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Last chance to file public comments with the AZ Corporation Commission about EPCOR’s water rate case, consolidation TARA ALATORRE STAFF

Pictured: The table shows what water rates would be for Anthem customers under the five-year phase-in plan if the Arizona Corporation Commission agrees to consolidate EPCOR’s 11 water districts. The rate shown is for a 3/4 meter in Anthem, rates include all applicable credits and surcharges.

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Teacher walk outs have ended; what it means for schools, students TARA ALATORRE STAFF

PHOENIX – After six days of educators holding demonstrations at the state capital, the governor, and state law makers finally passed the education budget ending the historic statewide teacher walk out, enabling schools to reopen last week. Educators voted to walk out on April 26 despite Governor Doug Ducey’s 20 percent pay raise offer because the deal did not meet many of their demands, which included increasing perpupil funding, raises for support staff and a long-term solution to funding Arizona’s public

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Anthem senior living community unveils Hero Wall honoring 31 veterans TARA ALATORRE STAFF

education system. The Arizona Education Association (AEA), and Arizona Educators United (AEU), which are leading the grassroots Red for Ed movement in the state, announced last week that teachers would return to classrooms only if lawmakers passed the education budget with the funding promised by the governor. On May 3, around 1 a.m. the state legislature passed the education budget that not only gave teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020, but also increased TEACHER WALK OUTS END

ANTHEM – The Arizona Corporation Commission will begin hearings on May 14 regarding the consolidation of the private utility company EPCOR’s recommendation to consolidate its 11 Arizona water districts, which would establish equal water rates for all its customers statewide. The water rate case was originally brought on by a decision in 2015 from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) requiring EPCOR to file the case no

later than July 2018. In 2017, EPCOR filed the water rate case and recommended consolidating its 11 water districts into one large district, which included a five-year phase-in plan for all its customers resulting in an average rate of $44.95 for 7,000 gallons of usage. “As proposed, the new rates are intended to result in an increase in revenues of $21.5 million,” according to the rate case application filed by ECPCOR on August 18, 2017.

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Pictured: The President of the Daisy Mountain Veterans, Sam Crump, presenting a medal to one of the 31 local veterans honored at a ceremony at The Enclave at Anthem Senior Community.




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ANTHEM – The Enclave at Anthem, a senior living community, revealed its Hero Wall on May 2, which included a medal ceremony to honor its 31 resident veterans that served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Arizona Patriot Guard Riders, Youth For Troops and Daisy Mountain Veterans were all present to honor the veterans living at The Enclave and see the unveiling of the Hero Wall, which is a special area in the community where the names HERO WALL

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Girls Scouts of Arizona completes $18 million Campaign For Girls; largest donation ever received by the organization nationwide PHOENIX –– Thanks to a successful matching challenge from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Girl Scouts– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) has reached the completion of its five-year, $18 million Campaign For girls in Arizona. As a result, the Council can now provide a wider range of educational and empowering experiences to more than 21,000 girls in over 90 Arizona communities. “We are very grateful for the continued support of The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. Their investment helps us develop the leadership potential of girls in a safe, allgirl environment where girls can try new things, risk failure and find success, build their selfconfidence and become better prepared to contribute as leaders in the future,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. Through the campaign, the Girl Scouts built The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain, a year-round urban program and leadership center with camp amenities that opened in April 2017. By the end of last year, more than 7,000 Girl Scouts, adult volunteers, staff and community members were on site to either take a tour, enjoy summer camp, or attend meetings, trainings and other programs. “We embarked on the Campaign for Girls because we want a better future for

Pictured left to right: Past GSACPC Board Chair Margaret Serrano-Foster, Mr. Bob Parsons, Karson Moore-Countryman, CEO Tamara Woodbury, Mrs. Renee Parsons and Destiny Cleaver cut the ribbon at The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women.

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Arizona’s girls. By transforming our existing property into this new leadership center, we can bring the power of Girl Scouting to more girls throughout the state, including those from underserved communities,” Woodbury said. The new center extends the 60-year legacy of the 14.5-acre property – previously known as Camp Sombrero – and increases the organization’s capacity to provide more Girl Scouts with relevant programming including leadership training, life skills and specialized programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Additionally, the campus allows GSACPC to provide adult

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every business I’ve created, and Girl Scouting helps prepare our Arizona girls for future leadership,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons. “Being part of such a successful campaign helped our future leaders learn firsthand if they work hard and believe in themselves, anything is possible.” Other notable gifts include those from The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, and the Girl Scouts themselves, who raised more than $1 million through their cookie sales. The Emerald Foundation provided the first gift to ensure the campus would be ADA accessible.

