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In recent months, Scottsdale City Council has approved the disbursement of over $2 million to local social services organizations and resident programs.

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Starting this week, billboards, social media and television and print media will carry messages urging thousands of motorists to prepare for four years of disruptions in their driving routines.

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Scottsdale has inked a new deal to provide parking for the Phoenix Open that could generate millions of dollars for the city after years of little direct compensation from the wildly popular golf tournament.

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A proposal by some Scottsdale City Council members to temporarily shut down some downtown streets to make way for street fairs and other pedestrian-friendly activities has drawn a mixed response from their colleagues as well as downtown business owners.

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Chandler Police have issued more than 700 citations for violators of the state’s 6-month-old distracted driving laws – more than other East Valley agencies and not far behind the 984 citations written by Phoenix officer up through June 26.

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Scottsdale City Council approved sizable pay bumps for most of the city’s charter officers in the new fiscal year – with the City Manager getting a 24 percent raise.

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The Republican-dominated Legislature banned mask mandates on all school campuses, effectively ending the long-running debate over whether Scottsdale Unified should require masks next year.

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In its first five years of existence, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, received accolades in local and national media and attracted the $300-million Museum Square redevelopment slated to be built next door in the next several years.

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Paradise Valley and Five Star Development have reached a settlement to end a nasty public battle over the 122-acre Palmeraie development that straddles its border with Scottsdale.

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A proposed apartment complex in Scottsdale’s Shea Corridor has generated opposition from neighboring businesses and the city Planning Commission.

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Arizona Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins was arrested in Scottsdale last week for alleged excessive speeding and reckless driving.

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Scottsdale City Council has decided to review the Old Town Character Area Plan – a move that could open the door to limiting the maximum heights for new developments.

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Wrangling was not limited to Scottsdale’s outlying cattle ranches in the West’s Most Western Town of 1951. 

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The Scottsdale City Council adopting a $1.79-billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year is another indication that city officials believe the worst economic implications of the pandemic are in the rearview mirror.

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Entering her third straight evening with no air conditioning, Scottsdale resident Susan Unmacht worried the June heat would send her to the hospital.

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For the first time in 15 months, Scottsdale residents will be allowed back into the Kiva to attend City Council and other public meetings beginning June 22.

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Senate President Karen Fann said the decision by Gov. Doug Ducey to veto bills because he hasn’t seen a budget will only make it harder to reach that goal.

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WASHINGTON – Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash said they will no longer waive delivery fees for customers who order from Black-owned restaurants in Arizona, to settle charges by the state that the deals violated the Arizona Civil Rights Act.

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Community opinion is split on Phoenix Rising’s $2.5-million proposal to build new youth soccer fields on the site of a former southern Scottsdale elementary school.

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Senate President Karen Fann said the decision by Gov. Doug Ducey to veto bills because he hasn’t seen a budget will only make it harder to reach that goal.

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Here are the bills that Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed because he does not yet have a budget.

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WASHINGTON – Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near future, experts told a House panel last week.

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The Scottsdale Unified School District continued its annual tradition of honoring outstanding graduates and other student and staff achievements at the last governing board meeting of the school year May 24.

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Scottsdale City Council adopted a $1.78 billion tentative budget on May 18 and included up to $10 million to possibly address the affordable housing shortage.

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Nearly a year after hundreds of rioters ransacked Scottsdale Fashion Square and surrounding properties, Scottsdale Police are still tracking down participants and recovering stolen goods.

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A Scottsdale Unified Governing Board that was abruptly recessed after parents refused to wear masks will resume virtually on May 24, according to district officials.

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A Scottsdale company has launched a new way to subtly show off one’s vaccination status: a purple-hued self-identification bracelet program called COVID Verified.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is cutting off what some say has been an easy and unethical source of money for police and prosecutors.

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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.

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Dr. Eugene Sweeney has been appointed by the Diocese of Phoenix to become the new principal at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale.

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Arizona already has seen a few fires this year and experts say the state is likely to experience another major year for wildfires.

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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.

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

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Scottsdale is known around the world for its golf courses, fine dining and nightlife, but the city’s abundant natural attractions have also been a boon for the local economy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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With state revenues running $1 billion ahead of expectations, Scottsdale Rep. John Kavanagh and other Republican lawmakers are looking at compressing all of the state’s income tax brackets down to a single rate.

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State lawmakers gave final approval last week to legislation that will require special parental permission before a student is taught anything about sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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More electric and fuel-efficient motor vehicles and a gas tax that hasn’t been changed in 30 years are making it increasingly more difficult for Arizona to provide a highway system that can serve its rapidly rising population.

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Scottsdale City Council gave near-unanimous support to the seemingly controversial Kimsey redevelopment, which will preserve a historic Ralph Haver building while bringing a new hotel and apartment building to downtown.

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Twenty years ago this weekend, an explosion rocked a quiet southern Scottsdale neighborhood in the morning hours, sparking a house fire that sent flames over 20 feet into the air.

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The City of Scottsdale’s revenues continue to outperform pared-down projections adopted last year, but the city is still taking in less money than it did prior to the pandemic.

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Financial help may be in sight for recent high school grads who find themselves a few bucks short of community college tuition.

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Scottsdale City Council put the finishing touches on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that it plans to approve April 20.

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According to a report by industry analyst Blast Point, 345,000 electric vehicles were sold nationally during pandemic dominated 2020, – up 40 percent from 2019 with Tesla, Nissan and Audi as top sellers leading the way.

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Starting this week, billboards, social media and television and print media will carry messages urging thousands of motorists to prepare for four years of disruptions in their driving routines.

Scottsdale has inked a new deal to provide parking for the Phoenix Open that could generate millions of dollars for the city after years of little direct compensation from the wildly popular golf tournament.

A proposal by some Scottsdale City Council members to temporarily shut down some downtown streets to make way for street fairs and other pedestrian-friendly activities has drawn a mixed response from their colleagues as well as downtown business owners.

Chandler Police have issued more than 700 citations for violators of the state’s 6-month-old distracted driving laws – more than other East Valley agencies and not far behind the 984 citations written by Phoenix officer up through June 26.

The Republican-dominated Legislature banned mask mandates on all school campuses, effectively ending the long-running debate over whether Scottsdale Unified should require masks next year.

In its first five years of existence, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, received accolades in local and national media and attracted the $300-million Museum Square redevelopment slated to be built next door in the next several years.