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QC Council passes Box Canyon amendment, waits on QC Station By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The Queen Creek Town Council approved a general plan modification at its Dec. 16, 2013 meeting to potentially allow greater density in the San Tan Foothills development area by Box Canyon. However, the council will wait until Feb. to address an amendment to the Queen Creek Station master-planned community. The San Tan Foothills

amendment, approved by a 6-1 vote, would allow developers of a 2,090-acre area on the west side of San Tan Mountain Regional Park, known as Box Canyon, to potentially increase the density cap from 0 to 1.0 dwellings per acre to 1.8 dwellings per acre, which can be amended again by the Town Council in the future. The area is owned by 10 different landowners and is slated for a masterplanned community and a

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hotel resort. During the item’s twohour discussion period, many residents voiced their concern about the environmental impact to open space and the poor conditions of some land parcels. In a statement, The Friends of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park voiced its opposition to the amendment, claiming there are unaddressed ecological impacts to


Sonoran habitats and a nonexistent buffer between the proposed development and the park. Washes and fissures in the land create fewer areas to develop, the group argued, meaning more rooftops will be needed to make future projects profitable, leading to developments greater than anticipated. A Planning and Zoning Commission presentation acknowledged the

Jeff Brown. “By setting up a situation where development can move forward, there will indeed need to be environmental studies at that point.” “I think this is the best way for this development to happen responsibility, orderly and sensitively,” said councilmember Julia Wheatly. Councilmember Jason Gad said he was concerned about giving Amendments, Page 15

Helen Babeu

January 6, 1932 - January 27, 2013 Helen Veronica (Reardon) Babeu, 81, of San Tan Valley, went to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Helen died peacefully in the comfort of her home and in the company of her loving husband Raymond Babeu, as well as some of her

family. Helen and Ray just celebrated 57 years of marriage. Born in North Adams, Massachusetts on Jan. 6, 1932 and daughter of Dennis and Catherine (Morrissey) Reardon, Helen devoted her life to her family and to her Christian faith. She raised

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area will require significant and expensive improvements and that additional density may be required to meet costs. Several members of the council said this amendment would aid in pushing the development process, but it would hardly be the last bit of oversight by the council. “I think the intent of that time was to control development and guide it,” said councilmember

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11 beautiful children and also enjoyed a ministry with her husband, where they pastored the Word of Life Church in Pittsfield, Mass. Helen hosted a cable ministry titled “Water it with the Word” where she interviewed guests and music ministers. Helen is survived by her husband, Raymond Francis Babeu, whom she married on Jan. 14, 1956; 11 children, Peter Babeu and wife Julie of Colorado, George Babeu and wife Kathleen of Maine, John Babeu and Hillary Gentile of Connecticut, Mary Babeu of Arizona, Theresa LaCroix and husband Eric of North Adams, Lucy Babeu of North Adams, Joseph Babeu and Paul Garcia of California, Francis Babeu and wife Kim of Texas, Veronica Keating of Arizona, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Justice of the Peace Shaun Babeu and wife Brandy of Arizona; 27 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Reardon of North

Helen Babeu Adams, and granddaughter, Samantha Babeu of Texas. She leaves behind her loving sister Eileen Prevey and husband Rodney of North Adams and sister-inlaw Florence Gimlewicz and husband Joseph of Pittsfield. Services for Mrs. Babeu were held Friday, Feb. 1, at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Apache Junction. Interment was on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa. Arrangements were entrusted to At Season’s End Mortuary, 861 W. Superstition Blvd. Apache Junction, AZ 85120, (480) 982-7721.

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Sexual harassment complaint filed against Pinal County Clerk of Court Chad Roche

By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger A former staffer of Chad Roche, the Pinal County Clerk of the Court, has filed a civil lawsuit charging Roche with sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Roche has publicly denied all charges. According to complaint documents, former Deputy Clerk Linda Martinez claims Roche made several unwanted romantic

advancements toward her, diminished her authority after he was rebuffed and then wrongfully terminated her in May 2011 after she filed a sexual harassment claim with the County human resources department. The County has been named in the suit, which was filed on Jan. 3, 2013. “I believe all of these claims will be proven false,” Roche told the Ledger.

