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Prep your fireplace before sparking up the logs

Keep your holidays and winter season from getting smoked out by following these simple steps to prep your fireplace before sparking up the logs.
Apply for board and commission openings

Openings exist on four city boards & commissions – including a new Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
Look behind-the-scenes at the science and technology that drive city services

Learn about the latest gadgets and gizmos, demo new technologies and get a behind-the-scenes look at the city during a unique, free event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library and Civic Center Mall.
Show your love for downtown Scottsdale on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday, a national program to encourage people to shop local, takes place Nov. 28. Head over to downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge and 5th Avenue shops from noon to 9 p.m. This family fun event will feature live music, art demonstrations, holiday carolers, sidewalk sales and a visit from a special guest – Santa!
Video: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West now a Smithsonian Affiliate

The Downtown Scottsdale museum will see iconic artifacts and cultural treasures from the Smithsonian collection.
Scottsdale Video Network December program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this December.
Do you know a Diversity Champion?

Nominations are open for Diversity Champions - individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Get hooked on fishing at Eldorado Park’s Fishing Expo Nov. 21

Tackle family fun at Eldorado Park’s free Fishing Expo.
Learn some “paws-itive” preserve practices Nov. 21

City staff and stewards will share information on how to hike safely with our canines.
Here’s an outlet for your unwanted electronics

Gather your unwanted electronics for the city’s Electronics Recycling Collection Day Saturday, Dec. 5.
Protect your identity by attending “Shred It” events

Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the Shred It events.
City Council to hear sole major General Plan amendment request

The Scottsdale City Council will decide at a Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting whether to adopt the lone 2015 major General Plan amendment request.
Thanksgiving information

Most city offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving.
Empty Bowls event fills gaps in fight against hunger Dec. 2

Enjoy a meal and help fight hunger in our community.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Nov. 20 - 29, 2015

Southbound exit and entrance ramps and the northbound exit ramp at the Loop 101 Freeway and Shea Boulevard will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, to remove temporary concrete barriers.
Senior center holiday art shows draw gallery-caliber talent

The senior centers are hosting gallery-themed art shows this December.
Get a head start on holiday shopping at Arts and Crafts Fair

Join us for the 32nd annual Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
Learn about incentives for energy home improvements at Green Building Lecture

Did you know that SRP, APS, Southwest Gas and the city offer home improvement incentives?
Donate a toy and get a free engine ride Dec. 5

Children can ride free in a fire engine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Target store.
December brush and bulk collection schedule

Dispose of your brush and bulk.
Scottsdale Road Improvements, Phase 1 - Audit No. 1509

Closer review of contractor pay applications and change requests could have avoided overpayments totaling about $275,000. More effective oversight of subcontractor selection and subcontracted costs could result in significant project savings. Project management and contract administration can be improved by better documenting cost review and negotiations, changes to scope, inspection measurements, construction delays and the procurement process.
Video: Scottsdale Airport, Economic Engine

Learn more about the economic benefits that the airport brings to the community.
Scottsdale ranks among top 2015 Digital Cities

The Center for Digital Government selected Scottsdale a 2015 top digital city.
Police Department offers free security surveys

The Scottsdale Police Department offers free security surveys to Scottsdale residents and business owners. During the survey, a member of the Crime Prevention Unit will come to your home or business and suggest ways to make your property a less desirable target to criminals.
Scottsdale Stadium turns 60

Join us Nov. 21 for a family-friendly celebration at the Arizona Fall League Championship game.
Library’s history collection provides access to past, present and future

More than 12,000 images, historical interviews and digital scans are available at no charge.
Explore Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve this month

November is an impressive time to visit Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Take note of aquatic and fitness center fee changes

Lap swim and fitness center drop-in fees are $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.
Mediation Program helps residents resolve issues

The city’s Mediation Program can help residents solve neighborhood issues.
Neighborhood College presents session on fair housing and other federal laws

Get schooled on federal laws and fair housing as they relate to community associations.
Get a head start on holiday shopping at Arts and Crafts Fair Nov. 21

Join us for the 32nd annual Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
Choose Scottsdale business update

Learn about the latest Scottsdale business happenings.
Library hosts conversations with Holocaust survivor Helen Handler

Local author and educator Valerie Foster and Holocaust survivor Helen Handler share Handler’s experiences in Auschwitz.
Salinity Reduction Rebate Pilot Program Ending Soon

Time is running out for Scottsdale Water customers to apply for a rebate for removing or upgrading their salt-based, inefficient water softener.
Keep holiday meals perfect

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Taking a few simple precautions can keep your holiday meals picture perfect.
Scottsdale seeking proposals for new executive hangars for lease

Scottsdale Airport has unveiled a new terminal area redevelopment project featuring construction of two executive-type hangars.
Scottsdale Video Network November program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this November.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Nov. 6 - 15, 2015

Hayden Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions immediately south of McDowell Road 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Nov. 13, as trench work takes place. This is a continuation of road work already occurring on Hayden Road.
Yeehaw! You’re invited to opening of Cowboy Artists of America’s exhibition

Meet and mingle with Cowboy Artists of America members at the opening day of the 50th anniversary exhibition.
Lights, camera, action! Scottsdale Film Festival starts today, Nov. 5

The Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 42 feature films representing more than 30 countries.
Enjoy “SuperSTARS” event Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium

