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Anthem gets verdict on water rates MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

The news wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. That was the summation by Roger Willis, the Chair of the Utilities Committee in Anthem following the Dec. 15 ruling by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the five-member commission, which regulates utilities.

Arizona American Water Company had submitted a request for rate increases that would have doubled home owners’ monthly bills. Instead those living east of I-17 will see their rates rise by roughly 40 percent over the next three years. “Well, we’re not happy, but I guess we’re not sad either,” Willis said. “We knew we were going to have to compromise.” Willis said owners of homes

with 5/8 inch water pipes will likely see their on average $89 water bills increase to approximately $126, while owners with 1-inch water pipes will increase from $119 a month to somewhere in the neighborhood of $170. Throughout an extensive process leading up to the decision Anthem did its best to let the Corporation Commission know of the extensive impact

doubling the rates would have had on its residents. Along with a standing room only crowd that turned out for a visit by the Corporation Commission in April Willis said that among the thousands of Anthem resident that wrote responses to the Commission some 25 percent expressed fear that if the rates were to double they might be forced to move from Anthem.

Those efforts may have played a role in the commission deciding to lower the figure that Arizona American Water Company can charge. “If we believe what we were told by (commission Chairwoman) Kris Mayes then our efforts did make a difference,” Willis said. “I’m not sure if it’s quantifiable, but she made some Anthem verdict continued on page 7

NUISANCE OR NECESSITY? Residents question proposed New River Road upgrades MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

It may not have been a hostile crowd that showed up at New River Elementary

on Dec. 15, but the crowd of approximately 200 people could at best be described as skeptical as MCDOT made a presentation about New River Road improvements that are in

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Approximately 200 New River residents showed up to hear a presentation by MCDOT about planned upgrades to New River Road on Dec. 15 at New River Elementary School. Residents voiced concerns about added traffic, possible loss of land and deterioration of the rural lifestyle they desire.

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the planning stages. Dividing the area from the I-17 frontage road to Carefree Highway into seven different segments MCDOT went through a series of upgrades they deem necessary to improve safety on the road, ones they plan to carry out in some form by 2017. “We are here today to have a dialogue and find a solution that we can all live with,” Al Kattan, Project Management and Construction said. “We are not in the business of having unsafe roads. We need to come together on this issue.” Kattan explained that studies on the road began in 2007 following accidents on the S-curve area west of Figs Springs Road. Beyond improving safety the projects will accommodate projected future traffic demand, and improve drainage conditions. Because the

geometry including the dips and curves of the existing roadway spanning the entire corridor does not meet today’s minimum roadway design MCDOT has determined that the high-priority issues associated with the corridor warrant action. In response to a shouting contingent Kattan compared his responsibility as an engineer to that of a doctor. “I come to you in good faith,” he said. “When you go to a doctor they’re going to tell you the truth, not what you want to hear. That’s an unsafe road.” The analogy wasn’t roundly accepted. “If you don’t agree with what a doctor says you can get a second opinion, we can’t get another MCDOT guy,” Bob Biegler said. Biegler and his wife Betty have lived in New River since

2004. Under alternative three being considered for the S Curve the Bieglers would have a newly constructed road going through the back of their property, lessoning the view that they cherish. Losing property to a newly designed road also could be a reality for numerous residents depending on the alternative chosen. “The blue alternative (alternative 1), where they just widen the road a bit is more than enough,” Bob said. “The people that live in this area really don’t think anything needs to be done. If they wanted to do something productive they’d get some good police enforcement out here to slow down the speeders and the drunk drivers. People out here don’t want the character of our community changed.” Kattan even acknowledged New River continued on page 6

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Pair of Boulder Creek seniors claim titles at 30-team event MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Boulder Creek coach Kory Gilliland admitted that heading into his second season as the Jaguars wrestling coach he was a little uncertain about what his team was capable of accomplishing. “We took sixth at state last year, but we graduated some real good guys,” he said. Among that group were a pair of state champions in Stephen Lynch and Joel Rollins. Despite going into the 20102011 season with a lineup that includes a total of four freshmen or sophomores expected to contribute the Jaguars are off to a 16-5 start. “So far I like what I’ve

seen. Some of the young kids are developing quicker than maybe we would have expected,” the coach said. And the team’s leaders are providing the blueprint for success. “We’ve got a group of seniors that are goal driven that bring an infectious spirit to the room every day,” Gilliland said. “The younger kids see how hard they work and follow their lead.” On Saturday the Jaguars finished fifth in the 30 team Moon Valley Invitational with seniors Preston Andrews, at 130 pounds, and Mike Contreras, at 145 pounds, going a perfect 9-0 to take the title in their weight class. Andrews, who has only dropped two matches all season,

disposed of Camp Verde’s Heath Carroll 6-0 in the finals, a match in which Caroll had to retire after suffering a shoulder injury. Andrews said a win at Moon Valley, where all the lights in the gym are turned off except for the spotlight over the mat for the finals, made for a memorable evening. “It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been working for since I’ve been at Boulder Creek. It’s a little nerve racking with this atmosphere before the match, but once the match starts it’s like any other match Facing a sophomore in the finals Andrews, who took fifth at state a season ago in the 125 pound weight class, said he knew early on that he had an advantage.

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Boulder Creek senior Preston Andrews won the title in the 130 pound weight class at the Moon Valley Invitational on Saturday. Up 6-0 Andrews was awarded the win when Camp Verde’s Heath Carroll was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury.

“Probably after the first take down I had a feeling that I could control the match,” he said. Already up 4-0 in the second period Andrews said he could tell his opponent had injured his shoulder. “I think it was when I was turning him that it went on him,” he said. “I could tell he was in pain. Once you know your opponent has an injury you go at them a little harder.” While Andrews’ match was called early Contreras was forced to overtime in his finals matchup

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Cave Creek man arrested in murder STAFF REPORT

Corey Ray McCleary, 48, was arrested on Dec. 15 in the shooting death of his father. McCleary was charged with first degree murder after deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 5900 block of Ocotillo Drive at approximately 2:15 p.m. Sherriff ’s officers found his father dead. According to reports the

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fatal shooting began as a domestic dispute, although details remained shaky as to the subject of the fight or what caused it to escalate. McCleary was arrested without incident about 20 minutes later. McCleary is being held at the Lower Buckeye Jail in lieu of $1 million bond with an arraignment hearing scheduled for Dec. 22.

DVUSD served with search warrant STAFF REPORT

The Deer Valley Unified School District was served with a search warrant at approximately 8:15 a.m. Dec. 15. A Special Investigation Team from the Attorney General’s Office served the warrant at the Administration Offices.