Martinez is seeking an undisclosed sum for charges of creating a hostile work environment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, retaliation for filing a complaint and wrongful termination. Martinez assisted with Roche’s campaign in 2010, and the complaint claims Roche frequently shared personal information with her in conversation. She was offered the Deputy Clerk position shortly

after he took office in Jan. 2011. On two separate incidents, the complaint alleges, the two were driving together to training sessions when Roche allegedly invited Martinez for a drink, which she declined both times. After these incidents, Martinez claims Roche “began neglecting to invite [her] to business and social functions, excluded [her] from meetings, and diminished [her] authority.”

Pinal Partnership examines new metropolitan planning organization By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The recently announced formation of a new metropolitan planning organization (MPO) in Pinal County has prompted some towns to shuffle their alliances. Still, local government leaders say the creation of the Sun Corridor Municipal Planning Organization will help to more closely define the needs and goals of specific regions as they plan for the future. At a meeting of the Pinal Partnership organization on Jan. 18, 2013, three Pinal mayors and heads of the two major counsels of governments discussed why the Sun Corridor MPO had to form, which towns and entities are interested in joining and what it means for the region as a whole. MPOs serve to guide the transportation, environmental impact and other future issue planning for

specific regions. The Sun Corridor MPO is being formed by the City of Casa Grande because the city reached beyond a 50,000 population threshold, explained Mayor Bob Jackson, a requirement of a new federal transportation law. Joining Casa Grande in this new organization are the cities of Eloy, Coolidge, San Tan Valley and most recently Florence, which announced a resolution to join on Jan. 22. Jackson said the scope of Central Arizona Association of Governments, or CAAG, had become stretched thin to accommodate the entirety of both Pinal and Gila counties. He said the new MPO would create an opportunity to focus on the needs of the immediate surroundings of western Pinal. “I think what’s happened in western Pinal is that we no longer have the same

Martinez decided to submit a sexual harassment complaint to County human resources after Roche allegedly made another romantic advance toward her in his office which involved him rubbing her arm. The claim was submitted May 17. The complaint alleges County human resources received a silent whistleblower complaint against Martinez and she was terminated on May 25. According to the complaint, Martinez received her Notice of Right to Sue from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Oct. 12. Roche claimed that a complaint filed by Martinez with the Equal

Pinal County Clerk of the Court Chad Roche Opportunity Employment Commission was rejected. This could not be verified by press time as EOEC complaints are not made publicly available.

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issues that they have in eastern Pinal County and Gila County,” he said. In another big shift, the City of Maricopa recently voted to join the Maricopa Association of Governments, or MAG, though the city is located in Pinal County. Mayor Christian Price said it was not an easy decision, one that needed to be made in only two months and was not intended to disconnect from Pinal. “In the end it comes down to what your resi-

dents identify with,” Price said, citing that 75 percent of the city’s residents work in Maricopa County. “Some said that if we joined MAG, we would be one of the little fish,” he said, but argued there were 16 cities smaller than Maricopa in the organization. Jackson said he recognized the pros and cons of Maricopa’s decision, but argued that having an ally in Maricopa County would lend itself to projects like CAG, Page 15 •

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Cheryl Chase Community Profile

When did you first become interested in public service? I was approached several years ago to run for the Ray Unified School District Board. I was a happy nurse and mother, raising my family and working. After long thought and prayer, I went ahead and ran. I won, and at that time I loved it. From there I went to the legislature and where I am now. What is your proudest achievement thus far? What took a lot of work and organization with people was getting the $3 million for the Central Arizona College fire and law enforcement training facility when I was in the legislature. That involved many years and work with all the departments and law enforcement agencies to gain that money to complete it. Different tribes gave us grants; money came from everywhere. It was a

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wonderful thing and it was very important to me. What's your favorite thing about this region? The fact that we are so new and there are so many things to develop and put into place. Some of them are concerns and may not be fun to put together with all the challenges. But it’s like a discovery. What do we need to do and how are we going to do it? What additional improvements to the District 2 region do you strive to achieve? Hunt Highway is my first concern. It’s a safety issue, a matter convenience, the basics of what we need to work. We can’t bring new jobs or industry until we take care of that. Who are your personal heroes or role models? As far as politics, Ronald Reagan was a hero in many ways. I came over to the Republican Party years ago because as with him, the Democratic Party left me. Senator Jon Kyl is someone I dearly respect and admire. I worked with him on forest health issues when I was in the legislature. He’s worked hard for us and is always a gentleman. What is your favorite dessert? Anything that is chocolate on chocolate.

