VOL. 21  ISSUE NO. 48   |  november 25, 2015

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 2, 2015

Town mourns loss of Buffalo Chip to Thanksgiving Day fire

‘Pray for the Buffalo Chip family staying together. We will do our best to take care of everyone.’

CAVE CREEK – Locals and visitors alike were in mourning Thanksgiving Day as they watched fire, being investigated as arson by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), consume the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse, leaving only an empty shell of the famous landmark.
Rural/Metro Fire responded shortly before 7 a.m. when a suspicious fire broke out in one of the bathrooms where it appeared someone had deliberately set fire to rolls of toilet paper.
That fire was extinguished and arson investigators were called in.

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 2, 2015

Taggers deface Jewel of the Creek amphitheater

Sometime between Thanksgiving morning and Friday afternoon, one or more individuals defaced the amphitheater at Jewel of the Creek with graffiti. Locals who frequently hike what is considered one of the most pristine areas of Spur Cross Conservation Area were devastated to find the area tagged on Friday afternoon. If anyone has information about who did this they are encouraged to contact Desert Foothills Land Trust at 480-488-6131 or Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1011.

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 2, 2015

Record green cards issued to migrants from
Muslim-majority nations

Green card recipients are entitled to federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization and a direct path to U.S. citizen citizenship

WASHINGTON – On Nov. 25, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Commitee’s Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee, released a report showing the United States has issued 680,000 green cards to migrants from Muslim majority nations from Fiscal Year 2009 to 2013, with Pakistan, Iraq and Bangladesh as the top receiving countries.

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 2, 2015

AG files to remove Bitter Smith from
Arizona Corporation Commission

Bitter Smith has three categories of conflicts, each of which is sufficient on its own to find her ineligible to hold office as an ACC commissioner

PHOENIX – On Monday, following an investigation that began as the result of a complaint to his office last September, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a special action petition with the Arizona Supreme Court to direct Arizona Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith to cease functioning as a commissioner.

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 2, 2015

Frontier Town in Cave Creek hosts BBQ fundraiser on Wed., Dec. 16 for employees of The Buffalo Chip Saloon

Admission is free – proceeds will help Buffalo Chip employees

CAVE CREEK – A few days after the tragic Thanksgiving Day fire that burned down The Buffalo Chip Saloon, an iconic landmark in Cave Creek for more than six decades, town businesses, residents and patrons are rallying to support the popular restaurant’s owners and employees.
Down the street from The Chip, the owners of Frontier Town are planning a BBQ fundraiser on Wed., Dec. 16 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and proceeds from the barbecue, massages, a book signing and a silent auction organized by the non-profit The Scott Foundation will be donated to a Parkway Bank account dedicated to helping employees of The Buffalo Chip.

DECEMBER 2, 2015

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center to benefit from 75,000 holiday light display

CAVE CREEK – A Cave Creek home listed on a metropolitan Christmas lights map will serve as a donation location to benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. The home, which will showcase 75,000 lights synced to music, is located at 6726 E. Dixileta Drive.

DECEMBER 2, 2015

Desert Foothills Christmas Pageant
December 4-6

New Performance!
7 p.m. Friday, December 4
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6
Spur Cross Ranch
Conservation Area, Cave Creek
Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Carefree

DECEMBER 2, 2015

Residents invited to apply for Scottsdale board and commission openings, Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee

Applications are now available for seats on four city boards and commissions – including a new Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

The City Council plans to appoint seven Scottsdale residents to the oversight committee in January. The committee will receive reports about the progress of bond projects, review any proposed project changes and provide comments and recommendations to the City Council.

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