Apart from increasing services to local girls, regardless of their ethnicity, physical abilities, circumstances or economic status, The Parsons Leadership Center offers spaces for large and small meetings and trainings, tent and cabin camping, a demonstration kitchen and kitchen garden, two pools, a Girl Scout museum and shop, a playing field, archery range, campfire circle and labyrinths. This will be the second summer Girl Scouts offer day and residential camp for girls K-12 at this site. For more information about Girl or the Campaign for Girls in Arizona, visit

Pictured: Girl Scouts enjoying activites at the new Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center in South Phoenix.

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Join us for Food Truck Movie Night at the Sports Complex PEORIA – Join us May 12, at the Peoria Sports Complex for our second food truck movie night. Gates open at 5 p.m. to enjoy an array of food trucks and kid friendly fun. At 6:30 p.m. the gigantic scoreboard will be playing 20th Century Fox Animation’s “Ferdinand.” Parking and admission are free. Personal size coolers may contain bottled water, juice boxes, and baby formula only. No soft drinks, sport drinks, or outside alcohol permitted. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted for this event. No oversized umbrellas, canopies, tents or staking are allowed. For more information, visit www., or call 623-773-7137. Register for Peoria’s Summer Camp PEORIA – Need to keep your kids busy for the summer? Check out the city of Peoria’s summer camp. Summer camp is an extension of the AM/ PM program with field trips and activities that keep children busy throughout the day, in a safe and secure environment.

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Jewish Family & Children’s Service Presents Monday Movie Matinee PHOENIX – Jewish Family & Children’s Service presents its Monday Movie Matinee featuring the 1975 film, “Hester Street” starring Carol Kane, Steven Keats, and Paul Freedman. The event will take place on May 14 at 12:30p.m. at the Bureau of Jewish Education on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Center Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. Set in 1896, “Hester Street” is about Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, who emigrated to the Lower East Side of New York City. He has assimilated to American life, but when his wife Gitl arrives from Russia, he sees they have more differences than ever before. Max McQueen, former film critic for the East Valley Tribune, will host a discussion session following the film. There is no charge but RSVPs are required; please send to janet.rees@ The matinee is open to senior adults (60+), as part of the JFCS Creative Aging Project. Slime, and “Grease” on the menu at Black Canyon City Library! BCC – On Wednesday the 9th from 2-3 p.m. computer wrangler Scott Quillen will be hosting another Tech Time, this time going over computer skills for beginners. If interested,

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please register at the library by phone or in person. Also, Saturday, the 12th, at 11:15 a.m. it will be slime time for Create and Craft, where kids 7+ (and kids-at-heart) can join Chance in making their very own slime! It will be icky good fun! Then, on Thursday the 24th at 4 p.m. they’ll be setting up the projection screen for the musical classic “Grease”! Slick up your pompadour, grab your best girl and cruise down for popcorn, pop and, of course, great songs! And don’t forget all of the library’s normal programming: Relax’n’Craft every Wednesday at 11 a.m., Beautiful Creative Crafts on Saturday the 19th at 1 p.m., and Beginners Yoga five times a week! The library has also added a new program, Homeschool Group, which is every Tuesday at 11 a.m., to give homeschoolers a place to come together and compare notes. A section of books specifically for use by homeschoolers is available as well. All homeschoolers are encouraged to stop by and see what’s being offered and to make requests for materials they would like to have on hand. Finally, Teen Hangout is moving to Friday nights, this month falling on the 18th. The time is the same, 5-7 p.m., but the library has a new trick up its sleeve that will be a lot of fun. Here’s a hint: it rhymes with “winchendo nii”. Intrigued? Go check it out! Remember, all library events can be viewed at the library’s website and printed copies are also available. Black Canyon City Community Library is located at 34701 S Old Black Canyon Hwy. for more informatin call 623-374-5866 or visit http://www.yavapailibrary. org/blackcanyon. Toad Mama Mania CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek’s oldest and most famous restaurant, The Horny Toad, presents Toad Mama Mania on Sunday, May 13, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Show your mama or favorite lady how much you truly love her by celebrating her legacy on Mother’s Day at The Horny Toad. Enjoy $5 Bloody Mary’s, $5 mimosas and house wines for

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community news $5. And, of course, The Horny Toad’s infamous food, which has been an Arizona staple for more than 41 years. The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for reservations or more information. Cave Creek Stamp Mill Run on May 12 CAVE CREEK – Come watch the Golden Reef Stamp Mill in operation! It will be crushing gold bearing ore mined at its original location on the back of nearby Continental Mountain on Saturday May 12 at 1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, events are free of charge, although donations are cheerfully appreciated and always needed. Times and topics are subject to change without notice. Reservations are always suggested and may be made by calling 480488-2764 or emailing: info@ Stay up-to-date on all events at the Cave Creek Museum by visiting our website at www. or liking the Cave Creek Museum Facebook page @CaveCreekMuseum. Upcoming New River/ Desert Hills Water District meetings NEW RIVER – To provide as many opportunities as possible for homeowners to ask questions, learn about the New River/Desert Hills Water District and share updated news about where we are in the process, we have planned several events over the next few months. The location for all future meetings will be the Crossroads Christian Fellowship Baptist Church at 42425 N. New River Rd. New River (New River and Honda Bow Roads). Everyone attending over age 18 will receive a FREE Raffle ticket towards a 2,000-gallon load of water provided by one of our area water haulers - 310 Dust Control, Crystal Creek Water, Dynamite Water, or Rio Verde Water. Please ‘Save the Date’ and mark your calendars to attend our Community Meetings.

• Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. • Saturday, May 12t at 10 a.m. We will devote the first half hour of our regular meetings to personally answer your questions. Everyone is welcome to stay and attend the working portion of the meeting that follows. Please join us from 4 to 6 p.m. Q&A – Open Forum sessions will conclude promptly at 4:30 p.m., so please arrive no later than 4 p.m. Along with these meetings, we also hold regular one-on-one Water Update sessions at various times throughout the week. For an updated schedule that includes all our events, please check our website www. Krav Maga Seminar Benefiting 100 Club AZ ANTHEM – Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness, located at 41780 West Opportunity Way, Anthem, AZ will be holding a 90-minute seminar on May 12th from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. This class costs $5. All proceeds of this seminar will be donated to 100 Club of AZ, which supports Firemen and Public Safety Officers (and their families) who are injured or killed in the line of duty, and Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness will match all seminar entrance fee donations. For more info on the Club, go to Bring your friend, family member, and or co-worker and be ready to sweat, learn and have some fun all while learning how to protect yourself. For more detailed information about this class please call or text Matt Numrich at 623.300.6114 or email him at mattnumrich@ You can also visit https://selfdefense.infusionsoft. c o m / a p p / o rd e r Fo r m s / K ra v Maga-Seminar to register. Krav Maga female self-defense seminar: 7 moves you must know to be safe ANTHEM – On the May 12th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness located at 41780 West Opportunity Way, Anthem, AZ

will be having a Female SelfDefense Seminar exclusively for females ages 13 and up for $19. Participants will be able to acquire seven (7) important, effective and easy to execute practical techniques in defending themselves and become more empowered as well as on how to avoid being a victim. For more detailed information about the seminar please call or text Matt Numrich at 623.300.6114 or register at https://selfdefense. Seminar-Female-Self-Defense Anthem favorite, Music In May, returns for four-week stint in Community Park ANTHEM – Four weeks of free concerts come to life at Anthem Community Park as Music in May returns for a 17th season. A different act takes the stage each Friday in May, from 7-9 p.m. Performers will bring a variety of classics and modern favorites to life at the Amphitheater. Attendees at the free, family-friendly event are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and flashlights. Food trucks will be on site for the opening performance for the sixth year in a row; an ice cream truck will be available the remaining weeks. This year’s lineup includes: May 11, Mogollon Band; May 18, Shining Star; May 25, The Real Thing. Concerts take place in the Amphitheater at Anthem Community Park, located at 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. To learn more about Music in May, visit music-in-may.

Anthem Soccer Club Tryouts for boys & girls ANTHEM – Anthem Soccer Club will conduct their tryouts for the upcoming 2018-2019 season on the weeks of May 7 - 17. We will be looking to add players and or new teams to our established boys and girls teams in age groups (*ages 5 – 19). All participants can register online at or sign in at field #1. *Note there are no tryouts for ages 5 to 8 boys and girls, just assessment placement. All tryout times are 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Field #1, Anthem Community Park located at 41703 N. Gavilan Peak. Tryout dates are as follows: • 13 to 16 Boys and Girls Wednesday, May 9 • 17 to 19 Boys and Girls Thursday, May 10

• Ages 5-8 Boys and Girls Monday, May 14 • 9,10,11 and 12 Boys and Girls, Tuesday, 15 • 13 to 16 Boys and Girls Wednesday, 16 • 17 to 19 Boys and Girls Thursday, 17 The tryouts could last approximately One and a half hours. Please wear appropriate gear such as soccer shoes, shin guards and bring drinking water. Questions or information, please call Mark Kerlin at 623-582-2413 or or www. anthemsoccerclub.


