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Why it’s important for our daily newspapers to survive

In its Monday, June 4, edition and in a column the previous week, The New York Times made reference to the challenges facing America’s daily newspapers, particularly relating to declining ad revenues that have led to staff layoffs, fewer days of publication and increased emphasis on online content. The Times’ coverage was triggered, in part, […]

Letters from Dad

As Father’s Day has approached in years past, we’ve featured dads whose lives have proved inspirational to their sons and daughters—men with special achievements, special contributions, special memories shared by those who know or knew them. All of which caused me to wonder why, in our 20 or so years of honoring our dads on […]

Woman’s last days eased by teens’ generosity

Automotive-technology students at Corona del Sol High School brought a measure of kindness—and some desperately needed convenience—to a terminally ill woman whose final days were becoming an even larger battle because she lacked a running vehicle to make doctors’ visits or run even short errands. Tapping into the students’ auto-repair skills, Hospice of Arizona and […]

An authentic taste of the Windy City and it’s right here in our own back yard

Over the past 20 years, we have covered the comings and goings of countless local eating establishments, including some really good ones. For the most part, the really good ones are still here and worthy of consideration when you’re thinking of an enjoyable meal out. Few, though, have been more intriguing than Windy City, a […]

New grading system praised for helping teachers

Kyrene schools fell only one percentage point short of achieving the state’s highest rating for overall academic achievement, according to the Arizona Department of Education’s newest system utilizing standard letter grades instead of the previous method involving performance-level nomenclature. Using an A-F grading system, individual Kyrene schools earned mostly A and B grades, with a […]

A little fanfare, if you please

This marks a milestone anniversary of the little hometown publishing company that has brought you Wrangler News these past 20-plus years. While it’s like any such occasion that comes and goes without much fanfare, this particular one somehow seemed more special than the others, and deserving of at least passing mention. For those who recall […]

New data-gathering system heralded as advance in war against terrorism

New skills developed in west Chandler may win worldwide acclaim for preventing acts of crime and terrorism. But if the technology generates privacy concerns, it likely will end up on the radar of civil libertarians. Cummings Engineering, a startup housed in the city’s Innovation Incubator west of the Price/101 Freeway, has announced receipt of a […]

New look for library

West Chandler’s Sunset branch library is about to get a new look. The library will be the site of a public meeting being held by the city of Chandler at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, to share details on renovations planned for the facility. The Sunset Library serves the west Chandler area and is located […]

Schools getting major security overhaul

Even before Oslo, Tucson and seemingly countless other tragic attacks around the globe, Kyrene administrators began planning ahead, no matter how remote such an event might seem at one of their district schools. Thus was placed on the 2005 ballot and approved by voters a nearly $117 million bond issue designed, among other things, to […]

Despite regrets, Kyrene CFO says she’s leaving school district well positioned to weather challenges

It was nearly midnight and a text message flashed across the face of my cell phone. Could we move our 9 a.m. meeting to 8:30? No problem, I texted back. This was a typical exchange among people who seem to remain on the go, no matter what day, what time. For the 10 or so […]

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