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November 27, 2013 • Vol. 12, No.2

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Former MCSO director indicted

A Maricopa County grand jury recently indicted a former telecommunications director for the county on a range of felony charges. Robert Rampy, who was employed in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 to 2012, stands accused of misusing criminal history records, tampering with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office information system and committing identity theft. The computer hacking and criminal history abuses, according the sheriff’s office, allegedly occurred between Sept. 3, 2012, and Jan. 10 of this year, the period right after Rampy’s unsuccessful bid to become director of the county-wide Integrated Criminal Justice Information System. The defendant had previously resigned from his sheriff ’s office position and then unsuccessfully applied for the other. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that his office’s internal investigators were first to find the wrongdoing, and their quick discovery of the unauthorized intrusions prevented any interruption or damage to the law enforcement information network. Arpaio also said that he was appreciative of his detective’s work to get to the bottom of this computer tampering case and that he was extremely disappointed by the apparent actions of a oncevalued employee. T he Fede ra l Bu reau of Investigation assisted in the criminal probe.

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Student newspaper wins Pacemaker award CS Press was named one of 15 Pacemaker newspapers in the tabloid category by the National Scholastic Press Association. Cactus Shadows was one of only two high schools in Arizona to receive this award. The winners were recognized in Boston on Nov. 17 at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention, which members of the CS Press attended. The paper also received second place in the Best in Show category, said Scott Warren, editor-in-chief of the CS Press. “I was really nervous we weren’t going to get it,” Warren said. “It’s really cool because only a handful of schools in the country get this award.” The NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in scholastic newspapers for 86 years. The Miami Herald judged this year’s event. The contest yielded more than 300 entries. Judging is based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of indepth reporting, layout, design, photography, art and graphics. The CS Press is student-run, led by 13 student editors with help from faculty advisers Lori Hart and Robert Adamson. There are

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Setting the pace — Members of CS Press’ winning editorial team show off their Pacemaker award. Pictured above from left to right, starting with the front row: Meagan Bondreau, Scott Warren, Shelby Nichols, MacKenzie O’Hearn, Nicole Dusanek, Tyler Bean, Suzanna Gormley, Emily Goodspeed, Jamie Behymer, Jackson Kennelly and Christina Holmes.

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Helping a friend — Stephanie Goodman (in red) came all the way from Idaho to attend last weekend’s riding clinic, donating her time as a trainer. Stephanie and her mother had both ridden with Amy in the past.

Former students and friends of an injured local horse trainer gathered Saturday and Sunday in the Desert Hills area for a riding clinic in her honor. The Amy Barrington Recovery Fund Clinic Fundraiser, which focused on dressage, show jumping and cross country, was held at Carefree Farms off of 7th Avenue. It included not only critique opportunities for those wishing to improve their horsemanship in an arena, but also raffles and silent auctions to help pay for rehabilitation expenses for the one horse trainer who had touched the lives of many of the weekend’s guests, yet couldn’t be there to enjoy their company in person. One of Amy Barrington’s friends who helped organize the fundraiser was Dianna Clarke.

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trainer from page 1 She shared a story about Amy that was echoed numerous times by others in attendance. “Amy had an impact on everyone she ever met,” Dianna said. “She is our friend, trainer, coach, mentor. And after 25 years of giving to all of us, she needs our help now, and we will move heaven and earth for her.” Amy was an equestrian instructor in the Phoenix area for 20 years. She moved to South Carolina in early 2000 with Greg, her husband, and son, Ben, to be closer to the East Coast’s more robust horse event environment. With many friends and devoted students still in the Phoenix area, she had been making yearly trips back to Arizona to hold riding clinics. Then Amy suffered a traumatic brain injury on Sept. 4 in a riding accident. A friend had found Amy and transported the wounded trainer to a hospital where surgeons went to work removing a large hematoma from her brain. The injury had apparently occurred while training one of Amy’s young horses at

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her facility out East; the horse is believed to have knocked Amy out by kicking her in the upper left side of her face. Amy’s rehabilitation efforts are underway in Atlanta at The Shepherd Center, which specializes in helping people recover from traumatic brain injuries. The recovery process is not cheap, however, so that led her friends to the decision to hold a benefit—in riding clinic format—on her behalf. Mother Nature brought cold temperatures and a fair amount of rain to the event, but inclement weather couldn’t get in the way of what Amy’s friends, like Dianna, had planned. “It hasn’t dampened our spirits,” said Dianna, while standing out in a soggy arena at Carefree Farms. For those who missed last weekend’s riding clinic, there are other opportunities to connect with the Amy Barrington support effort. One is to check out the Amy Barrington Recovery Page on Facebook. Also, due to rain making the cross country course too slippery to use this past weekend, Valerie Crail and Alice Sarno will be back to conduct that part of the event at Carefree Farms Dec. 7.

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Luminaria Run to benefit Desert Foothills Theater The 11th annual Luminaria Run is coming to Cave Creek Dec. 7 with the first race at 4:45 p.m. Proceeds from this year’s run will benefit Desert Foothills Theater, and the event will be held at Cave Creek Regional Park, a new location featuring a route that is uphill out and downhill back. Lit luminarias will line both sides of the road as participants run and walk the course. There will be a timed 5K run/walk, a 1-mile run/walk just for fun and “Kids’ Desert Dashes” of approximately 50 and 100 yards with age categories of 2-5 and 6-12, respectively. Luminaria race director and founder Meribeth Reeves said the event is still in need of sponsors and volunteers, including people to ser ve on the Luminaria crews. “Our Luminaria crews are made up of four people and a pickup truck that each take up to three hours to place and light luminarias on a half-mile section of the course. It’s a fun activity for friends and families and you’ll also be treated to free pizza from Bad Donkey,” Reeves said. This year’s event is bittersweet for Reeves, an avid runner who is healing from a broken leg. But even though she is not able to run this year, she takes pride in seeing how the community come s toge t he r to s up p or t t he Luminaria Run. “I’m always fascinated by the stories I hear about why people participate in the Run,” Reeves said. “Some are families who come every year as a holiday tradition. It is just so amazing to think that the first year of the race, my son, now a sophomore at Pinnacle High School, was only four. Those who participate run the gamut from strong athletes (able to run a 5K in around 16 minutes) and then others are overcoming personal challenges, such as an illness or injury, and find this to be an inspirational course. All come for the beautiful sunset, gorgeous desert views and glowing luminaria. It is a unique event. We look forward to seeing familiar and new faces this year!” Participants can register online, via mail or in-person through Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, in Scottsdale or

