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Bobcat Skid-Steer stolen from gas station jobsite
NEW RIVER – Sometime on the night of Wednesday, April 5 or early morning Thursday, April 6, a Bobcat Skid-Steer was stolen from the New River gas station jobsite, according to an email sent to The Foothills Focus by the contractors.

First annual Daisy Mountain Fire Department golf tournament to be held April 29
PEORIA – The first annual Daisy Mountain Fire Department golf tournament will happen Saturday, April 29, at Trilogy Golf Club, in Peoria.

DFLT’s Sonoran Stars fundraiser to be held April 29
CAREFREE – This year’s Sonoran Stars event to benefit Desert Foothills Land Trust will be held Saturday, April 29, at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center.

Snake season: Stay aware of your surroundings to avoid rattlesnake encounters
NORTH VALLEY – The north valley spring weather is here, and the return of warmer temperatures also means snakes are heading out of wintering sites and becoming more active.

Energy and Motion Made Visible
“Energy and motion made visible…memories arrested in space.” ~ Jackson Pollock Yes, energy and motion made visible is the perfect description of local painter Pat Cain’s large and expressive canvases.

Don’t let them wait: Families encourage AZ residents to register as organ donors
PHOENIX – When Carie Semenko took her infant daughter Miela to the hospital nearly a year ago, she thought they’d soon be back home. Then, doctors told her Miela needed a new heart.

Teenager injured during bull riding at Cave Creek restaurant
CAVE CREEK – A teenager participating in bull riding on Saturday at Outlaw Annie’s in Cave Creek was seriously injured after being bucked off and trampled.

Pinnacle Concert Series concludes with performance from organist Jonathan Ryan
SCOTTSDALE – Award-winning organist Jonathan Ryan will hold a concert at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.

‘Rock the Toad’ to take place on April 22
CAVE CREEK – Get ready to rock on Saturday, April 22, at The Horny Toad! The restaurant will host an entertainment-filled, family-friendly event known as Rock the Toad, with multiple youth musical performers from the Rock the District program, as well as a demonstration from the Arizona Gunslingers.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Oh beware, Dear Readers, the Taxman Cometh. That’s right, the deadline for filing your taxes is looming and it is causing quite a few Americans to become anxious and upset (if you owe) or deliriously happy if a refund is coming.

Go Green recycling event to take place April 22
ANTHEM – Anthem residents are invited to take part in the Anthem Community Council’s semi-annual Go Green event on Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Anthem Community Park lower parking lot, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.

DMFD Station 145 demolished in preparation for construction of new station
DESERT HILLS – Daisy Mountain Fire Department Station 145 in Desert Hills has now been torn down, and construction on a new building will begin in the next few weeks.

Town Hall meeting to feature Sheriff Penzone, Representative Campbell
ANTHEM – The New River/Desert Hills Community Association’s April 14 Town Hall meeting will feature Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone this month, as well as District 1 State Representative Noel Campbell.

Firehouse Subs donates grants to Black Canyon Fire District, Circle City-Morristown FD
CAVE CREEK – The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded $45,741 worth of equipment grants awarded to Circle City-Morristown Fire Department and Black Canyon Fire District.

Hidden in Plain View
“We can all take pictures but not everyone can capture the simple beauty that’s hidden in plain view….” ~ Author Sanjo Jendayi

For a fan and a manager, long roads end in thrilling Diamondbacks opener
PHOENIX – Tim Nally took the long road to Chase Field for the Diamondbacks opener Sunday.

Desert Foothills Theater brings ‘Gypsy’ to the stage
SCOTTSDALE – Desert Foothills Theater is bringing the classic musical ‘Gypsy’ to the north valley, and the show continues this weekend. Performances will be held April 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 9 at 2 p.m.

Change to believe in: $1 coin, other changes could save billions
PHOENIX – Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending.

New Fry’s Marketplace at Dove Valley now open
PHOENIX – The newest north valley grocery store opened to a warm reception from the community on March 31

Suspect arrested after armed robbery at Tramonto Chili’s
PHOENIX – A suspect has been arrested after firing a shot into the ceiling of Chili’s in Tramonto on Sunday night. Thirty-nine-year-old Jerry Krach was booked on charges of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Spring has arrived! It’s not the weather, the calendar, the cooing doves, appearance of humming birds or flowers in bloom that tell me the season – it’s the beating of rugs, washing of windows, cleaning of pot shelves, and organizing of closets.

ADOT crews now can clear travel lanes of minor wrecks
PHOENIX – With a goal of keeping drivers and first responders safe and traffic flowing, Arizona Department of Transportation personnel are now authorized to clear or order removal of vehicles that are involved in minor crashes.

Driverless cars back on the road, along with public’s qualms
PHOENIX – Self-driving Uber test vehicles are back on the road in the Valley, but not before the crash that temporarily sidelined the cars put the question of autonomous vehicles’ safety in the headlights.

Get Your Popcorn: The Phoenix Film Festival returns for 17th annual event
It's time to find your new favorite movie. Arizona's largest film festival, The Phoenix Film Festival, returns to Harkins Scottsdale 101 theaters for its 17th year this upcoming weekend.

Anthem Golf & Country Club hosting charity golf tournament
ANTHEM – The Anthem Golf & Country Club, a member of the ClubCorp family of clubs, will be participating in the 2017 ClubCorp Charity Classic, ClubCorp’s major annual philanthropic open-house event. The Anthem event will be held on April 30, starting at 11 a.m.

New River Kiwanis awards local students
NEW RIVER – The New River Kiwanis has issued third quarter awards to four local students.

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church commemorates Spiritual Art Installation Project with reception
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Presbyterian Spiritual Art Committee has created their latest art installation project, which will be commemorated at a reception on April 23, 3-5 p.m., at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

‘White Cane’ Parade set for April 1
BLACK CANYON CITY – The 32nd Annual ‘White Cane’ Parade will be held on Saturday, April 1, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will be presented by Black Canyon Bicentennial Lions Club.

New playgroups at MCACC help get shelter dogs out of kennels and into homes
PHOENIX – What do dogs love? Playtime!

Archaeology Society meeting to discuss ‘Archaeological Fakes and Frauds’
CAVE CREEK – Learn more about the facts of ancient history at the April 12 Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting.

APS customers raise concerns about potential rate hike at Arizona Corporation Commission hearing
PHOENIX – Tempers flared at a March 22 public hearing over a proposed rate hike for Arizona Public Service customers.

Magic Bird Festivals hosting Artisan Market at Stagecoach Village
CAVE CREEK – The Magic Bird Festivals Artisan Market, featuring arts, crafts, and live entertainment will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23 at Stagecoach Village, in Cave Creek.

Enduring Beauty
“There is a profound and enduring beauty in simplicity, clarity, and efficiency.” – Chief Designer for Apple Inc. Sir Jony Ives

Saguaro Chapter SAR hosts Soldier’s Best Friend
PEORIA – The Sons of the American Revolution Saguaro Chapter recently hosted representatives from Soldier’s Best Friend.

Carefree Kiwanis Splash Park to open April 1
CAREFREE – Get ready for fun in the sun at the Carefree Kiwanis Splash Park! The splash park will open for the season on April 1 and will be open every day of the season from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Do you have a friend? Then you are lucky. Friendships do not fit into any one mold and sometimes they form, mysteriously, against all odds. A twelve-year-old boy with autism, Kyle, was asked by his eighty-two-year-old neighbor, Mr. Brown, if he could help do some odd jobs.

Anthem election winners announced
ANTHEM – Anthem Parkside and Country Club Community Associations announced election results on March 22.

Local DAR essay contest winners to present essays at April 8 meeting
ANTHEM – The winners of the Ocotillo Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution the chapter level DAR American History Essay Contest will present their winning essays at the next DAR meeting on Saturday, April 8.

TGen concussion study of ASU football players may lead to better diagnosis, treatment
PHOENIX – A three-year study of the Arizona State University football team will help researchers develop tools to better diagnose and prevent sports-related concussions and other injuries or diseases.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale launches $1 Million Match challenge
SCOTTSDALE – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has launched a $1 Million Match fundraising challenge called ‘One in a Million’; every dollar contributed, up to $1 million, will be matched by Ellie and Michael Ziegler, doubling the impact of each gift.

Carefree Desert Gardens to hold last program of 2017 season
CAREFREE – Carefree Desert Garden’s last gardening seminar for the season will focus on cacti of the desert foothills.

ProMusica Arizona performing Pinnacle Concert Series show
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Friday, April 7, with ProMusica Arizona in a special performance of The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Cactus Shadows High School Student Council to host District Leadership Day
SCOTTSDALE – Cave Creek Unified School District’s Cactus Shadows High School will be hosting its 6th Annual District Leadership Day Conference “Wild for Leadership” on April 11, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Showcasing Anthem: Anthem Days set for March 25-26
ANTHEM – See a showcase of some of the activities that Anthem has to offer at Anthem Days, happening March 25-26 at the Anthem Community Park.

Cave Creek resident to appear on The Price is Right
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek resident Renee Kerner will be appearing on The Price is Right, on the Monday, March 20 episode.

Fry’s to open new Dove Valley store on March 31
PHOENIX – North valley shoppers will soon have a new grocery option. The newest Fry’s Marketplace opens at Dove Valley Rd. and North Valley Pkwy. on Friday, March 31.

Upscale Singers award scholarships to 13 students
NORTH VALLEY – The Upscale Singers, a north valley musical group, has awarded vocal scholarships to 13 local students.

The Way That Wall Looks
Many years ago, artist Georgia O’Keefe bought her “adobe abode” on the high desert of northern New Mexico saying, “I bought it just because I liked the way the door looked in the wall.”

AZGFD, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to target impaired boat, OHV operators
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department will enhance its efforts to target removal of impaired watercraft and off-highway vehicle (OHV) operators from Arizona’s recreation areas through a partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Foothills Academy student to participate in National Geographic Bee
SCOTTSDALE – Robert DeGruccio, an 8th grade student at Foothills Academy College Preparatory, has won the National Geographic Bee competition for his school and qualifies to compete in the State of Arizona Bee on March 31 at Arizona State University.

Business Spotlight: VIP Mortgage – Kilstrom Team
ANTHEM – In the market for a new home? Thinking about refinancing? Get advice from the VIP Mortgage, Inc. Kilstrom Team.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
The rules of golf have changed! And it’s about time! These are perhaps the most sweeping changes since the sport’s first known rule book was published in 1744!

Rural Metro Fire Department performing fire hydrant testing
CAREFREE – Rural Metro Fire Department crews are working with the Carefree Water Department to check all fire hydrants servicing the citizens of Carefree. The inspections will be ongoing now through mid-April. This will include hydrants located on the Cave Creek water system.

Proposed bill would allow some school districts to keep more funds local
NORTH VALLEY – Representative Heather Carter has introduced HB2001 this session, which would allow non-state aid school districts that don’t have overrides in place to keep more funds local.

Public comment to begin for ADOT’s Tentative Five-Year Construction Program
NORTH VALLEY – Public comment is currently being accepted on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s annual update of projects proposed to move forward in the next five years and how much local, state, and federal funding should go toward them.

Pinnacle Concert Series to present renowned classical music performers
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Friday, March 24, with pianist Mark Hayes and soprano Stephanie Ann Ball.

Rotary Club holding fundraiser for Soldier’s Best Friend
SCOTTSDALE – The Rotary Club of Scottsdale North is holding a fundraiser for Soldier’s Best Friend on Saturday, March 18, at Pinnacle Peak Village.

The Enclave retirement community on track for opening in July
ANTHEM – Construction on The Enclave at Anthem is coming along quickly, and the facility is on schedule to open in July. Apartment reservations are available now.

Rich and Rare Were the Gems
Gracefully elegant prose penned by Irish author Thomas Moore.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival set for March 17-19
CAREFREE – Fine artists from around the globe will converge along Ho Hum and Easy Streets in downtown Carefree on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday...

March Carefree Gardens seminar to focus on honeybees
CAREFREE – Get the buzz on Arizona’s bees at the Saturday, March 25 Carefree Gardens seminar. The presentation will be held at Corrado’s Cucina Italiana.

CCUSD students to compete in National Geographic State Bee
CAVE CREEK – Desert Willow Elementary School 5th grader Nicholas Keegan and Sonoran Trails Middle School 7th grader Kevan Ata-Abadi have both been named semifinalists for the 2017 Arizona National Geographic State Bee.

Fountain O’ Green Artisan Market, March 17-19
FOUNTAIN HILLS – “Go green” in Fountain Hills over St. Patrick’s Day weekend this year. Magic Bird Festivals is debuting the Fountain O’ Green Artisan Market, running Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19.

Taste of the Foothills fundraiser to be held March 23
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Caring Corps will host its 13th Annual Taste of the Foothills Fundraiser at its new Cave Creek venue on Thursday, March 23, at Stagecoach Village.

Business Spotlight: MotoCity Anthem
ANTHEM – Get out on the road with MotoCity Anthem, the north valley’s home for everything E-Z-GO, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha. The store is located on the west side of Anthem at 4125 W Summit Walk Ct.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Don’t you love the rain? The Navajos claim that when the clouds are formed like sheep in the sky, then the heavens are ready to open up and cleanse the earth, wash the grounds, refresh the trees, grow the grass, nourish the critters, and give us life.

DMFD fire board votes to move consolidation plan forward
NORTH VALLEY – Proposed consolidation of the Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon fire districts moved one step forward at a special meeting of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department fire board meeting on Monday.

Boaters, watercraft users urged to ‘Spring Aboard’ with boating safety course
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is encouraging the state’s boating and watercraft users to Spring Aboard and prepare for the boating season by enrolling in a safety education course.

Ignyted Artist film symposium to feature visual effects experts
PEORIA – A trio of Visual Effects working experts will headline the inaugural Ignyted Artist Feature Film and Advertising Visual Effects Symposium at Harkins Arrowhead 18, on Saturday, March 18. 

Arizona lawmakers debate bill that would raise minimum auto liability insurance
PHOENIX – You might have to pay about $80 more on car insurance next year if a bill working its way through the state Legislature passes.

Thousands of Arizonans help shape ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan
PHOENIX – Playing the part of a transportation planner isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to balancing priorities for Arizona’s highway system with the realities of limited funding.

Web for Hope kicks off Summer Experiences program
ANTHEM – Web for Hope, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is kicking off its Summer Experience Program by providing summer experiences for families in need in the North Valley.

The Westbrook Village Players presents The Odd Couple
PEORIA – Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple.

Renovation in process at Desert Ridge Marketplace
PHOENIX – Desert Ridge Marketplace is undergoing a $15 million renovation over the next several months.

Re-Imagine
“Bring us your broken, rusted, worn out objects…”

Society meeting
CAVE CREEK – Join the Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter at their March 8 meeting and learn about The World of Leekya with presenter Deborah Slaney.

Winter storm brings heavy rain to north valley
NORTH VALLEY – Heavy rain on Monday caused flooding in some areas of the north valley, and this winter storm also brought snow and ice to northern Arizona.

NVCA construction continues; new campus to open for next school year
PHOENIX – Construction on North Valley Christian Academy’s new campus is halfway finished, and students will be welcomed into the new structure at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

I-17 to be closed intermittently for power line work
ANTHEM – Interstate 17 will be closed briefly in both directions at times between Anthem Way and New River Road on Saturday and Sunday mornings for APS power line work.

Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour set for March 12
CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 12 to attend Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour.

CCUSD introduces PreK-12 World Language Program staff
CAVE CREEK – Cristina Ladas, World Language Coordinator for Cave Creek Unified School District introduced the World Language Guest teachers and assistants for CCUSD at the Feb. 13 Governing Board meeting.

Black Canyon fire board votes for consolidation with DMFD
NORTH VALLEY – The Black Canyon Fire District fire board voted unanimously at their Feb. 23 meeting to go forward with consolidation with the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. 

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Does Big Government come from small minds? Which might then lead to dumb laws? All over this great nation, there are laws “on the books” that reflect just how much our legislators like to make up laws.

Local Soroptimist chapter gives out awards and scholarships
NORTH VALLEY – The Soroptimist International Saguaro Foothills club recently awarded multiple women with scholarships and other awards in honor of their hard work and community contributions.

The Four Freshmen to perform at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Friday, March 10, with a concert from The Four Freshmen.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Have you ever made a mistake so huge that it was life-altering? Yes, I suppose with the privilege of growing older, we get to occasionally really make a mess of things. .

Daisy Mountain Fire’s CERT training to start March 2
NORTH VALLEY – Learn more about community emergency preparedness in an upcoming 8-week class from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training starts Thursday, March 2.

Construction begins on New River gas station
NEW RIVER – A gas station and convenience store at the I-17 and New River Road intersection has been in the works for years, and now ground has been broken in the beginning of construction on the site.

Recycling event happening on March 4
PHOENIX – Time for some spring cleaning? A recycling event is happening on the morning of Saturday, March 4, at the Maricopa County Transfer Station.

Parkside candidates share viewpoints at forum; write-in votes, residency questioned
ANTHEM – Candidates for the Parkside seat on the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors and for the Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors gathered on Feb. 15 for a Meet the Candidates night at the Anthem Civic Building.

Daisy Mountain, BCC fire department consolidation discussed
NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon Fire Departments have been considering consolidating into one fire district, and three public meetings were held last week to provide information to local residents and answer questions about this possibility

Arizona group files initiative to put recreational marijuana on ballot again
PHOENIX – Arizona voters in November rejected the latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, but a local group wants to take another run at the effort.

Inspired Visions of the American Southwest
American photographer Edward Weston wrote, “An excellent conception can be obscured by faulty technical execution or clarified by faultless technique.”

Harold’s Mardi Gras party set for Feb. 28
CAVE CREEK – Ready for a party with Mardi Gras flair? Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is inviting the public to its 8th Annual Mardi Gras Party from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Sonoran Trails Robotic Team wins Innovate Award
PHOENIX – The Sonoran Trails Middle School Robotics Club, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, competed in the Good Year Qualifying Tournament.

Cave Creek Museum hosts archaeology events and Home Tour
CAVE CREEK – This March, Cave Creek Museum is celebrating Archaeology Month with several programs and its annual Home and Garden tour.

Daisy Mountain Fire’s CERT training to start March 2
NORTH VALLEY – Learn more about community emergency preparedness in an upcoming 8-week class from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training starts Thursday, March 2.

Construction begins on New River gas station
NEW RIVER – A gas station and convenience store at the I-17 and New River Road intersection has been in the works for years, and now ground has been broken in the beginning of construction on the site.

Recycling event happening on March 4
PHOENIX – Time for some spring cleaning? A recycling event is happening on the morning of Saturday, March 4, at the Maricopa County Transfer Station.

Parkside candidates share viewpoints at forum; write-in votes, residency questioned
ANTHEM – Candidates for the Parkside seat on the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors and for the Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors gathered on Feb. 15 for a Meet the Candidates night at the Anthem Civic Building.

Daisy Mountain, BCC fire department consolidation discussed
NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain and Black Canyon Fire Departments have been considering consolidating into one fire district, and three public meetings were held last week to provide information to local residents and answer questions about this possibility

Arizona group files initiative to put recreational marijuana on ballot again
PHOENIX – Arizona voters in November rejected the latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, but a local group wants to take another run at the effort.

Inspired Visions of the American Southwest
American photographer Edward Weston wrote, “An excellent conception can be obscured by faulty technical execution or clarified by faultless technique.”

Harold’s Mardi Gras party set for Feb. 28
CAVE CREEK – Ready for a party with Mardi Gras flair? Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is inviting the public to its 8th Annual Mardi Gras Party from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Sonoran Trails Robotic Team wins Innovate Award
PHOENIX – The Sonoran Trails Middle School Robotics Club, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, competed in the Good Year Qualifying Tournament. Although they faced some mechanical difficulties and a broken fuse, the team had an awesome time and gained great experience at the qualifying tournament.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
She baked her last pie. It was with the usual flakey home-made crust and as Mother likes to say, “real cherries.” No “canned concoction” that looked like red goo. No, this was a proper, old-fashioned pie.

Anthem Rotary introduces Teacher of the Year program
ANTHEM – Do you know a fantastic teacher who merits special recognition? The Anthem Rotary is introducing a Teacher of the Year program, awarding three Anthem teachers for their dedicated work with students.

Daisy Mountain Veterans to present a car to veteran
ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Veterans will host a ceremony and present a deserving Veteran with a car on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in the Anthem Community Park.

Taylor Morrison to hold Ironhorse community grand opening event violin
SCOTTSDALE – Taylor Morrison will unveil its highly-anticipated north Scottsdale community of Ironhorse with seven, all-new Arizona floorplans. The public grand opening event will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Concerto Competition winner to perform Strauss Horn Concerto
PHOENIX – North Valley Symphony Orchestra principal French horn player Philip Johnson will perform Franz Strauss’ Horn Concerto Op. 8 on Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m., at North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive.

BCHS administrators retained; disciplinary action taken
ANTHEM – The Deer Valley Unified School District announced on Feb. 10 that Boulder Creek High School Principal Lauren Sheahan and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jay Kopas will be receiving disciplinary action and will be returning to their posts later this month.

Fighting fires and beyond: Fire Academy class members learn about DMFD
NORTH VALLEY – What does it take to be a firefighter? In the past six weeks, Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Fire Academy class members have gotten an inside look at the work of a firefighter.

A World of Courage
Georgia O’Keeffe wrote, “To create one’s own world takes courage.” Never was there a truer statement for artist Jane Nassano’s artistic journey and art.

CSHS teacher appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Educational Advisory Group
SCOTTSDALE – Jeff Walker, Economics & Entrepreneurship teacher at Cactus Shadows High School, was recently appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Educational Advisory Group.

Pinnacle Concert Series hosts Concordia Choir
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Saturday, March 4, with a performance form the Concordia Choir, with Director Rene Clausen.

The Coyotes and captain Shane Doan put another Valley sports icon on ice
GLENDALE — It didn’t take long for Josh Margulies, the Arizona Coyotes new vice-president of marketing, to realize how much of an icon Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is in the desert.

Wigwam Festival of Fine Art happening Feb. 17-19
WEST VALLEY – The Wigwam Festival of Fine Art returns to the West Valley for three days of extraordinary fine art, wine, and music, on Feb. 17-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Voting in Anthem Board of Directors elections to begin Feb. 22
ANTHEM – Elections for the Anthem Community Council, Anthem Parkside Community Association, and the Anthem Country Club Community Association are currently underway, and voting will begin Feb. 22 and will conclude on March 17.

Tapping I-10, I-17 ‘spine’ to add bicycle crossings, ease commute
PHOENIX – The most heavily traveled freeways in the Phoenix area are proposed for a billion-dollar upgrade, relieving stress and traffic congestion for drivers, bicyclists and light-rail riders.

NVSO announces winner of Summerford violin
PHOENIX – Jonathan Green was recently announced as the winner of a brand new handmade violin, valued at $3,000, after competing in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summerford Violin Concerto Competition.

Anthem Giving Circle hosting Purses for a Purpose, Feb. 7
ANTHEM – Support the good works of the Anthem Giving Circle and bid on specialty handbags at Purses for a Purpose, happening on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m., at the Ironwood Country Club.

Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art to be held in Carefree
CAREFREE – Get a sweet start on Valentine’s Day celebrations at Magic Bird’s Carefree Fine Chocolate and Fine Art Festival, running Feb. 10-12, at 101 Easy St., in the Carefree Desert Gardens.

Champions - Gavilan Peak boys basketball team wins championship game
ANTHEM – The Gavilan Peak K-8 School boys basketball team finished off a stellar season with a championship win over Sierra Vista on Monday night.

Annual bike run fundraiser to benefit Adobe Wildlife Center
PHOENIX – Enjoy a 100-mile scenic ride and help support sick, injured and orphaned wildlife at the 12th annual Bikers Soar for Wildlife Poker Run, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

ADOT’s Safety Message Contest invites submission of highway safety messages
PHOENIX – Get creative and help ADOT make highways safer

Capturing a Moment in Time
Pablo Picasso observed, “Painting is another way to keep a diary,” a stunningly insightful comment when one encounters for the first time the oil and acrylic paintings of local artist Henry Bosak.

Grand opening held for CSHS Falcon Stadium Fieldhouse
SCOTTSDALE – Cactus Shadows High School, in the Cave Creek Unified School District, held the Grand Opening of their Fieldhouse on Jan. 23.

Education and health services showed most job growth in Arizona in 2016
PHOENIX – Arizona has shown job growth in a majority of its employment areas in the past year, which experts hope will continue through 2017.

Wildlife sculptor to present at Arizona Fine Art Expo
SCOTTSDALE – There are some similarities between artist Kelby Love and his great, great grandfather, the legendary African-American cowboy and folk hero, Nat Love.

Anthem resident receives Olympic award
ANTHEM – Anthem resident Stephen L. Harris recently received the 2016 Vikelas Plaque awarded by the International Society of Olympic Historians for his many contributions to Olympic history.

HonorHealth facility: Pictured is a conceptual plan for the HonorHealth medical facility.
ANTHEM – Plans for a new HonorHealth medical facility moved forward at the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 25

Commenters debate BCHS parody video at DVUSD governing board meeting
ANTHEM – A parody video featuring Boulder Creek High School administrators Lauren Sheahan and Jay Kopas sparked debate after the video, which was intended for BCHS staff, was made public.

PACC911 Adopt-A-Thon returns to Anthem on Feb. 11
ANTHEM – Get ready for a tail-wagging good time – the PACC911 annual Adopt-A-Thon in the Anthem Community Park is happening Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Anthem Cares through Service fundraiser to be held Feb. 17
ANTHEM – The Anthem Cares through Service team is inviting the community to the annual silent auction and raffle.

Unlimited Possibilities
Author Stephanie Perkins wrote, “A blank canvas has unlimited possibilities.” For local artist Barbara Drake, the realization of the “unlimited possibilities” came very early in life.

Construction continues on The Enclave at Anthem; informational meetings set for Feb. 7 and Feb. 8
ANTHEM – Construction at The Enclave at Anthem retirement community is moving along swiftly, and deposits for the apartments are being taken now.

Carefree Gardens series offers landscaping tips for DYI gardeners
CAREFREE – If you are planning to landscape your property or just have a corner that needs a “WOW” make-over into a more natural, appealing space, you won’t want to miss Carefree Desert Gardens’ next presentation, happening Saturday, Feb. 18.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Are you feeling okay? It seems that the inauguration left a whole lot of folks elated, giddy, joyful, hopeful, vindicated, depressed, discouraged, dismayed, angry, confident, and enthused. Have we become a bipolar nation?

Cave Creek Museum announces February events
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is planning a busy month in February with programs focusing on history, art, food, and more.

Desert Foothills Theater presents ‘Unnecessary Farce’
SCOTTSDALE – Join Desert Foothills Theater for the upcoming production ‘Unnecessary Farce’, as the crew brings the hilarious play to life.

NVSO announces winner of Summerford violin
PHOENIX – Jonathan Green was recently announced as the winner of a brand new handmade violin, valued at $3,000, after competing in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summerford Violin Concerto Competition.

County Supervisor Bill Gates sworn in; Board prepares for new year
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County’s newest supervisor was sworn into office on Jan. 4.

Grand opening for Cactus Shadows Field House set for Jan. 23
SCOTTSDALE – The Cactus Shadows High School will be hosting a grand opening event for their newly-built athletic facility the Falcon Field House, on Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

ADOT paving project currently focusing on northbound I-17, north of New River
NEW RIVER – As part of an ongoing pavement-improvement project along I-17 between New River and Coldwater Roads, the Arizona Department of Transportation will be working on the northbound side of I-17 over the next two months.

Celia Cruz, the ‘Queen of Salsa’, gets new exhibit at the MIM
PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum, in partnership with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project, have created a new display honoring the internationally celebrated Salsa singer

Desert Foothills Land Trust appoints new Executive Director
CAREFREE – The Board of Directors of Desert Foothills Land Trust has announced the appointment of Vicki Preston as the organization’s Executive Director.

In The Reins with Local Cowgirl
Beverly Cleary once said, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it!” Well, that’s just what local cowgirl-turned-author Carly Kade did with her book In The Reins.

Anthem Golf & Country Club Director of Tennis wins 2016 USPTA award
ANTHEM – Chris Brewer, Director of Tennis at Anthem Golf & Country Club, has been recognized by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as the 2016 “Southwest Professional of the Year”– an award that he previously earned in 2010.

New Fry’s Marketplace now open in Peoria
PEORIA – Northwest Valley residents have a new choice in grocery shopping. A 124,000 sq. ft. Fry’s Marketplace has opened on 25401 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy.

One person injured in house fire in Anthem
ANTHEM – One person sustained serious burn injuries in a house fire on Hickok Ct. in Anthem on the night of Jan. 11. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I ate the taco. After reading about how Jack in the Box sells 554 million tacos a year and has a cult following of “lifers” who indulge every day, I thought I better do some culinary research. Not a big fan of fast food and never even knowing that Jack in the Box sold tacos, it seemed this “taco news” needed some serious taste-testing. So I obliged.

Nearly 900K people watched “Hooked Rx” documentary
PHOENIX – Based on early television viewership projections, nearly 900,000 viewers tuned in to “Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction,” a Cronkite News report on Arizona’s prescription opioid epidemic, according to early Nielsen rating numbers. That number is expected to rise.

County Supervisors urge teens: ‘Say Something, Do Something’
NORTH VALLEY – Last week, the Maricopa County Supervisors gave a boost to a movement intended to prevent school tragedies. They issued a proclamation declaring January “Care Enough to Get in the Way” month.

Yavapai County residents targeted by phone scammers
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Recently, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from residents stating that they have been called by a man claiming he was with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and demanding payment on a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. 

Cave Creek equestrian group meeting monthly
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek and equestrian recreation are inseparable. Anyone who lives, works or plays in this authentic Western town knows it prides itself for being horse friendly; a place where cars yield to horses, and hitching posts serve a function instead of a decoration.

MVD customer service options continue expanding statewide
PHOENIX – One of the most common Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division transactions just got a bit easier with the addition of more Authorized Third Party providers permitted to offer driver license services including road testing, written testing, and photos.

Pinnacle Concert Series to present The 3 International Tenors
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church will continue on Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., with a performance by The 3 International Tenors.

Wading through the yuck, researchers study wastewater sludge for public health clues
TEMPE – Pristine white lab coats hang on a wheeled rack. Handwritten measurements and equations are crammed on whiteboards. And a long line of freezers are filled with containers of super-concentrated human waste.

Cave Creek float, horseback riders a big hit at Fiesta Bowl Parade
CAVE CREEK – The Town of Cave Creek was represented last Saturday at the Fiesta Bowl Parade by Western-donned horseback riders and a float depicting Old Town Cave Creek, in what is perhaps one of the largest events in Arizona – drawing in large crowds from all over the country.

Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race set for Jan. 21
NCAVE CREEK – The second annual Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race is planned for Saturday, Jan. 21. This 40-mile course features a rolling start, beginning in downtown Cave Creek at the Flat Tire Bike Shop, and continues on the Maricopa Trail, ending at Lake Pleasant.

Christmas weekend brings heavy rainfall for North Valley
NORTH VALLEY – It wasn’t quite a white Christmas in the North Valley, but it sure was a chilly one, with heavy rainfall on Christmas Eve and near freezing temps overnight this past weekend.

Nature’s Wow Factor
Local artist Dyana Hesson attributes the success of her 25-year painting/fine art career to her devotion to hard work, creativity, and fearlessness.

Carefree Desert Gardens January meeting to focus on agaves
CAREFREE – Carefree Desert Gardens is meeting on Saturday, Jan. 14, and the focus of this meeting will be agave plants.

Programs stress importance of high school athletes reporting concussions
GLENDALE – Dylan Leblanc, a former football player at Ironwood High School, remembers being upset at an opposing player for a hit he took during a game. And then, everything turned to fog.

Projects on US 60, Interstate 15 highlight 2016 in Greater Arizona
PHOENIX – Drivers have a wider, safer US 60 climbing east from Superior, a new bridge that will eliminate flooding closures on US 95 near Yuma and a rehabilitated Virgin River Bridge No. 6 on Interstate 15 thanks to just some of the Arizona Department of Transportation projects completed this year in Greater Arizona.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Princess Leia…why did you have to leave us? You, the one woman who would not only stand up to evil but sought out Darth Vader in order to destroy the Death Star, left an indelible impression on millions of us. Gone too soon!

Arizona TV and radio stations to air ASU-produced documentary on prescription drug abuse
PHOENIX – Two years ago, Arizona State University students produced a statewide documentary on the perils of heroin that was watched live by 1 million viewers and won numerous honors, including the region’s top Emmy and a national Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

BLM seeks public input on target shooting management alternatives
PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management Phoenix District Office is seeking public input on recreational target shooting management alternatives for the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

Pinnacle Concert Series to present Piano Man
SCOTTSDALE – British entertainer Terry Davies will present classic hits from Billy Joel and Elton John at ‘Piano Man’ on Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., as part of the Pinnacle Concert Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Citizen Fire Academy starts up Jan. 5
NORTH VALLEY – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter? Join the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s Citizen Fire Academy and find out all about it.

Giving back: Helping homeless pets in the new year
NORTH VALLEY – Sometimes, all it takes is the right person in the right place at the right time to save the life of a pet.

Christmas weekend brings heavy rainfall for North Valley
NORTH VALLEY – It wasn’t quite a white Christmas in the North Valley, but it sure was a chilly one, with heavy rainfall on Christmas Eve and near freezing temps overnight this past weekend.

Archaeology Society meeting to share ethnobotanical information
CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will hold their next meeting on Jan. 11, at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church.

Something in Simplicity
“Find something you would die for and live for it.” One of the favorite quotes from local artist Karolina Adams, who adds, “Art is that “something” for me.”

ProMusica Arizona holding auditions on Jan. 6
PHOENIX – ProMusica Arizona will be holding auditions for both the Chorale and Orchestra at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, on Friday, Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m. An accompanist will be provided for auditions.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department honors 2016 Volunteer of the Year
NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain Fire Department has chosen Ann Hutchinson as 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
By now, the presents we had carefully wrapped have been ripped open. The tree might be drying up. No doubt we ate and spent too much, but what the heck, Christmas only comes once a year. It might have been a bit stressful, but at least I did not run out of Reddi-wip.

Carefree Bashas’ sees business increase after remodel
CAREFREE – The newly remodeled Bashas’ located on Tom Darlington Drive, in Carefree, has seen a large increase in the daily foot traffic since the store remodeled and had its grand re-opening in October of this year, according to the franchise and the town.

Carefree council and mayor sworn into office
CAREFREE – The Carefree Town Council and Mayor were sworn into office on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the regularly scheduled meeting, and swiftly moved right into administrative duties by nominating and electing a new vice mayor.

Maricopa County honors Supervisor Kunasek’s commitment to parks system
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed December as Maricopa County Parks and Trails Month.

MIM receives grant to build additional museum space geared towards children
PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum was recently awarded a $150,000 grant by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to build additional museum space for young children to explore and interact with musical instruments.

Giving back: DMFD toy drive brings Christmas joy to hospitalized children
NORTH VALLEY – It’s Christmas all over, and that includes Valley children’s hospitals, where Santa made a special stop on Monday to make sure that these kiddos get a chance to feel some Christmas joy and play with new toys.

Merrill Gardens proposes adding 13 cottages to retirement community
ANTHEM – New retirement community Merrill Gardens at Anthem is nearing completion, and it may be getting a new addition.

Now open: Safeway officially open for business in Anthem
ANTHEM –The community welcomed Safeway back to Anthem at a grand opening celebration on Dec. 14. During the ceremony, the Safeway Foundation donated over $65,000 to local schools and other non-profits.

New Anthem Army Recruiting Center now open
ANTHEM – The new Anthem Army Recruiting Center is now open and looking for a few good recruits. The recruiting center is located at 39512 North Daisy Mountain Dr.

Thoughtful Minds Love Color
John Ruskin, the 19th Century English Author and Art Critic once wrote, “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
‘Twas the day before Christmas at the North Pole
Where elves worked frantically towards the big goal
Of wrapping the gifts and packing the sleigh,
Then giving reindeers thick bales of hay.

New leadership for Cave Creek as new mayor and council sworn in
CAVE CREEK – The town of Cave Creek officially swore in Mayor Ernie Bunch, who is the only the second citizens-elected mayor to serve the town since Vincent Francia, was elected in 1999, when Cave Creek first gained its township.

Carefree council and mayor sworn into office
CAREFREE – The Carefree Town Council and Mayor were sworn into office on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the regularly scheduled meeting, and swiftly moved right into administrative duties by nominating and electing a new vice mayor.

Maricopa County honors Supervisor Kunasek’s commitment to parks system
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed December as Maricopa County Parks and Trails Month.

MIM receives grant to build additional museum space geared towards children
PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum was recently awarded a $150,000 grant by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to build additional museum space for young children to explore and interact with musical instruments.

The Buffalo Chip is back to business as usual one year after fire
CAVE CREEK – It is a typical Friday night at The Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek: the dance floor is hopping, the bulls are bucking, the barbeque grills are smoking and the beer is flowing, so it is hard to believe that just one year ago

Giving back: Local teen collecting supplies for Child Crisis Arizona
ANTHEM – When people work together, they can do amazing things.

Anthem businesses awarded at annual ceremony
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council recognized multiple Anthem businesses at the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala on Dec. 3, and the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Justin Simons of State Farm Insurance as the 2016 Business Person of the Year.

Seeing Clearly Through Expression
Paul Klee, one of the best known artists in expressionism, cubism, and surrealism in the twentieth century, once observed, “Art does not reproduce what we see, rather it makes us see more clearly.”

Desert Foothills Land Trust seeks local artists’ contributions for annual art exhibit
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is seeking local artists’ works for DFLT’s annual ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’ exhibition next March.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I saw Santa and have been to the North Pole.  Dear Readers, it was everything that I imagined! Yes, I had the pleasure of riding the Polar Express (Grand Canyon Railway) with my daughter and two grand-girls, and it was quite an enchanted adventure.

IRS, Security Summit partners remind taxpayers to beware of phishing scams
PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners recently cautioned taxpayers to avoid identity theft by watching for phishing scams that can increase around the tax season.

Animal Care & Control seeks community’s help for the holidays
PHOENIX – With kennel space still scarce, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is searching for ways to bring people to its shelters in hopes of increasing adoptions for the holiday season. There are currently more than 650 dogs and cats being cared for at MCACC shelters.

YCSO warns of suspect impersonating YCSO personnel
YAVAPAI COUNTY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a suspect who is impersonating YCSO personnel to extort money from victims.

Winter Wonderland Celebration at the Carefree Christmas Festival
CAREFREE – Carefree is soon to be transformed into a snowy Winter Wonderland. 

Pictured is a conceptual plan of the proposed Anthem health center
ANTHEM – As the north valley’s population has increased, so has the need for medical services nearby.

New River Mailbox moving; some postal services unavailable until after the move
NEW RIVER –New River Mailbox has been a cornerstone of the New River community for many years.

Three people injured in wrong-way collision
ANTHEM – A pickup truck driver heading south in the northbound lanes of I-17 near the Anthem Way exit struck another vehicle late Monday night.

First reading of Windmill Village rezoning request approved
CAVE CREEK – A new 30-unit multi-family residential housing community is being proposed near the Stagecoach Village shopping center on Cave Creek and Galloway roads

New Needs, New Techniques
A quote from American painter Jackson Pollock sums up the philosophy of local artist/photographer Betsy Anderson’s in one phrase, “New needs; need new techniques.”

Anthem Holiday Home Tour to feature five festive homes
ANTHEM – Get in the holiday spirit on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 with the annual Holiday Home Tour in Anthem.

Giving back: Daisy Mountain Veterans holding toy drive for local families in need
ANTHEM – For families who are struggling to get by, Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Daisy Mountain Veterans is teaming up with local schools to help make sure every local child has the chance to get a Christmas present this year.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I took a selfie. It didn’t turn out very well, because I have decided that most photos of scenery, people, or grandkids seem to look better if I am not in them. But while holding a carrot, I snapped a picture of me and my big old horse, Baxter.

Two pedestrians injured in accident in Cave Creek
CAVE CREEK – Two pedestrians sustained serious injuries after being struck by a van in an accident in Cave Creek in the early hours of the morning of Nov. 24.

ASU picks up 26th Varsity Sport
PHOENIX – Arizona State University caused a mix of emotions when it added men’s tennis and women’s lacrosse as varsity sports, while men’s soccer was put on the back burner yet again.

Celebration of Christmas presented by Pinnacle Concert Series
SCOTTSDALE – Get into the spirit of the season with the Pinnacle Concert Series’ Celebration of Christmas, happening Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Cave Creek Museum to host Cowboy Christmas party
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is celebrating the holidays with several fun events for kids and adults alike, including a party that celebrates the cowboy side of Christmas.

Educators optimistic after seeing final federal rules on school success
PHOENIX – State officials welcomed final regulations for the federal school policy that will replace the troubled No Child Left Behind program, which give states more flexibility to determine school success and which schools are falling behind.

Starting fresh: County Recorder-elect shares plans, goals for office
NORTH VALLEY – Adrian Fontes has been elected Maricopa County Recorder, and he will officially take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

Foothills Academy raises funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital
NORTH VALLEY – Foothills Academy students have raised $2,766.16 to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

From Scraps to Quilts
There’s an old saying, “When life gives you scraps, make a quilt!”

Colonel Park Shaw’s estate sale, Nov. 25- 27
SCOTTSDALE – If there was one thing the late Colonel Park Shaw was known for, it was his amazing zest for life.

Marty Ashby Holiday Jazz Show to be held at MIM
PHOENIX – Holiday music and jazz fans alike are invited to attend the Musical Instrument Museum’s 7th annual Marty Ashby Holiday Jazz Show on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Community members donate wedding for Marine at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – Veterans Day is not the only day of the year when local residents honor veterans, and one veteran was honored in a very special way this year.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
How is your Thanksgiving shaping up? I hope delicious and restful. I had a surreal experience because I mentioned I might not be cooking a turkey. It set off a chain reaction that went from California to Ohio and bounced back to Arizona.

How to safely fry a turkey
Here’s the thing. Deep frying isn’t the safest way to cook a turkey. Just ask any firefighter or emergency-room worker who has treated someone with third- or fourth-degree burns after an unfortunate accident.

Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities starting annual toy drive this weekend
NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities is hosting their annual toy drive for the next several weekends. All donations will go to children in local hospitals or to local families in need.

