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Cave Creek entrance monuments dedicated Armed robbery Online suspects arrested rumors spark investigation Elizabeth Medora

ANTHEM – Online stories have been circulating regarding a man who was allegedly approaching teens in the Bela Rosa apartment complex in Anthem. Facebook posters have been warning of a man approaching teens and trying to drug them. So far, no criminal activity has been substantiated regarding these claims. “MCSO is fully investigating,” stated Lieutenant Hoggatt of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. “We take these kinds of claims very seriously. We’re trying to be extremely conscientious.” Bela Rosa Anthem Apartment Homes has private security patrols. No criminal activity regarding these rumors has been reported, according to Eric Moselle of Weidner Apartment Homes, Bela Rosa’s management company. “We contract with Blue Steel Security,” noted Moselle. “They patrol the community periodically throughout the full 24-hour day, throughout the week.” Since the pool area has been the subject of some of these online concerns, Moselle explained the pool security procedures. “The pool is adjacent to the community center, so the staff in the community center is right there if needed,” said Moselle,

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CAVE CREEK – Sculptor Mark Carroll of Cave Creek, pictured on left, has captured the essence of Cave Creek in two horse monuments that now stand at the town’s entrances. Cave Creek Vice Mayor Adam Trenk dedicated the monuments in a ceremony on June 10. Artist Carroll won a national competition held by the town of Cave Creek to create a symbol of Cave Creek. The monuments can be seen on the east side of Cave Creek Road near Tapekim Road and at Cave Creek Road and Stagecoach Village.

ANTHEM – Two men have been taken into custody after an armed robbery in Anthem on Friday, June 6. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department arrested two suspects on the following day, June 7. The robbery occurred on after 9 a.m. on Friday morning when a Subway employee was held up in the Safeway plaza at Anthem Way and Gavilan Peak Pa rk way on he r way to take a store deposit to the bank. One of the robbers hit the employee and fled with the money. The employee was not seriously injured. MCSO released a description of the getaway car (a blue and gray Honda Element), and residents sent in multiple tips as the information was shared online and through the Anthem Community Council. The robbers will be facing charges of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, and kidnapping for holding the employee at gunpoint. A nyone w it h f u r t her information on this crime is asked to call MCSO’s Crime Stop line at (602) 876-1011.

Anthem teen takes on the pageant world Savannah Tidd

ANTHEM – While most teenagers are relaxing during their summer vacation, Marcella Baiet to, junior at Boulder Creek High School, is practicing for t he National A mer ica Miss Pageant. Baietto has been modeling and acting for the past two years, but she will be stepping out of her comfort zone by competing i n her f i rst ever pagea nt the weekend of July 18th at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Scottsdale hotel. She hopes to change her “Toddlers and Tiaras” view of pageants seen on television by experiencing it first-hand. Even though she is new to the pageant world, she optimistically prepares by perfecting the different skills the pageant will require. “I have been practicing my walk and poses, familiarizing myself with the judge’s questions, and memorizing my commercial and introduction speeches,” said Baietto. Not only does she have to keep

up with her training, she has to work two jobs as well to help pay for the pageant. However, Baietto gladly accepts the challenge and easily makes time for each task. “I love being busy,” said Baietto. “It makes me feel as if I am accomplishing a ton.” A major cross off her checklist would be winning the pageant, and making all of her hard work and organizing worthwhile. If Baietto wins the National America Miss Pageant, she will go on to represent the state of Arizona at Nationals in Anaheim, Cali. during Thanksgiving weekend. Just par ticipating in the pa ge a nt w i l l f u r t he r he r entertainment career, increase her experience, and grow her network of friends and contacts for the future. Baiet to’s backg round i n modeling and acting has given her confidence and social skills, which help her in her daily life and hopefully will give her an edge in the competition. Best of luck to Baietto at the pageant.

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ADOT is performing cleanup alongside I-17 near Anthem Way in order to turn the area back into state land.

ANTHEM – The land alongside the I-17 south of Anthem Way, near Opportunity Way, is getting a renovation. This area has been the site of illegal dumping. Now, ADOT is working to remove the debris and return the land to its original state. “The Arizona Department of Transportation is wrapping up work to remove materials from illegal dumping along the west side of Interstate 17 south of the Anthem Way interchange, in order to turn what had been leased property back to the

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ANTHEM – The Anthem Giving Circle has raised $4,675 through a golf tournament to benefit Sarah VanderMuelen, who is in need of a wheelchair van. Sarah suffers from a rare genetic condition that confines her to a wheelchair. Her family is in need of a wheelchairaccessible van to accommodate her and her two brothers. The Anthem Giving Circle helped support this cause with the Anthem Country Club Men’s Duel in the Desert Golf Tournament and the Anthem Giving Circle 50/50 raffle. The winner of the 50/50 raffle donated his portion to the van fund, helping raise the total funds collected. To donate to Sarah’s cause, contact Eric Kilstrom at We Care in Anthem at eric@ erickilstrom.com.