And they’re off — Whether its for the serious race or just for a jaunt, the Luminaria Run will give runners a place to stretch their legs just like in past years, as pictured above.

through Dec. 6 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roadrunner Sports, at Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard (south of the 101, next to Whole Foods). For more details, visit luminariarun.org or call 480-488-1981. Parking for the event is at the Cave Creek Memorial Rodeo Grounds, located at 37201 N. 28th St. Motorists are asked to reach the grounds by taking Carefree Highway to 24th Street, turning north on 24 Street and then turn right onto Maddock, which leads straight to the grounds. The luminaria run traces its roots back to the Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant, which featured a luminaria trail. In 2003, the first Luminaria Run was held. Since that time, the exact route and location of the event has changed periodically, as has the event’s leadership.


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Community Events FRIDAY Holiday sounds, snowfall Enjoy holiday tunes performed by Deer Valley Unified School District students from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and hot cocoa and cookies (while supplies last) near the theater and Pita Jungle at The Shops at Norterra. Snow will fall at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Additional performances will take place the first three Fridays in December. SUNDAY Concert fundraiser A holiday concert, featuring the Orpheus Men’s Choir, will be held Dec.1 at 4 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, which is located at 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. The event benefits the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. Tickets, which are $20, may be purchased at foothillsfoodbank.com. Additional info can be obtained by calling the church office at 480-585-8007. Advent lessons, carols Christ Anglican Church, 35500 N. Cave Creek Road in Carefree, and the Rev. Steven Dart will host Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. The 1-hour devo-

tional will commence the holiday season with scripture and songs. A reception in Dorothy McGinnis Hall will follow the lessons and carols. WEDNESDAY ABCDs of Medicare Preparing to sign up for Medicare? In original Medicare or Medicare Advantage? Come, listen and learn from an AARP representative’s presentation on the topic Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at North Valley Regional Library. EARLY NEXT MONTH Holiday extravaganza Whitestone REIT, in conjunction with Regency Centers and Girl Scout Troop 2422, is playing host to its fourth annual Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 7 in the Safeway Plaza in Anthem. The free, family event will feature stories, songs, cookies and hot chocolate with Mrs. Claus (9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.); photogenic opportunities with Santa and activities like animal balloons, face painting, a cupcake walk and crafts (10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11:15-12 p.m.) and a prize drawing ticket for each person who donates a food item (11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.).

NRA gun safety Now that Constitutional Carry is permitted in Arizona, why not learn gun safety and what state and federal laws dictate? A National Rifle Association-affiliated class is being offered every month, and CCW certification is available at no additional cost. The next class is on Dec. 7. Visit azpistol.com for more information. Holiday musical Join Musical Theatre of Anthem Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at the North Valley Regional Library for a holiday music program. The performance will take place within the Boulder Creek High School mini-auditorium. Car show with Santa Participate for free in a Dec. 14 car show at The Shops at Norterra. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring a custom, classic or exotic vehicle for display; meet Santa; enjoy free children’s crafts, face painting, horse-drawn carriage rides, live holiday music and more. New this year, visitors can also help local families in need by donating toys. Holiday harp Enjoy various holiday song fa-

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Read to Sioux Pooh Children, along with a favorite adult, are invited to Desert Broom Library every Tuesday at 3 p.m. to read to Sioux Pooh the therapy dog. A 2010 study found that children in reading programs that used therapy dogs developed reading skills up to 20 percent faster than without. Stories in Cave Creek From 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. every Thursday, Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek hosts “Little Ones Story Time.” The program is geared toward newborns and children up to 36 months in age. The library also has a story time program for toddlers, which is held every Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Toddler Time Toddlers, accompanied by a favorite adult are invited to enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills every Wednesday at Desert Broom Library. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. and is aimed at children aged 24 to 36 months.

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Christmas pageant approaches for Cave Creek The Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant, started in 1952 as a re-enactment of the Christmas story showcasing local 4-H Club members’ animals, will continue its tradition on Dec. 7-8, 7 p.m., at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in Cave Creek. Area residents perform in the choir and in pantomime. There is a live, occasionally stubborn, donkey for Mary and the Three Kings travel on horseback. A narrator presides over the Christmas story with musical accompaniment provided by the pageant choir. Locals enact the roles of Mary, Joseph, infant Jesus, angel, townspeople, shepherds and kings. Volunteers handle all aspects of the pageant, from ground prep, sound tech and sets, to luminaria placement and critter coordination. Toby Payne, a longtime supporter and organizer of the pageant, said that finding volunteers is crucial for the event. “The volunteer efforts of many people from our local communities result in the continuation of this fine tradition,” Payne said. “There wouldn’t be a pageant without the volunteer crews who set everything up and help run the event, local youth and adults in the cast and choir, animal owners and the ‘angels’—Ki-

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How is your Thanksgiving shaping up? I sometimes wonder if the Pilgrims would understand this holiday. If we really wanted to celebrate the original “Thanksgiving experience,” then what we might do is something completely different. Why get cozy with the same old turkey when we could try, for just 1 day, to be like those brave souls who were struggling to BLUHM survive in a strange new world? Imagine getting on a ship, going off to a place unknown, unsettled, with only hopes and dreams of a better life. One hundred men, women and children spent 66 days crossing the Atlantic to come to a “New World,” overcoming harsh circumstances, sickness and fear. Native peoples, different foods, no way back home and bad weather were but a few of the challenges that faced these folks. They must have been very grateful that they made it through a year in the wilderness called America. So in 1621, one group of weary and thankful Pilgrims joined in to feast with the Wampanoag tribe. I would have loved to sit at that table, early settlers mixing it up with native people who had very different customs and beliefs. Communication had to be a barrier. Maybe not so different than sitting around the table with your own grandkids and realizing you have no idea what that new tattoo means and wondering why they are texting or tweeting during dinner. Life is not just a Facebook moment! Hmm … a modern day Thanksgiving can be just as much a culture clash as the original!

