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The Best Of

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The Interview:

Paul Babeu Pinal County Sheriff

Contents Features:

Winter 2015

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The Casa Grande Herald

THE GIFT

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The Living Interview with Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff

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Economy & Local Business

Health, Wealth & Education

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It is the time of year to get outside and participate. . . . . . . . 14

Planet Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tosh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Historic Downtown Casa Grande Street Fair/Car & Bike Show . . . 16

​​Pinal County Master Gardeners Serve Their Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

​New Year Resolutions that Last a Lifetime . . . . . . . . . . 20

STEM comes to Casa Grande. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

​The Pinal 40. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

A ​J​ew​e​l in the Desert. . . . . . . . 100

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The Gene Yang Gang: Celebrating the Life of Gene Yang. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 The Gift of the Horse. . . . . . . . 122 A Little Sparkle. . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

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Letter from the Editor

Happy New Year!

2 Bea Lueck

014 has retired and 2015 brings new joy and hope to all. It’s all about perspective – the glass half empty or half full… or brimming over the top! Make the best of each day and never look back at yesterday should be everyone’s motto. I think people in general are a bit more optimistic about… well about everything! The economy isn’t as doom & gloom as it was a few years ago. A recent stop to fuel my car was actually joyful – gas was less than two bucks a gallon – BEFORE my grocery discount! Businesses are expanding and spending again. Just look at all the recent business openings or announcements in our area. Construction on the new Tractor Supply warehouse is moving at full speed. PhoenixMart – well we’ll see, jury is still out on that one. I/we have repeatedly asked for updates from corporate and the lack of response combined with news on the recent departure of PhoenixMart President, Jeremy Schoenfelder keeps the rumors alive about the viability of the project and when/ if it will actually open. Earth movers have been seen parked out next to the spectacular monument signs and occasionally moving back and forth but little else is happening. This edition’s special section is Home & Garden. As an active REALTOR® in this area, this is a topic near and dear to me. Owning a home remains a top priority for most in the US and remains the ‘American Dream’. Many people who bought in 2010-2012 are in a position to sell for a profit. Imagine that, real sellers selling to real buyers. Short sales and lender owned properties are the minority percentage of transactions. Mortgage interest rates remain low and lending requirements have eased a bit. Best advice before you start looking at homes is to speak with a knowledgeable loan officer,

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both to prequalify and to know how much home you can afford. In many instances, mortgage costs are below the cost of renting. Once you buy the home, then come remodeling and repairs - and along the way, decorating and upgrades. We barely scratched the surface of possible subjects. Beginning with this edition, Golden Corridor LIVING is seeking your votes for the Best of LIVING awards. This is your opportunity to vote for the best area businesses in a wide variety of categories! The first round of business will be Dining and Entertainment. Go to www.goldencorridorliving.com/bestof1. There will be /bestof2 and /bestof3 in the coming months. The results will be announced in our summer edition, dedicated to the City of Casa Grande: Celebrating 100 Years. Huh? Didn’t we have 125th Celebration a few years ago? Well, yes – but this is different! Casa Grande was founded in 1879, 136 years ago. It was, however, incorporated as a city in 1915 – which makes this year the 100th Anniversary of Incorporation. And any excuse to celebrate is a good thing. So to celebrate, we are doing a historical look back on

the 100 years of Casa Grande. Now comes the hard part – getting all this information compiled! We need stories! We need history! Did you ever wonder how the streets were named? Several are names of area farming families. There are many people in this community that have lived here their entire lives. If you can write – submit your story. If you feel you can’t write, please contact me – we have writers available to tell your story. And definitely, we want your photos of what the town looked like 50-70100 years ago. So dig through those old albums and shoe boxes and send them in. Please don’t wait – start looking now. My email is bea@raxxdirect.com and I’d love to meet with you to plan out your stories now. As always – I hope you enjoy what we put together in this edition. Drop me a note at Bea@raxxdirect.com and let me know what you want in the coming editions. After all, IT’S ABOUT LOCAL!

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VOICES PUBLISHER Elaine Earle EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Bea Lueck EDITOR Doug Brown CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Susan Conn-Hood Erica Herman Harold Kitching Junior Reporters Jeppe Leifelt Shamus Leech MEDIA COORDINATOR Angela Johnson ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Jamie Wagner Don Johnson Marketing Assistant Tami Deeks CREATIVE DIRECTOR/GRAPHIC DESIGN Tim Clarke CHIEF OF OPERATIONS & FINANCE Elaine Earle

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

Tammy O’Neil

Tammy, a Casa Grande native, derives great joy from her family: the one at home, the one at church, and the one at the barn.

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Rick Gibson

Rick has been a Cooperative Extension agent in Pinal County since 1981. He was born in Tucson and grew up in Florence. As a youth, he worked in the family garden and cared for the home landscape. His long standing passion for gardening has given him experience in successfully growing plants in the desert. His university training is in biology and plant protection.

Susan Conn-Hood Golden Corridor LIVING is published by RAXX Direct Marketing. Editorial content is provided by affiliates of RAXX Direct Marketing, 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 12-26-14 and is subject to current availability and pricing.

Susan has been a Fitness Instructor and Wellness Presenter for over 20 years and has conducted various speaking engagements on fitness, whole food education and proper hydration. Susan is an active member of the Casa Grande Toastmasters group and the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce.


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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.

Breanna Boland

Breanna is the Executive Director of the Casa Grande Alliance. She started working for the organization in 2012 as a Prevention Specialist. Breanna studied Public Health at Northern Arizona University and is a Arizona Certified Prevention Specialist.

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 132 18 5 105 98 2 53 42-43 40-41 56 74 57 20-21 94 107 16-17 95 96 82 98 114-115 97 111 25 10 29 81 78 67 65 100-101 67 85 103 106 86-87 34-35 131 55 39 107 81 59 92-93 63 22 79 30-31 46-47 73 50-51 119 118 117 99 102 23 33 98 111 44-45 123 52 4 56 39 97 97

Academy Mortgage Access Arizona Agave Dentistry Airport Tavern American Family Insurance - Jan Hobbs Amy’s Jewelry Boutique & Eden Jewelers AZ New Horizon Realty Banner/Casa Grande Reg Med Ctr Barnet Delaney Perkins Eye Center Branhams Exterminating Brutinel Plumbing and Electrical Capital R Construction Casa Grande Alliance Casa Grande Elementary School District Casa Grande Family Dentistry Casa Grande Main Street Casa Grande Union High School District Central Arizona College Chacon’s Landscaping Cottonwood Medical Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tash Curves Desert Sky Dental Dick & Mitchell DDS Distinctive Earthscapes, Inc. & The Avocado DM Dentistry Edward Jones-Fred Tucker Florence Home Tour Foothills Bank Foothills Construction Francisco Grande Gallo Construction Gencor Mortgage Gold Rush Jewelers InSpirit Gymnastics Integrity First Financial Group International Minute Press Iron City Polaris Just Plumbing Kiva Insurance Lakeshore Village Linda Tawney Portrait Studio Mankel Mechanical Mission Heights Preparatory Academy Natures Nook Nussbaum, Gillis, Dinner, P.C. Phoenix Patio Pinal 40/AZ Ag Experience Premier Ortho Ride For the Warrior Robson Ranch Communities ROX Travel - Avalon River Cruises ROX Travel - Collette ROX Travel - Cruise Seminar ROX Travel - Princess Cruises Seeds of Hope Sircle Pain Sommers Jewelers St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Star Towing Sunlife Family Health Supply 29 Teepee Sand & Gravel The Hearing Center Title Security Agency Tomar Pain Centers Trinity Southern Baptist Church Yang Dentistry W IN T ER 20 15 GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING

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Caywood Farm Tours 1:00PM @ Caywood Farms $10 per person, Reservations Required (520) 560-1119

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Canadian Invasion@ Skydive Arizona (520) 466-3753

CG Chamber Home, Health & Garden Show 10:00am-4:00pm @ City Gate (520) 836-2125

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Live Theater Amelia Earhart @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223

Satin Slippers Ballroom Dance Club 7:00-9:30pm @ The Dorothy Powell Center (520) 421-8760 $5-$7 ROX Travel Cruise Seminar 6:00pm @ Lakes Clubhouse (520) 836-8514 or roxco.com/rsvp

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CG Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards Program 6:00-9:30pm @ The Property (520) 836-2125

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Chat, Chew and Chocolate Coffee 9:00am @ Mimi’s Café (619) 261-4505 4th annual Senior Follies Auditions 4:00-6:00pm @ the Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center

Casa Grande Life Walk & Diaper Drive 10:30-11:30am @ Peart Park

Street Fair-Car & Motorcycle Show 10:00am-5:00pm @ Historic Downtown (520) 836-8744 Day Out Downtown & Historic Walking Tour 10:00am-2:00pm

@ 3rd & Florence St. (520) 836-8744

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Chat, Chew and Chocolate Signature Event 5:30pm @ The Big House Café (619) 261-4505

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The Marty Haggard Show 7:00pm @ Paramount Theatre (520) 840-9319 $24.95

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Annual Agri-Country Bluegrass Jamboree 9:00AM-6:00PM @ Pinal Fairgrounds (520) 723-7881 $8

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LIVE! In the Alley 7:00p @Main St Patio-3rd Street & Florence Street (520) 836-8744

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The Marty Haggard Show Brunch & Show 12:00pm @ Paramount

Theatre (520) 840-9319 $9.00 & $24.95

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The Marty Haggard Show Brunch & Show 1:00pm @ Paramount

Theatre (520) 840-9319 $9.00 & $24.95

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The Marty Haggard Show 7:00pm @

Paramount Theatre (520) 840-9319 $24.95

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Odyssey Wellness Expo 9:00am12:00pm @ Odyssey Preparatory Academy (602) 370-9062

New Years Family Blast @ LA Fitness Parking Lot 10am-4pm

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

Municipal Airport

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Caywood Farm Tours 1:00PM @ Caywood Farms $10 per person, Reservations Required (520) 560-1119

Fairgrounds (520) 723-4432 $8

@ Historic Downtown (520) 836-8744

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5K & Half Marathon CG Community Hospital Foundation 7:30am @ Banner CGMC Breast Center (520) 414-3744

Downtown Street Scene Art and Jazz Fest @ Historic Downtown (520) 836-8744

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ROX Travel Cruise Seminar 5:00pm @ Lakes Clubhouse (520) 836-8514 or roxco.com/rsvp

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Blues & Soul Review 7:00pm @ Museum of Casa Grande (520) 836-2223

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Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival 9:00am-5:00pm @ Pinal

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Cowboy & Indian Days @ Ed Hooper Park

Day Out Downtown & Historic Walking Tour 10:00am-2:00pm

Pinal County Community Job Fair 10:00am-2:00pm @ AZ Workforce Connection (520) 374-3023

Central AZ Regional EDF Annual Lunch 10:30am-1:30pm @ Holiday Inn Casa Grande (520) 836-6868 Iwo Jima Flag Raising 70th Commemoration @ Ira Hayes Park-Sacaton (520) 610-0777 Senior Follies 7:00pm @ Central Arizona College (520) 477-7469 $7-10

Ride for the Warrior III 4:0010:30pm @ Paul Mason (480) 415-3515 $10-20

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

AZ City Daze 8:00am-5:00pm, parade at 9am. in Arizona City (520) 466-5141

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Ride for the Warrior III 11:00am10:30pm @ Paul Mason (480) 415-3515 $10-20

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

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

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Casa Grande Fine Art Explosion 9:00am-5:00pm @ Peart Park (520) 705-1343

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

AZ State Open Chili Championship 10:00am-6:00pm@ Ed Hooper Rodeo Park (520) 560-2256

ROX Travel Cruise Seminar 6:00pm @ Lakes Clubhouse (520) 836-8514 or roxco.com/rsvp

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

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

EVERY THURS Volleyball Open Gym 6:30-8:30pm @ Len Colla Rec Center (520) 421-8655 $2 11


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Early city plats

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eteran law enforcement officer Chris Vasquez began his job as Casa Grande Police Department Public Safety Manager on Dec. 15 with an eye toward solving some of the problems created by his predecessor, including low morale and officers leaving for other agencies. Vasquez, a 20-year veteran of the department who retired as a lieutenant and then became chief deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department and later sheriff in his own right, later spent three years back with the department as a volunteer aide, retiring again this August. He was appointed as Public Safety Manager on Dec. 5, replacing Chief Johnny Cervantes, who resigned under fire in November.

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Among the points Vasquez made during a lengthy interview with CG News:

Active management One of the complaints from former and present officers was that Cervantes was rather remote, not really getting involved with officers or with issuing clear command decisions. It will be different now, Vasquez told CG News. “I don’t manage from behind a desk,” he said, adding that he intends to be out in the department, communicating with employees.

Shared leadership Vasquez said he will have discussions about a program known as Shared Leadership,

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Chris Vasquez pointing out that not all ideas should come from the top. As he envisions it, a committee of employees will study issues, make recommendations, get input from the rest of the department and then present the ideas to the chief, who will have final say.

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asa Grande’s early growth was slow and piece-by-piece when looked at in the context of the building boom of the early 2000s as giant subdivisions were platted. The Evergreen Addition historic survey says the original town was laid out in 1879 and 1892, running from Casa Grande Avenue on the east to Pinal Avenue and what would be Pinal if that street ran straight south. The north border was Florence Boulevard and the south was Ash Avenue, below the railroad tracks. The blocks, as was usual in railroad towns, were odd shaped, some squared and some oblong. By the next addition in 1913, developers abandoned the railroad system for one of square blocks. In those days, there was no comprehensive planning to make sure that new plats were in line with streets of previous ones. That’s why you can drive on one street in Casa Grande, get to an intersection and then have to jog left or right to continue on that first street. The First Addition was platted in 1913, running north from Florence between Olive and Pinal to 10th Street, with a three block area from 10th to 11th streets between Pinal and Center Avenue. In 1915, Witting Square was added at the southeast corner of Sacaton Street and First Avenue. That was followed in 1919 by Bennett’s Addition at the southwest corner of Pinal and Florence. The Burgess Addition in 1920 was south of the railroad tracks from Ash Avenue to the north and Elm Avenue on the south. The east boundary was Elliott Avenue and the west was what is known as Chuichu Road. The four blocks east Elliot Avenue THE HOME & GARDEN EDITION


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between Ash and Elm avenues came to Elliot Addition in 1920. The Armenta Addition in 1921 straddled Sacaton Street between Second and Third avenues. What is known as Katherine Drew’s Second Addition came in 1924, between Picacho and Olive avenues from Florence Boulevard to 9th Street and 9th to 11th streets between Olive and Casa Grande Avenue. The E.P. Drew Addition, also in 1924, took in an area between what would be Pinal Avenue and Mercedes Streets between Main and Third avenues. Lincoln Hospital Addition came in 1946 between Brown and Roosevelt avenues south of Fourth Street. The area south of that became Myers Homesites 3rd Unit in 1947 and 1948. That was one of several Myers additions. The first was between 1914 and 1920, from Third Street south to what is now Jimmie Kerr Boulevard between Casa Grande and Brown avenues. The Myers Second Addition in 1920 ran north from Third Street THE HOME & GARDEN EDITION

to Florence Boulevard between Casa Grande and Brown avenues. Myers Homesite 1st Unit in 1929 ran north from Third Street to Florence between Brown and Roosevelt avenues. In 1951, Ward Park addition between Olive and Center avenues and 10th and 11th street was added. One of the major marketing efforts in what is now downtown was for the Evergreen Addition in 1928. That area is east of City Hall between Morrison and Gilbert avenues north of Florence to 10th Street, north of City Hall between Morrison and Casa Grade avenues and east of Carr McNatt Park (which takes in some of the original Evergreen blocks) and the city swimming pool between Brown and Gilbert avenues from 11th Street to McMurray Boulevard. According to the Evergreen Addition Historic Survey, “At the time, the subdivision was considered to be a suburb of Casa Grande and was marketed as a country place for Casa Grande’s upper class.”

fter its founding in 1879, Casa Grande went year to year without a mayor or a City Council. By 1914, residents felt that things needed to be organized, approaching Pinal County government with a petition for incorporation. The county supervisors said yes, setting an incorporation election date for May 24, 1915 and appointing a five-man town council to serve in the interim. They were William Shonessy, W.S. Prouty, D.J. Boyce, L.J. Weaver and W.D. Randell. Weaver was appointed mayor and E.R. Stoner was appointed as town clerk. When the 1915 election was held, George Burgess was elected mayor, serving until 1917. Many have followed in his footsteps - including the only woman mayor. They were: • H.D. Wilson, 1917-19. • L.A. Jayne, 1919-21. • T.R. Peart, 1921-23 • W.P. Clements, June-Nov. 1923.

Early city statistics The Casa Grande Valley Historical Society has a trove of miscellaneous information about the early city. Such as: • First cemetery is established in November 1915 in the block north of Peart Park, later moved to present location. • First municipal bond election on Jan. 14, 1916. • $8,000 for a water department approved 71-3. • $21,000 for a light and power plant approved 69-4. • $6,000 for an ice plant approved 70-3. • May 1918, the Pinal County Board of

• T.R. Peart, November 1923-25. • Dan Peart, 1925-27. • Fanne B. Gaar, the woman mayor, 1927-29. • A.M. Peck, 1929-31. • J.M. Sawtelle, 1931-October 1933. • Paul Stein, October 1933-35. • C.S. Goff, 1935-37. • H.O. Pace, 1937-43. • Holmes Galloway, 1943-June 1945. • O.H. Maud, June -November 1945. • Holmes Galloway, November 1945-47. • C.S. Goff, 1947-53. • Chet H. Jones, 1953-55. • Walter B. Davis, 1955-57. • Raymond E. Peterson, 1957-59. • Albert Guinn, 1959-65. • Jack Foster, 1965-67. • Jimmie B. Kerr, 1967-75. • Robert Amos Hawkins, 1975-77. • Hugh N. Guinn, 1977-85. • Jimmie B. Kerr, 1985-94. • Robert Mitchell, 1994-2001. • Charles Walton, 2001-2007. • Bob Jackson, 2007-present. Casa Grande got its first city manager in 1953, when City Clerk Edward Pederson took the position.

Supervisors changes Casa Grande’s designation from town to city. • Second municipal bond election on June 21, 1921. • $90,000 for improving the water plant and $30,000 for improving and enlarging the electric plant approved. • February 1928 - Casa Grande officials decide that the city was continually losing money on the utilities, including water. • An election was set for Dec. 13, 1927, at which was approved 136-17 to sell all of the utilities to People’s Arizona Gas and Electric Corp. for $145,000. • February 1928, bids are opened on the first city sewer project, followed on June 29 by a second project.

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It is the time of the year to get outside and participate by Robert “Bob” Jackson, Mayor, Casa Grande

I This is a great time of year in Arizona, get out and enjoy the many activities that are available to all of us.

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t is the time of the year to get outside and participate in all the activities offered in the Casa Grande area. There are special events almost every weekend as well as weekday opportunities. While I have often written about many of the things to do in the area, I thought this month I would talk about some that may not be as well publicized. Do you like soccer? The Grande Sports World, located at the Francisco Grande will once again have several Major League Soccer teams practicing at the facility this winter. The teams generally practice in the morning and practices are open to the public at no cost. Even if the professionals are not there, the youth soccer practices are in the afternoon and the players are some of the top ranked high school age players in the country. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the Casa Grande Radio Controlled Airplane Club meets at their airfield off Hauser and Trekell Roads to fly their planes. Again, this event is free to the public. If you are a radio controlled plane user, there is a small fee to participate but it is a fun way to spend a couple of hours. While they meet year round, the winter meets start at 9 am. One of the more unusual facilities the City of Casa Grande operates is a shooting range. It is open to the public and is a great place to target practice. The range is located on Trekell Road south of I-8 and is generally open everyday. I have often talked about the hiking trails on Casa Grande Mountain as a place to enjoy the outdoors. It is

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amazing to see the views from just a few hundred feet above the valley. Trails are marked based on difficulty and can be accessed from one of two trail heads. One trailhead is on the south end of Peart Road and the other off Sunland Gin Road at the west end of Arica Road. Maps can be down-loaded off the City’s website. Agri-tourism is growing in Pinal County and two that really showcase our agricultural history are Cay wood Farms, located east of 11 Mile Corner on Florence Blvd. Tours and activities are available on regular basis; call them to find out more information (520705-3889). The second is tours of Shamrock Dair y in the Stanfield area. It is an opportunity to see a working dairy farm in action. Growing up I worked at a dairy for a summer and the technology being used today is light years away from what we did growing up. There are also regular events downtown and throughout the community. In January, the Chamber will hold their annual Home and Garden Show. This event is free to the public and a good way to see what types of services are available locally. Downtown Casa Grande has several monthly events taking place. Get on their website and sign up for their electronic email notices. Many of the events are free. Check out the websites for the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, Casa Grande Main Street and the City of Casa Grande for regular updates of activities taking place in the area. This is a great time of year in Arizona, get out and enjoy the many activities that are available to all of us.

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Support local business and help your entire community by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

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appy New Year and welcome to 2015! A new year marks a new beginning - for most of us. January is the time of the year when we are ‘gung-ho’ with “turning over a new leaf” by making resolutions. Some of the most stated resolutions include, but are not exclusive to: lose weight, exercise more, be a nicer person, be on time for appointments, etc. Some people just throw up their hands and say “I’ll never keep any resolution so I just won’t make any resolutions” and they go about their lives with the same unhealthy or bad habits as the previous year. The million-dollar question is: ‘why do we do we set ourselves up for failure by making resolutions that are too big? Resolutions are like eating an elephant, “one bite at a time”! Even though it is the middle of Jan-

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uary, it is not too late to take a small but significant step and make a resolution that is not to overwhelming. For instance, say you want to lose 10 pounds in 2015; a good and reasonable goal, but not if you set yourself up for failure by stating “I am going to lose 10 pounds this year and I will have that extra weight off by the end of January of 2015!” I am guilty of making resolutions that are like climbing a mountain, when I don’t ever go out for a weekly, much less daily walk! What does this article have to do with the theme of this publication? How many times have you said “I am going to clean out the garage this month, year?” or “I am going to plant some trees in my yard this year!” or “I am going to redecorate (insert which room) this year.” Well, if you are looking for a painter, landscaper,

where to buy materials to tackle that ‘home’ project; look no further than the 2015 Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business Directory and Community Guide or check out the business listings on the Chamber’s website www.casagrandechamber.org. Whether is it a home project, medical clinic, hair dresser, barber shop, vehicle-service business, etc. I encourage you to ‘shop local first’ by checking out businesses located right here in Casa Grande. Support your local businesses and you are helping your entire community and helping to maintain the outstanding quality-of-life we enjoy in Casa Grande. For a copy of the NEW 2015 Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Community Guide stop by the Chamber office at 575 N. Marshall Street, Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.

