Scottsdale Update - Jan. 8, 2024


Scottsdale mourns the loss of Fire Captain Kory Yule. The city today is mourning the loss of Captain Kory Yule, Scottsdale Fire Department, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, due to cancer. Kory served the Scottsdale community and his fellow public safety professionals for more than 20 years - a legacy that will live on in the scores of firefighters and thousands of residents he cared for during his service. He was 42 years old.

Yule's cancer, known as multiple myeloma, is among those conditions known to be a higher risk for firefighters due to their exposure to “forever chemicals.” As such, his loss is considered to have occurred in the line of duty.

Services are being arranged and details will be announced. Many people in the community and across the state have reached out with offers of help for Yule’s family. More information about that will be shared this week. Read more.

ADOT’s Loop 101 construction continues this weekend. Southbound Loop 101, between Princess Drive/Pima Road and Shea Boulevard, will be closed 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 through 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15.  It includes the following on-ramps:

  • Scottsdale Road

  • Hayden Road

  • Princess Drive/Pima Road

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard

  • Raintree Drive

  • Cactus Road

Detour routes will be signed, and traffic can re-enter the freeway at Shea Boulevard.

This is part of Arizona Department of Transportation’s two-year project to add lanes and improve interchanges on Loop 101 between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive/Pima Road. 

“Stay in the Loop” by subscribing to project updates on ADOT’s website.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon runs through Scottsdale this weekend. Scottsdale streets will be closed or restricted Sunday, Jan. 14. View the route, and keep in mind that public safety could restrict other roads to address concerns that may occur during the event.

Most city offices/facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Solid waste will be collected as scheduled. Place your containers out by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the evening before. 

We will publish Scottsdale Update Tuesday, Jan. 16.

It’s time for short-term/vacation rental license renewals. Short-term/vacation rental owners must obtain and maintain an annual city license for each Scottsdale property. The annual license fee is $250 per property; funds received cover costs associated with licensing vacation and short-term rentals. This license is in addition to the county and state requirements. 

To renew, owners should sign on to their accounts and select the “renew license link,” update or confirm account information and pay the non-refundable renewal fee. If a property is no longer offered for less than a 30-day rental, email [email protected] to request license closure. Licenses not submitted for renewal by the expiration date will be closed and a new application will be required. Learn more about property owner requirements and resources.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. 

Week of Jan. 8:

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve.  


We’re kicking off Scottsdale’s Signature Event Season. The fun takes place through April 5. On this dedicated website, Experience Scottsdale promotes events like Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Western Week, WM Phoenix Open, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Cactus League Spring Training and the NCAA Men’s Final Four. 

Here are upcoming highlights:

  • Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Jan. 20-28, WestWorld. This high-octane auction brings in nearly 2,000 of the world's finest collector automobiles and tens of thousands of spectators to Scottsdale. The auction also features an exhibitor marketplace and hours of live worldwide television coverage.  

  • Arizona Concours d’Elegance, 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, Scottsdale Civic Center. This event is a professionally judged and curated assembly of rarely seen dream cars and highly valued collector vehicles, examples that impress and excite not only car lovers but anyone who appreciates the beauty of expressive design. 

  • Scottsdale Western Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 4. Western Week stokes the embers of our rich heritage and ensures our western legacy glows as brightly as it did a century ago. Highlights include:

  • Gold Palette ArtWalk: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Scottsdale Arts District. February’s Gold Palette ArtWalk is dedicated to the theme of Western Week with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries

  • Hashknife Pony Express: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express celebrates with riders blazing their trail from the tiny town of Holbrook. At high noon, welcome its arrival at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West as riders conclude a 200-mile trek with more than 20,000 pieces of mail. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, food trucks, live entertainment and more.

  • Parada del Sol (10 a.m.-noon) and Trail’s End Celebration (noon-4 p.m.): Saturday, Feb. 3, Historic Old Town. Scottsdale’s own hometown parade features colorful floats, mounted horse riders, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches. The parade ends with a western-spirited festival featuring live music, street entertainment, dancing, a wine garden and a cowboy kids’ zone.

  • Arizona Indian Festival: Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4. Arizona tribes will share their culture at the Arizona Indian Festival at Scottsdale Civic Center. The festival includes traditional food, song, dance and crafts. 

Run to Thursday’s Gold Palette ArtWalk: Demonstrate! The Scottsdale Gallery Association is ringing in 2024 with its annual “Demonstrate” Gold Palette ArtWalk from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. Participating galleries will feature live artist demonstrations and food samples. Get details.  

Learn how residents can live better, longer lives by transforming environments where people live, work, learn and play. The launch of Scottsdale’s Blue Zones Project represents the beginning of a multi-year collaborative effort that involves the entire community working together toward one common goal – to support and build a culture of community health and well-being. 

