Galai: Prosecutors have the power to stop bad roadside drug tests from ruining people’s lives

Three years ago, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff tested positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1 million because she […]

Arizona poll: Clean energy provides economic opportunity

Arizonans overwhelmingly embrace the idea of growing the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and believe clean energy is important to Arizona jobs and the economy, according to a new statewide poll. Arizonans’ support for cleaner energy comes at a time when new energy technologies — such as solar, electric vehicles and energy efficiency […]

Baxley-Gores: Water conservation needs to be a priority in Queen Creek

As an Arizona native, I recognize the importance of water conservation in our great state.  In our household, we make every attempt to conserve water as much as possible and where practical. Unfortunately, I live in a neighborhood here in Queen Creek, that has strict HOA guidelines that actually “prohibits” desert- or zero-scape yards.  We […]

Santamaria: Exchange student from Spain thanks her Queen Creek host family

My name is Paula, I am a 15-year-old exchange student from Madrid, Spain. Almost seven months ago I was about to start the best experience ever. I was leaving my life back at home and I was heading towards something completely unknown, something hard to do and something that was about to change my whole […]

Bisson: We serve readers online daily; Sign up for enewsletter

We’ve launched our 13th print publication, the Litchfield Park Independent, where we’re serving the City of Litchfield Park residents, welcoming new readers to join us online at YourValley.net. We print five weekly newspapers, five monthly newspapers, a senior lifestyles magazine and a daily newspaper that serves the Phoenix market. The Daily News-Sun is a nonpartisan […]

Kimes: Commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the crisis in America gives us a prime opportunity to move from symbolism to substance to “form a more perfect union, establish justice and insure domestic tranquility.” When people are oppressed, they eventually rise up to resist. Our lawmakers and policy makers must reject laws, […]

Bisson: Gesher Disability Resources offers Valleywide support

I’ve often asked readers for their feedback on what they’d like to see me write about in my From the Publisher column. A Scottsdale mom clipped out my column and shared it with Amy Hummell, executive director of Gesher Disability Resources, where her son is a member. Gesher Disability Resources, founded in 1985, is a […]

Dill: How to lower your surgery costs with online Medicare tool

Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later. Sadly, that’s how our healthcare system works every day. Healthcare costs now represent $1 in every $5 spent in our country. Patients’ deductibles […]

Crislip: It’s the season to take control of your time and health

Almost everyone experiences additional stress during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season: there are meals to cook, gifts to find, social gatherings to attend and family obligations to meet. Plus, many of us also have heightened stress levels this year due to feelings of anxiety or worry related to recent natural disasters and […]

Aritz: Our household supports annexation of Encanterra into Queen Creek

As a new purchaser of a home in Encanterra, I have become aware of the discussion of annexation into Queen Creek. I would just like to take a moment to express why I feel that annexation is a good thing for the residents at Encanterra, both on a financial and social basis. From a financial […]