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Scott Pinckney, a 2007 graduate of Boulder Creek High School, competed in the U.S. Open this weekend at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The Anthem resident, and recent Arizona State University grad, improved on an opening round 79 with a 4-over-par 75 on Friday. At 12-over-par Pinckney missed the cut, which was 4-over-par. Boulder Creek coach Jay Kopas spoke with his former athlete before he left for Maryland. “He was real excited to have qualified obviously,” Kopas said. “I just wished him well and said I was happy for him.” Kopas said he distinctly remembers being a substitute teacher for Pinckney when he was a seventh grader at Anthem. “He used to tell me he’d be a professional golfer back then,” Kopas said. “I just told him that was a good goal to have.” After attending Sandra Day O’Connor High School as a freshman Pinckney transferred to Boulder Creek for his sophomore year. As a transfer he was ineligible to play as a sophomore for the Jaguars. That didn’t stop the now 22-year-old from working on his game. “He’d come down and sneak on the course to practice with us,” the coach said. “He was an example even though he wasn’t on the team. His work ethic was

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unbelievable. He’d video tape himself and was always asking for help in analyzing his swing.” The following year the work would pay off as he finished as the state runnerup, a feat he would repeat as a senior when he helped the Jaguars to the program’s first state championship. “He’s the type of kid that would come up to me before a match and ask me what I needed him to shoot that day,” the coach said. “I’d just tell him to play his best, but he’d pester me for a number. Whenever I came up with a number he’d inevitably say he could do better than that and he’d go out and prove it. He liked the pressure.” Next up for Pinckney will be the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship which gets under way Monday in Salem, Oregon. The last Sun Devil to win the event was Chez Reavie in 2001. To follow the action go to usga.org/ChampEventSite. aspx?id=17179869204

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Anthem resident Buddy Sims, who served in the military for more than 27 years between the Marines and the Air Force, will be amongst those honored with a paver at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Construction on the memorial is expected to start in early July and be completed in time for Veterans Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. The deadline to purchase a paver to be in place for the opening ceremonies is June 30.

International group brings distinct sound to Cave Creek MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Going into his 11th year in the United States Kym Warner feels more comfortable as a song writer, more confident in his band and more at home in general. At 9 p.m. on July 2 Warner and the rest of his band The Greencards will be at Harold’s Corral as part of Cave Creek’s 4th of July festivities. The group from Australia is on tour to promote their recently released album, “The Brick Album” featuring country star Vince Gil and mandolin player Sam Bush. ‘When we moved to the States from Australia we got a good bunch of shows in Austin and we were getting pretty good feedback, but when we started

touring there was that doubt |f are these people going to want to listen to a bunch of foreigners play American music,” Warner admits. Instead he and his band mates found a receptive audience to their unique sound, with a

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foundation in roots music that also sprinkles in country, blue grass (what they’ve deemed new grass), rock, folk elements as well as Latin sounds.

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Daisy Mountain Fire Department responded to a pair of small brush fires over the weekend. The first one occurred north of New River at mile marker 234 at approximately 7:43 p.m. Friday. Engine 146 reported to the scene of a brush fire on the west side of I-17. Fire personnel were able to extinguish the flames within 15 minutes. The fire was contained to a one acre area. Traffic was not affected by the fire. At approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday there was a second fire in the wash north of New River Elementary. An area resident called in the fire which started in a tree. “Both were insignificant,” Daisy Mountain public information officer Dave Wilson said. “The school and the surrounding homes were never in danger.” Three engines and two tankers responded, extinguishing the flames in approximately 45 minutes. Wilson, who was among several members of the Daisy

Mountain Fire Department that have spent time in Northeastern Arizona fighting the biggest wildfire in state history, said people need to be very aware of their actions this time of year. “The main thing is cigarettes,” he said. “You shouldn’t be throwing them out the window anyway, but it’s a critical problem when it happens now because the desert is so dry. There is no moisture at all. Beyond that motorists need to make sure that if they’re towing things that they don’t have any chains dragging on the pavement. It doesn’t take much of a spark to start a fire. The other thing I mention is people that have a disabled vehicle need to get them off the road, but don’t leave them in the grass. Often they’re disabled because they’ve overheated and that’s another way fires get started.”

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Anthem families make move, invest in green technology STAFF REPORT

Anthem residents Skip Hoeder and Ginger Hoeder are in the process of working with SolarCity to convert a portion of their Anthem home to solar generated electricity. With the help of a home energy audit The Hoeders have implemented recommendations that are now saving them between $25-$30 per month on their electric bill. The Hoeders are part of a growing trend throughout the North Valley show an above-average interest in green technologies that save energy, money and the environment. According to recent data, energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations take place on a nearly daily basis in these areas. Energy audits like the ones the Hoeders took part in, are a program of the EPA and the Department of Energy take a “whole home approach” to reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency. According to the SolarCity

