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January 8, 2014 •

• Anthem

Vol. 12, No.8

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Man swims 200 miles for Anthem boy Eric Quade Editor

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The Cave Creek Town Council officially hired a permanent town manager, approving the employment contract with Peter Jankowski in a unanimous vote during its Monday night meeting. Jankowski, who is currently serving as town administrator in Dudley, Mass., will begin his Cave Creek duties on Feb. 10 with an annual salary of $130,350 and a “suitable vehicle,” which will be provided by the town, according to the employment contract. Although the decision to approve the town manager employment contract was met with little discussion amongst the council or citizens, proposals for a banner pole project and a new facility for a raptor recovery organization at Spur Cross Ranch were met with some contention. They were sent back to the drawing board with instructions for more detailed plans to be presented at a later date. The Cave Creek Merchants Association presented a plan including 12 poles that would facilitate banner space, which would be leased as advertising space for local businesses and events. Six of the poles would be located in the town center with the other six located along Cave Creek Road. The merchant association suggested renting the

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The ‘whatever it takes’ team — Tyler Hallsey of Anthem (pictured wearing a baseball cap) was well enough to visit the Anthem Community Center pool last week and witness family friend Koko Head of Mesa swim his 200th mile on the boy’s behalf.

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Holy rollers — The Rev. Nordon Winger of the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek led a “blessing of the motorcycles” ceremony Saturday, wishing bikers Godspeed on the roads and sprinkling the tires of their vehicles with holy water. The event, now in its third year, also featured a raffle for a classic car with tickets available through this Sunday.

Tyler Hallsey of Anthem was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer nearly a year ago. He then began chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and he gave those around him the go-ahead to do “whatever it takes” to combat his illness. When word of Tyler’s brain cancer reached family friend Koko Head, the Mesa resident took the bad news and turned it into an inspirational challenge. “When I turned 55, I began swimming 100 miles in 100 days for Tyler,” Koko said. “I have journaled my swimming efforts and shared some of my life stories and bits of wisdom with Tyler each day on my Facebook page. I have asked family and friends to pledge some amount per mile for the fund established by ‘In Anthem We Care’ for Tyler. However, more important than funds raised has been the faith, hope and courage raised as this amazing young man battles his cancer and endures his treatment—‘whatever it takes.’” Koko and the Hallsey family knew each other from their time in Jacksonville, Fla., where they went to church together. Although they Hallseys moved from Florida when Tyler was about 18 months old, the families had kept tabs over the years through Christmas cards and social media posts. A former Marine, Koko said that the creed of “leave no man behind” kicked in when Tyler’s health became jeopardized. That show of support for Tyler held strong, even when the boy’s health ran into complications. Koko had originally planned to commemorate his 100th swimming mile in 100 days in late September 2013, but Tyler was struggling with cancer treatments at the time and had to be readmitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital due to high blood pressure issues. Instead of giving up, both Tyler and Koko persevered; Tyler was allowed to go home a few days later, and Koko modified his swimming pledge to 110 miles in 110 days. When that was thwarted by a migration of blood clots in Tyler’s legs in early October and a broken back due to brittle bones, the challenge changed to swimming 200 miles in 200 days. Then just last week, Tyler’s back brace was removed, and

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The concept of family constantly comes up when speaking with Café Provence’s owner Sarge Malki about his business in Anthem. For starters, Sarge’s family has operated restaurants in Scottsdale for years, and their recipes for preparing frog legs and escargot have won accolades from customers and food judges alike. It was in this atmosphere of awards and appetites that Sarge said he switched his career path and decided to bring his family’s food industry acumen to Anthem. The change quickly brought the realities of running a restaurant into focus. “I used to be a photographer, and my dream was always owning a high-end restaurant,” he said. “I thought I was just going to come in, have dinner with my wife, talk to my people and go

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the boy, nearing his 11th birthday, was able to visit the pool at the Anthem Community Center where Koko completed his 200th mile, doing a backstroke every 20 laps to help him keep count. Kathleen Hallsey, Tyler’s mother, was poolside with other Hallsey and Head family members Jan. 2 to cheer Koko on. “(It’s) very kind of him to take the time to do that,” she said. “I

home. Boy oh boy, was I wrong.” While running the business ended up being a lot more hands on than expected, the owner said that it has also been rewarding. First time customers became his friends on their second visit, then like family on their subsequent stops at the café. Sarge said that Café Provence aims to bring Anthem customers a fine dining experience, while also being family friendly and affordable. “When I came to Anthem, people wanted fine dining, so we wanted to give them fine dining, but also casual dining to be kid friendly,” he said. “We came up with a décor that’s very modern, yet French influenced a little bit.” That French influence can also be seen in the menu, but there are also plenty of Italian and Mediterranean items with an American flair. It’s the French part, though,

that Sarge suggested sometimes gets lost in translation. “People think that we’re expensive or (have) small portions— they presume because of the (restaurant’s) French name—but that’s not the case,” he said. Café Provence has been at the corner of Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Peak Parkway with Sarge at the helm for more than 3 years, and it has been with a hint of pride that the owner has been able to tell his repeat customers that his family’s restaurant plans to stay in Anthem for the long haul. “When I came here, everyone was wondering ‘How long are you going to last here?’” he said. “Every year when the snowbirds came back [they would say], ‘Oh, you’re here. We’re glad to see you again.’ So I said, ‘Folks, I just signed a 5 year lease, so I’ll be here for awhile.’”

know he’s been losing weight doing it, too, so he says it’s a win-win.” Kathleen was also appreciative of how Koko had routinely posted motivational stories on social media to give her son hope and “keep him smiling.” Regardless of all the invested effort, Koko was adamant that his role in events was small. “Tyler’s courage and determination is the real story here,” Koko said. “My swimming

effort on Tyler’s behalf is just a footnote.” In addition to friends and family, the public may contribute to the charitable fund established on behalf of Tyler to help with medical expenses. Donations can be sent to “We Care in Anthem,” attention Tyler Hallsey, account No. 2033007632 at MidFirst Bank, Anthem Branch, 3611 W. Anthem Way in Anthem. More information is available online at prayfortyler.com.


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Beware of an under the slab water leak Fellow Anthem residents, have you ever heard of Thermal Galvanic Corrosion? Chances are that your house or someone you know in Anthem has experienced the effects of this problem: a water leak caused by an electro-chemical reaction affecting underground copper water pipes. TGC will, over time, cause small pinhole sized leaks in unsleeved underground hot water pipes. Repairs are messy, time-consuming and costly.

On Dec. 28, 2007, a complaint was filed that was subsequently certified as a class action based upon a construction defect. The goal is to enable homeowners to repair their homes with no out-of-pocket expenses. The original class included 3,331 houses in Anthem. As with similar class actions, this case

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Bluhm: Kitchen islands far from deserted places Have you ever wondered, what is the real purpose of the kitchen’s center island? Ponder this question no more, dear readers, as I think I have found the answer. It is a place to collect, stack, put, place, spread, leave, toss and lose things! It is a trap for all things unrelated to cooking. Handy to have, stylish to look BLUHM at, expensive to build and a must-have for all truly gourmet chefs; these center islands are at the root of all evil. Perhaps I am over-reacting a bit because I know if my husband, Doug, has his way (which he usually does), the center island in our kitchen becomes his own private work station. Objects that suspiciously look like tools and medical devices have made their way into my cooking space, not to mention his business files, papers and mail. T h i s ve r y v i t a l c o o k-

center has become a “man-center!” A woman in Anthem emailed me to say that her exquisite granite center island is always so piled high with kids’ papers and her family’s “stuff” that she hasn’t seen the top of it in a few months. A man in Cave Creek told me that his wife wants him to “demolish” the center island in their kitchen because it is just “attracts junk,” which she claims is mostly his. I’ve seen those magazines showing gourmet kitchens that have beautiful natural stone surfaces adorned with a few strategically placed pieces of museum-quality pottery. Fresh cut flowers in an elegant vase, an open French cookbook, something exotic being prepared, a bottle of fine wine opened and half-empty standing next to the cook’s wine-glass are about the only objects that can be seen on these elegant counter-tops. Am I to believe that this could be my kitchen? I must immediately consult a few local chefs to ask if this is how a real kitchen

is supposed to look. None of the kitchens depicted in the magazines look like mine. I struggle daily to conquer the papers, gadgets, magazines and assorted items that keep finding their way (with the help of my husband) onto my counter-tops. I must be forgetting to pour myself a glass of fine wine, which would be one way to not let it bother me. I have pointed out to Doug that my cooking would improve

