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The "good stuff" below includes announcements made by causes supported by The Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA), local nonprofits, and businesses that support The Peak, GPPA, and/or Friends of the Scenic Drive.
Selected Recent Community Announcements
Scottsdale Adds 6,400 Acres to Preserve
Award, Burglars Pose as City Workers
Scottsdale Residents Have New Way to Speak Up
Scottsdale Named "100 Best Communities
for Young People"
Desert Living Means Being Aware and
Community Emergency Response Training Available
Pinnacle Peak Park
Drive to Scottsdale's Historic Register
Scottsdale Names Acting City
Invited to Serve on Boards and Commissions
Available for Citizens Police Academy
Scottsdale Web Site
Offers Water Conservation Tips
Adopt-A-Road Program Needs "Adopters"
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Watch Video: Scenic Drive Mayor & City Council Breakfast.
On May 2nd,
free continental breakfast in a true western setting - at MacDonald's
Ranch - as the City of
Scottsdale paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Desert Foothills
Scenic Drive. Scottsdale's mayor, Jim Lane, served as emcee. Les
Conklin, Jesus Murillo, and Virginia Korte made brief presentations
about the past, present, and future of the Scenic Drive. Members of the
city's planning staff were on-hand to provide information about upcoming
enhancement projects, including creation of an interpretive roadside
Watch Scottsdale's video coverage as speakers share the
history of the Scenic Drive and what its future holds. This Mayor
and Council Breakfast program will play on CityCable 11 starting in June. But you don’t have to wait! Watch
it online now at
. For additional information about the Desert Foothills
Scenic Drive, visit
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale Adds 6,400 Acres to
Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The city
of Scottsdale recently acquired 6,400 acres of land for the
Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve at three state land auctions in
which the city was the only bidder. The city’s combined successful
bids totaled $ 88.2 million – approximately $16 million of that will
come from a Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Grant
approved by the Arizona State Parks Board in September. The
remainder of the purchase price will come from money generated by
two dedicated sales taxes approved by Scottsdale voters in 1995 and
2004. The use of state grant funding frees additional dollars to be
used on future purchases. Posted: December, 2012.
With these acquisition, Scottsdale’s mountain preserve encompasses
approximately 27,800 contiguous acres – more than 43 square miles.
That is over 81 percent of the long-range goal to preserve about
34,000 acres, nearly a third of the city’s land area. Preserving
these lands achieves a primary goal to establish an important
wildlife corridor connection to the nearly three million acres of
Tonto National Forest.
The newly aquired land includes the majority of Cholla and Granite
mountains and extensive areas of exposed bedrock, boulder outcrops,
lush upper Sonoran Desert vegetation including Rawhide Wash and a
number of other large washes housing abundant wildlife. The lands
generally are located north of the Ashler Hills Drive alignment,
south of the Stagecoach Pass alignment, east of the 100th street
alignment and west of 136th street. It is within a “recommended
study boundary” that includes all of the land targeted to be part of
the preserve, permanently protecting the acreage from development.
Learn more about the Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve at
Source: City of Scottsdale
Be Aware, Burglars Pose as City Workers.
Stay alert and safe at home! Year round, burglars
have been known to pose as utility or municipal employees in order
to gain access to your home and steal your valuables. If someone
claims to be from a utility or a city water employee and asks to
enter your home, call the police. Scottsdale Water Resources
Department employees will not enter your home, unless requested by
you. Also, Water Resources employees will always wear a city
identification badge and will provide a phone number for residents
to call and verify their identity. If you have any concerns or
questions, do not let them in and call the Police Department right
away at (480) 312-5000 to report your concerns. Posted:
Source: City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale named “100 Best
Communities for Young People”
For the sixth consecutive year, America's Promise Alliance has
named Scottsdale one of the“100 Best Communities for Young People.”
The Alliance applauded Scottsdale for developing programs that
support youth education, employment and community service. To
address dropout issues, the Boys & Girls Club’s Be Great Graduate
initiative teaches youth academic, emotional and social skills to
encourage participation in school. Scottsdale also offers several
reading programs at the public library to engage parents in child
literacy activities. To help youth prepare for successful careers,
the Scottsdale Teen Employment Program (STEP) provides job readiness
training, resume assistance, mock interviews and job referrals.
