APS’ A.P.S?

By nearly all accounts Arizona State Senator Debbie Lesko is an impressive public servant.  She takes on tough issues like pension reform.  And she gets results.  That’s why her peers are rightfully considering her along with Steve Yarbrough and John Kavanagh to succeed Andy Biggs as the next State Senate President. She’s conservative without being crazy.  All this being said … Read More

History Maker At The Grand Canyon

Every day we go to work to make money or make a difference.  Those who work in our national parks, monuments and forests likely fall into the latter category.  They are there to be the custodians of God’s creativity and grace.  Getting to work at Grand Canyon National Park or the adjoining Kaibab National Forrest is the pinnacle, for many, … Read More

Searching For Frank Jacobson

He was so influential and impactful while head of the Scottsdale Cultural Council he was referred to as the “8th councilman.” And judging by this recent article in the Phoenix New Times, Scottsdale needs someone like Frank Jacobson now.  Big time. We’re not as dour as the New Times.  After all, Scottsdale’s public art program remains second to no Valley … Read More

Maybe It’s Trump With The Integrity, Not Romney

As Mitt Romney laid early plans for a 2008 presidential run he was spending a lot of time in Arizona.  To raise money.  And to pin rival John McCain down in his home state more than he would have liked. Romney sought a key endorsement:  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  He got it.  Arizona.  Iowa.  Whatever the Romney campaign needed … Read More

Equestrian Discrimination

Scottsdale is the “West’s Most Western Town” but some neighbors (hardly all) want to stop that notion west of Scottsdale Road, along Cactus. As we have written about before there is the place a renowned businessman and his wife hope to build an equestrian paradise on six acres called Rancho Paraiso. It seems a natural fit for a community that … Read More

Meet The Fockers

Many times we side with neighbors fighting the good and necessary fight against developer overreach. But as we have opined already the bizarre activism by some neighbors against an enrichment of the Cactus Corridor defies common sense.  But we do appreciate their reminding us of pop culture. For across the street of one of the nicest equestrian ranches ever proposed … Read More

Odds & Starts To The Week

*Restaurant and bar impresario Mark Drinkwater is re-entering the business at Scottsdale & Lincoln in a building that used to house a breakfast joint and, after that, a failed Italian concept. *Arizona Governor Doug Ducey raised money last week through the mail for southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally.  This week he is doing it for Congressman Trent Franks at a … Read More

Horsesh*t

As Mayor Jim Lane said in his 2012 re-election campaign Scottsdale is the best city in America.  Hyperbole took him one step further in last week’s State of the City when he called his community “the best city in the world.” But even great cities have changes and challenges.  For “The West’s Most Western Town” it has been to keep … Read More

From A Stadium To The Smithsonian

After serving on the Scottsdale City Council nearly 3 decades ago when he basically saved the Cactus League from extinction Jim Bruner was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Well regarded and well liked Bruner was the prohibitive favorite for an attractive new congressional district.  Then Jerry Colangelo got to thinking about bringing Major League Baseball to town.  … Read More

Adults Arrive In Arcadia via ASU

Among the many reasons for attending a college or university is problem solving.  They teach it.  And you’re supposed to learn it, directly and indirectly through maturation and matriculation. Here in the Valley Arizona State University doesn’t just teach it, they lead by example. When revitalization of the old Los Arcos Mall site at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads became intractable, … Read More