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“I want to read a quote to you,” author Lee Jenkins said from his Scottsdale home. “’God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time.’”

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Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon was embarking on the last 1,000 feet ascent up Kala Patthar — a landmark located in the Nepali Himalayas that boasts jaw-dropping, panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse — when he was overcome with emotion.

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When nurse Gina Day showed up at Golden Heritage Assisted Living in Scottsdale to care for Joan Cullen, she noticed right away that her sweet patient’s hair had been set and styled for a special occasion: her 91st birthday party. 

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Scottsdale-based nonprofit notMYkid needs to raise critical funds to support Arizona youth and is hosting the Brighter Days Ahead golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale May 7 to achieve that goal.

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At the gift shop for the newly opened “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” exhibit at Arizona Boardwalk, a pyramid of dominoes, checkers, and chess pieces is balanced on a single vertical domino. 

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A Mesa man employed by the Scottsdale Fire Department quit his job last week, a few days after he and his wife were arrested for allegedly pointing guns at teenagers after a post-prom party gone wrong.

Just off a busy highway in Tempe, the Liberty Wildlife organization has launched a quiet effort to preserve and protect Native American culture through the acquisition of feathers from birds long important to Indigenous people’s religious beliefs.

A single-plane crash near Winslow last month claimed the lives of two locals, including Scottsdale resident and former race car driver Bill Whittington.

Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced the award of $21 million in funds to bring more social workers and counselors to Arizona schools, including 30 campuses in Scottsdale.

With skyrocketing housing prices and a dwindling supply, Scottsdale is a microcosm of the Phoenix Metro region as a whole, where buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase a home without breaking the bank.

With a unanimous City Council vote on April 20, Scottsdale became the eighth Arizona city – and second in 2021 – to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance with protections for the LGBTQ community and other protected classes.