News & Analysis

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.

New ADOT Camera Spots Wrong-Way Drivers

A wrong-way driver detection system that ADOT is installing on part of I-17 in Phoenix relies on thermal cameras to detect cars moving in the wrong direction, and a communication system to notify motorists and law-enforcement officials. A test of the cameras on the Loop 101 worked: the system alerted authorities to two recent overnight incidents. See the video.

Cell Towers Proliferate & Make Some Noise

New River and Desert Hills residents are seeing smaller Wireless Communication Facilities (WCFs … aka cell towers) pop up, and some residents aren’t crazy about the noise they make. Meantime, even smaller WCFs will be coming soon to traffic-light poles around North Phoenix, thanks to new county and state laws aimed at helping cell phone providers keep up with mobile-phone bandwidth demand.

New Bike Shop Opening in Anthem

Drawn by the large biking community in Anthem, as well as two annual triathlons in town, Phoenix residents Michael Morgan and Cole Knapp decided to open a bike shop in the Shops at Anthem plaza, a few doors down from Ace Hardware. The full-service shop, called Freedom Cycles, will also sell scooters, to support those who frequent the nearby skate park.

Uptick in Rabies Cases Has County Health Officials Concerned

An uptick in the number of rabies cases has the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has urging residents to be cautious around wild animals that might be carrying the virus and to make sure dogs and cats have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Three three bats tested positive for rabies in recent weeks, and so far this year there have been seven cases of animal rabies in the county.