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PARADISE VALLEY NEWS & OPINION
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Community News

Arizona Corporation Commission to host public comment on proposed water rate increase

The Arizona Corporation Commission will vote on the proposed order in the EPCOR rate case at its open meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11.   Prior to that meeting, the commission has scheduled a …
Subscriber Exclusive

Smoke Tree Resort filed for bankruptcy amid ongoing legal case with Paradise Valley

Gentree LLC, the owner of Smoke Tree Resort, filed for bankruptcy last July, court records show. The bankruptcy case paused a condemnation court fight between Gentree and the Town of Paradise …
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Short-term rentals: Scottsdale and Paradise Valley’s newest laws place much responsibility on property owners

Scottsdale and Paradise Valley are moving forward with adding teeth to municipal ordinances associated to short-term rental properties in an effort to maintain health, safety and respectful …
Elections

Paradise Valley mayor, Town Council candidate orientation hosted Jan. 11

The Town of Paradise Valley will host a mayor and town council candidate orientation on Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall boardroom and on Zoom to answer questions about running for …
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A year in review: Paradise Valley marks meaningful 2021

From celebrating the town’s anniversary to preserving Paradise Valley’s quality of life, 2021 brought forward a number of memories for the community. While municipal officials continue …
Local News

Paradise Valley Police Department responds to stolen vehicle report

Paradise Valley Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Dec. 26 around 9:30 a.m.  The theft, which occurred sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 25, took place at the 6200 …
Independent Examination

Town of Paradise Valley takes pride in its volunteers

The Town of Paradise Valley recently recognized 33 volunteers who have contributed hundreds of combined years of service despite challenges of adjusting to a rapidly changing world.
Legal

Nine Valley residents indicted for PPP fraud

A man who sought to open a behavioral health facility in the Town of Paradise Valley is among nine individuals in connection with a fraudulent scheme. Willie Mitchell aka Blu Mitchell, 40, of …
Police

Paradise Valley approves new photo enforcement vendor

The Town of Paradise Valley is now under contract with American Traffic Solutions Inc., to provide photo enforcement services. The Town Council approved the new two-year, $684,000 contract during …
Crime

Police make arrest in $100K construction burglary

Paradise Valley Police officials have arrested one man in connection to a 2019 construction site burglary. Jeffrey Stritenberger, 42, of Phoenix, was arrested on Dec. 15 by Paradise Valley Police …
Investigation

Detectives divulge details surrounding Scottsdale man's death

About two weeks before his 21st birthday, the remains of missing Scottsdale resident Najib “Jubi” Monsif have been found several miles from the neighborhood he went missing from in late …
First Responders

Scottsdale Police find remains of missing Najib ‘Jubi’ Monsif

The remains of missing person Najib “Jubi” Monsif have been found, Scottsdale Police officials say. Monsif’s remains were found at a canal pump station near Power Road and the …
Opinion

“I will never sell another piece of real estate,” said my son, Corey. “I regret selling my condo before buying my current house,” he added.

Dear Speaker Bowers and Senate President Fann, we understand from recent media reports that the decisions announced last week regarding COVID-19 protocols in the House and Senate have not yet been finalized. As you discuss the final arrangements, we urge you to reimplement safety measures that will protect both members and the public and allow for all voices to be heard at the capitol.
Arizona’s current drought is coming up on 15 years in length and has surpassed the worst drought in more than 110 years of official record keeping. Arizona’s water reservoirs are severely depleted, and according to the United States Drought Monitor, nearly 99% of Arizona is in some sort of drought.
Protecting the Colorado River, providing drought relief and affirming the sovereignty of the Colorado River Indian Tribes — federal legislation enabling water leasing does all three.
Living in Paradise
Business & Education Reporting
Business
Construction

City North breaks ground on new multifamily housing development

Greystar recently broke ground on the first phase of its multifamily housing development at City North in Phoenix. This marks City North’s first vertical element in the 100-acre project …
Food & drink

