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New River resident Brian Hamill will be at the Heard Museum this weekend to compete in 21st annual Heard Museum World Championships. Hamill won the hoop dancing event two years ago.

It’s a combination of athleticism, art, story telling and culture. For New River resident Brian Hammill it also is a way of making a living. The 40-year-old Ho-Chunk Native American does between 300-400 presentations a year teaching people about the history of Native Americans through hoop dancing. Hoop dancing is a form of storytelling dance incorporating any number of hoops, which are used to create both static and dynamic shapes, or formations, representing various animals and storytelling elements including the butterfly, the eagle, the snake, the coyote

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with the hoops symbolizing the never-ending circle of life. On Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Hammill will be at the 21st annual Heard Museum World Championships. “It’s a great event,” he said. “We usually draw between 3,000-4,000 people each day. The crowd feeds you when you’re out there. I really perform for them and you can feel the energy from them.” Two years ago Hammill won the event in the adult division despite battling a bout with the flu. “I do a lot of events out at schools and I tell students the story of winning in 2009,” he said. “Everybody can do a good job when they’re feeling their

The Anthem Community Council received an honor, asked for a more comprehensive marketing plan from staff, were brought up to speed on the continuing efforts with regard to water rates in Anthem and got an update about the progress with the Veteran’s Memorial during the Jan. 26 meeting. One of the first events of the evening was a presentation in which Anthem was honored as the second community in Maricopa County to achieve the status of being a Firewise Community. In working with Marshall Phil Dyer of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department along with

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Super Bowl to draw masses to Cave Creek STAFF REPORT

Fans waving Terrible Towels and those affectionately known as Cheeseheads will converge on Cave Creek Sunday in anticipation of Super Bowl XLV. Two of the most successful franchise in football history will take the field at 4 p.m. as the Pittsburgh Steelers via for their seventh Super Bowl championship while the Green Bay Packers go after their fourth title. While the game will take place in Dallas more than 6,000 Steelers and Packers fans are

expected to invade Cave Creek. Harold’s Corral, which is regarded as one of the nation’s largest Steelers bars, and The Buffalo Chip is among the largest Packers bars in the country. The two establishments, which share a parking lot, will begin festivities leading up to kickoff at noon. Harold’s Corral co-owners Danny Piacquadio and Bill Vale and The Buffalo Chip owner Larry Wendt are working around the clock to prepare for the big day. In anticipation of 4,000 Steelers fans, Harold’s has ordered enough for 9,000 servings of beer and plans to

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will go for their second Super Bowl championship in three years and their seventh overall Sunday when they take on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. The game starts at 4 p.m.

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Lee Ann Beery of the Arizona State Forestry Division, Millie LaFave, and the rest of the Anthem Firewise Committee were able to establish Anthem as a Firewise Community. The distinction shows a willingness to take responsibility for reducing wildfire risks by providing the resources needed to achieve both a high level of protection against wildland/urban interface fire and ecosystem balance. Jim Downey from the Arizona State Forestry Division made a presentation to the board. “The Arizona Firewise Program encourages local groups to come up with solutions,” he said. “With our desert floor and the desert grasses the potential is there for wildland fires. I can think of two or three fires that have threatened communities in the last couple

years. I’d like to commend the local groups here for all their efforts in working together. Through their diligent efforts they’ve reduced the vulnerability of their community.” In addition to making progress in preventing wild fires the council heard a report from Roger Willis, the chair of the utilities committee, about where things stand with the water rates in Anthem after an 18 month process that began with Arizona American Water putting in their request for a rate increase. While Anthem residents began to see an increase in their water rates this month Willis pointed out that the revenue leaving Anthem was reduced by 25 percent over what Arizona American Water had originally asked for. He credited the council as well as the community’s efforts in showing up in front of the

Arizona Corporation Comission for keeping a bad situation from being worse, reiterating the ACC’s claim that the turnout and vocal response from Anthem about how Arizona American Water’s requested rate hike would aversely hit the community played a factor in their ruling. Moving forward he recommended residents conserve their water usage in February and March as customers will be billed based on their average water usage for January, February and March. He also said April 1 could be another important date as Arizona American Water is due to submit its proposal for deconsolidation with the Agua Fria District. Whether that results in a decrease in water rates remains to be seen. Overall he said there’s much to

be done moving forward. “Over the coming months we need to recruit additional members,” Willis said. “If we can get a little help navigating the legal system that would be highly beneficial. We’ll look to work with other communities under Arizona American Water. Scottsdale has shown interest. We also want to have a more proactive approach with RUCO. I think we learned that we were too reactive.” The Jan. 26 meeting also included an overview of the 2011 marketing plan to sell Anthem as a place both for shopping and events and also a place to live. After getting a general overview of a marketing plan to produce some brochures, advertise, use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook among other ideas to sell Anthem the council let it be known that they’d like a more flushed out plan of attack. “We’d like to move forward with this,” board member Bob Copen said. “But I don’t have a plan in front of me. I want us to be transparent in what we do. I don’t go to battle without a battle plan. We need to know what we’re voting on and it’s not here. We want the facts. Bring them here so we can vote on them.” That was the general consensus of several members of the board. Community Executive

Officer Jenna Kollings assured the board that things would be spelled out in detail in time for February’s meeting. The other item of note on the agenda was an update on the progress with the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial. Ron Tucker said the project, budgeted for $150,000, is running smoothly and he said there’s no reason it shouldn’t be ready for a Veteran’s Day dedication ceremony this year. While he said there were $6,000 in legal fees associated with the project and somewhere between $4,000-5,000 for a security system that weren’t budgeted that the project will largely cover itself. To this point between general donations and the purchase of pavers close to $75,000 has been raised for the Memorial. Ray Norris announced at the meeting that the local VFW will contribute $3,000 for a flag pole and both a United States flag as well as an MIA flag for the memorial. Additionally Tucker said there have been some generous donations made toward installing benches for the memorial. For information on the Anthem Veterans Memorial go to OnlineAtAnthem.com and click on Veterans Memorial.

