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Sheriff Joe pays visit to Anthem MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Members of the Anthem Rotary got a cup of Joe to kick start their morning on Friday at the Anthem Country Club. While coffee was on hand to go along with their breakfast the more memorable Joe in attendance was Sheriff Arpaio, who dished out opinions on a variety of topics during an approximately 45 minute talk to a group of more than 50. Most recently in the news for having his Posse members look into the legitimacy of President Barrack Obama’s birth certificate, Arpaio said he’s just doing the job he was elected to do. “My critics wanted to give me a hard time about that, but it didn’t cost the tax payers anything,” he said. “We had our Cold Case posse members look into it. They’re volunteers who work for free. We were the first law enforcement agency to look into his birth certificate. I’m on national news when I go to the toilet, but we look into possible forgery and possible fraud with his birth certificate and nobody seems to want to look at our findings. Anybody that commits those type of crimes we’ll go after.” Arpaio said he’d happily go to the White House to talk things over with the President. “I figure we could talk over some wine and stogies and

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Fundraiser will aid Foothills Community Foundation MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

The Foothills Community Foundation, which brings services to a whole host of groups in the North Valley, will have its inaugural Hearts and Hands Gala on April 1 at the Holland Community Center to raise funds to help more effectively reach out to the community. “We decided to put this event together, because the foundation doesn’t have an event that showcases all of its programs,” Foothills Community Foundation Director Diane

Vaszily said. “We want to get people to better understand the umbrella of things we do.” Based out of the Holland Community Center, the FCF is a nonprofit organization, which has served residents of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale since 1986. Their programs include a series of lectures promoting visual arts, as well as MindQuest another discussion/lecture group. Another arm of the group is the Foothills Film Society, which screens a variety of films during the winter. Along with supporting the

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The Foothills Community Foundation, will host the inaugural Hearts and Hands Gala on April 1 at the Holland Community Center.

arts the FCF also makes effort to benefit the education of the community’s school children The Partners in Education, consisting of residents, parents, retired educators and busineses

raises money through their annual spelling bee. Proceeds help fund a scholarship for


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Cactus Shadows looks to build off 2011 success MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Cactus Shadows freshman Kelly Hajek is one of a host of younger players that have come in and made an impact for the Falcons. To view more photos from the tournament go to thefoothills.focus.


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Through 10 games the Cactus Shadows Falcons softball team is off to a 5-5 start in 2012. Despite entering her 11th season as coach Danica Gianni said she was more anxious coming into this season than any other one during her tenure. “Even with six seniors I feel as though we have a brand new squad,” she said. The Falcons, coming off the most successful season in the program’s history, a 21-8-1 campaign that included a trip to the 4A Div-I state quarterfinals, will look to the likes of seniors Kristen Hillier and Megan Scarpulla to lead the way. The duo who have already signed to continue their softball


careers at Paradise Valley Community College next season, figure to bat No. 3 and No. 2 in the Falcons batting order respectively most of the season. A season ago Scarpulla, who will spend most of her time in left field, hit .402 with 25 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Hillier, the team’s third baseman, was one of the team’s top power hitters, with five home runs and 40 RBIs while hitting .412 in 2011. “They’ve been around and both were a big part of last year’s success,” Gianni said. “I know what I’m going to get out of both of them.”


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The fifth grade students at Gavilan Peak School in Anthem made approximately 30 blankets for Sunshine Acres, a facility that is home to 70 youth ranging in age from 5 – 15 that are from challenging home lives. Those accepted at the non-profit live for at least one year where they are given a chance to catch up academically while also being cared for.

Gavilan Peak students aid school for at risk youth MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Kimberly Raibourne described the fifth graders at Gavilan Peak School in Anthem as “part of the miracle of Sunshine Acres”. The office manager for the Mesa children’s home was in Anthem on Thursday to accept a donation of 30 blankets made by the fifth grade students in

the classes of Lisa Foreman and Deb Crim. As part of the school’s Character Counts program the students spent the month of February working on the project, initially bringing the fabric to class and then working in pairs to create the blankets. “With it being February we wanted to do something regarding caring or love and

when we found a group where we could help kids I think that’s what hit home for our students,” Foreman said. After Raibourne offered a presentation about Sunshine Acres student go the opportunity to ask questions. Raibourne talked to the students about Sunshine Acres’ 109-acre facility, which is home

to 70 youth ranging in age from 5 – 15. The children at the nonprofit are not orphans. Instead they have legal guardians, parents dealing with a variety of issues whether drug or alcohol related, health issues or trouble with the law, has made it impossible for them to meet their children’s needs. Those admitted to the program must stay for a minimum of one year. After getting students caught up to their grade 46641 N. Black Canyon Hwy. New River, AZ 85087 level they go to a public email: school in Mesa.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke to members of the Anthem Rotary at a breakfast at Anthem Country Club on Friday.

then I know he likes basketball,” the Sheriff said. “I’m from Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, where they have the Hall of Fame, so if he wants to play a little {horse} I’ll probably beat him.” Here in Arizona, Arpaio said he’s proud of the job his deputies have done in enforcing the laws when it comes to illegal immigration regardless of the criticism that has been levied against them. “We’re the only law enforcement agency doing our jobs in that area,” he said. “I love the media though. Every time they blast me my numbers go up. Sometimes I want to defend myself. I know crime is down 20 percent since we started strongly enforcing illegal immigration.” Dismissing the tags of being racist he said, “I’d happily lock up illegal Canadians if I could find them,” he said. Arpaio, who mentioned that over the years he has had four presidential nominees visit him at Tent City, said he isn’t sure what to make of the presidential debates when the topic of illegal immigration is brought up. “I wish they would stop saying we must secure the border,” he said. “I want to know why they don’t want to lock up the illegals that are already here. Those people are criminals.” Referencing his title as the country’s toughest Sheriff, Arpaio said the media doesn’t give a full portrayal of who he is. Mentioning a couple of program that have been instituted including one in which female prisoners are recorded while readings books that are then given to their children he said he could be identified much differently.

