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Scottsdale lands millions from short-term rentals, seeks changes

Scottsdale City Council has reportedly sent a unified letter to the Arizona House of Representatives leader seeking changes to short-term rentals, as the municipality strengthens its regulations on …
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Records reveal domestic violence arrests across the gamut in two Arizona communities

Public records reveal hundreds of domestic violence arrests in two batches of arrest data provided to Independent Newsmedia from the Apache Junction and Scottsdale police departments. Data shows …

Scottsdale police arrest Nicholas Alan Claus, 62

Scottsdale Police Department detectives and School Resource Officers arrested 62-year-old Nicholas Alan Claus for sexual abuse, child abuse, and public sexual indecency.

In the digital age, Scottsdale evaluates best communication methods

Communication between local government and its constituents is an aspect Scottsdale officials say is fairly robust — although City Council members had some feedback to provide during a recent …

Greenbelt 88 asks to postpone Scottsdale vote amid reported project changes

The proposed mixed-use development with 278-multifamily units known as Greenbelt 88 has received a second continuance from Scottsdale City Council, postponing a vote on the project until February. …
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As arm injuries plague developing hurlers, Fernando Arroyo sees salvation in proper technique

Baseball, America’s Pasttime is a game beloved by millions across the globe. The crack of the bat, the snap of the mitt, and the smell of a freshly manicured field of play below an aroma of cracker jacks and hot dogs provide an experience uniquely American one can only find at a local ballpark.
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Experts: WHO needs harm reduction to escape unsuccessful tobacco strategy

Tobacco kills roughly 8 million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

Expert: Biden taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — But what does that mean?

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations  — the U.K., India, Japan, Korea and China  — are said to be releasing about 11 million barrels in total.

Merrill: Get ready for winter; the first Arizona highways close in November

It seems like just weeks ago that Arizona was sweltering under one of the hottest summers on record, with many Arizonans seeking refuge in pools or under tall trees in high country. But those days are in the rearview mirror.

Llywelyn: Prayer apps are flooding the market, but how well do they work?

Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that claims over a million downloads, has raised more than $52 million in investments. Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow.
Kyle Thompson volunteers with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance.

Adopt a Highway: ‘All the Way to the Border’ welcomes volunteers for 45-mile cleanup along SR 286

January 2022 will mark the seventh anniversary of Melissa Owens’ annual celebration of sun, fun and litter. Owens has been a part of Adopt a Highway for more than 22 years and began collaborating with neighbors and the community for more involvement seven years ago. January 2021 was similar to previous years.

Rigler: How to keep foodborne illness from spoiling holidays

The holiday season that begins on Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s means many things to many people. One thing it means to most of us is food. Meals and appetizers with family and friends help make the holiday season special. But there can be a downside to all that delicious food.

Experts: Space law unchanged since 1967 — but now the UN aims to update laws and keep space peaceful

On Nov. 15, 2021, Russia destroyed one of its own old satellites using a missile launched from the surface of the Earth, creating a massive debris cloud that threatens many space assets, including astronauts on board the International Space Station.

Navidad: Here's 4 reasons to consider adopting a senior pet in Arizona

Many older cats and dogs tend to spend more time in shelters waiting for their forever home compared to their younger furry friends. Most people come to the shelter wanting to adopt puppies, kittens or young adult dogs and cats.

Dickerson:: Give new life to a deserving Arizona pet for Adopt a Senior Pet Month

At the Arizona Humane Society, we care for and love each and every one of the more than 15,000 sick, injured and abused pets that walk through our doors each year. But, of course, we can’t help but have some that pull on our heartstrings just a tad bit more than others … this includes our beloved senior pets.

Wealth versus worth: Remembering Tex Earnhardt

If you’ve ever traveled by motorcycle, you know stopping for gas can be time consuming. Dismount, take off your helmet and gloves, unzip your riding pants, dig your wallet out of your jeans, angle the pump perfectly to avoid squirting gas on the tank, etc. It can be cumbersome.
Although there are other disciplinary measures available, policies that traditionally applied to students from kindergarten through 12th grades now include caveats like children under the age of seven cannot be suspended.

Scottsdale Unified updates policy to limit youth expulsion

Not all student discipline will fall under a blanket grouping, updated Scottsdale Unified School District policies show, as students ages 7 and under can no longer be expelled from school as a disciplinary measure.
Scottsdale Community College is 9000 E. Chaparral Road.

MCCCD seeks nominations for Scottsdale Community College president

The Maricopa County Community College District recently announced Scottsdale Community College Interim President Chris Haines will retire effective Jan. 22, 2022, and the district is searching for its next president.
School safety is at issue as the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board addresses policies on student discipline and adult behavior during public comments section.

