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Goodwill-store protest shows how neighborhood activism works

By Diana Whittle When Goodwill Stores announced plans to open a sales and donation outlet in the McClintock Fountains center at Warner and McClintock in Tempe, neighbors were quick to voice their concerns. Residents who live in several subdivisions near the center, including Sunburst Farms, Alta Mira and Circle G Ranches, met with the center’s […]

A grand trip to the Grand Canyon proves memorable

Editor’s note: Wrangler News contributor M.V. Moorhead and photographer Billy Hardiman accompanied members of the famed, centuriesold boys choir from Germany during their Sister Cities outing to the Grand Canyon. The following is Moorhead’s account of the trip. One of Tempe’s nine sister cities is Regensburg, Germany, at the confluence of the Danube and Regen […]

Author Bommersbach retells tale of ‘30s trunk murderess

By M.V. Moorhead ‘Winnie was a wonderful person…The only thing I knew about the murders was what I read in my mother’s detective magazines. But as a person, just know she was sweet.’ “She was a little old lady who was short…she had a dowager hump… She had had her hair done that day. She […]

Moon struck: Last week’s lunar eclipse

Wrangler News photographer Billy Hardiman, whose previous foray into celestial photography focused on last summer’s Perseus meteor shower, ventured forth once again for the recent midnight showing of a spectacular Blood Moon, so named because of its blood-red hue. If you missed it, not to worry: the same meterologic phenomenon will be visible again on […]

Kids partner to aid homeless, helpless pets

By Chelsea Martin In order to pursue a better tomorrow in our communities, educators say, there must be increased focus on educating the eager, resilient children of today. That’s the philosophy of Scales Technology Academy, which is partnering with a new community-based program of graduate students at ASU aimed at just that goal. A group […]

Tempe History Museum to host heady soul-pop of ‘Future Loves Past’

By Chase Kamp While the Tempe History Museum has been working hard to chronicle the city’s musical past in a forthcoming exhibit of cherished local musicians, the curators have also been celebrating the sounds of today. On April 26 the museum is offering a concert featuring the soulful psych rock of Tempe’s Future Loves Past, […]

Easter bunny comes to town!

For the families who turned out for our first-ever Wrangler News Easter Egg Hunt, the message was clear: When the local newspaper gets behind what’s going on in the neighborhood, people respond. There’s nothing new about this theory, but it’s nonetheless reassuring to know that community newspapers are still a big part of our lives, […]

A wish come true for girls lacking prom dresses

By Diana Whittle Donate a new or gently used dress by Friday, April 25, and you’ll help volunteers with the Kyrene Foundation outfit an eighth-grade girl in style for her promotion ceremony—and make a “wish come true.” This marks the fourth year for the Wish Come True dress drive, which invites a select group of […]

Duke’s: Where family memories are made

By M.V. Moorhead “Honestly, we wanted someplace where all three of us would want to go.” Within that encapsulated bit of history from Jaime Ponder, one of the three founders of Duke’s Tavern, lies the gastronomic raison de e’tre of the owners’ foray into opening one of the east Valley’s newest—and potentially most appealing—dining destinations. […]

Kyrene schools to remodel lobbies as part of enhanced security plan

By Diana Whittle At the start of classes next fall, students and their families will find measures in place designed to help improve the safety and security of campuses at seven Kyrene schools: newly remodeled entry lobbies. The upgrades will be completed in a phased-in approach, with work beginning this summer and being completed by […]

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