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Fire chiefs working together to ensure a smooth transition BY TRACY DEMETROPOLIS

Incoming DMFM Chief Brian Tobin (left) and soon-to-be-retired Chief Mark Nichols, spoke to an audience at a Representative Town Hall Photo by Tracy Demetropolis Meeting in Anthem on January 10.

ANTHEM – For nearly nine years, Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical (DMFM) Chief Mark Nichols has served the communities of New River, Anthem and Desert Hills. But as a Greek philosopher once said, “change is the only constant in life.” And Nichols said it’s time to move on and enjoy his retirement. “Thank you for the friendship and support you’ve given me,” Nichols said January 10. “It’s a partnership (between the department and the community), and it has been a pleasure.” Nichols said an early goodbye to the community at

the Representative Town Hall meeting in Anthem last Friday and welcomed incoming Chief Brian Tobin, who officially joined DMFM on January 6. Tobin has 37 years of firefighting experience under his belt. Nichols, who has been a firefighter for 48 years, said his last day on the job will be February 13. “It should be an easy transition,” Nichols said. “When I heard he (Tobin) was going to retire from the City of Phoenix (COP), I asked him if he was interested in throwing his hat in the ring. I’ve known him a lot of years, and you guys are fortunate to have him take the helm.”

Tobin has been with the COP Fire Department since 2004, where he served as the Assistant Battalion Chief and then Fire Battalion Chief until he retired in June of last year. But Tobin knows the DMFM coverage area well. Not only does he live in North Phoenix, but he served as DMFM Interim Fire Chief from November 2010 to April 2011. “I loved the short amount of time I worked with Daisy Mountain, and I was grateful for the opportunity to come back,” Tobin said. “I’m very honored to follow in Mark’s footsteps.”

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For seventh straight decade, Arizona should gain House seat from Census BY WISSAM MELHEM CRONKITE NEWS

WASHINGTON – The only things certain in life are death, taxes – and, for the last six decades, that Arizona would gain seats in Congress. That streak is almost certain to continue in 2020, when the census is expected to show the state has added enough new residents over the last 10 years to add another seat in the House, its 10th. “What we’ve seen is Arizona basically gaining a potential seat for much of this decade,” said Kim Brace, president of Election Data Services. “It’s been on the radar for a while.”

Besides giving the state that much more clout in Congress and one more vote for president in the Electoral College, the addition of a House seat is also sure to draw attention from the national political parties as they battle to win the seat. “New congressional districts almost always generate a group of all-stars to compete for the right to win that seat, and so there are mini political Super Bowls,” said Arizona political analyst Jason Rose. A recent Census Bureau survey showed that Arizona was one of the fastest-growing states in the nation in 2018. The bureau said the state had added almost 780,000 people

from 2010, the last full census count, through the 2018 population estimates. The growth has been so big that experts like Brace say the population should be large enough in 2020 to capture a new congressional seat with 235,000 people to spare. “It just adds to Arizona’s clout both from a political perspective but then also in terms of funding and policy considerations” that will affect the state, said Bill Scheel, founding partner of the Phoenix political consulting firm Javelina.

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Painter Meg Harper will be one of the artists exhibiting at the 27th Annual Winter Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival January 17 to 19 in downtown Carefree. Read about Harper and her colorful critter paintings in next week's issue. Photo courtesy of Meg Harper

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Cave Creek Rodeo Days organizers seek Queen contestants CAVE CREEK — Cave Creek Rodeo Days organizers are seeking contestants for its February 15 Queen Contest, including rodeo queen and teen queen. Applications to participate in the royalty contest must be submitted no later than Saturday, February 1. In addition, the royalty program is expanding to include young princesses who may eventually go on to compete for queen and teen queen titles. Contestants are judged on their horsemanship, personality and appearance. Contestants must be able to communicate a strong understanding of the sport of rodeo. Young women ages 18 to 23 are invited to compete for rodeo queen, while teens ages 13 to 17 will be competing for the teen queen title. The winner of the 2020 rodeo queen competition will receive an educational scholarship award, Cave Creek Rodeo Days belt buckle and other prizes. The teen queen winner will receive a Cave Creek Rodeo Days belt buckle and other prizes.

Winners of both the queen and the teen queen titles will travel the Turquoise Circuit representing Cave Creek Rodeo Days at events throughout the Southwest in 2020. Brooke Smith, 2019 Cave Creek Rodeo Days queen, and Rylee Anforth, 2019 teen queen, will continue their duties through February 15 when a new queen and teen queen are crowned. They have been traveling the Turquoise Circuit representing Cave Creek Rodeo Days at events throughout the Southwest. Cave Creek Rodeo Days is also seeking girls ages 6 to 12 to participate in the Princess Program. Princesses learn how to be good role models, spokeswomen and friends while promoting the sport of rodeo and the western way of life. Princesses are accepted into the program year-round. Applications for rodeo queen and teen queen can be found at CaveCreekRodeo. com/royalty-information and they must be submitted to queens@cavecreekrodeo.com no later than Saturday, February 1.

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Winners of both the queen and teen queen titles will travel the Turquoise Circuit representing Cave Creek Rodeo Days at events throughout the Southwest.

