCW’s attorneys concluded the word “shall” is interpreted to mean “must” in this instance, he said, just before the directors approved unanimously replacing the former with the word “may.”

  • Index ranks Norway tops for well-being of elderly

    NEW YORK (AP) — A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors — and not deducting for cold winters — ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last. The Global AgeWatch Index, released on Tuesday, was compiled by HelpAge International, a London-based nonprofit with affiliates in 65 countries. Its mission is to help older people challenge discrimination, overcome poverty and lead secure, active lives. The 13 indicators measured in the index include life expectancy, coverage by pension plans, access to public transit, and the poverty rate for people over 60. Scores of countries were not ranked due to lack of data for some of the criteria, but HelpAge said the countries included in the index are home to about 90 percent of the world's 60-plus population. Switzerland, Canada and Germany joined Norway and Sweden in the top five. The United States was eighth, Japan ninth, China 48th, Russia 65th and India 69th. According to HelpAge, there are now about 868 million people in the world over 60 — nearly 12 percent of the global population. By 2050, that's expected to rise to 2.02 billion, or 21 percent of the total, the group said. In dozens of countries — including most of eastern Europe — the over-60 segment will be more than 30 percent of the population. HelpAge launched the index in 2013. Among the changes for 2014 were the inclusion of five more countries, and Norway replacing Sweden with the highest ranking. The new report devotes special attention to the issue of pensions and their role in helping older people remain active and self-sufficient. It praised several Latin American nations, including Bolivia, Peru and Mexico, for steps to extend pension coverage even to older people who did not contribute to pension plans when they were younger. Peru's government established a means-tested pension program in 2011 that gives the equivalent of about $90 every two months to older people living in extreme poverty. According to HelpAge, only half the world's population can expect to receive even a basic pension in old age. It urged governments to move faster to extend pension coverage as their elderly populations swell. Release of the Index was timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on Wednesday. Various events were planned in dozens of countries to call on governments and civic institutions to better address the needs of older people. ___ Online:

  • Arizona sees steady rise in suicide rate among middle-aged men

    PHOENIX – Arizona has had one of the nation’s highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state’s overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men.In 2002, the suicide rate for men ages 45 to 64 stood at 34.4 per 100,000. In 2012, that rate was 41.8 per 100,000, a 21.5 percent increase.Among all Arizonans, the rate was 16.2 suicides per 100,000 in 2012, nearly the same as the 2002 rate of 15.9 per 100,000.Christopher Kilmartin, a psychology professor at University of Mary Washington in Virginia, said that men of middle age and older experience changes like plateauing in careers and suffering from health problems. They grow up believing they shouldn’t discuss their emotions when these changes occur.“The most common motive for suicide is to escape from your pain, so if you’ve got nowhere else to go to escape your pain or you think, ‘If I talk to my friend about it, he’ll see me as being unmanly, or if I ask for help it means I’m weak,’” Kilmartin said.The economic recession that began in 2008 played a significant role in the increased rate of suicide among middle-aged men, who are usually lead providers in households, said Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO & co-founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation in Colorado, an organization that aims to curb suicide.

  • Two suicide bomber attacks in Kabul kill 7, wound 21

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops Wednesday, killing seven and wounding 21 people, police said. The bombings, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, came a day after Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact allowing U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year to support Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency. The first attacker hit a bus with Afghan National Army officers, killing seven and wounding 15 in west Kabul, said the city's criminal investigation police chief Mohammad Farid Afzali. The second attacker, who was also on foot, blew himself up in front of a bus in northeastern Kabul, wounding several army personnel, Afzali said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks. Under the security pact, along with a separate deal signed with NATO, about 10,000 American troops and several thousand more from other NATO countries will stay to train and advise Afghan forces after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31. More than a decade after U.S. forces helped topple the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Afghanistan is still at war with the Islamic militant group, which regularly carries out attacks, mainly targeting security forces. There are also serious questions about the ability of the Afghan security forces to take on the militants, even with a residual U.S. force remaining in the country. The pact was long in the making. U.S. officials had first warned their Afghan counterparts that if the security accord was not signed by the end of 2013, the Pentagon would have to start planning for a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. But when the year ended, the White House moved back the deadline, saying then-President Hamid Karzai needed to sign off within weeks. Karzai surprised U.S. officials by ultimately saying he would not sign the accord and would instead leave that task for his successor. But the results of the race to replace Karzai took months resolve, finally coming to a conclusion on Monday with the swearing in of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as Afghanistan's second elected president. Ahmadzai signed the security agreement Tuesday, nearly one year after the White House's initial deadline.

