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Black Canyon man lights up Anthem gallery MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

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Black Canyon City resident Hank Keneally will have his work on display at the Anthem Gallery from March 3 – April 26. The display of some 19 pieces is entitled Illuminating Experiences.

The name of the display that will be featured at the Anthem Gallery beginning March 3 is called Illuminating Experiences. During an opening reception from 7 – 9 p.m. on March 10 visitors to the museum will get to meet Black Canyon City resident Hank Keneally. Whether it’s viewing his art or having a conversation with the 68-year-old artist predicting an illuminating experience seems a safe bet. The former counselor spends 40 hours a week at his craft as a mixed media artist using both photography and painting. “I always knew I was meant

to be an artist,” he said. “When I’m at my best I’m able to keep intellect and ego out of it and the painting just happens freely. Sometimes I’ll close my eyes. My greatest fulfillment is when the art just flows through me.” Keeping his intellect out of the process would seemingly be a challenge for Keneally who quotes a variety of authors, artists and other figures in discussing his views on life and art. The widower, who was married for 40 years before his wife’s death in 2009 and has lived in Black Canyon City since 1976, said he often has people come up cautiously and ask him if they mind sharing what they

see in his abstract pieces. “It’s often said that all works are self portraits of the artist in a sense or to a degree, but I also think it works the same way for the viewer,” he said. “How they perceive my work says a lot about them.” After art fans tell Keneally what they see he said he tells them what he intended to create. “I intentionally keep the titles to my works very vague, because I don’t want to restrict viewers’ perception of the piece,” he said. “I think it’s very much like when you’re sitting in the grass looking at the clouds. There aren’t any


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Trio of North Valley teams prep for state hoops tourney MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

The Boulder Creek girls basketball team and the Cactus Shadows boys basketball squads earned home games in the upcoming state tournaments thanks to wins in their sectional tournaments last week. The Boulder Creek boys basketball team on the other hand saw a disastrous first half against Pinnacle cost them a chance to host a game. The Jaguars girls (23-6) will head into the Division I state tournament as the No. 14 seed tonight. They will open at 7 p.m. against No. 19 Mountain Pointe (21-9), the second matchup between the two teams in eight days. On Feb. 7 Boulder Creek defeated the Pride 54-47 in a Sectional matchup behind


a game-high 19 points from freshman Darian Slaga and 17 points from junior center Sam Young. The Jaguars head into the state tournament on a high, having won 12 straight games before Thursday’s 59-46 loss to Mesa Mountain View (27-2) in the sectional semifinals. The winner of tonight’s matchup will head to Phoenix to take on No. 3 seed St. Mary’s (26-0) in a 7 p.m. game set for Friday. The Knights have won by more than 10 points in all but two of their games this season, only once against a team from Arizona and have 11 wins by at least 30 points. The boys state tournaments get under way Thursday with the No. 14 seeded Cactus Shadows Falcons playing host to the No.

19 seeded Apollo Hawks (20-8) in a 7 p.m. matchup. The Falcons (14-10) secured a first round home game thanks to a Sectional tournament victory over Bradshaw Mountain, a 7536 thrashing of the Bears. In the sectional semifinal, Friday, the Falcons may have proved even more despite suffering a 64-55 loss to Raymond Kellis, the sectional’s top seed and the No. 2 seed overall in the Division II state tournament. In a game against the 24-2 Cougars, the Falcons were tied at the end of the first quarter, tied at the half, down only two going into the fourth quarter before a 10-4 spurt to open the fourth quarter by



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Cactus Shadows senior Eric Johnson puts up a shot in Friday’s loss to Raymond Kellis in the Section II semifinal. The Falcons will open the state tournament at 7 p.m., Thursday at home against Apollo. To view more photos go to


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wrong answers, just different viewers perceptions.” Keeping an open mind to new ideas and new methods is something Keneally said he strives to achieve. The view is reflected in the message on his neon green doormat, which features the picture of an alien and the message, “All species welcome.” He also makes a habit of going to art shows with multiple artists are on display and picking out what he considers the two most talented artists and striking up conversations with them to get tips and ideas. “I think just like our lives, art is an evolving transformative process,” he said. Keneally, a Black Canyon City resident since 1976, where he lived with his wife of 40 years up until her death in 2009, published his first book last year and said that he plans to produce

one annually for the rest of his life. He explains that with a regular workout regimen and healthy, organic diet he expects to live to the age of 110. “I think people tend to be drawn to me because I’m an odd duck,” he said. “I’ve got some different views that people find refreshing.” Along with submitting 19 pieces for inclusion in his exhibit at the Anthem Gallery Keneally said he’d like to talk to the audience that turns out. “The show is called Illuminating Experiences so I thought I would like to talk briefly about some major moments from my life.” Keneally’s work will be on display through April 26. The Anthem Gallery is located at 39905 North Gavilan Parkway in Anthem. For information go to or call 623-551-7808.

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Brian Hamill won his third world title at the 22nd annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest on Sunday in Phoenix. Hamill, a New River resident, went into the event as the defending champion in the senior division and was able to edge Montee Sinquah of Glendale and Terry Goedel of Yakima, who finished second and third respectively. Overall it was the third time Hamill has won a national championship as he also won the title in the adult division in 2009. Additionally Hamill’s son Nedallas took second place in the youth division.

An estimated 2,500 people attended the competition, which took place on Saturday, and on Sunday with spectators traveling from as far away as New Zealand.

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Brian Hamill of New River repeated as the World Champion at the 22nd annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest on Sunday in Phoenix. Along with winning a title in the senior division Hamill saw his son finish second in the youth division.

