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Wheelchair-bound girl entered to win special van for her family in Anthem
Sarah Vander Meulen, a 4-year-old Anthem girl suffering from a genetic disorder, has been entered in a contest to possibly win a wheelchair-friendly van for her family.

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.

Carpet cleaners describe their local business
ABSOclean Carpet Cleaning is a family owned and operated company. The owners, John and Cheryl Colin have been serving the Phoenix metropolitan area since 1995.

Learn about prehistoric agriculture
Jerry Howard, curator of anthropology at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa, will present a newly created lecture on prehistoric Hohokam irrigation starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Desert Foothills Chapter’s April 9 Arizona Archaeology Society meeting.

Crafting, fundraiser coming this month for Cave Creek Museum
Cave Creek Museum has announced its April programming, including a patriotic craft program and a fundraising dinner.

Phoenix Film Festival returns to Scottsdale with shows, more
The Phoenix Film Festival will return for its 14th year April 3-10 to the Harkins 101 Scottsdale theater.

Chapter hosts ancestry speaker
The program will begin at 9:35 a.m. at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way and Venture Drive, in the VFW’s second floor suite.

Anthem Wal-Mart expands tribute to service members
Shoppers at the Wal-Mart store in Anthem are often welcomed by two things: a patriotic mosaic of portraits, and the friendly mannerisms of greeter Virgil Fairbairn.

Cave Creek store celebrates its longevity
Valerie’s Furniture and Accents, located at 6070 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, celebrated 25 years in business on April 1.

Food drive targets ‘snowbirds’ leaving the area for summer
Tobias’ Automotive Specialists of Anthem and Cave Creek is teaming up with the Foothills Food Bank this spring with the goal of making it easier for snowbirds to donate before they head north for the summer.

Casita offers special needs creative oasis
Artistic expression comes through us in a variety of forms. The common theme, regardless of the creator or creation, is the power to touch the heart of those participating and viewing the process.

Swimming safety education a top priority for Anthem couple
As Arizona summer draws nearer, more residents will be looking to cool off by enjoying a leisurely swim in a pool.

Nonprofit gives military families a boost
Wife, mother, Anthem resident, Arizona Gold Star Family license plate designer and American Legion rider Margy Bons does everything she can to help military families.

Spring Classic Car Auction to feature Western twist
The Cave Creek Auction Company will hold its largest auction of the year, the Spring Cave Creek Classic Car Auction, April 3-5 in Cave Creek.

Acrylic, oil paints fuel artist’s depictions of the outdoors
You may have seen the artwork of Kelby Love without realizing it; millions of readers have viewed his wild animals in magazines such as National Geographic and Field & Stream.

Outdoor Expo comes to shooting facility
The 2-day Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix kicks off this week.

Golf club raises funds
Scottsdale private golf club Mirabel recently completed its sixth annual Hope for the Cause Charity Classic with proceeds benefiting the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials program.

Multiple rollovers mar I-17 at Anthem
No serious injuries were reported, but a couple of recent vehicle rollovers along I-17 at Anthem caused traffic slow downs on the major corridor.

Victors named in Anthem HOA elections
Anthem-area homeowners’ associations recently named the winners from their governing board elections.

New River Girl Scout awarded for mentoring program
A New River resident will receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, when the organization holds its award ceremony in Glendale this Saturday.

Nonprofit to award founder Dart on March 28
The Foothill Caring Corps will present the Founder’s Award to the Rev. Steven Dart on March 28 during the nonprofit’s annual Taste of the Foothills fundraiser.

Anthem utility awarded for progress
 EPCOR Water has received an award from an Environmental Protection Agency-affiliated program regarding its water treatment plant in Anthem.

Oil-based paints coat artist’s landscapes
The images twinkle with color, embrace you in their expanse, lure you in close and occupy space as comfortably as an old friend.

Canon, Diamond Canyon schools’ basketball excels
Youth basketball programs at two local schools recently finished their seasons with lots to show for it.

Tasting event, raffle to benefit nonprofit
This year’s 10th annual Taste of the Foothills celebration and Cash & Caring raffle event will be taking place March 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.

HOA specter rallying residents in New River
Rumors surrounding the possible formation of a homeowners’ association in New River recently incited many residents to actively attempt to thwart any such efforts.

Rodeo, more in stock for Cave Creek Fiesta Days
The Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo will make its annual return for 2014 in Cave Creek March 28-30.

Woodworking a lifesaver for artist Taube
The woodworked pieces of Charles Taube are graceful and colorful, conveying fluidity and easy movement.

Wanderlust comes to rest at Cordes Junction motel, ‘50s diner
Robbin and Jerry Schultz have traveled the globe for much of their lives. Now that they own and operate a ‘50s-themed diner and neighboring motel, however, the couple appears to have staked their home in Arizona—at least for the moment.

Anthem Days attractions to soon fill park
On March 29-30, Anthem Community Council will be leading Anthem Days celebrations at the ACC Community Park, 41730 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. in Anthem.

Town council stop-and-go on Cave Creek infrastructure votes
Cave Creek’s town council meeting on Monday focused on infrastructure and deadlocked in a tie vote on whether or not to partner with Carefree in improving Stagecoach Pass Road, while unanimously approving a new infrastructure improvement plan.

Chamber awards area businesses at annual ceremony in Carefree
On March 27, the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards ceremony at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 37220 N. Mule Train Rd. in Carefree from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ showing
Desert Foothills Theater will be presenting “Don’t Dress for Dinner” March 28-April 13 in the Black Box Theater of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. in North Scottsdale.

Body recovered
Members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Phoenix Police Department recovered the body of a diver at Lake Pleasant on March 14.

Emma’s Run, We Care help genetic disorder victim
On March 29, We Care will be sponsoring Emma's Run, a fundraising event benefiting seriously ill children and their families.

Kiwanis Club of Carefree offers art internship at Scottsdale Artists’ School
With this year’s deadline looming, The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is encouraging local students to turn in their applications for the nonprofit’s “Art Enrichment Internship.”

Sculptor Craig Bergsgaard tells stories with art
As an artist, Craig Bergsgaard is a fine story teller, but his own story is constantly evolving.

High Desert Little League catches pro baseball jerseys
The Anthem area’s own High Desert Little League was one of more than 30 youth baseball clubs to receive professional jerseys as a gift courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Students earn career development awards
At the Arizona DECA Career Development state competition held March 3-4, 24 Cactus Shadows High School students competed and several came away with awards for their efforts.

MIM trumpets weekend of Irish music, more
The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix will celebrate Irish music, dance, crafts and storytelling during its “Experience Ireland” event St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 15 and 16.

Organist continues Pinnacle Concert Series
James David Christie, a renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra organist since 1978, will appear March 21 in recital at the Pinnacle Concert Series.

Starlight rolls out new musical
A musical celebration of friendship and life’s simple pleasures—“Pump Boys and Dinettes,” presented by Starlight Community Theater—will run for three consecutive weekends beginning March 21 at Starlight’s new, stadium-style theater one block south of Happy Valley Road and 17th Avenue.

Cave Creek Auctions closing, liquidizing
Cave Creek Auctions will be holding a liquidation auction at Clearance Time Consignment Store on March 15.

New panel to boost town
The Carefree Town Council unanimously agreed at its March 4 meeting to form a new public committee composed of town council members, business owners and residents. The formal committee was charged with the goal to bring the community together to create a village-like atmosphere in the downtown area.

Experts explain need for Anthem wireless tower
Armed with color-coded maps and lots of knowledge about wireless communications, a panel of experts from Coal Creek Consulting spoke in Anthem March 5 about the need for a new cell tower on the edge of the community.

Police blame deaths on murder-suicide
The Phoenix Police Department is reporting that two teenagers from Sandra Day O’Connor High School that died Friday in a shooting were part of a murder-suicide that unfolded within a few miles of the school along Happy Valley Road.

Sonoran Arts Festival comes to Carefree March 21-23
The streets of downtown Carefree will close next weekend to make room for the 13th annual Sonoran Arts Festival.

Hartenhoff shares creative process
Susan Hartenhoff enjoys discussing her work and getting feedback on it from viewers at the Arizona Fine Art Expo, especially since it is the only show she does, and her work is not in galleries.

CCV expanding into Anthem
Christ’s Church of the Valley recently announced that it will be adding a fifth campus to its ranks this spring, and the new site will be in Anthem.

CERT training fires up March 6
These free classes train individuals to become part of the local Community Emergency Response Team, a collaboration between emergency personnel and members of the general public willing to lend assistance in the event of a disaster.

Upcycled baby booties benefit hospice patients
Maria D’Elia just couldn’t stop herself—hand crafting baby booties for her family was just too much fun. A pink pair with flowers.

Mardi Gras coming to Harold’s Corral
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is inviting the public to its fifth annual “Mardi Gras Party” starting at 6 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, March 4, until 1 in the morning.

‘Have A Ball’ festival kicks off Saturday at Rock Springs Café
On March 1, Rock Springs Café and Saloon kicks of its first Hogs N’ Heat event with its “Have A Ball” Testicle Festival.

$3,000 grant for calligraphy
A $3,000 grant from the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation recently purchased authentic Chinese calligraphy brushes, specialty paper and art materials for Sonoran Trails Middle School in Cave Creek.

Sweet history lesson comes to Anthem
The Ocotillo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and its guest speaker, Paulette Karras, will present a program in suite No. 435 at the Outlets at Anthem on March 8 entitled “History of Great American Candies: A Taste of Confections … Oh, So Sweet.”

‘Focus on the Foothills’ classes start March 8
Desert Foothills Land Trust recently unveiled a newly designed program called “Focus on the Foothills,”an interactive, 4-week course beginning in March that will prepare potential volunteers by steeping them in the area’s natural, cultural and historical highlights.

Gear up for NASCAR merch, more at Kiwanis flea market
In addition to the usual array of furnishings, electronics, exercise equipment and housewares available at Carefree Kiwanis Flea Market and Marketplace, the Kiwanis’ March 8 event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., will also cater to NASCAR memorabilia fans and Avon perfume bottle collectors.

The Boulders sinks two golf awards
The Boulders was honored twice this month by two golf magazines and named one of the “Best Golf Destinations in North America.”

‘Mini masterpieces’ part of shopping event benefiting art league
On March 4 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., shoppers at Whole Foods Market at 7111 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix can take advantage of an event benefitting the Sonoran Arts League.

Morning fire injures two in Phoenix
An early morning fire Feb. 21 resulted in severe burn injuries and a trip to the hospital for two people in north Phoenix.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra March 8 performance set
North Valley Symphony Orchestra will present its third orchestral performance of the 2013-14 season, “Tchaik FIVE,” on March 8 at 7 p.m.

Recycle unwanted items Saturday in New River
A recycling event, sponsored by the New River/Desert Hills Community Association, will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New River Kiwanis Community Park. The park is located at 48606 N. 17th Ave.

Saguaro seminar coming to Carefree Desert Garden
On March 8, Carefree Desert Gardens will wrap up its 2013-2014 seminar series with a presentation on saguaros and how soil, water and temperature impact a favorable transition for these desert giants and other plants.

Students address senate on language bill
While the Arizona State Senate’s education committee was considering a bill on Feb. 6 that would add Spanish to the list of languages deemed vital for economic development, two juniors from Cactus Shadows High School were among those present who voiced their support for the measure.

The Creekside brings lodging, dining to Mayer
Situated in the high desert a 25-minute drive from Anthem, the Creekside Lodge & Restaurant offers an “Old West” style retreat near the historic mining and ranching town of Mayer on Highway 69.

‘Broadway Ball’ coming to Peoria
Arizona Broadway Theatre will hold its inaugural black-tie fundraising event, The Broadway Ball, Feb. 22 at its theater in Peoria.

Auction helps Anthem area
Anthem Cares Through Service will present its fourth annual ACTS auction with a 4:30 p.m. kick off Feb. 21 at the Ironwood Country Club in Anthem.

Deaths spark reward offer
Following the Jan. 26 killing of two wild burros west of Castle Hot Springs Road near Lake Pleasant, The Humane Society of the United States is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the shooting.

‘Funny Thing’ starts Friday
Desert Foothills Theater will be presenting “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Feb. 14-March 2 in the Black Box Theatre of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. in North Scottsdale.

Feb. 21 talk on rock art
Renowned rock art recorder and researcher Jane Kolber will give a free lecture Feb. 21, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., entitled, “Rock Art Throughout the World.” The program will take place in the community room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek as part of an Arizona Archaeology Society—Desert Foothills Chapter special event.

MTA shows
Musical Theatre of Anthem will be bringing the musical “Freckleface Strawberry” to its stage Feb. 20-23.

Three walk away from plane crash
The three people inside a small aircraft that crashed Feb. 4 at Deer Valley Airport all survived the ordeal.

Anthem man dies in semi collision
An Anthem man died early Monday morning when his SUV collided head-on with a semi on I-17 near the Anthem Way exit.

Twins share same birthday card since 1979
It all started innocently enough in 1979, said New River resident Jim Walkington.

Book sale to boost church’s outreach ministry
Desert Foothills Lutheran Church will be holding its seventh annual book sale from Feb. 14 through Feb. 23 at 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd. in the Fellowship Hall.

Fine chocolate, art converge
Carefree will celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with the third annual Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolates and Fine Art.

Anthem artist among nominees
Anthem artist, painting instructor and award-winning monument designer Renee Palmer-Jones has been nominated for a 2014 Governor's Arts Award in the individual artist category.

First lady invites Anthem teen to join her for State of the Union
The self-described “maker” from Anthem has been to the White House to demonstrate one of his inventions, has traveled the world to show off other creations and has landed an internship at Intel. All before graduating high school.

Artist’s new series celebrates sweethearts
Earthy, subtly complex, elegantly rugged are a few of the many descriptors for jewelry artist Kathi Turner’s creations.

Local teens awarded
Cactus Shadows High School junior Alexa Jenouri, Cactus Shadows High School senior Dani Haboush and Desert Mountain High School junior Ashley Thompson have been named as 2014 Youths of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Luau fundraiser Feb. 13 at Grayhawk
The Desert Foothills Woman’s Club annual “Aloha Luau” fundraiser takes place Feb. 13 at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Fairway House, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. in Scottsdale.

School district considers November bond vote
Over the coming months, Cave Creek Unified School District officials will be considering whether or not to pursue a bond election in November.

Learn about Grand Canyon history, river running
Stop by The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and be introduced to the history of the Grand Canyon and river running.

Learn about Grand Canyon history, river running
Stop by The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and be introduced to the history of the Grand Canyon and river running.

Cave Creek opts to fight lawsuit
After nearly 3 hours of discussion during the Feb. 3 Cave Creek Town Council meeting, the council unanimously agreed to not settle a pending lawsuit over easement property rights and also unanimously voted against an ordinance that would have banned the council from using electronic devices during meetings.

Deer Valley Credit Union marks 10 years
Ten years ago, one North Valley financial institution opened the doors of its first branch office, and that business still stands today in Anthem.

Student secures second place in chess championship
Gilbert resident Denny Barney has been elected as the new chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for 2014, a post previously held by the supervisor representing Anthem, New River and surrounding areas, Andy Kunasek.

Circle Mountain Ranch to bring more homes near Anthem
Plans are moving forward that would bring new neighbors to the Anthem community.

Bus driver dies amidst Dove Valley wall crash
A bus driver for the Deer Valley Unified School District died Jan. 22 amidst an incident where his bus went through a wall.

Town council OKs Cave Creek parking relief plan
The Cave Creek Town Council approved the Bella Vista Loop plan, which is an effort to resolve access and parking issues to Cave Creek Road, while receiving a financial report for the 2014 fiscal year during a Jan. 21 council meeting.

Learn about DFLT volunteer opportunities
Desert Foothills Land Trust is offering two chances this weekend for North Valley community members to learn about becoming personally involved in conservation programs through volunteer activity.

Arizona Sun Circuit trots into West World
The 41st annual Arizona Sun Circuit will continue at West World Thursday and run through Sunday.

Community theater improv on stage
On Feb. 8, Starlight Community Theater’s Kimberly Woods and Frank Lang of Jester’Z Improv Comedy of Scottsdale will play host to two improv shows resembling television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Arizona Musicfest scholarship open to college-bound musicians
Jim Morrissey, the scholarship coordinator for Arizona Musicfest, recently announced that his organization has opened up its applications process for high school seniors seeking financial aid for musical performance college classes.

Spring ‘star parties’ start Thursday
Phoenix Astronomical Society and Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain have unveiled their spring schedule of “star parties,” which begin with a Jan. 30 sky-viewing session at 7 p.m.

Desert Hills third graders among finalists
A group of third graders from Desert Mountain School in Desert Hills have been named among the top 12 finalists in a video contest sponsored by the tissue company Scotties.

Warden gives insight on local federal prison
As one of three guest speakers Jan. 10 in Tramonto, Associate Warden Josias Salazar gave the audience at the most recent New River/Desert Hills Community Association meeting a little insight regarding the federal prison tucked largely out of view between Anthem and the Pioneer Living History Museum.

Local artists featured at airport
Artists from Anthem, Carefree and Scottsdale are among more than 60 Arizona artists from 22 cities around the state to have their nature-inspired work on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in an exhibition titled “Birds, Blooms and Bugs.”

Antique appraisal, architecture programs coming to museum
The Cave Creek Museum is gearing up for two special events later this month.

Carefree preps for weekend festival
More than 165 artists from across the United States are expected to descend on downtown Carefree Jan. 17-19 for the town’s 21st fine art and wine festival.

Carefree to charge for paper public records
The Carefree Town Council unanimously agreed at its Jan. 7 meeting to implement a policy and fee structure for paper copies of public records.

Barney takes over county chair from Kunasek
Gilbert resident Denny Barney has been elected as the new chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for 2014, a post previously held by the supervisor representing Anthem, New River and surrounding areas, Andy Kunasek.

Indian Market comes to Carefree
The third annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival will take place downtown Carefree in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Jan. 24-26. Admission is free.

Hunting, fishing licenses available for 2014
The 2014 Arizona hunting and fishing licenses and tags have been available at most Arizona sporting goods retailers and other authorized license dealers as of Jan 1.

New Christy Minstrels play Kiwanis benefit
At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, The New Christy Minstrels will be performing at North Scottsdale Christian in support of the Kiwanis of Carefree Benefit Foundation.

Man swims 200 miles for Anthem boy
Tyler Hallsey of Anthem was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer nearly a year ago. He then began chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and he gave those around him the go-ahead to do “whatever it takes” to combat his illness.

Café Provence caters classy cuisine in Anthem
The concept of family constantly comes up when speaking with Café Provence’s owner Sarge Malki about his business in Anthem.

Anthem veterans group expands outreach programming
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team announced last week that it will expand its free, educational public programming, a service it initiated in 2012.

Awards banquet celebrates conservation
Arizonans who have helped conserve Arizona’s wildlife and outdoor heritage will be honored at the 22nd annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet Jan. 11 at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree.

Manager in; signs, nature center wait
The Cave Creek Town Council officially hired a permanent town manager, approving the employment contract with Peter Jankowski in a unanimous vote during its Monday night meeting.

Veterans memorial artist speaks
The Daughters of the American Revolution, Ocotillo chapter, will feature the artist behind Anthem’s veterans memorial at its Jan. 11 meeting, which starts at 9:35 a.m. in the Outlets and Anthem Community Room Suite 435.

Golden eagles released
Three golden eagles that had been rehabilitated at the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in North Phoenix were released into the wild Jan. 3 in Mayer, Ariz., near Cordes Junction.

Hunting, fishing licenses available for 2014
The 2014 Arizona hunting and fishing licenses and tags have been available at most Arizona sporting goods retailers and other authorized license dealers as of Jan 1.

Scottsdale man retires from FBI, pens book
When Arthur Kerns retired from the FBI, he embarked on a 20-year quest to have a novel of his appear in print.

Teach English in Japan
Have you dreamed of teaching English in Japan? Phoenix Sister Cities is seeking college graduates who would like to live and work abroad in Phoenix’s sister city of Himeji, Japan, during the 2014-15 school year.

Deadlines approach for Anthem anniversary sponsorships
Deadlines for different types of sponsorships connected to Anthem’s Jan. 25 15th anniversary celebration are quickly approaching.

Hopi oral historians to speak in Cave Creek
The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society invites the public to imagine life without modern means of communication—or even written language—where oral stories become a foundation for traditions.

Learn about Sonoran Desert, South African plants
 Join the Carefree Desert Gardens Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for an informative lecture regarding popular plants in their original habitat and also to learn a few surprises about Sonoran Desert native plants found in South Africa.

Network with North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce this month
During the month of January, the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will be holding a number of networking events across the area.

Vocalist debuts, helps food bank
Ryan Sims, lead vocalist for EastonAshe, is teaming up with The Foothills Food Bank Jan. 11 at Harold’s in Cave Creek.

Standard and Poor’s docks Phoenix’s bond rating; city leaders optimistic
Phoenix city leaders recently learned that Standard and Poor’s has adjusted the city’s bond rating from AAA to AA-plus.

Carefree resident creates her first screenplay
Although a New Jersey native, Phyllis Strupp has lived in Carefree for the past 17 years and has gained an appreciation for her desert surroundings.

Desert transforms to dealership in Glendale
In 2012, the spot where Arrowhead Cadillac now stands was nothing more than desert.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio attends court-ordered meeting
Of the many court-ordered meetings held simultaneously Saturday morning between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the communities it polices, Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a surprise appearance at the one taking place in the town of Cave Creek.

The magic of clay
The artist considers herself fortunate to have had a strong art program and an outstanding art teacher, Judith Burkhardt, during her 4 years of high school.

Survey seeks Anthem time capsule input
The committee handling Anthem’s 15th anniversary celebration wants public input on what should be placed in the time capsule that will be buried during the new Anthem Civic Building’s grand opening in late January.

Balloon festival floats into Cave Creek Jan. 4
The fifth annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will take place Jan. 4 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rancho Mañana golf course.

‘Bath salts’ lead to prison
On Dec. 17, Michael Rocky Lane, 52, of Scottsdale was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment, having been found guilty by a federal jury earlier this year on three drug-related charges pertaining to synthetic drugs.

CCV exceeds goal, feeds more than 6,500 families
Christ’s Church of the Valley concluded its “Family to Family” service project last week by delivering 13,175 boxes of food to 119 elementary, middle and high schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Cave Creek online students help Tempe nonprofit
For 20 students, parents and teachers from Arizona Connections Academy, the chance to volunteer recently at Feed My Starving Children was an eye-opening experience that taught them valuable life lessons about helping others.

Patriot Pen scholarships awarded
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1796 in Black Canyon City recently announced that one of its sponsored entries in the Patriot Pen essay contest came away with first place in the district and will now be a contender in the state-level competition with a chance to win a trip to Washington D.C.

Tubaist Onarheim playing at Orange Bowl
Boulder Creek High School, has been chosen to play tuba for the 2013 All Star Invitational Marching Band, including two performances at the Discover Orange Bowl.

Cave Creek bookstore a treasure trove of artistic inspiration
To be a book lover, in pursuit, of magical adventures, mystical experiences and far reaching dreams requires the powers of the universe partnered with the majestic human spirit.

Drawing workshops offered during holiday break at ACC
Academics may be taking a break for the holidays, but kids don’t have to let up on their creativity or learning.

Jankowski gets nod for town manager in Cave Creek
The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously nominated a new permanent town manager candidate on Monday night. Once contract negotiations have been completed, the final hiring approval is expected to take place Jan. 6 at the next regular town council meeting.

Business expands service to disabled
Earlier this month, one North Phoenix business that tailors its services to the developmentally disabled population expanded the scope of its operation.

Judging starts for Anthem light festival
This week, homes participating in the Anthem Festival of Lights will be judged in a contest to see which displays will come away with top billing.

Vault into winter break with gymnastics camp
With winter break on the minds of many local youngsters, North Valley Gymnastics has organized camp that aims to keep kids active through the holidays with something fun to do.

Law enforcement in Maricopa, Yavapai counties warning about scam trends
Businesses catering to holiday shoppers aren’t the only ones with an eye on people’s wallets this time of year. Scam artists can use the season’s cheerful atmosphere to trick the merry into divulging sensitive information, which can then be used to make fraudulent purchases or hurt victims’ pocketbooks in other ways.

Phoenix offers free Christmas tree recycling
Phoenix’s public works department offers residents a green way to take down their Christmas trees.

Church serves free brunch Christmas Day
All are invited to a free Christmas brunch to be held at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd. at the Carefree Highway intersection in Scottsdale.

Students win Upscale Singers scholarships
Kaylie Stone, a junior at Boulder Creek High School, took first place in the senior high division of the Upscale Singers’ vocal scholarship auditions, winning a $500 scholarship paid directly to the voice teacher of her choice.

Cave Creek online students help Tempe nonprofit
For 20 students, parents and teachers from Arizona Connections Academy, the chance to volunteer recently at Feed My Starving Children was an eye-opening experience that taught them valuable life lessons about helping others

Surge in demand poses food bank challenge
The number of hungry families seeking help from the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center in Cave Creek has doubled to a total of 400 since it moved locations on June 1.

A little of that razzle-dazzle
Bead artist Corinne McAuley knows how to take one’s breath away with her intricately designed and brilliantly executed beaded tapestries.

NVSO performs holiday concert Saturday
Coming this Saturday, North Valley Symphony Orchestra will present Holiday Toys, a musical concert tailored for the season.

North Phoenix comedy club plans 2014 debut
CityCenter of CityNorth announced last week that the comedy chain Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy will be bringing the ‘Humor to High Street’ with its newest location set to open in 2014.

CCV program aims to feed school kids
On the weeks of Dec. 9 and 16, Christ’s Church of the Valley will be delivering boxes of food to 100 selected elementary, middle and high schools in the Deer Valley, Peoria, Dysart, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Pendergast school districts that are located most closely to the church’s campuses.

Photo contest winners announced
The Desert Foothills Land Trust recently held a photo contest for its 2014 Mountains of the Land Trust calendar and announced its People's Choice Award winner to be Tammy Manganelli. Her photo is now featured on the cover of the calendar.

Carefree student helps college win awards
The Dordt College development and public relations/marketing departments, hailing from Sioux City, Iowa, received six awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District Six, including two gold, two silver, and two bronze awards.

Library invites teens to film competition
Beginning Dec. 13 and running until Jan. 16, North Valley Regional Library in Anthem is accepting submissions in its first film competition for youngsters.

Riding clinic honors injured horse trainer
Former students and friends of an injured local horse trainer gathered Saturday and Sunday in the Desert Hills area for a riding clinic in her honor.

‘Cowboy Christmas,’ Soleri film coming to museum
Cave Creek Museum is ringing in the holiday spirit this December with a couple special events.

Anthem picks logo winner
At the Nov. 20 Anthem Community Council meeting, winners of the logo art contest for Anthem’s upcoming 15th anniversary celebration were announced and recognized.

Luminaria Run to benefit Desert Foothills Theater
The 11th annual Luminaria Run is coming to Cave Creek Dec. 7 with the first race at 4:45 p.m.

Restaurant’s proceeds to fight hunger Tuesday
On Dec. 3, the second annual Barro’s Pizza Holiday Hunger Fight will be held, with all proceeds received from open to close of business being donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Dinner benefits bone marrow transplant support
A Dec. 7 dinner event hopes to raise awareness about the struggles families face when a child goes through a bone marrow transplant.

Curves brings craft show to Anthem
Curves of Anthem/New River’s members and friends are putting on a “Holiday Craft Show & Sale” Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Curves of Anthem/New River Fitness Center, located at 42302 N. Vision Way, Ste. 115 in Anthem.

CCUSD teacher awarded grant
Cactus Shadows High School science teacher Kathryn Pulling applied for and won a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix.

Grand jury indicts former MCSO director
A Maricopa County grand jury recently indicted a former telecommunications director for the county on a range of felony charges.

Carefree ‘colorist’ continues to adapt to her circumstances
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? That’s the mantra artist Colleen Taylor lives her life by and a question that certainly would stop more than a few of us in our tracks.

Braidy Jewelers celebrates sixth year in Anthem
Through the economic ups and downs, one Anthem business has persevered long enough to be able to celebrate its sixth anniversary this month.

Anderson Smile Studio: Dentist keeps her office local
Been looking for Lori K. Anderson’s dental practice? She’s been in the same general location for more than 6 years, but she did move her practice across the parking lot to Anderson Smile Studios since last May.