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tremendously if he’d keep his clutter out of the kitchen. He usually bursts out in uncontrollable laughter at this comment. Hey, what am I to do with a pair of hemostats tossed into my silverware drawer? And how is it that my good knives end up in the garage? What is duct tape doing under my sink? And why do things like soup ladles end up in the horse barn? The garage and kitchen are nothing more than blended workspaces! Yikes, I’m being invaded in my own house and, if I’m not careful, my kitchen will look like an ad for “Tools Illustrated.” Back to the center island dilemma, one woman in Desert Hills emailed me and said that while she knows “it” exists, the “huge, expensive slab of granite has been reduced to a pile of homework experiments, school papers, mail and an occasional bowl of fruit.” Another woman from New River called to say she found her husband’s electric drill “menacing” her pantry, with “drill bits

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lined up in a neat little row as if they had found a new resting place.” She said the garage is “spilling into her kitchen” and she’ll “fight to the end” before that happens. Hmmm … sounds like a “space war” to me. Maybe just a big box (to put all the stuff in), a bottle of fine wine (to call a truce), a new recipe (to prove a point) and a fancy vase (to sweeten the air) will help in reclaiming the center island. As for the bigger battle? Perhaps a call to one of those garage cabinetmakers might restore the kitchen/garage boundaries. In the meantime, keep the tools out of the kitchen and the utensils out of the garage. Let’s start out the new year right with less clutter and more beauty in our lives. I have more to say, but I better run. I am watching a grandson walk with my good, red colander down to the barn!

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Community Events THURSDAY Watoto Children’s Choir At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, the Ugandabased Watoto Children’s Choir will be performing at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Their joyful performances are a unique blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance. The choir has traveled internationally since 1994, acting as ambassadors to raise awareness of the more than 50 million orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. SATURDAY Local music at library From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11, enjoy an afternoon of old time, mountain and Celtic music with Sixty Some Odd Acres. The local all-strings band, made up of women aged 60 and older, will be performing without charge at Desert Broom Library in Cave Creek, 29710 N. Cave Creek Rd. MONDAY Beethoven’s symphonies Brent Hylton, musical director of the Pinnacle Concert Series, will present a crash course on Beethoven’s nine symphonies Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Learn the stories behind these groundbreaking works that have been crowd-pleasers for more than 200 years. LATER THIS MONTH Fine art expo Starting Jan. 16 and running until the end of March, the 10th annual Arizona Fine Art Expo will take place every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the southwest corner of Jomax and Scottsdale roads in Scottsdale. The event will feature 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in a studio environment with hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, entertainment and a café. Weekends will feature musical entertainment. Cost is $8-$10. Call 480-837-7163 or visit ArizonaFineArtExpo.com for more information. Tax planning The Society for Financial Awareness will be presenting a tax planning workshop Jan. 17 starting at 1:30 p.m. at North Valley Regional Library. SOFA is a nonprofit, educational speakers bureau composed of financial advisers, mortgage brokers, credit counselors, realtors and more, and they will be at the library to answer tax questions. Indian market From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1719, the 5th annual Cave Creek Indian Market will be at Stagecoach Village celebrating the history and heritage of the Southwest with a diverse gathering of Native American, Spanish and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen plus live entertainment. To find out more, contact 623-734-6526

or check out VermillionPromotions.com online. Art, wine festival The 21st annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival in downtown Carefree Jan. 17-19 will feature renowned artists from throughout the United States and abroad, live musical entertainment, fine wines from around the world, surrounding restaurants, galleries and outdoor cafés. Cost is $5 with $1 being donated to the American Healing Arts Foundation. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 480-8375637 or visit thunderbirdartists. com for more info. Kiwanis flea market The Kiwanis of Carefree will be holding a f lea market Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Dave Anderson Memorial Building, located at 7177 E. Ed Everett Way in Carefree. The event will feature an array of furnishings, electronics, exercise equipment, house wares, artwork, clothing, accessories and collectibles, and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization’s youth programs. To schedule a donation pick-up, volunteer at the flea market warehouse or for more information in general about the club, call the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at 480-488-8400. Rock N’ Roll Rescue Rock out Jan. 18 with fine dining and the danceable 60s and 70s music of The Roadrunners from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Desert Mountain’s Cochise-Geronimo Clubhouse in Scottsdale as part of a Foothills Animal Rescue fundraiser. Some small, adopt-

able dogs will be at the event, too. Tickets are $100 and may be obtained, along with additional event info, by visiting foothillsanimal.org online, calling 480488-9890 or by dropping by the shelter at 23030 N. Pima Rd. Job help A librarian will be available at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 22 at North Valley Regional Library to answer questions on a wide variety of employment topics including resume writing, online job searching, email accounts, Internet searching and more. Registration is required. Auditions for kids, adults Auditions for “At Home in the Desert,” a one-act theatrical production and AZ Centennial Legacy Project, will take place Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holland Center on 60th Street and are open to all ages 7 and up. Many youth and adult roles are available. Sign up for a 15 minute time slot and audition by reading from the script with others. No other preparations necessary. For more information or to schedule an audition, go to signupgenius. com/go/5080C45A8AF28AA8athome. Marbles and science Children are encouraged to visit the Deer Valley Family Resource Center at New River Elementary Jan. 28 and practice the concepts of gravity and motion using marbles. The program runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is presented by The Arizona Science Center.

Citizen scientists Ever wanted to participate in scientific “field work”—collecting data, taking samples, photographing specimens—but weren’t sure how? All ages are welcome to attend a Jan. 31 program at the Cave Creek Regional Park Nature Center at 5 p.m. to learn the basics, followed by an outdoor excursion to apply those lessons. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook, writing utensil and a camera. WEEKLY Read to Sioux Pooh Children, along with a favorite adult, are invited to Desert Broom Library every Tuesday at 3 p.m. to read to Sioux Pooh the therapy dog. A 2010 study found that children in reading programs that used therapy dogs developed reading skills up to 20 percent faster than without. Stories in Cave Creek From 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. every Thursday, Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek hosts “Little Ones Story Time.” The program is geared toward newborns

and children up to 36 months in age. The library also has a story time program for toddlers, which is held every Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Toddler Time Toddlers, accompanied by a favorite adult are invited to enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills every Wednesday at Desert Broom Library. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. and is aimed at children aged 24 to 36 months. Networking group AmSpirit Business Connections is national organization consisting of sales representatives, entrepreneurs, and professionals which provides a forum for its members to exchange qualified referrals with others in the group. The Greater Scottsdale Chapter of AmSpirit meets every Wednesday 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. at the offices of Homeowners Financial Group located at 16427 N. Scotts-

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www.bcwellnesscenter.com ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT 1616 WEST ADAMS STREET PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007 PUBLIC AUCTION SALE NO. 16-106041-00-002 PERPETUAL RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT Pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37, notice is hereby given that the state of Arizona through its Arizona State Land Department (herein called ASLD), will sell at Public Auction to the highest and best bidder at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 W. Adams, Room 434B, Phoenix, Arizona, a perpetual right of way easement for the purpose of a Service Road and Underground Utilities situated in Maricopa County to wit: TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 4 EAST, G&SRB&M, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: M&B THRU TRACT MF3 IN STATE PLAT 55, 2ND AMD., SECTION 34. CONTAINING 0.04 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. BENEFICIARY: PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS (INDEMNITY SELECTIONS) For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the right of way application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD. Said right of way easement has been valued at $22,857.00 and consists of 0.04 acres, more or less. Additional requirements and conditions of this right of way are available and may be viewed at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Rights of Way Section of the Real Estate Division of ASLD at (602) 542-4098. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at www.azland.gov.