Arizona Game and Fish’s sandhill crane cam now streaming
PHOENIX — Sandhill cranes have returned to southeastern Arizona and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s live-streaming camera is again trained on their wintering grounds at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday concert
PHOENIX – Enjoy the sounds of the season at North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, happening Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.

Drivers are key to reducing I-17 crashes, closures north of Phoenix
NORTH VALLEY – As the Arizona Department of Transportation seeks to identify and fund projects that will increase capacity on Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, drivers need to do their part by avoiding the poor decisions and inattention behind so many of the crashes that result in closures and backups – and worse, injuries and fatalities.

ADOT explains what to do after a non-injury, fender bender collision
PHOENIX – Valley roads will be seeing some of the most traffic of the year this weekend, and the Arizona Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers to be extra careful.

AZGFD Wildlife Day offers a glimpse at Arizona’s wild side
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department manages more than 800 native species and the public is invited to meet several of them on Saturday, Nov. 19 during the AZGFD Wildlife Day.

Third annual Coleman Memorial Run held in honor of Deputy Coleman
ANTHEM – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William Coleman lost his life in the line of duty on Jan. 8, 2012.

Trail easement, realignment for Surrey Trail approved
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously approved a trail easement on Nov. 7 that will realign a portion of the Surrey Trail that is located in the Canyon Ridge Estates Subdivision after negotiating for nearly five years with property owners.

Fifth annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial draws record crowd
ANTHEM – The largest crowd in the Anthem Veterans Memorial’s five-year existence gathered on Veterans Day to pay their respects to the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. .

Fifth annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial draws record crowd
ANTHEM – The largest crowd in the Anthem Veterans Memorial’s five-year existence gathered on Veterans Day to pay their respects to the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. .

Magic of the Moment
‘There is magic in our world, in every sunrise, fluttering leaf, the tiniest and most brilliant meadow flowers.

Dazzling, Laughter, and Adventure
Author Nora Roberts wrote, “Life will be your treasure box, filled with the sparkle of laughter, the gleam of adventure, the shine of discovery, the flash of magic.

Jim David Photography of Cave Creek honored with two Emmy Awards
CAVE CREEK – Local studio Jim David Photography earned two Emmy Awards for a short feature about a dedicated group of individuals working to conserve land in the North Phoenix valley.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I saw a spider. I went to the bathroom at two in the morning and there sitting on a wall next to the sink was a big brown spider.

Election results show strong wins for Penzone and McCain; some races still too close to call
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County has not yet officially released election results, and, as of Monday night, about 45,000 ballots remained to be counted in Maricopa County. Some races have shown large enough leads that they have already been called for the winner, including the Maricopa County sheriff’s race.

Cave Creek Town Council approves $63,000 in repairs that will finally provide water to Joy Ranch Road
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously approved $63,211 for leased line operation costs that repair the public connections to existing water lines on Joy Ranch Road, in the first step to finally providing running water to residents on the west-side of town.

IRS warns tax professionals of new e-services email scam
PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service recently issued an urgent alert to tax professionals who use IRS e-services to beware of an email asking them to update their accounts and directing them to a fake Web site.

Phoenix Police arrest suspect after aircraft laser strikes
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Police Department announced on Monday that an arrest has been made in connection with multiple aircraft laser strikes.

YCSO warns of recent fraud attempts
YAVAPAI COUNTY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is warning local residents that scammers continue to remain very creative in their approach to separate victims from their money.

Pinnacle Concert Series presents Mill Avenue Chamber Players
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series invites you to “time travel” with the Mill Avenue Chamber Players: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. They will be performing at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church on Friday, Nov. 18.

For the love of art: Hidden in the Hills celebrating 20 years
NORTH VALLEY – Amazing artistic talent is “hidden in the hills” of the northeast valley, and the Sonoran Arts League is once again highlighting it through the Hidden in the Hills artist studio tour and art sale.

Cave Creek Museum holding Miner’s Dinner fundraiser
CAVE CREEK – Take a step back in time at the Cave Creek Museum next Tuesday at the Miner’s Dinner fundraiser.

Honoring heroes at the Veterans Parade
ANTHEM – Thousands attended the 12th annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade this past Saturday in Anthem, celebrating veterans and honoring their service.

Don’t Be Late for a Very Important Date
“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!”

New non-profit Web for Hope assisting local families in need
ANTHEM – Families in need have a new resource in non-profit organization Web for Hope.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
There is a winner and a loser. Defeat and victory. Cheering and jeering. Hopes rising and dreams dashed. It is the way it is, Dear Readers. This November will go down in history.

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety boosts ADOT crash data reporting
PHOENIX – A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of an armed robber who robbed the Walgreens at 6640 West Happy Valley Rd., in northwest Phoenix. Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information in the case.

Reward offered for information in northwest Phoenix robbery
NORTH VALLEY - Crash data the Arizona Department of Transportation compiles from agencies around the state is invaluable for law enforcement, researchers, and others examining trends behind fatalities and injuries on all state roadways.

Ensuring readiness for college and career begins in early childhood
PHOENIX – As we recognize Veteran’s Day this month, we can begin building in our young children an appreciation of our nation’s veterans and their service to our country

Desert Discovery Day set for Nov. 19 at Jewel of the Creek Preserve
CAVE CREEK – Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert during Desert Discovery Day at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek.

Annual Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council and Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team are inviting the community to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11

Everyone Needs Beauty
The American Naturalist John Muir wrote in The Yosemite, “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and places to pray in where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”

Jeri Williams appointed Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department
PHOENIX – Jeri L. Williams was appointed Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department on Oct. 28.

Memorial run to honor Deputy Coleman to be held Nov. 8
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial run to honor Deputy Bill Coleman on Nov. 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

New River Kiwanis presents first quarter awards
NEW RIVER – Four New River Elementary students received awards from the New River Kiwanis at a first quarter awards assembly last week.

Time to vote: Polling places around the north valley
BLACK CANYON CITY – Join the Black Canyon City community in honoring veterans at the upcoming VFW Veterans Day Parade.

Black Canyon City Veterans Parade happening Nov. 5
NORTH VALLEY – The 2016 election season is finally almost over – all that’s left to do is vote or drop off your early ballot if you didn’t mail it.

Cave Creek Museum announces November events
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is gearing up for a busy November with several special events and its annual fundraiser, ‘A Miner’s Dinner’. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers, and pioneers. 

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Autumn is the season of longer nights, cooler weather and plenty of giant-pumpkin growing contests. And Pumpkin Spice Lattes, which might make us grow fat as a pumpkin because each cup “weighs in” with around 430 calories!

Foothills Caring Corps to host charity golf tournament
SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Caring Corps is inviting golf lovers to tee up for a good cause at the 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, slated for Monday, Nov. 14.

United Blood Services asking for donors
PEORIA – Give blood in November to help Arizona patients who are spending their Thanksgiving holiday in the hospital. Patient needs for all blood types in Arizona have increased with the arrival of winter visitors. 

Desert Foothills Theater presents ‘Nunsense: The Mega Musical Comedy’
SCOTTSDALE – Desert Foothills Theater is bringing the hilarious Nunsense musical to the north valley, opening on Friday, Nov. 11.

Gavilan Peak Firebirds win district cross-country title
ANTHEM – The Gavilan Peak Firebirds cross-country team won the district cross country title last week, and they’re now on their way to the state competition.

Halloween events you won’t want to miss
CAVE CREEK – As the month of October comes to a close, so do the many Halloween activities. Here are two themed events that you will want to catch before it’s too late.

Twelfth annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade set for Nov. 5
ANTHEM – On Saturday, Nov. 5, the 12th annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade will once again make its way through Anthem, starting at 10 a.m.

Arizona’s tallest Christmas tree arrives at Outlets at Anthem
ANTHEM – If you just can’t wait for the Christmas season to kick off, you’re in luck – one of the north valley’s most iconic decorations is already here.

Tramonto Albertsons celebrates remodel with ribbon cutting
PHOENIX – The Albertsons in Tramonto celebrated the store remodel with a grand re-opening ceremony on Oct. 19.

Archaeology Society to host presentation on ancient Mediterranean rituals
CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will host Todd W. Bostwick, PhD, RPA, at the Nov. 9 meeting.

Looking for a Rainbow
Arlo Guthrie’s lyrics to This Highway in the Wind could well be the sound track of Bill Follis’ life.

Pinnacle Concert Series opens with ‘Phantom Night’
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series 2016-2017 opens on Friday, Oct. 28, with ‘Phantom Night’.

Cave Creek Wild West Days happening Nov. 2-6
CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days event, set for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 2-6

Diamond Canyon School hosts Boosterthon Fun Run
ANTHEM – On Oct. 14, more than 665 K-5th grade students ran in the Boosterthon Fun Run at Diamond Canyon School. More than 380 6th through 8th grade students ran in the Boosterthon Color Run at Diamond Canyon School, as well.

Power struggle: Exploring the Corporation Commission race
NORTH VALLEY – Dark money, rate cases, solar – all recurring themes in the 2016 Arizona Corporation Commission election. Five candidates are campaigning for the three available seats on the Commission.

Upping the minimum: Prop 206 would raise minimum wage and add sick time requirements
NORTH VALLEY – Raising the minimum wage has been repeatedly referenced in the 2016 election, and Arizona voters will soon have the opportunity to decide whether or not to raise the state minimum.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Boo! Are you scared yet? Well, don’t worry, because while the approach of Halloween may cause a whole lot of ghouls and witches to come knocking at your door (hope they are kids in costume) it also brings the joy of candy!

I-17 southbound closed for eight hours after multiple-vehicle collision
BLACK CANYON CITY – The southbound I-17 was closed on Sunday afternoon from about 2 p.m. through 10 pm. due to a crash north of Black Canyon City that involved 24 vehicles.

Autumnfest returns to Anthem this weekend
ANTHEM – Anthem welcomes one of the most beloved carnivals and craft fairs back to the Valley this weekend.

Black Canyon Fire District awarded grants from the 100 Club of Arizona
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon Fire District is very pleased and honored to receive two grant awards from the 100 Club of Arizona.

CCUSD budget takes forefront at candidate forum
SCOTTSDALE – Cave Creek Unified School District Governing Board candidates agree that CCUSD offers excellent educational opportunities for students...

Master sculptor Ray Villafane offers behind-the-scenes look at Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
CAREFREE – Carefree just kicked off its second annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

Prop 205: A closer look at the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act ballot measure
NORTH VALLEY – How do you feel about marijuana legalization? This Election Day, Arizona voters will decide if marijuana should be legalized in this state.

NVSO presents first concert of the season on Oct. 22
PHOENIX – Phoenix violists Craig and Jessica Triplett will be featured in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2016-17 season

A Gift of Time
Time, without magic or pretense, moves the three-dimensional universe with no regard for eternity.

Black Canyon City artist’s work featured at Phoenix Airport Museum
PHOENIX – Weather is often a popular subject of small talk, but in Arizona it can be a major topic of discussion.

North Valley Christian Academy wins McTeacher's Night Challenge
ANTHEM – The Anthem McDonald’s restaurant has raised over $3,600 for local schools.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Do thieves read papers? Well, I doubt it, but just in case, here goes. Would the thief who stole my grandson’s tile saw out of the back of his pick-up truck please return it!

Who teaches the teachers? Rules would hold teacher colleges accountable
PHOENIX – For years, the U.S. Department of Education has rated teachers’ success based on how well their students performed on tests. Now, it wants to take a step back and evaluate how teachers are taught to teach.

Cactus Shadows takes the big stage with ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
SCOTTSDALE – High school actors and actresses will take the big stage for the first time this school year with their production of Peter and the Starcatcher. The show will be on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

APS shares design plans for Daisy Mountain substation
ANTHEM – In the next few months, APS will begin construction on a new substation east of 43rd Ave., in Anthem. Design plans for the walls surrounding the substation have now been released.

DVUSD board candidates discuss district issues and goals
ANTHEM – Six candidates are running for three available seats on the Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board, and they met for a candidate forum in Anthem on Monday night.

The art of doing good: Empty Bowls to be held Oct. 21 at Harold’s Corral
CAVE CREEK – In Arizona, an estimated 434,840 children don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, released in April 2016.

‘The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business’ presentation set for Oct. 27
SCOTTSDALE – The Gallery at el Pedregal and Fearlessly Deliver, LLC, will co-host a special evening for entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, sales managers, and others who are serious about exploring creative ways to succeed at life and business.

The Labyrinth Beyond Time
“To all appearances, the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.”

Black Canyon Heritage Park drains pond for restocking
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon Heritage Park has been drained for the next several weeks to remove some non-native fish, mainly the ‘mosquitofish’, which are threatening the native Gila topminnow, which is actually a better mosquito killer.

Cactus Shadows Improv Troupe kicks off the school year with its first performance
CAVE CREEK – A couple of weeks ago, the Cactus Shadows High School Jokers Improv Troupe kicked off its season with the first of four school year shows.

Education & Community Services holding Night Owls Glow Party
CAVE CREEK – Parents, are you ready for a night out? Would the kids like one too? Education & Community Services has got you covered with Night Owls Glow Party on Friday, Oct. 14, 6-9:30pm

Anthem Veterans Memorial designer donates commemorative painting
ANTHEM – Anthem Veterans Memorial designer Renee Palmer-Jones has created an original painting commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated Nov. 11, 2011.

CCUSD Governing Board candidate forum set for Oct. 17
SCOTTSDALE – Learn more about the candidates running for the three open seats on the Cave Creek Unified School District Governing Board at a candidate forum at Cactus Shadows High School on Monday, Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
My divorced friend asked me “where is a good place to fall in love?” My answer: everywhere and any time. Be prepared. Maybe it starts with an awkward introduction or a glance into someone else’s eyes.

Cave Creek Council exploring possibilities to preserve 4,000 acres of open land
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously agreed to execute an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona State Land Department and passed a moratorium restricting new water service connections for the Desert Hills water system during its meeting on Monday, Oct. 3.

Department of Justice awards more than $49 million to combat human trafficking
PHOENIX – On Sept. 29, the Department of Justice awarded grants totaling more than $49 million to state, local and tribal jurisdictions, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers to combat human trafficking across the United States.

MVD partnership lets drivers get replacement Social Security cards online
PHOENIX – A driver license verification program used by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division now makes it possible to request Social Security card replacements online through the Social Security Web site and simplifies the already-existing process of getting a person’s identifying information verified when making a major purchase or obtaining a loan.

New River Kiwanis holds Officer Installation Dinner
NEW RIVER – The annual Kiwanis of New River Officer Installation Dinner was held on Sept. 29. Over 50 guests attended this event in the Kiwanis Community Park in New River, and the theme of the night was all about fun.

AZ educators get creative in finding solutions to growing teacher shortage
PHOENIX – Suzanne Zentner stood in front of the high school students and their parents gathered in the library of Gilbert High School on a recent evening and got right to the point

MCSO asking for community’s help in identifying armed robbery suspect
ANTHEM – Two Anthem businesses were robbed in the last several weeks, and investigators report that the crimes are likely connected.

MCSO Posse seeks donations for new equipment
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office North Valley Posse has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase new equipment.

Outlets at Anthem Christmas tree to be delivered on Oct. 20
ANTHEM – Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? The Outlets at Anthem is already getting ready for Christmas, with the delivery of the state’s tallest fresh-cut tree scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Anthem Pets holding V.I.P.P. event on Oct. 15
ANTHEM – Anthem Pets will celebrate some ‘Very Important People & Pets’ at the annual V.I.P.P. fundraiser happening Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Ironwood Country Club.

Happy anniversary, Harold’s! Iconic Cave Creek restaurant celebrates 81 years
CAVE CREEK – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral will celebrates its 81st anniversary with a big bash on Saturday, Oct. 15

Sogetsu Ikebana, Art of Balance and Form
Ikebana is often called the “Japanese art of flower arranging”, although this art form is more than simply placing flowers in a vase.

Artist Reception to be held at Desert Foothills Library
CAVE CREEK – View the work of dozens of artists at the Hidden in the Hills Showcase 2016, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Desert Foothills Library.

Valley soccer standout Niki Jackson helps build GCU program
PHOENIX – Niki Jackson had his choice of well-established college soccer programs coming out of Cactus Shadows High School and Casa Grande’s Real Salt Lake Academy.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
My teenage grandson, Brandon, made me watch it. He laid out his case, as if he were practicing for a debate (telling me it would be fun), so that I had no excuse except to turn on the television, make a bowl of popcorn and suffer through the back-biting, insults, below-the-belt, half-truths, bold lies and entertaining spectacle that played out before my eyes.

60th Annual Fort Verde Days happening this weekend
CAMP VERDE – The 60th Annual Fort Verde Days will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 7-9. This year’s theme is ‘The 60s – Let’s Go to The Hop’. Camp Verde Promotions is proudly presenting the 60th Annual Fort Verde Days, which is Camp Verde’s longest running event. 

Department of Justice awards more than $49 million to combat human trafficking
PHOENIX – On Sept. 29, the Department of Justice awarded grants totaling more than $49 million to state, local and tribal jurisdictions, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers to combat human trafficking across the United States.

MVD partnership lets drivers get replacement Social Security cards online
PHOENIX – A driver license verification program used by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division now makes it possible to request Social Security card replacements online through the Social Security Web site and simplifies the already-existing process of getting a person’s identifying information verified when making a major purchase or obtaining a loan.

New River Kiwanis holds Officer Installation Dinner
NEW RIVER – The annual Kiwanis of New River Officer Installation Dinner was held on Sept. 29. Over 50 guests attended this event in the Kiwanis Community Park in New River, and the theme of the night was all about fun.

AZ educators get creative in finding solutions to growing teacher shortage
PHOENIX – Suzanne Zentner stood in front of the high school students and their parents gathered in the library of Gilbert High School on a recent evening and got right to the point

Local author discusses inspiration for 'Images of America: New River'
NEW RIVER – New River has a rich history, with plenty of legend and lore mixed in.

Public Safety Fair to be held Oct. 8
PHOENIX – The community is invited to the 5th annual Public Safety Fair, to be held at Desert View Bible Church, on Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Archaeology Society meeting to discuss Little Colorado River Valley
CAVE CREEK – On Oct. 11, the Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will host speak Charles Adams. Adams will present ‘From Rock Art Ranch to Homol’ovi: 13,000 Years of Migration in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley’.

A Full Circle Artist
“A woman is the full circle within her, she has the power to create, nurture, and transform.” Written in a pioneer journal from Mt. Pleasant, UT, in July 1909.

Tatum Ranch Car Show to benefit Foothills Food Bank
CAVE CREEK – The 6th annual Tatum Ranch Car Show is set for Saturday, Oct.15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 29888 N. Tatum Ranch Drive, in Cave Creek. The show will once again benefit the Foothills Food Bank

Cave Creek Museum reopens for the season this Saturday
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Museum reopens for the season on Saturday, Oct. 1. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers.

Canyon Springs STEM Academy holding 10-year anniversary celebration
ANTHEM – Canyon Springs STEM Academy will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary on Friday, Oct. 7. The evening celebration will include a variety of programs and activities for the whole family.

Ask the candidates: DVUSD governing board candidate forum set for Oct. 10
ANTHEM – Three seats on the Deer Valley Unified School District governing board are being sought in this year’s election, and the board candidates will be coming to a candidate forum in Anthem on Monday, Oct. 10 to answer local residents’ questions and share ideas and goals for the DVUSD.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
My motto? Why do something today when you can put it off until tomorrow? Okay, I suppose that makes me a procrastinator. I had to laugh out loud when a medical journal recently ran a four-page article about “the dangers of procrastination.”

New, simpler guidelines created to treat Valley Fever
PHOENIX – Doctors are recommending new detection and treatment guidelines for Valley Fever, a deadly and debilitating infection that mimics the flu.

The Foothills Focus earns awards from statewide newspaper association
NEW RIVER – The staff of The Foothills Focus is honored to announce that the paper has won four awards through the Arizona Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.

YCSO warning that computer repair telephone scam continues
NORTH VALLEY – Telephone scams are many and varied, and one scam that continues to target people around the country is computer repair scam calls.

Share your priorities for ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan
NORTH VALLEY – Planning Arizona’s transportation future requires setting priorities and making sometimes-difficult choices, given limited resources.

U.S. surgeon general uses social media to address opioid epidemic
PHOENIX – The U.S. surgeon general is urging those who support the fight against the nationwide opioid epidemic to take his #TurnTheTide pledge.

Sonoran Arts League moving to Stagecoach Village
CAVE CREEK – The Sonoran Arts League is moving to Stagecoach Village, a decision the non-profit’s board says is prompted by the need for more space.

On the issues: Candidates share views during forum in Anthem
ANTHEM – Nineteen candidates running for a variety of Arizona offices answered questions and offered information on their backgrounds and views at a Sept. 14

Annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K set for Oct. 1
ANTHEM – Join the fight against cancer and walk for a cure on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Community celebrates opening of Opportunity Way Park
ANTHEM – Anthem’s newest amenity, Opportunity Way Park, opened and was dedicated to the residents of the Anthem community on Sept. 17 after a ribbon cutting at the site.

Safeway returning to Anthem; opening date not yet set
ANTHEM – In 2000, Anthem and the surrounding communities celebrated the opening of Safeway, the first grocery store in the area.

The Color of the Spirit
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Nature always wears the color of the spirit.” The mixed media, nature-inspired sculptures of local artist Nancy McIntosh surprise and delight their admirers and inspire the spaces they occupy.

Boosterthon Fun Run raises funds for Desert Willow Elementary
CAVE CREEK – On Sept. 16, more than 614 students ran in the Boosterthon Fun Run at Desert Willow Elementary.

TRRFCC Horsemanship kicks off its fall classes and will hold Family Fun Night in November
CAVE CREEK – Entering its ninth year, TRRFCC Horsemanship continues to positively impact the Cave Creek, Phoenix and Scottsdale communities as it kicks off its first classes of the fall.

Water delivery issues discussed at council meeting
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council scheduled a special work session for Sept. 26 to continue discussing and working out the details necessary for delivering  water to west-side residents, after hearing recommendations from the town’s attorney, town manager and members of the water advisory board during last week’s council meeting.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I am leaving on a short trip. I will be taking a time capsule (Southwest Airlines) to a faraway land (Ohio), a place of my youth (family home) where nothing much changes and a million memories will greet me.

YCSO online dog licensing program in full swing
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Last year, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office launched a Web site providing dog owners the ability to obtain licenses, maintain pet records, and even report an animal missing, and YCSO is encouraging more Yavapai County residents to take advantage of this convenient program and apply.

One amazing kid: ‘Go Gold’ Sept. 19-21 for Jordan, who’s fighting cancer
ANTHEM – Eleven-year-old Jordan “Jojo” Calderon is a caring, kindhearted girl who is working on collecting toys to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

APS to construct new substation near 43rd Avenue
ANTHEM – A new APS substation will soon be constructed on the west side of Anthem, east of 43rd Ave.

No injuries sustained to pets or people from Claws N’ Paws fire
NEW RIVER – Pet grooming business Claws N’ Paws was damaged by a fire on Labor Day.

Ribbon-cutting to be held for Opportunity Way Park on Saturday
ANTHEM – If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Opportunity Way Park in Anthem, the wait is almost over

Changes loom for grading Arizona schools
PHOENIX – Arizona’s letter-grading system to measure how well schools are teaching students is on hold while the state school board makes changes.

Pet Adoption Days to be held at Gallery at el Pedregal
SCOTTSDALE – The Sonoran Arts League is partnering with several animal rescue groups for Pet Adoption Days at the Gallery at el Pedregal on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Foothills Food Bank holding ribbon cutting to celebrate expansion
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is holding a ribbon cutting/open house on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 10 a.m. This event will celebrate the expansion of the food bank.

Boosterthon Fun Run to raise funds for Desert Willow Elementary
CAVE CREEK – Desert Willow Elementary School will host a Boosterthon Fun Run event on Friday, Sept. 16, culminating a nine-day program that raises much-needed funds for Desert Willow and inspires students to live healthy, character-filled lives.

‘Disappointed’ Arians on Cardinals loss: “Give us another week’
TEMPE – After coming up a kick short against the New England Patriots, questions of is-the- sky-falling descended on the shoulders of the Super Bowl favored Arizona Cardinals.

Trailhead burglary suspects sought
YAVAPAI COUNTY – If you have plans to head out hiking, make sure you leave valuables at home and stay vigilant while you're out on the trails. Last month, burglars broke into a hiker’s car and stole credit cards, then used the cards to make purchases.

Wildcats, Sun Devils, Lumberjacks sport specialty plates
PHOENIX Universities are back in session, football season is underway and school spirit is in the air and on many vehicle bumpers.

Motor Vehicle Division says many transactions can be done online
PHOENIX – Need to take care of something at the Motor Vehicle Division? Chances are, you can skip the wait and do it online at ServiceArizona.com.

ProMusica Arizona appoints assistant orchestra conductor
NORTH VALLEY – After a regional search, ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra has named Arash Ertefai as assistant orchestra conductor.

Cave Creek Info Center seeking volunteers
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Info Center in Frontier Town is looking for volunteers to join their team. If you’re passionate about our Cave Creek/Carefree area, this is an opportunity to give back by sharing information on all these communities have to offer.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I was stuck in the misery on I-17 over Labor Day weekend. What should have been an easy drive became the nightmare called “one lane of torture” for more hours than I care to consider.

Black Canyon City VFW Post getting complete renovation
BLACK CANYON CITY – The VFW Post 1796 in Black Canyon City is nearly 40 years old, and in the next few months, the building will be getting renovated and updated.

Local teen serving community through Governor’s Youth Commission
ANTHEM – Anthem teen Nicole Sherwood is making a difference in the community and in the entire state as part of the Governor’s Youth Commission.

Local author to present at NR/DHCA meeting
NEW RIVER – Local author-historian Marcy Miller will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 13 New River/Desert Hills Community Association meeting.

Archaeology Society to discuss political upheaval in prehistoric central Arizona
CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter Sept. 14 meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. David Abbott.

The Legend Captures Our Hearts
“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” Dakota Sioux

The Horny Toad celebrates 40th anniversary
CAVE CREEK – The Horny Toad will celebrate its 40-year anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 17. The celebration will feature specials on food and drinks, as well as live entertainment and prizes.

‘Honor Those Who Serve’ community art project will recognize veterans
CAVE CREEK – Some people etch names of loved ones who passed while battling a war.

Carefree launching Pumpkin Pin Hunt
CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree, in partnership with the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, has announced the launch of the new Carefree Pumpkin Pin Hunt to help kick off the fall season ...

Carefree, Cave Creek elect mayors and Councilmembers
NORTH VALLEY – Ernie Bunch clinched the Cave Creek mayoral seat, which has been occupied since 1999 by the town’s first citizens-elected and current, Mayor Vincent Francia, receiving over 57 percent of vote in the primary elections last week, according the Maricopa County Recorder’s office.

MCSO investigating two armed robberies in Anthem
ANTHEM – Two Anthem businesses were robbed last week. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the cases; it’s not yet known if the robberies are connected.

Partnering program for stakeholders reduces conflicts, helps deliver projects on time
PHOENIX – Since 1991, the Arizona Department of Transportation has launched projects by engaging partners from contractors to municipalities to other agencies in a process of agreeing to what they want to accomplish, how they will communicate and how they will resolve disputes.

IRS warns of a new wave of attacks focused on tax professionals
NORTH VALLEY – The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax professionals of a new wave of attacks that allow identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns by remotely taking over practitioners’ computers.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
How was your Labor Day? Mine was pretty good because I didn’t lift a finger. No work, cooking or cleaning. Okay, so I did take care of the horses but that is about it. I suppose that is a “labor of love.”

The Enclave at Anthem retirement community expected to open in August 2017
ANTHEM – Retirement community The Enclave at Anthem is on track to welcome the first residents in August 2017.

Animal Portrait Art Gears Up In New Space
French poet, journalist, and novelist Anatole France wrote, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.”

Early morning hunter
Mark Kramb of New River captured this shot of an owl along Skunk Creek in the northwest valley.

Phoenix Cheer Elite holding grand opening on Sept. 3
PHOENIX – New cheer gym Phoenix Cheer Elite is holding a grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities helps local family get pool fence
ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities donated a pool fence to a local family in need. The pool fence installation began a few weeks ago.

Carefree’s Spanish Village sold to Raskin Partners
CAREFREE – Spanish Village in Carefree has been acquired by Raskin Partners. CAREFREE – Spanish Village in Carefree has been acquired by Raskin Partners.

Carefree fire station evacuated after drop-off of possible explosives
CAREFREE – Rural Metro Fire Station 821 was evacuated for several hours on Friday evening after a bag with possible explosive devices was dropped off at the station.

Getting the facts: Maricopa Reentry Center operating in north Phoenix
PHOENIX – Maricopa Reentry Center, a facility to house recently released inmates, started operating near I-17 and Pinnacle Peak Road this summer.

Desert Foothills Land Trust earns renewed accreditation
NORTH VALLEY – Desert Foothills Land Trust, North Valley land conservation organization, has earned renewed accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation.

Foster care children aging out of Arizona system need transitional help
PHOENIX – Jasmine Flores entered the Arizona foster care system when she was 13 years old. She stayed in the system, moving from group home to group home to group home and changing schools along the way.

Grant funding awarded to Arizona sportsmen’s organizations
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has awarded $75,000 in grant funding for local sportsmen’s organizations to provide public, hands-on, mentored projects focused on the retention of new hunters and anglers.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I want to be an Olympian. To run, jump, swim, peddle, shoot, throw, kick, punch, or soar through the air is an inspiring thought. Sadly, like most of us, I will never get to the Olympics except as a spectator. But after watching the world class athletes give their all in some amazing and mind-boggling events, it does make me feel a bit more motivated to step up my exercise program.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department CERT Training starting Sept. 1
NORTH VALLEY – The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is presenting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, starting on Thursday, Sept. 1

No injuries reported after house fire in Anthem
ANTHEM – Daisy Mountain Fire and Phoenix Fire Departments responded to a house fire in Anthem on the afternoon of Aug. 18.

North Valley Justice of the Peace discusses court’s role in local issues
NORTH VALLEY – North Valley Justice of the Peace Judge Gerald Williams shared information about how the Maricopa County Justice Courts work at an Aug. 12 Representative Town Hall meeting

Police incident resolved without injuries
PHOENIX – A police incident in the area of the Emery Henderson trailhead on W New River Rd. was safely resolved on the afternoon of Aug. 16, after several hours of police presence in the area.

Bold and Expressive
The Impressionist painter Degas once wrote to Mary Cassatt, also a well-known Impressionist of the time, “Most women paint as though they are trimming hats. Not you!”

Call for artists for Thunderbird Artists’ upcoming festivals
NORTH VALLEY – Thunderbird Artists celebrates 35 years of producing sophisticated, award-winning, world-class fine art and wine festivals throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, with a Call for Artists for its upcoming season.

APS representatives discuss ongoing rate review case
NORTH VALLEY – APS customers may be seeing changes to their bills in summer 2017.

Alliance strives to limit skimmer crimes
PHOENIX – The Department of Agriculture this week hosted gas retailers, police investigators, credit unions, and the Attorney General’s office to discuss efforts to combat skimming crimes. 

Red Cross holding blood drive in Anthem on Sept. 13
ANTHEM – During National Preparedness Month in September, the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a readily available blood supply for emergencies.

Lisa Jones named Phoenix Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
PHOENIX – Lisa Jones has been named Phoenix Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Jones, a Phoenix native, has 23 years of experience with the city in a variety of public safety roles.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
It wasn’t supposed to end like this. What started out as a normal Monday morning a few weeks ago, ended up becoming a shocking tragedy when three men, Dr. Bill Tryon, Christian Silaghi and Juan Pablo Garcia, died in a freak accident in Desert Hills.

Opportunity Way Park on track to open in September
ANTHEM – Construction on the long-awaited Opportunity Way Park on the west side of Anthem is nearing completion, and the park is on schedule to open next month. An exact opening date has not yet been set.

Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities helps local family obtain a pool fence
NORTH VALLEY – When someone in the north valley community needs help, the Daisy Mountain Fire Department is there, for all kinds of situations and needs.

Art’s Common Humanity
John M. Eger wrote in the Huffington Post, “In creating art, consciously or not, artists are attempting to communicate at a powerful emotional level to those within their own culture.

Harold’s Corral to hold Hawaiian Luau on Sept. 4
CAVE CREEK – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its 19th Annual Hawaiian Luau on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Election for Carefree Council and mayoral candidates to be held on Aug. 30
CAREFREE – Carefree residents will be voting to elect a mayor and six Councilmembers on Aug. 30. An additional election on Nov. 8, Election Day, will be held if necessary.

Candidate Forum to be held on Sept. 14; submit questions now
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council and the New River/Desert Hills Community Association are partnering to bring local, state, and federal candidates to a Candidate Forum at the Anthem Civic Building on Sept. 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

Monsoons bring unpredictable storms; OHV and boaters urged to use caution
PHOENIX – Monsoon season is in full swing and the Arizona Game and Fish Department warns boating and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users that weather conditions can change quickly and could be dangerous for those who aren’t prepared.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
It’s a scary world out there. Sometimes, Dear Readers, we just need a friend. A friend who will trek miles through a scorching desert, escape the perils of predators, suffer through the wind, rain and dust of monsoons with no map, GPS or cell phone, just to walk up your driveway, saunter in through your open door and once again, grace your life with an annual visit. Yes, Manuel, the tarantula is back.

Teens injured in boat fire at Lake Pleasant
PEORIA – Two teenage girls were injured in a boat fire at Lake Pleasant on Sunday morning.

Monsoon storms bring heavy rain, flooding to parts of North Valley
NORTH VALLEY – The monsoon had something of a slow start this summer, but it’s making up for it now.

Transfer of development rights ordinance under consideration in Cave Creek
CAVE CREEK – A new ordinance seeking approval from the Cave Creek Town Council would allow a transfer of development rights from commercial-zoned properties to a potential conservation easement

Play of Imagination
Carl Jung wrote, “The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” Imagination, from the shadow self, inspires subtle images, muted colors, and peaceful forms on local artist Tess Mosko Scherer’s colorful surfaces.

AZGFD reminds public to leave baby wildlife alone
NORTH VALLEY – As usual, mom knows best – wildlife moms, in this case. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the community to leave baby wildlife alone as much as possible and let the animal moms care for their babies.

Desert Mountain welcomes new principal
DESERT HILLS – Dr. JoAnn Schwarting has joined the Desert Mountain School team as the new principal.

Cave Creek resident elected as American Quarter Horse Youth Association Regional Director
CAVE CREEK – Steven Paul Parker II of Cave Creek has been elected as a 2016-17 American Quarter Horse Youth Association Regional Director.

Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team locates missing hiker, airlifts him to safety
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team was able to bring a missing hiker home. The team utilized the Rescue 1 helicopter to provide aerial resources for locating the man.

After house fire, Cave Creek west-side residents still without water services considering lawsuit
CAVE CREEK – Residents living on the west-side of Cave Creek drew a line in the sand at the town council meeting on Aug. 1, demanding municipal water services that would provide long-awaited running water to their homes by Sept. 30, or they would file a lawsuit against the town.

DVUSD performs safety upgrades at multiple campuses in time for new school year
NORTH VALLEY – Multiple Deer Valley Unified School District schools received safety upgrades this summer.

Starlight Community Theater nominated for multiple ariZoni Awards
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater has received multiple nominations for the 2015-2016 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence.

ADOT advises public to stay vigilant when purchasing used vehicles
PHOENIX – Because a title establishes who owns and has liens on a vehicle, altering titles is a common way that criminals defraud those purchasing used vehicles in private sales.

Underground storage facility accident takes life of North Valley vet
PHOENIX – One man died and two others were injured due to an accident in an underground storage facility in north Phoenix on Monday evening.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
My home is my castle! Isn’t that how we’re all supposed to feel? When we arrive at our abode after a hot and busy day, we’re entering the comfort zone. The one safe haven in a hectic world – that’s our su casa.

Back to the books: New school year on the horizon
NORTH VALLEY – Textbooks, pencils, folders – it’s time for a new school year. This back-to-school roundup includes local schools’ information and meet-the-teacher dates.

Ten-year-old Anthem Dolphins swimmer wins 100-meter butterfly competition
ANTHEM – The Anthem Dolphins continue to dominate in the swimming world. At the State Championship meet weekend in Tucson last month

Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team rescues stranded hikers, motorist
YAVAPAI COUNTY – The Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team has performed two rescues recently, one for a group of hikers and another for a stranded motorist.

Best Friends in Brilliant Color
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes…and I’m convinced that dogs think humans are nuts.” ~ John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath. Yes, maybe Steinbeck is right, there are many of us who are absolutely “nuts” about our dogs.

Cave Creek nurse receives DAISY Award
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek resident and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center nurse Shayna Washut was recently honored with a DAISY Award.

YCSO Deputy named K9 Officer of the Year
YAVAPAI COUNTY – YCSO K9 Deputy Jarrod Winfrey has been honored with the 2016 K9 Officer of the Year recognition from the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association.

Sonoran Arts League to host Pet Adoption Days at the Gallery at el Pedregal
SCOTTSDALE – Sonoran Arts League is partnering with animal rescue groups Paws & Claws and Rescue Pals for Pet Adoption Days at the Gallery at el Pedregal on Saturday, Aug.13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cave Creek Wild West Days seeking parade entrants and competition contestants
CAVE CREEK – Organizers of this year’s 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days event are seeking parade entrants, poker ride participants, contestants for the Miss Wild West Days event, Battle of the Bars team entries for a bull riding competition, single participants for the Bachelor/Bachelorette auction, and more.

ADOT, Jared Veldheer partner to promote 'Seat belts. For life.' campaign
PHOENIX – Football and traffic safety might not appear to have much in common. But the two converge at a critical connection: protection. The safety gear worn by football players has the same purpose as a seat belt – help the wearer survive a violent collision.

Phoenix Police Department shares back to school safety tips
NORTH VALLEY – In preparation for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the Phoenix Police Department Traffic Bureau will once again be conducting a Back to School Enforcement program throughout the City.

BLM offers reward for information on burro killings
PEORIA – The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the intentional killing of three female wild burros in the Morgan City Wash, in the Lake Pleasant area.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
While visiting San Diego I thought I would spend my time wisely – in pursuit of the “perfect wave.” That’s right, I’m looking for that surreal phenomenon that has caused many a surfer to “drop out” of the real world, searching the globe for that one breathless wall of water, like none other, that takes you on the ride of your life.

Anthem TCC Verizon store collects 250 backpacks to donate to local kids
ANTHEM – The TCC Verizon Retail Store in the Anthem Marketplace plaza has collected 250 backpacks, complete with school supplies, to donate to local kids in need

Diamond Canyon choir awarded first place in national singing event
ANTHEM – Diamond Canyon School is known for its excellent choir, and this talented group of kids has received first place and a Gold rating from three nationally ranked choir judges at the WorldStrides Onstage national singing event in Anaheim

The Wonderland of Glass
“Ever drifting down the stream, lingering in the golden gleam, life what is it but a dream?” penned Lewis Carroll in his classic tale Through the Looking Glass.

Recreational drone interrupts firefighting efforts near the Webber fire
NORTH VALLEY – After a recreational drone caused a disruption in firefighting efforts on the Webber fire, officials are once again reminding the public that flying drones near fires is dangerous for firefighters.

Local photographer and filmmaker receives awards for films on Desert Foothills Land Trust conservation
CAVE CREEK – Jim David, local photographer and filmmaker has received five honors

PMAZ Chorale and Orchestra awarded $5,000 grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts
ANTHEM – ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra has announced that it has received a Community Investment Grant of $5,000 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the state arts agency

Business Spotlight: Heels & Boots Weddings & Special Events
VERDE VALLEY – Looking for a special place to celebrate your special day? Check out Heels & Boots Ranch at Nashwa Farms in the beautiful Verde Valley.

Cave Creek Town Council adopts proposed budget expenditures
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council adopted the 2017 proposed budget expenditures and limitation amount of almost $16.5 million dollars at a July 18 meeting

The Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse seeks western relics
CAVE CREEK – The iconic Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse is rallying residents and visitors to join a first of-a-kind campaign, Relics of the Past, which is focused on rebuilding the western character of the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse.

Silent Witness program encourages witnesses to help fight crime
NORTH VALLEY – It takes a community to take a stand against crime, but a witness with information on a criminal case may be worried about the repercussions of making a public report.

Local boy dies from heat-related illness after afternoon hike
PHOENIX – First responders airlifted a 12-year-old boy to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after he collapsed on a north Phoenix trail on Friday afternoon.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Aren’t weddings grand? The beautiful bride, heartfelt traditions, intimate setting, inspiring vows, delicious food and let’s not forget the joining of two hearts

EPCOR Water discusses status of wastewater rate case
ANTHEM – EPCOR Water held an open meeting on July 14 to update Anthem residents on the ongoing wastewater rate case and to answer residents’ questions on the case.

Fundraiser to benefit Silver Spur employees set for July 23
CAVE CREEK – The Silver Spur Saloon will be holding a charity auction, complete with live music and a dunk tank, on July 23 at the Roadhouse starting at 2 p.m., to provide emergency relief for its employees.

Say YES to Your Adventure
Joseph Campbell, American Mythologist, once observed, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

North Valley Symphony Orchestra holding auditions for upcoming season
PHOENIX – The North Valley Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for NVSO’s Adult Orchestra.

ADOT: Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving
PHOENIX – Have you captured Pikachu? Nabbed Rattata or the elusive Charizard? Leveled-up and trained your monsters at a Gym?

Fifth annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival set for July 29-31
SEDONA – Head up to Sedona on the weekend of July 29-31 and enjoy a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with hummingbirds.

DMFD offering free sandbags to help residents prepare for flooding
NORTH VALLEY – While the north valley has yet to see significant rainfall from this year’s monsoon,

Suns player welcomes home his mom – Phoenix’s new police chief
PHOENIX – Growing up in Phoenix, Alan Williams had dreams of playing in the NBA while his mom

Fulton Rizzo Team joins Hunt Distinctive Properties
CAVE CREEK – The Fulton Rizzo Team has recently joined forces with HUNT Distinctive Properties.

ASU looks to become Olympic training destination
PHOENIX – When legendary swim coach Bob Bowman was deciding whether to take over Arizona State’s swimming team last year, the tipping point was the university’s commitment to Olympic sports.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
What is happening in Pamplona, Spain? A whole lot of bull. Oops, I meant to say “bulls.” That’s right, now is the time that people (fools) don white trousers, white shirts, red scarves and waistbands so they can have the pleasure of running (for their lives) from a herd of bulls!