Find out how STARS supports teens and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities.
Scottsdale ranks as one of best places to retire

Scottsdale captured the 10th spot in's list of the “Top Ten Best Places to Retire.”
Neighborhood College: Find out what happens to your collected trash/recycling

Do you wonder what happens to your collected trash and recycling? Find out at this free program!
Learn how Scottsdale became a top-notch tourist town

Celebrate Scottsdale’s fun and fabulous tourism history.
Scottsdale Shares assists those in need

You can make a difference for those in need by supporting the city’s holiday assistance programs.
I Recycle - One stop recycling event takes place Nov. 14

Looking to unload electronics, textiles, shoes, hangers, prescription drugs and more?
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday

Rid your home of household hazardous wastes by bringing them to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
Eat, drink and be merry at AZ’s Food & Wine Experience

Enjoy this inaugural event which focuses on a variety of culinary topics, experiences, seminars, classes and fun.
Grand Prix roars into Downtown Scottsdale Saturday

This timed race features mini vintage cars based on the original Grand Prix held in Monaco.
“Gobble ‘til you wobble” at senior center Thanksgiving events Nov. 12 and 24

Scottsdale Senior Services celebrates Thanksgiving with festive luncheons at the Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers.
Scottsdale voters approve two bond questions, reject four others

At the city’s Nov. 3 Special Election, Scottsdale residents approved two bond questions to fund pavement replacement on city streets and construction or reconstruction of four fire stations, but rejected requests to fund parks, transportation, citywide technology and police projects.
Pedestrian struck by hit and run vehicle

Scottsdale Police asking for assistance in locating the suspect vehicle from a hit and run collision
Scottsdale Water recognized as global leader in recycled water use

Scottsdale Water Campus featured among the world’s most innovative water purification projects.
Participate in Scottsdale Civic Center Mall planning process

What do you love about Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall? You’re invited to share your thoughts online through Friday, Nov. 6, and then attend a public meeting Nov. 18 to help prioritize the results.
Veterans Day event features Arizona Marine

Scottsdale’s salute to vets takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Neighborhood College classes continue in November

Register for Neighborhood College, free classes that help residents become effective neighborhood leaders.
Transportation Master Plan update continues

Comment on the first draft of a new Transportation Master Plan for Scottsdale. The public can learn more about the plan and provide feedback at a series of meetings through November.
November brush and bulk collection schedule

The city provides monthly brush/bulk item collection as a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers.
Curb address painting kits available for loan

Add painted house numbers to your curb by borrowing a curb address painting kit from the city.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2015

A partial list of road construction projects and traffic restrictions taking place in Scottsdale.
Friday is last day for in-person early voting; polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3

Registered voters can cast an in-person early ballot through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Free flick under the stars, Nov. 5

Spend a beautiful fall evening catching a free flick under the stars at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Via Linda Senior Center.
Mark your calendar: Nonviolence advocate headlines Scottsdale’s MLK Jr Dinner Celebration

Author and nonviolence advocate Zak Ebrahim will be the keynote speaker at the Scottsdale 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration.
Desert Diamond Estates earns Firewise honor

Representatives from Scottsdale Fire Department and the Arizona State Forestry Department will bestow the “Firewise/Communities USA” recognition at 10 am, Oct. 30, to Desert Diamond Estates.
Can “green homes” become the standard? Learn how they’re making an impact

What is a green home? Why does it matter? And how can we do better environmentally? Find out at the next Green Building Lecture.
Video: Behind the Badge - Emergency Preparedness

Find out how Scottsdale prepares for emergencies.
Scottsdale Trolley routes feature enhancements

Scottsdale’s free trolley service now features a new Camelback Road route and adjusted Downtown route with increased hours and frequency.
Get fit this fall at Scottsdale’s Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center

Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center is a multisports instructional site that can help meet a variety of physical conditioning goals.
Western Spirit offers insightful program about John Wayne

Arizona’s official Western Film Historian presents an entertaining, one-hour program of stories, film clips and quips about John Wayne.
Free program explores “nature’s pharmacy”

Native people of long ago roamed the McDowell Sonoran Preserve collecting desert plants for their healing and restorative properties.
Boo! Scottsdale’s Fall Festival takes place Oct. 31

Treat your family to the city's annual Fall Festival event.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Oct. 23 - Nov. 1, 2015

Rubberized asphalt will be paved on the Loop 101. Drivers can expect northbound Loop 101 to be closed between Loop 202 and McDowell Road from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26.
Scottsdale Stadium welcomes the Walk to Defeat ALS Saturday

Bring your determination, your energy and your passion in support of the Walk to Defeat ALS at Scottsdale Stadium.
Scottsdale domestic violence compliance days

The Scottsdale City Court and Scottsdale Police Department announce the 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Warrant Round-up.
Keep safety in mind for Halloween fun

Scottsdale Fire Department shares the 4 C’s of Halloween safety with ghosts and goblins of all ages to ensure a safe trick or treat season.
Wallets stolen out of victims purses

Credit cards used after two victims had wallets stolen out of their purses
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park Operations - Audit No. 1607

The Park's key third party agreements were allowed to expire and other aspects of contract administration can be improved. Further, rates and fees are not consistently charged and do not ensure City costs are recovered. Also, improvements can be made in the Park's asset management, information technology controls and operating procedure documentation.
Video: Mayor and Council Breakfast at Scottsdale Airport