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We are being ripped off! That’s right, Dear Readers, the research has been done and the evidence is in – we are paying the same or more for less. It is the saga of the incredible shrinking packages and ounce by ounce, inch by inch, we are being robbed! Wondering why the toilet paper rolls look smaller? That’s because they are! As much as six percent less tissue and the rolls are 3/8 of an inch smaller in size. This situation stinks! Oh and let’s forget that paper towels have fewer sheets, the average box of tissue has about five to ten less tissues and just about every single paper product is packaged so we, the paying public, are getting less. Ever notice that a bag of potato chips seems like it is filled with air? Oh yeah, Lay’s says we

can’t eat just one, but they are giving us an ounce less in the bag, which means we better eat just one! We are being robbed one chip at a time! Bars of soap that used to be solid rectangles are now curved – so we pay the same for less soap! Oh, and notice how skinny our cereal boxes have become? Holy guacamole! The trickery never ends. A common brand of guacamole now has domed the package upwards, so it looks bigger. Lies! It is actually smaller, and the clever packaging is supposed to fool us the unsuspecting consumer. I guess the packaging industry paid close attention to the airlines. They’ve been watching the seats being removed to make for more rows, while passengers are squeezed into tight, little suffocating spaces. A mother of three emailed me to say she packs fifteen lunches a week. She noticed that Kraft American cheese slices are now 22 in a package instead of 24. Yikes, this doesn’t sound very “American” to me. Why must this entire shrinking packaging phenomena be done on the sly? What happened to brands that you could trust? Oh, and if you are reading this while drinking a glass of orange

juice, check out the container. What used to be 64 ounces is now 60 ounces. This disturbing trend is so depressing (to our pocketbooks) that it makes me want to eat a cookie. But since Keebler cookies have “downsized” from 14.5 ounce packages to 11.3 ounces, I better grab something more healthy and less expensive, like yogurt. But wait, isn’t Chobani Greek yogurt now in smaller little cups? Yes, a twelve percent decrease in volume has been reported. In other words, we are into global shrinking product sizes and we better get used to it. Have you noticed that the usual five-pound bag of sugar is really a four pound bag? And if you want a Ritz cracker, chew slowly, because there are fewer crackers in the box. Yikes, we are being ripped off one bite, one ounce, one chip, one slice and one gulp at a time! Well, I guess we better not cry about it. After all, there are fewer tissues in the box. Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@

Foothills Food Bank benefitting from national program that provides meals to children during summer break CAVE CREEK – Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center has been selected to benefit from a national meal program known as Operation Lunch Lady. The program kicked off in midApril and will provide meals for children in need during summer break. The goal of Operation Lunch Lady, produced by Scottsdalebased Fingerpaint, is to tackle food insecurity and hunger. On June 29, 2018, “Fingerpainters” across the country will work simultaneously at their various locations across the country

make meals (for which they fund-raised) for numerous food pantries and food banks. According to Fingerpaint, only 15 percent of children who usually have access to free and reduced-cost lunch programs during the school year are getting adequate meals during summer break. The goal is to provide more than 65,000 meals to food pantries around the country. Meals will go to Foothills Food Bank in Cave Creek, among recipients in two other states. Foothills Food Bank will

receive more than 1,600 bags of cheesy rice and vegetable meals. Each meal will serve a family of four. For more information, call the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center at 480.488.1145. The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek.


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flexible dollars for schools to use on support staff, textbooks, technology and infrastructure. The plan included $371 million to restore recession-era cuts that will be phased-in over five years. However, the plan falls short of teachers demands for restoring school funding to prerecession levels, regular raises and a pledge not to adopt any tax cuts until per-pupil monies reaches the national average. “When we started this movement, Arizona educators pledged to keep fighting for the schools their students deserve until the end, and we were true to our word,” according to a statement released by the AEA on May 3. “We will return to our schools, classrooms, and students knowing that we have achieved something truly historic.” The AEA and AEU said they will turn to a ballot measure next November to secure the rest of the funding that was not included in the budget plan passed last week. “We should take pride in

what we have accomplished, and in the movement that we have created together,” the AEA statement continued. While education advocates may have their sights set on elections next November, many parents, students and teachers are left wondering what happens now that the walkouts are over. Each school district is now left to determine how the lost learning time will be made up for students, which could delay report cards, the last day of school and potentially graduation dates. Most districts are announcing their revised school year calendars by posting it on their websites and social media pages. Parents should contact administrators or school’s directly for the most up to date information. Cave Creek Unified School District, which reopened its schools on April 30, earlier than most districts in the Valley, has already announced its revised school calendar. Thursday May 24 will be a half day, May 25 will be a full day, May 28 is Memorial Day and observed by CCUSD

The Foothills Focus schools, and May 29 will be the last full day for all students and staff. Graduation will still occur on May 24. Deer Valley Unified District schools reopened for a full-day of instruction on May 4. Their revised school year schedule will be updated this week, and they will send emails updating parents once it’s approved. “The recent events are unprecedented and unique. We do not have history to guide us; however, we have laws and policies that we must follow,” stated a letter to DVUSD parent sent out on May 3. “We have contacted our attorney to provide advice in the steps we will need to take to finish our school year within the expectations of the law.” Governor Doug Ducey signed the funding bill making it a law early on the morning of May 3. “This is a real win for our teachers, for our kids, for our educators in the classroom, and we’re grateful for your help in getting this over the finish line,” said Governor Ducey in a video filmed in his office before signing the bill. “It’s a good way to start the day.”