  • Suspect arrested in assault on bus driver in Mesa

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the assault of a bus driver in Mesa earlier this month. Mesa police say 27-year-old Robert Nathaniel White is being held on suspicion of one count of aggravated assault. Police had been searching for a suspect who repeatedly punched the driver at least 20 times in the head and face on the morning of Sept. 8. They say a man asked the driver to move the bus so he could get his bicycle, but the driver was unable to because the street was flooded. Police say the suspect became angry and attacked the driver, who was in his seat with his seat belt fastened. The man then fled the area on his bicycle. White's bond is set at $25,000. He doesn't have a lawyer yet.

  • AG foes' robust exchange touches on qualifications, independence

    PHOENIX -- The candidates for attorney general openly derided one another's experience Tuesday night, each telling viewers during a televised debate their foe is unqualified for the office.Republican Mark Brnovich pointed out Democrat Felecia Rotellini never has taken a criminal case to trial."Folks expect someone with experience because the stakes are too high,'' said Brnovich who had been a federal prosecutor. "With everything going on in this country and the Obama administration about to grant amnesty to millions of people, we need an attorney general who's going to push back against the federal government and also has the experience to hit the ground running from Day One.''Rotellini, in turn, derided Brnovich's experience as "doing street crimes.''"That's not the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's Office,'' she said."The job of the attorney general is doing statewide financial fraud,'' Rotellini continued, pointing out that virtually all criminal cases are handled by county attorneys.

  • Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following the Pentagon's withdrawal. While President Barack Obama has touted the Afghan accord as crucial to protecting progress in the fight against al-Qaida, he's also insisted that had he reached a similar pact with Iraq, it would have done little to stop the rise of the Islamic State militants now wreaking havoc there and in neighboring Syria. "The only difference would be we'd have a bunch of troops on the ground that would be vulnerable," Obama said in August, shortly after authorizing airstrikes in Iraq. "And however many troops we had, we would have to now be reinforcing, I'd have to be protecting them, and we'd have a much bigger job." The president and his advisers have repeatedly said they were left with no choice but to withdraw from Iraq. Under an agreement signed by former President George W. Bush, U.S. troops had to leave by the end of 2011 unless an extension was signed. Negotiations over the terms of a new deal collapsed when it became clear that Iraq's parliament would not give American forces immunity from prosecution, as is typical of such agreements. Obama administration officials also rejected former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's offer to sign an executive order granting Americans immunity. But White House critics, as well as some former administration officials, have suggested that Obama put his desire to end the Iraq war ahead of concerns about the security vacuum the U.S. might leave behind. The president has repeatedly heralded the withdrawal of American forces as the fulfillment of his campaign pledge to bring the unpopular war to a close. Vali Nasr, who served as a State Department adviser during Obama's first term, said, "The administration's leaning was to say we're going to leave, we really want to find all of the reason why we're able to leave Iraq." What's happened to Iraq since then, he said, appears to have affected the way the administration views the necessity of staying in Afghanistan. "There's some motivation to avoid Afghanistan turning into a crisis of ISIS magnitude," said Nasr, who is now dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He referred to the Islamic State group by one of its many names. Even before the rise of the Islamic State group, the White House showed enormous flexibility in trying to get the Afghan deal done. U.S. officials first warned their Afghan counterparts that if the security accord was not signed by the end of 2013, the Pentagon would have to start planning for a full withdrawal. But when the year ended, the White House moved back the deadline, saying Afghan President Hamid Karzai needed to sign off within weeks. Karzai surprised U.S. officials by ultimately saying he would not sign the accord and would instead leave that task for his successor. But the results of the race to replace Karzai took months resolve, finally coming to a conclusion Monday with the swearing in of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as Afghanistan's second elected president. Ahmadzai signed the security agreement Tuesday, nearly one year after the White House's initial deadline. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, cast the agreement as a key step in completing the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. "This is what should have happened in Iraq, and it's essential that the Obama administration does not repeat the same mistakes that it made there," he said. The agreement provides a legal framework for the United States to keep about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist that country's national security forces after the current international combat mission ends Dec. 31. Obama announced earlier this year that he would cut the number of troops in half by the end of 2015 and leave only about 1,000 in a security office after the end of 2016, as his presidency comes to a close. The Afghan government also is expected to sign an agreement this week with NATO that would outline the parameters for 4,000 to 5,000 additional international troops — mostly from Britain, Germany, Italy and Turkey — to stay in Afghanistan in noncombat roles after the end of this year. U.S. military officials say al-Qaida is in "survival mode" in Afghanistan after 13 years of war, but that if all international forces left, the terrorist network would see it as a victory, regroup and again use the region to plan and conduct operations against the West. Some White House critics have questioned whether Obama's decision to publicly choreograph plans to withdraw troops in 2016 allows al-Qaida to simply wait the U.S. out. "What good really is a (bilateral security agreement) that has an endpoint?" Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview. "It's almost pointless." Indeed, there are serious questions about the ability of the Afghan security forces to take on the militants, even with a residual U.S. force. While Obama has insisted the Afghan war will be over by the time he leaves the White House, the security agreement with Afghanistan does allow for U.S. troops to stay in the country for 10 more years. "He would pay a tremendous political price," Nora Bensahel, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said of the prospect Obama could keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016. "But he has the option to pay that political price if he wants."

