Archive of articles from previous issues.

August 2006

Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation to Develop
Teen Center at Grand Canyon University

$3 million facility to provide teens with safe, productive place to socialize when ‘School’s Out’

            Grand Canyon University, one of Arizona’s leading higher learning institutions, and the Solid Rock Foundation, the Christian non-profit organization created by rock star Alice Cooper, today announced an agreement to build a dynamic, 20,000-square-foot teen activity center on university grounds in Phoenix.
The approximately $3 million project – nicknamed “The Rock” – will offer a wide variety of after-school programs and special events for area youth.  The facility is designed to provide a safe and fun place for area teens to gather and participate in program activities that will make a difference in their lives.
The Rock will include a multi-use concert hall, coffee house with kitchen and snack bar, indoor basketball courts, rock climbing walls, sound room and recording studio, computer/study rooms and a game room. Concerts from youth bands will be planned and other special events are envisioned in partnership with community and church organizations.
Grand Canyon University also plans to work with Solid Rock Foundation to help coordinate volunteer and educational opportunities as well as youth activity programming.

“With Grand Canyon’s support, we are fulfilling a vision we’ve had for several years – to provide teens and children with a central place to learn, have fun, and explore their creativity in a supportive environment. I hope that in years to come, The Rock will be the first of many such teen centers in Arizona and around the country,” said Alice Cooper, Solid Rock’s chairman.
“Grand Canyon University welcomes Solid Rock Foundation to our expanding campus. We look forward to supporting area youth when ‘School’s Out,’” said Brent Richardson, Grand Canyon University’s chief executive officer.  “Not only is Alice Cooper a GCU honorary degree holder but our heritage and values-based educational approach fit well with Solid Rock’s goals. We look forward to a beautiful facility and fulfilling relationship.”
Phoenix native Alice Cooper has longstanding ties to Grand Canyon University. He has endowed more than 50 annual scholarships at GCU over the years and personally interviews each recipient. The university awarded Cooper an honorary doctorate degree in performing arts in 2005.
The Rock will be located on the southeast corner of GCU’s campus at Camelback Rd. and 33rd Ave. in Central Phoenix. 
The Solid Rock Foundation is currently fundraising for the facility’s development, which is expected to begin construction in 2007.  Individual and corporate donors are encouraged to contact Chuck Savale, executive director at or (888) 97-ALICE (972-5423).
About Grand Canyon University
Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a one of Arizona’s leading higher learning institutions and one of the nation’s fastest-growing. Based in Phoenix, the regionally accredited, private, Christian university offers online and campus-based Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  With a total enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional. More information:
About Solid Rock Foundation
The Solid Rock Foundation is a Christian nonprofit organization whose goal is to help to address the spiritual, economic, physical and social needs of teenagers and children in the community and make a difference in their lives. Established by entertainer Alice Cooper and his friend Chuck Savale in November 1995, the organization supports Christian and youth outreach in communities throughout Arizona. Solid Rock Foundation also hosts two major fundraisers each year, the Alice Cooper Celebrity Am Golf Tournament and Ali
ce Cooper’s Christmas Pudding music and comedy concert. More information:


The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that players will hit the road for the tenth year in a row for “Coyotes’ Caravan!” The tour will kick off in Tucson on Sunday, August 27 and hit Prescott on Monday, August 28. The Caravan will then make over 30 appearances across the Valley from Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, September 8. The Caravan will wrap up with the second annual ‘CoyotesFest’ party at Glendale Arena Saturday, September 9.

Coyotes players, broadcast personalities, other Coyotes notables and staff members will travel throughout Arizona and the Valley to provide fan-friendly opportunities for Coyotes players to meet and interact with fans. Each stop of the Caravan is unique as the players present educational and safety material to elementary schools, spend time with the kids and sign autographs and mingle with fans at ice rinks. In addition, fans can meet and get autographs from their favorite players at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gilbert on Friday, September 8 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. where KISS FM will broadcast live.
Another stop on the Caravan is an Open House at Glendale Arena Wednesday, August 30 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Coyotes Captain Shane Doan, and newly signed defenseman Ed Jovanovski will be on hand to sign autographs and get fans excited about the upcoming season. Doan and Jovanovski will be at the event from 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. Howler, the Coyotes mascot, will also be on the Caravan and at the Open House to meet and greet with fans.  Specific details as to which players will be at each event will be sent out soon. For more information, visit

Event updates, including player availability, to come daily

  • Sunday, August 27   Tucson   Tucson Ice Rink, 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

  • Monday, August 28  Prescott AZ-TV Live Morning Show  Granite Mountain School Humboldt School

  • Tuesday, August 29 Chandler Desert Schools Coyotes Center, 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, August 30 Glendale   Open House   Glendale Arena   6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.                         

  • Wednesday, August 30 Glendale Desert Ridge  Desert Trails School  

  • Wednesday, August 30 Glendale Chandler  Kyrene del Milenio School

  • Thursday, August 31 Peoria Desert Schools Coyotes Center, 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

  • Tuesday, September 5 Surprise/Peoria    Paramount Academy  Kingswood School                       

  • Tuesday, September 5 Goodyear Desert Thunder School  Desert Star School

  • Wednesday, September 6 Scottsdale ALLTEL Ice Den, 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

  • Thursday, September 7  Scottsdale   Laguna School                                                              

  • Thursday, September 7 Mesa Augusta Ranch School  Zuni School

  •  Friday, September 8  Gilbert KISS FM at Buffalo Wild Wings, S. Gilbert Rd., 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M

  • Saturday, September 9 Glendale CoyotesFest, Glendale Arena 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 The school appearances are not open to the public. The public is invited to all other stops, such as restaurants, ice rinks and the Open House. For more information on Coyotes’ Caravan and CoyotesFest visit


Ms. Arizona Wins BIG in Las Vegas!
Kayla Brooke Downs of Peoria, Arizona was crowned Ms. United States 2006-2007 on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was crowned Ms. Arizona United States this past May at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.  Not only was this a huge win for Kayla, but also it was a big score for Arizona.  This is the second year that Ms. Arizona has won this competition.  Nicole Falsone, Ms. Arizona 2005-2006, won this prestigious title of Ms. United States at last years competition. 

Kayla is 22 years old and is majoring in non-profit management at Arizona State University, where she is a dean's list student.  She is passionate about her charity work with abused and neglected children.  She plans to travel the United States this year and discuss Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention in schools, group homes and with as many politicians as possible.   She has been asked to become the state spokesperson for Free Arts of Arizona which is a nation wide organization that mentors children through the use of arts such as dance, painting and music. 
A nationally recognized program for young women ages 20+, the United States Pageant system select contestants who are well rounded, confident, intelligent, beautiful and committed to family and community.  Kayla was selected based on her inner self-confidence, her sincerity, passion to help others, and she is someone the judges feel will be able to make a difference in the world around us.
Contestants in the Ms. United States Pageant competed in the following categories: Panel Interview, Swimsuit, Evening Gown and on stage personality interview.   
If you wish to have Kayla as a spokesperson, hostess or emcee at your special event, she will be happy to assist if her schedule allows.  She is also available to help in the community through volunteering.  To schedule an appearance, please contact the national pageant director at: ., or her state directors at

Investor's Edge Coming to Phoenix
 Gary Kaltbaum, Fox News Channel business Contributor and host of the wildly popular radio show "Investor's Edge" heard live Monday-Friday on KFNN 1510  at 3 pm will be appearing at the Wyndham Downtown Phoenix on September 9th from 9am-noon. 
            Gary will be going over many of his disciplines.  He will be telling you and showing you his thoughts on the market as well as his favorite longs and shorts in the market.
            The cost is $39 per person, including a personalized autographed copy of his book. There will be limited seating. Registration is required.
            To register, just reply to this message your name, phone number, how many people and their names. Someone will contact you to confirm.
 If you have received this message in error please let us know.
            Gary Kaltbaum is Portfolio Manager / Senior Financial Advisor. Securities offered through Capital Securities of America Member NASD/SIPC 888-422-5559 / 407-514-3183

13-Year-Old Loses Horse, Best Friend
Girl he left behind 'devastated' by horse's death

By Jim Keyworth, Rim Country Gazette Editor
We first met Deanna Beisemeyer at the Payson Horseman's Association Annual Fun Day when the 13-year-old rode her horse, Dutchman's Gold (Dutch), to a second place finish competing mostly against adults. Little did we know that less than two months later, this happy story of a girl and her horse would take a tragic turn. Two weeks ago Dutch colicked, was rushed to the Valley for surgery, and died that night. What makes this story so tragic is that Deanna has some health issues that her special relationship with Dutch was helping her to overcome. Dutch's death has been a major setback. Deanna was leasing the horse from Star Valley accountant and writer Debra Speakes. In an e-mail to friends, Speakes explained what happened. Here is an edited version of that e-mail.

