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January 15, 2020

Buckeye Elementary gets an ‘F’ BY TOM SCANLON

West Valley View Managing Editor

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Buckeye Elementary School is failing. Yet the “F” grade the school was tagged with is viewed as an opportunity, by some. “This is not a death certificate,” said Stefan Swiat, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Education. “This is an alarm bell that says you need some extra help, some extra tutoring. The School Improvement staff at the Arizona Department of Education can help you improve your grade.” In November, the Arizona State Board of Education posted grades on every school in the state. Buckeye Elementary School received a

third consecutive “D,” which by state guidelines translates to an “F.” Dr. Kristi Sandvik, superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District, said parents were informed by postcard a community meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Buckeye Elementary. “The principal (Dina Cegelka), with district support, will present the improvement plan at that time, as well as answer questions,” said Sandvik. Buckeye Elementary was one of 42 schools in the state to receive “F” grades.

Five others were in Maricopa County. No other West Valley schools received failing grades. An “F” is “failing,” according to ADE information. A “D” means “minimally performing.” Three of the seven BESD schools, Bales, Inca and Marionneaux schools, received “D” grades this year. “Any school that received a grade of D or F will be holding a community meeting to share information related to their school improvement

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Mendoza goes to court on 15 charges BY TOM SCANLON

West Valley View Managing Editor

As police surrounded Christopher Mendoza in his Avondale neighborhood, his fellow gang members assisted his escape by firing gunshots at other locations and making multiple false 911 calls, according to booking documents. Mendoza, 34, went on the run after allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend Dec. 20, at a Goodyear Walmart. Following electronic trackings and tips, police chased

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Christopher Mendoza allegedly escaped numerous barricades, like this one in the Cashion neighborhood of Avondale, before being shot by Buckeye Police officers. (Photo courtesy Goodyear Police)



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Buckeye...continued from page 1 plan and the steps being taken to increase student achievement,” said Sandvik. The district’s appeal to have Buckeye Elementary’s failing grade changed to a “D” was rejected by the State Board of Education last month. “We appealed on the grounds the assignment of the ‘F’ was simply a punitive step and not an accurate descriptor,” said Sandvik. “The point total placed BES at a ‘D,’ however the state’s position is three consecutive ‘D’ (grades) become an automatic ‘F.’ Our appeal was based on provided evidence we executed the improvement plan we provided to the state last year. “Although we would never be content with an underperforming score, our concern was that such a designation comes with implied stigmas about the climate, safety, quality of staff and many other critical factors that comprise a school community.” Sandvik said she is confident Cegelka can lead the turnaround. (The West Valley View asked Cegelka for an inter-

Information provided by the Arizona State Board of Education shows three Buckeye Elementary District schools with “D” grades, and one “F.”

view; she declined, saying all questions had to go through the district.) “The school is already deep into significant instructional changes,” Sandvik said. “We already closely monitor performance and were well aware of what was needed before the state’s grade assignment. We certainly do not wait for the state to define the school before taking action. That said, we are continuing to aggressively pursue any measures we believe will assist in improvement. “

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Bales and Inca had “C” grades. face of adversity is indescribable and it But the opportunity for a turnaround is adds to our commitment to finding every shown by Steven R. Jasinski Elementa- way to help them be successful. We offer ry School, a BESD school that received an array of social and emotional support, a “D” grade in 2017. In November, Ja- extra-curricular activities, social clubs, sinski earned a “B,” which translates to and student leadership opportunities.” “highly performing.” Westpark ElemenThe failing grade makes Buckeye elitary School also received a “B,” up from gible for “federal funds to receive assisa “C” the year before. tance,” said Swiat. Failing schools also Sundance Elementary School fell get performance plans from the state. from a “B” the last two years “The School Improvement to a “C” (“performing”) in Team said Buckeye ElemenNovember. tary is cooperative and workAccording to the state eduing hard,” said Swiat. cation website (“They did not apply for the /f-school-letter-grades), the December grant because they grading system “measures were in the middle of filing an year to year student academappeal. Therefore, they have ic growth, proficiency on Enuntil mid-February to turn in glish language arts, math and the improvement plan. They science, the proficiency and Dr. Kristi Sandvik, BESD su- are currently in process.” academic growth of English perintendent, is confident Sandvik said BESD is comlanguage learners, indicators the Buckeye Elementary will mitted to using all resources improve. (Photo courtesy BESD) an elementary student is ready to help Buckeye Elementary for success in high school and improve. high school students are ready to succeed Yet she stressed one letter of the alphain a career or higher education and high bet, even the one many students dread, school graduation rates.” does not accurately depict the Buckeye Most of the grade comes from stan- Elementary School culture. “Although we know there is work dardized state test results. Sandvik was asked about challenges to be done to push academic growth forward, the letter grade does not capBuckeye Elementary school faces. “Buckeye Elementary is a Title I ture what the school offers the BuckSchool, which is the primary indicator of eye community and how valued it poverty, and the students and staff there is to those it serves,” Sandvik said. face the usual associated challenges,” “As one student expressed to me in a fothe BESD superintendent said. “As a re- cus group when I posed a question about sult, staff often assist in meeting social school safety, “I feel really safe once we service needs as well as those related walk through that gate. I wish I could to the emotional stressors linked to the feel that way all of the time.’” Nurturing a sense of safety and belongchallenges of low-income environments. “Many students are second language ing is reinforced often, Sandvik said: “From the principal to the counselor learners, so are faced with the significant task of learning a new language itself, and the crossing guard to the homeroom and then learning content in the new lan- teacher, BES staff create an environment guage. The admiration we all have for that students can count on to be there evthese children who work so hard in the eryday.”


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Luke Air Force Base job fair Jan. 22 BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

Luke Air Force Base will host a job fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Club Five Six, 14000 W. Eagle Street, Building 161. The job fair offers the opportunity to

network with over 65 local and national employers. Additionally, there will be a mobile VA Vet Unit on-site. The Job Fair is targeted toward military personnel, military spouses, military family members, military retirees,

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Three of four Goodyear Police investigations concluded BY TOM SCANLON

West Valley View Managing Editor

Last week, the paid suspensions and investigations into four Goodyear Police employees drew closer to an end. Goodyear Police Officer Kyle Cluff, a five-year veteran officer who had been on administrative leave since Oct. 7, resigned Thursday, Jan. 9. Tammy Vo, a Goodyear spokeswoman, told the West Valley View an investigation found Cluff was untruthful. He could have faced discipline but no decision was made before Cluff resigned, Vo said. A separate investigation was also com-

pleted regarding Susan Petty, formerly a Goodyear Police administrative service manager. An investigation found her to be untruthful also, Vo said. Petty, who has worked for Goodyear for 22 years, was demoted to a lower-paying management assistant position, according to Vo. Petty returned to work Wednesday, Jan. 8. Vo said the Cluff and Petty cases are not related to the investigation of former Chief Jerry Geier, who was fired two weeks ago after also being placed on paid leave Oct. 7. He appealed the firing. A fourth investigation, into Deputy Chief Justin Hughes, is still ongoing, Vo said.

Goodyear Officer Kyle Cluff, after being on administrative leave since Oct. 7, resigned Jan. 9. (Photo courtesy city of Goodyear)

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“Updated equipment will use the newest technology in the industry, which will greatly improve water quality. “ Council also approved the purchase of a $600,000 mobile command vehicle for the Buckeye Police Department. Buckeye will pay for $200,000 and apply for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) funds to pay for the other two-thirds of the police vehicle, according to agenda documents.

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Mendoza...continued from page 1 Mendoza all over the West Valley, from Goodyear to Tolleson to Avondale and even Surprise. While he was on the loose, the convicted felon allegedly told several people he would rather die than go back to prison. Mendoza’s mother warned “her son will shoot it out with police,” according to the report. Between sightings, Mendoza allegedly got high on heroin and methamphetamines while holed up in an attic. Mendoza was not hard to spot. Television stations, newspapers and social media blasted out images of his tattoo-lined face. Yet Mendoza, who allegedly had a network of accomplices, escaped multiple attempts to apprehend him—until Buckeye Police officers took down the “armed and dangerous” suspect Dec. 23. Mendoza did not fire at Buckeye officers, but he allegedly tried to run them over in a stolen car before police shot and stopped him. When he discharged under police escort from Abrazo West Hospital Jan. 6, Goodyear Police charged Mendoza, who had his 34th birthday in the hospital, with 15 crimes, including aggravated assault and kidnapping. Mendoza faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Maricopa County Superior Court. The crime spree that brought chaos, chases, barricades and gunfire to Goodyear, Avondale and Buckeye began around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 20. According to a probable cause report prepared by Anthony Campillo, a Goodyear Police Department detective, Mendoza was heard threatening to shoot his girl-


friend in the parking lot of Walmart at 1100 N. Estrella Parkway. He then allegedly chased the woman into the store, where he made more threatening remarks. When Goodyear Police officers responded, Mendoza allegedly refused their commands. Officers said they saw what appeared to be a gun in his waistband as he scrambled away and fled out a back door.

Goodyear: Carjacking A man who lives on 158th Lane, less than a mile from the Walmart, saw the police cars as he pulled into his driveway. (The West Valley View is not publishing the name of the victim.) The victim described Mendoza as alternately threatening and apologetic as he flashed a gun and demanded a ride to Avondale. The victim first offered his bike to Mendoza. According to the report, Mendoza insisted on being driven. “The victim became more nervous and offered the subject to take his car. He did not want to give the subject a ride,” the report states. “(Mendoza) then reached into his front hoodie pocket with his right hand, pulled a black handgun out and racked the slide. Mendoza informed the victim, ‘I’m trying to be nice.’” Fearing for his life, the victim drove Mendoza to Greenleaf Lane and Main Street in Avondale. During the 10-minute, 5-mile ride, the driver “felt like the subject was going to shoot him and take his car … he felt like he was going to get shot even though (Mendoza) did not threaten to shoot him or point the gun at him.” According to the report, Mendoza told the driver he “messed up” and “did not want to go back” to prison. Men-

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Later on Dec. 20, police tracked a vehicle associated with Mendoza to Premier Inns in Tolleson. Goodyear Police saw surveillance footage of Mendoza entering a room at the motel, but by the time they went to the room he was gone. Police did find a gun hidden in the motel room’s toilet tank. The two people in the room denied knowing anything about the gun or Mendoza.

When she was spotted on the street, Mendoza’s girlfriend “was taken into custody for her safety as well as her outstanding charges.” She denied knowing where Mendoza was, according to the report. The night of Dec. 22, Goodyear detectives doing surveillance of Greenleaf Lane spotted Mendoza getting into a car. Officers attempted to stop the car, but it fled. Mendoza was then seen jumping out of the car and running away. The chase went across the Agua Fria River, to 111th Avenue and Cocopah Street, in an area known as Cashion. Hindering the chase, according to the report, were “multiple citizens and people claiming to be (Mendoza’s) family. They were extremely upset about the situation.

Avondale: The chase resumes

Cashion: Standoff

On Dec. 21, according to Campillo’s report, a Goodyear detective “made contact with Jodi Mendoza, Christopher’s mother, and she stated Christopher is not at her house and she knows we have a warrant for her residence so we can search it and we will not find him there. “Jodi also stated her son will shoot it out with police.” The report said information was also obtained “Christopher’s dad is worried due to Christopher being off of his medication, abusing heroin, and taking Mexican ‘Percs’ (percocets, a powerful painkiller. Christopher also made a comment he has a lot of ammunition and clips.” Police were then able to electronically associate Mendoza with a house on South Greenleaf Lane. According to the report, police suspected Mendoza was holding his girlfriend against her will at the location.

