Echo Sushi: Local Asian restaurant offers a culinary twist on sushi

Echo Sushi Local Asian restaurant offers a culinary twist on sushi. By Andrew Leach  A few doors over from Albertsons in the shopping center on the corner of North Valley Parkway and the Carefree Highway is Echo Sushi, one of the North Valley’s newest restaurants. The menu includes many items that you’d expect to find on a sushi menu, as well as a few dishes that have a creative Asian twist. The first thing ...

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Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala takes on the hot button topic of water

H20  Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala takes on the hot button topic of water. The running joke is how easy it is to be a meteorologist in Phoenix. “It’ll be sunny and 85 degrees…back to you, Bob.” Yes, our beautiful and often predictable weather is due to the fact that rainfall is rare here. Sometimes it’s a little too rare. And that leaves us in a precarious position when it comes to the subject of water ...

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Meet feisty local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor Jessica Birk

Little Monster  Meet feisty local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor Jessica Birk. By Kanani Guerra Meet 12-year-old Jessica “Little Monster” Birk, the feisty Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitor with a charitable heart. Jessica, a North Phoenix resident, has been training in BJJ for three years and is an Arizona State, National, and Pan-American Champion. Here we get a little insight on her thoughts about BJJ, ...

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Pastor David Bowen dives in to marriage traditions

“I Do”  Pastor David Bowen dives in to marriage traditions. By David Bowen February is known as the month for love. Love leads to marriages. The wedding ceremony has very deep roots and traditions that go far beyond TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. Why is there a groom's side and a bride's side? Going back to ancient times, it was not uncommon for a father to offer one of his daughters as a peace offering to res ...

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Show those you cherish just how much you adore them with these love-themed crafts

Heartfelt Show those you cherish just how much you adore them with these love-themed crafts. By Shannon Fisher Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography Tie-dye Hearts Tie-dye coffee filter hearts are an easy way to show your love. Start with some coffee filters and fold them all in half. Draw a heart shape on the folded filter, cut along the line, and open to see the heart shape. Now place the filter heart on a ...

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Pinnacle Bank takes a personal approach to banking with new Deer Valley location

Keeping It Local  Pinnacle Bank takes a personal approach to banking with new Deer Valley location. By Julia De Simone Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography Five years ago, Mike Thorell took a chance on a dreamer. The president and CEO of Arizona-based Pinnacle Bank said he gave Aaron Pool, Arizona Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup founder, the kick start for his then, new venture. “Aaron came to me about five y ...

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Beware of risk-free trial scams

Look Out Beware of risk-free trial scams. By Linda Vitale Have you seen advertisements online or received emails that offer you a risk-free trial? All they ask is that you just pay a modest shipping fee. You say to yourself, “What have I got to lose?” My answer to that question, “plenty!” Most of these risk-free trial offers have a downside. What starts out as a risk-free trial, might end up costing you loa ...

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Watermelon Buddha Bowl

Fresh and Juicy When it comes to fresh fruit, watermelon is a top pick in many households. It’s available year-round and makes for a nutritious snack, but its great taste is the reason most people buy watermelon, according to research from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Watermelon is also an excellent source of vitamin C, and it provides vitamin B6 and potassium. It’s the perfect sweet addition to ...

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Pastor David Bowen on passing the baton to 2018

What Lies Ahead Pastor David Bowen on passing the baton to 2018. According to Track and Field Magazine, there is a right way and a wrong way to pass a baton in a relay race. “Incoming runners must work hard to avoid dramatic changes in speed late in their leg. Outgoing runners position themselves in a stance that will allow acceleration and will allow them to see the incoming runner approach. The outgoing r ...

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