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Craig Wismer elected Arrowhead Justice of the Peace

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:15 am

Arrowhead Justice of Peace

Tony Behrens                   320

Debra Boehlke                  2,395

Jana Gunn                        1,387

David C. Hickman             1,377

Francisco Meneses            65

Patrick H. Montgomery      18

George L. Mothershed       61

Craig Wismer                   4,860

Richard A. Young              271

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  • Author signs copies of book

    Author Robyn Oler, a resident of Kailua, Hawaii, will sign copies of her book, “My Friend the Dentist” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 13719 W. Bell Road, Surprise.Many children have worries when going to the dentist. “My Friend the Dentist” was inspired to help children be excited instead of afraid. Author Robyn Oler unfolds this story through the eyes of a little boy who overcomes his uncertainty as he journeys through a dentist’s appointment.For information, contact 405-458-5642 or Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com.

  • Young Surprise artist’s protest piece leads to art show standoff

    Part 1 of 2Kassidy Kelly has a talent for the arts, obvious enough that the new Arts HQ in Surprise included two of her paintings in its opening “Blank Canvas” exhibit — even waiving its age requirement for the 16-year-old.Kelly also has not picked up a pencil, paintbrush or tool in the nearly four months since the Dysart Unified School District art show. The Willow Canyon High School senior-to-be no longer has a spotless, straight-A transcript — owing to an F in her spring art class.“I’ve tried to pick up a pencil and do stuff, but I don’t feel like it anymore,” Kassidy said. “Art has kind of been ruined in my eyes. I’m hoping eventually it will come back.”This seeming contradiction stems from the week leading up to and the week after the district art show April 5. Kelly swept the first-place awards as a sophomore and spent months early in 2014 preparing her follow-up, this time in search of a deeper community-oriented meaning.For “The Death of Superman,” she planned to mix woodwork, painting, newspaper clippings and snippets from hundreds of Superman comics. By the beginning of April everything had been clipped and arranged. Only glue-up remained.

  • Willow Canyon changes open house time

    The Willow Canyon High School open house, scheduled for Monday, will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., rather than the previously scheduled time of 6:30 to 8 p.m.Willow Canyon is at 17901 W. Lundberg St., Surprise.

  • MCDOT: Median conversions moving along

    SUN CITY, Ariz. --- A Maricopa County Department of Transportation contractor is making progress on a community-wide roadway median landscape project, converting all-grass roadway medians to a water-conserving landscape design, MCDOT officials reportedOver the past several weeks, new concrete curbing and decorative rock have been installed in roadway medians on Peoria Avenue and Alabama Avenue between 99th and 111th avenues and new water-conserving drip-irrigation systems and water valves on Peoria Avenue are going in this week, stated Perrine Mann, MCDOT spokeswoman.The roadway median conversion project involves multiple applications of grass and weed killer in the new rock areas to permanently eliminate the old grass and prevent new grass and weeds from emerging. According to MCDOT’s contract with Somerset Landscape and Maintenance, all grass and weeds will be eliminated from new rock landscape areas.“With common Bermuda roots as deep as they are, this multi-application process is the best method to fully eliminate the unwanted grass,” said Brian Lemmermann, President of Somerset Landscape and Maintenance. “We should see very good results shortly as application three goes down, which is designed to burn the leaf away.”The $895,000 construction effort will transform all 39 acres of grass roadway medians throughout Sun City to a combination grass and decorative-rock landscape design to improve community aesthetics and reduce water usage.“We can never lose site of the fact that we live in a desert and water is a precious commodity. This grass median conversion project underscores our shared commitment to water conservation with the added benefit of beautifying our community,” said Clint Hickman, District 4 County Supervisor. "MCDOT anticipates up to a 70 percent reduction in annual water use with the new sprinkler system and combination grass and rock landscape design.”

