Optimism remains as Kyrene schools ponder Ducey budget cuts

By Diana Whittle Spring is always budget time for the Kyrene school district, but this year school administrators must plan for a $5.2 million shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal budget, due to cuts recommended by the governor’s office. According to the Executive Budget Summary, the reason the governor chose to reduce non-classroom spending is to […]

Corona takes first in color guard competition

Corona takes first in color guard competition

The smile on Kaelyn Forbes’ face came as no surprise to the crowd of cheering onlookers when she and her Corona del Sol teammates took first place among the state’s Winter Color Guard competitors. The team scored an impressive 83.61 points in the National Scholastic A division. The daylong championship event showcased more than 50 […]

An ‘Ultimate’ challenge

An ‘Ultimate’ challenge

It was, in a word, the “Ultimate” opportunity for 300-plus kids in area-wide Kyrene schools to compete in a sport that requires no more than a quick wrist and an agile step. It was the annual Ultimate challenge — spinning a round, plastic disc once universally referred to (like Kleenex and Jello) by its best-known […]

Aztecs face perennial foe DV as season unfolds

Aztecs face perennial foe DV as season unfolds

Corona’s boys track team hopes to defend its DI State Championship this spring, returning 120 competitors out of the current 200 participating in track and field this season. But heavy competition may await from perienial favorite Desert Vista. “Our goal this season is to repeat on the boys side and to return to the top […]

Charitable Chandler emo music fan builds an online community

By Chase Kamp In only about six months, a niche Facebook group called Non-Denominational Emo has raised hundreds of dollars for charitable organizations and connected emo music fans across the globe. Its founder, 23-year-old west Chandler resident Craig Lindholm, simply wanted to create an open platform to discuss a subgenre of rock music with a […]

For kids, opening the book on summer reading

By Joyce Coronel As temperatures continue to climb and the final day of the school year rapidly approaches, the daunting question looms: What to do with the kids all summer? Turns out your local library has a helpful solution to such summertime dilemmas. Both the Tempe Public Library and Chandler’s Sunset Library offer summer reading […]