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EPCOR Water facilities in Fountain Hills and the Verdes have been recognized for excellence by the AZ Water Association.

In his bid for a seventh term as Maricopa County Sheriff, 2020 Republican candidate Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he is taking it to the streets to meet with voters.

Jerry Sheridan arrived in Fountain Hills in 1976 at age 18 when his parents retired to the community. Being raised the son of a New York City Police officer, Sheridan said he took an immediate interest in what was available in the field for the new community. In 1977 he signed on with the Ma…

A community shredding event is being planned for Saturday, July 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot near Bashas’.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the much of Arizona that is in effect from 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10 through 8 p.m. on Monday, July 13.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Monday, July 13, with three items for hearing and discussion to forward a recommendation to the Town Council.

Since the first week in June, Maricopa County has experienced an unprecedented increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. As a result, many hospitals in the region are nearing their in-patient capacities.

Statistics for the first five months of 2020 indi-cated that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Fountain Hills patrol district is on pace for a 25 percent in-crease in traffic violations for 2020.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies took a report from a man who said he was threatened in Fountain Park on Thursday, June 27.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the number of reported cases of COVID-19 has tripled in Fountain Hills over the past month, moving from 33 on June 2 to 106 on July 2.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office dismissed charges against Fountain Hills resident Merita Kraja, owner of Euro Pizza Café, on Saguaro Blvd. for violating the Executive Orders of Governor Doug Ducey related to the pandemic.

The Times has asked the three candidates for Town Council, Gerry Friedel, Sharron Grzybowski and Peggy McMahon, and Mayor Ginny Dickey to respond to a series of questions regarding issues related to town government.

Dr. Kaveh Karandish has announced that the Fountain Hills Pediatric and Internal Medicine practice has now merged with the 4C Medical Group and relocated to their office at the Fountain Hills Medical Center, 16838 E. Palisades Blvd. (Building C, suite 153).

In his final Falcon Focus weekly newsletter as superintendent, Dr. Robert Allen provided an update to the families and staff of Fountain Hills Unified School District on the reopening of the district for the 2020-21 school year.

After completing nearly 19 years of service to the Town of Fountain Hills, Facilities Supervisor Raymond Rees officially retired on July 2, 2020.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has closed its tribal operations again due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A resolution approved by the Tribal Council on June 30 includes a shelter-in-place order along with additional restrictions. A letter to tribal members states:

Since the first week in June, Maricopa County has been experiencing an unprecedented increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. As a result, many hospitals in the region are nearing their in-patient capacities.

It has been a hot and dry summer so far here in the Valley. With July 4th just around the corner, and the coronavirus causing the cancellation of many fireworks shows throughout the area, Fountain Hills Rural Metro Firefighters want everyone to enjoy a safe and responsible holiday.

Jeff Markle, the new Fountain Hills Middle School principal, is joining the Falcon flock with two decades of experience in the education field.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maricopa County is providing financial assistance for rent, utility/water bills and security deposits to low-to-moderate income Fountain Hills residents in need.

Motorists should expect significant delays on State Route 87 northbound before State Route 188, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has closed its tribal operations again due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A resolution approved by the Tribal Council on June 30 includes a shelter-in-place order along with additional restrictions. A letter to tribal members states:

The Independence Day holiday falls on Saturday this year, meaning many government offices will be closed for the weekend. Others may be taking off Friday, July 3.

It was a warm afternoon in early June when a hotshot crew from Sierra Vista was killing some time by hanging out at Fountain Park. They were sitting under the Kiwanis Ramada next to the Rotary Centennial Splash Park idly chewing on some fast food; one had a pad out and was drawing a picture …

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board held the last meeting of the 2019-20 school year on June 24, where members held a public hearing on the budget and approved the extracurricular fees for the 2020-21 school year.

For those with an eye toward the looming primary election scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, the first major deadline is coming up. The last day to register as a voter for that election is Monday, July 6.

Drivers heading north to Payson, Mogollon Rim and White Mountains for the holiday weekend should budget extra time and consider alternate routes with 13 miles of State Route 87 still limited to one lane while crews repair guardrail and fencing damaged by the Bush Fire.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a vehicle burglary in the 16700 block of Almont Drive on Thursday, June 18.

The Town Council has approved its 2020 10-Year Pavement Management Plan with direction to staff to proceed with developing a strategy and recommendations to implement the program, including funding, public involvement and timelines.

The Times has asked the three candidates for Town Council and Mayor Ginny Dickey to respond to a series of questions regarding issues related to town government.

Construction will begin on the roundabout intersection at La Montana Drive and Avenue of the Fountains on Monday, July 6, and with that is a complete closure of the intersection for the duration of construction.

Otis Architecture + Interiors, located at 16845 E. Avenue of the Fountains #107, has a new honor under its belt. Karen Otis and her team have been singled out for their work with BUILD’s sixth annual Architecture Awards. Otis Architecture + Interiors received two honors this year including “…

Last week Phoenix Rescue Mission picked up over 250 cases of water from North Chapel Bible Church to be used by Phoenix Rescue Mission for ministering to the homeless of inner city Phoenix.

At its first in-person meeting since February, more than 80 members of the Fountain Hills Republican Club met at DC Bar & Grill Saturday, June 20.

When Kristopher Alexander was looking for the next step in his career as an educator, he chose to be Fountain Hills High School’s next principal not because he wanted to build something from the ground up, but rather build upon what he considers a great foundation.

As part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey Monday signed an updated Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and …

The Town of Fountain Hills has reached out to Kern Entertainment LLC, organizers of events like the Balloon Glow and Fourth at the Fountain, to invite them to be a part of the community’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in December.

A group organized as Together We Care marched through downtown Fountain Hills Thursday afternoon to protest police brutality toward black citizens across the country.

As a follow-up to a previous discussion regarding a place to honor past, present and future mayors at one location the Town Council has approved a plan to expand upon an already approved sculpture for Avenue of the Fountain Plaza.

The Town Council has approved a series of recommendations presented by the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee that address the speed limit on a major artery, speed enforcement and a potential red light enforcement camera.

In an effort to address complaints about the parking of commercial vehicles on the street overnight the Town Council has approved an amendment to the Town Code to prohibit the practice.