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State educators skeptical of Ducey’s teacher pay proposal, long-term funding solution, walkout still looming TARA ALATORRE STAFF

CAVE CREEK – Arizona educator’s voices were finally heard by Governor Doug Ducey who announced a plan to give teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020 after more than 1,100 schools statewide mobilized walk-in demonstrations as part of the Red for Ed movement. However, the governor’s plan did not quell educators who were upset that the plan didn’t meet most of their demands, and are now discussing their next move, which could mean more

demonstrations or a walkout. Many teachers took to social media saying that they did not trust Ducey’s plan, because no one from the grassroots Red for Ed movement was brought to the table to provide input for the plan, and they questioned the source of funding. The proposed plan was outlined on April 12 by Ducey at a press conference, and it would give teachers a 10 percent pay increase by the fall 2019, with RED FOR ED

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Pictured: Teachers participating in the Red for Ed walk-ins on April 11 at Desert Willow Elementary School.

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Desert Wind Harley earns Visionary Award from motorcycle safety group

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Pictured (l to r): Mark Breyer, AMSAF chairman and Rosi Kahzoom, AMSAF board member, present the Visionary Award to Desert Wind Harley Davidson owner Ray Coughan.

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PEORIA – The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF), a non-profit foundation focused on reducing rider and motorcycle crashes in Arizona has awarded Desert Wind Harley the first-ever AMSAF Visionary Award. AMSAF promotes the widely known “Share the Road” campaign, and Desert Wind owner, Ray Croghan, is credited with supporting the motorcycle and driver community through donations and training scholarships. He is respected VISIONARY AWARD continued on page 14

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Tipirneni gains momentum in last week of CD8 special elections, outraises Lesko TARA ALATORRE STAFF

PHOENIX – The special election for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District takes place on April 24, which will determine if GOP nominee Debbie Lesko, or Democratic political newcomer, Hiral Tipirneni, will take former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat, who resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations in December. The district largely covers the north and west parts of the Phoenix Valley including New River, Cave Creek, Peoria and other suburbs, and the winner of this race will have to run in

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the general elections again this upcoming November. The seat has historically been filled by a Republican so Lesko is largely favored in the race on Tuesday, but Democrats are hoping it will be an upset for the GOP, which has recently seen losses in long held conservative districts in Alabama and Pennsylvania. Tiperneni, who has worked as a physician for 20 years and served on the board of directors of the Maricopa Health Foundation, says she sees the Affordable CD8 ELECTIONS continued on page 9

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Spring sprung: NOAA sees warmer, drier spring in Arizona, Southwest SHELBY LINDSAY CRONKITE NEWS

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It’s spring, which usually means a change in the weather. But longrange forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are saying that folks in Arizona may not see much change this year. Experts at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, are calling for a spring with above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation this year. “We are favoring abovenormal temperatures for the spring across parts of Arizona and the Southwest in general,” said Jon Gottschalck, a season forecaster for NOAA. “I can say that the highest probabilities and the greatest confidence in the entire outlook for the Southwest is actually in the Arizona, New Mexico area.” The warmer and drier spring is being blamed on the past winter’s La Nina formation in the Pacific Ocean, which occurs when ocean temperatures along the equator are colder than normal. The effects are felt all across the U.S., but vary from region to region. “When you have La Nina conditions in the Pacific, you tend to change the tropical rainfall patterns and the jet stream across the Pacific North America region,” Gottschalck said. “That tends to reduce the

storminess across the southern tier of the United States and increases it across parts of the Northern U.S.” A NOAA spring forecast report indicated that “more than a quarter of the country is currently experiencing drought from Southern California into the Southwest.” Arizona is currently in its 21st year of a long-term drought, according to the Arizona State Climate Office. It also mentioned the reservoirs the state relies on for its water are currently about half full in the Southwest and supplying an “ever-increasing population.” The forecast brings a higher risk of wildfires and dust storms, Gottschalck said. He said that drought monitors at NOAA are showing areas of moderate to extreme drought in Arizona with the “potential of increased wildfires and dust storms.” The spring forecast indicated above-average temperatures continuing or even expanding through June. Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, said “the benefits of these seasonal and subseasonal forecasts will continue to grow as we improve them in accordance to the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act.”