"I am sad to report that my Palomino gelding, Dutch, died this morning at a hospital in Gilbert following what we thought was successful surgery to repair a twisted bowel he suffered yesterday due to colic.  He was nine-years-old." Many of you reading this have known Dutch personally, and know of the trials and tribulations I went through with him. In January, a 13-year-old girl, friend of the boy down the street, came to ride my horses and ended up falling in love with and leasing Dutch from me." Since February 1st, he had been considered her horse, and I have not ridden him since, although he has remained here. Their relationship was wonderful to witness.  She loved him and he loved her. She could do things with him that he would never tolerate from me. She washed him, and combed him, and put glitter in his golden coat, and had his mane and tail clean and dazzling like snow. He's never looked more beautiful. She could do anything with him. The first time I saw her on him bareback with no bridle , just a halter and rope, I couldn't believe it.  I tried sliding on his back from the fence one day with no saddle or bridle and he promptly bit my foot and bolted, with me clinging to his mane. He galloped around to a corner and stopped and I quickly slid off. I never tried to ride him without a bridle again. She did it all the time. Dutch had always had an attitude with me, and would blow up for no apparent reason.  He would try to buck when asked to run. He bucked me off at a horse show and during a rodeo parade. He also bucked Deanna off once, but she worked with him and got him over his attitudes, and he became a willing participant with her. She would come over here and ride and groom and play with him and just love him for hours at a time.I loved watching them together.  I got more enjoyment out of watching the two of them together than I ever had gotten from riding him myself, and I was so glad I'd found someone who would love him instead of selling him to a stranger, which I had expected to do this summer anyway.

But yesterday morning, he developed colic, and local treatment and over an hour of walking him did not ease it, so the vet suspected he had a twisted colon.  The cost for the surgery would be about $7000, twice what the horse was actually worth.  But we had to try for Deanna's sake. She came with me as we drove him to the animal hospital in Gilbert (southeast of Phoenix) about 90 miles away.  At the hospital, he was able to get up from the floor of the trailer by himself, and backed out of the trailer, and walked into the hospital on his own steam. Seemed a good sign.  The surgery went well, but they did have some trouble with his blood pressure, and there were concerns about a thickening of the intestinal wall in the area of the twist. He came out of anesthesia without incident, was able to stand on his own without having to be hoisted, and we saw him when they were ready to take him to his stall. Deanna walked up to him and he put his head against her chest, and she hugged him. We left him in the stall, hooked up to IV's, looking like he'd been run over by a truck (he had some minor damage from thrashing around in the trailer) but he was up, he was alert, he had peed, and we knew he wasn't out of the woods yet, but everything looked optimistic at that point.

Three a.m. this morning the vet tried to reach me and both my phones were out of order. He left a message on the cell phone that the horse was in distress, and wanted to know if additional surgery should be considered to remove the damaged section of bowel. In the meantime, they gave him a lotof pain meds, but about 6 a.m., he just lay down and then died. I think he was just in too much shock from the whole ordeal. I got the messages after I got up about 7am and realized the cell phone had shut itself off. Anyway, I feel so bad for Deanna.  She loved him so very much and this has just devastated her.  I'm glad they were able to have the time together that they did have. Dutch died knowing he was loved, but the girl he left behind is having a very rough time of it.

Deanna's mother Barbara, who works in the transportation office of thePayson Unified School District, has been a widow for 13 years. She concurs with Speakes‚ assessment. "Those two were special together." She said. "She had that horse trained beautifully and they were the best of friends." Beisemeyer explained her daughter's medical condition. "She was born with traumatic stress syndrome," She said. "What they do is shut down. They try to close off the world, and we're trying to keep that from happening." "They have a tendency to forget how to learn, and Deanna was doing so well, and this whole thing was very devastating to her."

Although Dutch is gone, Speakes thinks Deanna will be OK, especially if she can somehow get another horse to call her own. "I think she's going to be OK," she said, fighting back tears. "It‚s going to take time, but I think She's going to be OK. The important thing is to get her on something that she can love again."

To help Deanna
The Biesemeye family can't afford another horse for Deanna, so The Gazette, in conjunction with the Payson Horseman's Association, is soliciting the help of the community. If you can spare any amount of money to help offset some of the $7000 in vet bills, please send a check to the Payson Horseman's Association at HC5 Box 63X, Payson, AZ 85541. Simply write the word "Deanna" on the memo line and we will be sure your money  is used to help this very special girl. Debra Speakes will send anybody who donates $50 or more a copy of her book "Suburban Cowgirl". Dutch is mentioned in the first chapter although only incidentally. For more information call Debra Speakes at (928)468-6167. Any money left over will be donated to the Payson Humane Society.

Scottsdale American Family Insurance Agent Earns Distinguished Insurance Agency Distinction
Debra Ernzen, an American Family Insurance agent in Scottsdale AZ, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program.  Ernzen joins other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service. Ernzen has been an agent for American Family since July 1998.  Her office is located at 2501 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale AZ.
The service excellence distinction was determined through a two-part evaluation process conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.  The first part consists of a customer satisfaction survey, which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent.  In order to proceed to the second step, agents must meet or exceed the standards measured on a national benchmark established by J.D. Power and Associates’ annual auto and home insurance customer satisfaction studies.  Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all agencies nationwide based on customer satisfaction surveys are eligible to become a Distinguished Insurance Agency.  

Agents who meet or surpass the overall national average must then pass a rigorous on-site evaluation based on five best practice areas: proactive reviews of customer insurance needs, claims handling, positive customer contacts, responsiveness and office environment.  

“The Distinguished Insurance Agency award helps our agents to identify the areas of customer service that are most valued by their customers,” says Jack Salzwedel, American Family president-elect.  “I am extremely pleased by the enthusiasm shown by our agents. The Distinguished Insurance Agency award reflects their commitment to providing the best value to our customers.”  

Mattress Firm Take Over Metropolitan Mattress
The conversion of the Metropolitan Mattress locations, combined with Mattress Firm's existing locations, makes Mattress Firm the largest mattress retailer in the greater Phoenix area with a total of 36 stores. The addition of these locations brings the Houston-based company's total store count nationwide to over 340 locations in 32 markets across 19 states.

 Elements of Mattress Firm's signature store format are transitioning into each Metropolitan Mattress location. The format features a combination of wood flooring, ceramic tile and carpet throughout the store along with artwork and natural wood fixtures and shutters accented by a warm color palette to create a comfortable, home-like look and feel. The store's "racetrack" floor plan allows customers to easily move throughout the store to browse and compare the different styles and brands, arranged by comfort level (pillowtop, plush, firm) and price.

 According to Gary Fazio, CEO of Mattress Firm, the modifications to the locations go far beyond just remodeling the store and changing the name. "We want customers to know that this is much more than simply giving these stores a facelift and new signage, we are creating an entirely new shopping experience," he said. "Our goal is to provide the broadest offering of bedding products, the most customized selection of mattresses, and a knowledgeable staff to educate our customers on the newest innovations in sleep comfort. We have already built a strong customer base in the Phoenix market and we are excited to be able to offer 23 new locations throughout the region to serve those customers." 

Each of the former Metropolitan Mattress locations feature more than 50 models of Mattress Firm's standard assortment of products and specialty mattresses from the leading brands of Sealy(R), Simmons(R), Stearns & Foster(R), and Tempur-Pedic(R). The stores also incorporate a Value Center offering an assortment of value-priced bedding, the company's "Red Carpet" delivery service, offering same-day delivery service, as well as comfort satisfaction and price guarantees. 

Two new products, offering the latest in pressure relieving sleep technology, have also been introduced into all 36 Phoenix Mattress Firm locations, TrueForm(TM) and RightTouch(TM) by Sealy Posturepedic. The TrueForm mattress uses advanced memory foam technology to evenly distribute weight and reduce pressure points. RightTouch features two independent air chambers that allow consumers to adjust the firmness of each side of the mattress to meet individual comfort needs and preferences. RightTouch is available in two models -- pillowtop and plush. 

To celebrate the inauguration of the new Mattress Firm stores, Mattress Firm will be holding a drive for the Child Crisis Center - East Valley, Inc. at all 36 Phoenix area Mattress Firm locations. All stores will be collecting goods that will help the children sleep well, including pajamas and blankets. Items can be dropped off at any Mattress Firm location from Aug. 14th through Aug. 20th. 

