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Before You Say “I Do”. . . . . . . . 50

Educate Yourself on the Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Workout . . . . . . . 122

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Letter from the Editor

Plenty of Content in This Issue!

H Bea Lueck

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ow did we manage to cram 200 pages of content into 132 pages of print? I’m not exactly sure! There is a LOT going on this edition. Not one, not two but THREE special sections – how exciting is that? The travel section is packed full of information on travel articles and ads to exciting destinations. Our favorite curmudgeon and travel bon vivant, Wilson B. Dedman, was encouraged to come out of his lair and share his vast travel experiences. Sigh. So I ask him to write an article. What does he do? In typical Wilson fashion, he sends in a NOVEL. After considerable editing, we have toned down his tome to a more manageable read. While complex and intricate at first glance – take a moment or hour to read through the maze. The information you can glean is extremely valuable to decide what to – or more importantly, what NOT to do on vacation. Learn from his (expensive) mistakes and enjoy your trip! We also have special sections on Automotive (including Big Boy Toys!) and Bridal & Formal articles. And why have one interview when you can have two? This edition has our normal Q&A interview with Ms. Jordan Rose, one of the most influential people in Pinal County. If there is a major real estate, zoning, or planning and development case before the Planning and Zoning commission or the Board of Supervisors – chances are Jordan or someone from her law firm are involved. She is a fascinating person to talk with – I hope you enjoy reading about her half as much as I had talking with her. The other interview is an article about Elizabeth Mann, the visionary behind the idea for PhoenixMart. Ms. Mann is extremely reserved – not comfortable talking about herself. We talked for hours but when the official recording began, she became very quiet. So rather than torture her and continue the ‘interview’ it was simpler (and less painful!) to write an

article about her instead. There are only a handful of women I refer to as elegant and regal. She is one of them; a humble woman that exudes grace and refinement. I am honored to have spent time with her and look forward to many talks in our future. What began as a section on bridal and formal articles has grown to our very first organized event – a Bridal and Formal Expo that takes place at the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort on March 22nd. Yes – we have added events to our repertoire! Talk about an exciting undertaking and natural expansion of the publications. If you are planning a wedding, attending prom or hosting a quinceañera – make plans to attend this free event. Raffle prizes include gowns, tuxedos, photography and more! We even have a fashion show at 12 and 3. And why stop at just one event? We are now planning the NEXT event to coincide with the May release of Golden Corridor LIVING: The Grande Events - Medical, Health & Wellness Expo – May 30th at Robson Ranch. With events inside for the adults and outside for the kids – there is something for everyone to enjoy. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. Speaking of calendars… one of the many things we have been working on behind the scenes is our websites INCLUDING a community calendar! The biggest changes are on the goldencorridorliving.com website. Gone is the blog-gy feel, replaced with a cleaner, easier to maneuver site. You can read the entire edition online – wherever you are, or selected articles. One of the great new features is

the community calendar. We encourage you to add your special events to the calendar to be included in both the Smart Shopper and Golden Corridor LIVING publications. Submit the info early – our deadlines are the 10th of the month for the following month. The more you send us, the more people know about your event. We want this calendar to be a great resource for the community – please use it and share.

Goldencorridorliving.com/calendar/ The Smart Shopper website, az-shopper.com is also simpler to use – select which market and either view the entire magazine or click on the individual coupons. Want to take advantage of the coupon offer twice – you can print the coupon! I hope you enjoy this latest edition of Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine. As always, please keep those suggestions coming. We want your suggestions and feedback on what YOU want in a local magazine. There are a lot of events coming up – stop by and say hi! IT’S ABOUT LOCAL!

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VOICES PUBLISHER Elaine Earle, CPA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Bea Lueck EDITOR Doug Brown CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Susan Conn-Hood Erica Herman Harold Kitching Junior Reporters Jeppe Leifelt Shamus Leach MEDIA COORDINATOR Angela Johnson ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Jamie Wagner Don Johnson Marketing Assistant Tami Deeks Events Jennie Bartsch, Limitless Events CREATIVE DIRECTOR/GRAPHIC DESIGN Tim Clarke CHIEF OF OPERATIONS & FINANCE Elaine Earle, CPA DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Richard Lueck ADVERTISING INQUIRIES info@raxxdirect.com COMMENTS & IDEAS editor@raxxdirect.com CALENDAR INQUIRES calendar@raxxdirect.com

Bob Jackson

Born in Whitefish, Montana, Mayor Robert Jackson has lived in Casa Grande since 1991. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, holding a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He retired from the City of Casa Grande as Public Works Director in 2002 and is now serving his fourth term as mayor ending in 2015.

Helen Neuharth

Helen was hired as the President/CEO of the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce in August 1991 and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management from Boulder, Colorado. Helen is an active member of the Arizona Chamber Executives

Wilson B. Dedman

Orphan; born in Zurich and made my way to Amerika at an early age; worked hard and studied computers every night; now am one of those thousands of anonymous internet millionaires who mostly tries to keep from getting bored. I now reside outside of Nogales and mostly spend my time traveling or wondering what to do next, or as I like to say, boredom combat.

Rick Gibson

Rick Gibson is a University of Arizona Cooperative Extension horticulturalist assigned to Pinal County.

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Gigi McWhirter Golden Corridor LIVING is published by RAXX Media. Editorial content is provided by affiliates of RAXX Media, community members and local organizations. The publishers of Golden Corridor LIVING assume no responsibility for errors or omissions of any advertisement beyond the actual cost of the advertisement. In no event shall the publishers be liable for any consequential damages in excess of the cost of the advertisement. Golden Corridor LIVING shall not be liable for inaccuracies, errors, omissions, or damages from the use of information contained herein. Submitted articles do not reflect the opinions of the owners or management of Golden Corridor LIVING Information contained within submitted articles had not been verified for accuracy and readers are responsible for forming their own opinions. Real estate information is as of 2-26-15 and is subject to current availability and pricing.

Born in Arizona, raised by a village & married to “Dr. John�. I am an official Airport Tavern Kid and the manager of Henrietta. You can find me most days in Receptionland at Casa Grande Animal Hospital. My love for all creatures great & small is endless.


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Harold Kitching

Harold has worked for newspapers across the country. He was city government reporter for the Casa Grande Dispatch for 11 years until he resigned after the newspaper began downplaying local news.

Jim Dinkle

Jim is currently the director of the Access Arizona, the area’s regional economic development foundation. He came to Arizona as a 24 year veteran of economic development from Indiana.

Jim Rhodes

Jim is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Central Arizona College and has a diversified work background in public administration; business administration; sales management; and new business development. Jim has taught leadership and senior management courses at several colleges and universities.

Jeppe Leifelt

Jeppe is a 16 year old exchange student from Denmark. He is spending his 20142015 school year at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, AZ. He enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends and playing with his inherited 7 year old twin American brothers. He has been serving as a junior reporter for Golden Corridor LIVING Magazine.

Erica Herman

Erica is a Casa Grande native who knew she would be an artist and writer since she first started holding a crayon and still resides in Casa Grande and lives with her husband Matt, two teenage daughters and four Chihuahuas.

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BUSINESS INDEX 54-55 2015 Grande Bridal & Formal Expo 54-67 2015 Grande Bridal & Formal Expo Vendor Ads 3 2015 Grande Medical, Health & Wellness Expo 57 8th Annual Casa Grande Fine Art Explosion 132 Academy Mortgage 18 Access Arizona CAREDF 71 Adrenalin Motorsports Kawasaki 33 Agave Dentistry 49 American Family Insurance - Jan Hobbs Agency 89 Annie-Mac Home Mortgage 10 Avocado & Distinctive Earthscapes, Inc. 47 Banner Urgent Care 38-39 Best of LIVING Survey - Photo Contest 15 Branhams Exterminating 76 Brighton Collision 37 Brutinel Plumbing and Electrical 31 Capital R Construction 21 Casa Grande Alliance 40 Casa Grande Elementary School District 36 Casa Grande Family Dentistry 16 Casa Grande Main St 41 Casa Grande Union Highschool District 43 Central Arizona College 90-91 Coldwell Banker ROX Realty 128 Coldwell Banker ROX Realty - Career opportunities 23 Coldwell Banker ROX Realty - Luxury Listing 123 Coldwell Banker ROX Realty - Property Management 5 Coldwell Banker Rox Realty - We’re Open Weekends 109 Coldwell Banker ROX Realty-We Are Casa Grande 49 Cottonwood Medical Center 48 DayLight Awakenings 53 Desert Sky Dental 131 Dick & Mitchell DDS 2 DM Family Dentistry 29 Edward Jones-Fred Tucker

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Eva’s Fine Mexican Food Farmers Insurance Foothills Bank Foothills Construction Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort Glenn Jones Heritage Motors Heritage/Adrenaline Motorsports Integrity First Financial Group Iron City Polaris Kiva Insurance Legacy Schools Mankel Mechanical Mark White Solo Exibition and Sale of Original Art Merle Norman Nussbaum, Gillis, Dinner, P.C. Phoenix Patio PhoenixMart Pinal County Fair Premier Ortho Rich’s Auto Repair Robson Ranch Robson Ranch Leopard Lounge Series ROX Group ROX Insurance ROX Travel - Avalon Cruises ROX Travel - CIE Tours ROX Travel - collette guided by travel ROX Travel - Cruise Seminars ROX Travel - Princess Cruises ROX Travel - Sandals Seeds of Hope Service Master SIRCLE Pain Clinic St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Star Towing Sunlife Family Health Supply 29 Tate Lynch and Law Enforcement Memorial Run Teepee Sand & Gravel The Winners Circle Trophies & Awards Title Security Tomar Pain Centers Trinity Southern Baptist Church Wallace, Volkmer and Weagant Whitfield Auto & RV Yang Dentistry

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Downtown Street SceneWestern Heritage 5:30-9:00pm @ Historic Downtown (520) 836-8744

Citrus & Fertilizing workshop 10:00-11:00am @ Distinctive Earthscapes at the Avocado Nursery (520) 723-4480

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57th Annual Cactus Antique Airplane Fly-In 8:00am-5:00pm @ CG Municipal Airport (520) 836-1200

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AZ State Open Chili Championship 10:00am6:00pm@ Ed Hooper Rodeo Park (520) 560-2256

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Relay for Life of Casa Grande 6:00pm-8:00am @ Cougar Stadium (520) 222-7028

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Satin Slippers Ballroom Dance Club 7:00-9:30pm @ The Dorothy Powell Center (520) 421-8760 $5-$7

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ROX Travel Seminar 5:30pm @ Lakes Clubhouse (520) 836-8517 or roxco.com/rsvp

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8th Annual Casa Grande Fine Arts Explosion 9:00am5:00pm @ Peart Park

Civil War in the Southwest 10:00am-4:00pm @ Picacho Peak State Park (520) 466-3183 Live Comedy Night 7:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223

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Farmers Market 9:00am1:00pm @ Distinctive Earthscapes at the Avocado Nursery (520) 723-4480

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Backstage Biker Bash benefiting Arizona’s Liberty Wildlife Foundation 2:00pm @ Chester’s Harley-Davidson®, Mesa AZ (602) 894-0404 $10

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8th Annual Casa Grande Fine Arts Explosion 9:00am4:00pm @ Peart Park

Day Out Downtown & Historic Walking Tour 10:00am-2:00pm @ 3rd & Florence St. in CG (520) 836-8744 Pinal County Fair 4:0010:00pm @ Pinal Fairgrounds (520) 723-7881 Adults-$8, 6-12 $4, under 5 Free Pinal County Fair 4:0010:00pm @ Pinal Fairgrounds (520) 723-7881 Adults-$8, 6-12 $4, under 5 Free Pinal County Fair 9:00am-12:00pm @ Pinal Fairgrounds (520) 723-7881 Adults-$8, 6-12 $4, under 5 Free

Fig workshop 10:00-11:00am @ Distinctive Earthscapes at the Avocado Nursery (520) 723-4480 Artists’ Studio Tour 9:00am4:00pm throughout Casa Grande cgvfaa@cgvfaa.org Pinal County Fair 10:00am-12:00pm @ Pinal Fairgrounds (520) 723-7881 Adults-$8, 6-12 $4, under 5 Free Tate Lynch Law Enforcement Memorial Ride 2:00pm @ starts at Target Parking Lot (520) 251-1446 Sportsmen’s Banquet 6:00pm @ Trinity Southern Baptist Church 520-836-2383 or 520-560-7041 $25

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2015 Grande Bridal & Formal Expo 11:00am-4:00pm @ Francisco Grande Hotel (520) 426-2074

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ROX Travel Cruise Seminar 4:00pm @ Robson RanchHermosa Ballroom (520) 836-8517 or roxco.com/rsvp

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4/17 Mark White-Solo Exhibition & Sale of Original Art @ Casa Grande Art Museum (520) 836-0237

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Artists Reception-Mark White 5:00-7:00pm @ Casa Grande Art Museum (520) 836-0237

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LIVE! In the Alley 7:00pm @ CG Main Street Patio (520) 836-8744

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Drip Irrigation workshop 10:00-11:00am @ Distinctive Earthscapes at the Avocado Nursery (520) 723-4480

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Boys & Girls Club Annual Golf Tournament (520) 876-5437

Leopard Lounge Dinner and Show-The Potter Family 5:308:30 @ Robson Ranch, Hermosa Room (520) 426-3300 $60

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ROX Travel Seminar 5:00pm @ The Lakes Clubhouse (520) 836-8517 or roxco.com/rsvp

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Leopard Lounge Dinner and Show-Elton John Tribute 5:30-8:30 @ Robson Ranch, Hermosa Room (520) 426-3300 $60

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Satin Slippers Ballroom Dance Club 7:00-9:30pm @ The Dorothy Powell Center (520) 421-8760 $5-$7

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Pancake Breakfast at the Airport 8:00-11:00am @ Casa Grande Municipal Airport

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Iris workshop 10:00-11:00am @ Distinctive Earthscapes at the Avocado Nursery (520) 723-4480

EVERY WED & FRI Pickleball Open Gym 9:3011:30am @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 $2

EVERY TUES S.E.V.E.N Networking Chapter 9:00am @ Vantage West Credit Union (520) 233-6299

EVERY THURS Line Dancing 10:00am-12:00pm @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655

EVERY TUES Casa Grande Kiwanis Club 7:00am @ Holiday Inn www.kiwaniscg.org

EVERY TUES Farmers Market 9:00am-3:00pm @ Florence St & 4th St (480) 818-3092

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Pool deck resurfacing

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complete rehab of the two tennis courts in Burruss Park is on the way. The Burruss work, at a cost of $60,757, will repair cracks in both courts at the park over two weeks, including crack filler, acrylic resurfacer, court striping, caulk control joint at the next line, a TitanTrax Shield® and replacement of nets and net posts. TitanTrax Shield®? The staff report accompanying the agenda item describes it as “a cost-effective crack repair system that is installed over the entire court.” Similar to a synthetic overlay system, TitanTrax Shield® is a simple acrylic coating system or cushion coating system which gives the court the feel and appearance of a traditional all-weather hard court. “The TitanTrax Shield® is a

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thermally and dimensionally stable multi-ply fabric designed for cracked tennis courts. The shield is unique in that it is a repair fabric which is applied directly over the entire cracked asphalt or concrete tennis court pavements instead of just over an individual crack on the surface.” “The TitanTrax Shield is applied as an unattached membrane over the entire court surface. A simple color surfacing or built up cushion surface can then safely be installed on top of the shield without the fear of new cracks. The underlying pavement is protected from the elements, so the chance of any further deterioration is limited.” “In the event a problem does occur below the shield it can be removed and easily replaced after base is repaired. TitanTrax Shield

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comes with a five-year warranty.” Although the work is expected to take about two weeks, Community Services Director Bill Schwind pointed out that, “It does take temperature into consideration. Nighttime temperatures cannot get below 46 degrees, so we’re looking probably late February, early March before we can step forward with this.”

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he deteriorat ing p ool decking at Palm Island Family Aquatic Center will be ripped out and replaced, a project that will add about 2,000 square feet. Work at the center, commonly called the city swimming pool, will cost $87,207. The staff report accompanying the council agenda item says the project will demolish and remove 16,000 square feet of existing decking, including repairing, washing and preparing the concrete with a sealant and removing old caulking along tile. After demolition, 18,000 square feet of new non-slip decking and in-ground drains will be installed, including resetting and replacing drains and applying new caulking along tile. The project has a two-year guarantee against any defects in quality or workmanship. “Pool deck resurfacing will maintain the safet y of the aquatic center,” the staff report says. “The deck has significant wearing throughout the facility, including stains, chips, cracks, missing sections and uneven drains. Deck replacement will also allow cracks in the original concrete shell to be patched and resealed to prevent leaks. “Increasing the pool deck space by 2,000 square feet will resolve safety and maintenance issues associated with turf maintenance. The exterior turf is difficult to grow and maintain due to a shaded landscape and the drop off from pool deck to grass creates a safety hazard. The new deck space will increase usability and safety at the aquatic center.” THE THETRAVEL TRAVELEDITION EDITION


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ecades of efforts by Al and Rita Nader to make Casa Grande a better place for education and as a community has been recognized by the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, inducting the couple into the 2014 Hall of Fame. The chamber gives this overview of the award, presented during the annual recognition banquet: the criteria for being inducted into the Hall of Fame includes helping to impact and shape Casa Grande in a positive manner. Al and Rita immediately spring to mind when considering those who have impacted and shaped Casa Grande with their dedication to educating generations of students who have lived here. The Naders were nominated by Donovan Kramer, Jr., Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc., who wrote, “Al and Rita Nader were longtime educators in Casa Grande. A member of America’s ‘Greatest Generation,’ Al is a World War II veteran who was a teacher, coach, principal and (second-longest tenured) superintendent in the Casa Grande Union High School District. Rita was a teacher and currently is a Central Arizona College board member, having served since 1992.

They both have master’s degrees in education and have done additional graduate work.” Al has served in many professional groups during his career, including Arizona School Administrators; Arizona Interscholastic Association on the Legislative Council and president of the AAA Conference; Pinal County Career Education Board as president, and numerous others. He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club for 61 years and has many civic and professional affiliations. Al was responsible for many advancements in the high school district, including building of the vocational school (now the district office and Desert Winds site) and also obtaining state land that, years later, became the current CGUHS campus. Rita was appointed by six governors to different boards in the areas of health and education, including the state Hospital Facilities Committee, state Community College Board, state Board of Education and state Vocational/Technological Board. She received the Casa Grande Elementary School District’s Lifetime Achievement Award. When Rita retired as a reading specialist with the Casa Grande Middle School in 1981, the Naders opened a retail children’s clothing store, Hansel & Gretel Unicorn, which grew from 900 to 3,200 square feet and drew customers from the Phoenix and Tucson areas, during its 10 years in business. “They continue to serve their community year after year, well into retirement,” added Kramer. “As educators, the Naders helped to train Casa Grande’s future citizens.”