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County Supervisor Bill Gates: New River Area Plan Meeting April 18 PHOENIX – Join Supervisor Bill Gates and Maricopa County Staff for an information session as we discuss the process for updating the New River/Daisy Mountain Area Plan on April 18 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Stepping Stones Academy in the MultiPurpose Room located at 35812 N. 7th Street. In this meeting we will provide an overview of current regulatory statutes, an overview of the 1999 Area Plan, and discuss guidelines and a timeline as we move forward. This meeting will not specifically address any one issue as we will have multiple future meetings to address individual issues as they arise throughout the process. The normal Tuesday meeting on April 17 at noon has been cancelled and the Wednesday meeting held in its place. If you have questions, a concern, or need assistance on any issue please contact my office at District3@mail. or call 602-506-7562. New River Road Safety Study Public Open House NEW RIVER – The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is conduction a public open house to gather community input regarding potential safety improvement alternatives to

New River Road between Desert Hills Drive and Interstate 17. The MCDOT study addresses turning movements, sight visibility and general safety along this roadway. Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. on April 18 at New River Elementary School MultiPurpose Room at 48827 N. Black Canyon Highway, to share your comments with MCDOT team members. For more information contact Ron Coleman at 602-5064038 or ronaldcoleman@mail. Cave Creek Filiberto’s offers Monday Mini Taco Madness Cave Creek – Every Monday during the month of April 2018, Filiberto’s will offer Mini Taco Madness, five mini tacos filled to the brim and a medium soda for only $8, all day, all night long. In addition, the new restaurant will offer a bean and cheese burrito for only $3.50 during April! Filiberto’s Cave Creek is located at 31414 N. Cave Creek Road. The hours of operation are MondayThursday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 6 a.m.-Midnight. 480-488-3624. Six Gun Entertainment to entertain at Frontier Town in Cave Creek CAVE CREEK – The Wild West will come alive with a

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vengeance on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Frontier Town in Cave Creek as awardwinning Six Gun Entertainment performs a western shootout show known as Frontier Justice at 12 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Six Gun Entertainment, LLC offers headlining, authentic Wild West theatrical stunt and acting performances for explosive action that mirrors the true Wild West. Frontier Town, “Where the pavement ends and the West begins,” is located at 6245 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, Ariz.; for more information visit www. NVSO: Announces audition dates for Youth Orchestra and Youth Strings PHOENIX - North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) is pleased to announce the first audition dates for the youth ensembles’ upcoming 2018-19 season. Auditions are being scheduled for a variety of time slots on May 20, and June 9-10. Audition instructions and excerpts can be found at the “Join Us” tab at the website, northvalleysymphony. org. If interested in auditioning, contact Josh Lynch at joshl@, or fill out the “Contact Us” page at the website. Schedule your audition as soon as possible – appointments will fill up quickly. NVSO provides a wonderful opportunity for all levels of youth string players, to include a nonaudition beginner’s group (North Valley Symphonettes), and opportunities for intermediate and advanced string players to audition and play in North Valley Youth Strings or North Valley Youth Orchestra. If you can meet weekly to rehearse and are willing to commit to the necessary practice, NVSO wants you in one of their three youth orchestras. North Valley Youth Orchestra and North Valley Youth Strings rehearse at the North Canyon H.S. band room and choir room Mondays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., beginning August 20.