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Boulder Creek senior Mike Contreras remained perfect on the season, getting a dramatic 9-7 overtime win over Horizon’s Bryant Wood Saturday in the 145 pound finals at the Moon Valley Invitational.

one of the few I’ve seen that is as quick as I am so I had to use my strength,” Contreras said. “I knew I could get an escape to force it to overtime. Once I got it there I was confident I would win. My conditioning is one of my biggest strengths. It was exciting. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the season.” With a takedown in overtime Contreras claimed perhaps the most exciting match of the finals, 9-7. Having taken second in the Moon Valley event as

a sophomore, as well as finishing second in the state, Contreras said he’s on a mission this season. “I don’t care where I’m ranked,” he said. “When I was younger I cared about that sort of stuff. Now I’m more comfortable and relaxed.” Another one of the team’s leaders is senior Scott Eddy. Despite an ankle injury the 189-pounder battled his way to a third place finish. Eddy said his team’s success is due to its preparation.

“I definitely think we’re a more conditioned team that most,” he said. “We have some young guys with a lot of potential. I definitely see us as at least a top five team at state.” Gilliland said that as long as his team maintains its work ethic they’ll get where they should be. “I don’t really worry much about records,” he said. “I’m just looking to see us continue to get better every day and have us peaking at the end of the season.”


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Miss American pays visit to Anthem

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You’ve officially had a big year when meeting the president gets lost in the shuffle. When asked about the highlights of her tenure as Miss America, a run that will end when the latest Miss America is crowned in January, Caressa Cameron started rattling off a visit to Germany and then her first trip to Disney World since she was a little kid. The details of that trip came to an abrupt halt. “Oh my gosh, I almost forgot I got to meet the President and Michelle when they lit the Christmas tree at the White House,” she said. Cameron was able to recall one famous Christmas tree while visiting another as she spent Thursday at the Outlets at Anthem where she did a meet and greet which included an autograph session and photo opportunities for a crowd largely consisting of mothers

and their daughters. While the rainy weather drove the festivities inside the 22-yearold Virginia native lit up the faces of many a youngster who came out to hear about her duties as Miss America. “No two days are the same,” she said. ���One day you’re visiting sick kids at a hospital, the next you’re at a NASCAR race.” Cameron spent the past year traveling some 20,000 miles per month, to a different city every other day, as an advocate for her chosen issue, Children’s Miracle Network. The charity raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network are used to provide charitable care, purchase life-saving equipment, and fund research and education programs that save and improve the lives of 17 million children each year. Not surprisingly Cameron said travelling will be the thing she misses the least and the most about being Miss America. “I loved all the fabulous places I got to visit, but for the most part I’ve lived in airports and hotels,” she said. “If only they could somehow make it where you just had to touch the crown and you’d be to your next destination. There are a lot of places that I’d like to go back and visit when I can spend more time looking around.” Speaking of the crown Cameron points out that despite the fact that she will be in attendance on Jan. 15 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas to crown the new Miss America she does get to keep her crown.

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that speed and/or alcohol were Officer for MCDOT, said further contributing factors in the majority of the expansion beyond three lanes would be documented accidents in the study. dictated by traffic flow on New River But he also made clear that every Road adding that further lane expansion effort will be made to maintain the would require 15,000-18,000 daily area’s rural lifestyle. commuters through the area. The current The seven segments of the project have numbers are roughly 3,000. been prioritized with segment 4, a 1.3 Projections don’t have New River Road mile section north of the Skunk Creek having that type of traffic flow until 2030. Bridge to Country Road east of the 23rd Barbara White, who has spent most of Ave. intersection as the highest priority. her life in New River, said she hopes the The realignment of the intersection also writing for the project isn’t on the wall, requires drainage and roadway geometry but said she is fearful that her neighbors’ to account for severe dips and curves as silence will be viewed as an endorsement well as the widening of New River Road of MCDOT’s plans. to the three-lane “If you don’t send in modified Rural written comments you’re Share your thoughts Minor Arterial giving your consent,” cross-section. on New River Road. she said. “We need Construction on the to rally to keep from Do you agree with the premise that section is scheduled having what amounts New River Road is unsafe? Are there for sometime in elements of the project that you like/ to a highway running dislike? What proposed alterations 2012 or 2013. through our community. would be the most beneficial? Trig Johnston None of us want that.” What is your biggest concern with a 3.5 year New Kattan said that regards to the proposed alterations River resident the widening efforts to the road? Send a letter to the said MCDOT is editor at ffeditorial@hotmail.com, or are not being planned go to our Facebook site, found by already causing in order to increase searching The Foothills Focus and more problems than capacity, but rather to make a post there. they’re solving. improve sight lines so as “They’re causing to avoid accidents. accidents with all the gravel they’re “Our duty is to improve safety,” he dumping on the road,” he said. “They’re said. “I am not under any illusion that we grading the shoulders and throwing dirt all will have 100 percent support from the over the place. They aren’t doing anything community no matter how we decide to go, productive. We want them to leave us but the more the community participates in alone. That’s why we live out here.” this process the better off you all will be His son Logan Johnston agreed with what we end up going with.” echoing sentiments made by several The meeting was the sixth in the last members of the audience. three years regarding New River Road and “We don’t want a freeway through potential improvements. our community,” he said. “Lets take a For information on the project Al Kattan, community vote. They won’t find support Project Management and Construction at 602for any of their project.” 506-4618 or alkattan@mail.maricopa.gov or It is anticipated that the whole corridor call Roberta Crowe, PIO at 602-506-8003 or will be upgraded to three lanes by 2017. robertacrowe@mail.maricopa.gov. Roberta Crowe, the Public Information


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complimentary comments about how impressed she was with the turnouts our residents made.” At 40 percent Willis is hopeful that the impact won’t be so dramatic as to cause people to leave Anthem. “We’re all going to have to tighten our belts,” he said. “The Council did a good job in anticipating the hike when they put together their budget. Maybe it’s one less dinner out a month or something like that. It’s not going to be something that most people can just slough off.” Despite the Corporation Commission’s ruling questions still remain regarding Anthem’s situation. The wastewater systems of Sun City Grand and Verrado communities and Anthem were combined, which has Anthem residents paying for a new treatment plant that will not serve their community. Anthem had pushed in favor of consolidation with the belief that customers Valley-wide could more easily absorb price

hikes when upgrades to water systems were needed rather than individual communities being responsible for their local water utility alone. The commission eventually decided to allow the Arizona American Water to raise rates gradually, starting in January, and requires the company to begin a process of breaking up the wastewater systems so that Sun City customers pay their own costs. Arizona American Water has approximately 8,700 water customers in Anthem. The company claims it has lost close to $30 million since it bought the utility in Anthem. The water company had to pay its debt to Pulte once the master-planned community was built out, and it was trying to recover about $23.3 million of those expenses through ratepayers. Looking forward Willis said there is still plenty for the community, to figure out including Pulte’s role in keeping home buyers in the dark about the cost they would incur in funding the water system.