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and coach Theresa Beall, Valley Vista pounded her team on the offensive glass. If that wasn’t enough to overcome Boulder Creek also struggled to navigate their way through the Moonsoon’s full court defense, turning the ball over 33 times. In falling to 8-9 on the season and 4-5 in Northwest Region play the Jaguars, clinging to

fading hopes of making the state tournament took 17 less shots than the Monsoon in a 58-44 loss. After hanging close in the first quarter, trailing only 12-9, and being tied at 17 almost halfway through the second quarter, Valley Vista closed the half with Boulder Creek basketball continued on page 6


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Cave Creek is expecting approximately 6,000 football fans between Harold’s Corral and The Buffalo Chip. Harold’s is expecting 4,000 Steelers fans while The Buffalo Chip is anticipating more than 2,000 Packers fans.

issued a “Fans Kick Their Cans” challenge to bring canned foods and toiletries for a special collection at each restaurant to see which fans donate the most items to the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. Volunteers from the non-profit will weigh the donations after the game. The owner of the losing “Fans Kick Their Cans” challenge will fly the other team’s flag at his restaurant for one week. Pam DiPietro, the food bank’s executive director, said she is thrilled that the rival bars are working together to help the community, especially since the need for services has increased nearly 700 percent since 2007. “We always need monetary donations, but we’re also in dire need of toiletries, such as soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and other items that can’t be bought with food stamps,” DiPietro said. “We also need peanut butter and jelly, pasta sauce, juice, dried milk, canned pasta, and baby items, such as diapers, wipes and formula.” While there is limited free parking at both restaurants, fans can park around Town and take advantage of free shuttle service. The Foothills Food Bank is also helping fans deal with parking issues. Fans can park at the Post Office on School House Road,

just north of Cave Creek Road. A $5 donation will benefit the Foothills Food Bank. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. The Buffalo Chip is located at 6811 E. Cave Creek Road. For best parking, take the free shuttle bus from parking lots in the Town’s Center. Steelers fans can purchase their tailgate tent Super Bowl table at www.haroldscorral. com to secure a seat to view the game on one of 18 large projection screens with stadium sound. The restaurant will also charge a $10 cover charge but that does not guarantee a seat. The first 200 people who bring a donation for Foothills Food Bank will get Harold’s version of the Super Bowl XLV “Terrible Towel.” Harold’s will also feature an oompah band playing polka songs and raffle off autographed Steelers memorabilia to raise funds for local youth charities. Packers fans will pay a $10 cover charge at The Buffalo Chip, which includes a giant party tent with a big screen TV and stadium sound, Packers prizes, tons of memorabilia, and food specials. To reserve seats or a table at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, call 480-488-1906 or visit www. haroldscorral.com.

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an 11-1 run, taking a 10 point lead to the halftime locker room. The Jaguars would make a bid to get back in the game early in the third quarter, with a quick 8-2 burst of their own with Brittany Allen connecting on a 15-foot jumper and then a strong drive from the corner for a layup. After a Valley Vista timeout senior Devyn Weber cut the Monsoon lead to four, but from that point forward Valley Vista dominated. The Jaguars had no answer for Monsoon guard Maraja Johnson. The junior hit a momentum crunching three pointer after Weber’s short jumper to push the lead back to seven. All told she would score eight of her game-high 15 points during the third quarter, which closed with Johnson making a long lead pass to Lacey Viselli, who canned a jumper at the buzzer to make the score 42-29. The Monsoon then rattled of a 10-0 run to open the fourth, assuring that there would be no comeback victory from Boulder Creek. The Jaguars were led by Molly Collins who scored 11 points. She was joined in double figures by Kasey Winter who scored 10 points. On Tuesday the Jaguars traveled to Goldwater to take on the Bulldogs, who at 15-5 overall and 7-2 in region are in second place in the Northwest Region (results unavailable at press time). On Friday Boulder Creek is at Mountain Ridge before returning home Tuesday for a matchup with Deer Valley. With five games remaining in the regular season the Jaguars sit at No. 22 in the 5A Div-II power ratings. The top 16 teams qualify for the state tournament. CACTUS SHADOWS The Falcons pushed their record above .500 on the season with a win over Queen Creek on Friday. The victory moved Cactus Shadows to 1110 overall and 8-2 in Desert Sky Region play. On Tuesday the Falcons faced a Saguaro team that they defeated 56-23 on Jan. 7.

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Boulder Creek point guard Delaney Swader navigates her way through the Valley Vista defense Friday. The Jaguars lost 58-44. For more photos from the game go to The Foothills Focus Facebook page.

Assuming they earned a win against the Sabercats (results unavailable at press time) the Falcons would head to McClintock (11-11, 9-3) Friday looking to clinch the Desert Sky Region championship. In the first meeting between the two teams the Chargers defeated Cactus Shadows 43-40 on Jan. 11. On Tuesday the Falcons close the regular season when they play host to Notre Dame Prep. The Falcons likely need to win the region in order to qualify for the 4A Div-I state tournament. As of Tuesday’s press time the Falcons were 19th in the power rankings. The top 16 teams make the 4A Div-I state tournament. The exception is if a team outside the top 16 is a region champion. In that scenario a region champion would bump the lowest rated team in the top 16 that isn’t a region champion. BOYS BASKETBALL BOULDER CREEK On Friday the Jaguars fell to 15-6 overall and 7-2 in Northwest Region play, losing in Surprise 63-60 to Valley Vista. Heading into the final five games of the regular season the Jaguars sit in

a tie for first place in the region with the Deer Valley Skyhawks (12-6, 7-2). On Tuesday Boulder Creek hosted Goldwater (8-11, 4-5) (results unavailable at press time). On Friday Mountain Ridge (8-12, 4-5) comes to Anthem to take on the Jaguars before heading to Glendale to take on Deer Valley Tuesday in a game that could determine the region title. The Jaguars were No. 8 in the 5A Div-II power ratings as of press time Tuesday. CACTUS SHADOWS The Falcons, winners of five straight games, looked to avenge one of their two region losses Tuesday when they played host to Saguaro in a game for first place in the Desert Sky Region. Since losing four of five, to close 2010 and open 2011, including a 81-56 defeat against Saguaro on Jan. 11, the Falcons have won their last five by an average of 20 points per game to move to 13-7 on the season and 9-2 in region play. On Friday the Falcons close the regular season at home against McClintock (15-9, 9-3). The Falcons sit at No. 10 in the 4A Div-I power ratings as of press time Tuesday.


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The 21st annual Heard Museum World Championships is expected to bring 3,000 - 4,000 spectators each day. New River resident Brian Hamill will be competing in the senior division, designated for those ages 40 and over for the first time. In 2009 Hamill won the event in the adult division.

best, but it takes concentration and dedication to perform at a high level when you’re down and out.” After finishing fourth a year ago, in the adult division, Hammill will participate in this year’s event in the senior division for the first time. “In the 20 years of the world championships there are only a couple people that have won in multiple divisions,” Hammill said. “That’s my goal. The adult division is the most challenging, but some of the competitors in the senior division are legendary.” In 1997 the Army native, who spent six years in the service, formed Native Spirit Dancers as a way to share native culture and dance with people from across the country and around the world. Despite still being relatively young, Hammill said that at the age of 40 he needs to spend more of his free time working out in order to stay in shape for the physically demanding routines. In addition to spending three to four days a week at the gym Hammill also is working toward a black belt in Taekwondo. Hammill said that in putting on demonstrations around the state through his business he

is always tweaking his routine leading up to the World Hoop Dancing Competition. “I’ve used anywhere between 5 and 28 rings, but I’m very comfortable with the routine I have using 13 rings,” he said. “The more rings you add the more intricate you can get with your formation, but you lose the ability to dance as well.” After the first round, where everyone gets to perform with accompaniment of one of two drums, five judges cut the field to the final six before a third round on Sunday where it’s cut to the final three. Top prize is $2,000. Hammill said early on he gets a sense of what type of routine he will have. “Usually it’s in the first minute,” he said. “Sometimes I just feel like I’m in the zone, where I feel the music and I’m grooving. When that’s the case I

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GEOLOGY Daisy Mountain Rock group meets in Anthem The Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club will have their monthly meeting from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the North Valley Library. Ramon Arrowsmith from the Arizona State University Geology department will give a presentation on faulting in Arizona. The club is designed to educate, share experiences, and socialize at all levels of interest in our local, state, and global geology. The club consists of residents of Anthem, New River, and Desert Hills. New members are welcome.

