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26
Apr
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Mother’s death creates mission for daughter

A promise to her dying mother motivated a West Valley woman’s mission to advocate for a cure for lung cancer.

“I think my mom died to help spark a movement, and I’m going to help find a cure,” Daphne Faitala-Rodriquez said.

Faitala-Rodriquez’s campaign recently took her to Washington, D.C., where she was Arizona’s representative at the American Lung Association’s Lung Force, a two-day event attended by advocates from every state to fight for lung cancer education and research.

“I’m doing this to help other people,” she said. “Most people don’t know that lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of men and women.”

Wed
26
Apr

DPS vehicle strikes 13-year-old girl in Litchfield Park

A 13-year-old girl was transported to the hospital Tuesday evening after being struck by a DPS trooper’s vehicle in Litchfield Park, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

The accident occurred before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Dysart and Camelback roads.

According to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Calbert Gillett, an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper hit a pedestrian with his issued vehicle.

Wed
26
Apr
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W.V. woman featured on Naked and Afraid

A West Valley woman was willing to bare almost everything for a television reality show’s survival challenge.

Melanie Rauscher, 30, of Avondale is a participant in the Naked and Afraid episode that will air at 6 p.m. Sunday on the Discovery Channel.

Wed
26
Apr
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West Valley cities preparing budgets

It’s budget season in city halls in the West Valley as municipal financial officers and city council members crunch the numbers.

City officials are required to approve budgets and adjust tax levies for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

It’s a task that often reveals officials’ priorities as they allocate funds for ongoing expenses and special projects for their cities.

Wed
26
Apr
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EMCC show explores family matters

DANCESTRELLA STUDENTS Amy Gerlofs, left, Adison Dahle and Alexis Peña rehearse “There is a Time,” one of several pieces from the production titled “Our Family Tree,” April 17 at Estrella Mountain Community College’s Performing Arts Center. “Our Family Tree” will be performed Friday and Saturday at the Avondale college, 3000 N. Dysart Road. Admission is free. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher
DANCESTRELLA STUDENTS Amy Gerlofs, left, Adison Dahle and Alexis Peña rehearse “There is a Time,” one of several pieces from the production titled “Our Family Tree,” April 17 at Estrella Mountain Community College’s Performing Arts Center. “Our Family Tree” will be performed Friday and Saturday at the Avondale college, 3000 N. Dysart Road. Admission is free. To see all photos from this shoot, go to www.westvalleyview.com/pictures. View photo by Jordan Christopher

Graduating dance students choreograph performances for ‘Our Family Tree’

Family issues will take the stage when dance students at Estrella Mountain Community College perform their spring program titled “Our Family Tree.”

Performances will be Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at the Avondale college.

Wed
26
Apr

Making a difference

NATASHA TOMLINSON of Phoenix, right, hands Marnie Cooley of Youngtown a slip of paper with the name of a charity last February during a 100+ Women Who Care meeting in Avondale. View photo by Ray Thomas
NATASHA TOMLINSON of Phoenix, right, hands Marnie Cooley of Youngtown a slip of paper with the name of a charity last February during a 100+ Women Who Care meeting in Avondale. View photo by Ray Thomas

100+ Women Who Care expands to the West Valley

There’s a new group of women in town, a group of women who care.

They’re part of the 100+ Women Who Care organization, Valley of the Sun Chapter. The new West Valley chapter is dedicated to helping the community with donations going directly to local nonprofits and charities.

Tue
25
Apr

Leslie Merritt passes lie-detector test

While Phoenix police have a “person of interest” in custody for last year’s serial shootings, a former Avondale resident passed a polygraph test to help clear his name in the 2015 freeway shootings case.

On April 21, the Phoenix Police Department arrested Aaron Juan Saucedo for an incident unrelated to the 2016 shootings in west Phoenix. However, police recovered a 9 mm handgun, sparking a connection to the freeway shootings.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, which arrested Leslie Merritt Jr. in September 2015 and charged him with four of the 11 Interstate 10 shootings, responded to questions regarding a possible link between the incidents.

Tue
25
Apr

Fire burns 40 acres in far West Valley

A first-alarm brush fire in the Buckeye Valley covered about 40 acres as several West Valley crews attempted to extinguish the flames Monday night.

The fire occurred before 8 p.m. near Desert Rose Road and Old U.S. Highway 80 in Arlington, according to the Buckeye Valley Fire District.

About 40 firefighters from Buckeye Valley, the city of Buckeye, Goodyear and Tonopah responded to the area to keep the fire from reaching the Gila River bottom. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management assisted the departments.

There were no nearby structures, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Fri
21
Apr

2-year-old resuscitated after being pulled from pool

The Goodyear Fire Department resuscitated a 2-year-old girl after she was pulled from a swimming pool.

The incident happened Thursday at a home near Lower Buckeye Road and 156th Avenue, according to the fire department.

Authorities said it’s unknown how long the girl was in the pool. She was unresponsive and not breathing when fire department personnel arrived at the scene.

She was breathing en route to the hospital via ambulance.

Thu
20
Apr

Bicyclist hit by car in Avondale

A bicyclist was transported to a local hospital after an accident involving a motorist in Avondale.

The accident occurred today at the intersection of West Van Buren and Fourth streets, according to the Avondale Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle driver was making a right turn onto Van Buren from Fourth Street and did not see the bicyclist riding down the sidewalk and into the crosswalk from the east, authorities said.

The vehicle struck the bicyclist in the intersection, authorities said.

The victim was treated for a non-life-threatening injury to his leg, according to police.

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