Learn about economic development activities and business successes in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Video Network October program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this October.
Tuesday is election day

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Bed Tax-Funded Special Event Contracts - Audit No. 1603

Funding eligibility criteria for the Special Event Programs could be more effective, contract terms and contract administration can be improved and some approved events did not meet eligibility criteria.
Missing 16 year old girl from 7800 East Vernon Avenue

Hailee Bogel was located on 10/21/2015 by Scottsdale Detectives and reunited with her family
Christmas Tree Roundup Jan. 4-9

Scottsdale’s citywide Christmas Tree Roundup takes place Jan. 4-9, 2016. If you have residential collection service, please have your Christmas tree curbside by 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4.
Late fall tennis lesson registration available

Tennis lessons are available for juniors, adults and seniors during Scottsdale’s late fall session, Oct. 26-Dec. 12.
Scottsdale Video Network program highlight – Volunteer to help seniors

Two local nonprofits, Duet and Foothills Caring Corps, provide free volunteer services for isolated adults who need assistance and friendship.
Expect weekend closures on northbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway

The Loop 101 Freeway will be closed northbound from the Loop 202 to McDowell Road starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18.
Public invited to comment on updates to special events ordinance

The city is seeking community input as it updates special events rules and regulations.
Realtors get firsthand look at life as firefighters

For the 19th year, the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors is getting a firsthand experience in a day in the life of a firefighter.
Cooler temperatures mean less water

Adjust your irrigation/sprinkler controller to match cooler fall temperatures.
City earns economic development award for business retention and expansion

The International Economic Development Council awarded the city a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award.
Back in season -- Old Town Farmers Market resumes Saturday

Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market starts its season Saturday, Oct. 17.
Scottsdale Water honored for management excellence

Scottsdale’s Water Department has earned national recognition for planning, innovation and community support.
Donate dollars, encourage empathy for homelessness at Cardboard City event Saturday

Scottsdale Stadium hosts Cardboard City, an event to raise awareness about homelessness Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18.
Forget bobbing for apples; try dunking for pumpkins, Oct. 24

Did you know pumpkins float? Come join us at the McDowell Mountain Ranch and Eldorado aquatic centers for our first-ever floating pumpkin patch!
You won’t lose with G.A.I.N – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, Oct. 24

Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, or G.A.I.N., is an annual event aimed at uniting neighbors and communities to create safer neighborhoods.
Fetch some fun at senior center’s Dog Days event Saturday

Pack up your furry friend and head to the Granite Reef Senior Center for our Dog Days event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17.
Make a community contribution on National Make a Difference Day, Oct. 24

Every year on the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans gather to do good for others on National Make a Difference Day.
Customs use on the upswing after expanding hours

Scottsdale Airport has seen U.S customs and immigration use increase by 53 percent this past year, since expanding customs hours and adding a second agent.
Celebrate Scottsdale’s preserve Sunday

Three guided hikes, free family activities begin at 8 a.m. at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead.
Burn demonstration sheds light on how residential sprinklers protect property

Fires will be started in duplicate "rooms" to demo how quickly fire spreads in the unsprinklered room and how quickly a fire sprinkler activates.
Drug disposal options available

There are several simple, safe and effective ways residents can properly dispose of drugs.
Scottsdale Stadium and TPC Scottsdale among New Times’ “Best of Arizona”

Two city sports facilities were named “Best of Arizona” in the New Times publication’s annual reader survey.
In-person early voting available at Scottsdale City Hall

In-person early voting in Scottsdale is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Friday, Oct. 30, at Scottsdale City Hall.
Millions of visitors spend billion-plus dollars in Scottsdale

More than 8 million people visited Scottsdale in 2014 and spent nearly $1.4 billion.
Arizona Fall Baseball League returns to Scottsdale Wednesday

Cheer on the Scottsdale Scorpions as they take on top minor league players from both the American and National leagues.
Video: Volunteer to help seniors in Scottsdale

Two local nonprofits provide free services for isolated adults who need a bit of help. Find out how to volunteer or ask for help.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Oct. 9 - 18, 2015

The southbound Loop 101 will be fully closed at Via De Ventura from 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Allow extra travel time.
Legal theories that govern HOAs topic of Neighborhood College session

Scottsdale’s free Neighborhood College series continues with a look into the legal theories that govern HOAs.
City wants your input on Civic Center Mall master plan

Scottsdale is creating a master plan for the Civic Center Mall and wants the public’s input.
Scottsdale fall break camps take place next week

Parks & Rec is offering kids in grades first through fifth a chance to participate in a variety of fall break camps.
Teachers, employers and people with disabilities to be honored

A Scottsdale artist with a passion for mentoring people with Autism has been named “Exemplar of the Year."
Residents appointed to city boards and commissions

The Scottsdale City Council recently appointed 13 residents to a variety of boards and commissions.
Saturday’s Date Night departs from “same old, same old”

Enjoy a night under the stars when the city of Scottsdale presents Date Night at Scottsdale Stadium.
Hear about global aviation growth in Scottsdale at October breakfast

Learn about economic development activities and business successes at the Thursday, Oct. 8, Mayor and City Council Breakfast.
“Connecting Seniors to Services” set for Friday

Senior citizens can get access to information at the free one-stop “Connecting Seniors to Services” event
Registration deadline Monday to vote in Nov. 3, Special Bond Election

