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New River man takes pride in preserving heritage MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

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New River resident Brian Hamill, a two-time world champion, will be at the Heard Museum this Saturday and Sunday for the World Championship Hoop Dance Competition. His 8-year-old son NeDallas and 6-year-old daughter Destiny also will compete.

New River resident Brian Hamill is a colorful story-teller who is also known as a two-time world champion hoop dancer. The 41-year-old spends most of the year travelling the country telling the story of the Ho-Chunk Native Americans as well as performing. “I like the challenge of performing,” he said. “I have to be able to relate to a 16-year-old football player one day and then a 65-year-old millionaire CEO the next day. Money comes and goes, but being able to connect with people and to receive that gratitude, that what you

did meant something to them, that’s priceless.” While educating fellow Americans about the culture of Ho Chunk Native Americans is his primary charge, once a year Hamill preps for the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, which brings Native American competitors from across the United States and Canada. Each dancer presents a unique variation of the hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs.

This year’s event is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Phoenix Heard Museum. As he preps for the 22nd annual event, the two-time National champion and defending champion in the senior division, said he’s excited at the chance to try and repeat as a senior, designated by those 40 and over. “It’s going to be tough competition,” he said. “Among the top four of us you’re looking at a combined 14 World Championships.” An Army veteran, who once considered a career in medicine,

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Cactus Shadows posts pair of shutouts to reach semifinals MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Halfway to a state title the Cactus Shadows Falcons girls soccer team is using the same recipe that served them well through a 19-3 regular season, winning games with their defense. At 7 p.m. on Thursday at Paradise Valley High School the Falcons will look to get to the state title match for the first time in the program’s history when they take on No. 4 Kellis in the Division II state semifinals. In getting back to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season, the Falcons posted consecutive shutouts, first trouncing No. 16 Greenway, by a 6-0 margin and then besting No. 8 Notre Dame 1-0 on Saturday.

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Both contests saw the Falcons beat their opponent for the third time this season. “There’s something to that old adage about beating a good team three times,” Cactus Shadows coach Jeff Vittorio said. “The team that has lost the first two is obviously going to make the most adjustments to try and change the outcome. It was the most competitive of our three games with Notre Dame, but I thought we really executed our game plan well.” The Falcons veteran coach said that he felt his team dominated in the first half despite heading to the break in a scoreless tie. “They started the second half strong, I’d say for the first 10 minutes and we were fortunate they didn’t score, but I thought

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we responded well over the game’s final 25 minutes.” The game turned on two big plays according to Vittorio. The first came approximately midway through the second half when Brenna Leech came up with a defensive gem to prevent a goal on a corner kick. “The corner kick curled in from the side and got over Hayley’s (Dinota) head,” Vittorio said. “They would have scored, but Brenna threw her body in front of it and headed it out. She was certainly the player of the match.” Leech would then draw a penalty kick minutes later when she was tripped and taken down in the box. Senior Madi Pascale made Notre Dame pay for

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Cactus Shadows freshman Alexa Yardley drives in on goal for one of her two scores during Thursday’s first round state victory over Greenway. The Falcons play No. 4 Kellis at 7 p.m., Thursday at Paradise Valley High School.

the infraction by scoring on the penalty kick to tally the game’s lone goal. “Notre Dame didn’t get shut out all season, except against us and we did it three straight times,” Vittorio said proudly. “Cassie’s

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a great player. That’s not even arguable, but we showed that we have a lot of good defensive players on this team.”

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NeDallas Hamill, a New River Elementary student, and his father Brian Hamill recently tried out for America’s Got Talent.

started his own company back in 1997. Native Spirit Dancers has grown into a family business as his wife Toni, 8-year-old son NeDallas and 6-year-old daughter Destiny also perform regularly. “I would say 60 percent of what I’m going to do is known and then 40 percent is unknown,” Hamill said. “Within 30 seconds of the start of a routine

I can tell if I’m going to have a tough audience or if I’ve got them engaged.” While his performance career has included dancing before a handful of people, up to being at Farm Aid alongside Willie Nelson in front of a crowd of several thousand, Hamill said he always tries to give the audience the best. “I always think that there’s a

good chance that this is the first time somebody in the audience might be seeing what I do,” he said. “I feel like I owe them my best to leave them with a good impression.” In going the extra mile he often comes up with something unique to his audience. “The hoop dance represents life so it’s always changing a little bit,” he said. “I was in Denver just last month for a performance and I finished my routine by Tebowing. The crowd went crazy.” In between delighting crowds across the country and preparing for the upcoming World Championship competition Hamill and his son NeDallas recently were out in Anaheim after being called to tryout for America’s Got Talent in December. “We’re supposed to hear something in late February or early March,” he said. “That could be really big. Even if we don’t make the show if they were to show some of what we do I think it could not only help us personally, but help all of us that are in hoop dancing.”

Hamill said his son, who has been performing since he was very young, doesn’t get overly excited about crowds. “It could be just a group of kids or millions on television and he doesn’t mind,” he said. “He’s starting to get more serious about his dancing though. It’s not always consistent because he’s still a kid, but sometimes he comes up with some really cool moves. When he wants it he’s phenomenal.” The year after his first world championship Hamill admits he was more interested in seeing his wife, son and daughters all perform and didn’t get as prepared as he needed to be. While he’s excited to see his children perform once again Hamill said he’s got his focus balanced this time around. “I’m definitely hoping to repeat,” he said. “But those guys I’m going up against are hungry to get it back for themselves.” Toni said her husband takes on a different persona when he is getting ready to perform. “He doesn’t even want to talk to anybody,” she said. “He gets into a zone and he’s off by himself just listening to the

music and getting ready.” The competition goes three rounds total with five judges giving a score of 1-10 in five different categories. The categories include precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed. Early round dances are shorter. Competitors that advance get the chance to perform longer routines in the second round and then in the finals. Competition starts at 9:30 a.m. both days and will end at approximately 5 p.m. The museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Tickets to the event are $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, ages 65 and younger, $10 for American Indians, $7.50 for children ages 4-12 and free for those under 4. Cost is per day and includes the event and museum admission. Call 602252-8848 for information or go to heard.org/hoop. Hamill also will perform at the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Feb. 17 – 19. Check the story on page 13 for details.

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Thursday’s game will mark the second straight game the Falcons will have to play without junior goalie Cassie Miller. The keeper, who is a member of the United States under-17 developmental team, is away at a camp and won’t be available to play again this season unless the Falcons make it to the state title game, which would be on Saturday. Vittorio, who will be coaching his fifth state semifinal for the Falcons is looking for the breakthrough effort that will get the program to its first state title match. “This is such a focused group,” he said. “They didn’t bat an eye about not having Cassie. That’s not a knock. We’d obviously love to have her, but they don’t make excuses and they don’t leave themselves with any reason to have any regrets.”

