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Mesa community garden keeps King’s legacy growing COVER STORY BY RALPH ZUBIATE Tribune Executive Editor


s Arizona and the nation mark another Martin Luther King Jr. Day, residents across the East Valley are being challenged to engage in various volunteer opportunities in their communities. The We Sow Seeds Community Garden in Mesa doesn’t wait for an annual celebration, but instead takes up that challenge daily by providing participants the chance to grow their own healthful food. More than that, the garden is a tool to counter bad nutrition. “This isn’t just food production,” said

Candice Fort, overseer of the garden that began less than two years ago. “It will be a place where people can learn about nutrition. There are so many diet-related illnesses in our community.” Fort said the garden’s growing season is starting up again. “We’re planting from spring to fall. In February, we’ll be beginning some new planting,” she said. Recently, a sizable delivery of soil gave the community more square feet to plant. “We have maybe 12 beds that are full, with a couple completed just a week or two ago,” Fort said. “I’m really excited about getting all See

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rivers passing through Mesa may sense they're being watched from afar. They would be right. The traffic-tracking program that Mesa launched in 2014 will be expanded later this year into an East Valley regional system with the help of technology and federal anti-airpollution grants. It will extend more coverage to East Mesa, and also include Gilbert and Tempe. But the program is an example of technology’s reach into citizens’ daily lives, even if it’s with the best of intentions. Engineers sit in the Mesa Traffic Management Center, staring at the Video Wall, using a series of sensors and cameras to track traffic flow and to change the timing of lights. Behind the scenes, engineers fight congestion and the pollution caused by cars idling at traffic lights. Their work might help someone avoid sitting through five changes of a light in a construction zone or on a street backed up after a collision. They do this by picking up a wireless Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signal from cellphones and the cars themselves. The system of 82 sensors already blankets west Mesa to Gilbert Road. The 19 additional sensors are anticipated to go online by the end of July and to extend coverage to such major roads as Lindsay and Val Vista Drive. By the end of this year, the new East Valley system will be available on the AZ511 website, which allows drivers to check if there are traffic delays, looking at yellow, green or red lines and clicking on the display for notifications about construction or traffic accidents. The ARID monitors, Anonymous ReSee

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He was somewhat more specific as he laid out a plan to blunt the teacher shortage: eliminating the “crushing burden” of college loan debt. He proposed accomplishing that by having the three state universities and community college systems in the state work together to develop an Arizona Teachers Academy. Graduates of that academy would get a free education if they committed to teach in the state. He did not set a timeline for the academy’s development or indicate how long a commitment would be expected from its grads. For teachers who sign up to work in low-income districts, Ducey proposed a $1,000 signing bonus. He also proposed overhauling or even eliminating the state teacher certification process, noting that former U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor would not qualify to teach in a public high school under current certification rules despite a long history of academic and other achievements. Virtually all East Valley districts provide all-day kindergarten through budget overrides or simple general fund expenditures and it was unclear if they would benefit from the help Ducey pledged for all-day K in low-income districts. The top leaders of the State Senate and House, who are from Chandler, have said previously that the state had only about $24 million in uncommitted money for the coming budget year. Ducey did not address budgetary issues.




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New law may offer hope to residents plagued by aircraft noise The change was supposed to enhance departures and arrivals, f you feel like you’ve been hearing using communication more commercial planes flying over between satellites and your neighborhood since late 2014, on-board airplane it isn’t your imagination. equipment to “navigate But now, Congress and the Obama with greater precision administration have finally done and accuracy.” something about it. After months of With last month’s approval of the discussions and stalled National Defense Authorization Act for negotiations regarding Fiscal Year 2017, the Federal Aviation the noise complaints, (Tribune file photo) Administration is required to help cities the city of Phoenix sued A Southwest Airlines plane flies over Tempe Town Lake and that can show they have been harmed the FAA in June 2015. Hayden Ferry's Lakeside center in Tempe. by changes in flight paths to and from Sky Harbor was not nearby airports. the only airport to see noise complaints complaints about noise at the facility in The law’s flight-path provision could rise after the start of NextGen: Similar 2015, one of the highest rates among mean a lot to Tempe residents, who lawsuits have been filed in Boston, New airports studied in a recent George have put up with an increasing number York and throughout California. Mason University report. of overhead flights from Sky Harbor McCain said the new law “requires The report by the university’s Mercatus Airport. the FAA to mitigate the negative effects Center looked at airports like Sky Harbor The law requires that airports and of flight path changes that have already and others where the FAA implemented communities have the opportunity to been implemented, while providing NextGen. engage with the FAA before any future impacted communities and airports Sky Harbor trailed only San Francisco flight path changes are made. And it a seat at the table before any future International Airport, which logged an applies retroactively to the big change changes are made.” astronomical 890,376 complaints. But that occurred in September 2014. His colleague Sen. Jeff Flake said Sky Harbor was well ahead of the next Back then, the FAA began the measure will “address complaints airports in line: Los Angeles International implementing NextGen, which altered of Arizonans who have been negatively with 8,862 and Washington-Reagan flight paths in an effort to streamline impacted by the flight path changes National Airport with 8,760. arrivals and departures at the airport. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International The Mercatus Center report said the Neighborhoods bombarded by the Airport. Sky Harbor complaints were submitted noise said the change was by 1,338 households in made with little public notice with just 13 addresses Neighbors of Phoenix Sky Harbor 2015, or input. accounting for 3,814 of the That includes Tempe complaints. International Airport filed Mayor Mark Mitchell, who The new law wants an complained in 2015 to FAA 24,247 complaints about noise advisory committee to review environmental specialist the way the agency handles at the facility in 2015. Marina Landis. He wrote: “consultation, or a lack of “You may not be aware but consultation,” with neighbors Tempe’s neighborhoods, both adjacent “The provisions we were able to and local officials when implementing to the airport in north Tempe and along establish a process to address those new rules at an airport. flight paths in south Tempe, have been hardships and ensure the FAA will better The committee would have to report significantly impacted by both historic consult with affected communities on back to Congress within a year with and recent flight path changes. future flight changes.” recommendations for improving the “The process, thus far, has been far from Phoenix officials aren’t ready to procedures. transparent and focused predominantly celebrate. An FAA spokesman said the agency is on environmental and economic They expect to continue their two-year committed to “transparency, inclusivity factors,” he continued. “While these are federal suit aimed at forcing the FAA to and responsiveness,” but it also wants certainly important elements, a well- change the flight paths. Sky Harbor to set up its own process rounded and sustainable solution is best Some people have measured over- for receiving complaints in person from developed when social factors and the flight noise between 69 and 80 decibels, nearby residents. effect on the public is equally weighted. a range that scientists consider just shy “We have encouraged the Phoenix “I am disappointed that the public of the potential to cause hearing loss. airport to establish a noise roundtable to was not involved in implementation of Sky Harbor spokeswoman Heather ensure that community representatives, the NextGen program in the Phoenix Lissner said the city’s aviation department the FAA, the airport and the airline Metroplex from the beginning and, has been “actively involved” in working industry are all part of the discussion moving forward, urge you to listen to to “address flight path concerns” voiced about addressing noise concerns,” the the public comments as part of your by the community. 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the beds filled.” Students at the school next door, Lindbergh Elementary, also participate in the garden. “They come over and do experiments, like photosynthesis,” explained her brother, Rev. Sherman Fort, pastor of CMBC The Word Church at 931 S. Stapley Drive. His church loans out the space for the garden. “We wanted to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, not only to our church but to the community,” Sherman added. “We live in the community, right? So, we’re just trying to support the community.” The health needs of the community, primarily African-American and Hispanic, is one driving factor behind creation of the garden. “Our community is really plagued with diabetes, and that’s associated with diet,” Candice said. “We think we’re all dependent on stores, when actually everybody can grow something. “We have a doctor who is part of the group, and she’s really dedicated

to fighting the obesity epidemic and diabetes. She’s offered several classes on the subject. “We want to encourage people to understand that they can do a lot to take control of what they put into their bodies.” Candice says she believes members of her community could do more to help themselves. “It’s a little bit disappointing to me, especially in the black community, that we aren’t doing more. I don’t know if that’s just my perception, because it is my passion. But I think we definitely could get more serious,” she said. “Every time I’m in the garden, when the kids are around, I notice that they enjoy just being there. They want to know what’s out there, what I’m growing. We hand out vegetables, and they like that.” Sherman is hoping to expand the garden. “We’re trying to get more money to complete our vision,” he said. “It’s designed to have an outdoor amphitheater, which would be a place for people to get married. We want to fence it in. But it’s taking a little longer to complete that bigger picture than we expected.”