I encourage you to ‘shop local first’ by checking out businesses located right here in Casa Grande.

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his year Casa Grande Main Street will hold the 15th Annual Historic Downtown Street Fair /Car & Bike Show with over 200 exhibitors selling art, pottery, jewelry, clothing, sculptures, and products of all kinds. Two food courts will be serving international as well as traditional carnival food such as funnel cakes, beer battered delights, chicken wings and hot dogs. The Kid’s Zone will include a variety of bounce houses, slides, pony rides and a petting zoo. All aboard the kid’s train will get a relaxing view of fair highlights as they cruise by in comfort. Non-stop live entertainment will be on-stage at the beer garden ranging from folk vocalists to country, jazz and Motown favorites. The Car Show on January 18th will feature over 100 custom cars, classic cars and motorcycles. Awards will be given based on votes by fellow car show exhibitors with an award ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

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Community volunteers gather for a fun moment at Street Fair 2014

During the car show on Saturday, Feli’s Cuban Kitchen will be hosting a Latin Salsa Garden with specialty beverages, Cuban food and dance music at the intersection of 2nd Street and Florence.

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On Sunday, Jan. 19th, there will be a free “Show and Shine” where car enthusiast may display their cars. New to the show this year will be a Sunday “Jazz” Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

featuring jazz music and champagne brunch at the Main Stage and Beer Garden located at the intersection of 4th Street and Florence. This event is the annual fundraiser for the Casa Grande Main

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Fair / Car & Bike Show Want to join the fun as a member of the Main Street Mob? Volunteer by contacting us via email: downtown@cgmailbox.com.

CASA GRANDE MAIN STREET THANKS OUR MAJOR SPONSORS FOR SUPPORTING THIS EVENT: • Henry Brown Automotive • Golden Eagle Distributors • Arizona Public Service • Southwest Gas Corporation • Casa Grande Dispatch • Arizona Lottery • Lowes

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Is Cuba Part of Our Agricultural Future? by Jim Dinkle, Executive Director, Access Arizona

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he normalization of trade with Cuba could be an economic boon to Pinal County agriculture. Despite sanctions and an embargo against Cuba dating back 53 years, the US has nonetheless sold some agricultural commodities down through the decades to our island neighbor and in 2013 those goods totaled $350 million. C. Parr Rosson III, head of the agricultural economics department at Texas A&M University, told ABC News in a report on December 19 that trade with Cuba could grow to $400 to $450 million within the next couple of years. Up to this point, agricultural commodities sold to Cuba required cash payment up front, but those restrictions will likely be eased or go away. According to the Arizona Farm Bureau, Pinal County ranks first in Arizona for cotton, barley and livestock production and second in the state for durum wheat and alfalfa hay production. All are commodities that Cuba needs.

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has helped lay the groundwork for normalization of relations with Cuba and he has visited the country on numerous occasions. His most recent visit to Havana was December 17 as part of a small delegation sent to accompany American contractor Alan Gross back to the United States. Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba and Flake helped win his release. Trade with communist countries is nothing new. The US currently does $500 billion in business annually with China. China accounts for 80 percent of the total US trade deficit, which in 2013 was $318 billion. Much of the trade deficit with China is a result of America’s unquenchable appetite for consumer goods. Even trade with landlocked, communist Laos was at a $6 million deficit in 2013. When the Vietnam War ended in April 1975, few would have thought that, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative, nearly 40 years later communist Vietnam

would be “currently our 27th largest goods trading partner with $29.7 billion in total (two ways) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $5.0 billion; Goods imports totaled $24.6 billion. The U.S. good trade deficit with Vietnam was $19.6 billion in 2013.” The US has largely been alone in restricting access to Cuba. As Forbes magazine said in its January 16, 2013, article calling for an end to the US embargo against Cuba, “The embargo has long been a point of friction between the United States and allies in Europe, South America, and Canada. Every year since 1992, the U.S. has been publically condemned in the United Nations for maintaining counterproductive and worn out trade and migration restrictions against Cuba.” As ABC News said in its December 19 report about normalization of relations with Cuba, US agriculture has a big appetite for Cuba trade. Pinal County can help satisfy that appetite.

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Officer retention “I can think of maybe seven guys that left the department while I was there (during his recent time as a volunteer aide) that went to an agency that paid less,” Vasquez said. “So it was not about economics, it wasn’t about better pay. It’s about working conditions. “And that’s one thing that I want to focus on. “If you have problems, you need to sit down and find out why these people are leaving. Is it because of money, is it something we’re doing as an agency that’s upset these people and making them leave.”

Looking to the future “What we need to do is look at the past, learn from it and look at today and move to the future,” Vasquez said. “Do those things that we can do to fix, to learn from the mistakes that were made and move forward, not as individuals but as a collective group as an agency.”

Changes coming “Even though I’m only coming in as the interim manager, it’s not my intent to come in and keep the seat warm for whoever does it full-time, whether that is me or somebody else,” Vasquez said. “We’re going to make changes. We’re going to move this department forward as a team, as a

collective effort. If change needs to be made, we’re going to make that change. We’ll make all the improvements that we can. “My goal is if it’s not me that’s permanent but a new chief comes in, when he comes in the past mistakes are fixed, they’re taken care of. He’s coming in to a welloiled machine, a very well run department with high morale and good working conditions, with a good, solid foundation. “It has a solid foundation, any way, even under the former chief. He didn’t crack that foundation. There’s some good people there that really care about the job, they care about the profession that they’re in. So that foundation is still solid. But

Tree trimming rules for spring As you start your spring cleanup and trimming, remember that Casa Grande has a few rules about trees and shrubbery hanging over streets, sidewalks and alleys. It’s a safety issue, the city says, adding that, “Pruning trees on

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boulevards, street intersections and front yards assures that vision or sight lines of motorists, bikers and pedestrians are not compromised.” According to the city guide -- found at http://www.casag r a n d e a z .g o v/f i l e s /2 010 6/

TreeTrimmingBrochure.pdf -homeowners are responsible for maintaining trees and shrubbery to keep them from causing problems. Homeowner associations are required to maintain trees within the common areas of the subdivision. “The property owner is required to keep travel corridors over street and sidewalks free from low-hanging branches and adjacent right-of-way alleys clear of all vegetation that interferes with the movement of solid waste collection trucks through the alley,” the guide says. The same applies if a tree on your property has spread over the sidewalk area and is blocking traffic or street signs. “Arterial and collector streets require a clearance of 14 feet over the streets,” the city guide says. “All other local streets require a 12-foot clearance over

there’s going to be some building blocks that are going to be put in place so the next chief can continued building, building upon, in order to continue moving the department forward. “The department always has to move forward, it always has to have new thinking, new ways to do things. When we think we’ve arrived and we stop trying to improve, even though something’s working very well, if we stop trying to improve things then we become stagnant. And then we start moving back. The complete Vasquez interview and earlier stories about problems in the Police Department are found at www.haroldkitching.com, filed under POLICE PLAN.

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The City encourages property owners to trim away trees and shrubs surrounding their property to maintain proper clearance and height.

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Theowner City operates on arequired six week collection schedis also to mainule (divided into six collection zones) to pick up tain a clearance of 7.5 feet over uncontained trash in alleys and from residents the sidewalk. requesting curbside pick up. Tree Trimmings can be placedrequired in with regular trash as long “The clearance for as branches not sticking out ofis thesix container. alley are right-of-ways feet

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To with schedule a pick up13-foot for tree height trimmings associated youclearance.” may call the Public Works Department at (520) 421-8625 or visit the city website at www.casagrandeaz.gov

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New Year Resolutions That Last a Lifetime by Nicole Foster, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance

As role models in youth’s lives we have the influence needed to make a difference.

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POILER ALERT: It is 2015. A new year means fireworks, resolutions, and starting off on the right foot. Every January, despite determination to follow through, we seem to fall short on our resolutions. What if this year was different? What if you set goals that were not only reachable but could have a profound effect on the lives of children? By strengthening our relationships with the children in our lives, and by having frequent conversations about drugs and alcohol, we can accomplish this. Does it sound too good to be true? Let’s see what the data is telling us. • Goal 1: Strengthen the relationship between you and your child(ren) Teens that have good relationships with their parents, or a trusted adult,

are 2 times less likely to use alcohol and 3 to 4 times less likely to use marijuana. Children look up to us as adults. They want to be with us and they want to be heard. Just ‘be’ with them. One way to nourish these relationships is by having family dinners 5-7 times a week, whether at home or at a restaurant. It is not about the food being eaten, but about the conversation and adult-child engagement that takes place at a dinner table.1 • Goal 2: Talk to your child(ren) regularly (regularly being the key word) about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. You might be thinking that these conversations will fall on deaf ears. As adults we believe that once children become teenagers they don’t listen to us anymore and we don’t hold any

influence over their decision to use drugs and alcohol. Parents are actually the greatest influence on a child’s decision to use drugs or not! 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.2,3 We need to correct this. We need to have these conversations and have them frequently. It could be the determining factor of whether or not a youth ever tries a drug. So, are you with me? These resolutions not only strengthen the relationshipswithin your family but can also help prevent your child from ever using drugs and alcohol. As role models in youth’s lives we have the influence needed to make a difference. Let’s use these powers for good! Be the trusted adult your child needs.

1. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, The Importance of Family Dinners VIII. (Sept. 2012). 2. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Parents: What You Say — and What You Do — Matters to Your Kids. (March 2011). 3. Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Arizona Youth Survey. (2014).

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Common estate planning mistakes by David A. McCarville, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner

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n this article I will address two of the more common estate planning mistakes I see in my estate planning and litigation practice.

Joint Accounts

Often times there is one child or sibling (the “Caretaker”) who spends more time taking care of Mom or Dad, Sister or Brother (the “Ward”) when they are elderly or sick. This Caretaker often times is charged not only with taking care of the Doctors appointments and picking up the prescriptions but also with paying for these expenses and managing the finances of the Ward. While this makes practical sense, it does not mean that this Caretaker should also be listed on the

various accounts owned by the Ward. When that happens, two things occur legally which probably were not intended. First, the account or accounts are now susceptible to garnishment or collection by a judgment creditor of the Caretaker. This can and often does result in the Caretaker unwittingly jeopardizing the assets of the Ward by exposing all of those assets to collection actions by the Caretaker’s creditors. Second, when the Ward passes away usually ownership of all of these joint accounts passes directly to the Caretaker whose name is also listed on the accounts. Since these accounts are then owned by the Caretaker they are

not susceptible to distribution pursuant to the Ward’s Last Will and Testament, or if they died Intestate (without a Will), by the state law governing distribution of a decedent’s Estate.

Beneficiary Deeds

First, let me say that these instruments can and do work very well to pass title to real estate to another without the need for a Probate Court action. But there are two situations which can make them worthless. First, when the individual who owns the Property is not deceased but is merely incapacitated the Beneficiary Deed has no effect and a costly Conservatorship action is necessary through the

Probate Court in order to allow a third party to manage the real property. Second, when the Beneficiary named on the Deed is also deceased, or incapacitated or otherwise unable to receive the distribution then the only way for ownership to be resolved is again using the Probate Court system. The good news is that the problems described in the above scenarios involving Joint Accounts and Beneficiary Deeds can be resolved simply by creating and funding a Living (Revocable) Trust. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about how a Living Trust might work for you and your family.

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HEALING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Introducing the SIRCLE® Method Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy

food,” proclaimed Hippocrates (460-361 B.C.), father of Western Medicine. He also cautioned health practitioners, “First, do no harm.” Thomas Edison (1847-1931) wisely advised, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his or her patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, & in the cause and prevention of disease.” True healing, like life, should be gentle and nurturing, not bullying and full of unintended consequences. It should address underlying causes, not fluff over them by masking symptoms. The latter approach carries a terrible price as evidenced by an American population that, with only 4% of the world’s population, now consumes up to 80% of the world’s prescription drugs. Chronic disease continues to skyrocket, making Americans the sickest people among advanced nations. Underlying causes of all chronic conditions boil down to just seven categories of life stressors:  Chronic dehydration

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Busko, M. (2013). New Statistics Shed Light on Worrisome Diabetic Epidemic. Medscape. http:// www.medscape.com/viewarticle/804180. Chartrand, M. S. (2014). Understanding Neuropathy. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/ Max_Chartrand/contributions (note: scroll for designated article, click for full text). Goldschmidt, (2014). Latest Osteoporosis News. http://saveourbones.com/big-pharma-admits-failureshocking-new-osteoporosis-drug-conflict-of-interest-osteoporosis-drug-pulled-from-market-and-more/.

Hegadus, B. (2009). The Effect of Low Level Light Therapy in Knee Osteoarthritis. http:// www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957068/. Neuropathy Association (2014). Neuropathy in the U.S. Skyrocketing. http://www.neuropathy.org/site/ News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8445&news_iv_ctrl=1101. Orenstein, B. (2014). Heart Disease on the Rise. Everyday Health. http://www.everydayhealth.com/heart -health/heart-disease-on-the-rise.aspx. Sanchez, B.A. (2011). Unnecessary Procedures and Surgeries On the Rise. http://hospitals-outpatientcare.knoji.com/unnecessary-procedures-and-surgeries-on-the-rise-in-us-health-care-system/. U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services (2013). National Hematologic Diseases Information Service. Http://hematologic.niddk.nih.gov/anemiachronic.aspx.

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Executive Topic Discussion - Accountability by Jim Rhodes, Long time small business advocate

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discussion of management topics at the executive level typically involves an executive perspective. Executive responsibilities are fairly broad with a good amount of room for a personal approach. Executives work in roughly four major areas. Committees are sometimes used but they are not required. 1. Create and communicate the mission. • What are the key factors most important to success? • Who is on the team that will carry out the mission? 2.

Institutional embodiment of purpose. Instill in the workers specific competencies and accountability. • What are the skills of the management team? • What skills do they need? • What system will be used to hold them accountable for execution of strategy?

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Maintain order to/for internal conflict. • How do we ensure that the tension that results from competition for resources is positive? • How do we keep everyone on the same page of the plan?

4. Control for results. • Negotiate goals and responsibility. • Ensure that the management team is aware of the total schedule of expectations for each member. • Install a system of reporting on achievement by each member of the management team.

Decision-making is easy if your value system is clear. Now, onto accountability; when we are held accountable, what does that mean? When all of the stars line up and things are running smoothly people rarely ask “who is responsible for this”? Accountability is often viewed

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as a result of poor performance. It is seen as a principle that can only hurt. Another definition of accountability is that it is our own decision to do better and to actually own the results of our actions. This is a mindset of continuous improvement. It is a personal commitment. It is what we’re doing and it is what we are going to be doing. When we accept the concept of accountability we have a duty to be responsible for our actions and to have others count on us to perform as we have promised. When we agree to be counted on we demonstrate our willingness to be responsible for achieving specific outcomes. When we are accountable within our company or organization, we agree to be counted on to meet customer and stakeholder expectations. This includes expectations for timeliness, product performance, quality, etc. Our accountability commitment also includes supporting the culture of our organization. We are counted upon by our coworkers to “support each other” in our commitments and agreements. At the end of each work day when we examine our own performance we look to see if we have demonstrated our own individual accountability to ourselves. We ask if we have performed in a way that is consistent with our personal goals. Are the outcomes what we expected? Do we need to make adjustments so that our performance and our results could be even better? When we are analyzing our own performance how do we know if we are measuring up? For starters, an obvious gauge is the faithfulness with which we have kept our commitments. When others depend on us as a key component of their own performance we need to be there. When our corporate performance or our “brand” depends on our own reliability we need to be there. We may discover along the way that we are actually human. We may not always be able to meet every obligation. When this situation occurs we need to let others know as soon as we know that we can’t discharge an ac-

cepted responsibility. It is likely that we may appreciate someone else sharing one of these unexpected situations with us. This spirit of cooperation and candor will go a long way toward strengthening the entire organization. When we review our daily activities we will recall our own efforts to share information and to cooperate with others. This sort of cooperation should not take an extraordinary amount of our own effort. Instead it ought to be a mindset. We will also appreciate how this cooperation made our own jobs easier and more effective. We will certainly be more productive and more efficient if we know how the work we are doing impacts other groups within our organization. Our personal goals need to include helping everyone else attain their goals. Finally, we will ask if we have fully dedicated ourselves to the success of all corporate commitments. Have we participated in every possible way in corporate discussions and have we contributed to corporate decisions? In the event anyone does ask “who makes us successful?” do we show up?

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The LIVING Interview

Paul Babeu: Pinal County Sheriff

Interview by Bea Lueck, Elaine Earle, Doug Brown GC LIVING: Sheriff, thank you for being with us here today. Tell us a little bit more about you. SHERIFF BABEU: North Adams, Massachusetts is my hometown, born and raised. And my family, actually the Italian side of my family, has come from North Adams for 7 generations. And now there’s an 8th generation there. So I still have family there. Mom and dad were proud parents of 11 children. I’m the 10th of the 11. And I often joked that it was the only time in my life when I was a perfect 10. GC LIVING: You have an interesting and colorful past - 18 years old and elected as a City Councilman in North Adams. Why as an 18 year old did you choose to run for city council? SHERIFF BABEU: My interest in government service and politics, giving back and finding that as an avenue to give back was inspired largely by my father. My Mom and Dad were so encouraging to me when I was a teen and it clearly helped shape my self image. GC LIVING: Was he an elected official? Or he just had an interest in politics? SHERIFF BABEU: He was what you’d identify as a gadfly, and somebody very passionate, who cared about a number of issues, and he was always involved. North Adams is a small town of about 13-14 thousand residents. I remember as a teenager my dad would start initiative petitions for some community issue. I would be out collecting signatures with him at a supermarket or going door-to-door. That was what really got me interested and involved. I remember my dad speaking at local city council meetings and saying something that wasn’t popular. I remem-

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ber, as a young boy, how some elected officials treated my father with disrespect. That left a mark on me to this day and I’ve always vowed to treat people with the utmost courtesy and respect even if they disagree with me or I disagree with them. Sometimes, in politics, for other elected officials there’s some conflict. Because, even though you have a disagreement with somebody, you should always treat them with courtesy and a measure of decorum. I was inspired at a young age. Every day I would talk to my father after reading the local newspaper. That’s where I developed the passion for public affairs and community involvement. I remember when I was 17 - the city council was giving themselves a raise. It was a small stipend, but they were going to double or triple their salary. I shared my shock with my father of that action. And I wanted to know, “How can they do this -when everybody else is going without raises? They’re public servants!” My dad said, “Well go and do something about it.” I looked at him, and he said, “Go down to the city council meeting and tell them you disagree with them.” I said, “OK, but on one condition; that you’re not there. I don’t want it to be said, my dad’s here pushing me into this.” So I went down there, and I remember standing up when it was the opportunity to speak to that issue. My knees were shaking and I was quivering. My voice, no doubt, was quivering. I remember every council member looking at me, and some of them whispering to one another and kind of laughing at me. I was saying it was unfair that they were doing this and I disagreed with them. I also said that if they chose to

proceed, I would start an initiative petition to stop them. They proceeded, and the next thing I knew, that’s what I did. I went every day after school to the local supermarkets and stood at the exit. I would ask everybody that was coming out to sign the petition. And, in a matter of a few short weeks, I had a couple of thousand signatures of registered voters from the community. GC LIVING: People who said no to the raise? SHERIFF BABEU: People who said no. And they thought, “Wow, this isn’t a joke”... I made the front page of the newspaper. I wasn’t old enough to vote or to sign the petition myself, but I could gather their signatures. And, the council backed down just before we filed the petition and reduced the raise; I think it was a $300 raise. And that was seen as a victory. GC LIVING: Why did you run for office? SHERIFF BABEU: I’d met so many people in the community who said, “Hey, we like your involvement.” The next thing I knew I was running for city council. I ran and was elected. So, at 18 years old, I was the youngest official. I did that, and later served a four-year term as county commissioner for Berkshire County, which is the same position as a county supervisor here. They were all part-time positions. It was like serving on a local advisory board here. I had a fulltime job in addition to that, of course. So I saw that as a way to give back early on and I loved it, enjoyed it. GC LIVING: So City Council, County Commissioner, then you ran for State Senate... SHERIFF BABEU: Yes. GC LIVING: And Mayor. But lost those races what did you learn from all this?