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Leader award went to Louis Sanchez, manager of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The chamber said Sanchez’s excellence in managing the center “can be witnessed in the smooth running processes of the daily work; positive attitude; in the professionalism shown of his employees and in the commitment to the success of the company.

Community Service The Community Service award went to Renee Louzon-Benn of Sun Life Family Health Center. The nomination of Louzon-Benn said, “One of Renee’s most admirable traits is her ability to see every ‘problem’ as an opportunity. She seems never to have a problem, just solutions and suggestions for improvement.”

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hrough the years, the City Council has had several discussions about going to curbside trash pickup in areas of Casa Grande that have alleys with 300-gallon containers. The selling point has been that it would be cheaper and that it is unfair to residents of newer subdivisions without alleys to pay the same collection rates. A sticking point from some alley area residents has been that such a move would eliminate collection of uncontained trash such a tree trimming and junk items from alleys, forcing a move to piling it in front yards for pick up. Many of the discussions went nowhere, but in late 2006 it was decided that a test area for switching from alley to curbside collection in 90-gallon containers would be set up, bounded by Cottonwood Lane, Casa Grande

Avenue, Trekell Road and McMurray Boulevard. In the beginning, leaves, branches and other uncontained items would still be taken from the alley as before, although that was later changed to a system where residents had to place the debris in front of the house once a month and were required to call the city to say they had a pickup. It was the understanding of then council members that results of a survey of residents would be brought back before the council and that a council decision would be made on whether to make a permanent switch or go back to the old system. The survey was presented, but an action item for a council vote went by the wayside. Eight years later, the questions

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Welcoming the visitors to our town by Robert “Bob” Jackson, Mayor, Casa Grande

W The question of how we look to first time visitors is an individual decision but each of us can do our part to make sure that every visitor has the best experience possible in dealing with our citizens.

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henever I travel on vacation to new areas I always like to drive around and look at the community I am visiting and talk to the residents and workers I encounter during my stay. Think about how Casa Grande looks and feels to someone who doesn’t live here. I moved here in 1991 from Reno, Nevada and clearly remember some of my first impressions. My wife and I immediately felt at home because of the people we met including our new neighbors, the clerks at the grocery store or the service people we encountered as we activated utility accounts. The City had a population of about 18,000 with limited shopping and recreational opportunities (especially compared to our previous home). While the community amenities have improved tremendously in the past 20 plus years, I think the people remain friendly, willing to help and proud to live here. We could argue there are always exceptions to the quality of our citizens but for the most part I think we do a good job of making visitors and new families feel welcome. Impressions of the town are a little different. Depending on the road we arrive on, the impressions are different. For instance, coming in on Pinal you drive by the Villago Lake and subdivision and Fry’s Market Place, not a bad first impression. On Florence Blvd you see the Mall, some new commercial businesses and a community that seems to be progressing into the future. Enter on Jimmie Kerr Blvd and the impression is very different. One of our

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future challenges is to make all of our community entries showcase our City. As we have grown the amenities have increased and have helped to increase our winter visitor population. Many of the visitors to Casa Grande come from colder climates and they like the clean air, warm winter days and the many recreational activities available. We have several wonderful golf courses that can be played at a reasonable price, hiking trails including the new ones on Casa Grande Mountain, shopping, and movie theatres for their enjoyment. We have done a lot of work on the downtown over the past five or so years and it is looking much better. Our MainStreet program has developed a number of activities to bring people together and is making the area one to be proud of as a community. Do we need to do more? We need to always be improving and updating all areas of the community. Casa Grande can also take pride in the number of special events we have that help create an identity for our City and provide residents and visitors amble opportunity to get our and enjoy the weather. The question of how we look to first time visitors is an individual decision but each of us can do our part to make sure that every visitor has the best experience possible in dealing with our citizens. Let’s all take the extra time to thank all of the people that come into Casa Grande to visit our town, who knows they may become your neighbor.

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Shop locally to support your community by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

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am sure some of you will disagree with my feelings about the Internet but I wanted to share my thoughts on the topic. After all, having different points of views is what makes the ‘world go round’! Dependency on the internet to ‘do things’ is ever increasing. I am not opposed to using the Internet and use it daily in business. However, I am amazed how many people just don’t know how to function when his or her Internet connection goes down. When was the last time you used a dictionary, the hardcover book type? I realize it is faster to ‘Google’ or “Bing” and do a search on the Internet to find the definition of a word. Recently, I had to refer to an actual dictionary to get the real meaning of a word. Call me sentimental but I had a ‘feel-good’ moment when I reached for my Webster’s Dictionary that I received for my high school graduation. This dictionary has gone with me to college and every job that I have held since graduation. On a more serious note and one that im-

pacts our community greatly, those of us who make purchases online. I confess that I have ordered items, from time-to-time over the Internet. However, I have to tell you, I feel a twinge of guilt when I do order online and here is the reason why: Casa Grande doesn’t

receive any revenue for streets, public safety, etc. when we purchase online – because there is no sales tax collected that reverts back to our community. I am not saying don’t make purchases online – I am just asking you to think about reinvesting in your community from time-to-time and buy locally when the product or service is available from area businesses. Recently my sister, who lives in another state, and I were discussing an upcoming trip

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we are going to be taking. We will be departing from different cities but wanted to meet in one particular airport and continue our trip on the same flight with each other. She went to the Internet and spent a great deal of time finding flights and the phone calls went back and forth for many days. On the other hand, I made one trip to a local travel agency, explained what we wanted and our final destination. Voila! The itinerary was set for each of us, meeting up and flying together, booked the hotel room and reserved the rental car – with me sitting across the desk from the travel agent! Yes, she did use the Internet to make the arrangements but I did not have the headache and stress of trying to figure out the logistics myself. So if you have the time and patience to make reservations and make purchases online – go for it. However, if you want to save yourself from stress and continue to support local businesses and our community – shop locally for products and services!

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wonderful thing happened downtown last month. “The Drop Toppers”, a convertible car club from Sun City West arrived in Casa Grande for a road trip lasting several days that included a stay at the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort, dinner at Feli’s Cuban Kitchen, enjoying “Art and Jazz Fest” at Street Scene, then returning the next day for a special historical walking tour from our “Day Out Downtown” monthly event. As they paraded by in their convertibles after the tour on their way to lunch at BeDillon’s, I took the big smiles and hearty waves as a sign they would have fond memories of their time here. They will tell their friends, and they will be back… Three of our most dedicated volunteers, Marge Jantz, Gloria Smith and Marlyn Gallagher,

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decked out in costume and character, shared wonderful stories of the people and places that make our town’s history so unique. There were unscheduled stops to pose in front of the Doors to the Past and sneak into Adventures in Stained Glass to marvel at the artistry. Questions about the

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compelling histories being shared included, “How long were the internment camps open?” “Why was it called Top and Bottom Street?” “Which brand was John Wayne’s cattle stamp?” What makes a thriving community? Most of us think of our neighborhoods, places of worship or organizations we participate in when we define community. In downtown Casa Grande, a sense of community means merchants take a sincere interest in serving their customers and supporting each other. Stopping by a shop downtown often means having a meaningful conversation with the owner beyond selecting your purchase. Sharing stories about family, history and life in general gives you a sense you’ve entered a different time, when people slowed down and took the time to actually get to know each other. As our 2014/2015 spring events continue through May, don’t miss the opportunity to take part in that sense of community by expanding your horizons to in-

clude your own backyard. Every week, everything from naturopathic healing to social dance classes are held in various venues downtown. Red Estilo Mex is the newest restaurant to tempt your taste buds and The Old Town Ale House is coming soon to Historic Florence Street. Stop by our office on Second Street to pick up our new Downtown Map and Visitor’s Guide. Check our events calendar online at www. cgmainstreet.org and like us on Facebook to keep posted on the latest itinerary. Casa Grande Main Street is a non-profit organization designed to improve all aspects of the downtown experience. Strengthening public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as drawing new business, rehabilitating structures and expanding parking options.

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magine having an abundance of resort-style amenities, activities and social opportunities right in your backyard! For nearly a decade, Robson Ranch, located within the Golden Corridor in the Eloy/Casa Grande area, has been providing active adults with luxurious homes and resort-style living where they can explore favorite interests and new hobbies, and meet friends who share an enthusiasm for the more than 50 clubs and groups available…all within the community.

Ranging from 1,286 sq. ft. to 2,402 sq. ft. and starting in the low $150s, each home at Robson Ranch is built with quality construction and features open concept living, inviting layouts and spacious outdoor living spaces. The National Association of Home Builders’ 50+ Housing Council, recently awarded the split floorplan, 1,956 sq. ft. Altura Model Gold in the “Best 50+ Detached Home (Up to 2,100 Sq. Ft.)” category. In addition, the 1,286 sq. ft. Sagebrush Villa Model received a Silver award in the “Best 50+ Attached Home (Up to 1,800 Sq. Ft.)” category. To learn more about active adult resort-style living at Robson Ranch, please call 520.426.3300, stop by the sales center or visit robson.com.

New Amenities The new Ranch House, encompassing approximately 40,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space showcases exciting features such as the spacious Hermosa Ballroom with stage and several multi-purpose rooms, the Cheyenne & Laredo. The Ranch House also accommodates fabulous dining facilities such as the Ranch House Grill, The Tack Room Bar, and private dining room, and more.

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uccessful economic development programs build strategic alliances with local units of government, chambers of commerce, financial institutions, utilities, developers, real estate brokers, higher education, workforce developers and healthcare providers, just to name a few. Another ally that I always single out is the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) for its work in helping to build commerce and economic sustainability in Pinal County. During my career I worked once on the management team of a statewide economic development agency, but other jobs involved working on projects with economic development agencies in at least five other states. Never have I seen a statewide commerce or economic development agency as proactive, nimble, visionary and focused as the ACA. From my perspective as an economic development practitioner in central Arizona for the past three years, the ACA has set the standard for others to follow nationally. The ACA has been directly involved in the past three years with the landing of such new busi-

nesses to western Pinal County as Tractor Supply Company’s 650,000SF warehouse distribution center now under construction that will employ 250; Greek yogurt producer Ehrmann Dairy; cream cheese company Franklin Foods; and Canadian heavy equipment manufacturer Elrus Aggregate Systems. The ACA’s Rural Economic Development Grant Program helped Pinal County to retain and expand Stinger Bridge and Welding in Coolidge, which is resulting in 20 to 30 new jobs. A 2012 Rural Economic Development helped Phoenix Technology Works expand its operation for aerospace, marine and transportation applications. A visit to www.azcommerce.com presents you the opportunity to download an in-depth Arizona economic forecast white paper that includes Arizona’s assets, growth indicators and industry leaders. ACA’s website contains a wealth of information about locating, expanding or starting a business in Arizona and it addresses needs that companies may have with training, financing and other resources. One of the keys to the ACA’s success is its stand-

ing as a public-private partnership. ACA’s board of directors is chaired by Governor Doug Ducey and he is joined by a Who’s Who of Arizona business leaders, elected officials and representatives from higher education. ACA’s executive management team is led by President and CEO Sandra Watson. Sandra was Access Arizona’s keynote speaker at our 2013 Annual Meeting and her remarks were praised afterwards for her vision, candor and commitment to all Arizonans. As a rural county sandwiched between urban centers in Maricopa and Pima Counties, Access Arizona works mostly with the ACA through its Senior Vice-President of Economic/Rural Development Keith Watkins. The high standard that ACA has set as a national model for statewide economic development agencies is instilled in Keith Watkins. Keith is fair, accessible and an advocate in Phoenix for rural Arizonans. For more information about the ACA, visit its website at www.azcommerce.com or call Ms. Jourdan Harding, 602.845.1210.

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TENNIS COURTS ...cont. from page 12 Higher demand is being placed on courts across the city park system, Schwind said, especially with the pickleball fad. This could be another opportunity for multi use, he added. Mayor Bob Jackson said that during conversations with Schwind striping of the pickleball courts at Dave White Park was discussed. “Originally we were hoping to have this contract take care of that striping issue,” Jackson said. “Is that going to happen with this contract?” Schwind responded that, “We will be talking with them to see if we

can’t use some of the funds allocated in this year’s capital improvements project budget to be able to address that situation over at Dave White.” Jackson said he has received emails from people that play pickleball at Dave White. “I know Bill has provided netting but there’s no striping,” he said. “They wanted to put permanent striping down.” Striping for multi use is often a problem, Schwind said. There are two tennis courts at Dave White Park and the basketball, all acrylic surfaces,” he continued. “They’re all playing on the same surface but the lines typically

are a problem. “What we didn’t want to do, we didn’t want to infringe on the tennis court folks, because lines are important when you’re playing ball. If you’ve been to a normal gymnasium these days where they try to do badminton and everything there’s all different colored lines going all different directions and it’s somewhat confusing.” “We tried to utilize what we had out there and make some pickle ball lines on the tennis courts in a little bit different shade, not white, just offset the shade of the body of the tennis court to allow pickle ball

players to be able to utilize the tennis courts when they’re not used.” “That works, but we left out the back line because it’s too close to the service line of the tennis court and it just was rather confusing. “Now the pickle ball demand is such that when no one is using the basketball courts out there they want three more pickle ball courts, or could use three more pickle ball courts on the basketball courts. We provide the netting but there are no lines. They’re out there now with chalk doing their own lines, but they would like to see something permanent.”

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ractor Supply Co. has received approval from the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission to open a retail store on Florence Boulevard. The company is already building a West Coast distribution center on the west side of Casa Grande. The 21,702-squarefeet Tractor Supply store with a 15,000-square-feet fenced outdoor storage and display area will be at 1988 E. Florence Blvd. That location

is south of Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort, between LA Fitness and Henness Road. The comple x will include a 6,675-square-feet outdoor merchandise display area in front of the store. There will also be a 1,250-square-feet hay forage shed. A representative told the commission that work should begin within a month. According to its website, (www.tractorsupply.com) Tractor Supply Co. is “the largest op-

erator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The company operates nearly 1,400 retail stores in 49 states, employs more than 21,000 team members and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn.” “The typical Tractor Supply store has 15,000-24,000 square feet of inside selling space with a similar amount of outside space used to display agricultural fencing, livestock equipment and horse stalls.”

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ber 2006. “We have not moved forward with any additional conversions, with the exception of 19 alleys that we’ve converted to front load because of operational issues,” he said. “Our trucks are getting wider and can’t fit into some of those narrow alleys. We continue to evaluate those alleys on a case by case basis, but we’ve not targeted any sections of city to convert from alleys to front load.” Montoya pointed out that, “I was in the test area and we never came back and said, well, it was good or it was bad or indifferent. We kind of stopped. We were kind of sold on it was a better, quick, faster way to pick up cans. I was just curious if there was an expansion of some sort or if we were going to move forward with anything more,

because like I said, we’ve had it since 2007, there was never any feedback, we were in a test area, what were the conclusions of the tests?” Louis replied that, the basic conclusion was that “over 76 percent of the people that were in that test area when we did the final survey liked their 96-gallon containers, 71 percent said they wanted to keep those containers and not go back to alley, and 72 percent said they still wanted unconfined trash in the alley. That was something we did not do; we kept the unconfined trash on the street side.” During his November 2006 report to the council, Louis said the curbside pickup test was begun in January of that year, covering about 350 homes and some multifamily complexes. At

again arose during the Jan. 20 council meeting. The discussion that night was about buying replacement 300-gallon containers, but branched into why there was never a council vote on curbside collection and why did the area that was supposed to be a test turn into fact. Councilman Karl Montoya, who lives in the test/suddenly fact area, asked whether the overall curbside collection program will be expanded or if it has stalled. “Where are we at with replacing 300s with 90s for our trash collections?” he asked. Public Works Director Kevin Louis said the initial test area results were brought before the council in NovemTHE TRAVEL EDITION

“Stores supply the unique products to support their customers’ rural lifestyle, from welders and generators to animal care products and men and women’s work wear. You can also find pet supplies, animal feed, power tools, riding mowers, lawn and garden products and more.”

the end of the period a survey was mailed to each residence, plus added to the city’s website. “We had 107 people mail their results back in and 31 took advantage of the on-line service,” Louis told the council. “The first question that was on the survey was do you like having your own 90-gallon trash container? That’s the 90-gallon container that they take out to the front versus the share 300-gallon container in the alley. “Ninety-five people said yes and 43 people said no.” The other question that Louis told the council was important was, would you like to continue curbside service?

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Traveling Down the Drug-free Highway with Your Teen by Nicole Foster, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance Teens whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs and alcohol are 50% less likely to use drugs, yet less than 44% of Pinal County teens report having these conversations.

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aising teens is like traveling down the highway with many stops and detours along the way. According to the 2014 Arizona Youth Survey, 22% of Casa Grande teens think using drugs and alcohol is cool. That’s nearly 1 out of 4! Whether you are a parent, grandparent or caring adult, 22% is alarming. Without proper guidance, open conversations, and trust between a youth and a positive adult, teenagers may travel down a hazardous road toward substance use. Teens whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs and alcohol are 50% less likely to use drugs, yet less than 44% of Pinal County teens report having these conversations.1,2 Let’s prepare ourselves for this journey and make sure that we are traveling in the same direction as our youth.

Travel Check List:

Before hitting the highway, it is important to gear up for what you and your teen will need for a safe journey. 1. Set rules. Let your teen know alcohol and drug use is unacceptable in your family. 2. Know where your teen is, what they will be doing, and who they will be with at all times. 3. Talk with your teen. Casually ask how things are going at school, with friends, and about their plans for the future. 4. Help your teen identify positive ways to deal with stress and difficult life situations. 5. Be their parent, not their friend.