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Cave Creek Rodeo Days set for March 27 to 29 Now in its 43rd year, with Sanderson Ford as the 2020 title sponsor, the event will take place at Cave Creek Memorial Arena with three thrilling Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo performances featuring top-ranking PRCA and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants. This year’s event kicks off on Saturday, March 21 starting at 9 a.m., with the festive Cave Creek Rodeo Days

parade through town. On Tuesday, March 24, the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Golf Tournament will take place at Tatum Ranch in Cave Creek. Tickets for rodeo weekend go on sale January 31. Ticket prices range from $27 to $200, with discounts available online through March 20. To purchase tickets, go to Cavecreekrodeo.com and click the ticket button. For more details, call (480) 304-5634 or email info@cavecreekrodeo.com.


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Peoria PD to host motorcycle-safety event PEORIA - On Saturday, February 8, the Peoria Police Department (PPD) in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is proud to host an interactive motorcycle-safety class. There is no charge for this one-day class which is open to the public. The program will consist of a short classroom discussion to cover safe riding habits and overall motorcycle safety, followed by hands-on course instruction. During the riding portion of the course, critical riding skills will be reinforced to promote the optimal response to dangerous riding situations. Riders must have a valid driver’s license and a current motorcycle endorsement. Riders will not obtain a motorcycle endorsement in this course. In addition to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, PPD has also partnered with Arrowhead Harley Davidson, RideNow Powersports, Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation and the Helmet Center who will be available to provide motorcycle safety product demonstrations. Motorcycle riders wishing to apply for this course can fill out a short application at

https://www.peoriaaz.gov/motorcycle class. Selected participants will be notified prior to the class. Seating is limited and program participants will be selected based upon application screening. Date/Time: Saturday, February 8 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Peoria Sports Complex 16101 N 83rd Ave. Peoria, AZ

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Don’t miss Pet Expo and adoption event! ANTHEM — Join us for another cute and cuddly pet event Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Enclave at Anthem Senior Living, 42015 North Venture Drive in Anthem. It’s a great opportunity for adoptions, information, supplies, pets, friends, prizes and fun. Come and meet the dogs and cats that are ready for adoption and visit with local pet-related businesses. Each adopted pet will go home with an adorable adoption basket created by local businesses. There will be homemade dog treats crafted by the residents for purchase. We also need a total of four volunteers to assist with handling animals, communicating with potential adopters and overseeing the table. The event begins at 9:30 a.m., but we ask volunteers to arrive at 9 a.m. to set up. They will also be needed to do take down after the expo. This should not take long. For events where we have animals, all volunteers must be 18 years or older. Go to www.anthem pets.org/volunteer/ to fill out an application. For questions or more information, contact Lori at LoriM@AnthemPets.org. Casino Night returns SCOTTSDALE — Join DreamCatchers on Saturday, January 18 for its second annual Casino Night fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. It's the biggest of the year for DreamCatchers and one of our only national fundraisers to support us through 2020. We will also be announcing a new national partnership at this event, so it's sure to be exciting. DreamCatchers is a network of high school or college student clubs dedicated to fulfilling the end-of-life Dreams of hospice patients in their communities. Student chapters work with local hospices in their communities to fulfill the Dreams of their patients, in the form of a memorable experience or event

to celebrate that person and their life. For example, a Dream may be a sailboat ride, for a man who loved the ocean and spent years of his life on boats and submarines. Or, a Dream may come in the form of a family reunion celebration, for a patient (“Dreamer”) who rarely gets to see her family anymore and wants to spend some quality time together. Single tickets are $50. For tickets or more information, go to www. dreamcatchers1.org. Learn how to save a life ANTHEM— Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical is presenting a FREE CCC (Continuous Chest Compression) CPR, AED and STOP the Bleed class Tuesday, January 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Daisy Mountain Fire Administration Building, 41018 N Daisy Mountain Drive in Anthem. This course follows the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE curriculum and the American College of Surgeons STOP the Bleed curriculum. The class is part lecture and part handson training. No certificate will be issued. No Preregistration needed. Please contact Paul Schickel at (623) 465-7400 extension 202 or email Paul.Schickel@DMFD. org if you have questions or you'd like to schedule this class or any of our other classes for your group of eight or more. Music/arts series celebrates black history PEORIA — The City of Peoria is partnering with other West Valley cities to offer a music and arts series in honor of Martin Luther Ling, Jr. Day and Black History Month. There will be live music, artist exhibitions and presentations throughout January and February celebrating the rich history, culture and art of African Americans. Events include: January 21 at 9:30 a.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Walk and concert at Centennial Plaza January 22 at 7 p.m. An African American Experience concert at the Peoria Center for Performing Arts

February 11 at 2 p.m. Artist talk from Patricia Bohannon at Sunrise Mountain Library

For more, contact Black Canyon Heritage Park at info@ blackcanyonheritagepark.org or Ann at (623) 293-8628.

February 18 at 2 p.m. Artist talk from Carla Keaton at Sunrise Mountain Library For more information or to get tickets, visit www.peoriaaz. gov/events.

