Guest Editorial: The Flag Stays

By Scottsdale Pinetop If we’ve learned anything from the recent election cycle, it’s that our community is becoming more and more involved in matters affecting the city. In the case of the Papago Plaza, the vote was postponed by City Council after the public demanded more community outreach. The recent debate surrounding the city flag is another good example. Since … Read More

Guest Editorial: The Ban That Will Hopefully Billow

By The Tempe Tree No municipality envies what the City of Tempe has gone through the last couple weeks. First, Tempe police arrested four protesters outside of Tempe City Hall. Next let’s not forget the lawsuit filed by the owner of PARC Dispensary against the city for interference with his vested property rights as he seeks to open a previously-entitled … Read More

Guest Editorial: City’s Largest Employer and Neighbor Endorses Museum Square

By Scottsdale Pinetop We’ve said it before and we will say it again – Museum Square is great project for Scottsdale. Museum Square would take the now defunct and vacant Loloma transit station and turn it into a high-end, mixed-use master plan development between the Museum of the West, Stagebrush Theatre and Scottsdale Artist’s School. We’ve written extensively about the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Governor Ducey Tackles Expensive Daycare

By The Happy Wanderer The story of Shanesha Taylor is heartbreaking. You may remember her mugshot which was broadcast on news outlets across the United States. Several years ago, the Phoenix resident had a job interview in Scottsdale. Instead of leaving her two sons, ages 2 years and 6 months at the time, with a babysitter or a daycare facility, … Read More

Guest Editorial: Careers Going Up In Smoke?

By The Happy Wanderer When we last discussed how the City of Tempe and its bureaucrats have attempted to stop a property owner from opening a previously-entitled medical marijuana dispensary in a retail/medical/office complex near the intersection of Warner Road and Priest Drive, we wrote that the city “still had time” to prevent a legal debacle. It now appears as … Read More

Guest Editorial: Happy 100th Birthday Grand Canyon

By Scottsdale Pinetop Breathtaking. Stunning. Ginormous. Unfathomable. These are just some of the words many have used to describe one of the seven natural wonders of the world. And as of Tuesday, the Grand Canyon reached 100 years as a designated national park, a major milestone for both the park and the state. The Grand Canyon is a reminder of … Read More

Guest Editorial: Giving the Middle Finger to Southern Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Watchman Neptune is the Roman god of the seas. Recently, we noticed a majestic painting of him for sale in one of Old Town Scottsdale’s poshest art galleries. We saw that in his right hand, he has a strong grasp of a trident, pointing it towards the heavens. The next thing we noticed caught us off guard. With … Read More

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Can’t Delay Any Further

By Scottsdale Pinetop Like in any successful business owner knows, a company only works if you are willing to reinvest and make improvements to it. The city of Scottsdale has largely stopped doing that. As a result our infrastructure is crumbling. The roads need to be repaved, facilities need to be updated and bridges need to be repaired. Thankfully, the … Read More

The First 40 Days

By State Representative Shawnna LM Bolick Dear Friend: I currently serve as the Vice Chair of Ways and Means, a Member of Elections and a Member of the Federal Relations committees.  The first order of business was ensuring Arizona met the federal government’s January 31st deadline for the intrastate Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) and tax conformity.  The governor signed DCP and … Read More

Guest Editorial: Bucking The Trend

By The Happy Wanderer The word “mall” conjures several things in our minds. The food court. The multi-colored tile floors lining the walkways. The big-box department store with aisles that extend as far as the eye can see. Even the overweight mall cop. Shopping malls have been a staple of the American consumer experience. Despite their enduring presence, shopping malls … Read More