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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Bond votes threaten Mesa schools, disappoint city BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Reporter




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esa voters last week were not as generous as the city and Mesa Public Schools would have liked. They approved a sales tax increase to fund police and fire salaries but rejected a school district bond issue and the funding for the Mesa Plays soccer complex, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. But even though at press time Friday the county recorder had yet to count nearly 350,000 votes, Mesa Schools Superintendent Ember Conley announced a series of austerity moves and city officials pondered their next steps. The combination of $500 million in bonds requested by the two separate divisions of local government – $300 million by MPS and $196 million by the city – appeared to represent too much debt for many voters. As of press time Friday, the school bonds vote showed a razor-thin margin between those op-

posed and in favor of it – 53,428 “no” votes to 53,129 voting yes. But even before the gap closed to 299 votes, Conley ordered cutbacks that include a hiring freeze for all non-teaching positions and a hold on all capital projects – including the remaining $29 million left from a 2012 bond issue approved by voters. “We remain committed to delivering on our promise that all students are known by name, served by strength and need, and graduate ready for college, career and community,’’ Conley wrote in a statement to MPS employees. “With the loss of the bond and override, our main concerns are how to fund security and safety improvements, how to maintain and improve class sizes with appropriate social-emotional support for students, and how to remain competitive when recruiting and retaining students and staff.” Mike Hutchinson, executive vice president of the East Valley Partnership and a former Mesa city manager, said he was disappointed by the

early voting results on the bond issue and override. “The need for the bond issue is really critical. It’s essential for the community, for economic development and to train our workforce for the future,’’ Hutchinson said. Hutchinson, who worked on the bond campaign and whose wife won a seat on the Mesa school board last week, said people seemed to understand the bonds were needed when he explained that the bus fleet was aging, that buildings need renovation and that old computers needed to be replaced. But the long ballot with numerous requests for bond issues and tax increases probably had an impact, he said, noting that last week’s loss leaves the district with no choice but to pursue an override or a bond issue sometime in the near future. “With all the stuff going on nationally and locally, it’s hard to get people’s attention,’’ See

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he 2018 East Valley Veterans Parade is ready to step off again, with the theme “Kilroy Was Here.” The parade, originally born as the Mesa Veterans Parade more than 50 years ago, begins at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, the intersection of Center Street and University Drive. The parade will travel south on Center Street, turning west at the intersection of Center and First Street, then will continue west to Robson. The East Valley Veterans Parade honors veterans, active military and their families with the celebration of their service and sacrifice. School bands, historical military vehicles and floats will be featured. Lester “Les” Gray, Jr. is the 2018 Grand Marshal. He was selected for outstanding military service in World War II and in the Korean War.

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Bands, uniformed units and, of course, veterans will be marching tomorrow, Nov. 12, in Mesa starting at 11 a.m. at the intersection of University Drive and Center Street.

The United States Army Band and Chorus will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center. Tickets are at The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field

Band’s performing components. For more about the East Valley Veterans Parade – and why “Kilroy Was Here” is this year’s theme – see the four-page special section inside,



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Mesa Council races remain nailbiters well after vote BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Reporter


gainst the backdrop of thousands of uncounted ballots at the county Recorder’s Office, the races to fill two seats on the Mesa City Council could not be closer in early voting results. At press time Friday and with 345,000 ballots yet to be counted countywide, Jen Duff was clinging to a 289-vote lead in District Four over Jake Brown, and Francisco Heredia was leading by 211 votes over Mark Yarbrough in District Three. With a much anticipated update on Thursday afternoon, Duff’s lead grew slightly to 289 votes, with Duff garnering 3,745 votes compared with Brown’s 3,456. The delay in release of election results left the candidates waiting for days to learn their fates. It was unclear when a final tally would be available – and it is unknown how many of those uncounted ballots even involve Mesa. (Check throughout the week for updates.) “I think after a tight primary, where Jake and I were neck and neck, I anticipated this might happen,’’ Duff said. In the primary, Duff took a small lead, was tied for days with Brown and then eventually lost to Brown by 46 votes. The experience educated Duff about not making too many assumptions in politics. “I’m enjoying this moment for as long as it lasts,’’ Duff said Thursday before the update. “I’m not declaring victory. When I see friends, I tell them, it’s not official, it’s not official.’’ She said it took about five days for the primary’s results to be counted but the situation was different; it was clear that only the third candidate, Rob Scantleberry, a retired police officer, would be eliminated. “It wasn’t as emotionally stressful because we were both advancing,’’ Duff said. Duff is a downtown community activist and businesswoman who has been active

in the arts and neighborhood preservation. She spoke in favor of the controversial Arizona State University downtown campus shortly before the council approved it. Duff said she wants to help ASU build the downtown innovation district and to attract more good jobs to central Mesa. Brown, a Maricopa County prosecutor who specializes in white collar crime, was endorsed by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, outgoing District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover and Councilmember Mark Freeman. Brown said he wants to build more of a sense of community. He said he was motivated to run for office when he noticed too high of a concentration of subsidized housing in his district. Heredia said he was keeping a positive attitude, but he admitted to having some anxiety waiting for the outcome after a long campaign. Duff, Brown and Heredia are all firsttime candidates, although Heredia was appointed to fill out Ryan Winkle’s term. Yarbrough ran unsuccessfully in 2010. “I still feel positive about pulling it out,’’ Heredia said. “I worked my tail off and tried to do as much as possible.’’ Yarbrough is a longtime Mesa Little League coach and Little League district administrator. He opposed the ASU campus and the Mesa Plays project, arguing that the city should focus more on core services. “We’re going to hang in there and see what happens,” said Yarbrough. “If Francisco takes the spot, we will support him in any way we can. It’s all about making Mesa better.” In the Mesa Public Schools election, Jenny Richardson, an incumbent and former board president, was leading with 40,844 votes and Marcie Hutchinson, a retired teacher, was second with 36,999 votes. Ben Smith, the board’s current president, and Rhonda Levendra, a school psychologist, were trailing. Smith had

33,094 votes while Levendra was last with 30,228. The Mesa Education Association recommended Richardson, Hutchinson and Smith. Levendra, a first-time candidate, was endorsed by U.S Rep. Andy Biggs, RArizona. “I’m at peace, what happens happens,’’ Levendra said as she made one last pitch for votes outside a City Hall polling place. “It’s a huge learning experience.’’ After a long campaign spent canvassing neighborhoods, “there was a wave of relief. It’s almost over,’’ she said. Unofficial and incomplete results involving legislative districts that include parts of Mesa for the most part favored incumbents. In LD 16, Sen. David Farnsworth and Representatives Kelly Townsend and Doug Coleman appear to have won handily, keeping the district in the Republican column. In LD 25, Republican Tyler Pace coasted to victory, as did Republican Representatives Michelle Udall and Rusty Bowers. The big shock came in LD 18, where incumbent Republican Jill Norgaard appears to have lost a bid for a third term. She and Tempe attorney Greg Patterson were defeated by incumbent Democratic Tempe Rep. Mitzi Epstein and newcomer Chandler Democrat Jermaine Johnson. Democratic Sen. Sean Bowie coasted to victory over Tempe pilot Frank Schmuck.

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Mesa lawmaker gets top leadership job in State House BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


ewly elected House Speaker Rusty Bowers inherits a chamber where he can’t afford to alienate any of them. Bowers, chosen Wednesday by fellow Republicans to run the House for the next two years, finds the edge of the majority party clipped from 35-25 for the last two years to just 31-29 after Tuesday’s election as Democrats may have picked up four seats. And what makes that significant is it takes 31 votes for final approval of any measure. That “may” is a big one, since hundreds off thousands of still-to-be-counted ballots in Maricopa County have created some cliffhangers in parts of the Valley as Democratic challengers hold slim leads. As things stand now without a final vote count, Bowers said, any individual Republican has the ability to hold out their vote on priorities of the GOP leadership until the measure is altered to address his or her concerns. Bowers, a Mesa resident, said the reverse also holds true for the Democrats, who could find someone defecting to support a Republican bill if he or she gets something in return. “Every member of either caucus has a great amount of authority and power,’’ said Bowers, who has 10 years of legislative experience, including two as Senate majority leader. “It makes leadership more sensitive to each member’s needs and wants,’’ he said. “And those we’ll just have to work through.’’ And that presents challenges for House GOP leaders who also include War-

ren Petersen of Gilbert as majority leader and Becky Nutt of Clifton as majority whip. “It’s going to be a wild ride just keeping the herd going,’’ Bowers said. Karen Fann (Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services) of Prescott, Republican lawmakers selected longtime c h o s e n colleague Rusty Bowers of Wednesday by Mesa as the new House her Republican Speaker. colleagues as Senate president, doesn’t have quite the same problem. If the vote tallies hold, she will have 17 Republicans in the 30-member chamber when the new session convenes in January – the same as last year. But Fann, first elected to the House in 2010 before moving to the Senate in 2016, said that little bit of extra GOP edge does not mean Republicans can get through anything they want – or that Democrats can or should be ignored. “The bottom line is we need to have respect for each other,’’ she said. “Remember: We were all elected equally by our constituents,’’ Fann said. And she said many of the districts, while represented by a lawmaker from one party, include a substantial number of voters from the other side of the political aisle whose views and needs also need to be taken into consideration. Her leadership team includes Rick Gray of Sun City as majority leader and Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu City as

majority whip. One area that could get more attention is transportation funding. Rep. Noel Campbell, R-Prescott, has been pushing for new sources of revenues to both fix existing roads and bridges as well as build new ones. The situation is complicated by the fact that Arizona’s 18-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax has not been hiked since 1991, when 18 cents was worth more than now. And then there’s the fact that new vehicles are more fuel efficient, meaning that gas tax revenues are not increasing as fast as the miles driven. With Campbell now a four-year veteran and the need for the GOP to hang on to every vote, the lawmakers who want new dollars – particularly those from rural areas – have additional political muscle. “I know that more money is needed for transportation because I drive on it and you drive on it,’’ said Bowers. And he said that this can’t simply be seen as a rural problem. Fann agreed. “We all use our highways,’’ she said. “And I-17 and I-10, they’re nightmares right now.’’ That, however, still leaves the question of how to pay for all that. “Nobody wants to see their taxes raised,’’ Fann said. “But, also, the reality is there are certain fundamental things that government is supposed to take care of,’’ she said. And Fann said transportation – along with education and public safety – are those fundamentals that must be adequately funded. “We need to have the conversation about how do we fund,’’ she said. One other big priority is water supply

– and efforts to come up with a drought contingency plan in the likelihood that Arizona will lose some of its allocation of Colorado River water. “There have been some wrinkles of late,’’ Bowers said. “We’re going to keep talking and keep listening and considering all the options on the table,’’ Bowers said. That also includes making sure that all sources of water are part of any deal. Fann said one thing working to help craft a solution is that, until recently, questions of water supply were considered simply a rural problem. But now, she said, the threat of a shortage makes it a statewide issue. “So that’s great that we’re able to come together on those kind of conversations,’’ she said. What Bowers and Fann also inherit is a surplus that could be close to $1 billion when the new fiscal year begins. And while that creates opportunities for new spending, Bowers said the state also finally needs to focus on really balancing the state’s books. Bowers pointed out that the constitutional requirement for a balanced budget has been met now for years by deferring expenses due in one fiscal year to be paid in the next year. That practice, called a “rollover,’’ currently accounts for more than $930 million. And when the state was in debt during the Great Recession, it sold off both the state House and Senate with an agreement to lease it back until paid off in 2030. The amount still owed at the end of this fiscal year will be about $710 million, with interest being paid on what’s left. “We need to start finally chipping away on this debt,’’ Bowers said.

Arizona voters reject school vouchers by wide margin BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


rizona voters appear to have handed victories to the state’s public schools, electric utilities and service industries, according to early unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election. By a 2-1 margin, they shut down Republican lawmakers’ bid to allow any of the state’s 1.1 million students in public schools to get vouchers of state tax dollars to attend private and parochial schools with a resounding “no” to Proposition 305. Meanwhile, the $31 million campaign

by the state’s electric utilities proved enough to keep voters from adopting a constitutional mandate that they generate at least half of their power from renewable sources by 2030. And money raised mainly by Arizona Realtors appears to have convinced Arizonans to constitutionally bar the Legislature from ever expanding the state’s 5.6 percent sales tax to services apparently also paid off. Although as of Friday there were nearly 400,000 ballots across the state that were yet to be counted, none of the final results were likely to affect any of the proposition vote outcomes.

Unofficial returns showed a majority of voters want to limit the voucher program to those who already qualify for the state dollars. A vote for the measure would have removed all preconditions for students to get vouchers. The vote on Proposition 305 followed a poorly financed campaign by proponents of “school choice’’ to uphold the 2017 changes in the law governing what are officially known as “empowerment scholarship accounts.’’ Foes of the expansion not only had more money – about $600,000 versus $54,000 for the pro-305 campaign – but also took

advantage of the tailwind of the support by many Arizonans for more dollars for public education. Vouchers were first approved in 2011 to provide alternatives for students with special physical or emotional needs that their parents said could not be met at either traditional public or charter schools. But supporters made it clear from the start that their plan was eventually to allow any student to get public dollars for a private education. Since then there has been a near conSee

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stant expansion of eligibility, to the point where it includes foster children, children living on reservations and those attending public schools rated D or F. About 4,500 youngsters currently get the vouchers. The original 2017 proposal would have phased in those universal vouchers. That proved politically unacceptable. So. the final legislation removed all the preconditions for getting a voucher, but with a cap of about 30,000 by 2022. But even before the governor’s signature was fully dried, Darcy Olson, then the chief executive of the Goldwater Institute, boasted to supporters that “we will get it lifted.’’ All that energized those who contend that vouchers effectively siphon money from public schools, with private schools free to take – or reject – who they want. Organized as Save Our Schools, they took advantage of a provision of the Arizona Constitution which holds up enactment of any new law if foes can get 75,321 valid signatures within 90 days after the end of the session, giving voters a chance to ratify or reject the legislative action. They actually got far more and weathered a legal challenge by voucher supporters who tried to keep the measure off the ballot. The anti-305 campaign also benefited from a division among parents whose chil-


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Hutchinson said. Hutchinson was pleased, however, that his wife Marcie, a retired teacher, was heading toward election to the board along with incumbent Jenny Richardson. The results left city officials less glum. Although Mesa Mayor John Giles supported all of the bond issues, he expressed reservations about such a high price tag months ago when the council decided to seek bonds to pay for a variety of improvements that include a southeast Mesa library and new police and fire stations. “That’s a very imposing potential ballot,’’ Giles said at a meeting last summer. Most of these bonds were approved in questions one through four, along with the critical Home Rule option, which allows the city to set its own budget and to avoid deep spending cuts. “Mesa residents spoke loud and clear yesterday, voting for a stronger, safer and more prosperous city. The votes of our community will allow Mesa to hire dozens of new police officers and fire and medical personnel to help meet the needs of

largely from California billionaire Tom Steyer. The current standard, established by the Arizona Corporation Commission, is for utilities to get to 15 percent by 2025. That standard has not changed since 2006. Other states around Arizona have adopted more aggressive goals. Arizona Public Service was at the forefront of the opposition amid disputed claims that requiring (Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services) “renewable’’ energy verBefore he won a smashing victory and a second term, Gov. Doug Ducey made some stops at campaign outposts in the region, sus “clean’’ energy would including this one in Ahwatukee. endanger operation of the Palo Verde Nuclear Gendren now are eligible for the vouchers. erating Station. APS operates the plant Some urged expansion, citing the ben- but owns just 29.1 percent of it; Salt River efits they saw in being able to send their Project, which owns another 17.5 percent, own youngsters to private schools. But is unaffected by the initiative. others feared that opening up eligibility To hear proponents of Proposition 306 to all could leave insufficient funds – and explain it, the measure would prevent openings – for those with special needs, candidates who get public funds for their the children for whom the program was campaigns from giving the dollars to politfirst designed to help. ical parties and other outside groups. The signature-gathering process to put Introduced and pushed through by Proposition 305 on the ballot and the sub- Republican lawmakers, the proposal was sequent anti-voucher campaign had ripple in reaction to the fact that the Citizens effects. Clean Election Commission allows candiEarly returns also showed Proposition dates to buy services from outside groups. 127 going down in defeat despite about Supporters of the ballot measure said that $24 million being spent on its behalf, effectively has public dollars subsidizing

political parties. The bipartisan commission defended the practice, saying there are sufficient safeguards to ensure that the dollars are being spent only for legitimate services. But the potentially more far-reaching aspect of Proposition 306 – one not widely publicized by proponents – was designed to require the commission to get approval of the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council for any changes in rules. This is crucial as the Republican-controlled legislature has repealed laws requiring “social welfare’’ groups that seek to influence Arizona elections to disclose the source of their funding. The commission, however, has its own requirements for disclosure. And because the commission was created by voters, lawmakers cannot alter its powers. Voters also were being asked to amend a section of the Arizona Constitution dealing with pension benefits for state employees. The change is being sought in Proposition 125 in a bid to bring some more financial stability to the plans that now cover active and retired corrections officers and elected officials. In essence, it would change the method of providing annual pension benefit increases to link it to the cost of living. It has to go to voters because the state constitution currently prohibits anything that diminishes pension benefits for public employees.