Music classes starting soon CAREFREE — Registration for music classes for the Spring Semester at Jubilate Conservatory of Music in Carefree is now taking place. Chorus, Strings, Harp and Orchestra classes for children ages 5 to 18 begin January 22. Saturday music theory class is an opportunity for students to learn to teach as well as learn the structure of the language of music. This class includes toddlers through adults and is offered free of tuition. Private lessons are available for voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, harp, pipe organ, flute, clarinet and saxophone. For information or to register, contact Laya Field at JubilateConser vator yOfMusic @gmail.com or go to JubilateConservatoryOfMusic.org.

Water/Ways ends soon BLACK CANYON CITY — The free Smithsonian’s Water/ Ways exhibit runs through January 26 at the Cañon Elementary School, 34630 S. School Loop Road in Black Canyon City. Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment. For days and hours, go to www. b l a c k c a n yo n h e r i t a ge p a r k . org/water-way/. Turn to page 11, for more information on Water/Ways. Other free Water/Ways activities include: •

January 23, from 5 to 6 p.m.: Water/Ways movie nights. Short movies about water at the Cañon Elementary School. January 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: WinterFest and BookFest at the Black Canyon Heritage Park (33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway) featuring more than 30 conservation, water and history exhibits. Year round: Riparian Preserve with interpretive displays at Black Canyon Heritage Park. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Aquarium to host Conservation Expo SCOTTSDALE — OdySea Aquarium Foundation invites you to the Conservation Expo, where you can learn how you can be part of the solution and make a positive change for the planet. This free, family-friendly festival will feature: •

Opportunity to meet multiple animal ambassadors from several organizations up close and personal.

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Learn about more than 40 organizations that are making a difference

Meet pets available for adoption through The Arizona Humane Society

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Community Events Department, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, The Phoenix Zoo, Heritage Park Zoo, Fallen Feathers, Southwest Wildlife, Butterfly Wonderland, Dane Haven, Inc. and many more. The Expo will be held January 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the OdySea Desert Courtyard. Donate to one of these organizations and get $5 off a general admission ticket. For more information, go to www. odyseaaquarium.com. Everyone counts for Census 2020 The census is coming in 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census count every 10 years. Cities and states rely on these population counts to determine what state-shared revenue they will receive. This money is used to fund essential city services like public safety, roads, parks, hospitals and schools. Each person counted is worth $3,000 in public services. For the first time ever, individuals can respond to the census online and by phone or mail. Counts begin on Wednesday, April 1, which is National Census Day. For more information, visit www. peoriaaz.gov/census. For Spanish speakers, visit www.peoriaaz gov/censo. Classic car/airplane show coming to Carefree CAREFREE — Mark your calendar for March 7 to attend the Carefree Classic Wheels and Wings Show at Sky Ranch Airport in the Town of Carefree. Classic, vintage, sports and exotic cars from pre-1980 will be on display, along with a great collection of vintage and historical airplanes. This show is free to the public. There will be food, music and an amazing drone demonstration by the Embry-Riddle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team. Gates open at 8 a.m. Parking is free. Visit Carefree-Wheels-Wings. com to register your car or plane, volunteer or join the list of show sponsors.

Holland Gallery Presents Photography Workshop SCOTTSDALE — The Holland Gallery of Fine Art will hold a photography workshop called “F-stops & Shutter Speeds" through January 24. In this one-man show, photographer Scott McKay will amaze you with his photographs, which are all one-exposure, no computer manipulation and no color changes. They are taken at various f-stops and shutter speeds. Devour the World comes to Peoria PEORIA - Devour the World, one of three signature events at Devour Week (February 15 to 23), will bring international flavors and one of Arizona’s popular food events to Peoria on Saturday, February 15 at Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Avenue. Devour the World celebrates international cuisine with cultural music and dance performances from around the world. This is the first year Devour the World is in the Northwest Valley, making this unique cultural festival more accessible to West Valley residents. Devour Week aims to elevate Arizona’s culinary and cocktail culture and spotlight the region as a world-class destination for food and dining. Tickets are on sale for $55. For more information or tickets, visit www.devourphoenix.com. MIM anniversary events PHOENIX — Join the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for family-friendly signature events throughout 2020 as well as special anniversary celebrations in March and April filled with music and dance performances, engaging demonstrations, workshops and more. As MIM approaches its tenth anniversary in 2020, we continue striving to be the best museum ever for you, our community and our world. We welcome you to celebrate not only MIM’s tenth anniversary, but also the very best of humanity

- music. Come see, hear and feel the powerful and uniting force of music and join us for family-friendly signature events, special anniversary celebrations and Global Masters concerts throughout the New Year.