  • Hutton Drive slated to be closed for work

    The Maricopa County Department of Transportation will temporarily close Hutton Drive at Del Webb Boulevard intersection for removal and reconstruction of pavement at the intersection.Hutton will be closed from 5:00 a.m. Thursday and is expected to reopen by 5:00 p.m. Saturday.During the closure, Del Webb will remain open in both directions. Pineaire Drive and Loma Blanca Drive may be used as alternate routes.MCDOT Public Information Officer Perrine Mann advises drivers to be aware of changes in temporary construction signage and flag persons when driving through the construction zone and allow extra time when driving through the area, for any traffic delays. Alternative access will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles at all times.

  • Sun City collision sends car into drainage ditch

    SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Two drivers walked away shaken up but unhurt after their vehicles collided in Sun City, leaving one hanging precariously over the edge of a box culvert Tuesday afternoon.Both male drivers are in their late teens to early 20s.The drivers as well as a single passenger in the one of the vehicles were wearing seat belts.According to the drivers and their families, a 2000 Ford Mustang two-door sedan driven by a 19-year-old was traveling north on 99th Avenue around 1:30 p.m. approaching the intersection with Santa Fe Drive, when it was struck by a 2014 Nissan 370 Z sports car entering the roadway from eastbound Santa Fe. The intersection spans a box culvert that carries an 8-foot deep drainage ditch along the median of the divided 99th Avenue.The impact sent the Nissan swerving sharply and over the side of the box culvert, where its rear axle caught the concrete curb, leaving the vehicle hanging precariously, its front end touching the dry ditch’s bottom. The Mustang, meanwhile, careered over the curb and onto the sloping concrete side of the drainage ditch, up the other side and back onto the southbound lanes of 99th Avenue, where it came to rest.“He’s scared. He doesn’t know what happened,” said the father of the Nissan’s driver, who was on lunch break from his job as a food server at Royal Oaks Retirement Community, less than a quarter mile away. The family lives in Surprise.

  • MCDOT: Median conversions moving along

    SUN CITY, Ariz. --- A Maricopa County Department of Transportation contractor is making progress on a community-wide roadway median landscape project, converting all-grass roadway medians to a water-conserving landscape design, MCDOT officials reportedOver the past several weeks, new concrete curbing and decorative rock have been installed in roadway medians on Peoria Avenue and Alabama Avenue between 99th and 111th avenues and new water-conserving drip-irrigation systems and water valves on Peoria Avenue are going in this week, stated Perrine Mann, MCDOT spokeswoman.The roadway median conversion project involves multiple applications of grass and weed killer in the new rock areas to permanently eliminate the old grass and prevent new grass and weeds from emerging. According to MCDOT’s contract with Somerset Landscape and Maintenance, all grass and weeds will be eliminated from new rock landscape areas.“With common Bermuda roots as deep as they are, this multi-application process is the best method to fully eliminate the unwanted grass,” said Brian Lemmermann, President of Somerset Landscape and Maintenance. “We should see very good results shortly as application three goes down, which is designed to burn the leaf away.”The $895,000 construction effort will transform all 39 acres of grass roadway medians throughout Sun City to a combination grass and decorative-rock landscape design to improve community aesthetics and reduce water usage.“We can never lose site of the fact that we live in a desert and water is a precious commodity. This grass median conversion project underscores our shared commitment to water conservation with the added benefit of beautifying our community,” said Clint Hickman, District 4 County Supervisor. "MCDOT anticipates up to a 70 percent reduction in annual water use with the new sprinkler system and combination grass and rock landscape design.”

  • Library friends host August book sale

    The Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library will host a book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 inside the R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West.This book sale will include gently used books of fiction and nonfiction, biography, children’s books, foreign language, computer books, oversize books, book sets, cook books and books that are so new they are labeled as “recent titles.”In addition, this sale includes hundreds of audio and video tapes, movie DVDs, music CDs, cassettes, puzzles and hundreds of popular paperbacks.This is a one-day sale and is open to the public. Book sale workers are volunteers and are residents of Sun City West. All money received from these sales goes directly into the purchase of new material for the R.H. Johnson Library.For information, call 623-544-6130 or 623-214-8589.

