VOL. 21  ISSUE NO. 49   |  december 9, 2015

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 9, 2015

MCAO sides with town over selection of Sonoran News

No impropriety appears to have been committed by the Cave Creek Town Council and this office is closing its file in this matter’

CAVE CREEK – On Dec. 1, Deputy County Attorney Bruce Preston with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office responded to George Ross’ 55-page Aug. 5 complaint claiming Cave Creek Town Council “clearly violated Arizona State Statutes in voting unanimously to make the Sonoran News the official newspaper for Cave Creek official notices.”

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 9, 2015

Creekers rally in support of Buffalo Chip

I thought the worst thing I’d ever have to go through was the fire in 2005 until I stood next to Larry on Thanksgiving Day watching the Buffalo Chip burn down”

CAVE CREEK – Dan Allen, the new owner of the Silver Spur Saloon (at the former location the Smokehouse and the Satisfied Frog) spoke during Monday night’s Call to the Public to announce they will be holding a fundraiser for the Buffalo Chip from 4 p.m. until around midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 9, 2015

Carefree approves high-density housing project despite opposition

‘Seven units per acre is not a transition, it’s urban development. That’s not why we moved to this area.’

CAREFREE – Jim Van Allen spoke during the Dec. 1 meeting’s Call to the Public to urge council not to authorize expenditures on projects in a piecemeal fashion.

Referring to additional spending on the gateways and on a later agenda item, he said, “We’ll never know how much all of this will cost until the end and we add it all up.”

Jo Gemmill provided council with an update on the Carefree Christmas Festival and said this was its eighth year.

By Linda Bentley | DECEMBER 9, 2015

Meritage Homes proposes 55-home project on 12 acres in SAP

When asked if Meritage would consider lower density, Davis stated he was not even sure if 55 units would be financially viable

CAVE CREEK – Greg Davis of Iplan Consulting, a land planner working with Meritage Homes, conducted a required neighborhood meeting to present Meritage’s proposed 55-home subdivision on approximately 12 acres immediately west of Lowe’s within the Specific Area Plan (SAP) and to obtain citizen feedback.

DECEMBER 9, 2015

Border Report

Border Patrol seizes 429 pounds of marijuana in Dome Valley

Border Patrol agents encountered an individual sitting in a pickup truck parked in Dome Valley, yesterday afternoon, and the reasons for his suspicious actions quickly became apparent. 

During a conversation with the man, he suddenly bolted from the agents. One agent gave chase, following the man into a densely brushy area, while the other agent stayed with the vehicle.  The latter quickly discovered 429 pounds of marijuana in plain sight inside the truck.

DECEMBER 9, 2015

Food banks restricting citrus donations as a result of ACP citrus quarantine

PHOENIX, MESA, Arizona – Arizona is known for growing an abundance of citrus and food banks have been grateful recipients of significant donations throughout the years. This year, however, the current Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) quarantine will cause St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and United Food Bank to restrict the citrus donations they accept.

DECEMBER 9, 2015

Representative Bob Thorpe calls for investigation into UAC care in Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – After receiving disturbing reports from constituents, and in light of the recent revelations by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe is calling for an investigation into facilities under contract by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and licensed by the State of Arizona.

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