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  • 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.

  • Early results have Giles topping Ray in Mesa mayoral race

    Mesa voters tabbed attorney John Giles to serve the remainder of Scott Smith's term as mayor on Tuesday.Preliminary results show Giles, who served on the Mesa City Council from 1998 to 2000, has defeated opponent Danny Ray in the race to become Mesa's new mayor by more than 19,000 votes and a 73- to 27-percent margin. Giles will replace interim Mayor Alex Finter to serve the final two years of Smith's term as mayor. Smith left his seat to run in the Republcian gubernatorial primary, where he lost to Doug Ducey."I'm very grateful to Scott Smith and Alex Finter for being great mayors and getting Mesa on a good track," Giles said. "And I'm very excited to work with a great City Council and to continue the good momentum that Mesa is experiencing and to take Mesa, hopefully to another level."Tuesday's election also decided the three open Mesa City Council seats, as all three races ended with the winner receiving a majority of the votes. District 5 went to David Luna, who was first selected to serve on the council as a replacement for Dina Higgins but beat Robert Cluff by accumulating almost 60 percent of the vote to win the seat outright. Joining him on the council is Kevin Thompson, who beat Trevor Hansen by a 17-percent margin in the District 6 race.Incumbent Chris Glover retained his seat as the District 4 council member without opposition.Reporter Trevor Godfrey contributed to this report.

  • 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, meaning Rutt could miss the Tigers' season opener against Mesquite High School on Thursday."We will proceed in a timely manner and ensure that the process is thorough," Nardone said.Rutt was hired in advance of the 2013 football season, in which his team finished with a 2-8 record, after serving as an assistant at Basha High School. He also worked at Hamilton High School for more than a decade and played at Mesa Community College and Corona del Sol High School.

  • ASU rugby to learn from the best

    Football tends to get all of the attention around this time of year, especially at Arizona State University, where expectations on the gridiron are high.However, there’s another sport that involves tackling and an oblong-shaped ball that’s starting to draw international attention to the Sun Devils.ASU’s rugby club recently partnered with the Australian rugby team Brumbies, a powerhouse in the world rugby scene, to open an academy at the university to help train and develop talent for both clubs. The partnership is the first of its kind, said ASU rugby coach Gary Lane.“We at Arizona State had been looking for a professional partner, or a partner that plays in a professional league, to be able to offer pathways to our players,” he said. “They agreed to provide the intellectual property for (the program) and provide the coaching and that’s how it came together.”The Brumbies play in the Super Rugby league, which is essentially the NFL of rugby union in the Southern Hemisphere. By partnering with them, ASU’s rugby club is opening doors for players who wish to play at the next level.“One of the things that isn’t done currently, or there’s not a lot of in the U.S., is professional pathways,” Lane said. “What this offers the athlete … it offers them a pathway to professionalism in a different sport and ASU is the conduit for that pathway.

  • Polls now open for primary election

    So you waited until today to vote.Perhaps you weren't sure which candidate you like.Or maybe you just didn't get an early ballot.There's some things you need to know.Polls open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. If you're in line at that hour, you'll get in.Ballots are available to those registered in the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Americans Elect parties. For those whose registration show no party designation or in a party not recognized by the state can request a ballot for any of these four.

  • Valley Metro to change light rail schedule for Labor Day

    Light rail services across the Valley will change on Monday to account for Labor Day.Buses and light rail will operate on its Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day. EXPRESS and RAPID service will shutdown for the day, as will Valley Metro’s customer service department.Visit valleymetro.org to see Sunday’s schedule or for more information about Valley Metro.

  • 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.

  • Tempe Center for the Arts kicks off fall season with free event

    Craving a night out that includes mind-expanding entertainment? Tempe Center for the Arts Fall Arts Kick Off event — offering free performances, visual art displays and a variety of food samples — is just the ticket, and the best part is, it’s free, leaving plenty of dough to take a date out to dinner before the show.DETAILS >> 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. (480) 350-2822 or Tempe.gov. Free.

  • Photos: Ice Bucket Challenge at T.C. Eggington's

    Supporters raise $3000 during the Ice Bucket Challenge to support ALS at T.C. Eggington's in Mesa on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. 

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  • 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.

  • East Valley Women to have monthly breakfast meeting

    The East Valley Women will have a breakfast meeting at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa on Sept. 16.The event is part of a series the organization puts on once a month. The August event had Christine Wilkinson, Arizona State University’s senior vice president and secretary, who offered an overview of what’s happening at the university.The next session begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, located at 1011 W. Holmes Ave. Visit eastvalleywomen.org for more information.

  • Guys in blue to fill up tanks in Gilbert, Chandler

    Honda drivers in Gilbert and Chandler could receive a free tank of gas courtesy the Helpful Honda Guys in Blue on Monday.The Guys in Blue will visit locations in both municipalities between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Labor Day. The locations won’t be revealed until Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m., and people can find the locations by visiting Facebook.com/ValleyHondaDealers or via Twitter @ValleyHondaDLRS.

  • Perfect Pear Bistro to open 2nd location

    Just a short time after leaving corporate restaurants and starting their own the owners of Perfect Pear Bistro in Ahwatukee Foothills have announced plans for a second location.The second Perfect Pear Bistro will open in Tempe at the northeast corner of Ray Road and Priest Drive, 9845 S. Priest Drive, in late September.“My buddy was laughing at me because even as we were opening the first store I was talking about a second store,” said Chris Hove, co-owner of the Perfect Pear. “My intention has always been to build a brand that can stand alone and be successful by itself.”Hove and his wife, Laura, are no strangers to the industry. Together they have opened a combined 30 restaurants in four states. The two decided to go out on their own in 2013.Less than a year in business Perfect Pear won Ahwatukee Foothills News’ Best New Business in 2013.Perfect Pear is food focused, Hove said. It features fresh, seasonal dishes with as many local ingredients as they can find. The menu has been updated once since opening and they’re working on a fall menu now. The couple is also looking into offering natural sodas.