Today, Thanksgiving is often eclipsed by the “Big Day” of Christmas or the shopping frenzy of “Black Friday.” That would be tragic if Thanksgiving became so ordinary, since it is the one day that symbolizes the pure spirit of giving thanks in the midst of hardship. In some ways, it is the best of all holidays: no gifts to commercialize it, no religion to limit it, no elf to trivialize it— just one day in November to give thanks for all that we have and to remember where we came from. I thought I might do something different for dinner in honor of the Pilgrims. So I set aside all of my old recipes and am ready to blaze a new trail in the kitchen. I told my husband, Doug, that I wanted to make an orangeglazed turkey and sweet potato roll-ups made with cheese and sautéed in maple syrup. He looked at me like I had lost my mind. Then he asked me if I really wanted to experiment w i t h “ t h e u n u s u a l” o n Thanksgiving. Ha! Where’s his sense of adventure? I remember as a child, kitchens were places that belonged to women. Men sat together looking at ball games or discussing politics, while women ruled the stovetops and ovens. My father, uncles and grandfathers didn’t complain much about food, especially when the women were armed with sharp knives. Chopping, boiling, mashing, slicing, mixing, baking, dicing and tasting were serious tasks. In those days, cooking a feast was an all-day marathon, perhaps not that much different than the efforts during the Pilgrim days. Don’t you love getting up early on Thanksgiving to “fight with the bird” before getting it all stuffed and tied up? Then it

clears the way for the real fun: pie making, peeling potatoes (I enlist my husband) and all other manner of delightful things to do. Last year, my daughter, Tammy, told me to put the turkey dressing into muffin pans and another new tradition was started. It was a lot better than the year we decided to cook the turkey in one of those dangerous, burn-down-the-house, hot oil cookers. Dear readers, unless you are a fireman, forget it! I’m just thankful we’re all still alive. I have had a few disasters when it comes to Thanksgiving dinners. One year I got carried away with the sage and the stuffing looked a sickening green. My uncle said it looked like mold. Another year, Doug was making the mashed potatoes and added so much milk that we had to serve them in soup bowls! The funniest year was when I somehow got the turkey turned upside down on the cutting board and thought it had shriveled because I couldn’t find the breast. Fortunately, after a full 2 minutes of terror, my daughters and I were able to f lip the beast over. What are you thankful for this year? How might your T han k sg iv i ng Day di n ner compare to those early settlers who gathered around a long table, grateful for life, holding onto hope and dreaming of a bright future? More holidays are coming. With one feast fast approaching, there are several more opportunities before Christmas to “experiment” in the kitchen. Oh, and if you have a recipe for turkenduck in béarnaise sauce, give me call. Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor who lives in the Anthem area. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.

CCUSD teacher awarded grant Cactus Shadows High School science teacher Kathryn Pulling applied for and won a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix. Pulling and the high school will be formally recognized at a 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. She will receive 1,000 complimentary tickets for CSHS to attend this presentation. Pulling’s award notification letter from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix read: “We are inspired by your creativity and dedication to your students. You are improving lives of others at a time when families and children need it most. We recognize that these are difficult times and our local schools are dealing with challenges when it comes to raising necessary funds. We hope that this donation will assist you in accomplishing your goals.” The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix received a record-breaking 814 applications for funding this year.


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Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Holiday Show starts its concertstyle, seasonal performances next week. Shows are scheduled for Dec. 5-7 at 7 p.m. and also 3 p.m. performances on Dec. 7-8. “This show has something for everyone, including classic carols and popular music, as well as an electrifying finale not

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A Dec. 7 dinner event hopes to raise awareness about the struggles families face when a child goes through a bone marrow transplant. The Carols & Candlelight Dinner starts at 6 p.m. at Terravita Country Club. Tickets for the dinner are $85 per person, with raffle tickets available for $5 each at the event. The event benefits the Ottossen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program with proceeds helping to provide funds for activities for kids of all ages going through the transplant process. The Elliot family created the Carols & Candlelight Dinner as a way to reach out to others going through the struggles of a bone marrow transplant. When the Elliot’s daughter, Hayley, needed a bone marrow transplant, she spent 5 weeks in an isolation room at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and another 8 months isolated at home. Her mother, Melana, said it was a difficult time. “Maintaining a balanced family life when you have a seriously ill child is daunting enough,” Melana said. “But the transition home following the procedure is the most difficult part. In the hospital you rely on the nurses and staff to administer medication, cook immunosuppressive meals and organize activities. When you are released from the hospital, you are responsible for those things on your own.” Hayley was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare blood

disorder that prevented her body from producing red blood cells. Hayley and her family spent 1 day at Phoenix Children’s each month for nearly 7 years, so Hayley could receive a red blood cell transfusion. She received about 90 transfusions before doctors determined that a bone marrow transplant was needed. Her brother, Ian, was a perfect match for the procedure. Doctors gave Hayley several doses of chemotherapy to suppress her immune system and reduce the risk of rejection. In October 2007, Hayley received a bone marrow transplant. Isolation following the procedure is necessary to minimize the risks of other types of infection, like a cold or the flu, which can be devastating to those who are immune suppressed. Now a healthy teenager, Hayley loves math, science, drama and music. She wants to study engineering in college. The Elliot family took the lessons its members learned to heart, and Melana said they are dedicated to helping others in the same situation. “We know, no matter what we face, we have made it this far, thanks to the help we received from others,” she said, “Because of this, we have dedicated our time, finances and hearts to helping other families who are right now enduring a part of their journey that nobody should ever have to go through alone.” Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n about the event, visit carolsandcandlelight.com.