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By Zach Richter Southeast Valley Ledger On Dec. 5, 2012, Florence Unified School District (FUSD) Superintendent Dr. Gary Nine submitted a letter to the FUSD school board announcing his resignation at the end of the current school year. Replacing him will be Dr. Amy Fuller, formerly the assistant to the Superintendent for Instructional and Bilingual Services since July 2007. Prior to her employment with the district, she

served on the FUSD Governing Board for three years, including two years as Board President. Fuller was key to bringing the acclaimed awareness and intervention program “Not My Kid” to the district at no charge, in exchange for translation services. “I’m humbled and grateful to have been chosen by the FUSD Board of Trustees to continue leading the district toward excellence,” Fuller said

Dr. Gary Nine in a statement. “Dr. Nine has done a great job

Dr. Amy Fuller taking us to where we are now. It will be my honor

Oracle State Park announces Saturday and Sunday activities; volunteer training scheduled Guided bird walks, guided trail hikes, and tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House are scheduled at Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education as it re-opens to the public on Saturdays and Sundays beginning February 2. The park, which features scenic mountain vistas and pristine oak-woodlands, will be open on weekends during February, March, and April. Hours are 8AM to 5PM, and admission is $7 per carload at the gate on Mt. Lemmon Rd. in Oracle. On Feb. 2 and 16, Mary Ellen Flynn will lead birding walks starting at 8:15AM; no reservations needed. On Feb. 9 and 16, Gaston Meloche will lead a 3 to 5 mile group hike starting at 9AM. Call Gaston at 520-638-5404 to register and for more information. Each Saturday and Sunday, 45-minute tours of the ranch house will begin at 10AM and again at 2PM; no reservations needed. Wildlife video showings of park animals are featured continuously in the Ranch House living room, and the

gift shop is open for browsing. Picnickers are welcome on the ranch house patios. These activities are free with park admission. Of special interest is the annual volunteer orientation and training program, which begins on Friday, Feb. 15, with a “no-commitment,” get-acquainted-with-thepark class from 9AM to noon. Persons will learn about the Environmental Education School Programs and be introduced to the cultural history of the park. Please call 520-896-2425 for information and to sign up. On Feb. 22, attendees will learn more about the

park’s natural history, geology, plants and wildlife and interpretive education mission. This volunteer training is focused on environmental education for first through sixth grades, and continues weekly on Fridays through March. Over the last two decades, thousands of students from throughout southern Arizona have learned important environmental principles in these ranger/volunteer-led weekday programs. Other public programs this spring, such as speakers from Arizona Humanities Council, Earth Day activities, and nature-based

workshops, are still being planned. Information is being posted and updated regularly on the park website: (click on Oracle at the bottom of the page). Driving directions: Take Highway 79 south (79 passes through Florence). At the junction with Highway 77 turn left (east). Turn right off Highway 77 at the Oracle turnoff. Follow the road through Oracle (American Avenue) 2.3 miles to Mt. Lemmon Road. Turn right on Mt. Lemmon Road. Follow it 1.1 miles to the park entrance. The park is located on the left (north) side of Mt. Lemmon Road.

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USD Superintendent to continue that journey and to take us to higher levels.” The Southeast Valley Ledger spoke with Nine about his resignation and the aspects of the past six years of which he is the most proud. “I’m old; I’m going to be 65. My wife and I decided this was it towards the end of the summer,” he said. “The first 14 months I was here was the hardest I ever worked in my life. It’s time for someone with a new vision to come in and do great things.” Looking back on the past six years, Nine is proud of the strides the district has made in increasing school pride and preparing students for a twenty-firstcentury workplace. “The highlight is I think looking back on it, teachers and kids are now

proud of where they go to work and go to school,” Nine said. In 2008, he broached the topic of a budget override for technology with the School Board, and that fall voters approved a $1,785,000 per year capital outlay budget override to fund technology through the 2015-16 school year. “I was amazed,” Nine recalled, “Tackling the capital outlay budget override to put technology in the hands of the kids showed tremendous foresight and guts. I know a kid personally, a great kid at NAU, who’s really struggling with some of the tech aspects, but our kids have it figured out.” After Nine retired as the Principal of Apache Junction High School, he came to FUSD in 2006. He was quick to note this