website, audits help homeowners by conducting diagnostics that target vulnerable areas and provide recommendations for energy savings and comfort that may include minor home repairs or appliance upgrades. Once implemented, these changes can add up to big energy savings. In many cases, rebates and incentives are available which allow the consumer to receive an energy audit with little or no out of pocket cost. The Hoeders have other changes in the works to further increase their energy savings, including the solar electric panels that will generate clean energy. That makes sense to the couple that has worked to be environmentally conscious for nearly 30 years. Skip Hoeder, a stickler for numbers, mapped out a spreadsheet showing nine years of utility bills against the potential savings of his investment. He wanted to see real savings before he made the switch to solar electric. Skip

feels he found just the right company after seeing SolarCity’s lease program. According to Hoeder, “with each passing year the energy saving options become more cost-effective and more accessible.” The Hoeders also incorporated low energy usage appliances and clean energy systems into their vacation home in Show Low. Anthem residents Andy and Louise Tobias, owners of Tobias’ Automotive in Cave Creek and Anthem are also considered early adopters of solar generated electricity. The Tobias’ also worked with SolarCity to equip their home with a comprehensive solar electric system. Tobias now generates a large percentage of his own residential power from solar and started seeing cost savings immediately. Tobias’ Automotive was recently recognized by Cave Creek Green as the first commercial business in the town to generate its own electricity.

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veteran Continued from page 1 split between his summer home in Colorado and his winter home here in Anthem. In November Sims will be among those enshrined in the Ring of Honor at the Anthem Veterans Memorial, which will be dedicated on Nov. 11. Not only will Sims be recognized with a brick paver, but so to will his greatgrandfather Elija Sims, who is believed to be the oldest veteran, associated with the memorial, which will be built beginning in July. “It wasn’t until three years ago that I was going through some old family pictures and found a picture of this guy,” he said. “My grandpa died when I was only 7 and I didn’t know anything about my great grandfather, but we did some research and it turns out he was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.” Despite having a Civil War veteran in his family Sims decision to join the military was not part of the family tradition as his grandfather had been an inventor and a teacher and his dad was a welder. After three years in the Marines, Sims went onto

college at Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. He then joined the Air Force in 1967 and was sent to Vietnam where he enjoyed what he called the best assignment of his military career as a Forward Air Controller in 1968. His job consisted of providing support to Army units in direct enemy contact by directing fighter, aircraft, gunships, and Army artillery to assist U.S. and South Vietnamese Army ground troops in enemy combat. “We were the eyes and ears for our fighters,” he said. “We’d direct fighters shooting bombs to areas where our soldiers needed support. We had starlight scopes directing attacks on the Vietcong. It was a demanding job. We were in the air day and night.” For most of 22 years in the Air Force Sims flew or trained other pilots. Initially retiring in 1989 he went into the airline industry for a number of years before going into business. Following 9/11 Sims received a phone call early in 2002 asking if he would come back to active duty. “There was a big group of us gray hairs,” he said. “We figured

they needed some people with some experience that could do some training things, perhaps some tactics, but basically we thought we’d help out for a year or so, drink some coffee and then go home.” Instead in Nov. 2002 Sims was among a crew that was deployed to Saudi Arabia. There he would experience what he deems the second best assignment of his military career, some 34 years after his top assignment in Vietnam, as he directed coalition strikes from a Combined Air Operations Center. By May 2003 he was back in the U.S., where he continued to serve through 2004 before retiring for a second time. At that point he was recognized as the last active military man who had served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In retirement, for the second time, Sims and his wife Bonnie purchased a winter home in Anthem a little more than a year ago. Sims, who helped establish a Veterans Memorial in Colorado is excited

“We found that people want to hear original music,” said the mandolin player. “You get some credit if you’re a talented musician, but people don’t just want to see cover bands. We received evidence early on that if we were true to ourselves we could find an audience for our music.” After four previous studio albums the group is leaning on that belief in their audience even more strongly as they’ve independently produced their latest effort, dubbed The Brick Wall because they accepted donations from fans whose financial contributions were figuratively bricks in building the foundation for the album. Highlighting the latest album is lead vocalist, Carol Young, performing a duet with Country music star Vince Gill. Additionally Warner gets the opportunity to perform with one of his heroes and biggest influences, Sam Bush,

a legend on the mandolin. “We’re not scared to takes chances,” Warner said. “We pride ourselves very much on our vocals and think our lyrics are hugely important. We draw on all sorts of influences. We’re big fans of the Pretenders, Tom Petty, Bob Dillon. We like all sorts of music.” Add in the Australian viewpoint and it makes for a band that can come up with a wide variety of sounds not only from album to album, but from song to song. Having lasted for 11 years during which time they’ve been nominated for two Grammies suggests they’ve found a recipe that works. When it comes to their new album, which was released on Tuesday, Warner said he’s excited to get back out on the road and promote it. “We’re going to be out all summer,” he said. “It should be fun.”

And as for performing a 4th of July show Warner says in Australian parlance, no worries. “We’ve been around,” he said. “It’s a good time to be out and celebrate with family and friends. I can put down a hot dog and a beer with the best of them. Even a little apple pie works.” Rondavous will kickoff the music at 8 p.m. with The Greencards following at 9 p.m. and playing until 10:30 p.m. The following night entertainment will get under way with EastonAshe at 7:30 p.m. The group is set to play outside until 11:30 while the band Young Country will be playing inside from 8:30 p.m. until close. A outside barbecue begins at 5 p.m. as the music leads up to the fireworks later in the evening. For information on the band go to thegreencards.com. For information on the rest of the weekend’s festivities go to haroldscorral.com.