Cave Creek preps for annual trail run STAFF REPORT

The Town of Cave Creek, in partnership with Desert Foothills Land Trust and Maricopa County Parks, is hosting its third annual Cave Creek Trail Run at 7 a.m., April 7 in their ongoing effort to preserve 4,000 acres of Sonoran Desert land surrounding Cave Creek. The event, which includes a 2K Kid’s Desert Awareness Fun Run, a 5K Run/Walk as well as a 10k Run is a fundraising event that also raises awareness of the area’s scenic desert.

All of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of open space land. The route, which starts North of Cave Creek, travels primitive trails that go through sandy washes, up over hills and down the other side, over loose rock and stiff ones too. There is going to be one egg hidden on each route. The person that brings it back to the finish line will receive a special prize. For information on the race go to, call 415-606-1946 or email

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The Desert Foothills Library is hosting an event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., March 10 in Cave Creek to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Desert Foothills Library is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2012, a national passport acceptance and outreach event. U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when

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Kellis allowed the Cougars to hold off a tenacious and gutsy Falcons team. “We think we can play with anybody,” Cactus Shadows coach Jamaal Scott said. “We think the schedule we played has prepared us for what we’re about to face. We went nose to nose with them and really it’s just a couple unfortunate plays that went against us that made the difference.” Defensively, led by 6-foot-5 senior forward Jack Bennett, who battled Arizona State University bound Kenny Martin (6-foot-9) for post position all night long, the Falcons did their best to make an athletic Cougars squad beat them from the perimeter. On the offensive end, despite Martin’s shot-blocking prowess, the Falcons guards drove at the Cougars big man, having some success drawing the center toward them and then dishing to their teammates for quick shots in the lane. Senior Eric Johnson had the most success attacking the basket against Martin, often getting into the body of the Cougars big man to keep the center from blocking his shots. While Johnson was strong inside, with nine points, the Falcons were paced by junior C.J. Davis, who scored 14 points, including 4-of10 from three-point range. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the Cougars caught fire in the fourth quarter, making 9-of10 attempts to avoid Cactus Shadow’s upset bid. Despite the Cougars torrid shooting, Cactus Shadows had the ball down only five with 49 seconds left. On the ensuing possession the Falcons had two cracks at making it a one possession game, only to see a long rebound end up in the lap of Cougars captain Demitrius Balark who grabbed the ball and went down for a game-clinching dunk. “I think we looked a little tired toward the end tonight,” Scott said. “In state we’re going to have to continue rebounding the basketball. If we shoot the way we’re capable and play with desperation we can go a long way.”

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Boulder Creek junior Josh Braun releases a three pointer during the team’s Feb. 8 loss to Pinnacle. The Jaguars open the state tournament on the road against Desert Mountain at 7 p.m. Thursday. To view more photos go to

BOULDER CREEK If they didn’t know it beforehand the Jaguars (20-6) got a clear understanding of the importance of playing all four quarters during their Division I Section III quarterfinal matchup on Feb.8. In one of their roughest halves of basketball of the season the Jaguars dug themselves a 4323 halftime deficit against the Pinnacle Pioneers, then rallied to pull within four late in the second half only to fall 69-60. “I’m not sure what that was,” coach Randy Walker said of his team’s first half performance. “We played on our heels, very tentative. I’m not sure why. I told them at halftime I thought we were the better team, but that we needed to show it.” In the second half the Jaguars comeback effort was jump started by senior Weston Newell, who scored nine points in the first 2:22 of the third quarter. Limiting the Pioneers to just seven third quarter points the Jaguars cut the deficit in half heading into the fourth quarter. The deficit remained at 11 with only 2:30 remaining in the game, but back-toback three pointers by junior Josh Braun and senior Stephen Crim reduced the deficit to 61-54 with 1:27.

Newell converted a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to four points with 46 seconds. The Jaguars fouled Pinnacle’s Devin Nelson, who made only 1-of-2 free throws, giving the ball back to the Jaguars with 29 seconds left. Boulder Creek rushed the ball up court with a chance to make it a one-possession game. Instead a Pinnacle steal allowed the Pioneers to escape with the victory. “When you have such a deficit to overcome you have to have everything fall into place,” Walker said. “We can build though on what we did in the second half. That’s more the team we’ve been all year.” As a result of the loss the Jaguars fell to the No. 17 seed and will open state on the road in Scottsdale when they take on No. 16 Desert Mountain (19-9). The game is a playoff rematch. During the 2009-2010 season the Jaguars defeated the Wolves in the quarterfinals as Boulder Creek went on to win the program’s first state title. This year the Boulder CreekDesert Mountain winner will advance to play at 7 p.m., Saturday where they’ll take on the tournament’s top seed, Corona del Sol (28-1) in Tempe. To check out all the state tournament brackets go to

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For the second consecutive season the Cactus Shadows Falcons (22-4) girls soccer team had their season come to an end at the feet of the Catalina Foothills (21-3), Saturday falling in the Division II state championship 2-0 at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert. “We kept the faith throughout, but when you go down 2-0 to a quality team like Catalina Foothills you’re really in a vice grip,” Cactus Shadows coach Jeff Vittorio said. “We’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. We played hard. We just lost to a better team.” Upon closing the regular season and clinching the No. 1 seed for the Division II state tournament Cactus Shadows coach Jeff Vittorio had his team adopt a chant the San Francisco 49ers used this season as a post game victory celebration. The question rings out from coach Jim Harbaugh: “Whose got it better than us?” The answer from his team: a resounding, “Nobody.” (check out the QR code to hear Cactus Shadows rendition of the chant following their semifinal win) On Saturday that chant would have rang hollow for Cactus Shadows. From the start of the tournament Vittorio said his team wouldn’t make any excuses or have any regrets, but following the loss the question of what could have been was hard to ignore. In getting to the finals the Falcons had won both their quarterfinal and semifinal match without junior goalie Cassie Miller. Miller, part of the under 17 developmental team for U.S. soccer, had been in Florida with the national team attending a camp. The expectation was Miller, who has already accepted a scholarship offer to attend Florida State, would be back in time for the state championship match. After the game Vittorio said early in the morning he had received a call from a weeping Miller who said her plane ride back to Phoenix had been delayed two hours and that she

