Was last week's posse crisis triggered by a former Cold Case Posse's whistle-blowing article on March 7? Surprise Tea Party member Brian Reilly, the former posseman, believes so. A new policy affecting posse cars and other vehicles put into effect on Thursday suggests he could be right.
A March 24 memo sent by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to Valley posse organizations warns that many posse vehicles violate a 2012 policy. The memo, obtained by the Phoenix New Times this morning, came about a week before the announcement over the weekend by the Sun City West and Sun City pos ... More >>
Contradicting several published reports, Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio's office now says that no posse program was ever suspended due to an insurance "glitch." The precise nature of the "glitch" still isn't being explained to the public by county leadership or Sheriff Arpaio. But it seems to have ... More >>
A 78-year-old man who lives in the retirement community of Sun City is accused of fatally shooting his wife yesterday morning.Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies initially proposed that it could have been a "mercy killing" of a terminally ill spouse, which would be the second one in Sun City in the l ... More >>
Sun City is pretty much the last place anyone would think to look when scouring the Phoenix area for good eats. The West Valley's local-food scene is pretty slow in general -- let's just say there's lots of opportunity for growth -- and, if that's not reason enough to overlook it, Sun City is the ha ... More >>
Just about every week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.This week, our alleged criminals are breaking all the rules -- at least, the u ... More >>
Just about every week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.Do you ever see a guy with a terrible face tattoo, and you just say to yoursel ... More >>
You know who had a whole boatload of hits? Brooklyn singer/songwriter Eddie Money had a whole boatload of hits. Throughout the '80s the cop-turned-rockstar was unstoppable: "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Take Me Home Tonight," "Shaking," and more. He had the New Wave thing down putt ... More >>
Speaking before a crowd of seniors in Sun City Wednesday morning, Democratic sheriff's candidate Paul Penzone took aim at a new campaign ad for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one in which Arpaio asserts that Tent City has been a money-saver for county coffers. Currently in heavy rotation on local cable channe ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficeRyan Hazelton, 20, is seen here still wearing his scrubs after being arrested at the hospital where he works in connection with child-porn charges. A 20-year-old surgery assistant at a Sun City hospital was arrested at work last week following a grand-ju ... More >>
Sometimes it's not the most wonderful time of year
A 10" record of "Coming to the Mountain" by Bruce Haack topped the chart at Eastside Records this week.Music lovers were also really into buying albums that mention rabbits. TunaBunny's self-titled album slipped into the mix, and No Bunny's "First Blood" LP did as well.The unique audio graphic no ... More >>
GM and Segway unveiled a "reinvention of urban transportation" today -- the PUMA vehicle. If these things ever see mass production, it's a safe bet you won't see too many on Valley streets (see picture below). With a motorcycle, at least you can throttle your way out of trouble. These things look li ... More >>
View Larger Map A Sun City resident who wanted to honor the country's veterans persuaded the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names to slap a handle on a nameless Phoenix peak and (voila!) Veterans Mountain is born. It's a sweet and sentimental idea, and Air Force veteran Lanny Bren ... More >>
You pay for the paper, and you write the paper! Why? Because the Rep blows, son. One staple of late night comedians like Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, Carson Daly, David Letterman, etc. is a "funny pics" bit where the host will run through a number of photos, offering up amusing one-liners about the sna ... More >>
image courtesy of USDA (no, really) Who knew you needed a degree for this? Couldn't help myself with this one. Did you know they need "lactation consultants" in Sun City? One would've thought the wrinkled dugs up there would be as dry as a parson. And who knew there was such a position to beg ... More >>
The other Tom Jones
The satay after
Toking up with Grandma
Freaky freestyle flies through town
What ever happened to the unexamined life?
Letters from the week of December 16, 2004
West Valley Art Museum's Ethnic Dress Collection
Indie rockers Wear it well
Broadway smash hits the Valley
Big is beautiful at El Capri
Is mining causing cancer in the West Valley?
Valley pot heads pipe up
Dull-edged show at Mesa Contemporary Arts tries to cut the American lawn down to size
Pioneering photojournalist Morris Berman's images are powerful portraits of this American life
The Bistro is an oasis in Sun City
For the week of 06-29-2000
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know delights at every stop
Exhibition goes against the grain with "a boy show"
February 25 - March 3, 1999
April 2-8, 1998
Every 10 years, retirement communities sweat local school-funding increases and flare up in anti-tax fever. This year's infection is in the Dysart Unified School District.
The good, the bad and the boring of Del Webb's New River development