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community events continued from page 7 BENEFIT North Valley church aids homeless Northgate Community Church is sponsoring a sleeping bag drive, for the homeless in Phoenix. The drive is a project among the church’s youth group, which consists of 42 teens. Along with sleeping bags The Luke 3:11 project is seeking hats and gloves, which will be distributed on Jan. 15, 2012. The group’s goal is to collect 500 sleeping bags. The church is located at 34835 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. Donations can be made from 8 a.m. – noon on Sundays and from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. To arrange a pickup or for information call 623-581-0627. Team W.I.S.H. takes trip to Prescott Team W.I.S.H. Arizona is sponsoring a day trip to Bucky’s Casino in Prescott from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on June 29. The day trip will include more than $3,000 of raffle prizes. Tickets are $25 each, which include a bus ride to and from Anthem Community Center to Bucky’s Casino plus a buffet lunch, $10 casino free play, Bucky’s Bets 4 A Cure bandana and much more.

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fireworks, which are scheduled to start at approximately 9 p.m. Event activities include a beer garden, music and a late night menu. Admission is free. Food and libation prices vary. Big Earl’s is located at 6135 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For information about the event call 480-575-7889 or go to bigearlsgreasyeats.com. Outlets offers viewing party for 4th fireworks Outlets at Anthem’s After Dark event will take place from 6 – 11 p.m. on July 2 with festivities including shopping promotion, fireworks, family fun, prizes and more. The shopping center will host an After Dark Sale which will feature additional special discounts on top of the already 30-70 percent off retail prices offered everyday at the center’s stores. Outlets at Anthem will also have free family activities including a magic show and balloon animals from 7 – 10 p.m. In addition, a dedicated fireworks viewing area will be reserved in the southeast parking lot for people to enjoy the Anthem fireworks display at 9 p.m. The first 100 customers to visit Customer Service at 6 p.m. will receive a special prize tote

that will include an Outlets at Anthem gift card that could be worth up to $100. In addition, shoppers will receive a free pair of Phoenix Mercury tickets when they spend over $200 at Outlets at Anthem stores that day. Cold drinks, treats and meals will be available at the Outlets’ Food Pavilion until 11 p.m. on Saturday. Sales will continue from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on July 3, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 4. Outlets at Anthem is located off I-17 west at the Anthem Way exit 229. For information, visit outletsanthem.com. HEALTH Chronic pain support group meets American Chronic Pain Association, a group designed to help people in pain deal with their problems, has a local chapter that meets from 6 - 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Azools Bar and Grill at 3134 W. Carefree Highway. The Northern Phoenix group will cater toward veterans, but also is open to the general public. There is no cost to attend the meetings. Utilizing skills taught at ACPA meeting will allow

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The Anthem Community Council has hired Helen Casseday as the new coach of the Anthem Dolphins Swim Team. Casseday will be responsible for teaching, training, and motivating all swimmers at all skill levels. “I am thrilled and honored to be the head swimming coach of the Anthem Dolphins,” Casseday said. “I’d like to thank Coach Axel {Birnbrich}, who has built one of the best competitive swim programs in the state. I am excited to build on the past success of the Anthem Dolphins and look forward to continuing to build a swim program everyone can be proud of.” Casseday becomes the head coach of the Dolphins after spending the past six years as

an assistant coach with the team. She was responsible for training the 12 and under team members on all four strokes, developing them into well rounded swimmers. Casseday began swimming competitively at an early age for the South Plainfield Swim Club in South Plainfield, New Jersey. She was a four-year swimmer on the Skidmore College swimming team and was captain her senior year. She swam individual medley (IM), backstroke and freestyle, and graduated with a B.A. in mathematics. Casseday has received the following accreditations: WSI Certification, Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching, Lifeguarding, Water Safety and First Aid. Casseday and her husband, Paul, reside in Anthem with their two children Ryan and Emily, who are both state qualifiers on the Anthem

Dolphins Swim Team. Casseday will work with assistant coaches Karen Foley and Jason Schmeltzer to make the program successful and give the simmers the support and training they need to meet their goals. “Anthem is a wonderful community and the Anthem Dolphin swimmers and their families are exceptional,” Casseday said. The Anthem Dolphins Swim Team is a competitive, yearround, USA swim team that was started in July, 2000. The swim program has continued to grow over the years to a team that is 140 swimmers strong. Swimmers range in age from 5 years old to senior level swimmers (high school age group).

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the qualifier. Dent will compete in three events after finishing first in both Goat tying, Ribbon Roper and took fourth as a breakaway roper. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To earn the title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two rounds of competition in order to advance to Saturday’s final championship performance. The NJHFR will be televised nationally as part of the “Cinch Town Tour.” Go to nhsra.org for the broadcast schedule.