Many customers said they were never told when they bought their Anthem homes that they would see their water rates surge when the debt was due. In a recent court case Pulte was found to have breached its duty to disclose costs to Anthem homebuyers, although the settlement terms with only a few homeowners have remained confidential. Pulte is appealing part of the settlement in that case. Arizona American testified that while some homeowners feel they were misled by Pulte when they bought their homes, they should address their issues in lawsuit against the homebuilder. The water company stated it would be harmed financially if not allowed to recover its costs to pay off the homebuilder through its rates. Part of the rate hike will pay for water infrastructure in Anthem built with money originally paid by Del Webb, which was bought by Pulte while Anthem was being developed.

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December 22, 2010

Cactus Shadows win streak reaches 5

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Cactus Shadows junior forward Jack Bennett closes out defensively on Poston Butte big man Maurice Kirby during the Falcons 60-52 win Friday. The win was the fifth straight for Cactus Shadows. MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Reality television has had a jolting affect on the Cactus Shadows boys basketball team. Following an 0-3 start to their season in the Paradise Valley Invitational the Falcons had two practice days before their following game. Instead of hitting the court first year coach Tyler Dummett fired up the DVD player and showed his team what they had done in the first three games. “People got called out,” he

said. “You can’t argue when it’s right there in front of you on video. I think the kids saw the video and decided they didn’t want to look bad again.” The results have seen the Falcons make a 180 since the slow star, rattling off five straight wins, the latest coming in a 60-52 victory over Poston Butte in a Desert Sky Region matchup Friday. “The thing I’ve seen change the most is our ability to stay intense for 32 minutes,” Dummett said.

Through 24 minutes the Falcons found themselves trailing 42-40 in a back and forth game. But the Falcons opened the fourth quarter by going to a full court press that changed the game. “We really wanted to get the tempo up,” Dummett said. In a 4:30 minutes span to start the fourth quarter the Falcons rattled off a 12-0 run in which they took the Broncos out of their offense, forcing quick shots and turning those quick shots into layups on the other end. Junior Jack Bennett drew one of the most challenging defensive assignments on the night, matching up with Maurice Kirby. Despite giving up several inches to the Broncos center Bennett limited the athletic 6-foot-8 Kirby to six points on 3-of-15 shooting. “Jack did a great job moving him off the block,” Dummett said. “We were hit and miss with our ball pressure on the perimeter to make it hard to get the ball inside, but he worked hard the whole game to make it difficult for him to get the ball.” And when Kirby did catch the ball Bennett kept him from getting to the basket, forcing CS boys basketball continued on page 13

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Desert Foothills Land Trust earns certification

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The Desert Foothills Land Trust earned accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission earlier this month. From left President-elect Pat O’Brien, Conservation Director Stacy Fischer, Executive Director Sonia Perillo, Member Relations and Operations Manager Mary Warren, President Sue Clement, and ImmediatePast President Jacky Davis. MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

The Desert Foothills Land Trust, which serves Carefree, Cave Creek, Anthem, New River Scottsdale and Phoenix earned accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

earlier this month. “We are thrilled to have received this national recognition from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Being accredited enables Desert Foothills Land Trust to communicate to our supporters, elected officials, landowners and the

public that we are operating according to the highest standards of legal and ethical practice, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to this rigorous evaluation,” said Land Trust Executive Director Sonia Perillo. Since their formation in 1991,

the Land Trust has protected more than 600 acres on 16 preserves. Many of these preserves are open to the public for exploration, and the organization offers regular hikes, volunteer activities and other opportunities for community members to get involved. Perillo said that gaining accreditation was better than a two year process that included a self assessment, a 50 page submission in which the commission examines a number of the group’s land acquisition projects. That was followed by a conference call where the commission had more questions for Perillo and the rest of the organization. “The process was beneficial in itself, having the opportunity to look at our organization in a self review process to examine how we do things, seeing if there are ways we can do things better,” she said.

Despite having been in the Valley for approaching 20 years Perillo said the accreditation should help the organization in being selected by people looking to make a donation. “The market conditions have made it a rough time for everybody, including non-profits,” she said. “It’s a good way for land owners looking to possibly donate to find a group to work with. The seal that comes with being accredited is becoming well known.” The group spent the past year continuing efforts to raise funds for the 4,000 acres of Sonoran Desert land near the Cave Creek Regional Park and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area being purchased by Cave Creek from the State Land Department. Another effort has been seeking out volunteers. “We seem to have hit on something that people are interested in,” Perillo said. “They might not have as much money to give, but they are interested in giving their time and their talent if you give them those opportunities.” With opportunities available for preserve stewards or docents the group had a training session in October in which 30 people went through training. Some in that group have taken five three-hour classes to graduate the program. The success of the Fall session has led the organization to make plans to have another one in the spring. For information on the Desert Foothills Land Trust call 480-4886131 or go to dflt.org


December 22, 2010

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Desert View church sets holiday service schedule Desert View Bible Church invites the public to “Rediscover Christmas” during masses at 9 and 10:45 a.m. throughout the

month. Christmas Eve services will be at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Desert View Bible Church is located at 105 West Carefree Highway. For information call 623-298-4900 or go to desertviewbible.org. 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 members to become actively involved in their own recovery. The support members receive at group meeting will enable them to continue to make progress. ACPA groups are meant to offer a support system to members, as well as teach skills which will enable members to cope with the day-to-day situations. For information contact Jerry Abrahamson at 602-741-8992 or acpa@abrahamson.us. HOLIDAY Boulders restaurant puts on Christmas Eve dinner From6–9:30p.m.theLatillaattheBoulders Resort will serve a four-course Christmas Eve dinner. Price for adults is $76 plus tax and gratuity.For information, or to make a reservation please call 480-488-7317 or visit the website at theboulders.com. The Latilla at the Boulders is located at 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive in Carefree. Italian restaurant offers New Year’s celebration Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge, a new Cave Creek staple serving Italian classics, wood-fired pizzas and wine is hosting a New Year’s Even dinner with reservation being accepted beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. Patrons will experience an authentic traditional Italian celebration with a festive meal for $49 including a champagne toast. Owners Tagan Dering and Frank Vairo along with Chef Jon Spahr are crafting a three-course meal featuring popular Italian specialties including Duck Confit Risotto Croquette with mushroom panna cotta, smoked pecans, Lobster Papardelle with olive oil/garlic marinated lobster tail, basil papardelle,red pepper/butter, parmesan asparagus and Veal Saltimbocca proscuitto/ sage rolled scaloppini, buffalo mozzarella, brown butter/garlic sauce, sweet potato community events continued on page 13


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Cactus Shadows C.J. Davis tries to get a shot up over the outstretched arms of Poston Butte defender Maurice Kirby during Friday’s game. The Falcons used a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull out at 60-52 win in Desert Sky Region action.