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retirement would stick. “This is it absolutely,” he said with a laugh, “I’m not going to lie down and die or anything like that but I don’t want to take on any other significant undertakings for a full year.” Nine’s plans for the future include working on his golf handicap, spending more time at the restaurant he and his wife own and spending time on his hobbies. While trying to coax his golf handicap down to 10 is a worthy goal, there is one part of the school day Nine will miss the most. “When I’m having a bad day and I step out and go to a school and I’m greeted with knuckles and high fives I can’t help but smile,” Nine said. “The kids are what keep you young.”

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Supervisors approve $1 million reorganization of Pinal County Attorney’s Office By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a reorganization proposal by County Attorney Lando Voyles that will ultimately add a total of 30 new paralegal and administrative positions to the office at a cost of about $1 million this fiscal year. Voyles told the Board the additional employees would allow for more trials and prosecutions of violent crime suspects. He amplified his election claim that the previous administration was soft on violent crime, alleging that since 2010, 67 percent of violent cases charged by the office with mandatory prison-time did not serve any jail time. During the election, Voyles asserted the number was around 61 percent. Among the changes, the move will expand the office from three to six bureaus and expand the number of paralegals to ensure more cases are taken to trial, Voyles explained. The Board voted in a 3-2 split. Chairman Steve Miller, a Republican, said he supported Voyles’ efforts but argued for a slower and less costly revamping of the office, saying the added cost to the court and prison systems could bolster the actual bill by several million dollars. “It goes farther than just this million,” Miller said

before voting against the measure. “I want [Voyles] to succeed in the worst way but ... I want to achieve it with a smaller machine,” Miller said. District 5 Supervisor Todd House, voting in favor of the proposal, argued for prioritizing public safety in the budget. “We want to be known as a safe County,” he said. The office restructuring comes weeks after Voyles let go of a dozen County lawyers and attorneys upon taking office in what some in the Arizona law community dubbed “the Pinal massacre.” In early Jan., Voyles said his office was investigating a theft by a former employee and cited the incident as proof of mismanagement by the previous administration. Supervisors of the employee were terminated. Previous County Attorney James Walsh said he alerted the Voyles campaign of the situation during the transition period and that the new County Attorney was wrongly criticizing his staff. Walsh said his office discovered the theft in the adult deferred prosecution and diversion program, when a supervisor uncovered irregularities in collected fees. It was determined that an employee was responsible for a missing check, one Walsh estimated to be less

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The Hiking Club is Hiking the Superstition Mountains! 02/09/13 @ 8:45 am - 2:00 pm Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles than $1,000. The Casa Grande Police Department was brought in for an investigation, as well as a forensic expert, and the employee was put on administrative leave. The employee resigned on the spot when told of the investigation, Walsh said. The investigation was not complete by the time Walsh left office. Walsh said the new County Attorney is entitled to hire or fire at will, but he framed Voyles’ comments as defamatory. “Don’t accuse my office and the people that worked there of mismanagement,” he said. “You can’t just fire at-will employees and then start besmirching their reputations and character.” Richard Wintery, Voyles’ chief deputy County Attorney, is being targeted for an investigation by the State Bar of Arizona on the request of a Pima County judge for possible ethics violations.

Gather your family and friends to register for the Florence Parks and Recreation Department’s Hiking Club. The next hike is Saturday, February 9th and it starts at the Peralta Trailhead in the SuperstitionMountains. It is a five-mile, moderately difficult hike, along the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle. Participants will meet at the Florence Fitness Center, located at 133 N. Main Street, at 8:45am. Departure time is 9:00am sharp and participants will drive themselves to the trailhead. The hike and drive-time for this event is approximately 5 to 6 hours. The registration deadline is Friday, February 8th. A hiking information sheet is provided upon registration. There is no fee for this event but there is a 15 person group limit. Hikers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact Laura Kinney at 520868-7584.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD, TRUCKS THAT IS! 02/09/13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm The food trucks are coming! The Good Life Festival at Encanterra Country Club will play host to 16 of the best known gourmet food trucks. In addition to food trucks, Food Network celebrity chefs, Tyler Florence (host of The Great Food Truck Race) and Duff Goldman (from Charm City Cakes and Ace of Cakes) will be cooking up sweet treats and romance-inspired fare live on stage, joined by renowned Phoenix chefs Julia Baker, James Porter and Aaron May. Live music from Bella Donna will add to the ambiance of a day devoted to making palates and hearts blissfully happy. Tickets are on sale now. General admission is $20/person (plus fees) and includes festival entry and complimentary dessert sample. The VIP package is $70/person (plus fees).