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page 8   FACEBOOK.COM/THEFOOTHILLS.FOCUS ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT 1616 WEST ADAMS STREET PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007 PUBLIC AUCTION SALE NO. 04-115925 Pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37, notice is hereby given that the state of Arizona through its Arizona State Land Department (herein ASLD), will sell at Public Auction to the highest and best bidder at 11:00am on Monday, December 2, 2013, at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, 4th Floor, Room 434B, Phoenix, Arizona, a lease to mine aggregate for a term of 10 years, with provisions to extend the term up to a maximum of twenty years with the written permission of the Commissioner, from the following described lands in Maricopa County to wit: TOWNSHIP 5 NORTH, RANGE 1 EAST, G&SRM, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: M&B IN LOTS 1 THRU 3; S2NE; SENW; N2N2N2S2, SECTION 1, CONTAINING 147.72 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. ACCESS PARCEL: M&B THRU E2SE, SECTION 1, CONTAINING 3.23 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. TOWNSHIP 6 NORTH, RANGE 1 EAST, G&SRM, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: M&B IN SESESW; SE, SECTION 36, CONTAINING 99.83 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. TOTAL ACRES CONTAINING 250.78 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. BENEFICIARIES: PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS (INDEMINITY SELECTIONS) For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the mineral materials application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD. The appraised unit royalty rate of the aggregate has been established at $0.75 per ton with an annual minimum guarantee of 60,000 tons for a total minimum annual royalty of $45,000.00. The annual rent is $24,400.00. Additionally, the annual plant salvage fee is $7,600.00. Additional requirements and conditions of this sale are available and may be viewed at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Minerals Section of the Natural Resources Division of ASLD at (602) 542-2687. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at www.azland.gov. Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below. TERMS OF SALE: (A) At the time of sale, the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The first annual royalty of $45,000.00 for a minimum annual production of 60,000 tons at a unit price of $0.75 per ton; (2) Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the minimum annual royalty, which is $1,350.00; (3) Annual rental, which is $24,400.00; (4) Annual Plant Salvage Fee, which is $7,600.00 (5) Reimbursable Appraisal Fee, which is $2,000.00; (6) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00; (7) Reimbursable Costs and Expenses not to exceed $12,867.10. The total amount due at the time of sale is $95,717.10 (less $17,367.10 if the applicant is the successful bidder, for a total amount due of $78,350.00). (B) Within 30 days after the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the aggregate and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price paid for the aggregate less the amount paid under (A) (2) above. (C) Within 30 days after the time of auction, the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(6) above. (D) A minimum annual royalty of $45,000.00 or more and a 3% Selling and Administrative Fee of $1,350.00 or more, depending on the unit royalty bid, shall be due and payable in advance or on each anniversary of the Lease. Material extracted over and above the minimum annual production of 60,000 tons shall be due at the unit bid price per ton along with the additional Selling and Administrative Fee on that amount. All such payments shall be applied as a credit to payment for material used, removed, or disposed from the premises during the term of the Lease. Monies so advanced and not credited against payments for materials used shall become the sole property of the ASLD upon termination or expiration of the Lease. (E) No Selling and Administrative Fee shall be collected by the Department if the successful bidder at auction is the beneficiary of the land trust. ADDITIONAL CONDITION(S): (A) The successful bidder agrees to execute the ASLD’s Lease, which shall be dated as of the auction date, within 30 days of receipt, and to perform all the terms, covenants, and conditions thereof. (B) Entrance upon and extraction from subject land shall not be permitted until after the complete execution of the Lease. The purchaser will be required to post a reclamation and damage bond in the amount of $100,000.00 upon execution of the Lease. (C) For additional terms and conditions regarding annual rent and other obligations of the Lessee under the Lease, prospective bidders are advised to examine the lease document, as well as all pertinent files of ASLD. BIDDING INFORMATION: (A) The highest and best bidder shall be determined on the basis of the bidder who pays forthwith the cash deposit and offers the highest royalty rate per unit for the material to be removed from the State land described herein. A bid for less than the appraised value of the aggregate or by a party who has not previously inspected the pit site and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered. The auction will consist of verbal bidding based on price per ton. (B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property. (C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240.B, the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than three (3) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD. (D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payments as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited. (E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due. GENERAL INFORMATION: The ASLD may cancel this sale in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid. A protest to this sale must be filed within 30 days after the first day of publication of this announcement and in accordance with Article 4.1 of A.R.S. §37-301. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, at (602) 364-0875. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Joe Dixon (for) Vanessa Hickman State Land Commissioner September 16, 2013

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ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT 1616 WEST ADAMS STREET PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007 PUBLIC AUCTION SALE NO. 16-117089 PERPETUAL RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT Pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37, notice is hereby given that the state of Arizona through its Arizona State Land Department (herein called ASLD), will sell at Public Auction to the highest and best bidder at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 W. Adams, Room 434B, Phoenix, Arizona, a perpetual right of way easement for the purpose of Underground Utilities situated in Maricopa County to wit: TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 4 EAST, G&SRB&M, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: M&B THRU E2E2 LOT 1; E2E2SSENE; E2E2SE, SECTION 3, CONTAINING 6.56 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. PARCEL: E. 50 FT., SECTION 10, CONTAINING 6.06 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. BENEFICIARY: PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS (INDEMNITY SELECTIONS) For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the right of way application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD. Said right of way easement has been valued at $2,400.00 and consists of 12.62 acres, more or less. Additional requirements and conditions of this right of way are available and may be viewed at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Rights of Way Section of the Real Estate Division of ASLD at (602) 542-4098. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at www.azland.gov. Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below. TERMS OF SALE: (A) At the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The value of the right of way, which is $2,400.00; (2) A Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the value of the right of way, which is $72.00; (3) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00. The total amount due at the time of sale is $4,972.00 (less $2,500.00 and less $2,400.00 for Advance Deposit into suspense if the successful bidder is the applicant for a total amount due of $72.00). (B) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the right of way and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price for the right of way less the amount paid under (A) (2) above. (C) No Selling and Administrative Fee shall be collected by ASLD if the successful bidder at auction is the beneficiary of the land trust. (D) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(3) above. BIDDING INFORMATION: (A) The time of sale shall be deemed to be the time of declaration of the highest and best bidder. The bidding will begin at the total value of the right of way. A bid for less than the value of the right of way easement or by a party who has not inspected the right of way and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered. (B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property. (C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240.B, the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than three (3) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD. (D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payment as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited. (E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due. GENERAL INFORMATION: The ASLD may cancel this auction in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid. 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events from page 4 Networking group AmSpirit Business Connections is national organization consisting of sales representatives, entrepreneurs, and professionals which provides a forum for its members to exchange qualified referrals with others in the group. The Greater Scottsdale Chapter of AmSpirit meets every Wednesday 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. at the offices of Homeowners Financial Group located at 16427 N. Scottsdale Road, No. 280 in Scottsdale. Prospective new members and visitors are welcome to attend. Family Storytime Children of all ages, with an adult in tow, are welcome Thursdays at Desert Broom Library to share books, stories, songs and rhymes in a fun, interactive program that builds early literacy skills. The library is located at Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard. Babytime Fridays Babies up to 24 months in age, accompanied by an adult, can explore pre-literacy skills through songs and stories at Desert Broom Library. Programs start at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each 20-minute program is followed by an unstructured 30-minute playtime. Crafting Adults wishing to knit, crochet, tat, macramé or do just about anything that has to do with fiber are invited to North Valley Regional Library’s “Made by Hand” program every Thursday at 1 p.m. Bring projects, books and patterns, accomplishments and knowledge to share with others. Learn something new about your own craft, or pick up another craft (or stitch) that has piqued your interest. Or come and spend a couple of leisurely hours doing something you love to do or would like to learn and, in the process, make new friendships. Friday night meals The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1796 in Black Canyon City is serving up meals every Friday night. The public is welcome to attend. Homework help Teen volunteers are available Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Desert Broom Library to help elementary school-aged children with homework assignments and study skills.

