EPCOR & Anthem May Solve Water Crisis in New River & Desert Hills

A looming water crisis in New River and Desert Hills may soon be solved by the water utility EPCOR with an assist from Anthem. The company is seeking to buy a plot of vacant Anthem land that borders Desert Hills to install a water-hauling station that could serve more than a thousand homes that rely on trucked-in water. The City of Phoenix plans to shut off their current supply Dec. 31.

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16 Neglected Animals Seized at New River Ranch for Deaf Youth

Complaints from neighbors that animals were in “terrible conditions without food or water” led to the seizing of 16 neglected animals from an apparent youth rehabilitation facility in New River, according to a statement today from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Three teenage boys, thought to be from Ethiopia, “appeared to be working the property and attending to the animals,” the Sheriff’s Department said, adding that questions remain as to how the boys came to reside at the ranch.

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Grassroots Group Confronts New River / Desert Hills Water Crisis

With wells drying up and the threat of a shutoff of trucked-in water, residents of New River and Desert Hills formed a new group aiming to convince state, county and Phoenix city officials to offer short-term help while the group works on a long-term solution. The issue has reached the governor’s office, and several state and local officials are involved. EPCOR, the utility company that provides water to part of Anthem, is looking into whether it can be part of the solution.

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Fees May Rise at Lake Pleasant and Other County Parks

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input via an online survey regarding the possibility of raising several fees at its 13 regional parks, which include Lake Pleasant and Cave Creek. Only 10 percent of the department’s funding coming from tax dollars. The increases could affect camping, day-use entry, annual pass cards, and special-use application fees.

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