January 18 and 19 Celebrate Hip Hop

February 22 and 23 - Ella Fitzgerald

Gerry Jones in the spotlight CAVE CREEK — The Cave Creek Museum’s 2019- 2020 featured exhibit, “The Legacy of Gerry Jones,” will be on display through the end of May. Workshops and special events will be held at the Museum and other locations during January, February and March. The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, just south of Cave Creek Road as it winds through town. For a map and directions, please visit cavecreekmuseum.org or call (480) 488-2764. County attorney, transportation planner to speak in Anthem ANTHEM — The featured speakers at the Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails/ Anthem Community Coucil Representatives Town Hall Meeting on February 14 will be Maricopa County Attorney, Allister Adel, and Maricopa County Department of Transportation Planner, Angela Horn. Adel was appointed October 3, 2019 by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. Horn is the Planning Project Manager for the Transportation System Plan 2040. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way in Anthem. For more information, go to www. daisymountaintrails.com. Desert Foothills Theater presents new shows SCOTTSDALE — The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) has announced productions for January and February. Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is opening January 17. Christie published

the world's best-selling mystery novel in 1939. “And Then There Were None” tells the story of 10 people who were lured onto Indian Island by a man named U. N. Owen. Once all 10 people were in the house on the island, the story picks up when someone is poisoned. Will they discover who it is or will everybody die before they can figure it out? “And Then There Were None” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. on January 17 to 18 and January 24 to 25, and on Sundays at 2 p.m. on January 19 and 26. Performances will be held in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Blackbox Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. Tickets are $25.

In February, DFT will run “Honk! Jr.,” which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. The production tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Performances of “Honk! Jr.” are Fridays and Saturdays, February 14 to 15 and February 21 to 22 at 7 p.m. and Sundays, February 16 and 23, at 2 p.m. in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Blackbox Theater. For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit www.DFTheater.org or call (480) 488-1981.

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80 acres at: 48606 N 17th Ave; North on 15th Ave from New River Rd ½ mile.        

Larkyn Horse Riding Arena Playground for children Picnic area New River Senior Center Walking Trails Clubhouse available to rent for B-DAY PARTY, etc. Scouts can also use our facilities as they have in the past Consider renting our park for a treasure hunt Please visit our website for more up to date information & map to location.

See Website for details: www.NewRiverKiwanis.org

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There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you ask for – you might get it.” It seems that there is truth in those words. A colleague of mine, “Alice,” had been asking her husband for a “substantial” diamond to celebrate her fiftieth birthday. Imagine her surprise (and joy) when he bought her a threecarat diamond ring that looks like an ice cube perched on a slim band. It actually weighs her hand down. Shocked at the size, mesmerized by the pure dazzling beauty and horrified at the appraisal certificate that came with it, my friend claims she is a “victim of bling.” Costing more than her vehicle and looking like the Hope Diamond, that only a movie star would wear, the ring sits in a secret hiding place, far away from potential thieves or staring

eyes. When Alice first wore the rock to work, her colleagues laughed. One commented that she had seen the same cubic zirconium on QVC. When Alice pointed out that the ring was the real deal, mouths flew open and eyes popped out of people’s heads. Silence crept over the office. Co-workers viewed Alice differently. Had she robbed a bank? Was she nutty for wearing something so precious to work? Was she suddenly rich? What was she thinking? Alice promptly stopped wearing the ring to work. She wore it out to dinner with her husband but thought she felt the stares of other people at the restaurant. Was she becoming paranoid? She was afraid a man might follow she and husband out to their car and cut off her finger to get at the ring. She had read stories about that happening in places like Los Angeles. Scared for her life (or finger), Alice never wanted to wear the ring out in public. Alice, who wanted some “Big Bling,” was reduced to hiding the rock in various secret spots around her home. Unable to keep it in her jewelry box (too obvious), she couldn’t leave the house without putting it in a place no one would ever look.

Devoted to keeping the rock safe, she worried about where to secretly stash it. Alice ended up carefully wrapping the ring in plastic and stuffed it inside a jar of mayonnaise in the refrigerator. Here is where the story turns frightful. Alice’s 80-year-old mother-in-law was visiting and thought she would be helpful by doing some little chores around the house. While wiping down the refrigerator, she threw out any jars that had passed their expiration dates. A few days later (after the trash was picked up), the tragedy was discovered. One small effort to help, one tossed jar of mayonnaise and one “Big Bling” ended up in a landfill. Last I heard, the poor motherin-law was sent packing back to Wisconsin into a blizzard. What’s the moral of the story? Objects that take up too much of our money, time, emotions or worry, probably aren’t worth it. Maybe “rocks” are best left in the garden. Or, just pass the mayo, have a sandwich, and pay no attention to those darn expiration dates. Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at judy@ judybluhm.com

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They’re beta-testing a nontoxic, plant-based plastic that can decompose in a few weeks. By comparison, it takes several centuries for normal plastic bags to break down in landfills. “I believe that it is never too late to start changing things,” Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, a chemical engineering professor working on the discovery, told Forbes in July. “Every day there is a new opportunity to do things better, so if we each do what we have to do, there is another opportunity to reverse all the damage we have done to the planet.” The juice is extracted from the cactus, mixed with plant-based additives, rolled flat and dried.

The resulting film is similar to that used in the plastic bags commonly available at grocery stores. The process takes about 10 days to complete. These cactus juice bags take about two to three months to break down in soil and only a week if they’re put in water or compost. America wastes a lot of plastic, especially from the grocery store. Plastic makes up 19% of all waste at landfills, second only to food. According to the Forbes article, a number of companies have expressed an interest in biodegradable bags, and Ortiz said researchers are looking for ways to scale up operations.