Addresses of the nearest New Mattress Firm Locations: •  2815 W. Peoria Ave A-105 Phoenix, AZ 85029 • 7000 E Mayo Blvd #1114 Phoenix, AZ 85374 • 12005 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix, AZ  85028 • 5890 W Bell Rd #102A Glendale, AZ  85308 • 7260 W Bell Rd Glendale, AZ  85308 • 13820 W Bell Rd Surprise, AZ  85374 • 6987 N Hayden Rd #A1 Scottsdale, AZ  85250 • 4815 E Carefree Hwy, Bldg 1 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 

FREE Performance dates Set For “Ballet Under the Stars”
Parks throughout the Valley host Ballet Arizona’s first performances of the 2006-07 season; FREE community concerts expand to six locations including Anthem, Ahwatukee, Glendale, Goodyear, Phoenix, and Tempe.

 Ballet Arizona opens its 2006-07 Season with free outdoor performances throughout the Valley, September 21st-23rd and 28th-30th.  These annual “Ballet Under the Stars” presentations signal the beginning of the Company’s season each year, providing thousands of residents a taste of Ballet Arizona’s artistry through hour-and-half-long presentations of classical and contemporary ballet.  Since it’s inception a decade ago, these free “Ballet Under the Stars” performances have been enjoyed by 75,000 Valley residents at more than 15 Valley-area community parks.   

For 2006-07, “Ballet Under the Stars” is expanding to six different locations for these popular sunset performances in parks throughout the Valley.  The program’s expansion mirrors Ballet Arizona’s ongoing commitment to share both classical and contemporary ballet to a wider array of Arizona audiences.  

"Ballet Under the Stars is great because it brings dancers out of the theater and into the community,” states Phoenix city councilman Tom Simplot, “The performances are free, fun and educational, and I'm so happy to have one in my district at Steele Indian School Park."

  •  Dates and times for the 2006 “Ballet Under the Stars” are:

  • Thursday, September 21st at 7 p.m. in Glendale at Historic Sahuaro Ranch Park

  • Friday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. in Tempe at Tempe Beach Park

  • Saturday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in Phoenix at Indian School Park

  • Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m. in Anthem, location to be announced

  • Friday, September 29th at 7 p.m. in Ahwatukee at Desert Foothills Park

  • Saturday, September 30th at 7 p.m. in Goodyear at Estrella Mountain Ranch Park

Presented in conjunction with “Ballet Under the Stars,” Ballet Arizona’s innovative “Class Act” program combines the talents and expertise of professional dancers and dance instructors (from Ballet Arizona and The School of Ballet Arizona) with youthful and creative ideas of local upper-elementary students.  Students work with the dancers and faculty to create and choreograph new dance works, including choosing music, creating dance movements, and developing the production tools required to perform the work.  The new ballets are performed by the students at “Ballet Under the Stars” performances.

Complete details of works to be performed and sponsor funding for the September 2006 “Ballet Under the Stars” will be announced.

The “Ballet Under the Stars” performances are part of BALLET ARIZONA’s Education & Community Programs. From school programs to family events, Ballet Arizona’s Education and Community Programs develop an awareness and understanding of dance and foster an appreciation of ballet as a vital cultural art form. These programs touch the lives of over 35,000 children, adults, and families every year. Ballet Arizona is proud to offer and continues to sculpt educational and engagement programs that provide rich cultural experiences of ballet and dance for children, students, and adults from around the Valley and throughout Arizona

 BALLET ARIZONA is the Southwest’s premier professional ballet company. Founded in 1986, Ballet Arizona is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new, innovative works. Ballet Arizona is under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ib Andersen, who was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than a decade. Ballet Arizona is committed to being an active part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, offering five fully-staged ballet productions each season in downtown Phoenix, as well as presenting a variety of educational and free community engagement activities that currently reach more than 35,000 children and adults each year. 

Alternative Fuels Coming to Western Arizona
Soon residents of Western Arizona and travelers passing through will be able to buy renewable and alternative fuels. Two groups have teamed to help develop and provide the fuels, possibly by September.

 “We can start right away by bringing biodiesel and E85 ethanol fuels to the region,” said Colleen Crowninshield, manager of the Tucson Clean Cities Coalition. She plans to do this by identifying potential gas station owners who are willing to obtain suppliers for the alternative fuels. The Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program encourages the use of alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them.  

According to Crowninshield, over 110,000 flex-fuel vehicles in Arizona can use E85 ethanol fuels, and any diesel vehicle can use biodiesel.  Ethanol is pure grain alcohol made by a distilling process from corn and other agricultural products, which is blended with 15 percent petroleum for an E85 motor fuel for flex-fuel vehicles. Biodiesel is made several ways – with soybeans or renewable grease from restaurants.  Although the fuels are available in central and southern Arizona, Clean Cities does not have a local chapter in the western part of the state. The Lower Colorado River Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) encompasses this area, and through the partnership will provide technical assistance and help obtain funding. Through its association with Conservation Districts and agricultural producers, the Council can coordinate with farmers to produce home-grown fuels.  

“Promoting renewable energy directly relates to the RC&D’s objectives to develop, expand and support natural resource-based industries and promote agricultural diversification,” said Danny Markus, RC&D coordinator. The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the program that was authorized by the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962.  RC&D councils execute projects in land conservation, land management, community development and water management.

With concerns regarding identity theft continuing to rise, Arizona Central Credit Union recently introduced a new suite of identity theft resolution services. These no-cost services include educational resources as well as one-on-one personal assistance for credit union members who become victims of identity theft.

 “Per capita, Arizona continues to lead the nation in identity theft crimes,” said David Kexel, Arizona Central Credit Union vice president of marketing. “We feel it is important to arm our members with proactive educational materials as well as no-cost resolution services to help them regain control of their identity should they become a victim.”  

Through a partnership with Digital Insight Corporation (NASDAQ: DGIN), the credit union’s online banking provider, and Identity Theft 911TM, the Scottsdale-based recognized leader in identity theft resolution services, Arizona Central members have access to a comprehensive website with tips on avoiding identity theft, information regarding the latest threat alerts, current statistics, and other resources.  “If one of our members should ever become a victim, we will assign them a personal advocate to help them sort through the maze of regaining control of their identity,” Kexel said.

 Federal Trade Commission statistics estimate that almost 10 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year, with 19,000 consumers in Arizona alone. That ranks Arizona the highest in the country for total fraud and identity theft complaints. According to Identity Theft 911, the majority of identity theft cases do not result in substantial out-of-pocket expenses for victims; rather, the most significant losses are time and a sense of personal safety. Identity Theft 911’s service is designed to eliminate these problems and provide support during this unfortunate experience.   

For more information about Arizona Central and its identity theft resolution services, call (602) 264-6421 or toll free 1-866-264-6421, or visit 


Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association President & CEO Debbie Johnson experienced a Rocky Mountain high at the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Summer Summit, held at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado.  

The winners of the 40th Annual AH&LA Achievement Awards were announced at the prestigious Stars of the Industry Awards breakfast and an impressive three trips to the podium were required by the Arizona contingency.  The awards, created in 1966, recognize individual hotel properties that have developed outstanding public relations campaigns, with categories including community service; Good Earthkeeping; guest relations; and special events, one-time only and ongoing.

 The Hermosa Inn was named winner of the guest relations award, small property category, with their innovative Points of Distinction program based on the acronym "ARTFUL" to motivate employees and to highlight the property's unique and authentic Arizona history.  The program, which calls upon the hotel's history as an artist's home and studio, was embraced by the entire team, creating a culture that made guest experience the number one priority. 

The Grand Canyon's El Tovar Lodge won the special events, one-time only, small property award. Recognized for their 100th anniversary celebration in 2005, this magnificent two-day event honored the history of this landmark property, which underwent an extensive $5 million renovation to retain its original look and feel.  The celebration included period musical performances, art exhibits, ranger tours and traditional Native American dances. 

And completing the triumvirate:  Robb McCreary, General Manager of the Embassy Suites Phoenix, was named Arizona's recipient of the 2006 Most Valuable Volunteer Awards.   This award was created in 1998 to honor the many volunteers who help strengthen both AH&LA and their partner state associations. 

"Only a handful of states can boast of winning three categories, which is a testament to the creative and innovative approaches our Arizona lodging industry utilizes to promote our treasured tourism resources," said Johnson. 

Phoenix Coyotes Team and AZ-TV Reached Agreement
The NHL Phoenix Coyotes and AZ-TV announced that they have reached agreement on a multi-year partnership making AZ-TV (KAZT, Channel 27/Cable 13/Direct TV 7) the over the air broadcast home for the Coyotes.

 “This new partnership with AZ-TV allows us to present the best schedule of Coyotes games in conjunction with FSN Arizona,” said Coyotes Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek. “AZ-TV’s distribution throughout Arizona allows us to televise our games to hockey fans across much of the state.”