Scottsdale residents must be registered by Monday, Oct. 5, to be qualified to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, Special Bond Election.
Scottsdale ranks among best cities for people with disabilities

Scottsdale recently ranked No. 2 on a list of the best cities in the nation for people with disabilities according to
Get your caboose to Railroad Park’s Railfair, Oct. 10-11

All aboard for McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Railfair 2015.
Free equipment available for neighborhood cleanups

Grab your neighbors and borrow a trailer loaded with landscape tools for a neighborhood cleanup.
Dispose of your brush and bulk - October 2015 schedule

The city provides monthly brush/bulk item collection offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for containers.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Oct. 2 - 11, 2015

The eastbound curb lane on Via Linda will be closed immediately west of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Monday, Oct. 12, as trench work occurs.
Discover desert décor at annual Tour de Scottsdale bicycle rides

About 1,500 cyclists from around the nation are expected to participate Tour de Scottsdale bicycle rides.
Public invited to comment on proposed airport zoning text amendments

The city is hosting a pair of meetings on proposed text amendments to the aviation chapter of the zoning code.
Selecting a management company topic of Neighborhood College session

Scottsdale’s free Neighborhood College series continues with a session on selecting a management company for your HOA.
Celebrate McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month

Discover why the Sonoran Desert is one of the most beautiful regions in the world this October during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month.
Special Bond Election informational pamphlets begin arriving in mailboxes

Informational pamphlets for the Nov. 3 election will begin arriving in Scottsdale voters’ mailboxes.
Police dispatchers honored for quick thinking, diffusing dangerous situation

It's a nightmare scenario. Burglars break into a home and begin destroying things. A young boy is alone, hides in a closet and calls 911.
"Hear the Beep Where You Sleep" fire prevention week campaign

Scottsdale Fire Department reminds local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Vehicle smashes fence at Scottsdale Airport

Vehicle smashes through gates and drives around the airfield grounds at Scottsdale Airport
Barricaded subject taken into custody

The Scottsdale Police Department takes barricaded subject into custody after Paiute Neighborhood Center placed on lockdown
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Sept. 25 - Oct. 4, 2015

Southbound exit and entrance ramps at the Loop 101 Freeway and Thomas Road interchange will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, through November.
Stay informed and be prepared for storm

A powerful storm moving across Arizona could drop more than an inch of rain in the Valley through Wednesday.
Sand and sandbags are available for Scottsdale residents

Sand and sand bags are available for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at two locations. Residents should be ready to fill their own bags.
Scottsdale came together to “Beat the Heat”

Scottsdale residents once again opened their hearts and wallets to ensure seniors in need got a boost this summer.
Pinnacle Peak Park – a great American hike

Pinnacle Peak Park one of the “10 Great American Hikes That (Almost) Anyone Can Do,” says the Huffington Post.
Film and discussion will take viewers “Beyond Right & Wrong”

A powerful film about conflict and conciliation will be screened in Scottsdale Oct. 1 followed by a discussion with someone whose story is featured.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Sept. 18-27, 2015

Restrictions will take place in both directions on Scottsdale Road in short segments between Happy Valley and Lone Mountain roads 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday through Wednesday, Sept. 23, as manholes are raised to permit utility work.
Scottsdale Community Assistance Office solicits funding applications

The city is soliciting applications to receive funding next fiscal year from local and federal sources.
Scottsdale salutes volunteer truck driver Gene Griffin

Every Thursday around 4:30 a.m., Gene Griffin drives to Sun City to pick up supplies for Scottsdale’s Brown Bag Program.
Update on Police seek help to locate missing woman

Diane M. Kay, 56, was last seen at her home in the area of Hayden and Indian Bend roads about 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.
Scottsdale hosts Innovation Arizona Summit Oct. 1

Many of the state’s top leaders in science, technology and education will gather for this cutting-edge event.
Conservancy hosts Family Sonoran Sunday, Sept. 20

Join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy nature guides and city Natural Resources Coordinator Yvonne Massman for the Family Sonoran Sunday season kickoff.
City’s Purchasing division earns 17th consecutive national procurement award

Scottsdale’s Purchasing division received the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2015 from the National Procurement Institute.
PCIS celebrates 40 years of service

The Police Crisis Intervention Services unit celebrated its 40th year of working hand in hand with the police department.
Lifelong learning and leisure classes begin next week

Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation services provide close-to-home, low-cost, readily available facilities, programs and instruction.
Marine Mural dedication is Saturday

The dedication also pays tribute to local Marine who lost his life during Nepal earthquake relief efforts last May.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Sept. 11-20, 2015

Chaparral Road will be fully closed under the Loop 101 Freeway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Saturday, Sept. 12.
Double shooting on Valley Vista

Scottsdale police responded to reports of a double shooting at a home near Valley View and Scottsdale Road Friday night.
Pickleball courts are coming to Scottsdale

The city is adding courts after receiving numerous community requests for more places to play.
Adapted Recreation Services keeps things “cool” in September

Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services is keeping things cool this September by providing recreation programs, adapted sports, and social opportunities for individuals of all ages with special needs.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Sept. 4 - 13, 2015

The northbound Loop 101 Freeway will be reduced to one lane from McDonald Drive to Indian Bend Road from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.
September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month – a great time to help prepare your family for emergency situations.
Scottsdale among top places to retire

