Dinner on the Desert fundraiser raises $450,000 for cacti preservation

On Saturday, April 28 more than 600 philanthropists, community leaders, Desert Botanical Garden donors and members gathered for the 32nd Annual Dinner on the Desert — Desert Botanical Garden’s major annual fundraiser. Funds raised totaled $450,000 to be used to support Sonoran Desert field trips for students, care for the garden’s world-class plant collection and […]

Desert Foundation Auxiliary welcomes its new members at a recent cocktail party

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary and its president Joan Raskin recently welcomed new members at a cocktail party. Hosted at the home of Rich Fennessy and his wife on May 6, a press release named the following new members: Mrs. David M. Billings (Kristin), Mrs. Michael E. Cody (Jean), Mrs. Scott A. Maxwell (Michelle), Mrs. Joseph […]

Thomasson: walking every mile of the Town of Paradise Valley

We do live in paradise. In early April I decided that walking every one of our 144 miles of our town would be a great way to enjoy and learn more about our town On most days, I pick my route, leash up one of my three German Shepherds — Echo, Layla or Elsa — […]

Officer down: Paradise Valley police family seeks bridge to recovery

For about 30 years Sgt. Brian McFarland answered the call to protect and serve the residents of the Town of Paradise Valley. But now the family of Sgt. McFarland — his daughter and his two granddaughters — is seeking the help of any and all who would come to the aid of a man who […]

Paradise Valley police arrest man on myriad charges

Paradise Valley Police arrested a man on several charges of theft, fraud and drug possession Wednesday, May 16 after responding to the recovery of a stolen vehicle. Officers were dispatched to the 7100 block of East Rose Lane. Upon arrival, officers located the stolen vehicle, a 2018 Cadillac Escalade, according to a police report. Through […]

Paradise Valley remains in pursuit of a more defined Hillside safety code

After more than an hour of discussion on a proposed safety section to the hillside code, Paradise Valley Town Council ultimately decided to table the issue until a later date. The conversation that took place earlier this month set out to aid in the protection of the hillside environment and help provide for the safety […]

SmokeTree Resort revitalization begins Paradise Valley deliberations May 24

Not since Adam West first dawned the cowl of the Dark Knight on the American Broadcast Company has much thought been given to the breadth and scope of the SmokeTree Resort in the Town of Paradise Valley. But earlier this year the legacy resort property at 7101 E. Lincoln Drive changed hands for a reported […]

Paradise Valley mulls public responsibility of private investment

While in the midst of their annual budget forecast, Paradise Valley officials have created a laundry list of potential proposals eagerly awaiting assignment on the capital improvement projects list. Items found on this year’s list include undergrounding of power lines, roadway improvements related to the new Ritz-Carlton resort and a sewer system assessment. Following the […]

Kilpatrick: Doubletree Ranch Road deserves resident scrutiny

I attended the April 25 public meeting on the planned beautification of Doubletree Ranch Road. After listening to the presentation and comments by the residents, it is obvious to me there are a number of issues that deserve further research and additional input by the town residents. For example, the expensive project does not address […]

Budget deliberation: IT overhaul emerges as Paradise Valley priority

Paradise Valley Town Council’s second budget discussion this spring didn’t reveal too many surprises, but it did allow for a financial peek behind the municipal curtain. During an April 26 study session, the elected leaders picked up their conversation from earlier in the month where town officials depicted a rosy financial picture for Paradise Valley. […]