“If they knew about all the programs we’ve instituted I might be known as the nicest Sherriff in the country,” he said. Still Arpaio is most known for building Tent City. The jails have been around since 1993 when Arpaio obtained some surplus military tents. Set up adjacent to one of the existing Maricopa County Jails in south Phoenix, Arpaio viewed them as a solution to overcrowding. The tents can hold up to 2,126 inmates. Explaining it as a cost saving solution, Arpaio said he has an easy answer when people criticize the conditions of the inmates of Tent City. “Yeah, it’s hot during the summers, but when I mention that our U.S. service men and women have to deal with similar conditions that usually quiets my critics,” he said. “Plus I’m not looking to make it comfortable. I don’t want it to be a resort. We want the inmates to remember that they don’t want to come back.” Arpaio said the support of the voters has kept him from stepping down. “Some say I’m a little controversial, but I just do what the people have called on me to do,” he said. “Some people have said I should run for governor, but I don’t want to be the governor. I think that’s a demotion.” When he does call it a career though, Arpaio doesn’t expect much fanfare. “I might be remembered for 24 hours after I leave, but that will only because of the pink underwear,” he said of the standard issue boxers given to inmates.

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Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree will host a 3-mile benefit walk beginning at 2 p.m., April 1 on Palm Sunday. Besides supporting the hunger relief efforts of the Foothills Food Bank, and Wheat (World Hunger, Education, Advocacy, and Training Organization), this year’s walk is also helping build a well in Tanzania through the Bega Kwa Bega (Shoulder to Shoulder) project. In developing countries the lack of clean water is responsible for 80 percent of illness and death.  Women and children spend 3-5 hours walking each day to the nearest water source. That water source is often dirty and contaminated with bacteria because the water has flowed through villages with


no sanitation and has been used by cattle and other animals. By having a community well and not having to walk hours each day, children are able to spend more time in school and women are able to pursue other sources of income for their families.  With access to water families can irrigate their crops and communities can develop sanitation and hygiene practices that promote better health. Everyone can make a difference whether it’s by helping local neighbors who perhaps have lost a job and are for the first time having to ask for assistance through the food bank or all the way across the world where lives are being changed by such a simple thing as access to clean water.  

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one student from a financially challenged family. The group also supports a grant enabling local schools to pilot and adopt educational innovations that advance learning in the arts, math, communications, information technology or the environment. The Desert Awareness Committee is to educate about the importance of conserving and preserving the plants, animals and water in the Sonoran desert. The Desert Reach program goes out and speaks to school students about preservation efforts. They also sell a publication entitled, “The Fragile Desert.” While the Desert Awareness Committee ensures the health of the desert the Caring Communities group attempts to keep young families healthy by providing guidance and resources for youth and families through prevention, intervention and education when it comes to family and parenting, social issues, peer relationships, seminars, education and substance abuse. The last arm of the group is the Holiday Project, which gives aid to residents in the area by giving food certificates and presents during the Christmas holidays to allow them to

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by calling Karen at 480-4881090 or going to There is still time for companies interested in being a sponsor to get involved. Tickets to attend the event cost $150. “It’s going to be fun,” she said. “Our goal is to raise $15,000. It’s going to be fun. We have so many community partners with businesses donating items for the raffle, live auction items. There has been an outpouring of community support.” The Holland Community Center is located at 34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B in Scottsdale.

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FUNDRAISER/BENEFIT Kiwanis hosts monthly flea market The Kiwanis of Carefree Flea Market will take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday at the Dave Anderson Memorial Building. This month’s sale includes a Wm Knabe grand piano, two cars and a Seeburg jukebox. In addition a collection of small ceramic birds, copper hanging mobiles, table service pieces and glass decorative items will be for sale. Beyond the specialty items there will be things for every room in the home, from the workshop, exercise room, yard and patio. Electronics such as televisions, computers and music components, hardware, toys, sporting goods, costume jewelry, book and miscellaneous items also are available. All electrical and mechanical items are tested before being placed on the shelves. Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off at the flea market building, Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 – 11:30 a.m. Call 480-488-8400 for pick up or for more information about the sale. The Dave Anderson Memorial Building is located at 7177 E. Ed Everett Way near the southwest

corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road. Cave Creek bull riding event supports Team W.I.S.H. The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse will host the third annual Bulls 4 Boobs fundraiser Fridays through the finale on March 30 in Cave Creek. Team W.I.S.H. has set a goal of raising $20,000 toward helping fund breast cancer research, provide educational information and fund programs needed to defeat the disease. Team members will stand between the live bull ride and the product table selling pink ribbon items, collecting donations and will conduct a silent auction each Friday night. Autographed Arizona Cardinal pink baseball caps by coach Ken Whisenhunt, defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Hall of Famer Russ Grimm a pair of Simpson NASCAR gloves signed by Jeff Burton are among some of the items that will be auctioned off. This year there will also be a chance for youth to get into the action as the night of bull riding will be broken up by ‘mutton bustin’ as youngsters get the chance to chase down a sheep to capture a prize. For information on becoming a sponsor for the event call Carol