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BLUHM burns more calories sleeping than by watching television. Some facts are simply scary. Look closely at your eyes in the mirror. They are the same size since birth. Now check out your nose and ears – they never stop growing. This is too shocking for words. It also seems that most people fear spiders more than death. And speaking of death, more people die from falling off donkeys than in plane crashes annually. The world has suddenly become a strange and surreal place. How did I manage all of these years without knowing that pearls melt in vinegar? I think some of these “factoids” are positively life-changing. Did you know that American Airlines saved $40,000 in one year when they eliminated one olive from each salad that they served in first-class? Ha, I knew that flying first-class would be a big waste of money. I would miss that olive and definitely feel cheated if I had a salad without one.

Does a skunk still stink if he sprays in the woods and no one is there to smell it? Hmm . . .a few scientists argue that “stink” is in the nose of the beholder. So, no, evidently a skunk only smells bad if you are standing close by. Which speaking of skunks, I might ask my big, yellow Lab how close one has to be to a skunk to “smell the fragrance” since she has been sprayed many times. Oh, and tomato juice does not work to rid the stench! One factoid worth noting is that internet browsing seems to have “addictive” powers and people today can barely focus on one thing at a time. The multitasking that we have all mastered seems to have a downside – we have difficulty finishing things

that we start. Most people flip through television channels, watching several shows at once, and more than 60 percent of folks will not listen to a complete song on their IPod or radio without going on to another. Trivia gives us a break from the heartbreak of “real news.” It helps us ponder things that may be absurd, but can also give us a break from the absurdity of headlines that won’t go away. Just when I thought we all suffered enough with the disgusting actions of Congressman Weiner, I read a NY Post headline that screamed, “Weiner is on A Roll . . . the lies continue.” Ha! I’ll take trivia. Hold the ketchup, mustard and “relish” the irrelevant news.

about the completion of a memorial in Anthem. “There are a lot of people that didn’t come back from serving and a lot that came back injured,” he said. “There’s a saying that freedom isn’t free, somebody has to pay the price for it. No matter how or where our soldiers served, whether they saw combat or not, I think it is great that Anthem is going to have a big thank you to the troops.” Orders for inscribed pavers must be received by June 30 to guarantee placement at the Veterans Memorial site for the opening ceremony and dedication on November 11, 2011. To purchase pavers, print a gift certificate, or donate to the Memorial, go to OnlineAtAnthem.com, and click on the Veterans Memorial link on the left.

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Prescott brings historic events to town STAFF REPORT

Over the next two weekends Prescott will be home to a pair of events that have long histories with the town. This weekend the historic Courthouse Plaza will host the 30th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival. At least 13 different groups will take the stage over the free two-day event, which gets under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Groups throughout the day will perform sets ranging from 45 minutes up to an hour leading up to Saturday’s headliner, Blue Highway, which will perform from 7 – 9 p.m. The day’s events also will include a workshop at 1 p.m. conducted by Tim Stafford and Rob Ickes of Blue Highway at the Hassayampa Inn. The music starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday with Triple L.

Band. The afternoon will also include Just 4 Mama and Lonesome Otis before the Thomas Porter Copper River Band puts a wrap on the festival by performing from 2 -3 p.m. For a complete list of acts during the weekend go to prescottbluegrassfestival.com. As soon as the music from the Bluegrass Festival winds down Prescott turns its attention to preparations for their 124th annual Rodeo. Known as the World’s Oldest Rodeo in the Cowboy Capital of the American West, action will get under way Tuesday and run through July 4. During the course of the week there will be eight performances with top professional cowboys competing for big prize money. Along with the rodeo action itself the week includes other festivities including a rodeo parade and Kiddie parade, a

fine arts and crafts show, a street dance as well as a 4th of July fireworks celebration. For information go to prescott. org, or worldsoldestrodeo.com. Tickets, ranging in price from $12 – 25, are available by phone (866-407-6336) on the website (listed above) or at the gate. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged but not required, as there are sell-outs.

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Prescott will host the 30th annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival with at least 13 bands performing during a two-day event that gets under way at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s final band, Blue Highway, is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m. On Sunday music will go from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Hospital helps Cave Creek resident enjoy day at lake STAFF REPORT

Cave Creek resident, Matthew Aleksa, was an honored guest at Barrow Neurological Institute’s 15th annual Day on the Lake earlier this month. The event included a weekend’s worth of water and jet skiing, boating, kayaking and fishing at Bartlett Lake. The event promotes health and wellness by providing a unique opportunity to individuals with neurological and physical disabilities who don’t have many chances to experience water recreation. Matthew, 12, was born with spina bifida, meaning his spine hadn’t fully developed and was not fully wrapped around the spinal cord. Due to his medical issues Matthew uses a wheelchair or forearm crutches to get around. However, Day on the Lake allowed Matthew to trade his wheelchair and safely use an adapted sit ski with outriggers, giving him

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Matthew Aleska, 12, a resident of Cave Creek was a part of Barrow Neurological Institute’s 15th annual Day on the Lake June 2-4 at Bartlett Lake. Aleska, who suffers from spina bifida, got the opportunity to water ski, jet, ski, kayak as well as go fishing as part of the program.

the chance to water ski for the first time. “My favorite? Water skiing and jet skiing are probably tied,” says Matthew, “I can’t wait for next year.” Matthew’s dad, Brian, shared his son’s enthusiasm for the event. “Matthew has had a blast. There really aren’t a whole lot of adaptive sports programs in the northern part of the Valley, so this is really fantastic,” he said.

