North Phoenix News provides breaking news and in-depth analysis of neighborhoods, schools, businesses and real estate in NoPho, the North Phoenix I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River, including Anthem, Desert Hills, the Tramonto area and the Sonoran Foothills area. Our news and feature stories are reported, written and edited by us. To provide the many communities of North Phoenix with as much useful and interesting information as possible, we also publish selected press releases, here. If you have a press release or a news tip, let us know.
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.
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.
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.
Sonoran Foothills is hosting its first big fall fair open to the public, featuring a range of family-friendly vendors and activities. The event, similar to festivals held in larger communities like Anthem, brings together more than 50 vendors focusing on human health and fitness as well as pet products and services and, yes, pet adoption.
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.
With well levels dropping and their supply of trucked-in water being cut off at the end of this year, residents in New River and Desert Hills face short- and long-term water problems that have no easy solutions. About 150 rural homeowners attended a sometimes contentious community meeting Sept. 19 to better understand their plight and hear about potential solutions.
Hundreds of homes will be built in Phase 1 of a development just begun on USAA property in the Norterra area. As reported in February by North Phoenix News and In&Out Magazine, plans for the project harken to Kierland Commons or Scottsdale Quarter, with restaurants and shopping along a Main Street and lofts above stores.