“The neighborhood of Cashion has a long-standing gang that operates within the area by the name of Cashion Park Locos. (Mendoza) is a documented gang member for the gang as well as he has many family members and friends that live in the area that will hide him from police,” Campillo noted. “While working in the neighborhood on circumstances such as this, multiple people come out in an attempt to intimidate, threaten and deter police from apprehending whomever they are attempting to take into custody. The neighborhood will call in fake calls to police and give false information in order to deter police resources in different locations where the suspect is not so he could get away.” Campillo stated, as police attempted to calm crowds, Mendoza was spotted at a residence on West Fourth Street. Campillo and others made contact with

doza also apologized for making the victim nervous. Smelling powerfully of alcohol, Mendoza at one point during the alleged carjacking rolled down the window and vomited.

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Goodyear Police charged Christopher Mendoza with 15 felonies when they booked him Jan. 6. From Dec. 20 to Dec. 23, Mendoza eluded multiple attempts to apprehend him in Goodyear, Tolleson and Avondale, before finally being apprehended in Buckeye. (Photo

to the front of the yard, grabbed the throw phone and walked back into the residence. While he was grabbing the phone, (a negotiations officer) was yelling at Christopher not to kill himself,” according to Campillo’s report. “Negotiations then started with Christopher for over an hour. As negotiations (were) taking place, multiple gunshots were ringing out throughout the neighborhood in order to distract police from the incident and allocate resources to now investigate the multiple shots fired being shot off. During the negotiations, Christopher came out to the backyard, yelled and a gunshot went off. He then went back into the residence,” according to the report. Shortly after, Mendoza ran through the backyard and was able to escape police again.

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Buckeye: The chase ends

Mendoza and told him they would give him a phone to communicate with them. “As I was standing out front, (Mendoza) came out from the front door with a gun fastened to his mouth and a jug in his hand - attached with a string to the trigger of the gun. (Mendoza) walked

After yet another barricade situation in Cashion failed to catch Mendoza, a caller claimed Mendoza was at his brother’s, in Surprise. But by the time they made it to Surprise, Goodyear officers were hearing reports of shots fired by officers in Buckeye.

Mendoza was downed. Mendoza later told police he was in Surprise, before someone drove him to a friend’s house in Buckeye. “While he was out at that residence he said he left on foot and started to walk to end this,” Campillo wrote. Mendoza vowed to Buckeye officers he would break out of jail, but did not make good on the boast.

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On Jan. 6, when Abrazo doctors cleared Mendoza for discharge, Campillo and another detective interviewed Mendoza. The Goodyear officers then gave Mendoza a ride due east, to the Fourth Avenue Maricopa County Jail. If he is found guilty, Christopher Mendoza will not be back in Avondale for a long time.

Avondale man charged with killing his father BY WEST VALLEY VIEW STAFF

Avondale Police arrested Gustavo Reyes Jr. Sunday, Jan. 12, and charged him with killing his father. The younger Reyes, 29 as of Jan. 14, is in jail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. James Archer, an Avondale Police spokesman, said police were called at 11 a.m. to a home on West Cocopah Street, near West Buckeye Road and South Avondale Boulevard. “During the investigation an adult male, Gustavo Reyes Sr., was found with stab wounds and pronounced deceased,” said Archer.

Avondale police arrested Gustavo Reyes Jr. and charged him with killing his father, Gustavo Reyes Sr. (Photo courtesy Mar-

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“The victim’s son, Gustavo Reyes Jr, was arrested on-scene.” Archer said there are no other suspects.




Money on lawmakers’ minds as they return to work


BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services

State lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday to deal with something they appear to have plenty: Money and who gets it. State tax collections have been running ahead of projections made when lawmakers adopted the $11.8 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began last July 1. Projections suggest the state could end the fiscal year this coming June 30 with an extra $750 million or more, perhaps even approaching $1 billion. That’s money available for lawmakers to spend next budget year -- or to permanently cut taxes as some are proposing. And it doesn’t even take into account future collections. Any discussion will have to include more than how much there is. The more important issue is how much of the surplus is likely to recur in future years. Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, said the issue is simple: Don’t commit mon-

ey now for projects and programs unless you’re sure the money will continue to be there. “Last I had heard, 30%-ish, maybe 25 %of the surplus is considered ongoing,’’ said Mesnard who chairs the Senate Finance Committee. “So we want to make sure that’s the pot we commit ourselves into the future or to cut taxes in some sort of permanent way.’’ The balance, he said, is one-time money. “We can invest in roads and one-time projects hugely helpful to our state but don’t commit us to some long-term obligation,’’ Mesnard said. That latter category is going to cover a lot of wish-list projects. Consider, for example, the $20 million Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, wants for a bridge over Tonto Creek if a request for federal dollars comes up empty. Fund it once and it’s done Others have their own pet projects. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, wants the state to widen Interstate 10 from south of Phoenix into Pinal County.





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higher percentage of their income than the rich -- and the simple political fact that it could be crafted so the higher tax rates kick in only at higher incomes, leaving most voters unaffected. There are some other education-related issues which may not have financial impact, including adding even more cash for counselors and providing more dollars to the state Department of Education to investigate misconduct allegations against teachers. But the debate about the cash is about more than how to spend it. Toma said that a newly imposed sales tax on internet purchases -- the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case called South Dakota v. Wayfair -- is bringing in more than anticipated. So he wants to give some of that back. “We should be looking at additional relief for the taxpayers because none of the Wayfair decision was intended as a massive increase in income to the government, at least not on the state tax,’’ he said. His choice for where to cut? “I will tell you that my least favorite tax is the property tax,’’ Toma said. “And the reason for that is I really feel that’s a hidden tax, that people don’t feel,’’ he explained. “They feel it, but they don’t really realize that they’re getting pummeled, if you will.” Mesnard is also focused on lower property taxes, particularly for business. Business property used to be assessed for tax purposes at 25% of “full cash value,’’ essentially a rough approximation of market value. Prior tax cuts have taken that to 18%. The plan would trim that again.

But the problem is that lowering taxes for one type of property increases the burden for others -- including homeowners. And that has political implications: homeowners vote, businesses do not. Mesnard envisions the state using some of its surpluses to make up the difference so the tax bill on homeowners does not go up. That maneuver, coupled with other changes in the Mesnard plan, could trim state revenues by $400 million a year by the time it is fully implemented. Fernandez said don’t look for Democrat support. “A tax cut? That’s not one of the things that’s on the table for us,’’ she said. Fernandez said lawmakers cut taxes by about $325 million last year with changes to things like the standard deduction on income taxes, a new tax credit of $100 per child and lowering the tax rates for those earning more than $26,500 a year. Republicans justified the move as simply making up for the fact that changes in federal tax law increased the state tax liability for many Arizonans. The tax cuts, they said, avoided a “windfall’’ for the state. Fernandez said her constituents and “stakeholders’’ -- those who provide and depend on government programs -- had a different take. “That last tax cut, I think it equaled $12 per person per year,’’ she said. “They would rather have a significant investment they could see,’’ Fernandez continued. “And that would be in public education and/or infrastructure.”

The 2020 Arizona Legislature, by the numbers BY CAPITOL MEDIA SERVICES

House of Representatives: This year -- 31 Republicans and 29 Democrats Two years ago -- 35 Republicans and 25 Democrats

Senate: This year -- 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats Two years ago -- 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats • Deadline for adjourning this year (Saturday the week of the 100th day,

counting Saturdays and Sundays) -April 25 • Adjournment last year -- May 28 • Length of last year’s session -- 134 days • Longest session -- 173 days in 1988 • Number of bills introduced last regular session (not including miscellaneous resolutions and memorials) -- 1,318 • Number sent to governor -- 331 • Bills signed -- 321 • Bills vetoed -- 11 • Veto record -- 58, set in 2005 by Janet Napolitano






House Republicans release majority Help wanted, and wanted, and wanted: Census to hire 57,000 in Arizona plan for 2020 legislative session


Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives are promising “tax relief for Arizonans” in 2020. Last week, House Majority Leader Warren Petersen (R-12) released the House Republican Caucus’ Majority Plan for the upcoming 2020 legislative session. In 2019, the House Republicans put forward a Majority Plan to meet the specific needs and challenges of the time. Working closely with the Senate and the governor, every major component of the plan was accomplished, Petersen said. “Under Republican leadership, Arizona has reduced its debt, balanced its budget, protected constitutional rights, cut regulations, increased its credit rating, and dramatically increased educa-

tion funding,” said Petersen. According to a press release, caucus priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session include support for: • Investment in K-12 education. • Protecting parental and constitutional rights. • Providing tax relief to Arizonans. • Strengthening border security. • Supporting public safety and criminal justice • Improving transportation throughout Arizona • Paying off debt • Preserving Arizona’s water supply • Promote affordable health care A full copy of the House Republican Majority Plan is available at azhouse. gov/alispdfs/AZ_House_Republican_ Caucus_Majority_Plan_2020.pdf.


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background check. Those hired will begin paid training in March, with official work starting in the middle of the month and expected to last several weeks, according to the bureau’s FAQ page. As of early January, only Yuma and Santa Cruz counties had met their goals for recruiting workers, according to the Census Bureau. In Arizona, most of the jobs will be for enumerators, the people who go door to door to interview people who have not filled out the census form. The bureau is especially looking for bilingual workers, particularly Spanish speakers. The hiring push has been helped by large national and statewide outreach programs. Parise pointed to a campaign in October that included social media and job fairs. Schools like Northern Arizona University and Glendale Community College have also involved the Census in career fairs and on-campus recruiting. While the numbers may seem daunting, they are actually down from the 700,000 workers who were hired for the 2010 Census, as improved technology has led to a need for fewer workers. “We have been able to streamline many of the Census Bureau’s internal processes and therefore reduce the physical footprint in the field,” said a bureau statement. That technology has also allowed the bureau to put job applications and employment training online – along with much of the census itself. “For the first time in history, we have three methods of responses: online, phone and (mailed) questionnaire,” Parise said. For more information or to apply, visit

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Trump is dangerous Editor: It looks like the U.S. and Iran avoided all-out war, at least for now. As President Donald Trump speaks on the issue and his supporters praise and cover for him, some fact-checking seems useful. Here are some recent examples of false statements, as researched by the Washington Post and the New York Times: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “Pres. Trump didn’t say he’d bomb Iran’s cultural sites.” Yes, he did. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley: “Democrat presidential candidates are mourning the loss of Solemeini.” No, they’re not. Vice President Mike Pence: “Solemeini assisted several of the 9/11 terrorists to travel to Afghanistan for training.” No evidence of that. He was not mentioned in the Congressional Report on 9/11. Sean Hannity: “Hillary Clinton gave uranium to the Russians.” No, she didn’t. Rep. Paul Gosar: “Here is a photo of (former) President Obama shaking hands with Hassan Rouhanni.” No, it’s Photoshopped. And from the Liar-in-Chief himself in the past few days: “Under my leadership, the U.S. became the world’s No. 1 oil producer.” False: we have been No. 1 since 2013. “The previous president gave $150 billion to Iran.” False. The World Court, not the U.S., released about $50 billion in Iranian assets from central banks as part of the Iran nuclear deal. “The JCPOA (nuclear deal) was going to expire shortly anyway.” False. It would be reviewed, and maybe expire, in 2030. “Iran’s hostility increased after the signing of the 2015 nuclear accord.” False. Their hostile activity decreased but increased in 2018 after Trump reneged on the deal. “We destroyed 100% of ISIS.” False. They’re still a threat and killing people. Finally, to those who defend Trump by

touting the economy, some facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, and Bureau of Economic Activity: The U.S. GNP the last four quarters was 2.1%, about the same as in Obama’s last four quarters. Unemployment in October 2019 was 3.6% and has been on a steady decline since 2010. Personal income has been on a steady rise since 2009. Spendable income has not risen for three years for 40% of full-time workers. 80% of income increase as gone to the wealthiest 20% of Americans. The national debt has increased almost $3 trillion since 2016. Health care costs and pharmaceutical costs in the U.S. are the highest in the world. Conclusion: If Trump remains in office, he is likely to be even more reckless and dangerous. John Flynn Goodyear