Yavapai County offers free slash drop-off, promoting fire safety The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors announced the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations from now through June 1, 2018. The annual free drop-off program is available at county transfer stations located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley. Free slash drop-offs will be held during normal operating hours. Only the following items will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are: lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted. Please take advantage of the free slash drop-off program as you create defensible space

around your property and create a safer environment for emergency responders. “Don’t wait! Be firewise. Now is the time to create defensible space around your home,” stated Yavapai County in a press release. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Please remember to be cautious of sparks as you are cutting and trimming. Firewise preparations should also include having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate. Using the “Five P”s is a great start to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind. 1. PEOPLE & PETS – Food, water, baby supplies, pet tags, pet carrier or livestock transportation standing by.

2. PRESCRIPTIONS – A week’s supply of all medications, equipment, visual and hearing aids ready. 3. PAPERS – Money, important documents (paper or electronic) records should be kept together. 4. PRICELESS ITEMS – irreplaceable memories and items. 5. PHONES & COMPUTERS – Information on hard drives and disks as well as charging devices. For additional information on the free slash program, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.For more information about emergency preparedness, please contact 928-771-3321 or marcie.slay@ For locations and hours please visit: TransferStationList.pdf.

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“The majority of the proposed increase in revenues is to recover increased operating expenses, including purchased power and water.” While consolidation would ultimately result in lower rates for most districts, Sun City, Sun City West and Mohave districts would see an increase in rates if the consolidation is approved by the ACC. Anthem currently pays the fourth highest rates in all 11 districts, which is $50.91 for 7,000 gallons of water with the average customer using 9,000 gallons a billing cycle. Sun City and Sun City West are paying some of the lowest rates, and would see an increase ranging from about 17 to 50 percent in water rates if EPCOR consolidates, according to documents filed with the ACC. “It is imperative that ECPOR ratepayers in Anthem file public comments so that the Commissioners hear directly from residents about how you


feel about this case and your water rates,” stated an email sent out by the Anthem Community Council. If the consolidation moves forward EPCOR would begin phasing in new rates over the next five years to all its districts in Arizona, so the company can gradually implement the same rate to all its customers. The new consolidated phased-in rates would increase Anthem’s water rate to $72.46 in the first year of implementation, gradually decreasing to $44.95 by year five, which would result in an 8 percent decrease from current rates. If the consolidation is not approved by the ACC and the status quo of 11 separate EPCOR water districts continues Anthem rates will jump to $78.10 for 7,000 gallons, which is over a 50 percent increase, according to supporting documents filed by EPCOR regarding the rate case. The Anthem Community Council is for the consolidation and has delegated utilities panel members to intervene on behalf of its residents. The council

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impact every district in the future,” EPCOR stated in the rate case application. The consolidation with the phase-in plan reduces rate shock while increasing operating efficiencies, while stand-alone rates would cause increases in each district and be implemented with no phase-in. “Under full consolidation, all water customers will benefit from predictable, uniform rate structures, reduced regulatory expenses, and increased operating efficiencies,” according to the application. The application filed by EPCOR also requested a lowincome assistance program, service member credits and a disabled veterans’ assistance programs in each of its districts where there are none. EPCOR would reduce the monthly water rate by $10 per month for eligible low-income


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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month PEORIA – Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month started May 1 and serves as the launch of a statewide effort known as Share the Road, which is geared to significantly reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on Arizona roadways. Last year, there were 3,100 motorcycle wrecks and 123,000 vehicle crashes that involved injuries with a record numbers of fatalities. As noted recently by Governor Doug Ducey, the time is now for drivers and riders to focus on the critical importance of sharing the road and reducing driver distraction. According to Mick Degn, executive director for the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF), last year some 126,987 crashes took place in Arizona alone. “We, and the partners we continue to seek, actively are involved in promoting the need for drivers/riders to share the road and to be more aware of their surroundings as they commute,” said Degn. “We do this through public safety outreach and community grassroots efforts including billboards, local police safety events, working with news outlets and social media, events and more. “ AMSAF, a nonprofit 501c

(3) Foundation and its partners, which encompass healthcare, insurance, legal, police departments, corporations, small businesses and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS), are diligently working together to: • Focus Arizona drivers/riders on the critical need to be undistracted when driving. • Provide scholarships statewide to train motorcyclists how to drive more defensively and safely. • This powerful combination is the key to public awareness, better road safety practices and understanding. The campaign is the offshoot of a program – the only one of its kind in the United States ¬– that originally was developed to provide motorcycle training scholarships at a reduced cost so more Arizonans would get the training they need to ride safely. “We want others to join us in combatting this issue,” added Degn. “After all, the people sharing our roadways are your family members, customers, friends and colleagues. Their lives matter as does their safety and the safety of others.” For more information, call 888.951.3732 or visit AMSAF at

