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East Mesa hospital marks a year of operation
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East Mesa hospital marks a year of operation

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TRIBUNE NEWS STAFF Abrazo Mesa Hospital will celebrate its first anniversary on Oct. 1. The first of three “microhospitals” being developed across the Valley by Abrazo Health, the Mesa facility employs 50 mostly East Valley...
25 years later, Sunset Limited mystery still unsolved
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25 years later, Sunset Limited mystery still unsolved

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BY GARY NELSON Tribune Contributor A little before midnight on Sunday, Oct. 8, 1995, an Amtrak passenger train called the Sunset Limited pulled out of Phoenix under a full desert moon, heading west. Its two locomotives pulled 12...
Mesa woman marks her 106th birthday
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Mesa woman marks her 106th birthday

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TRIBUNE NEWS STAFF A longtime Mesa resident turned 106 this weekend, but pandemic regulations muted her children’s celebration of her birthday to a degree. Alice Marie Thome – known to her friends by her middle name – is...
Mesa takes 1st step toward utility rate hikes
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Mesa takes 1st step toward utility rate hikes

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By Jim Walsh Tribune Staff Writer Mesa City Council took the first step toward raising utility rates incrementally but the debate on the proposed increase is still at least two months away. An ordinance proposing the increase is...
MPS eyes Oct. 12 start of 5-day in-class learning
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MPS eyes Oct. 12 start of 5-day in-class learning

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By PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Executive Editor After months of anxiety and harsh words in the community, Mesa Public Schools is ready to reopen classrooms to all grades five days a week Oct. 12. While the district will make distance...
Pangean Orchestra uses down time to plan
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Pangean Orchestra uses down time to plan

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By Srianthi Perera Tribune Contributor The East Valley’s Pangean Orchestra, which gathers musicians and instruments from various cultures, has achieved nonprofit status and is now looking for four board members and five...
COVID-19 no match for Backyard Taco’s continued growth
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COVID-19 no match for Backyard Taco’s continued growth

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TRIBUNE NEWS STAFF Even COVID-19 can’t beat a good taco. At least that seems to explain how Mesa-born Backyard Taco has been able to continue its rapid expansion through the East Valley with its fourth location ready to open in...
MPS board candidates discuss issues in forum
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MPS board candidates discuss issues in forum

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By PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Executive Editor The six candidates running for three open seats on the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board all oppose a comprehensive sex education program, agree on the district’s strengths and most...
As classrooms reopen, students’ mental health a big concern
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As classrooms reopen, students’ mental health a big concern

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By Jim Walsh Tribune Staff Writer As children and teens begin returning to Mesa classrooms, teachers and administrators aren’t just focused on addressing “learning loss” among many students during months of online...
Huge mask-making project launched here
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Huge mask-making project launched here

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By Jim Walsh Tribune Staff Writer Volunteers are mobilizing to sew 600,000 medical-grade face masks for use in hospitals throughout the Phoenix area as the masks become a part of everyday life throughout the COVID-19 pandemic....