Do not disrespect the office of president

Editor: I, we actually, have been reading all about opinions regarding the guilt of President Trump in the WVV. Recently, there was a letter claiming the president has told 10,000 lies. Really! 10,000! Name 1,000 for me, or 100, or even 10 that can be substantiated. He has recently been labeled a “huckster/con artist” and an “amoral abomination of a colossally narcissistic leader” by Mr. Compton of Litchfield Park. He also wrote there are 300-plus bills waiting on the desk of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY. Probably true but what isn’t mentioned is the majority of them are liberal bills promoting more and more government giveaways, freebies, fueling the Democrats’ debate and people who vote for their party in the first place. We don’t need more government interference in the natural selection process. If you don’t have it, get a job and buy it like the rest of us. Just like

you can’t force people to bloviate using facts or go out and get a job you also cannot fix knowledge shortcomings. Obviously, people writing their opinions, which by the way is the only evidence regarding impeachment to date, do not realize that opinions and hearsay regarding someone else’s opinion are not evidence. All we have heard so far is what people heard, think they heard, what they fell, what they think happened and so on and so on. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the sad part the office of the president is being disrespected. You do not have to like Trump and you can have whatever opinion you want regarding impeachment, immigration, tax reform, nuclear and trade agreements and all the “evil” things he is doing, but you must stop immediately degrading and disrespecting the office because he is in it. I don’t think anyone should forget, we just endured eight years of the worst president in my lifetime, if not all time. Obama lied to the American people, “you can keep your doctor,” “Benghazi was due to a video,” “fast and furious,” and was not initiated by his administration. These are all the facts in evidence that we all know now is true. He also

“bribed” the Iranians $4 billion to $8 billion to release Americans held for fictitious crimes in their country, about Obamacare lowering the cost of premiums, that it would be self-sufficient, etc., etc. I don’t remember any impeachment proceedings given these actual facts regarding his un-presidential behavior! If nothing else, President Trump is a true patriot! Something that cannot be said about his predecessor, who decreased the size of the military all around, apologized for America being free and capitalist, and bowed down to foreign leaders and had there been an investigation most likely would have brought many other issues to light. Actual impeachment issues! Trump’s policy of “America First” obviously resonates with the voters. Yes, Hillary got 3 million more votes, but if you remove L.A., Chicago and New York votes, she not only lost the electoral college but got hammered in the popular vote. Three cities should not determine who leads this country, especially the three cities with the highest access and ease of qualifying for all the government giveaways or feeding trough if you will.

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Letters...continued from page 11 Ultimately, in the future, let’s all try to show a little more respect for the office of the president even though we might not like the actual occupant, it would be in all our best interest in the long run. I was asked once if I would accept an invitation to meet President Obama. I said absolutely! Even though I think he was the worst occupant ever, out of the respect for the office and the man I would have been honored. Because I think he was the worst does not mean I disliked him as a man or thought, as a Christian, that he was the personification of hubris or abominably devoid (destitute) of vision. Thomas Rico Goodyear

Here’s a peace plan proposal

Editor: Iran’s overlords now claim they don’t want an “escalation” of hostilities, i.e., all-out war, with the United States. Smart.

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That’s a great starting point for negotiations. Here’s my peace plan proposal: 1. Iran recalls all of their terrorist military advisers and surrogate “jihadists” from all other nations back home to Iran. The U.S. withdraws all of our troops from Iran’s immediate neighborhood, that is, Iraq and Syria. 2. If Iran fires missiles outside of their borders (again), the U.S. fires long-range missiles inside of Iran’s borders. 3. In claiming final victory, Iran chants “Death to America” and we chant “USA! USA! USA!” A real win-win solution for all, right? Well, except for our world’s bloodthirsty warmongers. Ken Williams Goodyear

Predictions come true

On April 4, 2019, I sent a letter to the West Valley stating what we had to look forward from President Trump. I stated, the price of gas and commodities would go up, and it did. In addition, we are now getting into another Middle East conflict (war) with Iran. Also, we are experiencing

worldwide catastrophes—global warming, flooding and fires. With 2020 here, we can expect more of the same from nature and our present administration at the White House. Oh, you can expect earthquakes around the globe for 2020 also. It seems, opinions rate higher than facts with many people. In the overall scheme of things, there is nothing we can do about what is happening and what is about to happen. With all the new weapons available on the market, it ought to be quite a show. Seems that certain people will do anything to hold on to power, even lead America down the path of ruin. Well enough said, history will tell the true story one day. Seems the truth doesn’t carry much weight over ignorance today. Doesn’t seem to help when you write about stuff that is happening, and going to happen—people just want to hear what they want to. Good luck to all. I hope the next administration can clean up the mess, and what a mess it is, and it is only going to get worse. Dennis Wood Goodyear

Guts to stop terror

Editor: The government of Iraq voted to expel American forces after the U.S. drone strike killed Iranian terrorist General Qassem Soliemani at the Baghdad airport. They said they “want all foreign troops out of Iraq.” However, not one mention of expelling Iranian forces from Iraq, even after Iran attacked sovereign Iraqi territory with 15 ballistic missiles on two American bases that house thousands of

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American troops. I guess Iranian troops don’t count when it comes to expelling “all foreign troops.” And, Iranian ballistic missiles do less damage than one Hellfire missile from an American drone. And, I suppose an Iranian general who has brutally killed over 600 American troops in Iraq was invited as a guest to Baghdad and he just got off his plane to have tea with the Iraqi prime minister. So, now I can understand why Iraqis are a bit upset that President Trump took out a monster who murdered over 600 Americans and maimed several hundred more. If you think President Trump did the wrong thing, please take the time to visit any VA hospital so you can meet some of Soleimani’s targets. They will be easy to spot. The ones with missing limbs or paralyzed on gurneys. I have used VA hospitals for 40 years and you never see patients in regular hospitals like those in a veteran hospital. It takes your breath away. Only then, you realize how freedom really works. If visiting a VA Hospital doesn’t convince you that President Trump took the right action to take out Soleimani, please take the time to visit any veterans cemetery so you can see the rest of the general’s trophies. It’s not pleasant, but before condemning our president for having the guts to stop terror in its tracks, during the largest war on terror in history, a slap on the wrist won’t stop terrorists. Our president took the right action and should be supported, even if you do not like him. Or, do you prefer the terrorists to attack on our own soil again? Please keep in mind that all IEDs (improvised explosive device) came from Iran to kill and maim as many Americans as possible, and “innocent Iran” has damaged many oil tankers with floating bombs to disable them while leaving the Strait of Hormuz. Most of all, don’t forget the 52 American hostages. James Logan Buckeye How to get a letter published 250 N. Litchfield Road, Ste. 130, Goodyear, AZ 85340 E-mail:

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Reporters Without Borders and freedom of the press


What happens when freedom of the press is silenced or imprisoned? Jailed journalists around the globe. How can it be? First Amendment aggressions in the United States. How can it be? Devious despots misusing power and preying upon humanity—withholding information because knowledge is power. Silencing the other side of the story. Fear of losing control feeds their depravity. Dictators hiding behind castle walls and armies of destruction for those who dare criticize. Freedom of the press is held hostage as journalists observe through prison bars. The courageous story-tellers that sacrifice personal safety for the human rights of others. But their lips will not be nailed shut like a wooden coffin. Truth finds a way to seep out of the cracks and crannies of the grave. Duvar English, an independent newspaper in Turkey, revealed the following facts in a 2019 article. “There are 250 imprisoned journalists in the world, nearly 50 of whom are in Turkey, according to a report by the New Yorkbased Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Turkey follows China with the second largest number of journalists jailed with 47, marking a decrease from 68 last year…Penned by CPJ editor Elana Beiser, the report noted that over 100 news organizations have been closed under the current Turkish government and that many working journalists are being accused of terrorism and are in legal battles…Saudi Arabia and Egypt tied for third place with 26

journalists incarcerated.” (See Reporters Without Borders (RSF) lends bulletproof vests and helmets at no cost to journalists traveling to dangerous areas. Freedom of the press in the U.S.: “Before the 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain, the British government attempted to censor the American media by prohibiting newspapers from publishing unfavorable information and opinions.” (Source: The First Amendment, which protects freedom of the press, was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, as part of the Bill of Rights. According to, “The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, which documents First Amendment aggressions in the United States, has collected student journalism-based incidents at both the university and high school levels. Since its launch in 2017, the Tracker has documented five cases of high school newspapers being censored or placed under prior review for their coverage of controversial topics. At the university level, it has collected two arrests, two physical attacks and three border stop involving student journalists, as well as three cases of subpoenas or legal orders.” What can citizens do? Support your local newspaper and pay for the news you consume. Read local, state, and national newspapers and write Letters to the Editors about free press issues. Join or donate to Reporters Without Borders at Reporters Without Borders USA (RSF USA) is the U.S. office of the global organization. Read about the 100 Information Heroes from countries abroad. The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in

New York City. When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted. See Be aware of fake news outlets and fake news on social media. PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others at www.politifact. com. is an independent

publication fact-checking site online. Fact-checking and accountability journalism from AP journalists around the globe at “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.”—George Orwell Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. Contact her at




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Would you rather own a big farm in Buckeye, or Goodyear? Either way, you would be sitting pretty. Keep on farming, or wait until the price is right to sell to a developer. As a story in last week’s West Valley View showed, Buckeye is leading the state with a staggering 60% population growth since 2010. Goodyear is close behind, growing 36% in the same period. Avondale is also at double-digit growth, expanding 10.6% since 2010. More people equals more homes. Which brings us to … The grand opening of Landsea Homes’ Centerra community will be celebrated this week. First, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and city council members will attend a ribbon-cutting at noon Friday, Jan. 17. Meet the newest neighbors in the West Valley at a public grand opening takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The grand opening event will feature refreshments, giveaways, a balloon artist and face painting for children and tours of the new model homes. Centerra is at 1037 S. 151st Lane, just a long fly ball across Yuma Road from the Goodyear Ballpark. Centerra is smack between Estrella Parkway and Bullard Avenue, with easy access (traffic permitting) to Interstate 10. If the name rings a bell, Landsea Homes is behind Encanta in Tolleson and Verrado in Buckeye. “Centerra by Landsea Homes is a wonderful addition to our tight-knit

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Drone on the range: Farmers take to the skies to save water and money BY MILES WILSON AND DYLAN MCKIM Cronkite News

For decades, farmers used huge machines to plant, grow and harvest crops, but today, more and more Arizona farmers are using tiny, remote-controlled aircraft to boost yields and save water and money. Kelly Thorp, an agricultural engineer for the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, uses drones to monitor the center’s test fields, taking detailed images of the cotton plants to gauge the condition of the soil and how much water the crop needs. “They’re a very powerful technology to be able to go out and regularly map fields, giving you regular information from which you can make decisions from,” Thorp said. “If we can make those decisions more accurate, then we know that we are being more efficient in our water use.” Although irrigated agriculture has been a part of the Sonoran Desert landscape for more than 1,000 years, farming is heavily influenced by seasonal weather patterns. Arizona remains in a twodecade-long drought and climatologists

predict the Southwest will continue to get warmer and drier. The 2019 monsoon was a no-show for most of the state. Late summer storms produced some heavy rainfall, but according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, “dry conditions in July and August continued in September, reversing the long-term drought improvements last quarter after the extremely wet winter and relatively wet spring.” As a result, long-term drought conditions worsened, officials said, “particularly in the northern two-thirds of the state.”That presents a constant challenge for farmers. With drones monitoring the amount of water used on their crops, farmers and agriculture engineers positively contribute to the environment and help conserve water – the most valuable resource on the planet. “It’s an alternative to conventional farming in the sense of using information to guide decisions on input use,” said Pedro Andrade, assistant professor of agriculture at the University of Arizona. After a drone surveys the plants, the data must be analyzed and put into a machine that calculates how much water

each plot needs. Drones, either multirotor or fixed-wing, are used to assess crop conditions and fertilizer needs, predict yield potential, monitor water quality, and detect leaks and pest and disease infesstill walk their fields, but drones – either multirotor or tations. They can be equipped Farmers fixed-wing – can now be used to assess crop conditions and ferwith video and still-image cam- tilizer needs, predict yield, monitor water quality and more when eras, thermal sensors to detect fitted with video or still cameras, thermal sensors and even LIDAR surface temperatures and LI- to create field maps in 3-D. (Cronkite New photo by Dylan McKim) DAR to create field maps in 3-D. paying someone another $20 an acre “So what I end up with at the end of all to get this data from a drone,” he said, that,” Thorp said after a demonstration, “it’s actually going to help them produce “is essentially a map of my field that is something that’s better or bigger or safer sectioned into smaller areas that can re- or whatever the issue is.” ceive different amounts of water. Dozens of companies offer drone “I think that drones offer a very prom- farming services, Brierly said, and the ising future for coming up with ways to technology is evolving quickly. make our agricultural decision-making “I think where we’re at now is they’re more resource-efficient.” kind of trying to prove themselves, so Farming is a risky and expensive busi- different companies are coming with ness, and many farmers don’t yet trust services, and in many cases, they are the new technology, said having to trial it,” he said. Paul Brierley, executive director of the For the past year, Thorp and his team Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert have been testing this technology on his Agriculture. cotton plants, and they’re now looking to “They need to be convinced that by expand their research to other crops.