Cartwright’s of Cave Creek completes new look
Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House wrapped up renovation efforts earlier this month, and the Cave Creek restaurant is now poised to carry on in style.

Cave Creek extends stay for Glassman
A resolution to extend the interim town manager’s term an extra 5 weeks to Feb. 14 narrowly passed with a 4-3 margin on Monday during Cave Creek’s town council meeting.

Art festival spreads its wings in Carefree
The Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival will be held Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Carefree Desert Gardens, located on 101 Easy Street in Carefree.

CCUSD teacher awarded grant
Cactus Shadows High School science teacher Kathryn Pulling applied for and won a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix.

Search turns up grenades at explosion site
After combing through a New River property again where a Nov. 4 explosion severely hurt a man, law enforcement officials are reporting that they found grenades at the site.

‘Hidden in the Hills’ starts this weekend
Forty-six open studios featuring more than 165 working artists will participate in the Sonoran Arts League’s 17th annual “Hidden in the Hills” artist studio tour and sale on Nov. 22–24, Nov. 29–30 and Dec. 1.

Insurance industry guest to speak about Obamacare
New River Kiwanis will have a guest speaker on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. giving a presentation on the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare.

Light display to benefit food bank
Starting Nov. 26, a Cave Creek home listed on a metropolitan Christmas lights map will also serve as a donation location to benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center.

Journey of life brings artist to batik
Batik artist Katalin Ehling has made “the journey of a thousand years” to be here in this moment.

Wastewater keeps local golf courses green after Scottsdale, Carefree dispute
Every morning and every evening, the sound of sprinklers fills the air at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Sport Horse Expo bounds into Scottsdale
The Sport Horse Expo and Auction will be held Nov. 20-23, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., at West World in Scottsdale, and the venue promises to offer an educational and entertaining experience with a variety of events.

Vintage, salvage festival adds ‘heap’ of vendors
The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival will be at full swing Nov. 15-17 in Cave Creek from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with an array of vintage and antique dealers and artisans.

Maricopa County launches website for veterans resources
To connect returning veterans to employment, training and other social services, Maricopa County has created and launched a new website.

Golf tournament benefits Carefree nonprofit
Foothills Caring Corps, located in Carefree, has invited the community to participate in the second annual Charity Golf Tournament Nov. 18 at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale.

Volunteer to ring bells
The Salvation Army is recruiting volunteers to help ring bells again this year in Anthem during the holidays.

‘Broken Paths’ hits stage in Anthem
Musical Theatre of Anthem will present their upcoming play, “Broken Paths,”Nov. 14-17 in Anthem.

ACC extends biz award deadline
The Anthem Community Council has extended the deadline for its Business Awards program to 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Drill tests county response to power outage
On Nov. 6-7, Maricopa County joined more than 240 agencies around the state to exercise emergency response to an extended power outage.

Recycling truck backs over, kills toddler
A 2-year-old boy died Nov. 6 when a recycling truck accidentally backed over him in Cave Creek near Lone Mountain Road and 40th Street.

Learn about city’s garbage services at ‘Trash Talk’
Every week, residents take out their trash and recycling containers to be emptied. But what happens to them as they leave the curb and are hauled away in a truck? Where does it go? 

Tree ceremony to light up Anthem
This Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Outlets at Anthem is inviting the public to a free event celebrating the lighting of its tall Christmas tree.

Council praises Wild West Days, rebuffs recall rhetoric
The Cave Creek Town Council officially declared the town slogan as, “Where the Wild West Lives,” in a 5-1 vote during its meeting on Nov. 4.

Upcoming events honor Cave Creek mining history
Two upcoming events aim to pay homage to Cave Creek’s mining days and give guests a chance to relive that piece of the town’s heritage.

Desert Discovery Day offers fun for kids
A day of free, outdoor experiences and hands-on education at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek is coming up Nov. 16, courtesy Desert Foothills Land Trust.

Autistic Anthem boy tackles football, wins championship
Landon Priest, an 8-year-old with autism, just helped his football team, the Sabercats, win the championship in the Mighty Mites Division of Alliance Youth Football.

Cave Creek, Carefree map needs in transportation
Carefree and Cave Creek residents identified the construction of new sidewalks, continued road maintenance and public parking as the most valued transportation needs for their communities Oct. 30 when surveyed for an ongoing transportation framework study, which will guide future planning for all modes of transportation in the area.

Activist, author to speak about Yavapai nation
Scottsdale resident Carolina Butler, an Orem Dam activist in the 1970s and editor of a recent book titled “Oral History of the Yavapai,” will hold a free, public speaking engagement Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek.

Anthem’s ‘Waterboy’
Some people take whatever water they can get, while others demand more than quantity from the tap. Ken Roper of AZ Waterboy belongs to the latter camp.

Town plans Veterans Day program Monday at Carefree Desert Gardens
Some people take whatever water they can get, while others demand more than quantity from the tap. Ken Roper of AZ Waterboy belongs to the latter camp.

Explosion in New River injures one
A 49-year-old New River man was injured in an explosion Monday afternoon in New River.

Outlets at Anthem fundraiser rakes in $50,000
More than $50,000 was raised to benefit 20 local charities as a result of Outlets at Anthem’s Oct. 5 Shopping Extravaganza event.

Scottsdale’s Mirabel golf course ranks high
Mirabel has been ranked in the top 100 of Golfweek’s 2014 Best Residential Courses.

MTA auditioning for ‘Holiday Show’
Musical Theatre of Anthem is holding auditions Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. for ages 9-19 for their upcoming “Holiday Show” to be held Dec. 5-Dec. 8 in Anthem.

‘Curtain’ campaign kicks off in Cave Creek
The Fine Arts Center in Cave Creek will be 25 years old next year and, responding to the facility’s upkeep needs, a group of concerned supporters have come together to create the “Raise the Curtain” campaign.

Concert, wellness fair comes this month to New River
Orgena Rose will be performing a “Songs at Sunset” concert Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center, 49014 N. 24th Ave. in New River.

Vintage market in Scottsdale Saturday
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is coming to WestWorld in Scottsdale Nov. 9, and the event will be filled with all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade.

Carefree Kiwanis to hold pancake breakfast
The public is invited to attend a pancake breakfast 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion (formerly known as Carefree Gardens Amphitheater), located at 101 Easy Street in Carefree, put on by the Carefree Kiwanis.

Born of fire: The art of Tom Dunlap
The snap of fall is in the air, sunlight fades to a golden glow and our energy relaxes as another Sonoran Desert summer slides to memory and the smell of fresh burning and carved wood glides from artist Tom Dunlap’s New River Studio.

Eldred headlines Nov. 14 ‘Applause’ Musicfest benefit
The curtain will soon rise on the Arizona Musicfest 2013-02014 season with “Applause,” a special benefit performance and dinner celebrating excellence in artistry and philanthropy.

Candy buy back benefits military
Healthy Smiles Dentistry is giving back as part of its fourth annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program.

Holiday Bazaar graces Carefree next week
The seventh annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Nov. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Carefree.

Golf fundraiser to help Phoenix Children’s Hospital
For the third consecutive year, Troon-managed facilities throughout Arizona are uniting to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital through Troon’s “Hit the Green for PCH” program, while giving golfers the chance to win exciting prizes.

Hypnotic Nov. 6 in Anthem
Mike ”The Hypnosis Guy” Lewenczuk of Hypnosis for Health in Anthem is offering a mesmerizing show Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. to foster food donations to the Foothills Food Bank.

Field of contestants narrows in photo contest
Finalists have been named in the 2013 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest.

Merit badge workshop marches into BCC Nov. 9
Boy Scouts and their families are invited to attend “Prescription for Fun 2013” Nov. 9 at Black Canyon Heritage Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

‘Cool Stuff’ rummage sale
Coolwater Christian Church promises to have plenty of bargains Nov. 8-9 for its annual "Cool Stuff" rummage sale.

Nighttime run with neon fights obesity
Racers across greater Phoenix will run, dance and party in the dark during the Night Envy Neon Run on Nov. 1, all while benefiting Shape Up US, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity.

Born of fire: The art of Tom Dunlap
The snap of fall is in the air, sunlight fades to a golden glow and our energy relaxes as another Sonoran Desert summer slides to memory and the smell of fresh burning and carved wood glides from artist Tom Dunlap’s New River Studio.

Admiral to speak at Veterans Day ceremony
 The Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team recently announced that retired Admiral Vernon E. Clark will serve as the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony in Anthem.

Book signing Saturday in Scottsdale
The annual Author’s Book Signing Event, benefiting the DOVES late-life domestic violence and elder abuse program, will be held on Oct. 26 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at Wallace Desert Gardens located at 30600 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale.

Art, wine festival comes to Carefree
Thunderbird Artists, producer of Carefree Arizona’s ‘Signature Art Events’, is proud to present Debra Steidel, fine porcelain master, as its featured artist for the 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Nov. 1-3.

Hospice of the Valley: Grant funds dementia workshops
Hospice of the Valley has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Grayhawk Classic Residents’ Foundation that will support educational workshops focused on dementia.

Teacher’s choice in drama draws ire
Cactus Shadows High School’s drama teacher returned to work last week after a controversial choice in theatrical studies for his students had landed him on paid administrative leave.

Grants go to Cave Creek teachers
The Partners In Education Division of the Foothills Community Foundation recently announced the awarding of its Annual Teacher Vision Grants for a combined total of $19,300 to five educators in the Cave Creek area.

Halloween tips from Black Canyon Fire
With witches, goblins and superheroes descending on neighborhoods across America next week, the Black Canyon Fire Department wants to offer parents and trick-or-treaters some safety tips to help prepare for a safe and enjoyable Halloween night.

Volunteers sought for new hospital
John C. Lincoln Health Network is now recruiting new volunteers for the Sonoran Health and Emergency Center, opening to the public on Dec. 9, off 1-17 south of the Carefree Highway.

Biz owners team up
Martz Agency, founded by Desert Highlands resident Carrie Martz in 1980, and MP Agency, owned by Desert Mountain resident Bob Parsons, announced last week that their businesses are combining forces under the new name of Martz Parsons.

MTA presents Disney classic in Anthem
Musical Theatre of Anthem brings to stage the Disney classic “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” Oct. 24-27 in Anthem.

MTA presents Disney classic in Anthem
Musical Theatre of Anthem brings to stage the Disney classic “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” Oct. 24-27 in Anthem.

Ward to lead NAAAP
The Network of Anthem Area Assistance Providers announced earlier this month that its leadership will undergo changes in October.

Veteran, ‘global citizen’ paints in Cave Creek
“I decided I would be a fool not to paint as I want to.” This quote, by Georgia O’Keeffe, echoes forward from the last century into the electrifying painting of Cave Creek artist Christine Regan Lake.

Carefree Town Council moves to preserve natural desert
Carefree is one step closer to preserving natural desert on the northern border of the town thanks to a vote by town council members at an Oct. 1 meeting.

“Empty Bowls” lunch to help local food bank
The Sonoran Arts League, the Town of Carefree and Carefree Resort & Conference Center are inviting the public to help fight hunger at the 13th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project Lunch set for Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carefree Town Center.

Monitor order for sheriff draws criticism
After a federal judge ordered that a monitor guard against racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Denise Velez showed up with a handful of demonstrators Thursday to fill out a tongue-in-cheek application to “babysit” Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

‘Cars for Charity’ comes to Carefree
Our Lady of Joy Church and the Knights of Columbus will hold their 3rd annual “Cars for Charity” car show Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the church parking lot located at 36811 N. Pima Road in Carefree.

Curves, ACS teaming up
Curves of Anthem/New River, part of the women-orientated fitness club chain, announced on Oct. 3 that it is teaming up with the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Chamber recognizes business milestone
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce recognized Desert Treasures, located in Carefree’s Spanish Village, on Friday for its 40th anniversary of business.

County OKs diners in old buildings
“Adaptive reuse,” a permitting concept that has allowed restaurants to spring up in old post offices, banks, beauty parlors and private homes across Phoenix and Scottsdale, is now being implemented countywide.

New rules target deer/elk disease concerns
A new rule went into effect this year regulating the transportation of deer and elk harvested by hunters and brought into the state.

Cave Creek event whets appetites
Sample the cuisine of more than 25 restaurants in an outdoor, open-air setting during this year’s “Taste of Cave Creek,” taking place Oct. 16-17.

Anthem’s St. Rose Festival featuring Oktoberfest
On Oct. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, the annual St. Rose Festival will be taking place in Anthem. The theme of this year’s festival is Oktoberfest and will feature German and American food, live entertainment and entertainment for the whole family.

School Award
The Anthem McDonald’s restaurant, located at 3623 W. Anthem Way, announced Oct. 3 that it has raised $3,475 for local elementary schools.

Bond election pits bigger tax break vs. school improvements
From Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, voters can cast a ballot in an all mail-in special bond election concerning the Deer Valley Unified School District.

St. Olaf Orchestra performing in Scottsdale
The internationally known St. Olaf Orchestra from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., will perform at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Little Mermaid Jr. showing in Scottsdale
Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, kicks off its new season with its youth theater production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.” set for Oct. 4-13...

Original MTA musical in Anthem Oct. 3-6
Musical Theatre of Anthem has announced performances for its original musical “Oro and Leona,” the story of two Golden Lion Tamarin monkeys who are separated from the rest of their family and must learn to survive on their own in the Amazon rainforest.

Anthem ceremony recognizes POWs, MIAs
Riders of the Vietnam Legacy Motorcycle Club visited the Memorial and led a brief ceremony honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Regulatory, book interests merge in Cave Creek
The intersection of two developments relevant to Cave Creek offers a twist on an old philosophical question: Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?

Resort among world’s best
The Boulders in Carefree was recently named one of the “Top 25 Golf Resorts of the World” by LINKS Magazine.

Desert Treasures celebrating 40 years
In celebration of its 40th year milestone, Desert Treasures will be hosting a 3-day event beginning Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Spanish Village store in Carefree.

Foothills Caring Corps open house
The Foothills Caring Corps is celebrating its newly renovated office space and expanded services by hosting an open house Oct. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

‘Funraiser’ on Oct. 6
The Scully Learning Center Foundation’s third annual “Funraiser” will be held Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Cave Creek Smokehouse Restaurant’s patio. 

Cowboy artist called Cave Creek home
Lon Megargee, the man known as “Arizona’s original cowboy artist,” ran away from his Philadelphia home at age 13 to find adventure in the Wild West.

I-17 crash by Table Mesa Road closes freeway
What at first appeared to be a very severe crash along I-17 north of New River ended up being less so, but the roadway carnage still resulted in the freeway’s temporary closure.

Apply online for wild game hunts
Hunters may now submit their online and paper applications for the 2014 spring hunt draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear.

Cycling fundraiser benefits veterans
A team of cyclists that includes several Marines, including those injured in combat, and families of fallen soldiers will pedal 430 miles in 4 days through Arizona’s mountain ranges to support military service people and their families.

Cactus Shadows students to learn about nursing
Students at Cactus Shadows High School now have the opportunity to prepare to become certified as a nursing assistant during their senior year.

Hundreds attend Katie Wagner service
Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria to not only mourn a 17-year-old girl who lost her battle with cancer last week, but also to celebrate the joy she had brought to those around her.

Iraq vet gets Phoenix home donation
A former Marine was the recipient Friday of a new home near Anthem, thanks to a nonprofit organization and a well-known financial institution.

Lawyer gives bankruptcy perspective
To some, filing for bankruptcy might seem comparable to financial Armageddon. But to an attorney who routinely deals with bankruptcy, such money matters are approached with a more rational perspective.

Certified instructors offer pistol training
Five NRA certified firearms instructors are offering a 10-hour class, 7 a.m.- 5 p.m., Oct. 5 on proper pistol handling and personal defense.

Rock Springs crash kills driver, cattle
One woman and several heads of cattle died early last Wednesday morning in a multi-vehicle crash at the Rock Springs exit along northbound I-17.

Foothills Caring Corps open house
The Foothills Caring Corps is celebrating its newly renovated office space and expanded services by hosting an open house Oct. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

‘Outlets’ shopping event benefits charities
Outlets at Anthem is hosting its ninth annual Shopping Extravaganza event, benefiting 20 local charities, on Oct. 5, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Cave Creek, Scottsdale spar over ‘Western’ title
Cave Creek’s town council meeting looked like the stage of an old Western film on Monday night, packing a full house of citizens wearing cowboy hats and spurs showing their support of the town council’s challenge to the city of Scottsdale over the title of the West’s most Western town.

Iraq vet gets Phoenix home donation
A former Marine was the recipient Friday of a new home near Anthem, thanks to a nonprofit organization and a well-known financial institution.

Veterans Heritage Project marks 10th anniversary
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Veterans Heritage Project at Cactus Shadows High School, letters of recognition and awards were presented Sept. 10...

Anthem eyes New River gate policy
In Anthem, a community with relatively few entry and exit points, concerns were voiced at a Sept. 10 meeting that the gate separating Anthem from New River might be detrimental to public safety and may warrant further review by policymakers.

Carefree court consolidation idea moves forward
Carefree’s Town Council looked towards the future during its regular meeting Sept. 10, discussing a consolidation of Carefree and Cave Creek’s courts, the possibility of constructing  new town council chambers, and approving a $250,000 contract for naming rights to its amphitheatre for the next 10 years.

New optometrist focuses on family eye care
Julie Lam is happy to announce that she will soon be opening her own eye doctor practice close to family and friends at the corner of Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance coming Saturday
High Desert Park in Black Canyon City will be jumping Sept. 21 for the fifth annual Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance.

‘Hot Topic Tuesdays’ comes to Scottsdale
An original, free seminar series called “Hot Topic Tuesdays” is coming to Scottsdale starting next week.

Judge Gerald Williams receives Sherry Geisler Award
At the annual Arizona Justice of the Peace Association conference, North Valley Justice of the Peace Gerald Williams was named “2013 Arizona Justice of the Peace of the Year” and received the Sherry Geisler Award.

Medicare made easy: What the 65-plus crowd should know
Trying to comprehend complex government programs like Medicare can be a daunting task for anyone. But for the 65-plus, Medicare eligible crowd, ignorance can prove costly when it means incurring benefit penalties.

Mounted shooting event Sept. 18-21
Mounted Shooters of America holds its MSA Colt Mounted Shooting World Championship at WestWorld in Scottsdale Sept. 18–21.

Artist’s style captures feminine features
Local painter and sculptor Valentine is a master of expressing the feminine spirit in his work.

Land trust photo contest begins
Desert Foothills Land Trust announced the start of the 2013 Mountains of the Land Trust Photo Contest Sept. 4.

‘Tea Lady’ relaxes with target shooting
When she isn’t running The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree and organizing fundraisers, “Tea Lady” Jo Gemmill spends some of her time in Prescott shooting with her Smith & Wesson lightweight .38-caliber handgun.

School in session for real estate
Those who have never sold a house or been a home buyer might be surprised by the complexities of real estate transactions compared to everyday ones.

American Revolution comes to life Sept. 14 in Anthem
The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting and program Sept. 14 at 9:35 a.m. in suite No. 435 in the Anthem Community Room at the Outlets in Anthem.

Recovered dog makes international headlines
A story about a dog that went missing in the Anthem area and was since reunited with its owner has made international headlines.

Traditional, charter schools compete for students
Traditional school districts and their new, charter school spin-offs largely vie for the same students, and the resulting competition for classroom “customers” has fueled some strongly worded marketing pitches from both sides.

Back-to-back crashes stop I-17 traffic at Anthem
Back-to-back crashes on I-17 north of the Anthem Way exit resulted in numerous serious injuries and lots of traffic woes along the major corridor on Saturday.

Breast cancer run/walk early registrants get free T-shirts
It’s time to stretch and get ready for the 12th Annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. (9-Hole) 5K Run & Walk scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 5.

Cave Creek on winning shooting team
Arizona Game and Fish recently announced that the state was well-represented at the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships in Sparta, Ill., earning four national championships, many 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place finishes.

Drug education seminar Sept. 19 in Anthem
Anthem community members are invited Sept. 19 to “National Family Day Awareness and Drug Education Seminar” where expert prevention trainer Stephanie Siete, from Community Bridges, will discuss the dangers of marijuana and underage drinking, teen drug trends and the new world of synthetic drugs.

Give estate planning a thought
Although many may think “estate strategies” are only for the wealthy, the fact is that estate strategies can be tailored to fit a wide array of financial situations.

New Anthem park proposal faces hurdles
A proposed park for Anthem faces several hurdles that threaten to nix the project before it barely has a chance to get off the ground.

From Cali to coffee shop: Master roaster brews anew in North Phoenix
Not everyone puts a lot of thought into their morning cup of coffee. Quick, hot and caffeinated might be their only requirements.

Repurposed Thrills
The thrill of the chase is the power behind artist Kevin Caron’s repurposed metal sculptures.

Gymnastics, cheer vault Anthem family’s spirit
Aside from the Anthem Community Center, there is another place in town where kids regularly gather in a gym for fun.

Fundraising might save Boulder Creek lacrosse club
Kids who participate in Boulder Creek’s lacrosse team are going to have a lot more fundraising to do this year compared to the past 4 years.

Anthem announces logo contest
The Anthem Community Council (invites community members to submit original artwork for its 15th anniversary committee’s logo contest.

Award benefits Cave Creek gym startup
CrowdIt, a startup crowdfunding company based in Springfield, Mo., recently announced Joel Griffin as the winner of its 75-day Launch Challenge.

Tuesday talk on water
Join the New River/Desert Hills Community Association at their community meeting Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. to learn about Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Health care providers team up
The boards of directors of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network have agreed to a definitive agreement to form a system-wide affiliation to improve the health of the communities served by the respective organizations.

Record catch lures more anglers to local catfish
The way some anglers look at Arizona as a fishing destination has begun to change since April when “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson landed the heaviest recorded fish in the state’s history.

Rule, boundary changes accompany dove season
Dove season opens Sept. 1, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department urges hunters to brush up on recent changes the regulations.

Pets perish in New River mobile home fire
A large number of dogs and cats died in a mobile home fire that erupted Aug. 21 in New River.

Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade seeks sponsors, participants
The Daily Mountain Veterans Organization is preparing for its ninth annual veterans parade to be held Nov. 9 in Anthem, but it is in need of sponsors, marching bands, photographers and other volunteers to make the event a success.

Wal-Mart $2,500 grant lights up moved museum
The Black Canyon Historical Society recently received a $2,500 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation Local Community Contribution Program.

Whimsical, wonderful walls
Fun and whimsical are just two of the adjectives used to describe murals created by local artist Robin Ray.

Anthem Prep unveils new campus
Anthem Preparatory and Archway Classical Academy, a K-12 public charter school and part of the Great Hearts Academies network of schools, officially opened their new campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony the morning of Aug. 10.

Cave Creek man recognized for weight loss
A Cave Creek resident who was taking part in a nonprofit organization’s weight-loss challenge recently came away with top billing.

State awarding Boulder Creek for civics
Boulder Creek High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District was named Aug. 14 as a School of Merit, making it one of 20 Arizona Civic Engagement schools recognized by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

Green furniture sticks to its roots
A Cave Creek preschool has a former Carefree area resident to thank for some of its new décor.

Water advocacy group meets next week in Anthem
Worried about elderly or disabled neighbors dying from dehydration because they can’t easily leave their homes?

Alternative medicine marks year in Tramonto area
Tucked away in the commercial area just south of Tramonto and Carefree Hwy. is a doctor’s office with a twist.

Cave Creek’s council eyes old laws for repeal
Cave Creek’s town council took its first step this week on what could be a very long road of governmental housekeeping.

Fishing report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Former Cave Creek town manager turns author
Longtime Cave Creek residents might remember a man by the name of Carl Stephani. The former town manager still keeps ties in the area since his departure, and he recently penned a new book specifically for people like him who have a penchant for public office.

Annual luau coming to Cave Creek
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its 16th Annual Hawaiian Luau Sept. 1, which features a pig roast luau buffet, Ka'ea Mauna Lani Hawaiian Luau Dancers, Rob Mehl’s beach ballads, a reggae performance by Grantman & the Island Beat, a limbo and hula contest, face painting, lei making, Hawaiian vendors, drink specials and more.

Horse shelter in search of new home
A horse rescue operation with a temporary home in Cave Creek is seeking a new, permanent home for its retired team of racehorses.

Local ‘Captain Kangaroo,’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ talent die days apart
New River resident Cosmo Francis Allegretti, 86, known as “Gus” and as the talent behind many of the characters from the “Captain Kangaroo” television program, died July 26 from emphysema.

Tramonto business ADDS serves disabled clients, higher cause
When asked to characterize his business, Raymond Joy’s answers are not what a person might expect from a business owner.

Carefree, Cave Creek cooperate on bike lanes
Carefree Town Council agreed to partner with the town of Cave Creek in an intergovernmental agreement, splitting the costs required to secure a $320,000 grant that will fund the design of bike lanes in both towns.

Anthem woman joins all-girl public school
Debra Skinner of Anthem was announced Monday as the new chief academic officer at the Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona, the only all-girls public high school in the state.

Anthem Prep unveils new campus
Anthem Preparatory and Archway Classical Academy, a K-12 public charter school and part of the Great Hearts Academies network of schools, officially opened their new campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony the morning of Aug. 10.

Tramonto boy runs track at national meet
The Tramonto seventh grader who holds Sunset Ridge Elementary’s school record for the mile recently ran in a national track championship.

Baton twirlers bring home medals
Arizona’s youth were recently on parade, strutting their stuff at the 68th Annual World Open Baton Twirling Championships at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Be aware of drowning hazards
August is “Drowning Impact Awareness Month,” and the Black Canyon Fire Department, in partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been alerting the public to the danger that remains prevalent despite a desert environment.

New school programs take advantage of tech
With wireless devices in abundance, schools are looking for more ways to integrate the technology into their routines.

Anthem doctor moves practice to Phoenix
Rodney Jackson, a board-certified pediatrician who had practiced childhood medicine in Anthem for the past 7 years at Angel Pediatrics will begin seeing patients Aug. 15 at a new location down at 14001 N. Thunderbird Rd., Bldg G.

New leader for Scottsdale area Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foundation recently announced the hiring of Ron Lundeen as their new executive director.

Del Webb grant funds expanded medical care
A program that hires military combat medics and corpsmen to care for discharged elderly patients has slashed the John C. Lincoln Hospitals’ Medicare patient readmission rates to 6 percent, according to company reports.

Story big as Elvis out of Cave Creek, New River
Ever hear that Elvis Presley had a son? How about that the proclaimed progeny of that world-famous singer also lives in a town none other than Cave Creek?

Kiwanis flea market coming to Carefree
The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is holding a flea market Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7177 E. Ed Everett Way in Cave Creek. All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization’s youth programs.

Anthem anniversary planning underway
At its July 24 meeting, Anthem Community Council approved spending $5,000 in preparation for their upcoming 15th anniversary celebration.

Scottsdale student wins scholarship
Sandeep Subramanian, 17, Scottsdale started a youth group for the Association for India’s Development (AID), to help improve literacy in rural India. With his ongoing fundraising efforts, Sandeep collected $40,000 to improve the curricular program for 50,000 students.

One dead in motorcycle vs. SUV crash
A fatal motorcycle crash occurred during rush hour traffic Aug. 1 in Desert Hills.

Love for a good groove
On Friday, Aug. 23, the folk/soul singer will debut her latest album “Radioactive Lover.” Pairing an indie-pop sound with a familiar soulfulness, “Radioactive Lover” shows how Teneia’s style has grown since her Americana record,“Confessions of a Scorpio.”

Former Cactus Shadows grad returns to artistic roots
Local artist, Nathaniel Kastelic, can say this verse, by Rumi, is the compass for his life, art, and inspiration.

Schools land ‘A’ grade
All schools in the Cave Creek Unified School District came away with “A” grades this year from the Arizona Department of Education.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Seeking volunteers in Carefree
A local community outreach group is holding a volunteer orientation event Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 7275 E. Easy Street, Suite B103 in Carefree.

Christian academy open house Aug. 8 in Anthem
North Valley Christian Academy announced last week that it has completed its move to a new 15,000 square foot facility on the west side of I-17 at 42101 N. 42st Drive, Ste. 101, in Anthem.