Scottsdale Schools revise policies on wayward students, parents

Getting suspended or expelled from school is not just reserved for students but parents/community members alike as discipline for children and adults is put on the board agenda for Scottsdale public school leaders to address.
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Scottsdale Schools announces forensic audit into digital dossier linked to district leaders

The Scottsdale Unified School District will be hiring an independent forensic investigator to look into the private dossier linked to school board President Jann-Michael Greenburg’s family. …
Photo by Arianna Grainey/Independent Newsmedia

Scottsdale Schools not immune to teacher shortages

For the sixth straight year, the Arizona School Personnel Administration Association announced a teacher shortage in the state, confirmed by their survey results last month. The report by the …
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Celebrate Duet’s 40th anniversary on Dec. 12

Valley residents are invited to celebrate Duet’s 40th anniversary at its 31st annual Poinsettia Tea.

19th Annual Patriotic Luncheon honors military heroes, veterans

The 19th Annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon was held Nov. 10, at the Arizona Biltmore, where the Veterans Medical Leadership Council welcomed guests to celebrate America’s heroes. The …

Chanukah Menorah-topped cars to parade through Paradise Valley

Chabad of Paradise Valley will share Hanukkah’s message of light and hope to Paradise Valley’s Jewish community at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, featuring a Menorah lighting by Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and car parade.

Childhelp to have annual holiday toy, clothing drive through Dec. 31

The Childhelp Holiday Toy & Clothing Drive is accepting donations of new and unused nonviolent toys, clothes and gift cards for children and families affected by abuse and neglect through Dec. 31.

Gullickson joins notMYkid Board of Directors

notMYkid, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the behavioral health needs of Arizona’s youth, has announced Emily Anne Gullickson has joined the organization’s board of directors.

The American Automobile Association of Arizona’s recent 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast is predicting a surge of travelers expected to “jam-pack” the roads and airports …

Attorney and wellness professional Tricia Schafer is combining years of legal expertise with fitness through her unique practice: Vitality Law. “Practicing law can be challenging and …
A new ordinance that will implement fees and regulations for mobile food vendors is being proposed and planned for discussion by Scottsdale City Council on Dec. 7. The intent is to “protect …
TrustBank hosted a community-driven grand opening signaling its further Arizona expansion featuring its newest location in Scottsdale earlier this month. TrustBank has been growing its Arizona …
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Artlink will hold its ninth annual Art d’Core Gala during month-long Art Detour in March 2022.

Artlink to hold 9th annual gala in March 2022

A Valley nonprofit, Artlink, is hosting its ninth annual Art d’Core Gala on March 11, 2022 at Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave., in Phoenix, to raise funds for programs that support Arizona’s arts and culture community.

Classical music bottom of the charts, does it belong there?

Experts rank classical music as a genre last — citing only a 1% volume share — however professional musicians in the Valley of the Sun point to a stronger tie between symphony and …
From left, Brianne Gobeski, Henry Male, Jay Melberg, Adam Gobeski, Noel Irick, Val Stasik and Peter J. Hill.

Fountain Hills Theater presents holiday musical

Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of 13 Days of Christmas, featuring 13 holiday tales with traditional and unique holiday music for the whole family, plus stories of the holiday season, playing Dec. 3 - 19.
Desert Ridge Marketplace will kick off holiday celebrations, beginning with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Desert Ridge Marketplace kicks off holiday season with tree lighting event

Desert Ridge Marketplace will light up with a plethora of holiday celebrations, beginning with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 20, and other events scheduled through Dec. 31.
Valley Youth Theatre puts 2021-2022 season on hold

Valley Youth Theatre puts 2021-22 season on hold

In conjunction with its Physician Advisory Panel, Valley Youth Theatre will continue to pause its 2021-2022 season until the safety of its young performers is more certain.

24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals car show returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, organizer of America's premier hot rod and custom car events, is returning for the 24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by …
Luke Murphy, “CampFire 2.1,” 2020.

Luke Murphy debuts solo exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting “Pixel-by-Pixel: Interventions by Luke Murphy,” which is the first solo museum exhibition for the New York City-based artist, on view through April 10, 2022.
Youth Theatre has Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.,  which is co-directed by Matt Harris and Alexandra Utpadel, music-directed by Luke Ottinger on July 1 - 10, 2022.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre announces remaining shows

During the All Together Now performance on Nov. 14, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre announced the shows that will be produced during the remainder of its 2021-22 season.

ASU Fashion Journalism Club hosts charity show

The Fashion Journalism Club at Arizona State University will be hosting a semesterly charity fashion show called Chic in the City, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Put on entirely by the college …
M.C. Escher’s “Day and Night” was estimated at $20,000-$40,000 and sold for $72,000.

Larsen Art Auction concludes record-breaking auction in Scottsdale

The 2021 Larsen Art Auction has concluded, on Oct. 23, with sales that exceeded estimates, set records and contributed to the most successful auction to date record.
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