Pinnacle Peak Park Update, August 1 – Volunteers Needed
Aug02

Pinnacle Peak Park Update, August 1 – Volunteers Needed

August 1, 2017 Good Morning Everyone! If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at Pinnacle Peak Park, please complete the attached volunteer application and either drop it off to us at the park, or mail it to the park’s mailing address (NOT the Human Resources address included on the application). Click on the link below for a volunteer application. Volunteer Application   Our mailing address is – Pinnacle Peak...

Read More
Kraig’s Cave Creek Commentary
Aug01

Kraig’s Cave Creek Commentary

August 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   Sunday, November 5, 1871 was the end of the line for six...

Read More
Desert Edge: Plan’s Graphics Worth 1,000 Words
Aug01

Desert Edge: Plan’s Graphics Worth 1,000 Words

August 1, 2017 Plan Graphics Courtesy of Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale Click on the links below to view graphics that were included as part of the Desert Edge plan that was submitted to the Scottsdale City Council. Desert Edge – Pavilion Pavilion (PDF)   Desert Edge – The Commons  The Commons (PDF)   Desert Edge – View from Equestrian Bypass Trail  View from Equestrian Bypass Trail (PDF)   Desert...

Read More
Legacy of the Rio Fire
Aug01

Legacy of the Rio Fire

Now that the smoke has cleared: Legacy of the Rio Fire By Pete Chasar From A Peek at the Peak, August 1997 From a distance, the McDowell Mountains look much as they did when I first set eyes on them 27 years ago – a long row of rocky peaks and deeply folded flanks that glow purple in the fading light of early evening. But, now, as you draw closer to the McDowells, you can detect large swaths on the northern peaks and on Wingate...

Read More
CCUSD: Cactus Shadows Class of 2017 Receives Seal of Biiliteracy
Jul24

CCUSD: Cactus Shadows Class of 2017 Receives Seal of Biiliteracy

July 24, 2017 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District Cactus Shadows High School Class of 2017 receive Arizona and  CCUSD Seal of Biliteracy Cactus Shadows High School, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, is proud to announce that 34 graduates received the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy for Spanish and 6 graduates received the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy for French. Of those students, 23 (Spanish) and 3 (French) went...

Read More
Write Stuff: Russian Visitors and Large Animals
Jul15

Write Stuff: Russian Visitors and Large Animals

June 11, 2017 Editorial Note: Since Russia is very much in the news and the 2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest is underway, this seems like a perfect time to bring back this creative contribution by John Thompson of Carefree. In the June 2005 issue of A Peek at the Peak (The Peak), we announced the winners of our “The Write Stuff Challenge: The Tall Story.” Contestants were required to write a story that was filled with...

Read More
Scottsdale: Prepare for Monsoon Season, Sandbags Available
Jul15

Scottsdale: Prepare for Monsoon Season, Sandbags Available

July 13, 2017 Courtesy City of Scottsdale Sandbags available for residents as part of monsoon preparedness Summer monsoon storms can develop rapidly and cause severe localized winds and flooding. Be prepared. The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources. If your property is at risk for flooding, the city is offering free sandbags. Both sand and bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come,...

Read More
Digital Dilemma
Jul15

Digital Dilemma

July 13, 2017 By Rick Smith “If the problem is yours, not ours,” stated the courteous technical support specialist, “there will be a $75 charge.” But I was sure the problem wasn’t our problem. I’d checked every connection thoroughly, I’d rebooted and followed all the recorded prompts before being transferred to my live person assistant. So, why was I still doubting myself? “You can...

Read More
Pastel & Oil Paintings by Artist Judy Conklin
Jul15

Pastel & Oil Paintings by Artist Judy Conklin

July 1, 2017 Now here is an idea to encourage promising young artists. It’s called Tam o’ shanter and it’s an 80-years-old program offered by Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art. The program sure worked for Scottsdale artist Judy Conklin. As a middle school student growing up in “Steel Town,” Judy was selected with one other student from her school to participate in the program. Every Saturday morning for...

Read More
The Rio Fire Remembered – July 7, 1995
Jul14

The Rio Fire Remembered – July 7, 1995

June 30, 2017 Introduction by Les Conklin Those of us who were in north Scottsdale during early July in 1995 will never forget the Rio Fire. Ten years after the fire, Peak contributor Bob Mason submitted one of the best articles that I’ve every read about the fire. As we enter the heart of fire season, this seems like a good time to re-publish Bob’s article and include updated photographs.  We are also publishing as a...

Read More