Age-appropriate story times Every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. or 11 a.m., North Valley Regional Library in Anthem invites preschoolers ages 3-6 to the Story Time Room to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For toddlers ages 18-36 months, Story Time Room hosts Wednesday programming at 9:15 a.m. that includes stories, songs and finger plays for children and their parent or caregiver. Also on Wednesdays, Story Time Room is the place to be for the 0-18-month-old crowd. This “Baby Time” starts promptly at 11 a.m. Programming includes books, lap-sit songs and rhymes, puppets, music and shakers and the parachute. Learn tips to build a foundation for reading. Playtime follows the regular program. MONTHLY NR/DHCA meeting The New River/Desert Hills Community Association hosts two meetings each month. A community meeting is held every second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Daisy Mountain Fire Station. Then on the second Friday each month, the group convenes its town hall meeting from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Tramonto Fire Station. Meetings feature local guest speakers on an array of topics. Library hosts foreign film Desert Foothills Library will host a different foreign film from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., one Monday each month. For information on the coming events go to dlfa.org. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. New River Kiwanis The first and third Wednesday of every month, New River Kiwanis hold their regular meetings at the New River Kiwanis Community Park, 48606 N. 17th Ave. The civic organization is geared toward helping children and is always looking for new members to get involved. Music at Desert Broom Library The second Saturday of every month, Desert Broom Library invites musicians to come and perform live acoustic numbers between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Mu-

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some of my kids’ sports games, as well. I don’t know how I did it. Yes, there were some difficult times and not everything ran smoothly every day. How did I survive? All I can think of is that it must have been the attitude of being grateful for all of the positive things we were experiencing as a family at that time, rather than an attitude that dwelled on all of the negative aspects. Our minds and hearts are powerful tools that play a major—if not the most major—part of our health. We can either dwell on the negative, stay in a stressed,

depressed state with our bodies eventually displaying some physical symptoms, or we can be thankful for all of life’s little blessings along the way. Studies have shown the effects of positive thinking, and I know we’ve all heard about that before. But how do we actually put that into action, especially when life is quite hectic and presents many challenges? One way is to actually write down or just make it a habit to think of a few things each day that

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NVSO presents all-youth concert Dec. 7 17th Annual FREE Self-guided Studio Tour & Sale

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Budding musicians — Brothers Frank and Albert Islas play a duet with NVSO Youth Orchestra.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra will present its first allyouth concert Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 4930 E. Greenway Rd. in Scottsdale. The free concert—featuring 45 young musicians ages 12-19 from the North Valley, Scottsdale, Peoria, Cave Creek, Anthem and New River—will be composed of two different orchestras: Less experienced players belong to the North Valley Symphonettes, and more experienced musicians are in the North Valley Youth Orchestra. They have been rehearsing concert selections since early September and are excited to have an audience experience their hard work and dedication in this holiday concert performance. The Youth Orchestra’s perfor-

mance includes “Buglers Holiday,” “Greensleeves” and “Toy Symphony,” which features parts played on a toy trumpet, drum, cuckoo and nightingale. The Symphonettes will perform “Shalom Chaverim,” “Christmas Canon,” “Santa Plays the Viola” and other seasonal pieces. Founding NVSO music director Kevin Kozacek said he believes in providing opportunities for young musicians to develop their abilities as a way to not only improve their individual talent, but also as a means to build relationships with like-minded youth outside of their own middle school or high school organizations. “It’s amazing to watch friendships grow while these students

practice week after week,” he said. “It’s nice to know NVSO is serving the community as these young players experience the creativity of music.” Kozacek is joined by assistant music director Bob Chilman in conducting the Youth Orchestra, while Murilou Chilman and Sujoy Spencer conduct the Symphonettes. The following week, the NVSO Adult Orchestra will be joined by the newest NVSO ensemble, “Maestros of Swing” (NVSO’s outreach swing band), in a Dec. 14 concert at 7 p.m., held at North Canyon High School. For more information about North Valley Symphony Orchestra, visit northvalleysymphony. org or call 623-980-4628.

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Project accomplished — Dozens attended a dedication ceremony the morning of Nov. 16 at the new John C. Lincoln hospital building in North Phoenix for the recently completed Dove Valley Road, I-17 interchange. In addition to convenient access to the adjacent hospital, the interchange project allows direct access from I-17 to Cave Creek Road via a newly constructed 7-mile stretch of Dove Valley Road and Sonoran Desert Drive. Among the ceremony’s speakers was Thelda Williams, District 1 councilwoman from the city of Phoenix, pictured above. Other featured speakers included Sheila Gerry of John C. Lincoln Health Network, Rob Bassett of Macerich and Wylie Bearup from Phoenix’s street transportation department.