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Kiwanis flea market, June 21 CAREFREE – If you love a bargain, the Carefree Kiwanis f lea market is the place to be on Saturday, June 21. A variety of items, from furnishings to electronics, will be available for purchase. The sale runs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. It will be located at the Dave Anderson Memorial Building, 7177 E. Ed Everett Way in Carefree. Cash, credit cards, and checks will be accepted for payment. All proceeds benefit the youth programs of the Carefree Kiwanis. To donate, volunteer, or receive more information on the sale, contact the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at (480) 488-8400 or www.kiwaniscarefree.org. Soccer club hosting skills training ANTHEM – Soccer players can prep for the upcoming season at the Anthem Soccer Club annual training camp. The Anthem Soccer Club has started Summer Skills Training and will continue through to July 31. The camp runs Monday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m. in the Anthem Community Park. Players 7-18 are welcome to join. See pricing information online. Players need to bring their own water, ball, and shin guards. Register for the training camp online at http://anthemsoccerclub.com. For more information, contact Mark Kerlin at (623) 582-2413. Monthly BCC Chamber meeting BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Albins Civic Center. The meeting will focus on BCC business and town issues. For more information on the chamber meeting and chamber membership, call the BCC Chamber at (623) 374-9797 or email at BCCChamber_ AZ @q.com. Starlight offering ‘Camp Rising Star’ PHOENIX – Registrations are being accepted now for Starlight Community Theater’s three summer camps. Camp Rising Star Session 1 is for ages 6-18 and runs June 16-28, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. It will focus on Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. Session 2 is a drama camp just for teens that is focused on High School For Dummies. It runs July 7-12, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The last session of Camp Rising Star is for ages 6-18 and will be focused on Disney’s Aladdin. This camp runs July 1426, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Camp registrations fees are $275 per person or $250 for community theater members. Additional sign-ups after the original are $250. See www.StarlightCom-

munityTheater.com for more information or to register for a camp. Payments can be made online. The camp is located at the Starlight theater building, 1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #160, in Phoenix. Fraudulent “DMV” sites on the rise PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning residents to be wary of sites that claim to offer Department of Motor Vehicle services. The only authorized Web site for DMV services is www.ServiceArizona.com. Recently, there’s been an upswing of scam artists misrepresenting themselves as DMV officials to defraud customers of money and personal information. These fraudulent Web sites illegally obtain customers’ payment and personal information and provide no DMV services. ADOT is reminding residents to only use ServiceArizona.com for online motor vehicle department transactions. They also are warning people of phone solicitations – ADOT and the DMV will never call trying to sell a product. Thirdparty businesses that offer motor vehicle division support do exist, but they do not operate online. For more information about ADOT and DMV services, see www.ServiceArizona.com or www.azdot.gov/mvd. Wristbands on sale for Independence Day celebration ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Center is selling wristbands now for the upcoming Independence Day celebration on July 3. These all-you-can-ride wristbands cost $12 and can be purchased at the Anthem Community Center front desk. Beat the heat and avoid standing in line the night of the fireworks show. For information on purchasing tickets, call the community center at (623) 879-3011. Open enrollment at Our Lady of Joy S C O T T S DA L E – O u r Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool is holding open enrollment for the upcoming school year. The preschool educates children ages 3-5 years old. Our Lady of Joy is one of the only Catholic preschools in the area and offers academics in a faith-based setting. Our Lady of Joy Preschool is located at 36811 Nor th Pima Road. Cross streets are C ave Creek Road a nd Pima Road. Call (480) 595-6409 or visit www.oloj.org for more information. Animal rescue holding donation drive CAVE CREEK – The Animal Rescue Kids’ Club is holding its 7th annual summer supply drive

for local animal rescues. Local shelters give the club a list of needed items, and the kids spend their summer break collecting as many as possible. Then, in July, they dress as elves and deliver a Christmas in July gift to the animal rescues. This year’s supply list includes paper towels, laundry detergent, Pine-sol, towels, dog and cat toys, cat beds, ProPlan dog/cat food, Kirkland dog/cat food, Natural Balance dog/cat food, grooming supplies, and gift cards or monetary donations. Last year, the Animal Rescue Kids’ Club delivered over 1,000 pounds of supplies and over $500 to local shelters. They’re aiming to beat last year’s totals. To donate, drop off items at 38837 N. Spur Cross or 5533 E. Bell Road, Ste. 116 anytime before July 20. For more information, call (480) 595-6595. Informational meeting on park project ANTHEM – Residents from the area of the Opportunity Way Park project can learn more about the proposed park at an informational meeting scheduled for June 21, 8 a.m. The Anthem Community Council is considering building a park on an eight-acre site on 46th Lane. Proposed design plans will be discussed at the meeting. The planning meeting will be held at the pocket park at 46th Lane and Cottontail Road. For more information, contact planning@anthemcouncil.com. MIM hosts Educator Appreciation Month PHOENIX – The Musical I n st r ume nt Muse um is announcing Educator Appreciation Month in July. All K-12 Arizona teachers and administrators can visit the museum for free. Current Arizona teachers, school and district administrators, registered student teachers, teacher’s aides, and homeschool educators will be granted complimentar y admission with a school- or district-issued ID, fingerprint clearance card, or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For more details, call (480) 478-6000 or visit www.MIM.org. MCAO fighting identity theft PHOENIX – Arizona’s struggle to combat identity theft continues, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Two types of fraud are frequently identified in Maricopa County: employment-related fraud and government benefits fraud. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office offers document shredding events to help combat identity theft. For more information on that and other programs, see www. maricopacountyattorney.org.


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Letters I am a New River resident, and I am opposed to the proposed truck stop. I think many people are getting confused on what most of us are opposed to. 98% of the people I have talked to are fine with a gas station. We are not against progress. What we are upset about is a truck stop. Marvin Rose and other officials can say it is not a truck stop all they want but that’s exactly what it is. In the beginning it may be a

gas station with only a few diesel islands. After some time, I can guarantee that Marvin Rose will purchase more land and create a full truck stop. If you look at his other businesses, they are truck stops. He would not invest in a property that wouldn’t make him a profit. I moved to New River and loved the fact that it was a little piece of no where. It seemed like the perfect place to raise my chil-

dren. A truck stop is guaranteed to bring drugs, prostitution, and so much more. None of which I want around my family. This is our town. This is about our families. We should have a say about what happens in our town. Why is it so wrong for us to want our town to stay small? This is why we live here. This is what we want.