NVSO also offers a training orchestra, North Valley Symphonettes, that does not require an audition. NVS is open to players with at least one year of experience or more, and rehearse Mondays at North Canyon H.S., 5:00-6:30 p.m., beginning August 20. If interested in joining North Valley Symphonettes, contact Music Director Kevin Kozacek at conductor@northvalley Daisy Mountain Luau ANTHEM – Part luau, part carnival, the Daisy Mountain Luau is an island-inspired community party hosted by the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ. The event is ON April 21 from 5-9 p.m. at the Community Park Softball Field #4, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. It is open to the public and the budget-friendly admission will allow even the largest of families to get into the Aloha spirit! Admission includes island lei greeting, dinner catered by Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, streetcarnival themed games, crafts and performers from 5-7 p.m., a 60- minute, live, authentic Polynesian performance by Paradise Island Dancers from 7-8 p.m., and a live DJ to close out the party. Soft drinks, adult beverages, snacks, candies, souvenir t-shirts and novelties will also be available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, other local ticket outlets or online at https:// Attend Peoria’s Old Town Branding Meeting April 25 PEORIA – Earlier in the year, the city held an initial community meeting to discuss iconic imagery and ideas for an Old Town Peoria branding concept. Those ideas were turned into a series of proposed branding and logo designs. On Wednesday, April 25 at Axiom Church (10580 N. 83rd Ave.)

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community news from 6 to 8 p.m. the city will be soliciting citizen feedback on the proposed design options. Come to the meeting and voice your opinion on which logo and design you feel best reflects Old Town Peoria. Participate in a Recycle Fashion Show during Planetpalooza Festival PHOENIX – WHAM Art Association and the city of Peoria are hosting a student and adult fashion show during the 3rd Annual Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Westwing Park, 27100 N. Westwing Pkwy. This year, the festival will feature a Recycle Fashion Show where youth and adults can create high fashion looks using recycled materials, walk the runway and compete for prizes. For more information and for entry forms, visit www.peoriaaz. gov/recyclefashionshow. Visit the West Valley Art Museum Watercolor Exhibit PEORA – The Arizona Watercolor Association is hosting a reception and awards ceremony featuring 60 paintings on exhibit in a variety of water media styles. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. with light refreshments available. The exhibit will be on display from April 16 to May 24 and is free to the public. The West Valley Art Museum is located in Peoria City Hall (8401 W. Monroe St.) and is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit Trunk show at the Gallery at el Pedregal SCOTTSDALE – The Sonoran Arts League will be hosting a trunk show at the Gallery at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road on the second floor on April 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call 480-575-6658.

In search of scorpions at Cave Creek Regional Park CAVE CREEK – Meet at the Nature Center on April 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. as the Ranger leads you into the desert darkness in search of Scorpions! Bring your camera, a flashlight, and water! Wear sturdy shoes. This is no time for flip-flops! Bring a black-light, if you have one. No pets, please! The Cave Creek Regional Park is located at 37900 E. Cave Creek Parkway for more information call 623-465-0431. Pop-Up Shop, Fashion Show Head to Outlets at Anthem ANTHEM – Milan, Paris and New York are generally considered the fashion capitals of the world but what about Anthem, Ariz.? For April 2022, MadaLuxe Vault is making Anthem a fashion center with its exclusive high-end designer accessories pop-up shop at Outlets at Anthem. As North America’s largest distributor of luxury fashion, MadaLuxe Vault is known for its close partnerships with Europe’s most iconic design houses including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Versace, Fendi, Alexander McQueen and many more. The online boutique shopping destination unlocks luxury lifestyle at discount pricing. In addition to the pop-up shop, on Sat., April 21, Outlets at Anthem will host a handbags and heels fashion event, “BRANDED.” The fashion event benefits Soroptimist

International, a global volunteer movement working to transform the lives of women and girls around the world through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities. The fashion event, hosted by Sonoran Living Host, Terri Ouellette, will take place from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and include chocolate and champagne tastings. The cost for the event is $5 per person and tickets are available online at For additional information, please visit Take a Break & Educate at the Enclave ANTHEM – The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living is offering April education courses. On Friday, April 20 join us for Better Balance with Healthsouth of Scottsdale, and on Friday, April 27 for Nutrition Educations with Sante Homehealth. RSVP by calling 623-745-3677. 10th Anniversary Decades Bash & Car Show PHOENIX – Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Shops at Norterra with

