DIY Staycation

Summertime activities strengthen family ties By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church, Standing Stones Christian Academy St. Francis of Assisi once said, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” These are words of wisdom spoken 800 years ago. He also said “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” What was he trying to say?  Instead of seek ...

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Breaking the Stigma

Club Pilates enters Norterra with is innovative and traditional programs By Octavio Serrano Club Pilates wants to distance itself from the assumption that the exercise is only for the elite.  “Club Pilates has made Pilates available to everybody and you don’t have to be extremely wealthy,” says Kim Pickens, who owns and manages two studios in the Valley.  Club Pilates is celebrating its grand opening on Sat ...

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Festive Fun

Puff paint, rockets and filter crafts will make July 4th colorful By Shannon Fisher July is here and the 4th is a great time to make festive crafts.   Homemade puff paint is easy and fun. We started with 1/2 cup of flour and mixed in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and just kept stirring in water until it was the consistency of pancake batter.  We divided our mix into two parts an ...

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Telling Tales

Ike Clanton finally meets his Waterloo By Marshall Trimble It was 1887 and Ike and Fin Clanton, a couple of cow thieves who survived the Cochise County War against Wyatt Earp and his brothers five years earlier, moved their operations to the Springerville area. Their ranch, the Cienega Amarilla, was located east of Springerville, near Escudilla Mountain. The Clantons and their friends were accused of terror ...

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Stir ‘Krazy’

The Jennings family brings affordable coffee to Phoenix By Eric Newman After decades of restaurant and food service work, Connor and Heather Jennings fulfilled their dream of owning their own business. The couple is celebrating its third anniversary of owning Krazy4Koffee, a local coffee shop and deli located at 711 E. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. It purchased coffee locally, and also specializes in made-to-o ...

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Sensational Salads

Add fruits and veggies to meals for plant-forward nutrition Adding more fruits and vegetables is one of the simplest ways to make at-home meals healthier for your family. Focusing your plate on more of the good stuff — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins and fish — can help cut back on refined carbohydrates, added sugars, processed meats, sodium and sa ...

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Pounding Sand

Beach volleyball team is dedicated to creating a successful season By Jadyn Fisher Sports — whether you are playing them or watching them — are a huge part of the high school experience you dream of in middle school. Whether you are a sports fanatic or just a supporter, being involved is what makes all the difference between an amazing experience and a not-so-amazing one. Beach (or sand) volleyball is one o ...

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Pop Art

Try these crafty projects in honor of dad By Shannon Fisher Father’s Day is a great reason to make crafts to say I love you. We have created cute and easy ways to create gifts for those you love. I love you to the moon and back is a sweet saying you can give dad. Start with a painted paper or blue construction paper. We used craft sticks to make a ladder and glued them down. You could also paint it on. We u ...

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One More light

Photographer Jim Louvau honors his late friend, Chester Bennington By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jim Louvau was driving along a Valley freeway when Linkin Park came on the radio. As the song ended, he flipped channels, only to hear the Grammy-winning band once again. Louvau can’t seem to escape the rock band and that is precisely the problem. He can’t get away from the music or memories of his friend, Chest ...

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Lexus GS-F Sedan This luxury car has an impressive list of goodies

By C.A. Haire Lexus has a reputation for building excellent luxury cars. Every now and then the factory slips in a performance package to compete with the potent high-horsepower European vehicles. This is the case with this GS-F four-door sedan. On the outside, it looks similar to the common Lexus sedans. But look closely, and you’ll see the quad exhaust pipes sticking out, suggesting there are more items o ...

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