VOL. 22  ISSUE NO. 25  |  JUNE 22, 2016

LINDA BENTLEY | June 22, 2016

Silver Spur Saloon destroyed by fire

CAVE CREEK – A fire that started in the attic, most likely electrical in nature, consumed the Silver Spur Saloon in Frontier Town on Tuesday.

According to Rural/Metro Fire Chief John Kraetz, the alarm sounded at 4:48 p.m. and they were on the scene within minutes.

June 22, 2016

Chip Davis Announces Mayor Francia Endorsement

PHOENIX (June 21) -- Today, Chip Davis announced that he had been endorsed by the Mayor of Cave Creek, Vincent Francia. In 1999, Mayor Francia became Cave Creek's first citizens-elected Mayor.

"As Mayor of Cave Creek, I have total confidence that Chip will represent my citizens as part of LD 1," Mayor Francia said.

June 22, 2016

Myths about gun control

Myth: Countries with strict gun control have less crime

 Countries with the strictest gun-control laws also tended to have the highest homicide rates.

Fact: According to the U.N., as of 2005, Scotland was the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America. Violent crime there has doubled over the last 20 years. 3% of Scots had been victims of assault compared with 1.2% in America

LINDA BENTLEY | June 22, 2016

Cave Creek adopts $16.5 million tentative budget

Jensen said the town should not only allow concealed carry of firearms but should encourage it

CAVE CREEK – With Vice Mayor Steve LaMar and Councilwoman Susan Clancy absent due to respective family matters, Mayor Vincent Francia reminded everyone about the July 3rd and 4th Independence Day celebrations in town.

Call to the Public brought C.W. Jensen to the podium to say he was a retired police captain and after looking into the town’s prohibition of firearms in the council chambers he said the only place the prohibition appears is in the personnel manual under workplace violence.

LINDA BENTLEY | June 22, 2016

U.S. Department of Political Correctness

WASHINGTON – Only days before the Orlando massacre by a radical Islamic terrorist that left 49 dead and another 53 wounded, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Interim Report and Recommendations by its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Subcommittee.

June 22, 2016

Supervisor Chucri on Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Today, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Approved a Special Use Permit for the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

Following is a statement by Supervisor Steve Chucri on this issue. “Whether you're talking about coyotes, javelina, bobcats, or grey wolves, we are fortunate to live among them in their natural habitat. The vast array of animals in the Valley is one of the best and most unique aspects of living in the desert. Sometimes these animals get sick or are injured, needing a place to rest, recuperate, and get healthy.

By Saeed Alshamisi | June 22, 2016

Desert Discovery Center location a quandary

The controversial construction of the Desert Discovery Center at the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve took another step forward when the Scottsdale City Council voted five to two to approve a contract with the architectural firm Swaback Partners.

While the design of the DCC will proceed, its final location still faces vigorous discussion between Scottsdale residents, civic groups and council members.

June 22, 2016

Border Report

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested smugglers transporting humans and more than $167,000 in narcotics during separate incidents over a three-day period.

On June 16, agents apprehended a male U.S. citizen and three foreign nationals after finding more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine, valued in excess of $26,000, and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop near Wikieup.  The passengers, a Honduran national and two Mexican nationals, were determined to be in the U.S. illegally.

June 22, 2016

Seniors going back to work to rebuild their retirement nest eggs

WASHINGTON, DC – Seniors who went back to work after retirement used to do it to keep busy, but the Great Recession has made it an economic necessity for more and more older Americans, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.