There's light at the end of the tunnel, my friends. And I hope there's a beer with my name on it when we get to it. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has released his latest update on the ballot count. Currently, there are 192,337 ballots left to be counted statewide, 28,550 of them early ball ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia Commons Here's a Wikimedia shot of "Purple Erkle" for our commenter in the last post who wanted to see some "purps."No matter which way this thing goes, it's been a hell of a race. The fight for Proposition 203, Arizona's medical marijuana measure, is s ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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. I ... 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 rele ... 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 squ ... More >>
Corpses, a flesh-eating virus, the most-sued sheriff in America. Lawsuits against Joe Arpaio have cost us $41 million, so far
County Attorney Andrew Thomas is attempting to capitalize on a national trend by attacking local judges
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
MARICOPA COUNTY'S BUDGET HAS AN AWARD-WINNING FORMAT. NOW IF IT WERE ONLY ACCURATE.