him to shoot over him. “I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t worry about my opponent,” he said. “Against somebody like that you’ve got to use all the tricks you can. Sometimes it’s more about making it a battle of wits rather than a battle of athleticism.” Offensively a balanced Falcons team had 10 players get into the scoring column led by sophomore Mike Rabbini with 12 points. Senior point guard Casey Perrin and junior Austin Horton chipped in with 10 points each. Bennett said Dummett and the rest of the coaching staff have changed the atmosphere in the program. “We had to overcome a certain negativity that had grown in the program over the last three years,” Bennett said. “We were the equivalent of a beaten dog. At first we were a little nervous. You don’t know what to expect when it comes to something new. But we’ve really gelled. Every day I go to practice I’m having the time of my life.” The Falcons will look to run their winning streak to six games when they open play against Buckeye at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round of the Great Desert Shoot Out. The three-day 20-team event concludes with the championship game at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30. The championship game is preceded by the 2:30 p.m. third place game and fifth place grade while the consolation championship is at 1 p.m. In addition to the host Falcons the tournament field includes fellow North Valley program Sandra Day O’Connor. The event also includes Valley

Lutheran, North Point Prep, La Joya, Queen Creek, Sierra Linda, Campo Verde, Tempe, Coconino, Canyon del Oro, Nogales, Kofa, Buckeye, Santa Rita, Combs, Cibola, Casa Grande, Arcadia and Westview. BOULDER CREEK The defending 5A Div-II state champion Jaguars, off to a 5-3 start this season, spent the last few days before Christmas on the border between Arizona and New Mexico as a participant in the 2010 Border Classic in Chinle. After playing Espanola Valley on Monday the Jaguars were set to face Cleveland on Tuesday. Result from the two games were unavailable at press time. Just as they close 2010 out of town the Jaguars will begin 2011 on the road. The two-time defending Northwest Region champions, off to a 2-0 start in the region, continue their bid for a three-peat in Kingman on Jan. 7 when they face the 2-3 Bulldogs. GIRLS Both the Boulder Creek and Cactus Shadows girls basketball teams are spending the post-holiday break participating in out of town tournaments. The Jaguars, off to a 2-4 start overall and 1-1 in Northwest Region play, will head to Payson to participate in the Payson Holiday Hoops Classic beginning Monday. Meanwhile Cactus Shadows, off to a 4-5 start overall, but 3-0 in Desert Sky Region play, will be in Wyoming Tuesday through Dec. 30 for the Energy Classic.

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Creekers offered opportunity to cut electric costs Submitted article

Imagine slashing your electric bill by up to 30 percent. Not sure where to start? Cave Creek residents can get answers from a deeply discounted home energy checkup launched earlier this month by Save-a-Watt, in cooperation with APS. The first 90 applicants for Home Energy Checkup Rebates will pay only $49, a fraction of inspections’ $400 value, said Greg Smith, spokesman for Save-a-Watt – which seeks a 10 percent cut in town power usage by September 2012. Residents of other communities can get a good deal at $99 directly from APS, he said. “This is a great way to move toward energy independence,” Smith said. “The checkups identify upgrades that can cut electric bills by up to 30 percent, paying dividends for many years.” A checkup uses a whole-house approach to identify ways to improve a home’s comfort, safety and energy efficiency, said Gavin Hastings, program manager of APS Home Performance with Energy Star. An inspector checks the attic, walls, windows, hot

water system and air conditioning equipment and duct work. The homeowner is given a list of recommended energy-saving upgrades along with a cost estimate. Contractors make the process easy for customers, Hastings said. They fill out paperwork and provide a list of APS rebates that pay up to 75 percent of upgrade costs, he said. Tax credits may also reduce investment costs. Ten free compact florescent light bulbs, a low-flow showerhead and three faucet aerators fixtures are included in the audit price. Through APS, Arizona Home Performance with Energy Star checkups cost only $99. The Town of Cave Creek, which runs Save-aWatt jointly with the Green Cave Creek group, will mail a $50 rebate check to the first 90 qualified single-family homeowners who submit an affidavit form after the checkup, Smith said. “We can set an example by shrinking our town’s carbon footprint and helping deter power plant construction in Arizona that would raise electric rates,” he said. “This is good for the environment and good for people’s pocketbooks.”

To take advantage of the Save-aWatt program: Make sure you qualify by reading program guidelines at Town Hall or the Save-a-Watt web page. Rebates will go to the first 90 qualified residents who complete an audit and submit a form. The program is for singlefamily homeowners within town limits. A Cave Creek Post office is not enough. See a map at: www. cavecreek.org/DocumentView. aspx?DID=405 Choose a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute by calling 877.850.8358 or visiting aps.com/checkup. Schedule the audit. After the inspection, complete the affidavit available soon at the Save-a-Watt page or Town Hall. A check will be mailed to the property owner after the town receives the form. For information on the home performance program, visit APS at aps.com/checkup. For questions on the Save-a-Watt rebate,contact Greg Smith at GreenCaveCreek@hotmail.com.

Black Mountain adds class offerings from PVCC STAFF REPORT

Beginning Spring 2011, Paradise Valley Community College, a Maricopa Community College, is offering its course in juvenile justice at its PVCC Black Mountain education site for students interested in pursing an associate degree Justice Studies. Juvenile Justice Procedures (AJS212) is one of ten required courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from the Administration of Justice Studies program at PVCC. The three-credit class examines the history and development of juvenile justice theories, procedures and institutions. There is no prerequisite to take the course, which meets Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:10 p.m., beginning Jan. 20. “The AAS degree in Justice Studies has become very popular, so we are expanding this opportunity to PVCC at Black Mountain for the convenience of

interested students living in our North Valley communities,” said Tom Powell, AJS faculty and program director. By expanding Justice Studies to PVCC Black Mountain, the college is providing professional growth opportunities for current practitioners in the field such as employees at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (Adobe Facility), the Federal Correctional Institute (I17 and Pioneer Road) and the Phoenix Police Department Black Mountain Precinct. The course offering also is convenient for area residents thinking about starting a degree program. In addition to learning the history and jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system, students will study the fundamental philosophy and objectives of the juvenile justice system; the differences between juvenile and adult criminal offenses; definitions of juvenile offenders; due process and treatment/

intervention options for troubled youth; proper police handling of juveniles; detention procedures and adjudication of juvenile cases. Adjunct faculty Steve Ripple, who worked as a deputy sheriff and as a private investigator, is teaching the Juvenile Justice Procedures class. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Long Beach and a master’s degree in educational leadership from North Arizona University. He teaches courses in criminal justice writing, evidence, policing, forensics, ethics, criminal justice advocacy, corrections and constitutional law. For information about the Administration of Justice Studies program at PVCC, email thomas. powell@pvmail.maricopa.edu. Interested students can register in person at either the Union Hills campus or PVCC Black Mountain, online at my.maricopa.edu, or by calling Admissions and Records at 602-787-7020.


