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.
The drier-than-average monsoon is giving way to an unusually dry fall. This October will be totally dry for the first time in 18 years, according to the National Weather Service's Phoenix office. See monsoon rainfall totals for Anthem, Tramonto, Sonoran Foothills, Norterra, New River and Desert Hills, plus an update on the 21-year Arizona drought.
A proposal by EPCOR to build a water-hauling station on Anthem property to serve homeowners in New River and Desert Hills moved closer to resolution this week, though a final decision by Anthem isn’t expected until Nov. 15 as negotiators rework the agreement’s fine points. Rural residents face a shut-off of trucked-in water from the City of Phoenix Dec. 31. “We’re going to do this deal,” said council board member Bob McKenzie, echoing the sentiments of other board members. “It’s just a matter of how we get there.”
Taylor Morrison will unveil seven model homes in a new North Phoenix neighborhood, Sonoran Gate, when it opens to the public Saturday, Oct. 28. The 255-home community sits on a secluded 80-acre site surrounded by State Trust Land and sandwiched between two sections of the untouched beauty of the Sonoran Desert Preserve, just east of Sonoran Foothills.
Three area groups have joined forces to support the armed forces by gathering goods and sending care packages to troops who are deployed. Daisy Mountain Veterans, Youth for Troops and the Military Family Support Group now work together on the effort and are looking for volunteers to help. The next packing event is Wednesday, Oct. 25.
At least 20 mostly small-time burglaries were reported in Anthem early Wednesday, as two or more thieves canvassed much of the town overnight, breaking into cars, stealing one, and also entering one home. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has fingerprints and video footage of the suspects and is hot on the trail.
Two farmers markets will soon provide an entire weekend of fresh finds in NoPho. The Anthem Farmers Market is slated to open Oct. 29 and run every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meanwhile, a new market is starting up Saturday, Oct. 21 at Wet 'n' Wild Water Park, a 12-minute drive from the I-17/Carefree Highway interchange.