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Volunteers Tay Purnell of Chandler and daughter Kyra work the soil at We Sow Seeds Garden.

East Valley celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. BY JUSTIN FERRIS Get Out Editor


alf a century after Selma and the stirring words, “I have a dream...,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s example, vision and principles still inspire and challenge. His national holiday Monday offers a good time to pause and reflect on his message, and celebrate his life. In Mesa, the reflection and celebration takes the form of an annual breakfast, parade, festival and interfaith candlelight vigil, courtesy of the Mesa


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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. Since the festivities began more than 20 years ago, they’ve seen tremendous growth. Discussing the parade, Committee President Angela Booker said, “We’ve grown from having about five floats ... to over 30 participants.” Those participants include bands, Buffalo Soldier reenactors, motorcycle groups and churches. She said that more than 10,000 people now attend the parade and festival. The festivities aren’t just for Arizonans either.

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“We get people from all over the world,” Booker said. “We do a survey. We’ve had people from France, we’ve had people from Canada. Snowbirds say they come for this event.” High-profile community leaders turn out as well. This year, the parade Grand Marshall is Mesa Police Chief John Meza. Meza helped to bring about the Police and Community Working Together program in 2016. PACT pairs an officer with a community family three hours a week for a month. The goal is to improve communication and understanding between the community and the Mesa police force. On the other end of the spectrum, the committee also wants to engage with the communities’ littlest residents. “We do a creative art program where we ask kids to express themselves,” she explains. “We’ve seen a lot about how kids are learning about unity and peace. And also, conflict resolution is one of the biggest things we try to get kids to understand.” The resulting art gets displayed during the annual MLK breakfast, which this year features speaker Calvin Terrell, and

at the festival. A writing, multimedia and oratory awards ceremony takes place during the festival as well. The committee’s involvement with kids doesn’t end there. For the third year, the MLK Celebration Committee will partner with United Food Bank to collect peanut butter and jelly at the breakfast, parade and festival. The partnership came after committee Vice-President Denise TrimbleSmith, who teaches in Mesa, saw kids arriving at school hungry. “Our goal is to make sure that no child goes hungry in Arizona,” Booker said. “We want to make sure they have something to eat before they go to school and after they go home.” Overall, Booker feels that the MLK Day events can help to create a better community, locally and nationally. “We want [attendees] to take away that Dr. King was about unity and peace ... and we want people to understand that if there’s unity and peace, we as a nation can overcome the obstacles we have,” she says. “If we start with unity and peace, we can understand other people’s cultures and mindsets and that makes for a better America.”





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Identification Sensors, record the distance traveled by a device between one signal and another, and calculate the speed as a measurement of congestion. Engineers, such as Mesa’s Avery Rhodes and Tempe’s David Lucas, stress the anonymous part and brush aside any concerns about government overreach into a cellphone owner’s privacy. Rhodes and Lucas both said their cities will be monitoring the location of devices inside vehicles, not the people who own them. The sensors pick up Mac addresses, or serial numbers on the devices. Rhodes said an iPhone can have three separate Mac addresses, but there is no such thing as registry of Mac addresses. The Mac addresses are automatically encrypted by the traffic monitoring system and appear as gibberish, he said. Mesa and other cities would have no way of saving the addresses or using them in the future. “If I wanted to spy on my girlfriend, I couldn’t use it for nefarious purposes, even if I wanted to,� Rhodes said. He said he is confident that drivers will find great value in having the traffic flow information at their fingertips when it is available on AZ511 later this year. “The more people know, the better,� Rhodes said, but he’s also a realist. “I’m sure there will be conspiracy theories.� If someone feels very strongly about the traffic monitoring system, they could turn off Bluetooth and go dark, Rhodes added. Engineers estimate they are picking up maybe three to six percent of devices. Lucas said he just wants to make traffic flow better, not to track people. “This program was designed with that first and foremost,� he said. “We wanted to make sure there were no concerns about privacy. We want to make sure no

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esa has passed a tough new ordinance to regulate escort services, giving police a way to make arrests for failure to obtain a license without having to prove a sex act occurred. Officials acknowledge they are trying to deter escort services, which can function as a front for prostitution and human trafficking of young women, from advertising and operating in Mesa. But the primary hope is that the ordinance will help police identify young women working in the escort industry so they can help them choose a better life. “Arrests aren’t our primary objective. Intervention is our primary objective,” said Commander Tom Intrieri, of the Special Operations Division. “The ones that are being trafficked, we would try to gain their confidence and offer them resources to get out of the industry.” Mesa police have a long history of targeting the sex industry. In the latest undercover investigation in December, detective posed as 13- and 14-year-old girls on sexually explicit website. Ten suspects were arrested after they showed up at a pre-arranged place expecting sex. Police dubbed the investigation “Operation Home Schooled” and used tactics that they have used regularly over the last few years. “Each year, the Mesa Police Department conducts operations of this type in a continuous effort to remove these predators from our community. Suspects willing to solicit sex acts with children are some of the most dangerous criminals in our society,” Detective Steve Berry, a Mesa police spokesman, wrote in press release. The landscape has changed dramatically from 20 years ago, when Mesa police used to work Main Street, identifying prostitutes and arresting them, Intrieri said. But like other forms of organized crime, the sex business has gone online, as Operation Home Schooled demonstrates, advertising on certain websites. “They are not walking the street anymore. They are sitting behind a computer or using a smartphone,” he said. John Pombier, a Mesa assistant city

manager and former city prosecutor, said Mesa wants to train officers in how to deal more effectively with women involved in human trafficking. “It’s not to put them in jail, it’s to get them help,” Pombier said. Outgoing Vice Mayor Alex Finter said it became obvious that Mesa ordinances needed more severe consequences. He said several other cities in the region toughened their ordinances and Mesa needed to keep pace as more escort services started operating in the East Valley. “They go to the path of least resistance,” Finter said. “It was moving to the East Valley.” He said Mesa hopes to convince escort services to stay out of the city with the tough ordinance. The new ordinance, unanimously passed by the outgoing Mesa City Council at its last meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, prohibits an escort service or individual escorts from advertising or working in Mesa without a license. Police anticipate few applications. A fee of about $200 would be charged for an escort or an escort assistant, and about $420 for an escort bureau, according to a city council report. Applicants would be required to disclose 10 years of employment history, 10 years of regulatory history and all misdemeanor and felony convictions during the past 10 years. Mesa police would review the applicant’s criminal history and make a recommendation on whether a license should be granted. If someone were to obtain a license, violations would be treated harshly, with a $500 fine for the first offense, $1,000 for a second offense and $1,500 for a third offense. Escorts would be barred from performing sex acts of all types. No one working for an escort service could be less than 18 years old. Mesa has learned over the years that it is not immune from the sex subculture, despite its family-oriented identity. In Project Blue Heat, police announced in August 2015 that they had arrested seven suspects on prostitution charges and rescued two underage girls, one from Arizona and another from California, who were human trafficking victims. – Reach Jim Walsh at 480-898-5639 or at




THE WEEK AHEAD Community Writing Contest taking submissions until February

The 3rd annual Tempe Community Writing Contest is about to launch for writers from high school and beyond. The Tempe Public Library and Arizona State University are taking submissions in poetry, fi ction and creative nonfi ction. The contest is open to Tempe residents, Tempe Library cardholders and ASU students. One entry per person. Submissions will be accepted online from Tuesday, Jan. 17, to Feb. 21. Winners will be announced in April. Winning entries will be published in the Tempe Writers Forum V. 3 book. Additional contest information can be found at – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Gilbert mayor to give first Digital State of the Town

Mayor Jenn Daniels is premiering her fi rst Digital State of the Town at the Harkins SanTan Village in Gilbert on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. The theme showcases why businesses, residents and visitors choose Gilbert. In addition, Gilbert’s 2016 accomplishments and business successes will be highlighted. The event is free. For more information or to register online, visit stateofthetown. – RACHEL EROH, TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Cars, planes and pancakes featured at Falcon Field

Falcon Field Airport will welcome classic cars, classic planes and a pancake breakfast Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. The Pancake Breakfast, Fly-In & Classic Car Show is hosted by the Falcon Warbirds in collaboration with Impala Bob’s at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport. The event will be held at the Falcon Warbirds’ hangar, 4626 E. Fighter Aces Drive. An $8 ticket will buy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds will support EAA Warbird Squadron 50. – RALPH ZUBIATE, TRIBUNE EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Health and fitness expo at Chandler Community Center