Our community takes pride in the fact that we are home to fairly low crime rates (most of which are non-violent). I can guarantee that crime rates will rise if this truck stop is developed, not to mention the droves of traffic and accidents (which is already a problem in our area). These truck stops attract all types of criminals……dr ug

dealers, prostitutes, thieves, and countless nomads looking for a respite before their next “ride.” There is already a troubling amount of panhandlers coming through our town daily/weekly, and this property will surely attract more. It’s not business I am opposed to, it’s this type of business. A convenience store, sandwich shop, or restaurant would

be acceptable to me, but the truck stop is not. I realize you cannot stop the inevitable growth in our society/ community, but I’d like to believe we can choose as a community to be sure the growth has a value add. In my opinion, a truck stop would not!

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Keep on moving for more days ahead We all know that exercise is good. But how we incorporate it into our lifestyle varies. I grew up in the city of Chicago where we had cars, bu ses, a nd “El” trains for transport at ion. We also walked to school and work, if the distance was CRUTCHER not too far. Other than that, in my home, exercise was only an occasional walk and anything more than that was not instilled in me as a child. Some of my neighbors and friends in this community grew up on ranches or farms, where being outdoors more and doing daily physical work was more their lifestyle. Even though we all come from varied backgrounds, the one thing we share is that our bodies need to move in order to keep on moving. Do you r e c a l l t he T V commercial that states, “A Body in Motion Tends to Stay in Motion, A Body in Rest Tends to Stay in Rest?” I have found that to be so true at this time in my life. Many of us have joined gyms and are quite faithful at getting in a good workout at least a few times a week. Many folks in this community love to go hiking; many swim a lot in their pools. Depending on how we were raised and what our education

and occupations are makes an impact on the amount of exercise we actually get. Science has shown that it doesn’t take much to keep the body moving. And it doesn’t take much to keep the brain functioning. However, it does take some additional exercise. Neuroscientists have discovered that it is the physical exercise that boosts brain-power and not so much the memory work. Even a ten-minute walk around your house each day will help your body and brain to remain in healthy living status. It can help reverse tendencies toward depression and can help prevent brain shrinkage, which can lead to Alzheimer’s and other diseases. I used to take five-minute breaks from my home office and walk up and down my stairs and then go back to my chair in front of the computer. Walking can increase the feel-good hormones in our brains as well as keep the blood circulation in action. And we know that exercise such as walking burns calories, but also it ignites our cells and fuels the energy needed to continue their natural cleansing and healing processes. Just like a car needs to continue operating to run smoothly, so do we. I belong to a gym, but I have a sedentary job where I’m on the computer many hours a day. On the days I can’t make it to the gym, I walk around the neighborhood. If you have a

dog, walk the dog every day for a little extra exercise. It will be good for you and good for your pet too. Recently I have been enjoying a walk from my house to my daughter’s house and it is a twenty-five minute walk one way. At first it seemed quite far but now I am enjoying it so much. I decided that if I can spend one hour on the treadmill at the gym jogging and running, I can do an hour walk outside. It is so exhilarating and not only do I feel better physically but also I feel better mentally. Getting out from our mundane daily environment and enjoying fresh air and nature are therapeutic to our minds and spirits. Enjoy a change of scenery, get up and move, even if just a little, but do it each and every day. You will have many more days ahead of you to thank yourself. Bonnie Crutcher is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a holistic health coach. Bonnie has created a weekly weight-loss program for women called, “A Regular Gal,” the Smart & Healthy Families Challenge, conducts workshops on health, and coaches clients one-on-one with her six-month program. Visit www. bonniecrutcher.com. Disclaimer: The content of this column is not intended to be medical advice. Always seek the advice of your medical doctor before engaging in any diet program or exercise routine.

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Pictured are Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation Bobbie O’Boyle, APS Engineer and Community Relationship Manager Mr. Usama Shami, Sierra Verde Assistant Principal Mrs. Nichole Basl, Sierra Verde Principal Dr. Paula Tseunis, and Deer Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. James R. Veitenheimer.

PHOENIX – Sierra Verde K-8 STEM Academy has been named a 2014 A+ School of Excellence Award for the second consecutive term. This Deer Valley Unified School District K-8 school held a standing room only school and

community wide assembly to celebrate the award. Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, presented the award and said, “Out of over 2,000 public schools in Arizona, only 34 are awarded this honor

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rumors from page 1 encouraging anyone who felt uncomfortable with another pool patron’s behavior to speak to the staff. “Also, Blue Steel will check the pool area when they do their walkthrough. “ Moselle noted that the pool continues to be monitored by security after closing time. “The pool is surrounded by a fence and gate, and the gates have timed locking mechanisms

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they see something that concerns them.” Lieutenant Hoggatt offered general safety tips for teens. “Be very aware of your safety,” he stressed. “Keep your cell phone with you. Never leave a drink unattended. Kids should never be alone with any adult who is not well known to their family.” If you notice something that seems suspicious, call the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office’s Crime Stop line at (602) 876-1011.

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be performing at the MIM on July 3. See a full concert list at www.MIM.org.