To get over the semifinal hump Vittorio said his team will have to be prepared to battle an athletic Kellis team. “We have no illusions that it will be easy,” he said. “They’re a team coming together and gaining confidence.” Should they make it to the finals Vittorio said he hopes the team they’re facing is Catalina Foothills, the No. 3 seed, which knocked off Cactus Shadows in last year’s semifinals and earlier this season, by a 3-1 margin. The state championship match is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, located at 3870 Quartz St. Thursday night’s game is at Paradise Valley High School, located at 3950 E. Bell Road in Phoenix.


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Cactus Shadows Eric Johnson, left, and Boulder Creek junior Josh Braun will lead their respective teams into sectional playoff games tonight at 5:30 p.m. Cactus Shadows plays Bradshaw Mountain at Greenway High School in Phoenix while Braun’s Jaguars take on Pinnacle at Chaparral High School. Boulder Creek freshman Darian Slaga and the Jaguars girl’s team would play at 7:30 p.m., Thursday if they won Tuesday.

The 2012 Division I and Division II sectional high school basketball tournaments get under way tonight with both Cactus Shadows and Boulder Creek High School’s boys basketball teams in action. In the first year of the AIA’s new setup, sectional tournaments will automatically qualify 12 of the 24 teams that will make the state tournament. Automatic state bids go to the top four teams from each of three eight-team sectionals. The remaining 12 tournament spots will be based on power points, going to the highest ranked nonautomatic qualifiers Boulder Creek is the No. 5 seed in Section III of Division I, which is being played at Chaparral High School. The Jaguars open tournament play with a 5:45 p.m. matchup against No. 4 Pinnacle.

With a win tonight they would advance to the semifinals, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of No. 1 Desert Vista and No. 8 Chaparral. The sectional tournament championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Boulder Creek sits at No. 12 overall in the Division I power ratings with a 20-5 record during the regular season. Cactus Shadows is the No. 5 seed in Section II of Division II, being hosted at Greenway High School. The Falcons open tournament play with a 5:45 p.m. matchup tonight against No. 4 Bradshaw Mountain. With a win tonight they would advance to play in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of No. 1 Raymond Kellis and No. 8 Thunderbird. The sectional tournament championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Cactus Shadows sits at No. 16 overall in the Div II power ratings with a 13-9 record during the regular season.

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Musical Theater of Anthem pays tribute to Dr. Seuss STAFF REPORT

Musical Theatre of Anthem’s upcoming production of the musical extravaganza Seussical, Jr. will debut at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium. Tony award-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have brought to life several Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The show, completely underscored by music, is performed by youth ages 13 – 18 from around the Valley. “Whether you are 6 or 60, Seussical will make you

smile, laugh, and want to sing along as the characters from your childhood come alive on stage,” said director and Zoniwinning choreographer Sherry Henderson. “Share with your children and grandchildren the stories that you loved so much… Horton the Elephant, the Whos and more.” MTA’s Producing Artistic Director Jackie Hammond is producing and vocal directing the show. “Sherry and I very are excited about this production,” said Hammond. “Because we have less than fifteen rehearsals to put up the show, everyone involved from production staff, to costume and props coordinators, to the performers, will be

challenged more than ever. The pacing will be that of a professional production, with the quality to match it.” Tickets may be purchased online at musicaltheatreofanthem.org. Adult tickets are $18 and students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15. Performances take place at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 - 18 and at 3 p.m., Feb. 18 and 19. Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium is located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy in Anthem.

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Starlight Community Theater’s Rapunzel continues at 7 p.m., Friday at Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium. The show, featuring a children’s cast will also have a 7 p.m. performance on Saturday as well as 3 p.m. shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Jim Gradillas wrote and directed the original madcap comedy which delivers

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Centennial show celebrates Arizona’s history STAFF REPORT

In the pioneer spirit of the Grand Canyon State’s forefathers Desert Foothills Theater is putting together an original performance, “In the Devil’s Frying Pan”, which will continue at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. The performance, celebrating Arizona’s centennial anniversary, Feb. 14, tells the story of those that settled the land we now call Arizona

Shows are Friday – Sunday and Feb. 17-19. The Sunday shows are 2 p.m. matinees, while the rest of the performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 N. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Tickets for youth range from $15 - 20 while adult tickets are $22 – 30. For information on the show or to order tickets go to desertfoothillstheater.com, call 480-488-1981 or email tickets@ desertfoothillstheater.com. Submitted photo


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Class of 2012 celebrates 12 scholarship athletes MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Despite being a day off from school a dozen smiling seniors were on campus at Boulder Creek High School on Feb. 1. The excited and relieved group of students were joined by proud parents who saw their children sign their letters of intent, as the class of 2012 made their choices on where they’ll continue their athletic careers at the college level. Leading a class of seven members of the football team who will be playing at the next level was wide receiver and punt returner Marquis Bundy. The senior, who was second on the team in receptions, second in receiving yardage and first in touchdown receptions for a 6-5 Jaguars squad in 2011 originally leaned toward going to Montana to join the Grizzlies perennial strong program. Instead, sporting a Lobos hat with a stuffed animal wolf on top, Bundy explained that he was wooed to New Mexico largely by Bob Davies, the former Notre Dame coach, who was recently hired to lead the Lobos. Bundy said he is excited for the opportunity to play for Davies and wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield. “I know what good coaches they are,” Bundy said. “I want to get faster, stronger get smarter about being the best player I can be. I was told by the coach Davies that the best players are going to play regardless of how old they are.” In looking back on his career at Boulder Creek, Bundy said one of his best memories was actually getting a chance to throw a pass to fellow senior Trevor Bonifasi, the team’s quarterback. The two connected for a 29-yard touchdown pass in the season opener against Brophy. Bonifasi too will be playing on Saturday’s next season. The quarterback accepted a scholarship to play at Div-II Fort Lewis College in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. With a senior quarterback

returning next season Bonifasi said he could be redshirted, but also noted that coaches at Fort Lewis think enough of him athletically that they might find a spot for him at either receiver or at defensive back. “I want to be a quarterback, but if I could play as a freshman somewhere else I’d do that,” he said. “I guess I’d be a little nervous about playing a different position, but we’ll see how it goes. My second year I’ll get to compete for the quarterback job.” One of Bonfasi’s lineman at Boulder Creek, Beau Kitson, will be a rival next season when he takes the field as a member of Colorado Mesa University, also a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. “I really like the coaching staff,” Kitson said. “The school has a ton of Arizona kids so I think I’ll feel comfortable. I might redshirt my first year. I think they want me to get bigger, but whatever happens I’m excited to be a part of it.” One of Kitson’s fellow lineman at Boulder Creek also will be heading north as Austin Farnlof signed with North Dakota State, the defending Division I Football Championship Series National Champions. While South Dakota and Northern Arizona University both also showed interest in the 270 pound defensive lineman Farnlof said after taking a trip to Bison country his decision was relatively easy. “Their success is only part of it,” he said. “It’s the small town atmosphere. It reminds me of the Midwest, which is where I’m from. It’s all about the Bison. The community is green and gold everywhere.” In addition to the quartet going on to four year schools, Glendale Community College will add three Jaguars to their program in linemen Ryan Orr and Vinny Paterno along with kicker Jacobus Van Leeuwen. GCC perhaps might consider changing its name to Boulder Creek West as the Gauchos baseball program also will be adding a trio of Jaguars. Just

months after West Tunnell signed with Baylor and Tony Blanford signed with Arizona State University Cameron Brendel, Chase Wagner and David Real all signed with GCC. Of the three, Real put up the best numbers a season ago. Seeing time at both first base and catcher he hit .380, with two home runs and 34 RBIs. The trio will join 2011 Boulder Creek graduates Cody Jones and Jonny Pawling as part of the Gauchos baseball program. And the college bound athletes weren’t limited to the males as the Boulder Creek soccer program also will have alumni playing at the college level next season. Though she has been unable to play for the Jaguars this season due to a preseason injury Kathryn Boyle’s club career caught the attention of Elon University, while Emily Paxton, the Jaguars leading goal-scorer