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STV marathon runner

Joel Reader is a marathon runner in training. (Chase Kamp photo)

By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger San Tan Valley athlete Joel Reader, 44, is currently training for the Richmond and Salt Lake City Marathons as part of his ultimate goal to run one of these grueling trials in every U.S. state. His journey has not been an easy one, but he has overcome pain and discouragement to seize control of his life. Reader said he started running in 2005 when he lived in Utah, noticing his office job lifestyle was making him a bit out of shape. He began training to run in the Las Vegas Marathon, until a devastating car accident derailed his plans. Just four months before the race, his car collided with a young driver that blew through a stop sign just one block from

Reader’s office. “I never saw him coming,” Reader said. “It changed my entire life that day.” He was knocked out, suffered level three concussions, a dislocated jaw and a fractured T7 vertebrae. He was initially told the injuries could be recovered from fairly quickly, so he went through several months of rehab and tried to get back out on the road. “I couldn’t even run,” he said. “The pain was excruciating.” After more than a yearand-a-half of therapy, he was eventually told he had compression damage in his C1 and C2 vertebrae near the bottom of his skull, which could not be cured through surgery. Biking and swimming aggravated his severe neck

pain and he was advised not to run. “I took my doctor’s orders as, ‘sit there, get fat and wait to die,” he said. Reader resigned to this fate, shelving his sneakers until he was served yet another wake-up call. A doctor later found a tumor in his neck the size of a golf ball, and his thyroid had to be removed along with it. “I thought, ‘I’m changing my life,’” Reader said. In Jun. 2008, he quit his job and relocated to San Tan Valley, knowing he would get back to running in the Arizona sun. He tossed out his pain medications and decided to deal with his injuries. Reader said his training has helped to bolster his muscle endurance, but his neck pain will inevitably start to

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puts mind over matter flare up during marathons. Still, he is inspired by a line from the film The Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy living or get busy dying.” Reader finally ran his first marathon in North Carolina in 2009. He thought he was only prepared to run a half-marathon, but the registration for that event

was filled. He signed up for the full marathon and ended up running the whole thing in five hours. He said he works to put the pain aside and focus on going a little farther each day. “Life is outside getting outside of your comfort zone, seeing what’s out there and doing things that

will make you happy,” he said. Submitting to his disappointment and grumpiness did nothing for him, he said. Now he tries to get out and see things he would never see while on the couch. “Just get moving,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you walk or run.”

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Missing San Tan Valley teen found By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger A San Tan Valley teen that was reported missing for weeks was found at her biological father’s residence in Oklahoma, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office reported on Jan. 22, 2013. The search for 15-yearold runaway Saddie Ranee Cowart began on Jan. 8, when PCSO said her family reported her missing. Cowart had taken most of her clothing and reportedly snuck out through her bedroom window the evening prior. Police notified local media and her family enlisted several organizations to aid in the search. PCSO sent her information to the National Center

for Missing and Exploited Children to obtain their assistance. Several weeks later, Cowart was found at her biological father’s residence in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At press time, Muskogee police had taken her into custody and was being detained until her mother could make her way to Muskogee to pick her up. Additional investigation will be conducted upon her return to determine if her father will face any possible charges. According to reports, Saddie had been reported as a juvenile runaway several times in the past and was prescribed medication that she failed to take with her for depression.