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Cactus Shadows senior Brenna Leech had her season come to an end on this play. The senior midfielder colided with the Catalina Foothills goalie and blacked out after falling to the ground. To view more photos from Saturday’s title games got to

would be unable to get back in time for the game. Despite the disappointment before the game, Cactus Shadows, with sophomore goalie Haley DiNota in net for the third straight game, was strong in the first half as the two teams played toe-to-toe for the game’s first 40 minutes. Foothills went into the game looking to win its third straight state championship and their third consecutive game against Cactus Shadows, including the semifinal win to close the 2010-2011 season and an earlier season matchup in which they beat Cactus Shadows by a 3-1 margin. In Saturday’s game both teams made good runs, countering each others attacks with most of an evenly played first half played in the center of the field. The turning point though would come with five minutes to play before halftime. Following a foul on a Catalina Foothills defender, Cactus Shadows lined up for a free kick from approximately 25 yards out, to the left of the goal. On the free kick senior captain Brenna Leech went high into the air to try and head the ball into the goal. Instead she and the Catalina Foothills’ goalie collided in midair. While the ball was deflected clear of the goal area Leech came crashing to the ground where she lay motionless for a time before being helped off the field. (check focus for a sequence of shots that show the collision that took Leech out of the game.) “I blacked out I guess for a couple of seconds. I could have gone back in though. I tried to convince the trainers I was okay. That’s the most frustrated I’ve ever been in my life,” a tearyeyed Leech said. “Knowing that was the last game of soccer I’ll ever play and to not be out there with my teammates really hurts. I’m so proud of them though. They kept fighting until the very end.” While they made it to the half in a scoreless tie Vittorio said he knew things would be challenging in the second half without one of his senior captains. “With Brenna out of the mix it certainly changes things,” the veteran coach said. “She holds things together for us in the midfield.” In reaching the finals Cactus Shadows posted shutouts over Greenway (6-0), Notre Dame (1-0) and Raymond Kellis (3-0) in Thursday’s state semifinals. After holding Catalina Foothills without a goal in the first half of the title game the scoreless streak stood at 280 minutes. But less than two minutes into the second half Cactus Shadows would yield their first one, less

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A Wild Hair Salon and Day Spa celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 39510 N. Daisy Mountain Drive, Suite 164 on Thursday in Anthem. The salon, which will celebrate five years in Anthem this summer, features four stylists with a combined 36 years of experience. The L’oreal Professionnel Elite salon carries the new I.N.O.A. oil delivery hair color system and offers hair coloring, cuts and styles, up

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The Rotary Club of Anthem is adding a sixth $1,000 scholarship to its scholarship program. The newest scholarship will honor Deputy William Coleman who died last month in the line of duty in Anthem. The Rotary Board directed the Club’s Scholarship Committee to develop the criteria, application, evaluation and award process. The goal of the new scholarship is to assists individuals pursuing

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community events FUNDRAISER/BENEFIT Cave Creek bull riding event supports Team W.I.S.H. The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse will host the third annual Bulls 4 Boobs fundraiser Fridays beginning Feb. 24 through the finale on March 30 in Cave Creek. Team W.I.S.H. has set a goal of raising $20,000 toward helping fund breast cancer research, provide educational information and fund programs needed to defeat the disease. Team member swill stand between the live bull ride and the product table selling pink ribbon items, collecting donations and will conduct a silent auction each Friday night. Autographed Arizona Cardinal pink baseball caps by coach Ken Whisenhunt, defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Hall of Famer Russ Grimm a pair of Simpson NASCAR gloves signed by Jeff Burton are among some of the items that will be auctioned off. This year there will also be a chance for youth to get into the action as the night of bull riding will be broken up by ‘mutton bustin’ as youngsters get the chance to chase down a sheep to capture a prize.

For information on becoming a sponsor for the event call Carol at 602-549-9797. For information on Team W.I.S.H., which has raised more than $1.1 million since its inception in 2004 go to

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.

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.

Hearts and Hands Gala supports Foothills Community Foundation Hearts and Hands Gala, a fundraiser for the Foothills Community Foundation is set for 5 p.m., April 1at the Holland Community Center. The event, which runs until 9 p.m., includes a reception, formal dinner, live auction, raffles and entertainment. Among the items up for bids will be trips, jewelry, Ferrari car experiences, a VIP car museum tour, exclusive golf packages and other items. The event is a fundraiser for the Foothills Community Foundation (FCF), which serves residents in the communities of North Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek and North Phoenix. FCF-Caring Communities provides programs to support families at risk and coordinates social services with local churches and instituted Second Step a bullying prevention program which reaches 3,000 students in Cave Creek Unified School District schools. FCF and the Foothills Food Bank provided 250 families with assistance this past season through the annual Holiday Project. The FCF-Holland Community center provides multi-age dining and meeting facilities for bridge clubs, community sings, weekly bingo, K-Club, computer classes, education lectures from Scottsdale Healthcare as well as a place for other non-profits to hold events. The Hearts and Hands benefit will enable FCF to continue to support these programs and to serve as a connecting point for the Desert Foothills. Tickets are available through the FCFoffice at 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg B in Scottsdale or by calling Karen at 480-488-1090. There is still time for companies

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

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community events Continued from page 9 interested in being a sponsor to get involved. Call to RSVP now as seating is limited. Tickets are $150. PERFORMANCES On The Towne performs Magic Machine On The Towne Theatre in Anthem will perform Magic Machine, about a character named Calvin, a slight youngster who can’t compete with the more athletically-inclined kids in the neighborhood. The show takes place at 7 p.m., Feb. 24 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem. Through its erratic powers

Calvin, his best friend Jenny, and a lost dragon drop into odd versions of three fairy tales. In “The Three Bears” Calvin stops the bears from eating them for dinner and teaches the bears how to be happy. In “Rumpelstiltskin” Calvin helps the miller’s daughter by shouting the evil little man’s name, and in the third story, “Alice in Wonderland,” Calvin stops the court from capturing the three of them by the smart use of his yo-yo. Finally the dragon gets to return to Camelot and Calvin and Jenny find themselves back on the street where they first found the Magic Machine.