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Boulder Creek’s baseball program had a trio of players, including Cameron Brendel, Chase Wagner and David Real, all sign with Glendale Community College at the high school’s Feb. 1 ceremony.

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Boulder Creek football’s program saw seven of its players sign letters of intent during the Feb. 1 signing day. The group helped the Jaguars to a 6-5 season, which including a playoff appearance at the Division-I level.


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New River honors pair of fourth graders STAFF REPORT

New River Elementary named its second quarter Terrific Kids last month as Tori Kaczocha from Ms. Thomas’ fourth grade class and Alex Foster from Mrs. Clover’s class were the winners. Each quarter, a student is picked from each 4th grade class and given recognition for outstanding achievements. The Kiwanis Club of New River then presents each student with several items, including a $50 U.S. savings bond, in the child’s name. The Kiwanis Club of New River is a volunteer service organization dedicated to the community and the children of the community. New River Elementary is part of the Deer Valley Unifired School District and is located at 48827 N. Black Canyon Highway.

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The Arizona Centennial Foundation has recognized the PMAZ Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial concert as an official event in recognition of 100 years of statehood. The celebration will include a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday and a 4 p.m. show on Sunday at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, located at 33606 N. 60th St. in Scottsdale. ProMusica Arizona will be part of a full calendar of events taking place around the state commemorating Arizona’s rich history, culture, and natural wonders. The PMAZ concert will feature music that celebrates the diversity of Arizona’s history since becoming a state on Feb. 14, 1912. It will include the performance of two pieces newly-commissioned by The Arizona Commission for the Arts as part of the Centennial Legacy Project. The orchestral piece is called “Arizona Centennial Overture,” composed by Sy Brandon,

a resident of Cottonwood, Arizona. The overture pays tribute to the unique blend of the various cultures that had a part in shaping Arizona’s history. Beginning with a fanfare that announces the celebration, the piece fades into a rustic theme that pays tribute to the pioneers that migrated to Arizona. The second section pays tribute to the various Native American cultures that are a large part of Arizona’s history and its present way of life. The solo flute and percussion instruments which open the section reflect the Native American respect for nature, and as more instruments join in, the piece evolves into a ceremonial dance that increases in intensity. The third section is influenced by Mariachi music, recognizing the strong Hispanic influence in Arizona. A common Hispanic rhythmic grouping of three groups of two alternating with two groups of three characterizes this section. A brief ending using all the themes of the piece

brings the work to a rousing, unifying close. The Arizona Commission on the Arts piece written for chorale and piano is titled “Turquoise and Thunderstorms.” The music was written by Dr. James DeMars, and the ethereal text is by Alberto Rios. The music uses 20th century sonorities and text painting to express the natural wonders of Arizona. The chorale will also perform several works that celebrate Arizona cowboys and the great American west. Tickets can be purchased at pmaz.org/buy-tickets or by calling 623-465-4650. Tickets are also available at Andrew Z Jewelry and the Deer Valley Credit Union in Anthem. Cost is $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors 60 and older and $5 for students under 18. For information on the show go to promusicaaz.org.


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The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/ DHCA) will host state senator Lori Klein, John Hauskins from MCDOT and Joe Klima of the City of Phoenix police department from 9 – 10 a.m., Friday at the Tramonto Fire Station Community Meeting Room. The meetings take place the second Friday of each month, at the 3210 W. Canotia Place location in Phoenix. Klein will speak about redistricting. Hauskins will address MCDOT local roads. Klima will offer updates for the North Valley including specifically for New River and Desert Hills. Coffee and bottled water supplied by Hot Bagels Deli will be available for free. For more information call 602-432-2800 or 602-55-0548 or go to nrdhca.org.

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this season with 33 of the team’s 84 goals will take her skills to Colorado next season. Getting the chance to compete in the Pac-12 as a member of the Buffaloes and come back home to play was part of the attraction. Paxton said she had offers from all over the country including Oregon State and Miami, but chose Colorado because she has family in the area in addition to being able to compete in the Pac-12.

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A new photo contest is being held featuring the Carefree Desert Garden, donated by Desert Foothills Landscape. The four-acre Garden, in the Carefree park on Easy Street, contains a variety of plants. All photos must include the Garden, but may include other features in the surrounding environment. Entries will be accepted from Feb. 18 -March 18. Submitted photos will be owned by the Town of Carefree. Photos may be used for calendars and other merchandise, and for Carefree marketing. The photographer will be credited. The contest is free to enter. Complete the entry form, sign it, attach it to the back of an 8” x 10” print/s, and deliver it in an envelope with the name printed on the outside. Drop locations include The UPS Stores in the Basha’s Center, the Albertson’s Center and the Fry’s Center, and the photo counter at CVS in the Carefree Lowe’s Center. Entry forms may be obtained at Carefree Town Hall, 8 Sundial Circle, or downloaded from the Town of Carefree website at carefree.org/. 12 photos will be chosen by three professional photographers and displayed for public favorite voting at the Carefree Fine Chocolate and Art Festival on March 30, 31 and April 1st, the Desert Foothills Library April 2-7, and the Cave Creek Museum April 9-15. The awards ceremony will be on April 21 in the Carefree Amphitheater during the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Gift certificates from local businesses will be presented to the winners, with a special prize going to public favorite.