Anthem man arrested on 24 charges related to child sex abuse and drugs
ANTHEM – A 30-year-old Anthem man was arrested on July 7 on 24 charges related to sexual conduct with a minor

CCUSD schools undergoing summer construction
CAVE CREEK – The 2014 bond funds for the Cave Creek Unified School District are being put to good use this summer, as renovation projects are underway at several CCUSD schools

OSR Physical Therapy staff raising funds for local family
PHOENIX – OSR Physical Therapy North Phoenix patient Chris Lambertson has ALS and needs a more accessible home

Feelings of Visual Storytelling
“It is through realism painting, I call forth universal feelings of visual storytelling.” This quote identifies the magical qualities in local artist, Barbara Rudolph’s sensitive, introspective, and oftentimes humorous work.

Gallery at el Pedregal holding new art exhibit reception on July 17
SCOTTSDALE – The Gallery at el Pedregal will change its rotation of art and present a new, juried installation of paintings, sculpture, and mixed media original pieces

Cave Creek Youth Football and Cheer accepting registrations for 2016 season
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Youth Football and Cheer is taking registrations for the 2016 season. Tackle football team practice will begin on Monday, July 25, with practice sites at either Black Mountain Elementary School or Lone Mountain Elementary School.

NVSO holding Youth Orchestra member auditions
PHOENIX – The North Valley Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions in July and August for the upcoming 2016-17 season NVSO Youth Orchestra.

Risk to children’s online safety rises in summer
PHOENIX – School books may be closed for the summer, but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
No licking the spoon? Yes, Dear Readers, the evil verdict from the FDA is that no one should EVER eat raw dough, under any circumstances.

First responders stress importance of water safety
NORTH VALLEY – The life-and-death importance of water safety can’t be stated enough.

Arizona would get $21 million to fight opioid abuse under White House plan
PHOENIX – Arizona would get $21 million over two years to combat opioid abuse as part of a $1.1 billion proposal pushed on July 6 at the White House to tackle the spread of the epidemic.

Phoenix Police urges Pokémon Go users to play safely
NORTH VALLEY – Since Pokémon Go was released on July 6, the game’s popularity has exploded. Players can be found in all kinds of places, attempting to find and catch Pokémon.

Bug Creek Fire burns over 1,000 acres in northern Arizona before containment
NORTH VALLEY – The now-contained Bug Creek Fire burned over 1,000 acres in northern Arizona, causing temporary evacuations in the Cordes Lakes area and forcing multiple shutdowns of the I-17.

Tot Lot Playground in Anthem Community Park closed for renovations
ANTHEM – The littlest residents of Anthem will be enjoying a completely redone playground this fall.

Desert Foothills Family YMCA holding open house on July 23
SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is holding a Back to School Program Fair & Community Open House on Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Grand, Impressive, and Dramatic
Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, observed, “The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”

Foothills Food Bank creating unique fundraising wall
CAVE CREEK – Show your support for the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center through the purchase a glass brick to help fund the food bank’s expansion.

County Board appoints new constable to Desert Ridge Precinct
PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed Chris Wible as constable for the Desert Ridge precinct.

Smartphone connects mother to 24-hour view of preemie’s hospital stay
PHOENIX – Nurses sweep through narrow aisles in a dimly lit room, tending to tiny patients born prematurely or with problems.

Risk to children’s online safety rises in summer
PHOENIX – School books may be closed for the summer, but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Breaking up is hard to do.

Camp Verde holding annual Cornfest July 15-16
CAMP VERDE – The annual Cornfest in Camp Verde is happening Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. Get out of town for a day or two and enjoy some “corny” activities in the beautiful setting of Camp Verde.

ADOT: Interstates are key commerce corridors fueling economic growth
PHOENIX – Arizona’s interstate highways are key commerce corridors serving not only as the backbone of our transportation system but providing businesses and their customers with food, fuel, and other essentials.

Low-cost pet vaccines and microchip clinic, July 9
CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Animal Welfare League is partnering with the Foothills Food Bank to offer free or low-cost vaccination and microchipping for pets at a clinic on Saturday, July 9, at the Foothills Food Bank.

Wells Fargo kicks off 9th Annual Summer Statewide Food Drive
NORTH VALLEY – Wells Fargo has begun its 9th Annual Summer Statewide Food Drive. The food drive will run now through July 27.

Silver Spur damaged by fire; no injuries reported
CAVE CREEK – Fire broke out at the Silver Spur Saloon & Restaurant on the evening of June 21. No one was injured in the blaze, and firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the surrounding buildings.

County Board of Supervisors approves Special Use Permit for Southwest Wildlife
SCOTTSDALE – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a Special Use Permit for Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center at a June 22 meeting.

Sunset Fire north of Black Canyon City burns 52 acres before being extinguished
BLACK CANYON CITY – A brush fire north of Black Canyon City, in the I-17/Bumble Bee area, burned 52 acres on June 21.

Fireworks and fun: Independence Day celebrations planned around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Independence Day is just around the corner! Get ready for fireworks and fun at multiple events around the Valley.

CCUSD Director of Instructional Technology receives award
CAVE CREEK – On June 9, Nancy Pratt, Director of Instructional Technology for the Cave Creek Unified School District, was honored with the Making IT Happen award for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education.

Enter the World of Yesterday
Today, enter the world of yesterday, glance at the shadows of tomorrow, and discover the magic of fantasy in dreaming come true.

Dangerous waters: Adults drown at twice the rate of children in Arizona
SCOTTSDALE – It takes a split second for the fun of splashing in a pool or lake to turn into danger, for children and adults.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Something very rare happened last week. If you were lucky enough to look up towards the heavens after dark on June 20, you witnessed a “strawberry moon.” 

Truck fire causes closure of I-17 at Anthem Way
ANTHEM – The southbound I-17 was closed at Anthem Way on Sunday afternoon due to a semi-trailer that caught fire. No injuries were reported.

FEMA urges Americans to use FEMA Smartphone App to help prepare for disasters
NORTH VALLEY – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to download and use the FEMA smartphone app. 

Prepare your property for monsoons; free sandbags available through DMFD
NORTH VALLEY – As the monsoon season begins, prepare for possible flooding. Free sand and sandbags are being offered at two local Daisy Mountain Fire Department stations.

New Loop 303 lanes open in northwest Valley
PEORIA – Last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation opened new lanes along Loop 303 between Grand Avenue in Surprise and Happy Valley Parkway in Peoria.

Care urged when hiking during blazing Arizona summer
PHOENIX – It was 9 a.m. and the temperature had already reached 100 degrees.

Anthem Civic Building roofing project to start this week
ANTHEM – Construction on the Anthem Civic Building’s roof begins Thursday, June 23. The roofing project will continue through the middle of July.

Residents asked to complete survey regarding north valley development
NORTH VALLEY – The north valley has changed tremendously over the past several decades.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department crew members receive Aces of Hearts Award
NORTH VALLEY – On June 10, Daisy Mountain Fire Department crew members were honored at the AEMS Conference with the Aces of Hearts Award.

Fireworks and fun: Independence Day celebrations planned around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Independence Day is just around the corner! Get ready for fireworks and fun at multiple events around the Valley.

Our Land Will Last Forever
“Our land will last forever. It will not perish by the flames of fire, as long as the sun shines and the waters flow this land will be here to give life to the people and animals,” Crowfoot, Blackfeet.

Construction on Merrill Gardens at Anthem continues
ANTHEM – As the Merrill Gardens at Anthem construction progresses, the new retirement community is holding several events to welcome new residents.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. America. The greatest country in the world. Land of the free, home of the brave.

Heat safety warnings issued as extreme heat hits Valley
NORTH VALLEY – This past weekend reached record temperatures, and with summer in full swing, residents are being warned to use caution during outdoor activities.

Stage 1 fire restrictions now in effect in multiple Arizona counties
NORTH VALLEY – Until further notice, Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for Apache, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, and Yavapai Counties.

CCUSD hosting Truth In Taxation hearing on June 28
SCOTTSDALE – In compliance with §15-905.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, Cave Creek Unified School District is notifying its property taxpayers of Cave Creek Unified School District’s intention to raise its primary property taxes over the current level to pay for increased expenditures in those areas where the Governing Board has the authority to increase property taxes for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. 

Fido Bags and other pet supplies help Daisy Mountain Fire Department save pets’ lives
NORTH VALLEY – The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is known for saving lives – both the lives of people and the lives of animals. If at all possible, DMFD crews work to save the lives of pets in all kinds of emergency situations, including fires, car accidents, and flooding.

‘Transformers 5: The Last Knight’ filming causes temporary closure of Loop 303
PHOENIX – When ‘Transformers 5: The Last Knight’ comes out in theaters next year, keep an eye out for some familiar background in the movie scenes.

Bigger Than Life
There is an old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” a phrase Scottsdale Artist Hal Stewart’s parents made their motto for their family of nine children.

Suns ambassador Hunter helps underprivileged kids with basketball and beyond
PHOENIX – This is second time that 12-year-old Zane Kelly Balzarini is attending the Steven Hunter Life Skills and Basketball Academy, hosted by former Phoenix Suns center Steven Hunter.

New River Kiwanis announces it’s time to ‘sign up’ for Welcome to New River sign
NEW RIVER – The Welcome to New River sign that is located just east of the I-17/New River Road intersection has been getting a makeover, and now it’s time to get new small signs placed on the large board sign.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Have you been outside lately? Dear readers, stay inside! Do not venture out into the Valley of the Burning Inferno where folks have to wear gloves (I keep oven mitts handy) just to touch the steering wheel of their vehicle after it has been parked outside.

Arizona Antelope Foundation seeks volunteers for fence modification project
GREER – The Arizona Antelope Foundation is seeking volunteers for a fence modification project June 25-26, near Greer, adjacent to River Reservoir in the White Mountains.

Monsoon Awareness Week going on now
NORTH VALLEY – Monsoon Awareness Week is currently ongoing; the monsoon’s official start date is June 15. 

How hikers can avoid a bee attack, and whether to run if it happens
PHOENIX – Recent bee attacks turned a normal summer day into a deadly encounter.

Circle Mountain Ranch home sales to begin next year
ANTHEM – Circle Mountain Ranch, the newest Anthem neighborhood, is on track to begin home sales in 2017, according to home builders Pulte and Lennar, which will both be constructing homes in the subdivision.

Renowned sculptor Ray Villafane creates extraordinary elephant sand sculpture, currently on display in Carefree
CAREFREE – If you have never seen an elephant playing chess with a mouse before, then you should probably head over to Carefree Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion...

Merrill Gardens at Anthem on track to open this fall
ANTHEM – Construction at Merrill Gardens is moving swiftly, and the new retirement community is on schedule to open in fall 2016.

Anthem Memorial Day ceremony draws over 1,500 attendees
ANTHEM – Over 1,500 people attended the ‘A Day of Remembrance’ Memorial Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on May 30.

Art is the Search Engine for Creativity
Art is like a language that everyone has the possibility of speaking. It allows us to connect with each other and ourselves in deeper ways through creating and sharing experiences.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I am living with a shining example of determination, strength and courage. She is my resident dove, whom I have named Wilma. If only Wilma could run for public office – clearly she would win the hearts (and votes) of her constituents.

Loop 303 closure planned for June 10-15
PHOENIX – If you regularly drive on the Loop 303, be prepared for upcoming closures. The Loop 303 near the I-17 area will be closed from June 10-15.

Phoenix passes ordinance limiting dog tethering practices
PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council passed an ordinance last week to protect dogs from cruel tethering and aid law enforcement in pursuing animal cruelty cases.

ADOT takes high-tech approach when freeway needs a lift
PHOENIX - When a section of freeway settles a bit, taking a high-tech approach to the repair work allows the Arizona Department of Transportation to give the roadway a lift without digging up the pavement.

Annual ADOT summary reports that Arizona motor vehicle crash deaths rose in 2015
PHOENIX – Motor vehicle crashes on local roads and highways across the state claimed the lives of 895 people in 2015, 121 more than the year before, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s annual Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report.

Proposed limits on payday loans draw sharp reactions from both sides
PHOENIX – Federal officials unveiled new restrictions on payday lenders on June 2 that aim to help low-income borrowers avoid the “debt traps” of readily available, high-interest loans that critics say prey on minority communities.

Arizona education leaders call Prop 123 first step, still not enough to fund K-12 schools
PHOENIX – Education advocates May 23 applauded the approval of Proposition 123 but said Arizona education is still being shorted billions of dollars.

To save a life: Daisy Mountain Fire stages drowning call simulation to emphasize the importance of water safety
NORTH VALLEY – In the last six months, five children under 6 years old have died in drowning incidents, just in Arizona alone, according to Children’s Safety Zone.

Groundbreaking held for Buffalo Chip Saloon
CAVE CREEK – A groundbreaking for the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse was held on May 25.

Wandering into a New World
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in The Fellowship of the Rings, “Not all those who wander are lost.” In local artist Christiane Barbato’s case, her “wandering” has carried her, through discovery into a world of inspiration, creation, and joy.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
To flip or flop. That is the question. No, Dear Readers, I am not talking about house flipping. I am talking about those flimsy sandals that we like to wear in the summer. Sadly, these evil little shoes are causing quite a commotion, in my life, and in many others. Warning: they are very dangerous!

IRS warns of latest scam variation involving bogus “Federal Student Tax”
NORTH VALLEY – The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.”

Arizona surveillance helps track Zika, but residents can help, too
PHOENIX – Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said May 25.

Kiwanis gives out fourth quarter student awards
NEW RIVER – New River Kiwanis honored four students at New River Elementary’s fourth quarter awards.

Boulder Creek students win SkillsUSA Engineering Technologies Team competition
ANTHEM – Cheyanne Kratz, Nicki Liu, and Zachary Williams from Boulder Creek High School took first place at the Skills USA Engineering Technologies event. They’ll be competing this summer at the national Skills USA competition.

Anthem Giving Circle awards scholarships to Boulder Creek students
ANTHEM – On May 23, the Anthem Giving Circle awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Boulder Creek graduating seniors Ashley Kellock and Samantha Markey. 

Arizona education leaders call Prop 123 first step, still not enough to fund K-12 schools
PHOENIX – Education advocates May 23 applauded the approval of Proposition 123 but said Arizona education is still being shorted billions of dollars.

Cave Creek Balloon Festival set for May 28
CAVE CREEK – The 7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will be lighting up the night sky at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course on Saturday, May 28, 5:30-9 p.m

Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – Honor those who have lost their lives in the service of our country at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. ‘A Day of Remembrance’ begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

Local Girl Scouts troops celebrate ‘Night of Stars’
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Mountain Neighborhood Girl Scouts celebrated a ‘Night of Stars’ on May 14, honoring the hard work and community service of the troops.

Gavilan Peak School celebrates A+ School of Excellence award
ANTHEM – Gavilan Peak School celebrated their A+ School of Excellence award in a school-wide ceremony on May 17.

Big Splash Water Park to begin full summer hours on May 28
ANTHEM – Get ready to make a splash this summer! The Big Splash Water Park at the Anthem Community Center will be open for full summer hours starting on Saturday, May 28.

Cave Creek Town Council appoints John Ford to fill vacant seat
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council appointed a new council member, John Ford, during the regular meeting on May 16.

Delightful Creations in Outdoor Spaces
Albert Einstein wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Officials warn Arizonans to “think twice” before luring wildlife with food
NORTH VALLEY – A nuisance bear is being sought after repeatedly showing up at the Pioneer Pass campground in the Tonto National Forest.

Starlight Community Theater to present ‘Oliver!’
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater is bringing the classic Dickens novel Oliver Twist to the stage with a performance of ‘Oliver!’, which is based on Dickens’ timeless work. The show will open on Friday, June 3.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
For 3.3 million high school students, the end is near. Oops, I guess it is the beginning. Life starts now! That’s right, school days are winding down, caps and gowns are being worn with dignity (and relief) as millions of students leave high school for the world at large.

YCSO seeking suspects in burglary in Black Canyon City
BLACK CANYON CITY – On May 16, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Javalina Crossing Saloon in the 34000 block of S. Old Black Canyon Highway, in Black Canyon City, regarding a burglary.

Variance denied for proposed LDS seminary
ANTHEM – After a contentious, tension-filled meeting on May 19, the Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors voted three against, two in favor a variance agreement to the LDS Church for the proposed seminary house near Boulder Creek High School.

Justice Courts Will See All Prisoners Via Video
Justice Courts are working with other Maricopa County agencies and have developed a new and better system for resolving cases involving people who have been arrested.

Phoenix Police Chief Candidates Forum to be held June 6
PHOENIX – Residents interested in the Phoenix Police Chief hiring will have an opportunity to contribute to the selection process, first-hand, at a June 6 public forum for final-round candidates.

DMFD Citizen Corps presenting free Ham Radio Technician Course
NORTH VALLEY – The Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Corps and the Arizona Repeater Association are partnering to present free Ham Radio Technician Classes on three consecutive Saturdays in June.

Lobsterfest draws crowd of over 200 residents for fun dinner in the park
NEW RIVER – The New River Kiwanis’ annual Lobsterfest was a huge hit this year, drawing over 200 people for scrumptious food and lots of fun.

Boulder Creek boys volleyball team brings home championship trophy
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School Jaguars boys volleyball team capped off their great season by winning the 2016 Division 1 championship last Saturday.

Outlets at Anthem holding Water Safety Saturday on May 28
PHOENIX – Outlets at Anthem is hosting Water Safety Saturday on Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., located near the Splash Pad area.

Sculpting Stories of the West
“The trail west is wild with adventure, but every trail has its puddles,” sums up Arizona Cowboy Artist, Bill Nebeker’s life long dedication to “keeping the story of the West alive.”

D-backs unveil redesigned license plate
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division have unveiled a new D-backs-branded license plate...

Foothills Food Bank seeking van drivers
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is seeking volunteer drivers to conduct food pick-ups at stores, including Fry's, Safeway, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, and others.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
First steps. Nothing quite like watching a baby stand up, balance with arms outstretched, then wobble with a few courageous steps before plopping down for a soft landing.

Kidnapping suspect arrested after victim requested aid from Anthem Walmart employees
ANTHEM – A suspected kidnapper was arrested at the Anthem Walmart in the early morning hours on May 11 after he stopped there to change a flat tire.

Alcohol-fueled crashes involving young drivers spike in May
PHOENIX – Don’t let a mortarboard be the last hat your young driver wears. If historical trends hold, the square covers tossed in the air at commencement ceremonies could be the last caps worn by some recent graduates.

Phoenix Smart City Hack contest launched’
PHOENIX – Councilman Bill Gates and Mayor Greg Stanton have announced the launch of the 2016 Phoenix Smart City Hack (SCH) contest.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
The lawsuit is coming! Oh yes, those four, provocative words can cause one to shudder with fear. Or burst out into fits of laughter.

Foothills Food Bank to hold groundbreaking for expansion project
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will be holding a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m., officially kicking off a 2,000 square foot expansion at its current location and headquarters.

Carefree Councilmember Melissa Price announces she will not seek re-election
CAREFREE – Carefree Councilmember Melissa Price announced she will not be seeking re-election for her seat or any other open public office position in the town’s upcoming elections, in an exclusive statement sent to The Foothills Focus last week.

Seat belt enforcement campaign reminds residents to ‘Click It or Ticket’
NORTH VALLEY – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

ASU professor tests preventive cancer vaccine
PHOENIX – For more than 10 years, professor Stephen Johnston and a team of researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have been developing a cancer vaccine aimed at preventing all types of cancer.

Daisy Mountain Veterans volunteers creating sleeping mats for the homeless
NORTH VALLEY – A place to lay your head – it’s one of the most basic human needs there is.

Gavilan Peak and Canyon Springs named A+ Schools of Excellence
ANTHEM – Gavilan Peak School and Canyon Springs STEM Academy have been named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Second annual Deputy Coleman Memorial Run held in Anthem
ANTHEM – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff Bill Coleman will always be remembered as someone who gave his life to protect the community.

Creativity Takes Courage
Well-known Impressionist artist Henri Matisse reflected, “Creativity takes courage.” Courage in creativity certainly describes local ceramic/porcelain artist Les Lawrence.

Outlets at Anthem’s Strike-A-Pose Model Search winners announced
PHOENIX – Five Valley residents won one-year modeling contracts with FORD/Robert Black Agency at the recent competition at the Outlets at Anthem.

Carefree Mayor Les Peterson announces candidacy for reelection
CAREFREE – Carefree Mayor Les Peterson announced his candidacy seeking election as the town’s mayor-elect last week in a press release, with the town’s upcoming general elections approaching this November.

YCSO awarded $6,800 State Farm Insurance grant for driver safety education
YAVAPAI COUNTY – State Farm Insurance has awarded a grant to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to aid YCSO’s driver’s safety education programs.

A Glint of Moonlight in the Creative Journey
The glint of moonlight on an elegantly designed flower vase, exquisitely designed serving platters showing off our carefully arranged hors-d’oeuvres, the romance of flickering candles presented in a custom designed arrangement are all everyday glass items adding quality and inspirations to our lives.

Outlets at Anthem’s Strike-A-Pose Model Search winners announced
PHOENIX – Five Valley residents won one-year modeling contracts with FORD/Robert Black Agency at the recent competition at the Outlets at Anthem.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Mother. One small word. One universal meaning. We are all bound by the shared reality that we had or have a Mother.

On the ballot: Weighing the pros and cons of Prop 123
NORTH VALLEY – As easy as 1-2-3? Not necessarily.

AZGFD issues reminder to OHV riders to follow safety instructions
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding all off-highway vehicle (OHV) drivers and passengers to ensure they are riding safely by carrying only the number of passengers for which their vehicle is designed.

Outlets at Anthem to host Anthem Live Music Series
PHOENIX – Outlets at Anthem is hosting the Anthem Live Music Series this month. This series will include free live entertainment at the Cafes at Anthem, as local musicians perform Saturdays in May, from 1-5 p.m.

Anthem Rotary honored by Deer Valley Unified School District
ANTHEM – The Anthem Rotary has been honored as a community partner by the Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board Members and Superintendent Dr. James Veitenheimer for their assistance to community students in need.

Parkside Community Association Board seats new member
ANTHEM – The Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors held their annual meeting on April 25.

Cave Creek Unified School District honors 2016 Teacher of Year
CAVE CREEK – Krista Quinn, Special Education Teacher at Sonoran Trails Middle School, has been named Cave Creek Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2016.

8-year-old Valley girl launches ‘Buddy Bench’ to make sure every kid has a friend
PHOENIX – Can you remember what you were doing at age 7? I was running around, playing with friends. The only thing I worried about was what was the snack that day.

Business Spotlight: Kick off the summer with Lake Pleasant Cruises
PEORIA – As summer approaches, it’s a great time to enjoy a day out on the lake. Take a cruise around Lake Pleasant on Lake Pleasant Cruises’ The Phoenix and enjoy the beautiful views that the area has to offer.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Inky, oh why did you have to leave? When an octopus in a New Zealand aquarium sets out to escape by pushing up out of his tank, slithering along the floor to a drain, sliding through that drain which then connects to the ocean, I suppose we could make a movie about it.

Next step taken in LDS seminary variance process
ANTHEM – The Parkside Community Association Board of Directors has voted 3-2 in favor of moving the LDS seminary house variance forward, but the variance isn’t yet a done deal.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office seeking hit and run suspect
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a hit and run that occurred in Black Canyon City on April 23.

Anthem resurfacing roadwork scheduled to be completed this week
ANTHEM – If you’ve driven through Anthem recently, you’ve seen the roadwork that is underway in multiple areas. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of April, with some minor modifications being made afterward, if needed.

AZGFD cautions residents not to ‘rescue’ baby wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Rising temperatures and longer days mean spring is here and newborn wildlife will become increasingly visible..

Arizona to receive $26 million in conservation funding
PHOENIX – Arizona will receive nearly $26 million as part of a distribution of $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced.

New River Kiwanis to hold 20th annual Lobsterfest
NEW RIVER – Join the Kiwanis Club of New River on Saturday, May 7 at the New River Kiwanis Community Park for the 20th annual Lobsterfest.

Phoenix mayor asks business to provide youth employment opportunities
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton hosted an “Engaging Tomorrow’s Youth Today” breakfast for more than 120 business leaders to learn about youth employment opportunities and how they can partner with the City of Phoenix to provide summer internships for youth between the ages of 16-24. 

North Valley Symphony Orchestra to hold final season concert
PHOENIX – Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, when North Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform their final concert of the season, titled “American Freedoms.”

Musical Theatre of Anthem presenting Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will be presenting Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS, a musical based on the classic animated film.

Cave Creek Museum ends season in May with special programs and events
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum’s season comes to the end in May, but not without several special programs and events throughout the month

Spelling Bee raises $11,000 for teacher grants and scholarships
SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Community Foundation, a north Scottsdale-based nonprofit, raised more than $11,000 for teacher grants and student scholarships through its 6th Annual Desert Foothills Community Spelling Bee on April 6.

Microchip technology reunites Toto the cat with owner a year after disappearance
PHOENIX – Victoria Tenorio lost Toto, her beloved cat of five years, for an entire year. Toto’s litterbox was in the garage when a mechanic came to work on Tenorio’s car. Toto escaped

North Phoenix resident receives Red Cross Volunteer Leadership Award
PHOENIX – Bob Wiedower of Phoenix has received the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award from the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter.

Foothills Animal Rescue holds groundbreaking for new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus
SCOTTSDALE – Foothills Animal Rescue broke ground on the new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus on April 19.

Imagination is the Only Defense
Lewis Carroll wrote in his classic story Alice in Wonderland, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

Anthem Rotary awards memorial scholarship to MCSO lieutenant
ANTHEM – The Anthem Rotary has awarded Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Ryan Baranyos the Rotary William Coleman Memorial Scholarship.

Boulder Creek student qualifies for Olympic Trials
ANTHEM – Everything changes for athletes once the clock strikes midnight of an Olympic year.

Sunset Ridge baseball team wins Division I championship
PHOENIX – The Sunset Ridge Hawks baseball team took home a big win on April 19 when they beat Hillcrest Middle School, making the Hawks the 2015-2016 DV7-8C Division I baseball champions.

Learn how to save a life at CPR and First Aid Training
NORTH VALLEY – Knowing what to do in a medical emergency can save a life. The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is offering CPR and First Aid Training in May to teach basic life-saving skills.

Anthem School Rockets softball team wins Division II championship
ANTHEM – The Anthem School Rockets softball team are the the 2015-2016 DV7-8C Division II softball champions! The team took home the title after winning their April 19 game against Sierra Verde.

CSHS Drama Club to present ‘24-Hour Theater’ show, April 23
SCOTTSDALE – Join the Cactus Shadows High School Drama Club on Saturday, April 23, for a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Hearing for Southwest Wildlife’s Special Use Permit request set for May 5
SCOTTSDALE – Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center’s Special Use Permit request is moving forward.

Kiwanis Welcome to New River sign getting a makeover
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Welcome to New River sign just east of the I-17 has been a community fixture since 1998. If you’ve noticed that the sign is looking different lately, that’s due to the makeover the sign is currently undergoing.

Archaeology Society to discuss Battle of Maricopa Wells
CAVE CREEK – One hundred fifty-eight years ago, the Battle of Pima Butte, or the Battle of Maricopa Wells, was fought just south of Phoenix.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
The sentiment “I never promised you a rose garden” made its first appearance in American culture as the title of Joanne Greenberg’s semi-autobiographical novel in 1964.

Kiwanis Marketplace seeking volunteers for thrift store
CAREFREE – The Kiwanis Club of Carefree, a non-profit organization, is seeking volunteer assistance for the Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store in Cave Creek.

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary celebrates ASPCA Help-A-Horse Day
CAVE CREEK – Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help-A-Horse Day on Saturday, April 23

NVSO awards handmade violin, monetary prize to winner of Summerford Violin Concerto Competition
PHOENIX – Noel Washington was recently announced as the winner of a new handmade violin, valued at $5,000, after competing in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summerford Violin Concerto Competition.

Miles of Canvas
“You learn a lot about what and how you like to paint when you have miles of canvas behind you.”

Parkside Board of Directors scheduled to vote on LDS seminary on April 25
ANTHEM – The Anthem Parkside Community Association Board of Directors will meet on Monday, April 25, instead of Thursday, April 21.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
It is golfing season. Yes, the trees are greening up, temperatures are rising, and it’s time to polish up the old clubs.

Cave Creek Council accepts Councilman Lipsky’s resignation
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously accepted the resignation of Councilman Mark Lipsky this Monday, following his sudden resignation he announced publically immediately after the renewal of the town manager’s contract during the last town council meeting on April 4.

AZGFD draw results for elk and pronghorn now available
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has completed its 2016 hunt draw for elk and pronghorn.

Arizona official tells House that ozone rules penalize rural areas
NORTH VALLEY – The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers on April 14 that new air-quality standards will burden rural communities, like many in Arizona, by holding “rural counties accountable for pollution they did not create.”

Mother’s Day specials at Butterfly Wonderland
SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Butterfly Wonderland this year. Exclusively on Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., groups with one adult and up to three children between the ages of 2 and 17 will receive $3 off admission in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

CCUSD Education & Community Services offering variety of summer camps and classes
SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Butterfly Wonderland this year. Exclusively on Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., groups with one adult and up to three children between the ages of 2 and 17 will receive $3 off admission in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

ASU researchers’ study may help improve lifespan of honey bees
PHOENIX – Honey bees play an imperative role in the feeding the country as they pollinate about a third of all food consumed in United States, according to the American Beekeeping Federation.

Pay Attention If Your Spouse Gets Sued
Most people know that Arizona is a community property state. However, perhaps few realize that their salary can be garnished for what they thought was their spouse’s debt.

Kindness in action: Residents team up to buy new skateboard for local boy after his board was destroyed by vandalism
ANTHEM – Like many 12-year-old boys, Joey Alford loves skateboarding.

Fire crews, forest service contain and extinguish 15-acre brush fire in New River
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is caring for an orphaned mountain lion kitten after it was found trapped in a tree in Sells.

Carefree featuring first installation from new artist-in-residence
CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree featured its first art installation from its new artist-in-residence, Ray Villafane, displaying large sand sculptures in the Carefree Desert Gardens earlier last week, with a larger display that will start this May, which will last through the summer.

Community mourns the loss of former Carefree mayor
CAREFREE – Town of Carefree staff announced on April 7 that former Carefree mayor David Schwan passed away on April 6.

Councilman Mark Lipsky resigns after town manager's contract is renewed
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Councilmember Mark Lipsky resigned publicly on Monday, April 4, during the town council meeting, right after it narrowly approved the renewal of a one-year employment contract for town manager Peter Jankowski, in a 4-3 vote.

Dynamite Arena offers something for ropers of all ages and skill levels
CAVE CREEK – Nestled among houses in Cave Creek, Dynamite Arena has been attracting snowbirds from all over the world for over 40 years.

Cave Creek Home Expo set for this weekend
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Home Expo is happening this weekend, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. The expo will be held at Stagecoach Village.

Desert Foothills Family YMCA to hold Healthy Kids Day, April 30
SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is inviting the community to come out for Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Miles of Canvas
“You learn a lot about what and how you like to paint when you have miles of canvas behind you.”

Budget expenditure limit, town emergency plan discussed at Council meeting
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council held its regular meeting on April 4, and before things started heating up over the renewal of the town manager’s contract, the council approved some procedural items.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Are you ready for the Big Day? That’s right, the deadline for filing your taxes is looming and it is causing quite a few Americans to become anxious and upset (if you owe) or deliriously happy if a refund is coming.

Parkside Community Association announces tentative date for LDS seminary vote
ANTHEM – The Parkside Community Association has announced the targeted date for the Parkside Board of Directors to vote on the LDS seminary house variance.

ADOT seeking input on Five-Year Program
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Department of Transportation continues to gather comments for its proposed five-year construction program by reaching out to the public and communities statewide for their input on which projects should move forward over the next few years.

Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo draws record weekend crowd
PHOENIX  –  The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2016 Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar-Safari Club International, drew a record crowd of 41,100 people during the April 2-3 weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Roadwork safety campaign kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week
PHOENIX – Flashing orange lights. Bright orange traffic cones.

Officials tell Congress infrastructure needs help to keep water safe, reliable
NORTH VALLEY – The president of a Phoenix-based water company joined other officials from around the country to tell a Senate panel Thursday that the nation’s aging infrastructure needs help if Americans want a reliable, safe source of water.

Cave Creek resident among winners of Arizona Young Artists’ Competition
PHOENIX – The winners of the 17th annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition have been announced.

El Niño’s dry conditions may spur bad Arizona wildfire season
NORTHERN ARIZONA – Fire officials in Flagstaff are preparing for wildfire season as El Niño unexpectedly left Arizona with dry conditions that can spark fire danger.

Music in May returns for fourteenth season
ANTHEM – Music in May is back for its 14th season. Each Friday, a free concert will be held at the Anthem Community Park.

New River ranch residents welcome owl family residing on their roof
NEW RIVER – Whoooo are the cutest owlet babies? These guys!

El Pedregal Concert Series to feature Khani Cole
SCOTTSDALE – The El Pedregal Concert Series will host its last concert of the season on Saturday, April 16, with a concert featuring Khani Cole.

Cave Creek Home Expo to be held April 16-17
CAVE CREEK – The second annual Cave Creek Home Expo is happening on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. This year’s expo will feature over 30 exhibitors offering home and garden items.

Anything Can Happen Where the Sidewalk Ends
The poetry of Shel Silverstein beckons forth the optimistic, free creative spirit and imagination in Arizona’s newest generation of artistic talent.

YCSO deputy conducts traffic stop, recovers stolen vehicle
NORTH VALLEY – A stolen vehicle was recovered after a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck towing a trailer with no visible license plate.

Carefree resident to honor twin sister, support cancer research through Race Against Cancer
CAREFREE – Carefree resident and APS employee Tracy Taylor supports a variety of important causes each year as a member of the APS Volunteer Council. But there is one cause she holds especially dear to her heart – the fight against cancer.

Arizona Game and Fish caring for orphaned mountain lion kitten
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is caring for an orphaned mountain lion kitten after it was found trapped in a tree in Sells.

Donate Life Month celebrates life-changing organ donations
PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed April Donate Life Month, a month to recognize the gifts of organ, eye, and tissue donation across the country.

Scammers posing as APS representatives targeting local residents
In a March 23 consumer alert, APS reported that over 50 customers had called APS to report being targeted by these scammers. APS also encountered a similar scam last fall.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
It must be nice to be a snowbird. You know, living the good life in Arizona during our beautiful winters and then heading north in April to some distant place that offers cool summer days with high temperatures of seventy-five degrees.

ADOT asking residents to complete travel survey
Spend a little time sharing what takes you from place to place and you’ll help inform how we all get around in the future.

Suspect arrested in Black Canyon City burglary
BLACK CANYON CITY – Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a suspect in connection with a burglary that took place last month in Black Canyon City.

CCV to hold car shows at campuses around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Classic and custom enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view hundreds of rare and spectacular rides when the Classics & Customs Car Show returns to Christ’s Church of the Valley’s multiple campuses for the fourth year.

15th Annual Golf-Fore-Charity set for April 25
SCOTTSDALE – The 15th Annual Golf-Fore-Charity, brought to the community by Our Lady of Joy Knights of Columbus, is happening Monday, April 25.

Musical Theatre of Anthem to present Sondheim Rediscovered – Take Me to the World
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will be performing Sondheim Rediscovered – Take Me to the World, opening Saturday, April 16.

Pinnacle Concert Series to present Organized Rhythm
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church will host Organized Rhythm on Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

PMAZ celebrates 100th anniversary of National Parks in Sea to Shining Sea
ANTHEM – Join ProMusica Arizona for a musical and visual journey through the United States’ National Parks.

Phoenix Public Works launching new recycling campaign
PHOENIX – In 1991, the city of Phoenix introduced single-stream recycling to residents, making it convenient for residents to divert recyclable materials from the landfill.

Carefree Days festival to run April 8-10
CAREFREE – The Magic Bird Festivals 3rd Annual Carefree Days is set for Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

DFLT Executive Director stepping down to serve in new role with Audubon Society
NORTH VALLEY – Desert Foothills Land Trust has announced the resignation of executive director Sonia Perillo.

AZGFD Outdoor Expo to be held this weekend
PHOENIX – Join the fun this weekend at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility

Rotary Club of Scottsdale North raises over $14,000 for Soldier’s Best Friend
SCOTTSDALE – The March 19 fundraiser for Soldier’s Best Friend held by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale North raised over $14,000, which will be doubled through a matching grant to Soldier’s Best Friend.

Sonoran Arts League to offer Summer Foothills Art Academy
SCOTTSDALE – The Sonoran Arts League will offer and arts classes for all ages program this summer.

Wolves and coyotes at Southwest Wildlife facing uncertain future as lawsuit against conservation center looms
SCOTTSDALE – The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is facing a lawsuit that could have serious ramifications for the wildlife preservation work of the center.

Storytelling on the Cosmic Clock
Jason Chakravarty is a local mixed media “object maker” from, and back again to the Phoenix area. I would prefer to think of Jason as a “storyteller on the cosmic clock,” literally “what goes around, comes around” in the body of Jason’s masterful glass sculptures.

MotoCity Anthem holding grand opening on April 2
ANTHEM – Powersports enthusiasts now have a one-stop shop in Anthem. MotoCity has opened a new location on 4125 W Summit Walk Ct., in Anthem.

Archaeology Society meeting to explore historical conservation efforts
CAVE CREEK – Learn more about the efforts made to preserve the American West throughout history at the April 13 Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Spring has arrived! Some poets call it the most romantic time of year, when cherry blossoms, mild breezes, and songbirds stir up positive emotions.

Cactus Shadows student to be honored by Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society
SCOTTSDALE – The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society will host its 10th Annual Patriotic Gala on Saturday, April 9 at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale

Maricopa County app geared for healthy lifestyle
PHOENIX – Maricopa County wants Arizonans to get up and get moving with the new Maricopa Healthy app.

Arizona officials prepare desert tortoises for adoption
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has seen a 56 percent increase in the number of desert tortoises available in its Phoenix adoption center compared to last year.

Bike lane construction on schedule to be completed this summer
CAREFREE – The bike lane construction in the town of Carefree along Tom Darlington Drive, Cave Creek, and Pima Roads is 60 percent completed, and the Arizona Department of Transportation estimates the contractors will finish on schedule by this June.

Proposed LDS seminary discussed at Parkside meeting
ANTHEM – Anthem residents debated the pros and cons of an LDS seminary proposed for a Parkside home at a special meeting of the Parkside Board of Directors on March 17.

The Way of the Mystic and Artist
“The way of the mystic and the way of the artist are very much alike, except the mystic does not have a craft.

Cactus Shadows announces valedictorian and salutatorian for class of 2016
SCOTTSDALE – Congratulations to Cactus Shadows High School’s Nicole Curnutt, valedictorian for the class of 2016 and Maya Glicksman, salutatorian for the class of 2016.

Local students honored at DVUSD Governing Board meetings
NORTH VALLEY – Several local students were honored at recent Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board meetings.

MotoCity Anthem holding grand opening on April 2
ANTHEM – Powersports enthusiasts now have a one-stop shop in Anthem. MotoCity has opened a new location on 4125 W Summit Walk Ct., in Anthem.

Carefree seeks temporary town hall facilities after renting out purchased building
CAREFREE – The town of Carefree will rent conference rooms for at least the next year from the Lutheran Church, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, to hold its regular monthly town council meetings, starting in August, after the town hall lease expires at its current location inside the post office.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Let the madness begin! No, I am not talking about the spectacle of Presidential campaigns…I am talking about the real March Madness.

New River Kiwanis honors local students with third-quarter awards
NEW RIVER – The New River Kiwanis honored four New River Elementary students with third-quarter Terrific Kids and Bringing Up Grades awards. Awards were presented on Friday, April 18.

Registration now open for Starlight Community Theater’s Camp Rising Star
PHOENIX – The magic of theater will come to life this summer at Starlight Community Theater’s Camp Rising Star. Students will experience the fun as they explore all the fun of theater in these summer camp sessions. 

Desert Foothills Theater to present Smokey Joe’s Café
SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Theater will serve up great entertainment in April when it presents Smokey Joe’s Café, the longest running musical revue on Broadway. DFT’s production of the high-energy show runs Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 17 in the intimate Black Box theater of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale.

Baseball Plays by Different Laws
Spring Training is literally in full swing. Fifteen major league baseball teams are currently playing games at ten stadium locations in Maricopa County. However, unlike the NFL or the NBA, baseball does not have to follow one major set of federal laws.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Anyone care for tea? Okay, I will put the kettle on and perhaps we can meet and have a good old cry together.

Arizona Game and Fish offering outdoor recreation summer camp
PHOENIX – Registration is now open for the Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife and outdoor recreation summer camp.

Cave Creek Museum’s ‘Homes Through Time’ tour set for April 3
CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 3 to attend Cave Creek Museum’s “Homes Through Time” Home Tour.

The Upscale Singers present ‘Back to Broadway’
CAREFREE – The Upscale Singers will be performing their 12th annual spring musical dinner show, opening Friday, April 8, at the Desert Mountain Club. In ‘Back to Broadway,’ the troupe performs medleys from favorite musicals.

Easy Street Arts Festival to be held this weekend
CAREFREE – Over 150 juried fine artists will be featured at the Easy Streets Arts Festival in Carefree this weekend. The festival will also include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, and food and wine. Activities run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 18-20.

Local family to participate in 2016 Phoenix Heart Walk
PHOENIX – Cave Creek resident Shannon Dumar and her son Matthew Martin-Hoyland will join thousands of walkers on Saturday, March 19

Presidential Preference Election to be held March 22
NORTH VALLEY – The lead-up to the presidential race has been especially intense this election season, and now Arizona voters will be making their voices heard when ballots are cast in the state’s Presidential Preference Election on March 22.

Transportation issues discussed at community association meeting
NORTH VALLEY – The New River/Desert Hills Community Association is helping residents “connect the dots” when it comes to traffic issues.

Science as Beauty and Poetry
“We especially need to imagine in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry as well.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori.

Gavilan Peak students showcase their learning in annual Mandarin Speech Competition
ANTHEM – Gavilan Peak School held its 5th Annual Mandarin Speech Competition on March 3.

Local fire departments work together to battle house fire
CAVE CREEK – Crews from Rural/Metro Fire, Daisy Mountain Fire, Phoenix Fire, and Scottsdale Fire Departments worked together in the early morning hours of March 2 to battle a house fire in Cave Creek, north of Carefree Highway and 24th Street.