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The LIVING Interview (continued) SHERIFF BABEU: I remember my father saying, “You can do anything if you believe that you can do it. Never give up.” (Chuckle) persistence often times wins in the end. For me, I had significant hurdles because not only was I younger, but I was challenging establishment people who had more money and who, in many cases, were incumbents. When I first ran for city council my entire senior class registered to vote, every single person. So every student graduated and registered to vote. We only had 102 in our class, but add all their parents and our teachers. Everyone thought, “How cool is this?” Everybody became engaged, and out of 18 candidates we got more votes than every candidate. We beat the President of the city council because we got everybody involved in the effort. Even losing for the State Senate, the State Treasurer and the Lieutenant Governor both offered me positions to work for them. They were going to run for Governor and wanted me to be a part of their team. I worked in State Government for a year before their campaign for Governor started, and then I was statewide field director. So I was engaged, involved and I thought, “Hey, maybe my future is not in serving in an elected office, but helping others who are serving in government.” And, that’s what I learned. GC LIVING: And, in between time, you joined the National Guard. SHERIFF BABEU: Yes. GC LIVING: Went from a private to major when you retired. SHERIFF BABEU: Yes. GC LIVING: When I first met you in 2006, you were heading up Task Force Yuma. SHERIFF BABEU: That’s right. GC LIVING: You were either a captain or a major at that time. I don’t remember. SHERIFF BABEU: A major at that point. GC LIVING: How did that tie in with everything you were doing in life? What brought you from Massachusetts to the wilds of the Southwest and the border? SHERIFF BABEU: My family. Mom and dad had retired, and they had an apartment in Ahwatukee. We never imagined they would leave Massachusetts, but one day they did. I earned my Master’s in Public Administration, and when I did, I was thinking,

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what is the next chapter of my life, what do I want to do? I sincerely believed at that point I would pursue a career in City, Town or County Government, and work my way up through Manager with that Professional Degree. I already had about 12 years in the Army National Guard. I had joined when I was in college. I went to Officer Candidate School. One of the best leadership programs our nation offers is military leadership training. I thought to myself as I graduated and

“My parents had just moved to Arizona and I visited them. The first time I visited they were living in Ahwatukee and it was winter. I said, ‘My god, this is beautiful.’“ was about to embark on another career, “I’ve always wanted to serve in Law Enforcement.” I started to look at warmer climates. I looked at Federal Service, and I had an interview date for the FBI. Then I found out I could not maintain my service in the reserve component of the military if I was to be a Federal agent or Officer. So I looked at local Law Enforcement where you could be in the Reserves. I looked at Florida, Arizona, and California. My parents had just moved to Arizona and I visited them. The first time I visited they were living in Ahwatukee and it was winter. I said, “My god, this is beautiful.” I thought, “Well what better place to serve than here. There are so many opportunities in every career field.” I tested for Phoenix PD and Chandler PD. I passed both and was offered positions with both. Phoenix said, “We’re on a hiring freeze, but we want to offer you a position as soon as one becomes available.” But my first choice was Chandler. I went to the Academy. I remember my mother’s birthday, January 6, was the first day. Around that time, my parents moved from Ahwatukee. My dad bought a house in what was called then Queen Creek and I had never been out there. This was before Thanksgiving of 2002 and I’m helping my parents move to their new home. I re-

member saying to my dad, “Dad, why are we moving way out here, when I was going to ALEA,” [editor’s note: the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy.] That was my first reaction about moving to San Tan Valley. GC LIVING: Yes, you’ve just moved to nowhere! SHERIFF BABEU: (Chuckle) So as things would have it, that’s how I came here, because of my mom and dad, wanting a career in Law Enforcement, and to pursue a dream of mine. I always had so many interests. I always loved and appreciated every job I’ve had, including my first job. GC LIVING: OK, so now you’re a Chandler patrol officer, and receive two life-saving awards your first year? SHERIFF BABEU: Yes. I think it was my first year. I came out of the academy and loved it. It’s difficult for some. I had already been through military training, basic training, advanced training, and officer school where, usually, only a third of those who enter graduate. It was very disciplined and, at the academy, I not only I enjoyed it, I threw myself into the learning, the law and all the different codes. I was proud that I came out number 1 in class, more importantly, that I was voted as the exemplary officer by my fellow officers. Serving in Chandler, you got to select your beats even though you were new. I wanted the busiest beat in Chandler. I was able to choose “swings”, the busiest shift in downtown Chandler. Chandler’s a beautiful city and community, yet, certain parts of Chandler had a lot more issues. We were constantly busy. I was highly motivated and would have 120 to 130 every week on our shift which is huge volume for a patrol officer, and a lot of pro-active policing. The life-saving medals were just in the course of our business. We were trained in the basics of first aid and CPR so prior to fire coming on scene, we would take action as any citizen would expect. When running for sheriff, I was astounded that our deputies in Pinal County were not trained and certified in first aid or CPR. GC LIVING: I remember when you implemented that right after taking office. SHERIFF BABEU: Chandler was a great opportunity to serve and I loved my service as

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The Pinal 40

Introducing: The Pinal 40 Purpose To engage in public activities which will promote and publicize Pinal County and attract visitors, businesses, and out-of-state capital: to engage in the sponsorship of events which will attract national publicity to Pinal County; to engage in youth sponsorship and scholarships with an emphasis on agricultural business interests; and to engage in any other activity which the membership deems suitable for this corporation for the growth and general welfare of Pinal County, its youth, and agricultural businesses, generally.

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Pinal 40 exists as a fraternity of community members who organized with the primary objective of promoting Pinal County, its youth as well as farming and agriculture related businesses. Philanthropically, Pinal 40 and its membership focus on providing support and funding for youth and education through agribusiness related scholarships and support of local charities.

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Arizona Agriculture Experience

2015 Arizona AG Experience Schedule of Events Tuesday, March 10th Arizona Agricultural Tour T & K Red River Dairy, Stanfield Az Shamrock Dairy, Stanfield Az Lunch will be served at The Shamrock Visitor’s Center, Ehrmann Arizona Dairy, LLC Yogurt Plant, Casa Grande Az Tuesday, March 10th Reception Wild Horse Pass Key Note Speaker Orion Samuelson - RFD-TV Market Reporter Wednesday, March 11th AM: Sponsor supported educational meetings Wednesday, March 11th PM: Charity Golf Tournament at Whirlwind Golf

Club, Sheraton Wildhorse Pass, Chandler, Az OR Cactus League Spring Training Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, Mesa, Arizona OR Free Time Enjoy Arizona in March Thursday, March 12th AM: John Deere Proving Grounds, Sacaton, Arizona Breakfast at John Deere Demonstration of latest John Deere equipment Thursday, March 12th PM: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Dugan’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Mc Masher’s Sports Bar and Grill, Casa Grande, Arizona Food, Beverage and Irish Entertainment

Sponsorship Opportunities Individual - $350, $400, $475 per person depending on events selected Business – Additional Opportunities Available $1000 - $5000 Dugan’s St. Patrick’s Day Medal Level Sponsorships BRONZE: $500.00 • Admission for 2 to the celebration • Company name on placemats • Gift bag advertisement: Provide your gift/ logo for the party favor bag SILVER: $1000.00 • Admission for 4 to the celebration • Company name on placemats • SPECIAL MENTION thank you banner displayed at the celebration • Gift bag advertisement: Provide your gift/ logo for the party favor bag

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Pinal County Economic Development

A Good Foundation for the Future is in Place by Joe Pyritz, Communications Director, Pinal County

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inal County’s Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel says that 2014 saw the Board of Supervisors take tremendous steps forward in the area of economic development. “Yes, this has been a red-letter year when it comes to charting our path toward creating better jobs for our residents in Pinal County,” Kanavel said. “Every good building has a solid foundation and they have done exactly that - they have laid a good foundation for our future.” The county made headlines recently when they joined forces with the group known as Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO). Board of Supervisors Chairman Anthony Smith now sits on the group’s Board of Directors. “When we first sat as a board in 2013, the Supervisors were united in the idea that we have to take control of our destiny as a county,” Chairman Smith recalled. “We have been very fortunate to be asked to join a group like TREO. In the end it really does make sense because we do have a lot in common when it comes to developing more businesses and jobs in the region. You can look at the Union Pacific Classification Yard and Pinal Airpark as two prime examples of the type of economic development opportunities that affect both Pinal and Pima County.” Both Pinal and TREO are looking ahead to a possible Interstate 11 corridor that would offer an alternative path to the Las Vegas area bypassing the City of Phoenix. This ties directly into the future growth of the Sun Corridor from Nogales to Prescott. The Sun Corridor megaregion is one of 11 such regions throughout the United States and Canada. As of 2010, the Census placed the megaregion’s population at 5,653,766. By 2050, it is estimated that over 12 million people will inhabit the region. Currently, District 3 Supervisor Steve Miller serves as the Chairman of the local Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization. That group works on transportation planning services throughout the area. “Whether we like it or not, this area is going to grow and grow substantially,” Smith said. “We are realizing we have to make a serious effort now to help plan our part of the Sun Corridor, or we are going to have someone plan it for us. Working as a team with groups like TREO and local Chambers of Commerce

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will help us take advantage of that growth while protecting open spaces.” When Kanavel joined Pinal County in 2009, he found the area fractured and without a plan when it came to serious economic development efforts. “It seemed like everyone had a plan for their area, but at the same time they didn’t know what their neighboring agencies were planning,” Kanavel stated. “There was a lot of fighting for a small sliver of the pie when it came to attracting employers to the area. In the end, the jobs would usually go elsewhere.” Kanavel said the county was one entity that didn’t have a plan to maximize its potential. “This year we have taken a huge step forward when it comes to knowing what we have to entice employers to the region,” Kanavel said. “When potential employers come calling they want to know what kind of land they could build on, what the costs of doing business are going to be and most importantly what kind of employees they will be able to attract to work for them. At first we would have to tell them ‘we don’t know.’ Now we know.” Kanavel credits a series of work-skills assessments done in targeted regions inside the county. Assessments were done in San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon and Apache Junction, the Copper Corridor (eastern Pinal County), Central Pinal County, Casa Grande and Western Pinal County. Kanavel said the assessments results were somewhat surprising. “We have a higher educated work force than we originally thought,” Kanavel said. “The amount of people that have moved into Pinal County in the past eight years has had the effect of raising our work-force skills level. Employers will be pleased at what we have to offer them when it comes to potential employees.” Chairman Smith said the assessments results were good news for the county. “One of our strategic goals when it comes to economic development is that we want people to be able to work in the county they live,” Smith stated. “For too long we have seen people live here, but work in the East Valley or in Tucson. Employers will be impressed with the work-force Pinal County has to offer them.” Supervisor Miller came to the county after serving on the Casa Grande City Council during the time the area was attracting more jobs than any other location in Pinal. He firmly states that employers need to know that Pinal County has had an attitude change

when it comes to attracting businesses. “One of our ongoing goals it to create a more business friendly environment,” the District 3 Supervisor said. “It’s not a matter of giving away the store, but makes our codes more palatable towards a business, large or small, to want to come here. Our new slogan is ‘We want your business.’” Working with the City of Casa Grande, the State of Arizona and other economic development agencies, Pinal County is looking at companies investing over $12.5 billion dollars by moving or starting their businesses here. “The word is getting out about our new attitude and the partnerships we have with other entities,” Kanavel said. “Within two to ten years we will see businesses like Phoenix Mart, Tractor Supply Company’s distribution center, Resolution Copper Mine, and many more large employers start up their businesses here. These folks are bringing jobs, good paying jobs to the area. We have the available land, we have the available work force, what more could a business want?” Chairman Smith said the short-term outlook is great, but Pinal County must keep an eye on the long term growth of the region. “We cannot just pat ourselves on the back for the short-term successes,” Smith said. “Our potential is even greater when you look 20 to 50 years down the road. We are set-up perfectly to become a major transportation hub in North America. When you have I-10, I-8 and the future I-11, things are eventually going to happen. Now you add Pinal Airpark, the Union Pacific Classification Yard and a potential inland port just outside Coolidge - the conditions are ripe for Pinal County to become the center of commerce for the western United States along with Northern Mexico. I am excited about the potential we have.” After the successes Pinal County has achieved in 2014, Kanavel said the onus is on his department to help keep the ball rolling forward. “We have been able to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time,” Kanavel said. “Just look at our unemployment rate. It dropped for the fifth straight month to seven percent. We cannot and will not stand pat. The foundation for a prosperous future has been laid out. Now it is on all of us from the county to TREO to our cities to look ahead and not look back. The future is coming and we will be ready.”

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large majority of people don’t think of small towns when they think of Phoenix and its surrounding areas. The truth is, cities like Casa Grande have been providing locals with the small town feel that many seek when raising a family and simply enjoying a “Can I borrow a cup of sugar?” neighborhood. An even better story to tell is the fact that businesses can thrive in areas like Casa Grande – the people are loyal, supportive and like to do business in their own back yard. As a family operated business, International Minute Press (IMP) Casa Grande has enjoyed serving the community for over 18 years.

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“We love meeting the needs of our customers, especially those in Casa Grande,” said Joel Brookmyer, owner of IMP Casa Grande. “We’ve really been able to expand our offerings and scale our business because of the success we’ve found locally. Our customers work with us repeatedly due to our customer service and the quality products we produce. So much so that we’ve found our reach expanding outside of Casa Grande with the help of our customer referrals and our interactive website. We have the local community’s support to thank for our success.” Joel has over 25 years of experience in the printing industry. He has

done everything from servicing printing equipment, managing production shops to setting up multiple franchise locations and helping train the staff of each site. Today, Joel works alongside a team of 4 employees, including three family members – his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. If you were to walk into IMP’s doors today you’d be greeted with a smile and willingness to help your business succeed. One of the most unique attributes of IMP Casa Grande is that the team is well rounded in all areas of print media. Included in the team is an experienced graphic designer that can help even the novice of customers create impressive collateral for their business needs. Whether

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the community for more than 18 years its business cards, brochures or even posters and banners – the team can walk you through what you need and deliver stunning results. “I’ve been in business too long to not speak up when I think a customer is not making the best choice for their business,” continued Brookmyer. “Frankly, we’ve seen it all. Our customers are spending valuable dollars on their projects and I believe part of our strength is to not only print, but also advise our customers on the strategies that will enhance and strengthen their footprint in the marketplace. If they are printing business materials and the graphics are stale or outdated, we can help modernize their marketing tools to better represent their brand. Additionally, by ensuring their success we are building a repeat customer base that ensures our success.” Today’s market place has gone digital and on demand. Businesses

are finding that in order to compete, they need to be flexible, timely, and deliver with excellence. The same goes for the printing industry – even more so because it’s a service that supports the needs of these fast paced businesses. In an effort to meet the requests of their customers more efficiently, IMP Casa Grande has launched an easy to use, interactive website for its customers. Whether a business requests promotional materials such as pens and coffee mugs or just simply print copies of their next board meeting, they can get started right away on www.impcasagrande.com. IMP is changing the way people look at supporting local brick and mortar. A big misconception about going local is that some people think locally owned businesses are unable to scale alongside their growth. This is never a problem for IMP Casa Grande which is a franchisee of Minute Man Press

International (MMP); a worldwide company started in 1973 and opened its first franchise in 1975. Since then MMP corporate has stood by the belief that their primary responsibility is to support their franchise owners. They facilitate vendor discounts to help keep our costs competitive and stay in the forefront of the industry to keep us informed of emerging technology. There are 27 regional support offices around the world helping locations like IMP Casa Grande be a successfully ran local business. Bottom line, IMP Casa Grande is a successful local business story as the result of the community around them. They value their customers, stand by their products, and guarantee a smile. The team has the passion and skills to serve the local community, and look forward to doing even more for both new and established customers in 2015.

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Common Mistakes of New Year’s Exercise Programs by Evan Thomas, Personal Trainer and Regional Manager for Planet Fitness Casa Grande, AZ

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common factor in not succeeding with an exercise program is inherent in the program itself. It is important, therefore, to design a workout program around your lifestyle. A lot of people make the mistake of committing to the gym for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, when they are transitioning from a sedentary lifestyle. This approach often results in a strong first month, with a drastic drop in attendance later on. My experience has shown me this is usually due to underestimating our commitments. By jumping into such a strenuous workout schedule too early you are adding 12-15 hours of commitments to your already busy lifestyle. All workout programs should first start with these important questions:

sign a program for 3 days. This mental technique allows you to increase adherence and feel good about your progress. The 4th day now feels like a bonus day you can feel great about. If you had designed the program for 4 days and only come 3 because you are busy, that same experience now becomes negative and you feel like you aren’t sticking with you goals. Leverage your mental motivation!

“What is your long term goal?” This question will define the overall focus of your exercise program. This should also help you keep in mind why you are exercising; your motivation.

“Do you have any injuries currently? In the last 5-10 years?” Be honest with yourself. If you have a weak shoulder we need to address that realistically. Not spending the adequate amount of time required to rebuild and strengthen injured muscles is a common cause of injury. Make yourself earn heavier weights through adherence to strict form and incremental progress. Always warm up.

“What is your goal over the next 5-10 weeks?” Focusing on short term goals helps us to keep motivated by having checkpoints on the path towards our long term goal. For weight loss, 1-2 lbs per week is considered “healthy weight loss” and less likely come back later. “How many days a week can you realistically come to the gym and how many days can you DEFINITELY commit to?” This question helps us to be realistic in designing our programs. If you can DEFINITELY come 3 times a week but would like to come 4, then de-

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“How long can you realistically spend at the gym?” If you can only spend 45 minutes at the gym, don’t commit to a 1.5 hour workout program. Many people forget to calculate driving and changing time into their schedule resulting in stress due to time restraints. Sometimes, this stress is then wrongfully associated with working out.

“Are you on any medications and do you know how these affect your heart rate or other exercise related effects?” This is a biggie. If you are on medications affecting or controlling your heart rate you need to speak with your doctor about beginning an exercise program and what your restrictions are. Be cautious using the national guidelines for target heart rate zones because there are external factors involved.

Planet Fitness offers unlimited fitness training with all their memberships, a great resource for helping you to succeed. Their “Design Your Own Program” will use these questions to guide the design of your fitness program. Open and staffed 24/7, their $10 a month membership allows you to workout whenever is convenient without breaking the bank. Planet Fitness also offers full service locker rooms, over 100 pieces of cardio equipment, user friendly strength machines, stretching area, and both a 30 minute full body express circuit room, and a 12 minute abdominal circuit room. With over 6 million members nationwide, their Judgement Free Zone is providing a comfortable, non-intimidating gym environment for first time gym users and experienced gym users, young and old. To recap, start slow and build momentum and confidence in your fitness levels. Be realistic in your goal setting and accept that there will be setbacks along the way. Living a healthy and active lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle. Find a way to fit it into your current lifestyle and balance your priorities. Listen to your body and don’t look for signs of failure. Everyone’s body will have its own pace of change. Don’t get hung up on day to day body weight measurements as it is only a small view of the whole picture. Instead focus on your increased levels of energy, your elevated mental state after a workout, and your day to day physical movements becoming easier. Keeping a clear focus of why you want to exercise in your mind will help you get through times of decreased motivation. Above all, have fun! And remember, drink plenty of water.

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Bladeless LASIK Prior to the LASIK procedure, the eye is measured with an imaging instrument called a wavefront aberrometer. This device detects all of the imperfections in the shape of the eye that are causing vision to be less than optimal. It produces a detailed map of the imperfections, which is as unique to each eye as a fingerprint is to each finger. The first step in the LASIK procedure itself is the creation of a flap in the cornea. The flap is lifted to expose the underlying tissue, which is reshaped according to the map by a computer-controlled excimer laser. The flap is then put back into place. In the early days of LASIK,

the corneal flap was created with a mechanical blade called a microkeratome. In today’s most advanced LASIK procedures, a femtosecond laser is used instead of the blade. Because the laser is so much more precise, it reduces the risk of complications and contributes to more accurate results. The excimer lasers used to reshape the cornea in LASIK have also been continually improved over the years. In addition to correcting each eye’s unique imperfections, the newest models are also capable of preserving the natural overall curvature of the cornea, which is important for preventing unwanted side effects such as glare or poor night vision. The newest excimer lasers also track

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Correction “I just had LASIK performed by Dr. Perkins and the results are UNBELIEVABLE! After 25+ years of wearing contacts and glasses, the results are amazing. I went for my follow-up exam which was 2 weeks after my procedure and my vision tested 20/20! Thank you Barnet Delaney Perkins Eye Center for the great results!” – Elaine Earle, Publisher Golden Corridor LIVING magazine even the slightest eye movements during the procedure to ensure the exact intended location of the laser treatment is maintained.

The Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) Option If you are not eligible to undergo LASIK for reasons that may include a thin cornea, a history of chronic dry eye or an extremely high level of nearsightedness, an ICL can be an excellent alternative option for achieving your best possible vision. An ICL, which is similar to

a contact lens or the artificial lens implanted after cataract surgery, is inserted into the eye through a tiny incision. It sits behind the colored part of the eye, the iris, and in front of the eye’s natural lens. It works with the natural lens inside the eye, much like a contact lens works on the outside of the eye, to provide clear, crisp vision. ICLs are removable and can be replaced if vision changes, even years after they are inserted. After performing a thorough eye examination, your eye doctor will be able to recommend which vision correction method is right for you.

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The LIVING Interview continued from page 28... a patrol officer. I said to deputies I hired this week that I believe when I first became a cop that your personality can be expressed through your service. We are able to handle situations differently, and put our own fingerprints on each call. I encouraged them to embrace who they are and how they interact with people and never fail to show courtesy, professionalism, compassion to those people. I said, “You may be the only official of the government people will ever need, and how do you want that interaction to be remembered?” One of my favorite calls I remember a single mother, just before Christmas, had called that somebody stole her money. It turned out, she came home, gone to sleep and left her purse in the living room on the couch. She had been paid in cash. She was a Hispanic mother and had 5 or 6 children living in a small house. The money was missing from her purse and she was crying hysterically because she didn’t have money to pay rent or buy Christmas gifts. I remember we were able to achieve something positive and teach some lessons. I took extra time to interview her children and her children’s friends who were at the house. A boy living with his grandparents had come over and he stole the money. I talked to

the boy and the grandparents the same day and the grandparents were adamant their grandson had not stolen the money. I asked to speak to the boy privately. I explained how important this was to the family. I then told the victim it may be helpful if we could get the money back and not prosecute. We could teach him a lesson, and she agreed. I talked to him privately with the boy how she really needed the money, it was Christmas and all these other things and he gave up the money. That grandma was about to smack him around and I had to make her understand he made a mistake, and he had learned this lesson. The mother came out and I told her we got the money. She cried tears of joy, and that’s the kind of call I was able to have in the past. I think, as a public servant, you can go that extra mile. Your personality can come out and make a difference in somebody’s life. GC LIVING: So how did you go from Chandler patrol officer to president of the Chandler Police Association to running for Pinal County Sherriff? SHERIFF BABEU: Part of my personality is to be engaged and involved and, if I see something I care about, I can’t help but be involved, participate in the conversation and finding a solution. I’m competitive, though growing up

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he cold and flu season is upon us. Are you and your loved ones protected against these viruses? Both the cold and flu can mimic each other, but the flu virus can be worse than the common cold. With the cold, you’re usually dealing with a stuffy or runny nose. With the flu, you’re dealing with body aches, headaches and can even feel exhausted. If you do get the flu, it’s important to see your primary care physician so they can diagnose your illness and put you on the right course of treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the flu season is very unpredictable. Typically, flu season peaks from December to February, but may start as early as October, and could run as late as May. It’s not known what the severity of the season will be like before it starts, or even how long it will last, but what is known is that prevention is the best way to either stop from getting the flu or minimizing the virus if you do get sick. Preventing the flu is possible. This includes: • Getting an annual flu shot • Washing/sanitizing your hands often • Staying away from others who are sick • Sneezing or coughing into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand

If you do get sick, it’s recommended that you stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others. To prevent our patients, visitors and employees from catching the flu, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center and Banner Health have implemented the following visitor restrictions at the hospital during flu season: • If you are visiting a patient, please do not visit the hospital if you have fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea. • Please no visitors under the age of 13. • Siblings who do not have cold and flu symptoms may visit a new baby in the Obstetrics Unit. • Children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times in public waiting areas and cafeterias. • Please wash or sanitize your hands frequently while at the hospital. It’s important people be viligant this flu season for the safety of yourself, your loved ones and for those in our community. Symp-

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toms for seasonal H1N1 flu are similar and can come quickly. They can include: • Fever • Sore throat • Chills • Body aches • Cough • Runny or stuff nose • Diarrhea • Vomiting • Headache • Fatigue

ery day, 24-hours a day: • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen • Sudden dizziness, confusion • Severe or persistent vomiting • Flu symptoms that initially improve, but then return with cough and fever • Infants should be taken to the Emergency department if they have bluish or gray skin color, lack of responsiveness or extreme irritability

For most, staying home, resting and drinking plenty of fluids is the best medicine for getting over the flu. However, sometimes more serious cases may require a visit to your primary care physician. If you don’t have access to your physician and require care for the flu, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center offers two services for the convenience of the community. The first service is Banner Urgent Care, which treats medical conditions that are not life threatening. Located at 1676 E. McMurray Blvd., on the northwest corner of McMurray and Arizola, Banner Urgent Care is open seven days a week, 365 days out of the year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Board certified health care providers, including physicians and nurse practioners are available to diagnose and treat the flu virus, and we accept most major insurances. For more information, you can call (520) 316-0688. For more serious flu illnesses, If you’re not able to see your primary care physician and you have any of the following potentially life-threatening symptoms, Banner Casa Grande’s Emergency department is open ev-

These type of potentially life-threatening emergencies are best handled by your primary care physician or may require an immediate visit to the hospital. If your symptoms are severe, please call 9-1-1 for help. “It’s important our community has the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions about their care and the care of their loved ones,” said Rona Curphy, CEO of Banner Casa Grande. “That’s why we’re here. If they need us, we have options available for their medical care needs and treatment.” Even though the flu season can be unpredictable, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends yearly flu shots to either prevent from getting sick or to minimize the flu virus if you do get sick. Health care providers usually encourage pregnant women, children 6 months and older, older adults, and people with other illnesses to get vaccinated. Banner Health offers important information about symptoms, and treatment options that are available at www.BannerHealth.com. However, it’s best to ask you and/ or your child’s primary care physician about the flu shot and the options available.