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GLENDALE – The Yavapai County Sheriff ’s Office participated in the law enforcement torch run on May 2, as part of 2018 Summer Special Olympics of Arizona, which took place at Raymond Kellis High School in Glendale on May 3-5. The mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona statewide, and the program raises over a million dollars per year for its athletes. This

year Yavapai Sheriff Deputy Michael Lewis participated in the torch run. Deputy Lewis accepted the torch from Prescott Police Officer Brandon Gerlack in Skull

Valley, and rode 23 miles on a bicycle to the town of Yarnell. In Yarnell, Lewis passed on the torch to Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Allard. “YCSO is honored to share in this event honoring special needs athletes participating in the Olympics,” stated Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator in a press release last week. The torch run is the largest fundraising vehicle for the Special Olympics of Arizona and creates increased opportunities for its athletes. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises awareness and financial support for Special Olympics worldwide, law enforcement lends an important hand in celebrating the greatness in all people, especially individuals with intellectual disabilities,” state the Special Olympics Arizona website.

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Arizona ranks high for hit-and-run deaths, AAA report shows

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that driver is in is also going to be damaged to the point where it might not be drivable off the scene,” she said. Experts say they are seeing the same pattern in Arizona, which they say could simply be the result of more pedestrians and cyclists than in years past. With “the new health revolution people are getting out and going to walk more,” said Shaun Kildare, the director of research at Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. The report said Arizona’s 55 hit-and-run deaths in 2016 worked out to a rate of 0.778 deaths per 100,000 residents. New Mexico was highest with a rate of 0.845 while Nevada was just a hair ahead of Arizona, in fourth place with a rate of 0.780 deaths per 100,000. Alberto Gutier, the director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, attributed the high rate to the growth that the state has seen in recent years.

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and photos of each veteran is prominently displayed. “The staff created the Hero Wall, a visual reminder of the veterans’ bravery and service,” stated a press release from The Enclave at Anthem. “Now everyone who lives, works and visits the community can recognize and thank its veteran residents.” The event was also a way to kick of National Military Appreciation Month, and the Patriot Guard held a flag line while the veterans took their seats for the ceremony. The crowd of about 60 people joined hands and sang “God Bless the USA,” before Sam Crump, President of the Daisy Mountain Veterans group presented the veterans with a commemorative medal. “It fills me with pride to be here today,” Crump said. “I just haven’t ever been a part of a community that honors its veterans like the greater Anthem area does.” Crump presented each

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Pictured: The celebrated group of veterans after receiving commemorative medals and thank you cards at a ceremony to unveil the “Hero Wall” at The Enclave at Anthem senior community, which honors its veteran residents.

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veteran with their medal along with thank you cards written by the Youth For Troops and other local students. “This is exactly what Daisy Mountain Veterans is here to do,” said Crump. The crowd was filled with residents from The Enclave, proud family members, staff and local community members that cheered for each veteran, some so emotional it moved them to tears. The Hero Wall is part of an ongoing connection between The Enclave at Anthem, the military and its veterans. The community offers patriotic service projects on the first Tuesday of every month, through a partnership with Youth For Troops, a youthled nonprofit volunteer and donation-based organization that serves veterans, service members, and their families. The Veterans honored were: Charles Anson, Joan Anson,

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How did we do it? It’s the common question that anyone who has children asks themselves when reminiscing about those precious newborn days; when trying to maintain an infant’s tireless schedule causes you slowly lose your mind. Honestly, the answer of how one gets through those arduous moments of parenting is complex, which is why most parents strip it down and simply call it love. For moms, it’s even more complicated. In “Tully” director Jason Reitman takes a detailed analysis of what it’s like being a parent, specifically a mom, with three kids and all the responsibilities that come along with maintaining a sense of normalcy amongst the chaos. Who has time to clean the house, make a well-balanced meal or exercise, while one child is crying, another is asking their 100th question and the third child is nowhere to be found? Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, who also wrote the 2007 movie “Juno,” taps into these emotions in a raw, desperate way. Marlo (Charlize Theron) and Drew (Ron Livingston) are parents of two young children with one on the way. Drew works a busy job that leaves Marlo with the primary responsibility of taking care of every aspect associated with the children. It’s

TULLY Dir: Jason Reitman Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Elaine Tan, and Ron Livingston Monte’s Rating 3.50 out of 5.00 stressful, and Marlo is struggling to stay above water. Help arrives in the form of a night nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a free spirited young woman who helps Marlo rest, and make sense of the chaos around her. “Tully” has an interesting quality of being authentically tragic while also trying to be a humorous comedy at the same time. The surprise is that the movie accomplishes this extensive balancing act early in the film. The shifting tone operates in one moment as a call of despair for the lead character Marlo. Then in the next moment, a steadfast battle cry about gender roles identifying the responsibilities women are “supposed” to occupy, which should no longer be pertinent. Things operate in standard fashion in the beginning, Marlo is doing her best to spin all the plates, but when she gives birth to her third child the plates come tumbling. As Marlo begins to come undone a savior named $572,000



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Life Is Like A Trumpet

Pictured: Rogerio Araujo playing his trumpet, he will be performing with the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra on May 20.