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Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below. TERMS OF SALE: (A) At the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The value of the right of way, which is $22,857.00; (2) A Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the value of the right of way, which is $686.00; (3) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00; (4) Reimbursable Appraisal Fee, which is $2,000.00. The total amount due at the time of sale is $28,043.00 (less $4,500.00 if the successful bidder is the applicant for a total amount due of $23,543.00). (B) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the right of way and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price for the right of way less the amount paid under (A) (2) above. (C) No Selling and Administrative Fee shall be collected by ASLD if the successful bidder at auction is the beneficiary of the land trust. (D) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(3) above. BIDDING INFORMATION: (A) The time of sale shall be deemed to be the time of declaration of the highest and best bidder. The bidding will begin at the total value of the right of way. A bid for less than the value of the right of way easement or by a party who has not inspected the right of way and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered. (B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property. (C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240.B, the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than three (3) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD. (D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payment as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited. (E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due. GENERAL INFORMATION: The ASLD may cancel this auction in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid. A protest to this sale must be filed within 30 days after the first day of publication of this announcement and in accordance with A.R.S. §37-301. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, at (602) 364-0875. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Ruben Ojeda (for) Vanessa Hickman State Land Commissioner December 5, 2013

dale Road, No. 280 in Scottsdale. Prospective new members and visitors are welcome to attend. Family Storytime Children of all ages, with an adult in tow, are welcome Thursdays at Desert Broom Library to share books, stories, songs and rhymes in a fun, interactive program that builds early literacy skills. The library is located at Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard. Babytime Fridays Babies up to 24 months in age, accompanied by an adult, can explore pre-literacy skills through songs and stories at Desert Broom Library. Programs start at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each 20-minute program is followed by an unstructured 30-minute playtime. Crafting Adults wishing to knit, crochet, tat, macramé or do just about anything that has to do with fiber are invited to North Valley Regional Library’s “Made by Hand” program every Thursday at 1 p.m. Bring projects, books and patterns, accomplishments and knowledge to share with others. Learn something new about your own craft, or pick up another craft (or stitch) that has piqued your interest. Or come and spend a couple of leisurely hours doing something you love to do or would like to learn and, in the process, make new friendships. Friday night meals The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1796 in Black Canyon City is serving up meals every Friday

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Academic standards cover ‘what’ not ‘how’ concepts taught There has been much discussion all over the country about the Common Core Standards. Much of the information being shared on social network sites is not completely accurate with much confusion about the difference between “standards” and “curriculum.” The Common Core Standards were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. To date, 45 states in the Union have adopted the standards for their public schools. In Arizona, these standards were adopted in 2010 by the State Board of Education. In CCUSD, we adopted math and English language arts textbooks and curriculum to teach the standards. Our teachers began their

work to learn the new standards in 2011 and for the past 2 school years have been adjusting their teaching strategies to include additional critical thinking in lessons for our students. The shift to the new standards brings a focus on instructional strategies to enhance and deepen student learning. More than 80 percent of the previous state standards are also in the Common Core Standards. Arizona recently transitioned the standards to a new name— The Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. These standards are “what concepts” the teachers are going to teach but not “how” they will teach them or “the materials” they will use. The local governing boards in Arizona will still approve the textbooks and major materials the

students will use, typically from the recommendations of a textbook adoption committee made up of local district teachers and parents. Classroom teachers also choose additional supplemental materials to assist in instruction, as they always have in the past. The standards are minimum “objectives” that tell teachers what a student needs to learn at a certain grade level. They are not curriculum or the actual materials the teachers will be using to teach the standards. The AZ CCRS are more rigorous and challenging than the last set of state standards. Our students will read more informational text, use more thinking

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‘The peoples’ small claims court

With each new year comes a new set of laws. One such new law is that the jurisdictional limit of small claims cases in Arizona has been increased from $2,500 to $3,500. Small claims courts are truly “the peoples’ court.” Every justice court has a small claims division to hear cases when the amount in controversy is not more williams than $3,500. Small claims cases are designed to be inexpensive, informal and quick. If you want to win, then you must know the rules and be very prepared. In a small claims case, there is no discovery (i.e. depositions), no jury trial and no appeal. Unless both sides agree to do otherwise, neither side has a lawyer. The cases are heard by either a judge or by a hearing officer. Beginning the case A small claims case starts, like any other lawsuit, with a complaint. Forms are available online and at the courts, but a complaint is just a short and plain statement of why the plaintiff thinks that the defendant owes him money. For example, it could be as simple as: “On Oct. 4, 2013, a vehicle driven by the defendant hit my car. It was parked in front of my house and the repair costs were $1,915.68.” The complaint must be filed with the court. As a general rule, the case must be filed in the justice court precinct where the

defendant resides or operates a business. If the case involves a contract, it may also be brought in the justice court having responsibility for where the contract was performed (i.e. a repair to the plaintiff’s home). After the filing fee of $52 is paid to the court, the lawsuit must be served on the other side. In small claims cases only, service can be made with certified mail, return receipt requested and nothing more. If the plaintiff is suing a business, then service must be made on that company’s statutory agent. Other side responds Sample answer forms are also available, but all that is required is a simple statement admitting or denying each allegation. All that is required under the law is: “Defendant denies.” However, if you ignore a lawsuit, then a default judgment will likely be entered against you, and you will have lost before you even had an opportunity to present your side. The fee to file an answer is $42. Before coming to court Organize your evidence so you can find everything quickly. Plan what you want to say in your opening statement, and then write out the questions that you plan on asking your witnesses and the other side’s witnesses. After that, present your case to one of your friends and ask them what you can do to make it more understandable and credible. What to bring to court You should bring everything you need to establish your version of the events. Letters or statements from witnesses will not be accepted because the other side

can’t ask questions to someone who is not there. If you want that information considered, then bring the witness. It is also helpful to bring an original and two copies of any documents or photographs that you want to offer as evidence. What to do in court Be a little early, and be prepared to be polite. If you personally attack the other side, then you will likely lose credibility. Other things to think about There are two big ones: First, if you win, then can you collect money against the defendant? If the defendant has filed for bankruptcy, then you may be wasting your time. Second, is it possible that a counterclaim may be filed against you? If you also owe the defendant money, then he can sue you right back. Lawsuits that won’t work State law prohibits some cases from being heard as a small claims case. For example, you can’t file suit in small claims court for libel or slander or to get someone to complete the performance of a contract. You also can’t sue a branch of any government in small claims court. Any courtroom appearance has the potential to be stressful, but if you are on time and prepared, then you should have no major problems. You may not agree with the outcome, but at least you won’t leave wondering what happened and why. Judge Gerald Williams is the justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. His column appears monthly in The Foothills Focus.

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council from page 1 poles out for 6 months for $1,200, while splitting the profits with the town, 80 percent going to Cave Creek and 20 percent going to CCMA. “We have an opportunity to provide a consistent marketing and promotion vehicle throughout the town, while also creating a self sustaining revenue stream that really pays for itself,” said Gene Glass, treasurer of the CCMA. The council and citizens seemed wary about the details of the revenue structure and the application process. “It seemed like a work in

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progress,” said citizen Kerry Smith when commenting to the council about why they should vote against the program. “The pricing scheme should be restructured.” Smith pointed out the prices should vary during the summer seasons when business is slow and suggested that a simple auction for the poles would provide a better solution to the pricing and application process. The CCMA was directed to come back in April with a more detailed plan, and the council extended the pilot program for four more months in a 5-2 vote with Mayor Vincent Francia and Councilman Reg Monachino

ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT 1616 WEST ADAMS STREET PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007 PUBLIC AUCTION SALE NO. 16-16-116982 PERPETUAL RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT

ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT 1616 WEST ADAMS STREET PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007 PUBLIC AUCTION SALE NO. 16-116983 PERPETUAL RIGHT OF WAY EASEMENT

Pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37, notice is hereby given that the state of Arizona through its Arizona State Land Department (herein called ASLD), will sell at Public Auction to the highest and best bidder at 9:30 a.m. on, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 W. Adams, Room 434B, Phoenix, Arizona, a perpetual right of way easement for the purpose of a Public Road and Underground Utilities including a Buffer Area situated in Maricopa County to wit:

Pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37, notice is hereby given that the state of Arizona through its Arizona State Land Department (herein called ASLD), will sell at Public Auction to the highest and best bidder at 9:30 a.m. on, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 W. Adams, Room 434B, Phoenix, Arizona, a perpetual right of way easement for the purpose of a Public Road and Underground Utilities including a Buffer Area situated in Maricopa County to wit:

TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 3 EAST, G&SRB&M, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: OR LESS.

