Best of 2014

Blogging isn’t really my thing… but I wanted to do a “best of” post for 2014 and wasn’t sure how else do to it. So this might be the only blog you see from me until this time next year. Or maybe not.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, including a full year working at the best twice a week, 75,000 circulation, free, southwest valley newspaper that I know of. Anyway, here are some of my favorites from this year, only including photos that were published in the paper.

Enjoy. Or not. I won’t be offended.

Firefighters from multiple cities, including Avondale, El Mirage, Glendale, Phoenix, Sun City, Surprise and Tolleson, responded to a mulch fire near El Mirage Nov. 22. The fire, covered the West Valley in smoke for nearly a week after.

The Thunderbirds fly in formation during Luke Days Air Show Mar. 15.

Matthew Bittick, 5, of Avondale plays at the water park at Goodyear Community Park June 25.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and her husband, retired Col. Ron Lord get down as Goodyear broke the Guinness World Record for Largest Soul Train Dance at Goodyear Ballpark July 4.

The Color Guard stands attention at the Change of Command Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Brig. General Michael D. Rothstein handed over command of the base to Brig. General Scott L. Pleus June 20.

John Rovey, 1 and a half, of Wickenburg, greets a mini horse at Rocker 7 Farm Patch’s opening night Oct. 10 in Buckeye.

Westview Students request pizza while waiting inside the library as the campus was locked down Sept. 19.

Ballet Arizona performs “Ballet Under the Stars” at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheatre Sept. 26.

Josh LeForce of Buckeye, center, makes a jump as his sister Kimmy LeForce, right, holds Hunter Miller inside a bounce house at Buckeye Valley Fire Station 326 in Arlington at their Community Night Event Sept. 24.

Kevin Harvick Celebrates winning the Quicken Loand Race for Heroes 500 Nov. 9 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

Emilie Ortiz, 8, of Goodyear receives the winning smooch from the family dog Roxy in the “Best Smooch” competition during Goodyear’s per expo Nov. 9 at Roscoe Dog Park.

Sindy and Emmanuel Meno of Tolleson enjoy a ride Dec. 12 at the Tolleson Paseo de Luces grand opening event.

The sun sets over Goodyear Airport Feb. 5.

Construction progresses on the Loop 303 interchange at the I-10 in Goodyear Feb. 14.

The Verrado Vipers and the Youngker Rough Riders boys basketball teams compete Dec. 20 at U.S. Airways Center. View photo by David Weibel

Local Artist “El Podrido” works on a mural of Cesar Chavez on Western Avenue during the monthly Western Avenue Artwalk in Avondale Apr. 12.

Mia Camacho, 5, of Avondale practices her kick during a youth Taekwondo class at Avondale Community Center Dec. 3.

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