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The Father of the Blues, W. C. Handy wrote, “Life is like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out.” Local musician and life long trumpet player, Rogerio Araujo, has packed his life full of melodic high notes in his journey from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Scottsdale, Ariz. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Rogerio lost his father, when he was 2-years-old. He was a pilot on active duty and member of the Brazilian Air Force. Rogerio’s mother later remarried his stepfather who was a Brazilian journalist with the Voice of America and a freelance translator. The family immigrated to the United States when Rogerio was 9-years-old, settling in Falls Church, Va. where he finished high school and became an American citizen in 1985. Growing up Rogerio remembers his stepfather’s impeccable taste music. “His taste ran across the genres of classical, jazz, light rock, and Frank Sinatra. Music was literally the center of our family’s entertainment on a daily basis,” he said. At age 11 Rogerio recalls attending an interview with his stepfather for Brazilian TV. The subject was Karen Carpenter, Rogerio was in love. “Bless the Beasts”

and the “Children” became the go to album for the next 6 months. In sixth grade Rogerio’s school sent him home with a note inquiring if his parents wanted him to learn to play an instrument. Of course they did, and a flute was chosen because his stepfather played the flute. That turned out to be a small disaster! As destiny would have it, during this time Rogerio’s best friend was going through a similar experience with his father’s trumpet. One day, while visiting his friend, Rogerio picked up his friend’s trumpet and the rest was history. He begged his parents to get him a trumpet; after all he had been secretly practicing over at his friend’s house. As they continued to resist, not wanting to repeat the same mistake as with the flute, Rogerio borrowed his friend’s trumpet on night to persuade them. He gave his parents a concert, playing “Stranger’s in the Night” and “Up, Up, and Away.” Whala, a trumpet was soon his! After high school Rogerio attended Ithaca College’s School of Music as a Trumpet Performance major. The year after his junior year at Ithaca, Rogerio accepted a position as a trumpet professor in Brazil. He was also offered a university teaching position and a principal trumpet

position, but his parents reminded him he was on a green card and would loose it if he stayed abroad for more than a year. So, Rogerio returned to the U.S. to finish his degree and work as a parttime bank clerk. Upon graduation the banking job resulted in him landing a full time job with the Washington Post. Rogerio found having a regular income was desirable, especially while starting a family. He continued to perform with his trumpet though Washington D.C. area as jobs became available. In 1994, Rogerio and his family moved to Phoenix, to escape the miserable weather of the East Coast, and took a job in the business department of the Arizona Republic. Today, Rogerio continues working in finance as a Business Manager with the State of Arizona. He and his trumpet perform with MusicaNova Orchestra, the Salt River Brass, Patina Brass and the Arizona Winds. Rogerio also performs regularly with the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra, their next performance is Sunday May 20, ,. at the Scottsdale Bible Church

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ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT 1616 WEST ADAMS STREET PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007 PUBLIC AUCTION SALE NO. 16-119781 PERPETUAL RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT Pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37, notice is hereby given that the state of Arizona through its Arizona State Land Department (herein called ASLD), will sell at Public Auction to the highest and best bidder at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Room 434B, Phoenix, Arizona, a perpetual right of way easement for the purpose of a Public Road and Underground Utilities situated in Maricopa County to wit: TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 2 EAST, G&SRB&M, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL:




For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the right of way application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD. Said right of way easement has been valued at $2,851.00 and consists of 0.036 acres, more or less. Additional requirements and conditions of this right of way are available and may be viewed at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Rights of Way Section of the Real Estate Division of ASLD at (602) 542-4098. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below. TERMS OF SALE: (A) At the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The value of the right of way, which is $2,851.00; (2) A Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the value of the right of way, which is $86.00; (3) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00. The total amount due at the time of sale is $5,437.00 (less $2,500.00 if the successful bidder is the applicant for a total amount due of $2,937.00). (B) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the right of way and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price for the right of way less the amount paid under (A)(2) above. (C) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(3) above. BIDDING INFORMATION: (A) The time of sale shall be deemed to be the time of declaration of the highest and best bidder. The bidding will begin at the total value of the right of way. A bid for less than the value of the right of way easement or by a party who has not inspected the right of way and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered. (B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property. (C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240(B), the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than ten (10) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD. (D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payment as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited. (E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due. GENERAL INFORMATION: The ASLD may cancel this auction in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid. A protest to this sale must be filed within 30 days after the first day of publication of this announcement and in accordance with A.R.S. §37-301. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, at (602) 542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Ruben Ojeda (for) Lisa A. Atkins Commissioner April 12, 2018

