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April 10, 2013 • Vol. 11, No.22 • Anthem • Black Canyon City Conservancy turns over preservation efforts • Carefree • Cave Creek • Desert Hills Daisy continued on page 6 Inside: • New River ECRWSS Carrier Route PreSorted Standard U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 371 Cave Creek, AZ • North Phoenix • Tramonto Anthem nixes Arroyo Norte deal MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR staff report 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. The deal, which has been in the making for some time, was completed earlier this month. NCC was founded more than a decade ago with the focus of preserving the State Trust lands known as Daisy Mountain. They have also worked to advance a trail system for the mountain to promote connectivity with the public. In updating NCC’s strategic plan, the board members saw an opportunity to merge with DFLT and voted unanimously to approve the plan of merger as the best way to build on their extensive efforts. “We believe Desert Foothills Land Trust will be the most appropriate steward of our efforts,” says NCC Chairman, Frank Grimmelmann. North Country Conservancy’s Executive Director, Ann Hutchinson, is joining the DFLT board of directors to promote continuity with the local community and efforts to protect Daisy Mountain. “We are pleased to be able to partner with leaders and supporters of North County Conservancy in order to continue their crucial land conservation efforts in the area” says DFLT executive director Sonia Perillo. Founded in 1991, the Desert Foothills Land Trust has worked to acquire and Postal Patron Cave Creek Marc Buckhout/The Foothills Focus 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. A crowd of approximately 300 turned out, mostly to voice their concerns for such a proposal. In front of perhaps the biggest audience they have served in front of during their three year term on the Anthem Community Council board President Craig Boates and Jeff Pointer were part of a 7-0 vote against a proposed agreement with Arroyo Norte on Thursday in the final meeting for both men. Acknowledging they were overwhelmed with a flood of emails from Anthem residents, council member after council member said they would vote against the proposal, which would have given residents of Arroyo Norte, located on the frontage road between Anthem and New River, the ability to pay to utilize the Anthem Community Center’s workout facility and pool. When built out the development will have approximately 300 homes. Proposed by Anthem staff as a potential revenue source and as a way to offset the wear and tear caused by the inevitable use of Anthem parks by their neighbors to the north, an estimated crowd of nearly 300 showed up to speak against the idea. After a one time application fee of $75 Arroyo Norte residents interested in using the Anthem Community Center facilities, would have been able to renew for a $30 annual fee. In exchange Anthem residents would have access to utilize hiking trails through Arroyo Norte. Rather than listen to the council continued on page 7 Cave Creek resident given new lease on life STAFF REPORT 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. On Saturday the 58-year-old will be in Phoenix with family and friends to celebrate what he calls his second chance at life, by participating in a fundraising event, called the Liver Life Walk. The event, which starts with registration at 8:30 a.m., brings awareness and financial support to the needs of millions of Americans who are battling more than 100 different types of liver disease. The ability to participate in the 5K is somewhat amazing for Beaman. In November 2011, Beaman who described himself as a healthy person, interested in weight training in his free time, woke up feeling nauseous one day. politics: fundraiser: Esser ruled ineligible to return to Cave Creek race Page 3 Submitted photo Cave Creek resident Lloyd Beaman and his wife Lyanne on a recent ride following his liver transplant in November 2012. On Saturday he will participate in the Liver Life Walk, a fundraiser in Phoenix. After vomiting blood he said he felt much better, but his wife SPORTS: called the Mayo Clinic Hospital and they urged him come in. “I went down there and they discovered I was hemorrhaging and that I’d lost 6.5 pints of blood,” he said. “ After spending four days in the ICU Beaman was released. “I stabilized for a time,” he said. “But I had to continue going back for regular visits to go through numerous checks.” After a time it became clear that his liver was failing. “My condition regressed so fast it was unbelievable,” he said. “I started losing muscle rapidly. I’d weighed as much as 258 pounds. These days I weigh 186 pounds. I started developing a heart issue and had to go on oxygen full time. The liver controls more things than I ever could have dreamed of.” transplant continued on page 4 OTHER : Cave Creek, Anthem set for Relay for Life events Boulder Creek selects new basketball coach • Editorial Page • Service Directory 19 Page 5 Page 14 • Classified Ads 22 17


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