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.

What’s Behind Rising Arizona Traffic Deaths

wrong-way collision on I-17

On average, 2.6 people die in Arizona every day due to motor vehicle accidents. The state’s 950 motor-vehicle deaths in 2016 were up 8 percent from the previous year and 24 percent from 2014. Officials say increased traffic is partly responsible, but the main cause of accidents is, simply, speeding. And deaths could be reduced if people just wore seat belts.

Local Heavy Metal Guitarist Offers Advice for Aspiring Musicians

Ray Goodwin, who shreds with the Phoenix metal band Sicmonic, lives in North Phoenix and teaches guitar and piano at Rhapsody School of Music in Anthem. On June 5 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Sicmonic opens for Yngwie Malmsteen, a Swedish rocker that Time Magazine once ranked among the 10 best electric guitar players ever. In&Out Magazine asked Goodwin about his style, why he teaches, and what advice he’d offer aspiring rockers.

50-Acre Wildfire in Black Canyon City Sends Smoke to Phoenix

black canyon city fire

A blaze in Black Canyon City that began Saturday night had burned 50 acres by 8 a.m. Sunday, fire officials said, prompting evacuations and an investigation to determine if it was arson. Shifting winds brought the smell of smoke into Anthem and parts of North Phoenix in the middle of the night, greeting Valley residents with a brown haze at dawn.

Multiple Offers on Lower-Priced Homes Fuel Rising Prices

Home sales in North Phoenix have been brisk, mirroring a rapid sales pace nationally. Given high demand and a shortage of homes in lower price ranges, “when one is listed for sale, interest is immediate and multiple offers are nudging the eventual sales prices higher,” contributing to 62 straight monthly price increases, analyst says.