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Residents of Rio Verde Foothills sign a petition urging the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to negotiate with the city of Scottsdale to solve the community's water crisis.

Residents of Rio Verde Foothills will likely sue Maricopa County over its inaction in solving the community’s ongoing water crisis after the county Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal which would have seen Scottsdale sell water to the county for distribution to the subdivision. Read more»

To develop a subdivision of six or more houses in Arizona, builders must ensure that there’s at least 100 years of water available to the houses. This opens a loophole to allow multiple groups of five homes or less that together form an unincorporated community called wildcat subdivisions.

The Arizona House and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors both voted against proposed solutions that would see Scottsdale provide water to unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills, but officials are pining for another they say is the obvious choice. Read more»

Michael Grabowski was kicked off of Arizona’s cross-country team in September 2018, losing his scholarship and in turn being forced to attend a different school.

A Ninth Circuit panel will decide whether homophobic slurs used against a former University of Arizona student-athlete counted as sexual harassment under Title IX, which hinges on whether those he said harassed him actually believed he was gay. Read more»

U.S. District Judge Michael Liburdi ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on the Procurement Act count, permanently enjoining the order from being enforced in Arizona as of Feb. 10.

A Ninth Circuit panel took up the question of whether the Biden administration's COVID vaccine mandate exceeded the executive branch's authority after then-Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the Biden administration over rules regulating private employers. Read more»

Alice Walker’s 'The Color Purple' and Laura Esquivel’s 'Like Water for Chocolate' are among the books that could be prohibited under Arizona’s ban on sexually explicit materials in schools.

A bill in the Arizona Senate that aims to give parents more control over what books students read in school is unconstitutional, and critics say the bill’s language isn’t really aimed at protecting children but instead targets LGBTQ children directly. Read more»

Nearly 200 Rio Verde Foothills residents met Jan. 29 at Reigning Grace Ranch to discuss solutions to the community's water crisis.

Only a week after Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes confirmed its legality, an intergovernmental agreement that could give much-needed water to Rio Verde Foothills sits in the hands of Maricopa County. Read more»

Because it may not be clear which of the multiple drugs in someone’s system is the one that actually killed them, the bill instead targets anyone who sold the user a drug that may have contributed to the death.

The Arizona House Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of a bill that would establish a level 1 felony punishment for selling a narcotic drug that results in the death of the user - but some Democrats say the bill is unconstitutional and broad. Read more»

A California condor.

For the third time in 10 years, the 9th Circuit took up the fight between the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Forest Service for failing to regulate the disposal of lead bullets on public lands in northern Arizona. Read more»

Under the new plan, grazing was first allowed in the area in 2021. Smith said the Forest Service didn't receive any complaints from homeowners about livestock on their land.

A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday encouraged a community advocate group for Arizona’s Mogollon Rim to seek mediation with the U.S. Forest Service over expanded grazing allotment into a specific portion of the Tonto National Forest known as Bar X. Read more»

Rio Verde Foothills has gone more than 30 days without reliable source of water after the city of Scottsdale cut the community off its supply.

Politicians and other state officials say they’re working diligently toward both short- and long-term solutions for the Rio Verde Foothills, which entered its second month without a reliable water source on Wednesday. But the community can’t wait forever. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

Tempers flared at a Arizona Senate election committee meeting after Democrats accused Republicans of pushing election conspiracy theories that are reducing the public’s faith in election integrity. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

House municipal oversight and elections committee Republicans unanimously pushed through four bills Wednesday evening that they say will improve the integrity of Arizona’s elections, while Democrats accused Republicans of pushing false claims of election fraud.. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

A federal judge on Friday preliminarily declined to block members of the group Clean Elections USA from gathering within sight of ballot drop boxes following complaints that armed and masked members intimidated potential voters during the 2022 election. Read more»

Arizona is one of several states that rejected top-ticket candidates in the midterms who embraced the false conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Democrats' dissent wasn’t enough to stop the Arizona House Municipal Oversight and Elections Committee from passing four Republican-sponsored bills aimed to instill faith in the election process back into voters, whom Republicans say have less trust following recent elections. Read more»

Data shows that the unusually wet winter has improved drought conditions in Arizona and other places in the Southwest.

Amid an unusually wet winter and after last summer's strong monsoon, Arizona may be better off than other Southwest states as it continues to battle a 23-year drought - but while the snowpack is high, the Southwest’s reservoirs remain lower than average. Read more»

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