By Keith Plocek This week, 68,000 revelers will descend on Nevada's remote Black Rock Desert. (That is, assuming the rain lets up.) They will travel from Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Mexico City and places you've never heard of. They will take part in the temporary city that is Burning Man, and ... More >>
There's probably not a whole lot more we need to say here after mentioning that you can get free ice cream tomorrow at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale. Even if you're so over cupcakes, ice cream is good and free is even better. Just make sure to line-up early because the free scoops are in limited ... More >>
The number of local organic farmers seems to be on the uptick every time we hit a farmers market, but, according to a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, our state is one of the absolute worst when it comes to eating locally. In fact, the only states worse than Arizona on the index are Nevada a ... More >>
Galaxy Gaming, a Nevada-based table-game company, has been approved to do business in Arizona casinos -- despite being banned in California. Dishonesty by Robert Saucier, the CEO of Galaxy Gaming, was cited in a ruling by a California judge last year as the main reason for a gaming-license denial. ... More >>
James Beard Award winner and host of Emmy Award-winning Check, Please! Arizona on PBS, Robert McGrath has landed a unique summer gig as executive chef for a brand new eco-resort in Nevada. Situated in the wilderness, in the middle of a wild mustang preserve in the northeastern part of the state, Mus ... More >>
The number of people getting Valley Fever is "skyrocketing," which, unfortunately for everyone, is not a reference to the readership of the New Times news blog.The Arizona Department of Health Services passed along the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news explaining that Valley Fev ... More >>
If you love local food trucks, Food Network, or Man v. Food on the Travel Channel, here's an event for you.
Looks like natural food nuptials are underway for two farmers market store chains. In a move that translates to 139 stores, 10,000 employees, and two billion dollars, Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market has announced it will merge with competitor Sunflower Farmers Market, who has corporate offices ... More >>
On the heels of the news that Sprouts Farmers Market will merge with competitor Sunflower Farmers Market, a new grocery store is preparing to further shake up the Valley's competitive supermarket scene. WinCo, the employee-owned, no-frills discount supermarket based in Boise, Idaho, has announced i ... More >>
But most of the day was spent trying to pass the time. Griffin and Teran spent most of the day at the mechanic while the rest of us tried to find last minute shows.
Image: Wikimedia CommonsWith half of Arizona homes worth far less than the mortgages owed on them, some homeowners may be secretly wishing the wildfires would pay their property a visit. We ran that idea past a couple of real estate agents today, and both ag ... More >>
www.reverbnation.com/undergroundcitiesUnderground CitiesInstrumental music is usually associated with background music. It's what you listen to when you need help relaxing, studying, working, meditating, or what have you. Chandler's Underground Cities break away from this stereotype by playing l ... More >>
This just in from the Arizona Department of Health Services: You might want to think twice before cutting the cheese. From a DHS news release sent out this afternoon: More than two dozen cases of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in five states are likely tied to cheese sold or tasted at ... More >>
I don't care whether you actually need to go or not -- just pop your head in the restroom the next time you're at Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert. Yes, more people checking out the loo at this idyllic Agritopia retro burger spot will make the line longer for the folks who really do need to use the fa ... More >>
A local chapter of the Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 383, is suing its parent organization in a fight over territory. LIUNA's general president, Terence M. O'Sullivan, based in Washington D.C., informed the Local 383 last month that it was giving Mohave County to a Ne ... More >>
www.mtv.comGet a fake bake like Angelina "Jolie" Pivarnick at Sandbar's Jersey Shore party tonight.Colorful doesn't even begin to describe the eclectic array of inexpensive events on tap for this weekend. There's a candy-themed dance party at Afterlife that's guaranteed to satisfy your sweet to ... More >>
Ira Joe AndersonA Scottsdale man made quite the legal jump this weekend from possibly being investigated for accusations of child molestation to actually being charged with conspiracy to commit murder, when police say he tried to have potential witnesses against him killed.Scottsdale police say 5 ... More >>
The feds are going to study 670,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land in six western states -- but only 16,000 of those acres are in Arizona. What an oversight! Those gloomy skies over Washington D.C. must have dimmed bureaucrats' minds. It's typically said that we get about ... More >>
The cash-strapped Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority has made a deal with the Arizona Cardinals to have the NFL team operate concessions at University of Phoenix stadium, beginning in 2010. The Cardinals will market the stadium for sponsorships and non-football events, but officials for the stadiu ... More >>
Arizona is poised to take center stage in the debate over a proposed national law that would ban workers from voting for or against labor unions in secret ballot elections.A group based in Las Vegas called "Save Our Secret Ballots" is preparing to defend against the proposed law -- which is supporte ... More >>
By John Dickerson New Times reporting played a key role in the potential suspension of an Arizona physician’s medical license. The physician, Dr. Elliott Schmerler, was named in the April 10, 2008 feature “Dr. Loophole.” Though banned from performing cosmetic surgery in Nevada, Schmerler s ... More >>
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http://www.philgordon.org/ Stick 'em up, pardner: Goober Gordon shootin' air bullets, as usual. As if the murder report on the local nightly news wasn't enough to convince you that you live in one of the most dangerous states in the nation, here comes a new study showing that -- golly, gee -- A ... More >>
Arizona representin', yo: Our corner of the culinary universe just got a few tips of the hat from the granddaddy of foodie organizations, the James Beard Foundation. Barbara Yost from the Republic -- who wrote a behind-the-scenes feature on Olive & Ivy -- is among the final three contenders for ... More >>
See You on the Moon! appeals to grown-ups as much as children
It's no surprise that builders take shortcuts to make money. What might shock you: Government officials -- from regulators to legislators -- do little to stop them
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While the public sleeps, the fix is in to turn our state into a power farm for Mexico
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LAND BATTLE PITS REP. JON KYL (R-DEL WEBB CORP.) AGAINST REP. JIM BILBRAY (D-SUMMA CORP.)
IF EVER A PLACE NEEDED A GOOD JOLT, THE SNOOTY LIGHTNING FIELD IS IT