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New heights, new challenges

At age 54, Michael Ellenby was looking for a new challenge. After spending decades working with Fortune 500 companies, and undertaking challenges like Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Agung in Indonesia, he was ready for the big one: Mount Everest. In March of last year, Ellenby and his nephew completed the 120-mile round trip […]

Minister to end half century of service

Richard Hatfield, counseling pastor atArizonaCommunityChurchinTempe, will be retiring after 54 years of religious service. Since his start in rural Missouri, Hatfield’s career has taken him around the globe as a pastor, counselor, student minister and creator of renowned Christian organizations. Hatfield, informally known as “Pastor Richard,” has been a figure in the Valley since the […]

Celebrating 50 years becomes a pet project for area veterinarian, staff

University Animal Hospital, a Tempe institution, observes half a century in business this year. The veterinary center, located on Hardy Drivejust south of Broadway, celebrated the occasion May 13 with an open house and party, featuring free tours, raffles, cake, and games for the kids. The hospital

Veto of McClintock senior’s bill is called ‘disheartening’

Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill aiming to promote community service among Valley high school students is being called “disheartening” by the bill’s originator, McClintock High School senior Jevin Hodge. Jevin serves as co-chair of the Governor’s Youth Commission. The bill, SB 1066, sought to create an award for high school students who completed […]

Tempe’s Das Haus pavilion furthers city’s green status

Green, environmental friendly, sustainable. For some people, these words are associated with images of glitzy solar panels or slumming it in the wilderness. Well, fear no longer. Environmental experts want to make things as accessible as possible. And they want to start right here. Tempe is becoming a mecca for all things green. A summit […]

Art Center’s future remains sound, say its founders

Questions surrounding the state of future funding for Tempe Center for the Arts have been circulating in some local media recently, with reports suggesting that the center could hit a financial dead-end when proceeds from voter-approved Proposition 400 run out in 2020. Center staff and volunteers have been working hard to make sure that doesn’t […]

Update: Metro Light Rail Benefits surpass expectations

It just celebrated its three-year anniversary, and it’s safe to say METRO Light Rail has become an integral part of the daily commutes of many Tempe residents. With its ridership growing by more than a million passengers annually, METRO is quickly becoming a symbol of a cleaner, more efficient city. However, light rail is not […]

Awareness Day opens a path to tolerance

In the small gym at Corona del Sol High School, 60 students gathered for one reason: to learn tolerance from one another. The occasion is known as Awareness Day, a bi-annual event organized by the school’s Unity Club to raise awareness of prejudices, self-image, gender issues and teen suicide. For the past 14 years, generations […]

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