Horseshoe Trails Elementary partners with McDonald’s for recycling program
CAVE CREEK – Horseshoe Trails Elementary and McDonald’s of Cave Creek are working together to help the school’s garden grow.

Trilogy Art League to hold Fine Art and Crafts Show
PEORIA – The Trilogy at Vistancia Art League is holding a Fine Art and Crafts Show on Sunday, March 20, at the Trilogy clubhouse.

Local spellers sought for 6th Annual Desert Foothills Community Spelling Bee
SCOTTSDALE – The 6th Annual Desert Foothills Community Spelling Bee takes place on Wednesday, April 6

Never-ending Shimmering Light
Frozen moments in time, in their own breath, mystical memories and dancing, shimmering forms, are all aspects of artist Susan Canasi’s work. \

Bill Luke Bass Days & Family Fun Festival set for March 18-20
PEORIA – The 18th Annual Bill Luke Bass Days & Family Fun Festival is starting Friday, March 18 and running through that weekend.

Arizona Wild West Festival to be held this weekend
CAVE CREEK – Arizona Wild West Festival is set for March 11-13, in Cave Creek. This family-friendly event will feature something for everyone, including live music, shooting performances, living history demonstrations, a motorcycle contest, and more.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Anyone care for tea? Okay, I will put the kettle on and perhaps we can meet and have a good old cry together.

Specialty plates raise millions for Arizona charities
PHOENIX – With only a few exceptions, specialty license plates offered by the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division do more than just allow drivers to show support for causes and express their individuality.

Local teen performs in Spotlight Youth Theatre’s production of John Lennon & Me
NORTH VALLEY – Anthem teen Ali Giordano is performing in John Lennon & Me at Spotlight Youth Theatre this weekend. Show times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Foothills Caring Corps to host Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash & Caring Raffle
SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Caring Corps will host its 12th Annual Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash & Caring Raffle on Thursday, March 31, 5-9 p.m., at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.

First Things First and Read On Arizona discuss early literacy
PHOENIX – Schools across the nation celebrated of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday this past week.

Concert Series at El Pedregal starts March 12
SCOTTSDALE – The Concert Series at El Pedregal starts back up on Saturday, March 12 and runs each Saturday through April 16.

Local student takes first place in national DAR contest
CAVE CREEK – Ninth-grader Evan Ziker took first place locally in the Junior American Photoessay Contest.

Carefree Gardens series continues with March 26 class
CAREFREE – “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” ~ Miles Kington. In this time of high consumer desire for healthy, fresh, and safe eating,

Anthem Gem & Mineral Show set for March 12
ANTHEM – The 2016 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show, sponsored by the Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club, will be held Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Boulder Creek High School, located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, in Anthem.

DMFD volunteers fulfilling lifelong goals through work with fire crews
NORTH VALLEY – Every first Saturday of each month, dreams are made. Zane Michels has always wanted to be a firefighter, and once a month he gets to be one. Zane was born with autism, but he does not let that stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Suspect arrested in connection with school gun threat investigation
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School and multiple other schools in the immediate vicinity of the high school spent Monday afternoon under lockdown after a BCHS visitor reported seeing a man in the parking lot who possibly had a weapon.

District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek announces he will not seek re-election
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek has announced he will not be seeking re-election for another term as District 3 Supervisor.

Salmon’s surprise retirement throws open the race for his House seat
PHOENIX – Rep. Matt Salmon’s surprise announcement on Feb. 25 that he will not seek re-election to his seat in Congress shook up what was expected to be a sleepy campaign in a solidly Republican district this fall.

Archaeology Society meeting to discuss ‘The Great Battle of 1698’
CAVE CREEK – Dr. Deni Seymour will speak on ‘The Great Battle of 1698: A Historical Turning Point for the O'odham and Apache’ at the March 9 meeting of the Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter.

Making Connection to Creativity
Abstract Impressionist artist Jackson Pollock once observed, “Every good artist paints what he or she is.” Local artist Jacqueline Roliardi can identify with this statement, reflecting on her own body of work that has gained widespread popularity and acclaim.

Arrest made in north valley criminal damage investigation
NORTH VALLEY – The Phoenix Police Department reported on Monday that Edwin Pacheco, 18 years old, has been arrested and booked on five counts of criminal damage for his involvement in a series of incidents in the north valley.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Would you care for some grated wood pulp on your pasta? No, I didn’t think so. Me either. Hey, I didn’t think wood was edible! Seems to me we have a problem with our food supply when one of the most beloved and expensive cheeses is being packaged with sawdust (technically wood pulp filler)!

North Valley Chorale announces new Composer-in-Residence
PHOENIX – The North Valley Chorale has announced that Phoenix composer Michael Frassetti is NVC’s new Composer-in-Residence. The selection by the Chorale’s Board of Directors was announced at the Chorale’s annual business meeting in February. 

Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival set for this weekend
LITCHFIELD PARK – Looking for something to do this weekend? Head out to Litchfield Park for the 18th Annual Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival, running March 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. The festival will be held in downtown Litchfield Park, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd.

Cave Creek Museum celebrating Archaeology Month
CAVE CREEK – March is Archaeology Month, and it’s the perfect time to learn about the rich Desert Foothills history at Cave Creek Museum. Go back in time as you tour the museum’s impressive Archaeology Wing or attend the annual Archaeology Expo at Spur Cross.

Tonto National Forest welcomes new Cave Creek District Ranger
CAVE CREEK – Micah Grondin has been selected as the new ranger for the Cave Creek Ranger District, and he reported to his new office on Feb.

Spur Cross Fair to be held March 12
CAVE CREEK – Learn about the archaeology of the Cave Creek/Spur Cross area through hikes, booths, live demonstrations, and more at the 2016 Spur Cross Fair, to held Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

Arts Council to present Songs of Ireland on March 12
ANTHEM – The Arts Council of the North Valley is presenting Songs of Ireland on March 12, at 7 p.m., at the Anthem Civic Building. The performance will feature Áine Mulvey (Mezzo-Soprano) and Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp). This presentation is part of the ‘I am Ireland’ cultural event.

Pinnacle Concert Series brings December ’63 to the stage
SCOTTSDALE – The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will come to life onstage on Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., when December ’63 presents a toe-tapping concert featuring hits from the Four Seasons.

Dillon’s Bayou now open at Pleasant Harbor Marina
PEORIA – Lake Pleasant is the perfect place to spend a spring or summer day, and now there’s another reason to head out to the lake: Dillon’s Bayou is now open at the Pleasant Harbor Marina.

A family tradition
Local family to compete in Mark Hahn Memorial 300 race

ANTHEM – For Roger Amaya and his sons Brandon and Abraham, family comes first: from the business they run to their family traditions.

Parkside Board of Directors considering repurposing request for Anthem home
ANTHEM – The Parkside Board of Directors has been asked to approve the repurposing of a Parkside home near Boulder Creek High School for use as an LDS church seminary.

On the ballot: Parkside candidates discuss community issues
ANTHEM – Parkside Board of Directors candidates Lenore Little and Chris Yano and incumbents Doug Sutherland and Teresa Oorin discussed their priorities for the Anthem community at a Meet the Candidates forum held Feb. 17.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival happening this weekend
CAREFREE – A silversmith and sculptor who create colorful inlay and carved-stone fine jewelry are just some of the more than 100 accomplished fine artists...

Anthem Prep high school girls’ soccer team wins state soccer championship
ANTHEM – Anthem Prep’s high school girls’ soccer team completed their exceptional season with a 4-1 win at the Feb. 13 Division IV girls soccer state soccer championship.

ADOT reports that motor-vehicle crash fatalities rose in 2015
PHOENIX – The figures remain preliminary, but it’s already clear that motor-vehicle crash fatalities on Arizona roadways increased in 2015 – and that speeding, impaired driving, and failure to use seat belts and other restraints contributed significantly.

A legacy of love: Family asks for donations to Anthem Pets in memory of Alex Powley
ANTHEM – Friends and family describe 22-year-old Alex Powley as a kind and gentle person, someone who had a zest for life and a love for animals.

Community Association holding free recycling event on March 5
NEW RIVER – The New River/Desert Hills Community Association’s 4th annual free recycling event is set for Saturday, March 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the New River Kiwanis Community Park.

Mexican wolf population survey shows decline in 2015
NORTH VALLEY – The Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) has completed the annual year-end population survey, documenting a minimum of 97 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2015. At the end of 2014, 110 wild wolves were counted.

Starlight Community Theater to present The Odd Couple
PHOENIX – What do you get when you mix two opposite personalities? In the upcoming Starlight Community Theater production of The Odd Couple, the audience will be getting a lot of laughs. Performances start on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

Game and Fish reminding boaters that Arizona lakes remain dangerously cold
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona’s record warm temperatures may already have some residents eyeing area lakes, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds those looking to hit the water that the state’s waterways remain dangerously cold.

MTA to present Legally Blonde JR. The Musical
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will be presenting Legally Blonde JR. The Musical, opening March 3.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
When my husband asked me last night, “What’s for dinner,” I wondered how many times in one day those three precious (evil) words are spoken. Worldwide, might these words be recited over a billion times?

Morris Hall ranked number one estate planning firm by Ranking Arizona
PHOENIX – The law firm of Morris Hall, PLLC (MH) has been ranked by Ranking Arizona as number one for 2016 in two categories, Estate and Trust Law Firm in Arizona and Law Firm with Twenty or Fewer Attorneys.   

Save the date: Anthem Days set for March 12-13
ANTHEM – Mark your calendars – Anthem Days is happening next month. This showcase of all things Anthem will include a business expo, carnival, food vendors, select crafters, and live musical entertainment.

Foothills Caring Corps names David Schwan 2016 Humanitarian of the Year
CAREFREE – The Foothills Caring Corps has announced that David Schwan is the recipient of its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The Eye on the Prize
The fox said to the little prince, “Men have forgotten this truth, you become responsible forever for what you have tamed.”

Anthem Chamber of Commerce announces Board of Directors for 2016
ANTHEM – The new Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has been busy planning for the upcoming year.

Easy Street luxury condos holding sales center opening celebration
CAREFREE – The Easy Street luxury condominium project in Carefree is on track to break ground this June.

Pinnacle Concert Series to host Phoenix Boys Choir
SCOTTSDALE – The renowned Phoenix Boys Choir will be performing at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church as part of the Pinnacle Concert Series on Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Opening in Prayer
Various municipal governments are struggling with an issue many thought was settled: If they open with a prayer, do they have to give equal time to every conceivable group? The short legal answer is probably not. 

First responders sharing reminder to bystanders to respect patients’ privacy
NORTH VALLEY – If you or your loved ones were hurt in an accident, how would you want bystanders to react

Arizonans weigh in on picking Supreme Court successor to Scalia
NORTH VALLEY – Washington officials may be arguing over what will follow the sudden weekend death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but to Phoenix resident David Plummer the answer is obvious – the president should nominate a replacement, and quickly.

Carefree secures renowned sculptor Ray Villafane for full-time Carefree Desert Gardens work
CAREFREE – The town of Carefree has struck a deal with world-renowned sculptor Ray Villafane, making him the full-time sculptor in residence at the Carefree Desert Gardens for 2016

Daisy Mountain Fire CERT training classes starting March 3
NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain Fire Department is once again offering free Community Emergency Response Team training, starting Thursday, March 3.

Going behind-the-scenes with the Daisy Mountain Fire Department
NORTH VALLEY – Firefighters are the people we call for help in emergencies of all kinds. What does it take to be a firefighter? Multiple local residents are getting a behind-the-scenes look at the work of a firefighter through the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s first Citizen Fire Academy.

Cactus Shadows’ Falcon Nest Student Store receives DECA gold-level certification
SCOTTSDALE – Cactus Shadows High School’s Falcon Nest Student Store has received gold-level certification as a school-based enterprise from DECA, Inc. This recognition honors the hard work of CSHS students in operating and expanding the Falcon Nest.

Life Drawing into Art
The French painter/sculptor Marcel Duchamp once observed, “The American woman is the most intelligent woman in the world today, she knows what she wants, therefore, she always gets it.”

Desert Foothills Theater to present The Children’s Hour
SCOTTSDALE – Desert Foothills Theater is presenting the classic play ‘The Children’s Hour,’ opening Friday, Feb. 19 and running through Sunday, Feb. 28. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Has your body changed over the past several decades? Yes, I thought so. Mine has too. But none of us have gone through the “transformation of a lifetime” like Barbie.

Merrill Gardens at Anthem set to open in autumn 2016
ANTHEM – The Merrill Gardens at Anthem construction is moving quickly, and the retirement community is scheduled to be open for residents this autumn.

PVCC at Black Mountain celebrates grand opening of Aquila Hall
SCOTTSDALE – Aquila Hall, the newest addition to Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain, is officially open.

Storytelling Portraits
In Michael Blake’s novel ‘Dances with Wolves’, the character Lt. John Dunbar wrote in his journal regarding the Native American people, “They were a people so eager to laugh, so devoted to family, so dedicated to each other.

Thompson Peak Medical Center implements CT-free robotic orthopedic surgery
SCOTTSDALE – HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center has announced the addition of a Navio orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries.

Arizona Fine Art Expo presents ‘Up Close with Royal Arabian Horses’
SCOTTSDALE – This Saturday, the Arizona Fine Art Expo will welcome special guests from the Scottsdale Arabian Horse show.

Foothills Community Foundation hosting Visual Arts Lecture Series
SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate the world of art in February by attending one of the Foothills Community Foundation’s visual arts lectures, to be held each Monday afternoon this month, at the FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B, in north Scottsdale.

Three suspects arrested in connection with Anthem burglaries
ANTHEM – On Jan. 27, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office officers arrested three suspects in connection with burglaries in Anthem. Derrick Fargo, Terrick Fargo, and Marlon Nieves-Catala, all 18 years old, were arrested and are facing several charges.

Desert Hills fire destroys two structures
DESERT HILLS – Two structures were destroyed in a fire in Desert Hills on Monday.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I have done something illegal. If you are with local law enforcement or the FBI, please stop reading immediately.

Shops at Norterra to host Valentine’s Vintage Car Show
CAVE CREEK – Arizona turns 104 on Valentine’s Day, and Cave Creek Museum will celebrate a week prior with a fun family program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree.

Cave Creek Museum to host Valentine’s program
PHOENIX – Kick off Valentine’s Day weekend with The Shops at Norterra’s annual Valentine’s Vintage Car Show on Friday, Feb. 12.

North Valley Orchestra to host fundraiser dinner
PHOENIX – North Valley Symphony Orchestra will host a dinner at Moon Valley Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 6, to thank current supporters of the orchestra, and offer information to others interested in supporting NVSO.

Sonoran Trails counselor honored by Arizona School Counselors Association
PHOENIX – Sonoran Trails Middle School counselor Cadi Angeli has been named the Arizona School Counselors Association ‘Counselor of the Year.’ She will be recognized at the AzSCA spring conference, to be held March 7-8. 

Musicfest to present Young Composer winner’s composition at Feb. 23 concert
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona Musicfest announced on Jan. 25 that Arizona native Michael Markowski is the winner of the Young Composer’s Fanfare Competition.

MTA to present Junie B. Jones The Musical, opening Feb. 18
ANTHEM – Barbara Park’s famous first-grade heroine is coming to the stage. Musical Theatre of Anthem will present Junie B. Jones The Musical Feb. 18-28.

Burro/vehicle collision in New River raises questions, concerns’
NEW RIVER – A burro-involved collision on the I-17 caused a chain reaction with six total crashes that resulted in a three-hour freeway closure on Friday night.

Paws up! Annual Pet Adopt-A-Thon in Anthem set for Feb. 6
ANTHEM – Get ready for a tail-wagging good time at the upcoming PACC911 & Anthem Animal Extravaganza & Pet Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Opportunity Way Park construction prep work in process
ANTHEM – The new park on Opportunity Way is officially in progress. Construction prep work on the park site has now begun, including installation of the perimeter construction fencing and tree salvage.

Making the robo-call: Panel asks how ‘human’ we want robots to be
VALLEY – Arizona State University Professor Lance Gharavi says his work with robots in the School of Earth and Space Exploration is aimed at moving toward “robot autonomy.”

The Colors of Spirit
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” And it’s the spirit of imagination and inspiration that local glass artist Sandy Pendleton captures in each of her glittering and brilliant glass creations.

Add this to your snow-play safety checklist: Don’t park along highways
PHOENIX – Warm clothing and blankets? Check. Plenty of gas in the tank, fully charged cellphone, drinking water? Check, check, ch eck.

D-backs announce 2016 promotional schedule
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced their 2016 promotional schedule, highlighted by Zack Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt bobbleheads and Star Wars Night.

Starlight Community Theater presenting Seussical, the Musical
PHOENIX – The magic of Dr. Seuss will come alive on the stage, starting Jan. 29, when Starlight Community Theater opens Seussical, the Musical.

Youth Ballet Company dancers to perform ‘Snow White & Rose Red’
SCOTTSDALE – The Youth Ballet Company dancers of Plumb Performing Arts Center will bring the classic fairy tale Snow White & Rose Red to life with two performances on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

YCSO detectives investigating homicide in Black Canyon City
BLACK CANYON CITY – Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the murder of a Black Canyon City woman.

Distribution of Buffalo Chip employee fund donations questioned
CAVE CREEK – The Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek may have reopened its doors last Saturday for the first time since a suspected arson devastated it on Thanksgiving, but a shadow still looms over as it rebuilds not only a bar, but a reputation.

Powerball ticket worth $2 million sold in Anthem
ANTHEM – Someone in Anthem may be $2 million richer – and they may not even know it yet

Always Have Something Beautiful in Sight
Jackson Brown reflected, “Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it’s a daisy in a jelly glass.” Stepping into local glass artist Kathy Nelson’s studio is as visually breathtaking as experiencing Europe’s cathedral glass sparkling in the sunlight.

Business Spotlight:The Enclave at Borgata luxury condos scheduled to open in autumn 2016
SCOTTSDALE – Valley residents will soon have a new choice for luxury living. Framing is now underway on all three buildings at The Enclave at Borgata, located just south of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive. Residents will be able to move in this autumn, and sales are underway now.

Ninth Circuit Overturns Stolen Valor Law
A federal law, known as the Stolen Valor Act, made it a crime to claim that you received military medals that you did not actually earn.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I won the lottery! (In my dreams). I see it all now, flashing before me. I turn on the television and watch excitedly when they call out the winning numbers. Nervously, I look down at my Powerball ticket and then in complete disbelief, I realize I have won 1.5 Billion dollars!

College recruiter to speak at Boulder Creek
ANTHEM – Recruiting expert Paul Putnam will deliver his seminar ‘College Recruiting 101 – College Recruiting Simplified’ on Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Boulder Creek High School.

Arizona Archaeology Society meeting to focus on Belize caves
CAVE CREEK – Dr. Jaime Awe will be the featured presenter at the next Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting, happening Feb. 10.

Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival set for this weekend
CAREFREE – The Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival will be opening on Friday, Jan. 22 and running through Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, located at 101 Easy Street in Carefree. The festival is free to enter and will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

New River Kiwanis honors local students
NEW RIVER – The New River Kiwanis presented awards to four New River Elementary students at the school’s second quarter assembly last week.

Starlight Community Theater presenting Seussical, the Musical
PHOENIX – The magic of Dr. Seuss will come alive on the stage, starting Jan. 29, when Starlight Community Theater opens Seussical, the Musical.

Merlin Falcon photographed in Desert Hills
DESERT HILLS – Local photographer Jim Simmons photographed a Merlin Falcon in Desert Hills a few weeks ago. This raptor is not especially common in Arizona and only winters here.

Emergency crews perform water rescue in BCC; no injuries reported
BLACK CANYON CITY – A man and a child were rescued from a vehicle stuck in a flooded roadway in the Mud Springs/Squaw Valley area in Black Canyon City on Jan. 6.

North Valley sees heavy rainfall; substantial snowfall recorded in high country
NORTH VALLEY – It’s been a cold, wet 2016 so far. Last week, the North Valley saw an average of three inches of rain, with parts of Anthem reporting 3.5 inches of rain

Arizona Fine Art Expo beginning Jan. 22
SCOTTSDALE – Renowned artists from around the world will make the beautiful Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale home for 10 weeks as they create original pieces of fine art in the Arizona Fine Art Expo.

Fanciful World of Nature in Clay
A whirlwind of excitement swirl from an efflorescent smile, this force of nature draws you into the “space” occupied by local ceramic artist Mary Lynch.

Buffalo Chip Saloon partial reopening planned for this month
CAVE CREEK – The Buffalo Chip is taking the necessary steps to reopen by next Friday, Jan. 15, which is contingent on an inspection from the Maricopa County Health Department.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Do all dogs go to heaven? Yes, of course they do, along with all of our other beloved pets. Sometimes, they just get there too quickly, leaving us bereft and broken.

Desert Foothills Library recognizes Gold Mine Thrift Shop for $10,000 donation
CAVE CREEK – The Gold Mine Thrift Shop is helping continue the community programs of the Desert Foothills Library. Over the past three years, the thrift shop has donated $10,000 to the library.

NVCA receives $1 million campaign gift for new campus project
ANTHEM – North Valley Christian Academy has received an anonymous $1 million contribution to the development and construction of the planned new campus that is scheduled to open in August 2017.

Desert Foothills Woman’s Club holding Hooray For Old Hollywood! fundraiser
CAREFREE – You won’t need a “secret knock” to enter The Speakeasy On Easy Street at 100 Easy Street in Carefree on Thursday, Feb. 11. 

Reward offered for information on deer killed near lower Salt River
NORTH VALLEY –  The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the recent waste of a mule deer buck about a half-mile west of Usery Pass Road near the Salt River and Usery Mountain Park, northeast of Mesa.

Pinnacle Concert Series: Broadway Comes to Pinnacle
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Friday, Jan. 29, with Broadway Comes to Pinnacle. This musical extravaganza, held at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, will feature a full concert of blockbusters.

Bring wildlife to you with Game and Fish’s new sandhill crane camera
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department just made it easier for worldwide audiences to enjoy a quality wildlife experience with the launch of a live stream of sandhill cranes at their wintering grounds at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area in southern Arizona.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center offering personalized Valentine’s cards
SCOTTSDALE – Stumped on what to buy your special someone for Valentine’s Day? Send your valentine a unique card featuring some of the animals who have come to Southwest Wildlife either for rehabilitation and release or for a sanctuary home.

Local mom shares cautionary story of rare pregnancy complication
Cooper was only a month old on Sept. 8, 2015, when his mother’s right coronary artery began to fray in earnest.  A rare pregnancy complication, it happens once in 64,000 women, with a mortality rate of 30 to 60 percent.

Northeast Valley bike lane construction underway
CAREFREE – Cave Creek and Carefree residents should expect changes in traffic flow due to construction on the towns’ new nine-mile stretch of bike lanes, starting Jan. 4

Learn how to save a life with free Continuous Chest Compression CPR class
ANTHEM – If someone collapsed in front of you, would you know what to do and how to help save them?

Reward offered for information on vandalism of Senior Center van
NEW RIVER – Two New River Senior Center vans were vandalized in December, and one van was seriously damaged.

The Legacy of Stradivarius comes to life at the Musical Instrument Museum
PHOENIX – The Legacy of Stradivarius is coming to life as never before at the Musical Instrument Museum at a unique exhibit that opens Jan. 16.

Incredible Sights in Our Night Skies
American astronomer and educator Dr. Carl Sagan once wrote of the universe, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale set for Jan. 15-17
CAREFREE – The Inaugural Carefree Sculpture in the Garden Show & Sale will be taking place in the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens on Jan. 15, 16, and 17.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I went to a galaxy (movie theater) far, far away, and with lightsaber (popcorn) in hand, had the force (fun) awaken me.

Fatal car/pedestrian accident under investigation
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a car/pedestrian accident that took the life of the pedestrian.

Litter Hotline delivers reminder that trashing Arizona costs everyone
NORTH VALLEY – Those who litter along Arizona highways can face fines up to $500. But those fortunate enough to have fellow motorists rather than law enforcement see them may wind up getting a letter warning about the harm litter causes – and a litter bag.

Pinnacle Concert Series bringing The Abbey Road Band to the stage
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series’ next presentation is set for Friday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. This time, the series will bring The Abbey Road Band to Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Local copper craftsman to exhibit in Fountain Hills festival
CAVE CREEK – Local resident Gary Pottorff, a master copper craftsman, will be participating in the Thunderbird Artists Fountain Hills festival on Jan. 15, 16, and 17.

DFLT announces winners of the 2015 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust has announced the winners of the 2015 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest.

DMFD Citizen Corps honors volunteers, including Volunteer of the Year
NORTH VALLEY – Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Corps is thanking their volunteers for their hard work this year.

Arizona Archaeology Society meeting to focus on Hohokam archaeology
CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter is meeting on Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. This month’s featured presenter is Dr. David Wilcox; the meeting’s focus will be Hohokam archaeology.

Inspiration Inspired by Annie Oakley
Inspiration Inspired by Annie Oakley

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
By now, the wrapping paper has been ripped apart, the beautiful dinner devoured, thankfully the endless baking, cooking and eating is starting to wind down, and even the tree is looking a bit lopsided.

North Valley sees freezing weather over holiday week
NORTH VALLEY – The North Valley has had an unusually cold December, with temperatures dropping to freezing levels multiple times.

Deadline approaching to register to vote in Presidential Preference Election
NORTH VALLEY – Voters nationwide have many candidates campaigning for their votes in the upcoming presidential election.

ADEQ awards $412,000 Water Quality Improvement Grant to AZGFD
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials have announced that a $412,000 Water Quality Improvement Grant will be given to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to improve water quality in the San Pedro River, Little Colorado River, and Oak Creek. AZGFD will provide more than $274,000 in matching funds.

Arizona poison centers warn of potential holiday dangers
NORTH VALLEY – With the holiday season in full swing, the experts from Arizona’s two poison centers warn everyone to be on guard for the unexpected.

Desert Foothills Theater presenting Avenue Q: School Edition
SCOTTSDALE – Follow the adventures of a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life in Desert Foothills Theater’s production of the puppet-filled comedy Avenue Q: School Edition.

Soccer’s success in Arizona validated by international events, youth soccer expansion
PHOENIX – The announcement that the Copa America Centenario would bring international soccer matches to the Valley next summer was cheered by local officials who believe the powerhouse tournament will foster the development of the sport in Arizona.

MindQuest Speakers Series hosting historian Erik Berg
SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Community Foundation MindQuest Speakers Series will host award-winning historian Erik Berg at their next meeting on Jan. 19.

New Carefree Desert Gardens series begins with ‘Roses in the Desert’
CAREFREE – Roses have always been a part of nature’s landscape design. Learn more about how to grow these beautiful, versatile flowers at the Carefree Desert Gardens series first meeting of the year on Saturday, Jan. 9.

BCC church gives Christmas boxes to local kids
BLACK CANYON CITY – Calvary Black Canyon City Church has helped community kids have a brighter Christmas this year.

Diamond Canyon holds annual Operation Santa drive
ANTHEM – Diamond Canyon School is helping local veterans have a happy holiday.

Delivering happiness: DMFD charity donates toys to hospitalized children
NORTH VALLEY – Sometimes Santa doesn’t arrive in a sleigh. For local children who are in the hospital, Santa arrived in a fire truck this year.

Fundraiser raises over $40,000 for Buffalo Chip employees
CAVE CREEK – Employees of the Buffalo Chip Saloon got a needed boost from a Dec. 16 fundraiser. Over $40,000 was raised for the employees and their families.

Local Rural/Metro FD crews fundraise for families in need
CAVE CREEK – The Rural/Metro Fire Department Carefree and Cave Creek crews have been working hard to make sure that local families in need have a happy holiday.

A season for hope: We Care Anthem providing support for local children with serious illnesses
ANTHEM – Sometimes, what a child wants most for Christmas is just to be home for Christmas, instead of in the hospital.

Wild West lives on in Cave Creek
CAVE CREEK – Although the history of Cave Creek can be traced back to 700 A.D. with the arrival of the Hohokam Native American tribe, it wasn’t until 1986 that Cave Creek was incorporated as a town.

Celebrate the season: Valley churches holding Christmas services
NORTH VALLEY – Around the Valley, churches are preparing for special services celebrating Christmas. Compiled here is a selection a local churches with upcoming Christmas services.

Hudson River School Comes West
In the spirit of the Hudson River School, an American art movement of the 19th century, local landscape painter Ronnie Wainwright brings to her viewers an aesthetic vision of wild landscapes of the American West and Europe.

Arizonans report thousands of cyber crimes, $25.4 million in losses in 2014
NORTH VALLEY – Hackers have become almost synonymous with large-scale data breaches like the one at Ashley Madison earlier this year, but Frank Grimmelmann said that doesn’t mean cyber criminals are above targeting personal devices.

Local residents asked to provide input on Daisy Mountain Area Plan
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Planning & Development Department is in the process of adopting an updated area plan for the North Valley. Residents’ input continues to be sought.

Annual ‘No Burn’ campaign kicks off for winter
NORTH VALLEY – ‘No Burn’ day? Don’t burn wood. This simple message from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department offers a way to help keep Maricopa County’s air cleaner.

Like An Alchemist
Local pastel artist Julia Patterson takes the pure pigment in her hand and like an alchemist, transmutes dusty, dry, opaque pigment into fluid, transparent effects, addressing value and color simultaneously.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Do you believe in Santa? Yes, of course you do. Who can honestly say that there is no Santa! So as we approach the Christmas Season we still have many reasons to believe.

‘Cabaret Night: The Soul of Broadway Holiday’ coming to Desert Foothills Theater
CAREFREE – Desert Foothills Theater’s ‘Cabaret Night’ is back by popular demand!

Jubilate Music Program announcing spring classes
CAREFREE – The Jubilate Music Program for children will offer spring semester violin, percussion, choir, and drama classes. The 17-week courses run from Jan. 18-May 2. All classes take place at the Christ Anglican Church in Carefree, 35500 N. Cave Creek Road, in Carefree.

Deep frying a turkey this year? Follow these safety tips
NORTH VALLEY – Is Christmas dinner this year set to include a deep-fried turkey? Keep these safety recommendations from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department in mind.  

ADOT cautions drivers to prepare for winter weather
NORTH VALLEY ‒ It’s set to be a wet winter, as the El Niño weather pattern promises above-normal precipitation.  

A Bah Humbug from the Ninth Circuit?
Protests against Christmas displays have become a regular feature of the holiday season. Last April, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ventured into this area again in a case called Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee v. City of Santa Monica, involving the Santa Monica State Beach’s Palisades Park.

Carefree Christmas Festival and Electric Light Parade happening this weekend
CAREFREE – Experience all the sights and sounds of Christmas this weekend at the 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival and Electric Light Parade. Events run 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Anthem Community Council and Anthem Area Chamber announce 2015 award winners
ANTHEM – The votes are in, and the 2015 Anthem award winners have been chosen. Winners were announced at a Dec. 1 reception.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department to offer Citizen Fire Academy
NORTH VALLEY – Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter? Find out at the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s Citizen Fire Academy, which starts Thursday, Jan. 7.

Hudson River School Comes West
In the spirit of the Hudson River School, an American art movement of the 19th century, local landscape painter Ronnie Wainwright brings to her viewers an aesthetic vision of wild landscapes of the American West and Europe.

Carefree Christmas Festival brings winter wonderland to town
CAVE CREEK – Having a little trouble checking off your Christmas shopping list this year?

Phoenix Symphony to perform Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 13
SCOTTSDALE – Celebrate the season with the Phoenix Symphony as the Pinnacle Concert Series continues with the Symphony’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Frontier Town to host fundraiser for Buffalo Chip employees
CAVE CREEK – Local businesses, residents, and patrons are rallying to support the Buffalo Chip Saloon staff after a fire destroyed the restaurant last week.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Brother, can you spare a dime? Oops, I mean a few billion to help get our State out of the hole we are in…not to mention 18.4 Trillion to cover our national deficit. Have you ever wondered where our hard-earned tax money goes?

BLM requesting nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
NORTH VALLEY – The Bureau of Land Management has issued a second call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. To be considered for selection, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by Dec. 28, or postmarked by the same date.

‘Drive for the Kids’ fundraiser to be held at Desert Mountain School
DESERT HILLS – On Tuesday, Dec. 15, AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will partner with parents and teachers at Desert Mountain School for a “Drive for the Kids®” fundraiser.

Casting call for MTA’s Junie B. Jones The Musical
ANTHEM – Junie B. is coming to a stage near you! The well-loved heroine of Barbara Park’s best-selling books will be featured in Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Junie B. Jones The Musical.

Local dog rescues holding adoption event, Dec. 19
NEW RIVER – New River dog rescue VJ Ranch is hosting an adoption event and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Call for entries for 2016 It’s Art for Land’s Sake exhibition
NORTH VALLEY – Artists are invited to share their talent in celebration of local land conservation. Desert Foothills Land Trust is announcing a call for entries for the 2016 It’s Art for Land’s Sake exhibition and sale.

Buffalo Chip Saloon destroyed by fire; arson suspected
CAVE CREEK – The Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse burned down in a first-alarm fire on Nov 26. The fire is now being investigated as arson.

Town of Carefree receives Best Master Plan Award
CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree was awarded the 2015 “Best Master Plan Award” at the Arizona State Planning Conference Awards hosted by the American Planning Association in Tucson this November.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center holding holiday tours
SCOTTSDALE – Did you know mountain lions purr? Get up close and personal –safely! – with mountain lions and many other wild animals at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

No Amount of Stone and Bone
ANoted paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey once commented, “No amount of stone and bone can yield the kinds of information that the paintings gave so freely.”

Carefree Christmas Festival brings winter wonderland to town
CAREFREE – Wishing for a white Christmas? Visit the 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival and enjoy real snow.

Starlight Community Theater presenting ‘Mary Poppins’
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater is bringing the magic of ‘Mary Poppins’ to the stage, starting Friday, Dec. 4.

Frontier Town to host fundraiser for Buffalo Chip employees
CAVE CREEK – Local businesses, residents, and patrons are rallying to support the Buffalo Chip Saloon staff after a fire destroyed the restaurant last week.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Did you survive the most dangerous day of all? That’s right, the day after Thanksgiving may go down in history as the day of huge indigestion, big spending, crowded parking lots, fender benders, purse-snatchers, and trampled shoppers.

Governor Ducey makes appointment to Game and Fish Commission
NORTH VALLEY – Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Eric Slocum Sparks to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Arizona PIRG Education Fund reminds consumers to be cautious while shopping this holiday season
PHOENIX – With Christmas in one month, buying toys will be at the top of the list for many parents.

ADOT plans to test prototype wrong-way vehicle detection system
PHOENIX – After completing a comprehensive study of wrong-way driving crashes on state highways and how technology may help reduce the threat, the Arizona Department of Transportation is planning a prototype project to use existing highway sensors to detect wrong-way vehicles and to alert authorities and other motorists.

Upscale Singers award 13 students with scholarships
CAREFREE – In their 9th annual Scholarship Auditions, the Upscale Singers awarded 13 students from junior to senior high school scholarships that ranged from $100 to $500.

Local merchants ready for Black Friday shoppers
ANTHEM – As shopping centers nationwide prepare for one of the biggest holiday sales of the year, the Outlets at Anthem are getting ready for their ninth annual Moonlight Madness event and are expecting more than 60,000 shoppers this year.

Fraud alert: Beware of telephone and email tax scams
NORTH VALLEY – Scammers don’t take the holidays off, and this holiday season, local law enforcement agencies are warning the community to be aware of continuing email and phone scams designed to defraud taxpayers.

Anthem Pets' 12 Days of Christmas online auction starting Dec. 1
NORTH VALLEY – Need a jumpstart on your holiday shopping? The Anthem Pets 12 Days of Christmas online auction has a little something for everyone.

Cave Creek to be finish line in Prickly Pedal bike race
CAVE CREEK – Downtown Cave Creek will serve as the finish line for the first inaugural Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race on the Maricopa Trail, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 23. An expected 300 bicyclists from around the Valley will traverse a 50-mile course through the Sonoran Desert.

Wrong way driver arrested on I-17
NEW RIVER – A wrong-way driver was arrested early on the morning of Nov. 20 after driving southbound in the northbound I-17 lanes. No injuries were reported from this wrong way driving incident.

Arizona has high youth drug deaths, few policies to curb them
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona had among the highest rates of teen and young adult overdose deaths, and ranked poorly for programs and policies to curb drug use and encourage healthy living among those age groups, a new report says.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I am done with turkey! Yes, Dear Readers, the big beast of a bird that is the Thanksgiving tradition in most American households is staying in the chicken coop this year. I refuse to brine (newest trend that seems way too difficult), will not be using one of those burn-down-the-house hot oil cookers that require a fireman to stand close by, and won’t be having the oven on for six hours (and drying up the meat)

Grand Canyon Bison Management Act approved
NORTH VALLEY – The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill to allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department to assist in better management and conservation of the bison population within Grand Canyon National Park.

Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center holds open house
PHOENIX – The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center held their annual open house this past weekend. Visitors toured the grounds, including the on-site animal hospital and were able to view many animals from the center.

Phoenix Herpetological Society reptile sanctuary offering holiday tours
SCOTTSDALE – The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) is offering a way to add some adventure to your holiday season.

Boulder Creek to hold Winter Choir Concert, Dec. 12
ANTHEM – Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the music of the Boulder Creek High School Choirs at this year’s Winter Choir Concert.

CPR and First Aid Training offered by Daisy Mountain Fire Department
NORTH VALLEY – Sudden cardiac arrest can occur without warning, to anyone, at any time. It’s a leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. First Aid training helps prepare individuals to deliver initial emergency procedures until first responders arrive.

MCSO honors fallen deputy through Deputy Bill Coleman Memorial Run
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office hosted the first annual Deputy Bill Coleman Memorial Run on Nov. 19.

Stagecoach Village Arts Festival running this weekend
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office hosted the first annual Deputy Bill Coleman Memorial Run on Nov. 19.

Pinnacle Concert Series presents ‘Celebration of Christmas’
SCOTTSDALE – Get in the Christmas spirit with ‘Celebration of Christmas,’ presented through the Pinnacle Concert Series at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Christmas concerts will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Adventurer By Fate
Local artist Michael McKee grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, in a musical family and with the attitude that joy comes from the creative effort; art and music are what make us uniquely human.

Four nominees announced for Business Person of the Year award
ANTHEM – Four nominees for the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year award have been announced.

Carefree Christmas Festival preview night set for Dec. 3
CAREFREE – This holiday season, the 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival will host a special Community Preview Night on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Local equestrians join in 19th Annual Larkyn Memorial Arena Poker Ride
NEW RIVER – The 19th Annual Larkyn Memorial Arena Poker Ride was held last Saturday.

From Spiderman to Ansel Adams
“Photography, is more than a medium of factual communication of ideas.

Local band to release first album next year
ANTHEM – The Guerilla Party Band is on their way to the big time. This locally-based band recently returned from a trip to Nashville, where they began recording their first album.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Did you enjoy the Veterans Day Parade? It is the one Great Day to honor our men and women who served, watch the bands, the flags, the thrilling display of pride as we are reminded just how much we owe those who wear and wore the uniform.

YCSO arrests suspect in Black Canyon City burglary
BLACK CANYON CITY – Last August, someone broke into the Black Canyon Community Health Center in Black Canyon City and stole cash and a portable safe. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives have been investigating the burglary and have now arrested a suspect.

Carefree Fine Art & Culinary Experience to run this weekend
CAREFREE – Looking for something fun and relaxing to do this weekend? Head over the Carefree Fine Art & Culinary Experience, starting Friday, Nov. 20 and running through Sunday, Nov. 22.

Survey: Fewer Arizona motorists littering
NORTH VALLEY – Fewer Valley drivers littered over the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by the Don’t Trash Arizona campaign, sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Department of Transportation

Nation’s tallest Christmas tree ready for the holidays
ANTHEM – Are you ready for Christmas yet? The Outlets at Anthem is – the 115-foot tall white fir is now lit up for the season.  

Be Thankful for Our Country This Thanksgiving
As I was listening to this year’s Veterans’ Day event in Anthem, I could not help but scan the crowd and be impressed by the genuine commitment to service by those in attendance.

Foothills Community Foundation to host Arizona Sage Art Market
SCOTTSDALE – A new holiday shopping event will take place in north Scottsdale offering patrons a chance to purchase original pieces of art for $300 or less, with 20 percent of sales benefitting a local nonprofit.

Holiday Home Tour event to feature six local homes
ANTHEM – Get in the holiday spirit with the 10th Annual Holiday Home Tour event, presented through Anthem Cares Through Service (ACTS), happening Dec. 8 and 10. The proceeds from this fun holiday tour benefit Anthem families in need.

Painting The Light
Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again; what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet.”

Local students learn about USS Arizona through replica presentation
NEW RIVER – New River Elementary students got an up-close history lesson last Friday when local veteran Wanda Sartain brought a USS Arizona replica to the school.

TRRFCC Horsemanship offers local students ‘equine-guided education’
CAVE CREEK – TRRFCC Horsemanship’s big annual Family Fun Night Fundraiser was held Monday night at the Buffalo Chip, but they have more events planned to help keep the program on a successful track in its seventh year.

Outlets at Anthem to hold tree lighting on Nov. 14
PHOENIX – It’s been looking like Christmas at the Outlets at Anthem since the 115-foot tall white fir Christmas tree was delivered last month.

Keeping pets safe while coexisting with wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – The North Valley is home to thousands of families and their pets now.

Go behind the scenes at the Game and Fish Wildlife Center, Nov. 21-22
PHOENIX – Only once a year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department opens its Wildlife Center to the public. This free, family-friendly event will happen on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.

No injuries reported from North Valley fires
NORTH VALLEY – The North Valley has had two fires and one suspected fire in the last week.

Piano prodigy Eric Lu to perform at Christ the Lord Church
CAREFREE – Seventeen-year-old piano prodigy Eric Lu will open the 2015-16 Living Music Performance Series at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree with a concert on Saturday, Nov. 21. The concert will begin at 4 p.m.

BCHS band receives Superior rating, qualifies for State Championship
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School Band received a superior rating in Division 1 at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival on Nov. 7.

Anthem Area Chamber welcomes new director, sets goals for 2016
ANTHEM – Heather Maxwell believes that organizations need solid foundations in order to healthfully grow, and, as the new Executive Director of the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, she’s helping the Chamber establish that solid foundation in the community.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
A highly decorated police officer commits suicide. It stuns family, friends, and colleagues. Sadly, he was living a double life.

