www.bp.comIn the most recent blow to Maricopa County's reputation throughout the country, the latest jobs report is out and it aint pretty for the Valley.Among the county's other embarrassing, um, problems -- law enforcement and prosecutorial, mainly -- Maricopa County is now the number two count ... More >>
Dirt biking returns to Maricopa County
www.icanhascheezburger.comThe Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, though it's a taxpayer-funded law enforcement agency and not a network studio, is no stranger to flaky reality television, and its latest venture into the world of docu-drama promises to be as tacky as they come.Starting next m ... More >>
The infestation of chihuahuas at animal shelters across Maricopa County has been contained.Shelter officials say that because of an "overwhelming response and generosity of the community" all of the adoptable chihuahuas have been scooped up -- and just in time for the holidays.
Image: wtfrandom.wordpress.com Ay, chinga! Our Mexican neighbors south of the border use curse words an average of 20 times a day, according to the polling firm, Consulta Mitofsky. No word on whether an equal rate of swearing can be found among the millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico ... More >>
Bikers hit Pemberton for a nighttime ride
A planned $527,000 "donation" to Maricopa County's IT department by Tempe-based Insight Networking (a.k.a. Calence) looks suspicious to the sheriff's office. After a hearing last week over the sheriff's takeover of the ICJIS system, Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott told New Times and oth ... More >>
The head of the Maricopa County ICJIS department, the one the sheriff's office raided yesterday, just told us that databases cannot be accessed through those computers. In other words, our earlier post was mislabeled -- we'll go back and fix it in a minute. The main thing to know is t ... More >>
A north Phoenix church has reached an agreement with city officials that will allow the church to continue serving meals to the homeless, after neighbors in the area complained about homeless people littering. The city's researching whether or not the church is violating a zone ordinance...Many V ... More >>
Bikers hit McDowell Mountain for a nighttime ride
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard:Supervisors Cave to Joe Arpaio, OK $1.6 Million for Harassing Mexicans in Maricopa Cou ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Rob Haney, Maricopa County GOP Chair, and His Anti-Mexican Rant to the Catholic ... More >>
The Maricopa Medical Center and Banner Hospitals are among the health care facilities restricting visitors for the duration of the swine flu outbreak. It's nothing dramatic -- just an extension of seasonal flu guidelines put in place each year. They include: *No hospital visits at all by kids under ... More >>
U.S. District Judge Neil Wake ordered Maricopa County to pay more than $1.3 million in legal fees after losing a lawsuit over bad jail conditions, says a paragraph in the Arizona Republic yesterday.The amount is what lawyers in the project sought following a legal fight that had dragged on for three ... More >>
A county program that transports senior citizens to medical appointments will end July 1 as part of a fresh round of budget cuts.The Board of Supervisors announced today that belt-tightening and will occur in several departments, including transportation, environmental services and in the Superviso ... More >>
Arizona Attorney magazine published an article this month on the complexities of death penalty cases in Maricopa County and why they take so long to resolve. The article, by Superior Court Judge Robert Gottsfield and Marianne Alcorn, a scholar at Arizona State University, is "required reading" ... More >>
A free pet spay and neuter program by Maricopa County will become more limited this year because of a deluge of customers.The national Big Fix Program is the main source of funds for the service, which is offered by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. The county started the program three y ... More >>
Maricopa County will close a family planning clinic, put off non-crucial building maintenance, reduce cleaning services and make other changes because of a $32.6 million budget cut. Revenues are coming in even slower than expected, forcing the Board of Supervisors to approve the latest cuts and ... More >>
At Wright on Main (on Main Street in Mesa), Maricopa County restaurant inspectors recently found something rare -- at least, it hasn't turned up in dozens of inspection reports reviewed in the last few months. Mice. And roaches. Also "excessive" droppings from both. (What would qualify as non ... More >>
