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Cloudy but a chance: Suns’ opener shaded by contract controversy

PHOENIX - Hot off a surprise run to the NBA Finals, and with Chris Paul back and Mikal Bridges signing an extension, the Phoenix Suns are presumably in good spirits heading into the new season. But the lack of Deandre Ayton’s contract extension has cast some doubts.


West Nile mitigation keeps Yuma County, Cocopah reservation free of virus

In a record year for cases of West Nile virus, Yuma County has none, thanks in part to a partnership with the Cocopah tribe to mitigate mosquito-borne diseases.


HHS says COVID-19 vaccinations may have saved 1,000 lives in Arizona

WASHINGTON – COVID-19 vaccinations have saved an estimated 1,000 lives in Arizona and have prevented as many as 2,800 hospitalizations for the disease, according to recent estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services.


‘Unacceptable’: Diamondbacks don’t finish as MLB’s worst team, but they were close

PHOENIX – Heading into the 2021 season, the expectations for the Arizona Diamondbacks were low in a competitive National League West. And after 162 games, the record shows they lived up to those expectations.


Crowns and cowgirls: Horsemanship, pageantry part of Miss Rodeo Arizona event

QUEEN CREEK – From horsemanship tests to traditional pageant activities, the recent Miss Rodeo Arizona pageant in Queen Creek highlighted a long-standing tradition in the American West.


From 4-0 to 5-11: 2012 Cardinals nothing like superior 4-0 2021 team

PHOENIX – The Cardinals are 4-0 for the first time since 2012, but they are looking to avoid the downward spiral that followed that team. It’s clear from how the current version of the Cardinals have played, this is a team wired much differently.


Sniffing out the waves: Doggy surfing contest brings smiles to spectators

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California – The Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, allows dogs to enjoy the water and humans to enjoy watching dogs ride surfboards.


More research, better treatment for Lyme disease sought amid rising case rates

PHOENIX – The incidence of Lyme disease has nearly doubled in the U.S. since the 1990s, yet funding for research is still lacking and patients struggle to get help. Advocates say that should change, considering predictions that climate change could increase case numbers.


First Native American poet laureate begins third term, releases a memoir

Joy Harjo of Oklahoma, the first Native American woman to serve as the nation’s poet laureate, has begun her third term – an honor bestowed only once before, in 1999. She also has released “Poet Warrior: A Memoir.”


Flavors From Afar in LA uplifts and supports refugee communities through food

LOS ANGELES – Flavors From Afar in LA’s Little Ethiopia spotlights dishes from many countries to support refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. A portion of the profits go to causes that help refugees.


Ahwatukee brothers hope to rise in MMA ranks with unorthodox training, uniques personas

SCOTTSDALE - Two former Desert Vista wrestlers are looking to rise in the MMA ranks by being true to their beliefs and their unorthodox methods of training and dieting.


First LGBTQ+ mariachi group is paving the way for the next generation

LOS ANGELES – The first all LGBTQ+ mariachi group sparks conversation around intersectionality and traditional machismo.