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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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The city’s portion of the Soleri Plaza in downtown Scottsdale is now Solstice Park, marking an early win for Mayor David Ortega three months into his first term.

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A Senate panel gave the go ahead for more people to bring loaded weapons into more places.

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Rejecting claims the measure amounts to little more than window dressing, a House panel voted last week to give local governments more power to regulate short-term vacation rentals.

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board voted Tuesday to drop its mask mandate for athletes and officials actively competing in their sport beginning with winter playoffs on March 9.

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With the start of Spring Training, a limited number of baseball fans returned to Scottsdale Stadium for the first time since last March and were met with a new array of restrictions and safety precautions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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A traffic stop in January 2020 left Andres Dominguez bruised and bleeding after a Scottsdale Police officer pulled the man from his car and body slammed him on the pavement.

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While most of the focus on the COVID vaccine roll-out has been on the state and county, cities and healthcare operators are also playing a critical role in the vaccination effort.

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A Scottsdale lawmaker joined his GOP colleagues in a move to let more people carry guns into government buildings amid an effort to block local law enforcement from enforcing federal gun laws.

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Scottsdale Airport is scheduled to undergo a runway rehabilitation project this summer that will close the airport for 45 days.

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Scottsdale City Council appointed a new City Clerk to replace Carolyn Jagger, who is retiring from the city after nearly two decades on the job.

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A Scottsdale woman must pay over $2 million in restitution after admitting she participated in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns and defraud the federal government.

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Arizona’s top education official told lawmakers last week they need to ensure that schools get as much money for online courses as the law now provides them for kids in seats.

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State lawmakers voted Monday to spend $900,000 in tax dollars in a bid to convince Arizonans and others across the country to visit one of the state’s remaining “dude ranches.’’

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Four years after voters rejected expanding a voucher program, Republican state lawmakers are trying again in a big way.

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As vaccinations for COVID-19 continue nationwide, blood donation agencies are stepping up efforts to encourage those who have had the disease and recovered to donate their plasma to help treat the sick.

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Gov. Doug Ducey wants to reduce taxes by $200 million this coming budget year – and another $200 million a year in each of the following two years – but isn’t ready to say who he wants to get that relief.

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New Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega is set to issue a proclamation on Jan. 12 continuing the declaration of emergency issued by his predecessor.

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Phoenix Rising FC – currently in negotiations with the Scottsdale Unified School District to lease the former Tonalea Elementary campus for a practice facility – is also moving its stadium from Casino Arizona to the Gila River Indian Community’s Wild Horse Pass in Chandler.

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All those folks fleeing from elsewhere to this state put Arizona on track for picking up a 10th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives beginning in 2022.

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For the last four years, hundreds of middle and high school students in Scottsdale and through the Valley joined their counterparts from across the Valley to fill Grand Canyon University’s Arena for the Speak Up, Stand Up and Save Lives, a day-long assembly that enabled them to network and a…

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The state’s top school official wants Gov. Doug Ducey to keep schools closed to in-person learning for two weeks following the explosion of COVID-19 cases in the state.

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Addressing the pandemic’s impact on students and staff will be a main priority for the new Scottsdale Unified Governing Board in 2021.

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Scottsdale Works is a new program designed to provide employment and access to resources to homeless individuals living in the city.

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A veteran state lawmaker from Scottsdale is moving to strip Gov. Doug Ducey of the powers he assumed when he declared an emergency 10 months ago.

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A small Valley home healthcare company may have been offering COVID-19 tests to Scottsdale Unified students and families without a license from federal regulators.

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Gov. Doug Ducey won’t impose any new restrictions on individuals or businesses despite what appears to be a record number of daily COVID-19 cases and a trend that is pushing even higher.

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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.

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.

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.