According to financial website, Scottsdale is the second best place in the country to retire.
Scottsdale mural will commemorate Marine Week

The Marines are landing in the Valley next week and Scottsdale will be home to an exciting project tied to their visit.
Council votes to move forward on exploring non-discrimination ordinance

The Scottsdale City Council voted to take the next step on an ordinance that would protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT).
Nominations open for disabilities awards

The public is invited to nominate deserving people for the Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Awards.
Join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Instagram gallery

Follow the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Instagram to get details on hikes, lectures and events.
City Crisis Intervention Section celebrates 40 years of service

Join Scottsdale Police to celebrate the Police Crisis Intervention Section’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Conservation tip: Skip a watering cycle after a heavy rain

Heavy rains mean you can skip a watering cycle on your sprinkler/irrigation system.
Help us identify prowler suspect

The Scottsdale Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying a male subject wanted in two prowler cases.
Update on emergency cooling station

Scottsdale opened an emergency cooling station Tuesday afternoon at the Granite Reef Senior Center to assist residents without electricity.
Valley Little League teams traveling to Taiwan

Arcadia Little League heads out Sept. 27. Mayor Jim Lane and a business development team are also making the trip.
Video: Inside a Scottsdale fire response

Ride with the Scottsdale Fire Department as they respond to a fire.
Pickleball courts are coming to Scottsdale

Pickleball, a combination of badminton, table tennis and tennis, is exploding in popularity and Scottsdale has heard increased calls from the community to offer dedicated pickleball courts for drop-in play.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Aug. 28 - Sept. 6, 2015

Northbound traffic on Northsight Boulevard will be detoured to the old Northsight alignment road at Hayden Road through Friday, Aug. 28, to permit utility work.
Preserve Butterfly Field Guide available

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy created a Butterfly Field Guide to help Preserve visitor identify the nearly 50 most common species.
City installs preserve safety message signs

The city recently installed safety message signs at major trailheads in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Railroad park welcomes regional model railroad convention Sept. 16-20

Model railroad trains, track displays and the people who love them will gather at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Sept. 16-20.
Scottsdale centers host public swim on Labor Day

McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers will be open for the last day of public swim from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 7.
September 2015 brush and bulk pickup schedule

The city provides monthly brush & bulk item collection as a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers.
Recycling comes to Civic Center Mall

One of the Valley’s top “people places” has become more environmentally friendly. The Scottsdale Civic Center Mall boasts 25 new recycling containers.
Commemorate the library’s 60th anniversary

The public is invited to celebrate the library’s 60th anniversary at the September Mayor and City Council breakfast.
Registration now open for fall landscape workshops and garden tour

Learn ways to enhance the beauty of your home while saving water and money this winter.
Scottsdale crew battling blazes in Idaho

A team of firefighters from the city of Scottsdale is part of a regional effort to control wildfires burning around the state of Idaho.
City hosts pair of open houses on draft General Plan 2035

The public is invited to attend one of two open houses to review and comment on the draft General Plan 2035.
Open house to address sole major General Plan amendment request

The public is invited to an open house to review and comment on the lone 2015 major General Plan amendment case.
City Council meetings resume Tuesday

The Scottsdale City Council will resume its typical City Council meeting schedule Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Fall hours to resume in September at railroad park

McCormick Stillman Railroad Park will resume fall hours Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Haul your haul to the landfill

Through the city’s contract with the Salt River Landfill, residential solid waste customers may haul up to 2,000 pounds of trash, brush or bulk items to the landfill once a week.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Aug. 21 - 30, 2015

All exit and entrance ramps at the Loop 101 Freeway and Indian School Road interchange will be closed through Saturday, Aug. 22.
New name, same great programs!

Scottsdale’s government channel, CityCable 11 or Channel 11, has changed its name to Scottsdale Video Network.
Silver alert issued for missing 83 year old woman

Missing 83 year old Scottsdale woman located by DPS in the southeast valley after a Silver Alert was issued.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Aug. 14 – 23, 2015

Southbound traffic on Hayden Road will experience lane restrictions at Thomas Road through Thursday, Aug. 20, as utility work occurs.
Hotline allows Scottsdale citizens to report suspected misconduct

The Scottsdale city auditor has established an “Integrity Line” so the public, city employees, contractors or others can anonymously report suspected fraud, waste or misuse of city resources.
August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month

Arizona consistently ranks among the worst states for drowning. But drowning is preventable.
Water conservation rebates available

Scottsdale Water Conservation offers rebates to help reduce indoor and outdoor water use and to decrease salinity in our wastewater.
Free booklets and water education presentations available to schools

Scottsdale Water Conservation provides free educational booklets and interactive presentations to schools within the city’s water delivery area.
Allison's Watch - A Community Event for Women's Safety

The Scottsdale Police Department is partnering with the community at an event designed to better inform women in our community of ways to stay safe and free from harm.
Scottsdale rebuilds its website for the mobile world

A complete rebuild of, the city’s website, makes it ready for the modern mobile world.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Aug. 7 – 16, 2015

Various lane restrictions will occur in both directions on Scottsdale Road immediately north of Thomas Road 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 7, as sewer work occurs.
City director among real estate’s most influential

City Economic Development Director Danielle Casey is listed among most influential women in commercial real estate.
Community hosts successful back-to-school event

