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News

New Airbnb measures fail to curb short-term rentals abound in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley

As Airbnb announces new policies and a dedication to host responsible guests, one Paradise Valley official says the actions miss the mark. In July, the short-term rental platform made public a …
Town Council

Town Council provides focus for Planning Commission regarding building pad discussion

Paradise Valley town staff are using the summer to discuss potential changes to the Town Code regarding building pads with the Planning Commission.

Arizona public school community weighs pros, cons, COVID-19 as return looms

As droves of Valley students start the 2020-21 school year this fall among the global pandemic of 2020, Arizona school districts move forward independently with no two plans alike.

IRS unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams list

The Internal Revenue Service announces its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams involving aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including economic impact payments.

Paradise Valley police arrest man on domestic violence charges

Paradise Valley police, along with Phoenix police, arrested a man on numerous assault and domestic violence charges on July 25.

If you’re concerned about voting by mail: USPS assures federal protections in place

If you question the safety of your ballot going through the mail without being tampered with, the United States Postal Service and the county elections office assures protection, tracking and peace …

Maricopa County secures additional nighttime heat relief location for homeless

Maricopa County has secured a recently vacated building in downtown Phoenix to provide nighttime heat relief for people experiencing homelessness.

Paradise Valley Town Council candidates talk aftermath of pandemic on essential tourism industry

As Paradise Valley voters consider who to cast their ballots for this summer, the four Town Council candidates discuss the topic of tourism in the final Independent Newsmedia question-and-answer …
Opinion

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.
Living in Paradise
Business

Thinnes joins Kidder Mathews Phoenix office

Nathan Thinnes has joined Kidder Mathews’ Phoenix office as a senior vice president.

Revenue department’s live chat assists 31,000 taxpayers in first year

Arizona Department of Revenue specialists have assisted more than 31,000 taxpayers through live chat since the department debuted the service Aug. 1, 2019, on its AZDOR.gov andAZTaxes.gov websites.

Had to put off your wedding because of COVID-19 concerns? Consider one in the summer

Since the onset of COVID-19 concerns, no one has been having large outdoor and indoor weddings, with venues at a standstill. That’s starting to change, with businesses gearing up for the fall …

Spadaro joins SmithGroup business development team in Phoenix

SmithGroup has hired Samantha Spadaro as a director of business development in the firm’s Phoenix office. In her new position, according to a press release, Ms. Spadaro will enhance the …

Thai Chili 2 Go slated to open in Ahwatukee

Thai Chili 2 Go, which has nine sites throughout the East Valley, north Scottsdale, and Phoenix will open in Ahwatukee this August.
Education

Valley schools prepare to begin online learning in the early weeks of August as parents offer insights into the various degrees of staying home or returning to the classroom.

Under the looming air of COVID-19, the saying: “We’re all in this together” is not just words for the Scottsdale Unified School District as efforts are underway to make the best accommodations for students, parents, faculty and staff.
Entertainment
Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship 11th Annual Starry Knights fundraising event will be virtual.

Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship to host 1st virtual Starry Knights benefit

Instead of an in-person gala, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship 11th Annual Starry Knights fundraising event will be virtual.
"Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories"  award-winning exhibit.

Heard Museum’s Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories wins AASLH award

The American Association for State and Local History announces the Heard Museum as the recipient of an Award of Excellence for its exhibition Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories.
Arizona Science Center launches CONNECT, which is an innovative learning experience.

CONNECT @ Arizona Science Center offers supplemental science experiences

With a growing consumer and educator demand for more science learning resources, Arizona Science Center is launching CONNECT @ Arizona Science Center. The fun and engaging, standards-based science …
"The Compass Collection," is the solo exhibition showcasing the paintings of longtime Phoenix-based artist, Lucretia Torva.

‘The Compass Collection’ opens at Walter Art Gallery on July 17

Walter Art Gallery will present “The Compass Collection,” the solo exhibition showcasing the latest paintings of Lucretia Torva.
Baseball is back and the Arizona D-backs will start their season in San Diego against the Padres before returning to Chase Field to host the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30.

Arizona Diamondbacks gear up for 60-game season

Major League Baseball announced the 2020 60-game D-backs schedule which will consist of 10 games against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants plus interleague matchups against all five American League West teams.
Scottsdale artist Casey Cheuvront joins The Great American Paint In.

Pandemic inspires Cheuvront for ‘The Great American Paint In’

Scottsdale artist Casey Cheuvront, who describes herself as “too young for Medicare and too old for carpools,” joins five other Arizona artists for The Great American Paint In.
July Fourth Fireworks begin at about 9 p.m. with a backdrop against the McDowell Mountains.

Freedom Fest 2020 at The Princess - Reimagined begins July 2

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will celebrate its 10th Annual 4th of July Freedom Fest on Thursday, July 2, culminating with a fireworks display in north Scottsdale on July 4 to honor frontline medical workers, first responders, veterans and active military.
WestWorld of Scottsdale will host Pop Up Events live streaming UFC 251 on Saturday, July 11.

SLE to host Pop Up Events at WestWorld of Scottsdale

WestWorld of Scottsdale will be the venue for live streaming of UFC 251, Pop Up Events hosted by Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations.
Children ages 6-12 are encouraged to participate in DST’s annual summer camp to receive hands-on theatrical training in a non-competitive, fun environment.

DST hosts 2nd series of summer camp

After a successful first session earlier this month, Desert Stages Theatre will host the second session of its three-part Summer Camp series: Gerry Cullity’s “Cinderella” beginning on Monday, June 29 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
Scottsdale artist Jason Napier’s bronze Jackrabbit statue called, “Weedeater” will be on the cover of Hidden in the Hills Artist Directory.

HITH names Scottsdale resident Napier for directory cover artist

Hidden in the Hills, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 27-29, has chosen Jason Napier’s Whimsical Bronze Jackrabbit for the cover of Hidden in the Hills Artist Directory.
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