As they have throughout history, libraries continue to respond to customers’ needs. In 2019, more than 65 local libraries in Maricopa County offer so much more than a great place to read. The goal is to inspire curiosity, to encourage discovery and exploration of new worlds and to help all M…

I learned that many of you like the small world stories like the one I told you about in my most recent column.

There were quite a few headline-making stories last week but, Friday afternoon, current councilman and former Times editor Mike Scharnow reached out to let me know that we were missing out on potentially the biggest local story in a decade: The Fountain Hills Post Office parking lot was fina…

Well, the holidays are over for 2018. We had three celebrations again this year. I guess that is the way it’s going to be now that we’re living in two places.

When The Times first entered the digital age, many discussions were had concerning how much content should be provided free of charge through the website (

And here we are on the last issue of the year. Yes, 2018 will soon be just a memory.

Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later.

On Christmas Eve 1968 the nation was closing out a year of turmoil and tragedy, not unlike 2018 has been for Fountain Hills. But 50 years ago the nation was ending the year on a high note by sending the team of Apollo 9 astronauts on a trip around the moon.

In all of the years I have lived here, I have never been up close and personal with javelina. That is until a recent Wednesday evening.

Headphones on and the trail is in my sight. The trail I am referring to is the new Adero trailhead that recently opened to the public.

The holidays are in full swing and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.

I am proud to have served our small town community as mayor for the past six years. I set many goals for myself and I am very pleased that I have completed those goals and many more. Public safety, maintaining a sound infrastructure, providing good services and amenities and doing all this w…

At first, I wondered what I would write about, now that I’ve completed my report on our cross country trip to New Jersey.

Standing outside The Thirsty Lion at Tempe Marketplace last weekend, waiting in a rather long line just to get in the door, an employee of a nearby restaurant approached me and asked what the heck was going on.

When you shop for a new car or truck, you don’t just buy the first one you see, do you? Probably not. You shop around, looking for the best deal you can get on a vehicle that fits your driving needs as well as your pocketbook.

Our next stop on our cross country trip to New Jersey was in Cleveland, Ohio – home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

You know you live in Arizona when a rainstorm is the source of so much news and conversation.

It’s a big week here at The Times as we publish our first ever Worship Directory, which you should find conveniently inserted in this week’s edition of the paper.

We recently announced changes to the residential and business directory. We heard the response from the advertisers and residents. We listened, and we will go back to having residential listings along with our business listings in the white pages.

If you have Medicare, you’ll be getting a new Medicare card to help protect you from identity fraud.

I’m a journalist, so you’ll have to excuse my unabashed love of quotes. This week I’m falling back on the words of author and historian Edward Everett Hale who said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

By the time you’re reading this, we’ve likely got a pretty good idea of who our new mayor and council members are going to be.

Our Denver friends, Bob and Gerri Sweeney gave us a tasty sendoff on Wednesday morning. Gerri prepared bacon and eggs for everybody.

“The phonebooks are here, the phonebooks are here.” This was the classic quote from the movie “The Jerk” starring Steve Martin. This was my father’s favorite line from the movie.

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns on former Publisher Alan Cruikshank’s cross country tour this summer.)

Words can be dangerous. That’s a fact every journalist takes to heart. We know the power of words, which is why we strive to be fair and accurate in our reporting. And when we make a mistake, we do our best to own it, correct it and try harder as we move forward.

To the FHUSD community,

I know both candidates for mayor and both have this town’s best interests at heart. I know when it comes to these elections, we all feel differently about the vision each has shared. Many feel this race is the most important in the town’s history.

This week, I’ll be putting an old saying to the test.

Today we celebrate the birth of American independence. The Declaration of Independence was actually written and finalized on July 2, 1776, but signed two days later on July 4th.

You may have noticed a drastic change in our law enforcement report over the past several weeks. What used to be a succinct yet thorough breakdown of the goings-on around town has been replaced by a rundown that includes the bare-bones minimal amount of information pertaining to each case.

With the recent voter defeat of the proposed property tax increase, the need to generate taxes through other sources is more important than ever to help keep our lovely community as vibrant as possible.

When I learned last week about the passing of Anthony Bourdain, I felt the world had grown a little more distant, a little less magical.

I love history and I often ask people, if you had one chance to go back in time and spend two weeks there, where would you go and what year?

A lot sure has happened since 2005. For those of you keeping track, that’s the year most of the guys and gals getting ready to graduate from Fountain Hills High School were dropped off for their first day of kindergarten.

I and some people close to me had a rough week recently.

Swing, batter, batter, swing, these were the words I heard come out of my uncle’s mouth as we sat down.

There have been some big stories that have taken place on deadline lately that brought up memories of the first deadline busting story that required remaking Page 1A on a Tuesday.

A few years back, retired Pastor Don Lawrence of Christ Church asked me to come by so he could record a video of me sharing a story about a miracle in my life. This was a series on miracles he was presenting to the congregation.

You know how much I like baseball. So imagine the excitement I experienced at a recent Spring Training game when I got the chance to converse with one of my boyhood heroes, Felipe Alou.

These past few weeks have actually felt like winter. This has been a very mild winter to say the least. I have bumped into seasonal residents who tell me they come here for the mild winters and this cold is what they escape from. I respond that we just escaped the triple digits so I will wel…

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