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It’s an Italian spaghetti western! CAVE CREEK – The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest and famous restaurant, will host It’s an Italian Spaghetti Western on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. During the one-of-a-kind event, The Horny Toad will feature several mouth-watering Italian specials, including pasta marinara, fettuccini and spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, a side salad and more. In addition, westerns will be shown all day long. The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.488.9542.

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children growing up in a minute, but when I walked into my childhood home, I could see that time does stand still. There would be all the familiar furniture in the living room, to the paintings that grace the walls, the grandfather clock would chime the same tune and the kitchen might have the aroma of something delicious just baked. When I would visit my mother, I would stay in my bedroom and it was as though I never left. A busy, flowered, patterned wallpaper danced around the room with white lace curtains on the window. The same blue bedspread sprinkled with small white flowers, with a ruffled hem always reminded me that sometimes “old’ things are as good as new. A small jewelry box on a nightstand held my charm bracelet and a photo of me at age sixteen, proof that at one time, this place was the center of my universe. My mother moved to assisted living last year and the house was sold. With it, a lifetime of memories. Yes, the house was tired, needed work, was too much for my mother to manage since my father died, so with failing health and a heavy

heart she decided to leave the place she had lived for sixtysix years. When I go to visit her at her new “house” it is a fancy place, with beautiful décor, fireplaces and fountains, a dining room with white table cloths, but not exactly home. “Life changes and we better change with it. Get with the program. Keep going forward. Be happy. Trust God,” as my mother likes to say, and so it goes. At ninety-five she still has lessons to teach and things to learn. She likes to look on Facebook every day to keep up with the grandkids. She asks me to email her some of my recipes, so she can pass them on to the cook (who my mother has in private training). She sometimes sends me a text. What did I pack for a trip back in time? Too much. Going home requires checked luggage and plenty of space for gifts, photos, recipes and a secret stash of memories. Sometimes we can’t always go back to the house of our youth, but we can always go home. Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@

Fatal motorcycle accident on Carefree Highway TARA ALATORRE

PHOENIX – On April 11 around 1:30 in the morning a motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene after he collided with a raised median, entered into the oncoming traffic lane and then was struck by a vehicle near 15th Avenue

and the Carefree Highway, according to Phoenix Police. The highway was restricted between 15th and 20th avenues for several hours while police conducted an investigation. The accident happened on the first official day of Arizona Bike Week and it

serves as a somber reminder for drivers and motorcyclists alike to drive safely. Authorities have identified the deceased motorcyclist as 46-year-old Howard G. Evans, who was visiting from out of state. It was reported that Evans was traveling west bound on Carefree Highway when he crashed into the median and collided with a vehicle that was traveling east bound. Police do not believe that impairment was a factor for the driver of the vehicle, who remained on the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and police are waiting for toxicology reports to determine if alcohol was a factor for the motorcyclist.

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AZGF propose rule changes tackling drones, smart guns, trail cameras TARA ALATORRE STAFF

PHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is proposing amendments to the rules that manage the taking and handling of wildlife within public state lands and parks after the Five-Year Review Report was recently released and prepared for the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council. According to the report, the commission is proposing to replace the term “individual” with “person,” for all rules where applicable, with person being defined as a corporation, company, partnership, firm association or society as well as a natural person. The Commission also recognized the need to evaluate the use of trail cameras as it relates to fair chase hunting

ethics and directed the department to evaluate and make recommendations to prohibit use of trails cameras that send a wireless remote signal to another electronic device. In addition, game and fish is proposing to amend the definition of “aircraft” to tackle the use of drones and amend the rules to address the use of hybrid devices such as “smart guns” due to the significant increase of their use. The review report addresses 20 rules in total under the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Article 3, “Taking and Handling Wildlife,” that include hunting, fishing, tagging and trapping wildlife within state lands. The final rule will be presented to the five-member commission at its May 4 meeting at the Mohave County Board of