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How to Sell a Home in 13 Easy Steps By Georgia F. Schaeffer, Associate Broker, GRI, REALTOR® & Dawn Zimbelman, REALTOR®, ABR partners at Coldwell Banker ROX Realty

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eal estate is about helping people achieve their dreams. Whether you are looking to buy a home or sell your home, a REALTOR® is someone to turn to for help. A successful real estate transaction takes more than just signing your name to the contract. Developing that relationship is the key to success. A REALTOR® who works closely with buyers and sellers will ensure a smooth, profitable transaction. Trust is the most important word for all parties. As a homeowner, you play an important role in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you will help your REALTOR® sell your home faster, at the best possible price. 1. Make the most of that First Impression. A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and clutter free porch welcome prospective buyers, as does a freshly painted or at least freshly scrubbed front door. If it is autumn, rake the leaves. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home the better. 2. Invest a few hours for future dividends. Here is your chance to clean up in real estate.

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Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh paint or wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look with a little work. 3. Check faucets and bulbs. Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what is right with your home. 4. Don’t shut out a sale. If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing. 5. Think safety. Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery

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throw rugs and a low hanging overhead light. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for visitors. Make room for space. Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They are looking for storage space, as well. Make sure your closets, attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items. The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now is the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity. Make your bathrooms sparkle. Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains. Create dream bedrooms. Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of extra furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must. Open up in the daytime. Let the sunshine in! Pull back your curtains, open your blinds so

prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is. Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights, both inside and out, when showing your home. Lights add color and warmth and make prospects feel welcome. 10. Keep a low profile. Nobody knows your home as well as you do, but your REALTOR® knows buyers--what they need and what they want. Your REALTOR® will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background. Take a walk or a drive while your home is being shown. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum number of distractions.Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they are likely to hurry through. 11. Watch your pets. Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when your home is being shown. Pets have a talent for getting under foot. So do everyone a favor and keep Kitty or Spot outside or out of the way. 12. Think volume. Rock-and-roll will never die, but it might kill a real estate transaction. When it is time to show your home, it is time to turn down the stereo or TV. 13. Defer to experience. When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – your REALTOR®. You will appreciate the results! Georgia 520-560-3333 georgias@coldwellbanker.com Dawn 520-431-2875 dawnz@coldwellbanker.com

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The LIVING Interview (continued) continued from page 41... mild-mannered and shy, that somehow, I transformed... GC LIVING: You’ve outgrown shyness. SHERIFF BABEU: Yes (laughs). I transformed as a means to action, and even if I could never imagine becoming physical with anybody in a defensive, man handling, or fighting posture. Entering a potentially harmful, unknown situation or pursuit, as I had to as a patrol officer in Chandler on numerous occasions, I always believe that is my duty. I am righteous in my conduct that fear wasn’t an issue for me. It really wasn’t. I would become so focused on my duty that I could easily push people aside to get to a problem or take any needed action. It’s the same personality traits that got me involved in labor relations for law enforcement and getting involved in training, equipment, and paying benefits for officers to help improve the Chandler police department. We had one of the first communities that embraced “meet and confer” to actively engage leadership or management with labor to improve operations and service to the public. During my time as president of the association we received a national award because I was involved and all my peers would say, “Hey, you need to do this. We want you to be our leader.” I served as president of the labor organization. I reached back to my experience and understanding of organizing and politics

and how to influence people as well as my understanding of military organization. A leadership trait is to seek and accept leadership opportunities. That’s a part of my DNA. So I did, first as a patrol officer

“A leadership trait is to seek and accept leadership opportunities. That’s a part of my DNA.” and then during the time I was deployed to a tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, then back to the U.S. where I served as commanding officer for Operation Jump Start for Task Force Yuma. That’s where I met you in 2006. Cheryl Chase was running for state senator at that time, and I was getting involved helping her. She didn’t have a lot of people helping and then, all of a sudden, she was asking me to be her campaign manager. So I started to make the rounds, talking to people throughout Pinal County and the district she represented as a state legislator. I met Bob Ingulli who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2006. He said, “Hey, you should run for sheriff. You could win this election.” I had one bad experience with the Sheriff’s Office. The only time I had ever called the sheriff’s office as a resident of Pinal

County, was because an impaired driver had hit my car in front of my house. So here I am, a cop - type A personality - new cop, probably at the most disciplined point in most cops’ career and somebody hit my car, right in front of my house at 2 o’clock in the morning. An older gentleman had hit my car and was trying to push his car out from under mine because he didn’t have reverse. Sure enough, he didn’t have insurance or a driver’s license. It had been revoked for DUI. I called the police to report the accident and a deputy younger than I showed up. He’d been on the job less than two years. I gave him the identification card, not a driver’s license because it was revoked. I told him I was a police officer and gave him the information I had. He says, “OK, you can go back inside.” I go inside, next thing I see is another deputy sheriff’s car pulls up and they had the suspect get in the back seat of the car and the car takes off, all in about 15 minutes. No FST [Field Sobriety Test], no investigation whatsoever and I asked the deputy, “What’s going on here?” And he says, “Well I gave him a citation for suspended-revoked driver’s license and no insurance and an inoperable car.” They towed the car and that was it. I was trying to understand how a young, brand new deputy could take this action. If someone did that in the city I worked in,

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building lasting relationships and being dedicated to the success of each project. At Capital R Construction, you will find it easy to work with our professional, reliable, and innovative construction team. Let us bring our experience and quality construction practices to your commercial projects from the ground up. We have experience in offices, medical clinics, retail centers, schools, restaurants, and more. We provide you with quality professionals that can focus on the details, coordinate the complex, and understand the importance of a timely completion. Whether you need to make a few minor changes to an existing office space or do a complete build-out of an empty shell, Capital R Construction excels in meeting the challenges that tenant improvements bring. We can remove walls, redesign layouts, move

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Business Properties Casa Grande

Commercial 400 N Cameron – Casa Grande $175,000

413 E Florence Blvd – Casa Grande $185,000

2090 SF. Perfect location for your religious group, or a great investment for your portfolio. Consists of two buildings. Front building is the actual church, back building is a full kitchen, 2 baths, and a large gathering room. The large exposed beams in the church are original and give a wonderful look. Cedar and pine wainscoting along with the cherry flooring have a very rich and traditional look. Both buildings have recently been renovated. Owner/agent.

1146 E Jimmie Kerr Blvd – Casa Grande $290,000

4000 SF. 4.59 ac of light industrial zoned property. Great location for such a large parcel with I-1 zoning. 2 tenants in place (month to month)

1015 E 1st St – Casa Grande $499,000

2562 SF. Location, frontage, and off street parking, this property has it. Owner may carry this great investment, or location for your growing business. 2500+ sq ft commercial/retail space with Florence blvd frontage. Currently leased with a great tenant.

510 S Arizona Ave – Coolidge $300,000

Currently used as bike repair shop and propane gas sale. Station has 2 upright fuel tanks 6,000 gal. each. One is E85 tank and other reg. gas tank. Long time service station, Old tanks have been removed by the state and a clear report available for ADEQ. Dump Station on property.

623 E Cottonwood Ln – Casa Grande $1,455,000

12,267 SF. Tons of space! 2 Block and steel blds over 12000 sq ft, offices, showroom, warehouse, multiple roll up bay doors, etc...endless possibilities

2790 SF Convenience store. Profitable retail business! Established, clean & organized convenience store with steady customers. Conveniently located in a high traffic count and foot traffic area. Two drive-thrus. The sale includes the building located on a corner lot, merchandise, equipment and fixtures. No. 10 Beer and Wine license. Plenty of parking, great signage and training provided. This store has a highly profitable financial history with room for growth.

FOR LEASE 406 N FLORENCE ST – Casa Grande $1,900 per month

1923 N TREKELL RD Casa Grande $1,900 per month

3600 SF. Large airy retail space in historic downtown Casa Grande. Perfect for a number of retail and service oriented businesses. Expansive display windows and tons of open floor space. Small private kitchenette and ADA compliant bath. All of this in a well maintained building with high ceilings and lots of light in the center of town. Lease is $1900 a month for the first 12 months, with a 5 year lease. Owner/agent.

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’ve lived in my house for almost twenty years. When we bought it in 1995 it was a pre-owned house built in the early 1970s. It was pretty much all original - brown, orange, yellow vinyl bathroom flooring included. We quickly chose new vinyl flooring, and replaced the bathrooms floors ourselves. But, when it came to painting (because neither Eddie nor I enjoy the task), roofing repairs, new windows, electrical work, HVAC repairs and replacement, and of course plumbing, we used licensed contractors. I know licensed contractors are usually more expensive than your local handyman but there are reasons for this. First of all, licensed contractors are licensed by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. That means someone in the company had to take and pass a business and a trade exam. Obtaining a business license to conduct business in a city doesn’t necessarily mean that person is a licensed contractor. Licensed contractors have to maintain a bond with the AZROC

and have proof of liability insurance. Having that insurance protects the business as well as protects the consumer if things go wrong at a job. The license renewal, bond renewal, and insurance premium can drastically increase the amount of overhead (cost of doing business before even doing business), thereby increasing the amount per hour or per job a contractor must charge to make a profit. I can’t speak for other licensed contractors, but I’m in the business to make a profit so I have to figure these fixed costs into my bids. I’m not trying to be insulting to non-licensed tradesmen. Some of them do fantastic work. And most of them will stand behind their work if there is a glitch. But what happens if you use a handyman to do plumbing in your house and a pipe breaks in the process and your house floods? What is your recourse? No other insurance company with whom to file a claim. No bond money to go after. If the unlicensed tradesman takes 50% of the money for a

bid job up front and then fails to complete the job, what then? File a claim with small claims court in a futile attempt to retrieve your money? I’ve known several people win the case but never locate the person to serve a garnishment to collect the judgment. A licensed contractor is bound by certain requirements of the AZROC or faces his license being revoked. The AZROC places restrictions on the dollar amount of the total job that can be performed by an unlicensed contractor. Understand that this amount is for the total job. So, if you’re remodeling your bathroom, you must add plumbing, drywall, tile, electrical, and carpentry together. That total cannot exceed $750. I like to save a buck just as much as the next person but not at the risk to my home. Or my feet. I don’t really skimp on shoes either. So, if you are considering a remodel or addition to your home, consider using licensed contractors. Like the bumper sticker states, they build confidence.

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The Tower Garden by Susan Conn-Hood/ Certified Yoga/Fitness Instructor & Whole Food Educator The Tower Garden can save you money on healthy foods that smell fresh, are highly nutritious and are better tasting than store bought produce.

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food grade plastic which won’t leach. It is opaque, keeps sunlight out, and prohibits algae growth. The Tower Garden is designed to last a lifetime and most people tell us that it pays for itself in less than two years. Our garden is not only a better long term value than store bought produce, it can also cost less than investing in all of the tools and products needed to cultivate a traditional garden at home. What Dave and I have found is that the Tower Garden can save you money on healthy foods that smell fresh, are highly nutritious and are better tasting than store bought produce. We are extremely proud to share that the Tower Gardens have been purchased by many restaurants in order to share fresh organic produce with their patrons. Tower Gardens have also been purchased by schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts so that they can teach the kids about gardening. Local Farmers, Herbalists, and florists have enjoyed fast growing and fresh produce with the Tower Gardens too. For more info please visit www. sueconnhood.towergarden.com

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520-423-8250 520-423-8250 525 W JARDIN LOOP 10994 N LITTLE OAK DR 4BD home with two car garage 4 BD, 2 BA and a great room and nice size covered patio. with a fireplace & dining area. Tile flooring in living areas, The master suite has his & her vinyl in two bedrooms for easy closets, a bath with dual sinks care and carpet in master & separate tub & shower. bedroom. Cozy front yard All the kitchen appliances. has a mature tree for shade There are abundant of kitchen from the summer sun. Back cabinets, counter space, workyard is ready for your creative space island & a nice pantry. ideas. Easy to show and quick The large lot allows parking for response to offers. RV’s & no HOA. Short Sale. 525 JARDIN AVE LOOP 145 W S APACHE 4BD withimmaculate, two car garage Fully home furnished, and sizeyard, covered largenice fenced fully patio. landTile flooring in living scaped and ready for areas, new ownvinyl in home two bedrooms for and easy er. This is in a small care in master quiet and Eloycarpet community. Come, bedroom. yardyour spread outCozy a bit front and add has mature touches tree for to shade ownapersonal make it from the summer Back your home. Easy tosun. show, not a yard is ready for your creative short sale or foreclosure and well ideas. Easy to show and quick maintained. Enjoy the Arizona response to offers. winter weather economically. 525 9272WWJARDIN SANTALOOP CRUZ BLVD 4BD twowith carcustom garage 3 BD,home 1.75 BAwith home and sizegreat covered paint,nice an open roompatio. feel. Tile flooring livingand areas, Kitchen has aninisland huge vinyl two bedrooms for easy walk inin pantry. Sink in laundry care carpet in master room,and sky light in hall bath, french bedroom. Cozybedroom. front yard doors in master Backyard has oversized a maturecovered tree forpatio shade and from summer sun. Back maturethelandscaping. Plenty of yard for RV. your room isto ready park your Thiscreative home ideas. sits on 2Easy lots.to show and quick response to offers. 812 W JARDIN SHANNONS WAY 525 LOOP 3BD,home 2BA rental withcar 4BD with two tenant inandplace. large garage nice Three size covered bedrooms featuring a walk patio. Tile flooring in living in closet in the master, and areas, vinyl in two bedrooms 2 full baths. kitchen for easy careEat andincarpet in with lotsbedroom. of cabinets master Cozyand front counter space. Living area yard has a mature tree for is bright andthe spacious car shade from summer2 sun. garage andis aready largefor backyard Back yard your round outideas. this wonderful creative Easy to show investment. and quick response to offers. 10631 N HUALAPAI 525 W JARDIN LOOPDR 1,400SF, 4BD homemanufactured with two car home on 8,276SF lot with 25 x garage and nice sizeacovered 35 insulated steel inworkshop patio. Tile flooring living large enough RV or areas, vinyl in for twoyour bedrooms other toys. x 6 construcfor easy care2 and carpet in tion, vaulted ceilings, master bedroom. Cozysplit front floor has planawith verytree niceformasyard mature ter suite & 2the spare bedrooms. shade from summer sun. Largeyard covered patioforfront Back is ready yourand back. Fenced on a corner lot. creative ideas. Easy to show Ground setresponse with tie downs. and quick to offers.

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525 W JARDIN LOOP 4BD home with two car garage and nice size covered patio. Tile flooring in living areas, vinyl in two bedrooms for easy care and carpet in master bedroom. Cozy front yard has a mature tree for shade from the summer sun. Back yard is ready for your creative ideas. Easy to show and quick response to offers. 636 W KINGMAN LOOP 4BD 2BA home is ready for move-in. Master is split for privacy and features a full bath and walk-in closet. The kitchen includes all the appliances and has a walk-in pantry, dining area and French doors to the covered patio. The living room is large and the family room may be used as a formal dining room. 1579 E GABRILLA DR 3BD 2BA with den/office. Large family room and kitchen with large breakfast bar. New paint, Pergo floors and tile. French doors open to extended covered patio with plenty of room for a pool. RV Gate with concrete slab. Optional 4th bedroom is used as a den.

1802 N DESERT WILLOW ST 3BD 2BA 1,846SF. This home sits on a corner lot that backs up to a landscaped common area. Huge island kitchen with a built in wine cooler. Backyard has a large extended pergola with pavers, built in BBQ, water fountain, and an outdoor shower. Garage has a built in cabinets, workbench and utility tub. Much, much more for your family’s enjoyment.

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I moved to Arizona ten years ago from Island City, Oregon to be in warmer weather. I was retired and decide that I wanted to go back into Real Estate. I was first licensed in California in 1979 where I was a member of Tulare County Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and the California Association of Realtors. While in California I represented both Buyer and Sellers in residential sales, I worked with a Builder Developer selling New Construction, and also did Mortgage Loan and Loan Processing. I found that I missed Real Estate and working with people. I obtained my Arizona License in 2011 and have been working ever since. I really enjoy working with Buyers and finding out what type of a home meets their needs. Finding just the right home can sometimes be a challenge, but so rewarding when I see the joy and happiness on their faces. I feel that honesty and integrity is the most important part of being a Realtor. Service to my clients depends on it.

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569 W JARDIN LOOP 3BD 2BA home has 18’’ tile in all the right places including the entry, kitchen/dining, baths, laundry room and hallways. This home has been recently painted inside and out in soft neutral colors. The floor plan is open and flooded with natural light. The eat-in kitchen is spacious and includes all the appliances, even the washer and dryer. 307 S CARTER RANCH RD Investors, tenant already in place. 3BD 2BA very large living area is open to the chef’s kitchen. Eat in kitchen features lots of cabinets and black appliances. Master bedroom is private and inviting. The master bath is large and nicely appointed. Additional bedrooms are large and airy. Home has a 2 car garage and a fully landscaped yard. 113 E RIO DR 3BD 2BA upgraded with a redesigned kitchen and living area. Kitchen has tons of cabinet and counter space. All stainless appliances and granite counter tops. Home features tile in the living areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Master bedroom looks out over the beautiful yard and features double sinks and plenty of storage. Huge paver patio blends perfectly with the desert landscaping. 943 E KORTSEN RD 11 2BD 2BA 1,800SF. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with a large island, walk-in pantry, SS appliances including a Sharp microwave drawer. Enjoy the ambience of the community--lovely mature landscaping and beautiful community pool. This is a unique opportunity to own a new, custom home in a secure gated community.

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El sueño de mi padre era el mismo que muchos otros comparten un futuro mejor para su familia y ser dueño de su propia casita. Sería un placer ayudarle ha usted a obtener su propio hogar. Si están trasladando, compra o venta de casa para uso personal o con fines de inversión, mi objetivo es ayudar a cerrar la transacción con facilidad. Siempre negociare el mejor trato posible, entregar honestidad, profesionalismo, y puntualidad. Me centro en la satisfacción del cliente. Mi negocio es acerca de servicio y no estoy feliz hasta que usted esté feliz.

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CUSTOM HOME LOTS 943 E Kortsen Gated Community – two lots available. Owner/Agent $9,950 ea

Val Vista Estates Three lots available: 1.5 acres $52,500, 1.2 acres $55,000, 1.7 acres $75,000

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College Estates – five lots available. $19,500 ea Silverbell Estates area - 2 X 2.5 acre lots with paved roads, water and power $24,000 total Arizona City - .63 acre Commercial lot with great frontage on Battaglia. $27,500 Arizona City – 1 acre commercial lot on Sunland Gin Rd $95,000 Sawtooth Mountain views – 58+ acres - $130,000 Florence – 20 acres of BEAUTIFUL undisturbed native vegetation. Paved road and power across the road $198,000 1860 N Pinal Ave 268 feet of street frontage on Pinal Avenue and four lots totaling .92 acre with great potential for commercial opportunity! Zoned B-2, water, electric & sewer are to the lot line. $275,000

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rights, fencing and a boundary survey is available. Water certificates are available $540,000

Peart & 9TH St - .92 acre Petite retail corner between Lowes and Home Depot. Owner/Agent $299,000

1700 S Arizona Blvd Coolidge – 2.59 acres C-3 zoning & w/good frontage. All utilities are either on the property or on the W side of AZ Blvd $583,704

Mopar Dr near Robson Ranch Five separate parcels make up 21.92 acres of horse property $330,000 Hidden Valley – 15 acres with septic, electric, phone and water on parcel $375,000 Trekell & Kortsen – 1.04 acre commercial pad. Owner/agent $395,000 Stanfield - 60 plus acres of beautiful undisturbed native vegetation and fantastic mountain views. Quick I-8 freeway access $480,000 Peters & Bianco Rd – 60 acres Property has grandfathered water

2106 E FLORENCE BLVD – 1.15 acre Best corner in town! Perfect for fast food or other high visibility uses. Owner/Agent. $600,000 805 N Pottebaum AVE 2.46 acre just north of Sonic - $600,000 Pottebaum & Florence BLVD – 5 acres fantastic large parcel in town with tons of potential in between commercial and multifamily parcels $608,000 Trekell and Kortsen RD 1.36 acre Prime commercial corner Owner/agent $695,000

Picacho Heights - Alsdorf & Sunshine Rd – 15 acres with 90 Finished lots (SFR) in partially completed subdivision, utilities to site, improvements in. Owner/agent $778,500 7000 E Hwy 287 – Coolidge Listing includes 3 parcels with total acreage of 13.88 ac. Two wells (10” and 5”) on north parcel, one has never had a pump installed. HWY frontage of 620 feet with dedicated ingress/egress on E & W ends. Wire fencing on 3 sides. $1,000,000 500 S VAIL RD Eloy – 134+ acre CAIDD Farm, leased until 12-31-16 $1,112,100 Tierra Grande – 49.55 acres mixed use. Utilities available. Owner/agent $1,450,000 Airpark Industrial – 29.22 acres Large parcels with heavy industrial zoning and irrigation rights. Halfway between Casa Grande and Maricopa. Owner/agent $1,450,000

Pinal & Rodeo Rd - Fantastic commercial corner. 9.13 acres with dual frontage on busy corner with traffic light. Property is part of the Coyote Ranch development and is bordered on east side by open common area for development. $1,590,000 Hwy 84 – Near Grande Performance Center – 58.48 acres Great potential! Proposed medical office space and commercial zoning. Owner/agent $2,900,000 Toltec Rd & I-10 – 24.41 acres mixed use, freeway corner. Owner/ agent $3,083,570 Hwy 84 & Bianco Rd – 192 acres 1/4 mile of frontage on hwy 84, across the road from the Francisco Grande Resort. $3,840,000 Trekell & Kortsen Rds – 17 acres Prime Corner! SE corner of Trekell and Kortsen Rd. Owner/agent $4,995,000

ROCK EARLE

Hi – I’m Rock Earle. I’ve been involved in real estate in Arizona’s Golden Corridor for 35 years, having established my first brokerage office in Casa Grande in 1981. Since that time I have a full range of real estate experience including investments in all types commercial properties as well as land development. I retired in 2006 and traveled the world – my only real hobby other than buying real estate. That was tiring me out, so when the Great Recession hit I figured there were going to be great investment opportunities and I came home and started paying attention to the real estate again. Since then I have been fortunate to become an owner of COLDWELL BANKER ROX REALTY and have bought and syndicated many millions of dollars of investment property, as well as other businesses in central Arizona. My complete commitment to the Golden Corridor belies my total belief in its future, and I will do whatever it takes to serve your real estate needs here.