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Arizona volunteers plant hope for the future of monarch butterflies BY JAMES CARR CRONKITE NEWS

McNEAL – For monarch butterflies, it’s all about the milkweed. Without it, the iconic butterflies have no place to lay eggs and no place for their larva to feed – especially on their stupendous annual migrations. Monarch populations have declined steeply in the past decades for a variety of reasons, including loss of habitat. To reverse the trend, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in January instituted the Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, a 50-year effort to help the monarchs bounce back. Some of the first steps are being taken in Arizona. At Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near McNeal one day in November 2019, 25 volunteers spent five hours planting milkweed to create waypoints for monarchs migrating to Southern California and west-central Mexico from the northern U.S.

and Canada – a trip that can stretch 3,000 miles each way. The wildlife area – which is the winter home to more than 20,000 sandhill cranes – is a wetland nestled amid the arid plains of southern Arizona, about 100 miles southeast of Tucson. It has damp soil in places – ideal for several species of milkweed, a stalky, green wildflower of the genus Asclepias. Monarchs leave the northern U.S. and Canada in early fall to spend the winter on the California coast and in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. Each trip takes four generations of butterflies to complete. The planting project was set up by Arizona Game & Fish Department as its part in the overall Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan. The plan is meant to help reverse the 74 percent population decline of the monarch in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Volunteers recently split up to cover three planting areas in Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. In 2020, officials will record how many of each milkweed species survived in each location, which will help them adjust to ensure a higher survival rate. Photo by James Carr/Cronkite News

The population of monarch butterflies overwintering in California last January was the lowest on record, with only 28,429 butterflies – an 85.2 percent decline from the previous year and a 99.4 percent decline from the number observed in the state in the 1980s. Bill Van Pelt, the grassland coordinator for the Western

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, oversees interstate programs and projects focused on grassland biomes. “What these states did is came together, to come up with ideas to try to boost populations and give them areas for nectarine or feeding, and then waystations or layover areas and to take their next step on their migrations,” Van Pelt said.

Other regions where the monarch populations are more permanent, such as California, focused on building out roosting areas – rest stops for the migrating monarchs, which only travel in daylight. For Arizona, it means planting several varieties

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“We are proud to note that the Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc. has awarded over $450,000 in grants since 2003 to more than 70 grass roots non-profits, many of  which are multiple year recipients,” said Paula Cullison, AZWP President and Founder. “The Arizona Women’s Partnership plans to award over $30,000 in grants this cycle,” she added.  Grant recipients address critical issues, such as domestic violence, child abuse, adult literacy, youth at risk, ESL, foster children, refugees, homelessness, health and hunger. Funds are generated through donations and fundraisers.  “We gratefully acknowledge generous donations, totally over

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Nichols said he and Tobin have been sharing thoughts and ideas about the direction DMFM is headed and discussing the goals they both want DMFM to achieve. The men have also been going over files and historical information about the department. Nichols and Tobin said they are on the same page regarding issues like the high risk of cancer among firefighters. According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in addition to the danger of putting out fires, firefighters are at increased risk for different types of cancer due to the smoke and hazardous chemicals they are exposed to in the line of duty. “Firefighters get cancer at a rate that is triple the general public,” Tobin said, adding that there is new turnout gear and other equipment available to reduce cancer risk. Tobin said the names of two young firefighters were recently added to the Arizona Firefighters Memorial at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix. These young men died of job-related cancer, he said. “They died from this disease that’s killing us,” Tobin said, adding that the firefighting community is making some advancements in safety. Another issue the two men agree on is the effort to improve radio-communication along I-17 in the DMFM service

DMFM Chief Mark Nichols receives a custom-made plaque from the Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails on January 10. The plaque features a vintage morse-code machine. Photo by Tracy Demetropolis

area. Nichols said the I-17 is the fourth deadliest freeway in the nation and the number one most deadly in Arizona. But poor radio communication was preventing firefighters from doing their best to save lives. “The big glitch was communication,” Nichols said. This was due to the mountainous terrain and the lack of radio towers. But taxpayer bond money allowed the department to build two radio towers, which are located at Black Canyon City and Sunset Point, Nichols said, adding that it took two years to finish the project. Because of the new towers and other changes, DMFM is now part of the Regional

Automatic Aid System, which allows Valley firefighters that are closest to an emergency to respond, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries, according to the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority. In the past, DMFM had to first get permission to come to the aid of people in other jurisdictions. “There were times where the communication along I-17 was so bad we had to literally send a firefighter running up a hill with a cell phone to try to get a signal,” Nichols said. “We’ve tested it, and the results are phenomenal.” The much-improved radio communication along parts of I-17 is just one of Nichols’ many

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Facebook.com/TheFoothillsFocus accomplishments over his 48year career. Nichols began his fire-service career in 1972, after earning his fire-science degree from Glendale Community College. His first position was as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service in Payson. In 1978, he joined the Glendale Fire Department, where he served as a firefighter, paramedic, tox medic, fire engineer and hazardous-material technician. He was promoted to captain in 1993 and to battalion chief in 2001. He became EMS division chief in 2002. While at the Glendale Fire Department, Nichols served as recruit training officer in 1994 and lead recruit training officer in 1995 and 1997. In July 2003, Nichols was hired by the City of Peoria to serve as the training chief. In April of 2011, Nichols was hired by DMFM to serve as fire chief.