Travel Advisory:

A few things to keep in mind while traveling; Casa Grande has several ordinances in place to detour risky behavior. City of Casa Grande Curfew Ordinance: 9.16.010-9.16.040 • Minors ages 16 to 17 may be out until midnight any night of the week. • Minors ages 15 and under may be out until 10:00 PM any night of the week. The ordinance addresses minors hanging out or loitering during times when they are more apt to be involved in mischief or be a victim of a crime. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must take the wheel and help youth avoid this path. It is unlawful to allow a minor to violate the curfew ordinance (Class 1 Misdemeanor). If a curfew violation occurs, the charge of ‘curfew violation’ will be filed against the minor. The minor and the parent or guardian will have to go before they city magistrate. City of Casa Grande Social Hosting & Unruly Party Ordinance: 1397.09.05 • If there is a party in your home and underage drinking or drug use occurs, the adult(s) present can be cited under the social host law. This applies whether the adults knowingly supplied the alcohol and/or drugs or not. This also applies to older peers, friends, siblings etc. who host parties in their parent’s absence, or in their own apartment/home.

No adult who owns or occupies any premises shall knowingly permit or fail to take reasonable action to prevent illegal consumption of spirituous liquor or drugs by any person. If this violation occurs, the violator(s) is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. For a complete copy of the ordinances go to http://www.amlegal. com/library/az/casa_grande.shtml and search the ordinance number.

Travel Delays:

No one ever wants a delay to happen, especially on the highway of life. It is better to be prepared and not have it happen, than to have it happen and not be prepared. Here are some of the warning signs of substance use. 1. Depression, withdrawal, and hostility. 2. Changes in friends. 3. Increased secrecy in possessions or activities. 4. Negative changes in school work, missing school, discipline problems at school, activity changes. 5. Changes in physical appearance; red or watery eyes; dilated or pinpoint pupils.

Traveling down the drug-free highway is not always easy. There can be roadblocks, detours and struggles.If you believe your teen is using drugs, act now. There is help available for you and your teen. Contact the Casa Grande Alliance at 520-836-5022 or visit our website at www.CasaGrandeAlliance.org for more information.

1. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Parents: What You Say — and What You Do — Matters to Your Kids. (March 2011). 2. Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona Youth Survey. (2014).

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Are Inherited IRAs Subject to Collection by Creditors in a Bankruptcy? by David A. McCarville, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.

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nswer: Yes. The United States Supreme Court recently decided that inherited IRAs are not entitled to the same protection in bankruptcy as IRAs that are not inherited. Typically, a debtor who has filed for bankruptcy can claim that IRA funds are exempt and not subject to collection by creditors. Until the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Clark et ux. v. Rameker, Trustee, et al., it was unclear whether an inherited IRA had the same creditor protection afforded to a debtor who filed bankruptcy and claimed that all IRA funds were exempt from payments to creditors pursuant to the Bankruptcy Code’s exemp-

tion for “retirement funds” found at 11 U.S.C. §522(b)(3)(c). Justice Sotomayor delivered the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on June 12, 2014, clearly stating that funds held in an inherited IRA are not exempt from creditor collection actions. The court found that three legal characteristics of inherited IRAs prove that they are not retirement funds. First, inherited IRA accounts cannot receive additional investment funds pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 219(d)(4). Second, regardless of the age of the beneficiary of the inherited IRA account, the beneficiary is required to withdraw money from the account. Finally, the holder of an inherited IRA can with-

draw the entire balance of the account at any time and use it for any purpose. Because of these characteristics, the Supreme Court found that an inherited IRA does not qualify as exempt under the Bankruptcy Code. The Code attempts to strike a careful balance between creditors’ interests in recovering assets and debtors’ interests in protecting funds for essential needs in retirement. It is important to remember that “retirement funds” are exempt from creditor collections if they are funds you have earned and not inherited. This fact often goes unappreciated by the backbone of our economy: small business owners. All too often

small business owners faced with short-term cash flow problems decide to invade their retirement funds to bring accounts current with trade or financial institution creditors. While it is important to pay bills timely, it is just as, if not more, important to save for retirement, which is why the Bankruptcy Code allows “retirement funds” to be exempt in the first place. As is often the case, individuals may make poor decisions that they would not make if they knew and understood their legal rights. If you have questions about any of the topics discussed in this article please feel free to contact us.

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Business Training for Success by Jim Rhodes, Long time small business advocate

“Businesses fail because strategies are not executed and because those who fail are not held accountable before serious damage is done.”

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bove is the last sentence from an article in the 2014 Holiday Issue of this magazine. This quote is not one of mine. Rather, it is a summary of several years of education, training and performance auditing. The message in the article stressed the importance of education and training in preparation for a business career. From the perspective of an employee, at nearly any level of responsibility, education and training are identified as such when they are offered. In addition pains are taken to set the stage to create a successful learning experience. There is typically a carefully crafted agenda introducing various elements of the curriculum. The operational issues covered by the training are introduced in a measured and often sterile manner. At the completion of the training, books and other training materials are stored safely on a shelf in case anyone asks about meeting “professional development” objectives. Small business owners and managers may also take advantage of training. Often their training follows the same pattern as that for

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employees. Typically some sort of agenda including a curriculum outline; books and other printed material; and, housekeeping items such as turn off cell phones and no eating or drinking in the classroom; etc. When training is completed the collateral materials are often stored on the “training shelf”. Finally, Human Resources is notified of another training requirement having been successfully met. Unfortunately, the sentence that started all of this is still true. Strategies are still not executed. Managers and supervisors who fail are not held accountable.I included customers as a source of comments because we need to realize they will make the final decision as to whether we stay or go. We are not going to resolve universal training shortcomings in this article. We are going to talk about the importance of training to the small business owner. Hopefully we can also make the point that training needs to be continuous and up close and personal. Small-business owners and management staff need to be as enthusiastic about training as an entertainer is about his or her “shtick”. There is a story about Sammy Davis Jr that describes his love for being in the spotlight. It relates that he was such a consummate entertainer that every time he went to his refrigerator, opened the door, and the light came on he would do 20 minutes. That is how enthusiastic a business owner must be about making sure that he or she and every employee represents the company in the most powerful way possible every day. Small-business owners and managers must be involved in employee training. Ideally both managers and employees will train to a common purpose. Generically that will be to create and implement an achievement oriented closed loop for training and performance measurement. Simply stated, the business owner or manager identifies what needs to be done; how it ought to be done; who ought to do it; and, what successful performance looks like to the customer. The performance measurement includes making certain that the jobs performed are those described in the operating plan; that they are being performed

as described in the plan; that they’re being performed by the person(s) responsible for them; and, that they are being performed as a paying customer would expect them to be performed. You will note that this entire exercise assumes that a workable business plan has been developed, has been implemented and that somebody cares whether it all works. One of the strengths of the business plan is that it will reveal performance improvement opportunities. It should be noted that the market fixes those breakdowns when no one seems to care. If the above paragraph appears simplistic, it is. That is what makes an underperforming company of any size so frustrating. The immediate challenge is that some sort of fix has to be implemented before the company goes out of business. If there is any doubt as to the importance of this fix go back and take a look at the statistics associated with business success. The US Bank reported in August 2003 their top reasons why businesses fail or do not reach their top potential. The percentage numbers may be different today, but the reasons remain constant. 1. 78%-Lack of a well-developed business plan, including insufficient research on the business before starting it. 2. 73%-Being overly optimistic about achievable sales, money required and about what needs to be done to be successful. 3. 70%-Not recognizing or ignoring, what they don’t do well and not seeking help from those who do. 4. 63%-Insufficient, relevant and applicable business experience. 5. 55%-Not understanding who your competition is or ignoring the competition. These issues are often exacerbated because: not enough business has been closed; the sales cycle is much too long; cutting the price just to close the deal; poor follow-up systems and personnel are too busy servicing existing business to go after new incremental business. THE TRAVEL EDITION


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You will note that the top reasons that businesses fail are all management issues. They apply in individual companies in different ways and to different degrees. However, from a training perspective we can identify some broad categories for improvement that apply universally. These categories are simply presented for discussion and are not complete solutions. At Central Arizona College through either an exceptional Business Department or through the Small Business Development Center we might address them by offerings in our course catalog; through classes in our entrepreneurship certificate program; via classes offered through our community education program; through seminars offered through the Small Business Development Center; or, through individual counseling sessions offered to clients of the Small Business Development Center. The following paragraphs identify training activities that can be implemented immediately. Additional training may follow and the paragraph headings are actually part of a training and discussion guide offered through the Small Business Development Center.

Group Feedback A thread running through all of the training is to get as many as possible of the management team and the employees on the same page. It is important to provide participants with an opportunity to gauge the effectiveness of the training. We do this with a simple survey or feedback form.

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Managing Cash Flow and Profits This topic is not simply about getting more. It actually involves understanding how cash flow and profits are generated by understanding the impacts of routine business activities. Much of the value is knowing the real costs of various strategies. Once the real costs are known then the use of the strategies can be a yes or no issue.

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making What key factors are necessary for a business to survive? How does Team Consulting work? These topics are associated with the basics of business management they relate back to the statement “if your value system is clear then decision-making is easy”.

Goal and Control Reporting Goal and control reporting is an accountability activity that lets members of an organization know what their individual responsibilities are and what the responsibilities of their coworkers are. It provides evidence that each worker is doing what each worker has agreed to do. Thus it provides some predictability for expected results.

Thumbnail Questionnaires These may be actual questionnaire documents or they may be simply discussions

in some of the smaller organizations. We’re looking for evidence of how others see us and react to us. They give us a look at the variance between how we see ourselves and how we are seen by others.

Effective Communications Somewhere in every management or relationship problem is an inability on the part of one or more the principals to communicate effectively. In many organizations the first broad problem area is the absence of written communication. I’ve heard it said that if it’s not in writing it is a hallucination. The most common iteration of ineffective communication is poor listening. The above discussion topics can be undertaken at fairly low expense and with immediate results. They represent a “first aid” approach. So even though they are not the complete curriculum, there are some benefits. First is an increased ability for small business owners and managers to delegate and manage people by getting everyone on the same page. Next is the opportunity to focus on key business factors. This includes ability to set goals and manage by goals instead of crisis management. Finally there’s an opportunity for increased productivity and net profits. The topics can also be used as a quick test of the health of a business. Stay tuned for further information.

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Jordan Rose:

The Most Powerful Person in Pinal County? Interview by Bea Lueck GC LIVING: Please tell us about Jordan: how you became an attorney, why you became an attorney, why you settled here in Arizona. Basically, tell us about you. JORDAN ROSE: Well that's a softball, right? (Laughs) I'm from Ohio originally. When I was looking around to go to college - this is kind of goofy. I loved reading newspapers and always have since I was in middle school. Growing up, on Sundays I would go to the bookstore and get Sunday papers from a variety of different states. They had The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, the Arizona Republic and Florida papers. Places Ohio snowbirds would go.I became fascinated by what was going on in Arizona. The politics were crazy, we had Governor Evan Mecham at the time, and I thought it an interesting place to be. My parents said, "Hey, where do you want to go to college?"I said, "Arizona."They said, "We've never been there." I said, "Well, that's where I want to go." So, we came in the middle of summer to meet with the honors college at the University of Arizona. I remember landing at the airport and my dad, who's a lawyer, was wearing a seersucker suit because people in Ohio were a little bit more dressed up than those in Arizona. We went and I said, "This is the place I want to be." It was, like, 117 degrees, but I just knew it was for me and I was right. It's a great place to live. I always wanted to be a lawyer as far back as I can remember. I used to watch my father, who's really the greatest guy on the planet. He would come back from work and be so happy that he was helping people. Throughout his career as a lawyer, I would always dream of me doing that one day. Every time I had a holiday in el-

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ementary school I would go to work with him for the day and get to do stapling and filing and those kinds of things. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer so once I got into law school, ASU law, I determined the first week that I wanted to be a zoning attorney. It was clear to me. I love to see things built. The kind of law where you're arguing doesn't appeal to me. I don't like to argue, I like to make deals. I like to try to make things happen. I like working with neighbors. I like driving by something that we helped to create, to develop. And I like politics. It's sort of the perfect career choice for me. I started practicing law in Phoenix at a law firm where I learned how to be a zoning attorney. Within about two and a half years I realized most of my cases were my own. They were little things like restaurants and dry cleaners and, little stuff, not big development by any means. I was getting married to my husband Jason at the time, and he said, "Well, why don't you just jump?" I looked around at other law firms and he said, "You know you can do this and you sure can't make any less money than you're making right now.”That wasn’t an issue for us because I wasn't making any money. And so I did. I went to into practice, opening my own business and it's worked out. So now, some 15 years later, I have 42 people that work with me on my team. We're a full-service business and real-estate law firm. GC LIVING: And in 15 years you went to being one of the top law firms in Arizona, correct? JORDAN ROSE: Well, thank you. I appreciate that. I know in terms of size we're the largest woman-owned law firm in the

Southwest United States. And in terms of the clients we are honored to represent, I would say they're the best of the best in the state, so if that qualifies us as being a great law firm, then I guess it does. I couldn't be more pleased with what we've been able to build and the team we've assembled. GC LIVING: Phoenix Business Journal nicknamed you, "The Queen of Pinal County." Whenever there's something up on the development front, your name is the first that comes to mind. How did that happen that you are so ‘in the know’ here in Pinal County? JORDAN ROSE: Well the queen thing is clearly an overstatement (Laughs). I will tell you: I grew up in rural Ohio where my neighbors were all farmers and my dad was the farmer’s lawyer. I really relate to what's going on in Pinal County and especially what went on in the run-up of real-estate some years ago. That's because, where I grew up, it was all farms. Then Jack Nicklaus came in and bought most of the land; thousands of acres of land. He created what's now Muirfield Village Golf Club, which is on the PGA Tour. So you had this weird clash of Amish people and farmers and these nouveau riche golfers who moved in. It was an odd place to grow up. I understand the pressures that people who are living in a place like that, a place that grows so fast from farm to homes. I really enjoy working with farmers and I enjoy working with the different issues that come along with quick growth in a place that once was totally rural because that's what I grew up in. As a zoning attorney I do cases all around the valley, around the state really. About two years before Pinal County actually boomed, I identified it as a place

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that I relate to well, and a place where I'd want to work. So I started to come down, getting to know local residents. I started in Florence with the Industrial Development Authority. We ended up doing small cases around Pinal County, and then when the Pinal County growth boomed we ended up representing between 70-95% of the represented zoning cases that went to the county at one point. I'm in Pinal County nearly every day. And during the growth boom I was here certainly every day. I just love it. I guess I would say that's my favorite part of Arizona, and, and I'm just really blessed to get to work here frankly. GC LIVING: What are some of the more memorable cases you were involved in? JORDAN ROSE: A great question. It’s interesting we did a lot of planning and zoning that was approved by the Board of Supervisors in Pinal County for projects that, when they are built, will be absolutely phenomenal, and they'll be places the rest of Arizona is envious of, but because of the crash, they were delayed. The planning commission in Pinal County during the real-estate bubble, they were incredibly conscientious about only approving the very best of the best projects. They put you through a ringer to try to make sure they got more than any other community in Arizona demands from a developer. I remember projects we got approved projects that were all baseball themed fields. Every park had a baseball player theme and a statue of a famous baseball player and all

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sorts of interesting things. I remember another project - that also is not yet built out, where we have an amphitheater, a duck pond, a paddle boat pond and really cool amenities you just don't see anywhere else in the valley, or really, in the state. You can look at Pulte’s Merrill Ranch at Anthem and drive into that and you're in awe of the beauty and what they've put into that project; it's pretty, pretty amazing. I

“We represent Resolution Copper and believe that recently they’ve got some decisions I think should speed it along and we’re really excited about that, and that’s a huge job boom for Arizona and for Pinal County”

think there are just so many projects that haven't come out of the ground that will be so wonderful to see. Fulton’s Ironwood Crossing project is a great project in Pinal County, south of Queen Creek that has really sold well through the ups and downs of the real-estate market. It has one of the most active Homeowners Associations anyone has ever seen. People love living there with the amenities they've designed into their community's really cool.

GC LIVING: What do you think of some of the projects that are still in the works and have been meandering their way through bureaucracy such as the Union Pacific transfer yard, the hump yard, if you will, down by Picacho Peak, or Resolution Copper? JORDAN ROSE: We represent Resolution Copper and believe that recently they've got some decisions I think should speed it along and we're really excited about that, and that's a huge job boom for Arizona and for Pinal County particularly so we'll do whatever we can to help push that along. I think good things are happening now and I'm thrilled about that project and would list that as the project we're most proud of because of the jobs it's going to bring. On the Red Rock Union Pacific project, we've represented some of the private property owners in that area who wanted to see the project take off for years. It is truly one of the most frustrating and mind boggling things to me that the Arizona State Land Department has not yet sold this property to the railroad. The railroad had the ability to purchase and the desire to purchase the property for at least eight years now and there's always another hoop to jump through from our state. We're lucky we have a partner as stable as Union Pacific who wants the land and is willing to wait such a long time. As you said, as it winds through the bureaucracy it’s taking literally forever. I'm hopeful

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n 2014, the average tax refund was about $2,700. If you got that much this year, what would you do with it? You can probably think of a lot of things you might do with $2,700. You might decide to splurge and buy some big-ticket item you’ve been eyeing. Or you could use the money to pay down some bills, which might be a good idea, especially if it helps improve your cash flow. As an alternative, though, you might want to consider investing the money. You might not think $2,700 would make that big a difference to your investment portfolio. But if you invested that $2,700 in a tax-advantaged account, such as an IRA, and you left the money alone, what might you earn? After 30 years, your $2,700 would have grown to more than $20,500, assuming no further contributions and a hypothetical 7% annual return. That’s not a fortune, of course, but it would help boost your retirement savings somewhat — and since it originated from a tax refund, it was accumulated pretty effortlessly from your point of view. Now suppose you put in the same amount — $2,700 — to your IRA each year for 30 years. Again assuming that same hypothetical 7% annual return, your money would have grown to more than $272,000. And that amount can indeed make a rather big difference in your retirement lifestyle. Keep in mind that you’d eventually have to pay taxes on that $272,000 if you had been investing in a traditional IRA, which is tax-deferred but not tax-free. It is possible, however, that if you start taking withdrawals when you retire, you’ll

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uying a home might become a more appealing option for individuals. Experts expect rental rates to remain higher for a while, and purchasing real estate may prove to be a more affordable living arrangement. Rental rates continue to increase. According to a press release from Zillow, an online real estate company, 51% of polled experts do not believe the affordability of rental units will improve for two or more years. The rising costs associated with renting may persuade more individuals to consider owning a home as a more affordable option. Homeownership more affordable than renting. Historically low interest rates on U.S. home mortgages, low down-payment options and the Federal Housing Administration’s decision to lower mortgage insurance premiums may increase the attractiveness of buying real estate. The demand for rental properties is driving up rental prices, and changes to the cost of homeownership decreases those expenses. Zillow noted that many current renters are becoming increasingly frustrated with the rising cost to rent. The hikes are encouraging some individuals to enter the housing market and purchase a home. Their potential contributions to the real estate market may continue to strengthen the continual recovery from the housing crisis in 2008. Realtor.com recommended comparing the costs between renting and buying before deciding which option is best for your local housing market. In some instances, renting is more costly. However, before buying, take a look at the local school district and the current graduation trend. Also, take notice of whether new businesses and restaurants are coming to a neighborhood or leaving. This can indicate whether purchasing a home in a certain area would be a quality investment. Increasing rental expenses and more favorable homeownership conditions may persuade more people to purchase

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homes and bolster the housing market. Real estate may still be one of the best ways to build overall wealth. The historically low interest rates on U.S. home mortgages could provide individuals with a particularly appealing investment opportunity. Low interest rates encourage people to purchase homes. According to U.S. News & World Report, 2015 will be a good year to invest in real estate. However, before potential homeowners rush to purchase a house, they need to know how long they plan to keep the home and have a solid grasp of their current and anticipated financial situations, as well as the local housing market. Mortgage applications increased in January 2015. Lower rates and greater affordability may have increased the number of applications for mortgages. “Following several weeks of already elevated refinance activity due to falling interest rates, Federal Housing Administration refinance applications increased 76.5% in response to a reduction in annual mortgage insurance premiums, which took effect Jan. 26,” said Lynn Fisher, vice president of research and economics for MBA. “Conventional refinance volume was up only 0.5% for the week.” Fisher also noted that applications for FHA home loans increased 12.4% since the previous week. The growth in applications may be due to the increased affordability of homeownership. In addition, millennials, baby boomers and boomerang buyers may be entering

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Comprehensive Dental Care for the Entire Family The most rewarding part of his job is seeing people more confident with their smiles before they leave the office.