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Diabetes education classes set for San Tan Valley & Maricopa FLORENCE – Pinal County’s Public Health program aims to reduce health complications of patients with diabetes by presenting brief educational sessions for the community. “These sessions are designed to help those living with diabetes or those who are newly diagnosed as well as their family members and loved ones,” said Rosanna Ringer, a registered dietitian who helps supervise Pinal County’s nutrition, education and outreach programs. “We will have useful information for everyone who

wants to know more about living with diabetes.” The sessions will feature a discussion of healthy eating and meal planning led by Krista Simonetti, MS, CNS. Her talk will cover metabolism, blood glucose testing, blood pressure control, lipids, weight and macronutrients. Simonetti will also explain types of meal planning and how to build a meal plan that helps diabetics manage their condition. A question and answer session will follow. “There are several ways to plan a meal for diabetics

– there’s the plate method, carbohydrate counting or food exchange planning,” Ringer added. “Ms. Simonetti will explain these options in a friendly, nonintimidating setting. Our objective is to help people make dietary and lifestyle decisions that enable diabetics to live long, enjoyable lives, free from complications.” Both sessions are free for the public to attend. Pinal County Public Health asks that you call in advance to reserve a seat so that there are enough chairs set up for

everyone. Choose the date or location from below and call 1-800-231-8499, extension 7315 or 520-866-7315. San Tan Valley Public Health Clinic 36235 North Gantzel Road Thursday, February 14 from 1 to 3 PM Maricopa Public Health Clinic 41600 West Smith Enke Road, Building 15 Friday, February 15 from 1 to 3 PM Again, to reserve a seat, please call 1-800-231-8499, extension 7315. Pinal County’s website

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New QC center provides for young kids’ health, education and support Queen Creek, Arizona – Southeast Maricopa families will soon have an easy, one-stop connection to community resources that help their young children get ready for school at three Family Resource Centers created through a partnership between First Things First and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. The centers were made possible through a $500,000 grant from the First Things First Southeast Maricopa Regional Council. The council works to expand education, health and family support programs for kids 5 and younger.

About 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of life, and early experiences shape the foundation for a lifetime of learning. The centers provide parents with information and tools necessary to help their children prepare for kindergarten. “Family SPOT brings resources to families in their communities. Our staff partner with family members to meet all their resource needs. They can help parents find a local playgroup or child care that fits the family’s needs. While the adults are talking, children are engaged with our Child Development Specialists, so

that they are having fun and learning,” said Jannelle Radoccia, Regional Director for Family SPOT Resource Centers. The Queen Creek Location at 24414 South Ellsworth Road (480-489-5773) is open now. An open house event will take place on Mar. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. A mobile unit, which will bring resource and referral programs to parents and caregivers who may face barriers in getting to the centers, will begin offering service in Mesa starting on January 25, with Gilbert and Queen Creek soon to follow. For more information on dates and location

please contact the resource center nearest you. Terri Duhart, regional director for the First Things First Southeast Maricopa Region, said the centers fill a critical need to bring early childhood programs to the community. “This strategy is one part of fulfilling our commitment to partner with families to help all kids start school healthy and ready to succeed,” Duhart said. “One of the major challenges families here face is the fact that they currently have to travel outside their communities to access early childhood programs; they may not have

transportation. These centers put those programs in each community, where families can access them more readily.” The centers are part of a comprehensive array of programs funded by the Southeast Maricopa Regional Council to help more children prepare for success in kindergarten and beyond. Other funded strategies address issues like: parenting education classes, improving the quality of child care, providing information to families about affordable health care; support for grandparents raising grandchildren, among others.

Are you the Ansel Adams of QC? Enter your photo in QC contest Looking for breath-taking recreation, fresh dining or great shopping? Look no further than right outside your door! Rediscover all that Queen Creek has to offer by exploring your community

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the girls or craving adventure in the great outdoors, “Visit the QC” makes it easy to create a perfect day tailored for every individual. By downloading one of the many “daytrip” itineraries

from the Town’s website, everyone from the sports enthusiast to the foodie focused will find outings that appeal to them. Through Feb. 14, residents can upload their photos of

themselves visiting Queen Creek businesses and destinations to VisitTheQC. The public will then be invited to vote for their favorite photos from Feb. 14-28. The resident

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The Bubbly Hostess focuses on healthy eating in 2013 By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Welcome Back! I am now officially a weekly featured columnist for the Southeast Valley Ledger. Thanks to all of you who started (and continued) to read my column in 2012. I am pretty excited about my first giveaway happening on the blog. This is coming soon and I can only give one hint: it is wine related. Make sure you are either following my blog or that you “like” my page on Facebook to get the latest updates! This year I will be focused on healthy eating! There will of course be posts from time to time about not-so-healthy eating and, of course, fun cocktails to drink! But to start off the year right, I made Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips - sounds gross, right?

