Kyrene board advances boundary study

By Diana Whittle New boundaries for elementary schools in the Kyrene district have been approved, and the initial changes are expected to begin for the 2015-16 school year which starts in August. The changes passed in a 4-0 board vote on Nov. 13. The attendance realignments will be implemented over a three-year period, with the […]

Tempe High band program receives a $5,000 D-backs grant

By Michelle Hirsch Music can bring joy, stir emotions — and deliver a big check to Tempe High School. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, partnering with the University of Phoenix, selected Tempe High’s United Sound band program as one of 30 winning school programs to receive a $5,000 check in this year’s D-backs $150,000 School Challenge. […]

Apartment fears not based on current zoning map for Corona/So. Tempe Character Area, notes planner

Apartment fears not based on current zoning map for Corona/So. Tempe Character Area, notes planner

Editor’s note: Nancy Ryan, project management coordinator overseeing the development of Tempe’s Character Area Plan, has issued a response to residents opposing what they feared could be the possibility of apartments being built in their area. Her comments follow. We recently received emails from residents of the Corona/South Tempe Character Area voicing their opposition to […]

It’s time for screendom’s 2014 Top 10 race, and our longtime film guy shares his picks

By M.V. Moorhead Time again for the film critics’ annual self-indulgence (as opposed to all those weekly self-indulgences): The Top 10 List. Here are 10 movies that, at this writing, I’m willing to admit I really liked and found memorable… Jodorowsky’s Dune—The mad director narrates us his abortive ‘70s-era film version of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi […]

South Tempe prof uses $1 million grant to dig deep into Earth’s history

Among the nation’s premier biogeochemistry scientists, including the many to whom recognition would propel vital future research, only a handful ever make the grade. In recent weeks, south Tempe resident and ASU professor Ariel Anbar joined the elite few to have received a five-year, $1 million grant that accompanies the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute […]

New year, new coach, new hopes

New year, new coach, new hopes

By Diana Whittle As the new head football coach at McClintock High School, Spencer Waggoner’s goal in the New Year is to bring a winning tradition back to the A+ rated school in Tempe. And, given his achievements as a former student athlete, Waggoner knows first-hand the formula for personal success. He’s also no stranger […]

School boards install 3 new members

School boards install 3 new members

By Diana Whittle Starting this month, the governing boards of the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union school districts will reflect a few position changes due to the elections held last November. Returning to the Kyrene board for her second, four-year term is Bernadette Coggins; newly elected to the board is Kristen Middleton. Current Kyrene Governing […]

Follow-up: Drawing the line: Our readers respond

In our last issue we told of rejecting an ad that we felt our readers would consider inappropriate, and asked for feedback on our decision. The focal point of the ad for Arizona-grown produce was the backside of a squash, deftly designed to resemble a human posterior. The artwork was suggestive but not in itself […]