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Girl BMX champ on whirlwind race to fame

When a teenager reaches that precious age of 16, many milestones await: Getting a driver’s license, buying a car, landing that first job. However, for most teenagers, their first job does not involve traveling the world or racing bikes. For Dominique Daniels, this is the story of her adolescence. Dominique got her start after she […]

South Tempe police substation to host community meeting May 30

Papago Park officials are conducting a planning exercise to direct the upcoming development of Papago Park as a premier regional area for residents Valley-wide. And they want residents of south Tempe to be involved in the process. “This all started when Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community formed a partnership […]

Relief seen despite concerns over more Kyrene district layoffs

Economic conditions continue to worry Kyrene School District planners, but at least one glimmer of hope has buoyed their optimism. Dr. David Schauer addressed parents and community groups at a pair of meetings, May 6 and 11, on budget issues that possibly will face the district in the 2009-10 school year. “We are losing state […]

Valley Christian group among nation’s best in robotics finals

Four Valley Christian teens have returned home after their team, “Valley X,” competed in an international robotics championship in Atlanta. Juniors Andrew Ruth, Michael Farris and Nathan LeDeaux, along with freshman Matthew Rainey, placed in the top 11 among 100 teams in the FIRST-For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology-2009 World Championship April 16-18. […]

Canyon’s beauty lures aerospace exec on 30-year odyssey

Many TV travel shows and nature books insist the residents of Arizona are lucky because they have the Grand Canyon in their back yard. And South Tempe resident Dave Elston isn’t letting the opportunity to enjoy this natural wonder slip through his hands. Elston, a sales manager for a major aerospace defense and space corporation […]

U.S. capital, up close and personal

In life we all have our lists. Grocery lists. To-do lists. Get-organized lists. Recently I was able to cross an entry off my favorite list of all-the things-to-do-in-my-life list. I eliminated No. 17, go to Washington, D.C. As a young man and high school student who has been learning social studies and government since third […]

Budget squeeze may cut textbooks from new class budgets

Proposed new textbooks for Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and other district high schools are now on display at offices of the Tempe Union High School District. The books will be available for review by the public for approximately two weeks. On Wednesday, April 15, the school board will cast its vote for the […]

Advances in technology spur new trend in sports training

High school athletics is more high profile and intense then ever. With stiffer rivalry at every level in every sport, preparation to compete is changing. Training is starting to shift from traditional weight-room protocols and strength emphasis to workouts that focus on speed and agility. As training methods evolve, two neighborhood facilities offer an opportunity […]

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