M&B THRU E2SENW; NESW, SECTION 13. CONTAINING 2.11 ACRES, MORE

TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 3 EAST, G&SRB&M, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: M&B THRU TRACT 7, BLOCK 12 IN STATE PLAT 44, SECTION 24. CONTAINING 1.30 ACRES, MORE OR LESS.

BENEFICIARY: PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS (INDEMNITY SELECTIONS)

BENEFICIARY: PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS (INDEMNITY SELECTIONS)

For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the right of way application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD.

For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the right of way application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD.

Said right of way easement has been valued at $470,003.00 and consists of 2.11 acres, more or less.

Said right of way easement has been valued at $289,575.00 and consists of 1.30 acres, more or less.

Additional requirements and conditions of this right of way are available and may be viewed at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona.

Additional requirements and conditions of this right of way are available and may be viewed at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona.

The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Rights of Way Section of the Real Estate Division of ASLD at (602) 542-4098. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at www.azland.gov.

The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Rights of Way Section of the Real Estate Division of ASLD at (602) 542-4098. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at www.azland.gov.

Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below.

Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below.

TERMS OF SALE:

TERMS OF SALE:

(A) At the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The value of the right of way, which is $470,003.00; (2) A Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the value of the right of way, which is $14,100.00; (3) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00; (4) Reimbursable Appraisal Fee, which is $3,250.00. The total amount due at the time of sale is $489,853.00 (less $5,750.00 if the successful bidder is the applicant for a total amount due of $484,103.00).

(A) At the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The value of the right of way, which is $289,575.00; (2) A Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the value of the right of way, which is $8,687.00; (3) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00; (4) Reimbursable Appraisal Fee, which is $3,250.00. The total amount due at the time of sale is $304,012.00 (less $5,750.00 if the successful bidder is the applicant for a total amount due of $298,262.00).

(B) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the right of way and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price for the right of way less the amount paid under (A) (2) above.

(B) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the right of way and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price for the right of way less the amount paid under (A) (2) above.

(C) No Selling and Administrative Fee shall be collected by ASLD if the successful bidder at auction is the beneficiary of the land trust.

(C) No Selling and Administrative Fee shall be collected by ASLD if the successful bidder at auction is the beneficiary of the land trust.

(D) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(3) above.

(D) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(3) above.

BIDDING INFORMATION:

BIDDING INFORMATION:

(A) The time of sale shall be deemed to be the time of declaration of the highest and best bidder. The bidding will begin at the total value of the right of way. A bid for less than the value of the right of way easement or by a party who has not inspected the right of way and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered.

(A) The time of sale shall be deemed to be the time of declaration of the highest and best bidder. The bidding will begin at the total value of the right of way. A bid for less than the value of the right of way easement or by a party who has not inspected the right of way and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered.

(B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property.

(B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property.

(C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240.B, the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than three (3) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD.

(C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240.B, the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than three (3) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD.

(D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payment as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited.

(D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payment as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited.

(E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due.

(E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The ASLD may cancel this auction in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid.

The ASLD may cancel this auction in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid.

A protest to this sale must be filed within 30 days after the first day of publication of this announcement and in accordance with A.R.S. §37-301.

A protest to this sale must be filed within 30 days after the first day of publication of this announcement and in accordance with A.R.S. §37-301.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, at (602) 364-0875. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Ruben Ojeda (for) Vanessa Hickman State Land Commissioner December 5, 2013

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, at (602) 364-0875. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Ruben Ojeda (for) Vanessa Hickman State Land Commissioner December 5, 2013

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voting against the revised motion. The council remained wary for Bob Fox’s efforts to establish a raptor rehabilitation and nature education center at Spur Cross Ranch Conser vation Area. Wild at Heart, Fox’s nonprofit organization in Cave Creek, rescues and releases native birds of prey. The council and citizens commended Fox for his work but voiced concerns about the projected 70,000 annual visitors to the raptor facility and the effects it will have on residents, open space and natural resources. In a 6-1 vote, the motion was tabled with Thomas McGuire voting no.

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Hunting, fishing licenses available for 2014

The 2014 Arizona hunting and fishing licenses and tags have been available at most Arizona sporting goods retailers and other authorized license dealers as of Jan 1. New licenses may also be purchased online at www.azgfd.gov. Delivery of these items to dealers was delayed by production issues, but Arizona Game and Fish Department officials took extra measures to ensure that licenses and tags would be in stores

on time. Customers who want to buy their annual license and seasonal non-permit tags in person can purchase them at AGFD offices or from the supply already delivered to dealers. AGFD officials caution that non-permit tags from this supply may look and feel a little different because they are not made of the normal adhesive “tear-resistant” material, but they are authentic

and valid for the take of wildlife. Tagging instructions are printed on the back of the permits. Starting in 2014, Arizona hunting and fishing licenses are good for 1 year from the date purchased. Non-permit tags for various wildlife hunts are valid for specific seasons and areas as described in the regulations. Contact the Game and Fish Department with questions at 602-942-3000.

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Fishing Report This is a North Valley-focused version of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s fishing report. To view the full report, visit azgfd.gov. APACHE LAKE—Lake measurements of 1,908 feet in elevation and capacity at 94 percent full. Rainbow trout stocking began last week, but it sounds like it’s crappie time here. James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods said crappie fishing

on Apache Lake last week was called excellent. The Arizona Fishing Guides reported that the lake is always good this time of year—some really nice smallmouths can be caught on jerk baits and small shakey head worms and small jigs. Anglers had been doing well on dropshots and Texas rigs in the colors that have typically

been successful: red crawler and morning dawn. Brush hogs also have been successful. Gary Senft of the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, has caught the majority of his largemouth bass in 15-30 feet of water. Sometimes he found a shallow crankbait bite. Senft recommended starting with a crankbait because of cooler morning temperatures that drive the fish into shallow waters.

Awards banquet celebrates conservation

Arizonans who have helped conserve Arizona’s wildlife and outdoor heritage will be honored at the 22nd annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet Jan. 11 at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission banquet is an annual event to recognize and honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to the conservation of wildlife, Arizona’s outdoor heritage and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Since 1991, more than 317 awards have been presented by the commission. This year’s award winners, selected by the Fish and Game Commissioners at their September meeting, include: Award of Excellence Art Boswell Youth Environmentalist Dustin Yinger Outdoor Writer of the Year Terry Corrigan Media of the Year Western Outdoor Times Conservation Organization Arizona Chapter Safari Club International Conservationist of the Year Larry Audsley Natural Resource Professional Julia Fonseca Volunteer of the Year John Kulberg Educator of the Year Tom Brennan Mentor of the Year John Griess Advocate of the Year

Senator Steve Pierce Buck Appleby Hu nter Education Instructor of the Year Jim Rich Wildlife Habitat Stewards Anita Waite and Sherwin Koehn 2013 North American Model Commissioner’s Award John Hervert The public is invited to come and celebrate the accomplishments of the award recipients. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. The

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events from page 6 night. The public is welcome to attend. Homework help Teen volunteers are available Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Desert Broom Library to help elementary school-aged children with homework assignments and study skills. Age-appropriate story times Every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. or 11 a.m., North Valley Regional Library in Anthem invites preschoolers ages 3-6 to the Story Time Room to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For toddlers ages 18-36 months, Story Time Room hosts Wednesday programming at 9:15 a.m. that includes stories, songs and finger plays for children and their parent or caregiver. Also on Wednesdays, Story Time Room is the place to be for the 0-18-month-old crowd. This “Baby Time” starts promptly at 11 a.m. Programming includes books, lap-sit songs and rhymes, puppets, music and shakers and the parachute. Learn tips to build a foundation for reading. Playtime follows the regular program. MONTHLY Writing workshops Desert Foothills Library has two monthly workshops catering to writers. The first Friday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., author and publisher Patricia Brooks, founder of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, leads a workshop on how to write non-fiction books that position the author—you— as an expert on a particular topic. Then on the first Monday of each month, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., a memoir writing group meets to establish goals, set personal writing schedules, share stories and receive constructive feedback. For memoir group guidelines, email Elena Pavlova at elepavlova@mac. com. Both writing workshops have limited seating. Call 480-488-2286 to register. NR/DHCA meeting The New River/Desert Hills Community Association hosts two meetings each month. A community meeting is held every second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Daisy Mountain Fire Station. Then on the second Friday each month, the group convenes its town hall meeting from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Tramonto Fire Station. Meetings feature local guest speakers on an array of topics. Peaceful spirit women’s group The last Friday of every month, Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center in New River hosts its monthly women’s gathering. Members of the group share their journey with each other, gaining insight and

