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Editor’s note: This is part five of a continuing summer series on the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
As development of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has inched closer to a reality over the years, the proposed Pecos Alignment of the freeway has been most hotly debated because of the impending destruction to South Mountain itself. But many in Ahwatukee Foothills — on paper a part of the City of Phoenix, but ostensibly it’s own community of nearly 80,000 residents neighboring Tempe and Chandler — are also fearful of the state removing homes, businesses and a church to build the new freeway.
Editor’s note: This is part two of a continuing summer series on the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway.
LOS ANGELES — When Craig Haverstick approaches the beach with his dog in tow, Stanley instinctively knows he's in for a treat. His ears perk up and he starts sniffing the salty air.
Where are the “silver linings” for the Ahwatukee Foothills area from the proposed South Mountain Freeway?
After a series of problems at parties in Tempe, city leaders are taking steps they hope will cut down on the escalating issues.
A little over a decade ago, the East Valley was embroiled in a ‘mini’-scandal surrounding the sale of homes by unscrupulous realtors which were directly in a ‘high noise area’ of what is now called Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport. At that time, buyers were told that the ‘air base’ was closed and there were no plans on the ‘books’ to re-open it.
Young Americans received unwelcome news this week when an April 23 AP report found 53.6 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 are jobless or underemployed, and there is little hope for improvement in the near future. This news is grim for young Americans as well as an administration in reelection mode.
More than two years after Mesa began cracking down on noise, the city is getting complaints about more than blaring music, barking dogs and boisterous parties.
Transportation officials are conducting a survey to find out what Valley residents think of the rubberized asphalt that was put on freeways to reduce traffic noise. A pilot program started in 2003 to pave over concrete with asphalt, and more than 200 miles of Valley freeways now have the asphalt.
A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would waive environmental regulations for Border Patrol activities within 100 miles of any U.S. border.
Feeling a bit slow and depressed? It just might be the air.
This South Rim view of the Grand Canyon is taken from one of the flight routes the National Park Service has proposed in its plan to restrict flights and noise pollution over the park.
Our View: The Chandler City Council would make a terrible mistake if it heeded the advice of businesses near the city-owned airport and stripped voters of their control over any proposed extension of the airport runways. But perhaps the council should consider trying again to get public support for the idea.
A coalition of businesses at the Chandler Municipal Airport is hoping to convince city officials to repeal a law requiring voter approval to extend the runways, since the proposal has suffered electoral defeat twice in recent years.
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) would have us believe that the Pecos alignment is the only alternative for the South Mountain Freeway (SMF). In our view, the Pecos alignment is not and has never been a viable alternative. Yet viable alternatives existed when MAG first proposed the SMF 25 years ago, and they still exist today.
Cyndi Tuell: People concerned about the impact of off-road vehicles in Arizona's national forests can now do something about it. Each national forest in Arizona is developing a "travel management plan" to determine which roads, trails and areas will be open to motorized vehicles and cross-country travel. This public planning process comes at a time when critical values are threatened by off-roaders, and your participation is encouraged.
When decorating our homes, we tend to consider things like beauty and comfort, the durability of pieces we might buy or the image they project. But how many of us stop to consider our energy bills?
The Maricopa Association of Governments is calling for an eight-lane Loop 202 running 22 miles and connecting Chandler with west Phoenix.
David Wayne: When I retired from American Airlines after more than 30 years as a pilot, I knew I could never live too far from an airport. It's one reason we built our home near Falcon Field 19 years ago. I've enjoyed the airport and sounds of planes flying overhead.
Our View: Most of the time, churches and other places of worship are blessings to neighborhoods. They serve as social centers, sources of bountiful generosity and anchors for community bonding. Of course, churches are so central to the spiritual fabrics of American society that they receive special protection from government interference under the First Amendment and various federal laws.
BRAD BENSEN: The 29-year-old Mesa resident has just about had it with the amplified music that's played, in his words, "at a Christian new-age church that plays rock music at weird hours."
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At least someone’s getting hired in Mesa these days. Goats. 80 of ‘em.