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ganizations to build community engagement campaigns around the idea of fostering diversity and innovation. Avila said the lack of diversity leads to a disconnect between technology and people of color. “The people developing technology are predominantly men, predominantly white and predominantly straight, so the creation of new technologies are informed by their experiences and not the communities most affected by the technology,” Avila said.

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Melissa Ortiz, a freelance software developer, encounters a lot of situations that make her feel uneasy. Ortiz has become hyper-aware her chosen industry largely excludes people who look like her. First, there was the biweekly meetup with 20 people – only three others were women, and she was the only Hispanic in the room. As a self-taught newbie in the tech game, Ortiz was already nervous about joining a group of experienced colleagues. The gender gap and lack of racial and ethnic diversity, she said, amplified this anxiety. “The white women were friendly, but I never actually felt like I belonged there,” said Ortiz, 30. “I felt so judged when they found out I was a mom to three kids. Because I was a young mother with multiple kids, it was like confirmation bias of me being the young, dumb Mexican girl who has a lot of kids and stays home and does nothing with her life. When I told them, there were

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Recession a decade ago, net tech employment has increased by an estimated 1.9 million jobs. Yet, as the industry is growing, it’s leaving people of color and women behind. Google, Microsoft and other tech giants have a well-documented record of what could be called an inclusion-exclusion. Google released its annual diversity report this year, showing nearly 50% of its employees are white, with less than 7% identifying as Hispanic. Microsoft shared similar data from its 2018 diversity report showing 55% white employees and 6% Hispanic employees. The divide can lead to minority workers and women in tech feeling ignored, and hinder career advancement. For millions of customers, the dearth can affect how they experience a world becoming ever more reliant on technology. Several Arizona organizations have homed in on the practice of excluding people of color in the development of new technologies. Start Up Unidos, founded by Stephanie Bermudez, works to foster binational entrepreneurship in the Arizona-Sonora area and increase diversity within the tech industry by doing so. Co+Hoots, founded by Jenny Poon, recruits diverse entrepreneurs, within the tech industry and otherwise, to foster the creation of new businesses led by women and people of color. Iconico, founded by Luis Avila, works with or-

Census reports show more than 30% of Arizona’s population identify as Hispanic or Latino. Arizona is ranked third in the nation for net tech employment growth in 2017 and 2018. With Arizona tech on the rise, members of the tech community say the industry needs to do more to include new groups of people on the local level. Oriz said the uneven playing field makes it difficult for people of color and women to enter the industry. “It’s really intimidating to go into these groups,” she said. “They’re so confident and assertive, and I didn’t feel like I was able to ask the appropriate questions to further my career. It’s a really big set back.” Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Microsoft and Apple have the largest market values of any companies in the world. Collectively, the five companies are worth more than the total economy of the United Kingdom, according to the Associated Press. Yet nationally, Latinos make up less than 8% of the U.S. high tech workforce compared to the nearly 70% of the tech workforce that is comprised of whites workers. Latinos made up 18% of the U.S. population in 2018, according to the Pew Research Center, a number that’s only expected to increase over the coming decades. “We shouldn’t be thinking ‘Latino-anything’ without the context the success of this community is the success of this country,” Avila said. “We are in huge need of people thinking of us as a part of this society, because we are.”



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Platter up! Goodyear Ballpark serves up new food BY ERIC NEWMAN

West Valley View Staff Writer

Goodyear Ballpark, the Cactus League home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, opened its gates Thursday, Jan. 9, for fans to buy tickets, tour the facility and taste new culinary treats. Fans of the teams and spring baseball lined up before the 4 p.m. opening to purchase tickets early, view the new upgrades to the park and try new The staff and sprinklers at Goodyear Ballpark are hard at work prefood options offered on game paring for the 2020 Cactus League season. (West Valley View Photo by Eric Newman) days. Among the new options offered by “Yeah, I don’t think you could eat all Professional Sports Catering are load- that,” remarked his father, Tim May. ed corn dogs with cheese and bacon, There is also a new loaded hamburggarlic parmesan waffle fries, a chicken er, the subject of a name-the-burger tender sandwich and a cheesy chan- contest. geup (a half-pound cheeseburger with “It’s spicy so I’m thinking maybe grilled cheese sandwiches as buns). there’ll be something related to that. Another addition is the nacho hel- But, that’s the fun part: the fans engage met, 64 ounces of chips, cheese, salsa, and someone will have their idea of a jalapeños and other fixings stuffed into name on it all season,” said Bruce Kesa replica helmet. sman, the ballpark’s general manager. “It’s so much food,” said Carson Besides food and drinks, there are May, a young Indians fan who said he other new additions to the stadium. is excited to watch games and cheer on Among them are new padding on the his favorite player, shortstop Francisco home run fences, providing a cleanLindor. er look and better protection for the

It’s almost time for baseball - and ballpark food. (Photo courtesy city of Goodyear)

Goodyear Ballpark’s new video board will be on display for the 2020 season (West Valley View Photo by Eric Newman)

players, and a concrete slab on the first baseline allowing for better visibility. And the star improvement of the 2020 season will be the new video board behind the fence in left field. It will broadcast game updates and other content in higher definition on a considerably bigger screen than years past. “As far as in-game production there are more options. You can have more stats, bring more of the elements of the game into the stadium, and then it’s good for our sponsors to have their

business up there clearly, too,” Kessman said. “It’s always exciting to kick off the start of Major League Baseball and we can’t wait to get started.” The Reds and Indians face off on Feb. 22, to open the teams’ Cactus League seasons. Tickets range from $22-31 for single games, with discounted 15- and 30-game plans available. For information or to purchase tickets visit or call 623882-3130.




Tigers soccer will try to repeat last year’s state title game appearance


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A year after a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Campo Verde in the 5A state title game, the Millennium High School girls soccer team hopes for another chance at the championship. This team is unusually deep, said fifth-year head coach David Cameron. “We have so much talent we don’t want talent sitting on the bench or playing in a position that’s uncomfortable to them,” Cameron said. “It’s interesting. I’m actually really enjoying the process of trying to figure this out.” Cameron, also the head men’s soccer coach at Phoenix College, said the depth the Tigers team have mirrors the kind of depth college programs have. Millennium started the season 5-2-1. All five of their wins have been shutouts. They are returning last year’s leading goal-scorer in senior Anacel Valenzuela-Acosta, who already has a team-best five goals this year. The other two top goal-scorers are junior Gabby Sangillo and sophomore

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Justyse Smith. Cameron credits the last two years of Millennium soccer – which saw the Tigers playing for their first state title in school history 11 months ago– to a revamped method of coaching. The Tigers’ coaching staff traded in talks of winning for “individual development,” which allows Cameron to “pay attention to how they are doing in school, how’s their personal life.” Cameron said he learned of the approach through the 2008 movie “Forever Strong,” a film depicting how legendary rugby coach Larry Gelwix won 20 USA national rugby championships. Cameron introduced this method to his program. “It’s really player-led, we really want the players dictating it. We have them script it and we have them coaching, which is different from a year ago,” he said. “We want the players to make decisions on the field. We’re instructing our players, if they feel like, ‘Hey, I’d rather play up front,’ they’ll make that switch on the fly. We want them mak-

Coach David Cameron said he is treating each Millennium High team member “as a human being rather than just an athlete.” (Photo courtesy Millennium girls soccer)

ing that adjustment and make it more player-led. That’s going to help our program tremendously. “We’re trying to deal with them as a human being rather than just an athlete,” he said. As the Tigers gear up for a fourth consecutive postseason appearance, they’re also preparing for the “sellout” game. For the fourth year, the team is making an effort to sell out the Millennium stadium for one game. Cameron

approaches local businesses to donate to the event, while also seeking schoolwide support across campus. Last season, the Tigers beat Verrado in front of an estimated 2,300 people. This year’s game will be played at Millennium High School Feb. 7, against Willow Canyon. Willow Canyon informed Cameron it would bring three buses full of students to attend the game and drive up the attendance. He’s hoping for “3,000-plus” this year.

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Toddler Time

Help prepare children ages 2 to 3 for reading through music, books, games and more from 11:15 a.m. to noon at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard. Free. For information, call 602-652-3000. The West Valley View publishes on Wednesday. The 9 Days a Week calendar — a listing of entertainment events such as concerts, theatrical performances, events for schools, churches, county parks and nonprofit groups — runs every issue. Events must be open to the public to be considered and generally must be held within the View’s coverage area, which is south of Northern Avenue, west of Loop 101, plus all of Tolleson, extending to Estrella in the south and Tonopah in the west. Events such as concerts and theatrical performances that fall outside the View’s circulation area will be considered because there are no concert halls or theater venues within our boundaries. 9 Days a Week calendar items print on a space-available basis. The only way to guarantee that an item will print is to purchase an advertisement. Submissions must reach our office by 4 p.m. Wednesday to be considered for the following Wednesday publication. Submissions must be in writing and may be emailed to Rachel Hagerman, rhagerman@ or faxed to 623-935-2103.

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Visit the Litchfield Park Historical Society Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and docents are available to provide a tour. The museum is located at 13912 W. Camelback Road. For large groups, please call 623-535-4414 or email to request a special day and time. For information, visit

Junior Book Club (Ages 8-12)

Children are encouraged to read a book each month before joining Lila for a book discussion and activities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Tolleson Public Library, 9555 W. Van Buren Street. Free. For information, call 623-936-2746.

Come and Play

Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library hosts a weekly open-play group at 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale, at 11 a.m. for children through age 5. Free. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Teen Volunteer

Teens looking to meet new friends and volunteer for school credit can meet at the Avondale Civic Center Library’s Volunteer Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at 11350 Civic Center Drive. Free. For information, call 623-333-2602.


The West Valley American Association of American Women will host a meet and greet with Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Ground Control, 4860 N. Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. Attendants will learn about the organization, its partnerships, projects and goal to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Free.



Stepping Stones

The Christ Presbyterian Church at 925 N. Sarival Avenue, Goodyear, hosts a weekly Al-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. Al-Anon seeks to support the friends and families of alcoholics. Free. For information, call 623-882-0721.

Toddler Storytime

Bring children to the Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street so they can hear picture books read aloud and play with other toddlers at 11 a.m. Free. For information, call 623-936-2746.


Visit a weekly Toastmasters Community meeting to become a stronger public speaker and leader from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Zane Grey Room at Avondale Civic Center Public Library, 11350 Civic Center Drive. Free. For information, call 623-3985550.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Home Instead Care hosts a weekly group support from 12:30 to 2 p.m. third Thursdays at Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street. The group supports those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well as their family members. Free. Registration is not necessary. For information, call 623-333-2705.