Similarly, the Scottsdale Unified School District offers a Career
and Technical Education program to prepare young people for possible
careers in a variety of employment sectors.
Programs that engage youth in community activities include the
Mayor’s Youth Council, which provides a youth perspective on local
government issues, and Scottsdale Unified School District’s Service
Learning Program, which engages more than 400 youth in more than
50,000 hours of community service.
This year, more than 320 communities from all 50 states, Washington,
D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were nominated for the
“100 Best” distinction. The winners are a diverse group, ranging
from small communities like Lamoni, Iowa, to large cities like New
York City. A list of all 2012 winners can be found at
America’s Promise will formally announce the winners at 9 a.m.
(Arizona time), Wednesday, Sept. 12, at a ceremony in Washington,
DC. Residents are invited to tune into the live webcast at
www.americaspromise.org/100bestwebcast. Posted: September 13,
Source: City of Scottsdale
Desert Living Means Being Aware and
Great scenery and open space not only attract people. Desert
living means residents need to be aware of native urban wildlife
such as bobcats, coyotes, javelina, raccoons and skunks. Some of
these desert dwellers may view house pets as prey. Neither the city
nor the Arizona Game & Fish Department trap or relocate native
wildlife. But you can help to discourage urban wildlife from living
in your neighborhood by removing essentials of wildlife habitat such
as water, food and shelter. Learn more by visiting
Source: City of Scottsdale
Park is Accepting Volunteer Applications. Training
will begin in October. Training includes learning about the flora,
fauna and geology of the area; trail etiquette; birding; and trail
maintenance. Volunteers are asked to provide at least 50 hours of
service each year. The park is located at 26802 N. 102nd Way. For
more information, call 480-312-0990, or email John Loleit at email@example.com.
To learn more about the park, visit:
Source: Friends of the Scenic Drive
Add Scenic Drive to
Scottsdale Historic Register
Friends of the
Scenic Drive, a division of the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association,
has submitted a request to the City of Scottsdale that the Desert
Foothills Scenic Drive be added to the city's register of historic
buildings and landmarks. Residents will celebrate the Scenic
Drive's 50th birthday in 2013.
Les Conklin, on behalf of the board of directors of the Greater
Pinnacle Peak Association, submitted the request to the historic
preservation commission for their consideration. The contents of the
letter we incorporated into the article, "Add
Scenic Drive to Historic Register," that has been published in
the July-August issue of A Peek at the Peak (The Peak)
magazine. Les also submitted a brief history, of the Scenic
Drive, entitled "50 Years
(Almost) Down the Road," to the commission. GPPA
urges residents to support this proposal to preserve our local
heritage and give a boost to local tourism and business. Posted:
June 30, 2012.
Scottsdale City Council
selects public works executive director as acting city manager
Dan Worth, Scottsdale's public works executive director, was
unanimously selected by the City Council on Tuesday, July 10, to
serve as acting city manager until a new city manager is recruited.
The appointment was made with the condition that Worth will not
pursue the position on a permanent basis. For more information on
the selection, visit
Source: City of Scottsdale.
Low-water use shrubs pay off: Water . . . Use it
Wisely! The next time you add or replace a flower
or shrub, choose a low-water use plant for year-round landscape
color. By doing so, you can save up to 550 gallons of water each
year. For more ways to save water, visit www.wateruseitwisely.com/arizona.
Source: City of Scottsdale.
Protect your home from wild fires.
As the temperatures heat up, the desert grasses that grew
with spring rains are drying out, creating a fire danger. Protect
your home from wild land fires by creating a 30-foot defensible
space around your home. Remove perennial grasses and thin overgrown
bushes. Remove dead branches from living trees and all dead
vegetation from the ground. Lastly, keep a rolled up garden hose
with a nozzle attached to an outside hose valve connection. For more
fire prevention information, visit www.ScottsdaleFD.com.