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community events FUNDRAISER Desert Foothills women host annual event The annual Desert Foothills Woman’s Club Fundraiser is set for 11 a.m., Thursday at the Fairway House at Grayhawk Country Club in Scottsdale. Proceeds from raffles and silent auction items will go to benefit educational scholarships and community projects in North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek. The theme for the event is “Hoops and Boots: featuring Tony Duncan, an Apache Hoop Dancer and The Cowgirl Historical Foundation’s Fashion Show. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite western attire. Lunch will be served at noon with a social/cocktail hour beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $55 per person and open to all who are looking to support the Desert Hills community. Grayhawk Country Club is located at 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. For information or to purchase tickets call Carol Wilson at 480-488-0341. Church hosts book sale The Desert Foothills Lutheran Church will hosts is fifth annual book sale from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds from the sale will benefit their outreach programs allowing DFLC to better serve the needs of the community. In preparation for the Book Sale, Desert Foothills is accepting donations from the public of gently used paperbacks, hardbacks, audio

books and children’s books. Donations can be dropped off at the church between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays. The Desert Foothills Lutheran Church is located at 29305 North Scottsdale Road. For information or to request pickups of large donations contact Dwayne Richard call 480-710-2403. Desert Hills shelter seeks donations Alley Cat Allies, a no-kill shelter that has been in Desert Hills for 25 years is seeking donation. The group feeds, spays and neuters and finds homes for lost or abandoned animals. For information on helping call 623-465-0320. Golf tournament aids emergency responders The inaugural Anthem Area Emergency Responders Charity Golf Tournament will take place at noon, on March 5 at Anthem Golf and Country Club. Registration for the event is at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The tournament on the Ironwood Golf Course will be a four person scramble. A barbeque will follow the event. Cost for the tournament is $150 and includes golf and dinner. There’s a discount rate of $500 for foursomes. Those that are interested in golf can take part in the barbeque with adults costing $35 and children 6-12 cost $15. Children 5 and under are free. To sign up for the event or get information about being a sponsor call 623-465-4047. Deadline for entry in the event is March 2.

Golf tourney aids Boys and Girls Clubs The annual Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational, supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is set for Thursday and Friday beginning with a mix and mingle event from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort on Thursday. The event, bringing together more than 200 golfers as well as local and national sports celebrities, supports the youth development programs for children and teens served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. The event costs $150 per person. After a mix and mingle at an upscale cigar dinner at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort on Feb. 9 there will be a golf tournament beginning at 10 a.m., Feb. 10 at the Phoenician Golf Club. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the shotgun start at noon. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. Foursome packages range from $3,600 $10,000 and include a chance to golf with a celebrity golfer, tee gift package for each golfer and a hole sponsorship. Contact Chris Marshall at 480-344-5681 or cmarshall@bgcs.org for detail or go to celebrityinvitational.org. CELEBRATION Black Canyon hosts centennial festivities Black Canyon City will host an art festival to celebrate the state’s centennial at 11 a.m., Saturday at Kid Chilleens, off I-17 at exit 244. Festivities will include the art festival, a chili cook-off,

raffles, panning for gold and other events. Raffle drawings will take place every hour from 1 – 7 p.m. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Black Canyon Historical Society. The band Thomas Oliver and Hotfoot start the event at noon. The band Tumbleweed will finish off the event, playing into the evening. For information on the event call 623-341-1578. HEALTH Hospice group meets in Anthem Hospice of the Valley is holding a free grief support group, Picking Up the Pieces in the Midlife, which will address how to manage challenges when a spouse or partner dies. The group meets 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Feb. 14 at the North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem. The group will address issues such as shifting identity from a

couple to a single person, dealing with loneliness, negotiating relationships with friends, family and social networks, and finding new roles as a parent or grandparent. Reservations are requested by calling 602-636-5390. Hospice offers series on dealing with grief Hospice of the Valley will have a free series of talks about grief and mourning that will address the fundamentals of getting through grief, common myths and misconceptions, and ways to get through the holidays and special milestones. The talks are all scheduled at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. Meetings will be at 10 a.m. and last 60 -90 minutes. Listed are the dates and topics: - Friday Picking up the Pieces: When a Spouse or Partner Dies, Part II - April 13, Helping Another in Grief

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Powers that be try to taint reality For those of you who have seen the movie The Matrix, I am sure you will remember the scene where Morpheus tells Neo the difference between the red and the blue pill. “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” In the movie, the character Neo is offered the choice between remaining in the “real world” where everything is made to seem “normal” and “fine” or he could opt to escape from the delusion and see the world for what it truly was. Of course, the red and blue pills are symbols representing the differences between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red). One of the main points of the movie is that the reality that “we”

are accustomed to is a lie and that in order to see the truth, one must be willing to look past the surface and dig deeper into the “reality” of things. If one chooses to see things as they truly are, then he/ she must be prepared to go deep into the rabbit hole. Sadly, most people decide to take the blue pill which leads to a life of delusion. The more I see the lies coming out of D.C., the more I’m convinced that we’re living in some real world version of The Matrix. For those of us that choose to go down the rabbit hole, it is painfully obvious that the primary objective of those in D.C. as well as some private companies and trade groups is to create an illusion that all is “good” even when it is not. With total disregard for the truth, those in power keep the public in a state of false confidence (delusion) by distorting the facts and saying/ printing anything as long as it aligns with “their” message. Sometimes this is done by simply marginalizing the problem until it is too late to do anything about it (i.e. 2007). Most often they keep the sheep in line, but

omitting the facts so reality becomes extremely distorted. On a daily basis, those in power continually speak to the U.S. citizens like we are little children or more like Jack Nicholson’s character in A few Good Men when he exclaimed “You can’t handle the truth!” It does not matter what the subject: retail sales, home sales, auto sales, inflation, unemployment/ underemployment, government debt/deficit, and on and on, every number is custom tailored to fit their agenda, which is to make the masses feel good. A small sampling of the latest headlines only reinforces my belief that “the powers that be” are doing all they can to lead the sheep to believe that everything is just fine. And because this is an election year, you can be sure that the volume of lies and BS will flow at epic proportions the closer we get to November. Heck, I would not be surprised to see unemployment at 4 percent by Election Day. Of course, if the number was actually going down then that would be a good thing. However, as I referenced several

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weeks ago, the unemployment number may be going down, but the number of people out of work is not. For those who go a little deeper in the rabbit hole he/she will see, the con is on. Even a third grader can see that the unemployment number is going down because of the massive amount of people no longer being counted by the government because they have been out of work so long that their benefits ran out. According to TrimTabs, an independent firm that has collected tax withholdings data for the past 14 years, the latest unemployment numbers are a fraud. CEO Charles Biderman explains, “Actual jobs, not seasonally adjusted, are down 2.9 million over the past two months. It is only after seasonal adjustments, made at the sole discretion of the Bureau of Labor Statistics economists, that 2.9 million fewer jobs gets translated into 446,000 new seasonally adjusted jobs.” TrimTabs and other independent research firms estimate the unemployment rate (when factoring in the underemployed and those no longer receiving benefits, but not working) to be 22.5 percent. Also keep in mind that out of all the jobs created in January, only 10 percent were full time jobs bringing the number of part-time workers in the U.S. to the highest level ever recorded. So while the government tells you the “all important unemployment number” is falling, remember the timely quote from Mark Twain, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Ole Mark knew back in the late 1880s the persuasive power of numbers, particularly when they are used by the government to lead people to believe something that is not true. Of course, it is not just our leaders in D.C. who are skillful at using lies (I mean statistics) to reinforce their reckless propaganda. Here are a few other notable headlines: “Breaking News: Housing Has Hit Bottom.” and “Alert: Spring Housing Market Could Be Best In years!” and one of my recent favorites, “Housing is showing signs of having finally bottomed and the current market is in a sustained recovery.” Who is stating this wonderful, but inaccurate information? Well,