An event for health and fi tness will be held at the Chandler Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature health-conscious vendors, fi tness and cooking demonstrations, and giveaways. The event is free. The Chandler Community Center is at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. For more information, visit – RACHEL EROH, TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Volunteers being sought to count Mesa homeless

Mesa is looking for volunteers to participate in the Maricopa Association of Governments 2017 Point-in-Time Homeless Count on Jan. 24 from 5 a.m. to noon. The goal is to better understand how many people are homeless and to be better equipped to meet their needs. The count includes a brief survey to identify some of the characteristics of the homeless. Volunteers, who must be 18 or older, will be deployed in groups of three or four to count and interview homeless people in various parts of Mesa. Volunteers will be required to attend a training session Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Fire Station 201, 360 E. 1st St. An alternate training session will be held Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Phoenix at Bethany Bible Church at 6060 N. 7th Ave. To register, visit PITCount. The deadline for registration is Monday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. – RACHEL EROH, TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Gilbert Riparian Preserve hosts Family Bird Walk

The Gilbert Riparian Reserve is hosting a Desert Rivers Audubon Family Bird Walk on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. Leaders will take interested bird watchers around ponds to view birds. The preserve will have binoculars to borrow plus guidebooks and other items for sale. There is no admission fee or charge and no preregistration. Walks will leave approximately every 15 minutes and last about 45 minutes. The Gilbert Riparian Preserve is on the southeast corner of Greenfi eld and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert. For more information, go to birdwalks.html. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT




ASU professor to be honored for work on behalf of diversity BY PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Managing Editor


eal Lester first became more politically aware of the reality of being an African-American long after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had died. It was 1981 and the Georgia native was studying for his doctorate at largely white Vanderbilt University. “I saw an entitlement I had not seen before,” the Arizona State University English professor recalled. “There was something going on with race and class.” It wasn’t just the fact that was to become the first African-American to earn a doctorate in English. Or the fact that the female faculty member who helped him get that degree couldn’t get tenure. Or even that a professor asked him to recite the words to “Dixie.” It was a combination of those and other factors that led him to dedicate his life to trying to change people’s unconscious as well as conscious attitudes toward race and class by looking inward and discovering how a sense of privilege “may inform our decisions and control our actions.” Lester’s work in class, eight books, lectures and the community earned him the 2017 MLK Diversity Award for adult individuals from the Tempe Human Relations Commission. It will be awarded at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at a breakfast ceremony. His portrait will hang permanently in the Tempe Historical Museum. “Dr. Lester’s work in race relations, empathy and workplace training creates a more welcoming and inclusive environment, not only at ASU but

throughout our Tempe community. His belief that culture and difference should be acknowledged, valued and celebrated is a shared vision with our city,” said Ginny Belousek, City of Tempe diversity manager, in announcing the honor. Lester in recent years has been showered with honors and special recognition for his work inside and outside the classroom. He has been dean and department chair as well as a vice president at ASU. He has taught courses on broad array of subjects, including African-American women writers, children’s books, the Disney representations of women, the N-word and even the racial and gender politics of hair. A lecturer around the world, Lester also is director of ASU’s Project Humanities, a multi-dimensional approach to broadening perspectives on the interconnectedness of people “to create positive change in people and communities across political, socioeconomic, geographic and cultural boundaries, and in our daily lives.” Using film, books and other media, Lester aims to increase understanding and acceptance through “talking, listening and connecting.” His efforts have taken him into a variety of workplaces and other venues. For example, after the deadly 2014 police shooting of a juvenile in Ferguson, Missouri, he led 19 workshops for all 400 members of the Tempe Police Department. “They assumed I was going to start talking about how racist they are, but that’s not my approach,” Lester explained. “I talked about how they demonstrate a sense of privilege—not

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ASU Humanities professor Neal Lester will be awarded the 2017 MLK Diversity Award for adult individuals from the Tempe Human Relations Commission.

from what they have done but from what they have.” That sense of privilege or entitlement often guides people unconsciously to make choices that either ignore different races, cultures or ethnic heritages—or act disrespectfully, even hatefully. Lester recalled a sign for a blood drive on Facebook, for example, that showed two white arms stretched out and preparing for a needle. “Why two white arms? It makes me wonder what went into a decision consciously or unconsciously,” he said. This is not a matter of political correctness, Lester asserted, but a matter of learning to respect another person’s identity. With the Tempe police, as he does with other groups as well as his ASU students, Lester said he tries to get them “to peel the layers” of their actions and attitudes to explore how they are influenced by privilege—“the unseen stuff you have that you didn’t do anything to earn.” It’s a more complex issue than many people understand, he added, because people are just not a race, a gender or a

sexual orientation. “We’re a bundle of things,” he said. The racial and other conflicts in society today, he said, aren't much different from what it was in Martin Luther King’s day. Rather, he said, “social media has emboldened people and allowed people to be less self-censoring. “But I don’t want to make this a matter of technology,” he added. “Technology also has connected people in new and different ways.” Lester is particularly fond of using literature to enable people to explore their attitudes toward those who different from them. He gives a different perspective on children’s literature. “Children’s literature is assumed to be assumed to be apolitical, but it isn’t,” he said. And because “we were always exposed to it” as youngsters, he uses it as a springboard for self-examination to explore how their attitudes have been shaped since they were young. “My approach allows people to walk into this a little less defensively,” he said.

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church, one community-based organization and four high school students are among the other honorees at Tempe’s diversity breakfast on Monday. They include: • Jay Scherotter, a leader and organizer of Tempe Youth Leadership activi-

ties and a past commissioner on the Tempe Human Relations Commission. • Students Perla Jacquez, Velena Leon and Eleanor McDevitt of Tempe High School and Destina Medina of Marcos de Niza High. • Tempe Union administrators Jill Hanks and Diane Welling. • Vice principals Jim Bell, Corona del

Sol; Tomika Banks, Desert Vista; Eric Cruz and Suzanne Pachuta, Tempe High; Joe Dominguez, Mountain Pointe; Brian Fleming and Sarah Tolar, Marcos de Niza; Dana Lineberger, Compadre High School; and Molly Saddler, McClintock. JoLyn Gibbons, Gililland Middle School, principal also will be honored. • Mary Baker of Corona del Sol High

and Brooke Ramsey of McClintock High will be honored for the clubs they started after Challenge Day. • Dayspring United Methodist Church, for numerous services and programs stressing diversity. • Hood 2 Hood Foundation, which works with the Tempe Police Gang Squad to identify youth who need positive reinforcement.



THE WEEK IN REVIEW ASU to lead its first NASA space exploration

Arizona State University’s Psyche Mission has been selected for fl ight, which marks the fi rst time that the school will lead a NASA space exploration mission and the fi rst time that scientists will be able to see what is believed to be a planetary core. The mission’s spacecraft is expected to launch on its journey to a metal asteroid in 2023, arriving in 2030. The probe will spend 20 months in orbit, mapping the asteroid and studying its properties. It will be part of NASA’s Discovery Program, a series of lowercost, highly focused robotic space missions exploring the solar system. The Psyche project is capped at $450 million. Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. As such, it offers a look into the violent collisions that created Earth and the other terrestrial planets. – RACHEL EROH, TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Naked Mesa woman arrested for stealing sheriff’s vehicle

A woman who stole a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department vehicle while naked was arrested and identifi ed as Lisa Luna of Mesa. Luna has a prior criminal history and was wanted on an outstanding warrant at the time of her arrest. The chase was on Interstates 8 and 10 and took place for over 70 miles. Luna had disrobed while walking along south Butterfi eld Road in Gila Bend. She told a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy that she had been sexually assaulted. She then stole the vehicle and drove away, resulting in a chase. She later rescinded her story and said she had been high on methamphetamine and spice. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Tempe’s McClintock Pool undergoing renovation

Tempe’s McClintock Pool is under construction and is planned to reopen to the public this summer. The pool renovations include increasing the depth to meet the Maricopa County Department of Environmental Quality requirements for diving, replacing the bulkhead with a moveable version, adding a new ADA-accessible entry and updating the aged infrastructure and equipment. Once construction is completed, McClintock Pool will reopen to the public for recreational swimming. Days and times of operation and fees will be determined in the spring. – RACHEL EROH, TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Fire damages mortuary, some cremated bodies

A fi re at a Chandler mortuary left the facility heavily damaged last week. Offi cials also say several "already-cremated" bodies were affected. According to the Chandler Fire Department, the fi re at Valley of the Sun Mortuary, near Chandler Heights and Alma School roads, was not suspicious. Crews from Gilbert and Sun Lakes also responded to the scene. At some points, fl ames jumped up more than 20 feet into the air. A spokesperson with Dignity Memorial, owners of the mortuary, initially said no bodies were inside at time of the fi re. Later, however, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Offi ce said an unknown number of cremated bodies were damaged. – RALPH ZUBIATE, TRIBUNE EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Gilbert investigating death of infant rushed to hospital

