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The Ups & Downs of Hiking
By February 15, 2018 Read More →

The Ups & Downs of Hiking

By Chris Prickett — I like to hike. Back in the day, my hikes were, well, hikes. Two or three days, sometimes more, combined with rugged camping and, dare I say, survival. The survival tended to be more accidental than not. Before GPS and fancy locator beacons and the like, stupid decisions put me into dangerous situations. […]

Anthem to Consider Revised Plan for EPCOR Water Hauling Station
By February 14, 2018 Read More →

Anthem to Consider Revised Plan for EPCOR Water Hauling Station

Anthem Community Council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 22 to consider a revised plan from EPCOR for a water-hauling station to serve New River and Desert Hills residents. EPCOR drafted the revision after council requested changes to an earlier site plan submitted in January. “Additionally, the ACC is requiring EPCOR to mail meeting […]

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Cafe’s Offbeat Architecture Taking Shape
By February 8, 2018 Read More →

Cafe’s Offbeat Architecture Taking Shape

The clever and offbeat interior of Amped Coffee Company in Anthem is taking shape as the owners aim for a late-February opening. Rough framing reveals the layout of the bar/cafe, which will serve wine, local craft beers, organic and fair-trade gourmet coffee and light fare. The space will feel bigger later this week when large garage […]

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Anthem Elections: Meet the Candidates
By February 8, 2018 Read More →

Anthem Elections: Meet the Candidates

Learn more about the candidates running for Anthem Community Council and the three HOA boards in meet-the-candidate meetings schedule for mid-February. Village at Anthem 6:30 p.m, Monday, Feb. 12 Village at Anthem (pool area) Incumbents Gina Richard and Karen Schapira seek reelection to their seats on VACCC’s board. John Balzer seeks reelection for his Village seat […]

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Your House is Not an ATM
By February 8, 2018 Read More →

Your House is Not an ATM

By Chris Prickett — I cringed when I heard the pitch on a radio commercial the other day. “Your home is your bank!” The gist of the thing was that you could pull the equity out of your home to “pay down debt, remodel, or take that vacation you’ve always dreamed about!” Oh no, not again. With […]

Anthem Pickleball Courts Expected to Open By End of 2018
By January 27, 2018 Read More →

Anthem Pickleball Courts Expected to Open By End of 2018

Anthem is one step closer to having dedicated pickleball courts by the end of this year, and the community’s pickleball players are thrilled. A request for proposals to design and build the courts was distributed last week to area architects and park contractors, Community Operations Officer Neal Shearer said Wednesday night at Anthem Community Council’s […]

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Construction to Start by Summer on Cottages for Independent Seniors
By January 23, 2018 Read More →

Construction to Start by Summer on Cottages for Independent Seniors

Construction is expected to begin late spring or early summer on 13 freestanding senior-living cottages in Anthem, said Krista Solomon, general manager at Merrill Gardens. The company recently received approval from Anthem Community Council for the designs, materials and landscaping of the project at the southwest corner of Daisy Mountain Drive and Meridian Drive. The […]

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Tortas Chano Plans New Restaurant on Vacant Land
By January 23, 2018 Read More →

Tortas Chano Plans New Restaurant on Vacant Land

TortasChano started as Roberto’s in a gas station at 7th Avenue and Union Hills Drive 23 years ago. The restaurant moved to Anthem in 2008—just in time to endure the recession. Since then, the owners’ children have grown into the business, working full-time. And now the business is poised to grow into a new location—the […]

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What’s My Home Worth?
By January 23, 2018 Read More →

What’s My Home Worth?

  By Chris Prickett — Just because the “average price per square foot” in a given neighborhood is $150, that doesn’t mean your home is worth that. It could be worth more, or it might be much less. I’ve put together a “competitive market analysis” (CMA) for more than 3,000 properties over the years. I […]

Community Center Construction Project to Start Soon
By January 4, 2018 Read More →

Community Center Construction Project to Start Soon

Construction is expected to begin next week on a project to remodel and enhance parts of the Anthem Community Center. Expect some noise and dust, but the center will remain open. The $841,000 project, under consideration for several years and approved in recent months by Anthem Community Council, will add a new weightlifting area to […]

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The 2018 <i>Chris</i>tal Ball
By January 4, 2018 Read More →

The 2018 Christal Ball

By Chris Prickett —The year 2017 was eventful, to say the least, in local real estate. From the ashes of the 2008 bust, new developments have been rising all over the NoPho area. Resale is healthy, and we even have a new super-mega-colossal Fry’s. It seems like every patch of empty space along the I-17 corridor, […]

32 DVUSD Student Get Perfect State Test Scores
By December 21, 2017 Read More →

32 DVUSD Student Get Perfect State Test Scores

Within Deer Valley Unified School District, 32 students scored the highest possible score on two 2017 assessments, either the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math AzMERIT assessments or the ELA AzMERIT and AIMS Science tests, the district said in a statement Friday. The statement added: “These students represent the top one-tenth of one percent of Deer […]

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