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Cross of Christ is located at 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. Tickets are available at the Anthem Community Center, or from a cast member. Cost is $5 for children, and $8 in advance ($10 at the door) for adults. Call 623594-3832 or email OnTheTowne@ for information or go to Black Canyon City hosts Earp performance 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 623-374-5588 ext. 1. HEALTH 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 rajpal_, call 623-910-1096 for direction to the private residence or go to LIBRARY Desert Foothills branch offers variety of adult classes Desert Foothills Library is hosting a series of adult events throughout the month of February. For information contact David Court or Dereth DeHaan at 480-488-2286 or email either, or or go to Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. Events are free unless noted.

Thursday: From 10 – 11 a.m. a retirement and tax strategy workshops for adults 50 and over will be presented. Among the topics discussed will be how to build a tax-free retirement, decrease or eliminate taxes from Social Secuirty and retirement accounts and how to leave a taxfree inheritance to heirs. For information or to RSVP at 480-208-7732. Thursday: From 2:30 -3:30 p.m. author Patrick Grady will share stories of colorful characters, a touching love story, gunfights and lynchings, in a thriving town along the Salt River between 1867 and 1881 as he discusses his book “Out of the Ruins.” Tuesday: At 5 p.m. Bohemian portrait painter Alice Neel, a self-described collector of souls through six decades of the 20th century, who sacrificed almost everything for her art will be featured in the library’s contemporary art film series. Attendees are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. MUSIC Silhouette performs at El Pedregal The Silhouette, performing R&B, Soul and Motown music will kick-off a Spring Festival from 1 – 4 p.m., Feb. 26 at El Pedregal Shops and Dining in Scottsdale. The free concert features the talents of Cornelius Bishop, Anthony Kinchion, Tim Forkes, Chris Strong and Alex Holland. Along with the free show,

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Sophomore Sabrina Majerczyk takes a shot at the loose ball as the Catalina Foothills goalie tries to get to her feet. To view more photos from Saturday’s title games go to

than seven minutes removed from Leech’s departure. “We lost possession of the ball there at a bad time in a bad place and they made us pay,” Vittorio said. The goal came courtesy of Catalina Foothills’ Emily Green, who went to the right corner with a low shot from approximately 15-yards out, one DiNota had no chance of stopping. “(Leech) is a security blanket for a lot of us,” fellow senior captain Madi Pascale said. “I think we were a little frazzled about her not being out there. She could have helped, but we always believe somebody will step up. We didn’t give up. We got here not because of any one single player, but because we always play as a team. We’re not the most talented team, but we were definitely a team. It just wasn’t our day.”

The top seed would try and counter, with its best opportunities coming less than three minutes after the initial goal. Pascale, who scored the game winners in both the quarterfinals and the semifinals, took a shot from deep in the left corner that the Foothills keeper got a hand on, but was unable to secure. With the goalie on the ground and the ball loose sophomore Sabrina Majerczyk took a shot inside the box, but the ball ended up being deflected by a defender, saving the potential tying goal. Before the ball could be cleared Catalina Foothills would be called for a foul, giving Cactus Shadows a free kick from approximately 15 yards out, just to the left of the goal. Junior forward Kelli Reid’s effort sailed just over the goal on what proved to be the last solid effort for the Cave Creek squad.

The game’s outcome would be decided when Catalina Foothills put in the second goal of the game on a header with just under 30 minutes remaining in the game by Jenna Glad, an effort that came off a throw in. In looking back at the squad that took Cactus Shadows to the program’s first state title game appearance Vittorio said it was a rewarding season. “It was just a fabulous group,” he said. “The leadership we had amongst this bunch of seniors, they were just so positive. This group set a standard with their unity. They’ll definitely be missed. Hopefully we’ll be able to reload, learn from this experience and be back here next season.”

The Prescott Vette Sette Corvette Club will feature more than 100 Corvettes of varying years and models from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday at Rock Springs Café located at Rock Springs off of I-17 at exit 242. The inaugural car show will include live 50s and 60s music and all-you-can eat barbeque sandwiches, cowboy beans and coleslaw for $15 per person. Perfect for car lovers of all ages, the 1st Annual Corvettes at the Rock, includes live 50’s and 60’s music and all you can eat, BBQ sandwich, Cowboy Beans and Coleslaw for just $15.00 per person. There will be prize

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Are you interested in saving our planet? Are you or your organization involved in the field of conservation, sustainable practices or renewable energy? If so, you are invited to exhibit or volunteer for The Town of Cave Creek’s Earth Day 2012 celebration. Green Cave Creek, a community event, will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., April 21 at the FCF-Holland Community Center in Scottsdale. The volunteer committee is now looking for exhibitors, organizations and local residents who want to be involved in promoting sustainable energy alternatives, earth friendly conservation and educational efforts taking place at the Green Cave Creek festivities in April. The Earth Day event is geared towards individuals and families of all ages.