 KAZT station General Manager Ron Bergamo added, “As a station with a strong commitment to sports, we’re thrilled to have the Coyotes on AZ-TV. New ownership, some big player signings…it all shapes up to be a great season for the team, and we’re happy to welcome them to their new broadcast home.” 

The Coyotes’ deal with AZ-TV is a multi-season pact, and will bring more than 20 games per season live to the more than 1.6 million homes statewide that receive AZ-TV over the air, on cable and on satellite. Play-by-play announcer Curt Keilback and color analyst Darren Pang will be back to call all of the action. 

“There’s terrific momentum at AZ-TV,” said Michael Hagerty, the station’s Director of Programming and Promotion. “Our ratings are growing constantly with the addition of programming that appeals to young adults and the Coyotes not only fit where we’re going demographically, they add a new dimension and excitement.” For the 2006-2007 season, AZ-TV has already announced the addition of According To Jim, Married…With Children, and Cheers to its daily lineup.

 The schedule of games airing on AZ-TV will be determined and announced in the next few weeks. Please contact Heather Van Peursem with the Coyotes Corporate Communications Department at 623.435.4522 with any questions.  

Valley Forward Announces EarthFest Educators Night
Arizona K-12 teachers are invited to attend Valley Forward's third annual EarthFest Educators Night, on Thursday, September 14th, 2006 from 4-7 p.m. This free event will be held at the Phoenix Zoo 455 North Galvin Parkway, the event  is designed to inform educators about environmental education opportunities. More than 50 exhibits on environmental education curricula, field trips and related activities will be featured. In addition, details about Valley Forward‚s EarthFest Education Grant will be provided and teachers encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 in funding. The program is held in partnership with Freescale Semiconductor and a growing list of sponsors. 

Upwards of 300 teachers are expected to attend the event. They will preview some 50 interactive environmental education booths showcasing opportunities for students in K-12 offered by non-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses throughout the Valley. All attendees will receive an environmental education tool as a giveaway at the conclusion of the program. Forward's EarthFest Educators Night will spotlight resources and information on such topics as water conservation, recycling, air quality issues, transportation, open space and land-use planning. 

For more information contact Diane Brossart, Valley Forward Association,  (602) 240-2408 or Zenobia Mertel, Olson Communication,  (602) 595-6992.

 Cardinals Stadium
Cardinals Stadium is across the street from the Glendale Arena. It is likely the stadium will be renamed after a naming rights contract is negotiated. The 63,500-seat stadium (expandable to 72,800). The first regular season game is set for September 10th against the San Francisco 49ers, this will be the first time the Cardinals will play on the opening weekend of the NFL season at home since moving to Arizona in 1988. The stadium will also be home to the annual Fiesta Bowl and, once every four years, the BCS National Championship Game. In 2008, the stadium will host Super Bowl XLII. The Stadium will also be the site for the West Regional Finals of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

The facility features a retractable roof as well as the first fully retractable natural grass playing surface built in the United States. An opening on one side of the stadium allows the playing field to move to the exterior of the building so the entire natural turf playing surface can be exposed to daylight when it is not in use. This unique design element prevents the problems that have plagued the grass at Chase Field. The grass field rolls out of the stadium on a 12-million pound tray built on 13 rails, which takes about an hour to move in and out of the stadium. With the field in the outboard position, the 158,000-square foot floor is unencumbered by the turf and features a built-in utility grid.

 A plaza surrounding the stadium is named the Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza in memory of the former Cardinals defensive back who was killed in action while serving with the United States Army in Afghanistan.

  • Facility statistics:

  • • Location: Glendale, Arizona 85305

  • • Surface: Grass

  • • Construction cost: $455 million

  • • Fiesta Bowl (NCAA) (starting in 2007)

  • • Seating capacity: 63,500 (can be expanded to 72,800)

  • • The stadium has 88 luxury suites.

  • • The stadium has a built-in tailgating lawn, called Sportsman's Park, directly outside the stadium.

  • • There are no obstructed view seats in the stadium. There are visible areas in the upper deck of the end zone where seats could have been put in but were not due to the giant pillars supporting the roof structure.

  • • The roof is made out of fabric and opens in twelve minutes. It is the first retractable roof ever built on an incline.

 Diane and Bruce Halle Honored for their Leadership in
Early Childhood Issues

New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development (NDI), is a Member of Arizona’s Children Association Family of Agencies. NDI presented the Science of Early Learning Award to Diane and Bruce Halle for their leadership in early childhood advocacy issues and longstanding commitment to the academic success of Arizona’s children.  

The Halle's established The Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, which supports many non-profit organizations and provides two and four-year college and vocational school scholarships to qualified children of Discount Tire Company employees. Discount Tire Company has also launched a program called Rising STAAR (Striving Together to Achieve Academic Results) which recognizes and encourages academic success for eligible children of Arizona employees in grades 4 - 11. The program's goals are to motivate employee's children to stay in school and pave the road to a successful future. The Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation was an early and generous supporter of The Center for the Future of Arizona, which just recently published "Beat The Odds", a comprehensive report in conjunction with the Morrison Institute, outlining why some schools with Latino children beat the odds and others don't.  

The Science of Early Learning Award was presented by NDI at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. More than 500 attendees, including political leaders and members of the Valley business community, gathered for the luncheon to honor Bruce and Diane Halle for their commitment to Arizona’s children. Ina Manaster served as host and emphasized the significance of the Halle’s many contributions to education. Guest speaker Jim Zaharis, Vice President of the Office for Education at Greater Phoenix Leadership, discussed the impact that the early years can have on future successes in education throughout Arizona. The luncheon, underwritten by Arizona Public Service, benefited NDI’s training and advocacy work in the science of early brain development.

 NDI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach parents and caregivers simple yet specific and effective interactions that will significantly impact the intellectual and emotional development of a young brain. NDI was created with the goal of providing parents and caregivers with training and tools to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop a healthy brain and enter school ready to learn. NDI offers training to parents, childcare workers and other caregivers in early brain development that is high quality, accessible and affordable.

"Parents in our programs provide more consistent and predictable care, and engage in purposeful activities and play," said Dr. Stamm, program director and co-founder. "Giving infants and toddlers the tools they will need to develop to their full potential will benefit the entire community for generations."  

About Arizona’s Children Association , the oldest and largest statewide, full-service nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health agency in Arizona, has remained true to its mission of ‘protecting children and preserving families’ since 1912. Meeting the needs of more than 42,000 children and families throughout the state, Arizona's Children Association’s success is driven by more than 40 Prevention, Intervention and Permanency programs in all 15 Arizona counties. 

Calling All Those Who Serve Those Dealing With Cancer
The Wellness Community is inviting those supporting the thousands of people diagnosed and dealing with cancer to participate in its second annual Wellness Community Cancer Resource Fair slated for Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 from 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.  Early bird rates expire in September.  Organizations and businesses from throughout Arizona are welcome.   

The fair will be presented through a Path of Hope, a meandering walk through the grounds of The Wellness Community, featuring the four cornerstones of cancer recovery: Hope & Support; Knowledge; Mind/Body/Spirit; and; Exploration & Expression. Exhibitors can choose which cornerstone or area best represents their company or organization’s services, programs or products supporting those dealing with cancer and those who help in their healing.

 The Wellness Community Cancer Resource Fair will take place at the beautiful outdoor campus of The Wellness Community, 360 East Palm Lane, Phoenix. Registration forms can be found on The Wellness Community’s web site at . Those registered by September 22nd can take advantage of early bird rates of $75 for non-profit organizations and $125 for others.  After September 22nd, 2006, the rate for a not-profit is $100; for-profit $150.

The Wellness Community of Central Arizona is a national, nonprofit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.  Program offerings are varied and include everything from yoga classes to journaling, “ask the therapist” sessions and programs on specific forms of cancer.  More than 6,500 visits were made to the Phoenix site last year for its free support, education and cancer wellness programs. 

Date Change For Dixie Chicks’ Accidents & Accusations
North American Tour  

AEG Live announces some changes to the Dixie Chicks’ “Accidents & Accusations” North American tour itinerary that is now scheduled to play through December 5th, 2006. Included in the revised routing, the Glendale concert at Glendale Arena that was originally scheduled for September 3rd has been moved to Sunday, November 19th.  Tickets purchased for the September 3rd concert will be honored at the November 19th concert.

 AEG Live rerouted some of the Dixie Chicks late summer U.S. concerts into the fall months to both accommodate demand as well as to allow the group some promotion time in September around the debut of the documentary film “Dixie Chicks” Shut Up and Sing” which was just accepted by the Toronto International Film Festival.   