The annual event attracted more than 100 participants from around the United States and took place at Bartlett Lake Marina June 2 - 4. To obtain more information about next year’s event, or make a donation to the program, please call Jo Crawford, program coordinator for the Barrow Connection at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, at 602-406-6280.

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Government has lost public’s trust To begin with, I would like to wish all the dad’s out there a belated Happy Father’s Day. Those of you who are parents know just what an awesome thing it is to be a dad or mom. To me it is the single most important aspect of my life. And, because my children are so vitally important to me, I care a great deal about their future. As I reflected on why my kids feel so secure with myself or their mom, I can point to many reasons, but the most important quality has to be trust. For without trust, nothing else matters. So what does trust have to do with anything I normally write about such as the economy or the real estate market? I am convinced that nearly all of the problems that we, as a society, now face are a result of a breach of trust. Just look at the daily headlines, whether it is the banking crises, financial mismanagement of companies

like GM and Chrysler, the foreclosure crises, mortgage meltdown, Municipal and sovereign-debt defaults, or even the spike in food or gasoline prices (and other commodities) caused by a Fed that is beholden to big banks instead of the average American, they all can be traced back to a breach in trust. As one dissects the cause of the before mentioned issues (and many others), it becomes apparent that there has been an almost total abandonment of professional judgment and ethics in both Washington and on Wall Street. Adding to the issue is the total lack of urgency that these problems are receiving. Yes, there is some lip service being given to them, but no one has the backbone to tell the truth, except maybe Ron Paul who is being passed off as a cranky old man. I am not endorsing him nor do I know if he has the answers, but

I can tell you that any politician that implies that this is some distant problem for our children, clearly has no clue as to what he/she is saying. Of course, our children will still feel the pain many years from now, but this problem is blowing up now. That’s why I believe the time has come for more of us to wake up to what is really going on right under our noses. It is time to send a wakeup call to Washington and Wall Street. I believe that our elected leaders as well as those who are running the corporate institutions (especially the ones the taxpayers are bailing out) should be setting a better example. I don’t know about you, but I do hold those that we elect to run this country and for those that our tax dollars help pay their bonus, to a higher standard. At a time, when the economy is in the toilet, and millions of Americans are losing jobs and their homes, I strongly feel

that our political leaders and those running the companies deemed ‘Too Big Too Fail’ need to be doing everything cleaner and more ethically than ever before for one simple reason - their ability to lead us out of the nightmare they created depends on the most important of all characteristics. And what am I referring too? Well, the same thing that we’re discussing that makes the connection between a parent and a child, trust. Unfortunately, the current state of our nation shows that it’s very clear that trust doesn’t rank very high on the list of priorities for many that are in charge of getting us out of this mess. As a result, I believe that each of us have to take matters into our own hands. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your Congressman, because I

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If you would like more information on Donovan or other dogs in need of loving homes, please contact Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue at www.azlabsandgiants.org. Our adoption fees cover the cost of spay/neuter, basic vet check, heartworm test, microchip, 5 in 1 vaccination, and Rabies and Bordatella vaccinations. We are also always in need of volunteers, especially foster homes, so please stop by our website to find out how you can help save a lab or giant!

members to become actively Tuesdays of each month at the involved in their own recovery. Hampton Inn located at 42415 The support members receive at N. 41st Drive in Anthem. For information on speakers group meeting will enable them go to daisymountaintea to continue to make progress. ACPA groups are meant partypatriots.com. to offer a support system to members, as well as teach SPORTS skills, which will enable Let it Fly football camp members to cope with the comes to Anthem The seventh annual Let it Fly day-to-day situations. Football Drills and Skills Camp For information contact Jerry will take place from 7 – 11 a.m. Abrahamson at 602-741-8992. 46641 N. Black Canyon Hwy. New River, AZ 85087 Saturdays at Anthem Park Field #1 throughout the summer. POLITICS email: foothillsfocus@qwestoffice.net The camp, which is open to Daisy Mt. Tea party ages 6 – 14 offers instruction group meets bimonthly The Daisy Mountain TEA through July 30. The circuit formatted Party Patriots meet from 6:30 style/combine – 8:30 p.m. the first and third program offers to improve eye/

