Les Peterson, Mayor of Carefree
MAYOR CONTINUES TO ADDRESS WATER ISSUES FOR ALL CAREFREE RESIDENTS
In recognition of the long-term importance of water to Carefree, two years ago Carefree Mayor Peterson assembled a task force to analyze the water service and water availability for all Carefree residents and commercial customers to assure that all were receiving water service to support a high quality of life into the long-term future. Headed up by Mayor Peterson, the Carefree Water Committee included Carefree vice Mayor John Crane, Carefree Council member Stephen Hatcher, Carefree Water Company General Manager Greg Crossman and Carefree P & Z Vice Chairman Tom Cross. This committee has been working and meeting regularly, analyzing data and meeting with the Central Arizona Project (the source of most Carefree water) to chart the path to the most appropriate water future for Carefree.
Approximately 80% of Carefree homes and businesses today receive water and water service from the Carefree Water Company system. The remaining 20+%, over 500 homes and the retailers, Lowe’s and CVS Pharmacy, on the west side of Carefree are serviced by the Cave Creek Water Company. These homes and businesses are referred to as being in the “Carefree Service Area” of the Cave Creek Water System. These homes and businesses in the Carefree Service Area have been identified by the Carefree Water Committee as an area not consistent with the Town’s long-term goals for its residents. These Carefree homes and businesses have questionable service today and uncertain water service and availability in the future.
To identify the water infrastructure currently utilized in the Carefree Service Area, Carefree recently commissioned an intensive study by an outside engineering firm that specializes in these types of assignments. This study is well underway and the Carefree Water Committee meets with them regularly. “The interests of the affected Carefree residents are our main priority, and once this study is completed we will take action in concert with the findings,” Mayor Peterson shares.
In the meantime, Mayor Peterson, whose experience in working with utilities includes a twelve year battle to close the Carefree Wastewater Treatment Plant, a project that went all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court for resolution. This closure will save Carefree residents between $2.5 to $3 million dollars.
Mayor Peterson, the Carefree Water Committee and the Town of Carefree will be hosting two comprehensive discussions about water service in the Carefree Service Area. These meeting will be held in the new Carefree Town Council Chambers at 33 Easy Street at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 26
and Monday, July 9
. If neither of these dates is convenient, the Mayor, members of the Carefree Water Committee and the Town are prepared to meet with residents individually or in groups.
Ernie Bunch, Mayor of Cave Creek
So here we are in June looking forward to a productive monsoon event this year. Everything is so brown and flammable that it isn't hard to imagine the possibilities of a major brush fire. In June of 2005 when I was first elected to the Town Council the Cave Creek Complex fire started just North of Town. It was a very scary time for all of us. Thankfully the winds never actually pushed the fire into Town!
It's dry like that again so please be careful with any activities that could even remotely start an unwanted fire.
It's hard to imagine that it's been 2 years since we were all campaigning to serve in this current term but here we are again. It seems like only yesterday that elections were held! On this note I will say that I love to serve but hate campaigning. I don't want to believe that the nastiness of Federal and State elections would actually trickle down to Cave Creek but it would not surprise me. Misinformation, partial truths, and rumors frequently abound.
So why do we do it? We care.
Palm Desert Realty 30 years
Thunderbird Artists 23 years
Foothills Community Foundation 20 years
Christ Anglican Church 19 years
Aesthetic Family Dentistry 17 years
Villas of Cave Creek 15 years
Cave Creek Visitors Guide 11 years
Robert Martino Electric 11 years
Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine 10 years
First Church of Christ Scientist 8 years
American Federal 6 years
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 6 years
Roadhouse 6 years
Foothills Animal Rescue 5 years
Neighbors in Need 5 years
Stefan Mann 5 years
Cave Creek Olive Oil 4 years
Arizona Animal Hospital 3 years
Carefree Acupuncture and Chiropractic 3 years
Graphics Unleashed 3 years
Wild at Heart 3 years
Arizona Auto Licence Service 2 years
Merrill Gardens at Anthem 2 years
State Farm - Steve Morse 2 years
Bottom Line Tattoo 1 year
Etania Jewelry & Boutique 1 year
Healthy Weight and Wellness 1 year
Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation 1 year
Transform Wellness 1 year
Zona's Essential Oils, Art & More 1 year
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
Eileen Wright - Booster Member
Elwood Motorsports Collision
Cube Executive Suites at La Mirada
Premier Event Resources LLC
Heartland Payment Systems
Heart & Soul Café & Saloon
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published May 2018
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 30.84% lower; active listings  were 32.33% lower; and the median sold price [$580,000] was 18.31% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 156. 18 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 41.97% higher; active listings  were 9.42% lower; and the median sold price [$512,125] was 31.31% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 101. 76 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 17.04% higher; active listings [2,705] were 13.30% lower; and the median sold price [$450,000] was 5.94% higher, compared to one year ago.Average days on market were 92. 868 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 8.87% higher; active listings [3,413] were 12.15% lower; and the median sold price [$245,000] was 11.87% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 60. 2,140 residential units closed escrow.
Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 1.40% of the total sales volume.
There is a 2.42-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. Generally, a balanced market for buyers and sellers is about 6 months; however, all accurate statistics are neighborhood specific.
Total residential inventory is 9.92% lower [21,773 units] than one year ago.
Entire Phoenix Metro Area
median sold price is $254,000; 8.50% higher than one year ago
. Average days on market were 66.
Average sold price compared to original list price is 97.18% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $388,600.
Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,115; 196 fewer than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 582; same as six months ago. (from
Ultimate New Homes Newsletter
Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 8,946. This is 3.84% higher than one year ago.
Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro
2 billion, 883 million
- rounded for conversation).
This is 14.39% higher than one year ago.
Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Fall enrollment is ongoing, and classes are filling up! Stop by our office today, or call (602)493-2600, to speak with an academic advisor. Advisors can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to reach your educational goals.
Are you ready to take classes? If so, don’t forget your college placement tests! PVCC at Black Mountain offers Accuplacer placement tests. Available tests include reading, writing, and math. Testing is free, and no appointment is necessary. A photo ID and Maricopa student ID number are required to take a placement test, so apply now at
. Testing is available Monday through Thursday from 1:00PM – 5:00PM in Orion Hall. If you have any questions about placement testing, call (602)493-2600. And don’t forget to study! Study resources are available at
If you are 65 or older and a resident of Maricopa County, consider taking advantage of our senior citizen tuition rate discount. Eligible residents receive a 50% discount on credit classes at all of the Maricopa Community Colleges, including PVCC Black Mountain. Popular classes include digital photography, history, and contemporary cinema. For more information visit
Do you want to learn more about the night sky and take advantage of the viewing conditions in Carefree/Cave Creek? This Fall, PVCC Black Mountain will offer AST111, Introduction to Solar System Astronomy. The class will cover the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the solar system, and nearby stars. In addition, students can take advantage of PVCC Black Mountain’s 14 inch Cassegrain telescope. When taken in combination with AST113, Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Laboratory, the class satisfies the natural science requirement for the Associate in Arts degree and most four-year curricula. Register today, or speak with an advisor to learn more!
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From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
The Arizona legal community is very proud of two dynamic women. Sandra Day O’Connor was America’s first woman U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, she served from 1981 to 2006. Justice O’Conner was born in El Paso, Texas but grew up on the Lazy B cattle-ranch near Duncan, AZ., about thirty-nine miles southeast of Safford. In 1961, America’s first woman state Supreme Court Associate Justice was Arizona’s Lorna Lockwood. It doesn’t stop there. America’s first woman state Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was Lorna Lockwood starting in 1965 and re-elected in 1970. Chief Justice Lorna Lockwood died in 1977 and was the “Phoenix Women of the Year” in 1974. Her father, Alfred Lockwood, taught school for three years in Cave Creek starting in 1899. Oh yes, Mr. Lockwood was Arizona’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1929, 1935, and 1941. He died in 1951.
This is an election year for our community and our state! I encourage you to vote! If you aren’t registered yet it’s not too late. Your vote is important!
In Cave Creek and Carefree you will be voting for Mayors and Council seats. I encourage you to get to know the candidates. Attend the forums. Ask questions. Invite the people running for a seat on town council for a cup of coffee. Do your due diligence! Social Media can be a tremendous tool to disseminate information but there is nothing that will take the place of a face to face conversation with your local folks running for election. You can receive information from the source, how refreshing!
Cave Creek and Carefree are unique and very special. They offer unparalleled beauty, quiet solitude, amazing flora and fauna, world class restaurants, art galleries, honky-tonk style saloons, live bull riding, family style festivals throughout the year, retail shops that you won’t find anywhere else, live music every night of the week and so much more.
Don’t take this lifestyle that we are lucky enough to live for granted. Ensure that the people you choose to elect have your best interest at heart by getting to know them personally.
If enough signatures are collected the statewide elections will include major initiatives on the ballot. If approved by the voters these initiatives will have dramatic and long-term consequences for the people of Arizona. When someone approaches you in a public place and asks you to sign a petition for an initiative do you know what you are signing? Are you of the mind set that thinks its always a good thing to place something on the ballot so the people can decide? Do not sign petitions for initiatives that you do not know what they contain! Educate yourselves! Ask the tough questions! Know what the initiative is trying to do before you sign a petition. Do not be fooled by ads you see in print, tv, and social media. Do not be swayed by your emotions or by the sweet ads showing mothers, babies and puppies. Instead take action! Learn all that you can, pro and con, so that when you get to the polls you will vote with confidence knowing that you are armed with the education and knowledge to vote no or yes. Education and knowledge are power!