Tickets for the Glendale Arena concert can be purchased at the Glendale Arena Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (480) 784-4444 or online via Tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change. For more information visit .

 New Call to Artists Prospectus
The Herberger Theater Center is accepting applications for inclusion in our Art Gallery. The Herberger invites you to submit artwork for consideration in an exhibit between January and June 2007.  Artists are selected by a juried panel consisting of artists from various disciplines. Deadline for entries is October 2nd, 2006.

 The Call To Artists is open to professional artists, 18 years or older, residing in Arizona.  A brief resume or bio, electronic images and a $20 non-refundable fee must accompany the entry form.  Official rules and application are available to download on the art gallery page of our website or by calling (602) 254-7399 x115.

 The Herberger Theater‚s current exhibit is available for viewing through October 1st. In "A Sense of Place", artwork features interior and exterior spaces ranging from landscape paintings to installations.  Participating artists include Rhonda Shakur Carter, Carolyn Dunn, Kevin Dyer, Rita Elkins, Judy Feldman, Christine Kierstead, Steve Miller and Daniel O‚Connell.  All artwork is available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Herberger Theater Center.

  For further information, contact Laurene Austin at (602) 254-7399 x105 or at .

  • Now Showing:

  • • Singer Summer Sing Fling August 20th

  • • My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish  I'm in Therapy August 24th - 27th

  • • Dulce Dance Company September 2nd

  • • Sleeping Beauty Childsplay September 9th - 30th

  • • Natural Body Building September 9th

  • • Second Act: Happy Hour September 12th

  • Lunch Time Theater

  • • Chuy Colores Actors-Writers Workshop August 1st - 3rd

  • • Wanda's Visit Blackball Ensemble August 8th - 10th, 15th - 17th

  • • Dream Weavers Theatre Maxim September 19th - 28th

Jude LaCava of FOX-10 Named Honorary Chair
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has named FOX-10’s Jude LaCava Honorary Chair of its Greater Phoenix Light the Night Walk®, the Society’s annual fundraising walk to be held October 14th, to raise funds for cancer research and patient services. Mr. LaCava is the sports anchor for FOX-10 News and hosts “FOX-10 Sports Night” on Sunday nights.  He has been with FOX-10 since 1993. 

At Light The Night Walk events across the country and Canada, participants carry illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters – to raise awareness and funds to advance the Society’s mission.  

“Light The Night is a celebration of life and survivorship, and a meaningful way to honor lives lost to blood cancer,” said Mr. LaCava. “The event is a great way to build a spirit of caring and cooperation in the community as they help those who have been touched by cancer.  I am honored to serve and to encourage commitment from local businesses and corporations. We are taking strides to save lives.”  

Mr. LaCava pointed out that survival rates for some forms of blood cancer have improved dramatically over the past 45 years, but still, too many patients are dying. In 1964, a patient with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of the disease to strike children, had only a 3 percent chance of living five years, while in 2001, the five year survival rate jumped to 86 percent. Yet, more than 22,000 people died from leukemia in 2005.  

“Every five minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer; every 10 minutes someone dies from these diseases,” Mr. LaCava said. “More than 54,000 people died of these diseases last year and that is far too many. The Light The Night campaign helps bring hope to thousands of patients and their families.”  

To find out more about forming a Walk team, please contact the Desert Mountain States Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 602-788-8622, or register online at . For more information about blood cancer, visit  or call the Society’s Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers,  nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients  and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572,  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6

20th Annual Lincoln Guild Invitational Golf Tournament
John C. Lincoln Health Foundation’s 20th Annual Lincoln Guild Invitational Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at the Wildfire Golf Club at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix. Proceeds from the tournament benefit John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission Food Bank, Children’s Dental Clinic, and Community Health Center.

The day of the event, check in begins at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tournament players are encouraged to come early to check in and practice on the driving range. The $300 donation includes green fees for 18 holes, a golf cart, tee prizes, range balls, lunch, on-course contests and a cocktail reception with dinner. Registration can be completed online at .  Or, for more information, call Thea Smith at (602) 870-6306.

Piper Trust Awards Nearly $4.7 Million to
27 Nonprofits Serving Maricopa County

The Board of Trustees of The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust today announced awards of nearly $4.7 million to 27 nonprofits serving Maricopa County residents. The grants will fund a variety of programs including a collaboration to provide dental sealants for uninsured children; continued efforts to educate pediatricians and parents about healthy child development practices; and strategies to connect baby boomers with meaningful encore careers that benefit the community.

More than 10,000 children who do not have dental insurance will receive free dental sealants through an innovative partnership of three foundations. The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, the BHHS Legacy Foundation and the Piper Trust are funding a three-year, $540,000 project that will establish portable dental services in Phoenix’s Alhambra, Osborn and Washington school districts to seal the teeth of uninsured students in second and sixth grades.

“Sealing children’s permanent molars has proven to be an effective and cost-efficient way to prevent tooth decay as well as medical ailments that can result from tooth decay,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, president and CEO of The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. She notes that 31 percent of children in Arizona have never seen a dentist, and only 19 percent of Arizona’s third graders have access to sealants despite their proven benefits and relatively low cost.

Continuing its investment in educating residents, pediatricians and parents about healthy development practices in young children, the Trust awarded a $350,000 grant to Maricopa Integrated Health System to establish a family learning center that will serve as a catalyst to educate parents and train pediatric residents. Over the past four years, the Trust has invested more than $1.3 million to integrate early child development practices into all of Maricopa County’s pediatric residency training programs and to implement programs that educate and empower parents and physicians about healthy child development.

“Parents and pediatricians are children’s best advocates in ensuring that they are growing and developing appropriately,” said Marilee Dal Pra, senior program officer for the Piper Trust. “The more parents and pediatricians understand infant and toddler development – including normal age-appropriate milestones and behaviors – the more confident they will be in identifying problems and pursuing solutions.”

Another group that provides support services for parents received a $50,000 grant to purchase a new vehicle for its Family Fun Van program. The East Valley Support Consortium, which consists of seven East Valley agencies, provides parenting information to four Mesa neighborhoods through the mobile outreach program.

Connecting Boomers with Encore Careers According to an AARP survey, 79 percent of baby boomers believe they will still be working at least part-time during their retirement, either for enjoyment or for the necessary income. Two programs the Trust funded are developing strategies to capitalize on the experience of baby boomers nearing retirement age through jobs that benefit the community.

The City of Tempe Community Services Department received a $297,397 grant to implement Experience Corps, a program that places older adults in afterschool programs as tutors and mentors to assist struggling readers. The program, in conjunction with the Tempe Connections/Next Chapter project, will match 36 older adults with 250 students in high-poverty schools each year. Civic Ventures, which operates the Experience Corps program nationally, received a grant to provide technical assistance for the project.

GateWay Community College also received an $8,300 planning grant to develop a Workforce Transition Center to serve the needs of the older worker and employer community.

 Improving End-of-life Care The Trust’s work with pediatric residency training programs prompted staff to explore the training process for physicians working with patients at the other end of the spectrum – those requiring palliative and hospice care. The result was a $276,000 grant to Hospice of the Valley to develop a coordinated program to teach palliative care medicine to all primary care physicians in residency training programs throughout Maricopa County.

 Providing Opportunities for Youth Several programs that provide learning and growth opportunities for children and adolescents received funding. The largest grant, made to The Salvation Army and totaling $750,000, will support the local match requirement for a $64 million Kroc grant to construct a new youth center that will nearly double the size of the current facility at South Mountain in Phoenix. The Trust also joined with Arizona Diamondbacks Charities, Inc. to help build handicapped-accessible baseball fields in Northeast Phoenix. The fields are the first in the Valley to incorporate a rubberized material that will allow disabled youth to play on fields free from obstructions and hazardous surfaces.

Two planning grants were awarded to explore opportunities for science and technology education programs. The Arizona Science Center received a $50,000 grant to support planning for the design and renovation of its interactive permanent exhibition “All About You.” The renovated exhibit will include displays that incorporate the newest scientific information about the human body. A grant to Arizona State University will support a planning effort to explore using the resources and expertise of the ASU/Scottsdale Center for New Technology and Innovation to enhance K-12 education.

 Supporting Arts Organizations Two theater groups were awarded grants totaling $380,000 to assist with fundraising and marketing initiatives. Actors Theatre of Phoenix will use a $250,000 grant to implement a comprehensive fund development strategy over the next two years. Scottsdale Community Players, which recently merged with Greasepaint Scottsdale Youththeatre, was awarded $130,000 to expand its children’s programming and develop a marketing plan to increase program participation.