ProMusica Arizona recruiting for 11th season
ProMusica Arizona announced last week that it will be holding auditions for its adult chorale and orchestra’s upcoming season.

Robotics camp builds machines, passion for learning
Sometimes, kids know more about high tech gadgetry than their parents. Other times, it’s the parents leading their children into the realm of science.

Two Phoenix soccer clubs win at nationals
Earlier this month, two rival teams from different Phoenix-based girls soccer clubs each finished their seasons as national champions in the Elite Clubs National League.

Beginner’s violin lessons in Carefree
Christ Anglican Church in Carefree will begin holding free, first-level violin lessons Aug. 3 for children ages 7 – 12 years old who wish to learn more about music.

Walking on the Wild Side
Long-time Sonoran Art League juried member Pamela Mangelsdorf has always had a fascination with animals.

Muller appointed to commission
On July 17, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Alan Muller, president of the New River/Desert Hills Community Association, to represent District 3 on its planning and zoning commission.

Anthem anniversary planning underway
At its July 24 meeting, Anthem Community Council approved spending $5,000 in preparation for their upcoming 15th anniversary celebration.

Blood drive coming to New River
The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in the New River area to donate blood. Alliance Financial Resources, located at 2155 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., No. 201, will be the site of an upcoming blood donation opportunity Aug. 7 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Auditions near for musical theater
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for their upcoming musical, “Oroand Leona,” an original show written by Terri Scullin and Adam Vargas.

MTA Wins 7 National Awards
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) recently received seven National Youth Arts Awards, with an additional 39 nominations...

Schools welcome new staff
The Deer Valley Unified School District announced Thursday that new staff members were being welcomed at two North Valley locations.

D-backs raise more than $700,000 for Yarnell
The Arizona Diamondbacks have raised $705,395 in support of the families of the 19 firefighters who died fighting the Yarnell fire as well as members of the community who have been affected by the fires.

New River dump buries its availability
Budget cuts have resulted in fewer days of operation at the New River dump.

Boulders earns No. 3 golf course ranking
Arizona’s Boulders Resort was ranked No. 3 in the country by “Golf Digest” when the magazine recently released its 2013 list of “Top 50 Courses for Women.”

Author remembers patriotic tunes of WWII
Foothills resident Dr. Sheldon Winkler has had a life-long love for music, and that passion has led him to penning a book entitled The Music of World War II: War Songs and Their Stories.

Rediscover all of plants’ uses
Plants aren’t just for scenery or merely a food source. For one New River educator, herbs are a gateway to healing.

Library gets schooled in hip hop
Lasana Hotep, who presented a history of hip hop music, jokingly explained the concept of a record player to the younger members of his audience.

County chairman praises award winners
Maricopa County Board Chairman Andy Kunasek lauded the works of three public employees recently recognized for their efforts in saving the county money through the Rewarding Ideas Program.

Nominations sought for Arizona Game and Fish awards
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for the 2013 annual Commission Awards, recognizing individuals, organizations, foundations or government agencies who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Freeway traffic diminishes preserve experience
To grade anything in Arizona in June is probably the equivalent of gauging someone's hairdo after they were out in the elements when a tornado blew through.

Badger Springs offers plentiful bouldering opportunities
The name Badger Springs Trail is a bit of a mystery and so is part of the trail, which is located in the Agua Fria National Monument, 12 miles north of Black Canyon City off I-17 at exit 256.

Night hike illuminates unique glimpse of Cave Creek
The Quartz Trail at Cave Creek Regional Park reminds visitors of the area’s mining history when prospectors on their way to California tried their luck in the Arizona desert.

Black Mountain tests legs, lungs, offers great views
Before the summer sun makes being outdoors as appealing as working on your taxes during a trip to the dentist for a root canal, a visit to Black Mountain in Cave Creek offers a challenging, but rewarding hike.

Dragonfly gets series off to flying start
The Dragonfly Trail is part of the Jewel of the Creek, which is located in Spur Cross Ranch Park in Cave Creek. The trail, an approximately 3 mile loop, crosses over Cave Creek

Orangetheory Fitness
For the last couple years the Phoenix Suns have designated their team's fans as being members of Planet Orange.

Anthem resident authors crime thriller
First-time author Mike Gallagher of Anthem proudly shows off the fruits of his literary labor.

Anthem teen wins national honor
Lexe Richardson, a 2013 Boulder Creek High School graduate was named Miss Teen United States on July 9.

Arizona water conservation efforts detailed
Sandra Fabritz, director of AZ Department of Water Resources, launched an evening filled with water issues Monday during Cave Creek’s council meeting.

Anthem Library ceremony celebrates renovation
A ceremony and day-long celebration highlighting the completion of the renovation of North Valley Regional Library is planned for Anthem community residents at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Daisy Mountain Fire offers hiking safety tips
It was a story that had a happy ending, but Daisy Mountain Fire Department public information officer Dave Wilson said plenty of lessons can be taken from the tale of a North Valley woman who ended up getting rescued after getting lost while hiking in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve off 7th Ave. and Carefree Thursday morning.

Toothbrush tips to avoid germs
It’s unlikely that whatever bacteria you introduce with your toothbrush could cause a health risk, but there are places where you should not set your toothbrush.

FRESH START FOR WATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Cave Creek Council selected 13 new members to advise the council on water matters affecting the communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and Desert Hills/New River. These entities are currently served by the Cave Creek water companies.

D-BACKS RAISE MORE THAN $700,000 FOR YARNELL
The Arizona Diamondbacks have raised $705,395 in support of the families of the 19 firefighters who died fighting the Yarnell fire as well as members of the community who have been affected by the fires.

Motorists should heed weather warning signs
The Arizona Department of Transportation has a message for motorists who think they can recklessly drive head-on into a dust storm: “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.”

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Cave Creek Rodeo supports community
The Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee recently donated $7,000 to a variety of North Valley organizations.

ProMusica garners grant
“Two recent grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are very instrumental to ProMusica Arizona’s mission and future,” Yvonne Dolby, Executive Director of ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) said Dolby recently escaped the Arizona heat to take in “Fresh Air, Fresh Ideas”.

North Valley judge honored by peers
The 26 Justices of the Peace in Maricopa County elected two Judges to leadership positions within the Maricopa County Justice Courts late last month.

Carefree approves mixed use zoning permit
Carefree’s planning and zoning board’s recommendation to add a new mixed use permit, which allows existing commercial buildings to retrofit second story spaces for residential use, was approved unanimously after some discussion, at the July 2, monthly town council meeting.

North Valley residents honor Yarnell 19
A week of mourning for the entire state of Arizona following the June 30 death of 19 Prescott firefighters in Yarnell, saw North Valley resident have the opportunity to pay their final respects on Sunday along Carefree Highway.

Boulder Creek juniors compete on national stage
After helping the Boulder Creek High School girls soccer team to its best season in school history Natalie Stephens and Brooke Denesik are continuing to produce on the pitch this summer.

Anthem civic building set for renovation
The discussions, focus groups and planning meetings are finally complete. With sledgehammers and hard hats ready Anthem Community Executive Officer Jenna Kollings was the master of ceremonies during a groundbreaking event July 3 in front of 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Cave Creek couple share art passion
Beth Zink and her husband Jon have an art studio in Cave Creek. The couple have been exhibiting their work in the annual Hidden in The Hills artist studio tour for the last 11 years.

Anthem youth seek to lift spirits
For a group of 18 mothers taking pride in their daughters by describing them as their little princess is more than an expression.

Anthem teens put sole into fundraising project
The trio of Carly Foreman, Ally Dunn and Katie Wagner are attempting to raise $27,000 in order to build a school in Monrovia, Liberia. The Anthem teens are collecting shoes through July 13.

Cave Creek approves reduced budget
Cave Creek Council approved a final budget of $17.750 million for the proposed fiscal year of 2014. 

Anthem board approves plan
The Anthem Community Council approved a timeline for enhancement fund projects for Opportunity Way Park and Liberty Bell Park at the June 26 Anthem Community Council meeting. 

Prescott fire department loses 19 in Yarnell fire
This is story from the Cronkite News Service which was published in April 2012 featuring the Prescott Firefighters that lost their lives Sunday in Yarnell.  

Pets need special care for holiday
Independence Day is often a day of celebration, yet this holiday can be very stressful for our four-legged best friends.

Anthem Gallery features new painter
Scottsdale resident Diana Campanella, an abstract painter, will be featured from July 21 –Oct. 5 at the Anthem Art Gallery.  

ValleyCrest helps clean up Parkside homes
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance recently helped the Parkside Community Association Board of Directors.

Musical Theatre of Anthem offer summer camp
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces its Summer Performing Arts Institute, a two-week intensive program for performers ages 6-19 being held July 22 – August 2. 

Monsoon season is here
The summer storm season is heating up in Arizona, which means increased risks from dangerously high temperatures, lightning, gusty winds and flash floods. 

Anthem hosts Little League softball tourney
Anthem will be hosting the Little League Girls Softball Tournament beginning Friday and running through July 15 at the Anthem Community Park.

Accidents near New River bookend weekend traffic
Whether it was motorist looking to escape the heat on Friday or those returning to the Valley on Sunday driving on I-17 proved frustrating to motorists near New River over the weekend.

Dealing with summer heat requires planning
With sizzling temperatures here to stay for the summer, Scottsdale Healthcare experts encourage individuals to take steps to prevent potentially life-threatening heat-related illnesses.

Anthem aids underpriviledged kids
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) has teamed up with KPNX-TV Channel 12 for its annual, statewide PB&J Drive, collecting peanut butter and jelly for donation. Anthem

Cave Creek Independence festivities support 100 Club
Harold's Cave Creek Corral is turning tonight’s 3rd of July Fireworks event into a fundraiser for the 100 Club of Arizona after the tragic loss of the firefighters on Sunday.

Foothills Community Foundation names new CEO
The Foothills Community Foundation (FCF), a 501(c)3 umbrella organization supporting six cultural, education and community outreach programs in Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree, announced the appointment of Chris Winger as president and CEO, effective full-time Monday. 

North Valley club team competes in Volleyball Festival
Team Fortitude, a club squad consisting of teens from Boulder Creek and Sandra Day O'Connor High School as well as Hillcrest Middle School completed a 6-7 showing in the 30th annual Volleyball Festival...

Foothills Focus loses valued contributor
Wes Kar was a contributing photographer for The Foothills Focus from Dec. 2009 – 2012. He died June 1, at the age of 72.

Carefree Kiwanis host Flea Market
The Kiwanis Club of Carefree Flea Market will take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Saturday.

Cave Creek horse rescue relocates 80 at-risk animals
Triple R Horse Rescue in Cave Creek recently found itself in a unique situation. Earlier this month the non-profit, located at 6206 East Rockaway Hills Drive, ended up helping to rescue nearly 80 animals from another rescue.

Quartet of North Valley teens head to national competition
North Valley teens from left, Blaise Wagner, Lauren Lofy, Shaye Hayden and Daniel Pendleton will represent North Valley Gymnastics at the Trampoline Nationals July 2 – 10 in Kansas City Missouri.

Investment seminar offered in Anthem
Wells Fargo Advisors will present Mike Genetti, the Vice President of Senior Advisor Consultants, to speak about investment opportunities in the global market at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the Anthem Community Center.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

ProMusica seeks talent for musical
ProMusica Arizona invites singers ages 17 years old and up to audition for roles in the musical Sweeny Todd from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Monday and Tuesday at 3814 W. Alameda in Glendale for a show on October 5.

Crown King remains strong after Gladiator Fire
On Mother’s Day, 2012 Crown King was stricken by the Gladiator Wildfire.  This fire was deemed a “Federal 1” fire and consumed more than 16,000 acres, coming extremely close to Homeland Security towers and the tiny town of 125 permanent residents.

Carefree welcomes new business
Merle Norman owner Barbara Norris celebrates the grand opening of her new shop in Carefree on Friday by cutting a ribbon with Mayor David Schwan center and others during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Cave Creek seeks Town Manager candidates
At the June 12 Cave Creek Special Council meeting ordered to appoint an Interim Town Manager, Councilman Reggie Monachino held up a letter emailed to him by Natalie Nai-che, Treasurer of the Sonoran Arts League.

Daisy Mountain Fire seeks to serve greater area
For more than 24 years the Daisy Mountain Fire District has served the residents of New River and Desert Hills providing fire protection and emergency medical services.

Hair stylist brings experience, personality to Cave Creek
Hair F/X Salon in Cave Creek opened late last month. Karin, the owner, has been styling hair for more than 25 years.

Cave Creek Town Manager ousted by 4-3 vote
In a specially called meeting Monday night the Cave Creek Town Council voted by a 4-3 margin to terminate Town Manager Usama Abujbarah.

New River fire reveals home full of marijuana
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department came across an unexpected surprise after putting out a house fire at 2229 E. Gaffney Road in New River on Thursday.

Anthem toddler found unharmed
A 2-year-old girl was found wandering down a sidewalk not far from Boulder Creek High School Tuesday morning in Anthem.

Prescott hosts world’s oldest rodeo
Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. will host the 126th Annual World's Oldest Rodeo July 1-7.

Anthem veterans reflect on service as Independence Day approaches
Independence Day is a day when "Old Glory" waves from homes, family picnics fill the park, patriotic music plays from the grandstand and fireworks blanket the night sky. 

Youth group looks to aid animals in need
Animal Rescue Kids-a summer kids’ club founded in 2006—is back this summer.  Their goal is to collect as many supplies as possible for the local no-kill rescues and deliver the items in mid-July, when the organizations need help the most.

Cave Creek residents offer opinions on Town Manager
At Monday’s specially called Cave Creek Town Council meeting the public had the opportunity to speak on the possible termination of Town Manager Usama Abujbarah. Here are some of the comments made by the public prior to the council voting by a 4-3 margin to terminate.

Carefree bids farewell to long-time town clerk
The Carefree Town Council welcomed two new commissioners to the planning and zoning board, and also said goodbye to longtime town clerk and treasurer, Betsy Wise, at the monthly town council meeting on June 4.

Sonoran Arts League offers art institute
The Summer Art Institute 2013, including painting classes, photography and other artistic pursuits is offering classes from 9 a.m. - noon, Monday - June 20 in the art rooms at Cactus Shadows High School.

Boulder Creek grad awarded $1,000 scholarship
Taylor Bentz, a 2013 Boulder Creek High School graduate, was honored with a $1,000 Autism Awareness Scholarship late last month.

Boulders Resort named top tennis resort
Tennis Resorts Online just released their annual “Top 100 Tennis Resorts & Camps” and The Boulders Resort was ranked No. 3 Top Tennis Resort” on the prestigious, 2013 Gold List.

Rebuild of burned Anthem home under way
An Anthem home, which burned in April 2010, was finally taken down late last week.

Cave Creek seats new council
The confirmation of Cave Creek’s town council election results took place in a May 28th meeting in the Cave Creek Town Chambers.

Women pursue equestrian passion at Desert Hills ranch
For those that aren't interested in horses the term dressage probably doesn't create much of a response unless they're fans of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.

Annual Bluegrass Festival returns to Sedona
The seventh annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival featuring David Grisman and his Folk Jazz Trio will take place Saturday and Sunday.

Anthem Library shares teen programs
Brianna King from North Valley Regional Library in Anthem will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at the New River Desert Hills Community Association meeting, which takes place at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

Midair collision kills 4
A midair collision involving two single engine planes on Friday morning killed four people.

Summer Cabarets land at Venues Cafe
Summer nights begin to sizzle with the first of two summer Cabarets produced by Desert Foothills Theater and hosted by Venues Café in Carefree Town Center.

New road highlights beauty of Sonoran Preserve
For the neighborhood residents that showed up Saturday morning for the dedication of Dove Valley Road/Sonoran Desert Drive the city of Phoenix managed to balance the preservation of the area’s desert landscape while installing a roadway that will give them greater convenience.

Cactus Shadows graduates don Falcons uniforms one last time
Jake Colombo said he and Cameron Ketchen have been baseball teammates ever since they were eight years old.

North Valley Symphony honors Anthem teen
Anthem resident, Gabrielle Lorenc, was recently awarded a new $5,000 handmade violin at the May 18th North Valley Symphony Orchestra concert.

Boulder Creek celebrates class of 2013
Through Thursday the nearly 500 teens that made up the class of 2013 at Boulder Creek High School have followed the structure life provided by school.

Host of accidents mar holiday weekend
The North Valley saw a host of accidents over the holiday weekend end in a pair of fatalities Saturday.

ProMusica celebrates 10 years of music
In celebration of its 10th anniversary season, ProMusica Arizona paid tribute to the audiences that have supported the organization from its beginnings in 2003.

Scottsdale attraction offers animal wonderland
Part zoo, part classroom and part entertainment venue is perhaps the best way to describe Butterfly Wonderland, a 5-acre attraction set to open Saturday in Scottsdale.

New road highlights beauty of Sonoran Preserve
For the neighborhood residents that showed up Saturday morning for the dedication of Dove Valley Road/Sonoran Desert Drive the city of Phoenix managed to balance the preservation of the area’s desert landscape while installing a roadway that will give them greater convenience.

Anthem council sets $1.3 million cap for civic building renovation
The Anthem Community Council voted unanimously to cap the amount that can be spent on the renovations of the community center at 3701 W. Anthem Way at $1.343 million at their May 22 meeting.

McGuire retains Cave Creek council seat
After finishing 10th out of 11 in the March primary Thomas McGuire rallied to retain his seat on the Cave Creek Town Council.

FISHING REPORT 5/29/13
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Anthem council sets $1.3 million cap for civic building restoration
The Anthem Community Council voted unanimously to cap the amount that can be spent on the renovations of the community center at 3701 W. Anthem Way at $1.343 million at their May 22 meeting.

Anthem Rotary honors 6 high school seniors
The Rotary Club of Anthem awarded scholarships to six North Valley high school students for academic excellence.   

Kiwanis honor New River 4th graders
New River Elementary fourth graders Braeden Faust and Isaac DeNoyer were recently honored as the Terrific Kids for the fourth quarter of the 2012 – 2013 school year.

Saguaro Lake targeted for intoxicated boaters
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Tonto National Forest, will be conducting an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) checkpoint at Saguaro Lake Saturday and Sunday in an effort to apprehend boat operators who are impaired by drugs and /or alcohol.

Memorial Day ceremony draws strong Anthem crowd
When simply rattled off as statistics 1.3 million and 2.7 million, the total number of U.S. military deaths and wounded respectively over the country's history, can have a numbing effect.

Horseshoe Trails principal earns state-wide honor
Janiene Marlow, principal of Horseshoe Trails Elementary School (HTES) located in Phoenix has been named the 2013 National Association of Elementary School Principals NAESP/VALIC National Distinguished Principal of the Year representing Arizona.

Boulder Creek honors 2013 athletic standouts
The Boulder Creek Jaguars athletic department honored 10 members of the class of 2013 during a ceremony Thursday in the school’s gym.

Twin Arrows brings casino resort to Flagstaff
The vision of a 4-star casino resort is taking shape 15 minutes east of Flagstaff as Twin Arrows Casino is set to open on Friday.

Cactus Shadows honors scholar athletes
The Cactus Shadows Falcons celebrated the accomplishment of their top athletes from the class of 2013 during a ceremony on May 15.

Anthem hosts Memorial Day ceremony
The second annual AVM Memorial Day Ceremony is set for 10 a.m., Monday at Anthem Community Park.

Traffic Alert
The funeral procession for fallen Phoenix firefighter Brad Harper will make its way along sections of eastbound Loop 101 and southbound Interstate 17 on Friday afternoon (May 24).

Anthem resident, Phoenix cop killed in hit and run
Daryl Raetz, an Anthem resident and Phoenix police officer, died early Sunday morning after suffering critical injuries following a hit and run accident

Arizona Musicfest awards scholarships
Arizona Musicfest’s 2013-2014 Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Recipients including Dana Brink, bassoonist, from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe.

Cave Creek Council refinances water and sewer loans
Cave Creek Town Council appeared together for its last full meeting as the old Council Monday, and tackled the need for the Town to return to good standing with WIFA, regarding compliance with the terms of the Cave Creek Water Company water loans. 

North Valley Library changes summer hours
Due to a facility remodel, North Valley Regional Library (NVRL) in Anthem will alter its hours-of-operation from June 10 through July 7. 

Cactus Shadows alumnus earns honor
Camille McIver, a 2011 Cactus Shadows High School graduate, was one of seven members of the Bethany College softball team to earn Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference honors for the 2013 season.

Boulder Creek dance teacher receives recognition
Arizona Health and Physical Education (AzAHPERD) named Boulder Creek High School’s Stacy Shane as National Dance Teacher of the Year, K-12 last month. Shane received the award at the AAHPERD’s annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 24th.

Dove Valley Road, Sonoran Drive ready for use
North Valley residents are invited to join in celebrating the opening of Dove Valley Road/Sonoran Desert Drive in north Phoenix for a dedication ceremony at 8 a.m., Saturday.

Foothills Food Bank celebrates new home
The Foothills Food Bank celebrated the official opening of a newly purchased building in the heart of Cave Creek’s Town merchant area on Saturday.  The courtyard was filled with well-wishers, musicians, supporting workers, and many others.

New River church welcomes new pastor
Crossroads Christian Fellowship of New River‏ is now home to pastor Alford Safa and his wife Ruby.

Business Spotlight: Veterinary Hospital offers wealth of treatment options
Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital, which opened earlier this year, offer routine wellness care like examinations, vaccines and spay/neuter as well as providing medical and surgical care for sick and injured pets.

New Scottsdale home draws international praise
She lives in Carefree Ranch and after getting a tour of her newly built home in north Scottsdale you get a sense that carefree is probably the best way to describe Jane Huey.

Game and Fish offers weapons training
The Arizona Game and Fish Department invited members of the media out to Ben Avery Shooting Facility earlier this month with one goal in mind.

Anthem residents turn out for Apple Beatle Tribute Band
Music in May, Anthem’s annual outdoor concert series, continued Friday with a performance by Apple Beatle Tribute Band. Despite threatening skies, a large portion of the community turned out for the second in a series of five concerts.

Bartlett yields record fish
Eddie Wilcoxson, a Surprise resident caught a state record flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake last month.

Anthem Art Gallery offers new display
The Anthem Art Gallery is featuring the artwork of Gary Bennett from May 18- July 20 with an opening reception set for 7 – 9 p.m., June 1.

Film Festival showcases digital art skills of North Valley youth
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale recently partnered with the Microsoft Store located at Scottsdale Fashion Square to showcase young Club members’ excellence in the area of multimedia art as part of the Digikids Film Festival.

Phone app aids anglers
The App Door, developers of several successful outdoor apps, recently launched the latest in their iFish Series; iFish Arizona is now available and lets anglers of all ages and skill levels know when, where and how to fish a lake in Arizona.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Carefree man sells historic ballots
Carefree resident Norris Barker is offering a piece of history to investors.

Restaurant Week includes Cave Creek
The Arizona Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the return of the biannual, Arizona Restaurant Week for a ten-day culinary celebration beginning Saturday through May 27.

Anthem vet focuses on new mission
When she enlisted in the Army at the age of 18 Rachel Gutierrez said she fully expected to have a 20-year military career.

Cave Creek Trail Rides offers Mother’s Day outing
Cave Creek Trail Rides is offering a 1.5 hour horseback trail ride through the Sonoran Desert on Sunday for Mother’s Day.

Southbound kicks-off Music in May
Music in May, Anthem’s annual outdoor concert series opened Saturday with Southbound.

Boulder Creek closes season with Pops Concert
Boulder Creek High School will have its Pops Concert at 7 p.m., May 15 and 16 at the Boulder Creek High School auditorium.

Cave Creek candidates push to reach voters as deadline approaches
Is Tom McGuire facing an avalanche of momentum that can’t be stopped or has the 6-year incumbent councilman in Cave Creek responded to a wake up call with enough passion to retain his seat?

Lone Mountain earns school of excellence recognition
The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced late last month that 28 Arizona public schools, including Lone Mountain Elementary School in Cave Creek, earned the coveted A+ School of Excellence™ award for the 2012-2013 academic year.

New River hosts land trust director
Desert Foothills Land Trust executive director Sonia Perillo will speak about the New River Nature Preserve along with the other places and activities from 7:30 – 9 p.m., May 15 at the New River-Desert Hills Community Association at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

High school graduation ceremonies near
The class of 2013 at both Cactus Shadows High School and Boulder Creek High School will go through graduation ceremonies on May 23.

Quartet of Falcons earn recognition
Cactus Shadows senior Kevin Curley was honored with a National Merit Scholarship earlier this month and could be joined by three Falcons classmates next month.

AAA offers summer driving tips
Temperatures have hit triple digits in our state, which signals many things for Arizonans. Among them: the need to ensure their vehicle is ready for the long, hot summer ahead.

Cactus Shadows group continues to expand mission to honor veterans
President of Arizona State University Michael Crow was the keynote speaker Sunday at the annual reception for the Veterans Heritage Project at ASU West.

Anthem council selects new leadership
After thanking outgoing board members Jeff Pointer and board president Craig Boates for their service the new Anthem Community Council elected their officers at the April 24 meeting.

Anthem Outlets select modeling talent
The Outlets at Anthem awarded a one-year modeling contract to four participants following their 10th annual Strike-A-Pose Model Search, which took place April 13.

Cactus Shadows hosts baseball tryout
The Cactus Shadows baseball program will host a youth baseball tryout for players aged 10 – 13 from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday on the Falcons varsity baseball field.

Desert Foothills Land Trust visits New River
Sonia Perillo of the Desert Foothills Land Trust will speak about the New River Nature Preserve along with the other places and activities from 7:30 – 9 p.m., May 14 at the New River-Desert Hills Community Association at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

MCDOT works on Anthem streets
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is placing a protective preservative seal coating on several local and major streets in the Anthem community.

Health screening offered in Tramonto
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is placing a protective Residents living in and around Tramonto can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fractures as early as 9 a.m. during an event on May 17 at the Canyon Church of Christ.

Foothills Food Bank celebrates new home
The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new 5,000-square-foot facility from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 18 at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Road, Cave Creek.

Cave Creek hosts scavenger hunt
The inaugural Clueless in Cave Creek scavenger hunt brought out 15 teams and 55 total participants for a town-wide scavenger hunt.

Rollover near Black Canyon City slows I-17 traffic
A rollover accident at approximately 11 a.m., Monday closed northbound Interstate 17 just south of Black Canyon City, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

North Valley Symphony set for season finale
North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will host solo violinist, Diane Sullivan, for their final season concert entitled "Spring Romance" on May 18 at North Canyon High School Center of Performing Arts.

Boaters urged to adhere to safe recreation practices
The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind all boaters, anglers, and personal watercraft users that this year’s boating season has arrived and to please exercise safe, responsible practices when on the water.

Run collects water to aid homeless
The third annual Run for the Thirsty is set for May 11 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Participants can compete in a 10K, 5K or 1 mile walk and are asked to bring a case of water.

Art supportors invited for Picnic Under the Stars
The Arts Council of the North Valley will have its 5th annual Picnic Under the Stars at 6 p.m., April 27 at the Anthem Community Park.

Anthem set to debut new U-turn signal system in May
Construction on a newly designed street light in front of Boulder Creek High School is under way.

Helicopter makes emergency landing in New River desert
A medical helicopter with a crew of three and one patient made an emergency landing at 10:28 p.m., Monday in the desert in New River.

Sonoran Stars benefits land trust
The 18th annual Sonoran Stars event which benefits Desert Foothills Land Trust is set for 5 p.m., April 27 at Los Cedros USA equestrian facility in Scottsdale.

NPS offers charitable contributions
NPS is a locally owned merchant services company that was started in 2003 here in Phoenix. The company is dedicated to giving back to the community that has helped them become a successful company.

Anthem council nixes deal with Arroyo Norte
A potential deal, which would have given Arroyo Norte residents an opportunity to pay for the right to use the Anthem Community Center for a $30 annual fee, was voted down by the Anthem Community Council by a 7-0 vote on Thursday.

Cave Creek, Anthem host Relay for Life
Cave Creek and Carefree’s 2013 Relay for Life event is seeking participants for their third annual event.

Anthem veteran named president of Arizona military post
Colonel Rob Welch, U. S. Army, retired, and an Anthem resident has been elected to serve as president of the Arizona Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Cave Creek resident given new lease on life
For Cave Creek resident Lloyd Beaman 2012 was perhaps the longest year of his life. That being said it also proved to be one that saved his life.

