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Southeast Valley Ledger

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ADEQ cites Johnson Utilities for San Tan Heights pond incident By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger Many in the San Tan Heights subdivision thought the foul smell and dead fish found in the subdivision pond last month was caused by raw sewage in the water. However, state officials and Johnson Utilities confirm it was 705,000 gallons of partially-treated effluent, and not sewage, that seeped into the water. Still, ADEQ cited Johnson Utilities for four state law violations in the May 13 incident. Despite complaints by

neighbors that the lake was emitting a pungent smell thought to be fecal matter, an ADEQ report stated there was no evidence of raw sewage in the pond nor an unusual odor present. Tests confirmed early Johnson Utilities reports that solids found in the remaining water were “fine mud and sediment,” according to the report. The company explained in a statement the odor was caused by bacteria, used in the initial stages of treating raw wastewater, that were carried over with the turbid water. It also

said the numerous pond fish floating on the surface were killed by the lack of oxygen in the water caused by the turbidity. The San Tan Heights homeowner’s association declined to comment on the incident. Both ADEQ and Johnson Utilities confirm the pond problem resulted when the San Tan Heights water treatment plant experienced a power outage. When backup generators came on, a glitch prevented the equipment that aerated the incoming wastewater from powering on.

This increased the turbidity, or haziness, of the water by 20 times more than normal levels, according to an ADEQ report issued on May 31. The report cited Johnson Utilities for allegedly exceeding turbidity levels, unauthorized discharge of treated wastewater and failure to establish or follow a contingency plan for power outages. The company has 90 days to respond to charges, after which ADEQ will determine action, if any. The agency did not take samples of the pond. ADEQ communications director Mark Shaffer said in an email that when state inspectors

Workers clean up the San Tan Heights ponds. (Courtney Trumbull photo)

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went out to investigate, the lake had been mostly drained and there wasn’t enough water left to retrieve a proper sample. Shaffer said this was proper protocol by the utility company. “We wanted them to get that water out of the lake as quickly as possible and run back through the wastewater treatment plant since that standing pool was where the threat to public health was,” Shaffer said. The HOA ponds are used for storage of Class A+ effluent used for irrigation. There is no connection between the ponds and any drinking water delivery system. ADEQ cited Johnson Utilities with eight violations in Oct. 2012 after an E. coli scare earlier in August. In addition to finding high levels of the bacteria in the drinking water, the company was cited for failing to notify the public properly, not following an emergency plan and leaving water tanks in poor repair. Officials for the company said the tests were a false positive and that it followed proper public notice. On Dec. 28, 2012, Johnson Utilities discovered high levels of nitrate in wells affecting the San Tan Heights subdiviJohnson Utilities, Page 3


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DAR to honor local artist The Desert Wells Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution announced  that Lynne Loss, owner of the Davis-Cheney Art Gallery, has been awarded the NSDAR American Heritage Women in  the Arts Recognition Award.  Lynne will  receive the award on May 18.  This award is designed to recognize worthy women for outstanding achievements in the non-performance arts who have contributed to her artistic design and creation. Lynne is not only a successful artist but has

Johnson Utilities Continued from Page 2 sion and the Skyline subdivision west of Gary Road and south of Skyline Drive. The wells showed nitrate levels of 16 milligrams per

been extremely generous in donating her art to the community.  Her painting entitled, Pink Bearded Iris, was auctioned for American Marketing Association for Education. The second print of the Bearded Iris was sent to Vice President Richard B. Cheney in Washington, DC (May 2002) and is in his collection. Among other paintings, Folk Art School House was painted for a donation for an auction to help raise over $8,000 for New Mexico Chapter of National Association of Women

Business Owners which went to support NAWBO's mission of propelling women entrepreneurs into economic Artist, Page 9

liter, well above the maximum contaminant level of 10 milligrams per liter. Residents were advised not to give tap water to babies or the elderly. Johnson Utilities called off the nitrate warning on Dec. 31 when tests showed nitrate levels returned to normal. On 10 a.m. Christmas Day, crews were called to Ocoti-

llo and Gantzel Roads for a sewer leak that shot water into the air. Greg Brown, director of engineering for Johnson Utilities, said there was sewer leak in a force main that serves the Ironwood Crossing area. Roads were closed due to the spill, which was cleaned up and resolved that afternoon.