 Improving Healthcare and Developmental Services for Children In addition to the Delta Dental Foundation collaborative, trust grants supported four programs that provide at-risk children with greater access to healthcare and developmental services. These programs are Children’s Action Alliance received $178,600 to work with state agencies to remove administrative barriers for pubic health insurance for children in low-income families; The Neighborhood Christian Clinic received $150,000 to hire a nurse practitioner to provide medical services to more uninsured families; Homeward Bound was awarded $225,000 to fund services for young children in families impacted by domestic violence and homelessness. The  New Arizona Family, Inc., which provides substance abuse treatment and mental health services to indigent populations, received $180,000 to fund a child care facility to support women in addiction recovery is also included.  

Enhancing Early Learning Environments As part of its efforts to enhance preschool education, the Trust awarded $687,467 to the Roman Catholic Church of Phoenix for capital improvements at 20 Catholic preschools. The Trust supports introducing best practice curricula to the preschools with the hope that, once tested, the program can be expanded more broadly in Maricopa County.

 Small Grants Several small grants were awarded to nonprofits including the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Beatitudes Center D.O.A.R., Inc., the Bead Museum, The Collaboration for a New Century, National Arts Strategies, New Way Learning Academy, the Pediatric Foundation of Arizona, Inc. and the Early Education Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation.

 The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is committed to honoring Virginia Piper’s legacy of making grants to nonprofit organizations whose work enhances the lives of people living in Maricopa County. By strengthening nonprofits in our community and encouraging strategic planning for the future, the Trust strives to make Maricopa County a stronger, healthier and more livable community.  The Piper Trust began awarding grants in 2000. To date, the Trust has invested more than $148 million in nonprofits and programs that serve the people of Maricopa County. The Trust focuses its grant making on healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. For more information about the Trust, please visit .

Auditions for Ballet Arizona’s all New Production of
The Nutcracker Held August 27th

Auditions to take place at Ballet Arizona studios openings available for boys and girls, ages 9-16. Open auditions for Ballet Arizona’s all new production of Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker will be held August 27th at the Ballet Arizona Studios.  Auditions for this timeless holiday classic are open to ballet students of all levels, boys and girls ages 9-16.  Registration begins one hour prior to audition times and there is a $10 fee for all participants who are not currently a student of The School of Ballet Arizona or Arizona School for the Arts. 

Audition times are as follows:

  •             For SBAZ and ASA students:

  •                         • Boys (ages 9-16):  9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  •                         • Girls (ages 9-12):  10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

  •                         • Girls (ages 13-16): 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  •             For all ballet students:

  •                         • Boys (ages 9-16):  9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  •                         • Girls (ages 9-12):  12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  •                         • Girls (ages 13-16): 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

* Please note that there are no height restrictions and some children may be asked to stay and audition with another age group.
All children cast to perform in Ballet Arizona’s ALL NEW production of The Nutcracker will begin rehearsals on Saturday, September 9th, 2006. Rehearsals will be held almost every Saturday through December 2nd, 2006 at the Ballet Arizona Studios. Dress rehearsals will be held at Symphony Hall during the week of December 4th prior to the first public performance on December 9th, 2006. The Nutcracker runs December 9th – 27th, 2006 at Symphony Hall in Downtown Phoenix. For more information contact Ballet Arizona.

prominent scottsdale developers announce new luxury residences at pinnacle peak Monarch Communities and SCS Advisors to Build Privada
Scottsdale development groups, Monarch Communities, LLC and SCS Advisors, Inc., have joined to develop Privada, a private residential community located in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak in North Scottsdale. Sales of the 38 distinguished, luxury residences will begin in July 2006.

Combining the development savvy of SCS Advisors and the luxury building expertise of Monarch Communities, Privada promises to deliver the high quality and prestige that are synonymous with the Pinnacle Peak area. Neighboring the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and the Estancia Club, Privada will provide the ultimate in luxury living and proximity to magnificent dining and extravagant shopping. “You can’t find a piece of land like this in North Scottsdale anymore. It’s a unique piece of property with stunning views of legendary Pinnacle Peak and the valley below,” said John Pappas, Principal of SCS Advisors. “Privada will be one of the last new developments at the base of Pinnacle Peak and we’re thrilled to partner with Peter Burger at Monarch Communities on this development.”

Peter Burger, president of Monarch Communities, understands the North Scottsdale market and the nuances of designing and building in the desert. Burger has been involved in the luxury home market in the Scottsdale area for more than 15 years. Burger’s partner at Monarch Communities, Jennifer Patterson, brings more than 20 years of luxury home experience to Privada. Previously, Monarch has successfully launched several luxury communities in Scottsdale, including The Rocks, an exclusive private residence club managed by Troon Golf, and the upscale Canyon Villas at Silverleaf.

Privada’s 38 luxury residences are designed to blend in with the surrounding Sonoran Desert with authentic Santa Fe style architecture. Two floor plans are available ranging from 3,104 to 3,825 square feet. The homes feature many optional design elements that add flexibility to the floor plans, including an extra bedroom or bathroom, game room, morning room and guest casita. These homes start at $1.35 million. “Privada will be the crown jewel at Pinnacle Peak,” added Burger.  “SCS Advisors is the ideal partner for providing the ultimate luxury experience in North Scottsdale’s most prestigious enclave.”

In addition, Privada offers 11 custom home sites nestled among boulders in the highest points of the property. These distinctive lots offer privacy and stunning views. Home sites range from three-quarters of an acre to two acres with prices starting in the mid $800’s.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will handle the sales of the luxury residences and home sites. For more information about the luxury residences and homesites, please contact Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 480-473-7711.



The Desert Foothills Chapter (DFC) of the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) is pleased and excited to welcome its members back on Wednesday, September 13th, at 7:30 P.M. for a stimulating speaker and a beautiful new meeting facility.   The new meeting place will be the Scottsdale First Assembly Dream Center, 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale, the NW corner of Pima and Dynamite.   The September speaker is archaeoastronomer John Fountain, from Tucson, Arizona.   His talk is titled Geoglyphs: The Orphans of Rock Art.   This hour long talk is free and the public is invited to attend.

John Fountain began his career as an astronomer who did frequent contract work with NASA.  From the University of Arizona, he helped analyze the first spacecraft pictures of the moon during the Ranger Project and co-authored the Consolidated Lunar Atlas, used by the Apollo astronauts.   He also co-discovered two of Saturn’s satellites and supervised the production of images of Jupiter and Saturn, delivered from  the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft.  He also participated in Mariner and Voyager missions.

His experience with outer space photographs led John to notice and became interested in geoglyphs, a form of rock art where large portions of the earth’s surface are scraped away to form animal or human shapes.  Readily seen from space, these geoglyphs may incorporate the use of piled up rocks and also form linear, circular or abstract shapes.   Outside the famous Nazca Lines of Peru, these geoglyphs are relatively unknown and unstudied.  Hundreds of geoglyphs can be found along the lower Colorado and Gila Rivers in Arizona.  Other unusual features seen from space are called summit paths.  These three foot wide paths go straight up the sides of hills.  Their purpose may be related to rock art and geoglyphs, which are typically found near these sites.  John will be showing the chapter digital photos of both of these constructs and discussing their possible purpose and use.   In addition, he will explore ways that these features might be preserved until they can be fully studied and documented.

For the past fifteen years, John has been investigating astronomical references in the rock art of Native Americans.   His work has documented many rock art solstice and equinox markers and he has established a database of these solar markers, which he found are surprisingly common and widespread throughout North America.   He has led archaeoastronomy tours for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and was featured in a KUAT-TV production of The Desert Speaks – Shadows of the Ancients.   He has published 35 scientific papers.   Recently, he co-edited the book, Current Studies in Archaeoastronomy: Conversations Across Time and Space, published in 2005 by the Carolina Academic Press.   John will bring several copies of his book to the talk, which will be on sale for $55.00, ten dollars off the list price.   He will be available to sign them after the meeting.  

The DFC has been outgrowing its old headquarters at the Cave Creek Complex.  We are delighted to offer our member’s access to the beautiful new Dream Center and its spacious sanctuary and meeting rooms.   In addition, the DFC would like to welcome anyone from the North Scottsdale area who has an interest in archaeology to come and see what our chapter has to offer.   The DFC has been on summer hiatus and looks forward to seeing all our members back at our new meeting location.   DFC chapter meetings are at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of each month, from September to May.  

The AAS is an independent, non profit and state-wide volunteer organization that serves as a link between the professional archaeologist and the amateur enthusiast.  Its goals are to foster public awareness, interest, research and conservation of Arizona’s rich archaeological heritage, with special emphasis on protecting these vulnerable resources.  The DFC has been active in Cave Creek and the Desert Foothills area for nearly 30 years.  The AAS website, has membership forms and up to date information about each of the state’s chapters.  Please contact DFC President Judy Rounds at  602.363.6985 for information on speakers or other chapter events.

