December 18, 2004 issue

Time running out to gain from school tax credit
Itís a familiar rite of passage: The old year winds down, a new year cranks up, and you start thinking about creative ways to ease the pain of that April 15 date with the Tax Monster. If youíre among the millions who engage in this annual ritual, why not explore the joyous phenomenon of Arizonaís school tax credit.

Do-it-yourself sellers may face unforeseen problems 
Is the for-sale-by-owner approach really that simple? Some longtime pros say dangers lurk at many turns, some of which can cost you far more than youíll save, not only in terms of emotional stress but cold, hard cash.

By Don Kirkland

Next leap for hometown track star: 2008 Summer Olympic Games
Former Corona del Sol High School track and field standout Micah Harris is a hometown boy come home.
By Brian Gomez  

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Keeping the spirit alive

This is a Christmas story. Itís the story of a family that worked hard to make a dream come true, and that works hard every day to keep it alive. Itís the story of a woman stretched to her limits, who still does everything she can to help others.

Sports Notebook...with Brian Gomez
Lady Aztecs take momentum into Nike tourney
After blowing through the majority of its non-region schedule, No. 2 Corona (9-1) puts its merit to the test Dec. 20-22 in the Nike Tournament of Champions, which figures to draw some of the nationís toughest competition.

Techno Files...with Riley Gay
Satellite radio: sweet music to your ears

Anyway you look at it, satellite radio is an idea whose time has come.

Kyrene Athlete of the Week
Kyle Homewood - Pueblo Middle School

Kyrene Athletes of the Week are selected by their schoolsí coaching staffs.

Kyrene Corridor gets its own Web address
If youíre a Kyrene Corridor resident with access to a computeróand who isnít, these daysóyou now have an instant link to the myriad events and activities going on in our cozy corner of the world.
By Melissa Hirschl

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Todayís bedtime story finds three orphan children deliberately locked in a car on a train track by their closest relative and desperately trying to get out before a speeding locomotive smashes them to smithereens. And, thatís just the beginning of their trials.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
The Aviator
The Aviator is Scorsese's best film since, probably, Goodfellas, and one of the most enjoyable epic-scale movies in years.

More Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
Bad Santa

As sacred cows go in our culture, Santa is pretty high on the list. Slaughtering that cow is the basic premise of Bad Santa.  

With a song in their hearts, girls chorus pleases year round
Filling the crisp winter air with classical, holiday and Broadway tunes, Girls Chorus of the Valley are performing heart-warming tunes around the Valley this season, and all year long.
By Melissa Hirschl