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PERFORMANCES MTA begins preparations for Honk! Jr. Musical Theatre of Anthem announces auditions for Honk! Jr. at 11 a.m. both Feb. 12-13 at the Caepe School. Honk Jr. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, “The Ugly Duckling”. Come join MTA on the farm where this story will remind the audience to be proud of themselves and not to judge a book by its cover. This show will feature Jr. MTA Performers (ages 6-14) and MTA will cast all who audition. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will take place at The Caepe School, 42212 North 41st Drive in Anthem. Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. They also need to bring an accompaniment CD or tape to sing with; or be ready to sing acapella. Registration materials, available on the website at musicaltheaterofanthem.org, should be completed prior to coming to the audition. Performances will be at 7 p.m.

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community events Continued from page 8 members to become actively REUNION involved in their own recovery. Michigan, Wisconsin The support members receive at group meet in Carefree The Annual ‘UP NORTH’ group meeting will enable them Arizona reunion a group of to continue to make progress. ACPA groups are meant to offer former residents of Gogebic a support system to members, as and Iron Counties in Michigan and Wisconsin will meet at well as teach skills which will 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at Harold’s enable members to cope with the day-to-day situations. Corral in Cave Creek. For information contact Jerry For reservations and directions contact Virgil Landretti and Abrahamson at 602-741-8992 or call 715-571-4263 or e-mail acpa@abrahamson.us. vlandretti@gmail.com. For those in the Tucson, Anthem Al-Anon group Green Valley, and Casa hosts 1st meeting Does someone’s drinking Grande area contact Diane Rigoni. Phone: 520-904-2861 bother you? Al-Anon can help. Courage to Change Alor email: rigonidi@msn.com Anon group meets from 7 –8 Cost for dinner and p.m. Wednesdays at entertainment is $25/person.  Cross of Christ Church, Visit with fellow ‘Yooupers’ and located at 39808 N.Gavilan Peak all ‘Up North‘ friends. Parkway, Anthem 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

SHOPPING Thieves Market returns to Cave Creek The Cave Creek Thieves Market will go from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at 384140 N. School House Road near the intersection of Cave Creek and School House Road in Cave Creek. Tour experts, Spur Cross trail hike groups, extreme sports, resort, golf and other vendors showcase the foothills glory and western appeal. Additionally residents can

rent a space for $30 if they have items they want to sell. Flea marketers don’t need a license; only businesses do. Sign up online at cavecreekthievesmarket. com or bring cash and set up between 6:30-7:30 a.m. The entry fee for an all-day, 8 a.m.3 p.m., pass to the market is a $1 donation. For information call 602-882-1442 or 602-400-3330. FUNDRAISERS/BENEFITS Gala supports Musical Theatre of Anthem Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) will have a Fundraiser Gala at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Anthem Ironwood Country Club. The evening will start with an Act I Cabaret of Italian-themed music performed by adult musical theater professionals. Next will be a three-course Italian dinner from the culinary staff at the Anthem Ironwood Country Club. Following dinner will be a live auction for great items including a brand new, Panasonic Viera 42” LCD HD Television. The night will conclude with an Act II performance of A Night in the Piazza. Set in a dinner theaterstyle, MTA members will perform songs from the show, “The Light in the Piazza.” This show stars multiple awardwinning actor and actress, Sterling community events continued on page 11

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State Rep visits New River STAFF REPORT

Arizona State Representative Amanda Reeve, will be the speaker for the New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship. Reeve has represented the North Valley since she was appointed in Feb. 2010 and was elected in Nov. 2010. She serves on 3 committees: 1) Environment (Chair), 2) Energy and Natural Resources (member), and 3) Higher Education, Innovation and Reform (member). Her goals include striving to create economic

development and sustainability, reduce burdensome government regulations, reform the educational system, all while being a fiscally responsible steward for voters’ tax dollars. Crossroads Christian Fellowship is located at 42425 N. New River Road. The public is invited to the meeting. Call 602-525-0548 or visit www.nrdhca.org for more information. The New River/Desert Hills Community Association is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to protecting the community and preserving its rural lifestyle.

Sonoran Arts League celebrates 10th anniversary STAFF REPORT

The Sonoran Arts League will have its 10th annual Festival of Fine Art featuring more than 100 nationally-acclaimed artists from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 18-20 at Stagecoach Village. Art in every medium will be available for purchase directly from juried artists. Additionally there will be live music and

food stations available. The show will feature at YOUTHART Booth featuring works for sale created by promising high school students. Additionally the Brush with Art Booth encourages children and families to express their creativity with paint on canvas. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 E. Cave Creek Road. For information on the event call 480-575-6624 or go to sonoranartsleague.org.

Class offers health tips for adolescent females STAFF REPORT

Soroptimist of the Saguaro Foothills will have an event aimed at 5th- 8th grade girls and their parents from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Sonoran Trail Middle School.

The class will focus on sharing healthy experiences. Cost is $15 per girl with parent and $5 for each additional person. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration can be accomplished online at http://sites.google.com/site/ sharinghealthyexperiences/

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Daisy Mt. Vets find new home STAFF REPORT

The Daisy Mountain Veterans (American Legion Post 128 and Veterans of Foreign Wars post 12031) has moved into Suite #545 at the Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way. The group will still offer space for organizational meetings and continue Bingo for the public at 6 p.m. on the first and third

Fridays of each month. Meeting times are 6 p.m. for the VFW and 6:30 p.m. for the American Legion on the second Thursday of each month. For information on the VFW contact Bob Mayer at 602-999-9628. For info on the American Legion contact Bob Hall at 623-551-3630 or go to daisymtnvets.org.

Daisy Mt. Vets find new home STAFF REPORT

The Daisy Mountain Veterans (American Legion Post 128 and Veterans of Foreign Wars post 12031) has moved into Suite #545 at the Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way. The group will still offer space for organizational meetings and continue Bingo for the

public at 6 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. Meeting times are 6 p.m. for the VFW and 6:30 p.m. for the American Legion on the second Thursday of each month. For information on the VFW contact Bob Mayer at 602-999-9628. For info on the American Legion contact Bob Hall at 623-551-3630 or go to daisymtnvets.org.

Arizona Musicfest festival continues STAFF REPORT

The 20th Anniversary Band of Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Byron Stripling (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Eric Schneider (saxophone), Derek Smith (piano), Jay Leonhardt (bass) and Bob Breithaupt (drums), will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 as the latest

performers as part of Arizona Musicfest. The group will perform at Scottsdale First Assembly, located at 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Tickets for the show are $35. Students are $5 while premium seats cost $50. For information call 480488-0806, e-mail info@azmusicfest.org or go to azmusicfest.org.


