June 26, 2004 issue

Play provides emotional outlet for author battling her own disability
With a touch of sadness, bitterness, humor and hope, Guzelf writes how her life, in what seems to pass in a blink of an eye, has been turned upside down after finding out that the extreme fatigue she felt was caused by a variant of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
By P.J. Standlee

Controversial film hits nerves on both sides of the ideological divide
It’s been a decade and a half since the release of Roger & Me, Michael Moore’s first documentary feature, or, if you prefer, his first cinematic editorial harangue.
By M.V. Moorhead

Milestones reported in first months of ‘Safe Schools’
It’s a program that’s been in existence for only five months, but district administrators already are calling it a success.
By Tony Ku  

A few words about...us
It was almost 14 years ago this month that Wrangler News was born, and we thought you might like to know how we’re doing. Simply said, we’re doing just fine.
By Don Kirkland

Sports Update...with Brian Gomez
Uncertainty clouds Rattlers’ ArenaBowl hopes
When it comes to the Arena Football League, predicting the future isn’t easy. It’s almost impossible when you’re talking about the Arizona Rattlers.
By Brian Gomez

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Mole, for when you want stew to be a feast

Unless you’re a vegetarian, or just have no tolerance for chile, it’s hard not to be won over by this delicious, if suspicious-sounding, feast-day food.

Area resident honored for her work on smoking ban; hopes coverage will broaden
Kyrene Corridor resident Marguerite Munkachy has led a personal crusade against smoking since she was a teenager. Now, as chairperson of the Chandler for a Healthy Smoke-Free Work Place, she hopes the city of Chandler will adopt a comprehensive ban on smoking.
By P.J. Standlee


‘Words can’t explain’ visitor’s reaction to orphanage
Karin Crider, director of auxiliary student services in the Kyrene School District, has embarked on a month-long trip to Greece to visit local orphanages, where she is working as a volunteer with disabled children.

From firefighters, an ‘inside look’ at staying safe this summer
Battalion Chief Dan Couch, the Chandler Fire Department’s public information officer, says with temperatures at the 100-plus mark has come in an increase in the number of cases involving kids left in cars and hikers lost and dehydrated. He offers this “inside look” at the fire service’s procedures for dealing with such cases.

No time for play at sports journalism ‘boot camp’
The past week at the Sports Journalism Institute, a minority program tied into the annual Associated Press Sports Editors convention, was anything but a fairytale.

Best of the West
The Tempe Extreme won the Best of the West tournament over Memorial Day Weekend in Scottsdale.


Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
The Notebook

Probably the most original surprise hit of the year. Romantic drama about first loves and second chances.

Getting away
Pie and art: A tasty menu plus a cool escape from summer doldrums

Frosty ice cream and pie, art, sculpture, crafts, shaded picnic tables, and classic cars to admire -- that’s all coming Saturday, July 17, when the Skull Valley Historical Society presents its annual Pie and Art Social, 1 to 4 p.m., at the depot museums and community center.