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hings are HAPPENING! We can all mentally add the word – finally. There are so many levels of bureaucratic involvement that have required more time than anyone ever thought. On a federal level, the EB-5 approval is still moving slowly, albeit very slowly. Closer to home on a local level, earthwork at the site began last November and leveling and compaction is nearing completion. Permits are expected to be approved by the City of Casa Grande next week for the underground utility installation and concrete work. At the end of the long construction journey are the walls going vertical and utilities brought to the site and connected. Updates from AZ Sourcing have been sporadic – it’s hard to say something new when not so much news has occurred. So when an opportunity arose – I jumped at the chance. A dear friend introduced me to Elizabeth Mann, the visionary behind PhoenixMart. America is a nation of people from all over the world, and a land of opportunity. Through dedication and hard work, many of the immigrants that came to this country made lasting successes for themselves and their families, as well as greatly improved life for all Americans. Elizabeth Mann is one of those people. Elizabeth is a study in contrasts: old school elegance as well as practical down to earth. I was impressed with how she is both a private, low-key individual and a prominent, international business executive. Her list of successful accomplishments is extensive, but what impressed me the most is her passion for this country and her fervent desire to “give back”.

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Elizabeth Mann “I grew up in a very traditional family, and my parents taught me the value as well as the joy of sharing. I am grateful to this country for all the opportunities I have had and feel a responsibility to pay back to the community” she said from her Scottsdale headquarters office. Raised in an affluent environment, with a strong work ethic, she grew up in a metropolitan city in China. However, during the Cultural Revolution, life in China was difficult. Schools were shut down and at age 16, like other children, she was forced to work on a poor, rural farm. She later spent 4 years working in a factory as a milling machine operator, with an intimate knowledge of transmission components. Despite dealing with hunger and physical hardships, she studied on her own with high-school text books that her brothers had used. This thirst for knowledge and self-teaching paid off. After the country re-opened its universities and without any formal high school education, she was one

of the few lucky people to be accepted to the best business school in the country and became one of the top females to graduate with a business degree in the 1970’s. That business degree facilitated a full scholarship for her to come to the U.S. where she then earned her Master’s degree from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management. To truly experience and learn about the United States and language, she has traveled across the country three times, visiting over 30 states. Now an American citizen, Ms. Mann has lived on and off in Arizona since the early 1980’s. Although she had a choice to live anywhere for her development projects, her passion for our State as well as her father’s health issues, she decided in 1991 to make Arizona her permanent home and set up her company here. Inspired by the City of Phoenix’s growth potential and her desire to give back to the city that offered her education, she planned to develop a Chinese Cultural Center. The Center was to add multi-cultural elements the city did not have as well as provide visitors and local residents a fun place for gathering and entertaining. Not just another “Chinatown”, Ms. Mann used Eastern and Western architects for a final product that combines Asian retail shops and commercial offices as well a garden that showcases replicas found in five famous ancient Chinese cities. To get it built, Ms. Mann put in all her personal financial resources for the project. Her “willingness to pay the price” commitment included selling her remaining company shares for a mere $1.00 to attract a strong financial partner for the project’s funding. The construction of the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center was completed in only one year and opened with success in 1998. Today, the Center is considered an international landmark for Phoenix. It has been home to several festivals, student field trips and other cultural events, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to help bridge the business and cultural gap with a better appreciation for the rich history of China and commonalities between the East and West. It should also be noted that during the 17 years she served as that company’s president, the business created over 160 jobs and generated over $55 million dollars in property tax, sales tax and payroll taxes. During construction of the Center, Ms. Mann discovered a sourcing center in China that had become a successful business model to solve China’s unemployment problem and increase commerce by putting businesses together to

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help make them more efficient and stronger in a collaborative environment. The concept was that “if you put individual chopsticks together, you can make a pillar of strength”. Faced with the problem of adding authentic cultural elements as designed and still stay within her construction budget, she solved it by sourcing many of the materials she needed from Yiwu at a much lower cost. It was with this concept in mind that provided her the vision and creation of NALTEC (North American Logistics, Trade and E-Commerce City) with PhoenixMart as its catalyst project. PhoenixMart is designed to enhance YiWu’s business model which brings together worldwide suppliers, including Chinese, with American manufacturing and distribution companies to provide businesses in U.S. a better selection of products that fits their demand needs. PhoenixMart can be viewed as a collaborative commerce center that promotes businesses and increases sales, thus creating opportunities and jobs. The project’s funding in great part is by the use of the United States EB-5 jobs creation program, started in 1990. Ms. Mann said it was by accident that she discovered this funding opportunity and was intrigued by the fact that

rience that education leads to success in life, and that compassion and giving back to your community pays benefits to business. She cares deeply about the communities in which she and her company invests, and believes strongly in Arizona’s economic future. Science Foundation Arizona was delighted to have her partner with us to improve technology at the Casa Grande Middle School”. To this day, Ms. Mann contributes her success to all those that have raised her, educated her and worked with her. And, she recognizes that it is the United States that has given her all the opportunities she has experienced and enjoyed. She says, “I am so grateful to this country for all the support and good fortune and I have received. It is my deepest desire to show my appreciation and keep giving back to my community and our country”.

it could create new American jobs as well as attract quality immigrants to bring in foreign direct investment capital and improve the U.S. economy. She firmly believes the program not only provides funding for the PhoenixMart project and will eventually create thousands of new American jobs. Ms. Mann continues to take the time and effort to “give back” by way of community involvement as well. Helping schools and the education of young people is just one area she feels is a priority for her. In the spring of 2014, she and PhoenixMart proudly assembled a consortium of local businesses and donated $35,000 to Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM program for a new computer system for the Casa Grande Middle School. The foundation’s COO, Margaret Mullen says, “Elizabeth Mann knows from her own expe-

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A Local Educator Speaks Standards & Their Impact by Dr. Bryan Harris

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ack in 2009, when I first started hearing rumblings about the Common Core, I was a bit resistant to the idea of a national set of standards for K-12 students. Being responsible for the training and development in a school district with close to 400 teachers and another 400 support staff and administrators, I worried about the costs, the time commitment, and a host of other unintended consequences like what we experienced when the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was instituted. Like educators all over the country, I thought to myself, “Here we go again. Well meaning but naïve policy makers will try to improve schools through a top-down approach that will take an incredible amount of work but won’t make much of a difference.” Plus, being a local-control guy by nature, I’d prefer that we leave decisions about the education of students to those of us who are closest to the students. The teachers, the parents, and the community know what we want and what our students need. After all, we’ve done a pretty good job in the Casa Grande Elementary School District: student achievement is strong and improving, for over 10 years in a row 96% of parents have rated their schools an A or a B, and we’ve created some innovative programs that have received state-wide and national recognition. As I saw that the Common Core was gaining momentum and national attention, I decided to learn everything I could about the standards and their potential impact on our students. I attended seminars, read countless articles and blogs, and dug directly into the standards and read them all, word for word. The more I learned about the standards, the more I became convinced that the Common Core has the potential to dramatically improve the learning experiences and outcomes for our students. In a matter of months, based on reading and dissecting the standards, I went from reluctance to enthusiasm. In the last 5 years, the Common Core Standards have become a lightning rod garnering strong opinions from every shade of the political spectrum. Some view the standards as the greatest thing ever while some assert that they are a conspiracy to take away local

control. Regardless of the rhetoric and the political nature of the standards, it is important for us all to closely look at the standards themselves to determine their usefulness. While no set of standards is perfect, the Common Core (in Arizona we call them Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards) offers some instructional shifts that will benefit our students in significant ways. From my perspective, the single most significant difference between the Common Core standards and previous Arizona standards is the emphasis placed on the development and demonstration of skills by students. Skills are the statements within the standards that describe what students are required to do with their content knowledge. Standards have always included both content knowledge and skill development. However, the Common Core places a much greater emphasis on

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what students are expected to do with their knowledge. This is a significant and powerful shift for our students; one that will have positive impact on their school experience and their life once they leave school. In fact, in the Casa Grande Elementary School District, we’ve already seen positive outcomes from this shift. Students are expected to defend their statements with facts and examples, they are required to critique the ideas from stories and novels, and they are asked to demonstrate and explain why certain math concepts work in addition to remembering facts and algorithms. When you take a close look at the standards, you’ll notice a prominence of verbs and terms like explain, demonstrate, critique, apply, evaluate, and describe. For those of us who are parents, we want to know that our students not only master important content

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knowledge but that they can also do something with that knowledge. Just remembering a bunch of facts does not make someone educated. The ability to use those facts to critique, apply, and create is what our students most need in order to be successful in life. While the Common Core is likely to remain controversial for the near future, it is essential for us all to form our opinions based on what the standards actually say. Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards can be accessed through the Arizona Department of Education at http://www.azed.gov/azccrs/ Dr. Bryan Harris is the Director of Professional Development & Public Relations for the Casa Grande Elementary School District. He is the author of 4 books including Creating a Classroom Culture that Supports the Common Core (Routledge, 2014).

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round by Doug Brown

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arly every school morning a fleet of over 100 familiar yellow buses leaves the transportation yards of both Casa Grande school districts to pick up students and deliver them promptly and safely to the 27 schools serving the Greater Casa Grande area. The responsibility for logistics, routes, personnel, and overall safety is managed by Paul Potts, Transportation Director for Casa Grande Elementary School District and Emma Torres, Site Director for Bee Line Transportation and Casa Grande Union High School District. The two districts do a great job covering thousands of miles with thousands of students and each district operates with a different business model. The elementary district owns and services all its buses including 69 standard size vehicles for 54 regular routes and 7 mini-vans for special services. The drivers are on duty from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. serving 9 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 1 pre-school in an area of 406 square miles. This last fiscal year the buses consumed 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 20,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline and traveled a total of 863,000 miles. Amazing numbers! In addition, the cleaning, maintenance, repairs and general upkeep of these vehicles is a huge job. The real job, and its many responsibilities, of course, remains in the hands on the wheels at the front of the buses every morning and afternoon. All drivers must have Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to drive. As we all might guess, Mr. Potts says that training be-

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yond state requirements is to help new drivers develop control, discipline and interaction with the students. When hiring, he looks for drivers who present a “take charge” demeanor and understand how to interact with the students. He recommends, when a situation occurs on the bus, the driver deal with the “situation”, not the student. Currently, buses have video systems to record all activity during the run. The district has developed a School Bus Referral list with four categories of behavior ranging from refusing to obey the driver to severe bus disruption with commensurate discipline. One of the main jobs, besides standard delivery of students to and from school, is to provide transportation for after-school activities. These include rides home after athletic practice, trips to and from games, to the Boys and Girls club and trips for special circumstances. Finally, Mr. Potts emphasized the solid construction and built-in safety for students incorporated directly in the overall design and materials used in the buses. The body is constructed with heavy metal and reinforced with 26 ribs of 16 gauge steel placed around the body of the bus. He emphasized, “They are built like tanks!” The Casa Grande Union High School District bus fleet is not owned by the district, but is provided on contract from Bee Line Transportation, a local Arizona company that provides fuel, maintenance, upkeep, drivers, insurance and management. Emma Torres, is the Bee Line Site Supervisor. The high school district receives all students from the Casa Grande elementary district plus Sacaton, Toltec, Stanfield and other outlying locations.

The “driving” territory ranges from Sacaton in the northeast, Eleven Mile Corner in the east, beyond Stanfield in the west, down to Arizona City and Toltec in the south - an area of 1,250 square miles. Every day, the drivers deliver students throughout this area. The fleet consists of 50 standard buses and 16 mini-buses staffed by 46 drivers. All drivers have Commercial Drivers Licenses, an additional 14 hours of classroom training, and 20 hours training at the wheel. Final testing for qualification is provided by a third-party organization. One of the great services provided to all members of the community by most districts is transportation for after-school activities. Although secondary to classroom education, extracurricular activities provide greatly expanded opportunities for students, growth in leadership and management, and involvement in hands-on programs, many of which are directly related to job and professional skills. The district runs buses for the two high schools every day throughout the district boundaries. These include students in all sports: football, basketball, volleyball, track, soccer, golf, tennis and cheer. With the exception of football, all teams serve both boys and girls. In addition to sports, students are able to participate in music, theater, Future Business Leaders, Future Farmers, DECA, the Robot program, award winning band. Last September, the activity buses transported 857 students and traveled 4,575 miles. These opportunities would not be available to your children and our students without the services of the buses and the drivers. THE TRAVEL EDITION


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entral Arizona College, through the First Step and Early College programs, offers an avenue for students to earn college credit while still in high school. First Step is a summer program for Pinal County high school students. The program allows high school students to enroll in college courses the summer after their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school while Early College allows Pinal County high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses while they are still juniors and seniors. Students who enroll in First Step or Early College may enroll in up to five college credits and receive a tuition waiver. “With the continued increase in college tuition rates nationwide and the financial struggles that many families are facing today, the First Step and Early College programs can provide a quality opportunity for students and their families to save on future college

expenses,” says Luis Sanchez, CAC’s director of recruitment. In order to be eligible for either program, students must be Pinal County high school students and are required to obtain permission from their parent or guardian and high school guidance counselor. If those criteria have been met, the student then must complete a First Step or Early College form (available from their high school guidance counselor as well as the CAC Recruitment Office) and submit it to CAC’s Records and Registration Office. Students will then be required to complete placement testing and attend an advising forum and new student orientation prior to registering for classes. First Step classes are held during the college’s two summer sessions. Each session lasts five to eight weeks. The first summer session begins Monday, June 1. Early College classes are held during the college’s fall and spring semesters. The fall 2015 semester

begins Monday, August 17. First Step and Early College students are members of the college community and are expected to adhere to all college rules and regulations. Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for completing the withdrawal process for any courses they do not attend. For more information regarding First Step and Early College, contact Luis Sanchez at 520-4945266 or by email at firststep@centralaz.edu or earlycollege@centralaz.edu. Students and parents may also contact their high school guidance counselor or visit First Step and Early College on the web at www.centralaz.edu/firststep and www.centralaz.edu/earlycollege.