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors say their careful budget plans are being "sabotaged" by a new lawsuit brought on by the county attorney and sheriff.As we reported earlier today, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are suing the county to try to stop a "raid" of $11 million ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's forced march of illegal immigrants to Tent City has drawn a stunningly sharp rebuke from the Mexican government -- with a letter arriving at the county today and more action ordered by a Mexican Senate committee if the situation doesn't change. In a f ... More >>
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today denied claims that the county has been "uncooperative" in a request for public records and employer sanctions investigation by Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- the latest squabble in the county's internecine warfare. We'd be able to tell you exactly wh ... More >>
A Maricopa County employee welfare program known as the "take-home vehicle" may be coming to an end.Due to the economic crisis, the county is ordering the use of its 2,500 vehicles to be scrutinized with an eye toward saving money. One of the first things officials want to look at is whether to keep ... More >>
Earl Simmons, better known as the rapper DMX, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for abusing his dogs and theft-related charges. He's scheduled to be released on April 30.DMX also received 18 months of supervised probation, during which time he can't own firearms or animals, according to a news relea ... More >>
When a corporation or government office truly cares about the people who call, it will put a nice, little feature on its automated telephone menus in which -- if you really gotta talk to a live human being -- you can press zero to get a front-desk receptionist.If said offices don't give two squirts ... More >>
By Amy Silverman The Quilted Bear on Scottsdale Road has had its share of run-ins with Maricopa County restaurant inspectors lately. Several recent reports reflect a "No Award" rating, and the most recent was pretty bad. The worst of the litany of complaints: OBSERVED CHEF ENTER EMPLOYEE RESTROOM ... More >>
Planning ahead is more necessary than ever. In fact, once you've arrived at the correct polling place, the adventures continue.
By Jonathan McNamara Sheriff Joe vs. Andrew Thomas at the "Duel in the Desert" Maricopa County Republican Party fund-raiser Maricopa County Republicans raised cash thanks to an Arpaio and Thomas-themed auction followed by, what else, a staged gun fight. Rock-A-Bella at Tio Leo's Mexican Grill ... More >>
Corpses, a flesh-eating virus, the most-sued sheriff in America. Lawsuits against Joe Arpaio have cost us $41 million, so far
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Udupi Cafe, the Tempe Indian eatery that's won rave reviews in the past for its vegetarian cuisine, just got nailed again by the Maricopa County Health Inspector. What a shame. You'd think they would've tried to shape up, after their inspection back in May turned up ... More >>
Private lawyers in Maricopa County child-dependency cases are soaking us for unbelievable bucks
Can the Maricopa County Elections Department ensure the accuracy of early voting? Hell No!
The White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Will taxpayers have to bail out the Arizona Diamondbacks?
Bank One Ballpark was touted as a powerful economic engine for downtown. Data show, however, that BOB has fueled sales mostly for BOB. The meager spillover doesn't bode well for the Arizona Cardinals' stadium aspirations.
Zlaket casts misguided stones in controversial rape case
A resident gets cut from Maricopa Medical Center's surgical training program. She says it's discrimination. It's just the latest problem facing the center's taxpayer-funded contractor, Medpro.
Iceland supreme court unanimously opposes grandparents' extradition to county jails
Maricopa County dumped hazardous waste at its property for years. But don't expect the county to pay for it -- ADEQ has already let it off the hook.
Maricopa County schools chief Sandra Dowling plays to win--of course, as a governing board of one, she doesn't have much competition
A former employee says Maricopa County is better at covering up than cleaning up its environmental hazards. And that could get the county in trouble for financial fraud--again.
Far-flung government bond fiasco dubbed "Son of Maricopa"
MARICOPA COUNTY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH A FINANCIAL CRISIS OF ITS OWN MAKING. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT TOP COUNTY OFFICIALS--NOTABLY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS--LIED TO TAXPAYERS ABOUT THE ENORMITY OF THE PROBLEM. NOW NEW TIMES HAS LEARNED THAT THE COUNTY AL