Vol. 15 Issue No. 32 | August 12 – 18, 2009

Judge grants preliminary injunction citing ‘Law 101’

Ryan DucharmeBy Linda Bentley | August 12, 2009

Defendants ordered to desist and refrain from interfering with recall efforts
CAREFREE – After obtaining emergency relief in the form of a temporary restraining order in July, Ryan Ducharme returned to Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday for a hearing on his motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent Ray Klemp, who owns the building which houses town hall and the post office in Carefree, from interfering with Ducharme’s collection of recall petition signatures outside the building.

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Recal David Schwan petition signer
Photo right:
Susan Coady is pictured with PAC Chairman Rod de Szendeffy (l) and Treasurer Ryan Ducharme signing the Recall David Schwann petition in front of town hall last Saturday.

Photo by Don Sorchych

Cave Creek water invoicing takes center stage

By Linda Bentley | August 12, 2009

CAVE CREEK – Last week a frustrated Joe Fendler met with Utilities Manager Jessica Marlow and Town Manager Usama Abujbarah to discuss his water bills.

Jessica Marlow, Usama Abujbarah and Joe FendlerJoe Fendler (r) met with Utilities Manager Jessica Marlow and Town Manager Usama Abujbarah to discuss his water bill. It wasn’t the amount of the bill that had Fendler upset, but the format and the program’s apparent inability to reflect payments and credits.

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Carefree fire insurance (ISO) rating lowered

By Curtis Riggs | August 12, 2009

Lower rates anticipated for some homeowners
CAREFREE – The town council recently received good news about fire protection.

Town officials were notified the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) had lowered Carefree's ISO rating from a 6 to a 3, which should lead to lower rates for many homeowners. The change generally affects homes within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and within five miles of the Carefree Fire Station.

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Board of supervisors, attorney hide DOJ investigation

Don StapleyBy Linda Bentley | August 12, 2009

'There is a concern the board has created a shadow county attorney’s office’
PHOENIX – Last week, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) received a copy of a letter dated March 18 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sent to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) Andrew Kunasek, as chair, informing him the DOJ was “initiating an investigation of a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin (Hispanic) by MCBOS.

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Desert photo collage by Lily Fultz

ANight blooming Cereusugust 12, 2009

As hot as it is, we still have many blossoms on these beautiful night blooming Cereus Cacti at our home.

The night blooming Cereus Cacti, baby quail and Javelinas bathing in a lily pond are the subject of these wonderful photos submitted by Lily Fultz of Cave Creek.

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