Pin Krackers lead High Rollers

Three bowlers from the Pin Krackers League led the way this week for the Daily News-Sun High…

More From Sports

  • Phoenix: Music in the Garden

    Friday-Nov. 21: The Desert Botanical Gardens is featuring a variety of musical talents for the Fall Music in the Garden series each Friday. Enjoy performances from local bands at the Ullman Terrace stage. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be at Dorrance Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concerts begin at 7 p.m. Plan ahead and enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, the garden’s restaurant or enjoy the following options at Ullman Terrace: Patio Cafe, chef-attended station, full cash bar and boutique wine sales. Groups that will perform are Flamenco Po La Vida, Bad Cactus Brass Band, Turning Point, Sugar Thieves, Tro De Mambo, the Mike Elread Trio, the Dmitri Matheny Group and Big Nick and the Gila Monsters. Cost for the each concert is $20 for members and $25 for the general public. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more adults by calling 480-481-8104. You must be 21 to attend. For information visit

  • Buckeye: Rocker 7 Farm Patch

    Rocker 7 Farm Patch is a pumpkin patch, corn maze and a fun family experience opening Oct. 11. Located between Buckeye and Goodyear, Rocker 7 Farm Patch is quenching a thirst in the West Valley for a family-friendly activity center this fall. Oct. 11-12, 17-19 and  24-26 they will be open for a fall festival featuring a corn maze, navigating through the Statue of Liberty and a pumpkin patch. Our favorite part of the corn maze is the path options you have. If you are bringing very young kids out or anyone who feels the longer path challenging, you can take the shorter path. Other activities will include tractor-drawn hayrides, a straw bale maze and pyramid, barrel train, 4-H petting zoo, jumping pillow and a tractor tire playground. Rocker 7 Farm Patch is focused on providing an entertaining, yet educational experience for children and is literally bringing the classroom to the farm with school tours being offered on weekdays in October. School tours will include an interactive farm tour and a trip through the pumpkin patch. For more on Rocker 7 Farm Patch, visit

  • Arizona State University gets $4M innovation grant

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University is among 24 colleges and universities nationwide getting a total of $75 million of grants being awarded by the federal Education Department to foster innovation in college value and efficiency. Arizona State's grant is for just under $4 million. Jeanne Wilcox is associate dean of the university's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She says the grant money will be used partly to develop new degrees through which students demonstrate competency through projects in several academic disciplines. Wilcox says another focus will be partnering with Phoenix Union High School District to transition high school graduates into the university with project-based degrees and a new mentoring initiative. That initiative would feature mentoring by ASU students who recently attended high schools in the district.

  • What's PayPal's first solo move?

    NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division. The move marks a 180-degree turn for eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe, who had been adamant in spurning activist investor Carl Icahn's call months ago to spin off PayPal. Donahoe, who will step down after the split is finalized in the second half of next year, said he now agrees that it's the right path for both companies. With the launch of Apple Pay next month expected to reshape the mobile payments industry, Icahn said he's "happy" eBay came around, "perhaps a little later than they should have, but earlier than we expected." Investors were happy too, sending eBay shares up more than 7 percent to close at $56.63 Tuesday. PayPal services $1 of every $6 dollars spent online. It collects fees from over 150 million users who use the online service to send money to other users and pay for goods and services in more than 200 markets. Acquired by eBay in 2002 for $1.3 billion, its partnership with the popular site helped expand PayPal's reach worldwide. The service posted 20 percent revenue growth in the last quarter to $1.95 billion — representing nearly half of eBay's total revenue. PayPal also has staked a claim in the small but swiftly-growing mobile payment arena, and is on track to process 1 billion mobile payments this year. It launched PayPal Here and acquired Braintree and its One Touch mobile payment service, which compete with players such as Square and Google Wallet. The payoff is huge for whichever player can own the space: mobile payments could spike to $58.4 billion by 2017 from just $1 billion last year, Citi Investment Research analyst Mark May said in August. And the pressure is on. Apple Inc., which has 800 million user accounts through iTunes, threw down a gauntlet last month with the announcement of its own digital wallet Apple Pay, slated to launch in October. So what might be PayPal's first solo move? Courting major eBay competitors such as Inc. and newly public Alibaba, who might be more likely to partner with PayPal now that it's not married to a direct competitor, says Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali. The company also could be a takeover target. Squali notes that Google and Microsoft (not to mention Visa and Mastercard), have tried to build online payment platforms with varying degrees of success. And with PayPal "now essentially free to focus on payment innovation, and standing on the shoulders of a well-capitalized eBay, they can act more aggressively to counter new competitors," says R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian. He notes that PayPal will end up with a sizable amount of cash and none of eBay's debt. In a statement, Icahn asserted that PayPal either needs to buy other digital payment services or consider selling itself to another "strong player" to prepare for an industry shakeout that he believes will happen soon. "In light of the development of strong competition such as the advent of Apple Pay, the sooner these consolidations take place, the better," Icahn said. New CEO Dan Schulman will bring both mobile and prepaid payment experience to the company. Schulman, 56, was founding CEO of Virgin Mobile, before leading the prepaid group at Sprint Nextel and most recently expanding mobile and online pay services at American Express. Citi's May noted that few people have that background in financial services, mobile technology and payments — three key strengths to be competitive going forward in digital payments. The benefits of the move for eBay are less clear. The San Jose, California, company was plagued this year with a data breach and an algorithm change at Google that led to fewer hits from the search engine. In its most recent quarter, core marketplaces revenue rose just 9 percent to $2.17 billion, versus a 20 percent jump in payments revenue. Devin Wenig, currently president of eBay Marketplaces, will become CEO of the new eBay Inc., leading both the marketplaces and enterprise divisions.

  • Investors should heed iron rules of money

    No matter who you are, how much you earn or how you invest, a few truths apply to you and your money.• Spending money to show people how much money you have is the surest way to have less money.Singer Rihanna earns tens of millions of dollars, but found herself “effectively bankrupt” in 2009. She sued her financial adviser for not doing his job. He offered a legendary response: “Was it really necessary to tell her that if you spend money on things, you will end up with the things and not the money?”The first iron rule of money is that wealth is the stuff you don’t see. It’s the cars not purchased, the clothes not bought, the jewelry forgone. Money buys things, but wealth — assets such as cash, stocks, bonds, in the bank, unspent — buys freedom and security. Pick which one you want wisely.• Wealth is completely relative.According to World Bank economist Branko Milanovic, “the poorest (5 percent) of Americans are better off than more than two-thirds of the world population.” Furthermore, “only about 3 percent of the Indian population have incomes higher than the bottom (the very poorest) U.S. percentile.” And those figures are adjusted for differences in cost of living.

