New PAC Seeks Public Vote on Desert Edge
Jan21

New PAC Seeks Public Vote on Desert Edge

January 17 Courtesy Preserve Our Preserve By Howard Myers NoDDC and Protect Our Preserve Launch Signature Gathering Campaign As you may know, the city wants to build a large tourist attraction in the Preserve called the Desert Edge (DE), formally the Desert Discovery Center (DDC). The claim is that it will educate both residents and visitors about the desert and also provide labs for ASU to conduct research from. They want to put it...

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Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal, Part 4 of 4
Jan16

Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal, Part 4 of 4

January 15, 2018 Story and Photography by Bob Conklin Part 4. Adventure-Filled Finish Congratulations. You’re almost there. Welcome to the conclusion of this four-part series. Adventure of a Lifetime, Part 1. [Read More] described my pre-trip research and preparations. Starting Place Surprise, Part 2. [Read More] covered our Everest Base Camp trek from our weather-revised starting point of Phapla, Nepal to Namche Bazaar. Onward...

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Interested in archaeology? Take advantage of two unique opportunities.
Jan16

Interested in archaeology? Take advantage of two unique opportunities.

Updated: January 11, 2018 By Les Conklin   It was more than 20 years ago. I’ve never forgotten seeing a pit house excavation in an archaeology museum in Xi’an, China. I was amazed. The size, post hole locations and shape seemed to be almost identical to a Native American pit house floor that I had seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Although some don’t agree, artifacts, such a pit house evidence, and more recently DNA studies...

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CCUSD: Parents, Kindergarten Roundup is Feb. 6th.
Jan15

CCUSD: Parents, Kindergarten Roundup is Feb. 6th.

January 14, 2018 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District The Cave Creek Unified School District’s five A+ Elementary Schools of Excellence, will be holding their Kindergarten Roundup on February 6, 2018, beginning at 5pm. Each elementary school has a different focus, with all students being inspired to become lifelong learners in order to succeed in a global economy. Choose your student’s path to Inspire Excellence: • Black...

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Troon Mountain’s Close Encounter of the “X” Kind
Jan15

Troon Mountain’s Close Encounter of the “X” Kind

December 31, 2017 Photograph Courtesy of Charlie Kelley. It’s unlikely that aliens would mistake Troon Mountain in north Scottsdale, Arizona for Devils Tower in Wyoming. None-the-less, Charlie Kelley’s dramatic photograph is reminiscent of the incredible landing scene in Steven Spielberg’s 1977 science fiction film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” I’m suggesting that he title his photo contribution “Close...

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Vineyard Views Blog: What’s New for Us Oldsters? Here R 2 Ideas.
Dec20

Vineyard Views Blog: What’s New for Us Oldsters? Here R 2 Ideas.

December 20, 2017 As the New Year approaches, Vineyard Views Blog has posted two suggestions for new activities that  senior citizens can undertake (pun intended) in 2018.   IDEA ONE. Dancing Lessons, Posted 12/20/17 Vineyard Views Blog   IDEA TWO.  Alternative Living, Posted 12/19/17 Vineyard Views Blog The Peak thanks Al DeVito of Vineyard Views Blog for his entertaining and stimulating posts.   The Peak Welcomes Your...

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Desert Gold – Finches That Is
Dec15

Desert Gold – Finches That Is

December 15, 2018 Article and Photographs by Tom Mangelsdorf’ One of the most colorful birds that are native to our Greater Pinnacle Peak area is the beautiful Lesser Goldfinch. They are generally found foraging for seeds and sometimes small insects in trees and shrubs. They’re fast fliers and can cling to any small branch at just about any angle. These bright yellow birds love thistle and they’ll find it just about any place...

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Veterans Heritage Project Remembers Pearl Harbor
Dec07

Veterans Heritage Project Remembers Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2017 The Veterans Heritage Project enlists high school students to interview and write the stories of our local veterans. This tribute captures the story of Lou Conter, one of the last four survivors of the sinking of the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941..   Veterans Heritage Day Tribute The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a...

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Scottsdale Arts Recieves $410,000 Grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Dec07

Scottsdale Arts Recieves $410,000 Grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

December 7, 2017 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale Arts has received a $410,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to support a comprehensive website and technology restructure initiative. This is the single-largest grant ever provided by a foundation to Scottsdale Arts for a technology project. Scottsdale Arts will improve its customer service and engagement processes by designing a new website and upgrading technology to...

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Emma’s Ex by J. Douglas Hinds
Dec07

Emma’s Ex by J. Douglas Hinds

November 30, 2017 Emma’s Ex By J. Douglas Hinds   I was sittin’ in the kitchen Half starin’ at my cup Emma was makin’ biscuits When the subject just came up   What happen to your husband I asked her right out straight He left for Colorado she said He hated this here state   Emma must be sixty Or maybe sixty five She spends her time a cookin’ And just keeping us alive   As she salted her...

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