Join us for the kickoff event, “Right Outlook, Connect, Move Naturally, Eat Wisely,” from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard. The event features yoga, a drumming circle, lawn games, a scavenger hunt, DJ, dancing and food vendors. Discussions on healthy living also will take place. Learn more about the Blue Zone Project and register for the free event.

Listen to our latest Podsdale podcast to learn more about the Blue Zones Project.

Meet Civil War historian and scholar A. Wilson Greene at the January Civil War Roundtable. Greene began his career as an interpretive ranger historian at the Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National Military Park and then at the Petersburg National Battlefield. He served as the executive director of a grassroots organization instrumental in acquiring Civil War battlefields that later became known as the American Battlefield Trust. The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable meets Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The lecture starts at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. for book sales and a speaker meet and greet.  


  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month. 

  • Old Town Farmers Market: Find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, and seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish and free-range eggs. The market runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Attend exciting, diverse events throughout the year. 

  • Find McDowell Sonoran Conservancy events

Get more events information.


Community “adopts” hundreds of families and seniors for the holidays. Every year, the Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior programs match low-income individuals with donors for the holidays. This year, thanks to more than 400 generous sponsors, 582 families and seniors were able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal and receive gifts for the holidays. 

Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event. The service runs 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box or bag. 

Recycle your natural Christmas trees and wreaths. Scottsdale Solid Waste offers two ways to dispose of live trees and wreaths through Jan. 15. Only real, untreated Christmas trees and wreaths (unwired) are accepted. The city does not accept artificial trees, stands, ornaments, lights or storage bags.

Option No. 1: Drop your trees and wreaths in the yellow, labeled roll-off containers at these locations: 

  • Cactus Park: 7202 E. Cactus Road (Cactus and Scottsdale roads, southwest corner of the parking lot)

  • Eldorado Park: 2301 N. Miller Road (77th Street and McDowell Road, parking lot east of the soccer fields)

  • Scottsdale Ranch Park: 10400 E. Via Linda (104th Street and Via Linda, parking lot west of the basketball courts)

  • Thompson Peak Park: 20199 N. 78th Place (Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road, northeast parking lot) 

Option No. 2: Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in your green waste pile for collection on your scheduled brush/bulk service week. Please separate from your bulk trash. View Brush & Bulk Collection Map and Schedule

Need help with your tax preparation? Attend a free education workshop at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Via Linda Senior Center. Get important information about filing. Registration is not required. 

Plus, in partnership with AARP and Master of Coin, Scottsdale Senior Services will be taking tax appointments beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers. Call the centers to schedule:

Get individualized attention to guide you through the maze of today's technological world. The Via Linda Senior Center offers free “Tech Time” 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. Bring your computer, tablet and smartphone.  Registration is not required; first come, first served. 

Update your vaccines – Paiute Neighborhood Center hosts a free vaccination clinic for all ages. Come to the center 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Jan. 18, or Feb. 22. Available vaccinations include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, shingles, pneumococcal and COVID-19. Children will need parent or legal guardian consent to get vaccinated. Bring insurance information if you have it. Those without insurance are still welcome. Call the CARES Center at 602-506-6767 if you need more information.

New year, new you! Club SAR, provides affordable options for all your fitness needs. We offer free weights, weight and cardio machines, locker rooms and showers. You can also take fitness classes, including yoga, spin, barre, kickboxing, rowing and bootcamp.


Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to upgrade Agua Linda Park. More than 2,500 square feet of underutilized park space has been revitalized with fresh shrubs and trees, creating a serene environment for park-goers to enjoy. A Neighborhood Advisory Commission’s grant program provided funds for the greenery, while about 40 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to plant them.

Spotted an issue in the area, but you’re not sure if it’s within Scottsdale city limits? Check out the city’s online Map Center, where a variety of interactive maps allow you to locate city services, determine the boundary lines of the city and more. If the problem is in Scottsdale, you can report it to us 24/7 at

Make a splash and earn some cash. If you're 15 or older, now's the time to become a certified lifeguard. The StarGuard lifeguard training certifies participants in rescues, basic first aid and CPR. Once you're certified, you're eligible to apply for a lifeguard position with the city and other places that use lifeguards.   

Job of the Week: Traffic Engineering Technician. Join the team behind innovative traffic engineering projects, tackling everything from traffic operations to conducting cutting-edge studies. Your days will be filled with action as you respond to citizen inquiries, review and approve traffic plans for construction projects, and ensure smooth traffic flow becomes an art. Elevate your career with a position that not only values your skills but propels you towards professional greatness! Learn more and apply.


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