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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»

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»

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 sign marks the water line last year at Lake Mead, which has since fallen to historically low levels. That triggered a water conservation plan for states in the river basin, but Arizona officials complain that they have to bear too much of the burden while states like California are not being hit.

Faced with deep cuts to the water supply, and angry that other states are not doing their share, tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water. Read more»

Trucks blocked an intersection in Toronto on Feb. 5, 2022, as part of nationwide demonstrations aimed at blocking Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Arizonans — or, at least, people claiming to live in Arizona — gave nearly $120,000 to the massive anti-vaccine mandate Canadian trucker protest that shut down the country’s capital for more than a week. Read more»

A BORSTAR agent with Border Patrol stands near a border monument east of Yuma, Arizona.

Nearly 4,000 Border Patrol agents will be given body-worn video cameras over the next year. The cameras will be deployed at 17 locations along the U.S.-Mexico border, including the Tucson Sector, as part of a $13 million contract with Scottsdale-based Axon Enterprises. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey speaks about the latest COVID-19 data at a news conference June 25, 2020, in Phoenix.

With most Arizonans now living under mandatory face mask requirements while in public for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Gov. Doug Ducey warned that things are going to get worse before they get better. And even when they start getting better, they're going to be bad for a while. Read more»

A C26 surveillance plane.

The Arizona National Guard has been helping the Phoenix Police Department monitor Black Lives Matter protests using helicopters and an airplane that has been used for counter-drug operations along Arizona's border with Mexico. Read more»

Protesters march down Central Avenue on June 4, 2020, as part of nationwide demonstrations against police violence sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t extend the curfew he imposed a week ago in response to looting at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The curfew, which required most Arizonans to remain in their homes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night for the past week, expired Monday morning. Read more»

An armored SWAT police truck in downtown Phoenix on May 31, 2020, during a protest of police violence against people of color.

In a conference call in which President Donald Trump called governors "weak" for failing to respond to at times unruly protests against police violence and implored them to "dominate" protesters and rioters, Gov. Doug Ducey boasted about Arizona's "more aggressive" approach and earned praise from the president. Read more»

Arizona tourist sites were flooded over the Memorial Day weekend with visitors, leading health officials to fear that they will spread the coronavirus and there will be a spike in COVID-19 cases in a few weeks.

Memorial Day weekend crowds that one official said were “off the charts” at Arizona vacation spots have health experts worried that tourist behavior could lead to an increase of COVID-19 of cases. Read more»

A New York National Guard private administers a drive-thru COVID-19 test in Brooklyn, April 20.

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a news conference regarding the latest updates on the coronavirus May 4, 2020.

At a press briefing on Monday, Ducey announced a second round of eased restrictions for his March 30 stay-at-home order, which shuttered Arizona businesses deemed non-essential, restricted when people could leave their homes and barred large gatherings. Read more»

A federal appeals court ruled that using a virtual currency, like bitcoin, does not protect an Arizona man from charges of money-laundering after he issued the currency in exchange for cash he was led to believe came from drug activity.

Laundering money with virtual currency is still a real-world crime, a federal appeals court ruled, as it upheld a five-count conviction against an Arizona man. Read more»

A confluence of circumstances is making it extremely difficult for many candidates to collect the signatures they need in order to get their names on the ballot amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and those running for county, municipal and other local offices, there’s an additional obstacle in the way – the inability to collect signatures online. Read more»

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