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community events Continued from page 9 Liska and Rachael Killeen. Rounding out the Piazza Cast is valley professional, Brian Sweis and MTA’s Producing Artistic Director, Jackie Hammond. All the vocalists of the evening will be joined by the immensely gifted, Dr. Jeffrey Kennedy on piano. Ticket are $60 for adults, $55 for seniors and students, and $45 for children. To purchase tickets go to musicaltheatreofanthem.org. Anthem girl scouts hosts spa day Daisy Troop #2020 wants to pamper area women with the best Daisy Pedicures money can buy for $4 from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday. The group is doing a Spa day for the troop to raise money for a special outing. The event will take place at 224o W. Tanya. For information call Heather at 602-568-5221. Toy drive aids Phoenix Children’s Hospital Robert Childers with Troop 432 in Anthem will be conducting a toy drive with the help of Anthem grocery stores. From Saturday through Feb. 19 local grocery stores will have donation boxes with toys benefiting children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Lunch, fashion show aids Foothills Caring Corps Our Lady’s Guild is putting on a fashion show, “Petals and Parasols” at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The luncheon will feature the latest styles of Coldwater Creek of Kierland modeled by Guild members. Social hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch following at noon. Proceeds from this event will benefit Foothills Caring Corps who promote independence and enhance the quality of life for older residents throughout the community by providing access to food and medical care, and St. Vincent dePaul, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and homeless in Phoenix. For more than 35 years, Our Lady’s Guild of Our Lady of Joy Church in Carefree, has provided assistance and raised money to create positive change in the lives of women, children and families. To purchase tickets to “Petals and Parasols,“ visit ourladysguild.com or call Jeannine at 480-585-4872. PETS Class on training dogs to avoid rattlesnakes offered Anthem Pets is offering a class on how to train dogs to avoid snakes at 9 a.m. Saturday at Jackass Acres Dog Park. The event, which will be in the small dog area, will be an informational minicommunity events continued on page 14

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Cave Creek resident shares photographic eye, expertise MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Photographer Image/Robert Schultz – Nature Images/Jerry Sieve

Cave Creek resident Jerry Sieve will be teaching a class on landscape photography at Paradise Valley Community College’s Black Mountain Campus beginning Feb. 28. The professional photographers has had more than 600 photos published in Arizona Highways over the past 33 years.

In describing the art of his craft Cave Creek resident Jerry Sieve said he spends a lot of prep time to get the precise conditions to get just what he’s look for. “Everything is thought out,” he said. “You always have surprises, but you’ve got to quickly make subtle adjustments so you can still get the shot you’re looking for. You have to be ready, because nature doesn’t wait for you.” For more than 33 years Sieve has been a contributor to Arizona Highways Magazine as more than 600 of his photos have been published in the monthly famous for the scenic shots that display the gamut of biomes the Grand Canyon State has to offer. For the past three years, Sieve who has lived in Cave Creek since 1981, has been teaching photography classes at Paradise Valley Community College, including a Basic Landscape Photography class at the Black Mountain Campus set

to start Feb. 28. In an age where his students almost exclusively shoot using digital cameras Sieve remains loyal to his roots, shooting the vast majority of his work using a large format 4x5 inch film camera. “I don’t have a problem necessarily with digital, but I’m all about producing artistic statements with my photos,” he said. “Both the beauty and the curse of digital cameras is they’re mini computers. They’ll do pretty much all the work for you other than pointing it in the direction of the subject if you let them. I ask my students to take the camera off automatic. That way if you do good it’s because of how you set it up.” With his camera Sieve manually inserts a new slide in for each shot. And after shooting he spends more time working in the dark room, developing film and using the enlarger to make his prints. “It teaches you to be precise,” he said. “I like having control of

the image. I feel the shots I shoot have soul, they have humanity. Art is something that creates an emotional response. To simply put the camera on automatic and fire off a bunch, to me that’s superficial. Ansel Adams called it the shotgun approach. You just blast in all directions and hope you get something.” While he’s most famous for his landscape work displayed in Arizona Highways Sieve has worked on a variety of different projects over the years with a variety of subject matter. In the last five or six years he has taken up painting. More recently he has also done more with black and white photography. “I grew up with a camera in my hands,” said the Cincinnati, Ohio native. “I worked in a camera store in the early 1970s.” Upon moving to Arizona Sieve went to Glendale Community College. During that time he had his first photo published in Cave Creek photos continued on page 13

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We still have a lot of troubles at home With all the turmoil taking place overseas in places like Egypt, Greece, and Spain, it seems that the media spotlight has moved away from some of the serious financial issues we continue to face here at home. Turn on the nightly news or watch CNBC for a minute or two and one would never know we are still in the middle of our own financial crisis. I guess the old cliché that misery loves company is true for nations as well as people. As the stock market continues to move higher and as we watch other people around the globe suffer because of bad leadership and failed financial systems, many have forgotten that we too have many of the same issues here at home. No, there are not riots in the streets and no, we do not have inept dictators, but we do have a ratio of debt to GDP as bad as Greece. We have municipalities, cities, and states on the verge of default with a few already defaulting. And, sadly there are sure to be more to follow. Having been able to travel to many different countries, I can, without question, state that this is the absolute best place on the planet to live. We have incredible freedoms and opportunities that few others get to experience. However, we, as a country, often get lulled into thinking that we are above it all and that we cannot suffer the same fate as all those other people over in those far off places like Europe or god forbid, the Middle East. Sadly, out of our confidence also (sometimes) comes delusional thinking. As we watch the mayhem that is occurring around the globe, we must ask ourselves one basic question, why are these people rising up in revolt? Please understand that by no means am I recommending anyone take to the streets to wreak havoc and destroy public or private property or cause harm to another person. I am merely asking why are people doing it elsewhere? Of course, there are a multitude of answers, especially

in a place like Egypt and Tunisia, but like Greece, Spain, and even England, the uprisings are about freedoms either not given or being taken way. Clearly, in places like Greece and other European countries, the standard of living the people once knew is eroding faster than the California coastline. In countries where there is a serious sovereign debt issue, the can has come to the end of the road. The government leaders are finally forced to take severe measures that result in the slashing of entitlement programs, cutting of pension plans and across the board costs increase on everything from education to medical services. These actions are causing intense pain to a lot of people. I contend that, had the government leaders of the before mentioned countries (and others) taken the steps to curb run away spending a long time ago, the pain the citizens are now feeling would have been far less brutal. Can the events we see on the nightly news happen here in the good ole US of A? I don’t know. But, I do know we are headed in the same direction as Greece and the others if something does not change soon. Keep in mind too, that it is not just the U.S. that is facing serious debt issues – the world is awash with it. And, Japan the poster child for run away debt is facing a mountain of problems. Here at home, government debt has now exceeded 14 trillion dollars. With the U.S. running its largest deficit of all time, at nearly $1.5 trillion for 2011, we can see that nothing has changed in DC. Like the before mentioned countries, we too will eventually find the place where the proverbial can hits the wall. Many city and state governments are already there. Vallejo, California, a beautiful little town, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, has already declared bankruptcy. real estate for real people continued on page 13