An infant airlifted to the hospital last week later died of unspecifi ed injuries. Gilbert Police are investigating. A Gilbert Fire Department spokesperson said the 7-month-old was airlifted from the Val Vista and Germann area with serious injuries. Offi cials did not disclose the circumstances of the injuries. While it’s not clear what happened to the baby, police say a fall was involved. – TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

Family trying to recover body of daughter killed in Texas

Mesa resident Wendy Tenorio, 20, died recently after her family took her off life support following a car accident in Midland, Texas. Her family said the car she was in, along with her sisters, was hit by a drunk driver Dec. 17. Tenorio was declared brain dead

on Christmas Day. Her sisters also suffered injuries in the crash. The school she was attending, Midland College, has set up an endowment fund to help the family bring her body back to Mesa. The family has also started a GoFundMe page, at – RALPH ZUBIATE, TRIBUNE EXECUTIVE EDITOR








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Mesa’s garbage trucks running cleaner, quieter on CNG BY SHELLEY RIDENOUR Tribune Staff Writer


esa city officials have taken more steps to make the city’s fleet of garbage trucks greener and cheaper to run. The city recently opened a compressed natural gas fueling station at the solid waste department on Mesa Drive. Half of the fleet of trash, recycling and green waste trucks—35 vehicles—are now fueled by CNG. By the end of 2021, the entire fleet is expected to be run by CNG, according to Frank McRae, director of the city’s energy resources department. The city got its first compressed natural gas garbage truck in November 2012. Three more CNG garbage trucks were just ordered and should be delivered in the fall. It takes about 10 months for a truck to be delivered, said Scott Bouchie, city director of environmental management and sustainability. The city had used a temporary, leased CNG station for a few years, but made the decision to construct its own station for several reasons, the two men said. The conversion to CNG trucks is becoming common in the solid waste industry, McRae said. “There’s a revolution of technology in the energy industry,” McRae said. “CNG is at least a bridge fuel, if not a permanent long-term fuel.” The fact that the city owns a natural gas enterprise that can supply the trucks was also part of the reasoning. CNG prices are less volatile than diesel prices, they said. CNG costs an average of 50 cents versus $2 a gallon for diesel. CNG is a cleaner-burning fuel. CNG engines run quieter than diesel engines, require less maintenance and need fewer repairs. Bouchie first ran the financials on converting the sanitation department fleet to CNG four years ago. It’s important to city officials that they keep an eye on costs, he said, because all of the department’s costs are passed on to customers—Mesa residents. That data showed the CNG effort would be a smart move in part because

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Eddie Gollihar, an employee in the city of Mesa’s energy resources department, checks a manual shut-off valve on a garbage truck powered by compressed natural gas.

the city has its own natural gas utility, he said. Having the solid waste department buy gas from the utility helps both

departments, he said. “It’s a win for our residents,” Bouchie said.

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Rob Adams, a driver for the city of Mesa’s solid waste department, is seen through the cab of the compressed natural gas-powered truck he drives to collect green waste. Adams says the CNG truck operates much quieter than a diesel truck.

The city doesn’t own gas wells, McRae said. It purchases gas which is moved through pipelines and connected to the city’s system. The natural gas system has about 60,000 customers in Mesa. For comparison sake, McRae said, Southwest Gas has 1 million area customers. The city has had a natural gas and an electric utility since 1917, after acquiring them from Dr. A.J. Chandler. Several city departments now use CNG-fueled pickups as part of an experiment to determine if the conversion to CNG vehicles should be expanded beyond garbage trucks. Those pickups are each driven about 18,000 miles a year, McRae said, enough miles to justify conversion to CNG. A garbage truck is driven between 20,000 and 30,000 miles a year. Generally, diesel garbage trucks last about seven years under their rigorous schedules, Bouchie said. “CNG makes sense for a vehicle that travels a lot of miles,” McRae said. “Fuel savings only materialize if you drive a vehicle enough miles.” The fueling station was built to handle all 70 trucks in the city’s fleet, so as the entire fleet is converted, it won’t require expansion, McRae said. Most people can’t tell the difference between a CNG and a diesel truck, Bouchie said. The biggest visible difference is the CNG tanks are on top of the trucks, so a big box-like unit sits on them. And, all of the CNG trucks have signs which indicate their fuel source. The department’s mechanics underwent some additional training to work on the CNG engines, Bouchie said. Truck drivers and members of the Mesa Fire department were also trained to deal with fires on the CNG trucks. Each truck is equipped with shut-off valves in the event of fire. “People throw weird things away,” Bouchie said. “Garbage trucks can catch fire.” While most people won’t see a difference, drivers notice that the biggest difference between the two styles is See

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Survivor’s cancer book ‘might give people some hope’ BY RACHEL EROH Tribune Staff Writer


Mesa resident and teacher hopes her recently published book about her experience with breast cancer will help other patients. Claudia Bretzing was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2009 and endured months of chemotherapy and a bilateral mastectomy. After the treatment was over, she spent six years writing her book “The Cancer Effect.” “I realized this book might give people some hope,” Bretzing said. While going through chemo, Bretzing would search for books from people who went through a similar experience. However, her searching came up with writings from doctors or tomes full of advice. She said wanted a book she could relate to. Bretzing kept a journal during her treatment. As she began to write more, she realized that other people might connect to her story. Her book consists of 15 chapters detailing her journey. She said she believes the story will make readers both laugh and cry. The actual chemo treatments end in chapter eight. The second half of the book covers the obstacles that occur later, Bretzing said. “Nobody really addresses the emotional healing that occurs afterward,” she said. Bretzing has received a positive response from those who have read the book. Many of her friends were surprised when they read her story, she said. “One of the common things I heard was, ‘Oh my gosh Claudia, I had no idea you were going through so much,’” Bretzing said. Her husband, Randy, said she was very good at hiding her struggles. “She wanted to spare her family and friends,” Randy said. “She tried to be a happy, perky bird.” Even her editor told her that she needed to dig deeper into the emotion because it was apparent that she was still holding back. Bretzing was still teaching while she was writing the book, which caused delays. “I didn’t have time to write,” Bretzing said. “I was tired by the end of the day.” Bretzing was a teacher at Hale Elementary School for 12 years and refused to let her treatments stop her from teaching her second-grade class. She didn’t hide her illness from the kids, Bretzing said.

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Cancer survivor and author Claudia Bretzing spent six years writing her book “The Cancer Effect.”

“I didn’t feel like it was fair to not tell them,” she said. She would hold discussions with her students in class so they could ask her questions about her illness. She even involved her students in the decision on whether she should wear a wig, hat or scarf after chemo, she said. One of Bretzing’s close friends, Monica Germaine, was by her side during the chemo and remained in the tough times after the treatments. Germaine noticed all of the pain that Bretzing was concealing during and after the treatment, she said. “She’s always smiling on the outside but I knew she was really struggling and going through her own kind of pain,” Germaine said. Germaine hopes that Bretzing’s book will also provide hope and insight to those diagnosed with cancer or to the loved ones who are trying to provide support, she said. She said the book was very true to Bretzing’s experience and her feelings. “There’s a lot of passion. When I read it, I thought ‘Yes, that’s exactly what she was thinking at that point,’” Germaine said. She also was there to help remove the bandages after the bilateral mastectomy, which was a particularly tough time for Bretzing, she said. “I still miss them,” Bretzing said. “It’s one of the hardest things, knowing you’ve lost a part of your femininity.” Bretzing refused to undergo reconstructive surgery and had the support of her husband to help her accept her body, she said.

“You’re still a woman with or without your breasts,” she said. Bretzing said she fears that one day her cancer will reappear and the treatments will start all over again, but she also knows she is much stronger now. “I just accept God’s will,” she said.

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Claudia Bretzing’s book “The Cancer Effect” is partly about the aftereffects of chemotherapy. “Nobody really addresses the emotional healing that occurs afterward,” she said.

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Hope Ryberg (center) holds Gabe and Obie. The three are part of the large Ryberg family, who hope to collect enough money to buy a new special-needs van.