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The LIVING Interview (continued) continued from page 28... that with Governor Ducey's administration, the Arizona State Land Department will make more decisions beneficial to economic development in Arizona and I would hope that Red Rock is the first on that list because that would be enormous. It gives me goose bumps to think how terrific that would be for a jumpstart to Pinal County and that area to allow that switching facility to go in. Just look at similar switching facilities the Union Pacific has done around the country. That really jump starts great opportunities for light manufacturing assembly plants where materials like, let's say as an example, silicon comes from Mexico, and glass comes from Utah, and they meet up on the train in Red Rock. Those two products get off the train, are assembled into something useful, and then it's distributed throughout the country. That could be an enormous opportunity. We're working hard on that as one of the most important, one of the two most important things we can do statewide to jumpstart Pinal County and the state economy. GC LIVING: What are some of the hurdles that have had to be overcome so far? JORDAN ROSE: It's interesting because eight or nine years ago, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, approved the general plan and then the comprehensive plan amendment to allow for the facility to go in and there should be no hurdle, but the land

is owned by Arizona State Land Department so the state land department has to determine that it's in the best interest of the trust to sell the land and there is the question of the highest and best purpose for the land. The land, being a switching facility, you

“I think we won’t see many further delays with Resolution Copper. It’s a big deal. Senator McCain was instrumental in getting it pushed forward and I am thankful for that. “

have to look at that and say well, what would be a better purpose for the land. It’s on a freeway and it's on the double-track Union Pacific railroad track and it's a long stretch of flat land. So they look at it and they say, would a housing development be more lucrative at some point and I have to believe that on a freeway next to double-track Union Pacific railroad tracks, the answer would be no. And it's near a major power substation too. GC LIVING: And out in the middle of nowhere. JORDAN ROSE: Yes. Yes, in the middle, (laughing), that's right. There's nothing really around it for sure. So, it would be the most ideal location in the state, and frank-

ly, that's why the Union Pacific chose it. It’s the most ideal location, aside from one in New Mexico, for this facility in the whole southwestern region. The hurdles have only been, as you mentioned, bureaucratic hurdles where we have an agency that just hasn't chosen to sell the land at this point, or been directed to choose to sell the land. You know - eight or nine years later with the same issue for no apparently good reason while, I assume the clock is ticking and at some point the Union Pacific will say I've had enough, I'm going to New Mexico, and that will be that. So our firm is focused on getting that to happen, not only for our landowner clients, for the county in general and jobs for the state of Arizona. GC LIVING: What are some of the delays behind the Resolution Copper? Is some of that tied to still the controversy around then Congressman Rick Renzi? JORDAN ROSE: No. I don't think that had anything to do with that. We're not involved with the land swap at the law firm so I can't necessarily comment on that. I think the only delay, the series of delays, was with this land swap but that has now been cleared as a few months ago. I think we won't see many further delays with Resolution Copper. It's a big deal. Senator McCain was instrumental in getting it pushed forward and I am thankful for that. We'll be trying to put forward the development. And we're working on certain zoning permits they need. GC LIVING: What is your take on the new Arizona administration? Do you feel under Governor Ducey that things will now begin to progress a little bit faster or in a different direction? JORDAN ROSE: I think both. I was involved with Governor Ducey's campaign and have been a big supporter of Governor Ducey, one of his first supporters, served on his inauguration committee, and a subcommittee for the transition team. I got to brief him on lots of real estate issues during the campaign and we had lots of discussions about Pinal County and how important it was for the state that it be open for development, have economic development like Resolution Copper, like the Red Rock switching facility, like the NorthSouth Freeway, come to fruition sooner

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MEASLES IN THE NEWS by David Lozano, Public Relations – Arizona East Region We are telling our patients the best way to protect themselves and their children is to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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but has returned. By February 6, 2015, the CDC reports that 121 people from 17 states, including in several of the states Banner Health serves - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska and Nevada - were reported to have measles. Banner Health strongly believes that every child should be vaccinated against the measles. Children who are not vaccinated increases the risk of infection for infants under age 1, cancer patients and those with weak immune systems. “Our health care providers, most of whom are parents themselves, have studied the scientific literature regarding vaccine safety and believe that there is no good evidence linking the measles vaccine to developmental disorders such as autism,’’ said Marjorie Bessel, MD, vice president of Continuum Management for Banner Health. As a health care organization, Banner places extreme importance on preventing the spread of all infectious diseases, she said. Banner’s “No Flu for You’’ campaign requires all employees be vaccinated against influenza. Employees who choose not to be vaccinated must either wear a mask while at work or forego employment at Banner. “We took this stance to prevent flu transmission to our patients, members of our staff and their loved ones,’’ Bessel said. As a condition of employment, all Banner employees must also be vaccinated against measles. Banner is now making every effort to ensure that all

of its 39,000 employees are in compliance. Banner Health Centers and Clinics are also emphasizing the importance of vaccinations. “We are telling our patients the best way to protect themselves and their children is to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine,’’ said Viren Bavishi, DO, Banner’s chair of Clinical Pediatrics. “If you or your child has not had the MMR vaccine or you are not current on other recommended vaccinations, we urge you to make an appointment with your primary care physician and protect your family against this preventable illness,’’ he said. The CDC currently recommends that all children get two doses of the MMR vaccine – first dose between 12 and 15 months, and the second dose between 4 and 6 years of age. Post-high school students without evidence of measles immunization need two doses of the MMR vaccine, and adults born after 1957 who have not been vaccinated, should get at least one dose of the vaccine. Banner Casa Grande is asking any patient who thinks that they or a loved one may have measles, to contact their health care provider first by phone, so special arrangements can be made to be seen quickly and without the chance of infecting others in a waiting room. Editors note: In January 2015, Pinal County has had five confirmed cases of measles in the Kearny area.

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The Toll of Stress

Stress has varying hues of intensity and is spectrum in nature. At one end, stress can serve our highest good by motivating us to better ourselves, make daring changes and take brave action. On the opposite of the spectrum, the dark and heavy side, it can ripple out with the impact of a seismic wave, diminishing the quality of lives and burdening physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. A staggering 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are for ailments directly related to stress. It is the most common cause of ill health in our society. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, and sleep disorders are brought on or made worse by stress. The list of ailments continues: headaches, asthma, arthritis, depression, digestive problems, memory and concentration impairment, and a weakened immune system. Chronic stress contributes to obesity as a result of attempts to self-soothe through overeating “comfort” foods.

The Anatomy of Stress When you perceive a threatening (stressful) situation, your hypothalamus, located at the base of your brain, sounds an alarm in your body. Through nerve and hormonal signals, your adrenal glands are instructed to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, stops the bodily functions which are nonessential to survival in a fight-or-flight

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situation, namely, your immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. There is no value in using energy toward healing a throat infection, digesting dinner, or perpetuating the species when you are in a situation which is perceived as threatening. Once the perceived threat is gone, your body’s stress response system usually self-regulates. Adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and the other body systems resume regular activities. However, when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, the internal switch for your survival alarm system never gets turned off. Your body is constantly in high-alert and influenced by a barrage of stress hormones and nerve impulses. Bottom line: you are overexposed to cortisol and other stress hormones disrupting almost all of your body’s processes and placing you at high risk for health problems. Stress has a cascading impact. Two of the most common venues in which it can diminish the quality of life are with anxiety and sleep deprivation.

stymies the ability to reach deep, restorative sleep and creates increased risks for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, obesity, poor work performance, motor vehicle accidents, relationship problems, depression, and mood extremes such as anger and rage.

Anxiety Issues

Commonly coupled with depression, anxiety affects an estimated 40 million adults in our country. Separate from the anxiety stemming from psychological or medical causes, general anxiety brings excessive worry about everyday problems. Struggling with anxiety, you may experience excessive tension, constant anticipation of disasters, being overly concerned about health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. You may be easily startled, have difficulty concentrating, and have trouble falling or staying asleep, in spite of extreme fatigue. Headaches, trembling, twitching, muscle tension and aches, irritability, sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath are examples of the physical sensations of anxiety. Connect the dots and witness

the perpetual cycle of ill health and mental turmoil which stress can create.

Hypnotherapy Can Help Hypnotherapy is a powerful, gentle, and effective way to rapidly overcome the challenges of stress, inadequate sleep, and anxiety. While you may not be able to change your current situation, you are able to manage your perceptions and emotions surrounding those situations with hypnosis. A client-centered, interactive, results-oriented modality, hypnotherapy encompasses a variety techniques in a safe and confidential environment and offers effective tools for your rapid personal transformation. A hypnosis session involves creating a deep state of relaxation, allowing your mind and body an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. Utilizing positive and supportive imagery with your subconscious mind, uplifting ideas are used to create new perceptions and behaviors. This empowers you to overcome challenges, blocks, and unwanted behaviors, enhancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Sleep Deprivation

An estimated 30 to 70 million adults experience some form of sleep deprivation, ranging from difficulty falling asleep to insomnia, night terrors, restlessness, and sleepwalking. Sleep involves a series of cycles in which your brain waves progressively slow down. The deepest and slowest is the Delta wave level; this is where your body regenerates and rejuvenates. Chronic stress

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Street Rods by Alan Sinner Owner, Casa Grande Street Rods

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y family and I moved to the Casa Grande area in 1991 where I went to work for a local feed manufacturer. We bought a house, kids started school and away we go. Fifteen years later, I felt I was destined for something more. But, feeling like I was destined for something more, and leaving the security of a well paying job with excellent benefits are two different things. I developed a hobby during all this: drag racing at Firebird raceway. It was a family affair. On weekends you could find us there. I have a photo of my son in his car leaving the light against me in my Chevelle. People we knew would say, “Man, I wish you could build me a car like that!” The idea was born . My son and I would open a custom speed shop. I told my bosses I was going to start a business January one of 2003. The owner of the feed plant said, “He’ll back in a year.” Not yet, Ken. We took our tools and started Casa Grande Street Rods in the old Shelby Branham tractor bone-yard, tin shed. It had three walls, half a roof, and a zero advertising budget. Still basically true today. We didn’t have the proper tools, and worst of all, we didn’t know what we were doing. So there you have it. No way were we gonna succeed. Our first automotive customers were our friends and people we worked with. We had a few homeruns but a heck of a lot more dribbling infield hits. Our creed was, “Tell the truth and make it right, no matter the cost!” It’s still our creed today. The vice president in charge of research and development at a neighboring industrial business was watching me flounder, and one day, took an interest. He showed me some large industrial equipment, then asked if I could sandblast and paint these machines. I looked him right in the eye and said, “ Of course. We’ll start tomorrow.” ( I had no idea how I was going to pull this off.) My son-in-law came to work and we got a portable air compressor and a blast pot and went to work. When we got them cleaned up, we made them pretty. A local paint supply house, watching all the paint go out the door asked if they could put their paint system in our shop. Who woulda thunk it?? We still

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paint with those machines today. One of my old neighbors who runs a tire store called me one day and said, “The United States Post Office was having their vehicles repaired by a fella, and he is quitting. Can you do it?” I queried my son and son-in-in law, “Hey, you guys wanna fix postal trucks?” “No,” they said in unison, and we are still repairing postal trucks today. It’s like morning chores. Get them ready to deliver mail then do your regular work. Of course, they inevitably break at the most inopportune moments, but the revenue line is excellent. About this time, my daughter’s maternity leave became permanent. So I asked, “Wanna do the books?”. Until then. I was head salesman, head bookkeeper, and head custodian. You get the picture. Having someone who actually pays attention to the water bill before sending off the payment, can really save you money, let alone billing the proper part to the correct invoice. All that, while running on a shoe string budget. Its amazing what ten years will do. Today we have a spacious, secure, easy to find location on a main thoroughfare. My wife and daughter are the administrative staff, friendly and helpful to a fault. They have created a warm, inviting waiting area with refreshments and entertainment. A place your mother can feel safe and secure and confident she’ll get the right repair at a fair price. We added an ASE certified technician

and, in keeping with the family theme, he is my son’s father- in-law. On any given day you might find as many as five of my school-age grandchildren depending on the day and time. We installed a professional paint booth which added the advantage of providing a collision repair and a great, custom paint job. Or restore your grandfather’s ‘57 Chevy. In addition to sandblasting, we went into the powder coating industry with a roomy bake oven and state-ofthe-art powder coating gun, and a complete inventory of the favorite, hot colors. We have a full fabrication shop with the best welders in town, top-of-the-line auto computers for diagnostics with one of the best repair programs. I think it would be safe to say we now know what we are doing. All the services have paid off. A small independent used auto dealership with no shop to help customers enlisted us for service to their vehicles. And, somewhere along the line, the United States Border Patrol approached us to do maintenance and repairs. And, we kept plugging away at that street rod thing, building one every so often. If you were at the Electric Light Parade, you may have seen one of our latest offerings: a custom 1946 GMC flat-bed truck. It appeared in the parade as Randolf the Red-nosed Cab-over and was a crowd pleaser. Immediately after the parade we cleaned him up and shipped him to the Barrett-Jackson auction.

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he Ford Fairmont was in no way ecologically friendly. It wasn’t compact, it didn’t get good gas mileage, and it had an idling problem that I’m sure emitted gasses that were not good for the environment. However, that was of no concern to me in 1987. The Fairmont was the family car that was being passed down to me on my sixteenth birthday, and she represented my ticket to freedom in and out of Casa Grande. Everyone remembers their first car – I had always pictured mine as a VW convertible, preferably red. Nevertheless, my mom bought herself a 280ZX and offered the more sensible, safer and older car to the newest driver in the family. The Fairmont was a square, four door steel beauty that looked like it just rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. Her enormous bulk was guaranteed to withstand many years of excursions out to remote high school parties and she held up her form when many (too many to count) teenagers sat upon her hood and roof in the senior parking lot, gossiping and working on their tans. The trunk was big enough to hold textbooks for myself and all of my friends when the CGUHS ran out of lockers our junior and senior year, and more than once I transported an extra couple of people in that cavernous space for a quick ride down to the Vo-Tech building. Inside was a gorgeous brown vinyl that was guaranteed to be blazing hot and stick to you in the summer, and freezing cold and stick to you in the winter. Before the seatbelt law was enforced, we could easily fit four girls in the front seat and five in the back, without interconnecting our eighties hair. The radio had an electrical short in it, but if you banged on the dash hard enough, it would turn back on. The smell of Aqua Net and Primo (it smells like Giorgio but at a fraction of the cost!) permeated the inside, and to this day those scents still remind me of that car.

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The Fairmont was a square, four door steel beauty that looked like it just rolled off the assembly line in Detroit.

The Fairmont took my friends and me on many adventures through high school. Often times, when stopped at a red light in the middle of an intersection, the engine would die, and all of my friends would duck as I frantically tried to get her started back up again. Our senior year, we drove to every varsity boys basketball away game and then up to the state championship, convinced that it was our presence that helped the Cougars win. One time we got stuck behind Rancho Grande, long before the high school was even built there, and some nice farmer pulled us out even though it was almost eleven o’clock at night and we were considering walking into town to make it home by our midnight curfew. On the weekends, everyone would pitch in a dollar and we would fill the tank (can you imagine?) and go driving around Casa Grande cruising. Some of our best times were spent driving and cranking tunes up as loud as we could and yelling the words of every song. Knowing that I had a car and could drive anywhere was exhilarating. I imagined my car and I going on going on exotic trips to the beach or camping at a national park and even cruising Hollywood Boulevard. In my young eyes, the possibilities were endless. What happened to the Fairmont? I eventually bought a newer car and ended up trading her in as a down

payment. The new car, a Grand Am, was nice and sleek, with a booming stereo system and tinted windows. Sure, I looked cool in it, but it had no character or personality like the Fairmont did. Somehow, that feeling of exhilaration and excitement, of being able to conquer the world, didn’t quite fit in any other car. As a sixteen year old, I don’t think I fully appreciated the Fairmont. I was disappointed she wasn’t flashier. What I didn’t realize at that time, was how lucky I was or how smart my mom was for giving me a car like the Fairmont to start out with. The Fairmont made me humble, and made me learn to appreciate what I had – I didn’t expect things to be handed to me. It was required that I keep up my grades and keep gas in the tank. It was also required that I get a job if I wanted my own spending money. The Fairmont could get me to school and work, but in return, I had to also take my brother to school, run errands for my mom, pick up my cousins if they needed a ride, the list was endless. The Fairmont came with responsibility. Owning her made me yearn and work for more, yet when she was gone I wished for the times we had back once again. The lessons learned from my first car helped mold the person I eventually became. I bet lots of us who grew up in Casa Grande can say the same.

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How Much Is Just Enough? by Lisa J. Atkinson, Agent for Rox Insurance CG, LLC Choosing your coverage carefully and being informed about what you have and don’t have will help to give you peace of mind.

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Understanding what these words mean is just as important as how much they cost. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it does represent the most frequent types of coverage. The State of Arizona mandates that anyone who registers and operates a vehicle here must pay for liability insurance. In this state, the minimum liability is 15,000/30,000. Generally, in the U.S., limits up to $500,000/$500,000 are readily available; limits up to 1 million are also offered by some carriers. (Take for granted that I am not talking about the Bill Gates of the world, they are in a league of their own.) When I’m selling an insurance policy to a customer, it’s very important to me that they understand what they are

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buying. I have an illustration that I share with each customer to help them to appreciate how their coverage works. Here’s the scenario: You make a left out of our agency parking lot, proceed to the stop light and slam into the car already stopped at the light. There is one person in that car, and you broke their back. If your insurance coverage is $15,000/$30,000, the insurance could pay up to $15,000. What if there are three people in the car you rear ended? The total amount available for bodily injury to the people you hurt is $30,000. In this simplified example, you learn that having the legal limit may not be enough. The insurance company will stop paying when it hits the limit that you chose. In the event that you are responsible for an accident with serious injuries and/or loss of life, you will personally be responsible for the amount of money above what the insurance company pays. Next comes Property Damage. The State of Arizona mandates that you carry a minimum of $10,000. If you total the car that you slammed into at the light, how much coverage do you have to repair or replace it? I don’t know about you, but the last time I went car shopping, I didn’t find any new car under $10,000. Property damage is also the coverage that would pay to repair the house that you crashed into. Generally speaking, the cost of property damage insurance is quite insignificant. Bumping up the amount by thousands might only cost a few dollars more.

State law does not require you to buy Uninsured and Underinsured insurance. This is insurance that you can buy for yourself and those who may be riding with you. If you are hit by an uninsured driver and you are hurt, the Uninsured coverage will help to pay your medical bills. If you are hit by an Underinsured driver, that is, one who has some but not enough insurance to pay all of your bills; this will help to pay those leftover bills. Medical Payments are also purchased voluntarily. Usually, it is a small amount of coverage, such as $1,000 to $5,000. It is paid out per person for you and your passengers and it doesn’t matter who caused the accident. It may be advantageous to meet a health insurance deductible or to pay for an ambulance transport. Comprehensive and Collision will pay for damages to your vehicle. Glass, fire, theft, vandalism are all comprehensive losses. Collision is just what it sounds like. Both of these are subject to a deductible. The deductible is the amount that you agree, ahead of time, to pay out of your pocket. For a bit more premium, many insurance carriers offer glass coverage without a deductible. All of us desire to remain happy, healthy and whole. Accidents are not planned, they just happen. Choosing your coverage carefully and being informed about what you have and don’t have will help to give you peace of mind. Talking to your insurance agent will help you to determine how much is just enough.