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Cave Creek photos Arizona Highways and its been a consistent occurrence ever since, an occurance he said has certainly furthered his career. “It’s a magazine that’s known around the country and internationally as well,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to shoot in 48 of the 50 states. I really want to get to Alaska and then I also haven’t been to Rhode Island.” While many of his students tell him they’d like to be published in Arizona Highways as one of their goals Sieve said he simply tries to help focus his students in creating a simple, sharply focused image. “A lot of my students get emotionally attached to their subject matter, but in doing so they lose touch or fail to notice what else is in the frame. Every photo tells a story. You don’t want extras. It should be easy to understand. So that’s my job; to help them clear out the cobwebs to make things clearer for the viewers.” The long-time photographer said he is enjoying teaching. “I feel like I have something to offer so I teach quite a few

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classes,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of reading to be able to teach a history of photography class. That’s been fun. The classes at Black Mountain generally are an older audience and they’re focused on becoming better. I enjoy working with young people too. Some are just there to get a grade, but others are really talented. Young people have a different way of seeing things. They process information faster. I have to remember I’m working with the MTV generation.” And while his interests are varied Sieve said he plans to continue producing his trademark landscape photos until he no longer is able. “We’re so lucky in Arizona with

all there is to see,” he said. “People like viewing the landscape shots and want to take them themselves because they want to show the power and drama that nature has to offer. People particularly here in the southwest have an attachment to it.” The class Sieve is teaching at Paradise Valley’s Black Mountain campus is a non-credit class with a course code of Continuing ED 100-10193 #56756. It will be a six-week course taught from 7 – 9 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 28 – April 11. The Black Mountain Campus is located at 34250 N. 60th Street in Scottsdale.


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community events Continued from page 11 class to answer snake-related questions. Rattlesnakes will be present. Those interested should not bring their dogs with them to the event. The informational mini-class, which is expected to last an hour, is part of the continuing education series that will be offered the first Saturday of every month. For information go to anthempets.com, bigjim@doitnow.com or

call 480-215-1776. Jackass Acres Dog Park is located at 41635 Old Black Canyon Highway, in New River. MOVIES MIM continues film series A film about the txalaparta, a xylophone-esque musical instrument that has its roots in Basque culture, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

Although played by two people, the music emerging from the encounter belongs to neither of them, but to the fact of having met and exchanged dialogue. The award-winning documentary nömadak tx (“Nomadic Txalaparta”) shows the desire of two musicians to convert the txalaparta into a meeting point, not only between two beings but between cultures. This quest drove the protagonists to travel to remote places in search of sounds and voices. They lived with the Adivasis (outcast peoples of India), with the Samis in Lapland, and with the inhabitants of the Mongolian Steppes and of the Sahara. Each encounter is unique, a source of surprises and extraordinary experiences. The film will be shown a second time at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. All of the events on the inaugural Film Series are free with museum admission, and seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., off Tatum Blvd., one block south of the 101 in Phoenix. LECTURE Daughters of American Revolution meet at library The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 12, at the Country Library in Anthem. The guest speaker will be Sally Ann Williamson. She will be speaking about the Harvey Girls and Indian Baskets. TAX AID AARP offers assistance

to taxpayers AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday afternoon beginning on Feb. 2 and continuing through April 13 at the Desert Foothills Library. The volunteers will help taxpayers prepare and file their personal federal and Arizona income tax returns. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling the Library at 480-488-2286. AARP volunteers offer free income tax preparation AARP Tax-Aide is available at both the Beauf Community Center and the Deer Valley Senior Center on select days through April 15. Customers do not need to be AARP members to participate. The free service will prepare and e-file tax returns primarily for low and moderate income families, with special attention being provided to those individuals ages 60 and older. This year, AARP Tax-Aide has expanded the number of trained tax counselors and can now accommodate many more taxpayers for added convenience. Beuf Community Center is located at 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road. For information on times and dates call 602-534- 4754. The Deer Valley Senior Center is located at 2001 W. Wahalla Lane. For information on times and dates call  602-495-3735. For general information and other local sites offering AARP Tax Aide services, go to www.aztax-aide.org. No appointment is necessary.   LECTURE Forum discusses issue of homelessness The Pinnacle Theological Center continues its 2010-2011 lecture series with various presenters discussing the issue of homelessness from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Speakers Terry Araman is Program Director of the Madison Street Veterans Association and Darlene Newsom, the CEO of United Methodist Outreach Ministries New Day Centers, and a board member for the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. The event is free, although lunch will be available for $10. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale For information call 480-585-9448 ext 1 or go to PTC@pinnaclepres.org.

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Symposium examines issue of immigration JIM CRAWFORD SPECIAL FOR THE FOOTHILLS FOCUS

A group of concerned citizens gathered last month at Pinnacle Theological Center in north Scottsdale for a symposium to discuss reasonable and rational ways to deal with the immigration issues that have been garnering glaring headlines recently. The symposium, called “Resolving Immigration Issues: An Impossible Dream?”, was organized by the PTC as part of a year-long series of lectures and symposiums addressing the possible resolution of basic human needs issues in Arizona. The next lecture will tackle the issue of the homeless, during an event set for 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. PTC recruits a diverse group of presenters for their events. The keynote presenter for the evening portion of the immigration symposium was Edward Alden, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, former project director of the Task Force on Immigration Policy and former Washington bureau chief of the “Financial Times.” Saturday’s presenters were: Dr. Llewellyn Howell, Professor Emeritus of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management, former International Affairs editor of “USA Today Magazine,” published author and president and chief executive officer of Howell International, Inc. Rev. Mark Adams, a mission co-worker with the Presbyterian Border Ministries and U.S. coordinator of the binational

ministry, “Frontera de Cristo.” Victor Treviño, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix, with responsibility for Mexican consular affairs in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Las Vegas. Treviño, as a senior career Mexican diplomat, has the rank of Minister in the Mexican Foreign Service. “My essential point was to argue that the situation between the United States and Mexico is not hopelessly deadlocked,” Alden said. “Our borders are far more secure now than at any time since the ‘70s. “All of the money being spent on security is having a deterring effect on illegal immigration.” Alden believes there are solutions to the problem. “The people in Arizona think the border is wide open,” Alden said. “And, Arizona is absolutely the center of the discussion on immigration. If the people believe the border is becoming more secure then all sorts of positive things are possible.” The current problem in Arizona stems from the way border enforcement has been carried out in the past, Alden said. “Texas and California were the first places to really try to stop the flow if illegal immigration,” he said. “As a result, all of the traffic moved to Arizona. It is the last gap. Arizona became the place to go to cross into the U.S.” Arizona has been in the glaring spotlight of both praise and criticism recently with the passage of SB1070 that grants law enforcement officials a broad range of powers in handling persons who are