Couple grows family with special-needs, adopted kids BY ADRIANA BECERRA Tribune Contributing Writer


family of 15 is hoping the community rallies around their need for a van. Nathan and Lori Ryberg of Queen Creek are foster parents with 13 children: six biological and seven adopted. All seven adopted, and one biological child, have special needs. The children’s special needs range from Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida to being born with methamphetamine addictions. They have needed various knee, back, orthopedic and heart surgeries. Together, Nathan said the kids have needed “50 plus” surgeries. Still, Nathan said he and his wife are not scared away by all of the medical needs. “We think the medical part is, not easy, but is forthcoming to us,” said Nathan, “That would scare most people off but it’s identifiable.” Lori said that no child coming from foster care is going to be “easy.” “They are no typical kids in the system … our kids just have medical issues,” said Lori. Nathan said that some things are easier for his family, like getting his kids to eat their vegetables, mostly because some of his kids eat from feeding tubes. “Some things are easy and some things are harder,” said Nathan. The Rybergs didn’t always plan on

having such a large family. “It wasn’t the future we had envisioned,” said Lori. Lori and Nathan met on the first day of college, and have now been married 33 years. Both graduated with a degree in social work, with Nathan specializing in medical social work and Lori in adoption. The two opened their house up as a foster home. “We love doing foster care. We love working with them, we love getting kids back to their birth parents,” Lori said. “That is our goal. We like working with birth parents and figure out how to take care of their kids and how to parent.” Sometimes that is not always feasible, though. That’s what happened 22 years ago, when Nathan and Lori adopted their first child. Since then, Nathan and Lori have adopted six more, five through foster care and two from direct adoptions. Their oldest child is 29 and youngest is 2. Recently, Nathan has noticed transportation is harder for his family. There are too many of them to fit in one car, so they either have to take two cars or make multiple trips. Nathan is also finding it harder to lift his children who are in wheelchairs. Nathan’s coworkers decided to start a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of getting enough donations for the See

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ASU online degree program ranked fourth best in nation

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arizona State University’s online bachelor’s degree program fourth in the nation out of more than 1,300. The program moved up seven spots, from tied for 11th place in the 2016 rankings. ASU Online had 17,589 undergraduate students and 6,261 graduate students in the fall term.


3 new council members and Mesa mayor sworn in

Three new Mesa council members along with the mayor were sworn in Jan. 12 as the City Council undergoes a sea change. Longtime council members Dennis Kavanaugh, Alex Finter and Dave Richins are leaving because of term limits. Kavanaugh served two separate eight-year terms while Finter and Richins served for the maximum of


eight years without interruption. Kavanaugh is being replaced by Ryan Winkle in southwest Mesa’s District 3. Mark Freeman will replace Richins in northwest Mesa’s District 1, and Jeremy Whittaker replaces Finter in central Mesa’s District 2. Mayor John Giles was sworn-in to serve his second term. He has previous experience as a council member.


City hosts career fair for Chandler companies

The City of Chandler, in partnership with Arizona@Work Maricopa County, will host a free career fair in downtown Chandler from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Local employers will be onsite to recruit new talent and promote available positions. Employers expected to participate in the career fair represent a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, hospitality, healthcare, retail and more. No registration is required for jobseekers. Interested employers can get more information at 480-782-3033.


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Gilbert man’s computer desk laps up attention started as an employee and bought into the company, Stuebe found receptive customers and acclaim for his lap desk. avid Stuebe had an idea at Designed in a minimalist style, it is Christmas 2013 and is now created from three-ply bamboo sourced busily putting it on people’s laps. from locations in China. Bamboo, The Gilbert man wanted a desk for his one of the fastest growing plants, is a laptop computer, but all of the ones he sustainable product. saw were heavy and poorly constructed. iSkelter chose its own blend of the So, he and his team designed one. bamboo, which is created with nonLaunching a Kickstarter campaign for toxic products. Since the bamboo is 15 days, he aimed for 100 orders. When processed with natural strands, every lap the orders mushroomed to 1,100, he felt desk is unique. his concept was validated and started “We take two to three hours to make a company called iSkelter, after The each lap desk with an average of 60Beatles’ song, “Helter Skelter.” 90 made per day and up to 200 units CNN, Time Magazine and other produced daily,” said Stuebe, who national press placed his Slate Mobile employs a staff of nine. Air-Desk on “best of ” lists. The staff cuts the 4-by-8-foot sheets of “If Apple made a lap desk, it would bamboo, nails them with plastic nails, look like this,” Stuebe said at his factory creates cut-outs and sands every item in Phoenix. twice. Hand-finishing is the final step for With partner Jon Irons of Tempe, who each product. The company now produces 30 variations of the desk, with options for white board inserts, slots for iPhone and tablets and colored mousepads. The lap desks even come in left and right-handed versions. There also is an adjustable unit that allows a user to either sit or stand. “Sitting for hours is as unhealthy as smoking,” Stuebe said to explain the adjustable unit. With the massive cutting equipment, the storage space is minimized. The company stores finished products with Amazon and other vendors so it can focus on creating the products and moving them out. To Stuebe, “Made in American means everything.” (Shelley Gillespie/Special to the Tribune) Besides lapdesk, iSkelter also manufacturers a vanity for So is family. ladies’ laps. “Going to work every day, we BY SHELLEY GILLESPIE Tribune Contributing Writer



Apple moves at Mesa won’t involve manufacturing

Paperwork indicating that Apple was renewing its Foreign Trade Zone status at its Mesa site triggered speculation that the company would begin manufacturing activity there, but Apple says that’s not its

intention. Apple hopes to build a global command hub for its data center operations, meaning the site will be where the company receives and configures servers, assembling them into racks, before distributing the units for use in its various data centers. The Mesa hub is not yet operational. Apple says production at the site will be

provide jobs. This is a family business. My brother does the website. Jon and my father-in-law do production. I do the graphics and the final sanding,” Stuebe said. Heather Brumfield, who started as a university intern, is now a staff member. Her arts and design background come in handy for the company’s online marketing efforts. “She is also polishing her photography skills so she can take our product photos,” Stuebe said. Products are made with careful attention to the comfort of future owners. “We bevel corners and sand everything smoothly so our products won’t scratch legs or laps. There’s no warping,” Stuebe said. Their product line has expanded from lap desks. Beauty stands are like vanities (Shelley Gillespie/Special to the Tribune) for the lap, and include a slot for a David Stuebe of Gilbert works on the bamboo sheets that tablet to serve as a mirror. “Hover will eventually be cut into lap desks at his factory. X and Hover X+” are lap desks that has been busy, producing their items as gamers love. “Pilot” allows the lap fast as possible and shipping them daily. desk to rest on chair arms. “We’re busy normally, but this is Products range from less than $30 to insane,” Stuebe said. $2,000. Most the lap desks are priced From a corner of another shop when between $69.95 and $109. they began less than three years ago to a “None of our products are ‘cheap,’ shop that is busy at least 12 hours a day, but they’re a little above those of poor they figure they’ll need to expand. quality,” Stuebe said. Stuebe believes the company’s success Stuebe and Irons are excited about is based partly on his employees’ ability a children’s play equipment line that to live up to the iSkelter’s mantra: “Every they’re launching in March, named detail matters … Our products are after Stuebe’s young daughters, Lily and meant to last.” River. The children’s products will have Their dream, Stuebe added is simple: the same durable bamboo with modular “We’d like to buy our own location with sections for climbing and slides. a retail store. That’s our ultimate dream With their orders, which ship to for two years.” UK, Germany, Denmark and Canada, For more information, go to iskelter. and their retail customers like Urban com. Outfitters and Touch of Modern, iSkelter limited to assembling servers into racks.

