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.

Discover the Desert Event Nov. 4

desert discovery day

The sixth annual Desert Discovery Day will include crafts, free refreshments, live animals, and a scavenger hunt. Hiking shoes are recommended. The event is organized by the Desert Foothills Land Trust, a nonprofit that works to preserve open spaces around Anthem, Desert Hills, New River and elsewhere in North Phoenix, Cave Creek and Carefree.

Schools Challenge State’s Letter Grades

Arizona State Department of Education is back to issuing A–F letter grades. But some of the grades could change. Like students unhappy with their own grades, two of the area’s five charter schools joined a number of schools around the state in filing appeals regarding the methodology.

State Botches School Math Scores

2017 azMerit scores revised

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

monsoon sunset

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

water woes

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.”