our growing city,’’ Giles said in a prepared statement. But voters pushed back against the Mesa Plays project, billed as a tourism attraction for northeast Mesa, which joined the MPS school bond and budget override in trailing as of Thursday’s election results update. Despite the apparent loss, “the overall idea of Mesa Plays is still a good concept,’’ said Rich Adams, chairperson of Visit Mesa. “I think we need to take a step back and see if we can build it in an incremental fashion.’’ Vice Mayor Dave Luna said he is thankful to voters for approving four of six ballot initiatives. He said Question Four, the parks bond issue, includes authorization to build nine soccer fields for community use at Red Mountain Park in northeast Mesa. The $30 million Mesa Plays project was designed to include 24 fields, with the others reserved for tournament use. Luna said the nine fields can move forward despite the tournament portion failing. “We know there is a need for those fields,’’ Luna said.

ure out what happened.’’ MPS also was seeking to increase a budget override from 10 percent to 15 percent, largely to compensate for an increase in the minimum wage, but also to upgrade school security and academic programs. “As a point of reference, the additional 5 percent override would have provided $17 million needed to address the impact of the state-required increase of minimum wage,’’ Conley said. But the override was going down to a more obvious defeat in Thursday’s election update, with 54,844 voting no and 51,546 voting yes, a 3,298 margin. The MPS bond issue was earmarked for $167 million in building renovations, $87 million in technology improvements and $46 million for transportation, which would have replaced aging school buses. Buckley said MPS decided to ask for an increase in the override with one year of funding left in the 10 percent override previously approved by voters. He said that move should insulate teachers from any salary disruption, but it may require the district to seek another override next year.

Adams said voters might change their minds about Mesa Plays eventually if the community fields attract tournaments or maybe construction of a hotel. But Luna said he believes the city should confine itself for now to the fields approved by voters and put the rest on hold in the immediate future. Despite the euphoria created by the Red for Ed movement earlier this year, voters appeared to shift into a different direction, contradicting a poll that found 70 percent of Mesa voters would support the bond issue if it was not linked to a tax increase. School officials said there was no tax increase expected because another bond issue was expiring. “I think activism of teachers is still there. I think we hit a perfect storm of a ballot in Mesa,’’ said Josh Buckley, president of the Mesa Education Association. “Part of me wonders if there was some ballot fatigue.’’ He said Mesa voters had to wade through two city tax increases and two bond issues before they even addressed the MPS bond issue. “It was a big ballot this year,’’ Buckley said. With such a dramatic shift from the Red for Ed momentum, “we’ve got to fig-




Volunteers sought to help Arizona Needy Newborns Arizona Needy Newborns volunteers invite the community to join with them at their annual Christmas Stocking Stuffer 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, to help stuff Holiday stockings for delivery to families of infants at various hospitals throughout Maricopa County and beyond. The organization has chapters in Ahwatukee and Mesa. This special annual event will be held at the Church of the Latter Day Saints at 1415 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, where the Mesa chapter meets monthly. “We meet at churches but we aren’t a church group,” explained long-time president Marilyn Freeman of Mesa. Volunteers can select items from two tables that are designated for boys and girls. After selecting a provided stocking, they can peruse the tables and select the items to place inside. The goal is to fill up to 220 stockings in two hours said Doris Dorwart, who heads the Ahwatukee chapter that meets monthly on the third Friday at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601. E. Thunderhill Place. The Mesa chapter meets the first Friday of each month. Information:, and use “AZ Needy Newborns” in the subject line.

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olly Katke remembered waking up, thinking she had passed out from the heat. Just minutes before, Katke, a Navy chief petty officer, was walking around the police station in Iraq trying to hydrate herself. She pushed herself up and saw blood streaming down her arm. The combat medic corpsman, who provided lifesaving medical care for her fellow soldiers, had been shot in the head by a sniper. The bullet pierced her nape, drilled through her brain and lodged behind her left eye. Katke’s story is a story of a valiant hero who met heroes of another kind in Gilbert – people who helped her as she made a painful transition to civilian life that had been altered forever by a sniper’s bullet. Only the night before she was shot, Katke had been told by her commander that she had become a “high-value target” because the enemy learned of her work. At that point, she had been in Iraq for six months and the United States was nine years into its war on terror. Katke, who knew four languages, including Arabic, had been recruited by Special Operations Command for a joint operation with the Navy SEALs. Her mission was to gather intelligence from the village women who came to her with their children for medical evaluations. Iraqi women are banned by their custom from talking to men. Also the night before she was shot, Katke was told she was going to be sent stateside and that in the meantime she should stay behind the wire, where she would be safer. “The way I looked at it, is the guys going out tomorrow,” Katke recalled from her Gilbert home. “I said, ‘What’s the difference if a female goes out. The guys are targets. What makes me any different?” The following morning – on April 15, 2010 – she went out on what would be her last mission before flying home. It was also the day before her 30th birthday. Then, a sniper’s bullet changed her life forever. “She was not supposed to survive,” said Gilbert resident Annie Remsburg, who befriended Katke eight years ago. “These are very strong men and women and are used to fighting back. She came back and proved them wrong.” It took three months for her brain swell-

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Holly Katke of Gilbert took a bullet in the head from a sniper in Iraw when she was serving in the U.S. Navy and has rebuilt her life with the help of the mother of another wounded warrior.

ing to subside before surgeons could remove the bullet. During her time in the trauma unit of a military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, she was dubbed “Hope Trauma. “ “When patients are removed from Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan, our names are not posted,” Katke explained. “All patients are given other names, a medical name.” The toughest part was waking up from her month-long coma and being told she was a mom. Her daughter Leah was then just 4 years old, but Katke had no recollection of her.

Gradually, the single mom and her daughter reconnected. Katke was next sent off for rehab to a veterans hospital in Tampa, Florida – and there she met Remsburg, whose son Cory arrived there the year before. Cory Remsburg was a U.S. Army Ranger on his 10th deployment when he was severely injured on Oct. 1, 2009, by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He suffered traumatic brain injury and is blind in the right eye and partially paralyzed on his left side. As of Nov. 5, the various conflicts in the

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Cory Remsburg suffered severe brain trauma from a bonb while serving in Afghanistan and wound up in the same hospital as Holly Katke. His parrents, Annie and Craig Remsburg, befriended her.

Middle East have resulted in 6,821 U.S. military killed and 52,732 wounded in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. As of November 2016, 166 U.S. service women had lost their lives and 1,033 had been wounded in action in combat operations since 2003, according to the latest data from Congressional Research Service. After two years in Tampa, Katke was retired by the military, joining the growing rank of women veterans. In 2015, women comprised 9.4 percent of the total veteran population in the United States. By 2043, women are projected to make up 16.3 percent of all living veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Katke, who received the Purple Heart medal and a number of other military distinctions, moved back with her daughter to Washington state, near her hometown of Port Angeles – population today just under 20,000. Her desire to escape that small city and see the world had compelled then-17year-old Katke to enlist. One day, the high school student drove down to the recruitment center to find that the Air Force office closed for lunch and the Marine Corps had no medical unit. So she joined the Navy because it has corpsmen. Katke, who had simultaneously taken community college courses while in high school, became a licensed practical nurse and wanted to use those medical skills. She was sent to boot camp when she graduated high school at 18. Her injury closed 14 years in the military as she began life as a civilian in Sequim, Washington, a city with a population of about 6,600. She was a single mother taking care of a daughter and dealing with war injuries that have left her legally blind and paralyzed on her right side – which forced her to learn how to do even simple tasks with only her left hand. She also has speech and language problems or asphasia. “Sometimes I am at a loss for words,” said Katke, who uses a cane to walk. “It’s hard to describe things.” Despite that, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in global health taking online courses from Trident University. Her daughter and her school work kept her going, but Katke was miserable living in Sequim. She was isolated with no family or social support. And the drive to See

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HeroPreneur program helps veterans build a future BY KRISTINE CANNON Tribune Staff Writer


he HeroPreneur National Veteran Business Summit, a three-day event for military veterans, returns to Phoenix for its second year. HeroPreneur supports veterans by focusing on entrepreneurship, employment and education and will offer panels, workshops and job opportunities to veterans. Taking place Nov. 14-16, over 2,000 veteran-owned businesses will attend the multi-day experience, conducting interviews on-site. HeroPreneur founder and Scottsdale resident Alan “AP” Powell created the event because he understands firsthand how difficult it can be for vets re-entering the workforce. Powell, a U.S. Army Desert Storm veteran, founded HeroPreneur in 1991 when he got out of the military. He applied to jobs but confronted an unfortunate truth: “There weren’t any opportunities for a veteran to own his own company or start a company,” he said. He took matters into his own hands, creating a platform for vets called the Checkered Flag Run Foundation, which was later renamed to HeroZona Foundation. “When I figured out Arizona had 640,000 vets, I sat down with Gov. [Doug] Doucey, Sen. [John] McCain and former Mayor Greg Stanton and Mayor [Jim] Lane from Scottsdale and figured out what would be the best entry point to try to create something and actually came up with HeroZona,” Powell said. HeroZona Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers under-served students and veterans entrepreneurship, employment and educational opportunities through various programs and events.


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the VA hospital in Seattle was a six-hour round trip. Remsburg all this time had been keeping in touch and noticed in their phone conversations that Katke was sinking into depression. “I finally said, ‘If you are really unhappy, why don’t you move?’” Remsburg recalled. She responded she had nowhere to go. “My heart went out to her when she said that to me,” Remsburg said. “I responded, ‘Yes you do honey. You can move anywhere you want to and we will help you.’” Remsburg and her husband Craig im-


porated self-employment rate for veterans was 7.1 percent in 2015 compared to 6.4 percent for nonveterans. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in March 2016 that only 4.5 percent of the more than 3.6 million people who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001, have launched a company. This amounts to about 162,000 veteran-owned businesses. These numbers may seem impressive, but it’s actually alarmingly low. Last century, 49.7 percent of World War II vets went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Powell believes it’s the lack of resources, education and guidance (HeroZona Foundation/Special to the Tribune) that discourage veterans from purAlan “AP” Powell served as a grand marshal in the 2018 suing entrepreneurship. Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. However, at HeroPreneur, all reHeroPreneur is spearheaded by Hero- sources are under one roof – the Phoenix Zona Foundation and Arizona Depart- Convention Center. ment of Veterans’ Services. The inaugural Veterans can attend HeroPreneur’s event took place last year, and it was a workshops and classes to gather tips and success. advice on how to start their own business. Participating businesses conducted 600 They will also have the opportunity to get interviews, and about 80 percent of those funding at the event. interviewees were hired. “There are so many programs that are According to the Bureau of Labor Sta- out there for vets, but you have to know tistics, the veteran unemployment rate the right people to talk to and be able to was 2.9 percent in October 2018. In 2017, get the information correctly,” Powell said. the veteran unemployment rate in Arizo- “That’s why we have this one-stop shop Suna was 5.2 percent, a 1.3 percent increase per Bowl version of a veteran experience.” from 2016. Plus, the programs offered are customIt’s through HeroPreneur that Powell ized to cater to all veterans. hopes to continue to decrease Arizona’s “You have people from all different unemployment rate and increase the num- walks of life. Everybody has different isber of veteran-owned businesses. sues,” Powell said. “You have some people Veterans are more likely to be self-em- who have post-traumatic stress. They need ployed than non-veterans – the unincor- help. Just because you have PTSD doesn’t

mean you can’t be in business or you can’t have a job.” “Shark Tank” star and entrepreneur extraordinaire Daymond John and veteran advocate Justin Constantine, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, (Ret.) will both speak at the event. The HeroPreneur Awards Luncheon, hosted by CNN Military Analyst James A. “Spider” Marks, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.), will honor individuals and organizations that support the Veteran community. The luncheon will also honor the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. Award recipients include Donald E. Brandt, president and CEO of Pinnacle West and Arizona Public Service, who will receive the Maverick Award. The HeroPreneur Entrepreneurship Award will be given to U.S. Marine Corps veteran Edward J. Robson, founder and chairman of Robson Resort Communities. Interim CEO of Intel Corporation Robert H. Swan will receive the HeroPreneur Employment Award, and the HeroPreneur Education Award will go to ASU President Michael M. Crow. Powell hopes to not only support, guide and serve Arizona’s veterans through HeroPreneur, but he also stresses the importance of helping vets feel part of the community year-round. “I don’t think people really understand the sacrifice that a lot of people made for this country,” Powell said. “If people understood the sacrifice, they may be more willing to help veterans – because this is a big sacrifice.” All workshops and the business and career fairs are free to student veterans, Reserve Officer Training Corps, active duty military, military veterans and their spouses. Information:

mediately became Katke’s advocates. They reached out and applied to nonprofits on her behalf to find her a home. “I love her like a daughter,” said Remsburg. “I refer to her as my adoptive daughter. She refers to me as mom.” Carrington Charitable Foundation in California stepped up to the plate. The charity has donated more than 20 new and renovated homes to veterans, and Katke was the group’s first woman veteran it has helped. Katke said she wanted to move to Arizona. She had visited the Remsburgs through the years. The charity group bought and renovated a one-story home in Gilbert, ret-

their ongoing ordeal with their son, who suffered traumatic brain injury during his service in Afghanistan. “He was injured at 26, he’s only 33,” Remsburg said. “He’s had some severe impact from the brain injury, which means he needs assistance.” Katke, who is scheduled for speech therapy soon and has been going for counseling, said she still gets depressed but not as much now because of the support available to her. She said at times she thinks about her life now and how she is not the same person. But she has no regrets about enlisting. “Absolutely not,” Katke said. “I would do it again without a doubt.”

rofitting the house for compliancy with standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although Katke uses a cane, she sometimes has to resort to her wheelchair when she becomes fatigued. In mid-October, Katke and her daughter, who will turn 14 on Nov. 16, moved into their new home. They live a mile from the Remsburgs. Annie Remsburg didn’t stop there. She connected Katke with social and veterans support groups. Health services are also within reach. The Veterans Hospital is in Phoenix and there is a VA clinic in Gilbert. Throughout that time, Remsburg and her husband also were going through