Summer Movies at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

Starting May 27 and going through July 23, come see summer movies at the QCPAC! Mondays or Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Individual snacks can be purchased. No outside food or drink allowed Please call the box office for more information – 480-987-SHOW (7469).

Summer Movies at the Coolidge Performing Arts Center Lynne Loss

The summer movie program will run from June 5 through July 24. The movies will run every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for only $1. For more information please contact (520) 723-2424. The performing arts center is located at 684 W. Northern Ave, Coolidge, Arizona 85128.

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Town Hall & Ice Cream Social

The Community Town Hall and Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday, June 8. Residents are invited to “get the scoop on what’s going on in Queen Creek” from 10 a.m.noon in the Zane Grey Conference Room at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.

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Comedy Show

Exit 185 - Coolidge Performing Arts Center - 1 p.m. $5. Laugh your socks off with family friendly comedy! Only a short drive from San Tan Valley and Queen Creek! 684 W Northern, Coolidge, AZ 85128 www. coolidgeperformingartscenter.org Email info@coolidgeperformingartscenter.org or call 520.723.2424 for more info.

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The Wiz

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Winner of 7 Tony awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul! This classic musical is one of the most beloved. Ticket prices: $15 adults and $13 for ages 3-17. For additional information please contact the QCPAC at (480) 987-7469.

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Scorpion Scavenger Hunt at San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Join us at 8 p.m. for a tantalizing one mile hike to explore the wondrous desert life at night. Bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire, and a flashlight (black lights also encouraged, but are optional). Black lights will be available to rent for $3 at the visitor center through the Friends of San Tan. For more information please contact: (480) 655-5554 or visit http:// www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/.

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Desert Edibles at San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Starting at 10 a.m. learn about some of the appetizing delicacies of the Sonoran Desert inside the comfort of the San Tan Nature Center. Be prepared to be amazed, when you find out what makes a tasty treat in the desert, and what does not. No utensils necessary. For more information contact (480) 655-5554.

The Queen Creek Kiwanis Club is hosting a spectacular Fourth of July event for the whole family! The annual bash is hosted on the Schnepf Farms exterior grounds, with the Kiwanis Club providing entertainment: water slides and bouncers, dunk tank, mechanical bull, bungee trampoline, speed pitch challenge, pony and train rides, food and craft vendors. The Kiwanis Club is providing a live band. Fireworks begin at about 9 p.m. Admission is $15.00 per car load. Schnepf Farms is located at 24810 East Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. For more information please visit: www.kiwanisclubofqueencreek. org.

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YMCA offers summer camps for kids The Copper Basin Family YMCA is offering two summer camps for children from ages 3 – 12. The preschool camp is for children ages 3 – 5 and runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – noon. The YMCA day

camp is for children ages 5 – 12 and runs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Both camps are licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services and follow all Arizona state rules and regulations.

Copper Basin YMCA Childcare Director Tracey Pappas said both camps are approved by the Department of Economic Security and financial aid is available, if necessary. All YMCA staff is qualified and trained, including 18 hours of additional of training per year. Additionally, all staff is CPR and first-aid certified. “Number one for safety and fun,” Pappas said about the YMCA’s summer camps. “Our goal is for parents to know their children are in safe and caring hands.” The YMCA day camp for children ages 5 – 12 includes free breakfast, free lunch,

and an afternoon snack. Additionally, field trips to places such as Extreme Air and Peter Piper Pizza are included. According to Pappas a typical week in the day camp includes swimming, a field trip, rock wall climbing, team sports, and gym time. Group games and art activities are also part of the curriculum. There is a plan in place to assure that both parents and children are satisfied with their experience at the YMCA camps. “We are able to accomplish (our goals) by providing an extensive and fun curriculum with weekly themes by a welltrained staff,” Pappas said. For additional