More than 800 Scottsdale students received clothing, supplies and health checks at a recent back-to school event.
Scottsdale schools start Monday: Focus on Safety

Scottsdale students return to school Monday, Aug. 10, and that means more cars, bicyclists and pedestrians will be on the streets.
Alarm system protects Police K9s

The Scottsdale Police Department's K9 unit has safeguards in place to keep their four-legged partners safe.
Auto theft from bank parking lot with child inside

Scottsdale Police Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a female suspect wanted on auto theft and kidnapping charges. The incident occurred on August 6, 2015 just after 8:00 p.m.
Housing waitlist applications available

Scottsdale residents can get on the waitlist for the city’s Housing Choice Voucher Program beginning Aug. 13.
Library programs help with research

Parents with young children can have fun, strengthen skills and be part of an important educational study
Students invited to enter Constitution Contest

Scottsdale Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane invites students to participate in Constitution Day Essay and Art Contest.
August brush & bulk collection schedule

The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers.
“Bag & tie” your garbage to beat the August heat

Please “bag & tie” all garbage and grass before placing them in the black refuse container.
Hands-only CPR presentations available for free

Learn how to save the life of a loved one with the Scottsdale Fire Department’s free, hands-only CPR presentations.
City delivers nearly 200 “Beat the Heat” care packages

Scottsdale city staff and volunteers delivered 193 care packages to seniors in recent weeks.
Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Teen Connection

Teens and young adults ages 12 through 22 with intellectual disabilities have a safe place to hang out after school this year! It’s called The Chaparral Teen Connection, hosted by Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services.
Learn what influences led to the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Former city planner Don Hadder discusses the events, politics and economics that influenced mountain preservation decisions.
Two Scottsdale teens selected regional finalists in 2015 Google Science Fair competition

Scottsdale teenagers Divya Vatsa and Aakanksha Saxena, have been selected from among thousands of students hailing from more than 90 countries as regional finalists in the 2015 Google Science Fair competition.
Public invited to comment on Police Department’s reaccreditation

The Scottsdale Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its reaccreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
Swim under that stars at Eldorado pool Saturday

Bring the family to Eldorado Aquatic Center’s Moonlight Swim. The pool will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at 2301 N. Miller Road.
You’re invited to the Safety Luau Aug. 1

Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water.
City’s free irrigation audit discovers leaks, saves you $$

Scottsdale offers free irrigation audits to its single-family residential customers.
Register for July and August swim lessons

Swim lesson registration for the July and August sessions is ongoing.
Inspector gets a surprise from baby bobcat

Rob Henderson’s job is to keep culverts free from debris. Recently, his work included a furry spectator.
Scottsdale’s a hit with baseball All Stars

Baseball’s MidSummer Classic had a strong Scottsdale flavor this year.
Stay informed, be prepared for possible storms

Residents are urged to stay informed and be prepared for potentially heavy monsoon activity this weekend.
Help students return to school in A+ attire and with needed supplies

Your donations are needed to support Vista del Camino’s Back-to-School program.
Volunteer for the city of Scottsdale

You can make a difference in our community by being a volunteer.
Prizes, exhibitors needed for Neighborhood Watch Celebration

The city is hosting a Neighborhood Watch Celebration to provide leaders with the tools needed to unite their areas to create safer neighborhoods.
City needs Downtown Ambassadors

As an ambassador, volunteers promote Downtown businesses, helps visitors find their way around and shares interesting tidbits about the city.
Water – Use it Wisely … and keep an eye on that garbage disposal

Switch off your garbage disposal to conserve water.
Monsoon is upon us, be prepared

Most fatalities during storms occur in motor vehicles. Your home is generally one of the safest places to be during a severe storm.
You’re never old enough to swim alone!

Drowning only happens to children, right? No. Adults drown, too. In fact, more adults than kids drown in Arizona.
Summer Spectacular ArtWalk takes place Thursday

Celebrate summer in style – the Scottsdale Summer Spectacular ArtWalk takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the beautiful Scottsdale Arts District.
Dispose of your brush and bulk - Monthly schedule

The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers.
Field of Teams: Scottsdale Stadium transforms for diverse uses

This spring and summer, Scottsdale's crew of dedicated groundskeepers transformed Scottsdale stadium from baseball, to rugby to soccer to support three different teams - this video shows how they did it.
July is Parks and Recreation Month

Scottsdale is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Parks and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world
Court now offers automated recurring billing

The Scottsdale City Court now offers automated recurring billing for those who qualify for a payment agreement.
Scottsdale Fire Marshal: Leave fireworks to pros

Every year, fire departments brace for the possibility of fires and injuries caused by fireworks. This year’s dry and hot conditions across the Valley and the allowance of certain consumer fireworks from June 24- July 6 has Scottsdale Fire Department on high alert.
SFD celebrates 10 years of Caring For You

On July 1, 2015, Scottsdale Fire Department celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a municipal fire department. Since that “Born on date” 10 years ago, the department has responded to more than 260,000 emergency calls and has grown stronger and more efficient as an organization.
Scottsdale has updated the Green Home Rating Checklist

Scottsdale’s Green Home Rating Checklist is periodically updated to stay current with building code changes, building product innovations and construction industry trends.
Heat watch: know signs of heat-related stress, avoid outside activity

Scottsdale Fire officials urge the public to know signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch this week.
Scottsdale has signed the UNITY Pledge – will you?

