Vol. 15 Issue No. 6 | February 11 – February 17, 2009

Carefree merchants need more visibility

By Curtis Riggs | February 11, 2009

Open house on sign rules on Feb. 23

CAREFREE – Merchants and business owners made an impassioned plea to the Carefree Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday to relax the rules on sandwich board and banner signs during the current challenging economic times.

“It works. It kept me alive this summer,” Creative U owner Kathy Doherty said of the banner “Anniversary Sale” sign she has had up at her Carefree Studios business since summer. “I kept the sign up and people kept coming in.”

Douglas ranchers sued for violating illegal aliens’ civil rights

By Linda Bentley | February 11, 2009

‘Citizen of Pennsylvania’ is convicted drug dealer removed to Mexico

TUCSON – A jury trial is underway in U.S. District Court in Tucson over a complaint filed in 2005 by 16 illegal aliens against Douglas ranchers Roger Barnett, his wife Barbara and his brother Donald.

The case stems from a March 7, 2004 incident in which Barnett, 64, held a group of illegal aliens trespassing on his ranch at gunpoint until the U.S. Border Patrol could pick them up.
For the past ten years, Barnett has been attempting to protect his property from damage caused by trespassing aliens as they illegally enter the United States.

Shared revenue to come back to towns

By Curtis Riggs | February 11, 2009

Benefit of recent Supreme Court ruling

CAVE CREEK/CAREFREE – The two Desert Foothills communities should soon receive much-needed infusions of cash after a recent Arizona Supreme Court decision on state-shared revenue.

The State of Arizona took $30 million from Arizona cities and towns last summer to help solve some of its own budget woes.

The faces of greed and the victims left in their wake

By Linda Bentley | February 11, 2009

Wise convinced a retired couple in their mid 70s to take out a multi-million-dollar mortgage on a home they owned free and clear

SCOTTSDALE – After last week’s article, “Scottsdale CPA accused of operating $75 million Ponzi scheme,” exposing the Ponzi scheme run by Dan Wise, whose CPA certification was revoked in December, Sonoran News heard from approximately 40 of the estimated 120 victims, including Malia Guercia from Long Island, N.Y.

Carefree firehouse wins national design awards

By Curtis Riggs | February 11, 2009

≠CAREFREE – Awards won for architectural and design excellence in 2008, for The Carefree Fire Station, were announced at the town council meeting held on Feb. 3.

Fire station architect Larry Enyart of LEA Architects, told the Carefree Town Council the station won an award for design excellence from the FIERO fire organization as well as awards from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Fire Rescue Magazine.

“They liked the fact the station was well integrated into the Southwestern desert and the detail of the project,” Enyart said. The station was built on a challenging site because of its triangular shape.

The firehouse was also recognized for the functional elements of the building, which help with rapid response times, Enyart said.

“The station is very attractive and makes a nice statement,” he said.

Photo by Curtis Riggs: The Carefree Fire station recently won national awards for its design and functionality.

Carefree neighbor

Courtesy Photo/Linda Covey: This coyote has a limp on his/her left rear leg but manages to visit our neighborhood almost daily.

Judicial Watch targets Clinton as constitutionally ineligible

By Linda Bentley | February 11, 2009

Joint resolution called an ineffectual attempt to evade the restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief on Jan. 29 on behalf of David Rodearmel against Hillary Rodham Clinton, contesting the constitutionality of her appointment to the office of U.S. Secretary of State.