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community events Continued from page 12 bread budding, saba jus just to name a few. Guests are invited to stay in the Vino Lounge and celebrate the New Year with a live broadcast of the NYC Time Square ball drop with additional champagne and cocktail specials throughout the evening. Amara Pizzeria and Vino Lounge is located at 28234 N. Tatum Blvd. in Cave Creek. For information or to make a reservation call 480-502-1920 or go to amaroaz.com. Black Canyon City celebrates end of 2010 Just thirty minutes from Phoenix and Prescott, Arizonans can rock in the New Year at the legendary Rock Springs Café. The festivities begins with dinner specials from 6 – 8 p.m. Live music, by Tumbleweed Junction at 9 p.m., kicks off the New Year’s Eve celebration. Blackjack and Faro tables will be available to win raffle prizes such as gift certificates, t-shirts and logoed merchandise while wearing 1920s Western Attire. For $10 players will receive 500 chips then $5 per 100 after the initial 500 have been spent (in funny money). A portion of the proceeds from casino night will benefit the Black Canyon City Lions Club. Party favors, noise makers and a rousing good time are all part of the festivities. Founded in 1918, Rock Springs Café is located just thirty minutes north of Phoenix off of I-17 at exit 242; 35769 South Old Black Canyon Highway, Rock Springs, Arizona. To learn more about the legendary Rock Springs Café, visit them on-line at www.rockspringscafe.com or by calling 623-374-5794. MUSIC Film series continues at MIM The MIM continues it inaugural Film Series with Mighty Uke at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 with Mighty Uke. The ukulele was born in Hawaii in the 1880s and became the most popular instrument in the American home by the 1920s. Now, in the Internet age, the instrument is making a comeback as a new generation discovers a unique musical voice. The movie chronicles the comeback of the ukulele. The movie will be rescreened at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. All of the movies are free with museum admission. Seating is available on a firstcome, first-seated basis. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in Phoenix. For information go to themim.org or call 480-478-6000. HIKING Cave Creek Park has multitude of hiking opportunities Cave Creek Regional Park has a variety

of hikes and other activities available to the public throughout the month of December. Listed below are some of the events available for the remainder of the month. For a complete listing go to www.maricopa. gov/parks/cavecreek. Thursday: At 9 a.m. a Desert Survival class offering basic techniques for staying alive in the desert will be offered at the Nature Center. The discussion will include safety, hydration, staying found, orienting, venomous creatures, etc. Friday: At 9 a.m. a moderate 3.5 mile holiday fitness hike will give participants a chance to enjoy the views of Cave Creek Regional Park. The hike will include tips on general fitness and hiking gear. Those attending should bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes or boots. The hike leaves from the Nature Center Dec. 30: At 9 a.m. the Sonoran Desert simplified, a one mile hike leaving from the Nature Center will focus on the common plants and animals living locally in the desert and the adaptations that allow them to thrive. Dec. 31: At 9 a.m. a moderate 3.5 mile holiday fitness hike will give participants a chance to enjoy the views of Cave Creek Regional Park. The hike will include tips on general fitness and hiking gear. Those attending should bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes or boots. The hike leaves from the Nature Center. Spur Cross hosts variety of hikes Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area hosts a variety of hikes each month. For a complete listing of hiking and walking opportunities visit maricopa.gov/parks. Listed below are some of the hikes scheduled in December. Those interested in participating are encouraged to wear closedtoe shoes or boots and long pants, use a walking stick and bring plenty of drinking water. Those participating on evening hikes should bring flashlights. Hikes are $3 per person for adults that don’t have a Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area Pass. Bring exact change. Children under 16 are free. Monday: At 9 a.m. an easy, 1.5 hour walk for health, camaraderie and the desert’s serenity will get under way for people who want to beging trekking in the desert at an easy pace. Bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle and a hat. Park docents Coni Grossman and/or Tammy Teegardin will lead the hike. Dec. 29: At 9 a.m. a two-mile brisk, non interpretive walk designed for getting healthy walk will take participants along the Metate Trail. Participants don’t have to be competitive athletes, simply those that community events continued on page 16

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community events Continued from page 15 would like to add diversity to their existing walking program. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Dec. 31: Park Ranger Kevin Smith takes participants along Dragonfly Trail, the newest trail in the Spur Cross system during a moderate 3.5 hike. The hike will take adventurers past a prehistoric rock art site and all stroll along a riparian habitat on Cave Creek. Bring plenty of water. VOLUNTEERING Desert Awareness committee seeks mentors The Desert Awareness committee is looking for volunteers to help with the fourth grade program “Desert Reach” beginning in January. The team brings the exciting hands-on desert awareness program right into the classroom. Since 2004, it has shared a fast paced, two hour program with more than 1,000 fourth graders in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Once a week, from January through March, they meet at one of the five CCUSD elementary schools to present Desert Reach. We use a team of trained volunteers to carry out the self-contained, portable program, usually presenting it in two classrooms on a given day. The group is planning a training session in early January and seeks new volunteers. For information call 480-595-5501 or 480-488-5477.

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development, stage presence, self & group discipline, and theatrical protocol. The curriculum includes a combination of physical exercise, oral reading and theatrical games. Families are encouraged to join by helping make simple sets and costumes. For information call 623-594-3832, e-mail onthetowne@cox.net or go to onthetownetheatre.org. MTA performs Peter Pan Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces performances for Peter Pan, at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 – 15 and at 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, 22-23 at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center. The show includes a cast of almost 100 children and adults, many of whom have received distinguished awards for their talents. Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center is located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. Tickets prices are $18 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and children 12 and under. For tickets go to musicaltheatreofanthem.org SAFETY Class offers boating tips at Lake Pleasant The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and Arizona Game and Fish Department have collaborated on a daylong kayaking course that addresses the unique safety needs of paddlers that will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 23. This National State Boating Law Administrators sanctioned course will offer both on-the-water and classroom instruction designed to get the novice paddler off on the right course. The morning portion of the class will take place from 8 a.m. – noon at the Arizona Game and Fish Headquarters, located at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. The afternoon segment then follows from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, located at 41402 N. 87th Ave. in Peoria. Registration is $50 and includes instruction, materials, a goodie bag, Lake Pleasant Regional park entrance, use of life vests and paddles and access to a variety of kayaks. Registration prior to Jan. 16 is required to secure a place in the class. Enrollment is limited to 26. For information call 602-372-7470 or 602559-1440. To download flyer and registration go to http://dev02.cgaux.org/Uploads/114-10/ PADDLE123_combo.pdf. community events continued on page 18