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EV woman helps bring comfort to troops, veterans BY JULIA DE SIMONE Tribune Contributor


t was Jamie Sistek’s first encounter with the U.S. veteran. As the Chandler woman sat in her booth in the sparse parking lot, he approached her almost cautiously and asked, “What’s this all about?” Sistek explained her nonprofit organization’s mission, but he remained guarded. Sistek didn’t falter. Instead, she leaned in and smiled, explaining that the Chandler-based Boots in the House was formed in 2014 after her son enlisted in the U.S. Marines. It consists of a devoted crew of volunteers including the nonprofit’s board of directors – her husband Greg, Jennifer Tremose of Phoenix and Christine Omitt of Mesa – all parents to children who are currently serving in the military or have in the past. It is not uncommon for Sistek and volunteers to spend many hours answering questions from service members and their families seeking resources. Some of the requests echo familiar feelings of post-traumatic stress disorder. Others are from veterans returning home to find themselves homeless. One even was absent without leave until Sistek helped urge him to return. The nonprofit founder says they work with other organizations as well to help “in the hardest times.” While Sistek continued to explain the faith-based organization’s dedication to supporting the emotional, health and well-being of all U.S. military service members and their families, the veteran listened and became less standoffish. He asked more questions until his eyes fell upon a box seated on the table nearby. “He was holding a lot in and then asked about the ‘Café Box,’” she said. His eyes fixated on the box that contained coffee, tea, hot cocoa, cream, sugar and various treats. Sistek explained that the “Café Box” is an example of the approximately 2,000 care packages that Boots in the House has sent thus far to military service members. The first package was sent in 2015 after launching Boots In The House, an

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Volunteers with Boots in the House pack care packages for troops. They include, from left: Malinda Bell (red shirt); Darlene Tryon (blue shirt), Air Force Sgt Retired; Katrina Smith and her daughter Penelope; and Patti Spiegle.

all-volunteer organization that puts all its donations back into making good on its mission. “We do many things for our service members – past, present and future – but the biggest thing is sending care packages to our deployed troops in hostile and remote locations,” Sistek said. “We’re trying to send light into some dark places.” The veteran listened more intently, reservations fading. “How much does it cost to send that specific box?” he asked. Sistek gave him the figure, and he walked away. Minutes later the veteran returned, money in hand with one simple request – the package be sent to a deployed Marine. Sistek handed him a card to sign and accompany his gift. “Here he is – probably donating money he didn’t have just to support his ‘brothers and sisters,’” Sistek said, holding back the tears. The conversation continued. Sistek’s daughter offered the stranger a chair, they invited him to lunch – compliments of the organization hosting the event. “He just sat and talked about a lot of things for two to three hours. We said a prayer. He told us he had just moved here from another state. His wife had left him, he had no friends, and this was the best

day he had since moving to Arizona,” Sistek said. Eventually, she added, “you could complete(Special to the Tribune) ly see that wall break An Air Force unit in the Middle East sent this photo to Boots in the down. It was a transfor- House after receiving the group’s care packages. “They sent us a thank mation.” you and telling us how wonderful everything was,” said organizer “Whatever event we Jamie Sistek. go to, we believe we are to be there – not just to raise funds but was sent we could use – such as deodorant also just to have a veteran talk to us and and lotions. You could tell that whomever tell us their own story. A lot of them tell us packed it put a lot of love in it. It wasn’t stuff they haven’t even told their families.” just thrown together. It was methodically Holly Granillo of Gilbert knows first- prepared.” Granillo said there’s even a box for the hand the impact of receiving a box of furriest service members – the “K-9 Box sunshine. Chief Petty Officer Granillo is for Heroes” equipped with such items as a reservist with the U.S. Navy. dog treats and toys. She first connected with Sistek on social “We’re fighting over those care packmedia requesting mainly hygiene prodages,” she chuckled. ucts for herself and fellow service memAnd topping off each box are cards, letbers deployed. She is currently serving ters and drawings from students and voloverseas. unteers. Granillo admitted that she was pleasant“They are the ‘cherries on the sundae,’” ly surprised when the Boots in the House Sistek said. “When everything is gone package arrived. She said it was the little (from the boxes), that’s what they save. items such as condiment packages and They put them up on the wall or carry flavored-enhancer packets “because water them with them.” gets boring to drink,” that made all the “We had received multiple requests from difference. different sources for troops that needed “Normally boxes you receive, you can’t really use,” she said. “Her boxes were subSee BOOTS on page 13 stantially usable because everything that


Mesa Army vet surprised by free air-conditioner gift J Tribune News Staff

eremy Koehler thought it was unusual when he saw a small caravan of vehicles converging at his Mesa home Thursday afternoon, and when he answered the door he got the surprise of his life. Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning Inc., a family-owned business in the Phoenix area since 1961, had arrived to tell him he was the winner of the company’s “Military Hero A/C Giveaway” contest. His prize was a new air-conditioning unit and it couldn’t have come at a better time. “It worked fine all summer, but it went out last month,” said Koehler, who with his wife Aubrey has four children – a 6-year-old special needs child they adopted when both were serving in the military in Germany – and three others all under the age of 5, including an infant born just three months ago. “I was really stressed,” he said as he pondered the expense of replacing the unit. An electrician’s apprentice who served in the Army from 2007 to 2013, Koehler climbed to the roof and decided he’d try and fix it.

other four. While serving in the Army in Germany, Koehler convinced his wife to sign up for the service as well. “It was a mix of things” that persuaded her, he said, but above all military service led to “good career opportunities.” Aubrey signed up with the Air Force. And while she learned a profession as a dental assistant, she also was stationed in a base 300 miles from her husband. “We’d see each other every other weekend, but it was rough,” he recalled. “We hadn’t figured on being so far apart.” But they managed through it and eventually moved to Mesa two years ago, leaving their native New York State. Koehler said the new unit is a blessing – but it’s Forrest Anderson that feels (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer) Aubrey and Jeremy Koehler, holding two of their four children, were stunned by Russell Anderson blessed by the service of people like the Heating & Air Conditioning Co. when they learned Thursday that their Mesa home would be Koehlers. getting a new air conditioning system after he polled the highest in the company’s online contest. “We are so honored to make life a little easier for local military hero like “I thought it would be good to get a who have served by donating and in- Jeremy by providing a brand-new airlittle practice, but when I got up there stalling a new air-conditioning unit for a conditioning unit and installation this and opened it up, there was oil all over local veteran or active military member Veterans Day,” said Audrey Monell, president of Forrest Anderson. “We truand their family.” the place.” Dozens of nominations were submit- ly loved learning about our local veterans Fortunately, Koehler won a Facebook contest sponsored by Forrest Ander- ted, followed by two weeks of public through this competition. This is just a son, which runs it annually “to honor Facebook voting for the top five final- small way for us to express our gratitude the men and women in our community ists. In the end, Koehler beat out the for their service to our country.”

Author trying to address illiteracy in low-income Mesa schools BY KATY ANDERSON Tribune Contributor


he kindergarten teacher’s eyes turned wistful as she remembered the words her grandmother used to always say. “You straighten a tree when they’re little,” Gabriela Humes recalled. “You don’t straighten a tree once that tree has grown.” The Book for Book program is aiming to do just that. A partnership between the Mesa-based Guardian Angel Council and Grasshoppers Observe Dragonflies Publishing House, the program provides bilingual books to children living in low-income communities. Levi Leyba, executive director and founder of the 6-year-old Guardian Angel Council, said that with every purchase of a Young Series book, one will be donated to a child in a low-income commu-

nity, where children struggle with to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of oneliteracy. on-one picture book reading, as Leyba said childhood illiteracy opposed to the 25 hours of onestarts at home, potentially doomon-one reading that the average ing a child in later life. low-income child is exposed to, “When children come home according to “The Literary Crisis: False Claims, Real Soluwith homework or any type of tions” by Jeff McQuillan, a reading material, parental professor in English laninvolvement is next to guage learning. zero because the parents don’t understand Leyba will donate the what the child brings bilingual books home,” Leyba said, through Mesa’s Title explaining that biI schools, which relingual books help ceive federal aid for parents bridge the educating disadvantaged or underserved language gap between them and children. Leyba said their children. he consulted with The average child Title I elementary (Special to the Tribune) growing up in a Levi Leyba of Mesa is hoping to donate one book school principals middle-class family to schools in low-income communities for evfery before starting the has been exposed book he sells. Book for Book

program. “Something so small as having a child know how to read by the time they enter the educational system, it’s huge,” he said. “It’s an enormous step. We really need to focus on that.” Monica Mesa, principal of Longfellow Elementary, said the main problem with low-income children struggling with literacy is their lack of access to books at home. She said Longfellow Elementary tries to encourage parents to read with children in their first language, even if it isn’t English. “I don’t think it can be understated how much parents play a part in developing that routine of focusing and developing the mindset that literacy is important,” Mesa said. Longfellow Elementary School is trying to provide more books that are in a child’s See

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support in Djibouti, the shelves were almost empty at the USO,” Sistek added. “Boots in the House sent two shipments of care packages, the first containing 44 care packages then followed up with an additional 12. This went to a location that had all five branches represented, including K9 military working dogs, which we sent K9 boxes to.” Granillo said she and fellow service members feel “blessed” to receive this


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first language, which for some at the school is Spanish, Mesa said. The Book for Book program is working to donate these kinds of titles to children and families. With these books, the students will be able to read, hear the words read aloud and comprehend the story with their parents, Mesa said. “When they both can understand, it really does bridge that gap because a lot of our parents think they can’t read a story to them,” Mesa said. “But if it is already in Spanish for them, then they’re both understanding.” Gabriela Humes, a kindergarten Spanish teacher at Hermosa Vista Elementary School, has worked for Mesa Public Schools for 25 years. A large part of her teaching experience has been in Title I schools. The kindergarten teacher said children often don’t get much homework help at home; the parents either work two jobs or don’t know the language and feel that they cannot help their kids. “I think a lot of the time they’re intimi-

COMMUNITY 13 dated,” Humes said. “It’s not that they don’t want to help their child. That’s a misconception.” The Book for Book program launched with four books, but Leyba said he plans on adding a new title once a month. The next books will feature diverse historical figures, like civil rights icon Rosa Parks and artist Frida Kahlo, Leyba said. Marcie Hutchinson, a former educator who appears to have won last week’s school board race in Mesa, said it is vitally important for Spanish-speaking kids to have access to books, especially ones that they can see themselves in. “I think it’s about belonging,” Hutchinson said. “That when a kid sees a person that looks like them in a book in school, if they see their language, I really believe that they have a sense that, ‘I belong.’” Hutchinson said the Book for Book program makes “all the sense in the world” since it’s addressing not just literacy, but bilingualism and diversity as well. She said she can see the program bringing families together through books. “I’m hoping the impact is that families will share the joy of reading together,” Hutchinson said.


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orses will neigh, bulls will buck and cowboys and cowgirls will once again wave their hats in Gilbert this week. It’s time for Gilbert Days, the celebration of the town’s Western heritage. The main festivities take place from Friday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Nov. 18. That’s when thousands of spectators line the Heritage District to watch the parade or settle on the bleachers at John Volken Academy to cheer the rodeo. In its 40th year, the rodeo, organized by Gilbert Promotional Corporation, is on the theme “Horsepower and History.” The parade, organized by the Town of Gilbert, has a focus on “What’s Your Adventure?” There are also some fun runs and an enactment of the Pony Express, which takes place the week before the main events. “Gilbert Days always brings back good memories, friendships and families,” said Bobby Padilla, president of GPC. “The parade is what brings everyone together.” The parade began in the late 1950s as a celebration for the paving of the Main Street in downtown Gilbert. It has evolved into one of Gilbert’s signature special events of the year and features a mix of floats, cars, marching bands, busi-

nesses and groups that promote Western heritage, such as the Cowgirls Historical Foundation. This year’s parade, on Saturday, Nov. 17, will feature 101 entries. “We don’t know what the floats will look like until the morning of the parade but have encouraged groups to share what their adventure is and provided examples like: “Are you a superhero? A Traveler? An outdoor enthusiast?” said Denise Merdon, program supervisor at the town. “Depending on the business or organization, we encourage the groups to get creative.” Gilbert’s schools have participated in the parade for many decades, among them Gilbert Public Schools. This year, every single school in the district will take part, according to GPS spokeswoman Dawn Antestenis. This means four marching bands, JROTC groups, high schools, junior high and elementary schools, as well as a district float. “We see this as a visual representation of how we see our schools, as the heart of our neighborhoods and communities,” she said. While Gilbert’s schools prepare for an eventful day, the rodeo folk are no less excited. Since March, rodeo ambassadors – GilSee

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bert Days Rodeo Kennadee Riggs, 18, Teen Queen Karlie Brewer, 17, Princess Lindsey Brewer, 14 and Missy Raylen Riggs, 12 – have been visiting schools and rodeos in Arizona with their presentations and campaign platform “Kicking Up Kindness,” which involves writing down kind deeds performed by people. “This is my first year of doing this,” said Raylen. “My favorite part is the hot lap; it pumps everything up and it’s pretty close to the start of the rodeo, so it pumps me up for the rest of the rodeo.” The ambassadors have also invited cowboys and cowgirls from around the state to come and participate. The rodeo traces its beginnings to 1978, when the nonprofit GPC held its first rodeo in a vacant field near Gilbert and Guadalupe roads, after a group of businessmen, ranchers, farmers, doctors and lawyers united to remember their town’s “Hay Capital” days.


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t’s hard to believe now, but once upon a time, the general public was terrified of automobiles. In fact, marketing campaigns wouldn’t even call them cars. Instead, they were referred to as “horseless carriages” to help ease the public’s transition into what would eventually be an ubiquitous part of everyday life. Those early companies even had to put a replica of a horse’s head on the hoods to help riders feel like they were traveling in something familiar. Today’s companies – including a new autonomous vehicle manufacturer with a presence in Chandler – are banking on a similar idea for self-driving vehicles – once the public begins accepting it. “It will soon be part of the normal daily life and fabric,” said Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Phoenix-based Local Motors, a 3D print company making driverless shuttles that will soon be seen somewhere in the Valley. “With every new mode (of transportation), it takes time for people to get used to it. Some people are early, some people are late.” Rogers’ company has developed the eight-person Olli driverless shuttle, and they’re built in Chandler at the company’s “micro-factory” off the I-10. The shuttles are slow-moving units designed to stay in enclosed areas, such as sports stadiums, universities, healthcare complexes and big office parks. As Brittany Stotler, vice president of marketing put it, the shuttles go from “first-mile to last-mile” for those trying to get from Point A to Point B. The Phoenix area, as well as the Sacramento region, were the first two metro areas chosen for what the company has called its Fleet Challenge. Various companies and organizations in both cities have applied for use of the shuttles to help the company find the best use for them. So far, Local Motors hasn’t revealed what groups or government agencies have applied for use of the vehicles, but bids are still being accepted through Nov. 5. A winner will be announced in mid-December, with the winning applicant possibly

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getting use of the shuttles by as early as January. The winner will get to use at least a pair of shuttles for free for three months. In turn, it will share data with the company to help improve Olli. “It’s a two-way street,” Rogers said. “By offering the vehicles for free, we’re taking money out of equation for the (applicant) and they can use that money to commit to other resources.” The company released a guidebook to help applicants detail their usage plans for the shuttle, where they plan to use them and whether it can afford assorted costs such as charging and storage. Rogers calls it the application’s five Ps – people, purpose, product, place and policy. Local Motors expects to continue challenges in other worldwide cities throughout the year.

