Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Dec. 24-26

Dec 26, 2021, 4:30 PM
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PHOENIX — A wet Christmas in the Valley and white one up north, a new multiagency enforcement partnership and the upcoming grand opening of a fire department.

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.

Storm brings rain to the Valley, snow in Flagstaff on Christmas

A winter storm was blowing through the Valley on Christmas Eve and into Christmas morning, while residents in Flagstaff woke up to a blanket of snow on Christmas Day.

By the time the clock struck 9 a.m. Saturday, 1.22 inches of rain had fallen at Sky Harbor International Airport since Thursday evening, the National Weather Service reported.

A map at the Maricopa County Flood Control website showed that McDowell Mountain in Fountain Hills received the most measurable rain at 2.09 inches, and in nearby north Scottsdale by Pinnacle Peak rain gauges captured 1.65 inches.

ADOT, DPS partner to enhance enforcement at ports of entry across Arizona

Two Arizona agencies are partnering to streamline and enhance commercial vehicle enforcement at ports of entry at interstate and international borders.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety’s partnership calls for 89 sworn ADOT enforcement officers and 49 non-sworn officers to be assigned full-time to the DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Task Force, according to a press release.

The agreement will begin Jan. 8, go for an initial two-year period and be subject after to annual renewal.

Cave Creek Fire Department to hold grand opening on Jan. 3

Teaming with Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical, the Town of Cave Creek Fire Department is set to have its grand opening on Jan. 3, and the public is invited to celebrate the launch.

The launch will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. with the first call from dispatch coming at 8 a.m. to officially welcome the fire department to the community, according to a press release.

Work starts on multifamily housing development at Phoenix’s City North project

Work has started on the first phase of a multifamily housing development at a 100-acre mixed-use project in north Phoenix.

Groundbreaking of the multifamily housing development marks the first vertical element for the City North project, which is being built next to Desert Ridge Marketplace near 56th Street and Loop 101.

City North upon completion will include 3,000 residential units, 1.8 million square feet of corporate office space, 620 hotel rooms and up to 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, according to a press release.

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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Dec. 24-26