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opinions & letters

Have a politically correct holiday Is it okay to wish a co-worker, “Merry Christmas?” Arguments against the recognition of Christmas in the workplace tend to focus on the alleged alienation of nonChristians. The anti-Christmas crowd notes that Christmas is the only religious holiday that nearly everyone gets off work. Some feel it is unfair to have a month of workplace decorations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (and office parties) to recognize Christmas. One commentator noted that parallel celebrations of the Hanukkah season are problematic because it was originally a relatively minor Jewish holiday whose importance may be been inflated by its accidental proximity to Christmas. The origin of Christmas or “Christ’s Mass” is somewhat obscure. It became part of the liturgical calendar by tradition and St. Francis of Assisi allegedly introduced the nativity scene

as a symbolic representation of the birth of Jesus. While Jesus Christ clearly commanded his followers to remember his death and to celebrate his resurrection, to the best of my knowledge, He did not request that we commemorate His birth. Many symbols and celebrations of Christmas have nothing to do with religious faith; but when pressed, most would likely concede that it is a religious holiday. I have never understood why, but people who almost never attend church feel the need to do so on Christmas and on Easter. In a different time and in a different context, our U.S. Supreme Court actually stated in 1892 that “this is a Christian nation.” Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 143 U.S. 457 (1892). However, the pastor of the church I attend is often notes that “Christians are no longer the home team.” If religious liberty is valued, then government efforts (to police

the workplace to avoid anything that looks religious) may not always advance that goal. While I am aware of nobody arguing for an official government religion, the size and scope of modern American government agencies have expanded into most aspects of daily life. The unfortunate consequence from that expansion is that the free exercise of religion often gets forced out. While others have an absolute right to disagree with me, I still believe that Christmas is a religious holiday designed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you hold a different view, I only request that you be as tolerant of my views as you would like me to be of your own. Merry Christmas. Judge Gerald Williams is the presiding justice of the peace for the Northwest Regional Court Center. His column appears monthly in The Foothills Focus.

Phoenix man rips DVUSD administrative salaries I recently received a four page special report from the DVUSD extolling their outstanding handling of funds. I find it absolutely outrageous that they can possibly believe we are so naive as to believe that “DVUSD has saved the taxpayers money by issuing Build America Bonds” in January 2010. Who pays the interest on the $30 million? The report did not include the recent approval of an additional $16 million bond. Who pays for this bond issue? How do you explain the 2008 $148 million bond issue that is only 13 percent completed? The letter by Superintendent Virginia McElyea does not reflect the out of control payroll costs. Has she conveniently

forgotten her $122,000 pension AND $182,000 paycheck? Is the DVUSD so devoid of competent school administrators that we must pay a total of almost $25,000 per month for a superintendent? The DVUSD Governing Board should be ashamed of itself ! When will the district make an effort to control costs and give an honest accounting of expenditures? I, for one, will never again support a DVUSD bond issue. Incompetence, exorbitant salaries and pensions (I will assume that this is for the highest paid administrators-not teachers) and a lack of accounting of cost control measures should not be rewarded. Steve Glantz Phoenix

Give children gift of reading With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are in search of the latest and greatest children’s gifts to place under the tree. But amidst all the dolls, gadgets and superheroes, there’s one gift that, more than any other, can make a profound difference in the life of a child - the gift of reading. The holiday season is the perfect time to begin reading regularly with a child you care about. Those few minutes every day will help awaken a young mind -- and will make a real difference in that child’s life, and the future of our nation. It’s important to start early. Research shows that reading during the K-3 years is critical because it is the time when most children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. In other words, this is when children learn the most important skill that helps prepare them for success later in school and life. Children who read at grade level when they enter fourth grade are more likely to graduate

from high school than those who fall behind. Ralph Smith of the Annie E. Casey Foundation -- an organization serving America’s most vulnerable families and children -- puts it succinctly: “Poor reading-test scores are profoundly disappointing to all of us who see school success and high-school graduation as beacons in the battle against intergenerational poverty.” In America today, the challenge is enormous. According to the latest U.S. Department of Education data, one in four American children does not graduate from high school on time, if ever. For minority students, the picture is especially grim. While the 81 percent of white children who graduate high school is far from ideal, only 64 percent of American Indian students finish their studies. And almost 40 percent of Hispanic and African American students never receive a diploma. If that’s not disturbing enough, consider that these kids will be entering a

workforce in which 75 percent of job openings will require some post-secondary education. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance, a group dedicated to educational excellence among U.S. youth, provides a strong case for action. “When more than a million students a year fail to graduate with their class, it’s more than a problem; it’s a catastrophe,” Powell said. “Our economy and national security are at risk when we fail to educate the leaders and the workforce of the future.” Like Secretary Powell, we at Target Corporation believe that giving America’s students a good education, and especially a strong foundation of reading skills, is essential to our country’s longterm success. We are committed to helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. In fact, since 1946 we have given 5 percent of our income to support local communities. Today

that giving places a special focus on education and equals more than $3 million per week. We recently announced plans to donate more than $500 million to education by the end of 2015, which will more than double our investment in education to date. From donating books and sponsoring school field trips through the Target Field Trip Grants program, to Take Charge of Education, a program in which Target donates money to schools chosen by our guests, to the Target School Library Makeover program, through which Target volunteers transform school libraries across the country, Target is committed to doing our part. But we know that solving the education crisis in America will take all of us - companies, nonprofit organizations, government and engaged citizens - working together. As a minority woman, and the first member of my family to graduate from college, I know firsthand the importance of a good

education. I am both humbled and inspired every time I sit down to read with a child or participate in one of Target’s education activities. So spread the joy. Be that parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle who reads with the child in your life, or become the caring adult who volunteers to read regularly with a child in your neighborhood. Reading to children triggers a lifelong love of learning and reading - and it puts smiles on young faces. Let’s all do our part to put our kids on the path to graduation, so they can lead our country to a brighter future. Laysha Ward is president of community relations for Target Corporation in Minneapolis. For details on Target’s commitment to education and the company’s focus on helping more U.S. students read proficiently by the end of third grade, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

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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Season of giving provides key to happiness Christmas, my favorite time of the year is almost here and like a brighteyed 5 year old I am pretty excited about it. What is it about this time of year that is so special? Everything! I mean, I love the decorations, the lights, the parties, the gatherings with family and friends, the giving, the attitudes of (most) everyone, and mostly the joy on my kids face as they take in the magic of this time of year. So why is this holiday so joyful? Well, as a young kid my answer would have been because of the gifts and the fact

that school was out for a couple of weeks. As an adult, the answer is, well… a little different. Of course, instead of a couple of weeks out of school, I now get a couple of days off from work and instead of getting a lot of gifts, I now give many more than I receive. If someone would have told me when I was eight years old that this is how it was going to be when I got older, I would not have thought that it would have been much to look forward to… However, instead of Christmas getting less joyful, it actually

becomes more joyful with each passing year. This despite the fact that I give much more than I receive… or do I? As I reflect on why this holiday often brings out so much joy in so many of us, I have to conclude it is because more of us are focusing on the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This little bit of wisdom, delivered to us several thousand years ago is so simple, but it is what I believe to be the meaning of a joyful life. Perhaps it is not the anticipation of getting