Exhibitors, vendors, businesses and non-profit organizations are invited to submit a request for free booth space. Volunteers are encouraged to participate by donating their time leading up to and at the Green Cave Creek event. The non-profit Green Cave Creek committee was established in 2008 for the purpose of engaging and educating Cave Creek residents and businesses about the benefits of sustainable energy programs and practices. Among the projects the group has taken up in the past include Save-a-Watt, a measure to cut power use by 10 percent at Cave Creek homes and businesses. Interested vendors and volunteers are asked to call Jennifer SmithIzzo at 480-420-9301 or visit

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fishing report This is a scaled down, North Valley focused, version of the weekly fishing report produced by Arizona Game and Fish. To view the complete listing go to LAKE PLEASANT - Fish are mostly holding deep in winter patterns, but it is possible to find bass sunning themselves in the shallows at times, especially those shallow flats, ledges of points adjacent to deeper water. According to Mike McFarland of Hook Up Outfitters, most fish are holding deep, but it is possible to find some sport fish in the warmer water in the backs of coves or along shallow shelves, especially in the afternoon after the shallow water is warmed by the sun. Mike says the fish -especially striped bass and white bass -- have migrated back into shallow arms of the northern coves and typically the bite is best in the early mornings and afternoons. However, keep a watch on the surface activity (binoculars help) -- stripers and whites can sometimes be found chasing

shad at the surface, so keep a topwater lure, casting spoon, or a crankbait handy. When the bass are shallow, try Little Dippers on jig heads or curly tails on jigs. If the fish aren’t active, try in the 15 to 30 foot range in the submerged creek channels. The guides have been catching lots of small white bass, and striped bass running from six inches to 3 pounds. But they have also been catching some largemouth bass as well from young jack bass to nice 3 pounders. BARTLETT - Lake level is 1,747 feet (40 percent full). The best fishing will likely be at first light, and then in the afternoons. At first light, look for bass off the primary points in 15 to 30 feet of water. Anglers have reported catching bass that have discouraged crayfish. Try crawdad imitations and worm rigs (drop shots and Texas-rigs) for largemouth

bass. A few weeks back crappie fishing was reported to be picking up, although most of the crappie being caught were small. I have not heard any recent reports on crappie. Some anglers have been catching huge flathead catfish all winter long. The key is using live carp as bait. Carp up to 12 inches long can sometimes attract the monster cats. SAGUARO - Lake level is 1,526 feet (96-percent full). No recent reports, but like most lakes the bass fishing has been slow and hit or miss. Yellow bass fishing can be good, try using a silver and blue kastmaster or similar. APACHE Lake is 93-percent full at 1,907 feet. No recent reports but fishing should be good for yellow bass down by the dam. Yellow bass should hit jigs and spoons. Fish for them around balls of shad in 20-60 feet of water. Cut bait also works well for them.

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25 billion settlement is all smoke and mirrors With the exception of the 24/7 coverage of the “surprising” pop star overdose, which surprised no one, the next biggest news event was the announcement of the “settlement” between 49 AGs (attorney general) and 5 of the big banks (Wells Fargo, Citi, Ally/GMAC, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America) over fraud charges. For those reading the headlines, I hate to break it to you, but despite what you read in the funny papers or hear on the nightly news, this settlement is not a magic bullet that will turn the housing market around. Instead, like so much that goes on these days, this “settlement” is politically motivated (by both sides) and will have little positive impact for housing. Meanwhile, the “settlement” does make a complete mockery of the rule of law. Keep in mind that the charges levied against these banks by 49 attorney generals are for fraud. There are 10s of thousands of documented cases where employees (vice presidents of the bank) illegally signed other people’s names, signed documents that were grossly inaccurate, and documents that were never read. Of course, if you or I did what the banks have admitted to doing we would go to jail. It should be noted that each and every fabrication that is a falsely sworn document is a crime. But, if you are one of the Too Big to Fail banks, then all you get is a tongue lashing from the President. Then after a couple of days of inept media coverage, all is (mostly) forgotten by the time the next newsworthy event happens. And, since a pop star over-dosing on drugs is pretty common these days, the banks had to know it would not take long before they were once again out of the spot light. For those that are looking for a little bit of justice, you will not find it within this so called settlement. Is anyone going to jail? Nope, no one is going to jail and for those that just read the headlines and think “Wow, $25

billion - the banks are getting hit pretty hard,” let me share some of the facts. First of all, the banks are barely getting a slap on the wrist. Out of the $25 billion, the cash portion of the deal is only $5 billion. And that is split between the five TBTF banks. And while that might sound like a lot to me and you, I assure you, it barely makes a dent to these giants. The remaining dollars will be in the form of “potential” write downs, which the banks were going to have to do anyway. Not only does the punishment not reflect the crime, it does nothing to deter it from happening again in the future. And to make matters worse, the settlement is paid for by you, Mr. and Mrs. taxpayers, in the form of bank bailout cash, of which the banks still owe (in some capacity) over $10 billion. It is worth pointing out that much of the cash settlement is conveniently sent to the cash strapped states, some of whom have already pledged to use it to fill their budget holes. Because so many states are near bankruptcy, is it any wonder why this slap on the wrist settlement was approved by 49 states? In the end, I would bet that very little of the “cash settlement” finds its way to the citizens that it is meant to help. And what about those who were foreclosed on (very often illegally)? Well, as long as you happened to get foreclosed on between September 2008 to December 2011, you might get an estimated $1,500-2,000. To be clear, this money is not really designed to help the homeowner as much as it is designed to shut them up. A little hush money if you will… “Sorry we stole your house, here’s $2,000.” Meanwhile, one of the persons responsible for this ongoing nightmare, now former Freddie Mac CEO Ed Haldeman, will receive $3.9 million as a reward for his two year tenure at the top of the insolvent housing/ government entity. What about the promised principal reductions? Don’t hold your breath! First the deal includes an estimated $17 billion for principal reduction, which, by the way, is nothing compared to the $700 billion in negative equity for homeowners across the country. The number

of homeowners predicted to get this reduction is 1 million, but there are more than 11 million families that need one. Plus, if past results are indicative of what we should expect, then we will never see anywhere close to one million principal reductions. Remember, just because the banks have agreed to this settlement does not mean those holding the loans will agree. Because of securitization (the reason we are in this mess), banks own very few of the loans on their books. Instead, they are owned by “investors.” Regardless of this settlement there is no legal means to make investors write down the value of their investments (i.e. mortgages). So unless you are one of the very few borrowers whose loan is held by your bank, then do not expect a principal reduction. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, then you might get upwards of $20,000 knocked off the bill. Of course, this will do very little since almost all of these loans in Phoenix are underwater by at least $100,000 each.

