population growth, Maricopa, Queen Creek, U.S. Census Bureau
May 18, 2023

Queen Creek, Maricopa rank among top 15 in country for population growth

Two cities on the far urban fringe of Phoenix grew faster in the past year measured than any other community in Arizona.

child abuse, neglect, deaths, DCS
Feb 17, 2023

Child fatalities: We deserve an answer

In Arizona, 46% of abuse and neglect deaths involved a prior history with the state’s child welfare agency. Arizona Senate Bill 1252, championed by Sen. Janae Shamp, R-Surprise, recognizes these deaths are preventable, and we desperately need to chart a path toward change that will ultimately save lives. 

electric vehicles, Arizona Public Interest Research Group, charging stations, Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Frontier Group, Arizona PIRG Education Fund, taxpayers
Nov 11, 2022

Group pushes cities, towns to use electric vehicles

Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund is continuing its advocacy efforts to widen electric vehicle usage across the state.  

Feb 10, 2021

City purchase of water company spurs legislation

After the city of Surprise proposed spending $15 million to buy a water company that serves just 200 homes, a pair of Chandler lawmakers introduced legislation to require cities to obtain appraisals and honor contracts when they condemn utility companies.

Aug 8, 2014

GPEC pursuing creative solutions to regional challenges

While a lot of things have changed since I entered public service 20 years ago, the American people still elect representatives for the same reason. Just like the first office I was ever elected to — and every office I’ve held in between — the people of Surprise elected me to help improve their lives.

Feb 7, 2011

Another day in ‘Paradise’: Surprise card room owner says Department of Gaming approves his club

With slot machines, blackjack tables, alcohol and six poker-style card tables, the set-up at Paradise Cove Social Club in Surprise definitely gives off a casino vibe. The set-up was enough to make at least one state official question exactly what type of operation the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control was considering licensing.

Sep 14, 2010

Cities across Arizona using Twitter to share news, connect with public

Many municipalities across Arizona have turned to Twitter to connect with residents and share information with the wider public. Nearly two dozen cities have official Twitter accounts, including some with separate accounts for their police and fire departments, parks and libraries.

Aug 6, 2009

Heard Museum to close in Surprise

The Surprise branch of the Heard Museum is closing at the end of the year. Museum director Frank Goodyear Jr. says the long struggling museum is a victim of the recession and low visitation.