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At the Nov. 20 Anthem Community Council meeting, winners of the logo art contest for Anthem’s upcoming 15th anniversary celebration were announced and recognized. Lindsay Boggs received the grand prize of $150 for her design. Her winning logo, selected by a volunteer committee, will be the centerpiece in a commemorative quilt to be displayed in the new Anthem Civic Building. The artwork will also be used in select promotional and marketing materials throughout the year-long anniversary celebration. In addition to the grand prize, more than 700 attendees at last month’s Autumnfest

had filled out ballots for their pick to win the “people’s choice” awards among logo contest entries. First place for that award in each age category went to Ellie Crampton (ages 5 and under), Abby Maxwell (ages 6-10), Jazney Moss (ages 11-18) and Krystal Carman (ages 19 and older). They received gift cards provided by Anthem Travel. View all logo contest artwork at OnlineAtAnthem.com/logo-contest. The logo contest kicks off a series of 15th anniversary activities being planned throughout 2014, starting with the grand opening celebration of the new Anthem Civic Building on Jan. 25.

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The gardens of the world are brought together in one, intimate studio setting located in Carefree. Virginia Brooks’ studio garden is a piece of earth so full, colorful and eclectic that the Arizona Republic once deemed it the garden of the month. She considers herself not primarily as a gardener, but as a painter and a collector of shapes, textures, colors and objects that bring her paintings to life, enhancing the images of nature’s creations. Virginia grew up in the artist enclave of Rockport, Mass. Her father, Richard Brooks, was a marine painter and syndicated cartoonist of “The Jackson Twins” comic strip for 36 years. The young Virginia studied with George Demetrios, her father’s mentor, as well as artists Paul Strisik, Helen Van Wyck and Don Stone, all from Boston’s north shore. These masters of their medium guided Virginia in forming a solid foundation in the techniques of observation, composition and pigment application. The results are the essence of nature coming to life on a canvas. In the late 1960s, the Brooks family moved to Switzerland where Virginia was provided the opportunity to steep in the history of Europe. She experienced firsthand the image magic of the continent’s grand masters. Virginia further expanded her understanding of design principles by attending The Art Institute of Boston and acquired new insights into the Connecticut School of Impressionism from The Lyme Academy of Fine Art.

“My focus today is to concentrate on painting what I love,” she said. As a frequent traveler of the American Southwest, California’s vast wine country, the rugged Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, as well as the hills of Tuscany and lavender and poppy fields of Provence, everything provides Virginia with an endless supply of images that thrill the most casual observer and most serious collector. The Carefree artist was proud to share that she has exhibited with the Thunderbird Artists since 1985. She is frequently asked

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‘Cowboy Christmas,’ Soleri film coming to museum Cave Creek Museum is ringing in the holiday spirit this December with a couple special events. First up will be the seventh annual “Cowboy Christmas” children’s program Dec. 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Activities at this free, family-friendly event include roping a steer with a hulahoop, making chaps, making and decorating cookies and other crafts and games. Gary Sprague and his own talented mount, Dusty, return to entertain visitors at 2:30 p.m. with holiday poetry, stories and songs. Space is limited, so registration is required. Register by calling 480-488-2764. Next up, on Dec. 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is a film, “Beyond Form,” that honors Paolo Soleri. The documentary will be shown in the museum’s historic church as part of Desert Foothills Library’s series entitled “Arizona Filmmakers Speak: Sip Wine and Savor Stories.” Tickets cost $10. “Beyond Form” was produced by Scottsdale film maker Aimee Madsen and ties in with Cave Creek Museum’s new exhibit, “Paolo Soleri in Cave Creek: The Dome House,” which was produced by Linda Pierce, a volunteer with the museum, and curated by Cave Creek architect Michael P. Johnson. “The Dome is truly one of Cave Creek’s historical treasures. I hope our exhibit piques people’s intellectual curiosity so that they will visit Cosanti and Arcosanti and learn more about Paolo’s vision as an urban theorist for living and interacting with each other,” Johnson said.

While Soleri is best known for his award-winning ceramic and bronze wind bells and his work to establish the self-sustaining community of Arcosanti near Cordes Junction, many people don’t realize his first commissioned building was the dome house in the heart of Cave Creek. This unique, one-room glass house, which was built for Nora Woods over a 2-year span and completed in 1951, features desert masonry walls developed by Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, a movable glass dome and expansive views of Elephant Mountain. It was Soleri’s first real-world project which introduced his idea of “arcology,” a concept he came up with in 1948, while working with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. Soleri viewed arcologies as a way of combining architecture and ecology to minimize human impact on natural resources. Many of his ideas included dome structures and his vision was particularly revolutionary because com mun it ies wou ld not include automobiles.

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Restaurant’s proceeds to fight hunger Tuesday On Dec. 3, the second annual Barro’s Pizza Holiday Hunger Fight will be held, with all proceeds received from open to close of business being donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. One large pizza bought at Barro’s Pizza on Dec. 3 can mean up to 70 meals provided at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance this holiday season.

Last year, the event earned more than $120,000 in fewer than 24 hours for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, providing more than 840,000 meals, said Ken Barro, co-owner of Barro’s Pizza. This year, the Barro family hopes to donate one million meals, equating to about $143,000 raised. “Throughout the year we try to give back by donating to different high school

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Don’t fall for Common Core’s academic ruse Despite the federal government’s saying it’s staying out of the classroom standards business, there is much evidence to show that the feds are intricately l i n ked to Com mon Core State Standards. The feds have spent $350 million of taxpayer money, funding and giving grants a nd wa ivers to muscle and bribe states and local school districts to accept Norris CCSS. All of that was done without a single act of Congress, meaning the federal government—including the White House—dumped protocol again to dodge accountability. With their monetary tentacles reaching over state lines and into classrooms, their second step is to inject their progressive agenda into curricula taught in elementary, middle and high schools. And that is easily accomplished because their educative minions pervade academic arenas and CCSS curricula creators. Common Core advocates pride themselves in saying that the standards don’t set curricula, they only set goals (or what they call “benchmarks”) that educators utilize to help t hei r st udents reach t he academ ic sta rs. T hey say states and local school districts, administrators and educators will fashion curricula. Education Secretary Arne Duncan regurgitated the vision of Common Core this way: “Tight on goals but loose on means— that’s our theory of change. It’s

the exact opposite of how No Child Left Behind was structured.” “Tight on goals but loose on means”—sounds like a good plan, right? Here’s the problem. You’ve heard the version of the golden rule, “He who has the gold makes the rules.” Here’s the academic version: “He who sets the standards controls the curricula and even the educators.” Despite how CCSS defenders say that dictating standards doesn’t lead to determining the content taught in classrooms, that’s exactly what it does. Proof of the link is found in the fact that when Common Core standards are completely implemented in 2015, at least 85 percent of states’ curricula will be based upon them. Get it?! Of course, in public, advocates, including Duncan, state categorically—loud and proud—that the feds are completely hands-off when it comes to CCSS curricula. Duncan told one group of journalists back in June, “The federal government didn’t write them, didn’t approve them and doesn’t mandate them. And we never will. Anyone who says otherwise is either misinformed or willfully misleading.” Never will? Mr. Duncan, I don’t know what political pipe dream you live in, but to say that the federal government “never will” write or influence any portion of any national educational standards or curricula when it has the Department of Education overseeing the whole ball of wax is about as unrealistic as saying that the feds “never will” get involved in the health care business.