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any general contracts disappeared during the recent economic downturn. The ones that survived came out stronger than ever before. Foothills Construction is one of those companies. Owner and General Contractor Steve Wallis was able to draw on his varied construction background to keep his crews working and profitable. Whether they were working on a $5,000 residential remodel or a multiple million dollar commercial job, Steve’s attention to detail and reputation for unassailable integrity in all areas of contracting kept business steady. During the turbulent years, Foothills Construction kept busy with primarily industrial and commercial work and has become known in the area as the industrial go-to contractor for high-quality, active safety-centric construction sites. And in the process, Wallis says the last few years have been the best for him overall. One of the long-time hallmarks of Steve’s custom residential

home construction business has been the availability of finished lots due to his own land development efforts. These finished lots include paved-road access, and underground utilities including natural gas – a rarity in some areas. All lots are 1+ acre in size, zoned for equestrian activities as well as outbuildings such as horse or livestock facilities, conventional build or metal shop buildings and RV garages. Think about that: who doesn’t want a shop or guest casita, man-cave, horse barn and tack room? Over the years, the typical custom home one of his developments – Desert Views, ends up approximately 2,500 square foot, with 3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a GREAT, great room! As with any custom home, the finishes and upgrades depend on the buyer.

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Association, an average family spends about $70 a year to seed their garden, and grows an estimated $600-worth of vegetables. That statistic speaks for itself! And let’s not forget the great social benefits of gardening. It’s something that you can do with your husband, kids or grandkids, or even neighbors at a community garden or farmer’s market. And when harvest time comes around, you feel like Santa Claus, because you want to give away some of your crop to anyone you meet because you just can’t store it all. So what are you waiting for? For a calendar guide on what to grow for each season, visit the Arizona Extension Office website at http://extension.arizona. edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/ files/pubs/az1005.pdf.

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What is considered a Flood? by Lisa Atkinson, ROX Insurance

Note: The coverage descriptions offered below are in general terms only and are superseded in all respects by the terms and conditions of the policy forms of the National Flood Insurance Program.

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he flood policy forms used in the National Flood Insurance Program define “flood” as a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from • Overflow of inland or tidal waters • Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, or • Mudflows caused by flooding Coverage is also provided for damage caused when buildings collapse due to the rapid erosion of the land they are constructed on.

What coverages are typically included? Coverage is available for residential, agricultural and commercial buildings. A flood insurance policy provides coverage for the following; • The insured building and its foundation • Electrical and plumbing systems • Central air conditioning equipment, furnaces, and water heaters • Refrigerators, cooking stoves, and built-in appliances such as dishwashers • Permanently installed carpeting over unfinished flooring • Permanently installed paneling, wallboard, bookcases, and cabinets • Window blinds • Detached garages (up to 10 percent of Building Property coverage) Detached buildings (other than garages) require a separate Building Property policy • Debris removal

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Are my personal items covered by my flood policy? Coverage for household, farm or commercial personal property items must be purchased separately on most policies. When it is, it will provide coverage for the following: • Personal belongings, such as clothing, furniture, and electronic equipment • Curtains • Portable and window air conditioners • Portable microwave ovens and portable dishwashers • Carpets that are not included in building coverage • Clothing washers and dryers • Food freezers and the food in them • Certain valuable items such as original artwork and furs (up to $2,500) • The furniture, supplies and inventory of a business located within an insured building

What coverages are typically excluded? Certain items or damages are never covered by a flood policy. These include the following: • Unscheduled buildings other than a detached garage used with an insured dwelling • Personal property located outside of a building • Damage caused by moisture, mildew, or mold that could have been avoided by the property owner • Currency, precious metals, and valuable papers such as stock certificates • Property and belongings outside of an insured building such as trees, plants, wells, septic systems, walks, decks, patios, fences, seawalls, hot tubs, and swimming pools • Living expenses such as temporary housing

• Financial losses caused by business interruption or loss of use of insured property • Most self-propelled vehicles such as cars, including their parts (see Section IV.5 in your policy) • Most buildings located entirely over water (such as boat houses) • Structures other than buildings (fences, retaining walls, swimming pools) • Walkways, driveways and patios located outside a building • Decking in excess of 16 square feet at each entryway Specific limitations do apply to property located in basements, however, many structural and mechanical components of a basement (whether finished or not) are covered by a flood policy. In many situations involving ‘walk out’ basements (meaning those where the basement floor is at least partially at or above the natural exterior grade) all structural and mechanical items are covered. Significant limitations do apply to personal property items kept in a basement. Once again, however, personal property items kept in many walk out basements are exempted from those limitations. You will generally receive a depreciated value for your damaged property. As a very simplified example, if you pay $500 for a television with an expected usage life of 10 years, and it is damaged by a flood 5 years later, the depreciated value at the time of loss would be $250 (or half of its original cost). Primarily occupied homes and mobile homes, and residential condominium buildings insured by a condominium association can qualify for a full replacement cost loss settlement if certain criteria are met. The National Flood Insurance Program policy forms also provide coverage for the cost of bringing your flood damaged property up to the current, local requirements for construction in the high hazard floodplain.

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525 W JARDIN LOOP 4BD home with two car garage and size covered 1138nice E 10TH ST patio. Tile flooring in living areas, Newly REMODELED home with vinyl two bedrooms for easy overin2,100SF, 3BD & 2BA on care and carpet masterin all a corner lot. Tileinfloors bedroom. frontfamily yard room, the roomsCozy except has a mature shade storage roomtree andfor 3BD that from Backhas havethe newsummer carpet.sun. Kitchen yard is ready for your creative new counter tops and new ideas. Easy toHome show has and been quick dishwasher. response offers. re-piped to with new water lines. A/C and Sump Cooler have just W been serviced. 525 JARDIN LOOP 4BD with two 1174home E BONITA PL car garage and nice size covered patio. 3BD,flooring 2BA 1,964SF Tile in living and areas, newlyin remodeled kitchen, 16’’ vinyl two bedrooms for easy tile flooring, gas fireplace. care and carpet in master Master bedroom hasyard walk-in bedroom. Cozy front closet and double sinks in the has a mature tree for shade bathroom. Large sun. backBack porch from the summer areaisoverlooking landscaped yard ready for your creative backyard mature ideas. Easywith to show andtrees. quick Tons of storage in the response to offers. storage/ workshops. Oversized two car garage. 525 W JARDIN LOOP 186 N SHASTA ST 4BD home with two car Well maintained 2BA garage and nice 3BD, size covered custom withinextras. patio. Tilehome flooring living Mastervinyl bedroom a large areas, in twohas bedrooms bayeasy window master for careand andthe carpet in bath is spacious master bedroom.with Cozydouble front sinks, separate tub and shower yard has a mature tree for and a seated for putting shade from thespace summer sun. on make-up. Homefor hasyour all tile Back yard is ready roof, solar blanket for creative ideas. Easyintoattic show energy efficiency, and quick responseand to beautiful offers. landscaped backyard. 525 1253WEJARDIN SUNSETLOOP DR 4BD home with BASEMENT, RV two gatecar and new garage and Split nice floor size covered plumbing! plan has patio. in living 5BD, Tile 3BAflooring & a hobby room areas, vinyl inKitchen two bedrooms downstairs. is bright for easy care and carpet in and open to the living room master bedroom. Cozy front with windows looking out on yard has a backyard mature tree foran the lovely with shade from the summer sun. air conditioned playhouse. Back yard is ready for your The basement includes a creative ideas. Easy toand show drop down projector wall and quick movie response to offers. mounted screen.

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Home Listings with Pools $219,000

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$199,000

1717 E WILDFLOWER LN 4BD, 2.5BA, 3 Car Garage and a pool!!! Formal living and dining room with soaring ceilings, kitchen, breakfast room, family room and den. 42’’ cabinets, new SS appliances in 2012, solid surface counter tops, large island and a pantry. Master bath with double sinks, separate tub and shower, and walk in closet. Loft has a built in office.

668 W NOVA CT 4BD, 2BA fully furnished. Kitchen has solid surface counters, lots of cabinets, SS appliances, tile floors. Master has walk-in closet, separate tub & shower, plus a vaulted ceiling. Beat the summer heat in the play pool. Former model home for Brown Family Homes. All bedrooms are up. You simply cannot pass this deal up.

12228 W BENITO DR 3BD, 2BA home is move in condition. All tile floors except the bedrooms. Vaulted ceilings and plant shelves. Large kitchen with lots of cabinet and counter top space, with all of the appliances. Master suite with private bath looks out onto the backyard. An above ground pool and an RV gate.

1787 N TERRACE CIR Furnished cozy 2BD, 2BA home with 2x6 construction. Bright eat in kitchen, with nice appliances. Comfortable living room, good size bedrooms and closets, covered patio and large 2 car garage. Community has a club house with pool. RV parking area. All this in very nice area of Casa Grande

$84,900

$165,000

1805 N GREENWAY LN 3BD, 2BA home filled with upgrades. Great room features surround sound. Cherry cabinets, granite counters, kitchen island, pantry. Family room features gorgeous custom 12-foot built in cherry library hutch with granite counter. Tile floors in all high traffic areas including kitchen and baths. Pebble tech pool, epoxy floors in garage and water filtration system to the home.

CATHY TAYLOR

The challenges and joys of real estate sales has been a part of my life for almost 30 years here in the Casa Grande area and I have enjoyed the many relationships a Realtor develops. I seek to serve the customers and clients with ethics and customer service worthy of an NAR Realtor. Continuing education has earned me the CRS and GRI designations as well as that of an Associate Broker. I continue to enjoy the ups and down of the real estate markets. Please contact me and let me assist you with your real estate needs in Casa Grande and surrounding areas.

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2080 N PEBBLE BEACH DR 3BD, 2BA with inviting patio, landscaped backyard and a fenced sparkling pool. In Casa Grande Lake subdivision. The floors are tile everywhere except the bedrooms. The master is spacious and features a walk-in closet. Kitchen, dining area and living room are made dramatic by soaring ceilings and a beautiful fireplace.

$189,000

GRETCHEN SLAUGHTER

I am a wife and mother of 4, who can relate to the diverse wants and needs of today’s families. I grew up on a farm here in Casa Grande, the daughter of a doctor and a Realtor. I worked in the Escrow industry for 7 years and have valuable knowledge of title, escrow and the real estate purchase transaction process. This experience has helped me guide clients through a smooth and informed transaction from start to finish. I have extensive knowledge in specialized property research. My family and I enjoy motocross and trail riding, but reading is my favorite pastime. I would love to help you find the property that best suits your wants and needs.

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Georgia F. Schaeffer

Dawn Zimbelman

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520-560-3333

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$190,000

$189,900

2189 S. CALLE MARIA JUANA 3BR, 2BA, 1,603SF. The finished, detached 4 car garage is a true “man cave”! Located on 1 acre and completely fenced, this home has room for the kids and critters. The home has been freshly painted inside and includes all appliances. A block wall is on three sides of the home. Plenty of room to ride. 2 RV gates, loads of parking no HOA!

$155,000

1150 N. MILLY PLACE 4BR, 2.75BA, 1,833SF. Wow! Freshly painted inside and out, newly roofed and new carpet throughout. Loads of ceramic tile. Kitchen has a breakfast room and breakfast bar. All appliances included. One bedroom and 3/4 bath downstairs. Spacious master suite. Extended covered patio and low maintenance landscaping. Borders a lovely common area.

$170,000

Central Arizona is a thriving area of growth and change with exciting potential. As a third generation Casa Grandean and second generation Realtor, I have a deep understanding of the Greater Casa Grande Valley. I am the daughter of a cotton farmer/cattle rancher/real estate broker from whom I learned that a job worth doing is worth doing well. It has long been important to me to give back to my community and state through various church, civic and service organizations. Licensed since 1995, I have worked diligently to establish a reputation as an effective, discreet negotiator. Providing exceptional service and attention to details beyond the standard level is my goal…for all my clients. I value honesty and integrity…my reputation depends on it.

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1678 E. KIELLY LANE 2BR, 2BA, 1,551SF. A sparkling pool and loads of cool decking fill the backyard! An open concept great room and vaulted ceiling lend a spaciousness to this lovely home. A den/office could function as a 3rd bedroom. Ceramic tile in all wet areas. French doors off the master suite lead to a large screened patio. RV gate, pad and parking! No HOA!

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1633 E. JAHNS STREET 4BR, 2BA, 2,200SF. This beautiful, former model home is in Tamaron Ranch! A formal living/dining room plus a great room featuring granite counters, maple cabinets, an island/breakfast bar, Energy Star appliances. Engineered hardwood, lovely ceramic tile & upgraded carpet. Split master suite. Picturesque backyard and covered patio.

1418 E. 10TH PLACE 3BR. 2.5BA, 1,979SF. Southwestern influences inside and out. Beautifully appointed home features formal living/dining room plus a tiled great room and all wet areas. New carpet in bedroom and loft. Ceiling fans and upgraded hardware. All appliances are included. Lovely, lush backyard has extended and oversized patio overlooking the common area.

DAWN M. ZIMBELMAN

A transplant from New Jersey, I’ve lived in Casa Grande since the 70’s, being drawn in by the small, hometown feel and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This is where I met my husband John and raised our children. We are dog lovers and currently have two Weimaraner rescues keeping our household entertained, full of love and excitement. My second career, real estate, began with Rox Realty, then Coldwell Banker Excel and when the companies merged, Coldwell Banker Rox Realty. I love spending time with buyers! It’s so fun to figure out what they want in a home and a lifestyle. I also enjoy assisting seller’s wanting to downsize once their children move on with their lives, upsizing because of life’s circumstances or those that just need a change. There is never a dull moment!

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Horse Property Home Listings $595,000

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Hillside beauty on 2.5 acres. 12-18’ ceilings, custom 8’ knotty alder doors, tile floors, master suite with garden tub & walk-thru shower with a view and Ronald Reagan’s bedframe to boot! Kitchen has an elevated dishwasher, walk-in pantry, Wolfe gas range & Bosch double ovens. Virtually maintenance-free pool & 20’x26’Ramada/kitchen for outdoor living! The 3 car extended, over height garage has 220 & walking deck over garage. 10211 N BALTIMORE DR Fenced 1.25 acres 3BD, 2BA doublewide home built in 1992. Mature landscaping, plenty of room for toys, projects, horses and more. APS electric, Az Water, and propane gas. Storage sheds included. Great covered patio for enjoying all those sunset and BBQ’s. A couple of shade areas and plenty of room for your RV or Horses.

$79,900

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825 E SUNSCAPE WAY Two homes, pool and horse privileges on 2.78 acres. There is a two story steel structure with 2BD, 2BA, huge loft and oversized garage. Master on second floor with balcony. The guest house is a 1,300 sq. ft. manufactured home. Large kitchen and living/dining area and 2BD and 2BA. Tack room and storage building and fenced area for horses. 10522 N GERONIMO DR Semi-custom home features 15’ ceilings - some with tray ceilings or exposed giant beams and 8’ solid wood doors. Gourmet kitchen includes granite counters with both breakfast bar and informal dining area, 42’’ cabinets and dual wall ovens. Doors from the family room, living room and master bedroom all open to the patio. Full length patio, complete with outdoor fireplace.

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$330,000

6618 W MARE AVE Stunning horse property! Refurbished: new courtyard, sidewalks, vinyl fencing & landscaping, completely repainted, new stainless appliance, fixtures & fans! Travertine tile & new carpet in the living room, office & bedrooms. Gas fireplace in the living room & dining area. Kitchen has granite counters & 42’’ upper maple cabinets. Split master has a separate garden tub & shower. The triple garage is huge with shelving & work benches.

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13880 W HYDRUS AVE The home sits on 3.48AC with a split floor plan, 4BD and 3BA with a formal living, dining, family room and inside laundry. The kitchen has an island, cabinets galore and a walk-in pantry. Master suite has walk-in closet and separate shower and tub. 2BD with no carpet. A large deck in the rear and shed. 2145 W LEGEND CT Home is 2,434SF with 4BD, 2BA on 1.25 acres. Huge great room with open kitchen, dining and living room. Lots of tile flooring. Kitchen has Hickory cabinets and huge walk in pantry. Fully fenced 1.25 acre property. Fenced corral area has water and 220 power available. 10559 W ALTADENA DR 2.35 acre horse property with an RV garage! In the living room, a wood burning corner fireplace and vaulted ceilings. A cook’s delight kitchen has new granite counters, stainless appliances, loads of cabinets & huge pantry. Master bath has a separate garden tub & newly tiled shower plus a separate exit to the covered patio & putting green. 12’x 16’ storage bldg. & 20’x 40’ RV barn is 17’ high with a sink & workbench.

SUE PITTULLO

Selling real estate in Pinal County for over 34 years, Sue Pittullo brings an expertise and knowledge of the area and market to all her customers and clients. She is passionate about her work ethics, loyalty and integrity in this real estate business. She is always available to her clients by cell phone and prompt to return messages and email. Sue is an avid horse person enjoying barrel racing and roping with some short trail riding along the way. The grandchildren are her pride and joy which she spends time with every week taking them to the park and for horseback rides. “ No Horse’n around here just some fun house hunting”.

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REALTOR of the Year ®

Sarah Campbell

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didn’t grow up wanting to be a REALTOR®. A teenager once asked me “aren’t you like a car salesman for houses?” I was taken aback for a moment and thought ‘kind of’, but I was able to explain quickly what I did and that it was very rewarding. Or so I thought. I dreamt of being a farmer and graduated from ASU with a degree in Agribusiness. I continued to work for Norris Chemical which later became Norris RV. I never thought I would be in that business but it was very rewarding and the owners are some of my favorite people. Since I had worked at Norris’s all through college and beyond I thought I needed a grownup job. I went to work with The Mahoney Group and became an insurance agent. I enjoyed it and I learned a lot, especially from my mentor, JR McEvoy. Through my continued desire to be involved with agriculture and Casa Grande, I became President of the Casa Grande Valley Cotton women and really enjoyed the comradery and the friends I made. I found my work on their scholarship program very rewarding as I was once a recipient. I had an opportunity to move to North Carolina and I leapt at it. While living there, I was able to see and tour the many different types of homes on the east coast. It helped me realize that I really, really like houses. After moving back to Casa Grande I knew I had to get involved in real estate and joined my mom at Coldwell Banker. Shortly after, I obtained my real estate licence and became a REALTOR®. I remember being so annoyed and angry with my mother growing up because it seemed every time the phone rang she would answer it and most times it meant she would be off to show a house or some other real estate related thing. Today my phone rings and my mother gets slightly

irritated that I immediately answer it (mainly because we are in the middle of working on something else!). She does not seem to realize she does the same thing. Each phone call could be something exciting. It could be someone needing to find a home, someone needing to sell a home, or a fellow REALTOR® or client in need of guidance or assistance. I find easing someone’s problem or helping anyone find “their” home is very rewarding to me. I have

always enjoyed learning and helping people, and working as a REALTOR® allows me to do both; that I get to do it with my mother just puts me over the top. Partnering with my mother, Kay Kerby, allowed me the time to become involved in the Western Pinal Association of REALTOR®s as a director and other activities. This year, I was speechless as I was chosen as REALTOR® of the year. It was truly a great honor, and I am very humbled to be chosen.

KAY KERBY & SARAH CAMPBELL

The most important thing you need to know about us is we love our profession. We are very experienced, dedicated full time Realtors® with a desire to make your home purchase or sale a pleasurable one. Our skills in finance, contracts, negotiation and marketing are all used to navigate the buying and selling process. It is important to work with someone you trust. Clients enjoy our straight forward approach and we see it as a valuable asset. We are only truly happy when you are pleased. There are two of us which makes reaching one of us twice as easy. As local professionals, we know the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions, zoning conditions and local economy. We do the leg work and keep you up to date with new listings and conditions as they impact the market. Let us guide you through the complexities of buying or selling your home eliminating unnecessary stress. 76

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Successful Real Estate professionals come from all walks of life. Many from backgrounds just like yours. Call us to discuss your career opportunity in Real Estate today, and bring your experience with you. 520-423-8250

Become a Real Estate Professional with Coldwell Banker ROX Realty (Scholarship Program Available) Have you wondered how successful you could be in a real estate career? You may not think about it, but now is a great time to start a career in real estate. A career in real estate offers new challenges, freedom from the 9 to 5 routine, and the opportunity to get paid what you are worth. If this sounds interesting to you, give Coldwell Banker ROX Realty a call. The possibilities are endless • Residential • Commercial • Land • Agriculture/Farm • Leasing • Property Management

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BRETT F. EISELE

Brett began his professional career in 1975 as President of the Eisele Broadcasting Corporation licensee of KBFE-FM radio in Casa Grande, Arizona. After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force Air National Guard in 1970 Brett attended Mesa Community College and Arizona State University where he studied finance and is a graduate of Project Centrl (Center for rural leadership) class 6. Brett has always played an active role in his community as past chairman of the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission, Casa Grande Municipal Airport board of directors, Casa Grande Community Hospital District #1 and as Vice President of the executive board of directors of the Central Arizona College Foundation. Brett has been an active real estate broker for over 15 years specializing in commercial leasing and sales.

