News Briefs

Earthquake tragedy in Nepal’s capital may have destroyed some of its history but not recollections of area exec’s visit

It was February 2014, and longtime Tempe insurance agent Mary Contreras had embarked on what she remembers as the trip of a lifetime. Joined by 11 other Valley businesswomen, Contreras had been transported into a world of ancient ritual, unqualified friendship and almost indescribable beauty. It was an experience that unfolded the moment the group’s […]

Police expanding vol program to city parks

The Tempe Police Department is looking for people interested in investing more into our great community. Working with City Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage, the department has expanded its volunteer program to include providing extra security patrols at neighborhood parks. This volunteer team works handin- hand with Tempe Police Officers by providing motorist services and spending time […]

City studying approach to sustainability

The city of Tempe and ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability are teaming up on a study tha)t will analyze food waste and fats, oils and grease from large Tempe food industries, Tempe restaurants and institutional dining halls to determine the feasibility of turning this material into renewable energy. The study will focus on a process […]

Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt is April 4

Children 10 and under are invited to a free Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4, at the north soccer field of Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-America Way. More than 8,000 plastic Easter eggs with prizes and stickers inside will be scattered on the field where children of two different age groups will be turned […]

Past indiscretions, revisited

By Deborah Hilcove The news hit hard: Brian Williams, anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, had received an unpaid six-month suspension due to his acknowledged exaggeration of a helicopter episode in Iraq. The story reminded me of my onetime employer, Darrow J. “Duke” Tully, former publisher of The Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette. As society […]

Dancing her way to a dream

Dancing her way to a dream

Story by Michelle Hirsch Photos by Billy Hardiman “A year ago I was petrified going into this—starting a new business and not having any idea whether it would work or not, or whether I would lose my shirt in the process,” recalls Mary Wall. “I anticipated huge losses the first year, and that didn’t happen.”) […]

Why buying insurance online may not be best choice for all

A recent cover story in the business section of the New York Times suggests that Internet purchasing has come crashing down on yet another industry: auto insurance. The article points out that other types of consumer policies, namely those purchased by homeowners and small-business entrepreneurs, are likewise undergoing a switch to online. The news comes […]

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 […]

Something fishy is going on here

Something fishy is going on here

Not to worry, though. Jointly arranged by the Arizona Department of Fish and Game and the city of Tempe, the annual Welcome Back the Trout event at Tempe Town Lake encouraged families and area residents to watch as thousands of rainbow trout from the state’s Page Springs Hatchery were released. The event ended with an […]

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