June 21, 2017

DVUSD holding job fair, June 26
NORTH VALLEY – The Deer Valley Unified School District is holding a job fair for classified positions on June 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the district office.

Classified jobs are non-teaching positions and include clerical positions, crossing guards, custodians, food service, maintenance, monitors, paraprofessionals, and bus drivers and assistants.

Paid holidays and benefits are available. For more information, see

The DVUSD district office is located at 20402 North 15th Ave.


New food bank location to open in August
BLACK CANYON CITY – On Aug. 1, Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center will open a new satellite location in Black Canyon City.

The new location will help serve more north valley residents who have had difficulty reaching the Cave Creek location. The new satellite location in Black Canyon City will be located at 34501 Old Black Canyon Freeway. The food bank will be open to clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Black Canyon City food bank is seeking supplies, including a step ladder, step stool, handcart, white boards and markers, trash cans, a 6’ folding table, scissors and tape, and cleaning supplies. If you can be of assistance with these items, please call the food bank at (480) 488-1145.

For more information on the new satellite location of the food bank, call the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center’s Cave Creek location at (480) 488-1145 or the Black Canyon City location, after Aug. 1, at (623) 374-9441.


County recorder announces 2017 reprecincting project
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has announced the public input period for new precinct lines. The public input period will run until Aug. 15. The lines then must be approved by the Board of Supervisors. 

Reprecincting often occurs after each federal general election. The last time Maricopa County redrew precincts was in 2012. The purpose for this process is to best allocate voting and polling place resources for upcoming elections. Due to extended polling place wait times and the upward trend of voter registrations in 2016, the office is looking at even out precincts to improve the voter experience in 2018.

The number of voting precincts has fluctuated over the years. After the 1999 reprecincting, there were 1,004 precincts; after the 2005 reprecincting, there were 1,142 precincts. In 2011, the current 724 voting precincts were created; the number lessened because of the creation of the permanent early voting list in 2006.

The goals, where practicable, for voting precinct reprecincting are between 4,000 and 5,000 voters in each voting precinct; 2,000 or fewer voters within each voting precinct who have not signed up for the permanent early voting list; minimizing the number of potential ballot styles for each precinct, which is accomplished by having as few jurisdictional district types as possible in each precinct; and not splitting communities of interest, such as homeowners' associations, retirement communities, and Native American communities.

See more information on the proposed precinct lines and give feedback at


HonorHealth offering heart health evaluations
SCOTTSDALE – HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center is offering heart health evaluations on July 6, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Each evaluation will be performed by a registered nurse; appointments take 45 minutes each. Cost is $20.

Each evaluation will include a fasting cholesterol profile, fasting glucose level, blood pressure check, waist circumference measurement, body mass index calculation, and Framingham Risk Assessment, which is a calculation of your 10-year risk of having a heart attack.

Register online at or call (623) 580-5800.

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center is located at 9003 E. Shea Blvd.


Phoenix Yamaha Music Schools offering classes
PHOENIX – Looking for music classes or private lessons? Phoenix Yamaha Music Schools is offering both lessons and classes, including junior music courses and private piano lessons.

Yamaha has a teacher certification process that ensures teachers have the necessary skills to bring the Yamaha teaching philosophy to the classroom. Each teacher is certified and qualified by Yamaha Music Education staff with a dedication to teaching and the desire to share musical skills with students.

Phoenix Yamaha Music Schools is located at 350 E. Bell Rd., Ste. 207. For more information, call (602) 504-0042 or go online to


More Beginners Yoga classes added at BCC library
BLACK CANYON CITY – Black Canyon City Community Library is expanding its number of Beginners Yoga classes from two per week to four.

In addition to the 5:30-6:30 p.m. class on Tuesdays and the 10 a.m. class on Fridays, there is now a second class on Tuesdays at 2-3 p.m., as well as a Thursday class also at 2-3 p.m. So no matter your schedule, there is a class for you. All you need is a yoga mat and the desire for a less stressful life.