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at 602-549-9797. For information on Team W.I.S.H., which has raised more than $1.1 million since its inception in 2004 go to Musical Theater of Anthem performs benefit show Musical Theatre of Anthem presents One Night on Broadway…and more!, a benefit dinner cabaret at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 40216 N. Noblehawk Ct. in Anthem. Set in a dinner theater-style, adult professional and select youth performers will entertain the crowd with songs from Broadway and beyond. Accompanied on piano by Jeff Kennedy, the performers will also unveil MTA’s fifth season as they sing selections from next season’s shows. Kennedy has worked in musical theater as a director, performer, and music director for almost three decades. He has worked with Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, and as a music director for Broadway performers. Dinner will be catered by Our Kitchen to Yours, featuring a variety of appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts, as well as a cash bar. The evening also includes a live auction and raffle items. Tickets are limited for this exclusive event. Tickets may be purchased online at musicaltheatreofanthem. org. Adult tickets are $65, and students and children are $40. School hosts casino night The Caepe School is offering a night filled with casino games, a Texas Hold ’Em tournament

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and silent auction from 6 – 10 p.m., March 30 at 39905 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple. Ticket price includes admission, hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary drink and $1,000 in funny money to play. Tickets are available at or in the school’s office. For information call 623-551-7808. Horse rescue hosts picnic Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is hosting a picnic from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., March 24 with food, live music and a tour of the ranch. The event will include a chance to tour the rescue, meet the rescue’s volunteers and hear about the work they do. Additionally there will be pony rides for $5, a petting zoo for $3, raffles, bake sale, a silent auction, other items for sale and an opportunity to make a donation to the rescue. Adults are $10. Children are $5, while those six and under are free. Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is located at 48019 North 7th Ave. in New River. For information go to or call 623-910-6530. Jewelry sale to aid Foothills Food Bank A fine jewelry trunk show featuring Italian gold, diamonds, gemstones and designer silver jewelry, is set for 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., March 23 at the Cochise

Geronimo clubhouse at the Desert Mountain Club. During the fundraiser participants will partake in wine tasting, gourmet food, a silent auction and raffle prizes including jewelry, artwork, wine and more. The Foothills Food Bank will receive 100 percent of the raffle proceeds. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes 10 free raffle tickets. A percentage of every purchase will be donated to the food bank. For information or to purchase tickets, call The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center at 480-488-1145. All tickets must be purchased by March 19. Visit foothillsfoodbank. com to order tickets. 4th annual Picnic Under the Stars event nears Tickets are on sale for the 4th annual Picnic Under the Stars event set for 6 p.m., April 28 in Anthem Community Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Arts Council of the North Valley, which supports several programs including arts in the schools, regional teen arts competitions, and scholarship programs. In its first three years the event has raised more than $75,000. The evening includes live music, auctions, dancing, prizes and raffles. Each table is designed with a theme by the people seated at it. The guests dress to match the theme of their table. Attendees bring their own picnic dinner.

The Foothills Focus Participants will vote on the most creative tables and costumes while silent auctions help raise funds. Entertainment is provided by local band The Spin. Tickets for the 2012 Picnic Under The Stars are $35 apiece or $350 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information, contact Jon Meyers at 623-205-5608 or visit To purchase tickets calling 623-516-2268 or email Becky at



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POLITICS Rally aims at inspiring involvement Take Back America is the theme of a Tea Party rally from 3 – 5:30 p.m., March 24 at Carefree Resort. The free event, designed to inspire and motivate individuals to become engaged in the 2012 election, begins with a candidate meet and greet from 3 – 4 p.m., followed by a line-up of speakers from 4 – 5:30 p.m. A vendor area where attendees can gather to purchase rally and other campaign support items will be on site. The slate of speakers includes a university student body president, a small business owner, an immigrant from Russia and others. A wide variety of political representatives from local, regional and national campaigns are also expected to appear.

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Family landscape company prides itself on service George and Michelle Iddings, the owners of Iddings and Sons Ladscaping, have spent most of their 27 years as a married couple providing professional landscaping services in both the residential and commercial public works market. The couple grew up in the Paradise Valley and North Scottsdale area back when it was still mostly desert and wildlife. George remembers seeing coyotes and catching burrowing owls where the land was being cleared to build Paradise Valley Mall. Their desert sanctuary is barely recognizable now! They got married in 1985 and by 1994 they had four little boys to raise. They moved out to the Desert Hills area in 1995 to give their children the same rural upbringing that they themselves enjoyed. The family enjoyed

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horseback riding, ATV rides and picnics where Anthem now resides. Their desert sanctuary is barely recognizable now. George and Michele met while Michele was still in high school and they were both working for George’s sister’s nursery and plant care business. Plants, nature and earthy things seem to run in the family.  George has owned and operated Iddings and Son’s Landscaping Inc. for the past 20 years. His beautiful landscapes can be seen as far south as The Buttes Resort in Tempe (George’s first project), and as far north as Carefree and Anthem. His portfolio is jammed packed with happy customers.  Both his residential and commercial licenses with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors remain spotless. He thanks God for the ability to

maintain positive relationships and always be able to walk away from a job proud that he has done right by his customers. He quotes Proverbs 11:1 on his website, which urges honesty in economic transactions.  George is an honest, dependable, personable man.  You can “visit” George at www. iddingsandsonslandscaping. com, or give him a call at 623-297-7584.       In addition to the landscaping business Michele is also a childbirth educator, and family wellness counselor. Michele sells herbs, teas, spices and essential oils, as well as a variety of natural products. She also does cooking and craft classes. For information go to meadowdust. com or call her at 602-448-0283.

