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MCSO releases name of deputy involved in shooting

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a deputy who fired his duty weapon, reportedly in self-defense, killing 42-year-old Pedro Rubio.

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30
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Students team with first responders to cool down firefighters


Mason Bernal’s temperature and blood pressure are measured post-fire. (Photo by Tim Sealy)

By Israel Gonzalez

West Valley residents aren’t the only ones looking for ways to cool off this summer.

Sat
29
Jul

Buckeye seeks public input on new park amenities

By Scott Shumaker

The city of Buckeye is running an online survey to help decide which amenities to include in a 35-acre expansion of Sundance Park, a community facility located on the corner of South Rainbow and West Lower Buckeye roads.

Fri
28
Jul

Goodyear council explores options for four vacant buildings


The four vacant city-owned properties are valued at $308,000, according to Goodyear officials. (West Valley View photos by Israel Gonzalez)

The four vacant city-owned properties are valued at $308,000, according to Goodyear officials. (West Valley View photos by Israel Gonzalez)

By Israel Gonzalez

The fate of four vacant city-owned facilities located at Litchfield Road and Western Avenue is still unknown after Goodyear City Council explored options for the property valued at $308,000 in a public work session July 17.

Thu
27
Jul

Goodyear council approves early plan for wellness, health park


Not only will water be used in the water precinct, but it will move throughout the site and there may even be a place for natural water.
By Israel Gonzalez
 
Zip lines, splash pads, meditative gardens and pickleball are just a few of the activities that will be featured in a future park in Goodyear.
Tentatively called Wellspring Park, the facility will be built north of Interstate 10, between 145th Avenue and Dysart Road. The Goodyear City Council unanimously adopted the conceptual master plan during its meeting on July 17.
Thu
27
Jul

David Roderique, Buckeye’s new economic development director, has his eye on the prize


David Roderique is Buckeye’s new economic development director. (Photo courtesy City of Buckeye)

By Steven Solomon

Buckeye’s new economic development director knows what he needs to do if his performance is going to be successful: attract more jobs to the city.

Thu
27
Jul

Goodyear Branch Library to begin Sunday hours


The Goodyear Branch Library offers a comfortable environment in which to peruse and read books. (Photo courtesy City of Goodyear)

By West Valley View staff

The Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning July 30, bolstering the regular hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Thu
27
Jul

Brick by brick, Avondale store resurrects forgotten Lego


Jennifer Pyer of Bricks & Minifigs in Avondale holds up a very collectible Lego Series 7 Bunny Suit Guy minifigure. It’s one of hundreds of minifigures for sale among the thousands of pieces they have. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)

These Lego miniature figures can range in price from a few dollars to more than $50, depending on their availability or scarcity. (West Valley View photo by Ray Thomas)
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
 
When Michael and Jennifer Pyer’s sons were children, they played with Lego. Little did they know this knowledge would come in handy down the line. 
 
The Pyers are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Avondale business Bricks & Minifigs, a store that sells used and new Lego. Bricks can be purchased individually or in bulk. Desirable retired sets with themes of historical landmarks and Lord of the Rings line the walls. A display case along the checkout counter boasts rare minifigures like the Pirates of the Caribbean’s Davy Jones and the Lego Series 1’s clown.
 
“We were traveling back from Colorado and to the Phoenix area, and we noticed a Bricks & Minifigs store in Albuquerque,” she said. 
 
“We weren’t able to stop in that time. So we looked it up online and saw it was a franchise.”
 
Thu
27
Jul

Avondale assistant city manager studies at Harvard


Avondale Assistant City Manager Gina Montes (City of Avondale)

By West Valley View staff

Avondale Assistant City Manager Gina Montes recently attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government leadership program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Wed
26
Jul

A note from the new publisher of West Valley View

Steve Strickbine, Publisher

The year was 1976. A yellow Datsun 210 towing a small U-Haul trailer was rolling down 91st Avenue past what back then were cotton and onion fields. Inside the car was one very excited family of three: My mom and dad and me. I was just 5 years old and, like my parents, couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse of our new home.

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