The Mayor and City Council are asking residents, businesses and organizations to sign the UNITY Pledge - a free and voluntary expression of our commitment to equal, inclusive and fair treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies.
City, Conservancy honored for work with preserve

American Society of Landscape Architects will honor Scottsdale and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nov. 9.
Recycling will be collected on July 4

Recycling will be collected as scheduled on July 4.
Council approves $550,000+ for social services

The Scottsdale City Council last night approved $563,425 to fund nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents at risk and in need.
Loop 101/Indian School closure begins June 22

All ramps at the Loop 101 Freeway and Indian School Road interchange will be closed starting June 22 for 60 days.
Improved levees help keep Scottsdale dry

The city of Scottsdale recently renovated five public levees, which will save nearby property owners about $500,000 per year.
Join us for all things bike!

The Transportation Department invites you to share your ideas to help Scottsdale continue to be a safe, healthy, bike-friendly city.
Comment on Cultural Resources Plan

The public is invited to a meeting to provide feedback on the draft Cultural Resources Master Plan for Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Recycle clothes, sheets and textiles in our drop-off bins

Rather than throw old clothes, hats, towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and other textiles into the trash, why not recycle them?
Scottsdale bond election set for Nov. 3

Scottsdale voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to consider a variety of bond-funded civic improvements totaling nearly $100 million.
Provide input for Scottsdale General Plan 2035

The public can comment on a draft update of the Scottsdale General Plan -- the primary tool for guiding Scottsdale's future development and character.
Green-built projects: Learn what and where they are

Attendees at a green building lecture will learn about infill projects and how they benefit communities by enhancing walkability, improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion.
Scottsdale a top spot for 'staycations'

If you're looking for a little rest and relaxation without much travel, Scottsdale is the best option in Arizona and one of the best in the U.S.
Officer Involved Shooting and Vehicle Pursuit

A suspect is in custody after leading police on a 9-mile pursuit; he was shot by police after attempting to run-down an officer in a stolen pickup truck.
Forty Years of Mighty Mud Mania

If you thought all those crazy mud runs are a recent trend, think again. Forty years ago the city of Scottsdale first hosted what is now known as Mighty Mud Mania – the original mud run.
Police supporting Buckle Up Arizona campaign

The Scottsdale Police Department is supporting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Buckle up Arizona Enforcement campaign.
Controls Over Surplus Property Dispositions - Report 1513.01

This review resulted from information received through the City Auditor's Integrity Line, which was established in accordance with the Council-approved FY2014/15 Audit Plan. Our review confirmed that an item reported as not being properly auctioned was not accounted for in Warehouse records. We expanded our review and found that several other items could not be traced to an auction or other disposition. As well, certain surplus items are being stored in the Warehouse, but should be disposed of through other means. Physical and system access controls need improvement, and surplus property procedures have not been established. The City Auditor's Integrity Line is available as a phone number, email OR through an online form.
Police seeking help identifying locker room burglars

Scottsdale Police Detectives are asking for help from the public in identifying two suspects in a string of burglaries.
Burglars caught in the act at Chaparral High School

Three people are in custody after being caught stealing music equipment from Chaparral High School.
Stay cool in a Scottsdale city pool

With temperatures climbing, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about how you’re going to stay cool this summer. Swimming may be one of the best, easiest and cheapest options.
Library Business Operations - Report 1506

Library resource management does not appear to maximize public benefit. Additionally, cash handling procedures and accounts receivable practices continue to need improvement. As well, stronger information technology controls are needed.
Summer Solid Waste Collection Hours

Scottsdale's Solid Waste crews will be starting their routes at 5 a.m. to try to beat the heat.
Properly dispose of fluorescent bulbs

Tips on how to properly dispose of your fluorescent (CFL and otherwise) light bulbs.
Ice Den Burglary Suspect Arrested

A suspect is in custody for burglarizing locker rooms at the Ice Den in Scottsdale.
Help Us Locate A Missing Elderly Man

Thomas Anthony Visco has been located and reunited with his family after going missing from his home in Scottsdale.
Burglary Suspect Arrested

A homeowner interrupted a burglary at his home and used a shovel to subdue the burglar until police arrived.
Learn how “cool” roofs reduce energy use

Cool roofing is one of the hottest topics in the building and construction market. Learn about the types of cool roofs available.
Council reduces building fees for McDowell Corridor

Residents and businesses in the McDowell Corridor will be less for building permit fees during a two-year test period.
Notice of Property Tax Levy and/or Property Tax Rate

In accordance with A.R.S. §9-499.15, public notice is hereby given that the Scottsdale City Council may consider approving a change to the City and/or street light property tax levies and/or tax rates for fiscal year 2015/16 at a meeting in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The levy amount and/or tax rate may be increased over the approved levy and/or tax rate for fiscal year 2014/15.
Reward posted in Allison Feldman murder investigation

A reward is posted for information that aids the investigation of the murder of Allison Feldman of Scottsdale.
Missing Elderly Man

Kenneth Earll Sanders was reunited with his family after being found on a city bus.
Opportunity Expo offers employment options

Looking for that first job can be a daunting experience. Scottsdale’s Opportunity Expo can make that search easier.
Scott Popp is new Assistant Police Chief

New Assistant Chief Scott Popp has been with Scottsdale PD since 1990.
Woman arrested for sexual conduct with a minor