none other than the head housing cheerleader, NAR (National Association of Realtors). Yes, this comes from the same entity whose then president in 2006 wrote a bestselling book about how real estate will never, ever go down again. Of course, NAR has been ringing the “real estate has hit bottom” bell every year since the crash began. Yes, these eternal optimists have for years routinely twisted and turned housing numbers to influence the public into a false confidence that all is good in the land of milk and honey. As such, I was not surprised to hear Larry Yun of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) admit, “That maybe, possibly they (NAR) overstated,” (purely by accident) “the number of existing homes sales statistic.” In other words, the number of homes NAR claimed to have been sold since 2007 to October of 2011 is far fewer than reported. To be sure those same misleading numbers that were “accidently overstated” have been the basis of NAR’s constant housing market recovery commentary over the past few years. And, why would NAR overstate the number of homes sold during that period? Well for starters they were trying to disguise the magnitude of the problem. The reasoning goes like this, “Heck, can’t tell the public the truth - they might not want to buy a house if they know just how bad it is, so lie to them.” Keep in mind that the main objective of NAR (despite what they would have you believe) is to make home sales look as strong as possible so fence-sitting potential buyers see the numbers and feel compelled to hurry up and buy a home before they are all gone. Sadly, since many consumers act on what their elected officials and the so-called experts tell them, we now have millions of homeowners seriously underwater in a home they purchased in ‘09 –‘10 the last time they were told “housing has hit bottom.” As we all know, lies can be dangerous. So the next time you hear some “expert” tell you housing has hit bottom – remember 2011 (not ‘07,’08,’09,’10) was the worst year

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Carefree event celebrates Native American culture STAFF REPORT

Award winning Native American art, music and dance are coming to downtown Carefree Arizona as Magic Bird Festivals presents the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival.

Carefree Indian market and Cultural Festival Feb. 17 – 19 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens 101 Easy Street downtown Carefree The three-day Indian cultural festival takes place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Feb. 17 – 19, at Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street in downtown Carefree. Live performances are slated at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., daily. Set amid the town’s new four-acre cactus-filled botanical gardens, adjacent to the town’s Carefree Sundial, the first-ever cultural festival will feature live hoop dancing, fancy dancing

and musical performances, along with Native American arts and crafts made by tribal member artisans from throughout the country. Admission to the event is free to the public. A specialty food market will provide Native American and festival favorites such as Indian made fry bread with the full variety of toppings, Indian home baked goodies and more, plus a full offering of typical fair and festival foods. More information is available at www.magicbirdfestivals.com. World champion hoop dancers Brian Hammill and Tony Duncan are scheduled to perform in the lineup that also includes flute players Alex and Melissa Maldonado and Randy Kemp. Tribes from throughout the country will be represented at the juried exhibit and sale which features arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, bead work, Kachina dolls, clothing, drums, flutes and more. All arts and crafts at the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990

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to ensure authenticity, quality and collectability. All artists are members of federally or officially State recognized tribes or are certified as Indian artisan by the governing body of an Indian tribe as a non-member Indian Artisan. Many of the performers are also participating artists in the event, said Roberta Toombs Rechlin, president of Magic Bird Festivals. “We are honored to present the first Indian cultural event in downtown Carefree. We feel privileged that such talented and world-renown Indian artists have agreed to participate in this first-of-a-kind event for the town. The serenity of the botanical gardens and the beautiful backdrop of Black Mountain

create a special environment of intimacy that we believe the artists and attendees will cherish,” she said. Carefree Mayor David Schwan agrees. “Carefree Desert Gardens is the perfect setting for this type of authentic cultural event, recognizing the diverse people that make Arizona great.” Toombs Rechlin hand selected each artist and performer

who was invited to the event by researching and attending Native American celebrations throughout the Southwest. Among the group slated to be in attendance are Alex Maldonado, Brian Hammill, Tony Duncan, Randy Kemp and Damian Charette. For information on the event visit magicbirdfestivals.com, call 480488-2014 or write PO Box 1803, Cave Creek, Arizona 85327.

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for new home sales. Also, keep in mind that 1 out of every 5 homes sold in 2011 was a foreclosure. Recall that (nationally) home values are still on the decline (3-5 percent). Then think of the 6,000,000 plus homes already in some state of foreclosure. It may also be a good idea to focus on the fact that because of how many homeowners are underwater and because of how ruthless the banks and the GSEs are, there will be many more foreclosures to come in the years ahead. Lastly, you could also refer to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city report where prices fell in 19 of the 20 cities with a steep, month-overmonth drop in November, falling 1.3 percent. I am happy to report that Phoenix was the one city to have an increase, albeit only 0.6 percent. However, the number is still down 3.6 percent from a year ago. You do not need to an economist to see that despite insanely low interest rates, a Fed easy money policy and all the cheerleading, home prices continue to fall for most homeowners. And as more borrowers face the reality of never getting back to breakeven on their home, more will decide to walk away from it, which of course, will continue to wreak havoc on prices. Meanwhile there is another factor that hardly anyone is talking about that could push housing prices lower. What is this factor? The public’s growing disdain for government involvement in the housing mess. Because every action out of D.C. which has tried to fix housing has ultimately failed miserably and because the American taxpayer is tired of funding the GSEs (Fannie and Freddie), there is a substantial risk that there could be a significant disruption in the current housing finance system. Here are the realities - FHA accounts for just under 40 percent of all mortgages written, while Fannie and Freddie combined have nearly 60 percent of the rest of the pie. Simple math tells us that less than 5 percent of all new mortgages are going to private lenders. Like student loans, your government is the only lender. I think they call this a monopoly, I also think it is not only illegal, but also unsustainable. To make matters worse, we, the taxpayer, have given Fannie and Freddie more than $180

billion in bailout money. That number is expected to climb to $400 billion by the time all of this is over. And, if that is not bad enough, the FHA, because of its monumental losses now has a net worth very close to zero. What does that mean? It means that taxpayers better get ready to start bailing out FHA. You can be sure that once we are out of the election year and politicians care even less about public opinion, there will be steps to remove the FHA and the GSEs from such an enormous portion of the mortgage lending business. And when Freddie, Fannie and FHA support gets restrained, the market will not see private lenders step up unless interest rates rise significantly and credit risk decreases. This will result in the public seeing higher down payments, higher interest rates and tighter standards. This eventuality, the same one that no one is talking about, will just add even more pressure to an already powerful negative feedback loop. But of course, if you want to take the blue pill and live in a world of illusion, then hey, things are looking up. However, if you were to take the red pill, you would see that things (numbers) are not always what they seem. The blue pill (misleading statistics) is designed to keep you ignorant of the truth leading you to have a false hope. As the Buddhists say, “Abandon hope.” At least abandon it when the facts don’t justify maintaining it. Opting into reality allows you to make clear and conscious decisions that minimize your exposure to the lies. Please understand that I am not saying that the world is coming to an end, or that everything everywhere is bad. In fact, I think there is always something positive in every situation, but I also believe that in order to find the positive you have to be willing to take a hard look at the reality of the situation, but that means facing facts even if they are unpleasant. Off course, taking the blue pill and living a life of blissful ignorance is an option, but much like our national debt, it is unsustainable. Robert Holt, CDPE/SFR of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. For more info, please visit TheHoltGroupAZ. com or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts.