Resolve to Plog

Try plogging, the fitness craze originating in Sweden, where one walks or jogs while picking up litter. Volunteers are invited to plog from 9 to 10 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central Avenue, Avondale. Free. For information, call 623-333-2725.

Vision and Sound

The award-winning documentary “You Racist, Sexist, Bigot” will be followed by a panel discussion with community leaders and the filmmakers at 6 p.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College Perform-



Old Pueblo Live Music

Listen to live music by Los Gringos, Jeordie or Cooper Sunrise starting at 6 or 7 p.m. every Friday night at Old Pueblo Cafe and Pub, 102 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. Entertainment included with a purchased meal. For information, call 623-935-5059.


Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature an interactive workout with lightly weighted drumsticks from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Inspiration Art Exhibit

The Estrella Art Gallery Committee will host a “Meet the Artists” reception for the new Presidio Art Gallery exhibit, “Inspiration,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Presidio Club Art Gallery, 18209 W. Calistoga Drive, Goodyear. All attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite “Inspiration” artwork. Free to attend. For information, email

Thomas Muglia

Enjoy live music by Thomas Muglia from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wigwam Bar, 300 E. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park. Entertainment included with a purchased drink. For information, call 623-856-1094.

Watercolor Painting Workshop

Have a fun evening of painting at 6:30 p.m. at the Craft House, 500 N. Bullard Avenue, Goodyear. Attendance is $35. Reserve a spot at



RePete Boutique

Stop by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, for casual and formal apparel, jewelry, books, household items and home décor between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, call 623-935-3279.

CAFE Flutes

A winter concert from the Central Arizona Flute Ensemble takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. at White Tank Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Free. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Hiking Yoga

Take a scenic hike in the White Tank Mountains with yoga integrated throughout from 9 to 10 a.m. at Skyline Regional Park, 2600 N. Road, Buckeye. Free. For information, visit

Cody’s Reading Pack (Ages 5+)

Children can register to read with a special library dog from Cody’s Pack to practice

literacy skills from 10 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth Street. Registration is required. Free. For information, email

Winter Wonderland

The Valor Belles will host a winter party with breakfast for supper, dancing, hot cocoa and popcorn from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Buckeye Community Veterans Service Center, 402 E. Narramore. Cost is $5 and proceeds will benefit the Buckeye VFW Auxiliary.



Sea Lions at Shipwreck Cove

Come see an educational show starring California sea lions and skilled trainers at 11:30 a.m. in a pirate-themed exhibit at Wildlife World Zoo, 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park. This show is free with admission. For information, call 623-935-9453.




Stop by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Classroom C at 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, for the Hope support group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The goal of the group is to provide help for those struggling with any mental disorder by sharing experiences and supporting others. Free. For information, call 480-994-4407.

Recycle Cooking Oil

The city of Avondale is teaming up with Mahoney Environmental to offer a free recycling program to reduce the amount of sewer blockages caused by cooking oils. Anyone can drop off cooking oils from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Avondale Public Works Municipal Operations Service Center, 399 E. Lower Buckeye Road. This service will be available until the end of January 2020. Free. For information, call 623-333-4402.

Kids Cafe

Care1st Avondale Resource Center will host Kids Cafe, a program to help children in low-income areas receive nutritious meals, through May 21. Children up to age 18 can enjoy a free, healthy meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 328 W. Western Avenue. The free dinners are served on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 623-333-2703.

Yoga in the Park

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature yogic postures, alignment and breathing on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Food and Clothing Bank

Tonopah’s Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank provides monthly emergency food boxes and access to its clothing bank weekly Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon at 36827 W. Indian School Road to those in need. For questions, visit




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WEST VALLEY VIEW NEWS | JANUARY 15, 2020 Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. These bingo nights nominational ministry, invites all to a Bible have 18 games including Betty Boop, study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 10486 W. Quickie, Early Bird, Double Action and a Emerald Lane, Avondale. Free. For informa$1,000 progressive game. Come down to 35 tion, call 623-772-0144. N. Dysart Road, Avondale, to support the Estrella Republican Club area’s youth and veterans. For information, The Estrella Republican Club meets from call 623-932-4960. 7 to 8:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays of the Estrella Toastmasters month to listen to a guest speaker at Visit a Toastmasters Community meeting Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S. Esto become a stronger public speaker and trella Parkway. Free. For information, call leader from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. at the South623-695-2435. west Valley Chamber of Commerce, 289 N. Zumba at Fitness in the Park Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Free. For inforFitness in the Park is a free workout promation, call 602-391-5781. gram that will feature a dynamic and aeroBaby Time bic Zumba dance workout on Wednesdays The Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye SunVan Buren Street invites babies and their dance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. caregivers to interactive playtime at 10 a.m. For information, call 623-349-6350. Free. For information, call 623-936-2746.

EMCC Choir Seeks Singers

The community choir at Estrella Mountain Community College is seeking additional singers for the spring semester that begins Tuesday, January 21. The choir performs two concerts each year and sings in other community events around the West Valley. Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 21 at the EMCC campus, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. All interested singers should register for the EMCC Community Choir class, #34993, online at for a $50 fee on or before January 21 or by calling 623-935-8888. No auditions necessary. For information, email

Pilates and Yoga

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will feature Pilates and yoga on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Conversación en Ingles

Learn to speak English at Buckeye Downtown Library, 310 N. Sixth Street, at 10 a.m. Free. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Texas Hold’em Poker

Buckeye Senior Program participants are invited to a free afternoon of Texas Hold’em poker from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Avenue. For information, call 623-349-6600.

Code Club

The Coyote Branch Library invites kids ages 8 to 12 to come to 21699 W. Yuma Road, Buckeye, at 5 p.m. to learn how to create video games and websites. Registration is required. Free. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Three Rivers Historical Society Meeting

Three Rivers Historical Society Meeting will hold an annual membership meeting and elections from 5 to 6 p.m. at Goodyear police Station, 11 N. 145th Avenue. Guest speaker Jeff Franklin will also speak about his ties to both the Naval Air Facility Litchfield and The Wigwam. Admittance included with membership fee of $5 to $20.



Secondhand Treasures Sale

Shop for china, rugs, decoration, designer items and more from noon to 4 p.m. at PebbleCreek Country Club’s Tuscany Falls Ballroom, 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear. Free to attend.

Design Your Own Buttons

Design a button perfect to display on a backpack or bookbag from 3 to 4 p.m. at Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Boulevard. Free. Materials will be provided. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Needle and Thread

The Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 W. Civic Center Drive invites adults to bring a coffee mug and materials to join fellow crafters for needlework, knitting and crocheting at 10:30 a.m. Free. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Anime Club (Ages 10-18)

Learn Japanese words and cultural facts and watch manga and anime with friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library at 11350 W. Civic Center Drive. Free. For information, call 623-333-2602.


Join others in a game of cards from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Avenue. This free program is open to all Buckeye Senior Program participants. For information, call 623-349-6600.


In Stitches


Enjoy tea and coffee and meet fellow crafters and work on crochet, knitting or sewing projects. Come by the Goodyear Branch Library at 14455 W. Van Buren Street from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to join. Free. For information, call 602-652-3000.


Visit a weekly Toastmasters Community meeting to become a stronger public speaker and leader from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Zane Grey Room at Avondale Civic Center Public Library, 11350 Civic Center Drive. Free. For information, call 623-398-5550.


Preschoolers Storytime

Fitness in the Park is a free workout program that will combine cardio and core training in a full-body workout from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Buckeye Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road. For information, call 623-349-6350.

Disciple Outreach Ministries Bible Study

Bring babies through age 2 for an interactive lap-sit program with books and music at 11:15 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren Street. Free. For information, call 602-652-3000.

The Tolleson Public Library at 9555 W. Van Buren Street invites preschool-age children to read books, sing songs and take part in activities at 11 a.m. Free. For information, call 623-936-2746.

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How to unleash the giant hiding inside of you CHURCH COMMUNITY CONNECTION Pastor Ed Delph West Valley View Columnist

Years ago, our oldest son was experiencing some learning difficulties in high school. My wife, oldest son and I went to meet with the specialist a friend recommended. We all took some sort of test individually so the specialist could see where each of us stood on certain issues. Afterward, she discussed the test results with us. She started by saying my oldest son and my wife were seeing things pretty much the same way which was good. Then she looked at me and said, “Well Ed, you just see life differently, don’t you?” Ouch. I’m not sure what she meant but there was smirking from the peanut gallery (my wife and son) about her statement. The specialist did a great job of diagnosing some physiological issues our son had since he was a baby. His therapy was some simple coordination

exercises. He took off like a rocket. He went from getting C’s in his classes to the honor roll his last two years in high school. Those simple exercises released and unleashed the “giant” inside of him to move to the outside of him. That appointment changed his life. He saw himself differently. I like the concept of unleashing the giant inside of us. My wife would say that concept is something I would like too. I have always been a potential person. As a pastor and leader, I see the potential in people before they ever see it. I tend to see where people can be or could be. Sometimes my insight is problematic because it can blind me to where people currently are. Sometimes people don’t want to be where they could be. They are comfortable or uncomfortable where they are and want to remain there. You can’t rescue the damsel if she loves her distress. The way I’m using “giant” here is a concept. It’s being all you can be. It’s potential. It’s not living a life of underachieving, becoming codependent, or something like that. It’s you, being you, with God all over you. There’s a

“giant” God put in you, but you need to see it, in order to be it.   Maybe unleashing the giant within us starts with us seeing things differently. Mark Twain said, “It’s not just the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” There was a shepherd boy in the Bible named David. He was the youngest son and the least likely candidate for a new king for God’s people. But just like you and me, God put a “giant” inside of him. But David needed to access and appropriate that giant. The same is true for us. God gave his prophet Samuel some advice in choosing the next king from David’s other fancy older brothers. “Do not look at his appearance or the size of his stature, because I have not chosen him; for God sees not as a man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” You know the story. There was a defiant giant scaring God’s other warriors to death. His name was Goliath. He was taunting and intimidating. His reputation preceded him. The “giant” of fear inside of those warriors was overcom-

ing the ‘giant’ God put inside of those warriors.  While the other warriors saw obstacles, David saw the opportunity and seized the opportunity. He had killed a lion and a bear while tending sheep. David knew smaller victories turn into bigger victories if you don’t get arrogant. When David saw Goliath’s bantering, he wasn’t intimidated at all. “Who is this man that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” He relied on God’s giant inside of him. He grabbed a slingshot and five stones, and the rest is history. To David, Goliath was so big he couldn’t miss him. Though David’s stature was small, the giant inside of him was bigger and more powerful than the Goliath outside of him. Here’s the takeaway: Have patience with yourself: You are not who and where you once were, and you are not who and where you will be. Your obstacle is not a barrier, it’s a bridge. Remember, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nation Strategy call 623-376-6757, email or visit

Cactus juice used to make nontoxic, biodegradable plastic bags BY JORDAN ELDER AND KENNEDY WILKERSON Cronkite News

America generates almost 38 million tons of plastic waste every year, ranking second only to China. That’s a lot of plastic, and despite decades of recycling efforts, the bulk of it winds up in landfills and waterways. To come up with a more sustainable substitute, researchers at the University of the Valley of Atemajac in Zapopan, Mexico, have turned to the juice from the prickly pear, or nopal, one of several cactus species of the genus Opuntia. They are beta-testing a nontoxic,

plant-based plastic that can decompose in a few weeks. By comparison, it takes several centuries for normal plastic bags to break down in landfills “I believe it is never too late to start changing things,” Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, a chemical engineering professor working on the discovery, told Forbes in July. “Every day there is a new opportunity to do things better, so if we each do what we have to do, there is another opportunity to reverse all the damage we have done to the planet.” The juice is extracted from the cactus,

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The prickly pear cactus is the unlikely source for a type of plastic developed by researchers in Mexico. Juice from the cactus is mixed with plant-based additives, rolled flat and dried, producing a film similar to that used in the plastic shopping bags – but able to break down in weeks in a landfill instead of centuries regular plastic takes. (Cronkite News photo)

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below average, or low genotypes. Each specific genotype identifies how often to perform cardio, how long and at what intensity.