While Nichols will be saying goodbye to DMFM next month and Tobin will be taking over his duties, the long-time firefighters and good friends will likely stay in touch. Nichols said he plans to spend time with his family, which includes three grandchildren. “I want to do something different,” Nichols said at the meeting. “Everyone has a shelf life, and I’m about to expire,” he joked. Nichols’ other plans include building a cabin on land he and his wife of 43 years, Kerry, recently bought in Oak Creek Canyon. Nichols said he will be doing the building himself since he is skilled in carpentry. He also plans to do something else he loves – building custommade wood furniture. In next week’s issue, we will introduce you to Chief Brian Tobin and his many accomplishments before coming to DMFM.

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Kaylan C. Kankanala wrote in “Fun IP,” “The right to be attributed as an author of a work is not merely a copyright, it is every author’s basic human right.” Local attorney, author and advocate, Maria Crimi Speth, has more than 30 years of experience helping artists and authors protect their intellectual property. In her book, “Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors,” she guides the reader through the common, costly legal mistakes others have experienced in attempting to protect their work, and provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand description of the laws that affect writers and their works. Speth’s experience has also reached into the realm of photographers, artists, musicians and technology over the years. Her book is a must read for anyone seeking to protect their creative rights. Speth grew up in Long Island, N.Y., with a mother who was her biggest champion. Speth was encouraged to be independent and to excel in reading and writing, which would serve her well later in life. Speth’s father passed away when she was 10, leaving her mother to raise Speth and her brother as a single parent. Regardless of the challenges this presented, her mother instilled in her children the attitude that anything they wanted to do was possible. Hofstra University was Speth’s choice for earning her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English. She went on to earn a law degree from Hofstra Law School, and in 1988 became a practicing attorney. She found her specialty in intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents) and has spent countless hours teaching authors the legal aspects of writing and publishing

Maria Crimi Speth holds a copy of her book, "Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors." Photo courtesy of Maria Crimi Speth

articles, blogs and books. Eventually she decided to write a book of her own. Speth and her husband, Ray, decided to relocate to Arizona when their son was six months old. A huge bonus, beyond the drier, warmer climate, was that Speth’s brother, Steven, and his family lived in the valley. Seth became a member of the law firm Jaburg Wilk in 2003, where she represents individuals and businesses in protecting their intellectual property. Jaburg Wilk is a full-service business law firm where Speth’s team focuses their practice on intellectual property infringement litigation, trademark registrations, copyright registrations, contract review/ publishing agreements, prepublication review of books, website terms of use and privacy policies. According to Speth, “Writing about legal issues is the very best way to help authors to understand

their legal rights and obligations. I love to write, and authors generally love to read so it is a perfect medium for educating authors.” Speth’s plan is to turn her book, “Protect Your Writing” into a series, which will include books about protecting photographs, art, music, code, plays and architectural designs. The best thing about Speth’s writing style is she can turn complex legal writing into succinct, understandable terms, so even the most creative minds in our community can easily grasp and apply the concepts. Speth can be contacted at mcs@jaburgwilk.com, or by telephone at (602) 2481089. She is available for speaking, teaching and legal representation. “Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors” is available for purchase on Amazon. Contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield on flowingquill @yahoo.com


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Smithsonian’s free exhibit in Black Canyon City through January 26 BY TRACY DEMETROPOLIS

BLACK CANYON CITY — Water is an essential part of life on earth. But how often do we consider water’s importance and that we need to manage it properly to ensure it’s available in the future? The Smithsonian’s free Water/Ways exhibition, in Black Canyon City through January 26, “dives into water - an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally and historically.” The exhibit is part of a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, a national/ state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The Black Canyon Heritage Park (BCHP) and Cañon School District 50, in cooperation with Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University, will examine water as an environmental necessity. The exhibition and communityengagement program explores the centrality of water in our lives. BCHP will coordinate open hours and activities until the last day of the exhibit

on January 26. The exhibit is at the Cañon Elementary School in Black Canyon City, 34630 S. School Loop Road. It will explore the economic efforts to ensure access to water and how human creativity and resourcefulness can provide new ways to protect water resources and renew our relationship with the natural environment. Bob Cothern, BCHP Chair, said people of all ages need to understand how water impacts life on earth. “Water is an important part of everyone’s life, and we are excited to explore what it means…in our own community,” Cothern said. Literature provided by Arizona Humanities and other organizations explained, “In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force. “Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to

Visitors tour the free interactive Water/Ways exhibit on display at Cañon Elementary School in Black Canyon City. The exhibit runs through January 26. Photo courtesy of Ann Hutchinson.

Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.” Ann Hutchinson of the BCHP said the exhibit and

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The tagline for the 1979 horror-science fiction classic “Alien” was, “In space no one can hear you scream.” The vastness of outer space, it’s deep, dark nowhere, provided a film with a concept of a single alien lifeform threatening the lives of a crew on a commercial space vessel with an atmosphere and tone that is completely a horror film. The influence of “Alien” on William Eubank’s new film “Underwater” are easily identifiable, except this film takes places in the immense depth of the ocean seabed, it’s sunken murky nowhere, that provides this film with a terrifying, claustrophobic environment where a crew on a deep-water aquatics research facility discover a new species of ancient water humanoids. The tagline, slightly modified, aptly applies here too, “On the ocean floor no one can hear you scream.” Seven miles beneath the water an engineer named Norah (Kristen Stewart) is quietly making her way around a bathroom. She spots a spider stuck in the sink and helps it to freedom, sparing its life if only for a moment. Norah hears something strange, a creaking noise and then shaking that turns into a catastrophic event for the vessel. Norah barely escapes, saving the life of a coworker and then proceeds to search for escape and other survivors. But something strange is happening outside the vessel, in the darkness of the ocean floor something has awakened. “Underwater” recognizes the kind of the film it is trying to be, quite simply a good ole’ fashioned monster movie that happens underwater. And, it makes use of its simple premise

by creating opportunities to craft tension with its unique environment and offering a nice blend of thrills and jump scares that are accommodated by some really great creature designs that are slowly revealed. There are a few scenes in the muddy and cloudy water when some of the action is hard to distinguish, but this embellishment within the scene also allows the creatures to be gradually discovered, which is a nice touch in building expectations and surprises throughout. The film starts in the quiet, but this only lasts for a few moments as everything soon ramps into high-gear action. And when the quicker pacing arrives it doesn’t let up, instead it builds with different set pieces that each offer a new challenge for the characters to survive. Whether an underwater walk in near darkness or the quick escape from a falling vessel, it works in keeping the attention off the barebones narrative. The narrative is filled with unnecessary science components that only create distracting questions and the characters are more plot devices than emotional beings. However, Kristen Stewart, through her

interesting performance, does a nice job of adding some emotional depth to her leading character. T.J. Miller, who usually does of nice job of being comic relief, feels out of place amongst the other characters in this film. The jokes he makes fall flat in many scenes, and his character doesn’t seem to fit in amongst supporting characters. Vincent Cassel is also stuck in a strange place in this film, playing a character that has an emotional back story that is only hinted at. For most of the film, Mr. Cassel’s character, which could be the most interesting, is pushed into the background or forced to spout information to keep the narrative moving. “Underwater” doesn’t spend much time developing a complicated narrative, instead it focuses on being a fun, mostly thrilling, sometimes scary, monster movie that has some interesting designs to watch development and consume the screen. Stewart holds this film together with her interesting performance, even with the limited character development available. “Underwater” is an entertaining addition to the aquatic-horror genre.


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Jury still out, but officials hopeful about ridesharing to medical care BY AMY-XIAOSHI DEPAOLA CRONKITE NEWS

WASHINGTON – Uber to meetings, Uber to parties, Uber to work. Sure. But Uber to the doctor’s office? Not only is it a thing, but for some people in Arizona, Medicaid will pick up the tab. The state is just over six months in to a first-in-thenation program that lets some Medicaid patients use a ridesharing service, like Uber or Lyft, to get to non-emergency medical appointments when other options are not available. Officials with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program, said they will not have results on the initiative until next spring, but so far, they’re still enthusiastic about ridesharing for medical care. “We’ve been looking at ways to innovate in the non-emergency medical transportation space for a couple years,” said Heidi Capriotti, an AHCCCS spokeswoman. “When we were approached by some of the rideshare companies and they shared their models with us, it seemed like a good fit for Medicaid.” Since Arizona launched the ridesharing program earlier this year, it has spread to five more states: Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia and Missouri.

AHCCCS in May announced a policy change that added rideshare companies to those that could register with the state as non-emergency medical transportation providers for Medicaid recipients. It’s not as simple as just calling for a ride. Patients still have to follow the procedures when asking for any other type of medical transport: They call their health care provider who determines if a rideshare is the best fit, and then the provider arranges the pickup. The service is only available to people who don’t have their own transportation, can’t pay for a ride and can’t arrange a free pickup through a friend or community organization. Currently, Lyft and Uber are the two registered special providers in Arizona. Both companies work with health care centers nationwide to streamline the process for patients. While the state has not released numbers, Uber spokeswoman Stephanie Sedlak said in an email that currently “15% of all Arizona Medicaid trips are done via rideshare.” Mark Schmidt, the owner and general manager of Home Care Assistance in Tucson, said that many senior citizens are going to medical appointments “on a daily basis.” His center typically enlisted help from local volunteers, public transportation or taxis to get

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D-Backs announce new bag policy for Chase Field Events PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chase Field will implement the clear-bag policy for all Chase Field events, including D-backs games, starting at D-backs Fan Fest on Saturday, February 15. “The safety of our fans, players and staff is our top priority,” said D-backs Director of Security Dave Ellis. “This new policy will allow our fans to enter the ballpark faster with a more efficient screening process. Several sports leagues, venues and events, including several in Arizona, have adopted a clearbag policy and we believe this is the next step to help ensure that Chase Field is a safe and enjoyable venue.” The D-backs have determined that limiting the size and types of bags permitted enhances public safety and allows fans

