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Dutch Bros changed mind on second location

Just a few weeks after announcing it will move corporate offices from Oregon to metro Phoenix, Dutch Bros Coffee changed its mind about a...

Economics 101: Supply and demand in a free market society

It’s not uncommon for the city to receive requests — and even demands — from citizens related to commercial development within our community. People...

City, county leaders call for 347 funding

As Gov. Katie Hobbs tries to claw back $67 million in funding for the only highway linking Maricopa to the rest of metro Phoenix,...

347 becomes battleground for state funding

City leaders are turning up the heat on Gov. Katie Hobbs, who is considering some $67 million in budget cuts to improvements along State...

City to end relationship with MEDA

Maricopa City Council announced today intentions to cease its participation with the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance effective July 1. This decision stems from a thorough...

Juneteenth observance would cost city $2M by 2030

It would cost the city of Maricopa a quarter-million dollars to allow city employees to take Juneteenth as a holiday on June 19 this...

Hidden Valley residents sound off on new development

Dozens of Hidden Valley residents attended an open house at Ak-Chin Circle’s Elements Event Center last night to sound off about a new development...

Walkable neighborhood proposed at Home Depot

The arrival of a major hardware retailer in Maricopa inspired one housing developer to make the city a little more walkable. Scottsdale-based developer Dominium proposed...

Primary vote moved to July

Pinal County elections officials are gearing up for newly passed legislation that moves the primary election date back a week. The July 30 primary replaces...
A rendering from July 1 shows the proposed front view of Duke's Roadhouse at dusk. [Courtesy of City of Maricopa]

Zoning board to review Duke’s Roadhouse

It may be time to start thinking about dusting off your favorite pair of cowboy boots. That’s because Maricopa’s city planners will formally showcase Duke’s...

Paddleboats coming to Copper Sky lake

By next Valentine’s Day, a date on the lake with your sweetie — without leaving Maricopa — will be a new option. City staff are...

Sprouts of wrath: Rural farmers feel the real effects of drought. The state says...

Even during chilly January afternoons, tumbleweeds roll across the Sonoran Desert, landing just shy of the metal gate marking Oliver Anderson’s farm. Each morning, the...

Study: Green Road loop plan supports Maricopa’s future traffic demands

The City of Maricopa this week released a feasibility study of the first phase of the so-called Green Road loop, proposed to relieve the...

Maricopa city manager transition comes earlier

Maricopa City Council will consider moving up by three months the date when Assistant City Manager Ben Bitter becomes city manager. The council has on...
This heat map shows the population projections for Pinal and Maricopa counties by 2060. [Maricopa Association of Governments]

This is when Maricopa’s population will double

If you thought Maricopa’s traffic was bad now, just wait 36 years. Maricopa’s population could more than double by 2060, according to projections from the...

Longtime Maricopa justice resigns

Pinal County Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs has resigned.  Riggs presided over Maricopa Municipal Court in a dual capacity for several years.  The resignation times...

Chamber pressure: Breakup over contract violations means end to ‘social club’

If you love something, set it free. That’s how the adage goes, and the city learned it well, abruptly terminating its contract with the Maricopa...

6 things you missed at tonight’s city council meeting

Not even 0.5% of Maricopa’s population tuned in to tonight’s city council meeting on Facebook.   We get it. Trivia night at Cold Beers and...
Sanctuary Conceptual Land Use Plan

300 homes planned for east Maricopa

It’s just the news Mayor Nancy Smith wanted: More homes are slated for Maricopa’s fast-growing east side. Phoenix developer CVL Consultants plans to build a...

Housing need focus of Mayor’s ‘State of the City’

Mayor Nancy Smith pitched Maricopa’s vast cornucopia of future housing subdivisions, which are driving new businesses, road projects, government growth and recreational enhancements. Delivering her...

Mayor honors nurse who saved student’s life

Dan Grass, a nurse at Maricopa’s Exceptional Community Hospital, was honored for acting fast and saving the life of a Sequoia Pathway Middle School...
This image shows the second phase of the Sonoran Desert Parkway, which will continue from Porter to Fuqua roads. [Courtesy of City of Maricopa]

Sonoran Desert Parkway expansion in next year’s budget

City leaders yesterday shared new information about roadway construction and improvement projects budgeted for the next fiscal year. Top among those was the second phase...

Road Warrior: Meet the man behind ‘347Facts.com’

After a year of rolling out the cold, hard facts about State Route 347, James Singleton’s website has created a following running all the...

‘State of the City’ to highlight 20 years of progress

Mayor Nancy Smith will spotlight the city’s progress over the past year during her State of the City address.  The presentation takes place at 6...
A long exposure photo of traffic leaving Rancho El Dorado during sunset November 8, 2023. [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Maricopans among earliest commutes in nation

A new study of U.S. Census data yesterday found Peoria ranked the city with the fourth-earliest commute in the nation with 41% leaving for...

Governor gives cold shoulder over 347 funding

State Rep. Teresa Martinez didn’t get the “Miracle on 34th Street” presentation she wanted this morning. The legislator’s plans to present Gov. Katie Hobbs with...

PHX Surf plans construction this summer

Maricopa’s long-awaited surf park may break ground this summer, according to city records.  Plans for PHX Surf, first announced by InMaricopa in May 2021, are...

I-10 widening in Pinal County to start this year

The Arizona Department of Transportation disbursed $95 million in grant dollars for the widening of 10 miles of Interstate 10 through Pinal County. Work is...

Lawmaker to confront gov with hundreds of angry letters about 347

State Rep. Teresa Martinez has a message for the governor about State Route 347.    The Republican lawmaker will deliver a growing stack of letters —...
Gov. Katie Hobbs smiles following a State of the State address at the Arizona State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2024. [Monica D. Spencer]

Hobbs bragged about 347 funding before axing it

The governor gives and the governor takes away.  Gov. Katie Hobbs, in a video delivered to the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce-hosted Women in Government Economic...
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