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 unique performance aimed at engaging kids in performance art is coming to Canyon Springs School in Anthem Nov. 17. The Arizona group Childsplay will perform the play “Tomas and the Library Lady.”
The cities of Phoenix and Avondale just created a partnership to put Colorado River water into natural underground aquifers and help improve water resiliency for both cities at a time when state and regional water officials say future shortages are likely.
In 1782, Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man and, under the name Robert Shurtleff, joined the Revolutionary Army. She was one of many women who inspired this year’s parade theme.
The Shell gas station, convenience store and Subway at the New River Road exit off I-17 opened this week. The long-awaited station, on a 4.3-acre site on the northeast corner of the exit, has been in the planning stages since 2014.
An auto accident on Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem this morning injured a bicyclist. DMFD crews “began treatment at the scene, and transported the patient by ground ambulance to an area hospital.”
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.
Conductor and composer Timothy Michael Powell debuts his new work Saturday, Nov. 4. It’s an adventure of celestial exploration through music.
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.
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.
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.”
If you smelled smoke this morning or on a recent evening in the North Valley, you’re not alone. It’s likely from one or more controlled burns up in the mountains, but the source could be much closer.