First Thing First offers tours to area families
The North Phoenix Regional Council of First Thing First and staff are offering a tour of the Deer Valley Family Resource Center from 2 – 3 p.m., April 19.

Anthem Prep coach hosts football camp
The 9th annual Let It Fly Football Drills & Skills Camp is under way.

Volunteers sought to plan Anthem’s 15th anniversary
The Anthem Community Council seeks members to serve on its 15th Anniversary Committee and a chairperson and committee members to serve on Anthem Neighborhood Watch, an ACC affiliate group.

Conservancy turns over preservation efforts
The North Country Conservancy (NCC) has merged its mission, non-monetary assets, and preservation efforts with the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT), bringing the resources of the two land trust groups together to protect the area’s wilderness. 

Diamond Canyon students recognized by Anthem
The Anthem Community Council treated third grader at Diamond Canyon Elementary School to a pizza party on April 2.

Esser ruled ineligible for runoff
Cave Creek Councilman Dick Esser will not be on the ballot for the May 21 runoff election.

Shangri La residents explain alternative lifestyle
The first day of spring was warm and slightly breezy, the perfect day for relaxing poolside with old friends.

Cave Creek, Anthem host Relay for Life
Cave Creek and Carefree’s 2013 Relay for Life event is seeking participants for their third annual event.

College bands close out Pinnacle Concert Series
On consecutive weekends music fans will have the chance to see two of the in-state university bands perform as part of the Pinnacle Concert Series.

Black Canyon City restaurant gets overhaul from Bar Rescue
It’s not exactly a hop, skip and a jump either geographically or culturally, but that didn’t stop Scott and Donna Chilleen from trying to convince the folks Bar Rescue, a Spike Television program, to work their magic on Kid Chilleen’s Bad Ass BBQ Steakhouse.

Scavenger hunt celebrates North Valley
The 2nd Mystery Car Rally will be zipping through North Scottsdale, Carefree and Carefree on April 14.

Anthem Art Gallery offers new display
The Anthem Art Gallery will have a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday as Dawn Kirchner will show some of her latest works.

Veteran ophthalmologist eyes Anthem
After 20 years in the Valley ophthalmologist Charles Schaffer has brought his skills as an eye physician and a surgeon to Anthem.

Anthem Council meets Thursday
The ACC Board of Directors regular March meeting has been rescheduled to a Special Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the ACC Community Center. Anticipated topics for discussion and public input include:

Spring weather draws out desert animals
While spring continues to maintain its erratic grip on daytime temperatures, the inevitable emergence of snakes, spiders, scorpions, and lizards remains just around the next upward swing.

Let it Fly camp returns for another year
The Let it Fly Football Drills and Skills Camp returns for another year with 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. sessions every Saturday from April – July at Anthem Prep Academy.

New River, Desert Hills group hosts pair of meetings
The New River Desert Hills Community Association will host a pair of meetings next week.

Cactus Shadows newspaper staff earns honor
Cactus Shadows High School’s monthly newspaper, CSPress, was honored as a Gold Crown Award winner at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’sannual convention in New York City.

Bartlett Lake Marina offers variety of boating options
Bryan Church said he still remembers the first trip he ever took to Bartlett Lake back in the early 1990s.

Black Mountain tests legs, lungs, offers great views
Before the summer sun makes being outdoors as appealing as working on your taxes during a trip to the dentist for a root canal, a visit to Black Mountain in Cave Creek offers a challenging, but rewarding hike.

Anthem council-elects tout committee experience
Along with the overhaul of the building at 3701 W. Anthem Way, which Anthem purchased in May, the next big decision to be made by the Anthem Community Council is picking which of the enhancement projects to pursue.

Dragonfly gets series off to flying start
The Dragonfly Trail is part of the Jewel of the Creek, which is located in Spur Cross Ranch Park in Cave Creek. The trail, an approximately 3 mile loop, crosses over Cave Creek

Pair of Cave Creek incumbents withdraw, 2 remain
The Cave Creek Town Council will have at least three new members when the runoff election is complete on May 21

ASU president tabbed as speaker for Veterans Project
The Veterans Heritage Project annual Reception and Book Signing will feature Arizona State University President Michael Crow as the key note speaker at 3 p.m., April 21 at ASU West.

Anthem Art Gallery hosts reception
Dawn Schiano Kirchner is hosting an open reception of some of her latest work from 7 – 9 p.m., April 6 at the Anthem Art Gallery.

Cactus Shadows newspaper staff earns honor
Cactus Shadows High School’s monthly newspaper, CSPress, was honored as a Gold Crown Award winner at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’sannual convention in New York City.

Diamond Canyon 3rd graders host The Foothills Focus
The third grade students at Diamond Canyon Elementary in Anthem hosted The Foothills Focus on Friday.

Anthem residents get look at plan for 3701 building
Anthem staff and members of the community council met with members of the public at a March 20 open house at 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Arizona Musicfest gains new leadership
The person chosen to lead Arizona Musicfest said he will focus on boosting charitable giving to the Carefree-based non-profit best known for its annual festival.

Phoenix water treatment goes solar
The city of Phoenix’s Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant has started working directly with the sun to help produce the energy needed to operate the plant, which produces 15 billion gallons of tap water each year.

Arizona Game and Fish offers glimpse of great outdoors
The ninth annual Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo is set for Saturday and Sunday west of I-17 off the Carefree Highway exit.

Cactus Shadows students earn Youth of Year honors
Cactus Shadows sophomore Dani Haboush and junior Alexa Jenouri have been named 2013 Youths of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Vestar and Thunderbirds branches, respectively.

Arizona Gives today
Residents across the Valley and beyond are being asked to do one simple thing – give.

Anthem Community Council
John Birdseye and Ryan Halleran were announced earlier today as the two newest additions to the Anthem Community Council.

Cave Cree Town Council
Cave Creek town council incumbents Dick Esser, James Bruce and Shelly Anderson decided yesterday to withdraw from the May 21 runoff election.

All My Sons debuts in Scottsdale
Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents “All My Sons” running Thursday through March 30 in Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center intimate Black Box Theatre.

Business expo comes to El Pedregal
The Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business Expo from 3 – 6 p.m., Tuesday at the Tohono Center at el Pedregal.

Cave Creek run supports land preservation
The 4th annual Cave Creek Trail Run is set for 7 a.m., March 30 in Cave Creek. The event, which draws 400 runners each year raises $10,000 plus annually for the preservation of 4,000 acres of open space.

Jaguars senior accepts cheer scholarship
Boulder Creek senior Brickell Dotson has accepted a cheer scholarship to attend Graceland University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program in Lamoni, Iowa.

Cactus Shadows puts top art on display
Cactus Shadows High School will host its 2nd annual Art Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 23 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.

Anthem Council seeks input on proposed projects
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) invites residents and business owners to attend the following events to provide public comment on various proposed projects...

Desert Hills church fasts for fight against hunger
Desert Hills teens from Cavalry Chapel Desert Hills are taking the issue of hunger stomach on. For the second straight year teens from the church will participate in World Vision’s 30 hour famine.

Foothills Walk for the Hungry has new Carefree location
The route will change a little, but the goal remains the same when the 22nd annual Foothills Walk for the Hungry gets under way at 2 p.m., March 24 in Carefree.

Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo set for 35th annual event
After drawing record crowds last year the Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo is looking for another impressive weekend as the 35th anniversary event is set to get under way March 22 – 24 in Cave Creek.

Photo exhibit celebrates Desert Foothills Land Trust preserves
Photographs highlighting Desert Foothills Land Trust properties taken by Cave Creek resident Jerry Sieve will be on display during a reception from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Friday at the Holland Community Center in Scottsdale.

Musical Theatre of Anthem presents Dear Edwina Jr.
Musical Theatre of Anthem’s run of the musical Dear Edwina Jr., which follows the adventures of advice-giver extraordinaire Edwina Spoonapple, opens Thursday in Anthem.

Canyon Springs student honored by Subway
New River eight-year-old Brody Warren, who is in second grade at Canyon Springs Elementary School, has been named one of four 2013 “Freshest, Fittest Kids in the Valley.”

ProMusica welcomes Red Violin star
Elizabeth Pitcairn and the Red Violin will perform with ProMusica Arizona at 7:30 p.m., March 23 at the Orpheum in Phoenix.

Anthem dedicates Coleman Field
When it comes to baseball the last name Coleman is most commonly associated with Vince, an outfielder famous for stealing bases with the St. Louis Cardinals in the mid 1980s.

Manhattan Piano Trio perform in Scottsdale
Hailed by critics as "a grand departure from the usual," the Manhattan Piano Trio will perform at 4 p.m., Sunday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.

Carefree conserves 60 acres of Sonoran Desert
The Desert Foothills Land Trust and the Town of Carefree came together to permanently conserve 60 acres of Sonoran Desert in northern Carefree last month.

Anthem council narrows list of projects
The Anthem Community Council voted to trim two possible enhancement projects identified by the Community Planning and Development Committee at the Feb. 27 Community Council meeting.

Anthem Days set for weekend
The 14th annual Anthem Days celebration returns from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 9 – 10 at the Anthem Community Park.

Market supports Arizona Musicfest
Whole Foods Market Scottsdale and Whole Food Market Raintree will donate 5 percent of their net sales to Arizona Musicfest on March 13.

Black Canyon City seeks photo contest entrees
The 7th annual Black Canyon City Photography Contest is accepting entrees through 1 p.m., March 23.

I-17 car chase ends in Bumblebee
Two men and a teenage girl have been arrested in connection with a stolen car chase that began in Phoenix and ended nearly 20 miles away near Black Canyon City on Feb. 27 .

New River group learns about new hospital
Maggi Griffin Vice President and Chief of Nursing from John C. Lincoln will speak at the New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) community meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church in New River.

Library offers passport event
The Desert Foothills Library is hosting a special passport event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

Cave Creek Merchants honored for best parade entry
The Cave Creek Merchants and Event Association and Wild West Days were honored as best parade entry at the 60th annual Parada del Sol parade in Scottsdale earlier this month.

Anthem Days celebrates 14th anniversary
The 14th annual Anthem Days celebration returns from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 9 – 10 at the Anthem Community Park.

MCSO catch arsonist in act
A man whose wife had a restraining order against him was apprehended after he allegedly set fire to her house and killed her cat in Anthem on Saturday.

Deer Valley Hospital ranked among nation's top 5 percent in national report
 Eight Arizona hospitals were ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation by a national healthcare rating agency, giving Arizona the 13th-best rate of high-achieving hospitals among states.

Rock Springs hosts spring festival
Rock Springs Café in Black Canyon City is hosting Hogs N’ Heat from 1 – 11 p.m., Saturday.

Rancho Madera hosts 1 year anniversary party
For Rich Eneim Sr. and his son Rich Eneim Jr. building homes in Cave Creek has become something of a home.

Cactus Shadows track sophomore readies to compete in Australia
From being ready to quit the event altogether Erika Soderstrom has come a long way in the 300 meter hurdles.

Desert Hills woman still not over the hill at 100
She celebrates her 100th birthday today, just a little more than a year after Arizona celebrated its 100 birthday

Boulder Creek corner selects Montana
Even the most novice of outdoorsmen would look at the size and strength of a grizzly bear and know to keep a safe distance....

Carefree candidates’ forum focuses on drawing business to town
The tone of the Carefree Candidate Forum Monday was reflective of what has largely been a cohesive council over the last two years.

ASU hockey team visits Anthem school
They might not know the difference between a slap shot and a hat trick, but for students at Gavilan Peak School in Anthem it doesn’t matter.

Daisy Mountain seeks new revenue streams
Home owners aren’t the only ones that have been adversely affected by the swoon in the real estate market over the last couple years.

Arizona Winter Festival heats up with variety of musicians
Arizona Musicfest 2013, America’s Premier Winter Music Festival (January 28 - March 4), presents artists of Classical, Chamber, Opera, Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Country...

Carefree candidates’ forum focuses on drawing business to town
The tone of the Carefree Candidate Forum Monday was reflective of what has largely been a cohesive council over the last two years.

Anthem Community Council will have 2 new board members
The Anthem Community Council will have two new board members when the annual elections for the seven member board takes place in March.

Market on Move visits Black Canyon
Market on the Move comes to Calvary Chapel from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Feb. 23 in Black Canyon City.

Relay for Life seeks teams for Cave Creek event
The third annual Cancer Society Relay for Life is set for 5 p.m. April 20 and April 21 at Cactus Shadows High School.

New River rescue still helping animals after decade
No promise was made when she began her journey a decade ago, but New River resident Susan Thompson remain committed to the cause she adopted in starting up Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation back in 2003.

Cave Creek candidate forum gets testy
 At the conclusion of the Jan. 30 Cave Creek town council candidate forum, in which challengers Adam Trenk...

Boulder Creek honors scholarship athletes
The Boulder Creek Jaguars celebrated eight of their athletes that recently signed letters of intent to accept athletic scholarships for next season during a ceremony Friday.

Scottsdale man sentenced for stealing saguaros
Kenneth Brian Cobb, 46, of Scottsdale, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to five years supervised probation with eight months of weekend incarceration and was ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution on Jan. 28.

Carefree candidate forum set for Monday
Carefree Mayor David Schwann and his fellow Carefree Town Council members will be among the participants at the Carefree Candidates Night, a forum set for 6:30 p.m., Monday at the Carefree Resort.

Daisy Mountain Fire offers emergency training
The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center in Cave Creek is seeking volunteers to conduct weekly food pick-ups at local food stores for transportation to the food bank.

Master gardener visits New River
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will host Kris Christensen, who will offer tips on vegetable gardening at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church.

ProMusica receives $4,500 grant
ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra (PMAZ), a non-profit multi-generational performing arts organization, has received a grant of $4,500 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the state arts agency.

Harold’s host Mardi Gras festivities
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Party from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Feb. 12.

Arizona Winter Festival heats up with variety of musicians
Arizona Musicfest 2013, America’s Premier Winter Music Festival (January 28 - March 4), presents artists of Classical, Chamber, Opera, Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Country...

Black Canyon City woman wins jeep
Helen Sleeseman of Black Canyon City won a 1971 CJ-5 Jeep in a raffle supporting the Yavapai Humane Society earlier this month.

Cactus Shadows quartet tabbed for All-State Jazz Ensemble
Gary Wykoff is in his 11th year at Cactus Shadows High School and has been teaching band students for his entire career. Despite more than four decades in education the band teacher said he’s never had a group like this year’s jazz band.

Phoenix Open sets to host golf’s biggest event
The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 at the TPC Scottsdale. Last year’s event drew more than 518,000 people.

Anthem seeks candidates for upcoming elections
The Anthem community is looking for candidates for the Anthem Community Council, Anthem Country Club Community Association, Anthem Parkside Community Association, Village at Anthem Condominium Council of Co-Owners and the Anthem Golf and Country Club Board of Governors.

Anthem community turns out for drug forum
Some 300 Anthem residents turned out for Anthem Family Day, Thursday, the first in a four-part series of community wide drug prevention events aimed at helping keep area kids drug free.

New River acknowledges pair of 4th graders
New River Elementary fourth grader Justin Killian was honored as the Terrific Kid from Bev Thomas’ class.

Arizona Winter Festival heats up with variety of musicians
Arizona Musicfest 2013, America’s Premier Winter Music Festival (January 28 - March 4), presents artists of Classical, Chamber, Opera, Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Country...

Black Canyon City woman wins jeep
Helen Sleeseman of Black Canyon City won a 1971 CJ-5 Jeep in a raffle supporting the Yavapai Humane Society earlier this month.

Cactus Shadows quartet tabbed for All-State Jazz Ensemble
Gary Wykoff is in his 11th year at Cactus Shadows High School and has been teaching band students for his entire career. Despite more than four decades in education the band teacher said he’s never had a group like this year’s jazz band.

Heavy rains hit New River, Cave Creek
The National Weather Service put out an urban and small stream flood advisory for Northern Maricopa County Monday including New River and Cave Creek following the weekend’s rain fall.

Anthem tabs builder, architect for 3701 k
A month after selecting a construction consultant for the overhaul of the community building at 3701 West Anthem Way, the Anthem Community Council unanimously approved a builder at the Jan. 23 Community Council meeting.

Anthem Pets reschedules shot clinic
After getting rained out last weekend the Anthem Pets shot clinic has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday at Jackass Acres Dog Park.

Foothills Food Bank seeks volunteers
The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center in Cave Creek is seeking volunteers to conduct weekly food pick-ups at local food stores for transportation to the food bank.

TPC Scottsdale offers play, watch deal
With PGA Tour season in full-swing and the Waste Management Phoenix Open getting under way on Thursday, the TPC Scottsdale is offering "Play While the Pros Play" during the tournament at TPC Scottsdale, through Sunday. 

Cave Creek school raises funds for Ronald McDonald charities
To celebrate 25 years of service to the community as a leader in early childhood education, The Goddard School located in Cave Creek, is kicking off the national organization’s 25th anniversary festivities with a fundraising campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).

Resource Center added at New River Elementary
The Deer Valley Unified School District’s Family Resource Center, in partnership with First Things First, now has an office at New River Elementary School.

Rotary of Anthem offers scholarship
The Anthem Rotary Club Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors with outstanding achievement.  All high school seniors living in the Anthem, AZ area are eligible to apply.    

Phoenix Open sets to host golf’s biggest event
The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 at the TPC Scottsdale. Last year’s event drew more than 518,000 people.

Desert Foothills Theater presents Pippin
Director Mark Clemente calls it a show with more meat to its characters than what has previously been called upon of actors in Desert Foothills Theater productions.

Carefree explores Indian culture
The town of Carefree will be home to Native American art, music and dance as Magic Bird Festivals presents the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday – Sunday at Carefree Desert Gardens in downtown Carefree.

Hiker dies at Spur Cross Park
A 58-year-old man died after he went into cardiac arrest and fell off a hiking trail at Spur Cross Park on Sunday morning.

Carefree Fine Arts Festival returns for 20th year
The 20th annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival gets under way on Friday. The three-day event, which runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sunday

Community turns out to honor late MCSO deputy
More than 500 area residents turned out for the unveiling of a four foot granite memorial honoring Bill Coleman, the 50-year-old New River resident, who was shot and killed while responding to a burglary on Jan. 8, 2012.

Black Mountain Tai Chi instructor earns honor
Raymond Sol, also known as the “Tai Chi Guy” at Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain, has a new AKA to add to his credentials: 2012 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty.

Kunasek pushes to find balance between oversight, economic growth
Supervisor Andy Kunasek, who was elected as chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for 2013, has vowed to work on giving greater flexibility and transparency to the county’s regulatory system to encourage economic growth.

Arpaio unveils protection plan for schools during Anthem visit
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was at Anthem Elementary on Jan. 9 to announce a plan in which as many as 500 armed volunteers will patrol areas just outside schools in an effort to guard against shootings like December's attack at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead.Curves opens new location in Anthem
After a decade spent helping Anthem women change their bodies for the better the Curves of Anthem has performed an overhaul of its own.

Anthem hosts drug education series
Perhaps subscribing to the axiom that it takes a village to raise a child, Anthem will host the first of four event this year designed at helping keep kids substance free.

Game and Fish stock Valley urban lakes
How does catching a 2- or 3-pound rainbow trout sound? How about catching that trout right close to home?

Anthem Salvation Army collects nearly $25,000
The Anthem Salvation Army Service Extension Unit’s (SEU) 2012 bell ringing campaign raised nearly $25,000. More than 310 toys, 60 coats, six bicycles and numerous hats and gloves were collected during the Fill the Truck toy drive on Dec. 8 at the Anthem Walmart.

Celebration of Fine Arts bring wealth of artists to area
People go to the circus to be entertained by the talents of a wide spectrum of performers including lion tamers, clowns and tight rope walkers.  

Late MCSO officer honored in Anthem on 1-year anniversary of fatal shooting
A year to the minute of his tragic death, family, friends and colleagues of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Officer Bill Coleman turned out Tuesday morning to pay tribute to the New River resident who was killed in the line of duty.

Anthem Rotary honors college students
The recipients of the five 2012 Rotary Club of Anthem $1,000 scholarships recounted stories of their college experiences and plans for the future.  

Candidate forum set for Carefree
Carefree Mayor David Schwann and his fellow Carefree Town Council members will be among the participants at the Carefree Candidates Night, a forum set for 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11 at the Carefree Resort.

Vehicle fire ignites Anthem home
Daisy Mountain Fire Department responded to a garage fire at 8:29 p.m., Sunday in Anthem.

Tramonto woman organizes Sandy Hook run
Tramonto resident Denise Thompson said last month’s school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary struck her like a lot of parents.

Foothills Food Bank find new home
The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, which is located in Cave Creek, has purchased a new 5,000-square-foot facility at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Road in Cave Creek.

Anthem Pets offers shot clinic
Anthem Pets/Jackass Acres Dog Park will have its first shot clinic of 2013 from 9 a.m. – noon on Jan. 26 at Jackass Acres Dog Park.

Cave Creek Balloon Festival returns for 4th year
The Cave Creek Balloon Festival, which drew more than 8,000 patrons last year, returns for the 4th annual event from 3 – 9 p.m., Jan. 12 at Rancho Manana Golf Club.

Home tour benefits Habitat for Humanity
For the seventh straight year the Anthem Holiday House Tour has raised money for various North Valley non-profits.

New River horse rescue earns national recognition
Dreamchaser PMU Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation was honored last month with a 2012 Top-Rated Award by Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

CCUSD honors Carefree Kiwanis
Cave Creek Unified School District Special Education Services presented their Excellence Award to the Kiwanis Job Boot Camp Committee at the CCUSD Governing Board Meeting last month.

Anthem Gallery display hosts pair of North Valley women
Karen Leeds is displaying her abstract paintings at the Anthem Art Gallery through Feb. 2. The artist will be at an opening reception from 7 – 9 p.m., Jan. 5.

Anthem community gathers to mourn shooting victims
A week after a gunman killed 26 in Newtown, Connecticut a group of more than 100 gathered at the amphitheater in Anthem Community Park on Friday, still in search of answers.

Desert Hills resident set to compete in Miss Arizona pageant
When she competes in the Miss Arizona pageant Jan. 5 – 6 at the Mesa Arts Center, Desert Hills resident Kelly Didiot plans to show off her jazz dance skills, but one has to wonder if juggling might be her best talent.

Bomb threat brings Anthem bank to close
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office turned out to The Wells Fargo Bank at 39422 N. Daisy Mountain Drive in Anthem after a bomb threat was called into the bank at approximately 9 a.m. Friday.

Progress continues on 3701 W. Anthem Way building
At a special meeting of the Anthem Community Council Dec. 17 the council unanimously approved a contract with Ryder Lovett Bucknell to be the construction consultant

PVCC classes available for spring semester
Registration for Paradise Valley Community College’s variety of spring classes is under way.  Students can choose from hundreds of college transfer classes from math to English, arts to sciences, and business to performing arts.

DPS stop ends with desert search
A subject remains at large following a traffic stop by the Department of Public Safety at approximately 10 a.m., Thursday along I-17 at the New River exit.

Desert Foothills Land Trust tabs contest winners
Desert Foothills Land Trust has selected the winners from its 10th annual Black Mountain Photo Contest.

Anthem senior honors fellow veterans
He serves on the front lines at Walmart, greeting each and every customer that comes into the Anthem store located at 4435 West Anthem Way.

Mirabel thrives despite economy
Their golf course is more inclusive than it once was while their club membership is more exclusive. That’s the formula Mirabel, located in North Scottsdale, is using to find success.

Cactus Shadows junior wins contest with top hotel design
By creating the ultimate vacation destination for executives Cactus Shadows junior Kyle Kuo will get a free vacation to Switzerland next year, during which he will visit a school he one day hopes to attend.

Anthem Curves builds new home
Curves of Anthem/New River is celebrating 10 years in the community by relocating to a new location. In doing so they are looking for any building materials that can be recycled and used in the build out later this month.

Anthem offers series examining drugs
Anthem area residents are invited and encouraged to attend the first of a four-part series of events, Introduction to Family Day & Drug Education Presentation, that aims to help keep Anthem kids substance free, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Jan. 24 at the ACC Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, in Anthem.

Outlets aid Salvation Army
Outlets at Anthem raised more than $1,500 for the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Toy Drive through its online auction featuring VIP meet and greet tickets with reigning American Idol Phillip Phillips at the center’s eleventh annual Christmas tree lighting event last month.

Samaritan offers holiday surprise
Joe Malinconico, the store manager at the Anthem Walmart simply calls him the community’s Secret Santa.

Black Canyon City teens honored
A pair of Black Canyon City teens were honored Sunday by the VFW District 4 Post 9400 in Phoenix for essay they created.

Veterans offer history lesson to Anthem students
The Anthem Veterans Memorial was built as a way to pay tribute to our country’s military veterans.

Upscale Singers perform holiday show
The Upscale Singers will perform their holiday show “Spirit of the Season” at 5 p.m., Sunday at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church.

Carefree, Anthem host holiday celebrations
Christmas is still almost two weeks away, but Anthem and Carefree residents got a jump on the holiday season with holiday festivities this past weekend.

Cactus Shadows Drama Club caps 24 hours with 6 performances
The Cactus Shadows Drama Club is stepping it up this year. Along with performances of Antigone and Legally Blonde, the school’s Drama Club has decided to do something called 24 Hour Theatre.

Mysterious odor causes evacuation at Boulder Creek High School
An unidentified ammonia type smell, which caused burning of the eyes led to the evacuation of Boulder Creek High School on Dec. 5

Chorus performance aids Caring Corps
The Orpheus Male Chorus will perform a Christmas concert from 4 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday, at the Desert Foothills Lutheran Church to benefit the Foothills Caring Corps, a non-profit organization which provides much needed services to the elderly and homebound.

Samaritan offers holiday surprise
Joe Malinconico, the store manager at the Anthem Walmart simply calls him the community’s Secret Santa.

Carefree Coverings shades Valley clients
As a small business entrepreneur Gary Pelow opened a home decorating business specializing in window and floor coverings 16 years ago in Las Vegas.

Anthem light contest deadline nears
The deadline to enter the ACC 2012 Anthem Holiday Lights Contest is Dec. 14.

Annual Cave Creek 5K aids non-profits
Some 431 runners turned out for the 10th annual Cave Creek Luminaria Run on Saturday.

Anthem tabs consultant for renovation
Since purchasing the building at 3715 W. Anthem Way in late June, Anthem staff has been laying out the plan for renovating the 36,500 square foot building, which will serve the community in a number of ways.

Carefree celebrates Christmas season
The town of Carefree will host the 5th annual Carefree Christmas Festival from Dec. 7 – 9 in downtown Carefree.

Anthem celebrates holiday season
Anthem and Valley-wide residents are invited to celebrate the diversity of the holidays at this year’s Anthem Community Council (ACC) Holiday In the Park

Cave Creek restaurant announces live music for month
Janey’s Coffee House and Bodega in Cave Creek announces a December music line-up that features a variety of sounds including that of several Valley blues and rock legends, authentic Kentucky-style bluegrass music and much more.

Program brings joy to senior for holidays
The holidays revolve around spending time with family. Many think of children delightedly tearing open presents.

Annual Christmas pageant returns to Spur Cross
Cave Creek will once again host the annual Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant, an event drawing hundreds of spectators, this upcoming weekend.

Anthem Council hosts final board meeting of 2012 tonight
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., tonight in the Anthem Community Center.

Food bank director earns honor
The Foothills Community Foundation presented the Quail Award to Foothills Food Bank director Pam DePietro earlier this month.

Cave Creek resident shows 2 winning horses
Alyse Roberts of Cave Creek showed a pair of winning horses at the 2012 FedEx Open American Quarter Horse Associated World Championship Show on Thursday and Friday in Oklahoma City.

Strong turnout at Outlets kicks off holiday shopping
Shortly after clearing the last remnants of their Thanksgiving Day feast from the table Wendy Twiggs, Taffery Lowrie and Tallona Dickson turned their attention to plotting out their shopping game plan.

Carefree celebrates Christmas season
The town of Carefree will host the 5th annual Carefree Christmas Festival from Dec. 7 – 9 in downtown Carefree.

Kiwanis Club honors New River Elementary students
New River Elementary honored their Terrific Kids for the school year’s first quarter on Oct. 30 as Alyssa Masterson and Alyssa Evans were selected.