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County zoning abuses another neighbor Here is another letter from one of our neighbors. It is another example with how poorly the county treats property owners in unincorporated areas. Imagine asking everyone in Phoenix to hire civil engineers and hydrologists to build a block wall! For that matter, go to any municipality and find a block wall with ‘weep’ holes!! Doesn’t it rain in Phoenix? This is also an example of the county using us to generate income to pay for their jobs. How much engineering is really required for a block wall? The county shouldn’t need more than one review on a block wall but clearly they can generate more engineering review dollars by requiring multiple submittals. Speaking of lying cheating stealing county bureaucrats, the zoning actually code exempts walls under 6’ tall from requiring a permit. “Our story in the most brief way possible….we submitted for our block fence permits starting

around Feb 2008, but more than three years later we still do not have grading/drainage permits so we can build. We had a licensed contractor to build our fence, but in early March we received a rejection letter telling us we had to hire a civil engineer for grading and draining plans due to floodplain concerns. Our contractor of course thought this was unusual but we decided that we had to hire someone and did in March of 2008. We have a wash behind our property but we are not in the wash or floodway, only about 5 percent of our back corner is in the extended 100 year floodplain so we figured this may be why they were requiring us to hire an engineer. We obtained a civil contractor who dealt with these types of permits for the county and thought all would be golden once we had him draw up plans and submit. Boy, were we wrong! Flood control immediately approved the permit (they

have done that each time). But drainage came back with the first of many rejections on the civil engineered plans. We have re-submitted countless times to drainage costing us a lot of money. Each time our engineer fixed and did what they asked of him and each time we were rejected. We have had multiple sit down meetings with our current county reviewer, manager, us and our engineer to get this resolved and in each meeting we stressed our frustration and asked what it would take to get approved? In both meetings we were told if you do this…you should get approved. So we do what they ask, resubmit and then low and behold we get a new reviewer who has a whole new set of comments and they reject us again. In addition, one of the requirements was for our engineer to get what they call Hec/Raz report. This required our engineer to obtain a hydrologist to provide

this...can you believe this? We again, complied, had a meeting with all parties including the hydrologist and re-submitted. Guess what? Rejected again! We are just simply keep getting the run around and have done everything they have asked and more in our opinions and are so tired of dealing with the country and their antics. Lastly, when our economy was booming, permits were handed out like candy and you are not the only person we know that the county has told them their property has an unpermitted structure. We have good friends that like you, bought a house with the fence already built and then were told their fence was not in compliance and the county threatened to charge them hundreds for every day they were not in compliance starting a certain date. They didn’t mess around with them knowing what we have been through and obtained an engineer who started emailing the county on

their behalf and guess what…. the County hasn’t returned any emails, phone calls, etc to this day. It’s a game they are playing with the residents out here and it needs to stop. We are a middle class couple who are good citizens, works hard and pays our taxes. We want to start a family and having such things as a fence for privacy and safety as well as a pool or grassy area for our kids to play in is important to us. A lot of people’s properties out here are not worth what they owe and this monkey business that Maricopa County is doing is not going to boast well for our community. People are going to catch wind of this and not want to buy or build out here and that is not good for any of our property values. Tawnia & Tommy LaManna Desert Hills Please join with us to stop this abuse! Contact me at don@azbirdranch.com.

Shelter seeks foster homes Fostering saves lives. It’s a simple statement that carries a powerful message. Every dog that is placed into foster, buys that dog the time it needs to find its forever home. We believe that every dog deserves the chance to be part of a family without the pressure of overcrowded kennels and the terrifying and intimidating conditions often found at shelters. These good and very adoptable dogs are often euthanized for no other reason than lack of space! ALGBR is in desperate need of foster homes this summer. Many of our current foster families are on vacation or have left the state for cooler climates. This has left a huge deficit in the number of homes we can place our current and future rescues. Unfortunately, we are at a standstill with being able to intake dogs. Monetary donations are always appreciated, but only

go so far. Fostering saves lives and is the heart and soul of our organization. An ALGBR foster is someone who opens their heart and home and agrees to give temporary shelter to a rescue. Most families foster each ALGBR Rescue for an average of 1-2 weeks, but we never know how long it may take for our rescues to find their forever homes. You can let us know what type of rescue you’d like to foster, (breed, age, size, sex, activity level, etc.,) and how many dogs you would like to foster. You choose which rescue best suits your family and how long you want to foster. It’s also an amazing way to teach your children about responsibility, charity and compassion and brings families together in a way you may never have known possible. We will do everything we can to accommodate you and

your family. We provide a great support team, vast amounts of expertise and just a friendly voice when needed. Each dog that is fostered is made more adoptable and easier to place into a family. The foster home is the first step for our rescues after being turned over to ALGBR. These rescues deserve the opportunity to learn that life can be a lot better than what

they have been experiencing. By being a foster home, you become their savior.  It’s remarkable to see how these dogs change just after short periods of time in foster. Your input into placement is invaluable for their long term happiness and makes the “letting go” part that much easier. We hope that you will consider fostering as a way to save the

thousands of homeless dogs that are being euthanized needlessly. Please

contact

ALGBR

at volunteer@azlabsandgiants. org or visit our homepage at

azlabsandgiants.org

for

more information. Thank You! Audrea Donnelly, Arizona Labs and Giant Breeds Rescue

The Foothills Focus encourages submissions from the public for the editorial page. Respond to the columnists, fellow letter writers, or let us know about something all together different making an impact in your community. Submissions should be kept to less than 400 words. Send letters to ffeditorial@hotmail.com. If e-mail is unavailable fax submissions to 623-465-1363 or send them by mail to 46641 N Black Canyon Hwy, New River, AZ 85087. Include your name, your city and a phone number where you can be reached.