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of milkweed through a collective effort among Game & Fish, the Southwest Monarch Study and the Gila Watershed Partnership. Whitewater Draw was the first of several Arizona locations where milkweed will be planted, but that wasn’t originally planned. A dry monsoon season for Arizona delayed the planting at every other location, but Whitewater Draw is a special case, said Cheri Boucher, a project evaluation program specialist for Game & Fish. “We had originally planned to do a number of these during monsoon season and, you know, August, September, October, but this past monsoon season was one of the driest in history,” Boucher said. “So we have postponed most of the events that we had planned until December, January, February.” Whitewater Draw already has a maintained water source for the sandhill cranes, which spend their time in shallow, muddy waters, socializing and avoiding predators. Not needing to rely on rainfall to ensure the milkweed survives makes Whitewater Draw special, but the process of planting will be the same for all the six other locations.

to access the stadium more efficiently by speeding up the screening process. Approved bags: •

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Non-approved seat cushions

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The D-backs have teamed up with BinBox to provide a storage option for fans with nonapproved bags to store for a fee. Storage lockers will be available at the Gila River Hotels & Casinos Plaza for fans to pay by the hour. The Team Shop will have approved clear bags

The morning starts with a quick orientation from Steve Plath, the nursery manager for Gila Watershed Partnership, about milkweed and what it takes to get the plants to grow. Gail Morris, a coordinator and conservation specialist for Southwest Monarch Study, also explains how milkweed fits into the monarch life cycle. The process itself involves taking immature milkweeds and planting them in moist soil on the edge of a water source. The five different varieties of milkweed have adapted to different amounts of water, meaning they get planted in a ring type formation along the banks. The plants survive best in moist dirt, so digging the holes is a muddy operation. “We’re all having fun, you know, digging in the mud and planting milkweed,” Boucher said. Since the Southwest Monarch Study began actively monitoring the monarch population in 2008, Morris has seen a heavy decline, even considering normal population fluctuation. Climate change affects the butterflies, he said, but the impact is really felt through the decline of milkweed and other native plants. “Climate change isn’t directly … like, the sun isn’t killing the

butterflies,” Morris said, “but it’s killing the plants that they eat, right? It (climate change) can affect the monarchs if the temperatures get too high, it can affect it in two ways.” Rising temperatures also can slow the rate of caterpillars’ growth, affecting the monarchs’ entire migration schedule, Morris said, adding that higher winter temperatures could destroy monarch habitats used today. For the volunteers, the idea of helping make a better future for the butterflies was more than enough to get them to come out. Ariana Tamayo remembers seeing monarchs in Mexico as a child, an experience she wants future generations to have. “They hang out in trees and it’s almost like a honeycomb of them,” Tamayo said. “It’s pretty amazing.” For Boucher, the volunteer reaction has far exceeded expectations. “I couldn’t have anticipated how many people were excited about this program,” she said. “When the press release went out, all of the volunteer slots were filled within a matter of hours, and that’s over 250, you know, volunteers that have signed up to help out various wildlife areas around the state.”

Seat cushions without pockets, zippers or concealable areas cannot exceed 18” wide

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chase Field will implement the clear-bag policy for all Chase Field events starting February 15.

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for purchase, including totes and more for fans to use all season long.

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Arizona Game & Fish hopes all the milkweed survives from these plantings, but as the first year of this program, it’s about learning as well. Boucher said the department will be back out next year to learn and adapt. “With any habitat rescue duration effort, you do expect a certain amount of mortality,” she said, “but we’re hoping to learn from the plants that we’ve put in today.”

They plan to record how many of each milkweed species survived in each location, which will help them adjust to ensure a higher survival rate in the future, Boucher said. Weather permitting, Game & Fish will plant milkweed in Cornville, Springerville and Safford in January and February. Other planned sites are near Buckeye, Black Canyon City and Bullhead City.

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as well as by mail and by phone. Another lingering fear is that of an undercount – either because people are not informed or because immigrants in the U.S. will be afraid to fill out a census form, even though Census workers make a lifetime pledge of secrecy about individuals’ census data. That fear was heightened last year, when the Trump administration announced plans to put a citizenship question back on the census, 60 years after it was last asked. Critics said the move was designed to suppress responses from minority and immigrant communities and went to court to stop it. The case eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in June that the bureau had not taken the proper steps to include the question in 2020. Despite that, some worry that the damage has already been done. “The immediate fear has dissipated but there still is the potential of the scare that happened last year to cause people to not answer the census,â€? Brace said. “So, it’s still kind of an iffy phase ‌ you feel happily comfortable with it, but don’t get totally comfortable with it.â€?

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Rose and others expect that Arizona’s 10th District will end up in the metro Phoenix area, which has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation for years and is not likely to tilt heavily Democratic or Republican. With the current nine members of Arizona’s congressional delegation split between five Democrats and four Republicans, the race for a competitive 10th District could be intense, experts say. There are possible wrinkles. There are always challenges with the decennial census, but this is the first time that the bureau will allow people to respond from any device online,

Winkelman, Page, Camp Verde and Tubac. The final stop in Arizona is Lake Havasu City. It runs from February 8 to March 22. “We thank our sponsors for enabling us to create Arizona Water/Ways companion exhibits, community events and educational programming for engagement within our schools and communities,â€? Hutchinson said. “We also thank the CaĂąon Elementary School District 50 for hosting us.â€? In addition to visiting the Water/Ways exhibit, the public is also invited to attend WinterFest and BookFest on Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the

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