Drop-In Tour Saturdays and Sundays, July 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets: Included with paid museum admission. See, hear and travel the world at MIM, along with a museum guide on our public tour. Guests can drop in to learn about MIM’s Geographical Galleries and the various countries, musical cultures and fascinating instruments on view. Reservations are not required for individuals or groups fewer than 10. Experience France Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: Activities included with paid museum admission. Join us for our third annual celebration of French music and culture. Enjoy live musical performances and hands-on activities, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store and indulge in a French-inspired menu in Café Allegro.Vive la France! Sponsored by PetSmart®. Teachers’ Preview Day Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Stories in Cave Creek From 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. every Thursday, Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek hosts “Little Ones’ Story Time.” The program is geared toward newborns and children up to 36 months in age. New River Kiwanis The first and third Wednesday

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PHOENIX – The number of deaths in motor-vehicle crashes across the state rose by 2.8 percent in 2013, according to annual statistics released by the Arizona Department of Transportation. An analysis of law enforcement reports on crashes shows 844 people were killed last year on state and local highways and streets, compared to 821 fatalities in 2012. ADOT’s 2013 Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report lists a total of 107,348 crashes across Arizona in 2013, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to 2012 (103,909 crashes). “Every driver holds the key to reducing crashes and saving lives,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. In late 2012, public safety agencies began to update the state’s highway safety plan, which was first adopted in 2007. Fatal-crash categories with increases in 2013 included pedestrian and bicyclist crashes. A lcohol-related fatalities dropped by more than 7 percent last year compared to 2012. In 2013, 262 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes. There were 283 such deaths in 2012 and 287 in 2011. The total number of reported alcohol-related crashes was down from 5,460 in 2012 to 5,190 in 2013. “The decrease in alcohol-related crashes and deaths is welcome news but doesn’t change our mission to stop impaired driving,” said Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier. As in past years, the most common driver violation cited by law enforcement officers was “speed too fast for conditions.”

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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) 364-0875. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Ruben Ojeda (for) Vanessa Hickman State Land Commissioner April 4, 2014

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Council approves Spur Cross funds transfer TARA ALATORRE

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council focused on the future of the town’s infrastructure during last Monday’s council meeting, approving a $1.9 million transfer from the Spur Cross Conservation Fund, approving the tentative budget for 2015, and approving several road improvement projects. The Spur Cross Fund, which pays for the operation of the park through a half percent sales tax, has been operating with excess money in its coffers for years. Under the unanimous action, $400,000 of the $1.9 million transferred from the Spur Cross Fund will be set aside into the general fund solely dedicated to capital maintenance and repairs, and 50 percent of the remainder is going to a new fund for acquiring open space. If the $400,000 in the general fund is not used by the end of the year, it will be transferred into the new Open Space Acquisition Fund. The transfer schedule will be reviewed annually by the town council. “This is the first council that has taken money and put it aside for open space; we just put

$800,000 aside for open space,” said Councilman Reg Monachino about the transfer from the Spur Cross Fund. Not everyone was happy about the council’s actions, and many citizens came to the meeting to voice their dissatisfaction during the public comment period when the Mayor opened the topic up for discussion. “You are betraying voters,” said resident Melanie William at the meeting. “I ask you to think about what you are doing.” The roads, sewer, and water delivery infrastructure are in need of repair and maintenance, and the town is still millions of dollars in debt. This money will help the town cover important neglected capital improvements, while still covering all costs associated with maintaining Spur Cross, according to the town council. “Maintenance [Spur Cross] doesn’t cost .5 percent anymore. I think this was an equitable deal,” said Councilman Ernie Bunch. The council also unanimously authorized the tentative budget through the fiscal year 2015 at $19,583,996, but added an extra $34,000 last minute to cover costs associated with inevitable

upcoming recall elections, town hall improvements, and increased insurance costs. Once the tentative budget is approved, the expenditures cannot be increased only lowered or moved within the budget. The town expects to have over $1.5 million of ending available funds for 2015 an almost one million dollar increase from 2014. The town council also unanimously authorized an almost $400,000 contract with Cactus Asphalt for mill and overlay work on the town’s roads. Piggybacking on a deal Carefree already has with the company to improve its roads will lower costs for Cave Creek. “I don’t think we are going to get a better deal if we pass this up,” said town engineer Wayne Anderson. The town also purchased 10,000 gallons of fog seal not to exceed $21,685 for maintenance on roads, while reducing residential and non-residential development fees in the town’s code by 20 to 30 percent. “I know painting a road really does little to raise our hearts and spirits, I understand that,” said Mayor Vincent Francia.

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CAVE CREEK – Keep up with the latest news of the Cave Creek Town Council. The Cave Creek Council is implementing the first-ever live streaming of Council meetings. Mike Rigney, the Town’s I.T. specialist, has helped to bring the live-streaming of council meetings to a reality. This upgraded system by “Ustream” allows both PC and Mac users to enter the Cave Creek Council Chamber from anywhere. It also implements a dual

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CAVE CREEK – Unbelievable, amazing, wow! were adjectives that hung in the exhibit space as visitors admired the intricately adorned glass and metal clay jewelry. Glass, metal clay, and mixed media artist Diane Sepanski exudes the WOW factor. Diane has lived her life creating. From the time she was a small child, she was constructing jewelry pieces from found materials. Some of her early creations were crafted from telephone wire repairmen donated to her cause. While other children in the neighborhood were selling lemonade, Diane set up a handcrafted jewelry stand. Throughout her school years, she was always top of her art class. Upon completing her senior year of high school, she was awarded the “Outstanding Senior in Art,” with her instructor stating she was confident Diane would go on to really do something with her talent in the future. After graduation, Diane went to work, married, and began raising her family. She worked her creative energy into everyday events with the family, designing Halloween costumes, entering sandcastle contests, and putting together school project presentations. It was not until she and her family moved to Arizona that

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clay, steel, silver, and found objects have reached epidemic proportions. In 2013 Diane traveled to Rochester, NY to present one of her concepts to the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. D i a n e ’s S o u t h w e s t surroundings have inspired her work, reflecting the rich colors of the Arizona sunsets, the deep tones of the Sonoran Desert sands, the brilliance of the night sky, and the whimsical shapes of the desert plant life. Using the flame of her torch, much as a magician uses his magic wand, Diane transforms ordinary materials into uniquely extraordinary jewelry with a Southwest feel. Diane’s work can be found at Caravana Jewelry at Talaquepaque in Sedona and a new Gallery, Lampwork & Metals Studio, Beyond t he Torch (open i ng i n September 2014) at 4200 N. Craftsman Ct in Scottsdale. Diane’s collections can also be seen on her Web site www.dianesepanski.com. Diane will also be teaching classes in Metal Clay and lampworking at Beyond the Torch. For information, contact her at glassjunkie@ cox.net.