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Dignity Health: A doc in every urgent care By Alison Stanton Southeast Valley Ledger From the outside, the

Dignity Health Urgent Care in Queen Creek resembles many of the other similar facilities

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Dignity Health Urgent Care in Queen Creek is located at 7205 S. Power Rd. (Alison Stanton photo)

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apart from other urgent cares. Dr. Aurbinderdeep Sidhu, medical director of the Queen Creek Urgent Care, said that every patient who comes in for care is treated by a registered nurse and a boardcertified physician. At most other urgent care centers, patients typically see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. This practice, said Delores Kells, site director for both the Queen Creek and Gilbert Urgent Cares, means that people who arrive at the Dignity Health Urgent Care will probably get all of the care they need at one place, rather than having to be transferred to another facility or follow up with their own physician. In essence, Dignity Health Urgent Care provides a one-stop-shop for health care needs. “It has always been the policy to have patients see both a physician and a nurse at our urgent cares,” Kells said. “When we first opened, we recognized that patients needed to see a board-certified physician instead of a midlevel physician.” Kells said that although physician assistants are definitely great for treating certain conditions, a physician can treat the whole patient and can catch all of his or her health care needs, not just what was going on that particular day. “Here we can know their health history, like if they have asthma, diabetes, or if there are any other underlying conditions, she said. “For example, if a patient comes in with flu-like symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the physicians here can look at the whole patient and any underlying health issues they may have. Thanks to their extra training, our physicians can look at all medicines and health conditions and past surgeries the patients

Dr. Aurbinderdeep Sidhu

Delores Kells

may have and then develop a plan.” Sidhu said the physicians who work at the Dignity Health Urgent Cares treat a huge number of “nonemergent illnesses,” including colds and flus, fractures, sprains, strains, headaches and pneumonia, as well as providing sports physicals and patient lab work. This is different from the emergency room, she said, which is typically reserved for people having symptoms or health problems that are life threatening, like chest pain, stroke and abdominal pain. “At the urgent care level we feel that it is important that they get all of their care at one

stop,” Sidhu said. “Once a diagnosis is made, we do have things like IV fluids and antibiotic here, which is a huge benefit for patients. We also have a full radiology department staffed with RTs who can perform any X-ray.” In the case of patients who end up requiring additional treatment at a Dignity Health Emergency Room at Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Kells said they can arrange for a seamless transfer. Even the waiting time will be greatly reduced, because Kells said the clock starts the moment the patient comes to the Dignity Health, Page 9

What are the key differences between a Dignity Health Urgent Care Center and Emergency Room? Dignity Health Urgent Care Centers provide urgent care, outpatient diagnostic and radiology services, and laboratory testing. Urgent Care Centers provide extended hours for those whose illness or injury doesn’t qualify as a life-threatening emergency but does require immediate attention. Dignity Health emergency rooms at Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert Medical Center are staffed with board certified doctors and registered nurses trained in adult and pediatric emergency medicine. If patients require more advanced care, additional specialists, subspecialists, and equipment may be brought in so they will not have to be transferred to another hospital. Source: Dignity Health


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New season, new team but same goal for Bulldogs’ football By Andrew Luberda With approximately three months before their season opens, Queen Creek High Bulldogs football is in the process of rebuilding their team. After the graduation of some key seniors from last season’s state championship squad, this season’s team must develop some of the intangibles that are necessary to defend last year’s title. “Really we’re just focusing on trying to build that chemistry we were able to develop last year,” Bulldogs’ head coach Joe Germaine said about one of the goals of spring football. “That’s the most important thing to me – making sure we are doing the little things the right way and working for each other.” Coach Germaine said agility drills, conditioning and, of course, the X’s and O’s are important during this period of the season as well. He said working on

discipline and execution is also essential at this time. The ability to master the latter two components will go a long way toward determining the success of this year’s team. Some of the upperclassmen who were on last year’s championship team are eager to defend the title, but they know the journey starts in the spring and they must lead the way for the newcomers to the team. “Building the brotherhood on our team,” said seniorto-be Trey Lemley when asked about the most important aspect of spring football. “Getting the upcoming juniors up to speed and acclimated to being on varsity is the biggest thing.” Coach Germaine and the returning players realize last year is over and has no relevance to the goals this year’s team has. Nonetheless, there is no

doubt they are anxious to duplicate the achievements of last season’s championship team. “We’d like to do it again,”

