Sonoran News is printed on alternate weeks, while the online version is updated weekly, by Conestoga Merchants, Inc. dba Sonoran News, and distributed free of charge to homes and businesses throughout the Cave Creek, Carefree, Desert Hills, New River, Tatum Ranch, Rio Verde, N. Phoenix and N. Scottsdale areas including Zip Codes 85331, 85327, 85377, 85262 and 85266.
Sonoran News was founded in 1995 as a community watchdog. The paper has remained true to its mission: It is dedicated to exposing corrupt and unethical local, county, state and national business and political practices.
Sonoran News has taken positions on candidates and issues affecting members of the local community and beyond. Examples of the impact of Sonoran News on vital issues:
In local elections 80-90% of the candidates for local office Sonoran News endorses win. There has been a steady improvement in the quality and integrity of Cave Creek town staff, councils, and commissions.
Sonoran News was first and most voracious in its coverage about preserving Spur Cross Ranch, a 5,000-acre desert preserve the local residents taxed themselves to save from development.
Two other developments, Park West and Southwest Sands, that would have changed the face of this desert rural community, were also successfully fought by Sonoran News.
Sonoran News was the first newspaper to endorse and support Proposition 200, an Arizona state initiative passed in November 2004 which voters rallied behind at the polls, requiring individuals to produce proof of citizenship before they may register to vote or apply for public benefits in Arizona.
Sonoran News was the first to fight illegal immigration, exposing and stopping badge-making (identification for day laborers) and free breakfasts for illegal aliens in Cave Creek at taxpayer expense.
Habitat for Humanity has been exposed for predatory lending practices. Homeowners must retain ownership for seven years to earn any equity and thirty years to earn 100% equity.
Sonoran News also supports the businesses in the “town core,” especially the Cave Creek Merchants Chamber of Commerce. Free advertising for chamber fund-raising events, informational articles about issues facing members of the business community, and a strong editorial voice combine to make Sonoran News a champion for a vital Cave Creek.
Sonoran News also supports the arts community, vibrant and growing in the local area. Sonoran News creates a special section to highlight Sonoran Arts League’s “Hidden in the Hills” tour through the homes of member artists in the area and publishes a regular Art News feature section.
Black Mountain Conservancy, a local non-profit organization with a mission to preserve Black Mountain, also receives support. Sonoran News sponsors the annual Black Mountain Photo Contest to raise awareness of the need for preservation and also to raise funds to support the effort.
Tragedy occasionally befalls every community. The residents of Cave Creek can count on Sonoran News to publicize benefits, fund-raisers, and other events that help individuals and families when tragedy strikes.
Keeping Cave Creek, Cave Creek is an ongoing Sonoran News effort – to preserve the desert rural, equestrian lifestyle chosen by our residents.
Sonoran News is a good neighbor with a good conscience and a strong community service voice.
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