DVUSD override and DMFD bond approved by voters
NORTH VALLEY – Deer Valley Unified School District’s Maintenance & Operations override was an extremely close election, but it has passed with a narrow margin. As early ballots were counted, the override swung from not passing to passing by just over 300 votes.

Maricopa County mental health crisis services expand
PHOENIX – Maricopa County’s psychiatric crisis facilities have more than doubled in the past year as care providers hope to take pressure off of emergency rooms and give police more options for people who need help, not jail time.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra to play holiday concert
PHOENIX – Invite your family, friends, and neighbors for a delightful collage of your favorite music for the holiday season, Saturday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Carols, candles, and cheer: PMAZ planning holiday concerts
ANTHEM – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, ProMusica Arizona’s holiday concert to be held on Dec. 4, 5, and 6 in three North Valley locations, will feature beautiful arrangements of traditional carols, candles, readings, and sing-alongs for families to kick off the holiday season. 

Walk with wildlife at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
SCOTTSDALE – Looking for a unique and memorable way to start the holiday season or entertain out-of-town visitors?

Foothills Food Bank seeking donations for needed expansion
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank, located in Cave Creek, announced that growing demands for its services in the community have caused it to seek a 2,000 square foot expansion with an estimated cost of $350,000, which it plans on financing through donations, according to its September newsletter.

Phoenix PD investigating reported attempted abduction
PHOENIX – Phoenix Police are investigating after a north Phoenix girl reported that she was chased by a man who attempted to grab her. On Oct. 26, an 11-year-old Tramonto girl reported to Phoenix Police that she had been riding her bike at about 6:45 p.m. when a man came out of the bushes and tried to grab her.

Jags volleyball team holds senior night game at final home game of season
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School girls volleyball team (10-19) fell to Sunnyslope High School (30-6), 3-1, during its final home game at Boulder Creek on Oct. 27.

Deadline approaching to enter Mountains of the Land photo contest
NORTH VALLEY – All entries for the Desert Foothills Land Trust Mountains of the Land photo contest need to be in by Friday, Nov. 6. Entries should feature Black Mountain or Daisy Mountain.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors enact personnel rules updates
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved several changes to the county’s Employee Merit Rules.

Three earthquakes rattle North Valley
NORTH VALLEY – “What was that?!” was the resounding question on Sunday night after three earthquakes rattled the North Valley and beyond, startling local residents.

Second annual MIMFest to be held at museum this weekend
PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum’s second annual celebration of music around the world is set for this weekend.

Sonoran Foothills School holds dedication ceremony
PHOENIX – Sonoran Foothills School, the newest of the Deer Valley Unified School District schools, has been officially dedicated.

BCHS Swim & Dive ready for State Championship swim meet
ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School swim and dive team have high hopes for the State Championship swim meet after having a successful regular season.

Communicating in Shape and Color
“I find I can say things with color and shapes that I cannot say any other way, things I have no words for.” This observation by American painter Georgia O’Keeffe captures the spirit and the heart ...

Foothills Caring Corps to hold 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
SCOTTSDALE – The Foothills Caring Corps will be holding their 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale on Monday, Nov. 16.

Cave Creek Council approves consulting contract
CAVE CREEK – At the Oct. 19 meeting, the Cave Creek Town Council unanimously authorized a $5,000 a month consulting contract up to 12 months, which would move the town towards the goal of acquiring state-trust land, conserving more open space in Cave Creek, but not before recalled councilmen Reg Monachino and Adam Trenk took to the podium to criticize the current council.

Reminder: Last call for voting
NORTH VALLEY – Local elections will be held next Tuesday.

Local student athletes getting educated on concussion awareness
NORTH VALLEY – Brainbook and the Arizona Interscholastic Association have teamed up to educate student athletes about concussion awareness.

Starry Knights fundraiser for Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Nov. 7
SCOTTSDALE – Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship will host its annual fundraiser, Starry Knights, on Saturday, Nov. 7 and will once again shine the spotlight on its extraordinary students.

Navajo Code Talkers subject of Archaeology Society meeting
CAVE CREEK – During WWII a select group of Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon:  the Navajo language. Some as young as 16 years old enlisted, and most had never left the Navajo reservation.

‘Cow Pie Bingo for PIE’ to be held Nov. 7 at Hogs and Horses
SCOTTSDALE – It may not be an udder day in paradise, but the Foothills Community Foundation is planning its inaugural “Cow Pie Bingo for PIE” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Hogs and Horses, 6705 E Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek as a wacky way to help students in local schools while giving a lucky ticket holder a chance to win a lot of moola.

Cronkite School’s “Hooked” heroin documentary wins top honors
NORTH VALLEY – A statewide TV special exploring the deadly rise of heroin use in Arizona, created by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, received two of the region’s top professional honors at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

Registration open for local lacrosse team
ANTHEM – The North Valley Predators lacrosse club has grown significantly, and new players are invited to sign up.

New River Kiwanis presents local students with Kiwanis awards
NEW RIVER – New River Kiwanis recognized the hard work of four local students in the first quarter ceremony at New River Elementary.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival to run Nov. 6-8
CAREFREE – Mountains, trees, coastal scenes…all take shape as pastel painter and Fountain Hills resident Michael McKee fervently moves soft pastels over a large piece of specialty-paper, using his fingers to blend colors as he works.

DMFD performs four water rescues during last week's storms
NORTH VALLEY – Last week’s severe storms brought heavy rainfall, hail, flash flood warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, and even a tornado warning in parts of the Valley. Approximately two inches of rain fell in some North Valley areas over last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Celebrate the best of the west at Wild West Days
CAVE CREEK – Love all things Wild West? Don’t miss the 12th Annual Wild West Days Cave Creek, running Nov. 6-8. Wild West Days will be held throughout Cave Creek.

Carefree hosting 7th annual Veterans Day ceremony
CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree will be hosting its 7th annual Veterans Day presentation and musical tribute on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3-5 p.m.

Daisy Mountain Fire offering CPR and First Aid classes
NORTH VALLEY – Sudden cardiac arrest can occur without warning, to anyone, at any time. .

Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – This year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Anthem Veterans Memorial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.

11th Annual Veterans Parade set for Nov. 7
ANTHEM – The largest parade of its kind in the state is returning to Anthem for its 11th year on Saturday, Nov. 7.

New pavers at Veterans Memorial honor two veterans
ANTHEM – The military service of United States Air Force Lt. Colonel John "Bart" Simmons and United States Air Force Master Sergeant Michael Shimkus was commemorated at the Anthem Veterans Memorial

Rustic Style and Natural Beautyveterans
Born in Gatesville, Texas and raised in a military family, local artist Kathi Turner has spent most of her life traveling to foreign countries and bases throughout the US.

DVUSD bands finish in top spots at Goldwater Invitational
NORTH VALLEY – The Deer Valley Unified High School was well represented at last Saturday’s Invitational at Goldwater

CCUSD seeking M&O override in November election
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District is asking voters to approve a Maintenance & Operations override to fund classroom spending.

Charity cornhole tournament to benefit Anthem Pets
ANTHEM – Sign up for the Anthem Young Professionals’ charity cornhole tournament and enjoy a fun day with friends, while supporting a great cause.

On course: Local dog agility titleholder shows what it takes to be a champion
DESERT HILLS – At nearly 10 years old, Australian Shepherd Lola hasn’t slowed down a bit. Lola is a dog agility champion known for her speed and grace in the ring.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden open now through Oct. 31
CAREFREE – Don’t miss the Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden! This amazing exhibit of pumpkins will only be in town until Oct. 31.

Special Olympics athlete inspires Phoenix
PHOENIX — “My job today is to educate the world, and to educate young people on how it feels to be different,” Loretta Claiborne, a Special Olympics veteran and the ninth annual Breakfast with Champions keynote speaker, said Oct. 15.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
ANTHEM – It was a rainy beginning for the display of the Outlets at Anthem Christmas tree when it was raised up on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Starlight presents behind-the-scenes look at community theater in comedy ‘Play On!’
PHOENIX – “What’s the difference between a play and a parachute?

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree to open Oct. 16
CAREFREE – Feel the enchantment this Halloween – visit the Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden and see the amazing creations of master carver Ray Villafane

New entry/exit gates being installed at Anthem Community Park
ANTHEM – Entry and exit gates at all Anthem Community Park entrances are set to be installed by the end of November.

Local musician on the rise
CAVE CREEK – Stephanie Chacon, a local musician that has lived in Cave Creek for over 20 years, is making a name for herself playing shows every week in coffee shops and bars all over the valley.

Hot air balloon makes hard landing in north Phoenix desert
PHOENIX – The passengers of a hot air balloon had a scary end to their ride on Monday morning, but fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

BCHS band earns Superior ranking at NAU Band Day
NANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School band was ranked Superior, the highest tier in band ratings, at NAU Band Day on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Casting About In Nature 6
Local jewelry artist Stan Cothern’s artistic journey is a testament to the creative spirit.

Autumn’s best at Autumnfest
NANTHEM – Anthem’s annual celebration of all things autumn is happening Oct. 24-25, at the Anthem Community Park.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you ever driven your car with only one hand on the steering wheel?

Banner flags, horse statue locations under discussion at Council meeting
CAVE CREEK – The Oct. 5 Cave Creek Town Council meeting was procedural, with second readings of general housekeeping items and discussion about updating the banner advertisement program and the relocation of a horse statue.

Grand opening of Carefree splash pad set for Oct. 18
CAREFREE – Come celebrate the last lingering days of the summer heat at the Carefree Kiwanis Splash Park’s grand opening and dedication ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 18. Festivities start at 1:30 p.m.

Arroyo Grande residents perform community cleanup
NEW RIVER – Arroyo Grande residents worked together to clean New River Road near the Arroyo Grande entrance.

‘Honoring American Heroes’ concert to be narrated by distinguished former POW
NORTH VALLEY – ProMusica Arizona’s patriotic tribute concert will be narrated by retired USAF Colonel Thomas H. Kirk, Jr. ‘Honoring American Heroes,’ which runs  Oct. 16, 17, and 18...

Triple R Horse Rescue finds new home
CAVE CREEK – Triple R Horse Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes horses surrendered to its care, has found a new home at Spur Cross Stables in Cave Creek. The rescue will move from its current location at the end of this month.

Two YCSO deputies recognized for their service
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Two Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies have been recognized for their hard work and excellent service.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you ever driven your car with only one hand on the steering wheel?

Banner flags, horse statue locations under discussion at Council meeting
CAVE CREEK – The Oct. 5 Cave Creek Town Council meeting was procedural, with second readings of general housekeeping items and discussion about updating the banner advertisement program and the relocation of a horse statue.

Grand opening of Carefree splash pad set for Oct. 18
CAREFREE – Come celebrate the last lingering days of the summer heat at the Carefree Kiwanis Splash Park’s grand opening and dedication ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 18. Festivities start at 1:30 p.m.

Arroyo Grande residents perform community cleanup
NEW RIVER – Arroyo Grande residents worked together to clean New River Road near the Arroyo Grande entrance.

‘Honoring American Heroes’ concert to be narrated by distinguished former POW
NORTH VALLEY – ProMusica Arizona’s patriotic tribute concert will be narrated by retired USAF Colonel Thomas H. Kirk, Jr. ‘Honoring American Heroes,’ which runs  Oct. 16, 17, and 18...

Triple R Horse Rescue finds new home
CAVE CREEK – Triple R Horse Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes horses surrendered to its care, has found a new home at Spur Cross Stables in Cave Creek. The rescue will move from its current location at the end of this month.

Two YCSO deputies recognized for their service
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Two Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies have been recognized for their hard work and excellent service.

APS warns of scam that targets small businesses
NORTH VALLEY – APS is warning customers of a new telephone scam that targets small businesses.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
How is your brain functioning these days? If you find yourself forgetting things, dates, and names, you are not alone

Mixed reactions seen to athletic fees as sports season continues
NORTH VALLEY – With a new school year comes change. This school year the Deer Valley Unified School District is dealing with more budget cuts.

DMFD seeking bond to help fund station repairs, new tankers
NORTH VALLEY – The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is asking voters to approve a bond that will help fund needed station repairs, station security upgrades, and new water tankers.

Feeding the hungry: Annual Foothills Empty Bowls event to be held Oct. 16
CAREFREE – Last year, one in five Arizonans went through days when they didn’t know if they could afford to buy food, according to the Food Research and Action Center’s April 2015 report.

Posey: The Little Pibble That Can
NORTH VALLEY – Good things come in small packages. Posey the “pibble” (affectionate term for a pit bull) is a pit bull that has congenital dwarfism.

Back to Boulder Creek: Fans turn out for homecoming game
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School celebrated Homecoming Week last week. Boulder Creek alumni were welcomed back for the homecoming game on Friday night.

Drama teacher at Cactus Shadows changes lives, one student at a time
SCOTTSDALE – His classroom is the one without the desks. His students are some of the boldest teenagers on campus, seldom afraid to express themselves.

OdySea Aquarium unveils new 60 ft. walls
SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale’s OdySea Aquarium, which is slated to be the largest aquarium in the southwest, has marked a construction milestone with the raising of the building’s 60 ft. walls.

Local author explores “Legacy of Genetic Tampering”
“Is this the legacy of genetic tampering or a terrorist attack with weaponized rabies?

YCSO Sheriff Mascher appointed to Body Camera Study Committee
YAVAPAI COUNTY – Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher has been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the ‘Law Enforcement Officer Body Camera Study Committee,’ formed as a result of legislation in Arizona House Bill 2511.

Foothills Focus columnist Judy Bluhm wins ANA award
NORTH VALLEY – Judy Bluhm’s column ‘Around the Bluhmin’ Town’ is known and loved throughout the north valley.

DVUSD seeks override to fund teachers’ salaries and specialized programs
NORTH VALLEY – Like the average school district, the Deer Valley Unified School District is no stranger to working around budget issues.

Renowned teen composer Emily Bear to perform at MIM
PHOENIX – Like many teenagers, Emily Bear loves adventure, traveling, and working with animals – that is, when she’s not performing, composing, touring, or recording a new CD.

Volunteers say ‘throne rooms’ at Kiwanis park fit for royalty
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Community Parks has some very special bathrooms since this summer’s renovations.

New River Elementary PTSA holding Fall Round-Up, Oct. 17
NEW RIVER – Fall is officially here, and it’s time once again for the New River Elementary PTSA’s Fall Round-Up, located on school grounds.

Under The Same Moon
Marjie started her life in a very practical way, growing up in the Tempe/Phoenix area. Growing up, she was always fascinated with Arizona’s variety of environments and its wide variety of natural resources.

Anthem Pets to hold vaccination clinic, Oct. 17
NORTH VALLEY – Keeping current with vaccinations can help keep your pet healthy and safe. That’s why Anthem Pets is holding a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cookies-N-Clean in Tramonto.

Land exchange discussed at Cave Creek Council meeting
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a land exchange between the town and the Horny Toad Restaurant on Sept. 21...

Car show to be held at Tatum Ranch, Oct. 17
CAVE CREEK – The 5th Annual Car Show is coming to Tatum Ranch Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

EPCOR employee receives Living Water Award
ANTHEM – Jeff Harrison, field service representative in EPCOR’s Anthem district, has received the National Association of Water Companies’ Living Water Award.

Musical Theatre of Anthem wins seven ariZoni Awards
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem was honored with seven ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence at the awards ceremony on Sept. 21 at Tempe Center for the Arts. The theatre was nominated for 31 ariZoni Awards for their 2014-2015 season. 

Starlight Community Theater cast members honored with ariZoni awards
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater took home several ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence for their 2014-2015 Season Productions. Multiple other cast members were nominated for the prestigious awards.

Agencies’ partnership moves Sonoran desert tortoise conservation forward
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department recently led 16 federal and state partners in a proactive effort to develop a statewide conservation agreement to benefit the iconic Sonoran desert tortoise in Arizona.

Outlets at Anthem to hold 11th Annual Shopping Extravaganza
PHOENIX – Outlets at Anthem is set to host the 11th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 9 a.m.

Mary Ann Derryberry chosen as 2015 Veterans Service Award recipient
ANTHEM – Longtime community volunteer Mary Ann Derryberry will be honored by the Anthem Community Council and the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team with the 2015 Anthem Veterans Service Award at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.

Over 750 pounds of food collected in Sept. 11 food drive
ANTHEM – About 750 pounds of canned and non-perishable food items were donated to the Foothills Food Bank and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, thanks to the Sept. 11 food drive.

Diamond Canyon School holds Constitution Day ceremony
ANTHEM – Diamond Canyon School commemorated Constitution Day with a patriotic ceremony on Sept. 17.

Parkside Community Association hires interim manager for permanent position
ANTHEM – Mary Beth Zahn has been officially hired as the Community Manager for the Anthem Parkside Community Association.

ACC Board votes 3-1 for Lennar development annexation
ANTHEM – Circle Mountain Ranch, the development to be built on the north end of 43rd Ave., will be annexed into the Anthem community.

A Hero Gives Their Life to Something Bigger
Through time, Pat has developed the symbolic language used in her work. A symbol for the Creator’s light, the spiral of man’s journey, the spirit’s passage find their way into Pat’s deeply soulful creations.

Cave Creek Information Center seeking volunteers
CAVE CREEK – Do you love Cave Creek and want to share your appreciation of the town? The Cave Creek Info Center is looking for volunteers to spread the word on what’s great in Cave Creek.

DFLT announcing 2015 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest
NORTH VALLEY – Desert Foothills Land Trust is once again hosting the 2015 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest. Share your favorite shots of Black Mountain or Daisy Mountain to help the Land Trust inspire the protection of the landscapes you love.

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
Serena Williams was supposed to win the Grand Slam. One of the most accomplished women’s tennis players in history, she stepped onto the court to quickly “put away” a little known Italian player named Roberta Vinci, who didn’t stand a chance against the mighty Serena. Funny how things can change so quickly. But then again, life is like that.

New degree program helps ASU build strong sports journalism students
NORTH VALLEY – After two years of planning, Arizona State University has added a new sports journalism major to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program will provide current and future journalism students with the tools needed to be successful in the sports industry.

City of Phoenix receives $3.1 million federal g rant to hire more police officers
PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for $3.1 million to hire 25 officers for the police department. 

Upscale Singers announcing 2015-16 season
SCOTTSDALE – The Upscale Singers are now in their twelfth season, and their program is growing.

Arizona Archaeology Society meeting, Oct. 14
CAVE CREEK – Archaeologist Dr. Kerry Thompson will speak at the Oct. 14 Arizona Archaeology Society meeting, to be held at the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

Annual Verde River Day to be held Sept. 26
COTTONWOOD – Looking for something to do this weekend? Head out to the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park for the 27th Annual Verde River Day.

Harold’s Corral celebrating 80th birthday, Sept. 26
CAVE CREEK – Get ready to party with Harold’s Cave Creek Corral! Harold’s is celebrating 80 years with an 80th Birthday Bash on Saturday, Sept. 26.

ACC Board votes 3-1 for Lennar development annexation
ANTHEM – Circle Mountain Ranch, the development to be built on the north end of 43rd Ave., will be annexed into the Anthem community.

YCSO detectives seeking burglary suspect
BLACK CANYON CITY – Yavapai County sheriff’s detectives are searching for the suspect who burglarized a Black Canyon City business.

McKenzie, 16, of Anthem, made it to U.S. Open quarterfinals
ANTHEM – Kylie McKenzie continues to take the world of tennis by storm.

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
Do you like Nature? Yes, I thought so. Me too. But sometimes people can have very clear (weird) ideas about exactly how they want to live with Nature. I am realtor, so I spend a whole lot of time listening to people’s “special requests.” And sometimes, what I hear is not to be believed. Read on.

Game and Fish project aims to conserve valued Arizona places for hunting, angling
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona’s sportsmen and sportswomen will have an opportunity to help conserve their favorite public hunting and fishing destinations by participating in the Sportsman’s Values Mapping Project, a statewide effort being launched by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with several state sportsmen’s groups.

Cave Creek Museum to reopen for the season on Oct. 1
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Museum will reopen for the season on Thursday, Oct. 1. Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers, and pioneers.

Annexation of Lennar development discussed at community meetings
ANTHEM – The planned Lennar development Circle Mountain Ranch, to be located at the north end of 43rd Ave. on the west side of Anthem, may be annexed into the Anthem community.

New Jags community joins Make-A-Wish to celebrate fulfillment of local boy’s wish
ANTHEM – Spirit and kindness is still alive and well in Anthem, and the Friday, Sept. 11 football game was an especially happy one, despite the Boulder Creek High School 54-3 loss on Friday

Musical Theatre of Anthem to present Shrek The Musical Jr.
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem is kicking off their 2015-16 seasons with the musical production Shrek The Musical Jr., opening Sept. 24.

I Then and Now…
Albert Einstein observed, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
Are you feeling rested? Just wondering how your official “Day of Rest”…otherwise called Labor Day tuned out. I love that holiday! Originated over one hundred years ago, it is one of the few national holidays that was created for no man, war, or religion, but for the common working stiff – you and me.

Anthem producer’s film to be shown at Harkins Arrowhead
ANTHEM – KosterFilms, the production company of Anthem film producer Fred Koster, has released its first theatrical feature film, ‘Ride The Thunder.’

UCP acknowledges record success of Circle K support
PHOENIX – Through fundraising efforts at local stores and events throughout t Arizona, Circle K employees, customers, and vendors generously helped raise a record $5.8 million for United Cerebral Palsy of Central and Southern Arizona and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas.

Justice Courts Change Focus
The traditional paradigm for judges is that we politely listen to both sides, serve as a referee when necessary, but don’t really attempt to provide much guidance.

Connecting families: Adoption/Foster Connection expo, Sept. 19
ANTHEM – Kelley Camasto’s home is a busy place – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She and her husband Paul have nine children, who are all adopted or are in the adoption process.

YCSO searching for suspect who robbed a BCC business
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man who robbed the Family Dollar store in Black Canyon City on Aug. 2.

Burro population management: BLM encouraging burro adoption
NORTH VALLEY – It’s said that burros can find their way home. But what happens when their home is getting too small for their herd?

Carefree Town Council votes to purchase new council chambers
CAREFREE – The Carefree Town Council unanimously approved the $407,400 purchase of a two-story 3,750 square-foot building during its regular council meeting last month on Aug. 17

New River man arrested for animal abuse
NEW RIVER – A New River resident was arrested on Sept. 3 for animal abuse.

A Teacher Affects Eternity
Great American historian and author Henry Adams wrote, “A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops.

I Hair salon now reopened after May car accident
CAREFREE – Salon owner Helen was working in her salon last May when a car jumped the curb and crashed through the front window, narrowly missing hitting her.

In remembrance: Sixth annual food drive honors father lost in 9/11
ANTHEM – Deborah’s father William Steckman died in Tower One on Sept. 11, 2001, leaving his shocked grieving his loss. Since then, Deborah, an Anthem resident, has channeled her grief into honoring her father through acts of kindness.

Proposal under discussion to annex planned Lennar development into Anthem
ANTHEM – The development of Anthem may be growing.

Searching for a cure, one step at a time
ANTHEM – Linda’s W.I.S.H. is making strides – literally – towards curing breast cancer once and for all.

Searching for a cure, one step at a time
ANTHEM – Linda’s W.I.S.H. is making strides – literally – towards curing breast cancer once and for all.

Searching for a cure, one step at a time
ANTHEM – Linda’s W.I.S.H. is making strides – literally – towards curing breast cancer once and for all.

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
I wear lipstick. And I dye my hair. There, I have said it – all secrets are out – I am admitting to you, Dear Readers, that some of my “beauty” comes from a tube and a bottle. Guess I am not alone.

Paper applications for 2016 spring hunts now being accepted
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the ‘2016 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information’ online at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Desert Foothills Theater kicks off season with Shakespeare parody
SCOTTSDALE – Get ready for some Shakespearean wit! Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is kicking off its 41st season with an entertaining parody, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised), set for Sept. 10-Sept. 20 at the Foothills Community Foundation Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale.

Justice Courts Change Focus
The traditional paradigm for judges is that we politely listen to both sides, serve as a referee when necessary, but don’t really attempt to provide much guidance.

Wild West Days seeks mobile bathtub race entries
CAVE CREEK – The ever-popular Wild West Days bathtub races are back and faster than ever.

Lingering Thoughts Become a Book
Local author and educator Michele Venne grew up in Cave Creek, Arizona, not aspiring to write a novel, but to be an educator.

Harold’s Corral to host 18th Annual Hawaiian Luau
CAVE CREEK – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its 18th Annual Hawaiian Luau on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Harold’s Corral wants to hear from couples who met there
CAVE CREEK – Over the past eight decades, one of the most frequent visitors to Harold’s Cave Creek Corral has been…Cupid.

No injuries reported from New River garage fire
“NEW RIVER – Daisy Mountain Fire Department firefighters were called out to a car fire in New River on Aug. 20.

State Trooper intercepts wrong-way I-17 driver r
YAVAPAI COUNTY – An Arizona State Trooper stopped a wrong-way driver on Saturday morning in what DPS Col. Frank Milstead called “one of the most heroic things I’ve seen.”

Daisy Mountain Fire offering CERT training, starting Sept. 3
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Community Park in New River is getting spruced up this summer, and the work is ongoing.

Council votes to settle lawsuit with former town manager
CAVE CREEK – The Town of Cave Creek spent over half a million dollars including legal fees after settling a three-year lawsuit with former town manager Usama Abujbarah, unanimously approving a $300,000 settlement during a special town council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

 

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
How are your retirement plans shaping up? According to a national survey, Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers.

Deadly rollover on I-17 closes freeway
NEW RIVER – The southbound I-17 was closed in New River on Sunday night after a deadly rollover crash.

Cave Creek schools receive visits from sister schools in China
CAVE CREEK – All four Cave Creek Unified School District schools that offer Mandarin Chinese language programs have an official sister school in China.

DFLT applying for renewal of national accreditation
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is applying for renewal of its accredited status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Game & Fish to monitor fish at Lake Powell, Lees Ferry, for mine spill impacts
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will collect a broad spectrum of environmental samples, both biological and physical, from the Arizona portion of Lake Powell as part of continued monitoring for potential impacts of the Colorado Gold King Mine spill.

ADOT offering new specialty license plates
NORTH VALLEY – Four new specialty license plates are now available for purchase from the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. The new plate designs include Arizona Coyotes, Midwestern University, U.S. Marine Corps, and Firefighter Safety Training.

City of Phoenix announces Smart City App Hack finalists
PHOENIX – The first annual Phoenix Smart City App Hack, an international competition to promote development of civic-focused mobile or web-based apps, has yielded its five finalists.

Game and Fish offering desert tortoises for adoption
NORTH VALLEY – Are you fascinated by reptiles? Do you have a yard big enough for a dog, but no time to take one for daily walks? Is someone in your family allergic to pets with fur or feathers?

Pickleball growing rapidly in Anthem and nationwide
Pickleball, one of the country’s fastest growing sports with the sour-sounding name, has arrived in Anthem and taken root. Last November, the Anthem Community Council approved the use of the roller hockey rink in the Anthem Community Park for pickleball play.

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
I went back to high school. Well, not exactly. But I did end up walking (wandering lost) around a high school campus, trying to help my grandson with his orientation. Since he has autism, I thought I would be useful.

Rattlesnake Fire burning in Castle Creek Wilderness
BUMBLE BEE – A wildfire is burning in the Castle Creek Wilderness, near Bumble Bee. Sparked by lightning, the Rattlesnake Fire was first reported by Mt. Union Lookout on Aug. 16. 

Phoenix 2015 election: Where to go to vote and find election results
PHOENIX – Voting centers will open on Saturday, Aug. 22 for the 2015 Mayor and Council Election for the first of three days of on-site voting. Residents can vote in person at any of the 29 voting centers around the city on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Election Day, Aug. 25, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Arizona Archaeology Society meeting to be held Sept. 9
CAVE CREEK – Learn about Arizona archaeological wonders at the upcoming Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting. J. Scott Wood, who worked as an archaeologist in the Tonto National Forest, will present at the Sept. 9 meeting.

Report: Arizona beer has an economic kick, too, in terms of jobs, taxes
NORTH VALLEY – When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.

Anthem Youth Advisory Council seeking applicants
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council is now accepting applications to serve on the Anthem Youth Advisory Council for the 2015-16 term. The advisory board for youth in grades 7-12 is entering its second year. Applications are due by Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.

Phoenix Water awarded drought resiliency grant
PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix Water Department has been awarded $300,000 in Federal funds for an innovative proposal aimed to proactively store water and build the city’s long-term drought resiliency.

Arizona’s bald eagles break breeding-season records
NORTH VALLEY – With the last bald eagle nestling out of the nest, Arizona’s bald eagle population continues its upward trend as it set multiple breeding-season productivity records this year.

Phoenix Superstar Twirlers win 80 medals
PHOENIX – South Bend, Indiana was the sight of the 70th Annual World Open Baton Twirling Championships.

Strike up the band: Veterans parade back on
ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Veterans 2015 parade that was previously cancelled is back on. The parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. 

Aug. 11 storm brought high winds, minimal rain
NORTH VALLEY – An Aug. 11 monsoon storm brought a flood of dust instead of rain. High winds from the storm snapped trees around the North Valley.

Cody Canada and The Departed to perform at the Roadrunner
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Community Park in New River is getting spruced up this summer, and the work is ongoing.

One year later: New River 2014 flood highlights importance of preparednessr
NEW RIVER – Aug. 19, 2014 started like a typical rainy day during the monsoon season. In just a few hours, however, it was evident that this was no ordinary storm.

Joy is Heartfelt
“Joy arises through heartfelt compromises, in the presence of patience, and the absence of apathy.”

Vietnam vet’s “wish fulfilled” with Veterans Memorial paver
ANTHEM – Every Anthem Veterans Memorial paver has deep meaning. Sr. Master Sergeant Monn’s paver is the newest addition to the Memorial and is the fulfillment of a last wish.

Anthem man wins gold medal in weightlifting
ANTHEM – Fred Martinez of Anthem won a gold medal on Aug. 12, at the International Weightlifting Federation Masters World Cup in Dallas.

ADOT testing wrong-way vehicle detectors
PHOENIX – Wrong-way driving continues to be an issue in Arizona.

Haggen in Anthem to close its doors in next 60 days
ANTHEM – After being open just three months, Haggen in Anthem has been placed on a list of Haggen stores to be closed. The closedown will take place in the next 60 days.

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
There has been a lot to ponder in the news lately. Sometimes hard to read or watch. Airplane debris floating to shore, young teenage boys in Florida missing at sea, a Presidential debate, forest fires raging, wild horses being rounded up, and a lion named Cecil.

IRS cautioning taxpayers on new, widespread scams
NORTH VALLEY – Scam artists are targeting taxpayers through phone, email, and letter scams, pretending to be from the IRS and other government agencies.

In process: proposed gas station in permit planning
NEW RIVER – Last year, plans for a gas station at the New River Road/I-17 interchange were put forth.

When a dollar is worth $4.4 billion: McCain tries again on dollar coin
NORTH VALLEY – Sen. John McCain calls his proposal to replace paper dollars with dollar coins “common sense” and “logical,” noting that it would save $4.4 billion on the cost of producing currency over 30 years.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra announces new Concertmaster
PHOENIX – Craig Triplett will be serving as Concertmaster for the North Valley Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

County Library Board of Directors honors summer reading achievers
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County Reads, the summer reading program embraced by 62 Maricopa County public libraries, concluded its summer run on Aug. 1.

Teen driving safety program set for Sept. 23
ANTHEM – School is in session again, and more teen drivers will be on the roads. To help these new drivers learn how to be safe behind the wheel, the ‘Acci-don’t: Teen Safe Driver Program’ will be offered for free at the Anthem Civic Building on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Easy Street condo development approved, expected to open in fall 2017
CAREFREE – The Carefree Town Council voted 7-0 in favor of the Easy Street condo project at the Aug. 4 meeting, and the development can now begin.

New River Kiwanis park updates continue
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Community Park in New River is getting spruced up this summer, and the work is ongoing.

Carefree resident to be honored at Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Dinner
CAREFREE – World War II veteran Gerry Jones will be honored at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Fifth Annual Arizona Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 12.

‘Aladdin’ coming to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
SCOTTSDALE – Join the cast of Missoula Children's Theatre’s ‘Aladdin’ at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, Aug. 17-22, for fun and theater skills, and be part of the magic of the classic tale.

Paint Big and Be Freer
Play often, paint big, and be free is the motto artist Pamela Dunmire lives and works by.

AZGFD offers boating safety tips
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona waterways are teeming with activity and the Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding all boaters to ensure a safe boating experience by remaining vigilant when out on the water.

Daisy Mountain firefighters to hold drowning awareness events
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks Hitting Coach Turner Ward has officially graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Merrill Gardens officially breaks ground; facility set to open next year
ANTHEM – Over 100 people attended a July 29 groundbreaking ceremony for the new retirement facility Merrill Gardens.

Show Me the Glint of Light
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks Hitting Coach Turner Ward has officially graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Cardinals’ Welter’s message to young girls: ‘They can do anything’
NORTH VALLEY – Jen Welter has loved football ever since she can remember. When the Arizona Cardinals introduced her Tuesday afternoon at their Tempe headquarters...

Arizona environmentalists cheer EPA Clean Power Plan, utilities wary
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona environmental groups cheered the final version of the Clean Power Plan unveiled Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, a first-ever national standard that aims to cut power plant carbon emissions by a third by 2030.

North Valley Dining: Heart and Soul Café & Saloon
Owner Josh Horton noted that he has owned Heart and Soul Café & Saloon since he took the restaurant over in November 2012.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
This week marks the two year anniversary of Kayla Mueller’s abduction. It is hard to believe that the earth keeps spinning, the sun continues to shine, the moon rises, and stars come out after such a devastating loss.

D-backs announce details of pregame ceremony honoring Randy Johnson
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks will retire Randy Johnson’s No. 51 this Saturday; a special pregame ceremony honoring Randy Johnson will begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. to enjoy the ceremony.

Game and Fish hosting annual elk viewing workshop at Mormon Lake
FLAGSTAFF – Ever wonder what it’s like to see hundreds of elk in one place at one time? That opportunity is possible during the annual elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Mormon Lake Lodge. 

Outlets at Anthem food court celebrates grand reopening
ANTHEM – The Outlets at Anthem celebrated the grand reopening of the newly remodeled food court on Thursday, July 30. The food court has a new name to go with its major redesign: Cafés at Anthem.

Report: About 40 percent of workers in state, U.S. have no paid sick leave
NORTH VALLEY – Close to half of Arizona’s private-sector workers, more than 934,000 people, do not have access to paid sick leave, according to a report on July 29 by a group pushing for such laws.

Boys & Girls Clubs join kids for back-to-school shopping spree
SCOTTSDALE – On July 12, Foothills-area members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Thunderbirds Branch joined 180 total children at Kohl’s in Desert Ridge for a back-to-school shopping spree, courtesy of the organization’s ‘30 Days of Shopping’ initiative.

Back to school roundup
NORTH VALLEY – It’s that time of year again – the beginning of a new school year is right around the corner.

D-Backs Hitting Coach Turner Ward graduates from University Of Phoenix
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks Hitting Coach Turner Ward has officially graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Businesses hope I-10 closure is road-funding ‘wakeup call’ to Congress
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona Trucking Association President Tony Bradley says one good thing may have come out of the closure of a section of Interstate 10 this week – it could point up the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure.

MCSO investigating fatal stabbing in New River
NEW RIVER – One man is dead of stabbing wounds after a deadly fight last weekend. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death.

Truck catches fire in Country Club
ANTHEM - A truck caught fire in the Anthem Country Club on Wednesday, July 22.

I-17 crash leaves two people dead, one injured
PHOENIX – A horrific accident on Monday, July 27 on the southbound I-17 near Dixileta took the lives of two people. Another person was injured in the crash.

Parkside announces open recruitment for Community Manager Position
ANTHEM – The Anthem Parkside Community Association is now recruiting for the full-time position of Community Manager.

MCSO: Man severely burned after suicide attempt
ANTHEM – A tragic suicide attempt resulted in a man being severely burned.

ADEQ issues fish consumption advisory for Bartlett Lake
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has issued a fish consumption advisory recommending that people limit consumption of channel catfish and largemouth bass caught from Bartlett Lake in Maricopa County.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Missing a few friends? Wondering where all of the neighbors have gone? Finding your streets and roads particularly empty? I have found the missing masses! We are all in San Diego.

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle nets record $598,400 for wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Winners of the 10th annual “Arizona Big Game Super Raffle” were announced July 23 during a Sportsmen’s Open Forum at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters.

Arizona Wildlife Views magazine wins award
NORTH VALLEY – At least 31 of the 50 states publish a magazine about wildlife and outdoor recreation, promoting appreciation for America’s natural heritage. In any given year, only one of those magazines can be named “the best state wildlife magazine in the nation.”

Norway, the new Scotland!
“He delivers a gift for England’s two-year old Princess Mary, daughter of young Henry VIII, and meets the enigmatic Lady Avery Albergar, the “Ice Maiden” of Queen Catherine’s court…” Beguiling words written by local award-winning author of historical romances, Kris Tualla.

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle nets record $598,400 for wildlife
NORTH VALLEY – Winners of the 10th annual “Arizona Big Game Super Raffle” were announced July 23 during a Sportsmen’s Open Forum at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters.

Photography class at Butterfly Wonderland
SCOTTSDALE – Guests are invited to Butterfly Wonderland on Saturday, Aug. 15, 8:30-11 a.m., for a cell phone photography class taught by photographer Paul Valach.

Looking Out The Window
Local artist Judith Visker lived an expansive and full life before she jumped into a box of paints, brushes in hand, and never looked back.

En route to Hall, Johnson continues to be valuable resource for D-backs
PHOENIX – Randy Johnson used to cram his 6-foot-10-inch frame into the luggage racks above the seats in the charter buses used by his minor league team so he could sleep on long road trips.

Randy Johnson reflects on parents’ support in HOF induction speech
Long before Randy Johnson was dominating hitters at the major league level, the lefthander was tossing tennis balls at his family’s wooden garage door in Livermore, California.

Officials: Arizona’s slip in state-funded pension ranks no cause for concern
NORTH VALLEY– Funding for Arizona’s state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said.

Starlight Community Theater receives National Youth Arts Awards
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater has received five National Youth Arts Awards and 15 additional nominations for their 2014-2015 season productions.  

Boys & Girls Clubs join kids for back-to-school shopping spree
SCOTTSDALE – On July 12, Foothills-area members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Thunderbirds Branch joined 180 total children at Kohl’s in Desert Ridge for a back-to-school shopping spree, courtesy of the organization’s ‘30 Days of Shopping’ initiative.

Merrill Gardens to hold groundbreaking ceremony, July 29
ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens at Anthem is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 29, at 9 a.m.

Outlets at Anthem unveils ‘Cafés at Anthem’
ANTHEM – The renovations are finished, and the food court at the Outlets at Anthem has had a makeover. With the new look comes a new name: Cafés at Anthem.

Kiwanis Community Park renovations in full swing
NEW RIVER – The New River Kiwanis Community Park’s renovation has begun, and already the changes can be seen.

School administrators scrambling, again, to hire teachers as school year looms
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona officials say there are at least 1,000 vacant teacher positions to fill, with just weeks left until the school year starts around the state.

Learning heroes’ stories at the Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – The theme of this year’s summer reading program at the North Valley Regional Library is ‘Every hero has a story.’

North Valley Dining: Ocho Locos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Spice up tonight’s dinner with a visit to Ocho Locos. This Mexican/American-themed restaurant offers lots of choices for fun family dinners. Plus, on Wednesday nights, kids under 10 eat free, with the purchase of their parents’ entrées.

Body found in 18-wheeler parked in New River
NEW RIVER – On Sunday night, a man’s body was found in a semi parked in New River, at the on-ramp of the I-17. The man appears to have died from natural causes.

Bella Vista Prep offering financial aid for upcoming school year
SCOTTSDALE – Bella Vista College Preparatory School has Low Income Corporate Income Tax Credit grants and aid available for up to 10 high school students and five students each for third, fourth, or fifth grades for the 2015-2016 school year.

Cox Communications installing new infrastructure
ANTHEM – The Phoenix area will soon be added to the list of Cox Communications G1GABLAST locations.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Fat, sugar, and carbohydrates are the three emperors of the Evil Kingdom, trying to ruin the lives of innocent Americans. And according to a recent report published by the Gallup-Healthways Poll, a shocking two thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese! This number has doubled in the past twenty years.

ADOT enhances security of driver license application process
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Department of Transportation has implemented facial recognition technology in the application process for state-issued credentials, which the department says will help curb identity theft and fraud.

En route to Hall, Johnson continues to be valuable resource for D-backs
PHOENIX – Randy Johnson used to cram his 6-foot-10-inch frame into the luggage racks above the seats in the charter buses used by his minor league team so he could sleep on long road trips.

Renovations on Kiwanis Community Park to begin this weekend
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Community Park in New River is getting some TLC this summer.

Plans underway for the fourteenth annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K
ANTHEM – Planning for the 14th Annual Linda's W.I.S.H. 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Event sponsored by New Balance is in full swing at the Persimmon Golf Course at Anthem Golf and Country Club.

New MCSO helicopter named for Deputy William Coleman
ANTHEM – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department has added a new helicopter to its fleet. The Bell 407 GX helicopter was shown at July 7 ceremony at Deer Valley Airport.

Believe in Anthem AZ holding second annual pet food drive for Anthem Pets
ANTHEM – Local pets are getting a helping hand from mother-daughter community non-profit Believe in Anthem AZ.

North valley power outage caused by downed power lines
NORTH VALLEY – Multiple APS customers in Anthem, New River, and north Phoenix had no electricity on the afternoon and evening of Sunday, July 12.

Anthem’s Youth Council hosting movie night
ANTHEM – The Anthem Youth Advisory Council will host a free movie night Friday, Aug. 14, at the Anthem Community Center. The event will feature the film “Dodgeball” on the big screen. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for a teens-only dodgeball tournament in the gym, and the movie will begin at 8 p.m.

City of Phoenix appoints new deputy city managers
PHOENIX – Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has appointed two city executives, Karen Peters and Mario Paniagua, as deputy city managers. 

AZGFD seeks information from BLM on burro management
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has submitted a public records request to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to better assess the impact that the overpopulation of burros is having on the state and to learn the federal agency’s plans to address the issue.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Where were you at noon last Saturday? Just wondering, since it was the 40th annual Nude Recreation Week, and people were celebrating by skinny dipping in designated pools, rivers, lakes, and hot tubs throughout the State.