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Please visit our website at www.thefoothillsfocus.com to place your classified. Rate for classifieds are $.50 per word and must be prepaid. Deadline for classifieds is Wed. at 5pm for the following Wed. issue. Classifieds may also be faxed to 623-465-1363. Please note that no classifieds are accepted over the phone.

Notices Al-anon Meetings in Anthem. Mondays 10:45am. St Rose Parish. 2825 W Rose Canyon Circle. S/W corner of Daisy Mtn & Meridian. DONATE YOUR CAR, RV, GOLFCART Donate your car, RV, golfcart. Free pickup, tax deductible. Supports Dads for Boys Ranch. 520-251-3468 Adoptions PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? FFTA is here to help. We offer counseling, financial assistance, and many different families / options to consider. Please call Joy: 1-866-922-3678. www.foreverfamiliesthroughadoption.org. Adult Care CAREGIVER-Many years of experience, caring professional, excellent references. Exp alzheimer’s care. Mary 602-214-6104 ATV/Cycle/Etc 2003 Yamaha 100 V-twin Custom. 15K miles. Customized – many extras. Must see. $7900 obo. 602-750-5047 1960 to 1976 Enduro or dirt bike wanted by private party. Must be complete 50cc to 500cc. Will look at all, running or not. 480-518-4023 Auctions ONLINE LAND SALE - 6/30/11. 30+ lots - prices slashed! No Qual! Low Down! Cochise, Apache, Mohave counties. Bidding starts at $10. www.ArizonaAuction. com. 1-866-SUNNYLAND. (AzCAN) Autos 1964 to 1972 classic sports car, muscle car wanted by private party running or not. 480-518-4023 Business Opportunities GREEN TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS. 85 year old company expanding locally. Work from home. PT/FT. Will train. Start immediately. No startup fees. For information call 800-961-1751. (AzCAN) PROFITABLE ARIZONA BUSINESSES for sale by owners. Many types, sizes, locations, terms. $25K to $15M. Other states available. Affiliated Business Consultants: 1-800-617-4204. www. BizSale.com. ATTN: COMPUTER WORK. Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to $1,500 part time to $7,500/mo full time. Training provided. www.workservices2.com.

Financial Services

HOME FURNISHINGS Sofa, leather, top grain, Mahogany color, 84”, like new. Pd $1600 sell $250. 623-551-0951 Hand made log queen size bed, headboard has rod iron insert of forest animals . Brand new never been set up. $600.00 call 602-510-0749

Help Wanted Drivers - Teams: $6,000 Team Sign-On Bonus when you team drive for Werner Enterprises! Call Now for details! 1-888567-3101 Insurance office located in Cave Creek/ Carefree area hiring full-time help. Hours Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm. Please fax resume to 480-488-5143 RETIREE/HANDYMAN WANTEDANTHEM- For painting, electrical, plumbing, some masonry & Drywall. MUST BE RELIABLE!! Call only if you REALLY WANT TO WORK. Call Mr. K 623-606-4848 Want to Help Abandoned Cats? Need volunteers to feed neighborhood cats in North Phoenix locations. Call Priscilla 623-551-2324 Hair Stations Available. Rental Only. Contact Brandy at Magnolias. 623-465-2999 ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 88 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www.classifiedarizona.com. DRIVER - Not getting enough miles? Join Knight Transportation and increase your income with our steady freight. New trucks! CDL-A, 3 months recent experience. 800-414-9569. www.driveknight.com. NEED A CDL? Need a job? Careers starting at $40K/year. As little as 4 weeks. Call Southwest Truck Driver Training. 602352-0704 (Located in Phoenix). FRAC SAND HAULERS with complete bulk pneumatic rigs only. Relocate to Texas for Tons of work. Great company / pay. Gas cards / Quick Pay available. 888-880-5922.

Beautiful dark mahagony dinette set w/8 chairs & glass top. China hutch w/ thick glass shelves, all wood, 6 drawers. $2500 obo. Large all wood dark mahagony entertainment center w/extras, $800 obo. 5 curio stands all sizes & prices. All in excellent condition. Ask for Pearl 602-319-6399/623-979-4109 Instruction ALLIED HEALTH career training. Attend college 100% online. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 800481-9409. www.CenturaOnline.com. ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE - from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 888-216-1541. www.CenturaOnline.com. AIRLINES ARE HIRING - Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. CALL, Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-5370. Livestock & Supplies Saddle & Tack Repairs. Western & English plus Racing saddle too. 30 years exp. BuySell-Trade. 23yrs same location. Circle Mtn Rd & 18th St. 623-465-7286 LUV SHACK RANCH RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter. We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 602-400-0826. VOLUNTEER-SPONSOR-ADOPT! Dreamchaser Horse Rescue offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities. Please consider joining our Dreamchaser family! We need animal lovers who are willing to help with everything from ranch chores to fundraising! We have sanctuary horses who need sponsors, and horses available for adoption. Come see us:

www.dreamchaserhorserescue.org or Susan at 623-910-6530 MISC. Used galvanized pipe greenhouse rafters. $35 each.Desertscape Nursery 623-492-0799 Misc Wanted Wanted: Old guns, western antiques. 623742-0369/602-214-5692 Big Screen TVs, as is, 41”-100” HD TV’s, Statewide pick up. Quick response. Bob 602-271-4461 Services Offered