Youth Sports
Cactus Foothills Little League-South is accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 5 to 16 for baseball and softball fall leagues. Registration, at Lone Mountain Elementary School, 5250 E. Montgomery Road, Cave Creek, is available Saturdays in August from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Aug. 16th and Aug. 23rd from 6-8 p.m. Fees range from $70-$105, which includes a T-shirt and hat. Registrations received after Aug. 26th are subject to a $25 late fee per family.

    The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has released the following 20 players: running back Damien Anderson, tackle Jeremy Bridges, fullback John Bronson, linebacker Mark Brown, defensive tackle Tim Bulman, cornerback Dyshod Carter, tight end Eric Edwards, safety Chris Harrell, fullback James Hodgins, wide receiver Carlyle Holiday, cornerback Darrell Hunter, linebacker Isaac Keys, defensive end Tyler King, wide receiver Greg Lee, center Shawn Lynch, safety Jay McCareins, tackle Alan Reuber, wide receiver Micheal Spurlock, wide receiver Todd Watkins, and cornerback Justin Wyatt.
    The team has also placed safety Jack Brewer (shoulder) on injured reserve while linebacker Lance Mitchell (ankle) was waived with injury, meaning he could revert to injured reserve.
    In addition, defensive end Anton Palepoi (shoulder) and defensive end Kenny King (hand) have both reached injury settlements with the team.
    Today¹s moves put the Cardinals at the 53-man roster limit, which all clubs are required to reach by this afternoon. 
    The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has been awarded its waiver claims on safety Hanik Milligan (San Diego) and cornerback Matt Ware (Philadelphia). Each was released by their respective teams yesterday when rosters were trimmed to 53.
    To make room on the roster, the team has released cornerback Lamont Reid and placed wide receiver LeRon McCoy (thumb) on injured reserve.
    Milligan (6-3, 200) appeared in all 16 games last season for the Chargers and led the team with 21 special teams tackle en route to his first Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player. Originally drafted by San Diego in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft (188th overall) out of Houston, Milligan appeared in 30 games with the Chargers over the past three seasons collecting 36 special teams tackles. Last year, he became the first San Diego special teams player to ever be selected to the Pro Bowl.
    Ware (6-2, 210) appeared in all 16 games last season for the Eagles contributing 15 tackles (11 solos) and 17 special teams tackles. Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft (89th overall) out of UCLA, Ware appeared in 28 games in his first two seasons in the NFL collecting 26 tackles (14 solos) and 32 special teams tackles. He provided the Eagles with one of the their most memorable plays last season when he returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for the game winning points in a victory over San Diego.  
    In addition, the Cardinals have signed fullback John Bronson, wide receiver Carlyle Holiday, cornerback Darrell Hunter, center Shawn Lynch, wide receiver Micheal Spurlock, wide receiver Todd Watkins, and cornerback Justin Wyatt to the practice squad.
    The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed veteran guard Chris Liwienski, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings. To make room on the roster, safety Ernest Shazor (toe) was released with an injury settlement.
    Liwienski (6-5, 325) comes to the Cardinals after appearing in 15 games (nine starts at left guard) last season for Minnesota. Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Indiana in 1999, Liwienski has appeared in 94 regular season games with 74 starts during his NFL career. He had a streak of 75 consecutive starts (including postseason) broken last season at Green Bay when he was a game-day inactive. The eight-year veteran has played three different positions (right tackle, left guard, and right guard) during his career.
    Liwienski was released by the Vikings in their final roster cut on September 2. He will wear #63. In addition, the Cardinals have also signed quarterback Shane Boyd to the practice squad. Boyd (6-1, 232) spent the 2006 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was released in the team¹s final cut on September 2.
    Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Tennessee in 2005 out of Kentucky, Boyd was released prior to the 2005 regular season by the Titans and was out of football last year. He signed with Pittsburgh in February, 2006 and was allocated to NFL Europe with the Cologne Centurions where he completed 100 of 185 passes for 1,139 yards and five touchdowns.

AT GLENDALE ARENA Saturday, September 9 from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    The Phoenix Coyotes announced today they are hosting the second annual ŒCoyotesFest¹ at Glendale Arena, Saturday, September 9 from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. The event features a wide variety of activities that allow fans to mingle with Coyotes players, broadcasters and other Coyotes notables.
    Activities will be held throughout the Arena and include a Jeopardy game with players and a Hockey 101 seminar with broadcasters. There will be a number of autograph and photo sessions with the players, locker room and press level tours, trivia contests and the Zamboni will be out for fans to see. A Kids Zone will feature fun for little kids and will have a Q & A session with Coyotes broadcasters.
    In addition, popular rock band MetalHead will be performing from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and the Pack, the Coyotes new dance squad, will be introduced to the public in the Lexus Club. New and used hockey equipment will be on sale, as well as a Garage Sale featuring merchandise with the old Coyotes logo. Howler, the Coyotes mascot, will also be there to meet and greet with fans.
    CoyotesFest is a great way to kick off the hockey season, said Coyotes President and COO Douglas Moss. "Fans will be able to enjoy the many activities that are available and be able to spend time with their favorite players in very unique settings."
    Although admission to CoyotesFest is free, the Coyotes are requesting a $5 donation for locker room tours. Children two and under are free. All donations will go to Coyotes Charities.

For more information on CoyotesFest visit 

A Cooperative Conservation Listening Session for citizens to exchange ideas on incentives, partnership programs, and regulations that can improve and increase conservation efforts. Attendees will have an opportunity to influence future policy, be exposed to successful projects in Arizona and meet with potential partners.  
Sept. 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY‹9:30 a.m.  Media can interview Under Secretary Mark Rey and other officials in breakout session.
Snowflake at the Northland Pioneer College, Silver Creek Campus at the Performing Arts Center Theater, PAS 103.
Mark Rey, Department of Agriculture Under Secretary, will join H. Dale Hall, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, and Marcus Peacock, EPA Deputy Administrator, to take comments for the Arizona session.
Invited are the general public, Arizona cooperative conservation groups, environmental groups, agricultural producers, and conservation districts. Several cooperative conservation groups have confirmed their attendance and will be available for interviews.
Cooperative Conservation is the collaborative effort of landowners, communities, conservation groups, industry, and governmental agencies to enhance, restore, and protect lands, waters, air, and wildlife resources on public and private lands.  The Malpai Borderland group, Diablo Trust, and Altar Valley Conservation Alliance are some of the groups that have successfully implemented large-scale conservation solutions in Arizona using this approach. For more information go to

Discussion topics include:

  • How can the federal government enhance wildlife habitat, species protection and other conservation outcomes through regulatory and voluntary conservation programs?
  • How can the federal government enhance cooperation among federal agencies and with states, tribes and local communities in the application of environmental protection and conservation laws?
  • How can the federal government work with states, tribes and local communities in the application of environmental protection and conservation laws?
  • How can the federal government work with states, tribes and other public and private sector partners to improve science used in environmental protection and conservation?
  • How can the federal government work with businesses and landowners to protect the environment and promote conservation?

Arena Gives Back to Community with Autographed Guitar Up For Auction
Online Auction Begins September 1st

AUGUST 23, 2006 (Glendale, AZ) - Glendale Arena is excited to announce the conclusion of the ongoing charity effort Guitar for Good. In November of 2005 Douglas Moss, President and COO of Glendale Arena, announced the launch of a new charitable initiative, Guitar for Good. Guitar for Good was a year long project between Glendale Arena and visiting performers with the common goal of giving back to the community, locally in the Valley and also nationally. Contributing artists autographed a Fender® (Stratocaster®) guitar.

Throughout the 2005-2006 concert season at Glendale Arena, a total of 29 artists participated in signing the Guitar for Good. The first to sign the guitar was Neil Diamond in October of 2005. Other participants included: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney, Lenny Kravitz, and Paul Rodgers. Entire groups such as Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Fall Out Boy, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queen also participated. For a complete list of artists that contributed, please visit .

Beginning September 1st at 12:01 am, community members and music lovers are encouraged to log-on to place their bids on this one-of-a-kind guitar. The auction will be hosted at <>  from September 1st through September 30th, 2006. The auction will begin at $1,000.00 with bids placed in $100 increments. Proceeds from the online auction will equally benefit a national charity and local music program.