House OKs bill aimed at curbing wildfires; critics call it ‘bad for forests’
NORTH VALLEY – The House voted 262-167 on July 9 for a bill that supporters said will reduce wildfires by streamlining the process for managing federal forests before and after outbreaks.

The Mother Art is Architecture
The well-known American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked about art and civilization, stated, “The mother art is architecture.

Life jacket loaner stations debut at Lake Pleasant
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is working to save lives by preventing drownings at Lake Pleasant with the installation of new Life Jacket Loaner Stations at the lake’s four- and 10-lane boat ramps.

Arrest made after lasers pointed at aircraft
PHOENIX – A 26-year-old Phoenix resident was arrested on July 1 after reportedly pointing a laser at aircraft that was approaching the Deer Valley Airport.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Are you tired of reading about bad news?  Perhaps we need a boost of our collective spirits. I’ve decided to devote this column to good news and small miracles. In a world that often feels confusing and menacing, let’s be reminded of daily wonders.

Plan to expand overtime rules could reach 100,000 Arizona salaried workers
NORTH VALLEY – The Department of Labor announced plans June 30 to expand overtime guarantees to about 5 million salaried workers who are not now covered, including an estimated 100,000 white-collar workers in Arizona.

D-backs players honor veterans with visit to VA hospital
PHOENIX – Major League Baseball teams across the country hosted Fourth of July celebrations this weekend and the fans crowded into the ballparks to devour hotdogs and delight in fireworks shows.

Game and Fish warns against feeding wildlife after family’s elk encounter
NORTH VALLEY – The message has been clear and concise: stop feeding wildlife.

Feds move one Arizona species toward endangered status, one the other way
NORTH VALLEY – The federal government moved the Arizona toad closer to endangered status this week while dimming hopes for the gray wolf, which moved a step closer to losing endangered species protection altogether.

Dropping by for a visit…
NEW RIVER – This Desert Spiny Lizard was photographed at a New River home last week. This male lizard, identified as such by his markings, hangs out at this home regularly.

Robotics camp students participate in competition
CAVE CREEK – R4 Robotics, now part of the newly formed company Be Greater Than Average, LLC traveled from Rio Rancho, New Mexico to work with Cave Creek Robotics of Cave Creek.

CCUSD names district Teacher of the Year and honorees
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District has named the district Teacher of the Year for 2015.

Fires in Carefree highlight fire risk and importance of fire prevention
CAREFREE – For the second time in seven days, a small brush fire burned near the Ridgeview Estates in Carefree.

Local screenwriter’s new TV miniseries premiering online
ANTHEM – “CON is a story about truth told by those who lie the most.” So goes the tagline for new TV miniseries CON, premiering online next month.

The Sea and Personal Energy
In his book, The Lighting Thief, author Rick Riordan wrote, “The sea does not like to be restrained….” and this holds true of local artist Donna Carver’s personal energy and art, as well.

NVSO announces youth orchestra auditions
NORTH VALLEY – The North Valley Symphony Orchestra has announced the youth orchestra audition dates for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
What does a nose know? Evidently, our sense of smell is a key factor in our overall mental state, physical wellbeing, and love life! It is intricately linked to memories, appetite, cognition and recognition.

County Supervisors adopt $2.2 billion budget for upcoming fiscal year
NORTH VALLEY – Faced with sluggish tax revenues and $32.2 million in state budget impacts, Maricopa County supervisors recently adopted a conservative $2.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

Upcoming deadline to update credit card data for online fall draw
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has issued a reminder to hunters who applied online for 2015 fall hunt permit-tags that 11:59 p.m. (MST) July 9 is the deadline to update their credit card or debit card account information.

ProMusica Arizona holding auditions for 2015-16 season
NORTH VALLEY – ProMusica Arizona will be holding Chorale and Orchestra auditions for the upcoming season in August.

Red Cross in need of blood and platelet donations
NORTH VALLEY – The American Red Cross is urging donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.

ADOT completes widening of another US 93 section
NORTH VALLEY – Traveling to Las Vegas soon? The drive will be a bit simpler. The Arizona Department of Transportation has completed another widened section of US 93, approximately 20 miles north of Wikieup.

Arizona voters can overrule Legislature on redistricting, high court says
NORTH VALLEY – When voters approved the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission they were reaffirming a “core principle” of government, the Supreme Court said June 29, “that voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.”

Safety agencies to work along I-17 ‘safety corridor’ over holiday weekend
NORTH VALLEY – Heading out of town for the Independence Day weekend? The I-17 will be made into a “Safety Corridor” this weekend to help avoid accidents and keep traffic moving safely.

Best of the west: Cave Creek offers frontier spirit
CAVE CREEK – July 25, the fourth Saturday in July, has been designated as the National Day of the Cowboy.

Fire danger: Keeping your home safe during brush fire season
CAREFREE – A family in Carefree woke up at 3 a.m. on June 23 to Rural/Metro fire crews putting out a brush fire near their home in Ridgeview Estates.

First storm of monsoon 2015 brings strong winds, rain
NORTH VALLEY – The first monsoon storm rolled in on Monday, June 29, bringing strong winds, thunder and lightning, and a downpour of rain across the north valley.

Wrong-way driver arrested on I-17
YAVAPAI COUNTY – A wrong-way driver was arrested on I-17 northbound, north of Black Canyon City, on June 21.

You Dream, I Design
“You ponder, I innovate; you dream, I design; together we amaze,” a spellbinding reflection from Tile Art Works founder and local artist Scott Donars.

Take a hike – and more. Study ranks Arizona high for length of workouts
NORTH VALLEY – People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app.

Stanton touts city’s successes, warns of need to fight for water rights
NORTH VALLEY – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a Washington panel on June 23 that Arizona is in a fight to make sure other states, particularly California, don’t take water “that rightfully belongs to the people of Arizona.”

Boating safety: Tips to stay safe out on the water
NORTH VALLEY – With the record high temperatures this past week, many local residents are heading out to one of Arizona’s lakes. Stay safe out on the water by following boating safety guidelines.

Canon Elementary teacher named Yavapai County Rural Teacher of the Year
BLACK CANYON CITY – Canon Elementary School fifth grade teacher Trinka Hall has been named as the Yavapai County Rural Teacher of the Year.

Bill banning town licensing fees for real estate agents to take effect
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona real estate agents will be saving funds on city and town licensing fees when Senate Bill 1368 goes into effect this July.

Get fired up this 4th of July with fireworks events around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Get ready to celebrate the United States with Independence Day activities around the Valley! Rides, food, music, and – of course – fireworks will be featured at events around the state.

Intensely Social Characters
Local artist Susan Falcon Hargraves put down roots early in life in progressive thought and the arts.

Career Connectors partners with Scottsdale charity
SCOTTSDALE – Valley nonprofit Career Connectors distributed over $2,500 in gift cards to families in need at its recent Scottsdale networking event.

OSHA unveils new hot app – no, really, it’s an app warning of hot weather
NORTH VALLEY – Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials had a message on June 10 for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety.

Backpacks being collected for kids in need
ANTHEM – The start of the new school year is fast approaching, and a drive is being held to get school supplies for kids in need.

Cave Creek Council approves Cahava Springs project
CAVE CREEK – After months of debate and public hearings, the Cave Creek Town Council unanimously approved the Cahava Springs Revitalization District on June 15, which will allows the property owners of the subdivision to tax themselves, financing major infrastructure projects within the town estimated at over $19 million.

ADOT urging drivers to ‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive’ during dust storms
NORTH VALLEY – Where will you be when the dust settles? That’s a question the Arizona Department of Transportation is asking motorists this year as another summer monsoon season begins.

The journey of an American hero: WWII vet Charles Shibata’s life story
NORTH VALLEY – Behind every hero, there’s a story. Charles Shibata’s story began 92 years ago in Indio, Calif.

Mail truck catches fire; no injuries reported
ANTHEM – A mail truck caught fire in Anthem on June 11, about 3:30 p. m. The vehicle caught fire at Anthem Way and the northbound I-17 exit ramp.

ADOT installing new traffic message signs on north valley freeways
NORTH VALLEY – New overhead traffic signs and other traffic-management technology will be added to north valley freeways over the course of the summer.

Army promotion ceremony held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
One day before the U.S. Army 240th birthday, members of the 1-415th Regiment gathered for U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kristie L. Cathers’ promotion ceremony held at the Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM).

Intensely Social Characters
Local artist Susan Falcon Hargraves put down roots early in life in progressive thought and the arts.

Career Connectors partners with Scottsdale charity
SCOTTSDALE – Valley nonprofit Career Connectors distributed over $2,500 in gift cards to families in need at its recent Scottsdale networking event.

OSHA unveils new hot app – no, really, it’s an app warning of hot weather
NORTH VALLEY – Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials had a message on June 10 for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety.

County urges residents to be “flood smart” during monsoon
NORTH VALLEY – After last year’s record-breaking monsoon season, Maricopa County is urging valley residents to be “flood smart” this summer by understanding the risks and being prepared to take action if a flood occurs.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
The Roundabouts are coming. Are you ready? After reading the pros and cons of the inevitable roundabouts, which are coming to more major intersections, it seems as though the only choice we have is to prepare ourselves for driving around in big circles.

Countdown to kindergarten: Preparing kids for school
NORTH VALLEY – School is out, and many families have summer pool parties and vacations in mind. For parents and caregivers of children under 5 years old, summer is also a great opportunity to help kids going into kindergarten prepare for success!

Local financial planner Noah Kendrick establishes Kendrick Wealth Management
CAREFREE – Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. has welcomed Certified Financial Planner™ Noah Kendrick who operates as Kendrick Wealth Management, an independent firm. Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC.

Soroptimist International presents scholarship to local student
CAVE CREEK – Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills has presented student Ashley Farrow with a $5,000 scholarship for being an outstanding member of the S Club. 

Canyon Springs to offer free Spanish classes for all students
ANTHEM – Starting next school year, students at Canyon Springs School will have the opportunity to learn Spanish with free classes for kindergarten through eighth grade.

No injuries reported from natural gas leak
NEW RIVER – A natural gas leak was reported in an Arroyo Norte home on June 2, around noon. Daisy Mountain Fire Department quickly responded to the call, and the gas leak did not cause any injuries.

North Valley Regional Library kicks off summer reading program
ANTHEM – Every hero has a story at the North Valley Regional Library! The library kicked off the Maricopa County Regional Library 2015 Summer Reading Program on June 2.

Color Can Interfere with Our Concepts
Abstract expressionist artist Georges Braque once observed, “Color can give rise to sensations which would interfere with our conception of space.”

Black Canyon City's bodybuilding bartender to compete in July
BLACK CANYON CITY – Black Canyon City resident Renee Brown, bartender and bodybuilder, is gearing up for a July competition. A fundraiser is being held for her on June 20, at the Javalina Crossing in Black Canyon City.

Find your perfect four-legged companion: Anthem Pets adoption event, June 12
PHOENIX – Nothing beats coming home to a wagging tail or a friendly purr! If you’re looking for a four-legged friend, Anthem Pets has plenty to offer.

Cave Creek Council approves new development, bike lane expenditures
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council voted for development on June 1 at the town council meeting, approving expenditures for the construction of bike lanes, allowing a tractor supply company to develop 10 acres, and then postponed the Cahava Springs utility district approval vote.

Maricopa County seeking feedback on Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Planning and Development Department is continuing to seek residents’ input on the Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The draft plan is now online.

Cave Creek Council votes 7-0 for town advertising change
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously agreed to advertise in the Sonoran News, despite the Cave Creek-based publication not meeting the statutory definition of a newspaper and many residents speaking out against the recommendation, at the public meeting on June 1.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you ever been so excited to go somewhere that you showed up early? Yes, it seems the thrill and anticipation for Manuel, the friendly tarantula, has caused him to arrive two months early at my friend, Diane’s house!

Summer School for Judges
Each year for three days in June, most of Arizona’s courtrooms either are empty or are covered by substitute judges.

Last Dollar Feed offering livestock supplies and pet products
NEW RIVER – Last Dollar Feed & Supply just celebrated a grand re-opening. This longtime New River business has changed owners and names a few times, but the quality and customer service has remained.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
What do you have in common with a goldfish? Evidently more than you could ever imagine. Scientists now claim that average adult’s attention span is eight seconds.

Drowning takes no holiday: Deaths low now, but may rise in summer
NORTH VALLEY – A cool, wet spring in Arizona and an ongoing emphasis on pool safety have combined to produce statewide drowning numbers that officials say are far below those at the same time last year.

City of Phoenix kicks off summer heat relief efforts
PHOENIX – The onset of triple-digit temperatures means it is time for the annual Summer Respite Program.

Both sides look for answers in feds’ clarification of Clean Water Act
NORTH VALLEY – A new federal rule was meant to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, but some critics are saying the 300-page document has done little to clear up the issue since its release this past week.

Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix opens Crazy Cactus Roaring River
PHOENIX – Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix employees and Season Pass Holders attended the official ribbon cutting on May 21 for the Crazy Cactus Roaring River. 

Starlight offering ‘Camp Rising Star’ this summer
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater is holding ‘Camp Rising Star’ this summer, with the first session starting June 15.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra to hold auditions
HOENIX – The North Valley Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for the concertmaster position, plus a variety of other string, wind, and brass positions.

Interim Parkside community manager in ‘trial period’ for prospective permanent position
ANTHEM – Parkside’s community manager is scheduled to be officially chosen in three months. No interviews for the position are being held until after the six-month trial period.

Diamond Canyon choir receives GOLD rating at national festival
ANTHEM – The Diamond Canyon School 7th and 8th grade choir continue to wow audiences everywhere they go.

Haggen in Anthem now open
ANTHEM – The new Haggen store in Anthem is now open. The store will be acquiring more Haggen products over the next several months.

New River Elementary celebrates end of school year with awards, giveaways
NEW RIVER – New River Elementary celebrated the completion of the 2014-15 school year with an assembly on May 27. Students' achievements throughout the school year were commemorated.

Retiring New River teachers represent 20 years of excellence in education
NEW RIVER – Longtime New River Elementary teachers Bev Thomas and Marilyn Yavello have now retired.

Dancing in All Dimensions
Artist Micky Jansen hopes to touch you with her art, inspiration, and imagination.

High Energy Images with a Twist
The colors leap off the canvas catching your attention, imagined thundering of a stampeding wild horse heard is echoing through your space, with a quick glance around reveals nothing has been disturbed, what’s up?

Gavilan Peak kindergartners honor veterans
ANTHEM – Seventy kindergarten students from Gavilan Peak School traveled to the Anthem Veterans Memorial on May 19 to learn about the Memorial’s design elements and symbols.

Calista’s journey from victim of dogfighting to therapy dog
PHOENIX – Sometimes miracles have four legs.

DownEast Home & Clothing opening May 29
PHOENIX – DownEast Home & Clothing will be opening in the Tramonto Marketplace on Friday, May 29. Store hours will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

MCSO: Zaza Nails and Spa acted as front to launder drug group’s profits
ANTHEM – Zaza Nails and Spa was one of eight Valley locations raided in a drug bust on May 20.

Kiwanis Carefree donates to CCUSD preschool program
NORTH VALLEY – Financially strapped working parents with preschool aged children got a helping hand on May 12 ...

‘A Day of Remembrance’ at the Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – The community is invited to join in a ceremony to honor veterans on Memorial Day, May 25.

New River street signs vandalized
NEW RIVER – New River had a visit from some vandals this week. Street signs along New River Road, from the I-17 interchange to the Welcome to New River sign, were vandalized with yellow material.

Anthem teen selected for 2015 Team USA National Junior Team
ANTHEM – The best junior tennis-playing girls in the United States are getting an opportunity to get even better.

Gains, goals of Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years later
NORTH VALLEY – The iconic blue-and-white disability parking tags that appear to be proliferating in Arizona were the first and most recognizable effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Game On for Creativity
Award winning figure skater and movie star Sonja Henie once commented, “Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles!”

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you moved lately? I am a realtor, so I know about moving. It might be fun, even thrilling. But mostly, it is the sorting, packing, and cleaning that make grown men cry. Statistically, Americans move about every seven years. Why? Make a list.

DVUSD to implement athletic participation fees
NORTH VALLEY – After repeated debate, the Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board voted to implement athletic participation fees for the upcoming school year.

Registration open for county teen leadership program
PHOENIX – Registration is now open for Valley youths interested in participating in the Maricopa County Teen Leadership Experience, a county-sponsored summer learning experience that introduces youth ages 12-17 to the county government operations.

Phoenix Marine among those lost in Nepal helicopter crash
PHOENIX – Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Nepal on May 12. The group was on their way to provide humanitarian relief after last month’s deadly earthquake.

A Few New Laws That Could Impact You
Each year, our state legislature considers hundreds of potential new laws. As most of us hopefully remember from a civics class, if a bill passes both the House of Representatives and the Senate in identical form, it goes to the Governor.

Canyon Springs second grader wins bike
ANTHEM – Abigail Prue, a second grader at Canyon Springs School, won a bike from the Deer Valley Unified School District Food and Nutrition Department, in celebration of National Bike Month.

Cave Creek Regional Park: Getting up close to the North Valley desert
ANTHEM – Abigail Prue, a second grader at Canyon Springs School, won a bike from the Deer Valley Unified School District Food and Nutrition Department, in celebration of National Bike Month.

Getting the 411 on the DVUSD budget
NORTH VALLEY – The Deer Valley Unified School District offered the 411 as it pertains to next year’s budget at a community meeting on May 6.

A second chance at life, thanks to Anthem Pets: Frankie’s story
ANTHEM – She has her own Facebook page, loves everybody, and has more than doubled her weight in just three months.

Reaching beyond: Realism in art
Marion Starr, the accomplished Australian watercolor artist, stated, “The challenge of the realist artist is to reach beyond just a representation and convey the essence of the scene, to capture something of the mood and sense of place.”

Local Little League plays first game with new scoreboard
CAREFREE – Cactus Foothills North Little League has played their first game with a brand new scoreboard, thanks to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation. Saturday, May 2 was the inaugural game with the new scoreboard.

New River ‘special delivery’ expected
NEW RIVER – This mama dove has found just the right address for her nest.

Trekscapades hiker halfway to Seattle
NEW RIVER – Rob Hammond hiked from his home in New River to the base of the Pacific Crest Trail and now is halfway through the trail on his journey to Seattle.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you moved lately? I am a realtor, so I know about moving. It might be fun, even thrilling. But mostly, it is the sorting, packing, and cleaning that make grown men cry. Statistically, Americans move about every seven years. Why? Make a list.

Anthem Country Club Community Association volunteers recognized
ANTHEM – The Anthem Country Club Community Association Board of Directors, the Anthem Country Club homeowners' association, honored their volunteers at a reception on April 23, prior to the quarterly meeting of the Board.

EPCOR Water receives award for Anthem facility
ANTHEM – EPCOR Water has received 13 AZ Water Association Awards, including Best Large Treatment Plant of the Year for the Anthem facility.

Anthem School receives A+ School of Excellence designation
ANTHEM – Anthem School has been awarded the Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence designation.

‘Olympic Rickshaw Rider’ visits New River on way to 2016 Olympics
NEW RIVER – Chen Guan Ming, an east China farmer, rode his rickshaw through Anthem and New River last week on his latest Olympic trek.

Gavilan Peak Mandarin program students illustrating academic achievement, intellectual growth
ANTHEM – Problem solving and critical thinking are some of the most important skills students can put into practice.

Anthem family searching for lost glucose monitor
ANTHEM – A local family is asking for the community’s help in locating their son’s glucose monitor.

Merrill Gardens scheduled to break ground in June
ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens may be taking reservations for their senior living community as soon as fall 2015.

DPS data shows texting leads to tickets, but lawmaker wants state ban
PHOENIX – When state Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, offered his latest bill this year attempting to ban texting while driving in Arizona, he faced strong opposition from Senate President Andy Biggs that helped derail the measure.

Nature, a source of inspiration
The richness she achieves comes from nature, the source of her inspiration. Local artist Maya Henaff transports her viewers to places known and unknown with her elegantly textured and masterly rendered canvases.

Canyon Springs opens ‘Kinder “garden”’
ANTHEM – The kindergartners of Canyon Springs School can now experience gardening right at their school.

Ready for anything: CERT trainees practice disaster preparedness
NORTH VALLEY – “Uniting communities – preparing the nation” is the motto of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Corps.

New River Farmer’s Market on May 9
NEW RIVER – The New River Farmer’s Market is holding its next event on Saturday, May 9, at Three Bars Feed & Tack.

Anthem Safeway scheduled to convert to Haggen in Mayr
ANTHEM – The Safeway in Anthem is scheduled to be converted to a Haggen this May.

Zen Dispensary in New River now open
NEW RIVER – The Zen Dispensary, which provides medical marijuana, is now open in New River.

Outdoor recreation worth $646 billion a year to economy, experts say
NORTH VALLEY – Consumers spend $646 billion annually on outdoor recreation, said advocates, who called on the government on April 16 to do a better job tracking the worth of what they called an undervalued industry.

Connection to the past in creativity
“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.” ~ Walt Disney.

Daisy Mountain trail ride nets interest for conservation
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Club of New River hosted a trail ride on April 11in support of the Desert Foothills Land Trust’s work to preserve Daisy Mountain.

‘Keep One’s Compass in One’s Eyes’
Michelangelo reflected, “It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute but the eyes judge.”

See ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Desert Foothills Theater
SCOTTSDALE– We’re off to see the wizard…..at the Desert Foothills Theater, starting Friday, May 8. Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Do you believe that the way we look has a lot to do with the way we feel? If so, read on.Evidently not only people, but birds with “enhanced beauty” will have improved self-esteem.  A group of scientists have made the discovery that they say proves that “clothes make the man” is more than just a theory.

Centers: Cronkite heroin documentary spurred addicts to seek help
A Cronkite News documentary on heroin addiction has brought new patients into rehabilitation facilities seeking help, representatives say.

ADOT offers explanation video on pedestrian lights
ANTHEM – Confused about what to do at the crosswalk light on Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem? ADOT has created a short video that explains the purpose of the light and what to do when you see one.

Vehicle fire causes 2-hour freeway delay
NEW RIVER – A vehicle fire erupted on the northbound I-17 just past the New River exit on Monday, April 27.

Officials: Colorado shortage unlikely to affect cities, industries in near term
PHOENIX – Arizona’s communities, industries, mines, and Native American tribes aren’t likely to be affected during the next five years if federal officials declare a shortage on the Colorado River, officials said April 22.

Environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning
PHOENX – Approval of an environmental impact statement clearing the way for thinning 600,000 acres of Arizona forest is an important step toward reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said.

Outlet mall seeking musicians for ‘May Music Magic’
PHOENIX – Outlets at Anthem is hosting May Music Magic, live entertainment Saturdays in May, as well as enter to win prizes throughout the month.

A new “leash” on life: animal hospital offering stem cell therapy
ANTHEM –Animal Hospital at Anthem and Grooming recently gave Darby Celotti, a local large breed dog mix, the ability to enjoy the activities she loves without pain through their new Stem Cell Therapy.  Dr. Brian Waller worked with Pets Best Insurance, Darby’s pet insurance policy, to get full coverage preapproved for the regenerative therapy.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you given much thought as to the sex of papayas lately? I was recently in Hawaii and the local news focused on a Science Digest article.

Phoenix recognized for alternative fuel usage
PHOENIX – The Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition has recognized the city of Phoenix for its commitment to improving air quality, reducing fuel costs, and energy security.  The VSCCC particularly recognized the city’s Aviation, Public Works, and Public Transit departments for their investment in alternative fuels. 

Family searching for missing tortoise
NEW RIVER – A New River family is searching for their missing tortoise after neighbors say they saw the tortoise being loaded into a trailer.

Kids Care Club supports Run for Ryan House
SCOTTSDALE – Kids Care Club, a local non-profit dedicated to getting elementary and middle school students involved in volunteering, spent a morning supporting Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch. 

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Do you believe that the way we look has a lot to do with the way we feel? If so, read on.Evidently not only people, but birds with “enhanced beauty” will have improved self-esteem.  A group of scientists have made the discovery that they say proves that “clothes make the man” is more than just a theory.

Activists file a ballot initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana
NORTH VALLEY – The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project filed a ballot initiative Friday that would legalize recreational use of marijuana and regulate and tax the drug like alcohol.

Forest restoration initiative to restore one million acres of pine forest
FLAGSTAFF – On April 17, Supervisors of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests signed a Record of Decision for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), an unprecedented, collaborative effort to restore one million acres of at-risk ponderosa pine forest across northern Arizona.  

Strike-A-Pose Model Search winners announced
PHOENIX – Two Valley residents won coveted one-year modeling contracts with FORD/Robert Black Agency at the recent competition at the Outlets at Anthem.

Morris Hall names new law firm partners
PHOENIX – Estate planning law firm law firm Morris Hall, PLLC has announced the promotion of James P. Plitz and B. West Hunsaker to partner.

Applications available for youth employment program
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has issued a Call-to-Action for business leaders to participate in the Phoenix R.I.S.E. (Reach and Invest in Summer Employment) internship program. 

Rotary Club of Anthem awards five scholarships
ANTHEM – The Rotary Club of Anthem awarded five scholarships to North Valley high school students from Boulder Creek and Sandra Day O’Connor High Schools. The recipients will receive their certificates at their respective school’s award ceremonies.

Diamond Canyon students awarded in Music K8 contest
ANTHEM – Diamond Canyon students Gracie Milliken and Sage Raczka both took winning spots in the Music K8 Magazine 2015 Cover Art Contest. 

Bike ride to raise funds for trail building
CAVE CREEK – The Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association is holding a fundraiser ride on Saturday, May 2, that will support a trail building project between the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve and the Town of Cave Creek Trail System.

Jags baseball team loses close game to Centennial
ANTHEM – Joe Navarro’s clutch hit propelled Centennial High School Coyotes one step closer to the playoffs in a 3-5 victory against Boulder Creek High School Jaguars on Thursday, April 16.

Body found alongside Carefree Highway; MCSO investigating
DESERT HILLS – A man’s body was found alongside Carefree Highway, near Central Avenue, on the morning of Monday, April 20. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.

Foothills Caring Corps seeking volunteers
CAREFREE – Do you want to make a difference in your own life and the lives of others? The Foothills Caring Corps, a volunteer based non-profit organization serving the northeast valley, is seeking volunteers to share their talent, skills, and time with the organization.

Diamond Canyon presented with A+ School of Excellence banner
ANTHEM – Diamond Canyon School has been chosen as an Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence. The school was presented with a banner commemorating this designation at a ceremony on April 10.

Leaders: Arizona must increase higher ed funding to improve economy
PHOENIX – If Arizona doesn’t change course and increase funding to higher education, the state’s economic health will decline, Arizona State University President Michael Crow told a group of business leaders on April 16.

Outdoor recreation worth $646 billion a year to economy, experts say
NORTH VALLEY – Consumers spend $646 billion annually on outdoor recreation, said advocates, who called on the government on April 16 to do a better job tracking the worth of what they called an undervalued industry.

Connection to the past in creativity
“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.” ~ Walt Disney.

Daisy Mountain trail ride nets interest for conservation
NEW RIVER – The Kiwanis Club of New River hosted a trail ride on April 11in support of the Desert Foothills Land Trust’s work to preserve Daisy Mountain.

Local cashier recognized for going ‘above and beyond’
ANTHEM – We’re all familiar with the stomach-dropping moment of panic with lost keys, wallet, etc.

MIM celebrates five years of bringing music to the community
PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. The celebration begins Monday, April 20 and runs all week.

MIM celebrates five years of bringing music to the community
CAVE CREEK – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is turning 80 years old this September.

Go Green recycling event, April 25
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council is hosting a recycling event for Anthem residents on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Roadrunner Chili Cook-off raises funds for Kiwanis
NEW RIVER – The 17th annual Roadrunner Chili Cook-off was held on April 4. The proceeds from this tasty fundraiser went to the New River Kiwanis, to support their work in the community.

Buddy Stubbs holding Motorcycle Boot Camp
ANTHEM – Interested in learning to ride a motorcycle? Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is holding a free class on Saturday, April 18, for anyone interested in riding.

Art according to the realm of balance and harmony
“Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, accords utmost importance to the role of the idea, which harmonizes the mind with the physical matter of our life world.

‘Art in the Garden’ happening April 18
CAVE CREEK – ‘Art in the Garden’ will be at Desert Foothills Library on April 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I don’t want to grow old. Okay, so I know the alternative is not exactly a pleasant thought. And my minister says that, “Old age is a privilege denied to many.” Yes, this is true. It’s just that old age is rough.

CenturyLink vandalism case remains unsolved
NORTH VALLEY – The vandalism case that caused the major CenturyLink outage in the north valley is still under investigation.

Fraud alert: ADOT offers tips to help avoid vehicle sale fraud
PHOENIX – Buying or selling a vehicle can be a risky process if the proper steps are not taken by the people involved in the transaction.

‘Crimes of opportunity’ on the decline in Anthem
ANTHEM – During the December 2014 through February 2015 period, the Anthem community experienced a surge in crimes, with theft and burglaries from vehicles accounting for 53 percent of 60 reported crimes.

Council approves Cahava Springs project
CAVE CREEK – On April 6, the Cave Creek Town Council approved a resolution that puts the Cahava Springs Utility District project in motion, which would essentially provide a dedicated funding stream for public infrastructure projects estimated at over $19 million through special assessment bonds.

Bill that would let Arizona landlords to evict tenant guests faces opposition
PHOENIX – Arizona landlords will have the ability to evict tenants’ guests for any reason without notice if the governor signs a bill on his desk, opponents of the legislation say.

Sunset Kiwanis to host the American Healing Arts Foundation
FOUNTAIN HILLS – The American Healing Arts Foundation, a 501-c3 non-profit veteran charity, is uniting with Sunset Kiwanis for the month of May. Sunset Kiwanis is offering their building at 16057 E. Kiwanis Drive, in Fountain Hills, for art classes.

Universities scrambling to balance budgets after deep state cuts
NORTH VALLEY – At Northern Arizona University, Christopher Gass said he and other engineering students looked forward to having a new building to house the 3-D printers, machines such as laser cutters and other technology they need to complete capstone design projects.

Musical Theatre of Anthem presenting Wizard of Oz
ANTHEM – The Musical Theatre of Anthem will bring the magic of the Wizard of Oz to the stage, opening April 30.

Police situation at the Hampton Inn
PHOENIX – Emergency crews responded to a police situation at the Hampton Inn in north Phoenix on the morning of Friday, April 10.

Rattlesnake season: What to do if you find a rattlesnake
NORTH VALLEY – Snake sightings are on the rise. While many snakes inhabiting the North Valley are harmless, dealing with the venomous ones, such as rattlesnakes, can be challenging.

State grant program aims to bolster substance abuse education around Arizona
PHOENIX – The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to 13 criminal justice agencies and nonprofit organizations with the goal of reaching youth and young adults through substance abuse prevention and education.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Are you ready? Yes, the “Big Tax Day” is lurking around the corner, Dear Readers. Just one week away.

Carefree Desert Gardens seminar, April 18
CAREFREE – Carefree Desert Gardens is running the last of the Spring 2015 gardening seminars on Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.

Bela Fidel’s art: The elegance of simplicity
“The elegance of simplicity, richness of experience, depth of feelings, and the allure of uncompromising aesthetics” is the framework in which local artist Bela Fidel develops her magnetically colorful oil and encaustic work.

Tactical to practical: military technology could save firefighters’ lives
SCOTTSDALE – Nearly two years ago, 19 firefighters died fighting a blaze near Yarnell. Since then, experts have looked for ways to prevent another tragedy.

New name, new vision: Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network is now HonorHealths
NORTH VALLEY – John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare have now merged into HonorHealth.

Upgrades coming to Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s main range
PHOENIX – The Ben Avery Shooting Facility will be getting some improvements and updates next month.

Cave Creek Museum operating Stamp Mill on April 15
CAVE CREEK – As the sun begins to set on Tax Day, April 15, Cave Creek Museum will conduct a 6 p.m. demonstration of its historic “Golden Reef” Stamp Mill, which dates back to 1880.

YMCA holding ‘Healthy Kids Day,’ April 25
SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is inviting community families to ‘Healthy Kids Day,’ Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Parkside commercial vehicle restrictions updated pavilion
ANTHEM – Parkside in Anthem has updated the community Use Restrictions, including the section on commercial vehicles and what commercial vehicles are acceptable to be parked in Parkside driveways.

 

Commercial beekeepers must adjust as honey production slows
NORTH VALLEY – Locally produced honey is flying off the shelves – so much so that many honey producers cannot meet the production demands.

Kiwanis Club of Carefree Pancake Breakfast, April 18
CAREFREE – Join the Kiwanis Club of Carefree for “stacks of fun” at a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 18, 7-11 a.m.

‘Art in the Garden’ at Desert Foothills Library
CAVE CREEK – ‘Art in the Garden’ will be at Desert Foothills Library on April 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ‘Art in the Garden’ will offer art, free entertainment, and fun family activities.

Desert Botanical Garden receives grant for new butterfly pavilion
PHOENIX – The APS Foundation has presented a $250,000 leadership grant to the Desert Botanical Garden to build a new butterfly pavilion.

The ‘Nature of Art,’ brought to life by artist Julie Gibson
“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…” the well-known phrase from the 1913 poem Sacred Emily by Gertrude Stein acknowledging that things are what they are, a statement of the law of identity.

Ready to repaint? Options, guidelines to consider
NORTH VALLEY – Time for some spring updates on your home? A fresh coat of exterior paint may be just the ticket. Homeowners associations are sending out reminders, too, if it’s time for new exterior paint.

Arts, entertainment, and fun planned for 2nd annual Carefree Days
CAREFREE – Celebrate spring with the “Carefree” spirit at Magic Bird Festival’s 2nd Annual Carefree Days, located at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., in Carefree. 

Local student chosen as Photoessay Contest winner
CAVE CREEK – Evan Ziker, from Sonoran Trails Middle School, has been chosen as the student winner of the Junior American Photoessay Contest of the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Upscale Singers present ‘Broadway Tonight!’
NORTH VALLEY – The Upscale Singers will perform ‘Broadway Tonight!’ on April 10, 17, and 19.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
How is your year shaping up? It seems as though the months have sped by, hardly giving us a moment to reflect on what happened last year, much less what we hope to accomplish in 2015.

Applicants sought to fill Northeast Valley constable vacancy
SCOTTSDALE – Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri has announced a process and timeline for appointing a replacement for McDowell Mountain Justice Precinct Constable Daniel F. Ryan, who retired earlier this month.

Diamond Canyon earns A+ School of Excellence designation
ANTHEM – The Diamond Canyon Coyotes have big news to celebrate. The PreK-8 school just received the A+ School of Excellence designation from the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Pronghorn fawns to get help through coyote removal
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department will continue a successful program to help the state’s struggling antelope population.

Greens ‘R Great providing fresh produce for food bank
CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center has created a new program to provide fresh produce and seedling starter pots for the more than 2,500 families, seniors, and individuals it serves throughout the northern desert foothills communities.

Arizona Geological Survey assessing landslide sites
NORTH VALLEY –   Over the past decade, landslides in Arizona have damaged roadways and buildings, costing millions of dollars in repairs and adjustments.

cBusinesses mixed on cost benefits of plastic and reusable bags
PHOENIX – Advocates for reusable bags say they’re cheaper in the long run. But those who favor plastic bags say the reusable bags are significantly more expensive.

Arizona Geological Survey assessing landslide sites
NORTH VALLEY –   Over the past decade, landslides in Arizona have damaged roadways and buildings, costing millions of dollars in repairs and adjustments.

Cactus Shadows High School announces Baird Scholar
SCOTTSDALE – Local student Nicole Toomey, Cactus Shadows High School Class of 2015, is the recipient of the University of Arizona – Honors College Baird Scholarship.

Experts: At best, snakebite kits don’t work; at worst, they delay care
NORTH VALLEY – For those heading into rattlesnake territory, a snakebite kit – often featuring an illustration of a viper ready to strike – may seem to offer a measure of safety.

Cave Creek Trail run set for April 4
CAVE CREEK – The sixth annual Cave Creek Trail Run is happening Saturday, April 4.

Archaeology Society meeting to feature Southwest anthropologist
SCOTTSDALE – Anthropologist Dr. Laurie Webster will speak on ‘Re-excavating the Past: New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah’ at the monthly Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 8.

Anthem Salvation Army volunteer receives 2014 Sally Award
ANTHEM – Tom Leyda, a long-time Anthem volunteer and rotary member, has been presented the 2014 Sally Award by The Salvation Army.

Community Easter services and event listings
NORTH VALLEY – Easter is right around the corner. Churches around the North Valley will be holding special services, and multiple restaurants and resorts are featuring Easter specials.

Kiwanis Carefree offering art internship
CAREFREE – The Kiwanis Art Enrichment Internship is offering freshman, sophomores, and juniors the opportunity to study at the renowned Scottsdale Artists’ School.

Over 200 classic and collector cars expected at Cave Creek Auctions event
CAVE CREEK – The 3rd Annual Spring Cave Creek Classic & Collector Car Auction will feature a wide variety of automobiles, with the old-fashioned classic car auction experience.

Winners of Anthem election announced
ANTHEM – Anthem election results are in, and new Council and Board members will be seated next month.

Legislation introduced to manage Grand Canyon bison population
PHOENIX – U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, together with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, introduced the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act on March 18.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
What is the greatest invention of all time? No, not the wheel. Not the combustible engine. It is the round sphere, better known as a ball that has dominated the world.

New Council members seated at March 16 meeting
CAVE CREEK – Four new Cave Creek Town Council members were sworn into office, officially taking their seats during the last council meeting on Monday, March 16, after successfully recalling and unseating the four councilmen who previously held the elected leadership positions.

Ducey: Leaders will resolve problem with licenses and REAL ID Act
PHOENIX – On his trip through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday, an Arizona driver’s license sufficed as identification for Hamilton Baiden.

Pinnacle Presbyterian unveiling liturgical art on Palm Sunday
SCOTTSDALE – In the spring of 2013, four members of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in North Scottsdale traveled to Mendocino, Calif. to attend a four day workshop in the studio of acclaimed liturgical artist Nancy Chinn.

Mail theft: Recognizing it and reporting it
NORTH VALLEY – Waiting on an important piece of mail can be frustrating. Worse than the waiting, however, is confirming that it was sent and has had plenty of time to arrive but you haven’t received it.

Phoenix Film Festival is movie fans’ Mecca
PHOENIX – Can you smell the popcorn? The 15th Annual Phoenix Film Festival returns this weekend to North Phoenix at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theaters from March 26 to April 2.

‘Feeding the Furies’ to be presented onstage in Cave Creek
The late great Joan Rivers once remarked, “I succeeded by saying, out loud, what everyone else is thinking.”

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Have you ever seen a poodle dressed up in a tutu? No, I didn’t think so. My girlfriend Liz has a toy poodle named Mitzi who she likes to dress up like a doll in all manner of strange little outfits.

Celebrating 40 years of the best of the arts
CAREFREE – Sonoran Arts League, a dynamic group of over 470 artists and volunteers, is celebrating four decades as the premier art organization supporting the arts, artists, and art education.

Local Soroptimist International presents awards
SCOTTSDALE – The Soroptimist International Saguaro Foothills local club recently gave out $5,500 at their annual Awards Ceremony.

Local student wins DAR history essay contest
ANTHEM – Local sixth-grader Spencer John Hochstein won the Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution History Essay Contest for 2014-2015.

Local Chamber of Commerce celebrating 50th anniversary
CAREFREE – The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 50 years of support for local businesses.

Sonoran Festival of Arts to be held this weekend Event will highlight Sonoran Arts League 40th anniversary
CAREFREE – The Sonoran Arts League is partnering with Vermillion Promotions March 20-22 to bring three days of art, wine, music, and specialty foods to Easy Street in Carefree.

Kiwanis Concert Series presents ‘Assisted Living, The Musical’
CAREFREE – This year’s Kiwanis Concert Series is concluding with ‘Assisted Living, The Musical,’ on Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m.

Starlight holding casting call for L’il Abner
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater is holding auditions for L’il Abner.

Greater Phoenix Chamber announces IMPACT Award recipients
PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected eight Valley companies as recipients of its 28th annual IMPACT Awards.

Phoenix City Council approves updated Planphx
PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council approved the draft PlanPHX General Plan during its March 4 Formal meeting. The General Plan Update is a long-term vision for the city of Phoenix shaped by residents and business and property owners from throughout the city. 

Calling cuts difficult, Ducey says he wants to work with universities, regents
NORTH VALLEY – Days after Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Mark Killian threatened to sue over funding cuts, Gov. Doug Ducey said March 16 he is proud of the budget and wants to work with regents and university officials.

Carefree Village Center plans to be presented
CAREFREE – Plans for the revitalization of the Carefree Village Center are continuing. A community open house to present preliminary recommendations for the plans will be held on Thursday, March 26, 5-8 p.m.

Council challengers win Cave Creek recall election
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek special recall election was held on Tuesday, March 11. The recalled councilmembers were unseated in the election. The challengers will take office this month.

Lawmaker, students push bill to make copper an official Arizona state symbol
PHOENIX – What started as a class project by an Oro Valley school students and could wind up making copper an official state symbol.

Domestic dispute ends without injuries
PHOENIX – A domestic dispute in north Phoenix on Sunday, March 15, ended without injuries to anyone involved.

Volunteers help clean up Table Mesa Recreation Area
TABLE MESA – On March 1, nearly 250 volunteers braved the rain to help pick up more than 10 tons of trash detracting from the beauty of the popular Table Mesa Recreation Area north of Phoenix. 

Councilman Daniel Valenzuela elected Phoenix Vice Mayor
PHOENIX – During the March 4 Formal Council Meeting, the Phoenix City Council elected District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela as vice mayor.  He will serve in the position for one year.

Arizona road trips offer affordable, adventurous travel
With Spring Break in the not so distant future, many of us are scrambling to make plans for a big getaway.

Concerns raised over cuts to education
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona’s 2016 budget proposals have evoked concerns and protests from various groups all over the state.

School districts offering spring break camps
NORTH VALLEY – Spring break is coming up soon. Both the Cave Creek Unified School District and the Deer Valley Unified School District are holding spring break day camps for students.

Speeding less than 10 mph over limit would cost less under bill
PHOENIX – Do you occasionally sneak a few miles over the posted speed limit?