Upscale Singers award several youth scholarships
The Upscale Singers have selected winners following their sixth annual Vocal Scholarship Auditions, which took place last month.

Professional musician performs for Cave Creek students
After Thursday’s assembly students at both Horseshoe Trails Elementary and Desert Sun Academy in the Cave Creek Unified School District would say that hearing is also a pretty powerful tool.

APS moves forward with power line upgrade in Desert Hills
APS representatives met with members of the New River and Desert Hills communities on Nov. 13 to answer questions and share their plans to improve the consistency of electrical service in the area.

Gun enthusiast injured in accident
A 22-year-old male was injured during target shooting at approximately 9:55 a.m., Sunday near Table Mesa Road.

Jakscht sentenced to 26 years
Arizona dump truck driver Michael Jakscht, convicted of numerous charges for the 2010 deaths of four motorcyclists, was sentenced to 26 years in prison on Friday.

Anthem woman cleans up with green company
Smartkin is an eco-friendly line of products for meal time, lunch boxes or on-the-go instead of paper napkins, paper towels, tissues and wipes.

Anthem hosts annual run
The 10th annual Anthem Turkey Trot, set for Thanksgiving morning will require Freedom

Anthem sends 2013 budget to residents
Anthem residents and business owners can expect to receive the Anthem Community Council’s (ACC) overview of the 2013 budget this month. Scheduled for a late November delivery, the Anthem community will receive, in the mail, the annual Budget-in-Brief booklet that highlights the ACC budget for 2013.

Desert Foothills Library adds E-books
E-books are now available at Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek. The electronic books are accessible to anyone with a valid DFL library card who has a Kindle e-reader or another device compatible with Adobe EPub, such as iPad and Nook.

DVUSD, CCUSD elect new school board members
In the Nov. 6 elections the Deer Valley Unified School District saw board president Ann Ordway and Ron Bayer win reelection.

Political sign disposal offered
With the election now over, candidates and residents with plastic or cardboard election signs are encouraged to recycle them at the North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway

Young Performers Recital set for Saturday
Arizona Musicfest’s Young Performers Recitals kick-off with the first of three performances at 2 p.m., Saturday at Vi at Grayhawk in Scottsdale.

MCSO arrest 9 illegals in Anthem
Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his deputies arrested a total of nine suspected illegal aliens following a bail out in the vicinity of Interstate 17 and Pioneer Road on Nov. 7.

Hidden in the Hills starts Friday
The Sonoran Arts League’s Hiddenin the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, runs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Nov. 23 - 25 throughout Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale.

Anthem Prep falls in title game
Anthem Prep, playing in its second season of 8-man football at the junior high level, finished a 4-6 season by falling 18-0 to Telios in the championship game which took place Saturday in Chandler.

Carefree ceremony honors Veterans
On Veterans Day, one where America celebrates the sacrifices of its military men and women, it was Marcelle Chase, a Belgian-born woman, who was the most emotional speaker during Carefree’s 4th annual Veterans Day celebration.

North Valley hosts variety of Veterans Day events
A trio of events acknowledging the sacrifice of our nation’s military personnel will take place in the North Valley on Saturday and Sunday.

Anthem man catching up to pack
Chris Yano was in Indianapolis last month doing testing for the 2013 Star Mazda Championship Series.

Artist begins bronze sculpting during golden years
He is the quintessential late bloomer. It was only after retiring from corporate America that Hal Stewart began his sculpting career. Since then he has created a myriad of bronzes for museums, galleries and collectors throughout the world.

Boulder Creek warns parents of rubella exposure
In a letter dated Oct. 31, the Maricopa County Health Department issued a letter about a possible case of rubella at Boulder Creek High School. Letters were handed out to students last week. 

Pinnacle Concert series gets under way Sunday
The Pinnacle Concert Series, which includes a variety of musical performances through May kicks off Sunday with Pamela Decker performing on the organ.

 

Community turnouts for Anthem Autumnfest
The fifth annual Anthem Autumnfest wrapped up Sunday as community members turned out both Saturday and Sunday for a host of different events and activities.

Outlets at Anthem receive special delivery
The Outlets at Anthem once again is laying claim to having the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in the country.

Wild West Days return to Cave Creek
Wild West Days, Arizona’s largest western venue and a Cave Creek signature event, returns Friday - Sunday throughout the Town of Cave Creek.

Fundraiser supports youth music program
Arizona Musicfest’s Fall Fortissimo! is set for 5:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Desert Mountain Cochise/Geronimo Clubhouse.

Poker ride supports New River arena
The Kiwanis Club of New River is looking for community members interested in saddling up for the 16th annual poker ride, set for 9:15 a.m., Saturday at Larkyn Memorial Arena.

Artist’s creativity never Boggs down working with gourds
Jane Boggs will be showing her work at studio #38 during the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, which runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 16 – 18 and Nov. 23 – 25.

Anthem reviews bids for overhaul of 3701 W. Anthem Way
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors met on Thursday at the Anthem Community Center. Listed below are some of the highlights from the meeting.

Animal rescues begins holiday fundraising auction
Anthem Pets/Jackass Acres K-9 Korral is conducting their Winter Wreath Project. Wreaths have been decorated for Fall, the Holiday, and special occasions.

Claws N’ Paws hosts open house
Claws n’ Paws, which opened earlier this month in New River, is having an open house from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday at their new location in Riverside Plaza.

Rock concert celebrates youth talent
The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation will host the 4th annual Rock the District concert at 5 p.m., Nov. 17 at El Pedregal at The Boulders.

Pioneer Museum hosts youth art class
Pioneer Living History Museum is offering two drawing classes from 10:30 -11:30 a.m., Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 for elementary school children ages 6-12.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Fine Arts festival returns to Carefree
Nineteen years ago, the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce approached Thunderbird Artists at their Scottsdale Desert Fall Festival because they wanted a quality fine art event held in their own town.

New RV, boat storage opens in Anthem
Covered Wagon RV & Boat Storage brings customers a brand new, affordable and secure self-storage facility in the greater North Phoenix area, serving the surrounding communities of Anthem, Desert Foothills, Desert Hills and Tramonto.

Anthem celebrates season with Autumnfest
The Anthem Community Council hosts its fifth-annual Autumnfest from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Anthem Community Park.

Lunch fundraiser aids Foothills Food Bank
Attendees of the Foothills Empty Bowls event check out the donated wares of local artists.

Hidden in Hills founder proud to be part of art tour
Robin Ray arrived in the Valley 28 years ago and has left an indelible impression ever since.

Musical Theatre of Anthem brings Thumbelina to U.S.
Musical Theatre of Anthem’s next show, Thumbelina: A Swallow’s Tale will include five performances from Nov. 8 -11.

Desert Foothills Theater hosts Pajama Games
Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents “The Pajama Game” set for Thursday through Nov. 4 on the Main Stage of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale.

Anthem council hosts monthly meeting on Thursday
The Anthem Community Council Board of Directors, which typically meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday in the Anthem Community Center.

Senior group seeks to add talent
The Desert Cactus Kickers, dancing grannies group, is in search of people that have a special talent they would like to share.

North Valley hosts variety of Halloween events
Both Anthem and Cave Creek have Halloween celebrations planned this weekend. In addition to Autumnfest Anthem has a business supported Trick or Treat event on Friday. On Saturday Cave Creek has a host of events for both young and old.

Halloween entails specific set of safety issues
Though Halloween is designed to be a fun celebration of masquerade and make-believe, it also can be a night full of childhood injuries.

Free haunted house benefits Bosom Buddies
The Stacy family is throwing a free outdoor haunted house from 6:30 – 10 p.m., Tuesday and Oct. 31 to bring awareness to Bosom Buddies of Arizona, a local breast cancer organization.

North Valley hosts variety of holiday festivities
From haunted houses, to carnival rides, to pub crawls the North Valley will have a variety of events to celebrate the fall season and Halloween fun.

Champions Tour checks up in Scottsdale
The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, featuring some of the most accomplished players in PGA Tour history, will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 4 on the Cochise course at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale.

Thrill seekers set to converge on Cave Creek
Last year’s Running of the Bulls drew approximately 1,000 runners and 5,000 spectators to Cave Creek. In addition to the action there will be live music along with food and drinks available for sale.

ProMusica offers string instrument instruction for kids
ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) is launching a new String Education Program (StEP) for kids in grades 5-8 in the greater Phoenix area who want to learn to play string instruments.

Glass artist cooks up gems
David Wheeler is the epitome of a renaissance man. The Valley artist has been a painter, photographer and film producer, a restaurant consultant and French cook. But sculpting glass is where Wheeler has found his true love.

Anthem Council meeting moved to Thursday
The monthly Anthem Community Council Board of Directors meeting, normally scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the month has been moved to Oct. 25.

APS delays decision on new power lines
Last week APS announced it has delayed the announcement of its decision on the 69-kV power line route until the end of the year.

Mountain biking group offers class in Cave Creek
The International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Cave Creek on Oct. 27 to talk trails, teach people sustainable trail building techniques and spend quality time digging in the dirt.

Electoral college makes a lot of voters feel irrelevant
Is it true the United States is having a presidential election this year? I ask because I've seen no evidence of it. Of course, there is no reason I would, since I'm currently living in a place far removed from all that, where citizens can only dream of having a voice in choosing their national leaders.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Buffalo Chip hosts dinner fundraiser for Horseshoe Trails Elementary
TRRFCC Horsemanship will sponsor their annual All-You-Can-Eat “Fun-Raiser” from 5 – 8 p.m., Monday at the Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek.

Anthem Pets hosts shot
Anthem Pets Inc /Jackass Acres K-9 Korral will have their third low cost shot clinic of the year from 9 – noon, Oct.27 at Jackass Acres K-9 Korral Dog Park.

Salvation Army seeks holiday volunteers
The Anthem Extension Unit of the Salvation Army is seeking more than 200 volunteers to ring bells for The Salvation Army during their annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Lake Pleasant hosts sailing class for women
The Ladies’ Day at the Lake, a day-long sailing summit for women, is set for 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant.

Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade saved by recent contributors
After a lack of financial support threatened to bring a halt to the Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade recent contributions will allow it to continue. The parade is set for 10 a.m., Nov. 10 in Anthem.

Contestants sought for bath tub race
One of Wild West Days’ funkiest events, the bathtub races are a highlight of Arizona’s largest western event, which runs November 2-4.

Black Canyon Heritage Park celebrates grand opening
Black Canyon Heritage Park will celebrate its grand opening from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Nov. 10.

Taste of Cave Creek adds chilli cook-off
The Taste of Cave Creek has added an all-new Chili Cook-off, presented by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln.

Cave Creek library offers seminar on solar
Celebrate Solar, an educational breakfast workshop will take place from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Monday at the Desert Foothills Library.

The Crossroads Church moves to new worship facility
The Crossroads Church is moving to their new worship facility located at 42105 N. 41st Drive, Suite D128 in Anthem, which is just south of The Outlets at Anthem.

Future of local Veterans Day parade at stake
This year organizers are concerned they might have to cancel the parade due to a lack of financial backing.

CCUSD school board candidate forum set for Thursday
Cactus Shadows High School will host a School Board Candidate Forum from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Fine Arts Center (south of Carefree Highway on 60th Street).

MCSO discusses crime in New River, Desert Hills
Lt. Rich Burden from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will discuss crime issues related to New River-Desert Hills and Anthem residents at the New River Desert/Hills Community Association ...

Anthem Council moves toward honoring fallen officer
The Anthem Community Council hashed out the details by which future councils can honor people by naming buildings or other objects in the community at the Sept. 26 meeting.

Scottsdale hosts 12th annual film festival
The 12th annual Scottsdale Film Festival returns to Harkins Shea Theatre this weekend, running from Friday thru Tuesday. Lanyard wearing, schedule highlighted movie fans have an opportunity to watch a balanced blend of films from all over the world.

Cave Creek Museum preps for season opener
Thousands of museums across the country will participate in the free national Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday including the Cave Creek Museum.

Harold’s celebrates 77th anniversary
Cave Creek’s original “Wild West Saloon and Restaurant,” Harold’s Corral, is celebrating its 77th anniversary with live music and a family-friendly BBQ Bash on Saturday.

North Valley trails tie into Valley-wide system
During the state’s centennial year, one that saw the 800-plus mile Arizona Trail, which stretches from the Mexican border north to Utah, the Maricopa Regional Trail has reached the halfway mark in efforts to link the county’s ten parks.

Protection from the latest internet security threat
For the most part computers have been mainly under attack from worms and viruses.

Land trust seeks volunteers
The Desert Foothills Land Trust is looking for North Valley community members interested in becoming involved in protecting the landscape they love through volunteer activity.

Trail from Quartz Trail to Land Trust system under consideration
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is currently considering the addition of a connector trail from Cave Creek Regional Park’s Quartz Trail to the Desert Foothills Land Trust trail system.

Upscale Singers audition for scholarship students
Junior high and high school students living in the Cave Creek, Anthem and New River school districts are encouraged to audition for vocal music scholarships sponsored by the Upscale Singers.

Cave Creek makes request to APS regarding power line route
The Cave Creek Town Council, by unanimous vote Monday, approved a resolution making a recommendation to APS regarding their preferred route for a 69 kv line that will be installed to connect the Gavilan Peak substation in Phoenix to the Cave Creek substation.

Contestants sought for music performance
The Taste of Cave Cree culinary event expands this year with the addition of the Cave Creek Music Contest.

Anthem church aids flood victims
Fellowship Campus in Anthem will be the site of a benefit concert for families adversely affected by the July 31 monsoon storm.

Submissions sought for Black Mountain photo contest
Desert Foothills Land Trust is accepting entries for the 10th annual Black Mountain Photo Contest.

MTA debuts new home with Our Town performance
To kick off a new season in their brand new building Musical Theatre of Anthem founder and Producing Artistic Director Jackie Hammond knew she needed to come up with a big show.

Former NFL player seeks members for new Scottsdale church
Travis Brown played on football teams throughout his life, starting at the high school level where he performed locally in Phoenix at Moon Valley High School, before going onto Northern Arizona University where he starred for the Lumberjacks.

Fundraiser aids restoration efforts at Cave Creek Museum
Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director, often refers to the group of 10 retired men who are volunteering to restore the Museum’s historic Stamp Mill as her “dream team.” .

Carefree council tabs Crane to fill vacancy
After listening to six candidates offer three minute presentations as to why they should fill the vacated seat on the Carefree Town Council four of six council members voted to elect John Crane as the person to serve the remainder of Jim Van Allen’s term on the Carefree Town Council.

Cave Creek Smokehouse hosts wedding expo
The 2012 Cave Creek Western Wedding Expo is set for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday at the Cave Creek Smokehouse's wedding venue.

Desert Hills woman rides cross-country to support abused children
Amanda Larson of Desert Hills is biking from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida to raise awareness and funds to help end child slavery, a problem she encountered while volunteering in Ghana.

Man with Anthem ties thrives in poker world
Dylan Hortin has been playing poker professionally since he was 18-years-old. Hortin, whose mother lives in Anthem, took 10th in the Arizona State Poker Championship last month, winning $14,700 in the process.

Anthem resident set to race down dream
Chris Yano poses at the Indianapolis 500. The Anthem Country Club resident will open 2013 by competing in the Road to Indy series, as he pursues his dreams of competing in the Indy 500.

Carefree council considers 6 candidates
At Tuesday’s Carefree Town Council meeting the six current members of the council were set to select a replacement for Jim Van Allen, who stepped down on July 31. 

Comedy night, dinner, aid food bank
The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, which is located in Cave Creek, will sponsor an event to raise monies for the construction of a permanent new home for its operations.  

Taste of Cave Creek returns to Stagecoach Village
Taste of Cave Creek, featuring more than 25 restaurants in an outdoor, open-air setting, returns from 5 – 10 p.m., Oct. 17 - 18 at Stagecoach Village.

VFW honor Daisy Mountain firefighter
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars turned out to honor Daisy Mountain firefighter Matt Wood with the 2011 VFW Firefighter of the Year award Monday at the board’s monthly meeting.

Prescott author speaks in Cave Creek
The use of algebra and geometry as tools for designing prehistoric, load-bearing architecture are the topic of Prescott author Charly Gullett's presentation, Chaco Fractal Architecture

Anthem council plans for new building
Now that Anthem has purchased 3701 W. Anthem Way with designs for it to be a multi-purpose facility for the community serving functions ranging from office space for council and HOA staff, a welcome center, providing a home for law enforcement entities serving the area, as well as social, educational and entertainment opportunities, the next step is to convert the 36,500 square foot building so it is able to meet those demands.

Anthem group preps for 5th annual marathon fundraiser
The 2012 Olympic games saw Uguanda’s Stephen Kiprotich win the gold medal in the marathon.

Public offers opinions on installation of APS power lines
Members of the public that showed up to the APS open house at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School on Aug. 15 had an addendum to the old standby.

Anthem host monthly meeting
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., tonight in the Anthem Community Center. 

Wealth of candidates turnout for forum in New River
Candidates for offices ranging from the U.S. Senate to Maricopa County Justice of the Peace turned out in New River for the New River/Desert Hills Community Association’s candidate forum.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Jackscht convicted on 4 counts of manslaughter
Michael Jakscht, the driver of a dump truck, which struck and killed four motorcyclists on March 25, 2010 was found guilty on four counts of manslaughter on Aug. 15.

Musical Theatre of Anthem hosts open house
Musical Theatre of Anthem is hosting an Open House from 1 -3 p.m.,  Sunday from to celebrate the opening of their new theater performance space.

Anthem resident opens marketing firm
Inspire PR & Marketing is a boutique public relations and marketing communications firm assisting small to mid-sized companies strengthen their business, reach new customers and increase brand awareness.

Luau returns to Cave Creek
Harold’s Corral will host the Cave Creek Luau beginning at 6 p.m., Sept. 2 in Cave Creek. The 15th annual event includes dinner, live music as well as dancing.

Anthem scientists share magic of the brain
Anthem couple Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik will be a part of an evening combining the world of magic with the mystery of the brain.

Country Club home catches fire twice
Daisy Mountain Fire Department was investigating the scene of a fire at an Anthem Country Club home that ignited for the second time in less than 18 hours Friday morning.

APS hosts open house on location of power lines
Arizona Public Service Company is inviting the public to attend an open house from 6 – 8 p.m., tonight at the cafeteria at Horseshoe Trails Elementary.

Caepe School announces artist schedule for upcoming year
In an effort to bring the valuable lessons of current, working artists to the Caepe School and extended community, as well as extend the visibility of local, North Valley artists, the Caepe School is introducing its Visiting Artists Program.

Carefree council approves road overhaul of $1 million
The Carefree town council voted unanimously to approve the expenditure of $1,007,557.70 to improve the quality of the town's roads at the Aug. 7 meeting.

Anthem Rotary accepts applications for memorial scholarship
The Application deadline for the Rotary Club of Anthem Deputy William Coleman Memorial Scholarship has been changed to Sept. 29.

Anthem Rotary supports Valley teen program
Rotary Club of Anthem supports the local Teen Challenge Program in New River, which helps combat drug and alcohol addictions.

Cave Creek library offers solar workshop
Desert Foothills Library is hosting an informative workshop about solar energey from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Aug. 23. 

Class offers look, taste of desert edibles
Despite often being described with adjectives like harsh, barren and desolate the Sonoran Desert does support a variety of life.

Anthem woman becomes U.S. citizen
Marcella Brown came to the United States in 2004 and has lived in Anthem since 2008, but Thursday was a day unlike any other.

Party celebrates upcoming Boulder Creek football season
The Boulder Creek Football Foundation presents the 3rd annual Community Football Kick-Off Celebration from 7 – 10 p.m., Aug. 18 at Connolly’s Sports Grill.  

Motorists stranded on Carefree Highway
The monsoon storm that struck Anthem on July 31 also wreaked havoc on motorists travelling Carefree Highway.  

New River hosts candidates’ forum
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will be hosting its bi-annual “Meet Your Candidates” night at 7 p.m.,  Tuesday at the Crossroads

New River search warrant leads to 3 arrests
Arizona Department of Public Safety personnel served three different search warrants on Thursday morning including one in New River. The efforts led to the arrest of three alleged gang members.

After school band program offered in Anthem
Dave Janssen’s School of Music in Anthem is offering a free Instrument Petting Zoo at 7 p.m., Thursday, giving children an opportunity to try a variety of instruments.

New orchestra sets audition dates
North Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the auditions dates for all three of its orchestras.

Black Mountain offers Tai Chi class
Tai Chi/Body Balance, is among the fall lineup of classes being offered on the Black Mountain campus of Paradise Valley Community College.

Van Allen resigns from Carefree council
Van Allen, who was elected as a write-in candidate in May 2011cited non-life threatening health issues as part of his reasoning for resigning.

North Valley Regional Library offers plethora of classes
The North Valley Regional Library in Anthem is unique in a couple respects.

Anthem woman becomes U.S. citizen
Marcella Brown came to the United States in 2004 and has lived in Anthem since 2008, but Thursday was a day unlike any other.

Anthem hosts open house
The Anthem Community Center will host an open house from 9 a.m. – noon to Saturday. The morning will include a myriad of demonstrations, contests, activities and sample classes will be available for the whole family.

North Valley archery star takes aim at 2nd medal
After helping the United States to its first medal of the 2012 Summer Olympic games Glendale resident Brady Ellison, who honed his craft as a youngster by practicing at Ben Avery Shooting Range, will attempt to win an individual medal later this week.

Cat camp offers intro for new Boulder Creek students
All students new to Boulder Creek are invited to Jaguar Cat Camp from 9 – 10 a.m., Tuesday in the school’s auditorium.

Camp offers Cactus Shadows freshman preview
The Cactus Shadows High School student council's Falcon Freshman Camp will run from 2 - 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school gym. School begins Aug. 9.

Phoenix police officer killed in I-17 accident
The second fatal accident between Anthem and Black Canyon City in less than a week claimed the life of an off-duty Phoenix police officer who died in an accident on Interstate 17 north of Anthem Thursday.

High Desert’s state run falls short
The High Desert Little League saw their bid at a state championship come to a close on July 24, in Tucson.

Planning in motion for new Anthem building
At the July Anthem Community Council meeting Community Executive Officer Jenna Kollings gave an update on the status of the newly acquired property at 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Boulder Creek grad earns honor for swimming accomplishments
Brian Moore Jr., a 2011 graduate of Boulder Creek High School, was recently honored with the 100 Club Grand Scholarship for $10,000.

3 teens critically injured in rollover
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

FISHING REPORT
A one-car accident sent three teens to the hospital Friday night following a rollover at the intersection of Anthem Way and Freedom Way.

Cave Creek seeks development of cycling path through town
The town of Cave Creek will continue to examine a plan that could bring bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths through approximately 4.5 miles of Cave Creek.

Boulder Creek hires new athletic director
These days life is a bit of a blur for Matt Hreha. The 35-year-old and his family are among Anthem’s newest residents.

Anthem council meets tonight
The Anthem Community Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., tonight at the Anthem Community Center for the board’s monthly meeting.

Boulder Creek grad competes in British Open
Scott Pinckney, a 2007 Boulder Creek graduate, represented Anthem during the British Open on Thursday and Friday at Royal Lytham St. Anne in England.

Fatal accident shut shuts down northbound I-17
A two-vehicle accident left one person dead at approximately 3 p.m., Saturday on I-17 just south of New River.

High Desert faces must win game
High Desert Little League, consisting of 11 – 12 years olds from Anthem, Tramonto and New River will have to do things the hard way if they are to advance to the 2012 Little League Western Regional.

Former Cave Creek council member earned stripes in Air Force
One by one Gilbert Lopez points at the models on the wall in his home office and tells the story of his history in that particular plane, a collection that includes 17 different aircraft.

Rodent causes power outage
Some 4,000 Arizona Public Service customers lost power Friday morning.

New athletic director looks for continued success at Cactus Shadows
Cactus Shadows will start the 2012-2013 school year with a new athletic director as Mike Siwek, formerly of Thunderbird and Independence High School has taken the job as the leader of the Falcons athletic department.

Carefree approves $6.45 million budget
The Carefree Town Council, with little debate, approved by unanimous vote the town's $6.450,871  2013 budget at the July 10 meeting.

Cave Creek approves 2013 budget
The Cave Creek Town Council approved a $16.7 budget for the 2013 fiscal year by a  vote of 6-1 at Monday’s town council meeting.

Fires north of Valley span 7,431 acres
Fire crews continue to work three wildfires north of Phoenix that span 7,431 acres of Tonto National Forest as of press time Tuesday.

Kozacek moves on to North Valley Symphony
The newly formed North Valley Symphony Orchestra will have a meeting for founding members at 7 p.m., on Aug. 13 at a yet to be determined location.

Cardinals head to Flagstaff for training camp
The Arizona Cardinals will once again head to Flagstaff to prepare for the start of the NFL season.

Bulls are set to return to Cave Creek
The Running of the Bulls Festival will return to Cave Creek Oct. 20 with seven bull runs scheduled as 1,200 – 1,500 pound animals will run the .25 mile track along with thrill seekers.

Black Canyon City Fire honors samaritans
When Black Canyon City’s Dee Dee Smith arrived at the Maricopa County’s Arizona Burn Center in the early hours of May 18 she remembers being told she should consider signing a do not resuscitate form.

High Desert plays for District 3 title tonight
The High Desert Little League will play at 7:30 tonight at Anthem Community Park for a spot in the state tournament beginning July 18 in Tucson.

Suspect identified in Sunflower Fire
Steven Craig Shiflet, 23, from Mesa, was charged in connection with starting the Sunflower Fire.

New River hosts candidates forum
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will be hosting its bi-annual “Meet Your Candidates” night at 7 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church.

Cave Creek man found dead in desert
A 79-year-old Cave Creek man, who went missing while geocaching, was found dead Sunday in a ravine off Central Avenue, south of Carefree Highway, in New River.

Cave Creek Museum seeks Mimeograph Machine, volunteers
Though Cave Creek Museum is closed for the summer, much is happening behind the scenes to prepare for the new season. The Museum has two very separate needs and is seeking the public’s assistance.

Cave Creek completes open space purchase
Cave Creek completed the purchase of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in the northern part of town with its final payment last week.

Grant aids Black Canyon City Fire Department
In a job where seconds can determine the difference between life and death the Black Canyon City Fire Department was recently awarded a time-saving victory thanks to a federal grant.

Valley adults pride themselves on remaining kids
In six leagues across the Valley and a seventh down in Tucson adults turn out in mass to compete weekly in a game they learned back in grade school.

Anthem pet owner has close encounter with herd of javelina
Anthem resident John Ernst and his lab/pitbull mix encountered a herd of javelinas during a walk next to the grass field by Diamond Canyon School between Hastings Way and Anthem Way last month.

Anthem council votes for purchase of new building
For a while it appeared the only measure of controversy at the June Anthem Community Council meeting would be whether the vote on the purchase of 3701 W. Anthem Way would come in time for vacationing Tim Fyke to make it back to civilization before dark.

Anthem club team earns winning mark in volleyball event
The future of Boulder Creek High School volleyball was on display during the  2012 Volleyball Festival.

Fire department honors samaritans for efforts
The Black Canyon Fire Department plans to honor Salvatore Muscarella, Deirdre McCaffery and Esther Miller during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday at the Black Canyon Fire Station.

New River, Desert Hills Association hosts candidates forum
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will be hosting its bi-annual “Meet Your Candidates” night at 7 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church.

Local Little League squads compete for District 3 crown
Pool play in the Arizona District Three Little League All-Star tournament continues Thursday with games at Anthem Community Park in Anthem and at Horseshoe Trails Elementary in Phoenix with three teams featuring area ties all bidding for a trip to the state tournament set for Tucson July 18 – 24.

Carefree Council considers town budget
Carefree Town Council will consider adoption of the budget for the 2013 fiscal year at 5 p.m., Tuesday.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Volunteers sought for council to aid children
First Things First is seeking outstanding community leaders to fill the, Health, Parent and Child Care Provider representative seats on the North Phoenix Council.

Corte Bella challenges water rate decision
In accordance with the rules of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Corte Bella Country Club Association, Inc., one of the interveners in the recent water rate case (the deconsolidation component) and a member of the deconsolidated Agua Fria Wastewater District, has filed a request for reconsideration of the Commission’s decision to deconsolidate the Anthem and Agua Fria Wastewater Districts.