Olympic and professional athletes, and even your friend who wins every tennis match— Body Composition/ is their athleticism based Strength Training wholly on genetics or are Sports like wrestling, they affected by something bodybuilding and funcmore? If you think it takes tional fitness athletes all more than just genetics, can see a benefit to having you’re right. But how much lower body composition. more? And what can you That’s not saying it’s not do to alter what your genes important for other sports, provide? just that it may not have DNA defines our overall as large of an impact. This potential and 40 percent ERIN MAHONEY trait helps a person underof our abilities – meaning stand not only how they’re more than half is within our control. For example, a sprinter could going to react to strength training, but have the potential to break a world also what kind is best for them. It also record but, without the training time, dictates how many days per week an proper nutrition and optimal lifestyle athlete needs to strength train to make gains in their sport. choices, may never get there. Genetic testing can help us underIntrinsic Motivation to Exercise stand where a person is starting from This gives insight into what drives and know how to better stimulate the 60 percent within their control. A per- someone to train for their sport. Those sonal trainer qualified in this special- with a more likely genotype require ization through International Sports less external motivation. They simply Sciences Association (ISSA) can now enjoy training and don’t need much use genetic information to realign a motivation to get through it. Those client’s program and nutrition to help who have a less likely genotype require more motivation. These people need a them reach their goals faster. Here are a few genetic traits that im- workout partner, competition or goal. They don’t enjoy the process of trainpact athletic performance: ing the same way they enjoy competFitness Response to Cardio ing with a partner. This trait carries some weight when Power and Endurance Potential it comes to performance. It shows the DNA can tell us what sort of exerdegree to which your fitness levels will increase by performing cardio exer- cise we are predisposed to be good at. cise. There are many factors such as A person falls into one of three catelung capacity, resting heart rate and gories: More power; equal power and recovery rate. People fall into normal, endurance; more endurance.

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This is the genetic predisposition of the muscle fibers in the body. Still, training has a lot to do with the actual output of an athlete. For example, a test may indicate you are equal power and endurance genotype. But through training, you have gained more endurance muscle fibers allowing you to be better at your sport.

Exercise Heart Rate Response Having a lower resting heart rate is beneficial. As a person becomes more fit, their heart rate doesn’t rise as much to keep oxygen flowing to the muscles, in turn giving them greater endurance. Exercise heart rate response clues a trainer in on what sort of results in heart rate a person will have with longer endurance training. It also indicates how well they handle endurance.

Systemic Inflammation and Injury Risk Though assessed as two separate

traits, these indicators go hand in hand. Systemic inflammation is the inflammation in the body we don’t see. Genetics can tell us if we are susceptible to this sort of inflammation. If an athlete is more susceptible, they may need extra rest time and planned recovery between training sessions. Those with a higher risk of systemic inflammation are at a higher risk of injury. This is also crucial for a trainer to understand and offers insight into what the athlete needs for recovery as well as volume and progressions throughout training. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just getting started with a fitness regime, anyone looking for a fitness edge can benefit from learning about how DNA can help you train smarter and achieve your fitness goals faster. Erin Mahoney is the vice president of Education for International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), an international fitness certifications provider.

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Some kids like to celebrate their birthdays at the arcade, some at the bowling alley, some with a big backyard party where friends and family can bring them gifts. Blake Blaylark likes to give to others. He turns 10 on Jan. 21, and plans to build on the “Blake’s Birthday Blessings” of last year. “Last year at the time he was turning 9 and decided he wanted to give back to his community for his birthday, as it fell on Martin Luther King day,” said Blake’s mother, Brooke Blaylark. His plan was to collect 250 pairs of donated socks and distribute them to homeless people.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced last week the 22 winning schools in the “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix. Among the winners: Glendale Landmark Elementary School’s “Serving Our School” nutrition program, Peoria Liberty High School’s “Makerspace Lab” technology program, Litchfield Park Palm Valley Elementary School’s “Movement For All” fitness program and Glendale Sierra Verde STEAM Academy’s “We Have Got Some Great News For You!” technology program. With more than 300 submissions from Arizona schools, the winning grants come from all around the state and will fund projects ranging in need from school improvements to innovative educational programs. Through the School Challenge program, the D-backs provided more than 220 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $1 million since the program launched in 2012. Winning schools will use the grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a shower facility for homeless students to a student podcast and an agriculture education program to a coding class for elementary school kids. Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the

field at a 2020 D-backs game at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate more than 450 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff from each school to attend the D-backs’ game in which their school will be honored. All public, private and nonprofit charter schools, grades K-12 were eligible and the winning schools sought to bring in funds to assist in one of four categories: educational programs, innovation and technology, nutrition and fitness and school/campus improvements. The $100,000 School Challenge is part of the organization’s overall charitable efforts and this year the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $65 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998.

On Dec. 14, a team of four young men from Odyssey Preparatory Academy competed in the Dawn to Dusk 12-hour mountain bike race as a relay team. The team consisted of Evan Leach (11th grade), Carson Morris (7th grade, pictured), Drew Breckie (10th grade) and Thomas Peterson (8th grade). The boys rode for 12 hours starting at 7 a.m. ending at 6:59 p.m. and ended up finishing in third place overall in their division. The race took place at McDowell Mountain Park. (Photo courtesy Rick Bee)

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Arizona high school graduates who prove they have mastered the arts now can get special recognition on their diplomas. Last spring, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1111, creating the State Seal of Arts Proficiency, to honor the importance of arts in molding well-rounded citizens. The Arizona Department of Education will award to qualified high school graduates beginning in May. To qualify, the education department requires graduates to complete the requirements of a “proficiency pathway,” which it describes as a “rigorous, standards-based and high-quality arts education course of study.” Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all qualifying arts courses – dance, music, theatre, visual arts or media arts – or in career and technical education courses, which involve 21st-century application of the arts. It includes animation, digital communication, digital photography,

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knowledge and how those skills will translate to real world skills. The seal will be designed by Arizona students in grades 9-12, with the winning design announced by the Arizona Commission on the Arts in March – Youth Arts Month. “Arts education in general is extremely powerful,” said Dustin Loehr, director of arts education at the Department of Education. “It really contributes meaningfully to well-rounded education and teaching to the whole child.” Loehr worked with stakeholders

across the state to help turn their ideas into the seal. Districts across the state will have the option to opt in or out of the program. Arizona School for the Arts north of downtown Phoenix is opting in. Fifththrough twelfth-grade students at ASA spend the final two hours each school day studying and practicing their chosen art. “I study theater and I really want to pursue acting in a college and a career,” said Noah Simmons, a sophomore. “And to have this seal shows that I have worked many years and I have dedicated my life to theater.” Tenth-grader Nora Muma hopes to earn the seal even though she won’t pursue arts education after high school. “I want to be a doctor,” she said. “But I do think that the arts show a level of dedication.” Elena Gandy believes the arts seal will “show colleges that I can go above and beyond and I don’t just stay in the mediocre.” Eighth grader Imogen Dietz wishes to make herself a better person by earning the seal. “I put those hours in to kind of make myself a better person and kind of improve on skills that not only relate to the arts but to academics too,” she said.

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William John Johnsen, age 66 of Goodyear, AZ died December 27, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born October 1, 1953, in Rockville Center, NY to Harold Johnsen and Anne Olsen. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left at william-john-johnsen/.

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Joseph Guy Ginter 57, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on December 31, 2019. Joe was born on September 24, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Jean M. Palmer of Dayton, Ohio and the late Dale Ginter. Survivors other than his mother include two sons, Damien (Pamela) Ginter of Goodyear, AZ; Dakota Ginter of Phoenix, AZ; a sister and brother Holly James and Tony Ginter of Dayton Ohio; and 2 granddaughters, Isabella and Hanna Ginter. He was much loved by family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Earl Simon Young Earl Simon Young of Buckeye, AZ passed away January 1, 2020 in Buckeye, AZ at the age of 49. He was born in Phoenix, AZ August 17, 1970 to Earl and Valerie Young. He is survived by his wife Lorraine Rose Young. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Advantage Crystal Rose to leave condolences please

Mercedes Segundo Tercero Mercy Tercero, of Buckeye, was born May 9, 1948. She was called to heaven on December 27, 2019. Mercy was proceeded in death by her husband, Manuel Tercero. She is survived by her sons Paul, Nick and wife Korina. grandchildren Angelica and Nicolas Jr., her brothers Juan, David, and Clemente Jr, and her sisters Luz, Lily, Mary, Patty, Gloria, and Beatrice.

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Treva Laverne Julian, age 86, of Buckeye, AZ, passed peacefully with her family by her side on January 7, 2020. She was born February 23 rd , 1933, in Tulia, Texas, to Everett and Julia Ethel (Williamson) Riggs. She married Willis Charles Julian on August 4, 1947. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willis Charles, her mother and father, her brother Everett Dwain Riggs, and one grandson, Justin Ryan Dumpert. Treva is survived by three children, Ted Julian of Apache Junction, AZ, Michael Julian of Calvert City, KY, and Debora Dumpert of Buckeye, AZ, 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter. She is also survived by two sisters, Sonja Decker of Sedalia, CO, and Sue Putman of Farmerville, LA, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews. Treva and her family lived in Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico, she was active in horseback riding and politics. They moved to Phoenix, her husband in 1993, she went to work for the Post Office in Tempe, AZ, as a mail carrier. She loved working. She retired in 2005, and was able to go on many cruises and vacations with her friends and sisters. She loved bowling, water aerobics, bingo, bunco, gardening, and church. She loved to oil paint, china paint, sew, knit, and make jewelry. She loved to shop and go to lunch with her friends. She had many wonderful, lifelong friends. Treva’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at White Tanks Southern Baptist Church, 1420 N. 192 nd Ave Buckeye AZ. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10 am. The memorial service will begin at 10 am. She will be laid to rest at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery after the service. A reception will be held at the Church immediately after the funeral service.

Jack Ray Porter, age 74 of Avondale, AZ died December 31, 2019 in Avondale. He was born August 30, 1945 in Sullivan, IN to Hubert and Betty (Jordan) Porter. Jack grew up in Oaktown, IN. He served in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of Sergeant. A wounded veteran of the Vietnam War, Jack was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his valiant service. Jack worked for the US Post Office for 31 years. He served as a deacon at The Church at Litchfield Park. An outdoorsman and gun enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, camping with his friends, and weekend adventures with his neighbors. He was a wonderful husband and a great dad. Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheila Porter; daughter, Kindra Porter; two sisters, Elizabeth Waggoner, and Janelle Waldroup; and brother Tom Porter. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Burial will be 10:30 am, Tuesday January 21, 2020 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Condolences for the family may be left at obituary/jack-ray-porter/.

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Jesus Renee Garcia Solorzano of Tolleson, AZ passed away January 5, 2020 in Surprise, AZ at the age of 87. He was born in Colima, Mexico June 28, 1932 to Antonio and Angelina Garcia. He is survived by his spouse Bernice Garcia De Morales. Arrangements were entrusted to Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home. To leave condolences please visit

Alicia Hernandez Lopez of Tolleson, AZ Passed Away on January 5, 2020 in Tolleson, AZ at the age of 66. She was born in New Mexico on April 8, 1953 to Pedro and Vicenta Lopez. Services have been entrusted to Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home. A visitation will be held January 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM and a funeral services following at 7:00 PM at Crystal Rose Funeral Chapel 9155 W. Van Buren St. Tolleson, AZ. To leave condolences for the family visit

Rebecca June Miller Rebecca June Miller, age 76 of Goodyear, AZ died January 2, 2020 in Sun City West. She was born June 23, 1943 in Milwaukee, WI to Ralph and Clara (Rosemeyer) Mitchell. Rebecca was generous and always willing to help others. She was a Red Cross volunteer. She loved quilting, sewing and cooking. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and the best wife. Rebecca is survived by her loving husband, Roberto Longhi-Miller; daughters Denise Miller and Gina Miller-Hallman (Glenn); sons, Troy David Miller (Renee) and Roberto Miller, Jr. (Simona); sister, Louise Curler (Lance); brothers, Larry Mitchell (Rosemary), Richard Mitchell, Marvin Mitchell (Lori), John Mitchell (Nancy, Mike Mitchell (Brenda), and Tom Mitchell (Selma); five grandchildren, Rachele Morbiato, Giada Longhi Miller, Riccardo Morbiato, Johnathan Longhi Miller, and Davide Morbiato; and sisters-in-law, Jan Mitchell and Doreen Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Roger, Paul, and Bill Mitchell; Sister, Nadine; and Sisterin-law, Judy. A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Condolences for the family may be left at obituary/rebe cca-june-miller/.