To me, this “settlement” is beyond outrageous. These are criminal acts, (felonies) by literally thousands of bank officials, but no one goes to jail. Now, the same banks that were bailed out by the U.S. taxpayers are now using the balance of those proceeds to pay a settlement which amounts to the tune of $2,000 per every person foreclosed on in the past three years. Sounds like the admiration got “tough” on the banks just in time for the upcoming election. Never mind that the entire process tramples U.S. contract law and makes a mockery of the justice system. And like previous settlements, I am sure the $25 billion will end up being far less by the time the smoke clears. Just as BAC weaseled out of paying the $8.5 billion in relief for Countrywide borrowers. (They only paid $236 out of $8.5 billion). So, while this foreclosure settlement deal will be marketed to the masses as the bad guys getting what they deserve and as the magic bullet that will save housing, I say neither is the case. In fact, I predict that the banks are

actually jumping for joy since they can re-open the foreclosure pipeline. There is little doubt in my mind that we will see a dramatic increase in foreclosures over the next 12-18 months since the banks now know the extent of their exposure to this prosecution. End result of the settlement is that the TBTF get a slap on the wrist, the administration and politicians look like they are the tough guys, the taxpayer pays for the “settlement” and the little guy gets pennies for their trouble. And still the biggest losers are the folks who did things the “right way.” Yes, the people who put down a big payment or bought responsibly and who chose not to leverage up the American Dream are left holding the bag. I believe it is cases such as these that must have inspired Thomas Jefferson to say, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Robert Holt, CDPE/SFR of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. Visit for info or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts.

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community events Continued from page 9 food and wine tasting tickets will be available for purchase. This year’s festival will run every Sunday from Feb. 26 through May 13. El Pedregal is located at 34505 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For information call 480-488-1072 or go MIM hosts pair of shows Latin jazz performer Paquito D’Rivera will join with Brazilian guitarists Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. performances March 9 at the Musical Instrument Museum. Tickets for the shows range in price from $40-45. The following night the MIM will feature Coyote Jump, A Canyon Records 60th anniversary concert at 7 p.m., March 10. The concert will consist of composer and multiinstrumentalist Colin Farish, Native American flutist John-

Carlos Perea, violinist Savannah Lack, and percussionist Will Clipman. Coyote Jump sculpts a musical tribute to Native America with the sound of the cedar flute at its core. Tickets range in price from $25-30. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For information call 480-478-6000 or go to Arizona Musicfest adds March show Arizona Musicfest 2012 has added a 7:30 p.m., March 3 show “From A to Z – ABBA to Les MiZ- Broadway’s Best!” at North Scottsdale Christian. The show includes signature tunes from shows “Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago,” “Rent,” ”Jersey Boys,” “Les Misérables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” sung by Broadway’s Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen.

Chandler’s multi-faceted career on Broadway includes title roles in shows from “Camelot” to “Spamalot.” Hansen headlined in Broadway, London’s West End and U.S. National Tour musical theater hits, earning a Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award nomination and “Variety” accolades for “real vocal chops!” Chandler and Hansen are backed by a piano combo led by Music Director/pianist Mike Pettry, a Jonathan Larson Award Winner. Chris Finet is on acoustic and electric bass; Dennis Monce on trumpet and Jeff Siegfried, woodwinds. Tickets for the show are $40, with premium seating available for $55. Student tickets cost $5. For information call 480-488-0806, 866-488-0806 or go to North Scottsdale Christian is located at 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale.

ARCHAELOGY Expo brings exhibits to Spur Cross The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaelogical Society is inviting the public to the 3rd annual Spur Cross Archaelogical Expo from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 3 at the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. The Expo will feature many archaeological exhibits, including booths from the Cave Creek Museum, Liberty Wildlife, Desert Awareness group and Animal Health Services of Cave Creek. There will be featured talks on how to hike with your dog (no live animals) and how to protect your pets from desert wildlife. There will be hands on activities for children to learn more about Arizona’s archaeology and guided hikes to archaeological features in the SCRCA. Hikers should plan to bring water, sun screen and appropriate hiking footwear. Other special events include pottery making and flint knapping demonstrations by members of the DFC. Contact Mary Kearney at maryk92@ for information. The Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 N. Spur Cross Road. To get there take Spur Cross Road from Cave Creek Road north 4.5 miles. This event is in celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. HIKING Cave Creek releases February schedule Cave Creek Regional Park recently released its event schedule for January that includes classes, hikes, an exercise series as well as equestrian opportunities. A complete list can be found at cave_creek. Plenty of water and proper hiking shoes are recommended for all events. For information or to register call Ranger Sarah at 623-465-

