Scottsdale Arizona

Regional Bus and Rail Fares Increasing July 1 by quotes

Valley Metro bus and rail fares are increasing July 1.

Riders are asked to plan ahead, especially for purchasing an all-day bus fare. Passengers who purchase an all-day pass at a light rail platform fare vending machine or at one of 80 select locations and stores prior to boarding a local bus can save $1.75 off of the on-board bus full-fare price.

The cost for a one-ride trip on the Valley Metro local bus, METRO light rail and the LINK bus (limited-stop service between Superstition Springs Center and Sycamore Station in Mesa) will now cost $1.75, and an All-day pass is $3.50. Purchasing an All-day pass at the farebox on the local/LINK bus will cost $5.25.

For more information on Valley Metro bus and rail fare changes, visit:

Scottsdale Installs Second “Hawk” Traffic Control Device by quotes

A new type of traffic control device called a HAWK, or High-intensity
Activated crossWalK, became operational this week to help make crossing Pima Road at Jomax Road easier for pedestrians, equestrians, cyclists and other trail users.

The HAWK will provide a protected crossing to address neighborhood concerns about pedestrian/equestrian/trail user activity, and is as simple to use as pushing a button.

When a pedestrian/equestrian/trail user wishes to cross the street, they push a button and the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.  The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop. The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the crosswalk, and the pedestrian/equestrian/trail user gets a walk signal.  The solid red signal converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so.

HAWKs are normally in an “off” position, until they are activated by a
pedestrian/equestrian/trail user.  You can download additional information on how to use a HAWK on-line at

Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street became Scottsdale’s first road
section to be served by a HAWK signal last October. The City will be constructing and installing another HAWK crossing signal at
the intersection of Pima Road and Dixileta Drive in the near future.

Get Muddy (or not) by Volunteering for Mighty Mud Mania by quotes

You can be part of a long-standing Scottsdale tradition by volunteering for Mighty Mud Mania.

Scottsdale presents the 34th edition of Mighty Mud Mania on July 17 at
Chaparral Park. More than 200 volunteers are needed to get down and dirty to help ensure that the event succeeds and that all the children, ages 1 to 17, have a great time! Shifts start as early as 5 a.m. and end as late as 6 p.m.

Muddy and not-so muddy jobs are available. All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age and will receive a free MMM T-shirt or tank top. Deadline to sign-up is Thursday, July 3.

For more information on the specific volunteer opportunities available,
please call (480) 312-2771 or email For event details, visit

Grande Olde Fashioned Picnic Set for July 4 by quotes

Residents are invited to attend a “Grande Olde Fashioned Picnic,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4 at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road.

Activities include games and crafts for the entire family – and an
opportunity to write to servicemen and provide them with care packages.

Bring your picnic dinner – grills will be available. Call (480) 312-2771
for more information.

Residents Pitch in During Electronics Recycling Event by quotes

Question – what weights 38,000 pounds and requires four one-ton trucks and a 48-foot semi trailer to haul?

Answer – the gear dropped off by residents last month during the city’s
electronics recycling event.

More than 900 participants dropped off everything from cell phones to
computers during the event, diverting materials that otherwise would end up in area landfills. The city’s electronics recycling contractor,, instead refurbishes the equipment or disassembles it for recycling or resale of parts. Since the first electronics recycling collection event was held in 2002, 11,690 participants have brought in more than 339 tons of electronics.

The next event is scheduled to be held on Oct. 10. For more information contact the city’s Solid Waste Management Division at (480) 312-5602 or visit:

Senior Center Hosts Father’s Day Bash on June 19 by quotes

Residents are invited to honor their father by attending the Granite Reef
Senior Centers’ Father’s Day Bash.

It’s an event for dads of all ages at 1 p.m. June 19 at the center located at 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. The program includes a live comedy show, hot dogs and ice cream.

Cost is $2 per person for Scottsdale residents; and $3 for nonresidents.
Registration is required and can be done in person at the center or by
calling (480) 312-1700.

City Council Appoints New City Auditor by quotes

A University of Missouri finance executive who has held auditor positions in Arizona, Oregon and Missouri has been appointed as Scottsdale’s new city auditor by the City Council.

Sharron E. Walker is currently director of financial reporting and taxation at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She will begin her new job with Scottsdale on June 15. The Council approved her appointment on June 2.

“We’re pleased to be able to have someone of Sharron’s caliber and
experience in this very important role,” said Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane.
Previously, Walker was the first director of the Division of School Audits
at the Arizona Office of the Auditor General from 2001 to 2008. She was deputy director of the Oregon Audits Division from 1995 to 2001, and audit manager with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office prior to that. She has also served in a municipal government audit position for City Utilities of Springfield, Mo.

For more information on Walker’s appointment, visit:

For more information on the City Auditor’s Office, visit: