Some History of the Desert Edge
Oct02

Some History of the Desert Edge

October 1, 2017 By David Smith, Scottsdale City Council   During the recent Council work study session on the Desert EDGE project, I summarized the history of events that has led to locating a Discovery Center in the preserve, at the Gateway on Thompson Peak Parkway. A few listeners asked me to share that chronology. It’s a long history, so hold your seats! In 1994 – before there was a preserve tax or a preserve!...

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Bill Walton and the wash
Oct01

Bill Walton and the wash

September 30, 2017 Happy anniversary to Scottsdale’s first park! Scottsdale’s first park, Eldorado, celebrates its 50th anniversary Sept. 30. Eldorado is more than a park, however. It was the first piece of a visionary project that not only transformed Scottsdale, but also the science of flood control. Many people played a role in the evolution of Eldorado Park and the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. What follows is the story of...

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Images of Summer Fun 2017
Oct01

Images of Summer Fun 2017

September 30, 2017 Summer Fun 2017 is over but terrific images and articles remain. Thanks again to all those who entered this year’s photography and writing contests, and attended the Summit of Summer Fun.  Enjoy these photographs! They prove that we live in an exceptionally beautiful place.               The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this...

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Book Review: “The Unwomanly Face of War” by Svetlana Alexievich
Sep30

Book Review: “The Unwomanly Face of War” by Svetlana Alexievich

September 29, 2017 By Les Conklin Perhaps you,ve read “Unbroken,” “Matterhorn,” “The Guns of August,” “The Naked and the Dead,” “War and Peace,” “A Farewell to Arms,” “The Civil War, A Narrative,” “1776,” or “Flags of Our Fathers.” These books, like almost all books about war, have been written by men and describe military...

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“Unsung Heroes” by Edie Shannon, Write Stuff Winner
Sep30

“Unsung Heroes” by Edie Shannon, Write Stuff Winner

Winner, My Hero Category 2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest Unsung Heroes By Edie Shannon August 27, 2017   Scottsdale is a wonderful place to visit and live. It has places to go, things to do. Great restaurants, art galleries, theater, mountains to climb, world class resorts. But Scottsdale is a lot more than Fashion Square, although that is a lovely place to shop. It is more than the art galleries, restaurants, theaters and...

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Kraig’s Cave Creek Commentary
Sep30

Kraig’s Cave Creek Commentary

October 2017 In this brief commentary, Kraig Nelson combines insights into Cave Creek’s history and the current real estate market in Cave Creek, Scottsdale, and Carefree.  The Peak thanks the Cave Creek Museum for their long-standing support of the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive.   Kraig’s History Highlights From the Cave Creek Museum Kraig Nelson, docent  The original Cave Creek Road ran along the creek with the same...

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Christine Huguley Named Desert Sun Academy’s Teacher of the Year
Sep30

Christine Huguley Named Desert Sun Academy’s Teacher of the Year

September 25, 2017 Courtesy Cave Creek Unified School District Desert Sun Academy, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, is pleased to announce that second grade teacher, Christine Huguley has been selected as the 2017-2018 Desert Sun Academy Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Huguley has been a fixture at Desert Sun for many years. Her passion for her students and our school as a whole make her a favorite among students and...

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Circling Back to Roundabouts in Scottsdale
Sep30

Circling Back to Roundabouts in Scottsdale

September 30, 2017 Do you remember the commotion that resulted when the City of Scottsdale announced that it was planning to construct a roundabout at Northsight and Hayden? As you probably know, it’s been in use for quite awhile and the uproar has subsided. The Peak has even heard muffled applause for a job well done. Now the city is constructing a new roundabout near Mustang Library and HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical...

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Debunking Stubborn Roundabout Myths
Sep30

Debunking Stubborn Roundabout Myths

By Jennifer Banks, Department of Transportation, City of Scottsdale   Despite impressive safety numbers, shorter travel time and other benefits, roundabouts have been relatively slow to catch on. Scottsdale transportation officials believe this may be due to several myths surrounding roundabouts: Myth: “Roundabouts,” “traffic circles” and “rotaries” are all essentially the same thing....

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Roundabout Driving Tips
Sep30

Roundabout Driving Tips

By Jennifer Banks, Transportation Department, City of Scottsdale   As you approach a roundabout, prepare to reduce your speed to 15 to 25 miles per hour. Road design and signage will encourage you and those around you to drive at a slow, uniform speed. As you approach a roundabout, slow down, look left and expect to stop. If there is no traffic in the roundabout or there is a wide enough gap between cars, however, a stop is not...

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