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Phoenix officially extends deadline for New River water haulers to August 31 TARA ALATORRE STAFF

PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix announced it will be officially extending the permits issued to water haulers to August 31, 2018, so they can continue accessing city fire hydrants for water delivery services to New River and surrounding areas until the Anthem water station is complete. “We are pleased to hear that the Anthem Community Council has received the proper permit that allows EPCOR to proceed with construction on the planned water station,” according to a letter released by Phoenix Vice Mayor Thelda Willams’ office on May 1. The letter stated that this would be the final extension and that the City has no intention of issuing another extension to the water haulers. “The City has an important duty – and the Phoenix City Council has a fiduciary responsibility – to protect this precious commodity for residents, who ultimately own the water utility,” the letter stated. Phoenix was set to cut off water haulers on April 30, which was a deadline set by Phoenix to give EPCOR enough time to build a water station in

Anthem and avoid a lapse in water services to residents. EPCOR has reassured residents that the Anthem water station should be completed by July 20, 2018, so the extended August deadline provides some wiggle room. EPCOR originally intended the Anthem water station to be completed by this April, but there were many unforeseen setbacks that delayed the start of construction. The company recently received approval from the Army Corps of Engineers it has been waiting for so construction can finally begin. “We are committed to have the station up and running for the water haulers by July 20,” said Troy Day, head of EPCOR operations in Arizona. The Anthem station will provide water haulers with a reliable, dedicated water source for communities in the New River area that rely on the deliveries for their drinking water. “I know the community will continue to work on a long-term solution to provide water to the residents in the area, and I stand prepared to lend my assistance to find a long-term solution in whatever way I can,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates in an email statement.

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Pictured left to right: CCUSD Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick and Patty Villeneuve.

Photo courtesy of Jim David Photography/Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

CAVE CREEK – Doctor Debbi Burdick, Superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, received Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber’s Impact Award last month, which was created this year. The Chamber held their Awards Celebration at Venues Café in Carefree. Patty Villeneuve, IOM - President/CEO of the Chamber presented Dr. Burdick with the award.

“This award was created to recognize an individual who has had a major impact on our community,” Villeneuve said in her speech, while using a thesaurus to look up the word ‘impact’ she found the wordsimpression, influence, significance, leadership and magnetism. She went on to say, “When I think of our award winner I think of these words and I also think about

professionalism, extreme grace under pressure, articulate and a great sense of humor.” Doctor Burdick has been in the community for almost twenty years. She came to CCUSD in 2004 as Associate Superintendent and became CCUSD’s Superintendent in 2008. She won the title of Arizona’s Superintendent of the Year in 2017. She serves on the boards of Arizona Business and

Education Coalition Board, Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, Arizona Musicfest, Kiwanis Club of Carefree and Desert Foothills Family YMCA Advisory Board. She also serves with Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, Department of Child Services Community Advisory Committee, is a Chairperson of the North Valley Educational Consortium and Greater Phoenix Educational Management Consortium, and the Arizona’s School Administrator’s President. “I am humbled by this recognition and so grateful to the CarefreeCave Creek Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support of our CCUSD schools. Their generosity in scholarships and an endowment are invaluable for our students,” Dr. Burdick said after receiving her award. For more information regarding the CCUSD visit or call 480-575-2000.

Recruitment for Anthem Youth Advisory Council members is underway ANTHEM – Launched in 2014 as an initiative of the Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors, the Anthem Youth Advisory Council (AYAC) invites youth entering grades 7-12 to serve their community, develop leadership skills and become a voice for Anthem’s younger population. Now in its fourth year, the group of teens continues to evolve and bring new ideas to the table. Application packets are available at the

Anthem Civic Building and Community Center and are posted online at AYAC. Members of the youth council represent all area schools and the home-school community. Interested youth must complete an application and submit responses to essay questions by May 11 at 5 p.m. Youth will then interview with a panel of advisors composed of ACC Board members and staff, and community members, May 29-June 1. The ACC Board of

Directors recently revised the terms for AYAC members. Previously, members could serve two, one-year terms. Now, members may stay for up to four terms with the annual recommendation of two advisors. Openings for new members will occur as members choose not to renew or age out of the program. “This change allows the AYAC to gain and keep momentum for their mission and projects, rather than turning over an entirely new

membership each year. We look forward to several members returning, but also are excited for new teens to join us!” according to Taylor McCulley, AYAC advisor. New members will be seated at the June 27 ACC Board of Directors meeting. The group will meet twice during the summer for team-building activities before their first meeting on Sept. 12. For more information, visit AYAC or contact tmcculley@

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Who loves Godiva! How can you not love this beauty? She is a domestic long hair cat. This is a beautiful 1-year old cat that is named for the chocolatey color of her soft, black and brown luxurious fur. She is a quiet, but a curious kitty who would be an excellent companion for anyone. She definitely prefers the company of her foster dog over

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