Archive for the 'Metro Phoenix' Category

Snow Dusted the Mountains North of Phoenix

Mike Padgett -

Feb. 27, 2011 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Residents of metropolitan Phoenix received a visual breakfast treat today – snow on the mountains immediately north of the city. A Pacific storm, the latest in a series, dumped more than half an inch of rain across parts of the region overnight. But at higher elevations north of Phoenix, […]

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Arizona Sunset Before the Storm

Mike Padgett -

Dec. 17, 2010 Watching an Arizona sunset often is like looking through a kaleidoscope. The brilliant colors painted across the sky slowly shimmer with the movements of the clouds and the setting sun. Copyright photo by Mike Padgett. (To avoid missing news, features and photos on www.ArizonaNotebook.com, sign up for convenient email alerts in the […]

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New High-Rise Crowned With Lights Hosts Downtown Phoenix Party

Mike Padgett -

Nov. 9, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – The backers of a $900 million high-rise development in downtown Phoenix and city officials partied for four days last weekend. On Nov.  4, a Thursday, Mayor Phil Gordon launched a four-day grand opening of CityScape’s first phase with his annual State of Downtown speech. Musical entertainment and a Sunday […]

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Of Odd Dreams, a Leg Infection and Dedication to Medical Careers

Mike Padgett -

Aug. 8, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The strangest dreams invaded my nights earlier this month. Instead of counting sheep, I encountered monstrous images. In a narrow tunnel with falling flakes of gold, I faced a smiling lime green snake large enough to swallow a bull. Under a black sky, I floated over an endless sea […]

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Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

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March 21, 2010 EDITORIAL Are Arizona’s leaders, struggling with an overpowering deficit, downsizing state programs too far? Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed the state’s fiscal 2011 budget of $8.9 billion, which is a reduction of  $1.1 billion. Budget supporters called the new budget a streamlining of state government. Critics say it is hardhearted, with […]

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Butterfly Exhibit Star Attraction at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Mike Padgett -

March 14, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – A few steps inside their sanctuary, while I was adjusting my camera, I was embraced by two tiny sparks of life as delicate as moonlight. They grabbed my hand with their tiny feet. All I could do, to avoid startling my two new friends, was stand still. They explored […]

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Desert Viking Starting New Phase of San Marcos Commons in Chandler

Mike Padgett -

March 10, 2010 CHANDLER, Ariz. – Maybe, just maybe, the term “leapfrog development” in central Arizona soon will fade into history, like rotary telephones and index cards. Maybe developers and cities and homebuyers are starting to recognize the value and long-range importance of higher-density communities in central cities, where a sense of community and easier […]

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Arizona’s Sunrise Walks and Wildlife, Chimichangas and Historic Buildings

Mike Padgett -

March 7, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Just a few of my Arizona favorites: A lone bull elk grazing on the lawn early one November morning as I stepped out of El Tovar Lodge at Grand Canyon. I never had seen a bull elk, much less been so close to one. Lunch at the Arizona Biltmore […]

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Collector Corvettes, Custom Street Rods Rumble at ASU SkySong

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Jan. 18, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Enthusiasts of collector cars, including 1950s Corvettes and 1930s street rods, displayed their hobbies on wheels at ASU SkySong to promote the upcoming 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. Owners of about 75 of the classic cars turned out for the Jan. 16 display at SkySong at McDowell and […]

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Stories About Fishing, the Devil Sparked Boy’s Passion for Journalism

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Jan. 14, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – I fell in love with writing several U.S. presidents ago when I was in grade school. My passion was unleashed by word pictures so powerful, they became mileposts reminding me where the adventure began. I remember reading an outdoor magazine’s story about a fishing guide on the Great Lakes. […]

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