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What’s going on right now, from all sides, is a bunch of BS BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ Tribune Columnist


o: Tribune Editor Boss People From: Leibowitz, Columnist Underling Re: Updating The Trib’s Profanity Policy As America races into the Trump Era (or approaches the Apocalypse, depending on your perspective), I would like to propose that we update the newspaper’s policy against profanity, to better serve our readers. Specifically, while so-called “f-bombs” are clearly still inappropriate for a family publication, I’d like to strongly urge you to end the paper’s 126-year-old prohibition against use of the word “bull%&#t.” Why? Mostly because there’s no better word in the English language to describe what serves as news nowadays. Consider last Sunday’s Golden Globes, yet another Hollywood orgy of self-congratulation. As you’ve surely heard, 19-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep used the occasion of her lifetime achievement award to call out

President-elect Donald Trump for being an all-around nasty guy. While I skip Hollywood awards shows precisely to avoid being lectured by the star of “Ricki and the Flash,” there was no avoiding the social media food fight over Streep’s comments. Liberals defended Streep as “brave”—an adjective I typically reserve for men and women in uniform, or people who take actual risks, not potshots. Trump, meanwhile—a leader who has never met a high road he couldn’t avoid—attacked Streep as “overrated” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.” The rest of us? We shook our heads at the spectacle and thought, “Sheesh, what a bunch of bull*^#t.” The same goes for Trump’s Wednesday press conference, which largely focused on the leak and subsequent publication of a 35-page dossier of unproven allegations that Trump may be subject to blackmail by the Russian government. Having sampled this stew of opposition gossip allegedly compiled by a retired British spy—including the tawdry section about Russian hookers with leaky

bladders—I offer the following review: What complete bull@&%t. That response also describes the logic offered by BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith to justify publishing this claptrap: “BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.” Sure, Ben. Americans will click on the document, thoughtfully consider its geopolitical implications, call a few sources at Kremlin and “make up our own minds.” I mean, why should journalists bother with that whole pesky “proof ” thing when there’s “golden shower” clickbait just waiting to be published? Can you believe this bull#@&t? In 1891, when Alfred Shewman and W.D. Morton founded the Mesa Evening Weekly Free Press, banning dirty words made sense. The 19th century was a simpler time. Republican Benjamin Harrison was president back then, and that “huge loser” never had a single noteworthy tweet, much less a Russian hacking scandal

that overshadowed his Electoral College victory against Grover Cleveland, the Democrat who actually won the popular vote in 1888. And Arizona? We were still 20 years from statehood, a territory whose biggest concerns were high taxes, random gunfire, silly legislative laws, horse-andbuggy traffic jams and bad stagecoach driving perpetrated by snowbirds from Milwaukee. OK, so maybe things haven’t changed that much. Still, our language needs to evolve to better describe current events. Checking the archives of the New York Times shows that industry leader has published the word “bull*@^t” 16 times since 1977. Last May, Time magazine published an entire essay describing then-candidate Trump as “a master of bull%&#t.” If the best we can do at the Tribune is phrases like “horse puckey” or a “steaming load of cattle poop,” frankly, I think that’s just … ah, you know. I await your response. – David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Reach him at david@

After Obama’s royal presidency, time to clamp down on the office BY TOM PATTERSON Tribune Guest Writer


hen President Obama visited London early in his administration, there were 500 in his entourage. Not just a doctor, but a medical staff of six were deemed necessary for his safekeeping. The White House chef and staff went to make sure he didn’t get hungry. His personal limousine—the famous “Beast”—and a convoy of helicopters were shipped separately. Obama later took 900 people to accompany him on a one-day trip to Brussels, for which Europeans paid €10 million more in security costs. Michelle, meanwhile, maintains a permanent staff of 25 for herself alone. Part of their duty is to arrange lavish trips for her and their daughters, costing millions and justified as part of Mrs. Obama’s public service

campaigns “Let Girls Learn” and “Let’s Move.” Sure. The Guardian describes the presidential excesses as “worthy of a traveling medieval monarch.” But our founding fathers would not be amused. They knew all about pampered elites. They viewed the presidency as essentially an administrative post with limited authority. We’ve come a long way from the humble servant of the people that presidents mostly aspired to be in the early days of the republic. The more substantive concern is that the president’s love of luxury is mirrored in his autocratic governing style. In his 2014 State of the Union address, Obama vowed to advance his statist agenda “wherever and whenever I can,” to thunderous applause. The media and academia ignored the unconstitutionality of his power grabs because they approved of the agenda

itself. Congress for its part seemed powerless to defend its authority, as the framers had assumed they would. Consequently, rather than implementing Obamacare as passed by Congress, the administration rewrote the law as they went along. Unions were exempted from fees, extralegal tax credits were awarded, “transition relief ” was invented for preferred employers and insurance company losses were subsidized. Obama unilaterally waived the mandatory work requirement in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, gutting the most successful piece of social legislation in the modern era. When Congress declined to exempt 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, Obama exempted them with an executive order. His reasoning was that he was forced into action because “Congress wouldn’t move.” But that’s not the way the constitution works.

States also lose out to executive branch overreach. The Clean Water Act was revised to include minor ponds and ditches as “navigable waters” and thus subject to federal regulation. Rewriting the Clean Air Act put states under the EPA’s thumb with respect to electricity generation and distribution. On the other hand, disfavored laws dealing with immigration and marijuana were simply ignored. Obama didn’t invent presidential usurpation and excess. He just took it to new levels. Blame the Roosevelts. It was Theodore who originated the selfserving concept of the president as the powerful “steward” of the public welfare and Franklin who exercised previously unheard of powers in constructing the New Deal administrative state. The awesome power of the presidency has continued to expand until today it See

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An open letter to MLK

Dear Martin: Well sir, it’s that time of the year again to celebrate your birthday. You tragically left us in 1968, when I was a sophomore in high school and now I possess a little red, white and blue Medicare card, having recently turned 65. Every year, we’ve gathered across this nation to honor your leadership, vision, dreams and legacy. You were the foot soldier uniting all of God’s people marching together toward freedom, justice, equality, civil and human rights, regardless of race, color, or creed. We’ve indeed come a long way since 1968, and I thank you for lighting the torch generating the mighty flames that burn to this very day. You united a divided country that was mostly segregated between black and white through understanding, love, fellowship and through nonviolent peaceful protest that moved mountains, which many thought was impossible. Sadly, you did not get here with us and we haven’t quite reached that Promised Land. However, we’re much closer If I had one wish, it would be that you were present with us today. Our country is again currently divided within a different theater and circumstances. We’ve just gone through a presidential election that was just short of nasty to be polite. Many Americans were happy about the outcome and just as many were not. I’ve never seen the arrows going back and forth with daily infighting among the American people. I, too, am guilty flinging mud and arrows. It’s been downright scary and the new President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t taken office as of yet. He takes office four days after we celebrate your birthday. This is why this open letter has been expressly to you, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We need you, or a person like you, to surround us again, representing cooler heads so that calmness prevails.


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threatens the fabric of our constitutional republic. Yet we may be at a tipping point, facing a historic opportunity to address this daunting challenge. Although Americans are split over Obama’s legacy, there is widespread understanding that he exceeded his constitutional authority and lived regally beyond the taxpayers’ means. Moreover, our incoming president is the most unpopular president-elect ever. His every move is already scrutinized by skeptical media who won’t give him the protective cover they provided his predecessor. If the presidency is to be constrained, it is Congress that must step up and assume its constitutional role in

We must accept and respect the fact that we have a new president and we need and must give him a chance. I’m concerned with/about the Presidential Inauguration ceremony that will take place on Jan. 20 and have heard of protest rallies/ marches that are planned for that Friday night in every major city across the nation. I’m asking in this letter and in the spirit of your life, legacy and vision that we pray for our new president to successfully surround himself with good people for all Americans’ sake. On Monday, every city across the country will be celebrating your birthday, your dream, visions, love and unity for our brothers and sisters of all races, creeds, genders. I’m praying that the energy of UNITY that we will share and express on Monday take on wings and legs and is reflected on Friday. - John R Goodie – Member of the Mesa MLK Celebration Committee

High school CPR a good idea

I recently read your article, “East Valley district taking first steps toward mandatory CPR training for students” (Dec. 25, Page 8). I agree that students in high school should be trained to do CPR. I think it is important to know how to do CPR in an emergency. A couple years ago, I was trained to do CPR and I remember being confident in being able to help someone who needed CPR. But now, I am not so sure I could save someone’s life. After someone receives CPR training, they need to continually be reminded the steps you have to take to give CPR. One idea I had is to give this CPR course in a P.E. class, knowing that P.E. is a required class. Also, every year in P.E., there should be a refresher course to remind the students the steps in giving CPR. – Adam Jarvis – Mesa doing so. Beyond rescinding Obama’s unconstitutional orders—because they are unconstitutional—there are several things that should be done. Congress should require affirmative approval of all significant executive agency regulations. Congress should provide a means for enforcing its contempt power so arrogant bureaucrats can’t thumb their nose at the People’s representatives. Congress should require that all international agreements be ratified by Congress. In this election year, voters hungered for real change, not just the “hope” of it. It’s a good time for the People and their Congress to rein in a presidency that has dangerously grown far beyond its constitutional bounds. – East Valley resident Tom Patterson is a retired physician and former state senator. He can be reached at