The City of Scottsdale has a
Neighborhood Notification Program. Are you a neighborhood
leader or an HOA member? Did you know that you can register to
receive information about projects and issues affecting your
neighborhood? The Neighborhood Notification Program enhances
communication between your neighborhood and the city and more
importantly, between you and your neighbors! Get more information
and a registration form by calling (480) 312-3111 or visiting
www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov. Posted: March 17, 2012.
Scottsdale's “Water …Use It
Wisely” Web Site Offers Conservation Tips.
As the weather heats up, so does your outdoor water use, which can
almost double in the summer. Since up to 70 percent of residential
water use is for outdoor watering, make sure you’re watering your
landscape efficiently and thoroughly. Bermuda grass should get
watered about once every four days. Also, remember to irrigate long
enough to reach the roots, about three- quarters of an inch. Visit
www.wateruseitwisely.com/arizona or call (480) 312-5650 for more
water conservation tips.
Adopt-a-Road Program Helps Keep
Scottsdale Clean and Scenic. Did you know that more than
100 miles of city roadways are kept litter free through the efforts
of volunteer groups? Help keep Scottsdale clean and scenic by
adopting a one-mile segment of roadway through the Adopt-A-Road
program. By doing so, it gives you a great way to keep Scottsdale
beautiful while giving back to the community. We’ll provide the
supplies! Groups need to commit to cleaning their segment a minimum
of three times a year, for at least two years. Call (480) 312-3111
or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search by “Adopt A Road” for more
North Scottsdale Landmark Linked
Today, the Desert
Foothills Scenic Drive is an important Valley landmark.
Created in 1963 by residents of Carefree and Cave Creek, and
later annexed into Scottsdale, it was one of the first
preservation efforts in the Valley of the Sun. Its far-sighted founders
sought to obtain scenic setbacks, showcase desert flora,
preserve desert vistas, and to attract tourism. It was the first
example of people "in the north" taking community action to
preserve the natural environment. Remarkably, the drive has been
maintained for much of its life by residents without government
assistance. A forerunner of scenic corridors in Phoenix and
Scottsdale, the drive's early leaders advocated successfully for
the creation of scenic corridors. The drive's plant
identification signs and exhibits are maintained by Friends of
the Scenic Drive. Plans call for the drive's exhibit area and
adjacent acreage to be
included in Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
We live in a beautiful place, filled with
interesting sites and scenes. The Peak receives many
wonderful photographs taken by our readers and we'd like to
share a few of them with you. Don't be shy. Send us your
photos of our area. You never know, they might be showcased in
one of GPPA's publications.
Marilyn Schletzer, The Peak
magazine's proofreader and author of the column "Peak Fitness," writes a blog that healthy eaters or wannabe healthy eaters will enjoy. Recently, Marilyn e-mailed her readers and invited them to "Check out all the new stuff at www.eatstreetusa.blogspot.com
. 1) Smaller Portions, Bigger World, 2) My Favorite Healthy
Things: Spaghetti Squash, 3) My Favorite Healthy
Things: Greek Yogurt, 4) My Favorite Naughty
Things. Plus, read the comments and leave one of your own --
it's fun and easy, and instructions are included."
The City of Scottsdale offers a variety of sources that provide information about the city, its operations, and events.
- City of Scottsdale website – From news stories and official meeting minutes to localized information about neighborhoods, the city’s website offers a wealth of valuable information about the community. Check it out at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov.
- Channel 11 news channels: All the city of Scottsdale videos in one accessible site. You can watch CityCable Channel 11 via cable television or the city’s website. You can also select specific programs, meetings, forums and features to replay at your convenience at this website: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/citycable11/channels.
- Nixle – The Scottsdale Police and Fire departments use Nixle to keep citizens informed of important crime, traffic and safety information. Alerts go to cell phone or email. To sign up, visit: http://local.nixle.com/city/az/scottsdale.
- Facebook – Connect with the city on Facebook to get up-to-the-minute news and information on city projects, programs and services:
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