Lake Pleasant offers unique evening on water
Instead of zipping along the water on water skis or anchoring in Humbug Cove to party with other lake goers Interpretive Ranger Terry Gerber will be leading a different kind of adventure at Lake Pleasant on Sunday evening.

Arizona monsoon season nears
From high winds and heavy rain to lightning and flash floods, monsoons deliver some of the most hazardous weather Arizonans experience all year.

Purchase decision expected on Anthem building
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors is expected to vote on the proposed purchase of the 3701 W. Anthem Way at tonight’s 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Anthem Community Center.

New River horse rescue offers summer camp 
Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation is offering both a full day and half day camp for children throughout the month of July. 

Cactus Shadows junior honored
Caroline Rodi and Mac Kenzie Lyons, a pair of Cactus Shadows students, were scheduled to be presented with engraved bronze medallions to recognize their selection as Distinguished Finalists in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The ceremony was set to take place at the Cave Creek Unified School District meeting on June 26.

Boulder Creek grad earns trip to U.S. Olympic trials
A year ago at this time Brian Moore Jr. was a new high school graduate, as a member of the 2011 graduating class at Boulder Creek High School.

Desert Hills man readies for fundraising ride
Desert Hills resident Jim Fry has a pair of big goals he’s hoping to accomplish this summer. From Aug. 19-25 the 50-year-old will be in Europe.

DVUSD new Superintendent set to start
James Veitenheimer will begin serving as the latest Superintendent for the Deer Valley Unified School District beginning July 1.

Cave Creek Unified vote to switch 4 schools to charters
Staff members of the Cave Creek Unified School District are of the belief that students returning to Desert Sun Academy, Desert Willow, Lone Mountain and Horseshoe Trails Elementary Schools for the 2012-2013 won’t notice any difference from the schools they left this summer.

Arizona Musicfest signs artistic director to 6-year extension
Robert Moody renewed his contract with Arizona Musicfest as Artistic Director and
Conductor of the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and Chorus earlier this month.

ProMusica seeks new talent
ProMusica Arizona has scheduled auditions for the Adult Chorale and Orchestra auditions for its upcoming tenth anniversary season.

Anthem youth set to compete in volleyball festival
The 2012 Volleyball Festival will welcome 6,000 players, 1,500 coaches, 550 teams and 120 referees to the Phoenix Convention Center for a week-long tournament beginning with opening ceremonies on Tuesday.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Greer celebrates return from devastating fire
Last year’s Wallow Fire turned much of the White Mountains black, but the community of Greer made it through the devastating fire and is looking to put their spirit and community on display.

Caepe School highlights contrasting styles
The Anthem Art Gallery at the Caepe School will celebrate their latest display with a 7 p.m. opening reception on Saturday.

Carefree sets $6.45 million budget for fiscal year 2012- 2013
The Carefree Town Council will look to adopt the 2012 – 2013 fiscal budget at their July 10 meeting.

Prescott preps to host world’s oldest rodeo
Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. is gearing up for the 125th annual World's Oldest Rodeo® this summer and is expecting an official Arizona Centennial event June 28 – July 4 in Prescott.

Cave Creek Unified considers move to charter schools
The Cave Creek Unified School District was set to vote on switching four of its five elementary schools to district-run charters at their June 12 meeting.

Anthem Community Center offers pair of unique health events
Deer Valley Family Resource Center is hosting the inaugural Health and Wellness Fair from 4 – 6 p.m., June 21 at the Anthem Community Center.

Meeting discusses flood threat following Gladiator Fire
A meeting informing Black Canyon City residents about the possibility of a damaging monsoon season will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Albin’s Community Center.

Heard Museum North offers new photography exhibit
Heard Museum North will debut a new exhibit Tuesday, Through the Lens: Dine’ Photographers.

New trial upcoming in Carefree Highway motorcycle accident
Jury selection is set to begin in a new trial of a dump truck driver charged in the deaths of four motorcyclists in north Phoenix.

Prescott preps to host world’s oldest rodeo
Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. is gearing up for the 125th annual World's Oldest Rodeo® this summer and is expecting an official Arizona Centennial event June 28 – July 4 in Prescott.

Foothills Caring Corps honored for work
The Foothills Caring Corps and their Board of Directors were honored last month by the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the Chamber's Community Service Award.

Cave Creek council approves 2013 budget
The Cave Creek Town Council approved an operating budged for the 2013 fiscal year Monday night around 10 p.m. Two amendments were made to the budget before its approval.

Anthem offers presentation on proposed purchase
Anthem staff plans to spend much of its time between now and June 27 talking to members of the community about the possible purchase of the property at 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Anthem tabs Idols for 4th celebration
A group of nine young performers earned the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Anthem’s Independence Day Celebration after winning the third annual “Anthem Idol” contest last month.

North Valley soccer event to bring $10 million to region
While many Valley dwellers go scurrying out of town in June to avoid the heat, the North Valley will see an influx of nearly 5,000 visitors June 23 – 29 for the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championships.

Boulder Creek celebrates class of 2012
Boulder Creek High School’s class of 2012 celebrated graduation ceremonies on Friday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

New River honors pair of 4th graders
New River Elementary’s Andrew Stapely and Tommy Clarke were honored as Terrific Kids for the fourth quarter of the school year earlier this month.

I-17 detour required for installation of pedestrian bridge
Drivers on I-17 should plan for an 18-mile detour overnight on Friday and overnight on June 8 as the Arizona Department of Transportation works to install a pedestrian bridge...

Pet owners howl about lack of dog park in Anthem
A handful of dog owners showed up to the May 23 Anthem Community Council meeting urging the board to add a dog park, what they feel is a pressing need to the community.

Anthem earns win in water rate case
Residents on the east side of I-17 in Anthem will reap the benefits of a nearly two-year long fight that culminated with the Arizona Corporation Commission voting to approve deconsolidation of the Anthem/Agua Fria Wastewater District on May 22.

Memorial Day events honor veterans
An estimated crowd of 2,000 people turned out for Memorial Day ceremonies at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Monday.

North Valley baseball, softball players honored
Boulder Creek High School will have four members of the class of 2012 take the field as Jaguars one final time as West Tunnell, David Real, Chase Wagner and Cameron Brendel will participate in post-season all-star games at Surprise Stadium.

Anthem offers summer baseball camp
The Anthem Summer Skills Camp will feature former professional baseball players, college coaches and high school coaches offering instruction at the Community Park.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish. To view the complete listing go to azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/May-22-2012-Fishing-Report.shtml

Wildfires continue burning in Crown King, Sunflower
The Gladiator Fire in Crown King and the Sunflower Fire continue to rage as the two have combined to burn more than 30,000 acres as of press time Tuesday.

Cactus Shadows gymnast’s tenacity honored
Maddie Krentz, a senior at Cactus Shadows High School, was named the Phoenix Childrens Hospital Comeback Student Athlete of the Year on May 14.

Suspected gas leak ends up being oily rags
A suspected gas leak led to the evacuation of approximately 40 students as well as teachers from a preschool in Anthem at approximately 9:10 a.m. on May 16.

Let it Fly returns for 8th annual camp
Instead the one-time Northern Arizona University quarterback promises a challenging and productive experience for youth, ages 6 – 14, who turn out for his Let it Fly Football Drills and Skills Camp.

North Valley offers pair of Memorial Day ceremonies
The Anthem Veterans Memorial will be the site of one of two Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday.

Cave Creek school looks to reach out to needy
Black Mountain Elementary principal Matt Howsley believes in the old adage, “actions speak louder than words.”

Sonoran Trails students honored for Spanish fluency
Sonoran Trails Middle School in Cave Creek School District recently had 12 of its students earn national recognition for their performances on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations.

Cave Creek residents vote down property tax
Cave Creek voters, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, said no to what would have been the first property tax in the community’s history on May 15.

Input sought for Anthem building purchase
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) has scheduled a number of public discussions regarding its $2.3 million purchase of a community civic building located at 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Golf event aids Anthem Pets
Anthem Pets 7th annual Putting for Pets drew supporters of the non-profit to Scottsdale Sunday to play at Troon North’s Monument Course.

Anthem school honored with $100,000 grant
North Valley Christian Academy of Anthem was recently awarded a 2-year education grant of $100,000 from an anonymous national Foundation.

Boulder Creek PTA honor seniors
To celebrate senior’s graduation, the Boulder Creek High School Parent Teacher Association held its annual farewell celebration.

Class of 2012 set for commencement
The class of 2012 at Cactus Shadows High School and Boulder Creek High School will celebrate graduation with commencement ceremonies on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Tire fire ignites for 2nd time west of Anthem
A tire fire at a cement plant west of Anthem Way, brought Daisy Mountain Fire Department out to the facility for the second time in less than 24 hours on Friday.

Local football programs address safety
The NFL draft is in the rear view mirror. And the first game of the season won’t take place until early September, but the NFL has been in the news for its growing problem regarding concussions.

Volunteers needed to chart Agua Fria River
The Friends of Agua Fria National Monument (Friends) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) call for volunteers for the 5th annual Wet/Dry Mapping of the Upper Agua Fria River on, June 16.

Input sought for new Black Canyon Recreation trailhead
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks public involvement and will hold an open house at 6:30 p.m., on May 24 at the Mayer Fire Station, for an Environmental Assessment on the Big Bug Trailhead located along State Route 69. 

Cactus Shadows offers series of summer baseball camps
Cactus Shadows varsity coach Gaetano Gianni will be leading a host of baseball camps throughout the month of June at Cactus Shadows High School.

Cave Creek woman’s love of animals become unique business
Cave Creek resident Pamela Balin calls her business, “everything but ordinary”.
As she offers a tour around her five-acre property that catch phrase becomes easy to understand.

Field trip brings concepts home to Caepe School students
Students from The Caepe School in Anthem recently had a memorable scientific experience.

County Attorney discusses crime prevention in Anthem
A beautiful Saturday in May may have hijacked many area residents from attending the 2012 Citizen Safety Forum and Expo, however those in attendance at Boulder Creek High School on Saturday got the opportunity to pick up a variety of tips on avoiding being a victim of crime.

Class of 2012 set for commencement
The class of 2012 at Cactus Shadows High School and Boulder Creek High School will celebrate graduation with commencement ceremonies on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Outlets highlight search for missing kids
For the third straight year, the Outlets at Anthem will participate in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) national Take 25 child safety campaign. 

ProMusica closes season at Boulder Creek Saturday
For its final production of the 2011-2012 season, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) will present Aesop and Other Musical Tales with a pair of performances at both 1 and 4 p.m., Saturday at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center.

Desert Mountain 8th grader earns honor as district’s top athlete
Rachael Wood, an eighth grader at Desert Mountain School, was recently named Female Student Athlete of The Year for the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Chuck Hall kicks off Music in May
Anthem’s annual Music in May concert series got under way Friday at the Anthem Community Park’s Amphitheater with blues artists Chuck Hall taking the stage.

Youth spring into action at North Valley gym
When the Summer Olympics in London get under way in late July and on into August viewers may well see a sport that doesn’t quite register to them.

Anthem Pets hosts golf fundraiser
Supporters of Anthem Pets will have a chance to play at the monument course at the Troon North Golf Glub at 1 p.m., May 20.

Anthem seeks public input about building purchase
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) will have several public discussions regarding its $2.3 million purchase of a community civic building located at 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Students efforts land school rock wall
Becka Korn, a third grader at Desert Sun Elementary School was honored for her hard work during a ribbon cutting for the school’s new indoor rock-climbing wall late last month.

Fundraiser aids horse sanctuary
The “Sound of Cave Creek” Music Festival, an effort to aid Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary of Cave Creek, is set to kickoff at 8:30 a.m., Saturday

RELAY FOR LIFE
Boulder Creek High School hosted Relay for Life at the Anthem high school on Saturday night.

Local Anthem youth shares invention
Anthem teen Joey Hudy, who recently was invited to the White House will be at the next New River-Desert Hills Community Association meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

Anthem seeks public input on purchase of building
The opinion of Anthem community members will be sought during the course of the next two plus months as the Anthem Community Council will look to vote on the purchase of 3701 W. Anthem Way at the June 27th council meeting.

Repaving project under way in New River, Desert Hills
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is performing roadway maintenance and rehabilitation activities on the Northbound I-17 frontage road between Plymouth Drive to Old Stage Road.

New traffic safety technology put to test in Anthem
Technology that could eventually improve safety for motorists world-wide was on display Thursday in Anthem.

Anthem Rotary honors top students
The Rotary of Anthem announced the names of five North Valley high school students who each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to support full-time enrollment at any accredited, community college, four-year college or university, trade, vocational or proprietary school for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Anthem selects new board leadership
At the April 25 Anthem Community Council meeting, the first for newly elected board members Robert Linder of Parkside, John Balzer of the Village and Holly Matson of Country Club, the new council elected the officers for the upcoming year.

New River Kiwanis host benefit dinner
The New River Kiwanis will host their 16th annual Lobsterfest from 5 – 9 p.m., May 12 at The Station in New River.

Crown King celebrates centennial, oldest working saloon in state
The saloon was moved to Crown King at the turn of the century from another mining town called Oro Belle. It was a robust time for Crown King as a railroad line from Prescott was being installed.

Show celebrates women in music
The performances will cover a range of genres from alternative, to blues, to rock, pop, heavy metal, soul and country.

Program offers home building clinic for women
Whether it is an opportunity to become more self reliant and gain practical skills or a chance to give back by donating time to help others the Desert Foothills Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s in Carefree are combining to offer a pair of activities geared toward women.

Cactus Shadows students honor veterans with release of annual book
Robert W. Patrick, the director of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., was in Glendale at ASU West on Sunday.

Desert Foothills group earns recognition
Desert Foothills Key Club won honors and elections at the Southwest District Key Club Convention on April 14th and 15th.

Music in May performances returns to Anthem
Anthem’s Music in May concert series returns this year with four new bands that will play everything from country and rock ‘n’ roll, to rhythm and blues, and pop.

Anthem Rotary plans golf tournament
The Rotary Club of Anthem will have its 8th annual golf tournament at 12:30 p.m., May 5 at the Anthem Golf and Country Club’s Persimmon Golf Course.

Anthem Rotary honors top students
The Rotary of Anthem announced earlier this month the names of the five North Valley high school students who each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to support full-time enrollment ...

Foothills Food Bank seeks volunteers
The Foothills Food Bank seeks volunteers to conduct weekly food pick-ups at Basha's, Fry's, Safeway and other stores. The commitment is one day per week, typically involving approximately 1-2 hours.

Reward increases for information on killed burros
As federal law enforcement rangers continue an investigation on the March shooting of wild burros within public lands in the Lake Pleasant area...

Anthem forum examines crime prevention
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) will partner with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Arizona Crime Prevention Association and Boulder Creek High School to offer a free forum on crime prevention strategies.

Upscale Singers aid music careers of North Valley teens
Upscale Singers recently announced the group’s annual vocal scholarship winners. This year’s competition saw 14 junior high and high school students receive awards from $100 to $600 totaling $3,900.  The moneys go directly to the vocal teachers the students choose.

Desert Foothills Land Trust offers guided hikes to preserves
On a cool overcast Saturday morning stewards of the Desert Foothills Land Trust shined the light on one of the non-profit’s 16 preserved properties as nearly 20 hikers turned out to visit the Preserve at the Cave.

Photo contest highlights Daisy Mountain
North Country Conservancy organizers hope those that appreciate the mountain’s scenic beauty are able to capture Daisy Mountain it in all its glory as the conservation group is accepting entries for its annual photo contest.

Cave Creek waste station expands hours of operation
The Cave Creek Transfer Station is the most frequently used waste disposal and recycling center in Maricopa County.

Run helps quench thirsts of Valley’s homeless.
Black Canyon City will be hosting their 2nd annual Earth Day celebration at the park located at 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway.

Officer Offers Overview Of Area Crime
As a law enforcement agency, the Phoenix Police Department keeps track of many statistics. In the past few years many of you have heard of the different ways we track statistics and what we do with the information.

Cactus Shadows club celebrate veterans
Colonel Robert W. “Bob” Patrick (Ret.), Director of Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C will be the featured speaker at this year’s Veterans Heritage Project Reception and Book Signing at 3 p.m. on Sunday at ASU West.

Wine tasting aids schools’ equestrian program
TRRFCC Horsemanship serves the students of Horseshoe Trails Elementary and Sonoran Trails Middle Schools in the Cave Creek School District by providing character-building activities through a hands-on equine experience.

Cave Creek approves zoning for new business
The Town Council approved the rezoning of several plots of land Monday at the Cave Creek Town Hall.

Tramonto business goes to the dogs
Its been a hectic two weeks, but the smile on Jeff Knutsen’s face tells all anybody needs to know about the decision he and his wife Steph made to open Cookies ‘n’ Clean.

Dinner fundraiser aids Desert Foothills Land Trust
From the view of the mountains, to the smell of blossoming flowers, to the sounds of the local wildlife preparing for the evening, the goal of the annual Sonoran Stars will be right in front of attendees of the 17th annual event.

Run helps quench thirsts of Valley’s homeless.
Run For the Thirsty, with a 5K, a 10K and 1 mile walk, is an event to raise money and water for the Valley’s homeless. The event is set for 7:15 a.m., May 12 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix.

Dinner fundraiser aids Desert Foothills Land Trust
From the view of the mountains, to the smell of blossoming flowers, to the sounds of the local wildlife preparing for the evening, the goal of the annual Sonoran Stars will be right in front of attendees of the 17th annual event.

Anthem offers expansive recycling day
Anthem’s Spring Go Green event is set for 8 a.m., April 21 at the Community Center.

Cave Creek preps for Earth Day
Green Cave Creek, a free, all-day event where families can learn about renewable energy and more about how to reuse, reduce and recycle to keep lower energy use and costs is set for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., April 21 at the FCF-Holland Community Center.

Anthem offers treasure hunt
Shoppers who are looking for buried treasure will be able to find that and more as the Anthem business community invites the public to partake in an Anthem Community Treasure Hunt April 27 through May 3.

Anthem council takes on youthful look
Anthem Community Council board president Craig Boates’ recent cartwheel during a flash mob performance at Anthem Days may be symbolic of a changing culture in the community.

Boaters offered safety tips from Game and Fish
Temperatures are warming up, and that means more people will be taking to Arizona’s waterways for boating fun in the sun.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Starlight performs The Princess and The Pea
Starlight Community Theater’s performance of The Princess and The Pea debuts at 7 p.m., Friday at Safeway Regency Center’s Suite B-19.

Cave Creek horse rescue hosts talk on Secretariat
Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy), breeder and owner of Secretariat will give a lecture and audio-visual presentation on the champion and her book “Secretariat’s Meadow” at 5 p.m., Saturday at Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary.

New River Elementary honors pair of students
New River Elementary honored their Terrific Kids for the school year’s third quarter on April 4 as Joel Masterson and Kelsey Coupaud were honored.

Cave Creek run raises funds for land preservation
Saturday is a day to celebrate Cave Creek’s rugged beauty.

Anthem purchase proposal expected
Anthem Community Executive Officer Jenna Kollings announced a purchase proposal for a multi-purpose building in all likelihood will be presented at the 6:30 p.m., April 25 council meeting at the Anthem Community Center.

Anthem hires new director
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) announced at its March 28 Board of Directors meeting that it has hired David L. Smith as its new Parks and Facilities Director.

Anthem Pets hosts shot clinic
Anthem Pets will host its latest shot clinic from 9 a.m. – noon on April 14 at Jackass Acres Dog Park.

Reward increases for information on shot wild burros
A reward has more than doubled for information on the shooting and killing of five wild burros near the Lake Pleasant area north of Phoenix.

Cave Creek group lends hand to New River widow
On March 28, 2012, the K of C Assembly #2833 from St. Gabriel’s the Archangel Catholic Church in Cave Creek, AZ presented a check in the amount of $ 2,235 to Mrs. Beth Coleman, the widow of a Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff William Coleman, who was killed in a shootout in Anthem, AZ on Jan. 8, 2012.

Foothills Food Bank seeks new home
During an economic recession Pam DiPietro heads an organization that has seen its client base grow by 213 percent in the last four years.

Burned Anthem home to be sold at auction
The fire-damaged home located at 3727 W. Ashton Court will be available for sale at a Sheriff’s auction at 10 a.m., Thursday at the West Court Building located at 111 South 3rd Ave. in Phoenix.

Lake Pleasant hosts annual run over Waddell Dam
Lake Pleasant will have its 7th annual Dam Good Run, Walk, Hike from 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday.

Lost Dog
A New River man is offering a $100 reward for anyone that may have found his 14-year-old Queensland Heeler named McKayla.

Fiesta Days Rodeo brings fans out in record numbers
Record crowds turned out for the Fiesta Days Rodeo, which drew to a close Sunday afternoon in Cave Creek.

Cactus Shadows grad earns honor at collegiate level
Camille McIver, a freshman outfielder from Desert Hills was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week based on her performance for the week of March 19 to 25.

Outdoor Expo offers wealth of recreation options
A variety of animals were on display during the Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday. The annual takes place just west of I-17 off the Carefree Highway exit.

Remote control flyers land in North Valley
Airplane enthusiast had the chance to see planes spanning aeronautic history on Saturday and Sunday at Cave Buttes Park, off Cave Creek and Jomax Roads.

Pirates of Penzance land at Boulder Creek High School
ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) brings pirates, fair maidens, and a plot laden with misunderstandings, love, and humor to the stage in a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

Anthem garage catches fire
An Anthem family was able to salvage most of their personal belongings following a fire that started in the garage of their Parkside home Sunday evening.

HOLIDAY ROUNDUP
North Valley groups celebrate Easter

Cave Creek preps for annual rodeo
The annual Fiesta Days Rodeo returns to Cave Creek with action set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Cave Creek Memorial Arena.

Arizona Game and Fish celebrates outdoors
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s will conduct its annual Outdoor Expo from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Black Canyon City celebrates music festival
The Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring “Music in the Mountain”, a Centennial Music Festival at 2 p.m., April 14 at Kid Chilleens Steakhouse.

Cave Creek teen competes for Miss Teen Phoenix
Hadja Stringfellow of Cave Creek was recently selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Teen Phoenix/Tucson pageant competition that will take place on Sunday.

Cactus Shadows hosts home run derby for charity
The Cactus Shadows baseball and softball programs are hosting the inaugural Homeruns for Hunger benefit beginning at 10 a.m., April 7 on the Cactus Shadows High School baseball field.

Cactus Shadows publications receive national awards
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 88th annual Scholastic Convention earlier this month.

Bike Week accelerates to North Valley
Cave Creek will be one of the most popular destinations for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country as they make their way to the Valley to participate in Arizona Bike Week 2012.

Cactus Shadows senior overcomes injuries to earn scholarship
Cactus Shadows senior Maddie Krentz has overcome a number of injuries to earn a gymnastics scholarship to attend Boise State.

Technology class gives students real-world skills
The potential is evident in 2011 Cactus Shadows High School graduate Zach Vesledahl who took what he learned about sound engineering in the classroom and turned it into an internship at Universal Studios.

Anthem to announce council winners today
The voting results for the Anthem Community Council board are expected to be announced at some point today.

Anthem election results announced
Anthem has elected two new members to the Anthem Community Council as results of voting came back Tuesday with Holly Matson as the winner in the race to represent Country Club. She defeated Roger Willis.

Community Center open house previews summer classes
The Anthem Community Center will host an Open House from 9 a.m. – noon, on April 7.

College prep moves to new home
Bella Vista College Preparatory School has relocated to 33401 N. 56th Street in Scottsdale. The school’s new home formerly housed Desert Arroyo School.

Miss Teen
Hadja Stringfellow of Cave Creek was recently selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Teen Phoenix/Tucson pageant competition that will take place on Sunday April 1, 2012.

Anthem Days celebration nears
Anthem invites everyone to experience Anthem Days, a two-day community festival set for 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday – Sunday. This family event, now in its 13th year, features a variety of family-fun, art, music, and food.

Game and Fish seeks input on hunting, fishing issues
Sportsmen/women, wildlife enthusiasts, and other members of the public are invited to a meeting from 6 – 9 p.m., Thursday,  at the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix, to discuss how constituents can best unite and work together on issues and challenges affecting the future of hunting, fishing and Arizona’s wildlife. 

SPRING INTO ART
Stagecoach Village hosted the 11th annual Festival of Fine Art Friday – Sunday in Cave Creek. The event, at Stagecoach Village, included live music, more than 100 artists as well as a variety of food and drinks. 

Law enforcement seeks suspects in shooting of 6 wild burros
Federal law enforcement rangers today seek the public’s assistance in the investigation of wild burro shootings north of Phoenix, Arizona.

Taste of the Foothills aids Caring Corps
Get ready for food tastings, live music and entertainment under the stars as the non-profit Foothills Caring Corps hosts their 8th annual Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cashing & Caring event on March 29.

Rotary establishes scholarship
The Rotary Club of Anthem announced today it has established the eligibility and application requirements for the Deputy William Coleman Scholarship.

Golf event raises funds for scholarship
In golf, the saying is: "Drive for show; putt for dough." Arizona Musicfest is inviting everyone to putt for dough in support of youth and community music programs, including the Roberta K. Pappas Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Centennial play revisits iconic television program
In celebrating Arizona’s centennial the Desert Foothills Theater will revisit The Wallace and Ladmo Show with six performances beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday and running through the 2 p.m. finale on March 25.

Norterra adds pet care facility
Norterra Animal Hospital, PLC and Grooming is having an open house from noon – 4 p.m., Saturday at their Happy Valley Road location.

PVCC at Black Mountain hosts star party
Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain and the Phoenix Astronomical Society are hosting a star party from 7 – 10 p.m., March 29.

Annual motorcycle ride heads through Valley
The 3rd annual 40 to Phoenix “Coast to Coast” International Motorcycle ride will visit the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Home Office in Phoenix at 8:30 a.m., Thursday at the Days Inn in Phoenix, located off I-17 and Deer Valley Road.

North Valley arts council awards scholarship
Madsion Esh, a senior at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria whose photography incorporates a distinctly personal perspective on light and color, has been awarded the Arts Council of the North Valley Art Scholarship for artistic excellence in Photography.

North Valley duo offer auto exchange
M & R Auto Exchange, bringing 25 years of experience is now open in New River. The business offers free appraisals to make for a pleasurable buying experience.

Sheriff Joe pays visit to Anthem
Members of the Anthem Rotary got a cup of Joe to kick start their morning on Friday at the Anthem Country Club.

Gavilan Peak students aid school for at risk youth
Kimberly Raibourne described the fifth graders at Gavilan Peak School in Anthem as “part of the miracle of Sunshine Acres”.

Fundraiser will aid Foothills Community Foundation
The Foothills Community Foundation, which brings services to a whole host of groups in the North Valley, will have its inaugural Hearts and Hands Gala on April 1...

Carefree church walks for charity
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree will host a 3-mile benefit walk beginning at 2 p.m., April 1 on Palm Sunday.

Family landscape company prides itself on service
George and Michelle Iddings, the owners of Iddings and Sons Ladscaping, have spent most of their 27 years as a married couple providing professional landscaping services in both the residential and commercial public works market.

6th annual event remembers late Gavilan Peak student
Its coming up on six years since Avian Allen passed away, but each year Gavilan Peak physical education instructor Jeff Kalk takes time to remind his current students about what he described as both a, “good kid and a good athlete."

Ridgeline Academy offers full-day kindergarten
The governing board of Ridgeline Academy, a Challenge Foundation Academy, approved a free, full-day Kindergarten program for the 2012-2013 school year.

Station restaurant in New River set to reopen
The Station re-opens its restaurant doors to the public on Friday under new ownership with contemporary changes appealing to returning patrons and welcoming first-time diners.

County employee discusses pet care
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will host Rodrigo Silva, the Assistant County Manager for Community Collaboration and Director of the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Unit, at their 7:30 p.m., Tuesday meeting at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Anthem Council honors departing employee
Frank Young, who served Anthem as the community’s Parks and Facilities Director for the last five years, was honored at the Feb. 22 council meeting.

Gas leak causes evacuation at Anthem apartment complex
A gas leak at BellaRosa Apartments in Anthem caused the evacuation of more than 50 residents just before 10:30 a.m., Feb. 21.

Arroyo Grande seeks long-awaited Anthem access
That’s part of the frustration for residents of the 230 home development, located three miles west of I-17 off of the New River exit, which is another three miles north of Anthem.