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community events Continued from page 11 For information, contact Joan Zecherle at 602.330.9606 or jzecherle@hov.org. Yoga, meditation, other relaxation classes offered in New River Rajpal Kaur offers Kundalini Yoga classes combined with Gong therapy for women only from 7 – 9 p.m. every Thursday. The class is for both beginners and intermediate students. The class offers an opportunity to explore, celebrate, heal, feel good, while ensuring a safe sacred environment. Those interested in attending are asked to wear comfy clothing and bring a blanket. Cost is $10. A class open to both men and women takes place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Tuesdays featuring Kundalini Yoga and double gong meditation. Evening includes yoga class instruction for beginners and intermediate students. The class explores the yoga of awareness, the energy of consciousness. The Gong Meditation is like a very deep and lasting massage, by tuning the physical body and soul to the greatest possible resonance. The healing and balancing effect can be felt for days. Attendees are asked to wear comfy clothing and bring a mat and blanket. Cost is $10. The third activity offered at the New River home is a labyrinth walk with gong vibrations played by Rajpal Kaur the third Sunday of each month from 2 – 5 p.m. Pray, meditate and connect with the divine. The labyrinth walk is available other days and times by appointment. Donations are accepted. For information email rajpalkaur@q.com, call 623-910-1096 for direction to the private residence or go to rajpalkaur.webs.com. Doctor discusses faith and healing Harold G. Koenig, M.D., will address “The Role of Faith and Prayer in Health and Healing: What Does Science Have to Say?” from 7 – 9 p.m., Thursday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, sponsored by Pinnacle Theological Center. The program is open to the public, free of charge. For information call 480-585-9448, ext. 1 or PinnaclePres.org. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. For information call 480-585-9448. PERFORMANCES Canyon Elementary presents play The Canon Elementary School in Black Canyon City will present Wyatt Earp in his one-man play “Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier”, at 7 p.m., March 2 in the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $10 for ages 15 and up and $5 for children 6-14. Children 5 and under are free. Canon Elementary is located at 34630 E.

School Loop Road in Black Canyon City. To purchase tickets or for information call 623-3745588 ext. 1. MUSIC Chamber Orchestra performs in Scottsdale The Arizona Chamber Orchestra returns with a program of soul-stirring music for strings and organ at 4 p.m., March 4 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. The show features the colors of Pinnacle’s Richards, Fowkes pipe organ, the ensemble will perform Respighi’s Suite in G and Albinoni’s exquisite Adagio for Organ and Strings. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will round out an afternoon of music. General admission tickets are $29. Main floor rear tickets are $13 while students are $7. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. For information call 480-585-9448. MIM celebrates Arizona’s centennial On February 18, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will add its voice to the statewide centennial celebration by showcasing Arizona’s musical contributions to the world. Through a special exhibition, public programs, teacher curriculum, and video stories, MIM will document how music making continues to be an integral part of Arizona’s cultural fabric. “I Am AZ Music: MIM Celebrates 100 Years of Arizona Music” examines Arizona’s history through a musical lens. Beginning with the original statehood celebration in 1912, MIM’s exhibition tells the story of numerous musicians, musical instrument makers, recording studios, performing arts organizations, and musical traditions significant to Arizona’s past, present, and future. The exhibition consists of more than 30 exhibits, each one including artifacts, photographs, and audiovisual content designed to bring the subjects to life. Entrance to the “I Am AZ Music” exhibition is included in general museum admission. The exhibition will be in place through Jan. 6, 2013. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). Visit theMIM.org or call 480-478-6000 for information. ASTRONOMY Vatican Observatory employee speaks to Foothills group The Desert Foothills Astronomy Club will host a lecture by Fr. William Stoeger, S.J., of the Vatican Observatory. This world -class astronomer will speak on the topic “Big Bang Cosmology, Quantum Cosmology, and the Philosophical Idea of

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community events Continued from page 15 Creation.” The meeting will be held at the North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the meeting is open to the public. Maps and more info are available on our website at: dfacaz.org. PHOTOGRAPHY Cave Creek photographer hosts series of workshops Photographer Alan Lowy is offering a series of photo workshops throughout the rest of the month. Sunday: From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. a workshop on how to create classic nude figure images will be offered. The discussion will include how to work with hot lights for shadow and highlights plus how to pose the model. Learn use of a hand-held meter as well as in camera metering modes and manual metering settings. Cost is $165. Prices and locations for the workshops vary. Classes are limited to six people, ages 18 and up. For information on any of the above classes go to cavecreekphoto.com or email alowy@ qwestoffice.net. Feb. 18 – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a session on macro (close up) photography at the Botanical Gardens. Attendees will learn how to get better compositions, use of selective focus and full-light techniques. Tripods are needed.

Cost is $75. Botanical Gardens admission fee is not included. Feb. 26 – From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. there will be a workshop on shooting horses at West World during the Arabian Horse show. Attendees will learn metering, which shooting mode to use for hand-held action and composition. Fee for the class is $85 FINANCES Free aid with taxes offered AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest tax assistance and preparation service, offering free IRS tax preparation for basic personal income tax filings. Specially trained financial preparers will be available on designated days to prepare Arizona state and Federal tax returns for anyone requiring assistance. Customers do not need to be AARP members to participate. The free service will prepare and e-file basic tax returns primarily for low and moderate income families, with special attention being provided to those individuals aged 60 and older. This year, AARP Tax-Aide has expanded the number of trained tax counselors and can now accommodate many more taxpayers for added convenience. The service are already available and will run through April 15th  at these north Phoenix sites among many others: Beuf Community Center, 3435 W.

Pinnacle Peak Rd. 602-5344754 (Thursdays), the Deer Valley Senior Center, 2001 W. Wahalla Lane  602-495-3735, and the Anthem Community Center, 41130 North Freedom Way Anthem, 623- 879-3011. For general information and for other local sites offering AARP Tax Aide services, go to aztax-aide.org or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-2277669). Those interested are asked to call the location ahead of time for specific days and times that tax preparers will be available on-site. No appointment is necessary. SELF IMPROVEMENT Toastmasters group discusses customer service tips The North Phoenix Toastmasters will be conducting a series of meetings, offering attendees tips on customer service from noon – 1 p.m. every Thursday in February. This week’s session deals with angry customers. Other sessions this month include customer requests on Feb. 16 and customer expectations on Feb. 23. The free meetings take place at 5000 W. Carefree Highway at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Eagle Room in Phoenix. For information go to fishtalestm.org.

