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41st annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days
CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for one of the Valley’s largest events, the 41st annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days, put on by an all-volunteer committee that is sponsored by Sanderson Ford on Bell Road.


Police respond to bizarre incident at CCUSD District Office
CAVE CREEK – The Scottsdale Police Department responded to a call of trespassing after three men allegedly barged into the Cave Creek Unified School District’s (CCUSD) Offices demanding to speak to the HR director about an employee’s Facebook post, while recording video on March 5.

MCSO arrests Cave Creek women for poisoning husband with anti-freeze
CAVE CREEK – Homicide detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cave Creek woman at her residence on March 8, for the first-degree attempted murder of her husband, and is being held at the Fourth Avenue Jail on a $700,000 bond.

District 8 special primary results officially approved by County Board, shows low voter turnout
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes released the official canvass and results of the Congressional District 8 Special Primary Election that took place on February 27, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved the results last week at its meeting.

MCSO arrests child pornography suspect in possession of 1,200 disturbing images, videos
PHOENIX – Detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit with the assistance of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office initiated an online investigation this January and obtained information about downloading and sharing of approximately 556 files of known child pornography over the internet.

New Equestrian, Hike, Bike pass introduced for Maricopa Parks, small increase to fees
PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a modest adjustment to several park and recreation fees with exception of Spur Cross Conservation Area and the Hassayampa River Preserve.

Peoria Police Seek Possible Sexual Abuse Victims
PEORIA – On March 8, Peoria Police Special Victim detectives arrested 41-year-old dental assistant Oscar Castro on 12 counts of sexual abuse, and he was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

Suspicious item closes I-17 lanes in New River
NEW RIVER – A suspicious package shutdown the northbound lanes on the Interstate 17 for about 90 minutes forcing traffic to exit in New River on March 5. The item in question ended up being an empty plastic pipe.

Nature In Another Time
This statement becomes evident in the windswept high desert images and portraits of coastal grasslands in Dennis Doyle’s photographs.

The Dance of Light and Shadow
Be it black and white or color, micro view or panoramic macro space, photographer Kristen Kabrin elicits the magic of light and shadow in her deeply intuitive images.

Extraordinary Ribbon Cutting
GLENDALE – Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) preschoolers helped cut the ribbon on a new outdoor classroom at Copper Creek Elementary School.

Business Spotlight: United Real Estate Success, Anthem
ANTHEM – United Real Estate Success (URES) is an Anthem-based real estate sales and leasing company specializing in residential homes in the North Valley. The Anthem office is owned and operated by Doreen Drew, Amy Wylie, Gary Drew and Kristin Crook, in partnership with URES designed broker, Byron Short.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Do peacocks fly? Perhaps they do. However, I have noticed that they seem to like to strut around and show off their tail feathers. If they do fly, it will not be on Delta Airlines. Yes, they are grounded, along with a bunch of other “comfort” or “assist pets” that are being (finally) banned from boarding planes. And it’s about time!

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Club Pilates in North Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE – The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present on Tuesday, March 6, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Club Pilates North Scottsdale in its newly opened studio located at 31313 N. Scottsdale Road.  


Boulder Creek volleyball team continues to aim high
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School’s varsity women’s volleyball team was beat by Mountain Pointe High School on Sept. 13 after a defeating 3-0 loss.


Movie Review — “Red Sparrow
At this point in the career of Jennifer Lawrence it’s pretty easy to imagine her playing almost any kind of character no matter how preposterous it might look like on paper. Body morphing blue mutant, home shopping network tycoon, talented archer in a dangerous game; it all seems possible for the Oscar winning actress.

Movie Review — “Black Panther
There are more than a few moments in director Ryan Coogler’s superhero feature “Black Panther” where real trials and injustices of the past converge with the fictional lives of the characters living in this superhero universe.

Movie Review — “Fifty Shades Freed
At the end of “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to the 2015  hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Anastasia Steele was being proposed to by Christian Grey. The couple, dealing with the kind of relationship complications that would spell doom for any new romance, haven’t grown much since their first meeting. 


Historic Oscar snubs: Five movies that should have been nominated
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this week; as with most years usually the favorites make the cut, but there are always some surprises. This is the Super Bowl for the film industry, and fans arduously pick who they think should win the big prize for best film, actor or director.

Movie Review — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A magical board game called Jumanji wreaked havoc on two kids in the 1990s, unleashing a jungle of wild animals, dangerous challenges, and a long-lost man who had been trapped in the game for decades.

Movie Review — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The battle between good and evil continues in the newest “Star Wars” film. Forty years ago, the franchise, which shows no sign of slowing down under Disney’s guidance, created a science fiction opera that pitted a rebellious young boy with astounding hidden skills against an evil empire lead by a masked villain that would become one of cinema’s most iconic characters.