July 2018

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Circus Master

James T. Harris made headlines as an African-American foil to Barack Obama. Now he’s defying stereotypes as the Valley’s first black conservative radio talk-jock.

Lethal Crossings

Why does Arizona have the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S.?

Community Disunity

As budgets tighten, teachers and administrators clash within the state’s largest community college system.

Mayor for a Month?

Vice Mayor Thelda Williams fills departing Mayor Greg Stanton’s slot.

Roam if They Want To

It’s easier than ever to monitor their every move, but more parents are opting to let kids walk free… at least around the block.

Live Free and Spell Hard

A look at Scripps National Spelling Bee words over the years.

Land Zo! – Flight of the Canadians

Canadian investors swooped into the Phoenix real estate market like hawks during the Great Recession, but have been migrating back north.

Business Buzz: Insurance Claims

Will the East Valley soon be in good hands with Allstate?

Safe Summer Treks

Beat the heat and stay safe with these moonlight and early morning hikes.

7 Questions with Jana Bommersbach

We catch up with Valley journalism luminary Jana Bommersbach.

She’s Crafty

Valley creativity hubs make artistic endeavors accessible for all.

Sharpe to the Point: Bowing to the Bowl

Bowing to the Bowl? Jim Sharpe is wary of another Arizona Super Bowl.

Desert Desertion

Stranded in the desert near Crown King, Mick Ohman had no cell service and no water. What he did have: bagel chips and a full bladder.

Desert Wellies

London Littles rain boots were made for monsoon walking.

Artist of the Month: Emily Black

Mississippi transplant Emily Black photographs dazzling portraits of ballerinas and athletes.

Read It: No Fear

Phoenix entrepreneur and pastor John Kaites’ Fear Not is an inspiring devotional for Christians.

Top 3 Arts Events July 2018

Our top picks for July’s best arts events.

From the Hip – July 2018

Fashion designer and freelance photographer Nancy Wegard immortalizes the Chiricahua Mountains in Coronado National Park.

Art Break: Studio Snapshot with Mimi Damrauer

Fabric artist Mimi Damrauer collects material from all over the globe.

What’s in Your… Hiking Backpack? with Kelly Vaughn

The Arizona Highways managing editor opens her 75-liter pack to show us what she needs to survive while trekking the state’s trails.

Friday Flicks: Fashion vs. The Freakish

Top picks for movie-goers this weekend.

Arizona Nonprofits: Home Fur Good Volunteer Avery Crossman

When Phoenix attorney Avery Crossman started volunteering with Home ‘Fur’ Good no-kill animal shelter five years ago, she intended to help the organization write grants because she thought working in the shelter would be too sad. “That lasted maybe a week,” she says. “I discovered that Home Fur Good, as a true no-kill shelter, is not a sad place. The staff and volunteers are happy and the shelter is clean, bright and fresh.”

Crossman, who has been practicing Arizona workers’ compensation law since 1994, has adopted two dogs from Home ‘Fur’ Good and now serves as the organization’s board president.

Friday Flicks: Revenge of the Sequel

The sequels hit the multiplexes this weekend…


Elkhart Lake

Wisconsin’s lakeside resort community brims with old-school summer charm.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Camping (& Glamping!) in Arizona

Arizona has a not-so-dirty little secret: It’s home to some of the most crisp and spectacular high-elevation wonders in the country. Bed down in the middle of it all with our low-hassle guide to the state’s top camping spots, from glamping in a safari tent to sleeping in a sheep wagon.

Monsoon Hiking in the White Mountains

Share your Arizona trail adventures on our monthly hiking page


Arizona Diamondbacks 20th Anniversary Issue

The Arizona Diamondbacks 20th Anniversary issue celebrates the achievements of the Valley’s Major League Baseball franchise.

Dicey Proposition

A scandalous financing scheme at the Security Building went untold for 50 years after the Downtown building opened in 1928.

Eat Beat


Mesa finally has a buzzy, chef-driven restaurant, in the form of this rustic Italian gem from chef Tony Snyder.


Specializing in global cuisine, this scrappy, owner-operated bistro on Seventh Street is ambitious but confounding – starting with the name.

Rehabbing the Wrap

Is the oft-derided “Anglo-rrito” making a culinary comeback? Not in every case, says our critic.

Breezy Pop

All-natural, Latin-inspired popsicles are a must this summer.

Arizona Summer Beer Guide

Put some suds in your summer with our seasonal spotlight on the Arizona craft beer scene. PLUS: Drink the state’s most award-winning beer!

Tomato Reuben

Alo Café’s tomato Reuben satisfies vegetarians’ longing for juicy corned beef or pastrami.

What to Eat This Month: Non-Native Noshes

These transplants tempt with yummy summer menus.

Pav on Juice: Sonoita Getaway

A monthly look at Arizona wine with Valley dining impresario Pavle Milic.

Dressed to Chill

Get your recommended monthly allowance of heat-beating gazpacho.

Brewful Smile

Turn that midweek frown upside down with these brewery happy hours.

Handlebar Shandy and Chill

Purists, drink elsewhere. These juice-spiked beer cocktails are insanely refreshing.

Recipe Friday: Grimaldi’s Berry Ginger Fizz

Welcome to the dog days of summer. Since the Valley is collectively pouting about the heat, we thought it might be a good time to provide a refreshing cocktail recipe that you can make at home. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria recently rolled out a couple of summer cocktails, including the Berry Ginger Fizz that’s guaranteed to be a showstopper come cocktail hour.

Recipe Friday: Maui Pasta Gouda Macaroni & Cheese

Sometimes when you crave comfort food, only a massive bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese will do the trick. In a pinch, you can always rustle up the store-bought version, but why not treat yourself and make it from scratch?

Recipe Friday: Farm & Craft Chilled Raw Pad Thai Salad

If you’ve been to Farm & Craft, you know the menu is brimming with healthy options, from charred broccoli to a salmon poke bowl to avocado hummus. Recently, the restaurant added several new dishes, including Chilled Raw Pad Thai Salad, which has been a big hit with customers, says Samantha Roberts, Riot Hospitality Group executive chef.

Recipe Friday: Silverleaf Club Raspberry Pie

Summer is berry season and if you’re looking for a little raspberry love this weekend, we’ve got a swoon-worthy recipe for you to tackle. Jenna Leurguin, pastry chef at Scottsdale’s exclusive Silverleaf Club, shares her stunning fresh raspberry pie recipe. It’s a little complicated, but well worth the effort.

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