KEITH LAVOO

I have lived in Casa Grande for more than 40 years. I served in the United States Marine Corps doing surveying and mapping. After the military, I worked as a land surveyor locally on many projects throughout Pinal County and other parts of Arizona. I also worked for a number of years in the Title and Escrow industry where I attained the position of Chief Title Officer, dealing with many intricate matters of property ownership, boundaries, easements, etc.....I have been a Licensed Realtor for over 9 years and have experience dealing with residential, horse property, vacant land, farms and commercial property.

Late Transitional Style of architecture; residence of Arizona’s last territorial governor Richard E. Sloan. Lived here from 1885-1888.

Silver King Market Place (1895)

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McFarland State Park & First Pinal County Courthouse (1878)

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ANNALISA TAPIA

As a native to Casa Grande, I have the knowledge of the community and the surrounding areas to assist buyers and sellers in their real estate needs. But more importantly, I love Casa Grande and enjoy sharing my home town. My goal is to make your real estate transaction smooth from start to finish and an experience you will enjoy. My professionalism, no pressure attitude and great listening skills allow me to understand my client’s needs. My continued success is based on referrals. It is my goal to make certain my clients are happy and satisfied with their home buying or selling experience. I am a real estate agent who is professional, aggressive, honest and trustworthy. Contact me for all your real estate needs!

CHARLIE WEAVER

After various careers ranging from working with John Wayne and Louis Johnson at their cattle feeding operation in Stanfield to owning my own auto parts store in Kingman to running the office and setting up labs for Central Arizona Veterinary Labs I became a REALTOR® in 1987. I remember my first sale to a young couple that still owns that house today. While working mostly in residential – both resale and new construction and land, I’ve done several commercial deals. I must say that new home construction and land are my favorite. Selling land has challenges that come with it – each almost always different. The technology now in place makes it interesting. From 2003 to 2005 I served on the WPAR Board of REALTORS and was selected REALTOR of the YEAR in 2005. Many times during the boom years I was the “TOP AGENT” in the office, working with many of the same agents I do today at Coldwell Banker ROX Realty. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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• 2.35 acre horse property with room to ride and easy access to I-10 • Incredible Sonoran desert sunrises and sunsets from this 2,360 SF beauty • Granite counters, stainless appliances, bay window enhance the great room • Vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace in the formal living/dining room • Master suite has a separate sitting room & en suite has separate exit to patio • A golfer’s putting green in the backyard plus mountain views & city lights • An incredible 20’x40’ RV barn with 50 amp hook-up & dump station

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55+ Active Adult Home Listings $318,000

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30 N AGUA FRIA LN Granite counters & maple cabinets in the kitchen. Wall ovens, smooth electric cook top, pull-outs & a roomy pantry in kitchen. Ceramic tile in all wet areas & upgraded carpet. Water efficient fixtures, programmable thermostat, recirculating hot water, sunscreens & ceiling fans. Handicap roll-in shower has grab bars & fold down seat. Garage has area for golf cart, insulated garage door & cabinets!

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846 N PUEBLO DR 2BD, 1.75BA, 1,190SF and 2 car garage. It is designed to have a second Master Suite. The community pool and spa are both heated and there is also a covered area for gatherings. If you want to just enjoy yourself without all the exterior maintenance this is for you. Very close proximity to shopping and medical facilities. 1484 N DESERT WILLOW ST 2BD, a split master, den/office & secluded 2nd BD. 9’ ceilings, 18’’ tile laid diagonally, 4’’ plantation shutters, granite counters, glass tile backsplashes, 42’’ maple cabinet, Whirlpool appliances, under-cabinet lights, 3 bay windows, etched glass French doors into the den/ office, security screen doors, sun screens, water softener & 5 solar panels for reduced utility bills. 2579 E SANTA MARIA DR 2BD, 2BA plus an office/den. Custom wooden blinds throughout the home. Water softener and R/O system, ceiling fans, extra insulation in the attic and garage. Extended length garage with laundry sink. Private landscaped backyard with block wall. Mission Royale 55+ community offers many exciting activities and opportunities.

CONNIE RUSH

Service You Expect & Experience You Can Depend On • Match Clients with homes that meet their needs and desires. Make the transaction enjoyable and simple. • My objective is simple: to assist my clients in making the best decisions regarding their real estate needs. • Sound knowledge, open communication, keen negotiation skills and extensive marketing expertise allow me to achieve the best possible results for my clients every time. • My business depends on referrals and I strive to provide my clients with an unsurpassed level of service. • 1000’s of Homes at My Fingertips. • Flexible Hours to Meet Your Needs. • Selling Your Home -- Free Market Analysis • Selling Your Home – Aggressive Marketing Program to Fit Your Goals

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1576 E MANOR DR Fully furnished & move-in perfect home in Ironwood Village! 6’’ plank, driftwood hardwood floors in the great room. Granite counters, tile backsplash & knotty alder cabinets, black appliances. Neutral custom paint, 9’ ceilings & ceiling fans, surround sound, lovely custom stained glass window panes & chandelier. 20’’ tile, marble counters & surrounds, comfort height vanities in both baths. Newly painted exterior.

$167,000

1589 E MANOR DR Vaulted ceilings & 2’’ plantation shutters. All appliances are included. Ceramic tile plus upgraded carpeting in the bedrooms. Den/office/library with built-in cabinets & shelves. The split master has walk-in closet, double sink vanity, private water closet & large shower. The inside laundry room has been converted to a small studio with washer & dryer housed in the garage (easily restored).

$216,000

2614 E San Thomas DR 2BD + office with a very nice oak L-shaped desk. Ceiling fans, blinds, Bose 5.1 surround sound with subwoofer in great room, recessed lighting, additional shelving, grab bars in shower & bath & water softener. Attractive landscaping, paver back patio with a 10 ft extension, decorative back wall and grill enclosure, patio furniture and ceiling fan.

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Is now the time to buy? by Robert Miller, Loan Officer, Integrity First Financial Group Now is as good of a time as any to buy a home. Reach out to a local real estate agent and you will find a common theme: now is the time to buy.

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hat are home values doing? What kind of loan programs are out there? What are the first steps in buying a home? 2015 is a great year to buy! Over the last few years, the market has been moving up and down. Home values have been increasing, which is prompting more people to put their homes up for sale. Mortgage rates have stayed extremely low, especially compared to the historical average. This means buyers can get into homes at great prices. With rates this low it is a great time to buy. Home prices have remained steady over the last year, which is creating more confidence in the buyer’s market. Now that the Holiday season is over and the tax season is upon us, it is currently a great time to get in touch with a Mortgage professional, who can help you prepare for your purchase. A good mortgage Loan Officer will sit down and discuss with you your goals of home ownership and develop a plan to get you ready to buy. Reach out to an experienced loan officer before looking at homes so you know your price range. Also, your loan officer can provide you with a general monthly payment, which makes you a

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more informed buyer. It is a good idea to put together a game plan consisting of: estimated closing cost, current rates, and other housing fees that are included in your monthly payment. It is common for clients to use an online calculator to see what the monthly payment will be; unfortunately these calculators can be deceiving. There are many factors that influence rates and fees, so the best option is to talk to a professional. I know we have all searched online to see the homes that are out there or pulled up homes we would love to live in. This is where a mortgage professional is a great asset. You are able to sit down and develop a comprehensive plan that will let you start searching for homes that fit your price range and meet your needs. As a mortgage professional, I believe now is a great time to buy. Low rates and home values holding strong translates to buyers getting into a property for a great value and low payments. In addition, there are constantly new programs coming out for buyers to take advantage of. If you are looking for Down Payment Assistance/First time homebuyer program, reach out to your local lender and discuss the best options for you. Not only is there the FHA 3.5% down, but

the Conventional 3% down program is back! This is a great program for buyers that qualify and want minimal down payments. In areas that qualify, USDA Rural Housing loans offer 100% of the property to be financed. There are grant programs available that will gift you up to 4% of your closing costs. With the help of these programs, many people can stop paying rent and start owning there own home. Even if you already own your own home, refinancing might be beneficial. Getting a mortgage analysis is always a great idea. Many times, home owners don’t realize that they can refinance their home loan, which allows them to reduce the number of years they have left to pay or lower the rate to save money each month. Now is as good of a time as any to buy a home. Reach out to a local real estate agent and you will find a common theme: now is the time to buy. Agents will tell you that the market is full of properties for you to choose from, whether that is as a first time home buyer, a growing family, downsizing or looking for a second home, now is the time for you to move forward and take advantage of the mortgage rates and home prices. Happy house Hunting!

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Pinal County Master Gardeners Serve Their Communities by Rick Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Pinal County The Master Gardener program focuses the talents and time of certified volunteers on garden and landscape issues.

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aster Gardener volunteers love to talk about plants, and they especially enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested in growing beautiful garden, landscape, and indoor plants. If you would like an opportunity to visit with one or more of our volunteers, you will most likely be able to find them right in your community. Perhaps you would even like to join their ranks. Cooperative Extension is an arm of the state’s land grant college and university system and its primary mission is to bring research and experience to bear on local issues and problems. In our case, the land grant system is housed at the University of Arizona. The Master Gardener program focuses the talents and time of certified volunteers on garden and landscape issues. The first cohort of volunteers in Pinal County were trained and certified in 1982 and members of our crew been serving their communities ever since. When we talk about Extension Master Gardeners we are really talking about everyday people. What sets them apart is their training and experience in growing healthy, attractive plants. Their passion is to share their expertise with others. You can be sure that when they answer your questions, they are providing local, research-based information that has been tested by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. In Pinal County, our area of service is so large that we have several nuclei of volunteers. We call these individual clusters “working groups.” Currently there are five working groups

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countywide. These five are: Central Pinal County, focusing on Florence, Coolidge, Eloy and Casa Grande; Maricopa, housed at the Maricopa Agricultural Center; SaddleBrooke on the south side, San Tan Valley; and Superstition Mountain in northern Pinal County. All working groups do educational programming but each has a different flavor as they work on additional projects that are unique to their area. Master Gardeners in all working groups interact with the public. All answer questions and share insights when contacted. Some sponsor and teach at public seminars, others give lectures and help teach down to earth classes, workshops, and seminars. Still others help conduct field research or communicate through written and electronic media. Some answer garden calls, organize field days, operate office equipment and take care of teaching

collections; and these are just a few of the many projects we have going on. However, the working groups are each different in several key ways. The Central Pinal County working group provides direct support for the local Extension office by duplicating and collating many of the bulletins available for distribution from the office. They also sponsor booths at Pinal County Fairground events, like the county fair and other activities. They conduct a plant clinic on Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon at the Casa Grande office and they take the lead in directing our very popular annual garden tour in Casa Grande. The Maricopa working group focuses on doing research and public outreach by managing a demonstration garden and orchard at the Maricopa Agricultural Center. They also sponsor plant clinics and open house seminars at that location.

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DARE TO COMPARE THE VALUE!!!!! Located in the Gated Community of Village at Grande 4BD home with two car $79,900 Valley Ranch on the beautiful San Maguel Golf Course 7th hole. opensizecourse garageWide and nice coveredand patio.medical Tile flooring in livingof Casa mountain views. Less than 10 miles from major shopping and facilities areas, vinyl in two bedrooms Grande. Being offered ** FURNISHED**, this 1,748SF 2BD +forDen, home is ready for easy 2BA care and carpet in master bedroom. your most discerning buyers. Immaculate condition with Southwest stylingCozy andfront mature a mature tree for desert landscaping. Large kitchen and open concept great yard roomhasoffers ample space for shade from the summer sun. entertaining. Separate laundry room with extra cabinets forBack storage. yard isGarage ready forhas youra work creative ideas. Easy to show to enstation and built in storage cabinets. The extended back patio is perfectly situated and quick response to offers. joy the beautiful sun and moon rise or just peaceful relaxation. The community amenities include, heated pool, spa, pickle ball courts, exercise facility525 andW community activities. JARDIN LOOP

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The LIVING Interview (continued) continued from page 85... can’t afford not to at times. GC LIVING: You have made several changes in the way the districts are set up… SHERIFF BABEU: Yes. GC LIVING: Let me step back a moment and put things in perspective. As sheriff, Pinal County is approximately 5500 square miles, slightly larger than Connecticut, population now 420,000. When first elected, it was about 280ish. You were in one of the most significant fiscal crunches any of us can remember, and your budget from the board of supervisors had just been slashed dramatically. And, by the way, we expected you to get this all done. SHERIFF BABEU: Right. (Laughs) GC LIVING: Did I miss anything? (Laughs) SHERIFF BABEU: Even before this recent 5-million-dollar budget cut? GC LIVING: Repeat that number. SHERIFF BABEU: 5-million-dollar budget cut, and that is directly tied to the ICE [US

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] contract so I get that. I understand it and there will be another cut. Yet, prior to that, we have had 29 less fulltime staff members than when I was elected in 2008, yet, you mentioned those population figures. What’s different about us, as a county, not just our size and we’re growing fast, is that over half our population resides in unincorporated Pinal County. Most of the areas where the market growth is located are unincorporated areas. GC LIVING: San Tan Valley - 80,000 people. SHERIFF BABEU: 95,000 people… that’s where I live and the population isn’t about to stop. These are good problems to have, yet we have to properly manage, and this is all more important that our organization has to be a well-oiled, efficient machine in order to maintain service levels. You see stressors on our organization now, and I can speak to that a little bit farther, as things start to get better. Whatever mon-

ey the board of supervisors appropriates, I will get the job done as best we can with the resources the county is able to afford. An example: We have 214 sworn positions for just over half the population and that includes me. For the others - less than half the population in Pinal County - there’s 540 law enforcement officers for those municipalities and tribal reservations. So you start to understand that the problem is not just population. You pointed out the time and distance to get to a call and the areas of coverage. It’s heightened even last year that the sheriff is coming and asking [the Board of Supervisors] for additional resources for the sheriff’s office. I’ve been criticized for that. I’m going to fight to provide the proper level of service for our community and people who are moving here. The majority of residents of Pinal County have moved here, like me, to make this their home.

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ission Heights Preparatory High School is a charter school currently educating a student population of 330 students from grades 9 to 12. Located on the corner of Colorado and Cottonwood, MHP is a small, close-knit school community focused on college preparation, furthering advanced educational opportunities, success in the workplace, and community service. Drew Goodson has been serving as School Leader at MHP since November 2014. He served to open Mission Heights as a history and economics teacher. He has also served as the school’s athletic director, AVID program coordinator and Assistant School Leader. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports and traveling with his wife, Kelli. Mission Heights operates under the AVID philosophy, Advancement Via Individual Determination, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. This national educational philosophy, established more than 30 years ago, trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college and a career. In an effort to promote familiarity and elevate student expectations, Mission Heights offers dual registration with Central Arizona Community College. Students are able to

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Prepare to succeed! participate in Film from CAC in their classrooms. They also have the opportunity to register and attend classes on the CAC campus. They receive college credits and the credits are applied toward high school graduation. Students can choose from an array of required courses and electives. This opportunity allows students to “get the feel” of a college classroom, become acquainted with local professors and there requirements. A specific college preparatory class is offered in-house to all MFP students. It covers writing college research papers and essays including thorough bibliography and annotation. Practice school applications with letters of recommendation are prepared. The students are prepared for classroom and campus behavior, interaction with professors, student/professor meetings, assignment deadlines and classroom input. Mission Heights offers a complete high school academic curriculum plus electives. It is the only school in the United States with a certified Paleontology course. The teacher, Mr. Rob Gay, recently took a group of students on a dig in Colorado. The trip resulted in a research paper penned by Mr. Gay and one of his students. The paper is now under review-and-revision prior to publication. Mission Heights is one of the very few locations authorized to retain fossils on site other than authorized museums. The arts and theater are not

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overlooked at Mission Heights. The Digital Tech Art classes include Life Drawing, Anatomy, PhotoShop and Game Design, very popular choice. Mr. Manuel Leybas teaches drama at MHP and Central Arizona College. The students mount two productions each year: a Dinner Theater performance and an Audience Participation production. Students at Mission Heights have a wide range of athletic activities to choose from including intramural and competitive sports. In the Fall, of course, the football team competes in the Canyon League and finished as runner-up this last season. Quite a feat for a newly formed program in an almost new school. Over the year, MHP competes in boys’ basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, track and cheer. Mission Heights is honored and overjoyed to be able to educate 18 foreign exchange students. Many of these students come to Casa Grande to attend athletic camps at Francisco Grande and 14 have chosen to come to MHP. Three other students are here with Ayusa, a high school foreign exchange program sponsored by the Department of State. And, one student is here from China. OUR MOTTO: Prepare to succeed! OUR MISSION: To create an environment of academic success built on the pillars of college readiness, community service, civic duty, and self discipline

OUR VISION: Every student will be prepared to succeed at the nations top institutions of higher learning.

Belief Statements: HIGH EXPECTATIONS: All students will have high expectations placed upon them to succeed, and will be supported to succeed by administration and teachers. OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS: All students will be presented with a multitude of clubs, sports and activities to enhance their high school experience. QUALITY EDUCATORS: All students will be taught by highly qualified and effective educators that will have high expectations placed upon them. They will have the core belief that ALL students can learn. SAFETY: All students will be provided a safe environment where learning comes first. The school will sustain a strong core area focus with rigorous content preparing students for Advanced Placement and college. With AVID strategies infused throughout the curriculum, students will experience four years of critical reading strategies, writing inquiry, collaboration, reflection, Socratic seminars, Costa’s and Bloom’s Levels of Questioning, Cornell note-taking as well as test taking strategies.

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he Casa Grande Middle School, in the elementary district, and Casa Verde, in the high school district, have been designated as STEM schools. The National Science Foundation gives the “short” definition of STEM as “an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy.” The educational goals of STEM include integrated studies of engineering between each of the STEM subject fields, and beginning engineering at younger grades including elementary school. The program is a national response to the need to prepare students for the current and future job market. The Foundation emphasizes that the program brings education to all students rather than only the gifted programs. Casa Grande Middle School recently held a special open house to introduce the STEM Academy to the local citizens. The academy started here last year with 90 sixth graders and 90 seventh graders. Next year 90 eighth graders will be added. We visited with principal Jennifer Murrieta to discover more. A great curricular advantage she points out is implementing “integrated studies” in daily work and assignments. The teachers are able collaborate to present reflexive assignments that allow students to work on one master project in more than one class. For example,

the classic Science Fair project, primarily a science class assignment, can be worked on in the Math and Language classes to improve math skills and report writing including numerical data, statistics, scientific process, logical reasoning and structure. Casa Verde High School is now a dedicated STEM school and it is well prepared for the new program. John Morris, math teach-

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er, has been the prime mover and adviser to the school’s award-winning Robot Team. Every year, the team receives specifications for the team’s annual competition. Immediately, the students set out to fund, design, and prepare to construct their robot. Local businesses help with the funding of materials. When the design is set, they collect materials, build a mockup and check the functionality. They write the program, build all the components, assemble them and test the operation. If you visit Mr. Morris’s class, you will see an array of nuts and bolts, tools

everywhere, diagrams on the board, some working at computers, students installing modules, and a number of inert chassis in the corner waiting to be activated. The atmosphere is always serious and fun, like a well run business! This year, Mr. Morris is also teaching an engineering class. Casa Verde School and Casa Grande Middle School teachers and leaders welcome the structure, pedagogy, and goals of the STEM program. It appears to be a great benefit to our local districts and provide opportunities for students’ futures.

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Page Article Central Arizona College EDUCATION

Live and Learn at Central Arizona College by Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

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or many, memories of college may include friendships made, activities participated in, late nights of studying, or a specific professor. It is these experiences along with others, such as living on campus that embody the college experience. The Central Arizona College Department of Residence Life recognizes that campus living provides one of the many learning opportunities available for students at CAC. Living on campus is an important element to a student’s college experience, allowing them to begin to discover their individuality. It also provides a connection with academic and student life programs. The American Council on Education reported that studies show students who reside on campus have higher retention rates, are more likely to achieve a higher grade point average, and have a positive self-image with enhanced self-confidence, public speaking ability and self-reliance. Overall, they participate in more extracurricular activities and report a higher degree of satisfaction with

their total college experience. Other advantages to living on campus include: being close to classes, the library, computer labs, and other campus facilities; educational, recreational and social programs; dining hall; furnished rooms; laundry facilities; and much more. The CAC Signal Peak Campus offers three types of housing facilities: Suites, Quads and the Tower. Students who choose to live in Suites will share a room with another student and bathroom with another room. In the Quad, two students are housed per room and share a bathroom with another room. A quad also shares a common lobby with three other rooms. The Tower is a traditional three-story residence hall with doors opening to an inside hallway. Two students are housed per room and share a bathroom with another room. CAC’s residence life staff works hard to help students make the most of their residence life experience. Through a variety of programs and services, the team of professional and student staff work to develop pos-

itive relationships with residents that provide students with opportunities for personal growth, intellectual and leadership development in a living-learning environment. “The deepest bonds that often last a lifetime are made within residence life,” stated Nev Kraguljevic, Director or Residence Life. “The complete college experience is not about the building structure, the amenities, or the food provided. Rather, it is about the community, collegiality, and friendships. That is what most people will carry in their hearts for life. I invite students to come and stay with us; create their own lifetime friendships and fond memories in our on-campus living environment.” For more information about living and learning at CAC please visit www.centralaz. edu/reslife or call 520-494-5470.

