The Tale of Two Desert Courses
Oct15

The Tale of Two Desert Courses

The May 2004 issue of The Peak, which was a printed in black and white, published three articles about the first golf courses in our area. In the coming month, we will be republishing these three articles, which are entitled: “The Tale of Two Desert Courses,” “Ironwood Golf Course, Our First Desert Course” and “Desert Forest Golf Course, a Desert Classic.” April 2004 The Tale of Two Desert Courses By Les Conklin What are the names of...

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Ironwood Golf Course, Our First Desert Course
Oct14

Ironwood Golf Course, Our First Desert Course

The May 2004 issue of The Peak published three articles about the first golf courses in our area. In the coming month, we will be republishing these three articles, which are entitled: “The Tale of Two Desert Courses,” “Ironwood Golf Course, Our First Desert Course” and “Desert Forest Golf Course, a Desert Classic.” April 2004 Prologue We wondered if any articles about our area’s golf courses had ever been published in The Peak. GPPA...

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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...

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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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Tales of Scottsdale’s Crescent Moon Ranch
May15

Tales of Scottsdale’s Crescent Moon Ranch

May 14, 2017 By Les Conklin There is a small company in Brooklyn, New York that has created a new smart road sign, named Point. The arms on Point’s signpost rotate based on what you’re looking for such as “Food,” “Events,” or “Transit.”  Not only do the arms rotate to point the way, small LED lights illuminate to provide related destination names and distances. Wouldn’t it be enriching for...

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Blanch, The Rodeo Queen
Apr30

Blanch, The Rodeo Queen

By J. Douglas Hinds   Jack and I were buddies ‘Bout as close as friends can be I hardly spoke to him He rarely spoke to me   We was ridin’ herd together On the old Conejos Spread And though we rode in silence There was plenty being said   I guess you’d call it instinct When there’s something needin’ done Like the job of cuttin’ cattle When a man and horse are one   We worked that well...

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Pinnacle Peak “Back in the Day”
Mar16

Pinnacle Peak “Back in the Day”

Introduction Almost 20 years ago, during the summer of 1997, long-time Pinnacle Peak resident George Seitts wrote a letter to A Peek at the Peak’s elditor Eileen Rendahl.  The letter was published in the August 1997 edition with the title “Memories from George Seitts.” In this article, the Seitts’ letter is combined with photographs from my book Images of America – Pinnacle Peak, which was published by...

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In the Beginning: “Pair of Private Trusts Seek to Keep Land Unspoiled”
Feb19

In the Beginning: “Pair of Private Trusts Seek to Keep Land Unspoiled”

Preface This article reminds us that we have much to be thankful for. This article was published 25 years ago and the two land trusts introduced in this article have been successful. Check their websites to measure just how successful they have been. You’ll find links to their websites at the bottom of the page. Editor   Reprint from Jan. 23, 1991  Arizona Republic 1991 Published in A Peek at the Peak, February 1991 Pair of...

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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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Reminiscing: Getting Around was Both Good and Bad News
Feb14

Reminiscing: Getting Around was Both Good and Bad News

By Liz Stapleton-Ogden From A Peek at the Peak, April 1989 At the March 28th Val Trans election, hundreds of voters in this area grabbed at the opportunity to sign a petition advocating widening P1ma Road to four lanes. This concern for wider, faster roads to travel on would have given early Pinnacle Peak settler K. T. Palmer quite a chuckle were he still around. In 1934, when he moved to the Peak area to “prove up” his...

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