Monday July 30 is the last day to register to vote! By the time you read this it might be too late to register. For those of you that are registered to vote…Exercise your right and vote!
In Cave Creek and Carefree you will be voting for Mayors and Council seats. I encourage you to get to know the candidates personally. If you still have concerns or questions reach out to the candidates personally. Social Media is one way to get information, but nothing beats eye to eye, face to face contact. Do your due diligence!
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.
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!
New York Life 44 years
The Boulders Resort & Spa 33 years
Our Lady of Joy 28 years
Town of Carefree 24 years
Cox Business 16 years
Russ Lyon Sotheby's Int Realty 11 years
Sue Bickerdyke Interiors 10 years
Maximum Exterminating 9 years
Carefree Outdoor Living 5 years
Dotted and Crossed Marketing 5 years
Maria Nixon Agency Farmers Insurance 5 years
Brugo’s Pizza of Cave Creek 3 years
Gail Garrett Massage 3 years
Healthy Body Harmony 3 years
My Sweet Blessings Bakery & Bistro 3 years
All Mercedes 2 years
Bank of America 2 years
Education Community Services 1 year
Hunt Distinctive Properties- Fulton Rizzo Team 2 years
Landmark West Builders 2 years
SkinRevision Studio Aesthetique 2 years
Home Instead Senior Care 1 year
Well Adjusted Chiropractic 1 year
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
A Widowed Heart
Puppy Luv Dog Rescue Flea Market
Arizona Essential Realty Team of Century 21 Toma Partners
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral Bar is Cave Creek’s oldest continually operated business. Johnny Walker (not related to the Scotch) started construction on the Cave Creek Corral bar in 1935 to accommodate construction workers building two dams on the Verde River (the Bartlett, and later the Horseshoe; both finished by 1943). It was Cave Creek’s only surviving bar in the late 1940s. The original 1880s bar came from the Crystal Palace Bar in Tombstone. The second level of the Crystal Palace housed the office of U.S. Deputy Marshall, Virgil Earp. In 1950, Harold and Ruth Gavagan purchased the bar and it became “Harold’s.” Harold, a WWll paratrooper, was a stocky, strong, and pugnacious Irishman. Ruth, a nurse, was quiet and patient and sometimes played piano in the bar. She kept the hot-tempered Harold, and the business, under control. Harold and Ruth owned the venerable bar from 1950 to 1987. Harold died in 1993 and Ruth died in 2007.
Did you know that there is a college in your neighborhood? Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is located on 60th Street, just south of Carefree Highway. It is a convenient location for those living in Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, North Scottsdale, and New River. There are a variety of services available at the PVCC Black Mountain campus, including academic advising. Advisors can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to reach your educational goals. Classes start August 20
, and they are filling up, so stop by our office today or call (602)493-2600 to speak with an advisor.
Do you know a high school student who would like to get a head start earning college credits? Current high schools students can take advantage of dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment options at PVCC Black Mountain. They can earn credits towards their Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, or to transfer to a University. If you, or a student that you know, would like to take advantage of the affordable tuition, flexible class schedules, and convenient location of the Black Mountain campus, come visit our office today! No appointment is necessary to speak with an advisor.
If you are planning on taking classes this Fall, 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
For a limited time, testing hours have been extended at the Black Mountain campus. Until August 16
, testing will be available Monday through Thursday from 10:30AM – 5:00PM in Orion Hall. Testing services are also available all day at the Union Hills location. If you have any questions about placement testing, call (602)493-2600. And don’t forget to study! Study resources are available at
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 Schmidt 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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The Town of Carefree will hold elections in the Fall of 2018.
No Town matters are currently on the ballot for the Spring of 2018
Candidates for Carefree Mayor and Council for the August 28th Primary Election. The following candidates submitted Nominating Petitions to the Town Clerk’s office prior to the deadline on Wednesday, May 30th at 5:00pm.
Les Peterson – for mayor
Mike Farrar – for mayor
Vince D’Aliesio – for council
John Crane – for council
Stephen Hatcher – for council
Michael Krahe, Ph.D. – for council
Cheryl Kroyer – for council
Gene Orrico – for council
The Primary Election will be held on August 28, 2018. Early ballots will go out by mail the beginning of August.
Voter Registration Questions?
Ernie Bunch, Mayor of Cave Creek
Hot Humid August! Election Season! I can't think of a more miserable time for a campaign.
The first time I ran for Council in 2005 the elections were in March which wasn't so bad. Now we get to work our tails off for an unpaid volunteer position in this miserable heat and humidity. Rumors, half truths, and outright lies. Don't believe everything you hear or read. With any luck it will all be over the evening of August 28th and at least the local signs will go away!
Cave Creek is doing much better than some would have you believe. Our budget is about 2.5 million more this year than last year because we're breaking open the Piggy Bank to do some long overdue improvements to the Water Company. We're rebuilding the filter systems at the plant (4 of them) which will make them much more efficient, requiring less backwashing which will cut down on water loss as well. We're adding a monitoring system called SCADA which will allow control from a laptop or the system at the plant. This will cut down on having to physically go out and figure out what's wrong saving money on overtime. But the biggest cost is reworking all of the pump stations bringing water from the CAP Canal. Yes, there is subsidizing of the Utilities but as far as water goes we're not pumping much groundwater which helps those on private wells by not affecting the aquifer. This is one of the many listed reasons for purchasing the water company to begin with.
I've had the occasion to be out and about in Cave Creek and for the most part things are pretty slow for our businesses. It's a great time to take advantage of Summer Sales or make deals.
Have an evening dining out. It's way too miserable to heat up your own kitchen. Support Local, after all, the sales tax they generate helps support your Local Government and mostly the businesses themselves.
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published July 2018
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 36.42% higher; active listings  were 35.51% lower; and the median sold price [$535,000] was 20.67% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 129. 14 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek -
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 17.32% lower; active listings  were 0.39% lower; and the median sold price [$450,000] was 3.23% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 120. 81 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 7.44% higher; active listings [2,316] were 12.83% lower; and the median sold price [$475,000] was 8.45% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 95. 846 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 1.97% higher; active listings [3,711] were 3.13% lower; and the median sold price [$256,000] was 8.94% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 57. 2,121 residential units closed escrow.
Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 1.20% of the total sales volume.
There is a 2.24-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 7.80% lower [20,375 units] than one year ago.
Entire Phoenix Metro Area
median sold price is $268,000; 9.40% higher than one year ago
. Average days on market were 62.
Average sold price compared to original list price is 97.38% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $389,520.
Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,071; 89 fewer than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 573; 1 fewer than six months ago. (from
Ultimate New Homes Newsletter
Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 8,936 This is 3.60% higher than one year ago.
Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro
that’s 2 billion, 975 million
- rounded for conversation).
This is 5.26% higher than one year ago.