I will clean your home. 14yrs local experience. $12 hour your supplies. Good References. 623-434-8125 WELD AND REPAIR SERVICES. On Site welding,Oil,Black,Galvanized Pipe Fencing,Arenas,Stalls,Corrals, Mare Motels,Shades,Gates,Custom Barns Etc. FULL MOBILE SERVICE 602-821-7167 Need help with your bookkeeping, sales tax or payroll tax filings? KB Bookkeeping is here to help with over 10 years experience. Call today for your FREE consultation. 623-910-9596

WELDING repairs, projects & maintenance, Mobile or in shop. Call Brian @ Lasher’s Welding - cell 602-919-0997,hm 623-4657954, e-mail=lashweld@yahoo.com

Home Decor and Furnishings for ANY budget! Michelle 623-670-3544 www. allaboutthedeal.org

Casa Redonda TV Service , Satellite Sales and Service, in home service for 30 years featuring DISH NETWORK can’t work your stuff? systems simplified and explained 480-488-9235

Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www. vipervoidance.com

All Masonry Work. 602-499-1068 Sprinkler & Drip Repairs. Irrigation Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Pressure Problems, Leak Detection, Timers,Heads,Valves www. AquaMastersNorth.com 623-748-4773 LIVING TRUSTS! (CALL for Free Brochure), WILLS, Powers of Atty., Deeds, LLC’s; REASONABLE – PROFESSIONALLY PREPARED -AZ Certified -24 years exp., No. Phx. office, Call 623-271-0626. Steel Buildings Discounted Factory Inventory 24x36, 38x50, 48x96, 60x150 Misc. Sizes, Limited Availability www.sunwardsteel.com Source: 1LB 928-257-4875 ANTHEM LEGAL SERVICES: Divorce, Wills & Trusts, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Forms, legal document preparation (Executive Office I17 / Carefree) www. anthemlegal.com 623-551-0136

Pets & Supplies

REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602506-PETS. www.pets.maricopa.gov Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480-488-5711 SundustSDA@aol.com

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Need help with handyman services, remodels, & new builds? HANbuilt Construction is here to help. $55/ hr or bid. www.hanbuilt.com jim@ hanbuilt.com 480-440-9490 POOL TILE CLEANING canndopools. com 602-573-5337

Real estate Commercial Property For Rent: 1100sqft Building, C-2, Office, Retail, Plant Nursery. Between Anthem and New River exits, east side frontage road. For info call Shannon at 602-629-1000 Manufactured Homes NEW 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath DOUBLEWIDE - CAVCO Durango Factory Order. Full Drywall. Hardwood Cabinets 1st Quality, Lowest Price - $32,995! Home Outlet 1-800-493-2221. www.thehomeoutletaz.com. Roommate Wanted Roommate Wanted. Beautiful Anthem home; 2 rooms + priv bath; $650 includes utilities. Call Jackie @ 623-551-1635

Rentals Lovely 3 bedroom/2bath 2,300sq. ft.Tramonto house for rent. Community pool, walking distance to stores and school.Available in july. Washer/ Dryer included.Renter pays own utilities.HOA paid by landlord. Call 623-465-9252 or 602-380-6678 ask for Ellen. Monthly rent $1,195. with 1year lease

entrances $600 per couple. #2 Bedroom

Space for your RV or Park Model. Nice Park! Shed, WiFi. Twelve Months Free Rent! Call for details. Approved Quiet Pet OK. 50+ Park. $270.00 Monthly. Photos: GreenNLush.com 623-374-9123

livingroom, kitchen, patio. Newly

Individual or Couple to share scenic 4Br 3Ba home in Black Canyon City. Utilities, Satelite TV, & Local phone included. #1 Large Master Bedroom w/bath, 2 private

w/bath $350 per month one person. Call 623-374-9227 For Rent: 2 bed/ 2 bath doublewide w/ pool, fenced, 5 acres. Call for more info. 602-316-0334 Apartment

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Tired of Searching for just the right rental? Call Jo at Coldwell Banker Daisy Mtn Re for one on one service at no cost to you. 480-326-8825 Real Estate ADVERTISE YOUR HOME, property or business for sale in 88 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www.classifiedarizona.com. Land For Sale ONLINE LAND SALE - 6/30/11. 30+ lots - prices slashed! No Qual! Low Down! Cochise, Apache, Mohave counties. Bidding starts at $10. www.ArizonaAuction. com. 1-866-SUNNYLAND.

PRESCOTT AREA - Rare opportunity. Foreclosure. 80 acres - orig sale price $185K. *New price $59,900. Great opportunity at Ruger Ranch located near Kirkland. On maintained road. Build now or buy & hold. 1st come basis. *Special lender financing. Call AZLR 1-888-6908271. ADWR available. DEEP DISCOUNT Log Cabin on 8+ AC, $99,900. Owner must sell, beautiful whole log cabin on 8+ acres at Windsor Valley Ranch. Additional acreage available at cool 7,000 feet elevation outside Show Low, AZ. Financing and ADWR available. Call AZLR 866-552-5687. Equal Housing.

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