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One of the costs winning applicants will have to take on is paying for a shuttle steward. That’s right, these shuttles have onboard attendants – just in case anything goes wrong. Although Local Motors officials say that’s more of a feature to help ease rider concern, especially since the top speed of Olly is only 25 mph. “It’s kind of like when elevators were first invented, and they had elevator attendants,” Stotler said. The company imagines by 2020, the

cars will be completely self-operating wherever they’re in service. Rogers said he hopes that service area continues worldwide. Currently, the University of Buffalo is using some shuttles for mapping, autonomous education and to test potential transportation options. It was purchased as part of a partnership with the State of New York. And Nordic-based Autonomous Mobility is Olli’s exclusive operator and reseller in that region. Both groups are sharing its data with Local Motors. The cost to charge Olli is one of the other factors to consider, but the actual number depends on multiple variables – such as the number of miles driven, what type of route it drove, the weather and passenger loads. “It’s going to depend on how much you’re running them,” Rogers said. “Are you running them three months straight around the clock? Are you running it less frequently? It also depends on how many vehicles (are needed).” The expected lifespan of a charge is two to six hours. It plugs into a regular outlet like a typical electric vehicle but requires an adaptor. Rogers said the company is already working on another prototype that is self-charging by taking itself back to the charging station. We all wish our cell phones did the same thing. Some Olli shuttles are already handicapaccessible, and the company is working

on ideas to make all shuttles that way. “It’s just another form of freedom, not having to be dependent on other people,” Stotler said. Victor Calise, New York City’s commissioner for people with disabilities, was impressed when he tried it out with his wheelchair earlier this year. “I think his quote was, ‘It’s nice not having accessibility be an afterthought,’” Stotler said. Rogers said the level of disability accommodations depends on worldwide location and Olli’s can be made to adapt to the locations they’re needed. “In some places they need more than just a ramp,” Rogers said.

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Olli’s development has been as swift as the technology has evolved to make it possible. Designs started only 2 1/2 years ago when a 24-year-old Columbian student won a contest at the company’s German office in Berlin for his original shuttle rendering. Now, bright minds across the globe are helping pitch in with ideas for the shuttle through the Launch Forth platform at “That’s where our community gets together and works on designing the next generation vehicles,” Rogers said. “In our micro-factories, we make them real.” In the Chandler micro-factory, most of the Olli prototypes are fully put together




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there. But here’s the kicker: About 30 percent of the car is made of parts built through a 3D printer. That’s not surprising since Local Motors specializes in 3D printing and co-created the first completely 3D printed car in 2014. Goodyear Tires reached an agreement with the company to make it the official tire of Olli. Goodyear in turn is using some prototypes to test technology for airless tires. That research is close to inventing tires that could be 3D printed one day, which would revolutionize auto travel for everybody. But the 3D printing feature of the shuttles isn’t what has some people in the public worried about driverless cars. It’s something about that missing human factor that’s understandably making some nervous. Rogers said Olli’s dynamic obstacle avoidance system and cognitive response technology sets it apart in self-driving technology at the moment. Marylandbased Robotic Research, which usually works on systems for the military, programed Olli’s system. More than 20 different technology companies in all had a hand in the vehicle’s programming.


Like all successful tech companies, Local Motors is already designing the next generation shuttles even before the current prototype is fully deployed. The future model is 90 percent made from 3D printed material. The 3D parts are a mix of carbon fiber with an ABS plastic blend. The plastic starts in a pellet form and is melted down. As the carbon fiber blends together, it strengthens. The computer tells the 3D printer what (Photo by Jason Stone) shape to make the part. ABOVE: Jeremy Mullens works on the under carriage of a future Olli The cost of constructing prototype inside the Chandler “micro-factory.” The prototype he is working is made of 90 percent 3D printed material. the vehicles is already being on RIGHT: Olli workers Adam Haster (top) and Jeremy Mullens work on placing reduced thanks to the 3D a tire on a new Olli model that is 90-percent made of 3D printed material. airports such as those in Atlanta, Dallas printing technology. Rogers There’s no timetable on when this model will be ready for deployment. and San Francisco don’t even know that wouldn’t reveal how much the vehicles cost to produce, but said, “in is tougher than many steels,” Rogers said. those trains are usually self-driving. Despite that, the company isn’t market“We do that every day,” Rogers said. general, it will reduce the cost massively.” The technology also speeds up the time ing the shuttle as a 3D marvel, like it did “There’s not even a steward on board.” Of course, those shuttles are on tracks. to develop the vehicle and lessens time to for the first all-3D printed car four years ago. Olli is out in the open. construct it. “It’ll just be Olli,” Rogers said. “All of “I feel like it won’t be hard for people to As for worries that 3D parts aren’t as get used to some sense the autonomy part strong, the company went on Jay Leno’s these are in the brand family.” For the most part, Rogers said Olli isn’t of the vehicle,” Rogers said. “What I think Garage show to test out a printed part much different than shuttles travelers take will be remarkable is what the vehicle can with a sledgehammer. “It has strengths in many directions that at big city airports. Most passengers at do for you.”

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y 9 o’clock in the morning on Election Tuesday 2018, it was time to call it. Among all the candidates in the Valley, there already was a clear loser, and he wasn’t even on the ballot. I’m talking about Adrian Fontes, the Maricopa County Recorder. As I write this – 36 hours after the election with nearly a half-million ballots left to count in Arizona’s largest county – I’m actually starting to feel sorry for the guy. See, being the recorder is one of those tough jobs that sounds easy. You record stuff. That’s the gig. Someone buys or sells a house, you record it. Someone satisfies a lien, you record it. According to Fontes’ 2017 annual report – which includes a full-page glamour shot of himself – the Recorder’s Office was on track to record about 1 million documents last year.

Then there’s elections. Elections don’t occur frequently, but they’re the true measuring stick for recorders. If you keep the glitches to a minimum, keep the long lines at bay and count the ballots quickly, you’re golden. Helen Purcell, Fontes’ predecessor, held the job for 29 years. She did a nice job, until the 2016 presidential primary. That was deemed a disaster, and Adrian Fontes won election that November. Unfortunately for him, Fontes became recorder in the Yelp era. Today, everyone’s a critic. Everyone has access to a megaphone. After a disastrous August primary that saw voters and reporters use social media to light up Fontes like a Christmas tree, all eyes were on the recorder Tuesday – which is exactly how he seems to like it. If there was a media outlet that hasn’t hosted Fontes in the past 36 hours, don’t worry, he’ll get there today. And he’ll keep digging himself deeper into trouble.

Here’s Fontes on KTAR radio Wednesday: “We’ve got early votes in house from before Election Day that we did not get to tabulating because we were concentrating on being set up for Election Day in the number of just over a quarter million. So, 277,104 to be tabulated. Now those are actually going through the machines right now.” I’m guessing this whole first Tuesday in November election thing must’ve sneaked up on Fontes. When you throw in another 200,000 ballots requiring human handling – like signature verification and taking them out of the envelopes – Fontes has a lot of counting left to do. And even more talking. It’s like the man is channeling his inner Joe Arpaio – he has not met a camera or a microphone he can avoid. Describing an Election Day “systemwide hiccup” that caused the county’s system to bog down for a few minutes, Fontes boasted at a press conference: “One of the

things that we are really impressed with is the speed with which we got to resolving the circumstances.” At least someone’s impressed, right? If Fontes would spend more time counting – faster – and less time explaining how much counting he has left to do, he would get the credit he so clearly believes he deserves. He doesn’t seem to understand a key point: In 2018, the county recorder looks like a guy with an abacus in a digital world. Already this morning, I deposited a check by snapping a picture of it with my iPhone and ordered groceries via app. They’ll arrive from across town in an hour. Meanwhile, Adrian Fontes woke up to a third day of interviews and counting sheets of paper. If I was Fontes, I’d start getting ready now for Nov. 3, 2020. That’s Election Day 2020. And it’s almost certainly the last election this recorder will ever have to count.

When a grandchild dies, grandparents grieve twice BY LIN SUE COONEY Tribune Guest Writer


er name was Ellie. A beautiful baby with rosebud lips and the sweetest little smile. A tiny bundle of hopes and dreams to last a lifetime. But Kent and Jeanine only got 10 days. Their precious granddaughter succumbed to a deadly viral infection, leaving not only her parents but her grandparents drowning in grief. “When a grandchild dies, grandparents grieve twice,” says Lisa Schmitt, executive director of the New Song Center for Grieving Children. “They mourn the child AND they feel the pain of their own child’s suffering.” Kent and Jeanine Lavine lived that agony – trying to support their daughter as she suffered losing her first baby, while grieving Ellie’s loss for themselves. “When my daughter Jessica cried on my shoulder,” Jeanine said, “I felt like I couldn’t break down, that I had to be strong for her.”

Realizing they couldn’t get through this on their own, they sought help from New Song’s Enduring Ties program which provides no cost grief support specifically for grandparents. Funded by donations and grants, it’s a collaboration between Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ryan House, a medical respite center for medically-fragile children. “Being with a group of people going through the same thing helped us feel understood. We opened up – and fell apart sometimes. We leaned on one another so we could be stronger for our families. We discussed which stage of grief we were in and shared ideas for getting past hurdles like anniversaries and holidays,” said Kent. Jeanine also learned tools to strengthen her relationship with a grieving husband – so they could support each other if one of them was having a particularly bad day. And there were some bad ones. Kent admits to running off to coaching practice to escape the sadness for a few hours, then feeling so guilty he’d sob in the car driving home. The idea for a grandparent’s support group came from Diane Eckstein, who was

mourning the death of her stillborn granddaughter, who died just four days before a scheduled c-section to deliver her. “I realized that grandparents need their own experience to help them get through this kind of dual grief, and I couldn’t find one,” Eckstein said. “So, we created a place where we could speak openly about what’s going on with our own feelings as well as share the pain of our grieving children, our worries about them and how to be there for them.” What many of these grandparents didn’t expect – was friendship. Such deep bonds were built, that 14 months later, they’re inviting each other to parties and family barbecues. “It’s a club nobody wants to be part of,” says Kent, “but we are very lucky to have them as part of our lives now.” Life has come full circle for both families. Diane Eckstein has a happy, healthy granddaughter who is 3 months old now. And the evening I spoke with Kent and Jeanine, they were babysitting their new grandson, Jacob Elliot. His middle name is in honor of his sister Ellie.

Ironically, Kent and Jeanine were babysitting because their daughter and son-in-law were attending New Song’s grief support group for parents who have lost a child. “We want them to keep going. A new pregnancy, a new baby – it stirs up emotions all over again. Should I be this happy about this child, when I don’t have Ellie?” Jeanine sighs, “That’s the beauty of these support groups… they tell you it’s okay. This is your new normal.” “Grandparents are the forgotten grievers,” says Amanda Sahli, bereavement coordinator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “It has been an honor and a privilege to watch every one of them walk this journey. We hope others who need this help will join us.” This special group is open to all grandparents grieving the loss of a grandchild of any age, regardless of the cause of death or how long ago the child died. Meetings are every other week from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and a light dinner is served. There is no cost. Information: 480 951-8985. -Lin Sue Cooney is director of engagement for Hospice of the Valley.



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East Valley Veterans Day Parade steps off Monday P SPECIAL REPORT

articipants at the 2018 East Valley Veterans Parade on Monday, Nov. 12, will notice a familiar yet new face looking at them from signs and floats. He’s a bald gentleman sporting a large nose and peering over the top of a wall. That’s the face of Kilroy, the iconic graffiti character who came to popularity during World War II. Next to his image is usually found the phrase, “Kilroy Was Here,” which quickly became synonymous with the service, dedication and commitment of U.S. Armed Forces. Kilroy is possibly the first viral meme, long before there was even such a thing as social media. Throughout every combat, training or occupation operation during WWII and the Korean War, Kilroy always got there first and left last. His simple outline caught the imagination of GIs wherever they went. While his true origin is debated, many historians agree that the saying most likely came from a worker at a shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. James A. Kilroy was a rivet inspector, paid by the number of rivets he checked and recorded each day with chalk marks on the machinery itself. To make sure no one else tried to take credit for his work, he began inscribing “Kilroy was here” onto the machinery. Ships were desperately needed during WWII, so most were put into service before the workers’ marks were painted over. American GIs began noticing the phrase scrawled on outgoing ships, often tucked into hard-to-reach areas. GIs began tagging the places they visited in war theaters in Europe, Asia and Africa. They attached the character draw-

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Veterans of all ages marched in last year’s parade, including this Marine from World War II.

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Many of the floats in the East Valley Veterans Parade pay tribute to deceased veterans and POWs. The parade lasts about 90 minutes and offers a colorful yet somber tribute to the men and women who have served the nation in the Armed Forces.

ing with the saying sometime early in the war, probably based on a popular English cartoon. It quickly became a competition to place Kilroy in the most unusual places, including top-secret military installations, bases and battlefields. Every surface imaginable became an opportunity to draw this simple cartoon. The original cartoons were drawn with whatever could be found at hand, from chalk to pencil to pen, and provided encouragement and comfort to embattled soldiers. See


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Parade honoree recalls horror of attack on ship SPECIAL REPORT


ust over 73 years ago, Florence native Adolfo Celaya was recovering from the worst Naval tragedy in history. Nicknamed “Harpo,” Celaya enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day he turned 17. He was on board the Indianapolis when it was struck in the Philippine Sea by two Japanese missiles in World War II. The Indianapolis is known for delivering the world’s first operational atomic bomb on July 26, 1945. Several days later, it was sunk by the missiles just after midnight. Celaya was sleeping on the deck when the explosions came. “You hardly had any time to think,” said Celaya. “When I woke up … I just ran to the back and everybody seemed to be on fire.” Celaya had burns from the massive fire ball. His best friend on board urged him to get off the boat. He followed him into the ocean and swam away from the ship as fast as possible.

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Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya said signs like these in Tucson suggested to him that, “There were girls at every port and stuff like that, which I never got to see anyways.” He is the East valley Veterans Parade Honoree.

Lester ‘Les’ Gray Jr. named veterans parade grand marshal for his service SPECIAL REPORT


he East Valley Veterans Parade has selected Lester “Les” Gray Jr. as its 2018 Grand Marshal for his outstanding military service in World War II and in the Korean War. Born in 1922, Gray joined the Navy V-5 program when WWII broke out, and was called into active duty in 1942. Ensign Gray was assigned to VF-10 and transitioned to the F6F Hellcat in Maui before boarding the Enterprise of TF-58. (Special Report) He flew missions throughout the Pa- Lester “Les” Gray, this year’s grand marshal of cific Theater, recording his first victory. the East Valley Veterans Parade, served valThen, on June 11, 1944, Gray left the iantly in World War II and the Korean War. Enterprise on a mission in support of the invasion of Saipan and immedi- inactive duty but remained in the reately destroyed an aircraft Oscar. Fly- serves. He worked in the decorating ing on between Saipan and Tinian, he business until he was recalled to active completed two more strikes to make duty during the Korean War. He flew F4Us off the Tarawa in his triple. He was later assigned to the Intrepid, 1951, spending nine months in the returning to the Pacific Theater, where, Mediterranean before returning to the as a lieutenant, he became a “flying States. He served as an instructor for ace” in April 1945 when he downed Training Command before requesting two Zekes while flying a combat air release to inactive duty in December 1955 and serving as a senior technical patrol north of Okinawa. After the war, Gray was released to writer for Temco Aircraft and Good-

year Aerospace until taking early retirement in 1973 to open Arizona Divers Supply. He sold the business in 1985 to fully retire. Gray is the proud recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and five Air Medals. He is joined in the parade by service marshals: • Army – Loyd Boyd, who served at Ft. Huachuca during World War II, in an era where he faced issues of segregation in the military, as well as in his hometown neighborhood in Mesa. • Navy – Carey Slade, who served as a Builder Second Class in the Navy Seabees. She is the Commander of DAV-East Valley Chapter 8. • Marines – Gary Rood, a Vietnam Vet and Silver Star recipient for bravery resulting from his actions in Operation Utah in 1966. • Coast Guard – Wes Burns, a member of the Coast Guard for 20 years, still currently in the reserves. • Air Force – Roger Parrish, a retired USAF Col. who flew 137 combat missions in Vietnam and a former Thunderbird Commander.