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Offensively Brice Phiebus has already made a name for herself providing pop at the top of the Jaguars lineup. “She lit everybody up in the tournament,” Hamilton said. “She hit a grand slam in the opener against Dobson and then hit home runs in each of the next four games.” All told the freshman finished the tournament with 12 RBIs. Freshman Audrey Ledbetter behind the plate and Hannah Demers, who Hamilton said reminds him of long-time Major League veteran Lenny Dykstra with her aggressive style of play, also are part of the talented newcomers. They’ll fill around returners such as Shayla Norgaard, who once again will man first base. “We want to surprise people,” Hamilton said. “Our first goal is to better our win total from last year. We’ve got a good start on that one. I want to say a .500 record for the year is something that is attainable. What we’ve got to learn is how to hang with the better programs for a full seven innings. Last season we got beat up by those teams.” With more experience and

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The future is bright at Boulder Creek High School according to second year softball coach Tony Hamilton. And if the early returns are any indication there’s a decent possibility that looking at the present might require some sunglasses as well. After struggling to a 3-15 season with a largely young roster in 2011 the Jaguars nearly matched that win total in their season opening tournament, going 2-2-1 in an event they hosted. “We did better than I even expected,” Hamilton said. “We saw a lot of offense out of our team. We’ve got a lot of good hitters.” After sitting out last year the Jaguars got a boost as third baseman Felicia Zerwas returned to the program for her senior year. Zerwas will be counted on to provide leadership for a young squad that returns a core of sophomores that saw plenty of action a year ago. That group is led by pitcher Kaila Jaquez. “She’s got plenty of travel ball experience,” the coach said. “She has high expectations for everyone. She’ll speak out and talk to players and help get them refocused if necessary.” While the team has another strong freshman class, Hamilton said this year’s squad has already shown greater maturity than a year ago. “We’re more unified as a team,” he said. “They spent the fall getting to know each other, going bowling, going to dinner, just finding ways to come together. We had a holiday camp which helped a lot too. Last year we had to do so much teaching where this season it’s a lot more review of things they already know.” Among the freshman class expected to make a big impact are Morgan Smith. The outfielder has overcome a pair of broken legs to resume her softball career. “She’s a great athlete, with a terrific arm,” coach said. “She’s an impact player in the outfield.”



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Cactus Shadows Kristen Hillier returns to lead the Falcons offense as the senior third baseman is expected to be the team’s top power hitter. To view more photos from the tournament go to thefoothills.focus.

Known entities though are the exception rather than the rule on a roster that has a wealth of new faces. It starts in the pitching circle where the Falcons will hand the ball to freshman Katie Paoli the majority of the time.

“Obviously with a freshman you don’t exactly know what you’re going to get, but Katie is tough. She isn’t overpowering, but she knows how to pitch. I like her composure. She doesn’t get down even if the defense makes a mistake behind her.”

Paoli has an experienced catcher in Taylor Decker, who returns as the starting backstop, to help Paoli navigate through her first season. The other major gap to fill was created by the departure of 2012 graduate Gracie Goulder, who owns most of the program’s offensive records after a career that earned her a softball scholarship to the University of Georgia. The Falcons coach said the team seemingly has recovered quite nicely thanks to a transfer from California, senior Megan Nelson. Whether she plays at shortstop or in center field the coach said the team willl have a solid glove in the middle of the diamond. Through 10 games Nelson is hitting a team best .520. During the Falcons 4-1 run in the Sun Blast Tournament in Anthem the senior hit four home runs. Gianni said her newcomer has slotted in nicely in the cleanup spot in the order behind Hillier. A third key newcomer is Kelly

Hajek. The freshman has quickly claimed the leadoff spot in the Falcons order after wracking up nine hits in her first 17 at bats this season, to post a .529 average in the season’s early going. Senior Hollis Edwards, who drove in the game-winning RBI in last year’s opening round state playoff win, returns at second base. “I think we’re going to be pretty potent offensively, especially 1-5,” Gianni said. “We don’t have a lot of speed, but I think we have some smart base runners that will take advantage of opportunities.” One other freshman that has caught the coach’s eye is freshman Hanna Caban, who the coach said provides some versatility by being able to play multiple positions. Overall the coach said she’s excited about her team. “The tournament couldn’t have ended on a better note,” she said. “We’re going to talk about team goals now that we’ve gotten a chance to see what

we can do in this tournament. I’m excited about what the girls will have to say.” If her team can holds its own defensively Gianni said she thinks they’ll score enough runs to be a solid squad. “I think we’re a better group of hitters this season,” she said. “We should be more consistent 1-9 than last year. We’re working on being better two-strike hitters. We can do some different things between bunting and slapping at the bottom of the lineup. With what we did this past weekend I think we’re a more cohesive team with a really positive attitude.” To view the Falcons season schedule go to maxpreps. com/high-schools/cactuss h a d ow s - f a l c o n s - ( c ave creek,az)/softball/schedule. htm. or scan the code below.