Lemley said. “The biggest message we are trying to

get across (to each other) is hard work pays off.”

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Softball – Bulldogs’ Female Athlete of the Year and former SEV Ledger Athlete of the Week Ryland Estrada was named to the AIA Div. II All-Division

team. Estrada (OF) was also named to the AllSection team where she was joined by teammates Madi Merrill (P) and Lexis Valenzuela (C), both ju-

niors, and freshman Ryann Holmes (SS). Head Coach Katie Bundy also earned some postseason recognition as she was named Section I Coach of the Year.

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Softball – Head Coach Roxanne Greene announced that SS Samantha Castoldi and P Emily Lodge were named to the AIA Div.

II All-Section 1st team. Additionally, they were selected to the Div. II South All-Star team. Former SEV Ledger Athlete of the Week

Taylor Clark was also selected to the South All-Star team. The All-Star game is scheduled for Jun. 5, 2013 at Higley High School.

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Allie Gardner (C) was named to the AIA Div. III All-Section team. She was

joined on the All-Section team by sophomore Sarai Marquez (OF).

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Continued from Page 6 Urgent Care facility. “We know the physician group at our hospitals, and we share electronic medical records with them, and this helps provide a better care option for our patients,” Kells said. Another bonus of using a Dignity Health Urgent Care, Sidhu noted, is if a patient needs to be transferred to one of their emergency rooms and has already paid a copayment, it will be applied to the emergency room co-pay. People who would like to come in to the Urgent Care in Queen Creek can also call ahead to be placed on a patient waiting list. This Call Ahead Care Program allows ill children and adults to wait in the comfort of their own home and minimize their exposure to other patients,” Sidhu said. “We make every effort to see everybody in 30 minutes or less, so once they call and get on the patient list, we will anticipate their distance and driving time and then call them back when it is time for them to leave their home.” Kells said that some of the patients they treat do not realize that most other

Artist Continued from Page 3 and social spheres of power worldwide.  The American Flag was painted on canvas in 2010 for Vice President Cheney and then enlarged to a 16x20 Geclee print which is now displayed in the Queen Creek (AZ) Town Hall.  In June 2012, Lynne donated a framed acrylic picture, entitled, Constitution Hall to the Desert Wells Chapter which helped to raise $1,000 for Wounded Warriors. The Davis-Cheney Art Gallery adds immense value to the community of Queen

Southeast Valley Ledger urgent cares do not staff board certified physicians and registered nurses. “Sometimes they take it for granted that they will see a physician, but then they go elsewhere and see a mid-level physician and come back to us saying that they shouldn’t have gone anywhere else, because they didn’t really feel they were getting the same quality of care,” she said. Dignity Health Urgent Care in Queen Creek is located at 7205 S. Power Rd. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. To get on the patient waiting list, call 480-728-6000, and for more information, visit http://bit.ly/ Zn5fdC. About Dignity Health Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems, is a 17-state network of 10,000 physicians and 56,000 employees who provide patient-centered care at more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patientcentered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. Source: Dignity Health Creek and surrounding areas. The art and services they provide give a caring artistic perspective to our growing town and diverse community. Desert Wells Regent Sandra Wilson stated, “We were so happy to be able to honor this gifted artist who unstintingly has given her talent to her community.”   Members of the Desert Wells Chapter live in Queen Creek, Mesa, Apache Junction and surrounding communities and trace their  ancestors to a man or woman who fought for American Independence. Contact Linda Enz (480-403-1477) for additional membership information.

