Reminiscing: The Character on the Corner by Liz Stapleton
Feb14

Reminiscing: The Character on the Corner by Liz Stapleton

From A Peek at the Peak, June 1989 By Liz Stapleton Ogden Years ago, when Pinnacle Peak Road an unmarked, dusty road leading east up to Pinnacle Peak Patio and Reata Pass and then down the long hill to the Verde River, a very colorful and rare character resided at what is now the intersection of Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak Roads. The lone, faded sign at that corner read “Curry’s Corner,” after one of the old...

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CCUSD Celebrates National Counselors Week, Feb. 6-10
Feb07

CCUSD Celebrates National Counselors Week, Feb. 6-10

Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District   Here in CCUSD, we believe we have the BEST counselors on the planet.  Here’s an up-close and personal look at these amazing people.  Black Mountain, Desert Willow, Lone Mountain, Horseshoe Trails Elementary Schools and Desert Sun Academy Julie Vandenberg:  Julie is a certified teacher, recipient of the RAMP Award, AZ School Counselor of the Year, American School Counselor of the...

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Mystery Spraying Over Phoenix
Feb06

Mystery Spraying Over Phoenix

By Gary Zalimeni January 6, 2017 Conspiracy of Silence? My last article in The Peak, “One Mile From Home,” drew a huge response from environmentally concerned residents all over the valley. My past experience has taught me to ignore adversity, indifference and lazy, incompetent government bureaucrats and pursue the truth. So let’s start with some very troubling facts followed by important questions: Facts Just recently my...

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CCUSD’s Burdick Named Arizona Superintendant of the Year
Jan27

CCUSD’s Burdick Named Arizona Superintendant of the Year

January 2017 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District  Dr. Debbi Burdick named the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA)  Arizona Superintendent of the Year   With 42 years in education, Dr. Burdick has held the position of Superintendent in the Cave Creek Unified School District since 2008.  She came to the District in 2004 as the Associate Superintendent.  She has been a teacher, principal and teaching...

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Cactus Shadows High School Celebrates Opening of New Field House
Jan25

Cactus Shadows High School Celebrates Opening of New Field House

   January 25, 217 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District   Cactus Shadows High School, in the Cave Creek Unified School District, held the Grand Opening of their Fieldhouse on January 23, 2017.  Governing Board President, Mark Warren, cut the ribbon signifying the grand opening of the fieldhouse.  A community celebration is in the planning stages for Fall 2017.  Those in attendance included CCUSD Board Members Janet...

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CCUSD Celebrates National School Choice Week
Jan25

CCUSD Celebrates National School Choice Week

 January 25, 2017 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District   It’s National School Choice Week and Cave Creek Unified is celebrating.  Did you know that 86% of Arizona parents choose local public schools for their children?  Cave Creek Unified School district, the number 1 School District in Maricopa County, offers its students and their parents’ Choice.   Chinese, French or Spanish Immersion, a World Language Program (PreK-12),...

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Get Your Signed Copy of “Pinnacle Peak” Today
Jan25

Get Your Signed Copy of “Pinnacle Peak” Today

A must read for Arizona residents and visitors and a great gift for friends and family! Showcases more than 160 photographs from the Arizona Historical Foundation, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Historical Society, Arizona State University’s Archaeological Research Institute, A Peek at the Peak magazine, and private collections to bring Pinnacle Peak’s rich history back to life. Book Description “Pinnacle Peak...

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Preston Named Executive Director of Desert Foothills Land Trust
Jan14

Preston Named Executive Director of Desert Foothills Land Trust

January 12, 2017 Courtesy of Desert Foothills Land Trust CAREFREE – The Board of Directors of Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) today announced the appointment of Vicki Preston as the organization’s Executive Director. Preston joined the Land Trust in 2011 as the Conservation Director. She will continue her role in land conservation as well as assume her new duties as Executive Director. Preston takes over from Patrick McWhortor, who...

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Everybody won!  Peak Summer Fun Contest Gifts for Your Holidays!
Dec26

Everybody won!  Peak Summer Fun Contest Gifts for Your Holidays!

Winners and non-winners, The Peak has featured many contest entries in its November and December 2016 ssues. Thank you for suporting our contest! The Peak thanks everyone who entered the 13th Annual Summer Fun Tony Nelssen Photography Contest and Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest. It was a banner year in terms of both quantity and quality of entries.   Winners and Four Collections of Entries Published During November and December...

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Short and Sweet by Marilyn Burnett
Dec23

Short and Sweet by Marilyn Burnett

No one I know has a spare nanosecond for leisure reading this time of year, so this will be short and sweet, just a few thoughts about the holidays: Please do not let the word “diet” cross your lips this month.  If you’re on a diet right now, 1) no one wants to hear about it, and 2) tsk, tsk.  There are parties to attend and cookies to bake for Santa.  Kick up your heels!  Live your life! During the next two weeks,...

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