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Aaron J. Nelson, born June 2, 1982 in Lake Preston, S.D, passed away in the early morning of Aug. 21 after battling a near death hospitalization a year prior. Aaron attended elementary schools in Sturgis and Rapid City, S.D., and after moving to Ahwatukee he attended Kyrene Centennial Middle School and graduated in 2000 from Mountain Pointe High School. He was employed by the Ahwatukee Target for four years as a supervisor and in 2004 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Aaron flew on AWACS reconnaissance and surveillance missions around the world and achieved the rank of senior airman. Two years ago, he married Shauna Myers of Montana, who also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and outranked him (“at work only”).
The numbers on the thermostat don’t always add up — or cool down — to good news. Particularly this time of year.
The voters of Congressional District 9 are faced with a couple of choices. Do we keep Democrat Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema to represent us or do we elect someone else?
In the beginning there was dirt — and roads that were mere afterthoughts of other East Valley cities. For the most part, they didn’t lead to much of anywhere, as they dustily meandered west toward South Mountain.
Trevor Sapp, a 2009 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School, graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., becoming a third generation military officer on May 28. Trevor is the son of William and Allyson Sapp of La Mesa, Calif., former longtime residents of Ahwatukee.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult woman are habitual snorers. This common phenomenon can be very disruptive to family members’ sleep and can often cause loved ones to sleep in a separate room. What many people may not know is that snoring may be a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other health problems.
Watching and reading the news lately has been even more distressing than usual. It isn’t just the content, although that has been particularly grim. As one who grew up with Walter Cronkite every night, the news increasingly resembles a school playground with pre-teens shouting at each other.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
Ahwatukee residents have a dozen candidates to choose from for representation in Congress, the State Senate and State House of Representatives.
Valley Christian High School senior Shanna Chen, Class of 2014 and a resident of Ahwatukee, has chosen to accept an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
NEW THIS WEEK
To see the future of aviation and the undisputed standard for international air superiority at work, Arizonans will soon only have to look up. The F-35 Lightning II has arrived at Luke Air Force Base, and in a year’s time, Luke’s integrated training center will start the work of teaching the Air Force’s best pilots how to master the F-35 and leverage its unmatched combat capabilities in defense of freedom — both at home and abroad.
It’s easy to imagine how the pitch for “Non-Stop,” the latest action thriller starring Liam Neeson, went down. “Okay, guys, how about this? It’s ‘Taken,’ but on an airplane!”
Loyola University of Maryland is hosting an intercollegiate 54-hole golf tourney at Palm Valley Golf Club Feb. 24-25.
Citing the Ahwatukee Foothills as a key to her re-election bid later this year, Congresswomen Kyrsten Sinema made a rare visit to the area Wednesday morning.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the sweeping biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” transforms in the midst of its theatrical release from a living tribute to a big-screen eulogy.
Veterans Day is a time where the country honors those who have served in the military, and Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School commemorated them Friday morning during a special ceremony.
The Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) is in full swing with its ARC Support Our Troops Program and Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout November.
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
Air Force Airman Krystina E. Fernandez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Air National Guard Airman Treva S. Begay graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Neal A. Lester, PhD, is a foundation professor of English and director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.
Jeremy Brown-Gillett is an MFA candidate in performance at Arizona State University.
Matthew C. Whitaker, PhD, is a foundation professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University.
Rashaad Thomas is a United States Air Force veteran and student at Arizona State University, majoring in justice studies and minoring in African and African-American studies and women and gender studies.
As African-American males in Arizona, we are stunned though not altogether surprised at the bold assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes Linda Turley-Hansen offers in “Not racism, and not guns; it’s moral absence that’s doing the killing” (AFN, Sept. 6).
Everest College Phoenix announced that Maria Walters has been appointed as president of the Phoenix campus. Walters, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has extensive experience as a leader, educator and certified interpreter. In her new position, Walters has responsibility for overall leadership and management of academic, administrative and fiscal operations of the Phoenix campus.
La Ristra, a new restaurant with Spanish flare, has opened in Gilbert.