Vol. 15 Issue No. 38 | September 23 – 29, 2009


breaking news

Carefree prevails in third Peloquin lawsuit over SUP

Citizens engage lawyer to halt CCUSD’s campaign violations

By Linda Bentley | September 23, 2009

‘Instead, the Fact Sheet contains misleading and editorial statements’

Carol lyn de szendefyCCUSD – Last week, Attorney Carol Lynn de Szendeffy sent a letter to the law office representing Cave Creek Unified School District, on behalf of several CCUSD residents/taxpayers stating, “My clients are concerned with CCUSD administration’s inability, or unwillingness, to comply with state statutory requirements directed at the use of school resources to influence elections despite the consent decree the district entered into with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office last year for similar violations.”


Stapley arrested on 93 new counts of theft, fraud and perjury

By Linda Bentley | September 23, 2009

‘He can say he's been the pillar of the community for 15 years … but what we've found is he's been concealing things from the public’

don stapleyPHOENIX – On Monday, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley at 9:30 a.m. on 93 new felony counts that include theft, fraud and perjury, and seven misdemeanor charges culminating from an eight-month investigation into Stapley’s business and campaign accounts.


Cave Creek Council eliminates SUPs for businesses

By Linda Bentley | September 23, 2009

‘I don’t see where we’re giving up any necessary regulations’

CAVE CREEK – Monday night’s council meeting marked the debut of a song written by Greg O’Reilly, “Cave Creek Forever” (aka “Circle the Wagons”), performed by Dave Kendall of the Cave Creek Cowboy Crew.

O’Reilly said he likes to think of the song as a rallying call for the town.


Carefree used ‘hybrid’ process for Sundial bid

By Linda Bentley | September 23, 2009

CAREFREE – The Sept. 15 council meeting began with a discussion of the town’s bidding procedures for tenant improvements to 8 Sundial Circle.

Town Administrator Gary Neiss opened by saying, “It was a hybrid process that we used.”
Neiss then turned the floor over to Town Attorney Tom Chenal to explain when competitive bidding is not required by statute.


Parade kicks off CSHS 2009 Homecoming!

September 23, 2009


“The Wizard of Oz” was the theme for the Cactus Shadows’ 2009 Homecoming Parade, Saturday morning, Sept. 19, down Cave Creek Road from Harold’s to Spur Cross Road. Coach Cindy Knuteson (far right) gets her CSHS JV “Munchkin” Cheerleaders ready to join the parade line. See page B-2 for a list of Homecoming activities.

Photo by Pete Mohr