in the state illegally. “I hope the people of Arizona will pay attention to the enforcement efforts going on right now,” Alden said. “They are gradually gaining more and more control over the border.” One of the biggest problems is the lack of dialog regarding legal programs for migrants, Alden said. “The problem in this country is we’re not having those discussions,” he said. “I would like to see discussions about a secure border. We’re never going to stop traffic completely. There just needs to be a sense of reasonableness.” Trevino called for increased cooperation between the two countries in trying to provide a fair and equitable solution and still allow Mexican people to come here and work. “We have some very hard working people here,” Trevino said. “Mexican people are very proud to be a part of this society. There are also a lot of Mexican investors in the United States. It is important to know that there are ties to each side of the border. Trevino cited the economic role Mexico plays in Arizona as one of those possibilities. “Mexico is the No.1 trading partner with Arizona,” he said. “Arizona exported $5.9 billion in goods to Mexico in 2008. Four million Mexicans visit Arizona each year for shopping and tourism. And, the U.S Department of Transportation said 11 million people traveled from the U.S to Mexico in 2010. Each year Mexican tourists spend around $2.6 million in Arizona. “Most workers make an average

of $50 a day in the U.S.,” Trevino said. “In Mexico they make about 5 pesos. You can see why they come over here. And, before they go back home they usually spend $25 of that $50 in grocery stores on this side of the border. A secure border, and a functional and ordered immigration system, is in the best interest of both countries. The U.S. and Mexico are not only neighbors, but also stakeholders and partners,” Trevino said. A common argument against illegal immigrants is their purported lack of interest in learning English. “Ninety-four percent of immigrants are English speakers,” Howell said. “People just don’t want to hear that. They’ve got their preconceived notions and their minds are made up. “The crime rate among immigrants is lower than their U.S. counterparts,” Howell said. “The argument is immigrants don’t report crimes against them for fear of being deported. The poor Americans don’t report crimes either. There’s no difference in the two segments. The problem is how do you make people believe the truth?” Howell states that much of the blame for these ideas rests with conservative media. “This so-called nationalism is detrimental to any reasonable discourse,” he said. “Nationalism disguised as patriotism. I blame people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck for creating fear.” Each and every Arizonan is contributing illegal immigration in one way or another, Mark Adams said.

“Every time we buy produce at the grocery store, we’re contributing to illegal immigration,” he said. “Every time we walk in a building built within the last 10 years, we’re contributing to illegal immigration. Every time we hire someone to do yard work, we’re contributing to illegal immigration. “There needs to be a legal and orderly process for immigrants to cross at the ports of entry,” Adams said. “The people who sneak over the border are mostly coming for ill intent. The Border Patrol said such a system would work.” The situation will not improve without a reasonable, mutually cooperative plan, Alden said. Dr. Wesley Avram, senior pastor at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, summed up the symposium. “We’re stuck,” he said. “There’s broad consensus about what’s needed for comprehensive immigration reform that’s in the best interests of Arizona, the nation, the economy and our neighbors across the borders. “So how do we get from here to there?  We need open conversations about the complicated human, political, and religious dimensions of immigration,” Avram said.    “We need to listen to each other, rethink our assumptions and be open.  We need to do this in our congregations, community groups, schools and living rooms.  And we need to be informed by the facts on the ground, as well as we can figure them out, beyond the impressions and media talkingpoints that too easily dominate our conversations.   Let’s get unstuck--for everyone’s sake.”

real estate for real people Continued from page 13 Now their creditors will get 5 to 10 cents on the dollar for the monies they are owed while the citizens see massive cutbacks to services and pension go potentially unpaid. There are many more cities and towns all over the country that are facing the same predicament, as are dozens of state governments throughout the land. And, these are not the usual suspects like California, New York and New

Jersey. No, states like Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Rhode Island have now been added to the list of states in danger. As these states and towns head towards bankruptcy, they will be left with no choice but to cut jobs and services while raising taxes for much needed revenue. The same could play out for the U.S. as whole. The IMF (International Monetary

Fund) has just warned that the governments of the United States and Japan, the two single largest debtors on Earth, are risking a sovereign debt crisis. In the meantime, as we have discussed in past articles, the FDIC has more than 900 banks on their “bad bank” list. However, there are other independent reports that indicate there could be as many as 2,500 banks that are vulnerable to failure.

Some of these reports show that AZ has one of the highest percentages of vulnerable banks at nearly 72 percent. Simply put, if you walk into 10 different banks in the state of AZ, seven could be in serious financial trouble. Of course, not all of them are going to go under, but you might want to do a little research on where you have your money. At the least, make sure your account is FDIC insured up to 250,000. With

these many banks in trouble, one has to wonder who is going to bail out the FDIC? Despite new regulations and threats from the political leaders, the problems in the banking sector have only become worse. Why is that you ask? Well, namely because the same guys that talk tough about fixing the problem are the same ones that are in bed with the banks. Always have been - always will be, unless


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New River couple perform pair of gospel shows

Submitted photo

New River residents Lynn and Sharon Serverance will perform a pair of concerts this month, beginning with a 10:45 a.m. show Sunday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship. The second show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Calvary Chapel in Desert Hills. The group plays a combination of Gospel and Bluegrass music. STAFF REPORT

New River residents Lynn and Sharon Severance will perform a pair of shows this month bringing their brand of gospel music to the North Valley. The first show is set to take place at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, located at 42425 N New River Road in Phoenix, with the second set for 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Calvary Chapel Desert Hills, located at 711 E. Carefree Hwy., Suite 120 in Phoenix.

At 6 p.m. a free dinner will be available prior to the performance at Calvary Church. The couple, who helped form a group known as Mountain Bluegrass Gospel originated in Butte, Mt. where they make their summer home, have been performing for the last five years. Sharon plays upright bass and sings high tenor while Lynn serves as a promoter and manager. The couple are joined by Glendale resident Rick Rhodes, who plays banjo, guitar and also sings.