0431 x 202. Thursday: At 9 a.m. the the latest hike in a reach your fitness goal series will take participants along the Overton Trail/Go John Loop, a moderate 3.2 mile hike. Those interested in participating should meet at the Nature Center. Thursday: At 3 p.m. Cave Creek Trailrides offers at 1 hour ride with a ranger in which riders will be introduced to the nature and landscape of the region. Registration is required for the fee-based program. For information or to register call 623-742-6700 Friday: At 9 a.m. there will be a class examining desert plants and the strategies they’ve developed in order to survive in our harsh environment. Those interested in attending will meet at the Go John Trailhead for a one-mile hike. Saturday: At 10 a.m. a Tiny Tumbleweed Trek, an event geared toward young hikers and nature lovers will start at the group campground. The 90 minute event will include the history of mining in the area and include a trip to the most famous mine in the area. Attendees will learn how the mine was used to produce an elixir that cured a variety of common ailments. The 1-mile roundtrip hike requires participants to wear sturdy shoes. Helmets, to go into the mine, will be provided. Saturday: At 2 p.m. staff will teach a class on how to identify tracks left by wildlife, whether they be footprints or scat. The class will begin inside the Nature Center as participants will learn about the different animals that live in the Sonoran Desert and the clues they leave behind. The group will then finish off with a hike to apply their new found knowledge. The group will also make plaster cast tracks of some favorite desert critters to take home. Dogs are not permitted for the hike.

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pet of the week My name is Gypsy, and I am a 7-year-old chocolate lab mix. I am a very friendly, gentle guy who is looking for a forever family. I have pretty good house manners. I tell my foster mom when I have to go to the bathroom by pawing at the door. I don’t chew on anything except my bones (those are my favorite), and I can be left alone all day without being crated. I like to be outside exploring the yard, and I love walks. I really like to say hi to people or dogs I meet on my walks, so my foster mom has been teaching me how to approach people politely. I like car rides, and I don’t mind baths because I know I get a treat after. I am good with kids and other dogs, but I really like to chase and bark at cats, so I probably need a home that doesn’t have any cats. I know

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all my commands, I even know to get out of the kitchen when my foster mom tells me to. I am a mellow guy who will make a great addition to your home. If you would like more information on Gypsy or other dogs in need of loving homes, please contact Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue

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Daisy Mountain Fire Department will once again offer its eight-week training class, offering Community Emergency Preparedness Training to area residents at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem.. Over eight consecutive Thursdays, beginning March 1, participants will learn basic emergency response skills. Cert members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. The free classes are from 7

– 10 p.m. Those interested must attend all eight sessions to receive a certificate. If a disastrous event should overwhelm or delay the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist their families, then others by applying the basic response and organizational skills they learned during training. Cross of Christ is located at 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. For information or to register call Paul Schickel at 623-695-1424 or email cert@


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Anthem youth excel in wrestling event STAFF REPORT

The Anthem based Predator youth wrestling program had four state medalists at the 2012 Junior High State Tournament earlier this month. Leading the way in the competition was Garrett Rand, the state champion at 245 pounds. Other placers were Sheldon Cole, who took second at 78 pounds, Cory Crook, second at 93 pounds and Mason Liebman who finished third in the 68 pound weight class. Rand cruised to the final with a couple of quick pins in the early rounds. In the final, Rand was pushed the distance,

but won 5-2 to cap a perfect 20-0 season. Five Predator wrestlers finished one win short of placing in the top six. The wrestlers who finished in the top eight were Nick Tufte, Jake Christofferson, Marcus Liebman, Dillan Crosswhite, and Blake Labno. Other Predator wrestlers that helped the team at state and throughout the season were Casino and Chance Collins, Jarett Christofferson, Cole and Lane Nelson, Tobin Henson, Johnathan Murphy, Elias Gonzales, John Estrada, Bennett Tibbs, Camron Utter, and Jordain Buckland. A couple of

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other names that were unable to attend the state tournament were Trent and Quinton Martinez, and Michael Garcia-Morales. Overall the Predator team took third in the team standings, despite only having wrestlers in nine of the 18 weight classes. On the season the team finished 11-1 in dual meets. Registration for the Predator Youth Wrestling Program, open to grades 5-12 will take place at 4 p.m., Tuesday at the Boulder Creek wrestling room. The next session, runs from Tuesday – May 11. Practices will be from 4 – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Fee is $100, payable to the Boulder Creek Community Schools. There is also a separate fee required to join USA Wrestling. There is also a camp for grades 1 – 4, which will take place from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m., March 2 and will run through May 11. Practices will take place in the Boulder Creek wrestling room. For information go to bchs.dvusd. org/wrestling/Youth Wrestling. htm or call either Doug Crooks at 623-764-6136 or Kory Gilliland at 602-791-2151.

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A NeW NeIGHBOR, LOOKING FORWARD TO SeRVING YOU. Ownership of Arizona American Water transfers to EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. We are pleased to announce that ownership of Arizona American Water was recently transferred to EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. This acquisition was announced in 2011 and was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission in Decision No. 72668 dated November 17, 2011. With over 100 years of experience, EPCOR is a trusted provider of water and wastewater services to over one million customers and is a recognized leader in environmental commitment, water quality, and service. We look forward to getting to know you and becoming an active member of your community. Billing and customer care is transitioning to EPCOR in March During the month of March, billing and customer care will be transitioned from American Water to EPCOR. Your satisfaction is important to us and our goal is to impact you as minimally as possible. Your account number will stay the same and you’ll still call 1-800-383-0834 to reach a customer care representative. You’ll notice your bill will begin coming from EPCOR and you’ll have access to the same bill payment options you currently do. You’ll also find all information about your community’s water at

We’re here to help! We are committed to keeping you informed and guiding you through any actions you may need to take. Look for future communications to come in your mail. Questions? If you have any questions, please call: 1-800-383-0834 To learn more about EPCOR’s acquisition of Arizona American Water please visit: We’re looking forward to serving you.

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Former council member endorses candidate for Anthem board As you know, the Anthem Community Council is having elections and the Country Club has one seat that is available. There are good candidates running for this seat.  That is the reason for my email to you.  I am a past board member of the Anthem Country Club Community Association board of directors as well as a commercial property owner, local business owner, and home owner since 1999.  I am supporting Holly Matson for this seat and I hope you will too.  Here are just some of her qualifications: HOLLY MATSON is the best candidate for the Anthem Community Council representing the Country Club.  I have worked with Holly - I have seen her in action!  I have witnessed her dedication to our community, her integrity and her balanced approach. Holly brings to the table in depth experience in economic development, marketing, technology and leadership. 