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perform selections on the clarinet and bass clarinet representing klezmer music- a genre rooted in the gatherings, celebrations, and dances of Jewish and YiddishGerman communities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tickets are free with museum admission. At 1 p.m. on Monday Kelly Thomas will deliver a program of “heavy metal” works from tuba and euphonium that celebrates the historical, the contemporary, the interpretive, and the downright jazzy. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For information call 480-478-6000 or go to RELIGION Christian women’s group forms North Phoenix Praise and Coffee, a non-denominational Christian women’s group, will meet from 7 – 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in suite 435 of the Outlets at Anthem. The group will have a different speaker and topic each month at the free meeting with the goal of connecting, encouraging and inspiring. Katheryn Deegan of New River will speak at the March 8 event, with Cheryl Graves of Phoenix scheduled to speak at the April 12 meeting. Go to praiseandcofeenorthphoenix. for information, email, or SPORTS Anthem Soccer Club sets spring camp Anthem Soccer Club will have

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their 10th annual Spring Break Soccer Camp from 9 – 11 a.m., March 19 - 23 at the Anthem Community Park. Pro soccer veteran Mark Kerlin will lead the 2-hour camp session, which will feature skills development including passing, dribbling, ball control, juggling, shooting and heading skills. The camp, which costs $110 per player, is open to ages 6-15. Players will meet at the Ramada in front of Field #1. To register go to anthemsoccerclub. com or call Kerlin at 623-582-2413 or Players need to bring their own ball, shin guards and water. PARENTING Program offers tips to parents of preschoolers Mothers of Preschoolers, is now forming at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree. For $100 a year mothers can join the group designed to provide advice and resources for young mothers. The next meeting is at 9:15 a.m., March 23 with upcoming ones scheduled for April 20 and May 11. Meetings last roughly two hours. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree is located at 9205 E. Cave Creek Road in Carefree. To get involved call 308-641-2455 or email

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The mockery continues Today I am going to touch on the coming implosion of FHA and how it will help guarantee that the foreclosure / housing crisis continues for the foreseeable future. However, before I get to that I would like to update an article from several weeks back where I wrote about how the bank settlement over the foreclosure fraud case was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Well, while I know it is hard to believe, the deception continues to get worse. It is now surfacing that the banks involved in the “settlement” will be able to count future loan modifications made under Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) towards their restructuring obligations for the new “settlement”. What does that mean? Simply put – it means the taxpayer is paying even more (than what I outlined in the previous article) for this “settlement”. You see, the 2009 version of HAMP provides taxpayer funds ($30 billion) as an incentive to banks to arrange loan modifications. Under HAMP, banks are reimbursed by taxpayers for helping delinquent borrowers avoid default. Bet you did not know that most all of the loan mods the banks are giving to borrowers (which by all accounts are not that many) are subsidized by the taxpayer. Be sure to thank the President and members of Congress for this burden. I mean it is not as if the banks have not been coddled enough over the past three years. God forbid they actually had to ‘spend’ their own money without a taxpayer gift.

Now, with the “settlement” the banks will not only be able to use future modifications made under HAMP towards the monies they are committed to provide under the settlement, they will be compensated (paid back) by the taxpayer. In other words, the guilty party (the banks) has their ‘punishment’ paid for on the backs of the taxpayer who had the crime committed against them! Now that is what I call justice. The second part of this article is simply more about the continuing sham that is being perpetrated on the taxpayer? We will start with a question. Name the latest insolvent government agency that you the taxpayer will be bailing out next? No, this is not a trick question... well maybe a little because you will not hear from the Administration or the national media how the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) is now dead broke and on the verge of requiring taxpayer assistance. News like that does not bode well for housing or politics so it is not going to make the headlines. But, it will be the reason why we will see more housing troubles in the near term. And it will be why the President’s latest master plan to save housing (HARP 2.0) will not go anywhere. In his latest State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke very passionately about how he has yet another plan (HARP 2.0) that will let homeowners, especially those underwater, refinance older mortgages to take advantage of today’s low rates. He described how this latest plan will ensure the American Dream continues for the middle class.

What the President did not mention was how the latest plan to nowhere relies 100 percent on the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). He also conveniently neglected to mention that FHA is technically insolvent and is in need of a taxpayer bailout. Of course, the President is smart enough to know that HARP 2.0 is just another useless program that will do little to help anyone, but hey it sure makes for another good sound bite in an election year. So this program, like all the others that have preceded it, is nothing more than propaganda and white noise designed to make the voting public think the government is solving the housing crisis. All the while, more taxpayer money is being shoveled into a black hole with nothing positive to show for it. And if you are wondering just how the FHA became insolvent then you are not alone. However, because it is run by the government, its eventual failure should be a surprise to no one. Like nearly every government entity there is an overabundance of mismanagement, but what has caused all the bleeding for FHA is they picked up where Countrywide Financial left off. For those who thought subprime lending was over with the implosion of Countrywide, well think again. Since the collapse of the private subprime market, the government has become the modern day version of Countrywide, but only 100 times larger. The difference is that FHA doesn’t originate mortgages. No, it is a government agency that insures 100 percent of the principal