inspiration. A $10-$15 donation is suggested, though no one is turned away for lack of funds. For more info, contact Melanie Dunlap at 623-465-5875, melanie@ peacefulspiritcenter.com or visit the online calendar at PeacefulSpriritCenter.com. Library hosts foreign film Desert Foothills Library will host a different foreign film from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., one Monday each month. For information on the coming events go to dlfa.org. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. New River Kiwanis The first and third Wednesday of every month, New River Kiwanis hold their regular meetings at the New River Kiwanis Community Park, 48606 N. 17th Ave. The civic organization is geared toward helping children and is always looking for new members to get involved. Music at Desert Broom Library The second Saturday of every month, Desert Broom Library invites musicians to come and perform live acoustic numbers between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Music should be family friendly. Bring fliers or other means to advertise your group. If interested in performing, email Kimberly at hickinbotham@phoenix.gov or talk to a librarian for more info. Cards, board games social The third Tuesday each month at Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek is designated for a cards and board games social for adults from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library has lots of games to choose from including cards, Scrabble, chess, checkers, backgammon, Trivial Pursuit, Cribbage, Yahtzee and more. NRA gun safety Now that Constitutional Carry is permitted in Arizona, why not learn gun safety and what state and federal laws dictate? A National Rifle Association-affiliated class is being offered every month, and CCW certification is available at no additional cost. Check azpistol.com for class dates. Healing session The third Monday of every month, the Peacef ul Spirit Enrichment Center in New River hosts a monthly Healing Circle/Reiki Share from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This group is for individuals that have learned Reiki or another modality of healing. Each participant will give and receive a healing session. RSVPs accepted. Desert Broom Knitters Knitters of all ages and skill levels are invited to gather in the small conference room at Desert Broom Library the fourth Saturday each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to work on existing projects, start new ones and share tips and techniques.

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Are your pets microchipped and wearing identification tags? It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare: Your pest control service left the gate open and your dog got out. Maybe your spouse or child left the front door open while carrying in groceries and your cat escaped. Despite your ever y at tempt to keep t hem safe, one in three family pets will get lost during its lifetime. Without KILWEIN id e n t i f ic a tion, around 90 percent will not return home—many, unfortunately, being euthanized. The good news, if your pet is wearing tags and is microchipped,

there’s a better chance they will return home safely. Don’t rely on any one method to identify your pet. Make sure your pet wears a collar with up-to-date contact information on the identification tags. The microchip offers permanent protection and could make the difference in whether or not you are reunited with your pet. A microchip requires no maintenance, but it does require a minimum upfront cost and some companies charge an additional fee to register your contact information on the database. If you have pet insurance, then check to see if there is reimbursement, as some policies offer a benefit to cover some of the expense. Anthem Pets will offer several microchipping events throughout the year, in addition to its

vaccination clinics. For more information, please call 480-2873542 or consult your veterinarian. Lisa Kilwein is a board of directors member with Anthem Pets, a nonprofit animal rescue organization serving the North Valley since 2005. For more information on Anthem Pets, visit anthempets.org.

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I’d like to address a few incorrect comments made at a recent town council meeting regarding purchase of the annexed State Land Trust land. First and foremost, we can only purchase something that is for sale. This land has never been for sale, and the SLT has no immediate plans for a sale. Land must be sold at auction to the highest bidder. When an auction is eventually held, Cave Creek will participate, but there is no certainty that we will be the only or even the highest bidder. Second, it was stated that as the cost had risen from $400 to thousands per acre and the town had squandered the chance to obtain this land at less cost. That $400 per acre price quoted many years ago was a hope. There was no guarantee that would be the cost, and many in the community

letter from page 7 skills and be expected to transfer learning to new situations. With new standards come new assess-

said so at the time. The State Land Trust is the only group that can set the appraisal amount, and we have no idea what that will be. Phoenix and Scottsdale have currently been paying between $12,000 and $25,000 per acre for their open land. It was stated that the town has “wasted” more than $100,000 in money raised by hardworking volunteers at many events, which was to be used to purchase the annexed open space land. This money is actually held in an escrow account by the Desert Foothills Land Trust. I understand the previous town manager petitioned the DFLT to get some of this money to help pay for this year’s Taste of Cave Creek and was turned down. The town has no legal access to or control of this account. A suggestion was made that

the town should borrow money to pay for this land acquisition now because interest rates are so low and are rising. How many millions of dollars would that be? Where would this money be stored, for how long and at what interest rate? How would this affect the town’s borrowing or bonding abilities? It would be fiscally irresponsible to hold money, potentially for years, and paying the additional yearly debt cost. Those that make statements about this acquisition should make certain their information is correct. For accurate information, council members, the town manager or the State Land Trust commission would be the place to go.

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The Daughters of the American Revolution, Ocotillo chapter, will feature the artist behind Anthem’s veterans memorial at its Jan. 11 meeting, which starts at 9:35 a.m. in the Outlets and Anthem Community Room Suite 435.

The program’s guest speaker is Renee Palmer-Jones, a resident and local artist who has been recognized by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American Heritage Committee with the Women in Arts Recognition Award. This

award honors women who have succeeded at the community level in her artistic field. Palmer-Jones was the designer of the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The five pillars represent the five branches of the United States military and are staggered with elliptical openings aligned so that, at exactly 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day each year, the sun’s rays pass through the opening and illuminate the Great Seal of the United States at the foot of the pillars. The Anthem Veterans Memorial was designated with a historic marker by the Arizona Historical Society in 2012. Palmer-Jones’ artistic talents extend to abstract paintings, contemporary realism and lifelike portraits. She currently teaches oil painting for adults through structured workshops in the area. She is active on nonprofit boards and committees. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for the nation’s children. DAR meetings are open to nonmembers. Contact Willine Evans at 623-551-3764 for more information or visit ocotillo.arizonadar. org or dar.org online.

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Scottsdale sculptor draws on rural ranch roots Shea Stanfield

A spirit as expansive as the rural Idaho landscape, a heart as open as the great western sky and talent that adapts to the ever changing winds, artist JR Eason began her journey. Born on a ranch in rural Idaho, the great landscapes of the American West were J.R.’s inspiration as a painter. Her joy was found in the world of canvas and the skillfully blended hues assigned to these Western scenes. Yet, a chance meeting with the medium of clay transformed her expression and passion in a way she never anticipated. Twenty years into her career as an artist, J.R. found herself moving from her wellknown world of two-dimensional form into an exciting and challenging world of the three-dimensional sculptural form. “Once I tried it, I was hooked,” she said about her shift. J.R. has been sculpting people, crosscultural women and cowboys ever since. With no formal training in sculpture, J.R. started by studying the human form from anatomy books—beginning with the bones, sculpting on the muscle, paying attention to proportion and adding in the spirit of expression. Slowly, but surely, her figures began to take on their own personalities. Each piece came into its own from J.R.’s own emotion and ideas. She considers her ability to bring forth each individual as “a gift from the Devine.” J.R.’s confidence in her own unique style comes alive in each piece. Her bronze figures depict a sense of humanity and grace. They radiate with expressive ges-

tures, contemplative faces and calm and knowing peace. J.R.’s work exudes the understanding and knowledge of deeply felt human emotions, reborn in sculptural form with the wisdom only life can etch on an individual’s path. J.R.’s work is collected throughout the United States, Canada and across the globe. Her monumental piece, “In Grace,” resides at the Girl Scouts of America National Headquarters, as an inspiration for young women. The piece “Serenity” is home in the Breast Cancer Institute in Chicago, Ill. Presently living and working in Scottsdale, J.R. has exhibited her work in fine art shows, galleries and museums for more than 25 years. Arizona has been her main venue. Starting with the Thunderbird Artists, she quickly gained recognition and collectors from all corners of the world. The past 14 years, the major event J.R. uses for introducing her new work in the public space is the Celebration of Fine Art. This venue is “home” for J.R. 3 months each year. This year’s “Celebration” opens on Jan. 11 and runs through March 23 at the southwest corner of Hayden Road and Loop 101 in Scottsdale. “Celebration” is open from 10 am to 6 pm everyday. J.R. is also a member of the Sonoran Arts League and exhibits each November in the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. For more information, visit J.R.’s website at www.jreason.com, email her at i nfo@jreason.com or call her studio at 406-360-5766.