“When I jumped off, we were probably about, I would say, two stories high,” he recalled. It took just 12 minutes for the Indianapolis to sink completely. With no life jacket and very few life rafts, Celaya hung on through several cold nights and fiercely hot days before being rescued. He could only sleep if someone else kept him above the surface to prevent him from ingesting sea water. In all, three out of four sailors on board the Indianapolis died. He was one of just 317 survivors. When he returned to the States, Celaya re-enrolled in school and played on the Florence High School’s basketball team. “It helped me a lot to come back to school,” he notes, because it helped with his PTSD from the experience. A post office in his hometown was later named in his honor. Ceyala is the East Valley Veterans Parade Honoree.


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Today, you can find Kilroy etched in stone in two places near the Pennsylvania pillar of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. reminding veterans that Kilroy is still with GIs when they are in harm’s way. The East Valley Veterans Parade is supported by premium sponsors 960 The Patriot, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, East Valley Tribune/Times Media Group, Grand Canyon University and Signarama Chandler. Stars & Stripes Sponsors are Albertsons-Safeway, Berge Ford, Downtown Mesa Association, Mesa Community College, Mesa HoHoKams, SRP and Visit Mesa. Patriot Sponsors are the Berg Family, Boeing, DAV-East Valley Chapter 8, Gateway Bank, Marc Community Resources, Mesa Secure Storage, Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and VFW Dode Morris Post 1760. Special thanks for the support of the City of Mesa. The parade begins at Center Street and University Drive, Mesa, at 11 a.m. Nov. 12. Information:

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College Bound, Bridging AZ proud to be part of celebration SPECIAL REPORT


ach year, residents of East Valley communities come together to celebrate the service and sacrifices of veterans, members of the active military and their families at the East Valley Veterans Parade. More than 2,000 parade participants march, play, drive or ride in the parade as their tribute to past and present service members. Two of this year’s parade entries – College Bound and Bridging AZ – are joining this celebration of service and represent some of the many ways our East Valley communities care for their neighbors’ needs. A parade entry since 2014, College Bound is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income youth ages 14-25 achieve their goal of a brighter future through education. Students participating in College Bound follow a 6-Step Critical Path for college readiness and receive scholarships to ensure college completion. “Students in our program proudly carry a United States garrison flag in the parade that requires 20 youth to provide proper

support,” says Liz Paulus, College Bound executive director. “An additional four students carry a banner, plus a classic car with a uniformed veteran follows behind the flag.” The participating students wear a uniform of a dark blue College Bound T-shirt with white gloves as a sign of respect for their role in the parade. “They have the honor of marching immediately ahead of the Arizona Fallen Soldiers group as a salute to their service and sacrifice,” Paulus noted. Students often return to participate in the parade. Many have had veterans in their families. “We do the parade to give back to the community,” said College Bound student Ethan Martinez, “and to say thank you to the veterans who serve for us so we can be free.” Added Paulus, “The parade unites the community in a display of pride and gratefulness and provides us an opportunity to educate our youth of the tremendous sacrifice of service members to safeguard our nation.” Bridging AZ, participating in the parade for its third year, is Arizona’s first Furniture Bank, providing basic furniture

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College Bound, an entry in the parade since 2014, is a nonprofit that helps low-income students get ready for post-high school education.

and household items to families in need. Since its founding in 2004 by Air Force veteran Jim Piscopo and his wife Donna, more than 260,000 items have been distributed to help more than 60,000 people, without any government funding. Last year, Bridging AZ created a full wood workshop out of four 40-foot shipping containers in order to engage veter-

ans in woodworking. The organization helps 200 to 300 veterans every year. “In this year’s parade, veterans we serve, our staff and volunteers will walk in the parade walking with several mini floats featuring the parade theme ‘Kilroy Was Here,” said Piscopo. “It feels like a big ‘Thank You.’”

Gilbert woman’s military career started with a poster BY ALLISON LYNE Contributor


ad it not been for a discarded poster she saw on campus, Brigadier Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck might never be where she is today. The Gilbert resident was starting her third year at Indiana University School of Law when she saw a mangled poster about Air Force judge advocates and suddenly felt it was pointing her to a purpose bigger than her. That fateful decision to join the Air Force as a commissioned officer in 1993 led Muehlenbeck to a successful military career that today has her serving as deputy adjutant general and director of Administrative Services for the Arizona National Guard. She also is a full-time professor at Mesa Community College in the Administration of Justice Studies Department. Muehlenbeck had gone to Indiana University after obtaining a bachelor’s

degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University, where she played NCAA Division I women’s fastpitch softball. “Sports taught me a lot about teamwork and humility,” she said. “Athletics is a discipline.” She spent four years on active duty as a judge advocate general at DavisMonthan Air Force Base in Tucson, working on cases and providing legal advice to officers on the base. Upon separation from active duty, she pursued more legal studies while serving part-time as a deputy staff judge advocate at the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix, handling civil issues and compliance laws for the National Guard. She later worked as a sex-crimes prosecutor for the Pima County Attorney’s Office, leaving in 2001 to pursue a doctorate in justice studies at ASU. In 2014 she was named Arizona’s first female brigadier general in the Air National Guard, positioning her to be commander of a special task

force that is on alert for any major events in the state, from the Super Bowl to a visit from the President of the United States. As the deputy adjutant general and director of administrative services, she oversees the heads of a variety of departments in the National Guard. She describes that job as challenging, explaining, “The mission is easy, but dealing with people and interactions, that is difficult.” And she hasn’t lost humility through those promotions in the National Guard. “It doesn’t make you more important,” she explained. “It makes you more expendable.” But those who know her see it a little bit differently. Col. Patricia Wilson, a 30-year medical officer in the Guard who has known Muehlenbeck for 10 years explained: “Kerry Muehlenbeck is the type of leader who leads with her heart and always gave a voice to those in the military.”

(Allison Lyne/Contributor)

Gilbert resident Kerry Muehlenbeck is the first woman to be named brigadier general in Arizona.


NOVEMBER 11, 2018

Veterans help ease critical STEM workforce shortage

BY DEREK HORTON Special Contributor


orkers specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help businesses retool, compete and thrive in the 21st-century economy. Far too many companies in Arizona’s leading industries are struggling to fill crucial STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) positions. Employers here should turn to highly-skilled military veterans who increasingly leave the military with advanced technical expertise but are too often overlooked for STEM jobs. STEM jobs comprise a diverse range of positions across a wide range of industries, including civil engineers, financial analysts, software developers and even accountants. However, what ties this assorted group of jobs together – and makes them difficult to fill – is the need for a very particular set of skills, including mathematical proficiency, analytical reasoning, and research capabilities. This year alone, the demand for STEM jobs in Arizona went up by 16 percent. And yet, thousands of these jobs still need to be filled despite being some of the

best-paying and most rewarding positions on the job market. Each year thousands of military members leave the service with the skills needed to be successful. The military has expertly adapted to an increasingly digital world. Openings for “electronic warfare specialist,” “cryptologic cyberspace intelligence collector” and “geospatial intelligence imagery analyst” are now commonplace with all military recruiting sites. That’s because the crux of the armed services no longer consists of infantrymen operating in remote corners of the planet. Instead, much of our security operations today are managed by bright scientists and mathematicians, sitting in bunkered bases throughout the world. Members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force regularly engage with some of the most advanced technologies available; and the need for a deep understanding of these sophisticated processes has become a fundamental requirement for most service members as warfare shifts to the cybersphere and military devices increasingly replace boots on the ground. Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, illustrated the shifting nature of the times when he testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year and named cyber threats

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Military and law enforcement units of all kinds are part of the East Valley Veterans Parade. Even the Buffalo Soldiers is represented in the annual event.

as the top worldwide threat to our national security. Moreover, in a race for technological superiority, the military’s adoption and integration of advanced technologies will only accelerate in coming years. Meanwhile, the STEM field in the United States is facing a significant skills gap. According to aRanstad North America report released in 2017, the U.S. has a 3-million-STEM-job surplus. As a result, some of the most lucrative and impactful jobs available on the market today are unfilled, and the gap is only growing—in North Dakota, for example, there are currently 87 STEM job openings for every qualified worker. The consequences of this skills gap are even more troubling. With so many vacant openings, tech giants have begun outsourcing STEM jobs overseas to competitors like India and China. In the process, the U.S. risks losing its standing as the world leader in innovation and as a hub for technological breakthroughs. Meanwhile, every year, over 200,000 veterans retire from active duty to transition back into civilian life. Of these, a significant portion has worked in highlytechnical fields and are uniquely qualified to excel in STEM jobs in the private sector. The problem is that they are rarely

presented with a chance to demonstrate these skills because of their lack of traditional college degrees or general job experience. As a former Marine that was hired by Sallyport, a global logistics and security contractor, the skills I bring to my job every day as Director of Information Technology are directly based on my military training and experience. Sallyport values the experience and expertise that veterans like myself bring to the table, mainly when looking for talented people to fill STEM-related positions. The niche with technical skills that I learned while in the military prepared me for a successful career at Sallyport. The understanding of military members’ skills should be considered by companies who are outsourcing their hiring overseas. The STEM workforce shortage in the United States is a rare problem with an easy answer. Our veterans can fill these jobs – and fill them well if only given a chance. -Derek Horton served in the Marines from 1990 to 1998 – four years active duty, four years inactive – as a communications watch officer before joining Sallyport where he works as director of information technology.


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Another strong defense lifted Red Mtn. to the playoffs BY ZACH ALVIRA Tribune Sports Editor


t’s no scoop that Red Mountain High’s football team plays defense. Holding opponents in check carried the Mountain Lions to consecutive appearances in the Class 6A state semifinals. They’re at it again, securing the No. 10 seed and a first-round upset of No. 7 Queen Creek. Red Mountain again was an underdog in its second-round game Friday at passhappy No. 2 Pinnacle. Coach Mike Peterson credits a senior class as key to integrating a culture of strong defense into the program. “I think we have a good scheme and I think we have a good staff that understands the scheme,” Peterson said. “We also have experienced players that are implementing that scheme and trusting their teammates to do their job. “Our defense is real particular about doing your job.”

(Zach Alvira/Tribune Staff)

Safety Isaac Thompson stepped up for Red Mountain’s traditionally stout defense, carrying the Mountain Lions to the No. 10 seed in the 6A playoffs.

It starts in the middle with linebacker Anthony Giraldi, who has a team-leading 76 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Despite missing two games with a high-ankle sprain, the senior surpassed his 57 tackles

last season. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder’s best performance came in Red Mountain’s blowout victory against Desert Ridge, in which he made 19 tackles. “The seniors last year really helped us a lot,” Giraldi said. “They showed us how to be leaders and it’s been easier for us to lead the juniors because of that. The experience from playing last year has really helped all of us step up.” Red Mountain’s secondary has shut down some of the top passing offenses in the state, and they saw another one Friday. Red Mountain allowed just 68 yards through the air in a loss to Perry in September, all but neutralizing Pumas’ quarterback Chubba Purdy as safety Isaac Thompson and cornerback Shaq Daniels stepped up. Peterson described Thompson’s role as a robber, giving him freedom to move around without an assignment. “Coaches always put me in the right po-

(Zach Alvira/Tribune Staff)

Defensive back Shaq Daniels, who has played a vital role in the success of Red Mountain’s defense, envisions himself as a Division I cornerback.

sition,” Thompson said. “I like it because I am around the ball every play. I am close to the line of scrimmage and I can still See

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Hockey shtick: Chandler mom, dad, sons find play in desert cool BY CARSON ROBERTS Tribune Contributing Writer


ockey is not a particularly big deal in the desert, but don’t tell the Manning family in Chandler. They, like many other Hamilton High families, are involved in the school’s AHSHA hockey team. The Mannings have witnessed the progress of a group that now has championship aspirations. Only recently did Hamilton become a pure program, one that consists only of players from one school. Some teams are blended, featuring players from multiple schools. Hamilton assistant coach Brett Manning, along with head coach Tim Newlin, attribute some of the success to more-intense practices. “We’re bringing club-level drills, NCAA-level drills, to try and ensure that,” Manning said. “Most of the high school players only get one practice a week, so we want that practice to be as productive as possible.” The Huskies have multiple players who

led him to the sport that became a central part of his life. “If you’re born up there, you’re either a reader or you play hockey because the winters are long,” Brett said. According to Brett, he has played hockey for about 40 years. At 46, he still partici(Carson Roberts/ Tribune Contributor) pates in an adult Connor (left) and Hayden Manning battle in a travel-league hockey game. They are league. teammates, along with brother Brendan on the Hamilton High team, where their dad, He tried to get Brett, is an assistant coach and their mom, Kelti, is team manager. his sons interalso play travel hockey, including Man- ested in other sports. Hayden even conning’s three sons – Brendan, a forward; fessed to playing lacrosse for a few years. Connor, a defenseman; and Hayden. However, the kids never felt forced into The boys all followed in their father’s hockey because it always was just the famfootsteps, finding a natural fit on the ice. ily pastime. Brett said that growing up in Canada “It’s definitely a family affair. We all en-

joy time at the rink. When we’re not here, we’re watching it on TV, so it’s just part of life and part of the family,” Brett said. It can get messy, however. Sometimes, the boys play each other in travel leagues. Kelti Manning, Hamilton’s team manager and mother of the family, shed light on one of those times. “The twins have played against Brendan, (in a) semifinal game at a tournament. There was no good side of the red line for me to sit on. Connor checked younger brother Brendan. Brendan sniped Hayden in net. (It was a) long drive home,” Kelti said. To add fuel to the fire, each family member claims allegiance to a different professional team. Brett loves the Maple Leafs, and Kelti continues to be a die-hard Canucks fan. Connor and Hayden are fans of the Blackhawks and Penguins, respectively. In a strange twist, Brendan cheers for the Sharks. The rivalries don’t stop in the NHL. The See

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Mtn. View freshman swimmer Becker wins 2 events at state BY ERIC NEWMAN Tribune Staff Writer


n just her first Division I high school state swimming championships, Mountain View freshman Emma Becker showed Saturday that she will be a force for years to come. Becker won gold in two events, the 100yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley, out-racing older competitors at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa. The top seed in the breaststroke, Becker posted the only sub-30-second first lap and won by nearly 1.5 seconds in 1 minute, 3.27 seconds. In the medley, Becker knew she had an advantage in the breaststroke and freestyle strokes to end the race. When she got a great start off the block and kept herself in the mix through the first two strokes, she used her breaststroke strength to take a lead she would not give up and won in 2:02.83. “It feels really good,” Becker said after the medley, “I wasn’t too nervous because we all kind of just came out and were having fun beforehand. But, I’m just happy with the way I swam.” Mountain View coach Glen Coy wasn’t

(Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff)

Mountain View freshman Emma Becker won gold in two events Saturday, the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley, out-racing older competitors in the Division I State Swimming and Diving Championships at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa.

surprised that the youngster came through. “I’ve been telling her she could do it. We knew if she took the backstroke a little more serious and got a lead she could close it out, so it was just great to see,” Coy said. The team favorites dominated the Division I meet. The winning teams – Chaparral for the girls and Brophy Prep for the boys –won handily. In boys, East Valley

schools Mountain View, Basha and Corona del Sol took 3-4-5. In girls, Mountain View, Red Mountain and Highland placed 3-4-5. In Division II, the Campo Verde boys placed fourth and the girls third. In Division III, the Seton Catholic boys were fourth, the girls third. Including the two by Becker, East Valley swimmers earned gold medals in seven events in Division I. Though in her first state meet for her school, Becker and other Mountain View swimmers compete in state and national meets with club teams, so championshiplevel pressure is nothing new, even for a freshman. “All the swimmers do so much all year, like the sectionals or the individual state meets, that they are used to the big crowds and all that. I’m really proud of how she and the others have handled it,” Coy said. Like Becker, Desert Ridge sophomore Essias Ssmith beat more- experienced competitors for his gold medal. He shaved 0.72 seconds off his preliminary time, and his 49.38 in the 100-yard backstroke was the only time under 50 seconds. “This is my favorite stroke,” Smith said. “I really don’t even look to see where ev-

eryone else is. I just kind of put my head down and went as hard as I could, and it worked out.” The pool was kind to Mesa competitors in the 100-yard backstroke, as Westwood senior Natalie Crisci won the girls’ race in 55.31. Having competed in the event for four years, she said the girls who knocked her off the top spot on the podium in seasons past have graduated. This was her year. In her final race for the Warriors, she got off fast and willed herself to the top. “I know you’re really not supposed to pay attention to all the other swimmers around you, but I definitely was,” Crisci said. “The last 25 yards at the end was really ugly, and my stroke was terrible, but I just wanted it so bad.” Many top East Valley swimmers compete with and against each other all off season on club teams comprising athletes from several schools. If the Mesa swimmers can’t win themselves, they want to see their friends succeed. “So many of us know each other, so it’s fun to get here and see your friends doing well from other schools, too,” Smith said. “We all want to win, but we’re rooting for each other, too.”