  • QuikTrip launches new full-service format

    QuikTrip stores in the Valley are undergoing a major overhaul, one even the occasional visitor may have noticed already. The company is changing the format of its stores to be more full-service, and the format change seems to be a successful one. “The old days where it’s just a convenience store battling against a convenience store is over,” Mike Thornbrugh, public affairs manager for QuikTrip, said. “We’re competing against everybody.” And he does mean everyone. With the company’s establishment of “QuikTrip Kitchens,” separate locations designed to produce food for the stores, a full deli has been added to many area stores and the company is eyeing the grocery and bakery markets as well. Thornbrugh said the journey started nearly 10 years ago, when the company decided that, in order to increase expansion and maintain viability, it would have to shift from the classic convenience format to compete on higher and more numerous levels. The first indicator in the stores is an abundance of staff, much more than the two to three people commonly seen in a gas-station convenience store. He said the company has added some 2,000 employees in the last year. “It is a tremendous labor cost but, at the same time, we know if we are going to continue to grow … the full-service side of the bus is where we are headed,” Thornbrugh said. And Tempe seems to be an atmosphere for this bold strategy to flourish. Nefi Guzman, manager of the QuikTrip at Southern Avenue and Price Road, said people are impressed by the changes. “We’re getting a lot of positive feedback, especially when (customers) first walk in here,” Guzman said. “They are just blown away.” The food seems to be popular as well, especially the pizza. Selling pizza by the pan and the slice has proven very popular, something Thornbrugh attributes to years of careful recipe testing in the kitchens. “As soon as a customer tries it, they are hooked,” Guzman said. “They want more.” Contact writer: (480) 898-6581 or Follow him on Twitter at @trevoregodfrey.

Featured columns

  • Consider an autumn leaf-peeping trip

    From pumpkin spice lattes to football season, it’s official: Autumn is upon us.Each fall, trees across the United States, including Arizona, put on a brilliant show of color ranging from dazzling reds to brilliant oranges and vibrant yellows. This fall, why not embrace all that autumn has to offer by taking a scenic drive?AAA Travel experts recommend the following three routes that offer some of the most beautiful fall scenery Arizona has to offer this time of year:• Around the Peaks LoopThis scenic drive is located in the Coconino National Forest in the San Francisco Peaks. It winds through pine forests, aspen groves and around Arizona’s highest mountain, Humphreys Peak. There are numerous spots to stop along the way for a hike, picnic, sightsee and set up camp. It takes about two hours to complete the loop, not including the drive time from Phoenix.• Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway

  • OPINION: GOP needs Walker to prevail in Wisconsin

    Of course it’s important which party controls the House and Senate. But for Republicans concerned about the party’s 2016 presidential prospects, one key race this November isn’t for control of Capitol Hill. It is, somewhat improbably, the fight for governor of Wisconsin.Democrats have been gunning for incumbent Gov. Scott Walker since he and the Republican-controlled state Legislature passed Act 10 — a measure curbing the collective bargaining powers of some public workers — forcing them to contribute more for their health care and pensions, and ending the automatic collection of union dues.It’s hard to remember the incredible intensity that surrounded passage of Act 10 three years ago. Democratic lawmakers fled the state rather than allow a vote on it. Protesters took over the state Capitol. There was an ugly Supreme Court fight. But it became the law.In the years since, Act 10 has been very good for the state budget. The measure has saved the state somewhere between $2 billion and $3 billion, mostly in pension costs.On the other hand, Act 10 has been very bad for public-sector unions. “We’ve lost 70 percent of our membership in the state,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told The Washington Post recently. Teachers’ unions have also been hit hard.Walker’s law is the most devastating blow ever struck to union domination of public services. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that revenge-seeking organized labor will pursue Walker to the grave, and perhaps beyond. This year, AFSCME, the AFL-CIO and others will spend tens of millions, perhaps more than $100 million, in an effort to unseat him in favor of Democrat Mary Burke.

  • Facts about the premium tax credit

    If you get your health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be eligible for the Premium Tax Credit. This tax credit can help make purchasing health insurance coverage more affordable for people with moderate incomes.The Department of Health and Human Services administers the requirements for the Marketplace and the health plans they offer. For information about your coverage options, financial assistance and the Marketplace, visit  EligibilityYou may be eligible for the credit if you meet all of the following:• Buy health insurance through the Marketplace;• Are ineligible for coverage through an employer or government plan;

Facebook on Facebook

Twitter on Twitter


Subscribe to via RSS

RSS Feeds


Sun City West Library "Yarn Bombing" Timelapse

The Mac-Cro-Knit Club of Sun City West set up a surprise "yarn bombing" at the RH Johnson Libr...

Tell Us What You Think!