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PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office launched a new program last week that allows residents in the county area to text 9-1-1 emergency services if you are unable to call while involved in a dangerous situation. MCSO launched “Call if you can, text if you can’t,” in cooperation with the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Maricopa Region 9-1-1, who alongside the

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The system for the new texting system was purchased in 2017, but personnel needed to complete the training before it could be launched. “Today, the new program is in place and users will be able to send text messages to 9-1-1,” a press release issued by MCSO stated. “MCSO is one of the many emergency service providers participating in the new program in Maricopa County.” MCSO would like to remind residents that voice calling is always the best option where possible when contacting emergency services for help. Also group texts and translations services are not available through text, and users will need to write their location in a text to the public safety call center because texts do not provide operators with locations.

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Pictured: Volunteers cleaning up the trails along the New River for last year’s Earth Day.

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Care Act [ACA] passed by the Obama administration as an improvement. She is also an advocate of expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program and of universal healthcare. Lesko is the complete opposite of her opponent on the matter of healthcare and she favors a freemarket for health insurance, and recently stated that she would repeal Obamacare if elected. Lesko, who recently resigned from her seat as a State Senator for Legislative District 21, so she could run in the special election, was a supporter of the bill that allowed a state voucher system for private tuition. Meanwhile Tiperneni’s says she supports investing in teachers and the publicschool system. The two nominees have contrasting views on taxes, gun safety and the border as well, with both women’s views being essentially aligned with their respective political parties. A recent poll by OH Predictive Insights and ABC15 found Lesko leading the race by about 10 percentage points last week. However, campaign finance records showed that Tiperneni outraised Lesko as of Friday, April 13, earning about $67,000 more than her opponent. The democrat gained her financial advantage mostly

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through small donors, but also recently received support from healthcare activist Ady Barkan, who launched a six-figure ad campaign supporting her bid for Congress. Barkan’s group, Be A Hero, plans on supporting Democratic candidates across the nation, starting with Tiperneni’s campaign in CD8. Lesko primarily earned her campaign money largely through special interest political action committees. She also received $2,700 from former Rep. Franks, the maximum permitted under

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Rusty’s Angels senior dog sanctuary wins ‘Do Good, Do Beautiful’ national grant contest TARA ALATORRE STAFF

NEW RIVER – Local resident, Emilee Spear, was awarded a $15,000 grant from Alba Botanica’s “Do Good, Do Beautiful” national campaign, which recognizes women who have founded non-profit organizations with stated missions in environmental sustainability, animal rights and female empowerment. Spear is the director and founder of Rusty’s Angels Sanctuary, which is a five-acre sanctuary backed against state trust land in New River that rescues dogs over 10-yearsold, and provides them a comfortable, permanent, loving home until the end of their lives. In some cases, if the dogs are deemed fit for the transition, they are adopted out, after an arduous application and inspection process. “We’re so inspired by women like Emilee who chose a career and mission to do beautiful every day,” said Sarah Galusha, Senior Director of Marketing for the Alba Botanica brand. Spear was one of two women who was flown out to New York and awarded $15,000 to sustain or expand their organizations’ mission; there were a pool of five finalists.

Pictured: Emilee Spear the founder and director of Rusty’s Angels Sanctuary, with some of the senior dogs that are in her care.

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“Alba Botanica brand DNA has always been rooted in this idea of doing beautiful – for the environment, for animals, and most importantly, by helping women Do Beautiful for themselves and it makes us proud that we can contribute to help Emilee and Rusty’s Angels,” Galusha said.

