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Employees from McClendon’s Select harvest celery at the farm in Goodyear.

Despite the federal government’s unprecedented efforts to aid businesses threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, small farms are being left further behind, according to one local small farm owner. Read more»

Scott Cameron, principal deputy assistant Interior secretary for policy management and budget, talks with Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck, right, before a Senate hearing on the threat that invasive species pose to water supplies in the West.

Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck said drinking water is scarce enough for cities in the West – they don’t need to be competing with invasive species for it, too. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $2.7 million award that Goodyear and its attorneys had been ordered to pay for withholding documents from a family that sued the tire maker over a crash in Arizona. Read more»

A plane sits at Glendale Municipal Airport.

Experts say it’s not surprising the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed into the French Alps earlier this week, trained in Arizona. Many organizations, including Lufthansa, the parent company of GermanWings, send their pilots here. Read more»

A home under construction in Gilbert in 2013. The availability of housing was one of the reasons cited for the rapid growth in population for both Gilbert and Goodyear last year.

The two Arizona towns were among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. in the last year, according to new Census Bureau estimates. While Phoenix added the most people in the state, Gilbert and Goodyear grew at a faster pace, landing sixth and 12th in the nation. Read more»

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, left, discusses his city’s goals and challenges in terms of sustainability during a panel discussion with other mayors Wednesday during the Arizona Solar Summit in Scottsdale. Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord is at right.

Mayors of Mesa, Phoenix, Goodyear and Clarkdale shared their cities’ goals and challenges in fostering sustainability during the Arizona Solar Summit. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said sustainability should be a routine so that no fanfare is required. Read more»

Sumaita Mulk, 13, is comforted by her father and a family friend after she was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the sixth round for failing to correctly spell 'quatuor.'

Sumaita Mulk was one of 21 students left standing in the sixth round of the National Spelling Bee on Thursday when she met her match – the word “quatour,” a French word for a quartet. Read more»

Goodyear student Sumaita Mulk, 13, reacts after learing that she had advanced to the group of 50 students who will compete in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

A Goodyear teen advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee with 50 other spellers Wednesday, outlasting 228 students in the first three rounds of competition near Washington, D.C. Read more»

In two incidents on Wednesday night, Ajo Station Border Patrol agents seized more than 1 ton of pot worth over $1.3 million. Read more»