Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 23-25
PHOENIX —Phoenix police found about one million fentanyl pills at a West Valley home in a record bust, Scottsdale tells HOAs they can’t require overseeding and these three metro Phoenix restaurants were named in the New York Times Restaurant List 2022.
Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
The Phoenix Police Department said it made its largest fentanyl bust ever this week when officers seized about 1 million pills containing the powerful synthetic opioid.
Most of pills seized are blue and designed to resemble prescription oxycodone, Sgt. Brian Bower told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday. There were too many to count, so police used weight to estimate the amount.
“That matrix came out with it just under 1 million pills,” Bower said.
A diverse serving of four Arizona restaurants, including three in the Valley, had dining experts from The New York Times licking their chops this year.
Bacanora and Kabob Grill N’ Go in Phoenix, Thaily’s in Chandler and Tito & Pep in Tucson landed on The Restaurant List 2022, which was published Monday.
The annual compilation is a rundown of the 50 American restaurants that the newspaper’s food writers and editors are most excited about, presented in alphabetical order.
When it comes to winter grass, brown is the new green in one Valley city.
On Tuesday, the Scottsdale City Council approved a water-saving measure that prohibits homeowners associations from requiring members to maintain green lawns in the winter.
“Tonight we passed an ordinance which prohibits HOAs from requiring mandatory overseeding. That’s a very important step,” Mayor David Garcia said during a City Council session.
An Arizona judge ruled Friday the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle as well as a healthcare clinic spoke out on the ground-shaking ruling.
The next phase of the Sunset Point Rest Area renovation starts Wednesday, when the facility will be closed to most vehicles until next year, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced.
Sunset Point, known for its scenic views, is a convenient Interstate 17 break spot between Phoenix and destinations to the north, including Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff.
ADOT said the $7.5 million renovation is expected to be finished before the 2023 travel season.