  • Sun City collision sends car into drainage ditch

    SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Two drivers walked away shaken up but unhurt after their vehicles collided in Sun City, leaving one hanging precariously over the edge of a box culvert Tuesday afternoon.Both male drivers are in their late teens to early 20s.The drivers as well as a single passenger in the one of the vehicles were wearing seat belts.According to the drivers and their families, a 2000 Ford Mustang two-door sedan driven by a 19-year-old was traveling north on 99th Avenue around 1:30 p.m. approaching the intersection with Santa Fe Drive, when it was struck by a 2014 Nissan 370 Z sports car entering the roadway from eastbound Santa Fe. The intersection spans a box culvert that carries an 8-foot deep drainage ditch along the median of the divided 99th Avenue.The impact sent the Nissan swerving sharply and over the side of the box culvert, where its rear axle caught the concrete curb, leaving the vehicle hanging precariously, its front end touching the dry ditch’s bottom. The Mustang, meanwhile, careered over the curb and onto the sloping concrete side of the drainage ditch, up the other side and back onto the southbound lanes of 99th Avenue, where it came to rest.“He’s scared. He doesn’t know what happened,” said the father of the Nissan’s driver, who was on lunch break from his job as a food server at Royal Oaks Retirement Community, less than a quarter mile away. The family lives in Surprise.

  • Seven bikers accused in assault arrested in Phoenix, Glendale

    PHOENIX (AP) — Seven people that Phoenix police investigators have linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang and an assault four months ago now are in custody. Police say three of the suspects are women. All seven people were arrested Wednesday morning after police served search warrants at five different locations in Phoenix and Glendale. Police say the seven are being held on a variety of allegations including aggravated assault, kidnapping and assisting a criminal street gang. Officers responded on March 19 to a Phoenix bar where two people said they were assaulted after one of the suspects approached her and insulted her. Detectives from the Assaults and Gang Enforcement Unit later identified the suspects as part of an outlaw motorcycle gang who allegedly engaged in criminal activity in the past.

  • Majority of Glendale candidates says casino is foregone conclusion

    Candidates for two Glendale City Council races met at the Surprise Today offices recently for an editorial board meeting and it should come as no surprise that the debate over the Tohono O’odham Nation’s West Valley Resort was the hot topic of conversation.Present for the meeting and running for the Cholla District seat were Gary Deardorff, Van DiCarlo, Robert Petrone and Lauren Tolmachoff. Running for the Barrel District seat are John Benjamin, Randy Miller, Michael Patino and Bart Turner.“I am against the casino in any circumstance,” Deardorff said. “I believe there is enough evidence to refute that the casino would be good for Glendale in general.”DiCarlo said his position on the casino depends on the capacity in which he is addressing it.“As a voter, I am opposed,” he said. “As a council member, I will have to be willing to work with them.”Petrone said where once it might have made sense to oppose the casino, now there is no sense in it.

  • Firm rates Glendale, Peoria poorly in recovery from recession

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  • Firm rates Glendale, Peoria poorly in recovery from recession