Carlos Timothy Chavez

Carlos Timothy Chavez "CAR" went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2019 in Glendale. He was born in Phoenix, to Andy & Isabel Chavez on November 15, 1983. He was the 6th of 8 children. Carlos is survived by his father: Andy Chavez Sr. His 5 brothers and 2 sisters: Andy Chavez Jr, Mark Chavez Sr, Vivian Chavez, Christopher Chavez, Nicholas Chavez Sr, Michael Chavez, and Priscilla Chavez Espinoza. Carlos did not have any children however, he was blessed with 10 nephews, 5 nieces and 4 great nieces whom he loved with his whole heart. He was also deeply loved by his aunts, uncles, cousins & friends. Preceded in death by his mother, Isabel G. Chavez and nephew Mark Chavez Jr. Carlos was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend who loved God and loved his family. Carlos enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, hanging out with his family and friends, and watching his favorite football team, the Arizona Cardinals. He was full of life, love, laughter, and jokes. Always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who was in need. Our brother will be truly missed. We pray that when we start to miss him we will remember all of the good times and memories that we shared with Carlos. That his legacy will live on through his family & friends who loved and cared for him. Service will be held at Vineyard Church Saturday January 11, 2020. 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. Scripture: John 11:25-26 "I am the Resurrection and the Life," said Jesus; "he who believes in me, even if he has died, he shall live; and everyone who is living and is a believer in me shall never die."

Doris June Heffelfinger Doris June Heffelfinger, 92, passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving children and nieces. Doris was a loving and caring mother, wife, aunt, and friend. Doris was born on July 31, 1927 in Medina, ND to George and Celia Kalainov. She ventured out after graduating from high school to attend a prestigious nursing academy in Michigan where she earned her registered nursing degree. After a short return to her home in North Dakota, she moved to Miami Florida to pursue her career in nursing. She was proud to tell her family that she was immediately offered the head nursing position at a major hospital. There she met her husband of 55 years, John Heffelfinger. John grew up in Indiana and moved to Florida to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami. He was working as an insurance adjuster in the medical profession, and they met at the hospital. They married, and soon started a family. They had 5 sons, Thomas, Craig, Scott, Blake and Brett. Doris was very social and loved visiting with friends and family. She loved celebrating the holidays, birthdays, and any excuse to get together. Everyone loved the letters, birthday cards, and holiday cards she sent. She never forgot to reach out with a letter or card to her loved ones! She was an avid reader. She would clip information from newspapers that would benefit a loved one and send it to them! Although she didn't have any grandchildren of her own, that didn't stop her from being a "Grand"Aunt to her nieces and nephews and their children. Later in life she worked as a real estate agent. In her retirement years, she loved to organize and run estate sales. She loved to travel, especially in the summer to escape the Arizona heat. She visited with relatives in North Dakota and traveled to northern Arizona and Idaho. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, John, her oldest son, Thomas, her brothers Nick and Sam Kalainov, and sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Coletta Kalainov, and Margaret. She is survived by her 4 sons, Craig, Scott, Blake, and Brett, her brother George Kalainov Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews. Her memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 am at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Flowers or donations can be sent there.


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RECREATION CENTERS OF SUN CITY WEST FACILITIES ASSISTANT–FT, 3pm-11pm, M-F, with full benefits and two PT positions with partial benefits - $11.00 p/h. Sweeping floors, showers, restroom, pool deck and other areas, emptying trashcans, maintaining/cleaning bathrooms and hall area, setting up tables/chairs for events. Must be able to work with cleaning chemicals. Previous custodial exp, knowledge of commercial vacuums, floor scrubbers, gas powered blowers preferred; varies locations/hours/days/weekends. GREENSKEEPERS - $13.08 p/h, FT/PT with benefits Manual labor. Must be able to work communicate in English, work weekends and OT. Previous golf exp. preferred. LANDSCAPE WORKER - FT Mon-Fri $12.25/hour with benefits. Plan, care and maintain recreational grounds for the community; including trimming, weeding, raking and water plants. Experienced in use of small power tools and lawn maintenance equipment. Apply online/view more jobs: or at Human Resources, 19803 N. R. H. Johnson Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375. The above positions include golf when availability is open. All positions must be able to communicate in English. All positions are open until filled. EOE




West Valley View 250 N. Litchfield #130, Goodyear AZ 85338

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Six piece patio set for sale, 19" Dell computer, includes tower, key broad, monitor, in very great shape, Fisher upright stereo with speakers, cassette player, radio, record player all in the unit. A walker in good shape. Please call many other items for sale. 623-327-9876

623.535.VIEW (8439) • Deadlines

LANDSCAPING O.N.B. Specializes in landscaping and trimming. Also Concrete: patios, driveways, sidewalks, additions and more. Free estimates. 623-249-0610 - Robert Residential/Commercial. West Valley View CLASSIFIEDS WORK! Call 623-535-8439


Classifieds: Friday 1pm for Wednesday



LOOKING for experienced compassionate CNA's. Certified Caregivers. Part time/ full time. 623-547-7521

Need Secretary/ Bookkeeper, with accounting experience. Call 602-625-2947



In the View Classifieds

623.535.VIEW (8439)

HIRING TEACHERS! Salary Range: $38,789-$69,872 301 & Pay for Performance too!


Jan 29, 2020 3p-6p Feb 28, 2020 3p-6p


Female required NO EXPERIENCE needed. full-time Private home in Buckeye. We train 623-826-6715

Now hiring janitors for office cleaning in various valley locations. Please apply in person at ACE Building Maintenance 7020 N 55th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301. Se solita personal para limpieza de Oficina en varias localidades del valle. Favor de aplicar en persona a ACE Building Maintenance 7020 N 55th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301. General Labor Needed Full-time & Temporary Always Hiring CDL Drivers PLEASE COME IN AND SEE TONY. 25376 W. Tonopah, Salome Highway, Buckeye, AZ 85396. GPS takes you to far google maps will get you here.


Tolleson ESD Governing Board Room 9261 W Van Buren St., Tolleson, AZ 85353

APPLY AT Click on Careers!



AIRES is looking for caring, capable and compassionate people! Our mission is to help people live happy, healthy & fulfilling lives.

Hiring Caregivers & Program Managers in the West Valley.

Paid training provided. Must be 21+yrs, w/ good driving record & reliable transportation. Apply at or visit us at 2140 W. Greenway Rd, Ste 140, Phoenix.

Crystal Gardens Community Garage Sale, Saturday January 18th and Sunday the 19th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crystal Gardens is located between McDowell and Thomas Roads just west of 107th Avenue in Avondale. Wed. Jan. 22 Secondhand Treasures Sale!! PebbleCreek, Goodyear 16222 Clubhouse Dr – Tuscany Falls Ballroom Gently used treasures! China, Rugs, Décor, designer items (clothes, shoes, purses) & more! Free to attend; 12-4 p.m.

HANDYMAN JOEL Cedillo- I do construction work! Concrete, Block, Stucco, Bobcat work, Haulaway, Demolition. Call for free estimates, 623-707-6072. *Not A Licensed Contractor

HANDYMAN - 37 years experience. Drywall, framing, plumbing, painting, electrical, roofing and more. Stan 602-434-6057


LAND FOR SALE 1 to 18 acres, starting $10,000, various locations, payments, owner/agent, Call Ken, 602-510-8900 TONOPAH AZ & Harquahala, AZ, residential lots as well as land for sale. Owner will finance, no pre-qualifying or credit check, $500/down and $500/monthly. Habla Espanol. Please Call Charlie Harrison "Agent" 710-500-5906 or email. charlielandandhomes2 Please mention referred by Maria 480-773-0167

4 Acres Tonopah

Power, water, phone, natural gas available. $59,000 511th Ave, Tonopah AZ. Financing available.


WANTED TO BUY $100-$500+ Cash for Junk Cars all "as is" autos! Good condition more $$$$. Best Prices! Fast, free pickup. 623-329-2043

PUBLIC NOTICE Lifeline/Public Notice 2020 MTE Communications is a quality telecommunications service provider who provides basic and enhanced services within its service territory. Basic services are offered at the following rates: Monthly Service Charge Single Party Residential Service $24.00 Single Party Business Service $30.00 Federal Subscriber Line Charge-Single Line $6.50 Multi-Line $9.20 Toll Blocking No Charge Emergency 911 Service Surcharges for 911 services Charged according to Governmental assessments Low income individuals eligible for Lifeline and Link-up telephone assistance programs may be eligible for discounts on these basic local service charges through state and federal specified telephone assistance plans. Basic services are offered to all consumers in MTE Communications' service territories at the rates, terms and conditions specified in the Company's tariffs. If you have any questions or need further information regarding the Company's services, please call us at our office in Midvale, Idaho at 1 (800) 4624523. “Employee Owned, Community Focused, Customer Centered” MTE Communications is an equal opportunity provider and employer Published: West Valley View, Jan. 15, 2020 / 27459






SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONA MARICOPA COUNTY NOTICE OF HEARING Case No. JG511405 In the Matter of Guardianship of: George Albert Oceguera Junior. This Court has reviewed the CERTIFICATE OF READINESS (Request to Set Hearing). Based upon the Court's review, IT IS ORDERED X Setting a Hearing on the Petition for Guardianship of a Minor. WARNING: Failure to bring the documents identified on the "Certificate of Readiness" (Request for Hearing) may result in the hearing being cancelled. Signed this 21st Day of Oct. 2019, /s/ Keelan S Bodon, Judge of the Superior Court. NOTICE OF HEARING Read this Notice Carefully. An Important court proceeding that affects your rights has been scheduled. If you do not understand this notice, contact a lawyer for help. NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Petitioner has filed with the Court a Petition for Guardianship of a Minor. HEARING INFORMATION: A court hearing has been scheduled to consider the Petition as follows: HEARING DATE AND TIME: Feb. 24, 2020 9AM HEARING PLACE: 1810 S. Lewis St., Mesa, AZ 85210 HEARING OFFICER: COMMISSIONER BODOW, 3. RESPONSE: You can file a written response to the petition. File your original written response with the court, mail a copy of the original response to the petitioner(s), and provide a copy of your response to the Judge/Commissioner name above at least 5 business days before the hearing. Or, you can appear in person at the hearing. You must appear at the hearing only if you wish to object to the petition. Published West Valley View, Jan 1, 8, 15, 2020 / 26899



Appliance Repair 4 Less

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at: (202) 7202600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at filing cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

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ir Labor We Repair: • Refrigerators • Freezers • Icemakers • Dryers • Washers • Ovens • Ranges • Stoves • Dishwashers • and much more



★ Emergency Service ★ ALL Makes & Models ★ FREE Quotes for New Units ★ Financing Available ★ Local Family Owned Business ★ Friendly Service Every Time!


2020 Midvale Telephone Exchange, Inc. is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.


Published: West Valley View, Jan. 15, 2020 / 27461

Check OUR website for all major brands





100- $500 + ABANDONED CARS All “As Is” Autos!