State Swimming and Diving Championships Top-5 placers from East Valley schools Division I Boys Team – 3, Mountain View, 261.5. 4, Basha, 167. 5, Corona del Sol, 145. 400 freestyle relay – 2, Mountain View (Nick Moreno, Braden Cusson, Wesley Hendricks, Chris Allen), 3:07.87. 5, Basha (Jordan Smith, Robert Garden, Ben Vinz, Nathan Vinz), 3:13.19. 100 breaststroke – 2, Ean Peterson, Hamilton, 58.87. 3, Zuy Pham, Mountain Pointe, 58.89. 4, Reese Latto, Corona del Sol, 59.01. 100 backstroke – 2, Luke Walker, Desert Ridge, 51.38. 4, Dylan Edge, Corona del Sol, 51.79. 200 freestyle relay – 2, Mountain View (Nick Moreno, Kyle Turley, Wesley Hendricks, Chris Allen), 1:25.34. 5, Basha (Jordan Smith, Robert Garden, Sj Staiti, Tanner Dunn), 1:27.69. 100 freestyle – 5, Chris Allen, Mountain View, 46.95. 100 butterfly – Esssias Smith, Desert Ridge, 49.38. 3, Kelly Lucas, Chandler, 50.58. 5, Braden Cusson, Mountain View, 51.34. 1-meter diving – 1, Daniel Knapp, Skyline, 515.60. 2, Zachory Lundgren, Basha, 470.90. 4, Jacob Ramirez, Skyline, 403.90. 5, Wesley Hansen, Mountain View, 403.30. 50 freestyle – Jordan Smith, Basha, 21.67. 200 individual medley – 3, Luke Walker, Desert Ridge, 1:54.09. 200 freestyle – 4, Chris Allen, Mountain View, 1:43.31. 5, Lucas Kelly, Chandler, 1:43.68. 200 medley relay – 3, Desert Ridge (Luke Walker, Ben

Edwards, Essias Smith, Nolan Craig), 1:36.66. 4, Mountain View (Miles Hutchinson, Larsen Marziale, Braden Cusson, Aaron Becker), 1:36.95. 5, Corona del Sol (Dylan Edge, Reese Latto, Francisco Esparza, Roan Kelleher), 1:37.33.

Girls Team -- 3, Mountain View, 268. 4, Red Mountain, 170. 5, Highland, 138.5. 400 freestyle relay – 3, Mountain View (Stella Gruender, Jessica Lesuer, Maddie Timm, Emma Becker), 3:33.0. 4, Red Mountain (Hannah Ray, Lauren Hicks, Cameron Daniell, Taylor Walton), 3:37.21. 5, Desert Vista (Shelby Nicolaisen, Kinsey Miller, Peyton Garvy, Lauren Lindsey), 3:38.50. 100 breaststroke – 1, Emma Becker, Mountain View, 1:03.27. 100 backstroke – 4 tie, Ashley Catchpole, Highland, 58.09. 4 tie, Kayla Cunningham, Hamilton, 58.09. 200 freestyle relay – 2, Highland (Ashley Catchpole, Kacey Roten, Amanda Johnsen, Kyla Yetter), 1:38.04. 4, Red Mountain (Lauren Hicks, Hannah Ray, Morgan Shattuck, Taylor Walton), 1:38.60. 5, Mountain View (Sarah Johnson, Ellie Thompson, Jessica Leseur, Stella Gruender), 1:39.00. 500 freestyle – 3, Destiny Kling, Chandler, 4:58.80. 4, Jessica Leseur, Mountain View, 5:01.87. 100 freestyle – 1, Kalli Fama, Perry, 50.13. 2, Kyla Yetter, Highland, 51.58. 100 butterfly – 1, Natalie Crisci, Westwood, 55.31. 3, Ashley Catchpole, Highland, 56.47. 4, Taylor Walton, Red Mountain, 56.55. 1-meter diving – Victoria Knapp, Skyline, 466.70. 3, Isabelle Lombardi, Desert Vista, 443.40. 4, Rebekah Knapp, Skyline, 419.35. 200 individual medley – Emma Becker, Mountain View, 2:02.83. 2, Destiny Kling, Chandler, 2:03.31. 5, Taylor Wal-

ton, Red Mountain, 2:07.30. 200 freestyle – 2, Kelli Fama, Perry, 1:48.45. 3, Kyla Yetter, Highland, 1:50.81. 200 medley relay – 2, Mountain View (Jessica Franco, Emma Becker, Rian Lewandowski, Sarah Johnson), 1:46.49. 3, Chandler (Sarah Quintana, Abby Taylor, Haley Morton, Shasha Gesner), 1:48.72. 4, Highland (Ashley Catchpole, Kacey Routen, Sadie Khalil, Kyla Yetter), 1:49.67. 5, Desert Ridge (Karina Harr, Shaylin Grant, Jaidyn Wolfe, Kailee Patters), 1:49.73.

Division II Boys Team – 4, Campo Verde, 200. 100 breaststroke – 5, Tucker Ashton, Campo Verde, 1:00.09. 200 freestyle relay – 3, Campo Verde (Jeremy Graunke, Enrique Rivera, Tucker Ashton, Christian Osterndorf), 1:29.25. 100 freestyle – Jaxson Scown, Higley, 48.30. 1-meter diving – 2, Jason Lenzo, Campo Verde, 461.75. 4, Ashton Hasegawa, Campo Verde, 427.20. 5, Caleb Lamoreaux, Higley, 423.75. 50 freestyle – 2, Christian Osterndorf, Campo Verde, 21.65. 4, Keaton Van Gieson, Higley, 21.95. 200 freestyle – 4, Andrew Pocock, Mesquite, 1:44.86. 200 medley relay – 4, Campo Verde (Jeremy Graunke, Tucker Ashton, Gabe Fowler, Christian Osterndorf), 1:38.81.

Girls Team – 3, Campo Verde, 164. 400 freestyle relay – 3, Campo Verde (Victoria Bradjan, Nevaeh Bisdnack, Sophia Pedersen, Paige Treptow), 3:37.11.

200 freestyle relay – 3, Campo Verde (Victoria Bradjan, Nevaeh Bisdnack, Sophia Pedersen, Paige Treptow), 1:40.24. 500 freestyle – 4, Madison Caserio, Gilbert, 5:05.88. 100 freestyle – 2, Paige Treptow, Campo Verde, 52.45. 50 freestyle – 2, Paige Treptow, Campo Verde, 23.86. 200 individual medley – Kendall Carlson, Casteel, 2:11.07. 200 freestyle – Madison Caserio, Gilbert, 1:53.71.

Division III Boys Teams – 4, Seton Catholic, 177. 400 freestyle relay – 3, Seton Catholic, 3:20.78. 100 breaststroke – 4. James Kara, Seton Catholic, 1:00.56. 5. Tim Fay, Gilbert Classical Academy, 1:01.24. 100 backstroke – 5, Jack Luke, Seton Catholic, 58.31. 200 freestyle relay – 5, Seton Catholic, 1:34.68. 500 freestyle – 3, Jack Luken, Seton Catholic, 4:53.17. 100 freestyle – 1. James Karam, Seton Catholic, 47.58. 3. Nathan Kempiak, Gilbert Christian, 49.20. 4. Tim Fay, Gilbert Classical Academy, 49.31. 50 freestyle – 3, Nathan Kempiak, Gilbert Christian, 22.24. 200 individual medley – 5, Anthony Ramos, Seton Catholic, 2:08.05. 200 medley relay – 4, Gilbert Classical Academy, 1:46.35.

Girls Team – 3, Seton Catholic, 182. 400-freestyle relay – 2, Seton Catholic, 3:44.92. 200 freestyle relay – 3, Seton Catholic, 1:43.52. 500 freestyle – 2, Ruth Lucht, Seton Catholic, 5:10.15. 200 freestyle – 3, Ruth Lucht, Seton Catholic, 1:55.88.




Chandler offense loaded with receiving weapons for QB Conover BY ZACH ALVIRA Tribune Sports Editor


here is a reason why the Chandler High football team was favored to win the 6A state championship for the third straight season. From the coaching staff, led by Shaun Aguano, to the abundance of talented athletes at nearly every position, it would be a surprise if the Wolves aren’t hoisting the championship trophy on Dec. 1. They have not lost to an Arizona school since Sept. 9 of last year. Nowhere are they more loaded than at receiver, a group that helped quarterback Jacob Conover pass for 2,405 yards and 30 touchdowns during the regular season. He had an array of effective targets at his disposal, and the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder makes it look easy. “In our schematics, our receivers never know who is going to get the ball so they always have to be ready,” Aguano said. “Jacob has athletes to get the ball to and the good thing about having that talent is the competition. If somebody isn’t making plays I have someone waiting right behind them.” Conover has been under center for the Wolves since his sophomore season, leading them to back-to-back state titles and a 36-5 record. “We just need to continue playing together as a team,” Conover said. “When


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cover guys. “I think I fit the position pretty well.” Thompson leads Red Mountain with three interceptions. He made 57 tackles. With Thompson roaming, Red Mountain must change its coverage in other places. That’s where Daniels comes in. “To play that coverage, we have to be able to play man coverage in the back,” Peterson said.


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parents grew up in Canada; however, the sons were born and raised in the United States. They’re all partial to their respective national teams. Connor called it “a house divided.” On the surface, it does appear that lines have been drawn between the Manning family and their passionate fan bases. One notable game was the gold-medal match in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The

tions for 782 yards and eight touchdowns, yet hasn’t played since Week 8 due to a shoulder injury that will likely keep him out for the remainder of the season. Stepping up is senior Daseua Puffer, a 6-foot-4, 180-pounder, who has flown under the radar. Puffer caught 34 passes for 629 yards and nine touchdowns, his best performance coming against rival Hamilton with 122 yards receiving and a touchdown. The senior hasn’t had much interest from college programs yet, but remains confident that he will have an opportunity by the end of the season. “I’m just waiting for whatever comes (Pablo Robles/Staff Photographer) my way,” Puffer said. “I just plan on Chandler High quarterback Jacob Conover, in his third finishing out the season and get as season leading a high-powered offense, passed for more than 2,600 yards and 34 touchdowns to a small army of much film as I can. We’ll see what comes.” capable receivers. Puffer’s recruiting status comes as the defense succeeds the offense succeeds. a surprise to Conover and Aguano, “We are very collaborative and that’s given Puffer’s big plays. Aguano remains what makes us such a cohesive family.” confident that Puffer will begin to attract The senior attributes his success to the college scouts. players around him and to the coaching “Once the schools start coming they will staff, specifically Aguano and passing- like his height,” Aguano said. game coordinator Rick Garretson. “Now he has good tape (to show them) “He pushes me. He never wants me to so it’s only a matter of time before he gets become complacent,” Conover said of some looks.” Garretson. “He just wants me to get better Senior receiver Brayden Liebrock, a Texand better. That’s what we do here.” as commit, caught 45 passes for 570 yards Junior wide receiver Gunner Maldonado and six touchdowns. led the Chandler receivers with 38 recepLike Puffer, Liebrock took advantage

of mismatches on the outside, using his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to overpower opposing defenders. “It definitely helps,” Liebrock said of his size. “Most corners now are just small and fast so we can overpower them. But being quick is another aspect of our game that helps us be so successful.” Puffer and Liebrock built a close connection with the rest of the Wolves’ receiving corps and with Conover. The familiarity for many of them dates to their freshman season, and for some, earlier. “Our chemistry and being able to be together 24/7 has helped us,” Liebrock said. “Me and Puffer played with him over the summer in 7-on-7 so we just have a connection since we have been catching balls from him for a while now.” Conover connected with eight other receivers and running back Decarlos Brooks. Brooks and senior Jacob De La Torre combined for 42 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns. Both were elusive after catch and have speed to outrun defenders. The Wolves used every weapon as they marched into the playoffs in defense of their state title. “They don’t want to be the team that loses,” Aguano said. “That is held over their heads a little bit but this team has such great chemistry and they refuse to lose.”

“That’s where you look to Shaq, who is playing man most of the time. “He has to be able to do that for us to be successful elsewhere.” Daniels made the switch from zone coverage this season after the graduation of Gerald Wilbon, who now plays at Mesa Community College. “I think (Daniels) has made the transition very well. We can’t play certain coverage unless he can play man on the backside,” Peterson said. “He is a versatile player and a good ath-

lete, but an even better kid.” Daniels credits his success to his coaches and the off-season workout program with drills specific to his position. “It’s really paid off because of my footwork and how I jam receivers off the line better than I did last season,” Daniels said. “That’s been the most beneficial for me.” Daniels was offered a scholarship to Liberty University but some Division I programs have shown interest in the 6-foot, 160-pound senior lately. “I definitely think I am a Division I cor-

nerback,” Daniels said. “I am just waiting for the right opportunity. I just have to keep playing.” Daniels and the Red Mountain defense had hoped to crack the top eight playoff seeds and host a first-round game for the second consecutive season. But the final rankings had the Mountain Lions ranked 10th in 6A. “We just have to stay focused and not take any team lightly,” Daniels said. “We just need to be prepared for anything and make plays and be ready.”

generational rivalry erupted between the parents and children in Canada’s 3-2 overtime win over the United States. Another family highlight was Hayden’s Penguins and Brendan’s Sharks squaring off in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. Hayden said it was exciting to see two of their teams play on hockey’s biggest stage, but also brought out a fair amount of taunting from each side. The rivalries and little divisions just add to the enjoyment. Hockey really brings the Manning family together.

“It’s really everything,” Connor said. “You can’t go into a room without seeing something hockey. It’s a really big deal to us.” Although the Hamilton High team has increased the quality of its training, one practice a week is a miniscule work load. Therefore, AHSHA teams often lean on travel-team players. Some schools have been able to attract players because AHSHA can be an opportunity to relax and play while maintaining the competitive

atmosphere. “With travel, there’s more pressure, especially when you go to showcases and tournaments because you’re trying to get scouts to see you,” Hamilton goaltender Hayden Manning said. “With high school, it’s a little more laid-back. You can relax and play hockey.” The free-flowing sport may not be popular in Arizona, yet, but the Mannings will be the first to tell you everything the desert has missed and that it never is too late to embrace the culture.



