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.

State Botches School Math Scores

The 2017 AzMERIT math scores reported in the majority of North Phoenix-area schools were corrected by the Arizona Department of Education since North Phoenix News and In&Out Magazine first reported on the scores earlier this month. Find out what happened, and see the revised results.

Dry and Drier: First Totally Rain-Free October Since 1999

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.

Anthem & EPCOR’s Plan to Solve Rural Water Woes Flows Forward

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.”

Sonoran Gate: Model Homes Near Sonoran Preserve Open

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.

Pet Grooming Gets Personal

Step inside Twin Tails Cageless Grooming, and you may think you’ve entered a hair salon for humans. From their mobile-grooming business, Jamie and Bill Matson brought the concept of cageless waiting and one-on-one grooming for dogs and cats to a fixed location.

Groups Gather to Send Care Packages to Troops

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.

New Pinnacle Peak Farmers Market Open Saturdays

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.