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The LIVING Interview (continued) continued from page 44... rather than later. I think Governor Ducey made a great commitment to Pinal County. He visited several sites in Pinal County during his campaign. His wife was a former cotton queen so she can relate to the agricultural heritage of the County. His family can relate to the way of life Pinal County has had, and is having now. I think you're going to see his commitment to economic development is huge. I was talking to him before he went on This Week with George Stephanopoulosto talk about the date of the super bowl. I guess tradition is for George Stephanopoulos to have the governor of the super bowl state in the studio or on the show. I said, "Well, what's your message?" And he said, "Arizona is open for business," and he big time smiled. You just feel the enthusiasm he has when he talks like that and it was like, wow, that's fantastic. So we can see that in the short term that he's actually been in office, he's shifted some of the things that past governors have done, focusing on more persuasive tactics for attracting business. He’s putting Arizona and developing our economic structures to the front burner. So I really feel good about what Pinal County's going to see under Governor Ducey. GC LIVING: You're one of the founding members of the Pinal Partnership. Tell us what the Pinal Partnership is about and where you see growth taking place here in Pinal County over the next five years? JORDAN ROSE: It was ten years ago, I don't recall exactly, but a friend, client and landowner named Stacy Brimhall and I were sitting down talking about how we really needed to get a North-South freeway through Pinal County and there had been some legislation and there had been some discussion about killing that idea and that it was not necessary, but it actually was. It was a dead issue when we came to it, and we said, this is crazy, this is about to be the fastest growing county in the whole country. The state is not acknowledging that by not thinking we need further freeway connections and we started lobbying ADOT and doing various things that were eventually successful. But during that course of the discussion we said we need a bigger group that really cares about the county. So we modeled it

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after Valley Partnership which has been very successful and it's a group of business owners, residents, developers, city municipal staff and elected officials that come together and we address issues and try to move the ball forward and promote anything that's good for Pinal County and so our first order of business was let's get this North-South freeway back on for study by

“I think under Governor Ducey’s administration we’re going to see some major things happen that will allow for jobs to be right in Pinal County, Revolution Copper, the Red Rock facility, the North-South freeway, and those things will further enhance the growth of Pinal County. “ ADOT and we did. I remember our initial meeting we invited Elliott Pollack, the great economist, to come and speak and do a study on if this North-South freeway was needed and warranted. That was ten years ago. He kicked it off. We had 100 people that first meeting and we kept it going. I'll tell you, and this says a lot, but during

the downturn when these other partnership groups around the valley and their attendance was pretty far down, significant declines at some point. Our attendance at Pinal Partnership was always high and we always had at least 120 or so people there and that's a testament to the membership and the diversity of the membership and Sandie Smith our CEO and president is really getting out there keeping people excited about it. So that’s exciting and important. Now there's a variety of committees that do good work for Pinal Partnership and, GC LIVING: Where do you see growth in the next 5 years? JORDAN ROSE: In the next five years, the San Tan area of Pinal County will continue to be hot and hotter in development and will grow and move toward exploring Anthem area. In addition, Casa Grande keeps attracting these great jobs and we're going to see a rash of development in Casa Grande and that surrounding area. Then you've got the sub market of City of Maricopa which is doing much better in recent months and it's just a great community to live in. The downturn of the economy hurt everyone, but Pinal County will recover first because the land prices are still, will hopefully still remain at a place where home builders can afford to produce homes to provide great housing for people who want to live here and then as we get more jobs then the boom will really take place. I think under Governor Ducey's administration we're going to see some major things happen that will allow for jobs to be right in Pinal County, Revolution Copper, the Red Rock facility, the North-South freeway, and those things will further enhance the growth of Pinal County. But, I think back to some of the land prices being offered, farmers during the height of the real estate boom, and I would say those prices were insane and... You probably won't ever see those again. The expectations need to be moderated based on the reality of pricing. You can't sell a 600 thousand dollar starter home anywhere in the valley, let alone in Pinal County, and it won't be a good 20 years before you see it again. GC LIVING: Gone are the days of 100 thou-

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In the summer of 2014, the Robinson family opened a second location in Casa Grande to serve the residents of Pinal County. Located at 3151 N Piper Ave, at the Casa Grande airport, the full time staff is available 6 days a week to meet and greet clients from the area.

The store has a supply of Polaris UTV RZRs and Rangers, ATV Sportsman Quads, and a wide variety of machines especially designed for riders of all ages and styles. Plus, with Polaris involvement in the exciting world of electric transportation, the Gem line of cars and the Polaris “E” bike is available too.

The parts department carries a full line of accessories and service items, some great fitting apparel, and even Polaris provided power generation equipment. Simple repairs and adjustments are available on location by trained staff and transportation is available to and from our professionally equipped shop in Phoenix.

Finance options are abundant, extended service warranties are available in multiple configurations and trade-ins that are then resold are part of the overall pre-owned fleet. Iron City Polaris Casa Grande welcomes all brands on trade and strives to offer the best value possible for quality units.

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CRUISE: Guided (Work), Group or solo; Expedition boat

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GUIDED: by definition, an expedition – sea or land – generally includes guides WORK: Yes, if by work you mean snorkeling with sea lions, participating in kava ceremonies with island chiefs, standing on ice floes hundreds of miles from anywhere, climbing in and out of zodiacs, attending the bird-watching lectures, hiking caldera rims, rising at 1am to witness the aurora borealis and keeping up with the activities schedule GROUP/SOLO: On a small expedition boat, the distinction fades away; if you start solo, you end up part of the group; if you came as part of a group, you leave as part of a larger one

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Antarctic

Yes, you can take a big boat there, but don’t; something about ice-rated hulls and all that nonsense, not to mention dealing with hordes of shore people on the south pole I admit it – I have never done the Antarctic – I am relatively uninterested in places devoid of human history, whish sounds very odd as I write it since I really don’t like people very much Probably should do it before it disappears

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No mystery at all to the best trip of all time: the most expensive, rarest, most difficult and probably dangerous expedition I know of Make your way to Murmansk, a Russian city near the HQ of the Russian Northern Fleet; board the Yamal, a nuclear-powered Russian behemoth icebreaker; point the ship northerly, stop only when the pole is reached; disembark onto the ice to plant flags, swim in a hole in the ice, toast w/vodka and champagne; reverse

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Cost (3): luxury and expedition boats get pricey; try a large-line small boat instead Luxe (7): generally pretty posh, even the expedition boats Mind (5): a little bit of art and history – mainly French Body (6) sun, sand, spa, snorkel Eyes (9): natural beauty, and natural beauties Ease (5): not easy to get to, but not hard either Rare (6): just enough to bother with! Fun (7): yes, of course! Risk (5): a little – mostly from the sun!

North Atlantic (Norway, Svalbard, Faeroes, Iceland, Greenland)

Lots of big-boat lines pretend north these days, but do it on a small expedition-type boat like Hurtigruten’s Fram or a Lindblad if you can Fjords, polar bears, ice floes, all kinds of rare marine mammals, musk oxen, and if you’re lucky, the aurora borealis My own adventure on the ill-fated Polar Star was a truly once-ina-lifetime experience, even for a guy who has been everywhere.

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South Pacific

One of those places that make most sense to see from a boat Yeah, it’s mostly french - ick – but the crystal-clear water, the atolls, volcanic crags and pristine beaches make this a must Take an expedition boat to get to some of the non-French islands Small-boats only!!! (Princess, Paul Gauguin, Oceania, etc) or take the freighter for a more genuine experience

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Galapagos Islands

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to learn how he formulated one of the most essential theories of our existence Snag an expedition boat, preferably NatGeo/Lindblad’s Endeavour Don’t let the overzealous local eco-terrorist guide catch your shadow falling upon a sunbathing iguana, or you will be scolded Do have fun working “blue-footed booby” into the conversation at home!

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WHAT IT MEANS (REDDER IS BETTER): COST: high score means low cost; (inverse relationship) LUXE: What level of luxury is available? MIND: Anything for the brain? History? Culture? Art? BODY: The physical impact on your bones EYES: Any scenery, natural or otherwise? EASE: Expedience; how easy is it? RARE: How exotic is it? FUN: How full of adventure, or just plain fun, is it? RISK: Just how deadly is it? (inverse relationship)

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MYTH 1: All Travel Agents and Agencies are the Same FACT: Every Travel agent is different and has a different area that they specialize in. So, depending on what type of trip you are looking to take one travel agent will suit you better than another. That’s why it is important when planning a trip to find a travel agent that specializes in where you want to go. MYTH 2: No One Uses Travel Agents Anymore FACT: Travel agents still sell 51% of all airline tickets, 87% of all cruises, 81% of all tours and packages, 45% of all car rentals and about 47% of all hotels. MYTH 3: Travel Agents are Trying to Cheat Me if They Don’t Quote Me the Cheapest Price FACT: Travel agents know the ins and outs of different itineraries. While you might find one that is a little bit cheaper, that cheaper itinerary might involve a whole slew of headaches. For example, loner waits at the airport and odd travel times. A travel agent will be looking to get you the best value for your money spent which should include the most

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direct and time friendly itinerary they can find. Unless you have told them you would prefer to have the cheaper options presented as well expect value to be a factor included in the trip they plan. MYTH 4: It is Expensive to Use a Travel Agent FACT: The fee a travel agent charges really depends upon the agent. While some of the more luxury agencies have high fees, the average fee is quite marginal. Some travel agents will even drop the fee or offer a discount once you have finalized your trip with them. Plus, you can always ask an agent upfront what their fees are and decide for yourself if it is worth it. Also, it is important to remember that a lot of online booking sites, such as Orbitz and Expedia, charge a booking fee as well. MYTH 5: I Can Easily Book the Same Trip on My Own Without Using a Travel Agent FACT: Although travel agents have access to all of the same outlets you would use when looking to book travel, they also have access to exclusive pricing and package deals that are most times not

ly save you from hours of painful research and price comparison shopping. They have up to date prices, hotel conditions, and interesting new activities. Their prior knowledge and experience gives them the upper hand in trip planning.

available to the public. Your travel agent also has more leverage in helping out in situations such as hotels claiming to be booked, when in fact they may still have rooms available that are on hold for travel agents reservations. So when everyone else is telling you “No” your travel agent can help turn that to a “Yes”. MYTH 6: Travel Agents Don’t Have Information as Updated as the Internet FACT: Travel agents obtain some of their information from the same sources as online booking sites. They also receive daily emails and faxes with new specials from resorts and hotels that may not be published on the internet. Travel agents can also call a place directly to see if they can work out the other kinds of special deals for you, something an online site can’t do. MYTH 7: Travel Agents are a Waste of Time FACT: Although you can find much of the same information that the travel agent provides for you on your own, you are going to spend a lot of valuable time doing so. A travel agent can actual-

MYTH 8: Travel Agents Have Lost Their Clout FACT: Travel agents book hotels, cruises and activities every day. The companies that provide these services know that and want their business and will work to keep that business coming back. So while a place might be telling you “Sorry we are booked”, for you one time trip, they are more likely to make an exception for the travel agent to insure that the agent sends them more business in the future. MYTH 9: The Need for Travel Agents is Being Replaced by the Internet FACT: There are some things technology cannot replicate, and personal touch is one of them. The internet is a valuable resource, but it cannot replace the expertise, guidance and personal service of a travel agent. At a time when travelers are stressed out with hectic schedules, travel agents have all of the information at their fingertips, saving valuable hours of surfing on the web. Agents can also offer insider tips, generally based on personal experience. MYTH 10: Travel Agents Can Only Book My Flight and Hotel FACT: Travel agents can arrange car service, personalized tours, activities and travel insurance, in addition to all the basic travel services they provide. They are also excellent sources of information concerning good restaurants, good sites to see, and tips on what to pack.

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North Asia: Japan, Korea, China

A whole new area of cruising opened up primarily by Princess Leave from US west coast, or hop on/hop off there Relatively fresh, new itineraries, destinations and shore attractions An easy way to penetrate inscrutable eastern cultures DON’T forget Korea! Stuck between Japan and China in almost every way, there is lots to experience there

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Lots of big-boat lines pretend north these days, but do it on a small expedition-type boat like Hurtigruten’s Fram or a Lindblad if you can Fjords, polar bears, ice floes, all kinds of rare marine mammals, musk oxen, and if you’re lucky, the aurora borealis My own adventure on the ill-fated Polar Star was a truly once-ina-lifetime experience, even for a guy who has been everywhere.

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CLASSIC example of an area that is very difficult to get around otherwise; the sea is the highway Count the related-but-distinct cultures you can see in a week, unpacking just once, with all the comforts of home! Find that small boat that will get you into Mariehamn (look it up!), Klaipeda and the Kiel Canal Whatever you think of Russia, just do the Hermitage

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Cost (3): as pricey as you wanna make it; ALL price points are now available Luxe (8): see above; available Mind (8): CULTURE and history and art at every single stop Body (6) any activity desired can be found Eyes (9): natural beauty, historical architecture Ease (6): a million ways to laze Rare (6): as exotic as you wanna pay for Fun (7): yup Risk (7): not much, maybe less in the west? Stay away form the mid East

Northern Europe

Sooooo many options all around northern Europe All stops are chock-full of museums and other cultural treasures Big boats are everywhere, itineraries cover all possible desires, but choose a small boat with onboard curators if you can; small boats go “off the beaten path” and your experience will be much enhaced

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Just do it – there is nothing bad about any part of it. Except the shore crowds of boat people in July and August. The MOST cruise options of any part of the world: all price points, all durations, all NO stop anywhere in the Med doesn’t have history, architecture, art, culture, food; take all the excursions, listen and learn The ultimate something-for-everyone holiday smorgasbord at sea

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South Asia: Indonesia/Malaysia/Southeast Asia/India/Mideast

The hottest new spot in world cruising; all kinds of new options Sample the exotic cultures of the region from the comfort of your boat/bus Many new itineraries embark/disembark from different ports, adding ease of pre- and post-cruise city visits Do every shore excursion offered! You worked hard to get this far away from home, keep on working to get your value

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WHAT IT MEANS (REDDER IS BETTER): COST: high score means low cost; (inverse relationship) LUXE: What level of luxury is available? MIND: Anything for the brain? History? Culture? Art? BODY: The physical impact on your bones EYES: Any scenery, natural or otherwise? EASE: Expedience; how easy is it? RARE: How exotic is it? FUN: How full of adventure, or just plain fun, is it? RISK: Just how deadly is it? (inverse relationship)

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Mekong River (Southeast Asia)

Another perfect spot that is hard to do on land, much less solo; many cultural and linguistic barriers to westerners Include visits to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Chiang Mai; add on Hong Kong, Hanoi, Singapore or Bangkok pre- or postBeware dry season - cruises only run in wet season when there is enough water in the rivers

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We’re talking Joseph Conrad here … deep into the heart of … the Golden Land, and its pagodas and Buddhist icons You man enough for this trip? One of the newest river cruise itineraries, now with modern boats Probably the most remote trip we talk about here … check out the “Ease” and “Exotic” scores in the table

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Betcha never thought of Portugal for a river cruise, huh? Here’s a relatively high-end but little-known destination, great for bragging rights when you get home Very interesting Portuguese culture You of course know of Portuguese port, but did you know some great wines originate from the Douro valley?

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Yangtze River (China)

Really one of the “must” river cruises – we did Viking A great excuse to see Hong Kong, Beijing, and/or Shanghai too – all major cruise lines offer them as add-ons For guys: Three Gorges Dam is at least as much of a thrill as the Panama Canal! Ya gotta do it. Period.

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The perfect confluence of boat, water, people and places! One of the very most popular cruises on the planet Spend a few extra days on either end in Zurich or Amsterdam Definitely pick shoulder season (Sep/Oct, Apr/May) and don’t be afraid of colder-season travel; you will miss the crowds, and not be inconvenienced by the weather

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NEW! Ganges (India)

Another brand-new cruise destination in an area hard for Westerners to access due to distance from home and cultural barriers – language is less of an issue due to the Raj, but still ... View the highlights of a messy place from your clean, westernstandards stateroom No one you know even knows where the Ganges is

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Australia/Oceania

Another part of the Asia/Pacific cruising boom, several global lines now circumnavigate the Land Down Under, with great extensions to New Zealand, Indonesia, and Oceania Oz is big, and all its major cities are on the costs, so a visitor wanting to experience it all (except Ayers Rock/Uluru) can do it easier, better, faster and cheaper (than plane or car) by ship Spend time pre- or post- in Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef

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Where modern cruising started … sounded like a good idea Some of the most beautiful islands in the world … infested with boat people from 9 to 3 … fat, white (red?) boat people The Caribbean cruise scene is just like the Med … without all of the compelling reasons to visit there! Still, it is an easy way to get around to the various islands Metal drums, marimbas, Jimmy Buffet …. Aaaarrrggggghhhhhh!

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Two choices: Norwegian’s around-the-islands-only boat, or sail from the west coast on other lines Take it easy but wake up at a new island every day Daily cost compares favorably with land vacation packages Norwegian’s boats are staffed only with Americans though – reportedly service suffers

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Alaska

Pros: Everyone’s doing it – no lack of boats, port choices etc Cons: Everyone’s doing it – no lack of boat people on shore Still, you gotta do it once just to say you did Extend your trip up into the real Alaska – Anchorage and Denali with Princess Cruises special land packages Do it now before proposed environmental regulations kick in, limit the supply and raise the cost

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Admit it - you’ve heard about these, you wanna go, but you’ve never been able to put one together Super cheap – if you can get back across an ocean one-way If you like boats, what’s better than (seemingly endless) days at sea? I loved it Most are trans-Atlantic: westbound Caribbean to Europe in the fall, opposite (eastbound) in the spring

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(SoCal to) Mexico

Cheap, quick, and dirty And easy too In leisure/vacation category, but with the fighting you will have to do to get anywhere near the buffet, it seems more like labor Take the kids … if you do, pick Disney … in which case it is no longer cheap or dirty Take the whole famn damily; no cheaper way to say I love you

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WHAT IT MEANS (REDDER IS BETTER): COST: high score means low cost; (inverse relationship) LUXE: What level of luxury is available? MIND: Anything for the brain? History? Culture? Art? BODY: The physical impact on your bones EYES: Any scenery, natural or otherwise? EASE: Expedience; how easy is it? RARE: How exotic is it? FUN: How full of adventure, or just plain fun, is it? RISK: Just how deadly is it? (inverse relationship)

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ince 1960, travel to Cuba has been extremely limited due to the government embargo. Since the announcement that rules for travel to Cuba were implemented this January, many people are looking to take advantage of this opportunity. Cuba has long been an attractive resort and vacation destination. Celebrities, royalty, and crooks including Hemmingway, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Meyer Lansky have visited and lived there because it is close to our mainland, with clubs, cantinas, crescent Caribbean beaches, and coveted hand-rolled Cohibas. However, new rules and regulations, developed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), have been issued for travel to Cuba. The result of these rules? Do your homework before you travel. The following information, provided by Ya’lla Tours USA, may help you understand the requirements before you plan your trip:

Q: Is the travel embargo over? A: No. OFAC made it clear that travel restrictions are still in place and those who travel to Cuba need to comply with the regulations. Q: Can any American travel to Cuba? A: Yes, as long as they comply with the new regulations. Q: Is there a need for an OFAC license to do so? A: No. Q: Can an American travel Independently (FIT)? A: Yes, Americans can travel independently and do not need to be part of a group. A qualified travel agent will make sure an individual traveler complies with the regulations. Q: What about money and use of American credit cards? A: Americans can now spend

money in Cuba. Credit cards are permitted but American and Cuban banks need to iron out details of working together. In the meantime, carry cash with you and exchange it to CUCs when you arrive in Cuba. Q: Can any travel agent sell Cuba? What are the “risks” or complications with this? A: Yes, this is one of the major changes in the new regulations. 1. Regulations are clear that anyone who sells Cuba and sends money to Cuba must file a yearly report to OFAC and maintain all records for each traveler for a 5 year period. 2. OFAC demands all sellers of travel to Cuba be the “gate keepers” and make sure that their travelers comply with the law. 3. We strongly advise you deal with an experienced, knowl-

edgeable wholesaler. 4. The Cuban Government has strict restrictions and until this changes, American travel agents cannot work with just anyone in Cuba. Q: Can a travel agent collect funds from customers traveling to Cuba? A: Yes, they can. A change to the regulations. Q: Can a travel agent earn a commission on bookings to Cuba? A: Yes, they can. A change to the regulations. Q: Are we expecting to see a drop in the high prices for travel to Cuba? A: Unfortunately no. Cuba lacks adequate hotel rooms and needed infrastructure to handle the large potential flow of US travelers. Prices have already started to climb.

