In Memoriam – Kanavel Guided Pinal’s Economic Explosion

Tim Kanavel was hired as Pinal County’s first economic development director in 2009, and over the next dozen years led efforts that attracted some $8 billion worth of investment, including electric vehicle makers Lucid Motors and Nikola Corp. Kanavel, who died Feb. 9, 2021, from complications of COVID-19, leaves behind three children, four grandchildren, and … Read More…

CAC Commercial Electrician Installer Program Opens Career Path

by Ross Rector, Carpentry/Electrician Programs Professor Career pathway, profession, occupation, trade, etc. are all synonymous terms most likely very familiar to today’s students and in professional education arenas. These terms also are synonymous with enhancing the quality of one’s life. The commercial electrician installer program at Central Arizona College is aimed at creating opportunities for … Read More…

Connect with Compassion: 20 Ways to Make a Difference

by Donna McBride, Councilwoman, City of Casa Grande April is National Volunteer Month. Every year people jump at the chance to do something special to highlight the month. But what about the other 11 months of the year? Could we possibly do something all year long? Volunteering isn’t just about donating money, starting a special … Read More…

Art of Moulage Brings Realism to Disaster Drills

  by Blake Herzog Art Carlton, an emergency planner for the Pinal County Office of Emergency Management, says he remembers when most mass-casualty training exercises for first responders relied on pieces of paper to describe the injuries or vital signs that volunteer “patients” were supposed to have in the context of the drill. “They used … Read More…

Thrift Shop Has New Name, New Location

The Valley Humane Society’s major fundraiser, BowWow Meow Thrift Shop, has moved right around the corner from the space it has occupied since 2016 on 2nd Street in downtown Casa Grande, to the building previously occupied by Casa Grande Consignments at 315 N. Florence Street. This move will allow the newly renamed BowWow Meow Thrift … Read More…

Easy Fixes to Keep Pets, Home Clean

We all know keeping your home clean is important to the health of everyone who lives there. But having pets can run counter to this goal, even as they contribute to family health through companionship, lowered risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, added exercise, and other things that benefit us all. Fortunately, pet … Read More…

Know License, Rabies Laws for Dogs

by Gigi McWhirter Almost every dog’s ears perk up when they hear the words: “Let’s go!” They are hoping for either a walk or ride in the car — because anywhere with you, is where they want to be. But there are rules for being out and about. “All dogs, after leaving the inside of … Read More…

Create a Safe, Open Home Environment

by Lex Solberg, ASU Public Ally Fellow, Casa Grande Alliance The need to feel safe and stable at home is important to everyone, but children especially need to feel safe. Children who feel a connection with their caretakers and their home go on to exhibit fewer risky behaviors later in childhood. To establish a meaningful … Read More…

A Team Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment

by the Medical Teams at Alliance Cancer Care Arizona and Alliance Surgery Arizona Every year, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. From the moment a woman is faced with the news of an abnormal mammogram, it is impossible not to feel a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty. … Read More…