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Raymond Epps of Arizona Western, rated as the third-best junior college tight end in the nation, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Arizona State.
Kudos to President Obama for his energy policy that has resulted not only in the United States becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, but has also given us a major drop in oil prices with gasoline now selling for well under $2.50 a gallon. OPEC is reeling thanks to him!
PHOENIX (AP) — An Oklahoma man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for his conviction on charges of mailing an inoperable homemade bomb to an Arizona sheriff in a plot to frame a former business partner.
The Reggio Approach, viewing children as competent and capable humans, full of potential, is an approach that goes hand in hand with Judaism, according to leaders at the Chandler Jewish Preschool, and that’s why it was selected to govern the thinking at the preschool when it opened just over a year ago.
Some years ago I read about Charles Brown, a World War 2 pilot on his first mission, just before Christmas, 1943. His B-17 had been shot to pieces by German fighters and anti-aircraft guns. Half his crew was wounded, his tail gunner was dead, and he was flying alone over Germany, barely able to keep the plane aloft.
Today is the busiest mailing day of the year, and the Postal Service’s Phoenix Processing & Distribution Center will process more than 3 million pieces of mail.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge presiding over a civil rights lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has been asked to reopen the case's fact-gathering phase to explore misconduct allegations against some of the sheriff's officers.
In Kathleen Murphy’s Inbox letter on Nov. 30, she’s correct that many stupid voters don’t do, or are too lazy to do, research. They get their info from “conservative TV or radio”? What about ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HLN, MSNBC or “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”? Are they all conservative? I don’t think so.
Nothing has attracted more attention in Gilbert during the past two years than the antics of Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board member Daryl Colvin. Now that the dust has settled from the last election, the question is can Colvin be an effective member after the community resoundingly rejected his backed candidates, and by connection his policies.
Our congressman Paul Gosar could not wait for President Obama’s speech on immigration to be over before lashing out in a degrading diatribe against the president and attacking the dignity of undocumented immigrants.
ore than 40 students from Power Ranch Elementary School in Gilbert recently wrapped up a project in which they created more than 500 holiday cards for soldiers serving overseas.
Hike holiday style at Queen Creek park
The Spirit of Phoenix Chorus will perform two Christmas shows titled “Christmas Letters” in Mesa on Dec. 6.
Sadly, media is full of headlines with false proclamations that Turkey is not only sitting idle and not helping, but go even further and accuse Turkey of allegedly funding and supporting ISIS. (Surely, similar accusations have surfaced against the U.S. and Israel, but mostly by fringe media in the West and anti-Western outlets in Russia and elsewhere).
The letter from Mr. Murphy about stupid Americans was correct to an extent. Really stupid Americans are too dumb to vote. Our biggest problem is those who are willfully ignorant and too lazy to research anything. They get their information from conservative TV or radio, or simply vote the same way they have always voted — by party. That is why we had an election in which the Republicans won seats in Congress, but “liberal issues” such as higher minimum wage, background checks, reproductive rights and legalization of marijuana, among others, did pass. So it seems that American voters know what they want but don’t know who will give it to them.
The residents along a quiet Gilbert residential street would like to thank the Gilbert Street Maintenance crew for quickly responding to a request for a pothole repair in the neighborhood. The irrigation pipe under the street seemed to have sprung a leak, because water bubbled out of a small hole whenever our neighborhood had an irrigation run. It started this last summer, and every time we had irrigation, it seemed to increase the hole size a little and produce more water and a bigger puddle.
On behalf of the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board, I would like to thank our community members, parents and volunteers for enabling the Chandler School District to achieve the ranking of “Best School District In Arizona” by the Niche organization in their 2015 national ranking. CUSD has an outstanding staff of administrators, teachers and support personnel, but it takes an entire community to lift a district of more than 40,000 students to be rated as the best in our state of more than 250 districts.
I recently attended a solar energy roundtable event at Arizona State University. As someone with interest in the technical possibilities of solar, I appreciated that much of the discussion focused on the solar potential in Arizona. A few days later, Environment Arizona released a report, “Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in Arizona,” which explains that solar power is actually growing fast enough here in the state to make the goal of 25 percent solar by 2025 readily achievable.
PHOENIX (AP) — Ridesharing companies such as Uber are riding high in Arizona at the risk of defying state law, according to a published report.
Companies such as Uber and Lyft have only revved up operations since Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation that would have exempted them from insurance regulations imposed on traditional taxis.
At the time of her decision in April, San Francisco-based Uber had said in a statement that "ridesharing as we know it is dead in Arizona." But since then, the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures said between 75 and 100 citations have been issued to drivers without the proper commercial license or insurance.
"What's most amazing to me is even after the veto, they just continued to operate anyway. Their operations just did not stop," department Director Shawn Marquez told the Arizona Capitol Times.
Marquez said it has been difficult to catch drivers because their vehicles are unmarked. Another tactic they use to skirt detection is by having passengers sit in the front seat, he added.
Representatives for Uber declined to comment.
In her veto letter, Brewer said the bill did not contain enough fundamental safeguards for passengers. She took issue with several provisions of the bill, including the part that exempts ride-share companies from the commercial insurance requirements that require traditional taxi and livery companies to insure drivers at all times on the job.
Meanwhile, the cab industry is trying to keep up with the competition. Total Transit, the parent company of Discount Cab, has started its own rideshare app for smartphones similar to Uber and Lyft's.
Michael Pinckard, Total Transit's president, said these ridesharing companies should be allowed in Arizona but only on a fair and level playing field. Their drivers should be required to carry the same legally-mandated commercial auto insurance and licenses.
"This whole concept about ridesharing going out of business and all the hoopla last year is just not true. We're doing ridesharing today. They continue to operate, so that's just another thing they've said that turned out to not be true," Pinckard said.
PHOENIX (AP) — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.
Stupid is as stupid does
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Arizona has found no evidence that Arizona's pension fund for public safety workers committed criminal misconduct when it valued some real estate properties in its $6.2 billion portfolio, pension officials announced Monday.
The board chairman for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Brian Tobin, said the decision by the US Attorney for Arizona closes the books on the yearlong investigation of the pension fund.
The FBI and U.S. attorney's office launched the probe last year into whether real estate values were inflated to boost performance bonuses awarded to some senior investment managers. The allegations were brought to the attention of prosecutors by former pension system employees.
"This was and is a serious allegation," Tobin said. "It's not true and it never was true."
Tobin said the investigation, and two others done by its independent auditing firm and the Arizona Auditor General that also cleared the pension fund, are examples of the system's checks and balances working correctly.
Board lawyer James Belanger said the Justice Department is completing a review of several people he would not identify. But he said he expects they'll be cleared as well.
The pension plan released a letter from the U.S. attorney to Belanger confirming the decision. Cosme Lopez, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Arizona John Leonardo, confirmed the contents of the letter but could not comment on any additional reviews.
The pension plan for public safety employees is facing a massive shortfall between its assets and what it expects to owe police and firefighters across the state when they retire. The latest projection as of June 30 shows $12.2 billion in liabilities compared to just $6.2 billion in assets.
The pension board also fired its top administrator, Jim Hacking, in July after it was revealed that he had illegally awarded pay raises to five senior employees.
Arizona Corporation Commission has initiated a process to eliminate utility energy-efficiency programs that are projected to save businesses and homeowners $9 billion in electricity costs through 2020. Such a move will increase energy costs for customers because saving energy through energy-efficient means is less than half the cost of building new power plants.