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Dust storms like the one pictured can make it impossible for drivers to see and cause hazardous road conditions. ADOT is warning drivers to avoid driving in monsoon storms. PHOENIX – Pull Aside, Stay Alive. That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon season approaches. For the third year, ADOT continues its efforts to educate drivers about the threat of dust storms as monsoon season officially begins in Arizona on June 15. ADOT and partners are working on educating the public about the dangers of driving through a monsoon storm. The new publiceducation announcement focuses on a recent dust-related fatal crash along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. The “911 Call” announcement illustrates what can happen to drivers who do not heed the “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” message. Audio of 911 calls from the crash are heard against visuals of emergency personnel moving among crushed vehicles and semi-tr ucks surrounded by blowing dust. ADOT’s mission is to provide valuable information to drivers before they get caught in a lowvisibility dust storm. The agency’s top recommendation is to avoid driving into a wall of dust at all costs. “Driving into a dust storm is very dangerous, but the key is that oftentimes it can be avoided,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “Drivers must be ready to alter their plans if there is a threat of a dust storm. It’s better to change plans than try to power through dangerous conditions. But if you’re on the road and a dust storm suddenly appears near you, pull off the highway as quickly and safely as possible. Never drive through a dust storm.

It’s not a risk worth taking.” Because dust storms can develop very quickly, particularly along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson, ADOT uses several methods to get information to drivers. These include electronic highway message boards, social and traditional media, communication with ADOT staff and law enforcement officers in the field, television and radio advertising, and close coordination with partnering agencies. Throughout this week, which is Arizona Monsoon Awareness Week, ADOT will be using social media to engage Arizonans in spreading the word to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.” There will be posts on the ADOT Blog (azdot.gov/blog), Facebook page (facebook. com/AZDOT) and Twitter a c c o u nt (t w it t e r.c o m / ArizonaDOT).

Tips for drivers who encounter a dust storm • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm. • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down. • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway – do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can. • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway. • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.

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White House Briefings -- Where’s the News?

A former Obama White House press aide is calling for an end to the White House’s daily press briefings. “The daily briefing has become a worthless chore for reporters, an embarrassing nuisance to administration staff, and a source of added friction between the two camps,” Reid Cherlin wrote in New Republic. “It’s time to do the humane, obvious thing and get rid of it altogether.” Amen to that. My complaints about the briefings are different from Cherlin’s. I don’t think there’s enough friction between the camps. As I watched SAUNDERS M o n d ay ’s briefing on streaming video, I spied a number of journalists looking at or typing on their phones. The press corps and White House spokesman seem like an old married couple; one knows what the other is going to say before the other says it. The press corps doesn’t come off well in many exchanges. President Barack Obama met for lunch with Hillary Clinton. America wants to know: What was on the menu? Spokesman Josh Earnest was ready with an answer: grilled chicken,

pasta jambalaya and salad. There’s this awful trend in journalism that, in the rush not to be late, produces stories that preview what is going to happen. Then when, say, a speech is over, it’s already old news, so no one covers it. So at the briefings, reporters ask: What will the president say? Then there’s the inevitable answer: “I don’t want to get ahead of the president’s speech tomorrow.” Your average American would want to know why an administration does what it does, yet your average journalist wants to know when. In its first interview with the president since 2010, The New York Times asked the president when he would announce his decision on the Keystone pipeline and when he would name a successor to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. When reporters stray from the usual routine, it doesn’t do much good. On Monday, CBS News correspondent Major Garrett tried to get a yes or no answer as to whether the administration thinks the Egyptian military is responsible for the violence that has left so many dead. Garrett’s tactic enabled Earnest to engage in a typical press secretary dodge — referring to other officials’ cryptic statements. Another handy tool: telling reporters

to talk to another press secretary in a different department. It cannot be good for reporters to just sit there as press secretaries spin and drill the same old talking points without saying anything revealing. As Cherlin wrote, if there were a Hippocratic oath for press secretaries at daily briefings, it would begin: “First, make no news.” No problem there; the beat reporters know the rules, including what not to ask. After George Zimmerman and his family received death threats, Gabe Finger, a high-school intern at The Daily Caller, asked press secretary Jay Carney whether the president planned on taking any action to protect the Zimmermans or they were “on their own.” Carney answered that he was not aware of any threats — another favorite dodge in this White House. Then he hit the intern for making a “ridiculous statement.” You see, Finger asked a question that a conservative might ask. And to this White House, with this press corps, that is utterly ridiculous. Email Debra J. Saunders at dsaunders@sfchronicle.com. To find out more about Debra J. Saunders and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Can Wall Street Buy Redemption? G old m a n Sach s chu r n s out enormous profits from its high-rolling, casino investment schemes, while also churning out fat paychecks for its top executives. They literally sack up the gold, even as their speculative gambles have wreaked havoc on our real economy. But, finally recognizing that their public approval rating has sunk lower t ha n mad-cow disease, Goldman’s banking barons now want you to Hightower k now t h a t they feel your pain and are eager to “give back” to the people. So — tada! — they’ve transformed themselves into philanthropists, having goosed up the bank’s foundation in order to flash their “charitable side.” Goldman’s chief of staff noted that “people said we weren’t doing enough” to address the gross inequities created by Wall Streeters, so they’ve turned their foundation into the fourth largest corporate charity in America. In an orchestrated show that the New York Times dubbed “reputation redemption,” the bank’s charitable arm doled out $241 million last year, including grants to women in developing nations and small business projects here in the U.S. That sum would be impressive, except for a couple of ugly hickies on it. First, the foundation spends an unseemly amount on slick videos and PR efforts to extoll Goldman’s new “generosity,” diverting philanthropic funds from altruism to corporate promotion. One Goldman banker, who’s appalled at the self-congratulatory splashiness, said of the charity: “It’s run as if it’s a Broadway show.” Second, $241 million sounds like a lot — until you see that the financial empire’s income last year topped $34 billion. Do the math, and it turns out these “bankers with a heart of gold” actually allocated less than one percent of Goldman’s income to its widely ballyhooed beneficence. How pathetic. Even poor people put these multimillionaires to shame, regularly donating 3.2 percent of their meager incomes to charity. Trying to buy redemption on the cheap is just another banker scam, but why aren’t we surprised that they would even view charity as a self-serving hustle? After all,