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Anthem veterans group expands outreach programming T h e A n t h e m Ve t e r a n s Me mo r i a l Sup p o r t Te a m announced last week that it will expand its free, educational public programming, a service it initiated in 2012. Teachers from all grade levels and disciplines, adult clubs or special interest groups may schedule tours and learning activities that incorporate veteran talks, military history and information about the Anthem Veterans Memorial art, symbols and mathematics. The new curriculum covers a range of educational opportunities and supports many established state education standards in social studies, English, art, business and math. It is anticipated these educational programs will enhance life-long learning for the community as school classes, adult clubs or special interest groups take advantage of the Anthem Veterans Memorial educational programs in the new year. Among the programs offered by AVMST: • The attack on Pearl Harbor—a veteran’s perspective • Understanding the U.S. Armed Forces role in our history • What are KIA/MIA/POW? Learning of sacrifices of our military heroes • Applying symbols—using literary tools and analysis to

understand art • Tou r t he me mor ia l — u nd e r s t a nd i n g t he b u i ld a nd ele me nt s to m a k i n g the memorial • Applied mathematics—a lesson in applying mathematical formulas to building a memorial • Art and design—using life’s experiences to shape art • Marketing and communication—the importance of an image when building a marketing plan • Everyone has a story—how to write biographies and shape stories of our veterans • Thanking a veteran—how to make a difference in a veteran’s life through thank you letters Prog rams a re ad aptable and created to meet the age and educational needs of each class or organization. A ll ages are welcome to attend these programs. To schedule an educational program or Anthem Veterans Memorial tour, contact Liz Turner at elizabethturnerus@ yahoo.com. T h e A n t h e m Ve t e r a n s Me mor ia l Suppor t Tea m, a n af f i l iate g roup to t he Anthem Community Council, is composed of volunteers who assist in f undraising, programming and community outreach specif ic to the memorial.

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confused on how to talk about them. On domestic issues, the GOP should be the “federalism,” grow th and empower ment party. Social issues such as gay marriage, abortion and drugs, where the U.S. Constitution is silent, are state matters to be fought at the state level— not matters addressed by the federal government. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Republican appointee and arguably the most conservative justice, said the courts lack the expertise and judgment to resolve issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and doctorassisted suicide. Sca lia a rg ues t hat such issues are state matters: “On controversial issues on stuff like homosexual rights, abortion, we debate with each other and persuade each other and vote on it either through representatives or a constitutional amendment. ... Whether it’s good or bad is not my job. My job is simply to say if those things you find desirable are contained in the Constitution.” Social issues are important, but it’s still the economy, stupid. Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, capturing 44 states. When he ran for reelection, he won 49 states. Did he win two landslide elections because he converted the country into embracing all of his positions? Of course not. A September 1984 New York Times article led with this headline: “Polls Show Many Choose Reagan Even If They Disagree With Him.” Reagan supported an amendment to ban abortion. Most Americans disagreed. On abortion, the Times wrote, “Half of those who disagree with Mr. Reagan on abortion say they

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The Republican ‘agenda’ and the youth vote Michael Steele, then-chair of the Republican National Committee, criticized Obama’s stimulus plan as “a wish list from a lot of people who have been on the sidelines for years ... to get a little bling, bling.” Steele, who wanted to expand the GOP’s appeal to young voters, used the expression to, in Steele’s words, “take the party to the streets,” while making the GOP more “relevant” to “urbansuburban hip-hop settings.” In 2008, Obama took 66 percent of the 18-to29-year-old vo t e , a n d 60 percent in 2012. To broaden the GOP’s appea l, consultants hold forums, ELDER tow n hal ls and focus groups to figure out ways to attract the youth vote. Is it the core message—low taxes, low regulation, secure boarders and strong national security—that young voters find off-putting? Is it the messenger? Former Democratic Chair Howard Dean once referred to the GOP as the “white” party. An April 2013 Washington Post/ABC News poll found 65 percent of young people thought the Republican Party was “out of touch.” Only 47 percent considered the Democratic Party “out of touch.” Focus groups find young voters, largely because of the GOP position on abortion and same-sex marriage, dismiss the GOP as the party that “tells people how to live their lives.” Blame the GOP, in large part, for either being confused on its approach to social issues or

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plan to vote for him, while only 38 percent of them say they will vote for Mr. Mondale.” Did the Great Communicator effectively convey his empathy, his heart and his compassion? No, not compared to his opponent, former Vice President Walter Mondale: “Significantly,” wrote the Times, “71 percent said yes when asked if Mr. Mondale ‘cares about people like you;’ 56 percent said that of Mr. Reagan.” On the issue of “caring,” advantage to Mondale. So what was it? The Times provides an explanation: “There is clear evidence in the (New York Times/CBS News) poll that the economy is a critical issue in the campaign.” On the economy, the poll asked about unemployment, inf lation, the deficit and interest rates. Of those naming “unemployment” as most important, half planned to vote for Reagan. “But among the twothirds who cited one of the other three problems,” the Times said, “Reagan supporters outnumbered Mondale supporters by margins of greater than 2 to 1.” At its nadir, the recession Reagan inherited reached 10.8 percent unemployment, 21.5 percent prime interest rate and 13.5 percent inf lation. Reagan turned this around with a combination of tax cuts, deregulation and slower domestic spending, assisted by a Federal Reserve determined to rein in inflation. His economic record, as of 1984, convinced voters—who otherwise disagreed with him on many issues—to give him a nearly 50-state sweep. The party that says the federal

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Could an aging population be good for economic growth? I mean, isn’t it an accepted fact that our economy will suffer as more Americans pass age 65 and start sitting around all day, soaking up government benefits? That’s the spiel, but many economists are not buying it. Older workers can f i l l i n t he labor gaps c au s e d by falling birthrates. A nd employers HARROP often undervalue their expertise, wrongly assuming that younger is better and cheaper. Meanwhile, most Americans haven’t been saving enough to support a 30-year retirement in the style to which they’ve become accustomed. They’ll have to work. But many healthy 60- and 70-yearolds actually want to do some kind of work. The big surprise is that many are starting their own businesses. Contrary to popular myth, the typical entrepreneur is likelier to be over 45 than under 30, according to a Kauffman Foundation study. Sure, those over 65 are using government entitlements. But if they’re also earning money, they’re also paying taxes—and perhaps employing others. Rather than act as disincentives to work, Medicare and Social Security are giving older Americans the courage to live out their dreams of starting a business. “Now you have a safety net,” Vivek Wadhwa, an expert on entrepreneurship, told me. “You might as well take a risk and start something.” Wadhwa is director of research at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. Interestingly, the medical security provided by Obamacare may similarly free younger Americans to take a chance on their own businesses. “Health care has been a detractor from entrepreneurship,” Wadhwa says. Older entrepreneurs do tend toward different kinds of startups than do their juniors. They are “more sensible, more traditional,” according to Wadhwa. They may buy a franchise or try retail. Younger entrepreneurs are

likelier to embark on risky, worldchanging ventures. Some older professionals go out and commercialize ideas that took years of training and experience to develop. “In health care, there are no 25-year-old entrepreneurs,” David E. Albert, an Oklahoma City cardiologist and serial inventor, told me. “You are more likely to be in your 40s or 50s.” Albert started his latest company, AliveCor, at age 56. It sells a device that turns a smartphone into a clinical-quality heart monitor. Suppose you’re experiencing chest pains. You can slip an AliveCor box over your iPhone, slap the phone on your chest and instantly send your EKG results to a cardiac specialist through an app. In moments, you can learn whether you need medical attention right away. In one celebrated case, an airline passenger in distress prompted flight attendants to ask over the loudspeaker whether there was a doctor on board. There was one who, using the box and app, determined that the man was suffering an acute heart attack. The captain made an emergency landing, perhaps saving the passenger’s life. “Your 60s are the opportunity to explore things you’ve always wanted to do, and it may be entrepreneurship,” Albert said. If the kids are gone and the mortgage paid off, you’ve essentially come full circle from when you were young and had few responsibilities. Now pushing 60, Albert says, “I’m pretty sure that I haven’t started my last company.” Lifelong ambition may be a peculiarly American phenomenon. Gallup and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology compared the well-being of older Germans, Brits and Americans. They found the Germans healthier and that the British elders had better access to health care. But on “sense of optimism,” Americans left the others in the dust. That’s why Americans may lead the industrialized world in breaking the mold of long, sedentary retirements. What an interesting economic experiment that would be. To find out more about Froma Harrop and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at creators.com.