and interest on residential mortgages to the benefit of mortgage lenders. In short, because of the unconditional government guarantee, lenders are incentivized to make loans they otherwise wouldn’t make. (Sound familiar?) Per FHA guidelines, the potential borrower can have credit scores as low as 580, very little monetary reserves, much higher debt to income ratios than conventional borrowers, plus the seller can pay for the borrower’s closing costs and the borrowers only have to put down 3.5 percent (and that can be a gift from a relative). Also keep in mind that in many areas of California and New York the borrower can get up to $729,500. Because of the government guarantee, FHA now accounts for 40 percent of all loans written over the last 4 years. And because of this government gravy train, things aren’t getting any better for housing, they’re getting worse. Why is this hurting housing? I know it would seem that getting buyers into homes would be helpful right? I mean it worked so well in ’05 and ’06 when Countrywide was doing it. Well the issue is that delinquency rates for FHA borrowers are now exploding. As of December 30, 2011, more than 12 percent

of FHA insured loans were 60 days or more past due. This number is up from 10 percent on June 30, 2011. And, it gets worse. The percentage of FHA loans that are 30 days past due are at 18 percent and surging. You see, regardless of who is writing the loan, be it the government (FHA) or a private entity (Countrywide), if borrowers are not qualified and do not have sufficient money as a down payment, then it is going to end badly. And as more people lose their homes, the taxpayer will be on the hook to bail out FHA just as they did Countrywide/BAC and all the rest of the industry. Will we ever learn? I am not so sure. Sadly, far too many Americans prefer to believe the barrage of meaningless noise, sound bites and slogans out of D.C. For the past three (going on four) years, all I have heard out of D.C. is there are “green shoots in the economy” or how they “stopped the next great depression”, or watch them parade around on the “summer of recovery” tour, all the while housing continues to decline and the standard of living plunges for most of us commoners. And, despite all of the

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The Station re-opens its restaurant doors to the public on Friday under new ownership with contemporary changes appealing to returning patrons and welcoming first-time diners. Though the Station’s doors have seen customers since the early 1900s, it still stands as a symbol for the American Travelers and a key piece in Arizona’s history. Having played a variety of roles in the community in the past, the building has been a sheep sheering station, a convenience store and one of the first Greyhound stations in Arizona. The Station has developed a legacy in serving local cowboys and road workers large portions of homemade stew, beans and roasts. Today, The Station sticks to its Western roots with servings of quality home-style cooking. Daniela Panfil, Sustainability Manager, said, “We are committed to serving fresh, non-frozen, all-

natural ingredients, trying to stay true to the homemade kind of food cowboys would have back in the day.” The building itself is undergoing beneficial changes to ensure an eco-friendly facility. The Station increases efficiency with Grease Lock Grease Filters, which ensure better air quality, and the addition of an automated air conditioning system. New sustainable features work to preserve the building’s history while helping to reduce its carbon footprint. June Evans, owner of The Station in 1946, recalls the atmosphere in the restaurant as a neighborly social spot for locals. “We used to have bands play for our dances,” June says with a smile remembering the swarms of people who would dance all night at The Station. “Everyone considered everyone else neighbors,” June continues, “That’s what I’m hoping The Station will bring back to the North Valley.”


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Its coming up on six years since Avian Allen passed away, but each year Gavilan Peak physical education instructor Jeff Kalk takes time to remind his current students about what he described as both a, “good kid and a good athlete.” The 6th annual Gavilan Peak staff/student basketball game, set for 6:30 p.m., Friday at Boulder Creek High School will celebrate the life of Allen, who passed away after suffering a severe asthma attack after playing basketball at the Anthem Community Center. The event isn’t limited to the basketball game, as the day gets under way at 3:30 p.m. with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with divisions for 5th/6th graders, 7th/8th graders, women and a men’s event. Cost to compete is $15 per team. Entry forms are available at Beyond the basketball there will be a variety of booths set up,

bounce houses for children and a DJ playing music. “In years past we’ve got thousands to turn out for the event,” Kalk said. Raffles and silent auctions will also take place, with proceeds going to aid We Care in Anthem. The nonprofit charitable organization helps seriously ill children and their families. A portion of the proceeds also will aid the Gavilan Peak’s technology department. Kalk, who said the best year saw the event raise $6,000 and had more than $4,000 raised two years ago is hopeful of a strong turnout. “We talk about it with our students a couple weeks before the event,” he said. “We want to keep her memory alive and when they hear her story it really focus them. I think it hits home, because she was so young, just like they are.” Boulder Creek High School is located at 40404 North Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem.

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With its opening, The Station will continue to be the ideal place for the community to be the ideal place for the community to gather with events and special engagements occurring every weekend. Starting Friday The Station will feature local artists such as Tumbleweed Junction at 8 p.m. and continue everyday entertainment with Open Mic Nights, singing competitions, comedy improvisation and cook-offs. Saturday’s grand opening events include Western Action Scenes performed by The Salt River Regulators at 4 p.m. and live music by Uncle Click at 8 p.m. The Station is welcoming this historic building back to the community with a weekend of fun under the stars. The Station serves customers 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Monday through Sunday. To find out more, visit The Station’s Facebook at facebook. com/thestationrestaurant.