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A Jewel in the Desert by Tim Alai, General Manager Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort

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rancisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort is an ideal place to hold conferences, weddings, conventions, golf tournaments, sport competitions, festivals and corporate events amongst its abundant grounds and meeting spaces. Guests take pleasure in the tantalizing cuisine and extensive wine and drink selection as a catered group or just out for an enjoyable meal. The resort offers 64 beautifully appointed rooms and spacious suites with golf course, poolside, sport fields or garden views. Every guest room in the tower is oversized and has a large, inviting balcony with expansive vistas of the mountains in the distance Francisco Grande was one of the first sites for Spring Training with Major League Baseball and now is on the campus of the $20 million dollar Grande Sports World. Grande Sports World (GSW) has had fifteen of the 19 Major League Soccer teams train at the facility along with 5 National teams including the Canadian Olympic Team. College, high school, amateur and recreational athletes of all ages can experience one of the most complete multi-sport (soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby, cross country) facilities in the United States. Team competitions, tournaments, events, training camps, conditioning and rehabilitation are routinely held at Grande Sports World - all in the ideal Arizona climate. GSW boasts a 58,000 sq. ft state of the art performance center, 8 professional grade sports fields, 4 stadium quality

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locker rooms, 16 classrooms with multimedia capabilities, therapy pools, 18 hole championship golf course, and two driving ranges with short game complexes. Grande Sports Academy is on the campus of Grande Sports World and is home to the 2013 U16 USSDA National Champions and 2014 National Championship Finalist, Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy teams. The academy is the only full time residential academy that is affiliated with a Major League Soccer team – Real Salt Lake. Every graduate has earned a college scholarship to the finest universities or has signed a professional contract. Grande Sports Academy is nationally recognized and so far this year, the average grade point average is 3.67 and more than half of the student athletes have a 4.0 or above. Grande Sports Academy has earned the following accomplishments: • The prestigious “Style of Play” and “Best Training Facility” the past two years from US Soccer. • Alumnus have signed professional contracts to Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew, Bayer Leverkusen, Brondby IF, Molde FK and other professional teams. Grande Sports Academy offers focused residential camps throughout the year where campers play on professionally manicured field, train in the 58,000 square foot state of the art performance center and are challenged each day to improve technically, tactically, physically and mentally.

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Cultivating a Healthy Casa Grande by Mark Vanderheyden, Executive Director

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ny farmer can tell you it takes time for the seeds you plant in the ground to become ready to harvest because there’s a lot that goes into raising a healthy crop. Seeds of Hope has been sowing seeds of ministry and support to at-risk families in our community since 1993. What began with an afterschool kids club that met in a home, grew to include a hot lunch program to feed the homeless just a few years later. Today we plow, plant, water, and harvest seeds of ministry and support to adults, youth and children through our Mondo Anaya Community Center in Cruz Park, the Hot Lunch program at Calvary Baptist Church, the Stanfield Medical Clinic in

Stanfield, and the Community Garden on the west side of Casa Grande. We touched over 400 lives in 2014 through 26,000 visits to our various programs. Our focus continues to be equipping individuals and families spiritually, educationally and socially so that they become self-sufficient and productive members of our community.

The Mondo Anaya Community Center has become a valuable community asset. Our vision is for this facility to be the focal point in the neighborhood to find help and encouragement by participating in various programs and opportunities. We have sown an environment of hope to families looking to grow spiritually, educationally and

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socially. We have opened up our facility to partners like the Casa Grande Elementary and High School districts, the City of Casa Grande, and many others to provide meeting space to present their ideas and services at a location for those unable to travel to theirs. We see many families who are ripe with potential; they only need a little watering. You can help by providing the necessary financial support that allows us to keep improving lives. There are many ways to donate, visit our website at www.seedsofhopeaz. com or give us a call at 520-8366335 to learn how. Our annual dinner will be on February 28th . Come with us in 2015 as we blaze new trails, making our community stronger.

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ew people realize that altered states of consciousness are a natural and normal part of their everyday lives. The twilight moments between sleeping and wakefulness are altered states of consciousness, as are daydreaming, meditating, and being fully engrossed in a book or movie. Hypnosis is also an altered state of consciousness, one which utilizes the subconscious mind to solve problems, achieve goals, and create harmony and balance of body, mind, and spirit. Although it was not coined as “hypnosis” until the 1840s, this healing process has been used throughout history. There are records of hypnosis dating back 2,500 years in China and Egypt. In more recent times, many wounded World War II soldiers were successfully treated with hypnosis on the battlefield when morphine was unavailable. During a hypnosis session, an altered state of consciousness is achieved by deeply relaxing the body and stilling the conscious mind. In a relaxed state, the conscious mind steps aside, allowing the subconscious mind to come to the forefront to accept suggestions for the changes an individual desires. Hypnosis is a direct way to communicate with the subconscious mind, where our beliefs and thoughts are stored and habits are created. Lasting changes, such as releasing undesired habits and limiting thoughts, are experienced based on the information provided to the subconscious mind during hypnosis. Because the subconscious speaks the language of metaphorical images, using detailed images (also known as suggestions), the desired changes are produced

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rapidly. The subconscious accepts the suggested goals and objectives and automatically integrates them at a conscious level. Hypnotherapy is a client-centered, solution-focused tool for health which brings about profound change because it is specifically guided by the client’s goals and objectives. The process requires client participation and collaboration, so rather than being performed on them, hypnosis is performed with the co-creative efforts of the client. This approach is what makes hypnotherapy so effective - it is meaningful and specific to the individual. The entire approach is based on understanding and working with the individual’s perceptions and experiences in the world. Unfortunately, hypnosis has often been inaccurately portrayed as hocus-pocus, mind control, and even somewhat darkly mystical. These myths have created a veil of misunderstanding of this effective tool for health and wellness. In an effort to quell fears and illuminate the truths, below is a list of some prevalent myths, followed by the factual information: Myth: Hypnosis is a form of mind-control. FACT: Any hypnotic suggestion not in alliance with your core beliefs and values would be rejected by your subconscious mind. When stage hypnosis is used for entertainment purposes, participants may act silly, but they never do things against their better judgment.

er reveal anything you do not want to share or are not ready to share. Myth: It’s possible to never wake up from hypnosis. FACT: No one has ever remained in a hypnotic state; full and functional awareness always returns. Myth: You won’t be able to remember what happens while under hypnosis. FACT: Similar to dreaming, awareness can fade in and out during a session. However, people are quite often aware of everything that transpires and able to recall the entire experience. Myth: A person’s memory can be erased while under hypnosis. FACT: Memories cannot be erased. However, hypnosis can help manage the emotions related to the memories. Myth: Hypnosis is contrary to religious beliefs. FACT: Hypnosis is not associated with any religion; many religious groups accept the use of hypnosis for helping people. Professional hypnotherapists respect the faith of each individual and do not attempt to influence them.

Myth: Not everyone can be hypnotized. FACT: Everyone has the capacity to experience hypnosis; a few factors can limit the effectiveness, though. Fears stemming from misconceptions can impact the experience. Willingness to participate plays a significant role; if a person does not want to be hypnotized, they will not undergo hypnosis. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or having a mental condition which impedes the ability to focus, are also limiting factors. Some of the issues for which hypnotherapy is beneficial include: • Fears, phobias, and addictions • PTSD/trauma issues • Pain management • Enhanced memory • Test/Exam anxiety • Public speaking • Enhancing spiritual connection • Improving the quality of sleep • Increasing confidence & motivation • Children’s challenges (bed wetting, thumb sucking, nightmares) • Anxiety disorders • Stress management • Enhance sports performance • Weight loss • Smoking cessation

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rowing up in Casa Grande, one of the biggest parts of my memories was the desert. Playing outside was something we all did, and being in Arizona, that meant that a majority of our time was spent on the flat and scrubby land that seemed to be everywhere. In the seventies, the patch of desert behind Circle K on the corner of Trekell and Cottonwood was right across the street from my house. The group of kids from my neighborhood treated this area like a giant playground. One of our favorite activities was constructing tracks for our bikes. For days we would argue among ourselves about the layout, wanting it to have dips and turns like the ones we watched the General Lee navigate on The Dukes of Hazzard. Once a general agreement about the formation had been reached, shovels and anything else that could be used to dig or move the dirt was “borrowed” from our houses and put to use. We found out quickly that making something into what you envisioned in your head was harder than it looked! Many hours of physical labor and trying to con bigger kids and even adults into helping us dig were put in to our effort. Eventually our plans came to life and every part of the course was tested with bikes, hotwheels and even roller-skates. Changes were made based on our findings and new ideas continually tried. The track was a work in progress and consumed every afternoon until dinner time and most of Saturday and Sunday. Eventually, after months of riding along our path, the ground was pounded down and the course could be seen from the road. We were so proud of our work

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and guarded our creation fiercely from anyone who might try to destroy it. Besides having the track, our desert paradise had a couple of big mesquite trees that provided us with the opportunity for a “hang out”. The long hanging branches and the shade they produced gave us an area to set up underneath and play a variety of made up games. We dragged an old backseat from a car that someone had dumped and used it, along with lots of milk crates we snatched from behind Circle K, for seating. A gigantic wooden spool served as a table to hold all of the treasures we collected from the ground, and everything that was found was put to use somehow. Shoelaces from the variety of discarded shoes found in the dirt were used to tie old beer bottles and jars together and hung from the tree to act as wind chimes. Pages from newspapers blown like tumbleweeds and caught in bushes were smoothed out, stacked and held under an old clipboard to be used for writing and drawing. Old pieces of wood and wire were fashioned into weapons used for playing war or formed into tools we could use around our outdoor paradise. The possibilities were endless, however we learned early on to stay away from dead animals and birds, along with any container that wasn’t empty and dried out. In the eighties, my family moved out by Central Arizona College and my desert playground got even bigger. Although I was in high school, my brother and I still spent time outside. Our type of playing had evolved into dodging what seemed like the million of cholla cacti on our three-wheelers and dirt

bikes. We didn’t build a track, but created pathways that required quick reflexes when maneuvering and shortcuts to all our favorite places. We even fixed up an old golf cart and turned it into our desert mobile, making it look straight out of a scene from Mad Max. One day while exploring we stumbled upon an old dump, and I was fascinated with the old glass jars that once held Noxema or hair tonic that I found laying around unbroken. This turned into an obsession, and I began to ride out to this hidden area and explore whenever I had an afternoon off. I soon had a massive collection of glassware in every color, shape and size. I was eventually stopped by the construction of a dairy in the exact spot where I would hunt for treasures, but my love for the desert didn’t dwindle. Looking back, the desert playground I had as a kid became a big part of my adulthood. As I grew and moved away from our small town, I found that I missed the barren land, saguaros and scrub bushes I was so used to seeing every day. Tall trees and lush grass didn’t excite me like a palo verde or cottonwood tree. On trips home I would hope for rain so that I could breath in the smell of the drops hitting dirt, and in small apartments in all the cities I lived in you would find a small potted cactus by my kitchen window. Even now I find myself incorporating the desert into my artwork, and mourning the chunks of land cleared around us for housing developments. Who would have thought that the landscape surrounding us would have left such a big impression? I bet many of you feel the same way.

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not going to give us an increase in daily rate during this negotiation, we are going to terminate the contract and giving you 100-day notice. When that happened, I took action the first week of May and froze hiring on my own. Through attrition, through retirements or people leaving, or termination, plus layoffs of probationary employees, to this day, we’ve been able to achieve 82 vacancies. The executive summary by the consul-

“I’ll give you a sneak peek. Their deepest cut is not 11-million dollars. There are four options given, the lowest being approximately 5.8 million up to as high as 8 million.“ tant is due back in December and I believe we’re going to take additional action. The board’s first action was a 5 million dollar cut and they’re going to take an additional budget measure to cut it again. The sad point is I believe us, as a county, specifically the Board of Supervisors, made a decision because we were in a bad situation, which everybody understands. We were subsidizing the true cost of each ICE detainee in our jail, yet we always produced anywhere from 8 million to 11 million dollars in revenue each year. Now, that revenue stream is gone, and the county will not be able to cut that same amount of money from the jail budget. It isn’t as simple as it sounds. In order to maintain operations, we have to maintain security post in these pods. We have to run the laundry facility, infirmary, education center, transportation, intake, release, medical appointments… GC LIVING: Just keeping the utilities on. SHERIFF BABEU: Right and to do all those things costs money. I believe the board and the managers believed that if you’re going to eliminate 11 million dollars in revenue, which is the number they keep stating, somehow we’ll be able to cut 11 million dollars from the sheriff’s jail budget and that’s not going to happen. I’ll give you a sneak peek. Their deepest cut is not 11-million dollars. There are four

options given, the lowest being approximately 5.8 million up to as high as 8 million. Once they make this final cut, according to the consultant they hired, they can’t exceed that. Otherwise, we’ll have some face-to-face discussion, possibly in court. Because, even the outside independent consultant they hired is saying you cannot reduce staffing below this level, otherwise you compromise safety and security of the facility, and it could pose a threat and concern, not only to inmates, but also to staff. So the county could potentially be losing an additional 2 or 3 or 4 million dollars because of this action and there’s no reverse on this decision. GC LIVING: You count as one of your friends America’s Toughest Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. How did that happen along with a very telling investigation that was turned over to Pinal County to investigate Maricopa County? SHERIFF BABEU: The one investigation, the only investigation that Sheriff Joe has in his history. He’s approaching 23 years as sheriff. The only investigation ever sent out from his office was the one he gave to me and to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. I believed it was based on a trust in our professional relationship, in our friendship and political alliance, yet, he misread me. That harmed our relationship on every level. I remember countless face-to-face discussions we had. When he first asked me to take this investigation, I was told by several elected sheriffs, “Paul, do not take this investigation.” I was called by Senator McCain, that same day. He said, “Paul, turn that investigation back over to Sheriff Joe,” because at that time he was a mentor, and a friend, and an ally. And he said, “There’s no way you can win with this issue,” because it was such a public issue and it was accusing his chief deputy of corruption, abuse of power, and criminal charges that were already under investigation. This was an administrative review internally. All my friends and allies said, “There’s no way you can come out of this gaining anything. You’re going to be hurt badly,” regardless what you do, because you’re seen as an ally of Sheriff Joe. You’re going to be painted as a guy who’s whitewashing this investigation. If it doesn’t throw him

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he name Cowboy Days goes back to 1936 in Casa Grande history. Earl Thode, who had moved to Casa Grande with his Canadian wife Blodie, was the principle organizer. Earl was the first ever All Around Cowboy in Professional Rodeo. Latter, Blodie was elected to the Arizona State House and Senate. Thode and a group of cowboys and community citizens organized and produced the first Cowboy Days in 1936. The first rodeo was attended by Amelia Earhart, husband George Putman, and Arizona Governor B.B. Moeur. J.C. Penney attended the following year and it wasn’t uncommon to have state leaders and celebrities in attendance. The rodeo was considered one of the best in Arizona and drew top cowboys from across the country. Thode latter created an Indian Rodeo. Both eventually faded into history. The O’Odham Tash All-Indian Rodeo began over four decades ago. Community members concerned that Native Americans were not sufficiently appreciated in the City initially hosted a one day barbeque and rodeo to recognize their importance to Casa Grande. Early members included Jack Johnson, Ed Hooper, Gene Tashquinth, Leonard Johnson, Don Kramer, Dennis Kirkland, Dave White, Jim Goriaz and others. Gene Tashquinth and Leonard Johnson, both Tohono Odham, provided the name for the event meaning “a gathering of the people”. Tohono Odham Chairman Norris approved use of the name O’Odham Tash. The event blossomed into the international spotlight. Arizona Highways featured the event and a number of visitors from Europe scheduled their visits to coincide with the event. As the years passed some internal problems developed and the event began to slowly implode, and eventually left the community in 2011. We are thrilled to have the O’Odham Tash name back in the community where it all began. Five percent of the gross proceeds go

to Native American Scholarships each year. Cowboy Days gives scholarships to two CAC Rodeo Team members annually. We now call our event Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash. There have been some scheduling changes this year due largely to the way the calendar falls in 2015. The Ranch Rodeo will start things off on February 14, 2015. If you have never attended a ranch rodeo you’re really missing a treat. The Cowboys are authentic and enter as four man teams. A wild horse race and saddle bronc riding, using a working saddle, are entered separately. Most folks come back annually after seeing their first ranch rodeo. It’s the real deal! The Maple Leaf Classic for Canadian ropers only happens on Monday February 16th. It’s a special thank you for all our Canadian winter visitors. The Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro-Classic team Roping is a top event nationally having the best ropers in the county participating. It will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, the 24th and 25th due to scheduling. If you like team roping, don’t miss this one. On the 19th the arena will host the National Amateur Team Roping Association. Friday the 20th, the second arena will be filled with barrel racers. It’s a very competitive and exciting event. O’Odham Tash will take place February 21st and 22nd. The O’Odham Tash Parade will be traveling west on Florence Blvd. toward the Old Downtown starting at 10:00 AM Saturday. This year we expect to have all our Junior High and High School bands participate in honoring our Native American neighbors. It will be a great parade. The Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tash invite everyone to come out and be entertained over the 10 days. This is an enriching experience in preserving our historic western traditions and appreciation of Native American Culture.

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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

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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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ast September, we took a 7 day Disney Wonder Cruise through the western Caribbean with our granddaughter Alyssa. The entire experience was typical of what all of us have come to expect when visiting a Disney venue. The level of service and commitment to the whole family experience was evident throughout the cruise. A Disney Cruise is an adventure that crosses generational lines and can be considered as an alternative to the typical multi-day visit to a theme park. Since it includes all accommodations, food, entertainment, and stops in several countries, the cruise costs are comparable to a family vacation at Disney World. And did I mention that you and your children or grandchildren get to experience foreign cultures, not just view pictures or see a film of other countries. That alone can be a life changing experience that can stimulate their young minds to explore beyond their comfort zone. When Alyssa, who loves everything Disney, found out we were going on a Disney Cruise, it was impossible to not include her in our plans. However, from the beginning of our planning we were concerned about the experience she may have since a cruise is very different from a theme park. We had been on an Alaska cruise the year before and knew that there is a lot of down time between the ports as the ship is

in the open sea. We were concerned that she may get bored and miss her friends and family with all the time on her hands. And remember, in the middle of the sea there is no internet or cell phone service. Our concerns could not have been farther from reality. From the time we boarded the ship there were continuous activities and events to keep the kids occupied. In fact, the whole day sometimes passed without us ever seeing Alyssa. Disney ships have a Kids Zone area staffed by skilled counselors that supervise activities for youth of all ages. Scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, games, video arcade, movies and much more kept the kids engaged all day. And not to mention the all-day ice cream bar, fruit and veggie stations, and pizza and other grill stations to take care of even the hungriest teenager. Of course there are several pools for all ages where movies and music videos are shown continuously on large outdoor screens and Disney cast members perform live shows on outdoor stages. I hope you like Disney

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songs, because you hear them everywhere. Here is how Alyssa described her experience: “I went on the Disney Wonder Cruise on my fall break in 2013. I was very lucky that my grandparents could take me with them on the cruise. The ship took us to Jamaica, the Grand Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico. All the places were so beautiful and fun! My favorite of all the places was Grand Cayman because I got to swim in the ocean and hang out on the beach with my friend Amelie I had met on the ship. The ship had lots of fun activities for 13 year olds. I spent most of my time on the ship in a place called Edge. You could play games, play video games, watch a movie, draw, do scavenger hunts around the ship, and answer Disney trivia questions. It was great to know the servers at dinner and the activity leaders in Edge. I even made friends on the ship who live in Phoenix. It was such a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to go on another Disney cruise!” So, what about the adults? This is the best part. The ship had a separate “No Kids Zone” where adults had their own pool, free from the splashing and noise of the kid area. There is a coffee bar and fitness center with spa and message services. You can go to this area and just enjoy the ship’s movement through the water as you read your favorite book or listen

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to music and relax. It is like your own little retreat area where you can relax, refresh and refuel for when you pick up the kids at the end of the day. What would a Disney experience be without the familiar Disney characters? They are everywhere throughout the day. Picture opportunities are available each day with all your favorites. Of course, they offer professional photos if you like, but the staff was very accommodating to allow you to take your own photos. A special Character Breakfast is scheduled for all passengers where the characters come to every table for special poses with your kids. When I say favorite characters I’m talking about Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, Lilo and Stitch, and others. The service staff is very helpful to take pictures of your party. Each evening the Disney Cast put on a full professional show in the main theater. The entertainment was first-class as we have come to expect from Disney. My favorite night was a show called the “Golden Mickeys”. It featured the best of the Disney songs we have heard since our youth. The singing and dancing was exceptional. It doesn’t matter what age you are, the Disney magic experienced through songs and the characters brings you back to your childhood. Each evening is magical and sends you to your stateroom singing a tune in your heart. Everything about our Disney Cruise was of the finest quality. From the customer relations, to the room stewards and the dining wait staff and to the award-winning entertainment, everyone on the ship gave their best effort toward taking care of all the passengers. It was truly a moment we will all remember for many years.