For more details, call the Black Canyon City Community Library at (623) 374-5866.


Ty Gray named director of AZGFD
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has appointed Ty Gray as director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The appointment came in a unanimous 5-0 vote at the commission’s June 11 meeting.

Gray, of Phoenix, has been with Game and Fish for 24 years and is currently the agency’s deputy director. He will replace outgoing Director Larry Voyles, who announced May 12 he would be retiring after a 43-year career with Game and Fish. Gray will assume the role following a transition period. ​​​​​​​

Gray began his career with the department as a research biologist in 1993 and worked his way up through the ranks. He has served in a variety of areas, including as an urban fishing program specialist, a regional fish program specialist, human dimensions coordinator, field operations coordinator, fisheries branch chief, education branch chief, assistant director, and deputy director, a position he has held since March 2013.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department director is appointed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, a five-member citizen board that sets policy and has broad oversight of the department. The director serves as the department’s chief administrative officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of all activities, functions and employees of the department. 


Stable Influence seeks volunteers
NEW RIVER – Stable Influence Charity Programs is looking for volunteers to assist in their annual summer program in New River from now through the end of August.

SICP is a non-profit organization, established in 1998, providing Equine Assisted Activities to all individuals whether they are challenged with physical, mental and/or emotional challenges, or not, through the proven benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine activities. Certified instructors prepare individual programs for every rider; age is no limit, as riders range in age from 3 to 87. 

Volunteers will help make a hands-on difference in someone's life. Volunteers are always welcome to help with rider classes, fund raising, grant writing, and exercise and care of the SICP horses. Horse experience is not necessary. Volunteers groom and tack the horses, clean horse pens, set up the arena and work hands-on with riders as a horse leader, side safety aide, or spotter as riders ride in the arena and on local trails. 

Riders are always welcome to participate in SICP. Benefits include improvement in balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, concentration, attention, speech, and focus – to name just a few as riders learn to work with the horses on the ground as well as mounted to learn to ride, in addition to being lots of fun.

Classes are held weekly on Tuesday late afternoons/evenings. Volunteers come at 4 p.m. to groom and warm up the horses. Riders begin riding at 5 p.m.

For more information on volunteering, contact Chris at (623) 465-0637. Stable Influence is located near New River Road and Shangri La Lane. See more details at


IRS adds new features to online accounts
PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service has added several new features to the online account tool first introduced last year.

The online account allows individual taxpayers to access the latest information available about their federal tax account through a secure and convenient tool on When it first launched in December 2016, the tool assisted taxpayers with basic account inquiries such as information about their balance due and access to the various IRS payment options.

Since the online tool’s inception, the IRS has added new features allowing taxpayers to view up to 18 months of tax payment history; view payoff amounts and tax balance due for each tax year; obtain online transcripts of various Form 1040-series through Get Transcript; and give feedback on their experience with their online account and make suggestions for improvements.

Before accessing the tool, taxpayers must authenticate their identities through the rigorous Secure Access process. This is a two-step authentication process, which means returning users must have their credentials (username and password) plus a security code sent as a text to their mobile phones. As part of the security process to authenticate taxpayers, the IRS will send verification, activation or security codes via email and text. The IRS warns taxpayers that it will not initiate contact via text or email asking for log-in information or personal data. The IRS texts and emails will only contain one-time codes.

In addition to the online account, the IRS continues to provide several self-service tools and helpful resources available on


Desert Foothills Theater offering stage management training
SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Theater is offering a four-week stage management training class, starting July 15, Saturdays 2-4 p.m. Classes will be held at the Holland Community Center.

Instructor Kelly Weigel will train participants ages 15-adult to be stage managers for upcoming shows. Each week will focus on a different element of stage management, including auditions/callbacks, production meetings, rehearsal process, recording blocking, managing tech week, the show run, and strike. This class will lead to an interview to stage manage, which are paid positions, upcoming DFT shows this season. Participants will gain leadership skills, team ethic, technical theater training, and more.

To learn more or register, go online to