With Holly on the ACC Board I am confident that the council will be more rational, big picture focused and objective. This is someone that assists our local businesses at no charge, volunteers endless hours to our community, chairs the ACC economic development and marketing committee, sits on the leadership team for Anthem Cares, rings the bell for Salvation Army, raises money for our nonprofits and uses her skills to better our community.  Holly is not a “Monday morning quarterback”…. Holly gets in there and does the work! Holly is the candidate that has the background and leadership skills to understand and work through the priorities that face Anthem! Holly is the only candidate that will bring fresh thinking and a big picture approach to the board.  Please spread the word to vote Holly Matson! Andy Tobias, Anthem

Anthem man supports Matson’s candidacy I am pleased and enthusiastic to endorse Holly Matson candidacy for the Anthem Community Council. I met Holly several months ago and have had follow-up meetings regarding her candidacy and credentials.  I asked her, why do you want to run?   Her answer was simple and eloquent: “I believe that my business experience, community service, leadership and objectivity will enhance our lifestyle and help drive the Council (ACC) to become a more rational, professional representation of our community.”   I then asked her what sets you apart from the other candidates?  I took copious notes and narrowed it down to the following: She is objective and demonstrated the ability to listen to a wide variety of opinions without putting her personal feelings or community history in the mix. She is an outside the box thinker involved with the Anthem Community and business community, not just inside the Country Club. A review of her professional career in marketing, public relations and economic development is vital to Anthem’s future. Business owner and experienced in creating strong teams and partnerships to resolve conflicts and make things happen.

I am joined by others in endorsing Holly. Here are some notable Anthem residents that have announced their support: • Craig Boates, ACC President and Anthem Parkside resident. • Jeff Pointer, ACC Board Director representing Anthem Country Club and Anthem Country Club resident. • Eric Kilstron, founder of the Chamber of Commerce at Anthem, and founder/director of “We Care in Anthem”. • Ron Tucker, former ACCCA President, Chair Anthem Veterans Memorial, Anthem Country Club resident. • Andy Tobias, former ACCCA Director, Anthem business owner and Anthem Country Club resident. • Donna Kublin, Past President and Executive Director of Arts Council North Valley. • Barbara and John Birdseye, Chair of ACTS (Anthem Cares Through Service) and webmaster. See more at Holly has my vote.  Please make it yours!   Bob Golembe, Anthem

Salmen asks for support in bid for board seat Hello, my name is Jon Salmen and I am running for the Anthem Community Council Board of Director seat that is open due to term limits. This is the Anthem Parkside seat for the Board of Directors which is open for election. The ACC election period is from Feb. 6 to March 14th. What I would like to say is that there needs to be a change. The past several years have been cumbersome for residents and the prior board members for several reasons. If you are not happy with the way the board communicated to the residents of Anthem in the past few years, then vote for a change. If you felt there have been some inappropriate decisions made during the transition from Pulte to a resident occupied board then vote for a change. If you disagree with the direction the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors has been heading, then vote for a change. I can be that change! I am the President of local businesses in the area. I have provided job growth in my industry and have my companies focused on growth and

profitability during the worst economic times we have seen. I am a father of three, husband and family man. My children go to schools in Anthem. My wife and I volunteer in Anthem and we are connected to Anthem. My position is that I support fiscal control, open communication and a responsibility to the community we live in. Some of the biggest challenges to the community are yet to come and they aren’t about cell towers! Do you want someone who has a proven track record in his business life, in his personal life, and the way we should parent our children and support or neighbors? Then vote for Jon Salmen. I can be seen on the Anthem web site at, by going to the links for the candidates. You can reach my campaign page on facebook as well at pages/Jon-Salmen-for-ACC/16877169 6562468?ref=ts&sk=wall. Please turn in your ballot! Jon Salmen ,Anthem Parkside candidate

Anthem man weighs in on possible new building I am an Anthem resident for the past eight years and am responding to your request for feedback on the Anthem building in your February 1 issue.  As I understand your article we have not learned a single thing from the last such effort. The Council is rushing, once again, head long into negotiations without sufficient community notice, feedback, or involvement.  I am not against the idea of a building purchase per se. What I am against is the entry into purchase negotiations for a building without first determining, from the community, the intended use or uses that building will have. How else can you determine the size and configuration of a building to purchase or build?  Therefore I am adamantly against elected officials having the ability to

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make capital purchases without the consent and approval of the governed. Such considerations should be presented to the residents for vote in the form of a ballot. It is the residents that should decide such matters. Thank you, Douglas Perez, Anthem

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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: 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 I will pick up your old appliances for free. Refrigerators/Ovens/Washer Dryers/ Water Heaters. Any appliances. Call 623-465-9427 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 602-214-5692 Big Screen TVs, as is, 41”-100” HD TV’s, Statewide pick up. Quick response. Bob 602-271-4461 PETS & SUPPLIES Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www. REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602- 506PETS. Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480-488-5711 SERVICES OFFERED SALES & INSTALLATION. Authorized dealer for: Pioneer, Sony, Rockford Fosgate, Air & Train Horns and lots more !!! Streetfighter Motorsports 602-493-2190 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.

House Cleaners & Windows Clean. Experienced and honest people. Quality Work. Consuelo and Rudy Garcia480-720-2944 Dave’s Mobile Trailer Service Inspect / Repair / Replace - Grease Seals, Bearings, Magnets, Brakes & Weld & Electrical Repairs. www. 602361-6551 PlumBerry Skin Care 623-451-9395 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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