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Hatch family has thrived at Mesa High for years in athletic field BY JASON P. SKODA Tribune Prep Sports Director


ate Hatch has spent countless hours at Mesa High with her older siblings as volleyballs whizzed by or the squeak of basketball shoes echoed in the Jackrabbits’ gym. She used to stretch, yawn and sleep but was mostly content in her car seat carrier under a table. Now, she stretches, warms up and checks into the scorer’s table for the Mesa girls volleyball team. “All we’ve ever really known is spending time here,” Hatch said outside of the Jackrabbits’ weight room. “Mesa High is our second home.” Some families are so ingrained in a school and invested in making a difference that they leave an indelible mark. The Hatch family is one of those at Mesa High. “They are loyal and committed to Mesa,” Jackrabbits boys basketball coach Shane Burcar said. “They were all little kids when I first got here 11 years ago. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for them because I’ve seen them grow up in this school and become elite athletes, and great kids. My wife and I

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The Hatch family - Mark, Kate, Drew, Annie and J.T. - have gone from being ball shaggers and sleeping in their car seat carriers at Mesa High events to either have graduated or started their high school career with the Jackrabbits. Both their parents are teachers and coaches at the school.

have always said we hope our kids turn out like the Hatches. And that starts

with the parents.” The parents are Amy Strawn, who

kept her maiden name, and Kirk Hatch. She is a U.S. History teacher, volleyball coach and occasional lunch date. He is an AP Bio Chemistry teacher, science department head, assistant basketball coach and sometimes carpooler. They have been married for 23 years, taught at Mesa for more than 20 years combined, have coached at the school dating back to 1998 and raised five children to be Jackrabbits. And all have or are thriving during their time wearing the purple and gold. • J.T. was the 2014 All-Tribune boys volleyball player and now plays for national power UCLA. • Drew, who is on an LDS mission in Peru, was an All-Tribune first-team selection last year when his 3-pointer sparked Mesa to the Division I state title. • Mark was a member of the state title team, and has seen his role increase as a go-to player for the Jackrabbits as a junior this year. • Annie was a second-team All-Tribune pick this fall in girls volleyball. • Kate was a starter and a top contributor as a freshman while helping See

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Four area football players playing for U.S. national teams


re Bugg has worn plenty of jerseys since beginning his football career and won plenty of those games, including a state title. While the Williams Field senior is always proud to step on the field to play the game that he loves, one particular jersey made his chest puff out a little more.

“Playing for something that is bigger than you and for people in this country that you don’t even know is a true honor,” Bugg said. “Pulling that USA jersey over your shoulder pads and wearing that helmet is just something you can’t understand unless you do it yourself.” Bugg played for the U.S. National U-19 National team last summer in China and helped the team top Canada with a pick six in the first game of the event. Now, he and three other players from

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the East Valley will get a chance to do it again at the end of the month. Chandler wide receiver Johnny Johnson, Perry kicker Cristian Zendejas and Bugg will play on the U.S. U-19 National team against Canada in the inaugural North American Championship in Orlando, Florida. Mountain Pointe’s junior Shomari Hayes will play for the U.S. in the Under-18 game. Both games will be played Jan. 28. The other three are about to experience • • • •

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what Bugg already knows when it comes to playing for their country. “It’s an honor and a true blessing really,” Hayes said. “It’s different than playing for your high school team. I love playing for Mountain Pointe and represent the Pride, my school and family, but this is for all 50 states and my whole country.” The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Hayes, who had a team-high 11.5 tackles for a loss See


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While he is the only East Valley product for the U-18 from page 21 team, which will kick off at and 3.5 sacks, is also looking forward to 5:30 p.m. EST at ESPN’s Wide challenging himself against competition World of Sports Complex, from around the country in the days the three other three will get a leading up to the game against Canada. chance to play together once the “To be honest, I just want to be a ball kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EST. sponge and soak up everything I can,” Johnson, who is committed said Hayes, who played on both sides to Oregon, was a big part of of the line for the 13-1 Pride. “The best Chandler’s explosive offense on thing I can do is go out and learn and the way to the 6A Conference improve as much as I can. It’s a chance to championship. The 6-foot-1, get better, and that’s what I am going to 191-pound wide receiver had try and do.” 77 catches for 1,274 yards and eight touchdowns. Zendejas had a very good year for (Special to the Tribune) Perry as he made 67 Williams Field senior Tre Bugg will play for the U-19 U.S. of 70 extra points National football team for the second time when Team and 10 of 11 field USA plays Canada in the North American Championship in goals, including a Orlando on Jan. 28. long of 47, on the way to scoring 97 points for for a touchdown in the second half of the the Pumas, who made the 6A Black Hawks’ win over Centennial in the semifinals. 5A Conference title game. Bugg had a big hand in It’s been a pretty special year for the leading Williams Field to 6-foot, 175-pound Bugg after playing its first state title as one of for the U.S. National team in China, the state’s top cornerbacks. an undefeated high school season and a (Special to the Tribune) Chandler’s Johnny Johnson was one of four area players He had 43 tackles, seven chance to play for this country once again. selected to play in the North American Championship game interceptions (two pick sixes), “It’s been really special, and I’ve just between the U.S. and Canada in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 28. and a 65-yard fumble return been going with the flow and enjoying it as much as I can,” he said. “I never thought football would take me to all of these places. I just want to play the game ONLINE. that I love and I hope all the goodness keeps happening.” ON TIME. Bugg has been so honored playing for his country that two of his three ON BUDGET. top college choices—Army, Air Force, Montana—are military. ON MY TO-DO LIST! “I don’t have a military background with my family. I’ve been afforded opportunities not only for football but life,” he said. – Contact Jason Skoda at 480-898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @ JasonPSkoda.

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the Jackrabbits to a 26-win season. It all started with J.T. in the 2010-11 school year, and now the youngest is already roaming the halls with just threeand-half years remaining. Expectations are high for all, and none of the kids seems to shy away from it. “We are so lucky to be all together,” Amy said. “I get to eat lunch with the girls occasionally. There are times, on games days, where we get here at 6:30 in the morning and we don’t get home until 9:30 at night. “We are very lucky that everyone loves it here and that they all have the personality where they want to excel. They don’t know any other way. That’s just how we do it.” They grew up around the school and sports teams long before they were old enough to walk in the front door and take classes, and they live just three short miles from campus. “It’s been great,” Annie said. “We were all wearing purple Mesa shirts for as long as I can remember. My brothers went to Mesa basketball camps and my sister and I were always around the volleyball team. Mesa is who we are.” As much as the family would like to deflect the attention, there is no denying that the Hatches are Mesa through and through. And they expect to ‘Carry On’ the dedication for years to come, “We are pretty loyal to Mesa,” Kirk said before referring to the school slogan. “Carry On means embracing the tradition Mesa and how you continue on to persevere regardless of the circumstances. I think we all have a little bit of that in us, and that’s why we love Mesa so much.” – Contact Jason Skoda at 480-898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @ JasonPSkoda.







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A birthday thank you to God: ‘I am so blessed’

BY LISA JISA Tribune Guest Writer


n the occasion of my birthday, I would like to thank You, my heavenly Father, for loving me every single day of the 50 years You have given me so far. You have always loved me. You knew me before I was born, and You had a plan and purpose for my life right from the start (Jeremiah 29:11). All the days ordained for me have been written in Your book since before I was born (Psalm 139:16). You love me unconditionally. And am never alone because You promised to never leave me nor forsake me (Joshua 1:5). Even when others let me down, You will always be there with only my best interest in mind. I can look back over my life and see that the times I felt alone were because I forgot to look to You. You have always been there, waiting for me to turn my gaze back to You. FAITH CALENDAR



A seminar on preventing human trafficking will look at how this crime can victimize children and adults of all ages, even in Chandler. The Chandler Police Department and Streetlight USA, a charitable group that helps victims deal with their trauma, will make presentations. DETAILS>> 5 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Free. Information: pam@


Generation Church will be holding its annual Love Week. Each day will include events to honor and love people in Mesa and the surrounding areas. Some of the events will include appreciation lunches for local teachers, police officers and firefighters, cleaning local parks, hosting a blood drive and concerts at nearby nursing homes. DETAILS>> Information: 480-986-3149.