Celebrity chef Beau MacMillan leads new Scottsdale restaurant

Clive Collective, a Scottsdale-based restaurant group featuring purveyors of unique, elevated experiences, has announced its latest concept, Cala, at Scottsdale’s newest Old Town hotel Senna …
Accommodations

Senna House opens as Old Town Scottsdale’s newest hotel

Senna House, a Curio Collection by Hilton, is Old Town Scottsdale’s newest hotel after opening last month. Open to the public on Dec. 15, Senna House will be the newest hotel in the …
Generosity

Azadi Angel program donates over 300 gifts this holiday season

AZADI Fine Rugs donated a number of disadvantaged children this holiday season thanks to the work of founder David Neishabori, who prioritizes the effort. Teaming up with the design community …
Legal

Scottsdale law group launches space law practice

Scottsdale-based Rose Law Group pc, has announced a new space law practice. This revolutionary new practice is a first for Arizona and it will involve assisting clients in the space and satellite …
Education

Cox will award 10 Arizona high school seniors with a $3,500 Cox Diversity Scholarship.

Nomination submissions are open for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s AEF Teacher of the Year program.
Entertainment
Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week Themed Gold Palette ArtWalk scheduled for Feb. 3.

Scottsdale Gallery Association announces Western Week-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk

The Scottsdale Gallery Association looks forward to hosting its annual Western Week themed Gold Palette ArtWalk from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 3, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District.
The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

The Walter Art Gallery will exhibit ‘From Darkness to Light’ showing cancer masks

The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” an exhibit of cancer treatment radiation masks transformed into artistic sculptures using custom-mesh masks that were molded to faces of cancer patients during radiation treatment of the head and neck.
Applications for the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Historic Parade entries are accepted through Jan. 24 scottsdaleparade.com.

Scottsdale Parada del Sol parade entry applications are accepted through Jan. 24

Applications for the 68th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Historic Parade entries are being taken through Jan. 24.
Nationally-acclaimed vocalist David Phelps will perform 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., in Paradise Valley.

Recording artist David Phelps comes to Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley.
Shown from left, Janet Craig, Judson Mills, Zoe Noelle Baker (lying).

‘Wake Up’ premieres in Scottsdale with panel discussion on Jan. 4

Foster youth in suburban America are ensnared by a sex trafficking ring in the new dramatic feature film, Wake Up, which will premiere Jan. 4, in Scottsdale at Harkins Theaters, followed by a special question-and-answer panel with the filmmakers, local leaders and community.
Close up of Knoodle art director, Ben Heimer, working on a license plate design for the Arizona Rodeo.

Local art director designs Arizona rodeo nostalgia on license plate

Rodeo fans can operate their vehicle with a genuine rodeo license plate thanks to an art director, Ben Heimer, who has designed a license plate for the Arizona Rodeo.
From left, Lisa Herberger, Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega and Billie Jo Herberger.

Scottsdale Philharmonic performs holiday concert, announces 2022 concert dates

The Scottsdale Philharmonic recently performed its annual holiday concert to a sold-out crowd and announced its schedule for spring 2022 concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, East Second St., Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will resume in-person events with Mystery in the Museum on Friday, Dec. 10.

SMoCA will return to in-person events

For the first time since early 2020, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art — SMoCA — will welcome visitors to attend, in person, popular returning events like Mystery in the Museum and Trivia Night @SMoCA.

Pitbull to attend Barrett-Jackson’s 50th anniversary Scottsdale auction

Barrett-Jackson, touted as the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announces GRAMMY Award-winning artist, renowned philanthropist and NASCAR Cup Series Trackhouse Racing Team owner Pitbull will attend the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan. 22-30.

Growing through the uncomfortable: Indigenous Arizona artist Jay Smiley finds local success

Being unique, having moments of uncomfortableness and pushing oneself has culminated into a growing business for local Navajo artist Jonas Smiley. “I’ve always wanted to be …
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