gifts that make so many of us joyful this time of year. Instead, I think it is the gratification we each get from giving to others. One of the most wonderful lessons that I have been fortunate enough to learn in my life is that when we help others, we help ourselves. Another powerful tenet that I believe is demonstrated this time of the year is the act of being selfless. One of my favorite quotes comes from one of my favorite writers Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Maybe there are so many more happy people this time of the year because more people are trying to make others happy. Maybe the act of giving, being compassionate, and making a difference in the lives of others is what brings us joy. Perhaps when we forget about our own troubles and instead focus on helping others, we find happiness and joy. Yes, we are in the midst of some very challenging

times. Yes, the economy is a mess and the real estate market will get worse before it gets better. And yes, sometimes it is easy to get lost in the fray of it all. But, maybe the best way out of our own problems is through helping others through their troubles? As I have traveled the course of my life, the one consistent theme I have noticed is that the happiest people I have known have been those who gave of themselves to others. Instead of trying to make themselves happy with material things, the happiest people I know focus much more on giving then receiving. Perhaps the joy that many of us feel this time of year is because we focus more of our attention on others than we do on ourselves. Maybe if more of us would adopt this approach the rest of the year we would find that the joy of Christmas would extend past the month of December. We might also find that by helping others, we find more power to help ourselves. Yes, times are tough, but with the right

perspective, we can each take steps that will lead to a more joyful existence. This time of the year allows all of us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and any time we are learning, we are growing. If nothing else, perhaps more of us will recognize that the material things are nice, but they are not what really matters. Moreover, this time allows each of us the chance to help others. In the end, to learn, grow, and to be of service might just be what brings happiness and joy after all. Hopefully more of us will see the opportunity that lies at the heart of this downturn and share more of what Christmas is all about all year long. After all, Christmas is a state of mind that can be cultivated into a habit. May we all nurture the habit of giving – not just at Christmas, but all year long. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Robert Holt, CDPE/ SFR and Christina Holt GRI/CSSN/SFR of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. Please visit www.TheHoltGroupAZ. com or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts.

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CALL ROXIE 602-373-7153 FOR A FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE

FUNDRAISER MTA hosts concert Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) will have their second Sonic Night in Anthem from 5 – 8 p.m. Jan. 4. Join MTA for a night of food, fun, and a live acoustic concert by Nathan Smith. 10 percent of profits from all food and beverages purchases go directly toward MTA. Nathan starred in

MTA’s first show, Songs for a New World, and is recently back from Romania and Moldova. Email your song requests for Nathan to play/sing to: musicaltheatreofanthem@ gmail.com For information go to musicaltheatreofanthem.org. SHOPPING Thieves Market opens 2011 Those looking to re-gift

can bring their own items to sell during an event from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 1 at 38410 N. School House Road. Those wishing to sell items can rent a space for $30. Those interested can sign up at cavecreekthievesmarket. com or by bringing cash with them to set up between 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. Entry fee to the market is $1. For more community events go to:

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construction

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house cleaning

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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 Basic Obedience Class: 7pm. This 6 week course will focus on basics: Come, Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Leave It, How to walk on a leash without pulling, Proper Etiquette for meeting & working around other dogs & people. Goal is to improve your working relationship with your dog and establish the foundation needed for effective dog training. $10 a class. Arline 623-465-7397 Carefree Hwy & I-17. Private classes available. Adult Care Wildflower Senior Assisted Home,LLC is a boutique level residential care home catering to “LADIES ONLY” Located in N.Phx (85085) in the beautiful Sonoran Foothills just south of Carefree Highway & east of I-17. Wildflower is owned & managed by an RN who is on site. Please visit our website @ www. WildflowerSeniorAssistedHome.com or call Karen @ 602-697-8220 Appliances Nice GE Gas Dryer. $100. 602-568-1044 GOT COFFEE ? Keurig Platinum series K-cup . Like new . New $ 200 yours $ 99.00 Trish 623-551-9545 GE Energy Star 25.4 Stainless Side By Side Refrigerator W/ Dispenser. New 2008. Best offer over $450. 623-582-5330 ATV/Cycle/Etc Polaris 250 Trail Blazer Quad. Automatic, needs some work but clean. $500 firm 623-374-9293 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 Autos 1996 Cougar XR7. 4 New Goodyear tires, V-8, runs good, excellent condition, needs AC compressor. $2375 obo. For appointment 602-909-3144 1964 to 1972 classic sports car, muscle car wanted by private party running or not. 480-518-4023 Baby/Children Items Handmade babywear. Contact: clhanthem@aol.com Business Opportunities DO YOU EARN $800 in a day? Your own local candy route! 25 machines and candy all for $9995. 877-915-8222. All major credit cards accepted! (AzCAN) Financial Services CREDIT CARD RELIEF FREE CONSULTATION. Save thousands of dollars. OUT OF DEBT IN MONTHS! AVOID BANKRUPTCY! CREDIT CARD

RELIEF. NOT a high-priced consolidation company or a consumer credit counseling program. Call CREDIT CARD RELIEF 866-475-5959. FREE CONSULTATION.

what you’re worth!!! Travel w/Successful young business group. Paid training. Transportation. Lodging provided. 1-877646-5050. (AzCAN) DRIVERS NEEDED WESTERN US! We PAY for EXPERIENCE. Out 7-10 days max. HazMat and 1-year OTR REQUIRED! 888-905-9879 or www.andrustrans.com. HOME FURNISHINGS Beautiful Dining Room set. Table w/ leaves, seats 8 easily. 6 chairs, 2 captains chairs. $600 obo. Will Deliver. 602-510-2086

Help Wanted Water treatment company needs appointment setters. Canvassers, telemarketers, and part-time secretary work. Base pay plus large bonuses $300-$700 week average. Company car possible. Call Dave at 623-594-7586 Ice cream truck drivers needed. $10 hour minimum. Current MVD report required. 8am-2pm, 3pm-7pm shifts available (Anthem Area) 623-594-7586 Drivers-Teams: Werner Enterprises Team Sign-On Bonus Extra 3cpm on ALL dispatched miles for first 6mos could mean between $3500 to $4000! 1-888-567-3101 RETAIL SALES OPENING ANTHEM. MINIMUM 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE. SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD. RESULT ORIENTED PERSON, REQUIRING LITTLE DIRECTION.SALARY PLUS INCENTIVES. MUST BE ABLE TO SELL. FAX RESUME TO 623-551-6256 CALL 623-551-6255 FOR INTERVIEW Hair Stations Available. Rental Only. Contact Brandy at Magnolias. 623-465-2999 ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 91 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www.classifiedarizona.com. (AzCAN) DRIVER - Single Source Dispatch. LOTS OF FREIGHT. Daily or weekly pay. Flexible schedule. Newer equipment. Van and Refrigerated. CDL-A, 6 months recent experience. 800-414-9569. www. driveknight.com. (AzCAN) COMPANY DRIVERS (Solos & Hazmat Teams). GREAT PAY, GREAT MILES, CDL-A Required. New to trucking. . . we will train. Variety of dedicated positions available. Call 866-228-3440 Swift. Between High School and College? Over 18? Drop that entry level position. Earn

Papa Bear Chair. Rich chocolate brown leather oversized chair w/ ottoman. Perfect condition. 52” wide, 24” seat. Ottoman 23” x 31” $750. Anthem CC area. 623-551-8689 Instruction 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.