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Meeting Obama’s challenge for girls The President’s challenge for all of us to create the country that 9-year old Christina Taylor Green thought we had when she made the fateful trip to hear her elected representative rings true to me. Christina had an ambition to be the first girl to play in the major leagues. Tragically it’s a chance she won’t have. It made me think about what are the chances for all those bright girls across our country to become the leaders we need? There is an “off-the-radar” issue we must address to provide girls with a meaningful roadmap to meet Obama’s challenge by opening up the doors to women becoming leaders. Our complacency that “we are the best” and that “women’s equality is a done deal” masks a murky picture of reality. While both parties fielded women candidates for high office in 2008, the political ladder remains a pretty closed shop. Despite fine women like Rep. Giffords, our progress report is dismal; we are backtracking rather than moving ahead on women’s representation. Congressional representation of women has slipped downward, leaving the U.S. as an unenviable 72nd in the world. Numbers are important, but the big picture is we are missing the benefits of new thinking and consensus-building skills that women bring to the table. It isn’t just politics and government where our promises of “you can be whatever you want to be” are overblown. In a series of informal focus groups with women of all races, ages and economic status from coastto coast, women told me we are only half-way to achieving full equality because “our talent is untapped.” They are right -half of the good ideas are not heard when decisions are made. Other countries are taking a different approach. Recently, the French Assembly passed legislation to reach a 40 percent target of women on France’s corporate boards in six

years. France joined Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Australia, Israel and Iceland in dramatically shoring up the leadership of their corporate sectors by tapping the value of women’s talent. The business pattern of having overwhelmingly male boards who appoint more men certainly diminishes the chances for women to succeed. The conservative male sponsor of Norway’s legislation held that if they kept appointing the hunting and fishing buddies of the current board members, their corporations would not be competitive. In 2010, the only large U.S. firm to have 40 percent women on their board was General Motors. Across the Fortune 500, the gender makeup of corporate boards has been stagnant for five years. Why is it imperative to open up the power tables? Companies are more profitable when there’s a critical mass of 30 percent or more women on their boards. Women add 21st century management skills around team building and partnerships, make decisions in a more “risk-aware” fashion, prioritize family and work solutions which increase productivity, and decrease turn-over. More women at the table can open up organizations to maximize their competitive advantage in the search for talent. Surely, quotas are unlikely here, but that’s no excuse for inaction. Forward-thinking countries and companies realize and act on two big ideas – economic viability takes talent and the valueadded talent is “womenpower.” That is certainly true here. Ask yourself a few questions: Who is starting businesses in this jobless recovery? Women. Who is getting the education needed for a knowledge-based economy? At every level from high school to PhD programs women are graduating in equal or greater numbers than men (and have been in

most cases for over a decade). Who are the consumers? Overwhelmingly, women. We need a White House Roundtable to bring attention to the potential of balanced leadership. The Joint Economic Committee should hold hearings to explore what we are missing. Investors should withhold their proxy from allmale slates and tell management why. Search committees should refuse to accept “final” pools of candidates that don’t include women. Political parties should lead – along with dynamic women’s organizations – to recruit and support women candidates. Concentrating on the future for girls to be leaders can create the climate to remove barriers and benefit society. If we really want the promise of “you can be whatever you want to be” to be realistic, sensible actions are needed. Our talented girls want a future where their families have both economic security and the good care they need to thrive. We have an unfinished agenda to meet President Obama’s challenge for the girls of the United States. Complacency has its price, even in a great nation. Tar r-Whelan is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow on Women’s Leader ship and a for mer Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

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Cave Creek councilman bids farewell Dear Citizens of Cave Creek, With your help I defied all odds to overcome an establishment effort to stop me from winning a council seat and achieved a hardfought, history-making victory in 2009. It has been my honor to serve as your councilman. Since taking office, I have worked to preserve the lifestyle that embodies Cave Creek. I followed through with my campaign promises by fighting to preserve, enhance and capitalize on the Town’s assets. I have been a protector of our desert rural lifestyle and our local business community. The specifics of my record are detailed at www. adamtrenk.com. During my time on the Council, I have also taken numerous steps outside of the field of politics; I’ve completed my education, passed the bar exam, launched my career, and have recently gotten engaged. It is in this context that I have decided not to seek re-election to council this spring. Words cannot express just how difficult this decision was. I love Cave Creek, and I know firsthand the magnitude of the challenges that it will face in the near future. However, I feel it would be a disservice to the Town to pledge to continue to serve, knowing that there are other areas of my life that require my focus at this time. Though I will not be making any endorsements for this year’s election, I would urge all Cave Creek residents to exercise great

though when you cast your ballots in the coming months. Understand that our community is deeply in debt, and that growing our infrastructure and expanding services under these conditions is simply irresponsible. A property tax to fund a master contract for fire coverage is a good idea on its face. However, what must be recognized is that right now the Town is not equipped to develop and implement its own fire protection program. Further, before voting for any property tax, citizens must ensure safeguards are in place to prevent property taxes, approved by the public for fire protection, from being diverted to the general fund to ease debt service expenditures. Please take it upon yourself to ask the tough questions of the current candidates. Inquire of the Town Manager’s influence over their decision-making. Ensure that if a property tax goes through for fire protection that the money will be used only for its intended purpose and not go to the general fund—as water revenues recently have – to offset mounting debt service payments. Above all, please take the time to appreciate how exceptional Cave Creek is and vote for the people and initiatives that will safeguard its way of life. Again, it has been an absolute honor to serve you. Adam Trenk Cave Creek Councilman

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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Notices NOTICE OF LANDLORD AUCTION In accord with A.R.S. 33-1023 property will be sold located at 7835 East Gelding Suite A-C Scottsdale February 12, 2011 at 10:00 am 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. $15 a class. Arline 623-465-7397 Carefree Hwy & I-17. Private classes available. Adoptions ARE YOU PREGNANT? Considering adoption? A childless, loving, committed couple seeks to adopt. Home filled with love, laughter & financial security. Expenses paid. Gil & Dave 1-888-580-ADOPT(2367). (AzCAN) ADOPT: Warm, very happily married couple will give your newborn a future full of love, security, support and opportunity. Legal expenses paid. Please call Laurel/ Adam: 1-877-543-9827. (AzCAN) Adult Care TLC European mother/daughter team looking for 24/7 job caring for your loved one. Licensed CNA;15 years experience; excellent references. 623-606-7036 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 ATV/Cycle/Etc WHY BUY AN ATV WHEN U CAN GET A JEEP! 1979 CJ7 great condition! $4500 firm 623-374-9888 RV/PARK MODEL SPACE--NICE! $270.  GreenNLush.com. Also...1 BD/ RM, LARGE LIVING, LARGE KITCHEN-NICE!   ALL 50+  623-374-9123 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 1964 to 1972 classic sports car, muscle car wanted by private party running or not. 480-518-4023

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. Firewood Cave Creek Firewood.com has Camping or Cooking wood. We have Oak, Pecan, Mesquite, Juniper, or Pine for a lower price. We Deliver. 602-228-4311 Help Wanted Commission Salesperson needed. Work from home.  High Commissions earned, plus bonus. Call # 623-465-9848 Drivers: Western Dairy Transport, LLC. Driving positions available. Contract Carriers/Company Drivers. Comtract Carriers must have own authority and insurance. Approx 50% Drop/Hook, Good Weekly Mileage. Kent: 866-414-8223. Company Drivers: Minimum 2yrs Exp/23yrs old. CDL-A w/Tank End. Req. Low Cost Medical Insurance. Paid Vacation. Ron: 800-469-7714 wdtmilk.com B A K E R S / C O O K S / D I S H WA S H E R / HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED AT SPIRIT IN THE DESERT RETREAT CENTER IN CAREFREE. GREAT SCHEDULES AVAILABLE. SEND YOUR RESUME TO mary@spiritinthedesert.org Part time 8-10 hours a week. Real estate office. Strong & fast computer skills, loan processing experience helpful but not necessary. Must know spreadsheets, pleasant phone voice. Email resume to: officeresume@ gmx.com

