Yes, Independents Can Vote in Primary

Independent voters in Anthem, Tramonto, New River and Desert Hills may vote in the Feb. 27 primary for a special election to fill Trent Franks’ US Congress seat. Here’s how to request a ballot for one of the parties—Republican, Democratic or Green—without actually changing your Independent designation. And all registered voters still have time to request an early ballot by mail.

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Public Input Sought on Polling Places for Congressional District 8 Special Election

The public is invited to a meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 11, to provide input on proposed polling places in Maricopa County for a special election this spring to fill the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives created by the resignation of Trent Franks. District 8 includes Anthem, New River, Desert Hills and other parts of the western Valley down to the I-10.

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Crisis Averted: Phoenix Extends Rural Water Shutoff Deadline

In a much-anticipated decision, the City of Phoenix announced today it will extend a deadline to allow water-hauling companies to use water from city hydrants to serve up to 1,500 rural homeowners who do not have working wells. “Wonderful news,” said the leader of a community group that’s been lobbying for the extension, worried that water prices would double or triple otherwise.

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EPCOR Gets State OK on Water Rates for New River & Desert Hills

The Arizona Corporation Commission yesterday approved a water rate request by the utility EPCOR for service to rural residents via a water-hauling station tentatively planned to be built on Anthem property. The nod is one of two green lights EPCOR needs to provide water to New River and Desert Hills residents before a Dec. 31 deadline that’ll leave up to 1,500 homes without water.

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