Valleywide Service

No Service Charge With Repair

onditioning and Heating

Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC#178418 ROC#166193

• Residential • Commercial • All Makes & Models • Water Heaters • Gas Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Mobile Homes 24 HOUR EMERGENCY REPAIR





30 Years Experience Owner – Operator




• Local, family owned West Valley commercial / residential builders for over 40 years • Specializing in up to date architectural designs • Provides innovative and high quality products and services • Superb customer service from start to finish

“We’ll work together to make your dream project come true.” Call for further information regarding our services

Carpet, Tile-Grout, & Air Duct Cleaning

Commercial & Residential Housecleaning


623-824-4481 602-540-4940 LICENSED - CONTRACTED - BONDED

ROC 054363

Call Today/Clean Today






We do it RIGHT the first time!


ROC Lic. #K-09 149540 • Insured • References Available

Office 623-872-7622

Electric & Solar

602-510-1529 ROC#321507 Licensed, Bonded & Insured


Appliance Repair Now If It’s Broken, We Can Fix It!

• Same Day Service • On-Site Repairs • Servicing All Major Brands • Quality Guaranteed

We Also Buy, Sell & Trade Used Appliances Working or Not

Good Condition = More $$$ Best Prices! Fast, free pickup!

480-659-1400 Licensed & Insured






“Employee Owned, Community Focused, Customer Centered” MTE Communications is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Brands We Service: • Sub-Zero • Whirlpool • GE • Maytag • Amana • Kitchen Aide • LG • Samsung

Family Owned & Operated Same Day Service Free Trip Charge with Repair

Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

“USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender”


LOCAL & FAMILY OWNED FOR 20 YEARS Multi-level Paint Complete FULL service Correction, Clear Bras, mobile detailer for: Window Tint, Headlight Autos, Boats, RVs, Restoration & State-ofMotorcycles & More! the-art Ceramic Coating

SEE THE DIFFERENCE! Hector: 623-694-2973 Mike: 602-647-6488

Over 25 years of Quality Service West Valley Resident

Repair of pet damage Re-Stretching • Patching Tile Edge Finishing


623-980-8950 Not a licensed contractor

We Accept cash, check, bitcoin


(6 2 3) 5 8 2 - 4 4 7 7 LUXURY HOME REMODELS


Visit Our Design Studio 11203 W Nevada Ave. Youngtown, AZ LICENSED - BONDED - INSURED - ROC#223524

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LANDSCAPING Same Owners, Same Great Service!

Licensed • Bonded • Insured

Broken Springs Replaced


New Doors & Openers Sales/Service/Installations/Repairs

623-512-6194 ROC# 299652



Custom Landscaping and Hardscaping Same Owners, formerly Flatiron Landscape Same Great Service! Pavers. Artificial Grass. Putting Greens Same Owners, Same Great Service! Custom Landscaping and Hardscaping Concrete. Retaining Walls. Pavers. Artificial Grass. Putting Greens Fireplaces. Outdoor Kitchens. Curbing. Custom Landscaping and Hardscaping Concrete. Walls. Irrigation and Repairs Pavers • ArtifiInstallation cial Retaining Grass • Putting Greens Fireplaces. Outdoor Curbing. Tree• and PlantKitchens. Installation Concrete Retaining Walls Fireplaces Irrigation Installation and• Repairs Outdoor • Cubring E FRE Tree andKitchens Plant Installation ST E Licensed-Bonded-Insured Irrigation Installation and Repairs IMATES ROC#202397. ROC#219652 TreeLicensed-Bonded-Insured and Plant Installation ROC#202397. ROC#219652 D:(623)670-0080 D:(623)670-0080 D:(623)670-0080 O:(623)536-8275 O:(623)536-8275

O:(623)536-8275 Licensed - Bonded - Insured • ROC#202397 ROC#219652



Mike’s Lawn Service LLC


• • • • • •

Tree Trimming •Mowing & Edging Sprinkler Systems - Install & Repair Landscape Renovations General Clean Up • Weed Control Lighting • Concrete • Pavers Plant & Tree Installation

Serving the West Valley Since 1990 Not a licensed contractor

Weekly Year Round Service! No job too big or too small

Interior & Exterior Bonded & Insured ROC #123818 References Available


ROC# 319202






Ceiling Fans Troubleshooting/ Inspection Repairs Remodels/Additions


Family - Owned and Operated LICENSED ROC#181530 BONDED • INSURED

Garage Doors

Repair • Service • Installation Family Owned & Operated


Same Day Service & Free Estimates Licensed, Bonded & Insured ROC #289066

Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly & Quarterly


• In-Home care service for your loved ones • On Call 24/7 Customized Care • Experienced Staff • RN Supervised • Serving the Greater Phoenix West




15 Years in Business and Still A+

Lawn Care

Saunders Painting

Fix & Replace

Garage Doors & Openers


Bonded • Insured • Licensed ROC#198687


Interior & Exterior

• Tree Trimming

• Weed Removal/Spray • One-Time Cleanup

Specializing in LARGE TREE TRIMMING Antonio or Laura 623.206.3403




Professional Handyman Over 25 Years Construction Experience

HG Builders, LLC


Jeff R. Saunders




Licensed, Bonded & Insured


ROC Lic. #170982

The Bug Stops Here

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed • Fleas / Ticks • Bed Bugs • Roaches

• 6 month guarantee

Credit Cards Accepted ROC Lic. #143502 & Bonded



• Weed and Turf control

602-826-3969 Mobile



Drywall Repair/Texture Matching Acoustic Ceiling Removal Cabinets’ & Power Washing



“A Passion for Caring” The most experienced and compassionate home care service in the West!

432 N. Litchfield Rd. Unit 300. Showroom & Parts Store



* Irrigation system and repairs (Valves, drip, timers, & sprinklers) * Pavers * Artificial grass * Malibu lights * Maintenance, general clean-ups & hauling * House painting, interior & exterior AND MUCH MORE. CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE. Residential & Commercial, Big Properties

623-972-9150 623-695-3390


Not a licensed contractor

Avondale Garage Doors Inc.


Indoor/Outdoor Lighting Spa Circuits Panel Replacement/ Upgrade



Landscape Maintenance Services

Free Estimates Bob

Mike (623) 764-1294


• Service & Installation • Door Off Track • Routine Maintenance • Licensed, Bonded & Insured • Valley Wide Service 24/7 • Hablo Español






• Residential / Commercial

Our Goal is not to be the Biggest – Just the best!



Bus: 623 932 4168 Cell: 623 810 6035 Lic. #8555



Outdoor Living Specialists

H Landscapes Save H BBQs H Hardscapes 10%se Purcha H Lighting * Upto 500 savings H Mist Systems $

WHY PAY MORE? Mike 714-742-4527 Not a licensed contractor

8 CE 19

Your Custom Remodeling Specialist For All Your Home Improvement Needs!

623-933-4312 11126 W. Wisconsin Ave, #5 - Youngtown

Quality Attention to Every Detail


Minnesota Ethics in an Arizona Economy

•No Job Too Small • Free Estimates

Licensed, Bonded, Insured • ROC 209166


For Discount Coupons Visit Licensed/Bonded/Insured Limited Liability Corp • ROC #155822 KB02



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Mike - 623-764-1294 Eddie - 623-853-3402 Not a licensed contractor


Insured & Bonded Insured & Bonded ROC#230926 ROC#230926



Irrigation Install & Repairs Irrigation Install Pavers& Repairs Pavers Outdoor Lighting Outdoor Lighting Arbor Care/Cleanups Arbor Care/Cleanups

Uriel 623-297-0114 623-297-0114 Uriel

Call us for all your Plumbing Needs! • Water heaters • Faucets • Fixtures • Slab leaks • Water Filtration


10% Discount For First Time Customers!

Call 480-868-6722 ROC 316690

Licensed, Bonded and Insured Check out our great reviews on Google and Yelp







Termite  Pest Pigeon Pro’s

Total Care Plumbing LLC


Water Heaters from

623-869-7378 PEST CONTROL

Residential, Commercial & Industrial Customers

Senior Citizen Discount

Serving Arizona Since 1976 • Locally Owned & Operated

Veteran Owned

Buckeye Plumbing

Licensed Bonded Insured ROC 286561

• Water Treatment Specialists • Residential & Commercial • Water Heaters Sr & Military Discount • Slab Leaks FREE Water Heater Flush with Service call. Valley Wide Service



24 Hr. Service Plumbing Service & Repair Sewer & Drain Cleaning Free Estimates Free Plumbing Inspection


Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC 229722 • PORA & HOA Gold Member

Water Heaters • Drain Cleaning • Faucets/Sinks • Slab Leaks Water Softeners • Toilets • Garbage Disposals



15% OFF

Any Plumbing Service Call for details. Some restrictions may apply. Exp 02/29/20



125 OFF


Water Heater Flush

Water Heater Install

Call for details. Some restrictions may apply. Exp 02/29/20

Call for details. Some restrictions may apply. Exp 02/29/20

623-688-5243 Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC 185143, 192987



with Plumbing Inspection

Senior & Military Discounts

For All Plumbing Repairs

623-299-2637 Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC#216918 • 216982



Kitchens Concrete Flooring

Painting & More

35 Years Experience in the Valley


602-622-2859 623-936-5775 We raise the roof with our quality, service and value!

All types of roofing! Re-Roofs New Roofs • Repairs

FREE Estimates

Commercial & Residential Expert Custom Upholstery Since 1976



ROC Lic. #133241 • Bonded • Insured





U.S.A.F. Retired. 25+ Yrs. Exp.

Remodel • All Repairs Cleaning SVC “No Nonsense” Licensed Contractor ROC C-37-120135 • ROC C-05-159059

“1 Call & We Do It All”



Plumbing & Drain Cleaning


Bruce Fischer 623-404-2082

Additions Garages Patios




New Roofs & Reroofs

Repairs, Coatings, Walk Decks Home New Build or Renovate

26 Years Experience in the Valley!

Built Stronger to Last Longer

PLUMBING Honest Locally Integrity & Veteran Value Owned

ROC 233444 Licensed • Bonded • Insured Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC Lic #138051


Lic# 4147


30 Years Experience References Available


includes labor

FREE Estimates • Service/Repair


Senior & Military Discounts

585 Unclog Drains from $ 4400 $

Remodels • Repairs Leaks • Toilets Water Softeners Gas • Sink/Faucets

Your leaks stop here!

800-284-2392 602-275-4888



Lic. 8166 BC / Est. 1981


ROOFING Estrella Custom Designs

FREE Quotes, Family Co. All phases of PEST control.

New Roofs, Repairs, Coatings, Flat Roof, Hot Mopping & Patching & Total Rubber Roof Systems



Buckeye Plumbing

• Water Treatment Specialists • Residential & Commercial • Water Heaters Sr & Military Discount • Slab Leaks FREE Water Heater Flush

We Do Everything!


with Service call. Valley Wide Service

Fully insured. We carry work insurance on all employees

623-444-0056 623-444-0056

623-386-0710 Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC Lic #138051




Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC 223367




All employees verified Free estimates on all roofs 36 Years experience in AZ Licensed contractor since 2006 •

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Your Residential & Commercial Roofing Contractor Has You Covered

 New Construction, Repairs, Recovers, Maintenance  Installation of Gutters & Attic Insulation  Shingles, Tile, Built Up Single Ply, Foam & Coatings, Metal, Shake

“Let Our Family Cover Yours”

We’re Here To Answer Your Questions. Give Us A Call!

ROC #’s: 061127 - 287012 - 198009 - 082024 - 318282





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2014 RAM 1500 4X4






2007 FORD SUPER DUTY F-350 SRW XL 19158A



2004 FORD F-150 LARIAT







All prices and offers cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Prices subject to change. Prices do not include sales tax, license, $379.00 dealer doc fee and dealer add ons. All vehicles subject to prior sale. *Must Finance and Qualify with Ford Motor Credit Company. **Excludes 2019 Ford Super Duty. Prices valid through 01/21/2020. Sales vehicles may have scratches, dents or dings. See dealer for details.

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