Video: Western Screech Owls & Nestlings – Part II, Updated June 22
Jun23

Video: Western Screech Owls & Nestlings – Part II, Updated June 22

May 29, 2017 Courtesy of Laurel Strohmeyer Editorial Note. If you watched the video of owl hatching on Easter Day, these are follow-ups that Laurel has generously contributed. Enjoy. Les   Update: June 23, 2017 Here is a little update. All three of the little Western Screech Owls are doing fine and are pretty entertaining to watch. This 3 minute video takes you from when they left the nest up until yesterday. Enjoy!...

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Video: YMCA Summer Day Camps = Best Summer Ever
Jun23

Video: YMCA Summer Day Camps = Best Summer Ever

June 23, 2017 Courtesy of Valley of the Sun YMCA The Valley of the Sun YMCA’s summer day camps offer children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age.   Video + Information (PDF) The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the...

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Desert Discovery Center STEM Educational Program Announced
Jun23

Desert Discovery Center STEM Educational Program Announced

June 22, 2017 The Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale Pilot Educational Program recently kicked off at Scottsdale Community College. The program was a collaboration of DDCS staff, Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Scottsdale Community College. For information, click below.   Desert Discovery Center Alert Newsletter (PDF) Related Articles A Peek at the Desert Discovery Center and Education This...

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Scottsdale Arts News: Summer Concert Series July 26 – August 25
Jun17

Scottsdale Arts News: Summer Concert Series July 26 – August 25

June 17, 2017 Enjoy live and local concerts, brought to you by the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts, from July 26 through August 25. The concerts feature a variety of groups and musical genres, including Americana, Latin, Jazz, and more.  For complete information, click below.   Scottsdale Arts News Release (PDF) The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the...

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Voice of Scottsdale, June 16: DDC, One Issue Candidates, Facts Soon
Jun16

Voice of Scottsdale, June 16: DDC, One Issue Candidates, Facts Soon

June 16, 2017 One of the leaders of the opposition to Scottsdale’s Desert Discovery Center might be running for the Scottsdale City Council. Which one? Is a single issue candidate electable? In about 1 1/2 months, the proposed design of the Desert Discovery Design will be presented. That means we will have facts, figures, illustrations, and plans to look at an discuss. How that influence the political calculus? Click below to...

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Write Stuff: The Wise Old Owl
Jun16

Write Stuff: The Wise Old Owl

June 11, 2017 Editorial Note. Be sure to enter the 2017 Write Stuff Contest. The Grand Prize is a stay for two at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, including breakfast at the resort’s Proof Restaurant.  For complete information, click on the link below. The piece below won second place in the 2004 Write Stuff Contest. J. Douglas Hinds, the author, went on to become a regular contributor of western poetry to The...

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Can you pass this college admission test from the 1890s?
Jun16

Can you pass this college admission test from the 1890s?

June 12, 2017 Contributed by Claude H. Trottier, University of Rhode Island, ’60 Here are the requirements for admission to the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts for September 1893. The College, which later became the University of Rhode Island,  had opened the year before. Note.  Dear reader, I assume this was a closed-book exam and in 1893 they did not have access to a calculator or Google. Good luck....

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Book Review: Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Jun16

Book Review: Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

June 11, 2017 By Les Conklin Hold on there! No so fast. Have you read Yuval Noah Harari’s best seller “Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind”  If you’ve not read it, then put this review aside and read Harari’s blockbuster New York Times best seller, “Sapiens.” “Sapiens” describes the rise of our species from an insignificant position in the animal kingdom to a position of dominance over the world’s other living things....

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Vineyard View Blog: Perfect Valley of the Sun Summer Wear
Jun13

Vineyard View Blog: Perfect Valley of the Sun Summer Wear

June 12, 2017 Ladies, Did you ever go out in the summer sun and forget your hat? “Problem solved” with this designer dress. The Peak  Dancing at W.N.B.A. Center Court The Peak thanks Al DeVito of Vineyard Views Blog for another insightful post. The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a Comment” box at the bottom of this page. All...

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AZ Game & Fish News: Leave Baby Wildlife Alone
Jun09

AZ Game & Fish News: Leave Baby Wildlife Alone

May 12, 2017 Courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish Department The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has seized a deer, bobcat and javelina since June 2 that were illegally taken captive while young by Tucson area residents and reared as pets. The mule deer buck was taken to the AZGFD Wildlife Center in Phoenix for treatment, and then will go to Bearizona in Williams. The bobcat was placed at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and...

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