Sure, local districts and states can create and control their curricula, just as we citizens can keep our medical plans if we like them! That’s all federal fantasy, not based upon historical facts of the feds’ overreaching, influencing and controlling anything and everything that is national. Duncan and President Barack Obama don’t need to have a meeting in the Oval Office to draft modes in which to shape and inf luence academic curricula. They only have to post their leftist minions in positions of influence throughout the academic world; those people will do their dirty work for them. And it’s already happened! In fact, concerned parents and educators across the country just had their curricula fears grow legs when CCSS English lessons for elementary classrooms were discovered with partisan political statements in them. These are the types of covert moves that experts and citizens have warned about and hoped never would become a reality. In a recent Fox News report: “Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth graders to edit such sentences as ‘(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,’ ‘The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation’ and ‘the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.’” Do those statements sound like the principles upon which our republic was founded or socialist dogma and indoctrination? The statements are in a work-

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The bungled launch of the federal health insurance website has unleashed significant disorder— but not everywhere. Life remains calm in many states that set up their own health care exchanges. Some are so confident of the rightness of t he hea lt h care reforms that they’re rejecting President Obama’s proposal to let people keep their inadeHARROP quate health insurance policies. “We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their (substandard) policies,” Washington state’s insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler, announced in no uncertain terms. To recap, insurers canceled several million plans that failed to meet the higher standards of the Affordable Care Act. That left many policyholders angry. Anxiety rose as those in states relying on the federal exchange couldn’t get on HealthCare.gov to see their alternatives (which might include pleasant surprises). Facing a revolt by purple-state Democrats, Obama said he’d give states the option of letting people keep their substandard policies. The public is confused. Insurers are confused. Insurers are also upset because the move messes with the stability of the new insurance pools. The pools stay strong by combining the young and vigorous with the old and sick. The banned bare-bones policies attract the healthy, though many are ripoffs worse than no insurance at all. Again, the craziness is mainly confined to states that didn’t set up their own exchanges. Most state exchanges are humming along, forcing rationality and cost curbing into their health care. Vermont and Rhode Island have joined Washington in saying “no, thanks” to the president’s offer. No doubt others will join them. “My jaw dropped” on hearing Obama’s announcement, Kreidler told The Seattle Times. He added the obvious: “Insurance only works if you have a robust pool of good and bad risk.” By the way, about half of the 290,000 Washington residents who received cancellation letters

will apparently qualify for subsidies to help buy insurance through the state exchange. Some may learn they can get more for less. Of course, those in states dependent on the federal website can’t see what’s out there. Strange that red-state politicians, wedded to the idea that D.C. can’t do anything right, left the job of setting up health care exchanges to the federal government. Several are now being forced to extend their high-risk pools—programs for sickly people rejected by private insurers. They are supposed to be phased out under Obamacare. So Republican Gov. Scott Walker was only half-right when he complained, “In Wisconsin, we are taking action to protect our citizens from the federal government’s failure.” He neglected to include Wisconsin’s failure to set up its own program. We know what’s going on. Most Republicans will not accept the reforms—a virtual carbon copy of conservative blueprints, including former Gov. Mitt Romney’s plan in Massachusetts—because Obama wanted them. The politics are so perverse that they’ll subsidize the health care of elderly billionaires, the destitute and prisoners but not the working poor and struggling middle class. To the gasps of local hospital officials, many Republican governors refused to expand Medicaid to more low-income people, though the feds would have paid for nearly all of it. Only 25 states have agreed to the expansion, most run by Democrats. One prays that the federal government will get its act together soon. In the meantime, let’s put things in perspective. As Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who helped design the Massachusetts and federal reforms, said on Fox News Channel, we should “stop panicking over days and weeks.” Also note that for every American with a canceled policy, there are 10 uninsured Americans. Many are suffering and will be saved by this law. What can we say but, “Stay the course.” Stay the course. To find out more about Froma Harrop and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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Deadline for classifieds is Wed. at 5pm for the following Wed. issue. Classifieds may also be faxed to 623-465-1363. Please note that no classifieds WILL BE accepted over the phone. NOTICES Articles of Organization have been filed in the Office of the Arizona Corporation Commission for KOTAN-EAST Properties, LLC, L-1877011-0. The address of the known place of business is: 2674 N. Ellis Street, Chandler, AZ 85224. The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is: Kenneth Koenig, 2674 N. Ellis Street, Chandler, AZ 85224. Management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members. The names and addresses of each person who is a member are: Kenneth Koenig, 2674 N. Ellis Street, Chandler, AZ 85224 and Wenli Koenig, 2674 N. Ellis Street, Chandler, AZ 85224. Looking for ladies and gentlemen to play Mah Jongg Wednesdays in library at Boulder Creek HS, noon to 3 or later. Call Nancy after 6pm. 623-465-9317 Al-anon Meetings in Anthem. Mondays 10:45am. St Rose Parish. 2825 W Rose Canyon Circle. S/W corner of Daisy Mtn & Meridian. North Valley Christian Church meeting Sundays, 9:30am in Opera House at Pioneer Living History Museum. www.nvccphx.com or 623-308-4338 Adoptions LOVING COUPLE WISH to adopt newborn baby. Open adoption. Will provide secure, warm, caring & happy home. Expenses paid. Contact James & Lori 1-855-95-ADOPT www.95adopt. com. (AzCAN) Adult Care CNA-Licensed and experienced for in home health care. 208-721-2734 ATV/Cycle/Etc 1960 to 1976 Enduro or dirt bike wanted by private party. Must be complete 50cc to 500cc. Will look at all, running or not. 480-518-4023 2005 Bombadier Outlander 400. Mileage 1800. $3600. Cell 623-980-0516 Autos 1964 to 1972 classic sports car, muscle car wanted by private party running or not. 480-518-4023 Wanted: Ford Ranger rear cross bed tool box and ladder rack. Dean 480-313-8460 Business Opportunities ATTN: 29 SERIOUS PEOPLE to work from anywhere using a computer. Up to $1500-$5000 PT/ FT. www.pticoncepts.com. (AzCAN) Cable/Satellite TV DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/ month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-318-1693. (AzCAN) DirecTV:Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie &2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-644-2857.

