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Scottsdale Gym Owner Competes to be Women's Health Magazine's Next Fitness Star

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Local Scottsdale gym owner and Best of our Valley award winner, Nikki Metzger, was recently selected by Women’s Health Magazine as a top five finalist out of thousands of contestants for its third annual Next Fitness Star...


Q&A: Rising Country Artist JT Hodges

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Coming off a packed house at CMA Fest in Nashville and a recently released album, Locks On Doors, country artist JT Hodges is belting his way to the top.

Following the release of his 2012 self-titled album, Hodges is changing up the sound of country for all fans. Adding in hints of rock, R&B and twang to the recent release, Hodges is beginning the next phase of his career.

We had a chance to catch up with the “Ray Bans” star in anticipation of his free show Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa.

AFM: I loved...


85-Year Old AZ Woman Attempts to Break World Record Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Paradise Valley great-grandmother Anne Lorimor, 85 years old, is attempting to be the oldest woman to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  She leaves Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Saturday, June 27 for Tanzania, Africa as part of her mission to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged children. “While I am not a professional climber I’ve always enjoyed hiking.  If I combine my interest in climbing with my passion for helping children, what could be better?” says Anne, who says she would rather be called by her first name than Ms...


Breaking Stereotypes: Arizona Native and California Queen, Sande Charles

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As the saying goes, you can take the girl out of the California, but you can never take California out of the girl. You must arguably cannot ever take the Golden State out of this woman; nor the Grand Canyon State in her case either. In a crossroads of the two western desert states, we meet the *reigning Ms. California United States and MLB Network P.A. Sande Charles; the fire-filled, passionate beauty queen who thrives between her two homes, trades in her crown for a baseball cap and breaks stereotypes in the workforce wherever she goes.

The Glendale, Ariz., native, sister of five rowdy...


Phoenix Mercury Head Coach Recognized as Style Icon

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Without skipping a beat you see her go swiftly from morning and afternoon practices to behind-the-scenes computer work and then quickly darting off into the parking garage to pick up her two children. After an incredible first year with the organization, Phoenix Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello was named WNBA Coach of the Year for the lead team to be the 2014 WNBA Champions, and she did so all in style.

Brondello is arguably the best-dressed coach in not only the WNBA, but in the professional sports industry. Her professional and...

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