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Anthem needs final push in water rate case The Anthem community has been involved in a long, difficult water and wastewater rate case in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission. The case is not yet over, and the community needs to remain active in making our case to the Commission. Since the case was first filed by Arizona-American Water Company in 2009, the Anthem community worked as a team. The residents who wrote letters and attended meetings, the volunteers on the Water Rate Case Panel, the Community Council (staff and Board) and our attorneys fought to oppose the request that would have doubled water rates and increased our wastewater rates by more than 80 percent compared to rates in effect prior to January 1, 2011. And these increases would affect all Anthem customers, as they impact the Parkside, Country Club, Villages and Council water and wastewater costs that are passed on to residents and businesses in their quarterly assessments. The result of this effort, so far, is that once the water rate increases are fully phased in (January 1, 2013), customers will see an average increase of 79 percent in our water rates.

For wastewater, we are currently paying an average of 54 percent more. These are averages only, and individual increases depend on the customer’s water consumption. The final portion of the case is still in process (deconsolidation of the Anthem and Agua Fria wastewater systems), which could result in a reduction of up to 25 percent in our current wastewater rates once the reduction is fully phased-in over 3 years. This is why we still need a continued team effort. But why is the Anthem community spending so much time, effort and money fighting this rate case? Simply put, if the team had not put forth the effort, the increases could have been worse. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in this case issued a Recommended Opinion and Order in November 2010 that the entire Anthem team challenged in open hearings conducted on December 14 and 15, 2010. That challenge convinced the Commission to phase-in the 79 pecent water increase over 3 years, to reduce the rate of return by 0.5 percent, and to consider deconsolidation of the Anthem/Agua Fria wastewater district. According to the

Residential Utilities Consumer Office (RUCO) this was “truly a sizeable victory for Anthem ratepayers based on evidence in the record.” RUCO calculated a savings (compared to the ALJ’s recommendations) of $2 million in 2011, $1.2 million in 2012, and $400,000 in 2013 for our water service, across the entire community. If deconsolidation is approved, we could save an additional $2 million per year on wastewater service once that 3-year phase-in is complete. The Anthem community still has a lot to gain in this case if deconsolidation is approved. We need your continued involvement, whether that be in sending letters or emails to the Commission, making a public comment at the open hearing (currently anticipated in late May), or simply attending the open hearing with the other “red shirts” to show the Commission how important the deconsolidation matter is to us. If you have questions, please contact the Council offices.

Country Club candidate focuses on helping business The most important issue facing our Anthem community is a lack of focus on the identified community priorities.  The ACC board has identified economic development (retaining our local businesses), marketing (building awareness of Anthem to increase our home values), facility planning (to include appropriate use of our enhancement fund) and safety as key priorities. My role on ACC is not to reinvent the wheel - I believe in these priorities.  Unfortunately, the board has a tendency to lose focus.  Meetings are lengthened by issues such as should a retailer be allowed to use balloons for a weekend event or approving a gravel color.  These are not decisions that move the community of Anthem forward. My qualifications are a direct match to the requirements of the role.  My experience in economic development, marketing, facility planning and tourism will add expertise to the board.  My project leadership skills and leadership experience will keep the board on track and focused.  I will help drive the council to a more rational, professional representation for our entire community.  My energy will get things done. I hope you will give me a chance to serve as the country club representative on the Anthem Community Council.  Please vote for Holly Matson.  Ballots will be mailed Feb 6th. Visit hollymatson.com to learn more and view endorsements. Holly Matson, candidate Anthem Community Council

GO Anthem team! Roger Willis Chair, Anthem Water Rate Case Panel

New Justice Court rules proposed T h e C h i e f Justice of the Arizona Supreme C o u r t appointed a committee to examine WILLIAMS whether the rules of civil procedure could or should be re-written so that people representing themselves in lawsuits in justice courts had a better opportunity to understand what was required of them.

That committees’ work is now complete and the proposed rules have been submitted for public comment. The proposed rules, called the Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure, contain less legal jargon and define more terms than the current Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. There was also an attempt to use shorter sentences and to use terms, like “lawsuit,” that everyone would immediately understand. If adopted, these new rules would also contain a series

of required warnings. For example, a new one page “Notice to Defendant” sheet summarizes a defendant’s rights and responsibilities. Discovery requests would be required to inform the recipients of the consequences of a failure to respond. The same would be true for motions that could determine the outcome of a case prior to trial, such as a motion for summary judgment. The committee also had significant discussions on whether there should be additional

requirements for plaintiffs seeking to collect consumer debts. Since these debts are often sold to a new party, people often do not recognize the name of the company that has filed a lawsuit against them. The proposed rules require that these types of complaints include the identity of the original creditor. I had the genuine honor of serving on the Committee on Civil Rules of Procedure for Limited Jurisdiction Courts. If anyone would like to read the entire text of the proposed rules,

or would like to post a comment about them, they may do so by going to www.azcourts.gov and by clicking on the “Rules Forum” drop down menu under the “AZ Supreme Court” heading. The deadline for making a public comment is March 16. Judge Gerald Williams is the presiding justice of the peace for the Northwest Regional Court Center. His column appears monthly in The Foothills Focus.

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BAR-BQ & HORSESHOE PITCH FUNDRAISER Sat. Feb. 11, 2012 Cleator, AZ For Dale Hewitt (cancer meds) Sign ins 10:30am Pitch at NOON Info: 928-308-1411 Movie Time Projector Rental Winter Special of $199 4 Hour Projector Rental Party. WOW your next Party Guests! You provide the DVD We Provide the Movie Equipment. Call to reserve we book quickly Cheapest Rates in town movietimeprojectorrentals@ gmail.com 602-578-6325 Erika Looking for ladies who would like to play cards and/or mahjong. 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

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CAREGIVERS NEEDED Full Time or Part Time Experience Desired But Will Train also Carefree Homecare 25 Easy St. Suite – C, Carefree, AZ

Spring is coming and so are the critters. Call New River Recycle. We come pick up at NO CHARGE. We take just about anything. Old washer/dryers, AC, water bladders, fencing, barn roofing, any kind of metal. Will pay some cash for old cars and batteries. Please call for your pick up. 602-920-4989 or 480-325-2905. Leave message we will get back to you. I will pick up your old appliances for free. Refrigerators/Ovens/Washer Dryers/ Water Heaters. Any appliances. Call 623465-9427

Roadrunner Pharmacy has career openings for our growing company!! Candidates must have customer and computer skills and accurate on phones. Also opportunity in accounting, candidates must have banking experience. Willing to work full time and accept our excellent pay and benefit package in order to join our great team. No Weekends or nights. Holidays off with pay!!! We are at 7th St. and Carefree Hwy. Please email your resume to customerservice@eatonvetlabs. com or fax to 623-494-6928.