It is hard not to feel happy for Rusty’s Angels, especially when you visit Spear at the rescue, which is also Spear’s home, an undeniable indicator that she is a workaholic and completely dedicated to her mission, and more importantly the dogs. Spear had been working with rescues as a vet tech and had always wanted to open her own rescue. “This had always been a dream, but there was never enough time or money, and then I just woke up one day and

Pictured: Lulu has been Rusty’s Angels longest resident to date, she has no eyes and scoliosis, but don’t let her appearance fool you. Spear says Lulu runs the sanctuary basically, and all of the other dogs submit to her despite her small, twisted frame.

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thought, what am I waiting for?” Spear said while telling me how she started the organization. “I started a Go Fund Me account and that’s how we started.” You can’t help but smile while you’re there. The meandering bumpy dirt road that leads you to the tiny green houses dotting the property, which are all themed and decorated for the dogs, the sound of the wind chimes in a big shade tree and Spear’s warm genuine smile, it all draws you in. But mostly, the big hook, that will make you fall in love

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Pictured: Spear, who recently won a $15,000 grant from Alba Botanica for her organization, stands in front of one of the small houses where she boards the sanctuary’s dogs, while taking us on a tour of the property in New River where she lives and operates Rusty’s Angels. Tara Alatorre/Staff

Pictured: One of six houses that Spear built and retrofitted to create a stress-free home for the senior dogs at Rusty’s Angels Sanctuary Photo courtesy of Tara Alatorre/Staff

with this place and its mission, is all the happy, furry gray muzzles and the wagging tails that greet you at Rusty’s Angels. “We were honored to be picked for the top 5, there were about 250 applicants,” Spear said, while giving me a tour of Rusty’s Angels. “It was all up to the votes after that, and we won, so how cool is that!” The grant will cover about half of Rusty’s Angels projected veterinarian expenses. “This grant is just huge for us.” But as the director of a rescue that cares for aging dogs, Spear knows all to well there will always be more bills and health issues that come up, so she can never be done fundraising. “It is really all thanks to our supporters, they are the one that made this happen,” said Spear. Rusty’s Angels has six little houses that dot the sprawling property, each house has climate control and is retrofitted to fit a few kennels comfortably inside, which still allows for enough room for volunteers or employees to play with the dogs in the house during the extreme

heat months. Each house is themed and decorated with adorable loving touches that really give it a feeling of home for the dogs. Large fenced outside areas with shade surround each small house so there is plenty of room for the dogs to play. “The goal here is to take away all the stress factors,” Spear says while showing me each small house. It truly is a good retirement for Rusty’s Angels, and Spear accommodates not only to their many health issues, but she also caters to their personality and

behavior issues, so every dog can live their best life. Take Aston for instance, she doesn’t like socializing with other dogs very much, except her dog “husband” Bruno. So Aston gets her own home named, “Aston’s Garage,” where she can socialize with Bruno, but is not forced to play or get along with any other dogs at the sanctuary. In the four and a half years that Spear has operated the organization she has rescued 135 dogs and adopted out 78, which averages to about two adoptions a month. Once a dog at Rusty’s Angels passes, Spear dedicates a windchime to the dog and hangs it in the memory tree that towers over her home in the front yard. “On Christmas Day, my mom and I spread their ashes from

that whole year around the base of the tree,” she says. “So, this is their final resting place.” If you would like to donate or find out more about Rusty’s Angels visit


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additional five percent increases made over the next two years, for a net increase of 20 percent. The plan made no mention of raises for support staff or increasing spending per pupil, all which were demands brought to Ducey by The Arizona Educators United [AEU], a coalition that is leading the local Red for Ed movement. “I’ve been listening, and I’ve been impressed,” said Ducey at the press conference. “But the winners today are the teachers in the state of Arizona.” The governor said that the raises would bring the average teacher pay to $58,000 which is near the median national average. His plan also included a proposal to invest $371 million over the next five years with an initial investment of $100 million to be made in 2019 to fix schools infrastructure, new materials, school buses and updating technology. However, educators are weary of Ducey’s proposal not only because it does not meet all their demands, but the plan does not include where the revenue for the raises would come from, which has cast doubt about the financial sustainability of it. “Governor Doug Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal leaves many unanswered questions and it leaves out our fellow