  • Chandler Regional opens new tower for trauma program

    Chandler Regional Medical Center will now be able to better serve the most critically injured patients in the East Valley.The new five-story, 96-bed, $125 million Tower C includes four state-of-the-art trauma bays, two helipads and six new operating rooms.Chandler Regional Medical Center was designated a Level I trauma center in March 2014, meaning it now serves the severest of injuries.“We’ve brought in a lot of rooms, spaces, equipment to support the trauma program,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “This is the place where the most critically injured patients in the hospital will come.”In addition to the trauma center, Tower C includes an expanded, 32-bed intensive care unit.Bricker said the unit is divided into zones to deal with different types of medical situations.

  • Shops, restaurants say Mesa light rail construction not major hindrance

    A great deal of construction has gone on all over Mesa in the last few years but nowhere has it been more heavily focused than downtown.Main Street has been torn up, right down the middle, in anticipation of the coming light rail project for months now, and will be for another year, at least.In light of all of the activity, commotion, and general disruption in the area, one might expect to see an economic slump, but even though there’s no denying some establishments have gone out of business, other local, small businesses report that everything seems to be going just fine.“Some have seen a decrease in business, but, for the most part, the businesses that I have talked to have been optimistic and positive about light rail and are doing what they can to make sure their business doesn’t suffer from it,” said Erica Snyder, events manager for the Downtown Mesa Association.Light rail construction is still set to continue through fall of 2015, but Valley Metro has taken precautions to make the impact on the thoroughfare as minimal as possible.“I wouldn’t say the construction has been easy, but they’ve kept it really clean and they’ve worked their tails off to make sure that everybody knows about those back entrances … they have done an outstanding job of communication,” said Sally Harrison, president and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

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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?

  • 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.

  • Chandler Regional opens new tower for trauma program

    Chandler Regional Medical Center will now be able to better serve the most critically injured patients in the East Valley.The new five-story, 96-bed, $125 million Tower C includes four state-of-the-art trauma bays, two helipads and six new operating rooms.Chandler Regional Medical Center was designated a Level I trauma center in March 2014, meaning it now serves the severest of injuries.“We’ve brought in a lot of rooms, spaces, equipment to support the trauma program,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “This is the place where the most critically injured patients in the hospital will come.”In addition to the trauma center, Tower C includes an expanded, 32-bed intensive care unit.Bricker said the unit is divided into zones to deal with different types of medical situations.

  • Shapiro: Everyone has their own bag of troubles, it’s how we handle them

    My grandmother told me about the Tree of Troubles.In a certain small town, each person groaned under the pain of life. This one suffered from a constant toothache. That one’s husband couldn’t keep a job. Another’s child had died young; his neighbor had been an orphan. Everyone suffered and, looking at his or her fellows, envied the easy lives they led. Everyone wanted what the others had.The townspeople conceived of a way to be done with their problems once and for all. They determined that each person would pack a bag with his or her troubles. They would carry their bags to the large tree on the hill outside town and leave them hanging on the branches. Over the course of the week, they’d each return, open the other bags, and consider each other’s problems. In seven days, they’d select another person’s bag of troubles, take them as their own, and be done with their former struggles forever.When the week was over and all the parcels were picked through, they each decided to retrieve their own bag, and return to the lives they had known. They were better off than they had realized.As I rabbi, I’m invited into people’s lives in profound ways. I visit them in the hospital or hospice. I hear of their marital struggles, job woes, addictions, anger and grief. I have come to see that all of us lead complicated lives, that no one’s bag of troubles is empty. Through my work, I’ve gained what the townspeople didn’t originally have — empathy. Whether we know it or not, everyone around us is struggling. The choice we make is whether to focus exclusively on our own bag of troubles, or to seek to alleviate someone else’s burden.Each day, we have the chance to help another person — to listen, to care, to pitch in.

  • Health care laws providing more access for Mesa residents

    Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Arizona’s expansion of Medicaid, health care may be more available to residents in Mesa and the rest of the East Valley than it ever has before.Since January, nearly 300,000 people across Arizona have signed up for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). More than 120,000 Arizona residents signed up through the marketplace during the enrollment period.While these numbers are tougher to parse out to the city and county levels, it does mean a lot more people have access to affordable health care.“As a result of the growth in AHCCCS and marketplace coverage, health care systems across the state, including Banner Health, are seeing a decrease in uncompensated care,” said Corey Schubert, public relations specialist for Banner Health, in an email.That doesn’t mean that everything is coming up roses for everyone. Dr. Brent Nelson, area medical director for NextCare, says some have traded a lack of coverage for other deficits.“Anecdotally, it does appear that we see more uninsured patients now than we have in the past, but we are also seeing some of those uninsured people transition onto plans,” said Nelson. “What we also notice is that many people have a much higher deductible, so a lot of the visit charges are out-of-pocket expenses for the patients.”

  • Wine event to raise funds for animal control

    A local organization will host a wine tasting event this November in order to fund spay and neutering surgeries at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.The SNIFF2014 wine event will feature wine tasting, a fashion show hosted by Banana Republic at Scottsdale Fashion Square and auctions both live and silent. The first 150 who sign up also receive a VIP takeaway bag.Proceeds from the event go to support the MCACC to provide spay and neutering services to local animals.The event is on Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, located at 7600 E. Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. To purchase tickets, or for additional information, visit sniffaz.org.

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