Lindsey Radomski was arrested for sexual conduct with a minor at a Bar Mitzvah.
Wrong Way Driver on the Freeway Arrested

A Scottsdale Police Officer used stop sticks to disable a vehicle driving the wrong way on the freeway.
Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Scottsdale Police Detectives arrested Christopher Celeste and Wood Maguire for a host of charges to include Aggravated assault, Robbery and Conspiracy.
Scottsdale releases proposed 2015/16 budget

Scottsdale’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015/16 budget balances projected revenue increases with additional expenses in priority areas.
Notice of Proposed Increase in Fees

In accordance with A.R.S. §9-499.15, public notice is hereby given that the Scottsdale City Council may consider approving the following new fees and/or fee increases on May 12, 2015, but no sooner than 60 days after the posting date of this notice.
Apply for board and commission openings

Scottsdale residents are invited to apply for volunteer positions on 12 city boards and commissions.
Scottsdale partners with Nextdoor website

Scottsdale partners with social network Nextdoor to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications
World champs open Scottsdale spring training

Baseball City, Cactus League legends and lore highlight great Scottsdale spring
Cab Driver Dies as Result of Assault

A cab driver is dead after being assaulted in an apartment complex parking lot.
Female Fraud Suspect Behind Bars

A woman is in custody after a months-long investigation by detectives with the Scottsdale Police Identity Theft and Auto Crimes section.
“All Things Senior” Expo offers wealth of info

Scottsdale senior centers are hosting the “All Things Senior” Expo to educate residents about available senior resources.
Neighborhood Burglars Arrested

Three suspects are in custody after robbing a home in Scottsdale.
Information sought in Sexual Assault case

The Scottsdale Police Department is investigating a sexual assault and asking for help from the public in identifying the male suspect.
Missing elderly man with dementia

A man reported missing by his family has been found in good condition and reunited with his family.
Bank Robbery at Wells Fargo

A suspect is in custody after allegedly robbing a bank on Mountain View Road.
Best ways to view Parada del Sol Parade

Scottsdale’s Parada del Sol Parade takes to the streets starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 14, with a new route and an expanded Trail’s End Celebration.
Attend Feb. 24 State of the City Address

Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane’s annual State of the City address will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (7575 E. Princess Drive). A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and the mayor’s remarks will start at 12:30 p.m.
Domestic Violence Results in Murder Suicide

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, a husband and wife were both pronounced deceased in front of their home at 6812 E Chaparral Road.
New videos offer insight into City Court processes

A new series of videos provides information about court processes for a variety of topics.
Suspects arrested in armed robbery

Three suspects are in custody suspected of armed robbery at a drive-thru liquor store.
Pedicab/Uber restrictions at WMPO

Pedicabs are restricted at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and UBER car service is restricted to Lot #7.
Scottsdale police, fire offer 12 safety tips

Scottsdale Police and Fire departments suggest the following 12 tips for a fun and safe special events season.
Special events promise a “Super Week” in Scottsdale

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fan Fest Scottsdale and dozens of other events tied to the Super Bowl make this a Super Week in Scottsdale.
Chase Bank armed robbery

On Jan. 29, 2015, the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force arrested Michael Ryan Freeman, who admitted robbing a bank in Scottsdale and three others.
Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint

The Scottsdale Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying the two individuals who robbed a jewelry store in Scottsdale.
Officer Involved Shooting at Safeway

Four suspects are in custody after one rammed a police vehicle attempting to escape arrest for credit card fraud.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is open

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is open. The museum celebrates the art, history and culture of the American West.
Eagle Scout Project Benefits Police Mounted Unit

On Dec. 13, 2014, Scottsdale Teen Connor Brachtl led a team of over 50 Boy Scouts on an Eagle Scout project at the Scottsdale Police Department Mounted Unit stables.
“Super Season” launches this weekend

The opportunity to view some of the world’s most coveted cars kicks off Scottsdale’s “Super Season” this weekend.
McDowell Corridor business updates

New restaurants, shops and apartments are open in the McDowell Corridor.
Energy efficiency guide provides ideas for Arizona

The guide provides a quick-read of 46 ideas for potential policies, programs and initiatives that can increase the adoption of energy efficiency in Arizona.
New City Court calendar features

The court’s calendar can now be searched by date, or defendant name, or attorney bar number.
SCAM ALERT - City Court will not call residents and request bond payments by phone

Scottsdale City Court does not -- and will not – telephone residents and ask for bond payments over the phone.
Arizona twelfth most energy-efficient state

Arizona is the fourth most energy efficient state in the west, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Expanded transit service begins October 2014

The city’s Fiscal Year 2014/15 budget included a $450,000 annual investment for improved transit service primarily within the McDowell Corridor.
Mighty McDowell: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Scottsdale’s Southern Core

Through the past four decades, McDowell Road in Scottsdale has witnessed the highs and lows of growth, recession and renewal as the regional economy boomed, then busted and is now slowly but steadily recovering.
Scottsdale City Court receives the first Arizona Motor Vehicle Division self-service kiosk

Scottsdale City Court has received the first Arizona Motor Vehicle Division self-service kiosk, which allows customers to renew vehicle registrations and perform other tasks.
Beneficial Beans Café reopens with new look
The Beneficial Beans Café®, located in Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library, reopened this week with a brand new look.

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