Rural Residents Applaud Anthem’s Approval of Water-Hauling Station

Applause broke out among about 70 rural residents at a board meeting last night as Anthem Community Council approved plans from EPCOR to build a water-hauling station to serve residents of New River and Desert Hills. Now the race is on to build the facility before Phoenix shuts off the rural water supply April 30.

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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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