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e collected a batch of turtle eggs along the way to the village, Chris tossed them in a pot of boiling river water with some sardines and spaghetti. It tasted great, or maybe I was starving. He dropped the eggs in just before I could suggest we wipe some of the mud off the shells. I thought I saw a strange dog follow somebody past our hut, a second glance told me it was a wooly monkey instead. At the village center at least 200 people were playing 3-4 soccer games simultaneously. Everyone else was cooking and preparing for the Festival of San Juan. The layout was an enormous grassy field bordered by huts on one side and a 20-foot drop-off on the other… straight down to the river. Now and then a misplaced soccer ball would hit the water, giggling children raced for their canoes to chase after. The boy who ferried us across the river returned later to join the games, I wondered if he ever put those catfish back in some water. He was running to save the ball when he slipped over the bank and disappeared…plunging to the river below. He reappeared sopping wet and stomping mad at the world, holding a watch that was his pride and joy…but not waterproof. The wooly monkey graced the field with his presence, bigger than life, and right in the middle of it all. Frances was his name, but soccer was not his game…he had more sinister plans in mind. Nothing bothered that monkey in the slightest, groups of women battled around and on top of him with some extremely hard-core soccer. Those ladies are good! They played hard, they played for money, and they asked me to hold their bets and keep time. Frances turned summersaults in the grass, stood on his head, and relaxed in bizarre positions under the player’s feet. He budged for nothing and nobody. The ball whizzed by his head within millimeters, he didn’t flinch an inch. He was an obstacle to be jumped and avoided; players fought for the ball with him sprawled-out right in the middle. He relaxed, completely unbothered…paid them absolutely no attention. The villagers didn’t bat an eyelash at Frances, just a normal part of life. I couldn’t take my eyes off that monkey. His game was to grab every ankle that passed by, he had four strong hands and a tail tailor-made for the job.

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He could latch onto a leg in a flash and cling like super glue, players were patient to shake him loose, but anxious to rejoin the action. When boredom set in, Frances hung by his tail from the goal post, swinging in giant circles without a care in the world. He was there when three boys and a stick came along, eager to play a game called ‘mess with the monkey.’ He yanked them boys around by the hair before they could blink, the game was over in a hurry. I was amazed at his skill and nonchalant attitude about it. He swung in all directions so fast it was a blur, with one or two massive swoops all three boys walked away rubbing their heads…lacking all sense of humor. He didn’t even slow down or break his rhythm, even gave each kid a loud smack on the head as he ripped out a handful of hair. He kept their stick as a souvenir. Frances had the self-appointed occupation of teaching tolerance to his human inferiors, a talent honed to perfection over the years. He harassed and toyed with everyone…all the time. Pratfalls, humiliation, tripping children, stealing from babies…all in a day’s work. With each victory he rolled in the grass, gloating like it was just way too easy. There was no need to look at that poor child he dumped face-first into the dirt with a flick of his tail. He knew exactly what happened without even a glance. Just rolled onto his back and enjoyed the fact that he had done it…done it a thousand times. He could teach one poor soul a lesson while scanning

the field for his next victim at the same time. I barely took one step in his direction when his eyes kissed mine from a distance, he made a bee-line towards me and he didn’t waste time. The next thing I knew Frances was up my leg, over my back and on my head…a hairy octopus had me in a headlock. Not liking to be bossed around, he growled and clamped on tight when I tried to pull him off. He was infatuated with gently pinching my skin between his teeth. The villagers laughed, they said he was curious about white skin. His favorite game was to nibble at the razor stubble on my face, and that’s when it became painfully clear that monkey had some seriously nasty breath. I love that monkey, but he felt so gritty, greasy and grimy…and was just baking with body heat. Hot like an electric blanket with that thick, wooly, hair coated with oil…and overpowering body odor. Muscular and heavy, my neck was tired of holding him up. Ticks, fleas, lice, maybe rabies if he bit me...and that killer breathe! He stuck a hairy hand up my shorts and down my shirt; the crowd enjoyed that little dance. He opened my waist pack and stuck his entire head inside, I dreaded him taking any kind of interest in my camera. I was pretty much helpless, he was in charge. He finally cuddled up like a big baby, begging and demanding to have his neck, back and belly rubbed...but oh that breathe!!! I was now on a first name basis with Frances, and as the sun was setting across the river, I was still trying to get that monkey off of my head.

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London

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Where to start? Where to end? How much time you got? The all-time Old World center of all western civilization History? Yup – no end (can you spell “r-e-n-a-i-s-s-a-n-c-e”) Art? Yup – this is where art as Art started Italy is sooo important, do it either way – by yourself - it’s easy – or with a group on a bus, just do it

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Spain

The western European dark horse: almost as great as England and Italy, better than France Good transportation network of planes, trains and automobiles: rent a car and drive yourself - it’s easy Lotsa English spoken and friendly natives who want to help – particularly if you are NOT German or English Mountains, beaches, history, cultures, food, wine – “wine” not?!

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ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS: invented here – especially Cancun and all along the Caribbean coast but also available on Pacific Easy access from Mexico, culture more familiar to Arizonans – for better or worse! Absolutely any level of luxury you desire, only one flight away Generally very affordable

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ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS: Most economical will be in the Spanish islands, like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico Slightly classier and costlier are Jamaica; also some of the Club Meds on the French Islands, maybe even St Thomas No Caribbean island is easy to get to from Arizona, and some of the farther ones are downright difficult to access – both ways Altogether, relatively expensive (compared to Mexico)

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Hawaii

NOT-SO-ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS! Everything is more expensive in Hawaii – call it the domestic paradise premium There exist NO purpose-built all-inclusives on the order of magnitude of the Caribbean and Mexico Food plans are really just that – not giant buffets open at all hours New resort development in Hawaii tends to be much higher pricepoint conventional luxury resorts

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e thought we would keep with one of the themes for this issue of Golden Corridor Living Magazine by focusing on travel throughout Pinal County. Now travel can mean anything. We walk, ride, drive, and fly. Believe it or not, Pinal County has many, many modes of transportation inside our borders. If you feel like taking a hike or hitting pedals on a mountain bike, there are plenty of options for seeing Pinal County’s beauty up close. One of those options is the Arizona National Scenic Trail or as many in the hiking community call it: The Arizona Trail. The trail stretches border to border from Mexico to Utah. That is more than 800 miles of multi-use, non-motorized, cross state trail that ranges from the Sonoran Desert to the forests in northern Arizona. Pinal County has just over 100 miles of the Arizona Trail within our borders. The county manages 50 miles of it through our Open Space and Trails Department. The trailheads are located at: Tiger Mine Road, Freeman Road and the Florence/ Kelvin Highway. For a scenic view of northern Pinal County, there is always a chance to hike next to the beautiful Superstition Mountains. The Lost Goldmine Trail is another non-motorized trail in Pinal County. This nine-mile multiuse trail offers connectivity to Lost Dutchman State Park, the Peralta Trailhead, the Hieroglyphics Trail and Jacob’s Crosscut Trail. For a real treat, hit the Lost Goldmine Trail in the early spring when the wild flowers are in bloom. You’ll never forget it.

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Rail travel has been around since Pinal County was founded in 1875. Many of you see the Union Pacific snaking its way through the western section of Pinal County. Hopefully we’ll see even more trains in the future as Union Pacific is looking at building a classification yard south of Casa Grande. This facility will be a hub of sorts for the freight that the company hauls across the country. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is working diligently with Union Pacific and the Arizona State Land Department to make this Classification Yard a reality. In addition to Union Pacific, Amtrak is another frequent user of rails in the county. If you have been on the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, chances are pretty good you have seen the old California Zephyr rail car in the City of Maricopa. This is actually a station for Amtrak that

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serves their Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle Routes. You can pick up a ticket and travel west to Los Angeles or east to Chicago. Pinal County (and Casa Grande in particular) is the site of two interstate highways. Interstates 8 and 10 connect us with the rest of the United States. Interstate 8 runs from San Diego to its terminus outside of Casa Grande. Interstate 10 is the only ocean to ocean freeway in the United States. I-10 runs from Jacksonville, Florida to Los Angeles. These two freeways (along with proximity of rail service) makes Pinal County a highly sought after destination for manufacturing, retail and shipping companies. In a short time Casa Grande will be the home to PhoenixMart Global Resourcing Center and Tractor Supply Company’s Distribution Center. These will help to increase our economy and provide jobs for our residents.

Feel like getting away from it all? Pinal County is located between two international airports: Sky Harbor in Phoenix and Tucson International. Flyers have their choice of air carrier being near two airports that serve not only the U.S., but locations abroad. Small aircraft enthusiasts love the numerous options of landing strips inside Pinal County. The City of Casa Grande runs a terrific municipal facility that hosts flyers from all across the country with its yearly Fly In events. There are other small airports across the county stretching from San Manuel to Kearny to Coolidge. The lack of restricted airspace makes Pinal County an ideal location for student pilots just getting used to flying. One question that many travelers of I-10 ask: “What is Pinal Airpark?” This facility located west of the freeway has been the darling of rumor mills for years. What was once a private airfield for Evergreen Aviation is in the process of a re-birth thanks to Pinal County’s Airport Economic Development Department. Currently there is a Master Facilities Study being done for the massive facility. There are plans to upgrade the runway to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards. In the near future a study will be conducted examining what kind of businesses would fit into such a facility. There is a restaurant on site that is open from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The public is welcome to swing by and have lunch.  Those hours will hopefully expand in the near future. Pinal County, yes you can get there from here!

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here are travels where the destination is remembered fondly. Then there are travels where the journey far exceeds a person’s wildest imagination or darkest fears. It grips the soul and irrevocably alters lives. Who would be willing go on such atrip? In 1914, a short advertisement was placed in a London newspaper. It was only 26 words and buried in the classified section. It read:

“MEN WANTED for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” The response was overwhelming! Hundreds and hundreds of men responded to the call of adventure, to make a name for themselves, and possibly to go down in history. After much deliberation, 28 brave and skilled men were selected for this hazardous journey. Their destination? Antarctica; the desolate

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frozen wasteland of ice. Lead by their exhibition leader, Ernest Shakleton, Captain Worsley and the crew of the Endurance embarked on the excursion to explore one of the last frontiers on Earth. This story ended up as one of the most harrowing survival stories in historyof the world. Their initial goal was to cross the polar region over land, but a year later their ship was crushed by savage ice flows. The remaining torturous months tested the strength of spirit, and intelligence, and battered and beat every fiber of their bodies. Their white-knuckle odyssey of survival and escape from the frigid nightmare is now stuff of legend. After traversing the globe with the theme “Around the World in Eight Months” Vista Grande’s Literati adult book club is nearing the end of their travels. With stops in Japan, United States, Italy, India, Nigeria, Mexico and Pitcairn Island, the journey ends in Antarctica. In celebration of the centennial anniversary of this fateful journey, the Literati will be reading the modern classic Endurance: Shakleton’s incredible voyage by Alfred Landsing for their season finale. Shane Murphy, a true Antarctic explorerand Frank Hurley biographer, the photographer of Shakleton’s crew, will be giving a presentation on the failed

exhibition of Ernest Shakleton and sharing bits of his own travels. Murphy confessed the Alfred Landsing book inspired him to take up the call for Antarctic adventure. He will be participating in the book discussion alongside the audience. Literati partner, the Museum of Casa Grande will be bringing local artifacts in relation to the Polar exhibition. Also in conjunction with the book club, the Cook-E Jar restaurant will be providing food inspired by gripping cold of the South Pole. Our Literati book journey will be perilous and the room will be freezing. Be sure to wear a coat to brace yourselves against the frosty artic winds, blinding snowflakes, and treacherous ice flows. Beware of the dangerous wildlife that call Antarctica home. This event is free and open to the public 18 years and older. Sign up for copies of Endurance by Alfred Landsing starting Wednesday, March 4th at Vista Grande Library. Grand Finale is Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30 am at Vista Grande Library. Email Adult Services Librarian, Miss Davis, at ddavis@ci.casa-grande.az.us for more information.

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GUIDED: Just ‘cuz someone else does the driving for you, it’s not play - it’s still work! WORK: Yes, you will need to move around, engage your brain, maybe just learn something GROUP: Not just you; other people, too, including the old lady who always takes the front seat on the bus and the guy who is always late and the loudmouth too

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Closed-off culturally (you will never, ever speak Mandarin) and very low-cost, China is the perfect place for a tour No mystery why millions of tourists are flocking to the biggest, most fascinating and history-rich culture on the face of the planet Chinese are not communists; they are individual capitalists working a collective technocracy that seems reasonable to them

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Peru: Machu Picchu

Another perfect spot that is perfect for a guided tour: small geographically but HARD to get around solo, many barriers Start in Lima, the new culinary hot spot of South America then take in the rarefied air and culture of Cuzco, then take the train to Machu Picchu; stay at the hotel on-site - you’ll be glad you did Don’t do the hike!!!! You’ll be glad you didn’t

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Cost (6): cheap, including air Luxe (8): oh, yes - St Regis is even cheap relatively Mind (10): if you open your mind, you will be amazed Body (5) walk a lot, eat the Szechuan Eyes (9): natural beauty, historical and modern architecture Ease (4): it’s halfway around the world, but lotsa air options Rare (8): as exotic as you wanna believe it is Fun (7): gosh, yes Risk (8): I’ve always felt very very safe in authoritarian countries

Ireland

They speak English … well, sort of … but they drive on the wrong side of the street, which are half the width of a car – just sayin’ Incredible natural and cultural beauty best accessed on a tour Get out of Dublin to the wilder western side of the island and prepare to be awed – great people, incomparable vistas Newly acquired hospitality skills: culinary and hospitality Please please please – get into the Irish history - it’s a trip! LOL

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Japan

The perfect example of a place that is HARD to get around without a guide, but infinitely rewarding with one Small geographically but very closed culturally, and they drive on the wrong side of the street Too pricey for private tour; I did once, just around Tokyo, and she cost more daily than all the other expenses combined

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LAND: Guided (Work), Private Risk Fun Rare Ease Eyes Body Mind Luxe Cost

GUIDED: Yes, but not your grandmother’s guided tour; your guide is YOUR OWN, dedicated to your happyness WORK: Yes, you will need to move around, engage your brain, maybe even learn something PRIVATE: for better or worse, it’s just you and him/her; works well in parts of the world where labor is cheap, really needed only in third-world, dangerous or hard-to-get-around regions

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Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar

Perfect for you and your private guide: small geographically but HARD to get around solo; lotsa borders, cultural barriers Tourism industry in its infancy here; western tourists cannot rely yet on transportation or lodging industry infrastructure Once you are there, with a knowledgeable guide, the depth and beauty of southeast Asian cultures will stun you

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WHAT IT MEANS (REDDER IS BETTER): COST: high score means low cost; (inverse relationship) LUXE: What level of luxury is available? MIND: Anything for the brain? History? Culture? Art? BODY: The physical impact on your bones EYES: Any scenery, natural or otherwise? EASE: Expedience; how easy is it? RARE: How exotic is it? FUN: How full of adventure, or just plain fun, is it? RISK: Just how deadly is it? (inverse relationship)

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Adventure on a Horse ENTERTAINMENT

Horse Back Riding by Jeppe Leifelt and Shamus Leach, age 16 and 14, respectively Junior Reporters for Golden Corridor Living Magazine

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arly Saturday, around 8 o’clock in the morning, we made our way out to Grianna Stables. The day started with greetings from many different dogs. Big dogs, German Shepherds, to little dogs, wieners, to dogs with amazing eyes, husky mix. After greetings from the dogs, we met some of the students. They each had their own horse and as they were saddling up, getting it ready for the day. We had a chance to sit down and have a nice little talk with Tammy O’Neil, owner of Grianna stables. She has owned the stables for about 30 years now. She is absolutely in love with horses and has been ever since one day at the fair on the pony ride. Her favorite thing about horses is just how beautiful they are. She is especially fascinated with the color, because all horse’s base coats are black or red, and there are different modifiers that give us the wide variety of colors. Mrs. O’Neil also loves the

power of the beasts, and how powerful she feels on the horse. The Quarter horse is her favorite horse because of its great size and athletic movement. When all the students were at the stables, the practice began. The students started making their horses walk in a square around the practice area. When they had warmed up, Mrs. O’Neil made an obstacle course. The horses started to jump over small obstacles, and the height changed over time. They did this for a long period, and when the horses needed a break, Mrs. O’Neil took them to a huge area she called the playground. The playground was extremely beautiful, and the overall area was amazing. The horses were in the playground for about 30 minutes, and after relaxing and enjoying the area, Tammy guided the horses back to practice. This time Tammy made the horses move in three basic gaits, which were walk, trot, and canter. She explained what the difference was, which

was going from four separate steps to a diagonal pair. The wind was blowing terribly, and blew sand into the horses’ eyes, which caused the practice to end early. The students lived nearby, so we followed them to their house. We met a student from Germany, but had moved here to learn to ride western style. The main difference between western and English style is the saddle. In the western style the horses has a curb bit in its mouth. After the students went home, it was finally our turn to ride. We had never been

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ammy O’Neil was born and spent much of her childhood in Casa Grande. After 5 years in Missouri, she moved back with her family and her beloved horses. When she and her husband purchased their property 30 years ago, the dream for Grianna Stables was born. It has always been a small operation, catering to an ever changing number of dogs, 20-30 horses, awesome kids and a handful of brave women who nicknamed themselves the “desperate horsewives”. Tammy believes it a privilege to work every day with people who share her passion while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of Arizona desert, sky, and mountain.

riding before, so this was a huge experience for both of us. We went into a practice area, and Tammy told us the basics about riding. Tammy told us how to ride backwards, go from walk to trot, how to ride faster, and how to change directions. It was extremely fun to ride, and it is for sure an experience we will never forget. Tammy charges $50 dollars a lesson if you are using one of her horses for practice, and $20 if you use your own. She also offers to take care of your horses if you don’t have a place for them.

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Leaf Me Alone by Gigi McWhirter

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nimals, just like humans, can have toxic and sometimes deadly reactions should they consume the wrong food or plant. While it may be tempting to offer your pet some of your favorite treats, always check with your veterinarian before giving a bite to your little buddy. These are partial lists– for more detailed information on species specific toxic and non-toxic plants, toxic foods, and the effects of both if consumed, refer to sources such as www.aspca.org , or www.dogchannel.com. Please note, these lists contain plants and foods that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Also, the information contained in these lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants and foods. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, immediately contact your local veterinarian, the ASPCA 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 888-426-4435 (the only hotline created for animal poison or toxicology concerns). There is

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a $65.00 inquiry fee payable with a credit card at the time of inquiry. You may also try the Arizona Poison & Center at 800-222-1222. There is no fee for the inquiry, but their list for animal care is limited as they are set-up primarily for human care.

The No Feed Zone

While it may be tempting to offer your pet some of your favorite food items, always check with your veterinarian or the sources listed above before offering a bite to your little buddy. Here are some of the most common food and beverage items to not give to your pets: Alcohol, Almonds, Avocado, Chocolate, Coffee, Garlic (Fresh), Macadamia Nuts, Onions, Raisins & Grapes, Tea & Tomato Leaves & Stems.

The Garden Of Eatin’

Lilies, Marijuana, Lantana, Sago Palm, Tulip/ Narcissus Bulbs, Azalea/Rhododendron, Oleander, Castor Bean, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Yew, Amaryllis, Autumn Crocus, Chrysanthemum, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Pothos and

Schefflera. It is important to know the name of your plants, both indoor and outdoor. Keep your plants labeled with both the botanical and common names. If you are not sure how to correctly identify a plant, take a leaf or as much of the plant as possible to the co-operative extension service, a nursery or a florist. Pets, especially dogs like to eat plants. Remove ALL mushrooms from your yard. Only trained experts can correctly identify edible mushrooms. For a more detailed list and the effect of plant ingestion, refer to the sources listed above. If you suspect your animal has consumed a suspicious plant or food item, or other toxic material, (anti-freeze, rat poisoning, human medicines, etc.) contact your local veterinarian immediately AND the poison control center. Do not wait for the animal to look or become sick. Save the other parts of the plant or packaging for identification. Take the unconsumed portions and or labels to the veterinarian’s office as you seek treatment for your pet. Remember any plant can cause choking or an unexpected reaction.

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Arizona Cowboys

Arizona observations from a New Yawker originally from eastern Canada:

There are some tough hombres here in Arizona by Dr. Dan Gilchrist, D.V.M

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esterday, after examining and treating a Bassett hound owned by a man my age that has signs of mileage on his lean but limping body, I was explaining the shoulder injury my wife Judy suffers from, that brought us here to this particular mesa in Arizona. His eyes lighted up, and he pulled the arm of his T shirt up to reveal a deep scar from his shoulder blade down to where the sleeve of his T shirt normally lays. There was a deep trough along the scar line where the muscles underneath have atrophied from non use. He explained that he was barrel racing with his horse when he fell off the saddle, but his foot was caught in the rope that remained attached to the horn of his saddle. The horse was spooked and dragged him around the barrel 4 times on a dead run, banging his head unconscious, breaking ribs, puncturing a lung, fracturing his

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spine, and crushing his shoulder. He recovered from his injuries and continues to cowboy. On another occasion, he was trying to separate a Texas Longhorn calf from his mother who sported the appropriate size Texas Longhorns, and wanted no one going near her calf. He wanted to exercise caution, but his friend said it would be alright. He forgot to tell that to the cow. As he approached her apprehensively, she first stood her ground, and then attacked. The wide spread of her horns left him absolutely no escape as she rammed him into the metal gate, then lowering and quickly raising her head, she skewered him with her horn, driving the tip of it under his chin right through into his mouth coming in below his tongue. His friend had to pull her off him, and then she turned her fury on him, running her horns between his legs and lifting him flying into the air. My client said when he felt her horn go into his mouth and tasted blood; he thought she had broken his teeth. By now he said, he was past hurting, he was just angry, so he lifted the calf and exited the corral. Before he related his experiences, I shared with him one of mine, when I was kicked with both

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hind feet in the chest and throat, lifting me off my feet, through the air ten feet into the dirt, biting my tongue halfway through the center of it. I got up spitting up blood which I first thought was from a ruptured lung until I realized I was ok. After he shared his experiences, I shut up and listened. This was the real McCoy, and the pupil (me) was ready to listen to the teacher. I felt compassion for this rugged individual who loved his dog, bringing her in to have a tumor in her mouth checked out. As he made his way to the check out at the reception, I put my hand gently on his shoulder and told the receptionist to give this man a prize for the best story. He laughed, we shook the handshake of friendship and mutual respect, and parted as newly acquainted friends and brothers. Today, at the reservation clinic, a weathered elderly Native American cowboy, with long grey curly hair under his straw hat, brought in his horse to be checked out. In the course of my examination, I asked of his life and times, and then I listened to the voice of experience. He told me he was a rancher and that in his youth he rode the rodeo circuit. He loved to rope steers. At one such competition, he fell from his

horse but his spurs caught in the mare’s mane and she bucked and ran long enough to bang his head unconscious. When she settled down and he came to and was able to release his foot from her mane, he lay with all the tendons in his leg torn, which left him in the hospital for an extended recovery. The doctor told him no more rodeos, which he obeyed for 3 years, until he went to one and was tempted to enter the steer roping contest after a 3 year forced retirement. His wrinkled tanned elderly but handsome face broke into a broad grin as he exclaimed: “I won!” He went on for many more years of rodeo heroics, until he decided that he was getting too old and too brittle. Now, he rarely goes, because it tempts him to mount up once more. I asked him if he was going to the rodeo days the Nation celebrates in February. I told him I was going to bring my ’57 Chevy to be in the parade. His eyes sparkled and he grinned a broad friendly one and declared: “Then I’ll be there to see you.” I said, “if you come to the parade, I want you to ride in the car with me.” To which he grinned even broader. We shook the handshake of brotherhood, and parted friends. I love this place.

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Delightful Destination

Visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a Delightful Destination by Rick Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Pinal County Founded in 1925 and dedicated to instilling in people an appreciation for plants, this 323 acre botanical collection includes a wide range of habitats along nearly two miles of paths.

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estled under the north-facing slope of 4,400 foot Picket Post Mountain near Superior, Arizona is Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a wonderful place to visit any time during the year, but especially in the spring. Spring wildflower season can be spectacular at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and this year promises to be interesting. I have just returned from a wildflower scouting expedition and, if we can get one more rain in the next couple of weeks, we could enjoy an impressive wildflower year. Already the Arboretum is decked out in yellow desert marigolds. Other species are just getting started. There is no sign yet of the Mexican poppy, but it is still a little early. However, if you want to see wildflowers, I would definitely put a March or April trip on the calendar. If you have never been to the Arboretum, you really need to go. There is always something new to see. I particularly enjoy watching the hummingbirds, cardinals, and other birds that call it home. Over 200 species of birds and 72 land animals can be seen about the grounds. The 3,200 plants growing in the Arboretum come not only from local areas, but from desert regions around the world. Interestingly, exotic species from distant lands thrive right alongside native Sonoran Desert plants. Short trails lead through the Sonoran and Chihuahuan desert areas, a cactus garden, several rich riparian areas, an Australian forest, and the herb and rose gardens. Located just 45 minutes east of Mesa and about one hour from Casa Grande, the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park that is cooperatively managed with the

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University of Arizona. Founded in 1925 and dedicated to instilling in people an appreciation for plants, this 323 acre botanical collection includes a wide range of habitats along nearly two miles of paths. Begin your tour at the Visitor Center where volunteers are waiting to give you an overall history of the park and preview what you will be able to see along the trails. Be sure to ask them which plants are currently in bloom so that you make them a priority. Also, you will find in the Center a book store, interpretative displays, and plants available for purchase. Several trails branch off from the first part of the Main Trail so you don’t have to walk far to see the highlights. Much of the trail system is wheelchair-accessible. The Curandero/Sonoran Desert Trail showcases traditional herbal medicines of the Sonoran Desert. Curanderos are traditional healers in Mexico. I like to check out the botanical ex-

hibits in the historic rock-walled Smith Building, a short walk down the Main Trail. Growing protected in the greenhouse are cacti and other succulents which otherwise would be harmed by cold winter temperatures. A shaded picnic area equipped with charcoal grills near the main parking lot is available to visitors and is a fun place to relax. The Arboretum is open daily, except Christmas, from 8 am to 5 pm during the cool months and 6 am to 3 pm in the warm summer months. Admission is $10.00 for everyone 13 years of age and up. For children between 5 and 12, the fee is $5.00. Those under five can enter free of charge. So, pack a lunch and take a drive to Boyce Thompson Arboretum! I think you will find it a fun place to visit. The Arboretum is located along Highway 60 at milepost 223, three miles west of Superior. For addional information, please call (520) 689-2811 or visit their website at arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.

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Improve Your Workout

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Educate yourself on The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Workout by Susan Conn-Hood, Certified Yoga/Fitness Instructor & Juice Plus Whole Food Educator

Mind-body fitness has been associated with improved muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, as well as increased mental development and selfconfidence.

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he first step to improving your health is finding (or making) the time to exercise. But just going through the motions won’t give you the health benefits that you’re looking for. Doing the same workout over and over can get boring and you are unlikely to see the improvements because you are always recruiting the same muscle fibers. Education and changing things up can bring amazing results. 1. Change the mode or intensity of your training. Altering your routine will help you avoid conditioning plateaus and force your body to adapt to new movements and levels of intensity. 2. Hire a Personal Trainer. Working out with a certified personal trainer allows you to focus on the exercise at hand and let the trainer worry about the routine. 3. Eat properly and stay hydrated. Without proper nutrition and fluid intake, there is no way you can

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have a great workout. Your body needs these fuels to build muscle and repair damaged tissue. 4. Emphasize quality over quantity. Although it may seem that working out more often would be the best way to get fit, more intense workouts preformed less often will actually produce a greater results. Your body needs to rest to recover and repair damaged muscle tissue, and to avoid injury. 5. Incorporate mind-body training. Mind-body fitness has been associated with improved muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, as well as increased mental development and self-confidence. 6. Exercise at the right time for your body. Work with your body’s natural energy level-not against it. Exercise when you have the most energy rather than putting off your workout until a time when you might not feel your best.

7. Get a workout partner. Exercising with a partner makes you accountable to someone else for each workout and helps you to adhere to a program. A partner can inspire you to push yourself a bit harder especially when your energy level is not at its peak. 8. Emphasize breathing. With strength training take full breaths during each exercise, exhaling on the exertion and inhaling as you release... During cardiovascular exercise, full breaths will deliver as much oxygen as possible to the working muscles, making them more efficient. 9. Use a heart rate monitor. A heart rate monitor is a great tool to gauge how hard your body is working and can help you stay within your target heart rate training zone. 10. Listen to music. Music can make a workout more fun and give you that extra burst of energy you need to work your hardest.

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eing a landlord requires more work and effort than just collecting the rent. Here are the Top Ten reasons why hiring a local property manager is a wise decision that can actually save you money in the end!

1. Marketing: Property managers use a variety of resources to reach out to qualified, prospective tenants including company websites, public websites such as craigslist, area print such as newspapers or magazines, flyers and walk-in traffic. Renters know which property management companies to seek out. 2. Knowledge of availability and pricing: Tenants know if a property is overpriced. Accurate knowledge of local rental rates and inventory is key to a fast rental and cash flow. Vacant homes cost the owner money. Leased homes make money! 3. Tenant Screening: A property manager requires a written application from each adult applicant along with photo ID. The PM reviews criminal history, credit reports and other public records, verifies references, employment and rental history according to set requirements and standards for accepting or declining applicants. 4. Knowledgeable about Laws and Regulations: A property manager maintains compliance with an up-to-date and thorough knowledge of the Arizona/ Landlord Tenants Act, Fair Housing Regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable local, state and federal laws. Lawsuits are costly! 5. Rent Collection & Eviction: Property managers have systems in place to improve collection and on-time payments. Property documentation if payment is not made according to lease terms (and law) is imperative to replacing the tenant as quickly as lawfully possible. 6. Accounting: Property managers provide monthly detailed income and expense reports as well as year-end tax reports for your accountant. Property managers also manage your security deposits in compliance with regulations. 7. Regular Inspections: Property managers regularly inspect your home for wear & tear, damage and

needed maintenance. Typical times for inspection include the time of leasing, 180 days later and at the end of the lease. Some even inspect monthly by scheduling HVAC filter replacement as part of the lease agreement. 8. Emergency Calls: A property management company is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when the tenant calls with an emergency. Some calls are urgent and require immediate attention. Do you want to deal with a broken pipe at 2am? 9. Vendor Network: Property managers have a list of qualified vendors, supplies and contractors available to repair and maintain your property. Many times a property manager is able to negotiate a discount based on volume. 10. Cost of Service vs. How Much Is Your Time Worth? Property management fees vary company by company. By dealing with your tenant and any problems you have invaluable free time making the managements fees very affordable and many times can actually save you money!

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The LIVING Interview (continued) continued from page 88... is so innovative. She's amazing. Thinks of amazing ideas to get our kids educated, and then really starts sprinting to get it done. Sandy Smith is that way, very helpful. She always tries to put people together to make things happen. GC LIVING: Do you think, in the past, a lot of names that were on that ten people list of 'these were the ones who were going to make something happen', now have rules and regulations, planning and zoning rules now would hinder what these individuals were able to do 20 and 30 years ago. Just because they said, "We want Frito-Lay west of town. We don't care there's no sewer system. Let's just put it in and make it happen." JORDAN ROSE: You're absolutely right. It is absolutely the truth. I think when the real estate run up happened, what you saw is a lot of developers and economic development choose to come to Pinal County over the west Valley. And, the reason was 1: the land prices that were favorable in Pinal County at that point. And, 2: is exactly what you're saying. There were fewer bureaucratic impediments to business in Pinal County than in the west Valley. There are just so many bureaucratic, senseless hoops to jump through in that area of town, that as a business person, you say, "Why? Why am I doing this? It doesn't give any economic

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benefits to anybody, except maybe employees who were hired to put in place new procedures." I completely agree, it's become more complicated. Interestingly enough, you've elected five Supervisors who are dedicated to the idea of streamlining, and you've seen things go into play, like timelines for turnaround on submittals, and new things that allow for speedier processing. I think they're doing their best to minimize bureaucracy. But I don't disagree, as you know, things get bigger and more complicated. That means more hoops, and more expense which leads to less desirable business outcomes. But, in Pinal County, I think we're managing it really well. We've got a guy at the head of the County, Greg Stanley, who wants to cut red tape. And he has been about, "Let's just figure out how to get to yes. Not, let's figure out how to have somebody jump through as many hoops as possible to show that they're really dedicated to being here." It spends a lot of money and time. So that's good news. GC LIVING: Let's bring it back around to your law firm. You have 42 associates. How did you put together the mix of the fields that your practice covers? JORDAN ROSE: You know, we are a full-service business in real estate. So, we do family law, and estate planning, corporate law, real estate and business transactions, litigation, tax law, DUI, employment law, medical marijuana, solar/renewable ener-

gy, cyber bullying/cyber defamation, water law, and zoning, planning and lobbying. What really sets us apart over other law firms, or what distinguishes us from other law firms, is that we're 100% committed to what we call 'extraordinary client service'. It’s to the point where, if you don't call or email your client back within four hours, day or night, and, literally, any time of the day or night, then we’ve got a problem. So, we're dedicated to that extraordinary client service. When folks hire us for, say, a zoning change, which is where I started building the law firm, they would say, "Well, can't you do our transaction?" Or, "We have an employment issue we need to talk about." Or, "We've got some litigation." And they just like the service that we provided. I thought, well, if we could hire great people who could service the clients in those areas, I'd love to do that. My only goal was to not to come to work with any sort of cranky lawyers. We are 100% optimistic, hard-charging, happy people who want to be doing great things. And I'm excited to be able to work with them every day, watch how good they've become and help them get it done. That's how we developed the large scale of practice areas we now have. I am so blessed to come to work each day with such amazing people who all want to be the best at what they do. I love helping and watching them get there. Work is my hobby; I love what I get to do each day.  SPRING 20 15 GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING 125


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asa Grande: Sharks in the desert? Only at the Pinal County Fair!! Live Shark Encounter is just one of the highlights of this year’s upcoming county wide celebration. The only traveling shark show in the country makes a stop in Casa Grande to entertain and pass along some information about these beautiful creatures. But it’s not all about the sharks… The fair has entertainment galore! If music is your thing, you’ll want to catch two of our main acts. Friday will feature the doo wop stylings of The Keepsakes. All your favorite 50’s songs and more! And, just announced, Kumbia King All Starz will headline the fair on Saturday, March 21st. “After an amazing concert at the 2014 Fair, we just had to invite this dynamic group back,” said Michael Searle, Executive Director. “A.B. Quintanilla and his group put on an incredible show.” If you like comedy, there are enough shows at the fair to keep you in stitches! Bringing her comedy hypnosis show, Susan Rosen will keep

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the audience rolling in the aisles. Her willing volunteers come from the audience and truly make the show! Mr. Animation will also be entertaining the crowds. A difficult show to describe, it’s full of music, dancing, physical comedy and so much more! You have to experience it yourself. Balloon Man Skip Banks returns by popular demand. Not like anything else, Skip’s show is unique and hysterical. The Blond Curly-Haired Magician will be delighting audiences with his comedy magic show. Fun for the whole family, his show will delight and amaze everyone! Circus Imagination brings the kids from the audience into the show and makes them stars. Parents beam as their young ones become a tight rope walker, a lion tamer, a ballerina and even a sharp shooter – all using some imagination! Of course the fair has everyone’s favorites! Thrilling extreme carnival rides for all ages. From fun houses to rides for the daredevils, carnival rides are always a part of the experience. Fabulous fair food will abound,

including kettle corn, corn dogs, turkey legs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Don’t forget to leave your diets at home – fair food is only here once a year. You’ll also see exhibits from around the county as people show off their best – photographs, quilts, jams, pies, jewelry and much more. As always, livestock is a big part of the fair. Youth ages 9-19 bring their project animals to the fair to compete for Grand Champion. The Youth Livestock Auction on Saturday March 21st is the culmination of a great deal of hard work for these young people. No matter what your favorites are – concerts, carnival rides, deep fried delights, walking through the exhibits, strolling through the livestock barns – the Pinal County Fair has it all! Mark your calendars for March 18th -22nd. The fun takes place at the Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center – 512 S. 11 Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande. For more details and discount carnival ticket locations visit www.pinalfairgrounds.com or call 520-723-7181. See you at the Fair!

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