Green Thumbs lend hand to landscaping projects
What once was a hobby for Rick and Marie Robart has turned into the business venture A Couple of Green Thumbs.

Anthem board votes down move toward planned community status
In successfully running for the Anthem Community Council board in 2010 one of the issues Craig Boates and Jeff Pointer both campaigned on was the desire to give Anthem residents an opportunity to vote on significant financial decisions impacting the community.

Van roll over causes I-17 delays
An airport shuttle van turned over at approximately 10:30 a.m., Saturday north bound on I-17 just south of Black Canyon City, sending six patients to Valley hospitals.

Event offers pets chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Anthem Pets is hosting the inaugural Paddys and Paws Pet Walk from 9 – 11 a.m., March 17 at the Anthem Community Center parking lot.

New River fires extinguished with minimal damage
Daisy Mountain Fire Department was able to save a double-wide trailer in New River from burning to the ground at approximately 3:45 p.m., on Feb. 21.

Quality keys computer virus protection
Every time we turn our computers on we’re threatened by hackers and viruses. We’ve been a victim ourselves or know someone else who had to shell out big bucks to have their computers disinfected from some sort of virus or malware. It does not have to be that way.

Cave Creek library asks for aid
At the Feb. 21 Cave Creek Town Council meeting the Desert Foothills Library asked for the council to reinstate a $20,000 contribution to the library that has been made in past years.

Arizona Musicfest host piano recital for rising stars
Arizona Musicfest will host a Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Recital at Steinway Piano Showroom at 2 p.m., Saturday in Scottsdale.

Cave Creek couple return with art gallery
The couple, who owned Cave Creek Fine Arts Studio for 12 years, are back in town, this time running the Elaine Elliott Gallery at 6057 E. Cave Creek Road.

Anthem man recounts World War II experience
He was part of 35 successful missions as the top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber during World War II, but Anthem resident Winson Jones first broken bone came late last year when he broke his hand after tripping and falling on his way back from working out at the gym at Anthem Country Club.

Anthem Council meeting set for tonight
The Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30, tonight at the Anthem Community Center.

Voting deadline nears in Anthem
Votes for Anthem Community Council Board of Directors, ACCCA Board of Directors and the Parkside Community Association Board of Directors elections, are due by electronic vote or by paper at the HOA offices by March 14.

Art day supports artists in residence program
An Art Tastic Day, headlined by a Fine Art Exhibition and Sale is set for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Ben Avery hosts shooting competitions
Few things are more closely identified with the 100 years of Arizona statehood than the cowboys of the Old West. That portion of Arizona history will come alive at this year’s Winter Range running through Sunday at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Anthem girl scouts lend hand to Foothills Food Bank
Anthem Girl Scout Troop 2540 donated 840 pounds of food to the Foothills Food Bank earlier this month.

Carefree seeks photo entries for desert garden
A new photo contest is being held featuring the Carefree Desert Garden, donated by Desert Foothills Landscape.

Anthem salon celebrates new location
A Wild Hair Salon and Day Spa celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 39510 N. Daisy Mountain Drive, Suite 164 on Thursday in Anthem.

Black Canyon man lights up Anthem gallery
The name of the display that will be featured at the Anthem Gallery beginning March 3 is called Illuminating Experiences.

Rocks Springs Café inaugural car show
The Prescott Vette Sette Corvette Club will feature more than 100 Corvettes of varying years and models from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday at Rock Springs Café located at Rock Springs off of I-17 at exit 242.

Cave Creek plans Earth Day event
Are you interested in saving our planet? Are you or your organization involved in the field of conservation, sustainable practices or renewable energy? If so, you are invited to exhibit or volunteer for The Town of Cave Creek’s Earth Day 2012 celebration.

Daisy Mountain Fire offers emergency training
Daisy Mountain Fire Department will once again offer its eight-week training class, offering Community Emergency Preparedness Training to area residents at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem.

DVUSD begins registration for kindergarten class of 2025
The Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) will welcome the class of 2025 at kindergarten registration March 5-9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Parents are invited to visit their neighborhood school’s office to register for kindergarten.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Library aids residents seeking passports
The Desert Foothills Library is hosting an event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., March 10 in Cave Creek to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

Anthem Rotary scholarship honors fallen deputy
The Rotary Club of Anthem is adding a sixth $1,000 scholarship to its scholarship program. The newest scholarship will honor Deputy William Coleman who died last month in the line of duty in Anthem.

Cave Creek preps for annual trail run
The Town of Cave Creek, in partnership with Desert Foothills Land Trust and Maricopa County Parks, is hosting its third annual Cave Creek Trail Run at 7 a.m., April 7 in their ongoing effort to preserve 4,000 acres of Sonoran Desert land surrounding Cave Creek.

Class of 2012 celebrates 12 scholarship athletes
Despite being a day off from school a dozen smiling seniors were on campus at Boulder Creek High School on Feb. 1.

Centennial show celebrates Arizona's history
In the pioneer spirit of the Grand Canyon State’s forefathers Desert Foothills Theater is putting together an original performance, “In the Devil’s Frying Pan”, which will continue at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek.

Photo contest highlights Carefree garden
A new photo contest is being held featuring the Carefree Desert Garden, donated by Desert Foothills Landscape. The four-acre Garden, in the Carefree park on Easy Street, contains a variety of plants.

Carefree preps for centennial event
As part of the state’s centennial the town of Carefree will bury a time capsule at noon, on Tuesday at the sundial.

Cave Creek Museum celebrates centennial
Cave Creek Museum will host a centennial celebration event in honor of Arizona’s 100th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Museum will open its doors to the public from 1 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

NRDHCA welcomes politicians
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will host state senator Lori Klein, John Hauskins from MCDOT and Joe Klima of the City of Phoenix police department from 9 – 10 a.m., Friday at the Tramonto Fire Station Community Meeting Room.

ProMusica performs to celebrates state’s centennial
The Arizona Centennial Foundation has recognized the PMAZ Celebrating Arizona's Centennial concert as an official event in recognition of 100 years of statehood. 

Cave Creek proprietor earns honor
Valerie Watters, owner of Valerie’s Furniture & Accents, was awarded the 2011 Retailer of the Year Award by the Arizona Home Furnishings Representatives Association (AHFRA), in a ceremony earlier this month in Scottsdale.

Anthem approves negotiations for bid on new building
After years of discussion and planning the Anthem Community Council is taking a step forward in efforts to establish a permanent home for Anthem staff.

Anthem Golf, Country Club board set
With the withdrawal of a candidate on Monday the Anthem Golf and Country Club Board of Governors is set.

Anthem library adds recording feature
The North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem added a Maricopa County Recorder’s KIOSK late last month.

 Anthem Rotary offers pair of $1,000 scholarship
The Rotary Club of Anthem continues its tradition of offering $1,000 scholarships to recognize outstanding achievement by senior students at Boulder Creek and Sandra Day O’Connor High Schools.

 Cave Creek, Carefree set for next council meetings.
The towns of Cave Creek and Carefree will have their next council meetings next week with Cave Creek’s set for 7 p.m., Monday in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall.
Carefree’s council meeting will be at 5 p.m., Tuesday in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

 Daisy Mountain Fire offers safety class
Daisy Mountain Fire Department will once again offer its eight-week training class, offering Community Emergency Preparedness Training to area residents at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem..

 Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

 Anthem rallies to support fallen sheriff deputy
Support for first responders and the family of Bill Coleman, the New River resident and Maricopa County Sheriff’s officer that was shot and killed in the line of duty in Anthem earlier this month, continued to poor in during the latest Anthem Community Council meeting.

 Youth baseball team seeks new players
The Anthem Rattlers, a youth baseball squad for ages 9 and under, is preparing for the upcoming season. 

 DPS searches for suspect in fatal hit and run
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) needs the public’s help to identify the driver of a vehicle that left the scene of a fatal collision on Jan. 23.

 Cave Creek venue supports breast cancer fundraiser
The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse will host the third annual Bulls 4 Boobs fundraiser Fridays beginning Feb. 24 through the finale on March 30 in Cave Creek.

Animal adoption event returns to Anthem
The Eighth Annual PACC911/Anthem Animal Extravaganza and Adopt-a-Thon will take place between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Feb. 4, in Anthem Community Park Sponsored by PetSmart Charities©, the event is open to the public.

Candidates for Anthem Community Council announced
Voting for the 2012 Anthem Community Council board won’t be completed until March 21, but one of three spots at stake was filled on Thursday.

Anthem examines plan to grow, aid business community
In efforts to strengthen Anthem’s business community, both in terms of supporting existing business and making the community more attractive for potential businesses, Anthem hired ESI Corporation to conduct an economic analysis of the Anthem area.

Original production highlights Arizona’s history
In the pioneer spirit of the Grand Canyon State’s forefathers Desert Foothills Theater is putting together an original performance, “In the Devil’s Frying Pan”, which will debut at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek.

Carefree preps for centennial event
As part of the state’s centennial the town of Carefree will bury a time capsule at the sundial on Feb. 14.

Phoenix Open brings golf, music, parties to North Scottsdale
Defending tournament champion Mark Wilson, 39-time PGA Tour winner and two-time Phoenix Open champion Phil Mickelson and three-time PGA TOUR winner and Scottsdale resident Bubba Watson will be in the field for the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open set to get under way beginning Monday and concluding with the final round on Feb. 5.

Thousands mourn slain New River MCSO deputy
A number of benefits some big and some small have already happened and still more are upcoming as Anthem and New River have rallied to support the family of the late William Coleman.

Desert Hills resident tabbed for television show’s relief effort
Donna McCoy Shay moved to Arizona in 1981, but the Desert Hills resident has gone back to visit her parents and friends in Missouri often during the last 30 years.

Desert Foothills Land Trust set for annual meeting
The Desert Foothills Land Trust will host its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 25 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center.

Anthem Council candidates must commit tonight
The candidates running for the Anthem Community Council will be announced sometime Thursday morning. Three seats will be at stake when Anthem residents vote in March.

Forum tonight examines economic analysis of Anthem
Residents and local business owners are invited to attend a community forum regarding the economic analysis of the Anthem community at 6 p.m., tonight at Anthem Community Center.

APS responds to public’s concern about project
APS announced a couple of changes to a project that will impact Desert Hills residents at the Jan. 10 New River/Desert Hills Community Association meeting.

New River hosts state’s jalapeno eating contest
The Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon will hosts its 15th annual Chili Cook-off in conjunction with both the state’s jalapeno eating contest and the state championship salsa contest as well as a green chili contest from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Jan. 28.

New show highlights amateur chefs
Bagel Boy Productions, at Runway 21 Studios in Scottsdale is looking for amateur chefs and cooks for their new show, “The Great American Amateur Kitchen”.

Crown King offers a road worthy of travel
Traveling the now 28 miles of dusty, washboard dirt road up to the town of Crown King may seem daunting to some folks… but we challenge you to step back in time to the early 1900s when this “living ghost town” was at the peak of its prosperity. 

New River rescue receives support
Horseshoe Café in Wickenburg and Dreamchaser Horse Rescue located in New River have teamed up to raise funds for the rescue.

Phoenix Open salutes military, first responders
In honor of the men and women who actively serve this country in law enforcement, emergency services and the armed forces, they along with one accompanied guest are invited to be guests of The Thunderbirds (free of charge) at the upcoming Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 at the TPC Scottsdale.

Sheriff’s officer from New River killed in shooting
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy William Coleman, a New River resident, was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday...

Desert Hills resident tabbed for television show’s relief effort
Donna McCoy Shay moved to Arizona in 1981, but the Desert Hills resident has gone back to visit her parents and friends in Missouri often during the last 30 years.

MCSO makes drug arrests in Anthem Country Club
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a pair of Anthem Country Club residents and seized more than $800,000 in cash along with two vehicles from a home on Prestancia Court on Jan. 3.

Court proceedings regarding burned Parkside home near conclusion
Following an inquiry by The Foothills Focus to Anthem Parkside regarding the status of the Anthem home burned on April 25, 2010, which still stands in disrepair on 3727 West Ashton Court, Parkside sent the following response from their attorney.

Habitat for Humanity Restore offers deal
How many times have you thrown away valuable coupons for items you do not buy?  Wouldn’t it be nice to pass the savings along to someone who would use them?  And what about getting coupons for items you do buy?

Scottsdale concert highlights top youth musicians
Arizona Musicfest offers a concert featuring the music of master composers Mozart, Chopin, Ginastera, Prokofiev, Godard and Schubert at theYoung Performers Recital musicians at 2 p.m., Saturday at Vi at Silverstone in North Scottsdale.

APS plans for new power lines jolts Desert Hills community
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association will host APS at their monthly meeting to discuss the Desert Hills Power Line Construction Project at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship in New River.

Fundraising effort continues for Anthem Veterans Memorial
The Anthem Community Council announced last week that the Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning has raised more than $193,000 to date and is looking for the final $25,000 to offset the build costs and establish a maintenance fund.

MEMORIAL
A memorial service for E. Lorraine Mandeville will take place from 2 – 5 p.m., Jan. 15 at Albins Civic Center in Black Canyon City.

On The Towne opens classes for latest show
On the Towne Community Theatre will begin classes for the Magic Machine on Jan. 16 at Canyon Springs School.

Anthem Pets offers shot clinic
Anthem Pets with the help of Academy West Animal Hospital in Glendale will have a winter shots clinic from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Jan. 21 at Jackass Acres Dog Park in New River.

Black Canyon Fire welcomes public to new home
At 10 a.m., Jan. 21 the Black Canyon Fire District Board of Directors is hosting a grand opening event to give Black Canyon’s 5,000 plus residents a chance to see the 10,000 square foot building with a 6,000 square foot apparatus bay.

Anthem seeks volunteers to serve on council
Anthem will have three spots on their seven member board at stake in the upcoming elections in March.

Cave Creek Town Council meeting cancelled
The regularly schedule Cave Creek Town Council meeting, which would have taken place on Jan. 3 has been cancelled.

Presentation illuminates bullying issue to Anthem students
Canyon Springs School in Anthem was paid a visit by Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), who offered a presentation on the issue of bullying in schools earlier this month.

Cave Creek to vote on property tax
Cave Creek residents will vote on a property tax which would fund fire and ambulance services for the town in a special election, May 15.

Cave Creek releases hike schedule
Cave Creek Regional Park recently released its event schedule for January that includes classes, hikes, an exercise series as well as equestrian opportunities.

New River, Desert Hills group hosts monthly meeting
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association will host Rodrigo Silva, Assistant Country Manager for Community Collaboration and Director of the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Unit at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10...

Rotary of Anthem, Salvation Army raise $73,000
The Rotary Club of Anthem raised $31,702.49 in charitable donations in 2011. Members of the Anthem Club also operate the Salvation Army Extension Unit in the North Valley, which gave more than $42,000 in assistance in 2011.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department seeks to fill board vacancy
Due to a vacancy on the Daisy Mountain Fire Board letters of interest to fill the vacancy are being accepted until 5 p.m., Thursday.

Phoenix offers Christmas tree drop locations
The city of Phoenix Public Works and Parks departments has partnered with A to Z Equipment Rental & Sales to offer free drop-off...

Development group expects lot sales to begin in January
Arroyo Norte, a development on the east side of I-17 between Anthem and New River,will have lots for sale as early as January.

Desert Hills couple recognized with national honor
Donald and Patricia Morris of Desert Hills were recently honored as the cowinners of the 2011 Community Activist Award from Legacy...

Event aids Anthem teen
We Care in Anthem and Sanderson Ford in Phoenix are hosting a Koncert for Katie from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at the Anthem Park Amphitheater as a benefit for Anthem teen Katie Wagner.

Orpheus Male Chorus performs in Scottsdale
The Orpheus Male Chorus, Arizona’s longest continually performing choral organization, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday as part of the Pinnacle Concert Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Daisy Mountain trains officers in animal rescue
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department offered training earlier this month in Advanced Large Animal Rescue Training (LART) in New River.

Horse rescues weigh in on Congressional decision
A decision by Congress earlier this month has horse experts torn on the impact it will have on an industry that they consider inhumane and barbaric.

Cactus Shadows group spends time in nation’s capital
Cactus Shadows High School students in the school’s Veterans Heritage Project club visited Washington D.C. Dec. 1 – 4 to make a presentation about their club to the National Council for the Social Studies.

Rollover at New River sends 3 to hospital
A single vehicle rollover Wednesday night northbound on I-17 at New River (exit 232) sent a minor and two adults to the hospital.

Anthem seeks volunteers to serve on council
Anthem will have three spots on their seven member board at stake in the upcoming elections in March.

Anthem business owner recognized by chamber
Casey Cottrell, 38, was recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce at Anthem North Gateway earlier this month.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department seeks to fill board vacancy
Due to a vacancy on the Daisy Mountain Fire Board created by the departure of Roger DeBonis, letters of interest are being solicited to fill the balance of Mr. DeBonis’s four-year term which expires in December of 2012.

DVUSD accepts tax credit contributions on New Year’s Eve
The Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) will open its doors from 8 a.m. – noon, Dec. 31 at the District Office for those interested in making a last-minute tax credit contribution.

Anthem restaurant accepts donations for food bank
The Foothills Food Bank, which serves families throughout the North Valley, is in need of food donations for the holidays and new year.

Cave Creek Regional Park releases event schedule
Cave Creek Regional Park recently released its event schedule for January that includes classes, hikes, an exercise series as well as equestrian opportunities.

Anthem Rotary seeks help for holidays
The Rotary of Anthem announced late last month that Dave Newham will serve as president of the Club and Joann Greenstein will assume the role as president-elect, previously held by Newham.

Habitat homes add solar panels
More than 20 volunteers turned out Saturday to begin installation of donated solar systems on two neighboring Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills homes.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT
Stockings full of holiday entertainment options

Musical Theater of Anthem celebrates season
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) will perform its Holiday Show, filled with the sounds of the season at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at Fellowship Church, 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem.

Santa visits North Valley
Hands Across Anthem, Pro Musica and Daisy Mountain Fire Fighters Charities are combining to bring Santa to town on Friday and Saturday.

Arrest made in Thanksgiving bomb scare
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies on Saturday arrested a Walmart employee in connection with a Thanksgiving day bomb scare that closed Cave Creek's Walmart for seven hours.

Desert Hills couple light up holidays
Desert Hills residents Mike and Barb Mulvenna are collecting donations to support the 100 Club at their annual holiday light display.

Carefree festival celebrates Christmas season
The Carefree Christmas Festival is highlighted by an Electric Light Parade at 6 p.m., Saturday. The event is now in its fourth year.

Cave Creek Luminaria Run set for 9th year
The Cave Creek Luminaria Run will celebrate its 9th anniversary event at 5:15 p.m., Saturday beginning at the Cave Creek Rodeo Grounds.

Crowds come to Anthem, commence holiday shopping
Twas the night before Black Friday when all through the Outlets at Anthem shoppers by the car full showed up to start their Christmas shopping.

Caepe School discontinues grades 9-12

The Caepe School in Anthem, announced the termination of high school classes effective Dec. 31 in a release issued on Tuesday.

Local fire departments host toy drives
The Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charity Association continues its 4th annual Holiday Toy Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday at the Outlets at Anthem and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Anthem Walmart.

New River Desert Hills Community Association set for holiday social
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will have its annual holiday social and dessert potluck with special guest, District 3 County Supervisor Andy Kunasek at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.
Cave Creek Walmart evacuates following bomb scare
The Walmart Supercenter in Cave Creek was evacuated and closed for seven hours
on Thanksgiving after an assistant manager found a suspicious device in an employee refrigerator.

Youth football team claims state title
The Wolfpack, a youth football team in Anthem made up of players aged 11 – 12, completed an undefeated season (10-0) with a state championship earlier this month.

Anthem to test traffic safety technology
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has selected Daisy Mountain Drive in Anthem as a test site for new technology aimed at making signalized intersections safer nationwide. 

Cave Creek resident to perform in Thanksgiving Day Parade
Before sitting down to a meal with loved ones, many will begin their Thursday by tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

Cave Creek couple set for Hidden in the Hills event
He’s an artist and art teacher who coaches high school track and pole vaulting and oversees student scholarships. She’s an artist in her own right and for two decades has volunteered to alleviate hunger.

Anthem plans holiday celebration in park
The Anthem community will celebrate the holiday season with its first Holiday in the Park event from 5:30 – 8 p.m., Dec. 8 in the Community Park’s

Daisy Mountain Fire awarded grants
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department was awarded $165,500 in grant funding to help sustain vital programs earlier this month.

Zuva Gallery supports Foothills Food Bank
Zuva Gallery at El Pedregal will host a holiday food drive to support the Foothills Food Bank through Dec. 17.

Anthem North Gateway chamber banquet to honor small business person
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Anthem North Gateway has announced four nominees for their 2011 Small Business Person of the Year Award. Nominees include:...

Starlight auditions for Rapunzel
Starlight Community Theater is conducting auditions for their youth production of Rapunzel at 10 a.m., Dec. 3 at Starlight Suite #B-119 in the Safeway Center in Anthem.

Anthem’s search for permanent home continues
At the Nov. 16 Anthem Community Council meeting, the final one of 2011, Community Executive Officer Jenna Kollings announced that while several options have been explored Anthem is no closer to having a permanent home for its staff.

Majority of Arizonans support nonpartisan ballot in primaries
More than half of Arizonans support switching from partisan primaries to a nonpartisan ballot that would send the highest-polling candidates on to the general election regardless of party affiliation, according to a poll released Monday by a public policy research group.

Anthem dedicates Veterans Memorial
On Friday nearly 5,000 people showed up at Anthem Community Park for Veterans Day to dedicate the new Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Trainer challenge highlights rehabilitated horses
Brandi Lyon was the winner of the 4th annual Luv Shack Challenge in Cave Creek earlier this month, but she said she hopes the event produces a lot of winners, specifically the 11 horses that participated.

Cave Creek couple set for Hidden in the Hills event
He’s an artist and art teacher who coaches high school track and pole vaulting and oversees student scholarships. She’s an artist in her own right and for two decades has volunteered to alleviate hunger.

Trio of unrelated I-17 accidents near Anthem occur in 16 hour stretch
Daisy Mountain Fire Department reported to a pair of accidents with serious injuries northbound along I-17 last week.

Black Mountain hosts star party
Black Mountain Campus will have a star party from 6 – 10 p.m. on Thursday giving attendees a chance to view the Leonids Meteor shower.

Voters nix budget override for CCUSD
The Cave Creek Unified School District's budget override effort went down to defeat on Nov. 8 as 56 percent of 14,250 voters were against the effort, which would have increased taxes about $12 a year on a house assessed at $100,000 to about $27.

Daisy Mountain Fire set for annual toy drive
The Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charity Association begins its 4th annual Holiday Toy Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday at the Outlets at Anthem and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Anthem Walmart.

Plane flips in accident at Deer Valley Airport
A small plane over turned after landing at Deer Valley Airport on Saturday morning, officials said.

Norterra kicks off holiday shopping
The Shops at Norterra will distribute special “Black Friday Survival Packs” beginning at 6 a.m. Nov. 25. The reusable shopping bags will be filled with coupons, refreshments and a map detailing all the Norterra merchant’s discounts and deals at a tent located on Norterra’s Main Street, located next to Olive Creations.

ProMusica celebrates holiday with performances
ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) continues its holiday musical tradition by celebrating a “Joyous Noel!” at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center.

Pinnacle Concert series continues
The Pinnacle Concert Series will feature organist Christopher Houlihan at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.

Cactus Shadows High School gets long-awaited construction under way
Students have started at Cactus Shadows High School as freshman and graduated with their diplomas following their senior years...

Carefree hosts Fine Arts Festival
Being labeled an abstract painter was too big of an umbrella for Deborah Valiquet-Myers, one she didn’t feel said much at all about what she does.

Cave Creek celebrates Wild West Days
Cave Creek’s 9th annual Wild West Days gets under way with the Wild West Golf Classic, a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, Thursday at Rancho Manana golf course.

Anthem continues push for lower water rates
The Anthem Community Council is still seeking a way to get a bigger flood of residents to step forward against their rising water rates, a push dating back to July of 2009.

Navajo Code Talkers expected for Anthem Veterans Parade
Six members of the Navajo Code Talkers who served with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific during World War II have agreed to participate in the 7th annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade in Anthem beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.

Boulder Creek opens football playoffs on road
The Boulder Creek Jaguars will need short memories and much improved play when they get back on the bus for the ride to Mesa Friday.

Anthem rallies around cancer-stricken youth
Katie Wagner, a 15-year-old sophomore at Boulder Creek High School, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of stage 4-cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. A "We Care" Anthem account has been set up for Katie Wagner at Mid First Bank.

Anthem sponsors holiday light contest
Neighbors in Anthem are invited to partake in some competition for cash prizes this holiday season by entering the community’s 4th annual Lights of Anthem Holiday contest. The contest seeks the best that Anthem residents have to offer when it comes to decorating their homes for the holidays.

County Attorney visits New River
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) is hosting a public discussion featuring Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship

Rock band set for Halloween show Friday
The front man for Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers said he’s looking forward to the band’s first performance in Cave Creek, an 8:30 p.m. show Friday at Harold’s Corral.

Stagecoach Village brings 3rd annual art show to Cave Creek
The 3rd annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art and Wine Festival is set for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday.

Anthem Habitat for Humanity store offers Retro Day
The Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills ReStore is having a 50s themed “Retro Day” event from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday. The store will roll back prices for one day with 50 percent off everything in the store.

Bathtub racers sought
Bathtub racing is a science in Cave Creek, Ariz., home to Wild West Days, Arizona’s largest western venue.

Desert Foothills Library adds new bookstore
Chapter2 Bookstore will conduct a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Boulder Creek band recognized at NAU competition
Boulder Creek High School Marching Band was rewarded for its hard work and efforts by earning a Superior rating in Division 2 for their performance at the Northern Arizona University annual Band Day competition in Flagstaff on Oct. 22.

Anthem man creates annual Halloween haunted house
Anthem resident Greg Rosky, who lives at 40609 N. Apollo Way in Anthem, has been putting on an annual haunted house in his garage for the last couple of years.

Saved dog in Anthem thriving
In February of 2009, The Foothills Focus reported on the story of an eight-week-old puppy trying to recover from a badly broken leg suffered when he was thrown from a moving vehicle in the median along I-17 near Anthem.

Anthem celebrates 4th annual Autumnfest
Anthem’s fourth annual Autumnfest will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday in the Anthem Community Park.

Navy vet recounts World War II service
Anthem resident Jerry Kass wrote a book about his life and fittingly called it, “As American as Apple Pie.”

Caepe School features Scottsdale artist in new display
Scottsdale artist Bela Fidel is the featured artist at the Caepe School starting Saturday and running through Dec. 3.

Deadline approaches for Black Mountain photo contest
The entry deadline for the 9th Annual Black Mountain Photo Contest is Sunday.

Scottsdale artist gives back to local schools
He started building toy boats and models before most children were in kindergarten. He was enrolled in a gifted art program in high school, and by the time he graduated Chris Heede had studied art for 15 years.

Arizona Musicfest features top youth talent
Arizona Musicfest presents the Dil & Louise Dilatush Young Artists Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Chapel Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, showcasing the Valley’s finest young instrumentalists and vocalists.

Cave Creek welcomes Walmart
Walmart celebrated its grand opening in Cave Creek on Oct. 5 with several hundred area residents turning out to check out the 128,000 square-foot superstore, which features a full grocery store, a general-merchadise selection as well as a pharmacy.

Annual luncheon raises funds for Foothills Food Bank
The meals admittedly won’t be big, but the message and the value of the event is huge according to organizers of the 11th annual Foothills Empty Bowls luncheon, an event set for 11 a.m., Oct. 21 in the Carefree Town Center.

Running of Bulls to bring thrill seekers to Cave Creek
This weekend Cave Creek will be visited by a group of people that see the world in a different light.

Saved dog in Anthem thriving
In February of 2009, The Foothills Focus reported on the story of an eight-week-old puppy trying to recover from a badly broken leg suffered when he was thrown from a moving vehicle in the median along I-17 near Anthem.

North Valley celebrates Halloween
From places to take the kids trick or treating, to crazy adult themed costume parties the North Valley has it covered for the Halloween season. Listed below are a variety of the events taking place in Anthem, Cave Creek, Carefree, Phoenix, Scottsdale, New River, Tramonto and Black Canyon City.