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County employee discusses pet care STAFF REPORT promote and protect the health, The New River/Desert Hills safety, and welfare of people Community Association (NR/ and pets in Maricopa County. DHCA) will host Rodrigo Silva, The meeting also will be an the Assistant County Manager opportunity to vote on NRfor Community Collaboration DHCA board membership. and Director of the Maricopa Those wishing to vote must be County Animal Care and current on 2012 dues. Control Unit, at their 7:30 p.m., Those interested in running Tuesday meeting at Crossroads for the board must meet the Christian Fellowship. qualifications listed below: Silva will have information To be eligible, a nominee must on MCACC services such as be a NR/DHCA member that is their licensing, adoptions, rabies community-minded and over vaccinations, Spay/Neuter the age of 18 who is willing to Assistance Program (MC serve a two year term, and is SNAP) and the Neuter Scooter. current on 2011 dues. Let the New River/Desert Hills Having new board members Community Association know ensures that the NR/DHCA if you have any specific MCACC remains a fresh and vital questions or issues. MCACC’s volunteer organization and approach to delivering animal continues to have a relevant care and control services reflects role to play in protecting and the delicate balance that exists preserving our rural community. between animal welfare and Nominations may also be animal control. They strive to made at the meeting. be proactive and offer programs Crossroads Christian Fellowship to prevent problems before they is located at 42425 North occur. MCACC’s mission is to New River Road. NPEC. Foothills Focus 1/2 page, 4c Feb-Apr

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LAKE PLEASANT Lake elevation 1,691 feet (88 percent full). Some bass seemed to be staging for the spawn before the weather front moved through the state, but given a few days of warm weather, fish activity levels should start picking up again. One angler fished from a kayak in the back of Humbug and caught a small bass using dropshot.  He fished from about 8 to 11:30 a.m. with only the one fish to show for it.  There were quite a few carp in the area.  The water temperature was 53 back where he was fishing.  Another angler fished the back of Humbug where the temperature was warmer and caught two bass one with a spinner and the other on dropshot. A fisherman worked the real shallow points and caught a few bass. Water temperature will continue to warm up and the fishing will improve. 


afternoon and boated 4.8 pound bass using a brush hawg in 10 feet of water. Yellow bass fishing can be good, try using a silver and blue or gold KastMaster or some similar small spoons. 

Lake elevation is 1743 ft, which is 36 percent full. Reservoir release is 120 cfs. All launch ramps are out of the water. Launching is extremely difficult for trailered boats -- four-wheel drive is recommended. A kayak fisherman caught 3 three bass on blades and two on C-rigs using a 4 inch fry bait. Some shore anglers have been reporting very good fishing for flathead catfish using small carp as bait


Lake elevation is 1,906 ft (92 percent full). Only a few reports. Anglers are catching both small and largemouth using crankbaits.  Water temp was around 52 degrees as taken by one angler. This is the time of year when the walleye start to become more active or could even be staging for the spawn once weather fronts are no longer a factor. Apache is also loaded with feisty yellow bass -try gold KastMasters. The water may still be too cold for increased largemouth and smallmouth activity, but on warm afternoons some bass may still move into the shallows, especially on rocky shelves adjacent to rocky drop offs. Bass this time of year often feed on high calorie food -- crayfish.


Lake elevation 1,525 feet at 95 percent full. A fishing duo caught 6 bass.  One bass was close to 8 pounds and another at 5.5.  Dropshot, jerkbait and crankbait were what they used.  The two largest were caught just before sunrise on a real shallow point. Roboworms on dropshot rigs in 15 to 20 feet of water resulted in three bass one day and another bass the following day.  An angler fished in the

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The governing board of Ridgeline Academy, a Challenge Foundation Academy, approved a free, full-day Kindergarten program for the 2012-2013 school year. The tuition free, public charter school, will open its doors next year in Tramonto, at 33625 North Valley Parkway. The decision to offer the fullday program was based on the desire to provide students with a full year of Core Knowledge ® instruction prior to entering the first grade. The Core Knowledge ® curriculum is a content-rich curriculum focused on literacy, knowledge and academic achievement.

Kindergarten enrollment for 2012-2013 at Ridgeline Academy is now open. Students must be 5 years old by Aug. 31. Early enrollment is suggested as classroom space is limited. Parents should contact the school at 480-488-9361. Ridgeline Academy, a tuition free, public charter school, will open its doors next year in the Tramonto neighborhood at 33625 North Valley Parkway. The school will enroll K-8 students serving the Tramonto, Anthem, and Cave Creek communities. For information contact Steven Mack at 480-488-9362.

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most recent rhetoric, the real GDP growth is pitiful. Of course, the government stats show the unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent, but the real numbers show the unemployment rate, which includes both unemployment and underemployment, is still well above 15 percent. Meanwhile, Ole Ben has added an unbelievable and unprecedented $2 trillion to the money supply since 2008. This of course was nothing more than a gift to banks so they could cover their deep losses. So while the headlines tell me there is help on the way and a recovery just around the next corner, I see nothing more than half truths from the ivory tower. I guess on a long enough time line there will be a recovery. I am just not so sure it is around the next bend. What I do expect are more bailouts, more double speak, more statistics that do not add up, and more failed programs that put the U.S. into deeper debt. Robert Holt, CDPE/SFR of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. For information, visit or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts.

