VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 24   |   JUNE 15 – 21, 2011

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 17, 2011

Man who started Rodeo fire in 2002 released from prison

leonard greggThe Rodeo-Chedeski Fire was the largest fire in Arizona’s history until a just few days ago

PHOENIX – Leonard Gregg, 38, was released from federal prison today after serving nine years of a 10-year sentence for two counts of arson.   Keep reading ...

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 17, 2011

Huppenthal rules TUSDís Raza Studies program noncompliant

john huppenthal‘The revolution sees Mexicans turn into gray gringos … brag like washed up vendidos and kiss the manís ass’

PHOENIX – On June 15, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction announced his determination regarding the Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) Raza Studies program, which has apparently been renamed somewhere along the line to Mexican American Studies.   Keep reading ...

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 17, 2011

Illegal alien turned over to ICE, truck impounded

CAVE CREEK – On June 9, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled Jose Refugio Govea-Calderon over for a traffic violation in front of the Buffalo Chip Saloon. Deputies soon learned Govea-Calderon had no valid driver license and was a Mexican national illegally present in this country.  Keep reading ...

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 15, 2011

Special laws for individual school districts under fire

nancy barto‘Reportedly, the district will return to voters in the fall of 2011 to seek a special 15 percent operating override’

PHOENIX – Apparently Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Dist. 7, is not the only legislator under fire for coming up with special laws that apply to a small and finite number of school districts, contrary to the Arizona Constitution.  Keep reading ...

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 15, 2011

Pearce recall petitions indicate massive voter registration fraud

voter registration‘None of these purposes is served when individuals who are not citizens register to vote’

PHOENIX – Anyone who wants to see for himself just how rampant voter registration fraud is in Arizona might want to consider volunteering to check the validity of signatures on the Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Dist. 18, recall petitions.  Keep reading ...

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 15, 2011

Retreat helps Cave Creek Council frame issues for future agendas

usama abujbarahPolicy in Cave Creek has always been public service, never viewed law enforcement as a way of generating revenue

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Town Manager Usama Abujbarah and Cave Creek Town Council met on Tuesday afternoon for a retreat, which is basically an informal working session of council where they can openly discuss issues and policies they may or may not wish to place on a future agenda.  Keep reading ...

BY LINDA BENTLEY | JUNE 15, 2011

From criminals to card-carrying cultivators

mcso drugsThe Arizona Department of Health Services has no authority to inspect the homes of those authorized to grow marijuana

CAVE CREEK – U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Dist. 3, who has been meeting with state and local representatives and constituents to ensure their concerns are being addressed in Washington, held a brief town hall meeting prior to Monday night’s council meeting.  Keep reading ...

JUNE 15, 2011

A child born in 2010 will cost $226,920 to raise according to USDA Report

WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, on June 9 finding that a middle-income family with a child born in 2010 can expect to spend about $226,920 ($286,860 if projected inflation costs are factored in) for food, shelter, and other necessities to raise that child over the next 17 years. This represents a 2 percent increase from 2009. Expenses for transportation, child care, education, and health care saw the largest percentage increases related to child rearing from 2009. There were very small changes in housing, food, clothing, and miscellaneous expenses on a child since 2009.  Keep reading ...

JUNE 15, 2011

Cutbacks cripple Arizona air pollution enforcement

Despite Looming EPA Sanctions, County Signals Corporate Kid Glove Treatment

PHOENIX — Even as it faces federal sanctions for noncompliance with air quality standards, Maricopa County is laying off so many inspectors and other staff that it will no longer routinely issue fines for air pollution violations, according to an Air Quality Department (MCAQD) email posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).   This internal email was forwarded by the MCAQD Director to an unofficial advisory committee with representatives from industry, including the state Chamber of Commerce, contractors and gravel mines, among others.   Keep reading ...

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