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Desert Botanical Garden launches Electric Desert light and sound show BY CONNOR DZIAWURA GET OUT Staff Writer


t’s an experience that Desert Botanical Garden executive director Ken Schutz describes as “mesmerizing” and “psychedelic.” Electric Desert, by visual artist Ricardo Rivera, is juicing up garden visitors. “It’s just extraordinary,” Schutz said. “It’s 3-D mapping and it’s sort of Peter Max-ish in terms of its colors and shape and the way it changes. “Everything we do we hope is different and helps people see nature in a different way. In the case of this one, I think it’s because the technology uses our plants as the movie screen.” Electric Desert was unveiled in October and runs through May 12. The rain-or-shine installation is sponsored by APS, Chase Private Client, The Steele Foundation, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, American Airlines and the Tempe Tourism Office. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is recommended to be viewed after dark. Designed by Rivera and his Klip Collective, the light and sound experience combines Desert Botanical Garden’s plant life with the artists’ projection mapping and original music. “You really have to go there and see it to really understand what it is, the nuance of it,” Rivera said. “There’s seven distinct areas of pieces, if you will, that people traverse through and explore. Some are big, some are small, some are to be taken from afar, some are to be walked through.” Upon arriving at the garden, guests will see Neon Overture, a mesmerizing barrel-cactus display that gives visitors a taste of what’s in store. Farther into the garden, the Desert Discovery Loop Trail takes guests to Locations 2, 3 and 4. Location 2, Cacti Synesthesia, lights up the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus Gallery, while the ambiance of Location 3, Succulent Chlorata, washes over the worldwide plants that comprise the adjacent Sybil B. Harrington Succulent

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Desert Botanical Garden executive director Ken Schutz said of the new display Electric Desert that, “you may have been to the garden 100 times before, but you would never have seen it like this. It feels familiar and very different at the same time.

Gallery. Location 4, the Infinity Crystal, serves as a centerpiece between the two. After continuing down the Desert Discovery Loop Trail toward the Kitchell Family Heritage Garden, visitors will find Location 5, Swhorl, where pulsing, rhythmic music and hypnotic lighting emanate. Farther back, visitors of Ullman Terrace can set their sights upon Location 6, Desert Chorale, and maybe even grab a bite to eat at the Patio Café. Colorful patterns and dancing, dazzling lights blast across the butte, which can be viewed from afar throughout the garden. A bit east, the seventh and final site-

specific location, Sonoran Passage, is accessible from the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail, where guests can see the butte light up. Schutz was inspired to bring Electric Desert to Desert Botanical Garden when he saw a previous Klip Collective garden installation, Nightscape, at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. “I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it,” Schutz said. “I watched the audiences at Longwood respond to it. They just loved it. People lingered and just really enjoyed it and ‘ooh-ed’ and ‘aah-ed’ all the way through the exhibits. I thought this is one I’d really like to

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What: Electric Desert Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. When: 6 p.m. through May 12. Cost: Varying price levels: from $12.95 to $39.95 More info: 480-941-1225, electric-desert.

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Electric Desert at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix shows at 6 p.m. through May 12. Designed by Ricardo Rivera, the light and sound experience combines the garden’s plant life with projection-mapping and original music.

bring to the garden.” The Botanical Garden take is a different beast. Rivera said they up the bar each time an installation of this magnitude is constructed. “There are similarities, meaning there are techniques and modalities that I’ve kind of garnered. Certain plants do different things based on those textures, et cetera,” Rivera said. “But they’re site-specific pieces. This is very different than Nightscape and I’m very excited about it because Nightscape was very successful.” Rivera considers it to be collaboration between him and the garden’s plants. “What’s being projected onto the plants is calculated in the sense that we planned for it and certain characteristics of the form of these plants,” he said. “Not only the color, but their form is reflected in how the projected content manifests itself. “There’s definitely something that happens between what I’m projecting and then when it actually hits the three-dimensional form. All of these beautiful, chaotic moments kind of explode and happen.” Though the lights will be the focus for Desert Botanical Garden guests, through ambient soundscapes, meditative pieces and rhythm pulsations set to dancing displays, the music is essential. “The sound is a very big part of our work and it’s a very big part of this installation,” Rivera said. “It’s mostly an abstract experiential journey, if you will. The music is really the backbone to the entire show. It’s everywhere.” Klip Collective was founded in 2003. The Philadelphia-based experiential video shop uses virtual reality, projection mapping, storytelling and soundscapes for its projects. It has done work for W Hotels, Target and Nike and projects in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Canada and Mexico, Rivera said. “What’s so cool about 3-D mapping is before (Rivera) creates any images to project, he comes and maps the parts of the garden where he will be showing the movies and then that becomes the movie screen,” Schutz said. “So, our plants, even though it’s dark, are front and center throughout the entire show. “You may have been to the garden 100 times before, but you would never have seen it like this. It feels familiar and very different at the same time.” As fall rolls into winter, Electric Desert will cross paths with the garden’s annual Las Noches de las Luminarias, Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, and Dec. 26 through Dec. 31. Schutz calls it “two for the price of one.”



Ex-Mesa resident shares his story on the big screen BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GET OUT Editor


ean and Beth Anders were hesitant about having children. It was a financial burden and they were too old. One day, Sean came up with a half-baked idea. “Why don’t we just adopt a 5-year-old and it will be like we started five years ago,” he recalled with a laugh. Well, three children later, the Anders family is complete and so is Sean’s Mark Wahlberg-starring film “Instant Family,” which opens nationwide Friday, Nov. 16. “Instant Family” tells the story of how Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) stumble into the world of foster-care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but things change when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-yearold girl (Isabela Moner). Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. “Instant Family” also stars Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale. Anders and his wife’s children were 18 months, 3 years and 6 when they adopted them. They were removed from their mother, who had a drug problem. “We adopted three kids almost seven years ago and that’s what inspired the movie,” said Anders, who lived with Beth in Mesa and Tempe in their 20s and 30s. “It’s my experience. Along the way, we met many other families and we incorporated their stories about kids and adults who had been affected by foster care and adoption.” The subject is a rarity for film, Anders acknowledges.

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ABOVE: Director/former Mesa resident Sean Anders, Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer relax on the set of “Instant Family,” which opens Friday, Nov. 16. LEFT: Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg star in “Instant Family.”

“Oftentimes, it’s negative and there’s another side to it,” Anders said. “There is a lot of laughter and that’s not represented in movies and TV. “I think the hardest part about this is there’s so much that goes into foster care or adoption. It was really difficult to boil it all down to one movie. That was tricky. There’s so much more I wanted to tell. It’s also important to me that we make a captivating, entertaining story that holds their attention.” Anders began the project three years ago with his writing partner, John Morris, whom he met in Phoenix. “He and I wrote our first draft about three years ago, but we were working on other films,” he said. “Ultimately, once we really went after it, it happened incredibly

quick. Mark Wahlberg jumped in almost immediately. Kids in foster care was something he cared about. As soon as Mark was in, everything fell into place.” Anders and Wahlberg worked on three movies before “Instant Family,” including “Daddy’s Home” and “Daddy’s Home 2.” “He’s the ultimate professional,” he said. “He always shows up with his pencil sharpened. He knows what he’s going to do. Give him an idea and he runs with it and turns it into something wonderful.” The other cast members were a joy, too. “We went through the standard process of casting,” Anders said. “I wanted kids who had really interesting personalities. Julianna Gamiz, who plays Lita, was rambunctious and funny. She had a big personality for a little kid.

The character of Juan was written a little differently at first. When we met the actor, Gustavo Quiroz, he was so sweet and had such kind eyes and a good heart. You could see it right away. We rewrote the character to suit him. What I love about him is the character we came up with is a lot like my real son.” In “Instant Family,” Lita has nuclear meltdowns. Juan is nervous and anxious and Moner’s Lizzy is a rebellious teen. So how did Anders’ children react? “They loved it,” he said. “It’s been interesting and I would say therapeutic,” Anders said. “I’ve been very lucky to have this experience because we talk about our family a lot with each other and other people. To be able to see your family up on the screen, I think it’s helped all of us to get a better understanding of our family.”

Casanova brothers share a bite of the Big Apple in East Valley BY ALISON NERI GET OUT Contributing Writer


nthony and Michael Casanova receive rave reviews for their New York-style pizza at their eponymous restaurant near Val Vista and Guadalupe roads in Gilbert. All it took was a little hard work. “We’re married to the business,” Anthony said with a laugh. “We sleep at the store. You know, it’s all good.” Though the energetic and playful brothers are traditionalists and enjoy a slice of cheese pizza, they have an extensive menu. Appetizers are standard, with fried zucchini, mozzarella sticks, garlic knots, garlic bread, jumbo wings, boneless wings and French fries, from $2.25 to $12.99. Their white pizza may not be what you think of when you crave pizza, but it soon See

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ABOVE: The Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza is among the crowd favorites at Casanova Brothers Pizza in Gilbert. LEFT: Michael and Anthony Casanova brought their love of New York pizza to their Casanova Brothers Pizza in Gilbert in 2008.



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will be. They offer Neapolitan ($12.99 to $16.99) and Sicilianstyle ($18.99 to $23.99), so there is something for everyone. Casanova Brothers Pizza, which opened in 2008, is well known for its pies, and rightfully so. It also entices guests with its classic dishes like chicken parmigiana ($16.99) and linguini with clam sauce ($14.99). Overstuffed calzones ($9.99 to $15.99), crisp salads ($5.50 to $10.50) and fresh subs ($6.99 to $9.99) round out the menu. The surroundings are just as memorable. Doric columns, stone and brick provide the atmosphere, while The Dell Vikings’ “Come Go with Me” is piped in overhead. Guests admire photos of the greats like Marlon Brando, Elvis and Bette Davis. Some of the pictures are even autographed. The Casanovas mingle with guests, many of whom they know by name. They don’t hold back on the jokes and make everyone feel they’re a part of their Italian family.

Anthony and Michael worked in retail for 20 years in Westchester, N.Y., prior to moving to Arizona. In 1997, they were ready for a change and moved to Gilbert. A friend in real estate reached out to Michael and shared that a small pizza shop he frequented was on the market. The two brought their shared love for New York to the Valley. “We created a piece of New York here,” Anthony said. “It’s very therapeutic. It’s like we never left home.” Their love of Casanova Brothers Pizza goes further. “There are a lot of favorite parts of being in this business. The most important part, though, is the connection we have with our customers and the relationships we develop with people, which are long lasting,” Anthony said. “Between the music and the great food, we feel very privileged and have tremendous gratitude and appreciation for what we do. We don’t ever take anything for granted.” Casanova Brothers Pizza, 959 N. Val Vista Drive in Gilbert, 480539-6200, casanovabrospizza. com


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Casanova Brothers Pizza in Gilbert really is not all about pizza. Other menu items include Chicken Piccata and Broccoli.

Lasagna, as dished at Casanova Brothers Pizza in Gilbert, is tempting.

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The east-side dining area at Casanova Brothers Pizza in Gilbert beckons hungry diners who seek a comfortable atmosphere where they can enjoy great cuisine.

Pull up a chair at the bar at Casanova Brothers Pizza in Gilbert while you wait for your table or takeout order – or if you simply want to enjoy an adult beverage.



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The rapid popularity of Crème and Chocolats, an ice cream and crepe shop in Dana Park in Mesa, surprised even owners Jean and Aurelie Godin. They’ve added equipment and plan to open a second shop in Chandler. The fare includes sweet crêpes and now lunch crêpes, and rich soft-serve ice cream cones hand-dipped in choice of nine flavors of pure Belgian chocolate.

Crème and Chocolats’ ‘magic’ is in the chocolate BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GET OUT Editor


ean and Aurelie Godin moved from Quebec City to Mesa with a simple mission: to increase the family’s knowledge of English. The Godins are giving back to the community with Crème and Chocolats, a Dana Park shop between Barnes & Noble and Costa Vida that offers premium soft ice cream, Belgian chocolate and authentic crêpes. This place is special. Crème and Chocolats serves rich soft-serve ice cream cones hand-dipped in the customer’s choice of nine flavors of Belgian chocolate: darks, milks and whites. This is pure chocolate. No wax fillers. “That’s where the magic comes in,” Jean said about the chocolate. “The cones have a thick layer of Belgian chocolate.” Ice cream ranges in price from $2.75 to $5.95, depending on size, flavor and additions. There are also sorbet bars ($3.75 to $5.25) and cookie ice cream sandwiches ($3.95 to $5.45) to dip, as well as fondue ($6.50). Made to order at the bar on an authentic French crepe griddle, crêpes are the latest addition. Offerings such as the Moulin Rouge, stuffed with shrimp and crab in a creamy rose sauce ($11.95); the Classique with ham and cheese ($7.45); or the Spécial Europe

sampler where customers choose toppings like prosciutto, brie and smoked salmon ($9.95). Gluten-friendly crêpes are also available. “With our French background, we thought maybe crêpes would work,” he said. “We’ve been selling a lot. We started with sweet crêpes and now we do lunch crêpes, like savory crêpes, because we’ve been asked to serve them.” It’s been so successful that the Godins are planning to open a second location in Chandler Fashion Center near Harkins Theater. The Godins are not surprised people love their soft ice cream, but they were taken aback by the response to the crêpes. They started with one griddle, and ordered three more to keep up with demand. “It was kind of an afterthought,” he said. That afterthought has turned into a side business. They have a mobile creperie that is available for receptions, parties or office lunches. “We definitely have a lot of repeat customers,” Jean said. “Sometimes it seems like a reunion in here with friends and neighbors greeting each other and giving suggestions on what to order.”