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Engaged LLC L-1883688-6 The address of the known place of business is: 28022 N.35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85083 The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is: Jodi Bohi 230 W. Belmont Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021 Management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members. The names and addresses of each person who is a member are: William T. Price 941 E. San Miguel Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85014 Published in The Foothils Focus Jan.8,15 and 23, 2014

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Linc LLC L-1886800-0 The address of the known place of business is: 29834 N Cave Creek Rd #118-263 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is: Jennifer LaDuke 29834 N Cave Creek Rd #118-263 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 Management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members. The names and addresses of each person who is a member are: Jennifer LaDuke 29834 N Cave Creek Rd #118-263 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 Published in The Foothils Focus Jan.1,8 and 15, 2014

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Holmes Cleaning Services, LLC L-1876129-9 The address of the known place of business is: 424 W Buena Vista Dr Tempe, AZ 85284 The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is: Stephen F. Pegler 424 W Buena Vista Dr Tempe, AZ 85284 Management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members. The names and addresses of each person who is a member are: Stephen F. Pegler 424 W Buena Vista Dr Tempe, AZ 85284 Published in The Foothils Focus Dec.25, Jan.1,8, 2013

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Aaron Clark Industries, LLC The address of the known place of business is: 170 S. William Dillard Dr. Ste. 115 Gilbert, AZ 85233 The name and street address of the Statutory Agent is: John Drew 40844 N. Citrus Canyon Tr. Phoenix, AZ 85086 Management of the limited liability company is reserved to the members. The names and addresses of each person who is a member are: Aaron D. Clark 40808 N. Thunder Hills Ct. Phoenix, AZ 85086 Published in The Foothils Focus Jan. 1,8, 15, 2014


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Deadline for classifieds is Wed. at 5pm for the following Wed. issue. Classifieds may also be faxed to 623-465-1363. Please note that no classifieds WILL BE accepted over the phone. NOTICES Looking for ladies and gentlemen to play Mah Jongg Wednesdays in library at Boulder Creek HS, noon to 3 or later. Call Nancy after 6pm. 623-465-9317 Al-anon Meetings in Anthem. Mondays 10:45am. St Rose Parish. 2825 W Rose Canyon Circle. S/W corner of Daisy Mtn & Meridian. ATV/Cycle/Etc 1960 to 1976 Enduro or dirt bike wanted by private party. Must be complete 50cc to 500cc. Will look at all, running or not. 480-518-4023 2005 Bombadier Outlander 400. Mileage 1800. $3600. Cell 623-980-0516 Auctions PUBLIC AUCTION January 10, 11 & 12, 2014. 4550 E. 32nd St., Yuma, AZ. Dick’s Auto Salvage. Wreckers, cars, trucks, vans, motor homes, trailers, ATVs, boats & motors, guns, commercial frame straightener, shop equipment, MORE! 928-210-1794 www. asmartauction.com. (AzCAN) Autos 1964 to 1972 classic sports car, muscle car wanted by private party running or not. 480-518-4023 Business Opportunities ATTN: 29 SERIOUS PEOPLE to work from anywhere using a computer. Up to $1500-$5000 PT/FT. www.pticoncepts.com. (AzCAN) Cable/Satellite TV DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/ month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-318-1693. (AzCAN) DirecTV:Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie &2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800644-2857. FIREWOOD Cave Creek Fire wood.com. We sell and deliver Juniper, Oak, Euc, and other Hardwoods Call Steve at 602-228-4311 ccfirewood @cox.net Garage Sales ESTATE SALE sale items: Custom Copper Kitchen table/ chairs, SW heavy Coffee tables, Stained glass Paintings, ROCKETBUSTER boots & more. See all on craigslist under phoenix, search: vet435 or call 480-234-1000, email: vet435@lycos.com HELP WANTED ACCEPTING PROPOSALS operation of bar, restaurant and/ or pro-shop, golf course, Rawlins, Wyoming. April 15 - October 16. Beat the heat and live at 7,000foot elevation for the summer. More information: (www.rawlinswyoming.com). Cook wanted for senior group home. Part time only. 623-465-7203

Daytime / Night time parks porter needed. Part time or Full time in Anthem area. $9.50 per hour + OT if over 40 hrs per week. We are a leading Janitorial and Building Maintenance company serving the community Anthem. Job duties include trash removal in parks, pressure spraying, restroom cleaning and upkeep. Sweeping and maintenance of ball fields throughout community. We background check, eVerify, & drug test all employees. Serious inquiries may request an interview at admin@theMJcompany.com …All days of week open...May be weekends only if interested. -The MJ Company Veterinary Tech position, FT, Small An Hosp in Cave Creek. Must have good tech and people skills. Sal DOE 9-17$/Hr, benefits. Fax resumes to 480-488-1870 or myvetdfah@yahoo.com Independent Advertising Sales Executives! We are looking for experienced, hardworking Print Advertising sales executives to join our Professional Sales team in the North valley. A successful candidate will be an experienced outside sales professional , preferably in print media, an excellent communicator, verbally and in writing, passionate about details, honest and have the willingness to prospect and make cold calls. Please email resume to: foothillsfocus@ qwestoffice.net Rock Springs Café is hiring!! All positions. Apply in person. UN Veterinary Tech position, FT, Small An Hosp in Cave Creek. Must have good tech and people skills. Sal DOE 9-17$/Hr, benefits. Fax resumes to 480-488-1870 or myvetdfah@yahoo.com ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 85 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www. classifiedarizona.com. (AzCAN) GORDON TRUCKING: CDL-A Truck Drivers. Up to $5,000 Sign-on bonus & .54 CPM. Solos & Teams. Full-time & Part-time. Consistent miles, benefits, 401k, EOE. Call 7 days/wk! 866-837-5997 GordonTrucking.com. (AzCAN) 15 DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED NOW! Learn to drive for Werner Enterprises! Earn $750/week + benefits! NO CDL? NO PROBLEM! CDL training available in Phoenix area! 1-888-512-7114. (AzCAN) NEED CLASS A CDL TRAINING? Start a CAREER in trucking today! Swift Academies offer PTDI certified courses and offer “Best-in-Class” training. New academy classes weekly; no money down or credit check; certified mentors ready and available; paid (while training with a mentor); regional and dedicated opportunities. Great career path. Excellent benefits package. Please call (520)226-8706. (AzCAN)

INSTRUCTION MEDICAL BILLING TRAINEES needed! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant. No experience needed! Online training at SC Train gets you Job Ready! HS Diploma/ GED & PC/Internet needed! 1-888926-6058. (AzCAN) Livestock & Supplies TRIPLE R HORSE RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 602-396-8726. VOLUNTEER-SPONSORADOPT! Dreamchaser Horse Rescue offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities. Please consider joining our Dreamchaser family! We need animal lovers who are willing to help with everything from ranch chores to fundraising! We have sanctuary horses who need sponsors, and horses available for adoption. Come see us: www. dreamchaserhorserescue.org or Susan at 623-910-6530 Free delivery of shavings, cow & horse mixture great for arenas or fertilizer 480-595-0211 Saddle & Tack Repairs. Western & English plus Racing saddle too. 30 years exp. Buy-Sell-Trade. 23yrs same location. Circle Mtn Rd & 18th St. 623-465-7286 MISC Free delivery of shavings, cow & horse mixture-great for arenas or fertilizer 480-595-0211