Parkside Community Manager leaves, interim manager announced
ANTHEM – Longtime Parkside Community Manager Annette McCarthy will no longer be working in the  Anthem community.

Greater Phoenix Chamber announces IMPACT Award recipients
PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected eight Valley companies as recipients of its 28th annual IMPACT Awards.

Council approves waterline repair expenditures
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously agreed to approve over half a million dollars in expenditures for waterline improvements at their March 3 meeting, which will fix 50 percent of the town’s main waterline leaks that are contributing to major malfunctions identified in the municipal water utility system.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Blue and black or white and gold?
Do you see what I see? Evidently not. Scientists have weighed in on why millions of people all over the world seem to see the exact same dress in two distinct color combinations.

Arizona Game and Fish holding outdoor expo
PHOENIX – Mark your calendars for the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar Safari Club International.

Whose forest is it? Bills seek to promote state sovereignty over land
PHOENIX – Republicans legislators are once again pressing legislation aimed at asserting Arizona’s authority over federal land and dictates from Washington.

Art offers breathing room for the spirit
Artist Mark White offers meticulously rendered western landscapes and still life paintings. Each scene beckons the viewer closer, inviting the gaze into a world the spirit recognizes from another time and space, a place to breathe, explore, and dream.

Showcasing the best of Anthem: Anthem Days set for March 28-29
ANTHEM – All the best of Anthem will be on display at the annual Anthem Days Business Expo, happening March 28-29.

MCDOT gathering feedback for long-term transportation plan
ANTHEM – Concerned about traffic conditions in your neighborhood? MCDOT wants to hear from you. Residents’ feedback is being collected to update the transportation plan for Maricopa County’s side streets.

Desert Foothills Theater brings Sherlock Holmes to the stage
SCOTTSDALE – In the mood for a mystery? Desert Foothills Theater is bringing ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club’ to the stage, March 20-29.

Spectrum Retirement facility design approved by ACC Board
ANTHEM – Construction on the new Spectrum Retirement Community facility on Venture Drive may begin as early as fall 2015.

 

Trekscapades hiker moving up the Pacific Crest Trail
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL – New River native Rob Hammond is now continuing his journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Carefree Desert Garden series continues
CAREFREE – The basic goal of pruning, when required, should be to reveal and showcase the natural beauty and form of the tree or plant.

Golf club members raise over $21,000 for food bank
SCOTTSDALE – The members at Mirabel Golf Club recently hosted a Ladies’ Luncheon and food drive to benefit the Snack Pack program at the Foothills Food Bank.

Art & Culinary Festival set for March 7-8
LITCHFIELD PARK – This weekend, fine art will be at the forefront at the 17th Annual Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival, along with music, fine wines, and unique food.

D-Backs to wear special patch in memory of Kayla Mueller
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with “KAYLA” written on the sleeve in memory of Prescott resident Kayla Mueller.

Chickens, eggs, and farming at Two Wash Ranch
NEW RIVER – After 28 years as an automotive technician, owning a chicken farm in Arizona was the last thing Dave Jordan thought he would be doing.

Art: The purpose is to inspire
The purposes of art are to create thought-provoking discussion, awaken possibilities, and inspire the community. It’s with this spirit local award-winning artist Renee Palmer-Jones is opening The Spur Cross Art Gallery in Cave Creek.

Vandalized cable causes internet, phone outages throughout northern Arizona
NORTH VALLEY – A cut cable took down internet and phone services on Feb. 25 for many CenturyLink customers across the north valley and north to Flagstaff.

Baby, it’s cold outside!
Brrrr it’s cold! In faraway places like Boston, Cleveland, New York, Chicago and Siberia. Oh, and let’s not forget about Florida where our grapefruit is freezing on the trees and places like Tennessee have had their schools closed for a week.

Archaeology Expo at Spur Cross, March 7
CAVE CREEK – An Archaeology Expo is planned for Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

Goldwater report: Arizona has among most burdensome licensing
PHOENIX – All kinds of professions – barbers, electricians, taxicab drivers – need government-issued licenses to work in Arizona.

Head Start Program seeking new applicants
PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix Human Services Department is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Head Start Program and is now recruiting children for the 2015-16 school year. 

“Homes Through Time” tour happening March 15
CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15, to attend Cave Creek Museum’s “Homes Through Time” Home Tour. This Museum fundraiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chinese naming ceremony held for Cave Creek kindergarteners
CAVE CREEK –Kinder students in Cave Creek Unified School District's Chinese Immersion class received their official Chinese names during a bilingual naming ceremony.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra presenting ‘The Planets’
PHOENIX – North Valley Symphony Orchestra is presenting its third orchestral performance of the 2014-15 season. The concert “The Planets” will be happening Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. at North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive.

Community recycling event, March 7
NEW RIVER – The New River/Desert Hills Community Association is hosting a recycling event on Saturday, March 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Starlight Community Theater presenting ‘The Curious Savage’
PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater’s latest productions opens Friday, March 6. Shows will run March 6-15. 

CSHS students chosen as National Merit Finalists
SCOTTSDALE – Two Cactus Shadows High School students have been chosen as National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

Tetra String Quartet coming to Carefree
CAREFREE – The Phoenix-based Tetra String Quartet will present a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, in Carefree, as part of the church’s annual Living Music Performance Series.

Lawmakers reject texting while driving ban
NORTH VALLEY – Arizona lawmakers have once again rejected a potential law banning texting while driving.

Transportation System Plan 2035 undergoing updates
NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Department of Transportation is currently updating the Transportation System Plan (TSP 2035).

MTA presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will be presenting the Tony® Award-winning Broadway hit CATS March 5-8.

Desert Hills resident arrested on animal cruelty charges
PHOENIX – As the invasive species coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, part of Tom McMahon’s job is to stop the destructive quagga mussel from spreading.

Quagga mussels: Understanding the enemy
DESERT HILLS – Local homeowner Andrea Mikkel was arrested on Feb. 19 on multiple charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

Country Music Festival happening April 25-26
SCOTTSDALE – Sidewinder, Arizona’s Country Music Festival, is a two-day festival featuring a diverse lineup of Country music artists including long-time fan favorites and up-and-coming acts.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Remembering Kayla
Do you know who you are? Psychologists claim that “finding out who we really are” can be a lifelong journey.

Last call for Cave Creek ballots
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek recall election ballots are due back on March 10.

Insurance coverage for eating disorders focus of proposed committee
NORTH VALLEY – Establishing a study committee may be a gateway to increasing health insurance coverage for people with eating disorders.

Sustainable water resources focus of Council meeting
CAVE CREEK – Water was the hot topic at Cave Creek’s town council meeting on Feb. 17 after it was presented with a study from the water advisory committee showing major failures resulting in 123 million gallons of wasted drinking water resulting from malfunctions at the water treatment plant.

Red Cross holding local blood drives
NORTH VALLEY – the American Red Cross is holding three local blood drives in March. Blood drives will be hosted at the Desert Broom Library on March 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Anthem Community Center on March 10, 1:30-6:30 p.m., and the Sonoran Foothills Community Center on March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Future Starlets Cheer starting season on March 3
ANTHEM – North valley cheerleaders have something new to cheer about. Future Starlets Elite Cheer is a new cheer program in the community. Their season is starting March 3 and will run through May 28.

Chief Joe Yahner appointed as Phoenix Police Chief
PHOENIX – Acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner has been appointed as the permanent chief. Yahner has been serving as the acting police chief since December 2014, after former chief Daniel Garcia was removed from the position.

Proposed bills would ban texting while driving
NORTH VALLEY – You’re cruising on the freeway when your cell phone chirps with a text. Glancing at your phone, you know the text is from someone you’ve been waiting anxiously to hear from. What do you do?

Fourth Annual Honor Walk to be held March 1
PHOENIX – Join thousands of people honoring military members on Sunday, March 1, at the 4th Annual Honor Walk and 5K Fun Run.

Ben Avery dedicates new shooting range
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department, Berger Bullets, and Nightforce Optics hosted an event on Feb. 14 to dedicate a newly constructed building and parking lot at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

Desert Foothills Land Trust presents ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is giving art lovers the perfect opportunity to own a reproduction of the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape that the North Valley offers.

Carefree Town Council to appoint new member
CAREFREE – The Carefree Town Council is seeking a new member to fill a vacancy on the Council.

Cave Creek Council candidate Mike Durkin
Current Cave Creek Councilmember Mike Durkin is looking beyond March’s election to Cave Creek’s future. He is especially focused on Cave Creek’s budget and financial responsibility.

Cave Creek Council candidate Mark Lipsky
Mark Lipsky is a relative newcomer to town politics. He notes that he has “had a desire to serve the people of Cave Creek since first arriving here in 2003.”

Anthem announces Board of Directors, Council candidates
ANTHEM – It’s election season in Anthem. The 2015 Parkside Board of Directors, Anthem Country Club Community Association Board of Directors, and the Anthem Community Council elections will be happening March 13. Ballots will be mailed out to residents on Feb. 20.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town: Valentine’s Day
How was your Valentine’s Day? It’s that time of year to celebrate all things connected to love, romance, and the color red. Let’s face it, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. Couples go out to dinner (and some even dance!), while red flowers brighten the tables and hearts of millions or lovers. Yes, it seems that Valentine’s Day is all about matters of the heart.

Impossible Things Happen Here
“Sometimes as many as six impossible things happen before breakfast here!” ~ an exuberant statement by Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  Alice could have just as well been expressing her excitement over local artist, Eddie Sparr’s whimsical, fantastical, and imaginative work.

MTA presenting Sleeping Beauty KIDS
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem is bringing Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS to the stage.

Fine Art & Wine Festival to feature Cave Creek artist
SURPRISE – Art season is in full swing. Savvy patrons will find contemporary and traditional paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, jewelry, and more at the Surprise Fine Art& Wine Festival

Desert Foothills Theater presenting “Dreamgirls”
SCOTTSDALE – The popular musical “Dreamgirls” is returning to Arizona, thanks to the Desert Foothills Theater.

Extraordinary artists share their “Contemporary Visions”
The show “Contemporary Visions,” presented by the Holland Community Center Art Gallery in North Scottsdale, is guaranteed to challenge our awareness on many levels.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Spa treatment
Do real men go to spas? Yes, is the obvious correct answer. Not only do men like to get massages, pedicures, facials, and waxes (horror), but males everywhere (well, mostly in big cities) seem to enjoy “pampering” at exorbitant prices.

Valentine: The art of infatuation
CAVE CREEK- Local painter and sculptor Valentine is a master of expressing the feminine spirit in his work.

Food Pantry construction begins at St. Rose Parish
ANTHEM – Construction is starting on the first Food Pantry in the Anthem area. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul St Rose/Good Shepherd/St Phillip Benizi Conference is constructing their new Food Pantry building on the St. Rose Parish campus.

Kids Care Club helps keep Lake Pleasant Beautiful
LAKE PLEASANT – Kids Care Club, a local non-profit dedicated to getting elementary and middle school students involved in volunteering, spent an afternoon cleaning up trash at Lake Pleasant. 

Pet Adopt-A-Thon set for Feb. 7
ANTHEM – Tell a friend – the 11th Annual PACC911 & Anthem Animal Extravaganza and Pet Adopt-A-Thon is happening at the Anthem Community Park on Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The road to the Cave Creek Council
CAVE CREEK – Recall election ballots will be sent to Cave Creek residents this month. Find out more about the candidates at an election forum on Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Cave Creek Town Hall.

Celebrating 100 years of Kiwanis service
CAREFREE – The Kiwanis Club of Carefree gathered in Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek on Jan. 21 to celebrate the Kiwanis International organization’s 100th anniversary.

Luis Gonzalez Celebrity Hitting Challenge raises $95,000
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez raised $95,000 on Jan. 24 at the inaugural Luis Gonzalez Celebrity Hitting Challenge, presented by Firetrace.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town Super Bowl
Are you ready? The Big Game is this coming Sunday, hosted by our beautiful, great State so that over 110 million people watching it on the television can see what good weather looks like.

Valentine: The art of infatuation
CAVE CREEK- Local painter and sculptor Valentine is a master of expressing the feminine spirit in his work.

ProMusica Arizona scores $5,000 Art Tank grant
PHOENIX – ProMusica Arizona has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Art Tank, a competition sponsored by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The grant was presented on Jan. 12.

The road to the Cave Creek Council: Election candidates offer viewpoints
CAVE CREEK – The town of Cave Creek is holding a special mail-in election in March, with ballots being sent out to Cave Creek residents in mid-February.

Maricopa County holding planning meeting
NEW RIVER – The Maricopa Department of Transportation is asking for local residents’ input on the Transportation System Plan, which will outline the vision of the county transportation system for the next 20 years.

City of Phoenix offering tax prep service
PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix Human Services Department has launched its Earned Income Tax Credit campaign to help low- and moderate-income working families who earned less than $53,000 in 2014 with free tax-filing services and an EITC tax credit up to $6,143.

Spotlight: Tobias Anthem celebrating 2014 AAA Top Shop Award
ANTHEM – Tobias’ Automotive Specialists has been part of the Anthem community since 2001. To start off the new year, they’re announcing new awards, services, and a new manager for the Anthem store.

Spotlight: Cave Creek Olive Oil offering ‘grove to table’ products
CAVE CREEK – Olive oil is a staple ingredient in everything from salad dressings to pasta sauces. Quality olive oil as an ingredient can take a meal from good to great.

Black Mountain BMX celebrates grand re-opening
PHOENIX – Black Mountain BMX celebrated a grand reopening on Jan. 17. This event highlighted the STRIDER Empowerment Track and Village, which offers those with special needs who wouldn’t otherwise be able to ride a place to experience “life on two wheels.”

Local teen chosen to play for U.S. National Select Football Team
ANTHEM – Lawson Busch, a Senior Tight End at Anthem Preparatory Academy and a three time All-State TE/WR, has been chosen to play for the U.S. National Select Football Team on Jan. 31, in Arlington, TX.

Jan Stiles: Design that gives back
“When we give our respect to other living things, they respond by giving their respect to us.” – Arapaho proverb.

MCSO practices discussed at Anthem meeting
ANTHEM – Since October 2013, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has been under court monitoring over profiling and detention practices.

Anthem installing additional welcome sign
ANTHEM – Anthem will be installing a third ‘Welcome to Anthem’ sign at the southern border of Anthem.

Kiwanis Concert Series continues with comedy magic
CAREFREE – Parrots to piano – the Kiwanis Concert Series is offering something for everyone.

The Brothers Four to perform on Jan. 25
SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Sunday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., with the smooth sounds of The Brothers Four.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Have you been to Cleveland lately? No, I didn’t think so.

Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet.  The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.

Market on the Move resuming
ANTHEM – Market on the Move is returning to Anthem on Saturday, Feb. 7, 8-11 a.m.

Suzie Black: Moving to the future
SCOTTSDALE – Not often a visitor to an exhibit or show of fine art gets the chance to see such variety in an artist’s work.

‘Duet Cabaret’ scheduled for Jan. 17
CAVE CREEK – The Desert Foothills Library and AZMusicfest invite the community to Duet Cabaret, a performance that celebrates the power of music on Saturday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. at the library, located at 38443 N. School House Road, in Cave Creek.

Cave Creek special mail-in election moving forward
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council recall saga has been ongoing since early last year. Now, the candidates are set on the ballot, and the special election is scheduled for March 10.

Northbound I-17 guardrails repaired
NEW RIVER – The northbound I-17 near New River had brief lane closures Jan. 12 and 13 while Arizona Department of Transportation workers repaired guardrails along the side of the freeway.

New River Kiwanis awards hardworking students
NEW RIVER – New River Elementary is home to a lot of terrific kids!

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Winter chills
Brrr! Have you been able to stay warm lately? The harsh winter blast of frigid cold (and I am talking about Phoenix) has been enough to send more than a few people over the edge.

Keeping your home secure
NORTH VALLEY –Feeling safe at home is a high priority – no one wants to be the victim of a crime. But what are the best ways to keep your home and belongings secure?

Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet.  The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.

Antique Appraisal Day to be held Jan. 17
CAVE CREEK – The New Year is a great time to sort through items in your attic, garage, or storage unit and decide what’s worth keeping.

Stephanie Peters: The beauty of the earth in art
ANTHEM – Rachel Carson, environmental activist and author of A Silent Spring, observed, “Those that contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

‘Duet Cabaret’ scheduled for Jan. 17
CAVE CREEK – The Desert Foothills Library and AZMusicfest invite the community to Duet Cabaret, a performance that celebrates the power of music on Saturday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. at the library, located at 38443 N. School House Road, in Cave Creek.

Anthem Safeway to become one of 10 Ariz. Haggen stores
ANTHEM – Safeway was the first grocery store in Anthem when it was built in July 2000. Now, the Safeway building is poised to become one of the first Haggen grocery stores in Arizona.

Desert Foothills Theater brings ‘Hairspray’ to the stage
SCOTTSDALE – Get ready for some incredible hairdos – Desert Foothills Theater is continuing its 40th season with the production of ‘Hairspray,’ running Jan. 9-18.

Arizona Musicfest to feature GRAMMY nominees
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona Musicfest is bringing multiple GRAMMY award nominees to the north valley this musical season.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Appreciate the special moments
By now the presents we had carefully wrapped have been ripped open. The tree is probably drying up.

Carefree photo contest running through Jan. 31
CAREFREE – The third annual Carefree Desert Gardens Photo Contest has begun. Winning photos will be featured in the 2015 Carefree Desert Gardens calendar.

North Valley homeowner to face charges in animal cruelty case
DESERT HILLS – Local homeowner Andrea Mikkel is facing charges after over 100 animals were found on her Desert Hills property on Jan. 5, living in deplorable conditions.

Fraud alert: APS warning of email scam
PHOENIX – APS has put out a release warning customers of an email scam that is attempting to defraud customers.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Jan. 16-18
CAREFREE – Carefree’s signature art event, the annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, returns Jan. 16-18.

Buddy Stubbs museum offers 3,000 sq. ft. of bike history
PHOENIX – Motorcycles have changed a lot over the past 100 years. Bike enthusiasts can see the transformation over the decades at the Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum in Phoenix.

Dennis Desprois: “The most interesting man in the world”
SCOTTSDALE – The great New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” – the perfect metaphor for the way local artist Dennis Desprois has approached his life and career.

‘Native American Experience Month’ at Butterfly Wonderland
SCOTTSDALE – During the month of January, Butterfly Wonderland will be celebrating with a dedicated month devoted to the “Native American Experience.”

Dreamchaser rescue relocated; rescue in need of new barn
NORTH VALLEY – Dreamchaser Horse Rescue has officially relocated to Falcon, Miss. The rescue is reaching out to local supporters now to help construct a new barn for the animals.

Access to arts education increasing, but improvement still needed
PHOENIX – According to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an update to a 2010 census on access to arts education in Arizona schools reports that while the number of students without access to any arts education has declined, more than 115,000 students still lack access to arts instruction by highly qualified arts teachers.

Local author seeking New River photos
NEW RIVER – Local author Marcy Miller is seeking historic photographs of New River to be featured in an upcoming book about New River history.

Department of Environmental Quality sending no-burn reminder
With the holidays approaching, it’s time again to remind Maricopa County residents and businesses to not burn wood or wax logs in fireplaces, chimneys, and outdoor fire pits on designated No Burn days.

Waste Management to continue PGA TOUR sponsorship
PHOENIX – The PGA TOUR, Waste Management, and tournament host The Thunderbirds have announced a 10-year sponsorship extension, which becomes effective once Waste Management’s original agreement expires upon completion of the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Giving back: Food bank making holidays brighter
NORTH VALLEY – As the iconic first line of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ says, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”

Phoenix retirement system changes being considered
PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix retirement system has been under scrutiny this past year, due to voters’ consideration of Proposition 487, which would have eliminated participation in the current retirement plan and established a plan for new employees.

TV stations to simulcast ASU report on heroin use, Jan. 13
PHOENIX – In a highly unusual collaboration, every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona will simultaneously air a 30-minute commercial-free investigative report produced by Arizona State University student journalists on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use.

Horseshoe Trails kindergarteners Skype with Chinese students
CAVE CREEK – Horseshoe Trails Elementary School kindergarteners took a virtual trip to China on Dec. 8.

‘Pineapple Express’ storm brings cold, wet weather to north valley
NORTH VALLEY – Move over, Polar Express – the ‘Pineapple Express’ moving in from California took center stage on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Christmas Eve church services around the north valley

Joe G: Light, color, and unusual form
The light is eye popping, the colors iridescent, the shapes distinctively Arizona Sonoran Desert in artist Joe G’s exhilarating and vibrant desert landscapes.

Ron Pratte collection vehicles to be featured at Barrett-Jackson
SCOTTSDALE – Barrett-Jackson will auction more than 100 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Jan. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

Giving back: Local family weaving hats to donate
NORTH VALLEY – The Alford family is making winter a little warmer for those in need.

Kids Care Club holds first event
CAVE CREEK –Kids Care Club, a local non-profit dedicated to getting elementary and middle school students involved in volunteering, held its first event at the Kumon of Cave Creek.

MTA presenting ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem is bringing the dramatic play ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ to the stage, opening Jan. 8.

Cave Creek residents share Christmas cheer
CAVE CREEK – Local residents helped prepare gift-filled boxes that will be distributed around the world through Operation Christmas Child.

Counting down to the Super Bowl
PHOENIX – To build on the growing momentum and anticipation of Super Bowl XLIX, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and First Solar, Inc. unveiled the First Solar Countdown Clock

Scottsdale Healthcare warning of carbon monoxide dangers
NORTH VALLEY – “Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that kills more than 500 Americans every year,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sonoran Trails MS among D-backs grants winners
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has announced 30 winning schools in the “D-backs $150,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix.

Library hosting gingerbread house competition
ANTHEM – The North Valley Regional Library is offering kids 12-18 the chance to construct a gingerbread mansion.

DFLT holding art exhibit and sale
CAVE CREEK – Artists are invited to submit entries for ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake,’ a juried exhibit and sale sponsored by Desert Foothills Land Trust.

Shop for a cause: rewards programs benefit nonprofits
NORTH VALLEY – Holidays always include lots of shopping – gifts, decorations, groceries, and more.

Phoenix Open joining water sustainability campaign
PHOENIX – The Waste Management Phoenix Open has joined the ‘Change the Course’ water campaign, supporting water flow restoration projects in northern Arizona’s Verde River and throughout the Colorado River Basin.

ProMusica Arizona holding community sing-a-long
CAREFREE – ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra is collaborating with Christ the Lord Lutheran Church to present a ‘Community Sing-A-Long’ of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m.

Irma Turtle: “Be the change you want to see…”
Irma Turtle’s art offers somewhat graphic, whimsical, and abstract qualities in her drawings, paintings, and written expressions.

Roadway drainage construction underway in Cloud Road area
DESERT HILLS – The Skunk Creek Wash crossing on 27th Avenue just north of Cloud Road is getting some drainage improvements.

Celebrate a Cowboy Christmas at Cave Creek Museum
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum is ringing in the holiday spirit this December.

Arizona earthquake causes minimal damage
NORTHERN ARIZONA – A magnitude (M) 4.7 earthquake shook Sedona and Flagstaff on Nov. 30, at 10:57 p.m. The event occurred about seven miles north of Sedona, near Munds Park.

Decorating for a cause: Food bank to benefit from light display
CAVE CREEK – Seventy-five thousand Christmas lights will be helping feed community families this holiday.

Pinnacle Concert Series holding December concerts
SCOTTSDALE – The 2014-15 Pinnacle Concert Series continues this month with concerts on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

Rookie roping qualifier earns his first PRCA buckle
CAVE CREEK – After the dust had settled at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena in March, Cave Creek Pro Rodeo President Traci Casale received a phone call from World Champion Team Roper, Jake Barnes.

Holiday spending may rise, but most shoppers will watch the budget
Holiday spending will see a “modest bump” this year, but will be held back by budget concerns of those at the lower end of the income scale who have not seen salaries grow like those who are better off.

CCUSD offering enrollment into Dual Language program
CAVE CREEK – Limited enrollments are now being accepted for the Cave Creek Unified School District’s Chinese Dual Language Immersion Program for the 2015-16 school year.

Customer Appreciation Day at Pit Stop
ANTHEM – Pit Stop in Anthem is announcing their first Customer Appreciation Day on Dec. 6 since new owner Prem Multani took over the store.

Local veteran developing tribute wall
ANTHEM – Eighty-one-year-old U.S. Army Veteran Virgil Fairbairn is on a mission at the Anthem Wal-mart, recognizing hundreds of former servicemen and women who come through the store.

ProMusica Arizona holding community sing-a-long
CAREFREE – ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra is collaborating with Christ the Lord Lutheran Church to present a ‘Community Sing-A-Long’ of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m.

Phoenix Chamber seeking award nominations
PHOENIX – The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2015 IMPACT Awards, which honor the accomplishments of outstanding Valley businesses and the positive impact they’ve made on the Greater Phoenix business community.

Community college district paying $4 million for award claims
MARICOPA COUNTY – Maricopa County Community College District has agreed to pay $4.08 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it submitted false claims to the Corporation for National and Community Service) concerning AmeriCorps state and national grants, according to a news release from the Justice Department. 

D-backs announce 2015 spring training schedule
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced their 34-game Spring Training schedule, which features 20 home games, and three road games at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and two exhibition games at Chase Field.

Desert Foothills Theater announcing winter programs
SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Theater has announced its winter break camp dates, as well as upcoming classes available through the community theater.

Judy Bruce: Exploring the free fall, into the breath
Stories, secret musings from deeper regions of our lives emerge in lilting and intricately colored form onto the canvases of local artist Judy Bruce.

On the 1st day of Christmas, Anthem Pets gave to me…
Anthem Pets is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with an online auction that starts Dec. 1.

On the 1st day of Christmas, Anthem Pets gave to me…
The hearing in the EPCOR wastewater case concluded Nov. 21. The next step will be a Corporation Commission vote, which will likely be scheduled at a December Commission meeting.

Daisy Mountain CERT celebrates 10-year anniversary
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team is celebrating 10 years of volunteer service to the north valley community.

Carefree Christmas Festival opening Dec. 12
A three-day, two-night celebration with real snow, an electric light parade, and a fireworks extravaganza will be bringing the holidays to Carefree, Dec. 12-14.

No serious injuries in I-17 rollover
The Kiwanis Marketplace is officially open for business. The grand opening party was held Nov. 10 at the store at 6535 E. Cave Creek Road.

CCV organizing food drive to feed 7,500 families
Christ’s Church of the Valley has kicked off a food drive to feed thousands of local families. 

Highway Patrol offering Thanksgiving driving tips
The Arizona Highway Patrol Association wants to ensure all families make it to and from their holiday destinations safely. AHPA offers these reminders for your family this Thanksgiving.  

Anthem Pets offering gift wrapping services
Do you feel like hiding from wrapping stacks of Christmas gifts this year? Let Anthem Pets help you out.

JCL Deer Valley recertified as Primary Stroke Center
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in North Phoenix has been recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, an international certifying agency approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to hospital CEO John Harrington Jr.

Kiwanis Marketplace planning Black Friday sale
The new Kiwanis Marketplace shop is planning a Black Friday clothing sale.

Senator visiting New River to discuss flood impact
Arizona senator Steve Pierce will be attending a community meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to speak to New River residents who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred this summer.

Upscale Singers award 15 scholarships to local kids
Community musical group Upscale Singers have announced the results from the eighth annual Vocal Scholarship Auditions.

Youth art projects on display at Civic Building
Emerging young artists from North Valley high schools will be exhibiting their work as part of the 9th Annual Regional Teen Art Competition on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7.

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival opening Dec. 5
The 3rd Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, Dec. 5-7, will be hosting a special concert by Esteban, renowned flamenco guitarist. Esteban and his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, will be performing on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stu Braks: Finding the space between beats
“We dance to the rhythm of the cosmos before we’re born in our mother’s heartbeat...

Veterans honored at Nov. 11 memorial ceremony
The community honored veterans of the Vietnam War, World War II, and other wars at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Next man up: Arians confident backup Stanton can take Cards from here
In a season marked by injuries and the loss of a key player to suspension, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has preached “next man up” as the team has raced to an 8-1 start.

Cave Creek Luminaria Run set for Dec. 6
As the sun sets on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 6, hundreds of runners, joggers, walkers, families, and friends will gather to participate in the 12th Annual Cave Creek Luminaria Run amidst the beautiful desert mountains and hills of the Cave Creek Regional Park.

FCF Partners in Education awards grants to teachers
The Foothills Community Foundation Partners in Education program recently awarded designated $17,200 to seven Teacher Vision Grant recipients.

Wastewater case ongoing; comment sessions scheduled
The EPCOR Water wastewater case is ongoing. Administrative Law Judge Dwight Nodes is presiding over the case. Arizona Corporation Commission staff, Residential Utilities Consumer Office staff, EPCOR staff, and ratepayers have offered evidence in this hearing.

Carefree Fine Art Festival opening Nov. 28
Magic Bird Festivals is presenting the third annual Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival, at the Carefree Desert Gardens, Friday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 30.

Spectrum Retirement discusses planned Anthem facility
Spectrum Retirement Communities is proposing to bring a retirement facility to Anthem.

Cave Creek schools receive grants through CCUEF
The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation presented grants and equipments to schoolteachers in the Cave Creek Unified School District at the 2014 Grant Awards on Nov. 4.

Finding a way to save those who save others
A stressful job will take its toll on anyone. For firefighters, a day on the job could mean being called to the scene of a child drowning, a horrific car accident, a deadly fire.

Kiwanis Marketplace celebrates grand opening
The Kiwanis Marketplace is officially open for business. The grand opening party was held Nov. 10 at the store at 6535 E. Cave Creek Road.

MCSO investigating assault in Anthem
Two teenage boys suffered stab wounds in an assault that occurred on the night of Nov. 15.

Maintaining moderation over the holidays
Holiday season is just kicking off – as the weather begins to cool down, and extended family comes into town, you may be worried about the customary guilt that comes with indulging this time of year – but sources say hold that thought.

Swiftech Liquidators offering closeout deals
Does your home need a little TLC before the holidays? Swiftech Liquidators can help.

Foothills Food Bank offering holiday meals
Every year, the Foothills Food Bank helps make the holidays brighter for families in need.

A winning formula for BCHS Swim and Dive team
Thanks to a foundation of success and hard work, the Boulder Creek Swim and Dive team continues to make strides in Division I.

Merrill Gardens retirement facility to begin construction in 2015
Retirement facility Merrill Gardens at Anthem will be breaking ground next spring. The facility will be equipped to house over 100 residents and will offer several levels of care.

Veterans Day parade salutes military
The annual Daisy Mountain Veterans parade was held on Saturday, Nov. 8. The parade honored all those who have served their country.

Sandi Ciaramitaro: “Cook with Love & Paint with Passion”
Much like the master painters of the American West, Thomas Moran, Edgar Payne and Charles M. Russell, local artist Sandi Ciaramitaro exquisitely captures the mystery and magic of today’s whispering natural landscapes in true en plein air, alla prima style (in the fresh air, in one go).

Food pantry for needy families planned for Anthem
St. Rose Catholic church will be constructing a food pantry on the grounds to help provide food for families in need.

Election highlighted by several close races
The midterm election on Nov. 4 yielded some changes in government, with several close races taking the spotlight.

Exercise your brain at the Foothills Community Foundation
Are you looking to learn a new craft or skill, like card making, digital photography, or acting? Do you want to expand your mind by hearing a fascinating lecture or viewing a colorful art show? Or maybe you’re up for a good game of Bingo or Bridge?

Walmart hiring vets through Welcome Home Commitment
Many veterans have difficulty finding jobs on the home front. Walmart is making a special effort to hire veterans. As part of the Welcome Home Commitment initiative, Walmart is hiring 100,000 vets nationwide.

Chamber of Commerce launching new Web site
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, 748 Easy St., in Carefree, has launched a newly designed Web site with more accessible event content and information. Visit the site at www.carefreecavecreek.org.  

Prop 487 fails in Phoenix and beyond
Proposition 487, the ballot measure over City of Phoenix employee pension benefits, failed to pass in this year’s mid-term election cycle – though according to some it remains clear that the battle for pension reform is far from over.

North valley offers gluten-free dining options
Dietary restrictions limit options for picking up a quick meal or enjoying a night out. Eating gluten-free eliminates some frequent foods like bread and pasta, which can be difficult in itself.

Like all skills, gratitude is best learned young
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is the perfect time to teach young children a very important life lesson: gratitude.

Making the grade: Diamond Canyon celebrates another ‘A’ rating
Three years since its inception at Boulder Creek High School’s World Languages Dept., the school’s Mandarin program “continues to grow and build,” according to principal Lauren Sheahan.

Making the grade: Diamond Canyon celebrates another ‘A’ rating
Diamond Canyon School students, staff, and parents gathered on Oct. 29 to commemorate the school’s ‘A’ letter grade from the Arizona Department of Education.

Corporation Commission holding wastewater rates hearing, Nov. 12
The Arizona Corporation Commission will begin a hearing on Nov. 12 to consider the testimony that has been submitted in the EPCOR wastewater case.

Jennifer Hanscom: A long road to a creative destination
“The long and winding road…. leads me back to you,” a lyric by McCartney and Lennon, perfectly describes local artist Jennifer Hanscom’s creative life journey.

Violence at Boulder Creek shows no trend
Despite the media firestorm surrounding the assault on a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Student Resource Officer (SRO) at Boulder Creek High School on Oct. 23, students and officials regard the issue as an isolated one.

Desert Foothills Land Trust offering Desert Discovery Day
Discover the wonders of the Sonoran Desert with the Desert Foothills Land Trust on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Big Heap festival partnering with Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has partnered with The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, taking place Nov. 21-23.

Pinnacle Concerts Series presenting Classical Revolution PHX
Pinnacle Concerts Series is taking it to the streets with Classical Revolution PHX on Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Special events planned for Cave Creek Museum
Cave Creek Museum is offering a chance to discover ancient ruins and see a historic stamp mill in action this month

Phoenix Open raises over $7 million for charities
Waste Management Phoenix Open hosts The Thunderbirds are distributing $7,061,282 to local charities through proceeds raised from the 2014 tournament.

ADOT updates Arizona's strategic plan to enhance roadway safety
Public safety remains the top priority for the Arizona Department of Transportation, which is responsible for managing a complex roadway system with more than 7,000 miles of state highways.

Spectrum Retirement Communities proposing Anthem facility
Anthem may be getting a retirement facility on Venture Drive, in addition to the facility already in plans for the Daisy Mountain/Meridian area.

Healing Hearts coming to New River
Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge is moving into the Dreamchaser ranch location.

Local artist and author giving book talk
Local artist Irma Turtle will be giving a book talk and signing copies of her most recently published book “Nomads I Have Known and Loved,” at the Desert Foothills Library on Friday, Nov. 8 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

FLAIR Art Show set for Nov. 14-16
The 2014 FLAIR Art Show will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Anthem Country Club, Persimmon Club House.

Boulder Creek swim team celebrates stellar season
The Boulder Creek swim team has had a fantastic season, and they’re finishing it off 8-0.

Burger contest to benefit PeppedUp! Charity
Four local grilling artisans will be competing in a ‘Burger Challenge’ on Nov. 8.

Carefree Village Center discussed at community workshop
The Carefree Village Center is going to be getting some updates.

Carolyn Sato: Discovering the treasure within
Local artist Carolyn Hansen Sato believes, “We celebrate life most deeply when we connect to our Source, search for and discover the treasure within us, follow our hearts and ride our waves until our souls blossom and take flight.”

Boulder Creek fight leads to arrests
A fight in the front office at Boulder Creek High School with reported physical aggression towards staff led to three students being arrested.

CCUSD seeking voter approval on two bonds
On the upcoming ballot this November, Cave Creek United School District citizens will be asked to decide whether or not to approve two school bonds for the CCUSD aimed at covering the costs necessary for maintaining and updating aging schools in the district.

Candidate Ann O’Brien
As the elections for being on the DVUSD governing board quickly approach, candidate Ann O`Brien stresses her desire to better students` educational experience.

Candidate Bob Stambach
Bob Stambach is running for the DVUSD governing board because he feels that he can add perspective and order to the workings of the board and district.

Candidate John Allen
Governing board candidate John Allen wants to see the DVUSD address budget shortfalls and help ensure that district employees make a living wage.

Candidate Kimberly Fisher
As an 18-year resident of the DVUSD, Kimberly Fisher is running for the governing board to tackle the issue of disconnect between parents and the district.

Daisy Mountain Veterans parade set for Nov. 8
The 10th annual Daisy Mountain Veterans parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Anthem. The parade will honor all veterans, as well as specifically focusing on Vietnam vets.

Kiwanis hosting community yard sale
The New River Kiwanis is hosting a community yard sale at the Kiwanis park at New River Road and 15th Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 8 a.m.

HITH art tour starting Nov. 21
Art enthusiasts, collectors, and the general public can connect and converse with 180 artists during the Sonoran Arts League’s 18th Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour & Sale, happening Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28-30.

No students injured in school bus accident
A minor accident involving a school bus occurred on New River Road near 31st Avenue on the morning of Oct. 20.

Cave Creek Wicked planned for Oct. 25
It’s a little scary, a little spooky, and a whole lot of fun – Cave Creek Wicked is happening Oct. 25.

Autumnfest opening this Friday
It’s that time of year again: temperatures are dropping to the double digits, the local trees may turn a slightly different shade, and Anthem is hosting Autumnfest.

Breaking down this year’s ballot props
The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Signs for and against the ballot propositions and TV and radio ads are unavoidable, all putting forth reasons why you shouldn’t or shouldn’t vote for these props.

Candidate Darcy Tweedy
Governing board candidate Darcy Tweedy is running for a reason – she’s a teacher and has a self-described “passion for education.” Tweedy has taught kindergarten through college classes and holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Emphasis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with Early Childhood Concentration.

Candidate Trilese DiLeo
Trilese DiLeo developed a passion for education when she had a son with special needs. One of six candidates running for the two available Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board seats, DiLeo states her goal as “trying to effect positive change for all children.”

DVUSD Band Exhibition held at Boulder Creek
All five Deer Valley Unified School District high school bands performed together for the DVUSD Band Exhibition, held at Boulder Creek High School.

Harley-Davidson retail store opening in Cave Creek
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is opening a new retail store on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the heart of Cave Creek in the Plaza de Rico.

DMFD offering CPR/First Aid training
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is offering CPR and First Aid training, starting Thursday, Nov. 6.

Empty Bowls great success for Foothills Food Bank
The 14th annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project was held on Oct. 17. Over 2,000 one-of-a-kind hand-crafted bowls were available for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the Foothills Food Bank. The Foothills Food Bank helps provide food for over 5,000 families in the north valley.

Charity golf tournament set for Nov. 17
The Foothills Caring Corps is holding its fourth annual charity golf tournament at Mirabel Golf Club on Nov. 17.

Wild West Days of Cave Creek returns Oct. 29
Arizona’s largest western celebration is back! Wild West Days will be held from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2.

Sal La Rocca: Sharing the space with the wind
Local photographer Sal La Rocca’s goal is to create images that explore the possibilities in new interpretations of color and space.

Andrea Merican: Sharing the color, line and shape of life
The love and passion of a lifetime for drawing and painting began with, “Look mommy, it’s a duck!” as proclaimed by 3-year-old Andrea in 1979.

DFLT announcing 2014 photo contest
The love and passion of a lifetime for drawing and painting began with, “Look mommy, it’s a duck!” as proclaimed by 3-year-old Andrea in 1979.

Diamond Canyon wins McTeacher’s Night Challenge
Diamond Canyon School won the Anthem McDonald’s September McTeacher’s Night Challenge, netting a $1,000 prize.

Horseshoe Trails Elementary goes solar
Horseshoe Trails Elementary’s future has never looked brighter.

Lisa’s journey for new lungs
In through the nose and out through the mouth. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe.

Anthem teens join advisory council
Thirteen Anthem kids have been selected to serve on the inaugural Anthem Youth Advisory Council. The students will officially begin their roles Nov. 1.

Phoenix man hiking Arizona Trail to fundraise for cancer research
When Chip Tolleson of Phoenix learned his longtime friend Pete Kuehner, 53, was diagnosed with brain cancer, he wanted to help – but how?

CCUSD bond forum, Oct. 21
The Cave Creek Unified School District will be holding a Community Bond Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. at Sonoran Trails Middle School, 5555 E. Pinnacle Vista, in Phoenix.

Neighborhood Watch block parties
Get to know your neighbors through the annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods block parties.

Outlets at Anthem expanding in holiday prep
The Outlets at Anthem is expanding, just in time for the busiest season of the year.

Mr. Arizona Retires from Scottsdale Community College
Gentleman. That is the word that comes to mind when people are asked about Marshall Trimble.

Foothills Academy’s students create ‘Bev Bling’
At Foothills Academy, Mr. Stewart’s 7th grade technology class is busy managing their new company Bev Bling, from their entrepreneurial unit.

Fiona Purdy: Capturing pets’ spirits through art
Dr. Temple Grandi, stated in her book ‘Animals Make Us Human’ that “all animals and people have the same core emotion systems in the brain; they feel fear as well as a sense of well-being.”

Lisa Rogoff: It’s about attitude and heart
It ain’t the clothes that make the cowgirl; it’s the attitude and the heart. Attitude and heart is what artist Lisa Rogoff puts into her Mrs. Rogue’s Ranchwear creations.

Pit Stop Lube & Oil now open Sundays
Getting your car’s oil changed is about to get more convenient. Pit Stop Lube & Oil, located at the northeast corner of Gavilan Peak Parkway and Anthem Way, is opening on Sundays, starting Oct. 12.

Down Syndrome Achievement Center opening next year
Jennifer Gage, a Phoenix mother of four, marks National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, by announcing that plans are in motion to open the first GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center in Phoenix early next year.

CCUSD candidates offer viewpoints
Two Cave Creek Unified School District governing board seats are being competed for this November.

Dreamchaser Horse Rescue relocating to Missouri
Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is moving from New River to Falcon, Mo.

Shooting Associates offers rifle class
The Arizona Women’s Shooting Associates is offering the NRA First Steps Rifle Class on Saturday, Oct. 18. This class offers basic education in rifle shooting with a step-by-step approach. The class will be taught by Dave Osborn.

Taste of Cave Creek set for Oct. 15-16
Hungry for something new? The Taste of Cave Creek is presenting the cuisine of more than 25 Cave Creek restaurants.