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Enjoy state’s wildlife responsibly, know the laws Being an Arizona native, (yes there are some of us out there); I was raised in and enjoy the openness of the lands of our wonderful state. Even though I grew up in the city, I had many opportunities to go out and enjoy the many recreational activities of the Arizona desert and the natural resources that are in abundance. The City of Phoenix has integrated the responsible preservation and use of these lands in many mountain preserves, hiking trails, recreational and city parks and has helped many neighborhoods and master planned communities have recreational land access built into them. The City of Phoenix Parks Department is responsible for managing the hiking trails and parks that are owned and operated by the City of Phoenix. The trails and parks owned and operated by the City of Phoenix are separate from State Trust Land and have different rules. Hiking trails in the City of Phoenix are for pedestrians, bicycles and horses. There are no motorized vehicles allowed on any trails in city parks and dogs are required to be on a leash. Users are also required to stay on the trails and not go off into the open areas around the trails. Most trails and parks have these and any other specific uses posted at the entrances or in the parking lots if there is one. Please review them prior to using the trail system. It is also very important to observe some basic safety rules like always tell someone where you went hiking, bring plenty of water, a cell phone, wear appropriate clothes, hats, sun block and shoes for hiking and know your limitations. For more information on using the City of Phoenix Parks go to phoenix. gov/parks.

Many master planned communities or neighborhoods have a trail system through their neighborhoods that are privately owned. Most have similar rules as to the hiking trails and do not allow motorized vehicles of any kind on them so a rider of a motorized vehicle on a private trail could be cited for trespassing, even if they are a resident of that community. ATV and other off road vehicle riders need to be aware of the laws that govern their use to avoid any criminal charges. There are many open areas that these riders can go to so they can fully enjoy the ATV. For more information on places to ride go to Many of the open land in and surrounding the City of Phoenix is State Trust Land managed by the State of Arizona State Land Department. It is important to know that Arizona Trust Land is not public land. A recreational permit is required to be on State Trust land that is designated as open for recreation and not all State Trust land is open for recreational purposes. The recreational permit allows you to hike, bike, horseback ride, bicycle, picnic, photograph, bird watch, sightsee, and camp (up to 14 days per year). It does not allow you to target shoot, paintball, air soft, recreational flying (ultra lights), shoot fireworks, sand rail, rock hopping or off road driving. There is limited bird hunting allowed on State Trust lands. There are many historic cultural or prehistoric ruins and archaeological sites on our State Trust lands which are not to be disturbed as well as removing rocks, cacti, saguaro or cholla skeletons, plants or firewood. For more information on obtaining a permit or the use of State Trust lands, go to land.

Proper use of our beautiful open spaces, desert environment and its resources is every Arizonians responsibility. We should all be able to enjoy these lands, both public and private property trails and parks together, without disturbance by those who wish to be irresponsible, act in a criminal manner and destroy our land or property. The west is this country’s last bastion of openness in the lower 48 and it is our responsibility to protect and preserve it as best as possible while allowing all citizens access to use it. I encourage everyone to remind themselves, their children and others of what is proper use of trails, private property and open land and if anything of a criminal or suspicious nature is observed, please call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or 911 in an emergency. I can be reached at 602-4955238 or at tim.mitten@phoenix. gov for questions regarding this or any other issue. Thank you. Tim Mitten, Community Action Officer Phoenix Police Department - Black Mountain Precinct

Astronomy Club president thinks cop is in dark Your article “Arroyo Grande seeks long-awaited Anthem access” (Feb 29, 2012) contains a statement that perpetuates a long-standing, but statistically incorrect, myth about crime deterrence. Tim Mitten, Community Action Officer for the Phoenix PD, claims “having lights on in the evening” will deter crime. Evidence exists to the contrary. Here’s just one of many lists of studies: Leaving lights on all night wastes energy, allows criminals to better see their targets, and increases light pollution. Consider instead a motion sensor light. If an intruder approaches, the sudden illumination startles and interrupts them. Another strategy is to use a motion sensor to turn on interior lights. Some argue that a determined criminal won’t be stopped by any type of lighting strategy. I’m sure that’s true. But I’m equally sure that not all criminals are “determined,” and will seek easier prey ... like homes with unlocked doors, windows, or vehicles, or open garage doors. Dan Heim, President Desert Foothills Astronomy Club

Cave Creek prepares for annual rodeo The annual Fiesta Days Rodeo is almost upon us. The dates are March 30 – April 1 with the parade being Saturday morning. The rodeo is a great community event that brings lots of people and business into the north Phoenix area. The DFCA is a non-profit organization that puts on the rodeo. Unfortunately a rodeo is not cheap. We need your help. All the business in Cave Creek/ Carefree/Desert Hills/Anthem/Phoenix and New River should be supporting our rodeo, and our community, as well as taking advantage of a fantastic advertising opportunity. Get your logo ad on the Rodeo scoreboard/jumbo screen and let everyone know you support Fiesta Days. 75 percent of rodeo fans surveyed were more likely to shop with local businesses that support rodeo. Individual sponsors are welcome too. For more information, see or email today. Debbie Barlow, Cave Creek

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 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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