Individual with Pool Maintenance Experience needed to work in Pool Supply store at I-17 & Carefree Hwy. Must be able to work weekends. Email resume to brenda@ emeraldpoolandspa.com or fax to 623780-0465 PHONE/DATA ENTRY Answer calls, place calls,data entry Experience: Act, MS Office, Streets & Trips. Org, phone & people skills. E-mail resume to: ezprod@ezprod. com or Fax 480-488-8207 IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR PART-TIME PERSON FOR BUSY OFFICE IN ANTHEM, 24-32 HRS WK,STRONG COMPUTER SKILLS W/ACCOUNTING BACKGROUND HELPFUL, MULTI-TASKING REQUIRED SEND RESUME TO INFONET@COX.NET

Drivers - Teams: $5,000 Team SignOn Bonus when you team drive for Werner Enterprises! Call Now for details! 1-888-567-3101 HOME FURNISHINGS Oak coffee, sofa & end table. $50, $50, $25. EX Condition 623-551-1438 sofa & loveseat taupe curved back good cond. 300.00 623-374-5746 LIVESTOCK & SUPPLIES Will trade roofing work for 2-4 horse gooseneck trailer. Licensed contractor. 602-616-9753 Saddle & Tack Repairs. Western & English plus Racing saddle too. 30 years exp. BuySell-Trade. 23yrs same location. Circle Mtn Rd & 18th St. 623-465-7286 For Sale: “Red Heart” retired cattle horse. 16yr old. Came from Wrangler Roost. Good w/ other horses. Make reasonable offer. 623-680-2285 for more info English Saddle – Spring Seat 16in and pad. Made in Crosbey England, Mark V11 Comander, excellent condition. $350. Call Arline 623-465-7397 LUV SHACK RANCH 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 VOLUNTEER-SPONSOR-ADOPT! 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: www.dreamchaserhorserescue.org or Susan at 623-910-6530 MISC. Lift for minivan. New. Places chair or scooter inside rear of van. $500. Pronto power chair with elevating seat. $500. 623-551-4122 or kgborek@gmail.com I will pick up your old appliances for free. Refrigerators/Ovens/Washer Dryers/ Water Heaters. Any appliances. Call 623465-9427 English Saddle – Spring Seat 16in and pad. Made in Crosbey England, Mark V11 Comander, excellent condition. $350. Call Arline 623-465-7397 MISC WANTED Wanted: CASH PAID for guns, wagon wheels, wagons, anvils, wooden barrels, western antiques. 623-742-0369/602-2145692 Big Screen TVs, as is, 41”-100” HD TV’s, Statewide pick up. Quick response. Bob 602-271-4461 PETS & SUPPLIES Catahoula/Heeler Puppies for free. Ready for homes by Feb 17th. 480-294-3178 Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www. vipervoidance.com REMEMBER TO ADOPT!<< Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602- 506PETS. www.pets.maricopa.gov Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480-488-5711 SundustSDA@aol.com SERVICES OFFERED SALES & INSTALLATION. Authorized dealer for: Pioneer, Sony, Rockford Fosgate, Air & Train Horns and lots more !!! Streetfighter Motorsports 602-493-2190

Call New River Recycle. We come pick up at NO CHARGE. We take just about anything. Old washer/dryers, AC, water bladders, fencing, barn roofing, any kind of metal. Will pay some cash for old cars and batteries. Please call for your pick up. 602-920-4989 or 480-325-2905. Leave message we will get back to you House Cleaners & Windows Clean. Experienced and honest people. Quality Work. Consuelo and Rudy Garcia 480-720-2944 Dave’s Mobile Trailer Service Inspect / Repair / Replace - Grease Seals, Bearings, Magnets, Brakes & Weld & Electrical Repairs. www. davesmobiletrailerservice.com 602-361-6551 PlumBerry Skin Care 623-451-9395 plumberryskincare.com 60 min Customized Facial $75.00 value for only $55.00 Add Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, or 1 layer Peel $20.00 This facial will beautify the skin, relax the mind and soul. Mention this ad and receive $5 off your service. 3820 W. Happy Valley Rd #137-22 Glendale AZ 85310 (inside Bella Donne) 623-451-9395 or Book online. Gift Certificates Available Carpet, Vinyl, Laminate, Installations and Repairs. Quality Work, Reasonable Rates, Free Estimates. Lots of Experience. Call Jerry at 602-373-3556 Movie Time Projector Rental Winter Special of $199 4 Hour Projector Rental Party. WOW your next Party Guests! You provide the DVD We Provide the Movie Equipment. Call to reserve we book quickly Cheapest Rates in town movietimeprojectorrentals@ gmail.com 602-578-6325 Erika Desertscape Nursery 623-492-0799 SPORTING GOODS Guns: 12GA side x side shot guns 4 each $399ea. Dennis 602-579-9954 STEEL BUILDINGS

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Real estate COMMERCIAL PROPERTY C-3 For Lease approx. 850 to 3000 sqft. Was Riverside Food Mart in the New River Plaza. Very reasonable to match economic times. 46639 N Black Canyon Hwy. Frontage Road. 623-640-7978 MANUFACTURED HOMES NEW 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath DOUBLEWIDE - CAVCO Durango Factory Order. Full Drywall. Hardwood Cabinets - 1st Quality, Lowest Price - $32,995! Home Outlet 1-800493-2221. www.thehomeoutletaz.com. ROOMMATE WANTED Roommate New River Horse Property bedroom & bath furnished 400. mo. pet OK 602-910-2397

Share 4 BR/3 bath in Black Canyon City. 1 or 2 occupants. Large private quarters with bath. 2 private entrances and house privilages. Combined kitchen and diningroom All utilities, satelite TV, local phone included. Furnished or not. Single occupant $475/ mo. Double occupant $600/ mo. Ray: 623-374-9227

4 Bed/2.5 Bath/3 car-Desert HillsBeautiful 1 acre custom 2650 sq. ft. home built in 2007 w/ two 50 amp RV hookups, courtyard w/ gate, large back patio overlooking desert/mountain views. Rear of lot adjacent to state land. Furnished/unfurnished-$2500+/mo. Leave msg 520-820-5192

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3 bedroom home in New River. Nice & clean, AC, washer and dryer. $850mo plus deposit. No dogs. 623-533-167

Lovely RV Park in Black Canyon City. 50+ WiFi, Sheds. $270.00 Monthly. Photos: GreenNLush.com 623-374-9123 3 bed / 2 bath 2100sqft beauty. Golf course lot in Anthem. Walk to clubhouse, membership fees included. Only $1495mo. 520-240-2615

35th Ave and Deer Valley area. 2 bedroom home, nice & clean. A/C, washer and dryer. $650mo plus deposit. No dogs. 623533-1675

Tired of searching for a Rental? Call Jo at Coldwell Banker Daisy Mtn 480-326-8825 at absolutely no cost to you!! REAL ESTATE Anthem Beauty with 5 beds3 baths over 1/4 acre with pool. Call Tammy @ Tag Realty 623-693-1677 or www.tagrealtyllc. com. TAG IT! It’s Sold! >>>>> DISTRESS SALES <<<<< Repos & Bank Foreclosures, Bargains, lowest prices. Must sell $175k & Up. FREE list w/ pic’s & addresses www. NorthValleyBargains.com FREE RECORDED MESSAGE 800-8163430 ID#5042 re/max Excalibur

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