FIREWOOD Cave Creek Fire wood.com. We sell and deliver Juniper, Oak, Euc, and other Hardwoods Call Steve at 602-228-4311 ccfirewood @cox.net HELP WANTED PINK ADVENTURE TOURS (a Pink Jeep Tours affiliate) IS HIRING TOUR GUIDES! We need fun, safety minded, and self motivated individuals with exceptional customer service skills to conduct day tours departing from Scottsdale and Jeep Tours departing from Black Canyon City. We provide extensive training, competitive pay and benefits. Must be at least 25 years of age with an excellent driving record. Experience with guiding, educating or hospitality/entertainment is desireable. E-mail resume to danb@pinkadventuretours. com. Visit our website at www.PinkJeep.com

AMERICAN GREETINGS is looking for Retail Greeting Card Merchandisers in Anthem, AZ. As a member of our team, you will ensure the greeting card department is merchandised and maintained to provide customers the best selection of cards and product to celebrate life’s events. Join the American Greetings family today by applying online at: WorkatAG.com or call 1-888323-4192 Part time secretarial work in Desert Hills for Adult Care Home. 8-12 hrs a week. Must know Word, Excel, and medical terminology. Please call Ronnie 480-244-5326 ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 85 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www.classifiedarizona .com. (AzCAN) Short order line cook. Gizmos Sports Bar & Grill 46639 N Black Canyon HwyNew River AZ 85087 Come in and fill out an application No Calls Please. Rock Springs Café is hiring!! All positions. Apply in person. ENTER TO WIN A CUSTOM OC Chopper! Southwest Truck Driver Training. GI Bill accepted! Use your GI Bill to get your CDL and EARN $35K your first year! Pre-Hire letters before you even begin training! Call today for info and details on how to win an OC Chopper!! Phoenix: 602-904-6602 OR Tucson: 520216-7609. www.swtdtveterans. com. (AzCAN) EMT PAID TRAINING to join elite U.S. Navy EMT’s. Good pay, medical/dental, promotions, $ for school. HS grads ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri 800-354-9627. (AzCAN)

15 DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for Werner Enterprises! Earn $750/wk + benefits! NO CDL? NO PROBLEM! CDL training available in Phoenix area! 1-888-512-7114. (AzCAN) GORDON TRUCKING CDL-A Drivers. Up to $5,000 Sign-on bonus & .54 CPM. Solos & Teams. Full-time & Part-time. Consistent miles, benefits, 401k, EOE. Call 7 days/wk! 866-837-5997 GordonTrucking.com. (AzCAN) HOME FURNISHINGS Upright Halle Davis Piano, $250. 30in x 52in Elite TV, $300. Stan 602-524-4787 INSTRUCTION MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES needed! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant. No experience needed! Online training at SC Train gets you Job Ready! HS Diploma/GED & PC/Internet needed! 1-888-926-6058. (AzCAN) Livestock & Supplies Free delivery of shavings, cow & horse mixture great for arenas or fertilizer 480-595-0211 TRIPLE R HORSE RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 602-396-8726. Saddle & Tack Repairs. Western & English plus Racing saddle too. 30 years exp. Buy-Sell-Trade. 23yrs same location. Circle Mtn Rd & 18th St. 623-465-7286 VOLUNTEER-SPONSORADOPT! Dreamchaser Horse Rescue offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities. Please consider joining our Dreamchaser family! We need animal lovers who are willing to help with everything from ranch chores to fundraising! We have sanctuary horses who need sponsors, and horses available for adoption. Come see us: w w w. d r e a m c h a s e r horserescue.org or Susan at 623-910-6530 MISC Free delivery of shavings, cow & horse mixture-great for arenas or fertilizer 480-595-0211 Misc Wanted Wanted: Ford Ranger rear cross bed tool box and ladder rack. Dean 480-313-8460 Free Clean fill dirt wanted near New River and Circle Mtn. roads. Some rocks OK 847-738-1194 Wanted: CASH PAID for guns, wagon wheels, wagons, anvils, wooden barrels, western antiques. 623-742-0369 / 602-214-5692 Pets & Supplies REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602-506-PETS www.pets.maricopa.gov

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New River Land Sale. 360 degree views, 2200ft elevation, underground electric and water. 1 to 19 acres available. Located at the base of Gavilan Peak. Can build to suit. Call 623-680-1017 4 ACRES with views of majestic Bradshaw Mountains. Situated at the end of road. Area of custom site built homes. Area of 30 gallon a minute wells. Property does have its own well and electric. Close proximity to Agua Fria river bed. Easy commute to Prescott, Flagstaff or Phoenix. Rural living yet close to shopping, hospital, schools, colleges and other amenities. Priced to sell quickly at $160,000. Call Kay 928-710-4193

38 ACRES - $84,900. Prescott area, Ruger Ranch. Power, scattered with mature pinon pines, granite boulder formations. 1st come basis. Financing & ADWR report available. Call AZLR (866)632-0877. (AzCAN) ROOMATE WANTED ROOMMATE wanted to share 2700 square foot home. Your room 13ft x 18ft, private entrance, private porch. Mountain and desert views in all directions. Quarter mile from Tonto National Forest. New River near Anthem. $550/mo. Call 480-436-2376. Snowbird looking to rent room or share rent December through March. Single retired man, nonsmoker, no pets,360-731-5234

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