Posi (pah-zee) music comes in literally every style

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). When I don’t know how I can go on because I haven’t got the strength, You give me Your strength (Isaiah 40:29). In fact, when I am the weakest, You are the strongest—just to prove to me that I cannot do anything without You (2 Corinthians 12:10). And I wouldn’t want to (John 15:5). I can talk to You anytime and You are never too busy for me. All I have to do is call Your name “Jesus!” I don’t need to wait until the perfect time or a certain situation, and often I find myself talking to You throughout my day. It is incredible that You know exactly what is on my heart before I even speak a word (Isaiah 65:24). You desire to speak to me, too. You desire intimate moments with me. When I am still is when I hear You the best (Psalm 46:10). And sometimes just being in Your presence is all that I want—not a word from either one of us, just the joy of basking in Your company. That desire is a difficult thing to understand in our

busy and complicated world—and yet the more often I am still before You and sit at Your feet, the more I crave nothing but that (Luke 10:39). Your instructions are very simple. You are never complicated. I am to love You with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. (Mark 12:30-31). I know that when I start to worry about something, it is because I have taken my focus off of You (Colossians 3:2). Learning to trust You completely has been a gradual process, and how wonderful to discover that You truly are the one in control so I do not have to be nor pretend to be. You are so gentle as You lead me (Matthew 11:29). There is no harsh reprimand when I mess up, only absolute and total forgiveness when I come to You and confess (1 John 1:9). And then You forget about whatever it was (Psalm 103:10-12). Unlike people, You never bring up the past after I have told You I am sorry, although You may bring me gentle reminders when I am tempted to blow

from folk to rap. It’s a new genre that is messagebased and meant to empower, unite and transform your life. This concert will feature Posi artists Freebo, Harold Payne and Richard Mekdeci. DETAILS>> 7 p.m., 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Tickets are $20, at or at empowerma. com/PosiPaloozaTicket.

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Valor Christian Center in Gilbert offers “great praise and worship and great messages for today’s living,” according to Pastor Thor Strandholt, associate pastor. “Our mission is evangelize, healing and discipleship through the word of God.” DETAILS>>10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays. 3015 E. Warner Road. Information:


High school and middle school students meet to worship and do life together. DETAILS>> 5 p.m. at Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. 480-460-1480 or email joel@


Children can learn and experience Jewish life. Chabad Hebrew School focuses on Jewish heritage, culture and holidays. DETAILS>> 9:30 a.m. to noon, for children ages


Ongoing morning study of two classics of rabbinic literature by medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides (the “Rambam”). At 10 a.m., Prof. Norbert Samuelson, Grossman chair of Jewish Philosophy at ASU and TBS member, teaches “Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed: What Jews Ought to Believe.” At 11:15 a.m., TBS member Isaac Levy teaches “Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah: How Jews Ought to Behave.” Readings in both Hebrew and English. DETAILS>> Community Room of the administration building at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. 480-897-3636.


Unity of Mesa says its Sunday service offers “a positive path for spiritual living” through “transformational lessons, empowering music and various spiritual practices with an open-minded and welcoming community.” DETAILS>> 9 and 10:45 a.m. 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Nursery available for infants through kindergarten at service times. Youth ministry classes are open in the Education Annex at 10:45 a.m. Information: 480-892- 2700,, lori@

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Bowling rolls to more popularity in East Valley BY COLLEEN SPARKS Tribune Contributing Writer

pins and music videos play on Friday and Saturday nights at the Chandler bowling venue. Coppola said many young parents bowl there without their kids for date nights. Jenny Lynn Legree of Tempe enjoyed coming to AMF McRay Plaza for a recent work party. “I love to bowl,” Legree said. “It’s just something different, different than the bars. It’s always good competition, and then there’s a little beer.”

On East Baseline Road just west of North Greenfield Road, FatCats provides the glow-in-the-dark, laser bowling pins on 20 sport that swept the country lanes all the time and offers many specials. decades ago is making a comeback FatCats also has six luxury movie theaters, in the East Valley, striking a chord a nine-hole, glow-in-the-dark miniature with an even wider audience. golf course, an arcade with popular video Local bowling centers are on a roll when games and a full bar and restaurant. it comes to attracting players of all ages Groups of up to six people can get a and abilities. family special for $39.99 up until 8 p.m. They are no longer called “lanes,” but on Mondays with 90 minutes of bowling, “centers.” shoe rentals, two eleven-inch pizzas and And the centers in Chandler, Mesa, unlimited soft drinks. Tempe and Gilbert offer happy hours, FatCats targets bowlers ages 18 to as well as “laser” or glow-in-the-dark 30 during its Thunder Alley nights, bowling pins, popular music videos when hit music and music videos are flashing above lanes and specialized played. leagues. On Sunday through Thursdays That mix is attracting people from 9 p.m. to midnight, bowling is who enjoy mixing some relatively $8 a person for an unlimited number inexpensive entertainment with of games and shoe rentals. It’s $12 per friendly competition, exercise and a person for two hours of bowling and chance to unwind over drinks. shoes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Some bowling centers even offer Saturdays. Specials on beer and food miniature golf, arcade games, laser are also offered some nights. (Colleen Sparks/Special to the Tribune) tag, restaurants, bars, catered parties Short said bowling is getting Jenny Lynn Legree of Tempe bowls during a work party at AMF and movie theaters to lure families McRay Plaza Lanes in Chandler. popular again after a decline in and singles. Others focus more on participation over the last decade. league play. For those who want to bowl every week, Mesa Metropolitan United States “People are starting to see it’s fun to come AMF McRay Plaza has several leagues with Bowling Congress (USBC) Association in,” said Tenna Coppola, general manager of members from their late 20s into their 60s. manager Leslie Marsh said the number AMF McRay Plaza Lanes in Chandler. “I’ve Mesa East Bowl on Broadway Road just of leagues in the East Valley had been seen a lot of first dates come in here. east of Ellsworth Road also is hopping with decreasing in recent years, but now it’s “Parents hang out with kids,” Coppola league bowlers. About 500 bowlers hit the “holding steady.” added. “It’s not just for old guys smoking 32 lanes every day, according to general The Mesa USBC organization has and drinking.” manager Erika Schwarze. 12 member bowling centers Bowling has the most participants of “From November to March, we have a in Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, any sport in the United States, according full house all day long,” Schwarze said. Gilbert and Payson. to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of People in their 20s to senior citizens “Anybody can America Inc. It claims that more than 67 participate in the Mesa East night leagues. bowl,” Marsh million people a year bowl in this country. Families and many teenagers bowl for fun. said. “Age AMF McRay Plaza Lanes, on West Ray Mesa East Bowl also has laser bowling Road just east of McClintock Drive in with the glow-in-the-dark pins, called Rock Chandler, offers lots of specials such as $2 and Bowl, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays Tuesdays, where games are $2 from 8 to 11 and Saturdays. It costs $12 per person for p.m. Shoe rentals are also $2 per person, unlimited bowling during those times, with Pabst Blue Ribbon beers are $2 each and shoes included. The center has happy hour pizza costs $2 per slice. from 1 to 6 p.m. every day with well drinks Regular prices at AMF McRay are $4.69 and draft beers for $2.50 each. To learn per person per game and $4.50 per person more, visit for shoe rentals. Bowlers can also get a In Gilbert, FatCats Entertainment Center deal on Sunday from 6 p.m. until closing is a “casual bowling center,” that doesn’t time, paying $2.50 per game. offer leagues, general manager Bob Short Laser lights cast a neon glow on the said.


doesn’t matter, or if there are any disabilities.” Joshua Bell, adapted recreation coordinator for the City of Tempe, agreed. Tempe runs a Buddy Bowling Unified League combining people with and without disabilities. People with any type of physical, development or intellectual disability get help and guidance from “partners,” while they bowl at AMF Tempe Village Lanes on South Rural Road. “Bowling is a fun sport to do for all skill levels,” Bell said. “The sport is so easy to adapt to anyone’s skill level. It’s a sport that still constantly challenges you.”

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Every month, Highland Yard Vintage hosts an indoor market featuring 30 local designers and vendors. This month the theme of the market is “Refresh & Refine.” Show up to shop for unique New Year’s items for your home, closet, pantry and garden. DETAILS>> 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16. Behind Merchant Square, 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Cost: Free. 480-792-1919.

Journey back to 1958 and follow four girls as they attend the Springfield High School prom. Learn about their lives through more than 30 hit ’50s and ’60s songs, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” DETAILS>> Mondays and Tuesdays, Jan. 17 through Apr. 18. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page. Ave, Gilbert. Tickets: $18-$30. 480497-1181.

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From a story by acclaimed humorist Mark Twain comes a musical about an artist who decides to make his paintings more valuable by faking his own death. That’s just the start of the hilarity, which includes the artist posing as his own sister. DETAILS>> Wednesday to Saturdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 11. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave, Gilbert. Tickets: $18-$43. 480-497-1181.

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The Fab Four are the next best thing to a live Beatles concert. These eerily accurate performers play the Beatles’ biggest hits through the decades. Costumes change to match the song eras, and “Ed Sullivan” hosts the entire show. DETAILS>> 8 p.m., Friday, Jan 20. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets: $29.50-$54.50. 480-644-6560.

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