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The Red for Ed movement will take a 3-day vote and decide if teachers will hold a walkout despite Governor Ducey’s proposed teachers raise announced on April 12.

educators that do work beyond the classroom every day,” stated a press release from the AEU. “The governor’s proposal provides no details about where the money is coming from.” Ducey’s plan states that the current average teacher salary in Arizona is $48,000, but many teachers disagree with that. Beth Hatcher is a fourthgrade teacher at Desert Willow Elementary and has worked there as an educator since the school opened 19 years ago. Her

base salary is less than $40,000 a year, despite spending almost 20 years as an educator at the Cave Creek Unified School District and having a master’s degree. “Ducey is saying $46-48,000 is average salary, and I know very little people who make that,” Hatcher said in an interview while noting about half of her co-workers supplement their income in one way or another. “People are just tired, we have lost very good teachers, and they left because of the money.”

Hatcher says it goes beyond that. Besides having the lowest teacher pay in the nation, being overworked and having to purchase school materials outof-pocket; she says class sizes have gone up drastically, there are deficiencies in classroom technology, the school is severely lacking class aides, there is only one counselor split between five schools, and high teacher turnover rates have all been hardships experienced at her school.

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The top two performing teachers in Hatcher’s grade left Desert Willows Elementary last year due to low pay. “In my district we don’t want a strike because it will be a hardship, and we don’t want hardship for parents” Hatcher said. “We are really in a catch 22 if we strike.” Hatcher remembers protesting about teacher salary over a decade ago, but she says there is a different feeling about the Red for Ed movement happening right now. “The momentum is there now for teachers. There is a lot of emotion that has not been there before, everyone is serious about it,” she said. On April 15 Red for Ed organizers announced that teachers will be voting this week on whether they will orchestrate a walkout, following the steps of their colleagues in Oklahoma and West Virginia. No specifics were mentioned for when teachers are expected to announce the outcome of the vote or a when the potential walkout would take place. “We are concerned about the legislature robbing other needed services just to keep teachers happy,” Hatcher said after AEU Cave Creek meeting last week. “We are grateful for the governor’s proposal but realize it is just that. The legislature is where it begins so we need to go to the source.”

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Pictured: Supporters of the Red for Ed Movement near Desert Willow Elementary School at the walk-in held statewide on April 11, 2018.

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“Horses change our lives. They give young people confidence and provide peace to troubled souls. They give us all hope,” -Toni Robinson. Local artist Kathy E. Walker can absolutely relate to the power of the horse in her life and in the lives of her clients. Born in Ohio, her family moved to Phoenix when she was six. As a young child Kathy had health issues that kept her bed ridden for months at a time. Her mom made sure Kathy had plenty of drawing supplies and tablets of paper and her favorite subject was drawing horses. Upon arriving in Phoenix, hoping Kathy’s health would improve, the family settled in the West Valley where Kathy attended school at West Phoenix High School. Kathy credits her high school art teacher, Mrs. Moser, for enhancing her art skills and mentoring her into the world of the arts. During Kathy’s time in high school she took her first painting classes with horses being her prime subject. She remembers, “borrowing my dad’s pickup truck and taking my paintings to the art shows in the malls around the Valley.” Kathy sold enough of her paintings during those years to help with the financing of her education to Northern Arizona University where she majored in