Locally, proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls of Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix; Arts Core Program. The Arts Core Program supports local children in their exploration and study of the arts. The program focuses on music, painting, dance, and sculpture. In addition to Guitar for Good benefiting Arizona programs, proceeds will be donated to the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund (N.O.M.H.R.F). N.O.M.H.R.F. distributes New Orleans Music Community Leader Grants to individuals and institutions that will be the foundation of the city¹s musical rebirth. At the time of the Guitar for Good inception, the New Orleans music community was crippled from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Due to the rich musical history of New Orleans and its vast contributions to the music industry, Glendale Arena viewed New Orleans musicians as the ideal benefactors of the Guitar for Good¹s inaugural year.

The guitar was generously donated by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Fender, with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the world¹s foremost manufacturer of guitars, amplifiers, and related equipment. "Fender prides itself on the ongoing efforts to encourage music education programs. Working with Glendale Arena and their Guitar for Good campaign is a perfect fit." stated Morgan Ringwald of Fender. "We look forward to seeing the results of this auction and its impact on the music community."

The Guitar for Good is a continuing charity initiative that will take place each concert season at Glendale Arena. For more information on the Guitar for Good and/or Glendale Arena please visit,  or call (623)772-3200



Glendale, AZ (AUGUST 25, 2006)- Fresh from their sold-out North American summer tour and performances at Reading and Leeds festivals, Panic! At the Disco have confirmed a nationwide headlining fall arena tour. Panic! At the Disco will come to Glendale Arena on December 7, 2006. In addition to Panic! At the Disco the tour will feature Bloc Party and Jack¹s Mannequin.

The tour announcement follows Panic! At the Disco's five 2006 MTV Video Music Award nominations. The nominations, for their debut video "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", include Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Rock Video, Best New Artist in a Video and Best Art Direction in a Video. The Las Vegas four-piece has also been confirmed to perform at the ceremony, which takes place August 31st in New York City.

This has been a monumental year for the band. Their debut, A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT (Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen) has been certified platinum and continues to climb the charts - it is currently #24 on the Billboard Top 200 almost a year after release. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" was the #1 video on MTV and is one of the top viewed videos on YouTube, while their second video "But its Better if We Do" is fast becoming a TRL mainstay.

A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT is complex and creative, with "electronic drums, barrel house piano and synth stabs amid speedy, stutter-stepping grooves and sweet-and-sour vocals" says Rolling Stone. In their current issue, Blender selected Panic! At the Disco as one of their Hot 100 Artists, they have graced the cover of Alternative Press's 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2006 issue, and SPIN Magazine chose them for the cover of its upcoming October issue. The Panic! has spread overseas, as well, with a certified gold album in the UK and Australia, a sold-out UK headlining tour, airplay on Radio One and their faces on the covers Kerrang, NME, Big Cheese, and Rock Sound.

Tickets priced at $30.00 will go on-sale at 10am on Saturday, September 9th at Glendale Arena Box Office,, and all Ticketmaster locations.  To charge by phone, call 480.784.4444. All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, and service and handling charges.  For more information, visit

Give blood on Sun., Sept. 3, at Metrocenter & Meet 6-Time UFC World Champ Tito Ortiz!!
Ultimate Blood Drive with Tito Ortiz

6-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Champ 
Sun., Sept. 3, 11 a.m. ­ 4 p.m.
Metrocenter, 9617 N. Metro Parkway, Phoenix  -
Vacant Store Inside West Entry #2 (Between JCPenney & Sears)
Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit 

All donors will receive an autographed photo of Tito!

Investor's Edge Coming to Phoenix
 Gary Kaltbaum, Fox News Channel business Contributor and host of the wildly popular radio show "Investor's Edge" heard live Monday-Friday on KFNN 1510  at 3 pm will be appearing at the Wyndham Downtown Phoenix on September 9th from 9am-noon. 
            Gary will be going over many of his disciplines.  He will be telling you and showing you his thoughts on the market as well as his favorite longs and shorts in the market.
            The cost is $39 per person, including a personalized autographed copy of his book. There will be limited seating. Registration is required.
            To register, just reply to this message your name, phone number, how many people and their names. Someone will contact you to confirm.
 If you have received this message in error please let us know.
            Gary Kaltbaum is Portfolio Manager / Senior Financial Advisor. Securities offered through Capital Securities of America Member NASD/SIPC 888-422-5559 / 407-514-3183

John Deere Pretty in Pink
Item number: 01083  6.1 oz, 100% ring spun combed cotton, 1 x 1 rib knit, side-seamed, double needle neck, sleeves and bottom hem. Pink. Screened.

Item number: TBEAJD43202


Item number : 02359  6.3 oz. 100% cotton retro jersey with contrast stripes on the sleeves.

For more information contact
The Deere Gear Store Park Place Shopping Mall, 3214 - 5 Avenue,
North Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, T1H 0P4 Toll Free. 1.877.328.5514 or by email

Ryan Newman '03 RadioShack 500 Race Used Tire Framed Photo

item number: 1882603
Own a piece of NASCAR® history with this limited edition (250 produced) Ryan Newman used tire framed photo. This unique collectible proudly displays an 8-inch x 10-inch color photo of Ryan Newman racing his car, along with a 1.5-inch x 1.5-inch piece of race-used tire from his 2003 season and an engraved nameplate. A numbered, team specific hologram is displayed on the photo, and an Authenticity Statement is adhered to the back.

  • Features

  • • Limited edition of 250

  • • L 8-inch; W 10-inch color photo of Ryan Newman racing his car

  • • 1.5-inch x 1.5-inch piece of race-used tire from the 2003 Winston Cup season

  • • Numbered, team specific hologram on the photo

  • • Authenticity statement adhered to the back

  • • 2.5-inch x 1.5-inch engraved nameplate

  • • Framed Dimensions: L 13.75-inch; W 15-inch; D 1-inch

  • • Officially licensed by NASCAR® and the individual race team

  • • Your sports collectible either comes from a signing sponsored by Mounted Memories or has been signed in the presence of an authorized agent

  • • Made in USA

Ricky Bobby Collectibles  Hi-Rev Ricky Bobby Talladega Nights Tribute Hood Item number: 2263084

The 1:4 scale Ricky Bobby Talladega Nights Tribute hood is made of 30-gauge aluminum and has built in hangers that allow you to easily display the collectible. This high-quality 27.5-inch x 31-inch x 1-inch tribute hood is designed using a high-end printing method for vibrant color reproduction. The officially licensed tribute hood proudly displays the full color Ricky Bobby Talladega Nights movie graphic.

  • • 1:4 scale tribute hood

  • • 27.5-inch x 31-inch x 1-inch hood

  • • Crafted from durable 30 gauge aluminum

  • • High end printing method for vibrant color reproduction

  • • Designed with the Ricky Bobby Talladega Nights movie graphics

  • • Built in hangers that allow you to conveniently display the collectible

  • • Shipped with a protective film that shields the quality of the design

  • • Made in USA


Don't Get Crazy
Large AIR

This is a great chair, wherever you are, whatever you're doing!  Convenient handle for easy carrying.  Includes stuff sack and repair kit. It comes in Royal Blue, Forest Green and Black

  • Featuring patented On Air Comfort Technology--offers an adjustable cushion of air that is more comfortable than anything you have ever experienced.

  • Custom comfort with the  touch of a button provides instant adjustment to your preferred softness and support.

  • Motion Response Cushioning shapes to your  body for lasting support with every move. 

  • Easy Inflation--simply blow into self-sealing On Air valve to inflate.

  • Easy Deflation--just press the On Air button as you fold or roll up.

  • Packs Small for easy travel, transport and storage.

  • Durable Shell made of 420D coated ripstop nylon.

34.5" x 18"; 39 oz / 88 x 46 cm; 1100 gr  Item No: 7031

 Large Chair

2" wider than The Original for more expansive comfort.Chairs from our Adventurer Line are the best you can get with these great features.

  • Outstanding comfort on any terrain.

  • Lightweight and easy to carry.

  • Adjusts for a wide range of  sitting positions.

  • Protects from wet ground.  Insulates from cold & snow.

  • Zippered mesh pocket and water bottle holder (except PowerLounger).

  • 420D coated ripstop nylon (600D coated ripstop polyester for print fabrics).

  • Closed-cell foam padding for exceptional comfort.

  • Sturdy carbon fiber stays for flex and durability. 

  • 33" x 17.5"; 27 oz / 82 x 44 cm; 778 gr   Item No: 1031

  • It comes in Royal Blue, Forest Green, Grey / Royal, Spruce / Purple, Black and Nav

For more information contact Crazy Creek Products, Inc., PO Box 1050,
1401 South Broadway Red Lodge, MT 59068
• 800-331-0304 (Toll Free) • 406-446-3446 (Voice)• 406-446-1411 (Fax)





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