American Sanctuary and a 501c(3) registered charity is in need of donations. Funds, tack, supplies or just your time. Also looking for special people to sponsor our sanctuary mares. These mares will live out their lives here at the ranch. Also have several horses available for adoption. Now offering riding lessons & trail rides to feed the horses” 623-910-6530 www. dreamchaserhorserescue.org or email susan@dunrovinranch.com MISC. 14in Ivory Formato Porcelain Tiles. 4.5 boxes 10 in box. John 623-551-1129 SURVIVAL FOOD. Taste Test Gourmet Meals FREE. 15yr shelf life. Try it before buying. Legitimate Company. http://www.stardust.myefoods.com/ Click “Win”. Only Pay S/H. No Obligation GOT BIKES ? His / hers adult cruiser mulit speed bikes . Look new . $ 100.00 each. Trish 623-551-9545 BASEBALL CARDS TOPPS DON RUSS 1988 1990 SEALED PACKAGES $1.00 EACH 1985 $5.00 EACH 623-594-4431

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 HORSE BOARDING/TRAINING LESSONS. If you are looking for a ranch that truly cares for the well being of your horse look no further! We offer full care with all amenities. Feed, fly spray system, auto waterers, bedding, turn-out all included in $300 board. Horse & rider friendly atmosphere. Arena plus trails. www.twobithorseco.com 602-810-7772

Pool table made by Dynamo,bar table,all accessories included. excellent shape.$750. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692

Saddle & Tack Repairs. English & Western. I back all my work, 23yrs exp. Same location for 18yrs. Buy – Sell – Trade. Circle Mtn. & 18th St. 623-465-7286

Wanted: Old/New Guns, anvils, wagon wheels, Antique safes, Guitars. Cash Paid. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692

Blue papered Foxtrotter, 15 yrs, 15 hnds. deep golden Palomino, naturally gaited, loads, shoes well. Likes people and attention. Owned 10 yrs. selling due to health. $2500. obo. 623-806-4248 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. ADOPT HORSES rescued from slaughter! Rehabilitated & ready for families. Volunteer,donate or sponsor also! Dreamchaser

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Basic Obedience Class: 7pm. This 6 week course will focus on basics: Come, Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Leave It, How to walk on a leash without pulling, Proper Etiquette for meeting & working around other dogs & people. Goal is to improve your working relationship with your dog and establish the foundation needed for effective dog training. $10 a class. Arline 623-465-7397 Carefree Hwy & I-17. Private classes available. MALTESE AKC MALE & FEMALE 4 YEAR OLD-LOVING TRAINED OBEDIENT DOGS, PAID $3500, WILL SELL TOGETHER FOR $1200 OBO HOLISTICALLY FED & VERY HEALTHY CALL 602-697-2128 MOVING 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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FREE HD FOR LIFE! Only on DISH Network! Lowest price in America! $24.99/ mo for over 120 channels! $500 bonus! 1-877-774-7028. (AzCAN) Misc Wanted Wanted: Corrugated Steel panels (approx 2ft x 7ft), and old steel shed. Will pick up. Call cell 1-847-738-1194

•Jewelry •Gold •Silver •Platinum •Diamonds

Free Clean fill dirt wanted, near New River & Circle Mtn Roads. Some rocks OK 847-738-1194

Wanted to buy. US Silver coins 1964 & earlier. $10 x face value. 623-465-9872 Big Screen TVs, as is, 41”-100” HD TV’s, Statewide pick up. Quick response. Bob 602-271-4461 Services Offered LEGAL SERVICES Document Preparation, TRAMONTO office 623-5510136 www.anthemlegal.com Lynn & Roy’s Helping Hands. 2 Gentlemen helping move, haul or shuffle your stuff. 928-899-0977 PERSONAL DRIVER FOR HIRE. TO THE AIRPORT OR ALMOST ANYWHERE. IN THE VALLEY 42 YEARS. CALL TED. 602-558-7777. THANK YOU!! Pets & Supplies Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs.

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 Medical Space for lease at 60th Street and Carefree Highway. Beautiful building with an affordable lease rate and immediate availability. Contact Marina Hammersmith at Ensemble DevMan of Arizona, 602-954-8414. Rentals RV SPACE FOR YOUR RV OR PARK MODEL. NICE PARK--QUITE, CLEAN,

TREES, LAUNDRY. Black Canyon City--14 MILES NORTH-- ANTHEM-CLEAN AIR! 55+, APPROVED PET OK. FREE STORAGE SHEDS, WIFI. $270. MONTHLY. APARTMENT ALSO AVAILABLE. (PHOTOS)-- GreenNLush. com. 623-374-9123 One Bedroom,kitchen w/dining area, patio.covered parking. Nice quiet Cave Creek neighborhood. $625 mo. references 480-488-2752 Rental. New River, 2200sqft home on 3 acres with horse privileges. Borders Tonto

National Forest on 2 sides. Very secluded. $1400 obo monthly. Excellent Shape. 3bed, 2.5 bath. 602-309-0459 12/29 RV SPACE* 55+ NICE PARK! SHEDS, LAUNDRY, QUITE, TREES! BLACK CANYON CITY--14 MILES NORTH-ANTHEM. RVs, PARK MODELS OK . APPROVED PET OK. $270. GreenNLush.com. 623-374-9123 Tramonto Townhouse -Great Location. 3 bdr/ 2 bath/ 2 car garage-1080 sq ft All appliances including a washer and dryer. Pool, tennis courts, basketball court and

hiking trail $950./per month-available January 1, 2011 Call 760-791-2243 2 bd/2 bt dbl wide mobile home for rent. Private yard. Water/garbage incl/d. All appliances. $750/mo.; $750 dep. 1 small pet allowed, non-smoke. 480-221-9510 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 Airstream Trailer, West Cave Creek. Suitable for one person, covered porch,

fenced, private, secure, $400 mo. includes utilities. 480-326-2480 Real Estate American Dream Palm Harbor Home, never been lived in, 3 br 2ba, split floor plan,1483 sf. New Couch, end tables, coffed table, Entertainment Center & dinette set furniture conveys with home. Level 1+ acre - 2 on shared well. FHA Certified Home - Owner/Lender will finance to qualified buyer(s). Home Warranty Included! $118,500 - Roundup Realty 602-377-4057.

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