    A nationwide finance-advisory firm targeting small businesses rates Glendale as among the largest U.S. cities still having the most trouble recovering from the Recession of 2008-2009 while giving Peoria a largely unfavorable evaluation as well.Rankings of the Most and Least Recession-Recovered Cities compiled by WalletHub cover the nation’s 150 largest cities based on population and are formulated based on analysis of data from a variety of sources, including U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Courts, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, FBI, Zillow Real Estate Research and Experian, according to the report published on WalletHub’s website this week.Measured factors include unemployment rate decrease, increase in the number of college-educated workers moving in to a city, median household income, median home price appreciation, and growth in population and businesses. Other metrics listed by WalletHub included average credit score increase, decease in violent crime, and rate of public assistance, according to the company.Among the largest 150 cities, Glendale was ranked 142nd, while Peoria was given the 123rd ranking. Laredo, Texas, was rated No. 1, while San Bernardino, Calif., ranked last at 150.Several other Arizona cities were listed in the bottom 25, including Tucson at 143, Tempe at 141, Phoenix at 138 and Mesa at 135. Surprise was not listed, since its population is not among the nation’s 150 largest cities. The highest-rated Arizona city, Chandler, was ranked 91st..Following Laredo, the next four cities at the top of the rankings were: Irving, Texas, Fayetteville, N.C., Denver and Dallas. Three other Texas cities made the top 10; Corpus Christi and No. 6, Lubbock at No. 8, and Garland at No. 9.

  • McCain, Flake measure steps up fight vs. Glendale casino

    Opponents of a planned casino in Glendale hope for swift action on a U.S. Senate resolution that would block construction of the project backers say will bring $300 million in annual revenue and 3,000 new jobs.S.R. 2670, introduced Tuesday by Arizona’s two U.S. senators, is identical to a measure introduced last year in the House and passed by that chamber earlier this year. H.R. 1410, known as the Keep the Promise Act, bars construction of any new Indian gaming operation on unincorporated land within the metro Phoenix area that is not contiguous to an existing Indian reservation. It is considered the last best hope at stopping the project after a series of court rulings and Interior Department decisions giving the Tohono O'odham Nation the land, though not endorsing a casino project on it.“The proposed West Valley Resort in Glendale, Arizona, has generated tremendous controversy and confusion in Arizona. We share the objections of many fellow Arizonans when we see attempts to bring Indian gaming to metropolitan areas that are on lands not connected to an extant reservation,” stated Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both R-Ariz., in a prepared release. “As one of the authors (Senator McCain) of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Replacement Lands Act, Congress did not envision Indian gaming on the kinds of lands involved in the West Valley issue. We remain open to ideas from Valley and tribal leaders on ways to resolve the differences that exist on this issue,” the statement concluded.Based in southern Arizona, the Tohono O'odham received the 54-acre parcel in trust from the U.S. Department of the Interior July 3 as part of 135 acres the Nation bought in 2003. The parcel off Northern and 91st avenues is envisioned for a 1.2 million-square-foot resort, including 150,000 square feet of gaming space. But rival Indian tribes operating casinos in the East Valley say the project violates previous compacts between Arizona’s Indian tribes and the state to limit the number of Indian-operated casinos in the state.However, the Nation prevailed in a series of state and federal court decisions dating back to Feb. 3, 2011, affirming earlier Interior Department officials’ decisions to take the parcel into trust. The department’s July 3 action, based on those rulings, left casino foes looking to U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake to get a measure passed in the nation’s upper legislative chamber identical to the one approved in the House and sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-8th Dist.

  • Variety discounters’ merger raises questions about stores in Sun City, Peoria

    Monday’s announcement by discount variety store Dollar Tree that it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar will put two stores within the new chain within 1.5 miles of one another in both Sun City and Peoria, leading to speculation that the new, larger company may close one or both newly acquired locations as it seeks efficiency by shedding stores.Dollar Tree company officials could not be reached for comment on the specific locations following word of the $8.5 million deal. Neither company announced closures of any site following the initial announcement.The acquisition enables Dollar Tree nationally to broaden its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers.The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar-store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing current leader Dollar General Corp., which has about 11,300.The deal means a newly acquired Family Dollar at 99th Avenue and Thunderbird Boulevard is now less than 1.5 miles away from its Dollar Tree cousin at 103rd Avenue and 99th Avenue. Dollar Tree also operates a store on 91st Avenue in Peoria, about 1.2 miles away from a Family Dollar on Peoria Avenue near 97th Avenue.Dollar Tree also operates a store in Glendale near 82nd Avenue and Bell Road not far from Arrowhead Town Center Mall.

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