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!
Horny Toad Restaurant 29 years
Foothills Accounting 22 years
Allstate Insurance Debra Atkinson 20 years
Karsten’s Ace Hardware Carefree 20 years
Jane Ceasor Insurance 17 years
National Bank of Arizona 16 years
Karsten’s Ace Hardware Cave Creek 13 years
Glory Bees 11 years
Sonoran Beauty Salon 10 years
Quick and Clean Car Wash 9 years
Southface Solar Electric 9 years
Summit Chiropractic Health Center 9 years
Keystone Homes 6 years
Desert Hills Presbyterian 5 years
Pinnacle Paving 5 years
Reliance Refrigeration 5 years
Senior Solutions of AZ 4 years
Sesame Inn 4 years
Whole Health Dentistry 4 years
Allstate Insurance Carefree Rebecca Niessink 3 years
Cognitum School of Languages 3 years
AZ Perfect Comfort 2 years
Carefree Smile 2 years
Cave Creek Cannabis 2 years
The Creek Patio Grill 1 year
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
Image Skin & Spa
Finn’s Finest Cookies
Allstate-Rebecca Niessink (Cave Creek location)
Charlie Green Makeup Artist
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
Most Arizona history-aficionados would say Prescott was the first territorial capital. Arizona became a [Union] territory February 24, 1863. Prescott didn’t exist then. The first territorial capital was Fort Whipple, about fifteen miles north of future Prescott, in Chino Valley. Prescott was established May 30, 1864 and did become the second territorial capital. The fort was named for West Point graduate and Civil War Brigadier General, Amiel Weeks Whipple. In 1853, Congress authorized the
Army Corps of Topographical Engineers
to survey routes for a transcontinental railroad along the 35
parallel; Whipple was in charge. The future Santa Fe Railroad closely followed this route as did Route 66 and Interstate 40 through Arizona. Amiel Whipple never saw his namesake Arizona fort. He was killed by a sniper in the Battle of Chancellorsville and died May 7, 1863. His good friend attended his funeral procession led by a riderless horse; his name was President Abraham Lincoln.
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.
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
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
Are you working towards a degree in a STEM field? Do you need to learn calculus? This Fall, PVCC at Black Mountain will be offering MAT 220, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I. The class covers topics such as limits, continuity, and differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable. Take advantage of small class sizes, new facilities, and free math tutoring all at PVCC Black Mountain! Register today, or speak with an advisor to learn more. The PVCC Black Mountain tutoring center is located in Aquila Hall and open to any PVCC students. Tutoring is available for subjects such as math, astronomy, biology, geology, and chemistry. To learn more visit
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Les Peterson, Mayor of Carefree
Leadership: Frequently the Difference between an Accomplishment and an Idea
Everybody knows a person who has a lot of ideas – some of them even good ideas - but none or few of them ever emerge to see the light of day? On the other hand, some people seem to have many of their ideas become development projects that are followed through to successful completion. What differentiates between people in these two groups is a question that is frequently asked? Frequently, the answer is the leadership capabilities of the person with the idea.
Any group, be it at a business, a non-profit, a volunteer organization or even the Carefree Town Council, is no exception to this situation. In any group are people who have both good ideas and, equally as important, are successful in working with other members of the group, and others, to articulate their idea, investigate it, challenge it, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and refine it, nurture it and to see it through the myriad of changes until it is finally adopted and implemented in the marketplace. On the other hand, there are those who have ideas, but only rarely do they go beyond the idea stage.
What’s the difference? Some call it leadership, but leadership has intangible qualities, and manifests itself in many different ways. But, there are some core characteristics which can be found in virtually all individuals possessing leadership skills. Let’s examine a few:
- Being able to develop and grasp the “big picture,” including being able to communicate it to others and to gain their support and participation. Also included is communicating how this new idea helps to achieve the “big picture.”
- An ability to work with and motivate people, while directing their efforts towards achieving the desired goal. A leader builds upon the strengths of the individuals participating. Any group task is immensely harder, if not impossible, to complete if people don’t like and respect the project leader.
- A realistic plan to accomplish the tasks ahead. Tasks follow one another in sequence, and build upon one another. People with leadership skills understand what needs to be accomplished in what order for the project to successfully reach its endpoint.
- Being open to input and course correction so long as the project remains directed and moving forward towards the ultimate goal. Sometimes this also includes reaching the conclusion that the idea doesn’t have the advantages as originally conceived, and being able to terminate the development project if that conclusion is reached.
- Consistency and follow-through. Recognize that there will be set-backs, but an ability to pick up the pieces, reassemble them in a new order and to be able to move forward are key
The successful incorporation of all of these key elements often leads to successful project development. And the successful completion of many well directed projects in tandem typically leads to a successful business or enterprise. Taken as a whole, the capability to achieve these elements comprise leadership characteristics. The people with true leadership skills are few and far in between, but having one at the helm of a business or enterprise can frequently spell the difference between success and failure. If you want to identify a leader, look for a solid record of accomplishments. Without accomplishments, any claim of leadership is hollow and meaningless.
Ernie Bunch, Mayor of Cave Creek
Well here it is July already. It is really disappointing that Cave Creek will not have fireworks over the 4rh. This decision is highly unpopular with the businesses, wait staff, and folks who come up to celebrate Independence Day with us. The word we're hearing from our residents has been mostly favorable. It is simply too dry to chance the fallout sparks starting our precious desert on fire like happened last year North of the Kite property. Rural Metro managed to control it but they had good access. The access South of Harold's is not as good.
On another note it is amazing to me that even without rain there is new growth all over Town. Yep, it's campaign season and hopefuls are covering our "Rights of Way" in the hope that name recognition is the key to their success. I personally hate the signs but they are a necessary evil. The election is August 28th and with any luck sign harvesting will happen very shortly after that date. Remember, "This too shall pass".
As usual there is still a lot going on in our area so come on out and Support Local!
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published June 2018
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 19.75% lower; active listings  were 30.16% lower; and the median sold price [$590,000] was 5.60% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 143. 19 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 32.22% higher; active listings  were 8.83% lower; and the median sold price [$437,450] was 0.80% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 82. 108 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 21.33% higher; active listings [2,467] were 15.17% lower; and the median sold price [$456,000] was 8.44% higher, compared to one year ago.Average days on market were 98. 958 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 10.20% higher; active listings [3,481] were 9.16% lower; and the median sold price [$250,000] was 11.11% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 58. 2,330 residential units closed escrow.
· Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 1.30% of the total sales volume.
· There is a 2.09-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 12.10% lower [20,676 units] than one year ago.
Entire Phoenix Metro Area
median sold price is $265,000; 10.40% higher than one year ago
. Average days on market were 63.
· 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 2,016; 224 fewer than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 574; 1 fewer than six months ago. (from
Ultimate New Homes Newsletter
Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 9,897. This is 3.24% higher than one year ago.
Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro
billion, 277 million
- rounded for conversation).
This is 13.87% higher than one year ago.