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The Gene Yang Gang:

Celebrating the Life by Janelle Horsley, DDS., Gene Yang’s daughter

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ne thing I can recall quite clearly about Dr. Gene Yang was his asking me questions while he was probing around my mouth with a tool. I always thought that was pretty funny, and I think he thought so too -- he had that understated type of sense of humor. Gene was a fantastic doctor who really cared about his patients. I am thankful to have had a dentist of his quality and kindness, and that tradition has continued with [Dr. Janelle], Dr. Julie

and Dr. Phil. — Ed Petruska

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anelle, I have always been a source of stories and anecdotes of outdoor adventure with your father, the Great Gene Yang. If you will indulge me a chance to deviate from this expected path. Your father was always a gung-ho participant in anything that would give him great physical challenge in the outdoors. But I also had the privilege to see many acts of the Good Samaritan. While I was always a person who would

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willing get involved when someone was in obvious need of help your father was acutely sensitive to helping people who could just use a hand or a bit of support. He raised the bar for everyone around him to be the helping hand to anyone he detected might need help. He was first to offer his last bike tube, his spare tool, his last bottle of water, food or just ‘ride in” for someone who was ‘Hitting the Wall” even if it meant sacrificing his own result, part of this was possible because he was always well

ave you seen bicyclists, runners, or hikers wearing their Gene Yang Gang jerseys around town? The GYG was founded on February 12, 2010, the day my dad left this world behind and entered Heaven’s gates. The GYG meets every year at Picacho Peak to remember that day. His friends wanted to honor his legacy: ride.run.hike. grin.live. My dad would find any reason to enjoy the outdoors that he loved so much. He once

prepared. He was the kind of guy that for the fun of it, would pay the park entrance fee to the Grand Canyon of the car behind him just to see the occupant’s amazement. There are situations in his personal life and professional life that demonstrate this same caring constitution to which he never drew attention. He was as an amazingly kind and caring person. He made the rest of his friends step up their game. He helped all of us, his friends, be better people.

hiked 5 mountains in one day. He put thousands of miles on his bike. As a dentist, he worked to create sparkling smiles. He loved to surprise people by picking up their check at a restaurant, or sneaking into their house to install a new TV for Christmas! He found joy in every aspect of life. February 12, 2010 was an uncannily mild winter Friday. It was sunny with blue skies. I remember, because as soon as I received the call from my dad’s good friend Wes Baker, I

For this is how will I always remember him, and deeply value his friendship. — Eric Wilkey

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ou know this, your dad was one special man. Quiet but when he spoke you knew you needed to listen. He did not waste his words. I remember he called me one day when we were still in Tucson. It was the middle of the week and he called to tell me he was headed to Tucson to see his parents and did I have time to go for a ride. The answer was of

course. I dropped everything and We met at Honey Baked Ham on Oracle and Ina where he had just had lunch with his folks. From there we saw his folks off then we took off for 2 hours of good, hard riding. Not many words exchanged (we were working so hard), just the sounds of our bikes purring beneath us as we hammered to Saddlebrook and back late on a fall afternoon. I miss the long rides with Wes, John, Eric, Kenny and Gene. When Gene hit the front of our pace line I was

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always grimacing hoping I could hold his wheel; as he pulled off the front, always that little smile letting us know he had thoroughly enjoyed dishing out a little pain -in a good sort of way. He also had a tendency to sneak away from the table during a meal and when it came time to pay, we would learn Gene had picked up the tab (something he and Wes loved to do). Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim or cycling to Picacho Peak and climbing to the top, then riding home. I miss

truck and only suffered a left knee injury, cuts, and scrapes. He soon returned to dental practice, and we now have two beautiful sons. It’s been 5 years since we said goodbye to my dad, but we will never forget. Every day with Phil and our boys is a bittersweet reminder of that miraculous day. In the midst of incomprehensible loss, we have hope. Anyone can be a member of the Gene Yang Gang. It’s easy - just aspire to leave this world better than you found it.

him, Janelle. And I, and we, are so much better to have had him for the time that we did. He and Greg (Brecher) both. Good men, good dads, good friends. He made us all better people. Take care. — Kevin Burns

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very morning when I get up I see Gene Yang. It is only a photograph of him displayed in one of our book cases in our bedroom but it has the effect of taking me back a few short years ago when I was with Gene at least once a week . Every Friday morning I drove into

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Gene’s driveway at 5:30 A.M. to pick him up for our weekly climb up Signal Peak outside of Casa Grande. We hiked to the top regardless of the weather and always remarked to each other how lucky we were to stand on the summit of a fairly steep desert mountain and watch the sun come up. We laughed that New Yorkers did not know what they were missing! Gene was not big on conversation but I knew he loved those hikes as much as I did. My hiking buddy

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ran outside and pleaded to the helicopter flying overhead that the news wasn’t true. The news, of course, was that a freight train had collided with my dad’s F-250. My dad, Gene Yang, had been hunting javelina near Newman Peak with my husband, Phil Horsley. On their way home, at an unmarked crossing, authorities think he was checking the opposite direction when their truck crossed the tracks. My dad died on impact, but miraculously, my sweet husband was thrown from the

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has been gone now for five years. I wonder what kind of mountain Gene now is hiking and what, like the New Yorkers, am I missing. At least till I meet up with Gene again. — John Skelley

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ive years ago on February 12, 2010 my friend Gene Yang died in an accident on a beautiful afternoon in view of Picacho Peak and Neuman Mountain. I miss him every day. We humans struggle to fully understand the eternal aspect of our lives, but this

much we know, our life is a gift from God. When the mortal season of our lives comes to its end our fleshly seed will fall into the ground and through Faith in Jesus Christ our eternal spirit will arise to join Jesus Christ forever in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. It is this knowledge of the Truth of Gene’s new heavenly home that allows me to fully be thankful for his love and friendship with a clear sense of hope and joy in knowing that we will all see him again and bask in the presence

of his love. To paraphrase Gene’s extraordinary friend Eric Wilkey, “As each of us travel towards the summit of this mortal life to the gateway of heaven we know when we arrive to the eternal city of God our friend Gene will be waiting close to Jesus to welcome us home.” Thank you Gene for your love, for your goodness, for your smile and for pouring your life into all of us in all the important ways! I love you Gene. Amigos Para Eternidad, — Wes Baker

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don’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t love horses. My mother tells me my father and she put me on a pony ride in a carnival and I never stopped talking horses from that point forward. I love their smell, I love watching them, I love grooming them and riding them. I am mesmerized with their power. I am fascinated by the way they think and respond. Their beauty takes my breath away. Horses have been one of my greatest passions. I am one of the fortunate people who have been blessed to have a business built around her passion. When my husband and I bought the land that would someday grow into my boarding and training stable, we named it “Grianna”, which is Gaelic for “a place in the sun”. In this wonderful sunny place, I have watched dozens of children grow up around horses, and countless adults overcome fear or lack of knowledge and become excellent riders. Some of them are even competing at the top of their sport. We are mindful of how blessed we are to look through our good horses’ ears at the Central Arizona landscape. The qualities of a good horseman are many. Patience. Empathy. Consistency. Determination. Persistence. Emotional and Physical Fitness. All of these and more are needed to become a skilled horseman. Add to these time and knowledge and it is easy to see how horses become a life-long pursuit. I watch many of my young riders gain confidence, stay on top of their studies and in general, find success in school and other extra-curricular activities. Even my students who learn about horses for a short time are enriched by the experience. Once you have learned to positively influence an animal that weighs 1000+ pounds,

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many other challenges seem easy by comparison. These kids learn leadership and responsibility in a very real, hands-on way. A bond with another species is always challenging but very rewarding. To have a partnership with a large, powerful animal is a rare and beautiful endeavor. Horses are prey animals. People are predators. How amazing they can overcome their basic instincts and allow us to direct them and rule them. Because of their size and instinct, however, they also can be very dangerous. Safety around horses is one of my greatest concerns. Nothing is scarier than a scared horse! Understanding them and teaching them to overcome their fear is an important step of good horsemanship. Learning to communicate and interact with the horse is a skill that must be patiently developed. Helping to improve communication and connection between a student and the horse is one of my many pleasures. Watching them as they both grow and change, become smarter, calmer, and braver never ceases to delight me. I am a lifelong student of the horse. The more I learn, the more I realize there is yet more to learn! We are fortunate to live in an area rich in horse ownership. One of my concerns is it will become increasingly out of reach as it becomes more expensive to keep a horse. From the age of three until I was eleven years old I begged my parents for a horse. Every birthday and Christmas list consisted of that single request. Horses have enriched my life. I am so glad I have been able to share them with so many others. Every time I meet a girl with that same hunger, I recognize it. I wish I could fuel and fulfill that passion for all of them.

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ot all cops eat donuts; in fact some get heart burn from them! Who knew? With TV dropping thieves roaming the streets of Casa Grande, Jeppe and Shamus went on a ride-along with Officer Campa and Officer Kieser. Their great journey started with an officer’s meeting at the police station. They saw fun training videos of “robbers” dropping TVs, and learned that if you shoot bullets through a car windshield they will fly down instead of up. After the meeting, Shamus and Jeppe split up to go on their own adventure. Shamus’s first stop involved trespassing and Jeppe’s first stop with officer Kieser involved a crazy man who locked

himself out of his house. After an hour of putting a stop to this criminal activity, something exciting finally happened. Jeppe and Officer Kieser had to check a house where the alarm went off. They met another officer at the house whose name Jeppe couldn’t remember, but since they did not see anything suspicious through the windows, Officer Kieser jumped the fence into the backyard to get a better look at the house. Jeppe was excited by the action, but “luckily” they found nothing suspicious. Meanwhile, Shamus and Officer Campa were enjoying the fine burgers of the closest In-N-Out. After their dinner, Shamus and Officer Campa headed over to the dispatching stations to check out what it’s like. With computers, radios and wires everywhere, Shamus and Officer Campa decided to head out to meet Officer Kieser and Jeppe on a call of three shoplifters suspected of stealing many items from Walmart. When they arrived, the experienced Officer Kieser questioned every thieving suspect and they all gave different stories Jail Cell

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about what had just happened. However, Officer Kieser checked their records and found out that two of them had been caught shoplifting before which would give them a severe punishment. After 40 minutes of checking security cameras and questioning everyone, they brought shoplifters to the station where they had to spend some time in the jail before they had to go to trial. Jeppe was happy when he got to fill out the evidence papers. He also found it amusing to watch the actual theft on the security cameras and see the whole crime in slow-motion. It was the first time he had been in a security room, and it wasn’t at all like he expected it to be. He thought it would be like the high-tech CIA rooms he had seen on television shows, but found it was just a room with one TV screen. Before Jeppe and Shamus left the police station, a shirtless, scary looking guy was dragged

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in for beating up his wife, clearly domestic abuse. After the domestic abuse guy, they got the most exciting call of the night. Seven trucks were reported to be illegally street racing. As the two cops and two teens made their way stealthily into the neighborhood street, the call bit the dust. When they confronted the racers, who were really nice people, they explained that it was just an old granny complaining about the sound of their engines. How disappointing! At 9 o’clock on the dot, Jeppe and officer Kieser finally got a

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break from cleaning up crime in the city streets. They all went to Tommy’s Bistro and got some delicious pizza. They only had thirty minutes, so everybody had to eat fast. The last cop activity before Jeppe’s and officer Kieser’s amazing journey ended when they pulled over a car because the headlights weren’t working. They found out that the man had absolutely no driver’s license. Kieser and Jeppe arrested the man, took

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him in, and called it a night. That last stop of Jeppe’s wasn’t nearly as awesome as Shamus and Officer Campa’s. Shamus’s last stop involved a gas station in a highly remote location. Officer Campa filled the police vehicle with regular gas and drove to the police station where they filled out a few pages of paper work about a stolen car and their trespassing incident. After that, Officer Campa and Shamus called it a day.

down a flight of stairs, and if it somehow makes him look bad you’re going down the stairs. Everybody believed there was no way I could win. Sheriff Joe told me himself, “I want you to do a straight-up investigation. Whatever you find is what you find.” I personally involved myself in this investigation, the weeks of interviews, as well as our staff, and at significant cost. What ended up happening were such egregious violations of trust, abuse of power and authority, lawful authority were exposed that I recommended to the sheriff he terminate all three of those high ranking officials. He didn’t like that, and told me so. I’ve never shared this with the media. We had an argument in his office. He already had positions lined up for each of these three. He was going to move them and keep their jobs in the Sheriff’s Office, but basically shuffle them around to some other place. When I recommended he needed to fire them, that there was no other appropriate action, he said, “I’m the sheriff of this office, not you, and you are not going to tell me what to do here.” And I said, “Sheriff, this is bigger than you. This is bigger than Maricopa County. You’re the big sheriff in Arizona, but this threatens the perishable trust we hold with the public as law enforcement.” He didn’t want to hear that,

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and I said, “You can do whatever you want because I’m just giving you advice. You asked me to give you the straight up on this investigation, and this is what it is. These people betrayed the trust you placed in them, and you should be madder than hell at the fact they abused that trust and the power that you had given them.” I said, “I’m going to tell the media I’ve recommended you fire all three of these people.” And he said, “You would not do that.” And I said, “Yes, I am going to do that because I’m not going to compromise myself and my integrity for this investigation.” And through several other discussions, there was an evolution and he realized I wasn’t out to run his Sheriff’s Office. I was giving him the facts and there was no other way he could have handled this in my belief. I promised him if he did the right thing, and took these actions, that absolutely I would defend him publicly. He was afraid and said, “People will believe I don’t know anything that’s happening in the Sheriff’s Office if all this stuff comes out,” because I was telling him things he never knew. I said, “The sign of a good leader, you have 3500 full time employees. I don’t know everything that goes on in my own Sheriff’s Office! But, when information is presented to you and you’re aware of it and you act, and admit that, that’s the sign of a good lead-

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The LIVING Interview (continued) er.” And I said, “I will defend you on this issue because you’ll take a lot of heat.” He agreed to that, and that’s exactly what I did. That earned me going from his number one favorite, where he called me his son, his good son on a TV show in Phoenix, to not being a friend in any regard, I guess. GC LIVING: You haven’t won any friends with the Immigration Department either. SHERIFF BABEU: No (laughs). No, I don’t think so. I think, in fact, a lot of Hispanics in our county are supportive, and I believe people throughout our state that are attentive to my vernacular on the immigration issue, say, a comparison with Sheriff Joe, they’re very different. Not just styles – but implementation. We have focused in Pinal County on going after the actual smuggling and the drug cartels. We’ve done this with amazing success as a county, working with partners in law enforcement. I promised, when I ran in 2008, we would not go on farms, we would not go into government buildings, we would not do all these raids that Sheriff Joe has done. So it’s not like, I’m somehow mad at Sheriff Joe and I’m saying these things to criticize him. I said that when I first ran, and I’ve maintained my word and my promise. Sometimes, my views on the immigration issue and what we should do as a society about the 11 to 20 million illegals get confused with Sheriff Joe’s positions. I focus on border security and fighting the actual smuggling that goes on, because we are clearly the number one pass-through county for drugs and smuggling in the state. The history has usually shown we’re number one. That’s changed recently and shifted to Texas, but I believe, because the border remains unsecured, those numbers will come back up in a significant fashion in the future when the U.S. economy improves. GC LIVING: Have I missed anything that you would like to share with the readers? What direction is the Sheriff’s Department going in 2015 and beyond? SHERIFF BABEU: Our Sheriff’s Office will continue to focus on training, on equipment, and on discipline internally to yield the best results for the actual service we provide to so many unincorporated areas. We are the only SWAT team, even for Casa Grande, for all the cities and towns that we partners with. We’re the narcotics task force that deals

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with warrants and drug investigations for every community. We partner with all our local agencies, so it’s just not us as a sheriff’s office. Oftentimes, we are one of the leads, if not the lead partner, with the 13 law enforcement agencies in the county. Many of the smaller agencies can’t afford detectives or motor officers with a heightened level of training and understanding of investigations for injuries, with accidents, injuries, or fatal wrecks, even identification technicians. Oftentimes, we’re called to provide

“I am running for reelection in 2016, to serve another four years. This is the critical time to shape our organization, to prepare for continued growth, and a brighter future for the county.” these additional services, so there are other stressors on the Sheriff’s Office with our reduced staff, and our commitment is to maintain the level of service, even though it’s becoming more and more stressed. We try to work with the Board of Supervisors to get to a point where we have more competitive pay for retention, and when our economy improves, to hire additional staff and important support staff so we can best prepare for the future. I am running for reelection in 2016, to serve another four years. This is the critical time to shape our organization, to prepare for continued growth, and a brighter future for the county. I want to be a part of that. I’m honored to play a role in that discussion and that solution. GC LIVING: Now you have recently been able to pick up a number of sworn officers from the exodus from Casa Grande. SHERIFF BABEU: Yes. We hired, within the last six months, nine Casa Grande police officers, and when we had the issues with the ICE contract, my commitment to our jail staff is, anybody in our jail who would like to become a deputy will get priority. The last two testing’s we had over the past four months was solely for jail staff, and we’ve hired about eight new jail staff deputies. I told other Casa Grande officers looking to come to the Sheriff’s Office,

not for more money, but for opportunity. I think there were many issues for those Casa Grande police officers. I also think there was change going on internally with new leadership which gave them pause to reassess their situation. I don’t think it was the main or the final trigger. It gave them the opportunity to think, “Where am I going? What opportunities do I have in an agency of 80 or less, or can I go to the Sheriff’s Office, still live in my same home, and test to become a canine handler?” because we have five of handlers. Or, “I can become a motor enforcement traffic officer.” We have close to ten. “I can become a detective.” We have over 30. “I can promote in a few years to sergeant.” We have over 30. The opportunities for specialty assignments and promotion were far greater than could be provided, or offered, in Casa Grande. I think that they saw opportunity in their professional development. A sad thing for Casa Grande P.D. is we recruited some of their best officers. GC LIVING: Would you as the head of a law enforcement agency be concerned watching officer after officer, sergeant, and higher command level individuals, leaving to the point that 20 to 25% of your sworn staff has left in a relatively short period of time? Would a light bulb go off to you and say, ‘I need to look at this situation?’ SHERIFF BABEU: Absolutely. I’ve seen it that way, and I ... Absolutely. You know, we have had staff leave as well, and it had more to do with pay. Let’s speak to those nine Casa Grande officers we recruited. Two of them actually took a pay cut, and most of them, came in at a very similar salary. I think one or two got a slight raise. So it wasn’t about money. It was about other issues. It’s far more dramatic in a smaller agency. It is concerning, and should bring the focus of not just the police chief and leadership, but every elected official and community leader in Casa Grande. GC LIVING: At the end of the day, the Sheriff’s Department benefitted. SHERIFF BABEU: We did, and the fact is these officers, now deputies, remain in our county, and still provide law enforcement service right here in the Casa Grande area. GC LIVING: Pinal County – is it still a major drug corridor?

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Better than Home by Dee Dee Davis, Adult Service Librarian This spring, the library has an explosion of new programs guaranteed to curb your boredom!

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fter all the maintaining, renovating, doing daily chores, and tending the yard; sometimes we all just want to get out of the house and do something else! Well, you’re in luck! This spring, the library has an explosion of new programs guaranteed to curb your boredom! We’ve always offered Storytimes for babies, toddlers, and families at both branches which are not to be missed. Now we give you: Family Flicks, Quidditch Practice, Tween Wednesday, Enchanted Tea Parties, Puppetry Club, Children’s Writing Workshop, Family Gaming and a Princess Party! All held at Vista Grande Library and hosted by Mr. David, who has no qualms about dressing up for those tea parties (think Gru from Despicable Me 2) and zooming around the room for Quidditch practice! And that’s just for the month of January! Not to be out done by the proliferation of programs for the Children’s Department; Teens will now have access every Tuesday after school to an amazing Maker Space/Hacker Space at the Vista Grande Library. A 54 key keyboard and digital drum set is available to wail on! Bringing your

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own instruments for an impromptu jam session is highly encouraged. If music is not your scene, there will be a whole table devoted to art. Draw manga characters with art pencils, tribal designs in charcoal, dabble with face paint, or get in touch with your inner-Picasso and create a masterpiece. For those who express themselves best with writing, bring your own material to work on and share with other like-minded folks for feedback. Edit your tome into the next great American novel or try your hand at all types of poetry from Shakespearian, Spencerian, Petrarchan sonnets, free form and Hiakus. Word! But that’s not all! Every Thursday after school, teens from all over town team up for some intense Gaming sessions. Xbox? We have it. PS3? Have it! Some of our most popular games are Halo, Smash Brothers, Call of Duty, and Marvel v. Capcom. On the other side of the wall, Teens may watch a newly released DVD, like Maze Runner or Guardians of the Galaxy. The adults will not be left out of the profusion of new offerings. Saturday, January 10th the Main Library will be hosting its Open House, fresh from its modern renovation. There will be

a myriad of games, prizes, food; oh my! This is an exciting event for the whole family. The Main Library will be offering a Southwest Film and Speaker series starting in January and continuing until April. In February, the Vista Grande Library will hostthree very special programs. Find your roots with our Beginning Genealogy class on February 6th. Then check out the Sonoran Desert Nature Family Friendly Activities the following day on February 7th. If you are currently single, you’ll definitely want to attend our Love Match workshop lead by author and relationship guru, Steve Bass on February 11thThis is in addition to all the Technology Classes we offer throughout the year, from how Basic Computers to figuring out how to use your Ipad. We also have fantastic book clubs at both libraries; the Lunch Bunch at Main and the Literati at Vista Grande. Last, but certainly not least, we have a growing English as a Second Language classes at both branches. All library programs are free and open to the public. Here you thought you had nothing fun to do? Why are you still at home?! Come on down to the library and experience something new!

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The LIVING Interview (continued) continued from page 126... SHERIFF BABEU: Yes, despite the efforts we’ve made. This is where I went to the state legislature back four years ago and asked for additional funding resources to fight the cartels and enforce the law. During a budget cut of one and one-half billion dollars, they gave us one and onehalf million dollars...to great criticism. We bought our first helicopter. We’re a county larger than the state of Connecticut, yet there’s no air support for any agency. Now we have two helicopters fully operable and a backup helicopter in order, to support our patrol operations, for any local agency for search and rescue and drug cartels. Our sheriff’s office led this effort. The largest drug bust in the history of Arizona occurred here in Pinal County two to three billion dollars in one day. This investigation took eight months to develop. In one day, we arrested 76 members of the Sinaloa cartel. They were carrying 108 firearms, not just handguns like I have, but scoped rifles, AK47s. Two of these guns were traced back to Fast and Furious. This happened two years ago, so it shows you that, hey, we’re the deputies that answer the 911 calls, yet we achieved something not only historic, but monumental impact against the cartels with the help of local agencies like Casa Grande PD and all our other local agencies that are part of the narcotics task force. A huge achievement from our standpoint, operationally! Switching the subject back to measurement; because I can talk and represent the sheriff’s office as well, I’m a great advocate for the good work our men and women do, yet at the end of the day, its results. A great benchmark to measure our success in improved service is response time! When I was elected in 2008, the average emergency response time in Pinal County was about 15 minutes to get to an emergency call because our county’s so large and the staffing every sheriff has complained about. We changed our fielding of resources, retaining 3 or 4 large districts where people were roaming. We broke it down initially into 27. It’s now 22 distinct geographic beats where every deputy is assigned a small geographic area for an entire year, not 3 or 4 months. A deputy gets to know the businesses, the neighborhoods, the schools, the frequent flyers, meaning the THE HOME & GARDEN EDITION

criminals. You have ownership - skin in the game. What happens is in your beat. You’re responsible, so there’s a sense of ownership and accountability that took place. That started to transform the culture, and we’ve seen that 15 minutes has now shrunk to an average county-wide of 7 minutes, which still isn’t the ideal response time for a call, but that’s the average. In high population areas like Casa Grande and San Tan Valley our response time is the fastest in the valley. We have a 3 to 3.5 minute emergency response time for a call, for a priority 1 call. Sometimes we clip and get there 2 for a priority one call. That beats Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert,

right here in Pinal County. The average has been cut in half and, with less resources, service has improved. Some people, mainly internally, complain I’m heavy-handed with discipline and I agree in some regards. Just this month, we’ve fired five employees for conduct. I wanted to bring up the points about the significant drug bust, which is a proven result of our focus, and also response time - a measure of service. Some people never call 911, but if they do, in a car wreck for example, our response is far quicker than it ever was. GC LIVING: Thank you, Sheriff. SHERIFF BABEU: Absolutely. Thank you.  W IN T ER 20 15 GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING 129


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A Little Sparkle by Kaylee Lindgren

I see the stars. They are as bright as my eyes. I look at the stars every night. They are as beautiful as my friends. And when it is morning the stars go away. It is okay because I still have the sun. I am happy the stars will come again.

Have your child stop by the Vista Grande Library in Casa Grande to enter the Golden Corridor LIVING essay contest.

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