Drivers-Teams: Werner Enterprises. Team Sign-On Bonus Extra 3cpm on ALL dispatched miles for first 6mos could mean between $3,500.00 to $4,000.00! 888-567-3101

Hair Stations Available. Rental Only. Contact Brandy at Magnolias. 623-465-2999

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. 8 ft. Brunswick pool table with all accessories. $1,500. 623-670-6177

ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 90 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www.classifiedarizona.com. (AzCAN)

Water Tank, 750 gallon, with trailer. $750. 602-320-9398 Roll up door for shop. 6ft, all hardware. $125. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692

START THE NEW YEAR WITH A NEW CAREER! Careers starting at $40k/year. As little as 4 weeks. Call Southwest Truck Driver Training. 602-352-0704. (Located in Phoenix). (AzCAN)

Pool table made by Dynamo,bar table,all accessories included. excellent shape.$750. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Misc Wanted Wanted: Corrugated Steel panels (approx 2ft x 7ft), and old steel shed. Will pick up. Call cell 1-847-738-1194

Work @ Home. $420-$7k Per Mo. Supervisors & Reps 480-788-7174

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS, live-in managers, year round, small town living. Job duties: office, reservation, laundry, some maintenance. Mountain Hi Lodge, Alpine, AZ. Jenni, 928-339-4311. (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. 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 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 2 finished barrel horses. 1 gelding, 1 mare. 602-448-2179 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 Rescue an accredited 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

Free Clean fill dirt wanted, near New River & Circle Mtn Roads. Some rocks OK 847-738-1194 Wanted: Old/New Guns, anvils, wagon wheels, Antique safes, Guitars, Old Spurs. Cash Paid. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692

0136 www.anthemlegal.com Lynn & Roy’s Helping Hands. To help move, haul or just shuffle your stuff. 928-899-0977 Pets & Supplies Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www. vipervoidance.com 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. 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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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 GUITAR WANTED! Local musician will pay up to $12,500 for pre-1975 Gibson, Fender, Martin, Rickenbaker and Gretsch guitars. Fender amplifiers also. Call toll free! 1-800-995-1217. (AzCAN) Services Offered WELD AND REPAIR SERVICES. On Site Welding,Oil,Black,Galvanized Pipe Fencing,Arenas,Stalls,Corrals, Mare Motels,Shades,Gates,Custom BarnsEtc. FULL MOBILE SERVICE 602-821-7167 www. weldandrepairservices.com

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2011 Still Upside Down? We Can help. Success with short sales since 2007. Short Sale Masters AZ The Young Group HS 602-284-5435 www. younggroupaz.com 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 www.weldandrepairservices.com I will clean your home. Over 20 years experience. Anthem area. References. Call for information. 623-297-9123 LEGAL SERVICES Document Preparation, TRAMONTO office 623-551-

real estate Commercial Property COMMERCIAL/RETAIL/OFFICE.NONSMOKING,FOR RENT IN BLACK CANYON CITY ON OLD BCC HWY GOOD LOCATION CALL480-244-9135 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 FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE! New doublewides. Upgrades galore! 28x40, $36,995; 28x48, $41,995; 28x56, $47,995;

FREE 50” PLASMA TV WITH PURCHASE! Home Outlet 1-800-493-2221. www. thehomeoutletaz.com. (AzCAN) Rentals RV/PARK MODEL SPACE-AMENITIES--$270 mo. FREE WIFI, STORAGE SHED.  CLEAN, QUITE, TREES.  50+.  APPROVED PET OK.  LAUNDRY.  PHOTOS--GreenNLush. com.  623-374-9123 For Rent. New River. 27th Ave & New River Road. 2-3 Bedroom, 1.5 bath, water included, NO PETS. $850mo plus deposit. 623-533-1675

DESERT HILLS - 1/1 CASITA $750/MO - UTILITIES INCLUDED. GATED ACCESS. 623-293-8445  / CRCCrental@gmail.com PARK MODEL in Oasis/Black Canyon City 55+ GATED w/amenities. Gorgeous inside & out; corner lot just $36,000. Also, park model lots (apprx 60x100) w/guaranteed LOW rent. 623-826-4001/Owner Airstream Trailer, West Cave Creek. Suitable for one person, covered porch, fenced, private, secure, $400 mo. includes utilities. 480-326-2480

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

Cave Creek Home For Sale or For Rent. 2700 sq ft home w/separate 1200 sq ft home on 2.37 acres overlooking Cave Creek. Main house w/3 bed,1.75 bath.  Guest house w/1 bed, 1 bath.  Many custom features: satillo tile, fireplace, and 2 master suites.  Very private w/ beautiful views.  $449,000 0b0 or $1700 a month.  Call 480-488-4237 or 480-389-9256.

Gorgeous Sante Fe style mfgd home approx 1600 sf 3BR/2BA. 55+ GATED com w/resort amenities/Black Canyon City. New SS-appl pkg +SO much more. $79,900 w/guaranteed LOW month lot rent 623-826-4001/Owner

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The Holt Group would like to thank all those who entrusted us to help them navigate this market –

Real Estate for Real People.

It has been a pleasure to work with you. I appreciate your hard work and professionalism.

Thank you for publishing your insights and putting it all in perspective.

Thank you both for all your help to get us through this short sale. We appreciate all your effort and assistance.

THANK YOU for your articles that are published in our local paper! You are speaking the truth!

We applaud the professional manner in which you handled this nightmare called a short sale…

It has been quite a journey and you have been great! I for sure would have not been able to do any of this without you! If you need any referrals count me in!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You both were so helpful throughout this whole process.  We truly appreciate everything you did. You and Christina were awesome – Thank you both for your efforts on our behalf.  Your help made a painful process more tolerable.

We, at The Holt Group, have helped countless buyers and sellers navigate this market and we can help you too!

Thank you both, VERY much. We have appreciated your professionalism throughout this ridiculous process.  This is one chapter we are happy to close!

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You guys are brilliant in dealing with these banks and you are making a difference – one person at a time – highly commendable.

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Kevin and I are very grateful that we found you. We have worked with our share of realtors over the  years and none of them even come close to you.  We will never use anyone else again.  We appreciate you putting up with us over these last months.

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I can’t believe this short sale got done – you are both amazing - thank you so much for all of your hard work and supporting me through this process Thank you for assisting us through the surreal short sale & BOA odyssey – we appreciate you more than you will ever know. My experience from the beginning with both you and Christina, has been beyond expectations. Thanks again. Thank you so much!!!..  you guys are great.  To be out from that house is a huge relief for us even though we loved it.  Michelle and I want to thank you for all your help with selling our home.  It was probably a lot tougher than we all thought and we appreciate you seeing it through.    We really appreciated the great job you and Christina did for us. You will never really know how much you two have helped.

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