North Valley arts group seek scholarship applicants
Applications are now being accepted for the Arts Council of the North Valley's Donna E. Kublin Art Scholarship Award .

Wayne Wilson Rodeo cancelled 
The Desert Foothills Community Association voted to cancel the 3rd annual Wayne Wilson Rodeo.

Daisy Mountain Fire walk, ride event promotes student safety
The inaugural Daisy Mountain Walk to school event with Gavilan Peak Elementary School took place on Thursday in Anthem.

Cave Creek welcomes Walmart
Walmart celebrated its grand opening in Cave Creek on Oct. 5 with several hundred area residents turning out to check out the 128,000 square-foot superstore, which features a full grocery store, a general-merchadise selection as well as a pharmacy.

Taste of Cave Creek celebrates local food, music
The Taste of Cave Creek, a culinary event that also includes an art show and live music as a way of celebrating the town’s 25 years of incorporation and 140 years of western heritage is set for October 15 – 16 at Stagecoach Village.

Hidden in the Hills celebrates 15 years
It started over a glass of wine one summer evening in 1996. Several Valley artists discussed creating an event that would bring the public into their homes and studios.

Board colleagues examine Boates’ eligibility
While Craig Boates looked for holes in the opposing defense while helping coach a youth football game on Sept. 28 his colleagues on the Anthem Community Council were examining holes in the community’s governing documents.

Schedule set for Anthem Veterans Memorial dedication
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning Committee and the Anthem Community Council has announced the dedication and opening ceremony sponsors, schedule and
speakers for the Veterans Memorial in Anthem.

North Valley celebrates Halloween
From places to take the kids trick or treating, to crazy adult themed costume parties the North Valley has it covered for the Halloween season. Listed below are a variety of the events taking place in Anthem, Cave Creek, Carefree, Phoenix, Scottsdale, New River, Tramonto and Black Canyon City.

Black Canyon City hosts fundraiser
The Board of the Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce will have its 4th annual Wine, Cheese, and Pie event from 6 – 11 p.m., Satudray at Rock Springs Café.

Marble delivery causes angst in Anthem Memorial project 
In every respect but one the Anthem Memorial project is on schedule. With just more than a month remaining before the Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony in front of the memorial there is one hangup troubling Ron Tucker, the man that has overseen the project from the beginning

MCDOT offers look at revised New River traffic plan
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) is hosting a public discussion featuring MCDOT’s current New River Road Traffic Safety Study at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

Anthem recycling event set for Saturday
Representatives from Allied Waste, Shred It, Westech Recyclers, Transchem and Big Brothers and Big Sisters will be on hand from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday in the Community Center’s parking lot for Anthem’s fall Go Green event.

Anthem man offers unique boot camp for kids
Anthem resident Jennifer Huddleston might perfectly sum up what Thomas Hill is trying to accomplish with his new business called Bounce Boot Camp.

Musical History Museum offers historic photography display
Beginning Saturday the Musical Instrument Museum opened a new exhibit called, “The Power of Music.” The display, which runs through Nov. 27, features photographic portraits of Americans and their musical instruments.

Starlight debuts season with Willy Wonka
Beginning Saturday the Musical Instrument Museum opened a new exhibit called, “The Power of Music.” The display, which runs through Nov. 27, features photographic portraits of Americans and their musical instruments.

Schedule set for Anthem Veterans Memorial dedication
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning Committee and the Anthem Community Council has announced the dedication and opening ceremony sponsors, schedule and
speakers for the Veterans Memorial in Anthem.

Anthem physician gets 25-year sentence
Anthem physician Peter Normann, who had three patients die during plastic surgery, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder and manslaughter on Sept 20.

Black Canyon City hosts fundraiser
The Board of the Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce will have its 4th annual Wine, Cheese, and Pie event from 6 – 11 p.m. Oct. 8 at Rock Springs Café.

Cave Creek Trailrides preps for 13th season
Cave Creek Trailrides offering scenic, historic horseback rides through Cave Creek Regional Park will begin its 13th season beginning Oct. 8

Musical Theatre of Anthem performs Aladdin Jr.
Musical Theatre of Anthem will have five performances of Disney’s hit Aladdin Jr. Oct. 13 –16 at Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium.

Snow White comes to Anthem
On the Towne Community Theatre presents Snow White at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a third show at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem.

Paradise Valley CC seeks female singers
Paradise Valley Community College is looking for three female vocalists to perform as part of the college’s annual Fine Arts Scholarship Fundraiser.

Local theaters take home hardware at ariZoni award banquet
Desert Foothills Theater, Musical Theater of Anthem and Starlight Community Theater were all recognized at last week’s ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence banquet.

Carefree non-profit seeks volunteers
The Foothills Caring Corps serves as a lifeline for older adults in the community by providing meal deliveries, medical transportation, wellness visits and a multitude of other vital services to the homebound. Their focus on early intervention and training allows the elderly to remain independent and in their homes.

Verde Valley grows as destination for wine aficionados
The red rocks of Sedona drew Steph Houser from Bloomsburg, Pa., to the Verde Valley. Then a tip from a friend, a brochure and a little curiosity led her to a winery.

History lessons go beyond text books for Cactus Shadows club
It started with a simple question asked by a student in the history class of Cactus Shadows teacher Barbara Hatch following the viewing of the 1998 movie, “Saving Private Ryan.”

Schedule set for Anthem Veterans Memorial dedication
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning Committee and the Anthem Community Council has announced the dedication and opening ceremony sponsors, schedule and
speakers for the Veterans Memorial in Anthem.

Happy Valley coffee shop gives commuters fast pickup option
In the instant gratification era of the day Elevate Coffee Company has come up with a new way to give North Valley residents the jolt of energy they need to get their day moving in a much more timely fashion.

New River Senior Center hosts yard, craft sale
The New River Senior Center and the Kiwanis of New River are planning a community yard and craft sale from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oct. 7 and from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Kiwanis Community Park.  Spaces are available for $20.

Blues legend to perform in Cave Creek
Lazy Lester, an authentic New Orleans harmonica blues and swamp musician will perform with local blues singer and guitarist Chuck Hall from 8 – 11 p.m. Saturday at Janey’s Coffee House in Cave Creek.

Black Canyon City shooting victim on road to recovery
A 20-year Black Canyon City man is recovering following a shooting that took place in the early hours of Sept. 14 at the Rock Springs Café Gas Station in Black Canyon City.

Anthem Rotary Roundup nears
The annual Anthem Rotary Roundup has grown to a weekend event and will include additional events provided by the VFW and ProMusica, October 14 – 16.

Social media malware is avoidable
Socially engineered malware (SEM) remains the most common security threat facing Internet users today, claiming one third of internet users as victims. If you haven’t been infected with it yourself, you almost certainly know someone who has by simply clicking on a bad link through Facebook, Twitter, or Email. Often those links download malware onto your computer, sometimes masquerading as a screen saver or, more often, an antivirus program.

North Valley honors military personnel on 9/11 anniversary weekend
The third annual Patriot Day Celebration took place Saturday at Paseo Highland Park in Phoenix.

Team W.I.S.H. to honor fallen leader at annual event
For the seventh straight year Ironwood Golf Course and Team W.I.S.H. Arizona will partner for a 5K-breast cancer walk/run.

Cave Creek Museum to unveil documentary on town
As Arizona prepares to celebrate the state’s centennial the town of Cave Creek will celebrate its history, when they unveil a 40 minute documentary at 7 p.m., Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church.

Anthem man offers hand to small businesses
In a day and age where news of companies going out of business has been the norm Anthem resident Larry Vivola is not only helping small business people stay afloat, but thrive.

American Tower discusses Honda Bow monopole
Bonnie Belair of American Tower will discuss the proposed Special Use Permit for existing 81.8 Monopole with with AT&T collocation located at 42359 N. 9th Ave., just south of Honda Bow, at 6 p.m., Tuesday at North Valley Regional Library.

Public transportation option offered to seniors
Phoenix-based RidePlus is offering $1 rides to seniors in the Foothills area, to mark the company’s first year of offering private door-thru-door transportation services for seniors with limited driving abilities.

MCDOT scraps rerouting of New River Road
Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) crews are currently onsite conducting field surveys to identify ways to improve traffic safety along a one-mile section of the existing two-lane “S-curve” portion of New River Road between County Road and Gibbons Road.

Anthem hosts annual triathlon
More than 245 athletes turned on in Anthem this weekend to participate in the Anthem Sprint Triathlon, which started and ended at the Anthem Community Center.

Councilwoman Williams faces runoff election
The vote totals for the 2011 Mayor and City Council Election saw 144,716 ballots cast, the second highest number of ballots cast in city history. Additionally, 16,928 votes were cast at the city’s new Voting Centers, quadruple the number of votes cast at polling locations during the last citywide election in May 2008.

Social media malware is avoidable
Socially engineered malware (SEM) remains the most common security threat facing Internet users today, claiming one third of internet users as victims. If you haven’t been infected with it yourself, you almost certainly know someone who has by simply clicking on a bad link through Facebook, Twitter, or Email. Often those links download malware onto your computer, sometimes masquerading as a screen saver or, more often, an antivirus program.

Experts offer insights into Agua Fria National Monument
An area just north of town that once had an active volcano in its midst will be the subject of a symposium from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Phoenix as a host of archaeologists gather to talk about part of the Agua Fria Natural Monument.

American Tower discusses Honda Bow monopole
Bonnie Belair of American Tower will discuss the proposed Special Use Permit for existing 81.8 Monopole with with AT&T collocation located at 42359 N. 9th Ave., just south of Honda Bow, at 6 p.m., Tuesday at North Valley Regional Library.

Public transportation option offered to seniors
Phoenix-based RidePlus is offering $1 rides to seniors in the Foothills area, to mark the company’s first year of offering private door-thru-door transportation services for seniors with limited driving abilities.

MCDOT scraps rerouting of New River Road
Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) crews are currently onsite conducting field surveys to identify ways to improve traffic safety along a one-mile section of the existing two-lane “S-curve” portion of New River Road between County Road and Gibbons Road.

Anthem hosts annual triathlon
More than 245 athletes turned on in Anthem this weekend to participate in the Anthem Sprint Triathlon, which started and ended at the Anthem Community Center.

Councilwoman Williams faces runoff election
The vote totals for the 2011 Mayor and City Council Election saw 144,716 ballots cast, the second highest number of ballots cast in city history. Additionally, 16,928 votes were cast at the city’s new Voting Centers, quadruple the number of votes cast at polling locations during the last citywide election in May 2008.

Social media malware is avoidable
Socially engineered malware (SEM) remains the most common security threat facing Internet users today, claiming one third of internet users as victims. If you haven’t been infected with it yourself, you almost certainly know someone who has by simply clicking on a bad link through Facebook, Twitter, or Email. Often those links download malware onto your computer, sometimes masquerading as a screen saver or, more often, an antivirus program.

Revision of county codes proposed
At a meeting in early July 40 plus residents from the New River and Desert Hills area turned out to let Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Andy Kunasek, who represents District 3, know in no uncertain terms that they are frustrated in their attempts to deal with the county.

Carefree Sundial to receive overhaul
The Carefree Sundial is in the midst of  $9,700 worth of touchup work.

Anthem Prep begins 2nd season of football
“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my,” is a line Mark Huston is hoping opponents of the Anthem Prep Academy will be uttering.

Anthem non-profit readies for annual charity run
Living in a desert Valley residents, perhaps more than most people in the United States, are keenly aware of the importance of water.

Anthem approves expenditure of $39,500 for market analysis
After an extensive debate, some teeth grinding and admitted concern by multiple members of the board the Anthem Community Council voted to spend up to $39,500 to have ESI Corporation conduct a market analysis for Anthem.

Cave Creek cancels town council meeting
Due to the Labor Day holiday the Cave Creek Town Council will not meet again until Sept. 19.

Carefree church adds new Reverend
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church (CTL), Carefree, has announced that the Reverend Michael Johnson has been called to serve at their congregation. He will serve concurrently with Pastor Robert Hutson, until Hutson retires in May of 2012.

Basic handgun course offered at Ben Avery
An NRA basic handgun course will take place from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

Cactus Shadows hosts homecoming 5K event
The inaugural Cactus Shadows High School Falcon 5K Homecoming Run-Walk is set for 8 a.m. on Sept. 18.

Cave Creek celebrates Labor Day
Cave Creek will get a taste of Hawaii, complete with 10 tons of sand, palm trees, a “Fire Knife Dance” and other festivities when Harold’s Cave Creek Corral celebrates Labor Day weekend with a Hawaiian Luau on Sunday.

New River group hosts park ranger
The New River Desert Hills Community Association will host speaker Mary Alice Daenzer at their 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 meeting at Crossroads Christian Fellowship in New River.

Anthem couple admire Marine son’s dedication to dream
When the Anthem Veterans Memorial is dedicated on November 11, 2011, side-by-side pavers will commemorate the military service of Airman First Class Michael Rothman and his son, Captain Jarrod Rothman, USMC.

Desert Foothills Land Trust seeks entries for Black Mountain photo contest
Desert Foothills Land Trust is accepting entries for the 9th annual Black Mountain Photo Contest.

Chinese students visit Anthem
Diamond Canyon and Gavilan Peak Schools are now beginning their third year of offering Mandarin Chinese as part of their curriculum.

New River woman rescues tarantulas
They might not be the first animal most people think about when they’re considering adding a furry pet to their home, but New River resident Jody Bodeau said there are thousands of people across the country that keep tarantulas as pets.

Cave Creek teen earns national title
Cave Creek teen Chantz Stewart finished her summer break with a world championship.

Sunset Point hit by brush fires again
For the second time in three weeks Sunset Point, along I-17 has been scorched by brush fires.

Daisy Mountain Fire offers emergency training class
Daisy Mountain Fire Department is offering its next set of community emergency preparedness training classes beginning Sept. 1.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Vehicle, brush fire brings northbound I-17 traffic to halt
The Arizona Cardinals are in Flagstaff where they practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

New legislation changes bird hunting boundaries
Arizona Game and Fish has turned back the hands-of-time for dove hunters, with the launching of the new 2011-12 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon regulations that are now available online at www.azgfd.gov/dove.

Carefree, Cave Creek Chamber aid food bank
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce has collected more than 520 pounds of food, 25 cases of water and more than $750 in donations for Cave Creek’s Foothills Food Bank during their recent food drive.

The Help delivers with story of courage and strength
I had a feeling I’d like The Help. I’ve been meaning to read the book for a while now, but just didn’t get around to it in time.  Luckily, I was assured by a few ladies who have read it that the movie was a great representation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel. And, whether or not it was, it is an excellent movie on its own merits, and I highly recommend it.

Daisy Mountain Fire offers emergency training class
Daisy Mountain Fire Department is offering its next set of community emergency preparedness training classes beginning Sept. 1

Computers often can be salvaged rather than recycled
Have you seen the bumper sticker that proclaims, “Throw it away? There is no away!”
It’s true. It all has to go somewhere. And, wherever it goes, most of our old computers will be there too.

School supply drive aids Cave Creek students
The 3rd annual supply drive, led by Noah Kendrick of Edward Jones in Carefree, provides support for students and teachers during the 2011 school year. 

Cave Creek restaurant offer Old West stories with meal
Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House has a new draw to its Cave Creek restaurant. It isn’t an item on the menu to tantalize the taste buds, but rather stories about the Old West to capture the imagination.

Cave Creek Walmart begins hiring
The Walmart Supercenter in Cave Creek, which is set to open in the fall, is now hiring.

Cardinals camp draws fans to Flagstaff
The Arizona Cardinals are in Flagstaff where they practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Anthem Council brings end to Freedom Way
In a spirited debate that had more turns than those needed to flip through Freedom Way’s 48-pages the Anthem Community Council decided, at the July 27 meeting...

County expects improved road maintenance with New River facility
The New River Maintenance Facility, which opened in July, sits on 7.5 acres of land and has a variety of construction vehicles used to maintain North Valley roads.

Anthem dentist goes extra miles for oral health
Anthem dentist Frank Wolf prides himself on going the extra mile for his patients.

Helicopter takes Anthem youth to hospital
A 9-year-old Anthem boy was transported by helicopter to Phoenix Children’s Hospital following injuries he sustained in a fall at his home at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Desert Hills woman found dead
Neighbors called Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies after finding Desert Hills resident Dena Schuster, 47, dead outside of her home on July 23.

MCSO nabs suspect following extensive search
The Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office made an arrest well after what they believed to be a routine traffic stop at I-17 and Anthem Way Thursday afternoon.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Exuberance in real estate market is irrational
Over the last several weeks I have read one fascinating article after another from some of our local publications (both big and small) that are exclaiming how amazing the current Phoenix real estate market is and how many homes are being sold. In these articles, we are told that the buying is at the same pace we saw in 2005, and we hear from real estate agents who are as giddy as a schoolgirl the night before the big prom.

New River/Desert Hills group returns with September meeting
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association will resume its meetings with a 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 free gathering at Crossroads Christian Fellowship in New River.

North Valley schools prep for 2011-2012 year
The 2011-2012 school year will get underway for Cave Creek Unified School District students on Aug. 11 with Deer Valley Unified School District students getting started on Aug. 15. Listed below are the start times at all of the local schools.

Anthem lifter competes nationally
Fredrick Martinez is a long way removed from his days as a college sprinter, but the Anthem resident’s drive to compete remains strong at the age of 39.

Desert Hills couple open care home to seniors
Gary and Ronnie Knisely have been searching for the perfect location and setup to open their own business for the last three years.

Cave Creek brings running of the bulls to town
It’s an event that has drawn people to Pamplona, Spain for more than 400 years. In October, though, adrenaline junkies looking to get their fix will have the chance to experience the same thrill right in Cave Creek.

Boulder Creek, Cactus Shadows prep for new sports landscape
In less than a month the Boulder Creek Jaguars football team will host the 2011 season opener against the Cactus Shadows Falcons on Aug. 26 in the first matchup in the history of the North Valley programs.

Boulder Creek offers intro days for incoming students
Boulder Creek High School will have its annual “Jaguar Jump Back Days” Aug. 3 – 5 as students prepare for the 2011-2012 school year.

Cactus Shadows offers intro class to freshmen
Cactus Shadows High School will welcome the class of 2015 during a freshman camp from 2 – 6 p.m. at Aug. 9 at the high school.

Fishing Report
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Foothills Community Foundation tabs new executive director
The Foothills Community Foundation (FCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources for education, community service and cultural enrichment, has appointed Karen Mackiewich as the organization’s new acting executive director, effective Monday.

PVCC begins registration for Fall semester at Black Mountain
Fall registration is available for classes at Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain, a neighborhood hub for higher education, personal development and career exploration in the northeast Valley.

Starlight auditions for Willy Wonka
Starlight Community Theater is looking for actors of all ages (7 and up) for their Fall Musical, Willy Wonka. This bigger-than-life show offers lots of roles for kids, teens, adults and seniors.

North Valley non-profit aids dogs
There are a variety of different ways in which dogs have earned the title of man’s best friend.

Home improvement firm offers variety of upgrade options
For more than 24 years Don Jorgenson has been helping home sweet home be just a little sweeter for his customers.

North Country Conservancy names photo contest winners
The North Country Conservancy (NCC) recently named its winners in the 2011 Calendar Photo Contest.

Carefree family pushes for education on sleep apnea
Instead of relegating a snoring spouse to the couch Carefree resident Michael J. Krahe said sending them to their doctor or dentist could save their life.

Anthem doc convicted on murder charge
Dr. Peter Normann of Anthem was found guilty Friday of two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Ralph Gonzalez and Leslie Ann Ray as well as manslaughter in the death of Alicia Santizo Blanco.

Desert Foothills group seeks help following theft
The Desert Foothills Community Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of approximately $15,000 worth of stolen equipment.

Honor guard conducts fundraiser
The Daisy Mountain honor guard will conduct a fundraising car wash from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on July 30 at Connolly’s Sports Grill at 27th Ave. and Carefree Highway.

Cactus Shadows undergoes facelift
Construction workers have begun the process of grading the land in preparation for the new parking lot at Cactus Shadows High School.

Cave Creek Museum celebrates photography contest winners
Cave Creek Museum’s “Write with Light” Photography Competition will announce its winners during a reception and exhibit from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Desert Foothills Library.

County Supervisor listens to concerns in New River
More than 40 New River and Desert Hills residents showed up at Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141 on July 6 to be heard by Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Andy Kunasek, who represents District 3.

Game and Fish try and bring wildlife viewing options to public
The Arizona Game and Fish Department spent last month conducting a series of public meetings to share their ideas for wildlife-viewing opportunities...

North Valley communities celebrate Independence Day
Anthem and Cave Creek residents celebrated the Fourth of July over the weekend.

El Pedregal introduces new art exhibit
Throughout the month of July, el Pedregal will feature a new artist exhibit called “Cosmogony & Infinite Triangle Series” by Bela Fidel.

Foothills Caring Corps seeks new volunteers
The Foothills Caring Corps, a volunteer based non-profit organization serving the greater NE Valley, is seeking volunteers...

Cave Creek Museum celebrates photography contest winners
Cave Creek Museum’s “Write with Light” Photography Competition will announce its winners during a reception and exhibit from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Desert Foothills Library.

Cactus Shadows undergoes facelift
Construction workers have begun the process of grading the land in preparation for the new parking lot at Cactus Shadows High School.

Creative spirit burns bright in New River artist
Tom Dunlap chuckles that he got kicked out of the only art class he ever took, way back during his high school days. Despite the early rejection the 62-year-old New River resident said he always knew he had a knack for creating things.

Partner to help Cave Creek residents go solar
The Town of Cave Creek wants to make going solar easier. As part of the Save-a-Watt program to cut energy usage, the town is partnering with Arizona SmartPower to encourage homeowners to install solar.

FISHING REPORT
This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish.

Game and Fish photo contest deadline nears
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is inviting people to share their images of the state’s wonderful wildlife by taking part in the annual wildlife photo contest. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday. Postmarks don't count.

Arizona Musicfest names scholarship winner
Arizona Musicfest honored Karen Nguyen of Chandler as the Roberta K. Pappas Scholarship recipient for 2011. Nguyen graduated from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe and will be attending the Arizona State University School of Music, Bachelor of Music program in Piano Performance.

On The Towne announces shows for upcoming season
On The Towne, Anthem’s only no-cut, no-audition children’s theatre for ages 5 – 14, has released its schedule of shows for the upcoming season.

Quayle pays visit to Carefree
Ben Quayle, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s 3rd congressional district, spent more than an hour in Carefree Friday discussing issues facing the Congress with members of the Carefree Town Council and a handful of area residents.

Anthem 4th of July celebration set for Saturday
Thousands of people will come together on Saturday at the Anthem Community Park Ball Fields for Anthem’s Independence Day celebration.

Anthem Veterans Memorial construction set to start on July 11
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning Committee announced today Haydon Building Corp will begin construction of the Veterans Memorial July 11.

Daisy Mountain personnel aid in battle against Wallow Fire
Today marks one month since the Wallow Fire,
now the largest wild fire in state history, started burning in northeastern Arizona.

New River man to sing anthem for title fight
Boxing’s Michael Buffer is famous for his voice as he belts on the iconic line, “Let get ready to rumble,” prior to fights.

Air Force veteran experience ran gamut of service
One can get a fairly thorough U.S. military lesson simply by getting a run down of Anthem resident Buddy Sims’ career.

7th Street project continues along Desert Hills Drive
AAs part of the Carefree Highway to Desert Hills Drive improvement project, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractor is in the process of grading and paving driveway turnouts and side streets, relocating mailboxes to new permanent locations, placing rock product along roadway shoulders, installing guardrail where required and completing drainage ditch excavation and slope erosion control on both sides of 7th Street.

Anthem expands marketing effort
Anthem’s economic development and marketing committee made a report at the June 22 Anthem Community Council meeting going over its newest efforts to bring people to the community.

Anthem Council asks for community input
For the last couple of months a Governing Document Review Group has been examining the restructuring of the Anthem bylaws under which residents of Anthem would become members, giving them the opportunity to vote on a yet to be determined scope of items.

International exchange program seeks host families
A local non-profit exchange program is inviting local families to host international high school students for the 2011-2012 school year.

Rural Metro credits Cave Creek home owner for fire suppression
Thanks to some preventative clearing measures by a home owner, a brush fire, which started at approximately 12:30 p.m. in Cave Creek Thursday, was limited to approximately a .25 of an acre.

On the Road to Nowhere
This weekend I heard an old ‘80s song by the Talking Heads called "Road to nowhere.” Not only did the song bring me back to my high school days, it got me thinking about the last few years and how it seems like we have all been on a road to nowhere.

International group brings distinct sound to Cave Creek
Going into his 11th year in the United States Kym Warner feels more comfortable as a song writer, more confident in his band and more at home in general.

Hospital helps Cave Creek resident enjoy day at lake
Cave Creek resident, Matthew Aleksa, was an honored guest at Barrow Neurological Institute’s 15th annual Day on the Lake earlier this month.

Prescott brings historic events to town
Over the next two weekends Prescott will be home to a pair of events that have long histories with the town.

Air Force veteran experience ran gamut of service
One can get a fairly thorough U.S. military lesson simply by getting a run down of Anthem resident Buddy Sims’ career.

Daisy Mountain Fire douses pair of small brush fires
The first one occurred north of New River at mile marker 234 at approximately 7:43 p.m. Friday. Engine 146 reported to the scene of a brush fire on the west side of I-17.

Anthem group seeks host families for exchange students
Erin Ruecklies of Anthem invites local families to celebrate the Fourth of July in a new way by agreeing to share “their America” with a young person from another country during the 2011-2012 school year.

It’s all a matter of trust
To begin with, I would like to wish all the dad’s out there a belated Happy Father’s Day. Those of you who are parents know just what an awesome thing it is to be a dad or mom. To me it is the single most important aspect of my life.

Anthem Dolphins hire new swim coach
The Anthem Community Council has hired Helen Casseday as the new coach of the Anthem Dolphins Swim Team. Casseday will be responsible for teaching, training, and motivating all swimmers at all skill levels.

Pair of teens earn spot in National Rodeo competition
Sonoran Trails Middle School’s Aspyn Dent and Gavilan Peak’s Savana Egge have earned spots on the Arizona National Junior High rodeo team.

Anthem families make move, invest in green technology
Anthem residents Skip Hoeder and Ginger Hoeder are in the process of working with SolarCity to convert a portion of their Anthem home to solar generated electricity.

Boulder Creek grad competes in U.S. Open
Scott Pinckney, a 2007 graduate of Boulder Creek High School, competed in the U.S. Open this weekend at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

New River photographer draws in talent from around Valley
New River photographer Alan Lowy asks students taking his classes whether they are picture takers or picture makers.

Cave Creek owner, dog earn invite to regional agility competition
Cave Creek resident Dave Harlan and his 5-year-old dog Bandit got out of the heat this past weekend to compete in the 14th annual Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in San Diego.

Lake Pleasant offers evening entertainment
For the first time since 2008 Lake Pleasant will have a 4th of July celebration complete with a fireworks show.

Carefree business women earn assist in arrest of robbery suspect
An alleged robbery suspect was arrested at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday

Developer explores idea of Cave Creek resort
It’s still early in the planning stages, but if a North Scottsdale developer has its way Cave Creek could be home to a resort on 220 acres of land at 72nd St. and Continental Mountain Drive.

North Valley church tries to aid homeless
Northgate Community Church is sponsoring a sleeping bag drive, for the homeless in Phoenix.

Housing market shows no signs of improvement
Over the last several weeks I have been writing about the dreaded double dip in the housing market. Needless to say, the news has been bleak. And as the ole cliché (title of the article) implies, there is more negative news to come.

Norterra shops offer Father’s Day contest
The Shops at Norterra has partnered with Best Buy, Dicks Sporting Goods, Mellow Mushroom and Buffalo Wild Wings to present a “Dad’s Day Out” Contest, which will provide one father with a bundle of gift cards totaling $500 from the participating merchants.

Community gathering addresses cell towers in New River, Desert Hills
The public is invited to learn and discuss issues related to cell towers on New River-Desert Hills residential properties during the New River/Desert Hills Community Association meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department deals with budget crunch
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department gave area residents a look at the budget challenges facing the department for the upcoming fiscal year at a presentation on June 1 at the Anthem Community Center.