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Land For Sale LENDER REPO SALE. 5 acres, $12,900. Show Low, Windsor Valley Ranch. Quiet county maintained road with electric. Excellent climate, nearby trout fishing. 1st come basis. Financing & ADWR report available. Call AZLR (866)561-5687. (AzCAN) 4 ACRES with views of majestic Bradshaw Mountains. Situated at the end of road. Area of custom site built homes. Area of 30 gallon a minute wells. Property does have its own well and electric. Close proximity to Agua Fria river bed. Easy commute to Prescott, Flagstaff or Phoenix. Rural living yet close to shopping, hospital, schools, colleges and other amenities. Priced to sell quickly at $160,000. Call Kay 928-710-4193

57 ACRES, $57,900. Prescott area, Ruger Ranch. Rugged mountain property bordering State Land. 1st come basis. Financing & ADWR report available. Call AZLR (866)632-0877. (AzCAN) 39 ACRE WILDERNESS Ranch, $193 month. Secluded, quiet 6,100’ northern AZ ranch. Evergreen trees / meadowland blend. Sweeping ridge top mountain / valley views. Borders 640 acres of Federal woodlands. Free well access, camping and RV ok. $19,900, $1,990 dn., guaranteed financing. Pics, maps, weather, area info: 1st United 800966-6690. New River Land Sale. 360 degree views, 2200ft elevation, underground electric and water. 1 to 19 acres available. Located at the base of Gavilan Peak. Can build to suit. Call 623-680-1017

Excellent condition Wells Cargo 10ft enclosed trailer. Electric brakes,2 DR. 623-569-9022 Christmas Village Display, C-56, 100 pieces. Business district, houses, railroad, landscaping, lights. $250. 602-796-4709 Misc Wanted Wanted: CASH PAID for guns, wagon wheels, wagons, anvils, wooden barrels, western antiques. 623-742-0369 / 602-214-5692 Free Clean fill dirt wanted near New River and Circle Mtn. roads. Some rocks OK 847-738-1194 Pets & Supplies REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602-506-PETS www.pets.maricopa.gov Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www.vipervoidance.com Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480-488-5711 SundustSDA @aol.com Services Offered D & G Scrapping. Old washers, dryers, hot water heaters, etc. We will recycle your left over yard sale items. Moving? We will take your trash to NR refuse for cash. Call 602-920-4989

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Three golden eagles that had been rehabilitated at the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in North Phoenix were released into the wild Jan. 3 in Mayer, Ariz., near Cordes Junction. Staff at the wildlife center, operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, had spent as long as 2 months nursing the golden eagles’ injuries and/or illnesses. Officials reported that one of the affected eagles had been found by a hunter near Prescott. According to an identification band, that bird had been born last year in Oregon. PIO Lynda Lambert said that strengthbuilding exercises, medical treatments and related efforts by rehabilitation staff paid off when three of the center’s golden eagles—immense, predatory birds with little compiled data to gauge their population and other statistics—were able to take flight Friday morning.

“They all released successfully. They did exactly what we thought they would do,” she said. “They two younger birds with less experience went … off onto either side of the road and settled on a ridge … getting their bearings. “The older bird who had already come down from Oregon … took off out of her crate and flew out of sight.” Lambert added that the older bird likely didn’t go far, and the rehabilitation team is hopeful that the two younger birds will watch, learn and mimic their elder’s behavior. The golden eagles were released in Mayer because of the area’s high rabbit density, which is their preferred prey, Lambert said. Due to the cost involved and the birds’ non-endangered species status, the released eagles are not being actively tracked, Lambert said.

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Crutcher: Have plans for your post-holiday grocery shopping Now that the holidays are over, what’s your plan for healthier eating for yourself and your family? Maybe you have decided to break the sugar habit. Or maybe you decided to eat no red meat or carbs and want to incorporate in your diet more fruits, veggies and those “super foods” you’ve been reading about on the Internet. Whatever your plan, do you know how to shop for what you wi l l be eat i ng? W he r e do you begin? W he r e do you get them? Do you buy frozen, l o c a l l y g row n or CRUTCHER U S D A organic? How do you know the difference between “natural” and “organic,” and will the cost of the new foods stay within your budget? Where the heck does one get organic chicken? Sure, you can find answers to all of these questions on the Internet, but you really need to k now t he sources within your own c o m m u n i t y. It also takes time to do the research, check out resources and experience by t r ia l and error. Do you really have the time for all that? Ever thought of going on an educational “shopping tour” of a grocery store? As a health coach, I offer educational shopping tours for busy moms and dads, as well as free seminars and workshops. A smart and healthy family is an educated one. For some examples, Anthem has a farmers market on Sundays. Fry’s grocery stores have a good supply of healthier choices in foods. And there are two Sprouts stores—one at 56th Aveue and Bell Road and the other at 67th Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Regardless of where you buy, here is some food for thought about simple ways to approach the post-holidays marketplace: Vegetables Don’t jump into fresh organic immediately if you feel you don’t have the funds in your budget yet. Just buy more vegetables. Choose frozen vegetables over

canned because more essential nutrients are contained in frozen vegetables. You’ll be eliminating all that extra sodium, not to mention toxins from the can. Costco has some organic frozen vegetables in big bags for a few bucks. Buy one or only two, depending on what you can start out with based on your budget. To balance the budget, don’t buy those bags of chips and cartons of soda. Rather, buy one or two more bags of vegetables and a couple sweet potatoes to make your own chips. Meats, protein Buy ground turkey or fish in place of ground beef. When it comes to health, do your family a huge favor by eliminating commercially prepared ground beef. Buy more dry beans, lentils or quinoa and less meat. It’s a decision of swapping out for the better foods. Fruits Start slow with the organic fresh fruits. Just buy organic apples and other fruits as locally grown a s p o s s i ble. Example: California versus Mexico versus Chile. L a b e l watching It takes time to learn how to read labels for t he best nutrition— even the labels on the organic bag ged and boxed beans, rice, etc. And when it comes to fruits and veggies, there is a way to always make sure they are truly organically grown. You know those annoying stickers? I hate them, but they serve a great purpose. Check the numbers on them. If they begin with a 9, then you’re good to go. A 4, 5 or 3 is not so good. There is so much more to share. Visit www.bonniecrutcher. com and learn how to become a “Smart & Healthy Family” in 2014. Your health coach is here for you. Bonnie Crutcher is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a holistic health coach. Disclaimer: The content of this column is not intended to be medical advice. Always seek the advice of your medical doctor before engaging in any diet program or exercise routine.

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letter from page 3 is taking a long time to reach a conclusion. The judge in this case ordered a mandatory settlement hearing on Dec. 9, 2013, which did not result in a settlement. Recently, I contacted the law firm of Fenton Grant Mayfield Kaneda & Litt representing Anthem in this case and received a comprehensive update from the lead attorney, Bruce Mayfield. Here are the key points: • The insurance companies for Del Webb/Pulte were unwilling to negotiate a set tlement. Accordingly, the judge set a jury trial to begin on May 6 at 9:30 a.m. • A total of 760 houses sold after Feb. 2, 2010, were dismissed from the class. A list of those 760 houses can be found online at the Nov. 26 website update at anthempipes. com/3.html. The attorneys for the

elder from page 16 government should butt out of social issues—the Republican Party—is the party that “tells us how to live our lives”? The party that tells an inner-city parent where her child will attend school, the party that attempts to stop you from drinking a sugary beverage from a big cup—the Democratic Party—is the party of empathy and compassion? Reagan, like the people who wrote the Constitution, believed in federalism, that any power not

class will appeal this ruling. • Some 632 houses that do not have any under-slab copper piping or have had the under-slab piping abandoned and replaced with PEX piping were dismissed from the class. A list of those 632 houses can also be found at the Nov. 26 online update at anthempipes. com/3.html. Most importantly, if you suspect or believe you have an under the slab copper pipe leak, contact Lisa Borowsky at 480-733-6800. They will send out (at no charge) an inspector to confirm if you have a leak. For those of you who wish to stay informed of developments in the case, relevant documents are filed at anthempipes.com/ index.html. Bob Golembe Anthem specified in the Constitution resides with the people and the states. President Barack Obama criticizes Congress for “failing to act” on gun control. Yet he recently praised states like Colorado and California for taking action. That’s called state action, Mr. President. It’s how our republic is designed to work. To find out more about Larry Elder or to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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