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EPCOR Water Rates Will Rise 36% in Anthem

EPCOR Water Rates Will Rise 36% in Anthem

Anthem’s east-side residents will see water rates rise 36 percent, on average, starting April 1, based on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s March 28 approval of new interim rates. The rates will be in effect until a permanent rate case is decided, likely a year or more from now. Each customer’s actual rate will be based […]

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Anthem Election Results 2019

Anthem Election Results 2019

The results are in from Anthem’s elections for members of the HOA boards and the broader Anthem Community Council (ACC).  Parkside HOA Newcomer Brad Sundquist and incumbent Tim Fyke beat out four other candidates and will serve two-year terms on the five-member Anthem Parkside Community Association (APCA) Board of Directors. Unopposed candidate Darrin Francom will […]

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EPCOR Interim Water Rates May Be Decided March 28

EPCOR Interim Water Rates May Be Decided March 28

The latest round of an ongoing saga over new water rates for EPCOR customers could wrap up Thursday, March 28, when the Arizona Corporation Commission will discuss and may vote on new interim rates. The interim rates were proposed after the commission failed earlier this year to approve a plan for permanent rate increases. Belinda […]

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Landscaper Promises Fix to Anthem’s Weed Problem

Landscaper Promises Fix to Anthem’s Weed Problem

After complaints from residents about a growing weed problem in Anthem’s parks and other common areas, officials from BrightView, the community’s landscape company, addressed the issue at the Feb. 27 Anthem Community Council meeting. “We understand that we’ve lost some confidence of the people in this room,” said  Joshua Dake, a senior vice president and […]

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Will Anthem Get a Second Hotel?
By February 21, 2019 Read More →

Will Anthem Get a Second Hotel?

By Karen Goveia — A property owner aims to build a Holiday Inn Express on a vacant Anthem plot that doesn’t allow a hotel. Representatives for the property owner, Tim Rutjes, are seeking a height waiver from the City of Phoenix to allow a 40-foot tall, three-story structure on 3 acres near 41st Drive and […]

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New Homes Proposed Near Anthem Post Office
By January 23, 2019 Read More →

New Homes Proposed Near Anthem Post Office

By Robert Roy Britt — A new development of 170 homes is in the planning stages on a parcel of private land near the current Circle Mountain development on the west side of Anthem. The empty plot, northwest of the Post Office, straddles New River. Some Anthem residents are already voicing opposition. The developer, El […]

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EPCOR Water Rate Case Could Be Decided Jan. 25
By January 23, 2019 Read More →

EPCOR Water Rate Case Could Be Decided Jan. 25

By Robert Roy Britt — A long-running set of proposals for when and how much to change rates for EPCOR customers across 11 districts in Arizona, including the east side of Anthem, will likely be decided at the next meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Friday, Jan. 25. The decision will determine if Anthem’s rates […]

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City Advisory Committee Unanimously Disapproves Planned North Phoenix Residential Development
By September 13, 2018 Read More →

City Advisory Committee Unanimously Disapproves Planned North Phoenix Residential Development

By Karen Goveia — The opposition cleared a major hurdle last night in its attempt to stop a 71-acre, 286 single-family home development between Anthem and New River. By a resounding and somewhat surprising 6-0 vote, the Rio Vista Planning Committee, an advisory committee to the City of Phoenix, recommended denial of a rezoning request to […]

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Talk of the Town: New River-Desert Hills Incorporation Proposal
By September 12, 2018 Read More →

Talk of the Town: New River-Desert Hills Incorporation Proposal

By Robert Roy Britt — A grassroots group seeks to combine New River and Desert Hills into one formalized town, in order to have some control over what many perceive as out-of-control development in a region where the primary water supply—an underground aquifer—has been dropping for decades. But there are significant hurdles to incorporation, and a number […]

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Proposed Boundaries of New River Town Would Annex Some Anthem Businesses

Proposed Boundaries of New River Town Would Annex Some Anthem Businesses

A map illustrating a proposal to incorporate New River and Desert Hills into a town mostly jogs around Anthem―but notches into the southernmost commercial district along Daisy Mountain Drive to include Circle K, CVS, and the Anthem Crossroads Plaza, where Fry’s Marketplace is located. By Robert Roy Britt — For several months, the grassroots group […]

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MCSO Swat Team to Train Deputies on School-Violence Response Techniques

MCSO Swat Team to Train Deputies on School-Violence Response Techniques

By Robert Roy Britt — The Maricopa County Sheriff Department’s SWAT team will train deputies and posse members on the latest techniques for responding to school or workplace violence at the Boulder Creek High School campus Wednesday, July 11. The campus will be closed. There will be a heavy, visible law enforcement presence, and officials […]

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MTA Raising Funds for Imminent Move, Construction Underway

MTA Raising Funds for Imminent Move, Construction Underway

By Robert Roy Britt — A fundraising campaign to pay for renovation of a new space [see photos and floor plan below] for Musical Theatre of Anthem is more than halfway to its goal. The move, originally planned for June 1, is expected in late July, said Jeff Hammond, MTA co-founder and board member. Rent […]

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