on Wall Street, it’s assumed that anything can be bought and sold — from fraudulent investment packages to congress critters. It’s no surprise, then, that the wizards of Goldman Sachs assumed they could purchase an image make-over, convincing us gullible rubes that they’re not just a pack of malicious, money-grubbing narcissists, but at heart, are huggable bankers who want nothing more than to serve humanity. Hence, the Goldman Sachs Foundation spreading a few of its millions hither, tither and yon in a flashy show of charity designed to mask the bank’s voracious ethic of greed. But whom do the GoldmanSachers think they’re fooling? By putting a pittance of their billions into charity, they’re merely updating the old PR shtick attempted a century ago by the billionaire robber baron, John D. Rockefeller, who went around in public parsing out dimes to a few children in the vain hope of buffing up his sour public image. But, worse, Goldman’s sly executives are not even donating their own dimes! It’s the shareholders’ money that these bankers are doling out. Worse yet, it’s also our money. By ours, I mean that Goldman’s so-called “gifts” are deducted from the income taxes the bank owes, thus, shorting America’s public treasury of funds that We The People need for schools, roads, parks, clean water and other essentials to advance our society’s common good. Also, what is “charitable” about funneling $375,000 into one of Bill Clinton’s show-and-tell PR events? This donation by Goldman’s foundation went to Clinton’s Global Initiative conference in September, allowing the banking giant to plaster its brand on the event, including being the “host” of a panel moderated by Chelsea Clinton. Come on, that’s not charity — it’s advertising. The more Wall Street bankers try to purchase morality, the less they have. We don’t want their false “charity” — we want honest accountability for their destructive greed, and we want a restructured, decentralized and ethical banking system based on fairness and common decency. To find out more about Jim Hightower, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

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Quadriplegic man needs help will train. We offer for compensation a 1 bedroom house with walk in closet new kitchen and free utilities including satellite TV. Must see to appreciate. work just a few hours a day. 623-465-4542 Looking for apprentice electrician with at least 2 years experience. 602-301-7299 Wanted: Part time office help. Flexible hours. Must have good computer skills (eBay & PayPal) preferred. Send resume to: Ranger Explorations LLC P.O. Box 74353, New River, AZ 85087 623465-5076 Veterinary Tech position. FT/PT Small An Hosp in Cave Creek. Must have excellent Tech and People skills, AviMark proficient, Sal $9-17/Hr DOE. Benefits. submit resume myvetdfah@ yahoo.com Caregiver or CNA needed Part Time for small senior group home in 85086 Zip code. Prefer someone who lives in the surrounding area. $9-$10 hour depending on experience. CPR, First Aid, TB required. 623-465-7203 Independent Advertising Sales Executives! We are looking for experienced, hard-working Print Advertising sales executives to join our Professional Sales team in the North valley. A successful candidate will be an experienced outside sales professional , preferably in print media, an excellent communicator, verbally and in writing, passionate about details, honest and have the willingness to prospect and make cold calls. Must have current computer skills. Please email resume to: foothillsfocus@ qwestoffice.net Rock Springs Café is hiring!! All positions. Apply in person. UN ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 82 AZ newspapers. Reach over 2 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www. classifiedarizona.com. (AzCAN) CDL-A TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED. Up to $5,000 signon bonus & $.54 CPM. Solos & Teams. Excellent hometime. Great miles, benefits, 401K, EOE. Call 7 days/wk! 866-837-5997 Gordontrucking.com. (AzCAN) DRIVERS: PRIME, INC. Company Drivers & Independent Contractors for Refrigerated, Tanker & Flatbed NEEDED! Plenty of freight & great pay! Start with Prime today! Call 800-277-0212 or apply online at driverforprime.com. (AzCAN) DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED now in Phoenix! Become a driver for Werner Enterprises! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! CDL training in Phoenix! 1-888-5127114. (AzCAN) INSTRUCTION AIRLINE CAREERS begin here. Get FAA approved Aviation Technician training. Financial Aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-5370. (AzCAN)

MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES needed! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant. No experience needed! Online training at SC Train gets you Job Ready! HS Diploma/ GED & PC/Internet needed! 1-888-926-6058. (AzCAN) Livestock & Supplies Saddle & Tack Repairs. Western & English plus Racing saddle too. 30 years exp. Buy-SellTrade. 23yrs same location. Circle Mtn Rd & 18th St. 623-465-7286 TRIPLE R HORSE RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 602-396-8726. VOLUNTEER-SPONSORADOPT! Dreamchaser Horse Rescue offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities. Please consider joining our Dreamchaser family! We need animal lovers who are willing to help with everything from ranch chores to fundraising! We have sanctuary horses who need sponsors, and horses available for adoption.Come see us: www.dreamchaserhorserescue. org or Susan at 623-910-6530 Free delivery of shavings, cow & horse mixture great for arenas or fertilizer 480-595-0211 MISC 25 cu ft Black Refrigerator with Ice Maker - Good condition inside and out. Top mount freezer. $300.00 Call 602-750-2169.

Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480488-5711 SundustSDA@aol.com REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602-506-PETS www.pets.maricopa.gov Services Offered Life Coaching w/wo horses. Diane Olsen www. heart2horsecoaching.com 480-285-8780 ICCA certiifed. HOME WATCH & CONCIERGE FOR PART-TIME RESIDENTS Leave this summer knowing that Your property is being cared for. Local, Reliable, Bonded & Insured www. northvalleyhomeservices. com 480-567-6029 Executive Biographer services. Leave your legacy to your family, colleagues and society. Dr. David Demers, editor, Marquette Books, and author of 15 books including “Jelly Beans & Peanuts” and “The Lonely Activist.” See writing samples at www. MarquetteBooks.com/EB.html or call 509-290-9240 (based in Phoenix) D & G Scrapping. Old washers, dryers, hot water heaters, etc. We will recycle your left over yard sale items. Moving? We will take your trash to NR refuse for cash. Call 602-920-4989 I will clean your home. Over 15 years local experience. $12 per hour. Your supplies. Good references. 623-434-8125

Real Estate Need a Bartender? Parties, Weddings, and Other Events. Reasonable Rates & Friendly Service! Dayanna Cavallo. Az Liquor Law Certified Call: 623687-1242 dayanna.cavallo@ gmail.com

ADVERTISE YOUR HOME, property or business for sale in 82 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www. classifiedarizona.com. (AzCAN) Land For Sale

RENTALS Rental in Cave Creek. Quiet, Treelined One bedroom, one bath, kitchen with eating area, patio, covered parking.$650 mo. lease, references. 602-448-1054

LENDER REPO SALE: 5 acres, $12,900. Show Low, Windsor Valley Ranch. Quiet county maintained road with electric. Excellent climate, nearby trout fishing. 1st come basis. Financing & ADWR report available. Call AZLR (866)552-5687. (AzCAN)

ADORABLE COTTAGE for rent. Beautiful desert and mountain views in all directions and 1/4 mile from Tonto NF. 1 bedroom, laundry hookups. $675.00/ month. Call 480-436-2376 or 623-465-9596.

New River Land Sale. 360 degree views, 2200ft elevation, underground electric and water. 1 to 19 acres available. Located at the base of Gavilan Peak. Call 623-680-1017

Tired of meeting clients at restaurants or at home? Move into an Executive Office Suite in the heart of Cave Creek. $295395/month with internet and conference room. 480-861-4658 Available in Black Canyon City, a cute 1 bedroom apartment in residential area. Detached from main residence, tiled floor thruout the whole apt. Beautiful mountain view from Indian Hill. For more information, call 623-374-9576 LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE 62+ senior apartment? Superior Arboretum Apartments, immediate occupancy, one bedroom & studios, on-site laundry & utility allowance. Rent based on Income Guidelines. 199 W. Gray Dr., Superior, AZ. Call 1-866-962-4804, www.ncr.org/superiorarboretum. Equal Housing Opportunity. Wheelchair accessible. (AzCAN)

4 ACRES with views of majestic Bradshaw Mountains. Situated at the end of road. Area of custom site built homes. Area of 30 gallon a minute wells. Property does have its own well and electric. Close proximity to Agua Fria river bed. Just south of Prescott. Easy commute to Prescott, Flagstaff or Phoenix. Rural living yet close to shopping, hospital, schools, colleges and other amenities. Priced to sell quickly at $160,000. Call Kay 928-710-4193

Still new LG LMHM2017ST used 2 week OTC with vent fan. Pd 397 asking $275 firm. Ladder Rack for full size P.U. $50. One 58in and one 52in used Tommy Lifts, $400 each. One RV 8ft 11in, 180 degree sleeper sofa with drawers. $150 obo. 623-465-4429 For Sale: 40ft shipping container w/ 2 skylights, 2 whirrly birds, 4x4 sliding glass window, interior 3/8 OSB skinned, 60 amp electrical panel w/ 4 gang plugs every 8ft. Asking $6500. In excellent condition. A must See. Call Gary or Allie at 623-4652801 for more info. NO calls after 7pm please!! Free delivery of shavings, cow & horse mixture-great for arenas or fertilizer 480-595-0211 Misc Wanted Wanted: CASH PAID for guns, wagon wheels, wagons, anvils, wooden barrels, western antiques. 623-742-0369 / 602-214-5692 Free Clean fill dirt wanted near New River and Circle Mtn. roads. Some rocks OK 847-738-1194 Pets & Supplies Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www.vipervoidance.com

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Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Sneaky snakes in the barn

There is a snake in the barn! Yes, I was sliding open the front door of the breezeway one morning, seeing my four horses with their pretty heads poking out of their stalls greeting me as they waited for breakfast. One step into the breezeway I saw the viper coiled up in a corner, large, slick, scaly body in a circle with his evil head held up and beady eyes glaring at me. I froze and stood still like a statue, because I heard that snakes are attracted to movement. And I did not want to attract a snake! I thought it was a bullsnake, friendly (if there is such a thing) reptile who is a “good snake” to have around. Of course, he looked quite menacing at about six feet long, with a yellowish tan BLUHM pattern, and I was relieved he did not rattle. But not being a snake expert, and unable to walk through the breezeway to the hay storage to feed my horses, I did the only sensible thing . . .run! I scooted out of the barn and headed up to the house. My young mare, Princess, got so upset when she saw me turn and leave that she trotted out of her stall and ran after me, snorting and neighing, as if to say, “Stop, don’t go, you forgot to feed us!” She was completely distraught when she watched me close the gate behind her. I knew I had a wildlife book around that would show me photos of snakes, so I could

