Vol. 16 Issue No. 4 | January 27 – February 2, 2010

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One raging wash and a leaky water tank

By Linda Bentley | January 27, 2010

CAVE CREEK – During the Jan. 25 council meeting, Mayor Vincent Francia thanked Building Official Mike Baxley, Rural/Metro Fire Chief John Kraetz, Town Marshal Adam Stein, Vice Mayor Ernie Bunch and a “very brave helicopter pilot,” for their assistance during the recent storm. More...

CCUSD Governing Board approves Desert Sun Elementary to become Desert Sun Academy

By Linda Bentley | January 27, 2010

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) Governing Board has unanimously approved a major change for Desert Sun Elementary School. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, Desert Sun Elementary School will be Desert Sun Academy, a kindergarten through eighth-grade campus using the Core Knowledge® Sequence curriculum. More...

Storm damage found everywhere

January 27, 2010

VOLVO organ pipe cactus
storm damage saguaro

It’s not clear if the Volvo parked in the foliage along the southbound side of Scottsdale Road near Terravita Way was the result of the earlier of last week’s storms, but it was pulled out later in the day and was gone before the next one hit. The saturated ground was no match for the shallow roots of an organ pipe cactus on Hidden Valley Drive, a saguaro on Maria Drive or the saguaro in Paul and Carmen Thomas’ back yard around the corner on Ocupado Drive that came crashing down on their gazebo. Photos by Linda Bentley

Still digging them out

January 27, 2010

On Monday afternoon, Larson Excavating was still busy clearing an enormous amount of debris from Canyon Creek Road, which is the only access for the eight homes located on the west side of Cave Creek Wash that were completely cut off by the floodwaters and several feet of debris. Although Larson Excavating was hired by homeowners along Canyon Creek Road to dig them out, Larson also offered its services, as did Jimmy Sheehan of McKenzie Brothers Masonry and Hanks’ Excavating, to clear a number of wash crossings throughout the community at no charge.
Courtesy Photo/JOHN KRAETZ

Barely hanging on after the storm

January 27, 2010

house falling
Morton and Janice Copenhaver’s home in a gated community on 48th Street north of Carefree Highway became partially unearthed when the runoff from Cave Creek Wash after last week’s storm ate away approximately 80 feet of land, some of which was under their master bedroom addition pictured here hanging over the wash.
cave creek wash
Another property upstream, pictured looking southwest from Old New River Road, with the Copenhaver property in the background, lost at least the same amount of “shoreline” as corral fencing was undermined and washed into the creek.

Photos by Linda Bentley

Flooding at the Jewel of the Creek

January 27, 2010

We have all been marveling at the historic rains and floods over the last week. This photo was taken by Jim David at the Jewel of the Creek on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21 when the flood waters were rising. To view video footage Jim shot visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivLk4vbYo8.
See additional Jewel of the Creek photos.
Courtesy Photos/JIM DAVID

Carefree does away with A-frame/sidewalk signs

January 27, 2010

CAREFREE – With Councilman Bob Gemmill recusing himself, Town Administrator/Planning Director Gary Neiss and Assistant Planner DJ Stapley presented text amendments to the sign ordinance during the Jan. 5 town council meeting. More...