commercial art. After college, Kathy moved to Denver, Colo. to start her career in graphics and web design and opened her own design studio working with major corporations. During the 35 years in Colorado Kathy also maintained her passion for painting and was represented by four different galleries. While in Denver she and her daughter took up riding horses. Her daughter favored English style, while Kathy preferred Western. “Working on the ground training with my yearling filly was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life,” Kathy remembers. “I don’t know who learned more, my filly or me!” This experience offered an opportunity for Kathy to tune into the communication styles of the horses, a roll of the eye, flick of an ear, the toss of the head, all were clues to the thoughts and feeling of her charges. Kathy feels this experience put a deeper authenticity in her work, from that point on. Unfortunately, a knee injury made it difficult to remain in Denver where negotiating the ice and snow could be quite hazardous. Kathy decided to return home to Phoenix, where she still had family, and devote more time to developing her painting interests. Today, she works from her home studio

with a northern exposure for the best light. Wickenburg is one of her favorite spots for attending roping and riding events, where she takes photos for her reference file to be used in future paintings. She has gallery representation in Scottsdale at Xanadu on Main Street (www.xanadugallery. com). She also exhibits with the new Glendale Artists Guild and has participated in the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, as a member of the Sonoran Arts League. Her painting “Dakota” was recently the featured painting in a juried “horses only” art show that went national. Kathy teaches acrylic painting classes at the Sun City Arizona Art Supply’s store and will be teaching classes in Glendale soon. “When I paint, I want the horse, person or animal to breathe. I don’t believe I’m finished with a painting until I have reached that point,” she says about what inspires her. To view a selection of Kathy E. Walker’s paintings, contact her, keep up with her events and classes or to commission a painting of your own visit Contact Arts Columnist, Shea Stanfield, on flowingquill

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YCSO: Seeks identity of a child’s skeletal remains, in ‘Little Miss Nobody’ cold case

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CONGRESS - The Yavapai County Sheriff ’s Office (YCSO) is seeking the public’s help in determining the identify of a little girl whose skeletal remains were found on July 31, 1960, in a sand wash off Alamo Road outside of Congress, Ariz, which is about a mile from Highway 93. Following the recovery of her remains, the Prescott community raised money for a proper burial (including casket purchase) and funeral service at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott. This unidentified child became known to

the community as “Little Miss Nobody” at the time. Published efforts over the years seeking help to identify the remains have been unsuccessful. This latest effort involves sharing a facial reconstruction image using new forensic technologies. YCSO Cold Case Investigators contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who funded the exhumation of “Little Miss Nobody.” Then, in conjunction with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, a facial reconstruction was developed and a DNA profile generated. Due to this individual’s young age, ancestry/race is classified as undetermined. The decedent would be best described as “child” with an age range of 2 to 7 years, with the highest likelihood being 3 to 6 years, an estimated weight of 55 lbs. and a height of 3’ 6.” These estimates are based upon the skeletal and dental findings from the examination. If anyone has information regarding this case, you are urged to contact Cold Case Investigator John Shannon at 928777-7293 or leave a tip anonymously by calling Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Any detail, no matter how small, is important in the quest to determine this child’s identity.

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Pet of the week: Meet Poppy!

ANTHEM – Approximately 18-months-old and a mere 40 pounds, this sweet black/brindle lab mix is nothing short of amazing. She RARELY barks, is super loving and very calm. When she was first found, she was limping and wouldn’t bear weight on her front left leg. After a full exam and x-rays, it has

been determined that she suffers from elbow dysplasia, which can be managed but not cured. This certainly doesn’t limit her ability to go for a walk- it only hinders her ability to jump. While in the care of Anthem Pets, she hasn’t had an opportunity to try a doggy door, but she would

love the opportunity to be able to have indoor and outdoor access. Although she enjoys the company of other dogs, Poppy will require a slow intro the first time when meeting unfamiliar canines. She truly enjoys just being a part of a family and is guaranteed to make your heart melt. If you are looking to add a young dog with impeccable manners into your life, this is your girl. Visitation rights will be expected by current foster, as she is only willing to let her go to the best home possible. Microchipped, vaccinated and scheduled to be spayed this week. If you would like to meet this rare gem, fill out our dog matchmaker form: form/41678085988172. Her adoption fee is $125.

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