figure out who exactly the intruder was. And Doug, my husband, was gone, so I was on my own. I looked up snake pictures but wasn’t sure if it was a bullsnake or a rattler so I put on my big, knee-high rubber boots as a precaution, grabbed a pair of goggles from Doug’s workbench and put them on (in case the snake spit in my eye), and pulled on a pair of leather gloves (not sure why). Since the tools and brooms in the barn were leaning on the wall where the devilish snake was laying, I grabbed a big shovel from the garage, took a deep breath, and headed back down to face my reptile. My girlfriend said I should have grabbed my gun. Oh yea, and what if I shot at a slithering viper and the bullet ricocheted in the barn, bouncing around and killing a horse? My daughter said I should have called 9-1-1. Hey, for a snake? No one is coming any time soon! My grandson said I should have gotten my phone and taken a photo of the serpent and sent it to the reptile expert at the zoo so they could tell me if it was poisonous. A neighbor said I should have had a stiff drink and grabbed a knife. At six-thirty in the morning? Too early for knives! Doug said I should have just gone about my business and “not worried” about a little snake. Of course I should worry! Snakes kill people! They slide on their bellies and can wrap around your ankles and crawl up your leg and bite you with razor sharp teeth and unload venom as quick as a lightning strike! My heart was pounding by the time I got back down to the barn.

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Oh, did I mention that the “new spa experience” is to lay down and have a python (or two) wrap itself around you and give you a “snake massage?” Yes, some very expensive spas in Jakarta, Indonesia are offering a “Python Massage” as part of the Bali Heritage Reflexology. I am not making this up! People (fools) are paying big bucks for this “treatment,” and now a few spas in California may start the practice. So the combination of the movement of the twisting snakes and the adrenalin triggered by the poor customer’s fear seems to have a “positive result in adjusting human metabolism.” Yep, another way to lose weight! Let the nightmares begin . . . just have a few “twisting” pythons placed on your back and you will never, ever eat again. Why? Because what they aren’t telling you is that death is imminent! From a heart attack! Oh, back to my own twisting snake story, I was in a cold sweat as I trudged down to the barn with knee-high boots, mask, shovel, and adrenalin rushing through me. Did you know that one of the greatest phobias in the world is ophidophobia, which is an unreasonable and abnormal fear of snakes! About one-third of all people in the world suffer from ophidophobia to the point that they do not only fear contact with snakes, they cannot even see pictures of them, think about them, or see them on television. Yes, vipers scare us. My big horse, Baxter, has this phobia. One time on a ride, we encountered a rattler moving across our path. Other horses and riders scattered, legs hopping, feet pounding. But not my Baxter. No, he

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froze up like a huge brown horse sculpture, perfectly still and quiet, towering over the angry snake. Okay, that was good. But when the snake calmed down and decided to curl up in a coil two feet away, I was sitting nervously on an immovable beast. Like an oxen stuck in the mud, Baxter would not back up, step aside, or do anything. We sat for a very long time that day on a path while a snake took a nap! Horses have feelings, too. Preparing myself for the encounter with the snake, I cautiously headed back into the barn. Four horses stared at me with their heads out of the stalls, nickering so I would know they were hungry. Armed with my shovel in front of me, phone in my pocket (to take a picture or call for help) I was shaking as I slid open the breezeway door. And just as life has it, when we are finally ready to meet our enemy head on and face the danger, we find ourselves alone. No snake in the corner, no snake anywhere that I could see. So I tiptoed around, anxiously feeding my horses and wondering where a giant reptile might hide. I did not find our snake that day and have not seen him since. But I know he was there. And I know he could be back. But I will be prepared! Be careful, Dear Readers, for what lurks in quiet corners. Take comfort in knowing that together, we can face those demons and conquer our phobias . . . . . . you go first. Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor who lives in the Anthem area. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.

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Pets of the Week - Special Kitten Edition

Left: Rain Right: Stormi Bottom: Safford

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Kitties! Kitties! Kitties! It’s kitty season, and we have several litters of beautiful, sweet, playful kittens ranging from 2-12 weeks old. Please meet Rain (male, shorthair light hair tabby), Stormi (female-gray tabby) and Safford (male brown tabby). These little darlings are just three of many that are currently available for adoption and ready to meet their forever family. Once you hold one of these precious little ones in the palm of your hand, your heart is sure to melt. You might just want to take home a pair! Please call Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital at (623) 551-8387 or Anthem Pets at (480) 287-3542 to schedule a meet and greet with Rain, Stormi, Stafford, or any of the other kittens currently ready for adoption. These sweethearts can’t wait to meet you! A n - them Pets is a nonprofit organization serving lost, found and abandoned animals in the North Valley since 2005. Operating on donations only, it aims to find forever homes for abandoned animals and return wayward pets to owners.

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I have been in the home care industry for over 20 years and it is such a rewarding career. Everyday I go to work I get to help someone. ResCare employees say they love their jobs because they can reach out to their communities and make a real difference in people’s lives. Recently ResCare HomeCare has expanded our in-home care and support services into your area. We are actively seeking care attendants to join our team. If you have a desire to give back to the community, looking to earn extra money, have life experience caring for loved ones and/or Professional Caregiving skills, caring and compassionate, then I encourage you to consider learning more about our Caregiving opportunities. Our open positions are part-time with flexible hours and all training is provided for free. Please call me if you have any questions about employment with ResCare HomeCare, or if you would like to learn about how our in-home care and support services could benefit you and your loved-ones. You can reach me at 480-435-9939.

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