Strykers Baseball Club hosting fundraiser
The Strykers Baseball Club is collecting clothing, shoes, linens, blankets, purses, draperies, blankets, pillows, towels, and belts as a fundraiser to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters charity. 

Starlight Community Theater presenting ‘Curtains’
Starlight Community Theater is presenting the musical comedy whodunit ‘Curtains,’ starting Oct. 10.

September storms disaster assistance available
The Small Business Administration has formally declared a disaster stemming from the Sept. 8 storms in Maricopa County. Low-interest loans are available to county residents to help pay for storm damage repairs.

Empty Bowls Project: Fight hunger through art
The 14th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project lunch is set for Friday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Empty bowls fundraises for the Foothills Food Bank, which services a wide radius of the north valley.

Sharon Brening: Capturing the richness of character
An ancient Native American reflection says, “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.”

Car show to benefit Foothills Food Bank
The 4th Annual Tatum Ranch Golf Club Car Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

CSHS awarded Confucius Classroom designation
Cactus Shadows High School is expanding their World Language Mandarin Chinese offerings with the Confucius Classroom designation.

Anthem P.E.O. gives educational grant to college student
The Philanthropic Educational Organization of Anthem has awarded an education grant and loan to north Phoenix resident Stephanie Derron.

Local library celebrating 10-year anniversary
The North Valley Regional Library has been a community staple for a decade now.

Anthem Ace Hardware opening Oct. 7
Ace Hardware is returning to Anthem in the storefront where the store was formerly located. Ace will open on Tuesday, Oct. 7, with an official grand opening Nov. 7-9.

Community Expo planned for Oct. 18
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is presenting a Community Expo on Saturday, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m., at Cactus Shadows High School Gymnasium, 5802 E. Dove Valley Road in Cave Creek.

Carefree Kiwanis hosting golf tournament
The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is hosting the “Get Off Your Butt and Come Putt” 18-hole Putting Tournament at Tonto Verde Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 25.

A scourge of mosquitoes
A group of mosquitoes is called a scourge – fitting for the discomfort and illness they can bring.

Local businesses note impact of uncertain weather conditions
As Arizona’s monsoon season draws to a close, its impact – whether little or large – on local North Valley businesses is apparent.

Cave Creek Info Center seeks volunteers
The Cave Creek Information Center in Frontier Town, Cave Creek is ready for another exciting season and is currently seeking additional volunteers for greeting the many visitors to Cave Creek.

Cave Creek Museum reopening on Oct. 1
The Cave Creek Museum is going to be airing their Dirty Laundry (so to speak).

Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance set for Oct. 4
High Desert Park in Black Canyon City will be dancing by the moonlight on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the 6th Annual Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance.

Plans for freestanding ER cancelled
Adeptus Health will not be building a freestanding emergency room in Anthem, as they had proposed. It would have been built at the corner of Daisy Mountain Drive and Dedication Trail.

Town of Carefree seeks residents’ input
The Town of Carefree is working to create a master plan for Carefree’s Town Center, and they need the community’s help.

Man’s body found in Anthem
The body of a man was found in Anthem near the St. Rose Parish on the morning of Sept. 16.

Cave Creek, Carefree transportation recommendations presented
The Maricopa Association of Governments shared recommendations for its ongoing transportation framework study for the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek with residents at a public meeting on Sept. 10...

Community remembers Amy Bennett
Amy passed away on Sept. 8 after a bike/vehicle collision in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Just 23 years old, Amy, formerly of Anthem, was attending the University of Northern Colorado, pursuing a degree in theater.

Pets in need? Anthem Pets is there
In animal emergencies, local residents know who to call: Anthem Pets. Built as a small grassroots volunteer organization nine years ago, Anthem Pets has become known throughout the north valley as the go-to organization for lost and found pets.

Bobbie Friedman: Lighting Up the Wall with Whimsy
“My artistic goal is to infuse my art with images that light up the wall with whimsy!” proclaims local artist Bobbie Friedman.

Cave Creek Museum reopening for the season
Cave Creek Museum reopens for the season on Oct. 1. The museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers, and pioneers.

D-backs present jersey to Hallsey family, donate to PCH
The Arizona Diamondbacks are helping fight back against childhood cancer.

Making strides and keeping a legacy alive
Walk. Run. Make a difference. Whatever the method, whatever the motivation – make a difference.

Federal disaster loans offered for flood victims
The U. S. Small Business Administration is offering aid to residents and business owners whose property was damaged or destroyed by last month’s flood.

MCDOT working on storm-damaged roadways
Maricopa County Department of Transportation is working to restore flood-damaged roadways and structures.

Game and Fish searching for elk poachers
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating two unrelated bull elk poaching incidents that occurred in northern Arizona during the last week of August.

Walk to fund valley-wide HIV research foundations
The AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix is happening Sunday, Oct. 26. This event helps raise funds for 17 member agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease.

Prudential Arizona becomes Berkshire Hathaway
Prudential Arizona Properties, part of the third largest Prudential Real Estate franchise in North America, has officially joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network and is now known as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. ”

DAR hosting St. Mary’s Food Bank director
The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host Claudia Cucitro, Senior Director of Planned Gifts at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance as a guest speaker at their meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Gavilan Peak School remembers Gary Johnstone and Trevor Crouse
Gary Johnstone and Trevor Crouse may be gone, but they will not be forgotten.

IRS warning Arizonans of impersonation phone scam
Contact from the IRS saying you owe thousands of dollars is a nightmarish situation.

‘Focus on the Foothills’ with the Desert Foothills Land Trust
Desert Foothills Land Trust is offering ‘Focus on the Foothills,’ a program that works to share the natural history of the Sonoran Desert with the community.

Arizona Musicfest 2015 schedule announced
Arizona Musicfest is announcing performances for announces Arizona Musicfest 2015 (Jan. 29 - March 5, 2015).

Katie Stearns: From Wall Street to Wonder
Painter Mary Cassatt claimed over a hundred years ago, “I touch people with my art, they have felt the love and life of it.

Walk to fund valley-wide HIV research foundations
The AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix is happening Sunday, Oct. 26. This event helps raise funds for 17 member agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease.

Teal It Up Golf Tournament, Sept. 20
Golfing fans can head over to the east valley and tee off for a good cause on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Around the state in sports

From posters to pancakes, universities out to curb binge drinking
Students in Arizona State University residence halls arrived to see posters urging them to call 911 if they see someone who is unconscious. Other posters ask, “Who is the designated driver tonight?”

Break-in in the Anthem Country Club
A break-in occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in a home on Congressional Drive in the Anthem Country Club. The break-in happened in the early hours of the morning.

Upscale Singers holding scholarship auditions
Calling all youth singers! The Upscale Singers are holding their eighth annual Scholarship Auditions on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church.

Antelope chased by helicopter, Game and Fish investigating
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating a reported incident of harassing wildlife with an aircraft. Multiple reports were received by the Department on Aug. 22 and 23from a number of concerned archery hunters who witnessed the incidents.

Record rainfall causes flooding, road closures
Hurricane Norbert and monsoon season triggered the wettest day ever recorded in Phoenix on Monday, Sept. 8.

Mission Continues 1st Platoon Phoenix restoring grave markers
Join The Mission Continues 1st Platoon Phoenix and Mission: Restore Bronze in serving together for a 9/11 Day of Service. The volunteers will be working to restore the now unreadable bronze grave markers of veterans laid to rest at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery.

Agencies offering flood recovery assistance
Red Cross volunteers and representatives from multiple government agencies spent Aug. 28 and 29 at a Flood Recovery Information Center, set up at the Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141.

ProMusica Arizona announces new season
ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra has something for every musical taste in the upcoming season. Incorporating history and tradition with innovation and technology, the slate of performances includes a variety of music and presentation that will appeal to audience members of all ages.

Moving into the general election
Arizona’s primary election results are in, and the push toward the November general election is now in full swing. Following is a rundown of state and local election results.

Debbie Drake: The strength of observation
Impressionist painter Claude Monet once shared with a friend, “It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way to paint the light in natural forms.”

Bobcat’s Closet offers clothing for kids in need
Children in need in the Cave Creek Unified School District have some help with start-of-school new clothes, thanks to Bobcat’s Closet.

In otherwise forgettable season, rookies shine for Diamondbacks
With injury woes and a subpar record, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ season is nearing a forgettable ending. However, certain players’ successes and talents are being recognized, especially among the rookies.

New River Elementary receives $1,000 donation
Bekah Speranske was full of love. That’s how her mother Vicki Speranske describes her. Through the Nanny McB Foundation, the Speranske family donated $1,000 on Aug. 29 to New River Elementary in Bekah’s memory.

Walk to fund valley-wide HIV research foundations
The AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix is happening Sunday, Oct. 26. This event helps raise funds for 17 member agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease.

Four generations in the Daughters of the American Revolution
The Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has accepted a fourth generation member into their chapter.

Gavilan Peak School holding memorial
On Friday, Sept. 5, Gavilan Peak School is holding a community memorial for Anthem residents Gary Johnstone and Trevor Crouse, who passed away in a rappelling accident on Aug. 8.

After the Homestretch AZ awarded funding
The horse rescue After the Homestretch AZ has been chosen as the Thoroughbred Charities of America charity of the month.

New River Elementary receives $1,000 donation
Bekah Speranske was full of love. That’s how her mother Vicki Speranske describes her. Through the Nanny McB Foundation, the Speranske family donated $1,000 on Aug. 29 to New River Elementary in Bekah’s memory.

Mission Continues 1st Platoon Phoenix restoring grave markers
Join The Mission Continues 1st Platoon Phoenix and Mission: Restore Bronze in serving together for a 9/11 Day of Service. The volunteers will be working to restore the now unreadable bronze grave markers of veterans laid to rest at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery.

Agencies offering flood recovery assistance
Red Cross volunteers and representatives from multiple government agencies spent Aug. 28 and 29 at a Flood Recovery Information Center, set up at the Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141.

ProMusica Arizona announces new season
ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra has something for every musical taste in the upcoming season. Incorporating history and tradition with innovation and technology, the slate of performances includes a variety of music and presentation that will appeal to audience members of all ages.

Air Force nurses complete inaugural trauma fellowship
Three Air Force nurses became the first graduating class of the Scottsdale Healthcare-U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center on Aug. 7.

Sandy Schenkat: Sparkle, gleam, shine, and magic
Author Nora Roberts wrote, “Life will be your treasure box, filled with the sparkle of laughter, the gleam of adventure, the shine of discovery, the flash of magic.

Local teen brings home championship tennis title
Fifteen-year-old Anthem resident Kylie McKenzie took home the Girls’ 16s singles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s & 16s National Championships in San Diego this month.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department awarded hiring grant
Over the past five years, the Daisy Mountain Fire District has seen over a million dollar reduction in tax-generated revenue as property values declined.

One-of-a-kind items at J & B Furniture
Owner Barb Willis bought J & B as an existing Anthem business. The store now offers mainly furniture and home décor items.

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral hosting luau
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its 17th Annual Hawaiian Luau on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Storm cleanup continues throughout north valley
North valley communities are working to repair the damage caused by Aug. 19’s severe storm.

Marc Buckhout's Story
Community shares memories of Marc, talented journalist and caring friend

Marc Buckhout's Obituary

Debra Hillard: Layers of mystery beneath the surface
Imagine the sweeping color of a desert sunset, the gentle, swirling movement of a life giving river flow, the shimmer of rain drops on a wildly lush landscape under the expansive twinkling night sky.

Anthem Pets celebrates ‘CATurday,’ Aug. 16
Anthem Pets is hosting a special ‘CATurday’ adoption event this Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bonnie’s Barkery in Cave Creek.

Chamber of Commerce announces Board of Directors
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is announcing its Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Leading the board is new President and Chairwoman Jennifer McGirr.

Frank Riggs: ‘Strong sense of purpose’ in politics
Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs has a substantial list of things he feels need to be addressed in Arizona.

Free violin and voice lessons in Carefree
The Jubilate Music Program is beginning their new semester on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23, with orientation and registration from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church in Carefree.

Animal neglect allegations lead to arrest
A New River woman was arrested on Aug. 6 for multiple counts of animal neglect.

Desert Foothills Library August Events

DVUSD celebrates ‘A’ grade from ADE
Deer Valley Unified School District received an "A" Profile Letter Grade for Accountability and Achievement from the Arizona Department of Education for the fourth consecutive year.

Dr. Paula Tseunis named principal of the year
Dr. Paula Tseunis, principal of Sierra Verde School in the Deer Valley Unified School District, was nominated by her peers and selected by district leadership as Principal of the Year for creating demand on her campus to always focus on students. 

Fatal shooting in Cave Creek
An argument on Friday, Aug. 1 at a home in Cave Creek led to a stabbing and a fatal shooting.

Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival upcoming
The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, which will take place Nov. 21, 22 and 23, will be held at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale this year.

Karen O’Hanlon: East meets west in kimono art
Flying high and “knowing no boundaries” in her creativity is the foundation of artist Karen O’Hanlon’s exquisitely constructed miniature Kimonos.

Barry Hess: ‘Organic and grassroots’ politics
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Barry Hess used to think he was a Republican. As he tells it, the first person to refer to him as a Libertarian was Ronald Reagan, long before Reagan became president.

Desert Sun Academy welcomes new principal
Desert Sun Academy is starting the school year off with a new principal. Dr. Micah Korb has joined the elementary school’s staff as the new administrator.

Fatal tanker crash caused I-17 closure
The interstate 17 was closed in both directions on Friday, Aug. 1 due to an oil tanker crash that took the life of the truck driver.

DVUSD news and events

Fatal shooting in Cave Creek
An argument on Friday, Aug. 1 at a home in Cave Creek led to a stabbing and a fatal shooting.

Fugitive sought after traffic stop
Police are searching for Dustin Bush of Cottonwood after he fled during a traffic stop on Friday, Aug. 1. Bush is wanted for multiple crimes, including robbery, kidnapping, endangerment, and assault.

Technology take-over through Tech Rich program
Multi-colored Five Star notebooks, a three-ring binder, a plethora of mechanical pencils that all will be misplaced within a week, highlighters, pens, and other essential tools to start a new school year inhabit a high school student’s backpack.

Pedestrian crosswalk signal planned for Gavilan Peak Parkway
Construction beings next week on a pedestrian crosswalk signal at the intersection of Gavilan Peak Parkway and Venture Drive.

New River issues discussed at community forum
The New River Preservation Group wants to be a voice for the community. That was the message presented at the first Preservation Group open meeting on July 30.

Tobias’ Automotive receives AAA recognition
Local automotive repair facility Tobias’ Automotive Specialists, with locations in Cave Creek and Anthem, was recently awarded the American Automobile Association’s 2014 Top Shop Award.

Superstar Twirlers take 30 medals at national competition
The Phoenix Superstar Twirling Team placed top ten in the country at the 69th Annual World Open Baton Twirling Championships held this past week at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.

Frank Serafini: Artistry dancing across the light
The great painter, writer, scientist, and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci penned in his journal, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing…knowing is not enough.”

Scottsdale kids get tough on trash
Littering is dangerous, disappointing, and disgusting, at least according to some pretty savvy Scottsdale kids.

Bat workshop at wildlife conservation center
Bats have a reputation for being a little scary. However, bats actually can be helpful to have around – they eat mosquitoes and flies.

Desert Foothills Youth Theater wins national awards
The Desert Foothills Youth Theater has won four National Youth Arts Awards for their 2013-14 season. DFYT was also nominated for nine additional awards.

Power outages, landscape damage caused by monsoon storm
When it rains, it pours. The monsoon struck with a vengeance on Saturday night, causing power outages and storm damage around the valley.

Butterfly Wonderland hosting monarch workshop
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Butterfly Wonderland is hosting a monarch butterfly workshop.

Pull the plug and ‘Clean, Drain and Dry’ boats
The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind boaters to do their part in preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Arizona waters and preventing damage to their own watercraft.

Draw results for 2014 hunting now available
Draw results for Arizona’s 2014 fall deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant hunts are now available online.To view results, go to www.azgfd.gov and scroll down to the “View results and bonus points” link. Draw results are also available by phone at (602) 942-3000; select option two on the automated menu.

Wastewater districts under debate
The Arizona Corporation Commission has directed EPCOR Water to examine options for changing wastewater districts in response to concerns raised repeatedly by Agua Fria district customers.

HOPE in Anthem holding pet food drive
HOPE in Anthem, a local mother-daughter non-profit charity, has teamed up with Anthem Pets, a local non-profit animal rescue, for the Food for Fido Pet Food Drive, running July 28-Aug. 15. 

HALO helps rescue cats from hoarder house
HALO Animal Rescue is helping to house and care for some of the cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Gilbert.

Local meet the teacher nights and school open houses

Shops at Norterra holding Back To School Bash
The Shops at Norterra is aiming to make shopping for the back-to-school essentials fun.

MCDOT recognized for local traffic technology system
New SMARTDrive technology could help prevent accidents. Daisy Mountain Drive is a test subject for this program.

ADOT supports efforts to fight wildfires
ADOT is active in helping to prevent wildfires both before and during wildfire season.

Paul Diefenderfer: Artistry as cycles of time
Cave Creek sculptor Paul Diefenderfer chose the spiral petroglyph to represent and memorialize our area’s own author, poet, and environmentalist Geoffrey Platts in his most recent piece of community sculpture, ‘Geoffrey’s Walk.’

Life jacket saves man’s life in Lake Pleasant crash
Arizona Game and Fish officers stopped a personal watercraft rider on Lake Pleasant on Independence Day weekend for not wearing his life jacket. That life jacket reminder turned out to be lifesaving for the rider’s father.

The wheels on the bike go round and round
As summer rolls to a close, not everyone is out buying backpacks, binders and books for school. Anthem teen Clayton Stone is packing and preparing for road cycling races in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Back to School Tools drive through Aug. 24
Outlets at Anthem is asking for donations of new clothing, shoes, school, and hygiene and food basics to benefit Children First Academy,  the Valley’s largest school serving for homeless and underprivileged children.

DFL 2014 photo contest winners
The Desert Foothills Photography Contest 2014 winners were announced on July 12 at a reception held at the Desert Foothills Library.

Alene Geed: ‘Inside the Mind of a Jewelry Designer’
According to Alene, “Creating art is not a choice like other careers; it is a “calling” that dominates your waking moments and sometimes your sleep – it’s an obsession.”

Backpacks being collected for needy kids
Local mom Kelley is collecting backpacks and school supplies for children who are in the foster system.

DVUSD governing board welcomes new employees
New employees are joining the Deer Valley Unified School District administration team.

Dreamchaser rescue horses reunited
Dreamchaser Horse Rescue rescued best buddies Neveah and Big Red, and now they’ve been reunited.

Newborn kittens rescued from barbecue pit
Anthem Pets saved the day for five newborn kittens on July 10.

Local athlete attending National Team Development Games
Local football player Lawson Busch will be attending the USA Football’s National Team Development Games.

DVUSD adopts 2014-15 budget
The Deer Valley Unified School District has approved a budget for the upcoming school year.

DFT presents ‘Cabaret Night: Sentimental Journey’
Back by popular demand, Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is presenting ‘Cabaret Night: Sentimental Journey’ on Sunday, July 20, featuring the dynamic duo, T.A. Burrows and Kat Bailes.

DFT presents ‘Cabaret Night: Sentimental Journey’
Back by popular demand, Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is presenting ‘Cabaret Night: Sentimental Journey’ on Sunday, July 20, featuring the dynamic duo, T.A. Burrows and Kat Bailes.

Cave Creek roadwork planned
Cave Creek will be seeing some construction this month.

Fireworks rained out
The annual Independence Day celebration in Anthem got rained out this year.

Golf tournament fundraiser for O’Connor football
A new season brings new anticipations, including the second annual golf tournament hosted by the Sandra Day O’Connor High School football booster club that is right around the corner.

A second chance at life
Hess was in his Anthem home with his wife when he began feeling ill and short of breath. He thought that he was suffering from heatstroke, but he chose to call 911 in case it was something more serious. That decision helped save his life.

Pets at risk: keeping pets safe from wildlife
It’s been all too common this summer to see an online post or a flyer searching for a lost dog or cat.

Tails wagging for new pet salon
The dogs of the north valley have a new grooming option in Wee ‘B’ Stylin Pet Salon, located off New River Road, east of 15th Avenue.

NVSO announcing orchestra auditions
North Valley Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for the upcoming 2014-2015 season, for both the Adult Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra.

Golf Classic raises funds for animal rescue
Last May, Colony American Homes debuted their first-ever CAH Golf Classic to honor Brynne Alana Smith, a former employee who was lost at a young age last year in a tragic accident. The inaugural golf classic raised $20,000 for Foothills Animal Rescue.

Mark Carroll: Firmly Ground and Reaching for the Sky
Powerful in motion, sensual in design, stately in presence, grand in scale…all are characteristics of the versatile and imaginative sculptures created by Mark Carroll.

SDOC students win ASU fishing championship
The Sandra Day O’Connor High School team of Shane Edgar and Hunter Rackley brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce to win the 2014 Arizona State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Havasu on June 14.

Local Marine home after Afghanistan deployment
Lance Corporal Brian Vanderpool is safely back in the United States after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Fire up some Independence Day fun
Independence Day celebrations are heating up around the valley. Enjoy your holiday with some fireworks and fun at one of these events.

Freedom rings and cancer is conquered
Independence Day is more than just vibrant fireworks and elaborate parades. It is being with loved ones and appreciating a life that is protected by few and taken for granted by many.

Cave Creek recall petitions ruled invalid
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled to file an injunction last Wednesday, ending the Cave Creek recall elections announced for Councilmen Mike Durkin and Charles Spitzer after invalidating recall petition sheets based on Arizona case law.

Anthem ER proposal receives mixed reactions
The developers of the proposed freestanding ER in Anthem got pushback, along with positive feedback, at the informational meeting they hosted at the Anthem Civic Building on June 12.

Tracey Saliba: Welding a whimsical garden
Tracey Saliba offers unique mixed media art as statement garden centerpieces.

Cave Creek Auctions offering specialty items
Cave Creek Auctions, LLC will hold a one-of-a-kind auction on Wednesday, June 25, 6-10 p.m.

CCUSD Tech Director receives Innovation Award
Nancy Pratt, Cave Creek Unified School District Director of Instructional Technology, has been chosen for the Arizona Technology in Education Association’s Technology Director 2014 Innovation Award.

Army celebrates 239th birthday
The United States Army commemorated its 239th year of service on June 14.

CCUSD planning for bond election
The Cave Creek Unified School District is planning to ask voters to approve a bond in the Nov. 4 election.

Five-year construction program approved by state
Projects to preserve, modernize, and expand Arizona’s highway system have now been formally approved to move forward over the next five years.

Game and Fish supporting Sportmen’s Act amendments
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously today to support two amendments proposed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, to support hunting and sportfishing opportunities in Arizona and across the nation.

ADOT performing cleanup alongside I-17
The land alongside the I-17 south of Anthem Way, near Opportunity Way, is getting a renovation.

Anthem teen takes on pageant world
While most teenagers are relaxing during their summer vacation, Marcella Baietto, junior at Boulder Creek High School, is practicing for the National America Miss Pageant.

Fundraiser nets $4,675 for wheelchair van
The Anthem Giving Circle has raised $4,675 through a golf tournament to benefit Sarah VanderMuelen, who is in need of a wheelchair van.

Diane Sepanski: Jewelry with a southwest flair
Unbelievable, amazing, wow! were adjectives that hung in the exhibit space as visitors admired the intricately adorned glass and metal clay jewelry.

Online rumors spark investigation
Online stories have been circulating regarding a man who was allegedly approaching teens in the Bela Rosa apartment complex in Anthem.

Council approves Spur Cross funds transfer
The Cave Creek Town Council focused on the future of the town’s infrastructure during last Monday’s council meeting, approving a $1.9 million transfer from the Spur Cross Conservation Fund, approving the tentative budget for 2015, and approving several road improvement projects.

Cave Creek Council meetings available live online
Keep up with the latest news of the Cave Creek Town Council.

Cave Creek entrance monuments dedicated
Sculptor Mark Carroll has captured the essence of Cave Creek in two horse monuments that now mark the town’s entrances.

ADOT releases 2013 crash statistics
The number of deaths in motor-vehicle crashes across the state rose by 2.8 percent in 2013, according to annual statistics released by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Armed robbery suspect apprehended
Two men have been taken into custody after an armed robbery in Anthem on Friday, June 6. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department arrested two suspects on the following day, June 7.

Starlight presents ‘An Actor’s Life For Me’
Starlight Community Theater is presenting an ‘An Actor’s Life For Me’ at their stadium-style theater. Shows will run for the next two weekends.

‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive’ during monsoon season
Pull Aside, Stay Alive. That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon season approaches.
For the third year, ADOT continues its efforts to educate drivers about the threat of dust storms as monsoon season officially begins in Arizona on June 15.

PMAZ accepting sponsorships for 2014-15
ProMusica Arizona is preparing for the 2014-15 season.

Deadly crash on I-17 in Anthem
A one-car crash on May 27 took the life of the driver of the truck and injured a passenger.

Increased fire restrictions in effect
Due to the continued elevated risk of wildfire in Arizona, the Arizona State Forestry Division will be implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions on state-owned and state-managed lands south of the Grand Canyon.

A quick dip in the spa
Who knew – lizards like spa days, too!

Roadside memorial removed without reason
Friends and family of Michael Gonnella, a.k.a. ‘Boston’, are struggling to understand why someone sawed away the metal cross at his memorial and took all other items.

New River Kiwanis celebrates two terrific kids
The New River Kiwanis Club has chosen two fourth graders from New River Elementary to receive the fourth quarter Terrific Kid award.

Water safety at any age
The American Red Cross recently published a survey stating that 54 percent of Americans don’t have all the basic swimming skills they need to keep themselves safe in water.

Countersuit to recall petition filed
A judge threw out two of four petitions filed for the recall elections of Cave Creek Town Council members on Monday, after three councilmen filed a counter lawsuit against the recall petitions filed against them early this April.

AZGFD warns of increased bear encounters
As temperatures climb and Arizonans head north, human encounters with bears in the high country and in expanding mountain communities are on the increase.

Barbara Bowman: Brilliant and mysterious art
Barbara Bowman is a local artist who specializes in Abstract Expressionism. All Day and Fireplace are her original works.

Boulder Creek students honored for athletic commitment
Ten Boulder Creek High School students were honored on May 13 for their continuing commitment to athletic excellence.

Veteran Paul Helvey graduates with CSHS class
Veteran Paul Helvey is now an official high school graduate. Helvey left high school to join the Navy in the mid-1950s. A large military influence in his family motivated this Pinckneyville, Illinois boy to enlist at the age of 17 before he finished high school.

Planned New River gas station/truck stop disputed at public meeting
Residents opposed to the planned development at New River Road and the I-17 are collecting signatures against it.

BLM Arizona receives grants to hire youth
The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is receiving three grants totaling $581,368 that will go to hire young people and veterans to work on public lands managed by the BLM Phoenix and Gila districts. 

Local teen chosen to sing national anthem at D-backs game
Ali Giordano has been chosen to sing The Star Spangled Banner at the Diamondbacks v. Brewers game at Chase Field on Wednesday, June 18. This 14-year-old Anthem resident has performed all over the valley, as well as in New York, and she’s excited for this opportunity.

Denny’s restaurants raising funds for childhood cancer research
Beginning June 1, 58 Denny’s restaurants throughout the Phoenix area will once again join the fight against childhood cancer by partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national not-for-profit dedicated to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the number one cause of death by disease in children in the U.S.

Desert Foothills Theater summer activities
Desert Foothills Theater is offering a variety of summer classes and camps. See details and register online at www.dftheater.org.

Fatal crash at Carefree Highway intersection
An accident at the Carefree Highway/Cave Creek Road intersection took the life of 28-year-old Brandon Fossum.

January hit-and-run leads to murder charges
A fatal hit-and-run in north Phoenix on Jan. 25, 2014 has yielded murder charges for the driver.

Foothills Animal Rescue adoption event, May 31-June 1
Foothills Animal Rescue is being featured at a two-day free pet adoption event on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

HALO Animal Rescue joins Pets for Patriots
HALO Animal Rescue has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that connects rescued shelter pets with service men and women, to increase the adoption of at-risk homeless pets by members of the United States military. 

Vietnam War veterans honored at Anthem Veterans Memorial
Family, friends, and local Vietnam War veterans gathered at the Anthem Veterans Memorial Sunday, May 18

An epidemic of wrong-way driving
A driver heading north on I-17 south hit a minivan early Friday morning, killing three of the passengers.

MTA auditioning for Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Musical Theatre of Anthem is auditioning for their final show of the season, Pied Piper of Hamelin, an original musical theater production in a summer workshop format. Composed by Joe Bousard, this story closely follows the original poem, with an ending more suited to a younger audience.

Memorial Day events around the Valley
Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day. This day honors past and present veterans who have died in defense of our country.

Cave Creek Info Center seeking volunteers
The Cave Creek Info Center in Frontier Town is looking for additional volunteers to join their team.

Outlets at Anthem hosting summer health event, May 24
This Memorial Day weekend, experience summer health, summer style and summer fun at Outlets at Anthem. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, the center will have a variety of health screenings and activities onsite.

CCUSD presents teacher Web site awards
The Cave Creek Unified School District honored multiple teachers throughout the district for their outstanding Web sites at the governing board meeting on May 13.

Library summer reading program begins May 29
Maricopa County Reads, the premier summer reading program for 61 county libraries, is set to kick off near the end of this month. 

Anthem’s criminal activity discussed
To stay safe, local residents need to work together. That was the recurring theme of the May 15 Anthem community safety meeting sponsored by the Anthem Neighborhood Watch.

BCHS student arrested over online threats
Boulder Creek High School student Nicholas Goettl was arrested on Monday, May 19 after a threatening post was made from his Twitter account.

Council focuses on sewage, water pipeline maintenance with summer approaching
The Cave Creek Town Council approved expenditures over $46,000 for sewage pipeline and water pump maintenance, while updating industrial sewer regulations, and addressing the issue of town clutter caused by business signage.

CCUSD proposing budget cuts for 2014-15
Like many other school districts across the country, Cave Creek Unified School District is trying to find a way to make a dollar stretch as far as possible.

West Anthem egging leads to criminal damage
A West Anthem resident’s car was egged in the early morning on May 13. The vandals didn’t just egg her car. They went as far as opening the gas cap and cracking an egg into the car’s gas tank.

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DMFD offering CPR/First Aid training
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is offering a CPR/First Aid class on Thursday, May 22, 6-10 p.m. at Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141.

Hit-and-run details sought
Amy Hatcher is asking for the community to help her find the hit-and-run driver who hit her car.

Memorial Day ceremony at Anthem Veterans Memorial, May 26
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team is inviting the community to attend the annual Memorial Day ceremony ‘A Day of Remembrance’ on Monday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Anthem Veterans Memorial in the Anthem Community Council Community Park.

Anthem seeks explosive singing talent for Independence Day celebration
The ACC is looking for Anthem’s top singing talent to participate in auditions to be considered to perform the National Anthem at the 15th annual Independence Day celebration July 3, 6-10 p.m.

Cave Creek Museum Seeks Volunteers for Summer
As the season winds down for Cave Creek Museum, people of all ages are invited to view Museum exhibits through May 31 and consider volunteering over the summer to prepare new exhibits and assist with preservation efforts.

Proposed New River truck stop under debate, May 20
Got an opinion on the proposed truck stop at the New River/I-17 exit? Share your thoughts at the upcoming community meeting on May 20, 12-3 p.m., at Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141.

Redesigned Spa at Carefree offers new services
The Carefree Resort & Conference Center is debuting its redesigned spa facility, The Spa at Carefree Resort.

CCUSD offering theatrical enrichment class, June 2-13
C. Nicholas Johnson and his artistic team are continuing their 25-year theater tradition with this summer’s student production. North valley kids, ages grade 4-12, can sign up for this two-week enrichment residency that features the Bonanza Educational staff that works with students to create LEGO® animated videos. The theme will be ‘A Brave New World.’

Nonprofit launches website for jobseekers
Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization that helps professionals manage and maximize their job search efforts, has launched a web-based career management system.

Academic team gets ‘HI’ marks
Deer Valley Unified School District’s Boulder Creek Academic Decathlon team recently placed sixth in the nation and third for public schools during the Academic Decathlon National Finals in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Nonprofit launches website for jobseekers
Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization that helps professionals manage and maximize their job search efforts, has launched a web-based career management system.

Fire department welcomes latest CERT grads
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department held its last Community Emergency Response Team training session of the season April 24, and more than a dozen students graduated this time around from the 8-week-long program.

Ponder Polynesia at archaeology talk
The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society invites the public to attend its last meeting of the season, which will feature one of the most remote islands in the world: Easter Island.

Horseshoe Trails' May named CCUSD's 'Teacher of the Year'
At the Cave Creek Unified School District's first-ever award ceremony of its kind, held April 30 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, Natalie May of Horseshoe Trails Elementary was named the 2014 "Teacher of the Year."

Incentives from municipalities, utilities driving water conservation
Scottsdale offers residents $75 for installing new toilets that use less water. Some other Arizona municipalities have water conservation incentives of $1,000 or more.

Healing workshop for veterans returns May 16
A world renowned Anglican priest is coming to the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley May 16-18 to conduct a residential “Healing of Memories Workshop for Veterans.”

Kids perform Disney musical in Anthem
Musical Theatre of Anthem will perform the musical production “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” May 15-18 at its Anthem theater space, which is located at 42323 N. Vision Way.

Gourds, Faberge eggs part of Friend’s artistic menu
With her expertise in the techniques of painting, carving, pyrographs and embellishing design, local artist Karen Friend has taken the art of designer gourds and Faberge eggs to a whole new level.

Vehicle fire closes I-17
Although all responding agencies don’t appear to be in agreement, a vehicle fire south of Cordes Junction on May 2 may be the most likely reason why northbound traffic on I-17 was at a near standstill as far south as Anthem that afternoon.

Cartwright’s to hold history dinners
Starting May 14 and running every other Wednesday through October, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House in Cave Creek will play host to the Arizona history dinner series featuring story spinners such as Marshall Trimble, Bob “Boze” Bell, Wyatt Earp, Dolan Ellis, Robin Sewell and Lance Polingyouma.

CCUSD schools, administrator receive accolades
An administrator in the Cave Creek Unified School District, along with three of its schools, recently received recognition for excellence in academics.

Actors, pet peacock contribute to DFT play
Desert Foothills Theater will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” May 2 through May 11 at the FCF-Holland Cabaret Theater in north Scottsdale.

Cave Creek’s Bruce Arlen shares musings in new book
According to a wise observation from Andy Warhol, one of the founders of the Pop Art movement, “Since people are living longer and get older, they will just have to learn to be children a lot longer… .”

New Anthem park hinges on EPCOR
Anthem residents attending the Anthem Community Council’s April 23 board of directors meeting were told that plans for the proposed Opportunity Way Park are still in motion and might be ready for a formal vote next month.

Cave Creek OKs sales tax repurposing
At its regular meeting last week, Cave Creek Town Council unanimously agreed to use excess sales tax funds appropriated for maintaining the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area to acquire open land.

Donate e-readers to Phoenix-area libraries
To keep electronics out of area landfills and to support e-reader literacy, those who own a gently used 1st Edition, Simple Touch or Simple Touch Glowlight NOOK e-reader can donate them at Desert Broom Library or any of Phoenix Public Library’s during the month of May.

Dry winter leads to fire restrictions on public lands
The Bureau of Land Management implemented fire restrictions on April 25, restricting certain practices on public lands in order to help reduce the risk of wildfire.

Fishing Report
This is a North Valley-focused version of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s fishing report. To view the full report, visit azgfd.gov.

Middle school students, principal traveling to China
Sonoran Trails Middle School Principal Bill Dolezal and six of his students will be traveling to China this summer from May 27 to June 5, thanks to a grant complementing efforts to establish an overseas “sister school.”

Preschool accredited
The National Accreditation Commission for Early Child Care and Education Programs announced earlier this month that a Cave Creek Unified School District preschool has achieved accreditation.

Black Canyon City Chamber talks scholarships
The Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce was called to order April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Albins Civic Center. Reports included a Treasurer Report and Visitor Center's Report.

Canon School accepts awards
The Canon School Board held a public meeting April 14 at 6 p.m. in the school library.

Commission shoots down Trenk-sponsored proposals
In a one-two policy punch last Thursday evening, members of Cave Creek’s planning commission rejected a couple of proposed zoning amendments put forth by the town council’s vice mayor, Adam Trenk.

Scottsdale venue dreams DFT’s Shakespearian ‘Midsummer’ play
Desert Foothills Theater will present a special youth theater production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from May 2 through May 11 at the FCF-Holland Cabaret Theater, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, in north Scottsdale.

Scholarships open for ABT’s summer academy ages 7-19
Arizona Broadway Theatre announced on April 18 that it has opened its annual call for scholarship entries for the ABT Academy For Young Performers Summer Experience.

April 30 open house features north Scottsdale artist Flynn at Kierland
An open house celebrating Business Office Suite's 1-year anniversary will feature Suite 101 artist-in-residence Rita Flynn at a free wine and cheese event in Kierland, Scottsdale, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 30 at 7010 E. Acoma Dr. in Scottsdale.

Multi-site church opens Anthem location
Christ’s Church of the Valley held a grand opening on Easter Weekend, April 19-20, for its fifth Valley campus, which is located in Anthem.

‘Savvy Social Security’ tea, workshop starts Tues.
An educational workshop and tea, entitled "Savvy Social Security Planning for Women," is slated for 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. April 29 at the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree.

Relay For Life event supports cancer survivors, more
Survivors, patient caregivers and other supporters in the fight against cancer will be rallying in communities across the nation April 26 in separate Relay For Life ceremonies.

Music in May kicks off next Friday
Anthem’s outdoor concert series “Music in May” returns for the 12th year to the ACC Community Park Amphitheater every Friday throughout May.

Take a swing April 28 at annual ‘Golf-Fore-Charity’
The Our Lady of Joy Council’s Knights of Columbus will play host on April 28 to their annual “Golf-Fore-Charity.”

Proposed Carefree budget includes town hall work
The Carefree Town Council put forward a proposed budget of $8.2 million for the town’s 2015 fiscal budget during a special workshop held on Monday.

Carefree adviser offers tips against financial scams
Scams can target anyone, but the senior population might be the most exposed demographic to deceptive schemes. Can those with older parents or grandparents do anything to prevent them from being victimized, especially with regard to their finances?

Children’s book author holding signing event
North Phoenix author Jeannie Kirchen will be having a pre-release book signing on April 19, 9 a.m. to noon, at Cave Creek’s Saddle Creek Coffee Co. on Tatum Boulevard.

Musicfest links putting tourney, raffle
The Arizona Musicfest Putting Tournament for Scholarships, which raises funds for Arizona Musicfest Scholarships, will be held on April 26 on the 18-hole putting course at Tonto Verde Golf Club in Rio Verde.

Recycle household items in Anthem
Anthem residents are invited to attend the Anthem Community Council’s semi-annual Go Green event April 26, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., at the ACC Community Center parking lot, 41130 N. Freedom Way.

Body found at lake, treated as homicide
Authorities believe they have found the remains of a Mesa woman who went missing 5 years ago.

Candidates attending forum
Anthem, Desert Hills, New River and surrounding area residents are invited to attend an open forum with candidates for state office beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber funds scholarship with golf proceeds
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament on April 14 at Tatum Ranch Golf Club, 29888 N. Tatum Dr. in Cave Creek.

Wine tasting, raffle to support child trafficking victims
On April 25 starting at 6:30 p.m., Coolwater Christian Church will be playing host to a fundraiser featuring educational wine tasting and a light Italian appetizer.

Fishing Report
This is a North Valley-focused version of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s fishing report. To view the full report, visit azgfd.gov.

Food bank hungry for volunteer drivers
The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is in need of volunteer drivers to pick-up and drop off food and related items for the food bank.

Cave Creek restaurant among award nominees
The Arizona Restaurant Association has announced 30 finalists across 10 categories for the second annual Foodist Awards, and at least one Cave Creek restaurant was chosen from a bank of nearly 150 nominees.

Leadership conference coming to Cactus Shadows
Cactus Shadows High School Principal Steve Bebee said that the third annual District Leadership Conference will take place on school grounds this Tuesday.

Youth to learn about law enforcement at MCSO Explorers recruitment
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is inviting youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to check out the MCSO Explorers Recruiting Orientation scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. April 26 at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem.

Scottsdale charter school to help give away books in Phoenix
On April 23, members of Foothills Academy College Prep will be among an estimated 25,000 volunteers from across the country giving away free books as part of “World Book Night.”

From Cave Creek to there and back
Artist Benjamin Kastelic grew up spending hours roaming the vast landscape of the Sonoran Desert north of Cave Creek. He developed a keen eye for the fine details of the natural world.

BCHS team set for nationals
Honor students based out of Anthem are poised to make waves later this month in the Pacific Ocean state of Hawaii with their combined academic prowess, but their coach said that the team will need the community's help to make it happen.

Dillon’s serves up BBQ across West Valley
George Valverde, founder of Dillon’s, knows his barbeque. So much so that the restaurateur has expanded his business to four locations in the West Valley and was honored with the 2013 best barbeque in Phoenix award.

District to erect new elementary school
By the fall of 2015, Deer Valley Unified School District officials hope to have some of their students filing into a new elementary school near I-17 south of Dove Valley Road in north Phoenix.

Donated purses generate $18,000
Anthem Giving Circle raised $18,000 at its fourth annual Purses for a Purpose event last month, benefiting those in need in the Anthem community.

Tickets now available for Arizona Centennial Legacy Project
As of April 1, tickets for one locally crafted Arizona Centennial Legacy Project have become available.

Glassmans add to book series
Cave Creek’s former interim town manager Rodney Glassman and his wife, Sasha, are preparing to release the latest book in their Jeremy Jackrabbit series.

State lifts bald eagle restrictions on Lake Pleasant
The Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partners of the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee have lifted the water traffic closure on Lake Pleasant that facilitates the bald eagle breeding season each year.

‘Sportball’ youth program offered
 Anthem Community Council is offering a free “Sportball” multi-sport event for families at the Anthem Community Park hockey rink on April 19 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Meet the leaders of upcoming church in Anthem
Summit Church is coming soon to Anthem and will be hosting an “Info Party” at 4 p.m. April 13 at the Anthem Community Center where guests can meet the leaders, hear about their vision and ask questions.