Actually not too bad! I found the recipe on a blog called Foodess and she got the original recipe from The Cleaner Plate Club. I modified the recipe slightly, but overall, not too bad of a way to get in lots of great nutrients into your body! Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips Serves 4 Recipe adopted from Foodess • 1 bunch kale (I had 4 big stems) • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I of course used Tuscan Estate EVOO from Queen Creek Olive Mill) • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar Note: you could also use regular balsamic vinegar or just regular white vinegar here. I am a huge fan of vinegar; I could probably drink balsamic vinegar

straight if someone asked me to! So, you may want to take this down to 2 tablespoons if you think it might be too much. • Kosher salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I used my convection oven for this). Wash and dry kale thoroughly - if you have a salad spinner, use it. If not, plan on a lot of towels! Tear kale into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Toss kale with olive oil and vinegar and rub the leaves to make sure each gets a coating of oil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (not sure if I needed the parchment, but it was an easier clean up), place the kale in a single layer on the sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Feel free to visit my blog or Facebook page and leave

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum offers class on smartphone-cellphone photography Feb. 10 Learn how to take better pictures with the camera you always have with

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ranging from zoom to exposure, its also likely that you’re not using that camera to its full potential. Phoenix photographer John Aho has captured everything from macros to landscapes on his Droid Razr and on Feb. 10 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. will teach how to get the most out of cellphone and SmartPhone cameras during an outdoor workshop around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arborertum. Aho will share composition tips and advice about lighting and scene selection, too. Cost is $25; with a credit card ready, call 520-6892723 during daytime business hours. Read more at ag.arizona. edu/bta; see recent scenic cellphone pictures at boycethompsonarboretum

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LLC Continued from Page 11 hold their rental property through the use of a limited liability company or “LLC.” These entities are ideal for holding real estate in Arizona as they are generally inexpensive and fairly quick to form and maintain. In Arizona, holding rental property in an LLC can be advantageous for many reasons. First and foremost, the greatest advantage to holding property in an LLC is that it shields its members from


Continued from Page 2 developers a “blank check” on density. “I’m a proponent of growth in Queen Creek,” he said, “but we all need to grow in a carefully planned way. If this is approved tonight, it does not mean the plan is all laid out tonight. I assure that if it’s approved, I will put special attention on this development to be in

SoutheaSt Valley ledger personal liability. Thus, should the investment incur a debt, the only thing at risk in an LLC is the investment itself, and not the personal assets of a member. Another great attribute of the LLC is that profits and losses flow through to the members. LLCs are generally easier to operate than corporations because no annual reports or strict statutory procedures need to be followed. Timeconsuming formalities inherent to the corporate structure such as holding and recording corporate meetings of shareholders

and directors simply do not exist in the LLC structure. Finally, an LLC can be very flexible in the way it is structured. This flexibility allows an entity to be crafted that can truly meet the needs of many different situations. An LLC can have more centralized and formalized management as in a manager-managed LLC, or it can be less centralized by having management duties shared among the members. Whatever the situation, the LLC can be tailored to meet your investment needs!

tune with environmental safeguards.” The council voted to wait on a vote for a general plan amendment for Queen Creek Station, a 1,139-acre zone on Ellsworth and Queen Creek Roads, proposed by Fulton Homes. The area was initially envisioned as an urbanstyle center with a 216-acre mixed-use area for high-density housing and retail. However, the

town Planning and Zoning Commission altered its recommendation to only include 100 mixed-use acres. A handful of residents said the lowered mixeduse would veer from the initial urban vision, while the Ellsworth Mini-farms neighboring community said the development would hinder the rural feel of the area. The vote was delayed to Feb. 20.

CAG Continued from Page 3 the East-West corridor and I-11 project. “Maricopa becomes our voice at that MAG meeting,” he said. However, CAAG is the group that takes a big hit, Jackson explained. About two-thirds of the money CAG receives for transportation related to population would exit along with Maricopa and the Sun Corridor MPO members. Florence Mayor Tom Rankin, who fought to keep Maricopa in CAAG, told the gathering that he would work with San Tan Valley to eventually incorporate and solidify the western Pinal region. “This MPO to me is what makes Pinal County,” he said. “We have to do it right in setting the boundaries.” Though the more populous areas may be

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