Real Estate Continued from Page 4 especially by cash buyers, may finally have opportunity.    Also, April 2013 sales were 6.5 percent higher than March 2013, making April the fourth consecutive month the number of existing sales

increased.   Inventory Inventory is up 23 percent year to date with the price range of $200,000 to $249,999 showing the greatest increase of listings at 46 percent.  This is an affordable price range for many buyers.

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Our current teaching series is: “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” 4815 W. Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek • 480-677-2100 www.mvfcaz.com Service Times ................ Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9:15 & 11 a.m. Children’s Classes held during all services 4th/5th grade & Jr. High ....... Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9:15 a.m. High School .................................Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.

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Karen Berg

Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce When did you first become interested in education/ public service? I honestly don’t remember when. It’s been such a long time. I only know that it was a surprise to me at the time that I received so much from being involved and serving. I thought it would be one way street, that we were the people who would be giving, but what was received in return was much, much greater. What is your proudest achievement thus far? I am not sure “proud” is the word that describes it, but I have twice professionally reinvented myself and my career. When I left corporate America, I was able to start and run a successful business from scratch and then sell it. I have accomplished that again in real estate and have been fortunate to find myself in the top five percent of production in the state. Additionally, I am also personally honored to have served with two Hon Kachina Award winners. What additional improvements to Queen Creek and the surrounding region do you strive to achieve? I think the Queen Creek area is a wonderful place to live, work and relax outside of the large city lifestyle. I like to strive to ensure that this is maintained, even with our explosive growth in the area! There is nothing quite like having the social/entertainment advantages of Phoenix nearby, but still be able to see the stars at night and have that small town feel out here. What’s your favorite thing about this region? I absolutely love being surrounded by farmland and orchards. I know this won’t last forever into our future, but hopefully, QC and STV can work to maintain that open feel. We have a fabulous opportunity as a community to grow and I know that maintaining our own little piece of country feel will be a challenge, but a worthwhile one. Who are your personal heroes? My parents are probably my personal heroes. My mom as instilled in me a wonderful enthusiasm and optimism for life. My Dad has taught me what it means to work hard and truly understand what can result from it. What are your favorite hobbies? In my spare time, I am an avid veggie gardener and love to hike our local trails. I also love to fish and appreciate that we have so many places close by to enjoy casting that line! Have a suggestion for a community profile? Email info@SEVLedger.com. Sponsored by:


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The Bubbly Hostess enjoys Kila Cava By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Special to the Ledger Welcome back! As I wrap up “cocktail month” with my columns, I want to share this super tasty Cava with you. I learned about this particular Cava last November while visiting San Francisco celebrating my best friend’s 40th birthday. Kila Cava. Remember it – it is delicious! Cavas are a sparkling wine straight out of Spain and this is one that you’ll want to try. It’s dry – my favorite – it is apple-y, citrus-y and very refreshing. A bottle will run you around $13 – what a bargain! I hope you’ll give Kila Cava a try - I think you’ll enjoy it. I would love for you to stop by my Facebook page or blog and give me your feedback! Meanwhile, I have been making lots of progress on

my little one’s birthday! We have the attendee list, the decorations, the menu, the activities, and I think the cake all finalized This “paint party” is certain to bring lots of smiles to the young guests and an aneurism to the hubby! I’m very excited to have a painting station for the kids and a place for them to hang and display their art. The hubby, I’m fairly certain, is unaware there is an actual “painting station” happening at the party – but it will be outside, with a giant drop cloth down, they’ll be fine! Stay tuned for more details. I’m excited to share more about the decorations, the design for the invitations, the party favors, and the food – all of it! But I don’t want to spoil the surprise for our guests! Please stop by my Facebook page or blog

and leave a comment. You can find me at www. thebubblyhostess.blogspot. com. You can also “LIKE” my page on Facebook at http:// on.fb.me/ZmpQ1L. Lastly - always remember to make the most out of your planning, so you have time to enjoy your champagne…

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