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Public Notices CITY OF MESA, ARIZONA ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Mesa is seeking a qualified firm or team to act as the Construction Manager at Risk for the following: Water line and Gas Line Replacements (Various Locations throughout the City) PROJECT NOS. CP0033PGAS, CP04640001, CP04640021, CP04640025, CP04640041, CP04640042, CP04830031 The City of Mesa is seeking a qualified Construction Manager at Risk (CM@Risk) to provide Pre-Construction Services assistance and complete Construction Services as the CM@Risk for the Water line and Gas Line Replacement (Various Locations throughout the City) Project. All qualified firms that are interested in providing these services are invited to submit their Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) in accordance with the requirements detailed in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The following is a summary of the project. The required tasks will be reviewed with the selected CM@Risk and defined to meet the needs of the project as part of the contract scoping. CP04640021 UTILITY QUARTER SECTION 133B WATER LINE REPLACEMENT – This project includes the installation of approximately 12,500 linear feet of 8-inch DIP water line, cathodic protection system, and associated fittings and appurtenances in utility quarter section 133B. This project also includes the installation of 144 new water meter boxes along with 17,500 linear feet of water service line to connect the new water line to the existing private house connection. CP04640025 / CP04830031 UTILITY QUARTER SECTION 13C WATER & GAS LINE REPLACEMENT – This project includes the installation of approximately 2,200 linear feet of 12-inch DIP water line, 9,800 linear feet of DIP 8-in water line, and associated fittings and appurtenances in utility quarter section 13C. This project includes the installation of 224 new water meter boxes along with new water service lines. This project also includes the installation of 1,500 linear feet of 4-inch PE gas pipe, 8,800 linear feet of 2-inch PE gas pipe, 250 linear feet of 1” PE gas pipe, 10,500 linear feet of ½” PE gas pipe, and the associated fittings and appurtenances. CP04640001 PUEBLO AVENUE WATER & GAS LINE REPLACEMENT – This project includes the installation of approximately 3,113 linear feet of 12-inch DIP water line, 131 linear feet of DIP 8-in water line, and associated fittings and appurtenances in Pueblo Avenue, from Longmore to Alma School Road, and along a small portion of Longmore Road. This project includes the installation of 59 new water meter service boxes along with 1,515 linear feet of water service line to connect the new water line to the existing private house connection. This project also includes the installation of 2,700 linear feet of 4-inch PE gas pipe, 600 linear feet of 2-inch PE gas pipe, 50 linear feet of 1” PE gas pipe, 2,800 linear feet of ½” PE gas pipe, and the associated fittings and appurtenances. CP04640041 SYCAMORE WATER & SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT – This project includes the installation of approximately 243 linear feet of 6-inch DIP water line, 1,622 linear feet of 8-inch DIP water line, and 47 linear feet of 12-inch DIP waterline and associated fittings and appurtenances along Sycamore Road from Emelita Avenue to 7th Avenue. This project includes the installation of 22 new water meter service boxes and water meter services. This project also includes the installation of 161 linear feet of 10-inch sewer pipe, 2 sewer manholes, and the associated fittings and appurtenances. CP04640042 8th AVENUE WATER & GAS LINE REPLACEMENT – This project includes the installation of approximately 146 linear feet of 20-inch DIP water line, 1,617 linear feet of 12-inch DIP water line, and 35 linear feet of 8-inch DIP water line and associated fittings and appurtenances in 8th Avenue between Dobson Road and Sycamore Road. This project includes the installation of 5 new water meter boxes, 3 new water meter services and relocating 2 existing water meters and installing them into new meter boxes. This project also includes the installation of 1,500 linear feet of 4-inch PE gas pipe and the associated fittings and appurtenances. The estimated construction cost is 10,500,000.00. The total estimated project cost is $13,000,000.00. A Pre-Submittal Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 9:00AM at the City of Mesa Plaza Building Conference Room 650, 20 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona. At this meeting City staff will discuss the scope of work and general contract issues and respond to questions from the attendees. Attendance at the pre-submittal conference is not mandatory and all interested firms may submit a Statement of Qualifications whether or not they attend the conference. All interested firms are encouraged to attend the Pre-Submittal Conference since City staff will not be available for meetings or to respond to individual inquiries regarding the project scope outside of this conference. In addition, there will not be meeting minutes or any other information published from the Pre-Submittal Conference. Contact with City Employees. All firms interested in this project (including the firm’s employees, representatives, agents, lobbyists, attorneys, and subconsultants) will refrain, under penalty of disqualification, from direct or indirect contact for the purpose of influencing the selection or creating bias in the selection process with any person who may play a part in the selection process. This policy is intended to create a level playing field for all potential firms, assure that contract decisions are made in public and to protect the integrity of the selection process. All contact on this selection process should be addressed to the authorized representative identified below. RFQ Lists. The RFQ is available on the City’s website at The Statement of Qualifications shall include a one-page cover letter, plus a maximum of 10 pages to address the SOQ evaluation criteria (excluding resumes but including an organization chart with key personnel and their affiliation). Resumes for each team member shall be limited to a maximum length of two pages and should be attached as an appendix to the SOQ. Minimum font size shall be 10pt. Please provide eight (8) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy (CD or USB drive) of the Statement of Qualifications by Monday, December 10, 2018, at 2PM. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Qualifications. The City is an equal opportunity employer. Delivered or hand-carried submittals must be delivered to the Engineering Department reception area on the fifth floor of Mesa City Plaza Building in a sealed package. On the submittal package, please display: Firm name, project number, and/or project title. Firms who wish to do business with the City of Mesa must be registered in the City of Mesa Vendor Self Service (VSS) System ( Questions. Questions pertaining to the Construction Manager at Risk selection process or contract issues should be directed to Stephanie Gishey of the Engineering Department at BETH HUNING City Engineer ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune Nov. 11, 18, 2018 / 16589



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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Mesa is seeking qualified Consultants for the following:

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received until Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. All sealed bids will be received at Mesa City Plaza Building, Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, 5th Floor, Mesa, Arizona; except for bids delivered 30 minutes prior to opening which will be received at the information desk, 1st floor, Main Lobby of the Mesa City Plaza Building. Any bid received after the time specified will be returned without any consideration. This contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and/or installation of the following work: Project scope includes furnishing, testing, and installation of traffic signal cabinets and controllers, installation of cabinet foundations, and installation of electric service meters at various locations citywide. The Engineer’s Estimate range is $900,000 to $1,125,000. For all technical, contract, bid-related, or other questions, please contact Maggie Smith at Contractors desiring to submit proposals may purchase sets of the Bid Documents from Thomas Reprographics, Inc. dba Thomas Printworks, Click on “Register Today” and follow the prompts to create your account. Please be sure to click finish at the end. NOTE: In order to receive notifications and updates regarding this bid (such as addenda) during the bidding period, REGISTRATION ON THE WEBSITE IS REQUIRED. For a list of locations nearest you, go to, and click on Phoenix. The cost of each Bid Set will be no more than $75.00, which is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the Contractor Documents are returned. Partial bid packages are not sold. You can view documents online (at no cost), order Bid Sets, and access the Plan Holders List on the Thomas Reprographics website at the “Public Construction Vaults” address listed above. Please verify print lead time prior to arriving for pick-up. One set of the Contract Documents is also available for viewing at the City of Mesa’s Engineering Department at 20 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ. Please call 480-644-2251 prior to arriving to ensure that the documents are available for viewing. In order for the City to consider alternate products in the bidding process, please follow Arizona Revised Statutes §34.104c. MANDATORY: A pre-bid review of the site has been scheduled, details can be referenced in Project Specific Provision Section #3, titled “Pre-Bid Review of Site.” Work shall be completed within 210 consecutive calendar days, beginning with the day following the starting date specified in the Notice to Proceed. Bids must be submitted on the Proposal Form provided and be accompanied by the Bid Bond for not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid, payable to the City of Mesa, Arizona, or a certified or cashier's check. PERSONAL OR INDIVIDUAL SURETY BONDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. The successful bidder will be required to execute the standard form of contract for construction within ten (10) days after formal award of contract. In addition, the successful bidder must be registered in the City of Mesa Vendor Self-Service (VSS) System ( The successful bidder, simultaneously with the execution of the Contract, will be required to furnish a Payment Bond in the amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, a Performance Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and the most recent ACORD® Certificate of Liability Insurance form with additional insured endorsements. The right is hereby reserved to accept or reject any or all bids or parts thereto, to waive any informalities in any proposal and reject the bids of any persons who have been delinquent or unfaithful to any contract with the City of Mesa. BETH HUNING City Engineer ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk Published: East Valley Tribune, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 2018 / 16040

ON-CALL CONSULTING SERVICES FOR ELECTRIC UTILITY TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION ENGINEERING DESIGN The City of Mesa is seeking qualified Consultants to provide design services and/or construction administration services on an on-call basis in the following area/category: Electric Utility Transmission and Distribution Engineering Design Services. All qualified firms that are interested in providing these services are invited to submit their Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) in accordance with the requirements detailed in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). From this solicitation, the Engineering Department will establish a list of on-call consultants for Electric Utility Transmission and Distribution Engineering Design Services. This category is further defined below: Electric Utility Transmission and Distribution Engineering Design projects might involve studies, new construction, upgrades, rehabilitation, or other modifications. Typical projects include, but are not limited to, 69KV transmission poles and lines, 69/12KV distribution substations, 12KV overhead and underground distribution poles, lines, ductbank, vault, and cables, and Electric Utility Commercial Service Designs. A Pre-Submittal Conference will not be held. Contact with City Employees. All firms interested in this project (including the firm’s employees, representatives, agents, lobbyists, attorneys, and subconsultants) will refrain, under penalty of disqualification, from direct or indirect contact for the purpose of influencing the selection or creating bias in the selection process with any person who may play a part in the selection process. This policy is intended to create a level playing field for all potential firms, assure that contract decisions are made in public and to protect the integrity of the selection process. All contact on this selection process should be addressed to the authorized representative identified below. RFQ Lists. This RFQ is available on the City’s website at The Statement of Qualifications shall include a one-page cover letter, plus a maximum of 10 pages to address the SOQ evaluation criteria (excluding resumes but including an organization chart with key personnel and their affiliation). Resumes for each team member shall be limited to a maximum length of two pages and should be attached as an appendix to the SOQ. Minimum font size shall be 10 point. Please provide six (6) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy (CD or USB drive) of the Statement of Qualifications by 2:00pm on November 28, 2018. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Qualifications. The City is an equal opportunity employer. Delivered or hand-carried submittals must be delivered to the Engineering Department reception area on the fifth floor of Mesa City Plaza Building in a sealed package. On the submittal package, please display: Firm name and On-Call Electric Utility Transmission and Distribution Engineering Design. Firms who wish to do business with the City of Mesa must be registered and activated in the City of Mesa Vendor Self Service (VSS) System ( Questions. Questions pertaining to the Consultant selection process or contract issues should be directed to Heather Sneddon of the Engineering Department at

ATTEST: DeeAnn Mickelsen City Clerk PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune Nov 4, 11, 2018 / 16322

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PUBLIC NOTICE City of Mesa Community Services Department Public Meeting #1 for FY 2019/2020 Application Process Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. Save the Family – Merritt Conference Center 129 E. University Mesa, AZ 85201 Date of Publication: November 11, 2018


Citizens of the City of Mesa are urged to attend public meetings conducted by the City of Mesa Housing and Community Development Division to discuss potential projects and activities for its Program Year 2019-20 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Human Services projects. The expected amount of eligible funds for these programs will be discussed as well as the range of activities that may be undertaken concerning these programs. The City of Mesa does not anticipate funding any projects that result in the displacement of any persons; however, should it do so, the City of Mesa will strictly adhere to the Acquisition and Relocation Policies as put forth in its Citizen Participation Plan for the FY 20152019 Consolidated Plan. At this public meeting staff will obtain views from citizens, non-profit agencies, neighborhood associations, residents of assisted housing and other interested parties on housing, homeless, community development and economic development needs to be undertaken with federal funds. The public meeting process allows residents to actively participate in the priority setting process by providing feedback regarding the City of Mesa’s potential projects for its Program Year 2019-20 Annual Action Plan. All interested City of Mesa residents are encouraged to attend.

The Mesa City Council will hold a public hearing concerning the following ordinances at the November 19, 2018 City Council meeting beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Mesa City Council Chambers, 57 East First Street. 1. Amending Mesa City Code Section 9-6-1(C) to allow for reduced roadway lighting in the pilot study areas during the Streetlight Pilot Study period. (Districts 4 and 5) The Amendment allows for the reduction of the minimum pilot lumen level to a level that is not less than approximately 33% of the illumination levels recommended by RP-8-00 (Recommended Practices for Roadway Lighting) for the duration of the pilot study period, which expires on December 31, 2019. The two areas included in the Streetlight Pilot Study are within the Desert Uplands area and City of Mesa electric service area. 2. ANX18-00471 (District 5) Annexing property located south of University Drive and east of Signal Butte Road (5.91± acres). Initiated by Darren Smith, Babbitt Nelson Engineering, for the owner, Funk Family Enterprises, LLC. 3. ZON18-00470 (District 5) The 200 block of North Signal Butte Road (east side) and the 10800 block of East Mercury Drive (south side). Located south of University Drive on the east side of Signal Butte Road (5± acres). Rezoning from RS-9 to RSL-2.5-PAD; and Site Plan Review. This request will allow for the development of a single-residence subdivision. Mark Funk, Funk Family Enterprises, applicant; Funk Family Enterprises, owner. 4. ZON18-00509 (District 1) 860 North Center Street. Located east of Country Club Drive south of Brown Road (1.7± acres). Council Use Permit for social service facility; and a Special Use Permit for parking reduction. This request will allow for an in-patient substance abuse detoxification and treatment center. Sam Bohannon, Ingram Civil Engineering, applicant; Summit BHC Mesa, LLC, owner.

Funding for the above-mentioned federal programs (CDBG, ESG, and HOME) are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used for housing and community development activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons and DATED at Mesa, Arizona, this 11th day of assist in the prevention or elimination of slum or November 2018. blighting influences. DEE ANN MICKELSEN, City Clerk Funding for the Human Services programs comes from the City’s general fund and the Published: East Valley Tribune ABC program consisting of donations from the public made through their utility bill payments. These funds support programs and services that directly impact community safety services and encourage independence and self-sufficiency so that residents can fully


Obituaries LEWIS, Mark C. Born on June 20, 1939 in Jackson, MI. Mark (Pops) passed away with his family at home November 2, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Magda Lewis; his brother James (Catherine) Lewis; his three sons, Jim (Annie) Lewis, Mike (Kim) Lewis, Duffy Lewis and his daughter Alana (Brent) Johnson; his grandchildren Cody Banning, Mikey Lewis, Alexa Johnson, Caitlin Thibodeaux, Katrina (Zac) Butler; and his great grandchildren. He is preceded in death of his parents Leroy and Nell Lewis and his brother Richard (Betty) Lewis. Mark enjoyed being with his family and friends. He loved NASCAR, Arizona Cardinals or any local sports teams. Per his request, there will be no funeral services but a Celebration of Life November 10, 2018 from 1pm-4pm at their home 1035 S. Kachina Mesa, AZ 85204. Please wear something with AZ Cardinals on it in his remembrance. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Cancer Society Arizona at Sign the Guestbook at:


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Age 94, passed away on Wednesday, November 7 at Charter House of Rochester, Minnesota, where he has lived since 2010.

Pastor Miller was born on October 20, 1924, at Mankato, Minnesota. He was the son of Cecil Edward Miller and Ruth Marie Churchyard Miller. He was married to Thelma Juanita Van Est on August 29, 1948 until her death on February 15, 1978. They were parents to two sons and two daughters. He was married to Onnalee McMillan Grimes on February 1, 2002 until her death on December 6, 2008. Pastor Miller graduated at Minnesota Bible College, Minneapolis, in 1946. He earned a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Master of Arts at Butler University, Indiana. The ministry of Bruce Miller spans 56 years. As a student of Ministry beginning in 1944, he served as pastor for churches in Storm Lake, Iowa; Marion, Minnesota; New Liberty and Noblesville, Indiana. In 1946 he became Minster for Youth at First Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana, where he met his wife, Thelma. He then served as Pastor at North Tacoma Christian Church for 22 years (1951-1973). He then became President of Minnesota Bible College in Rochester (1973-1985). He served as Pastor for Senior Adults at Central Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona (1987-2000). In addition, he served as Chaplain, Lt. Colonel, and pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary at Rochester, Minnesota and Luke AFB in Arizona. He served on the Boards of several church and religious organizations, among them: Minnesota Bible College (1958-1973), North American Christian Convention, National Missionary Convention, Alexander Christian Foundation, Emmanuel School of Religion Associates, Publishing Committee of Standard Publishing. He also served on many boards and with multiple service organizations in the communities where he lived, including Rochester Chamber of Commerce Committee of Education and as past President of the Rochester Exchange Club. His living family includes sons, Martin (Becky) and David (Jeanne Gardner); daughters, Laura (Dean) Lovejoy and Karen (Al) Przybylski; six grandchildren, Sarah (Kory) Gilbreth, Andrew (Naoko) Miller, Anna Miller, Ben (Mary) Smith, Alexander Lovejoy and Katherine Lovejoy; and three greatgrandchildren, Isabella and Shepard Gilbreth and Aria Smith. He is preceded in death by his beloved wives, Thelma and Onnalee. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Hope Summit Christian Church in Rochester. Visitation will begin at the church one hour before the service. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana. Online condolences are welcome at

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Window Cleaning $100 - One Story $140 - Two Story

Includes in & out up to 30 Panes

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"My dream is that one day we will be able to give every "wish" child a scrapbook to remind them that dreams do come true." Jody, co-founder, Ahwatukee based non-profit

Come Join us: Help make embellishments, organize or assist with events, scrapbook, donate your time, money or space. Teens who need to fill Community Service hours for High School are welcome! Come be apart of something Awesome! 480.634.7763

COMPETITIVE PRICING AND EXPOSURE Contact us for more information: 480-898-6465 or email


Over 30 yrs. Experience

Sun Screens Cleaned $3 each


Professional service since 1995

ROC 223367


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East Valley Tribune - Southeast November 11, 2018  
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