The last Vietnam vet on active duty?

June 29, 2015

Great story by James K. Sanborn in the Marine Corp Times yesterday about Sergeant Major Michael Jarnevic, US Army, about to retire with 42 years in uniform; and service in Vietnam, Honduras, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Is this Green Beret the last Vietnam Vet on active duty?

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Arizona Beauty

June 29, 2015

One thing for which Arizona never lacks is beautiful scenery. Another is talented photographers to capture it and share with you. AZCentral tweeted this fantastic image this morning. Unfortunately their Arizona365 gallery to which it links does not contain a copy of it, so I can’t give credit to the deserving shooter. But don’t let […]

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City Council Revitalizes McDowell Road?

June 29, 2015

South Scottsdale resident Dana Close penned a letter that was published as a “Special for the Republic” column (also appearing on AZCentral online: “Could South Scottsdale be the next Arcadia?“) a couple of weeks ago in a Wednesday edition. In her column, Ms. Close praised the Scottsdale City Council for their role in “revitalizing” the […]

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Sell the Arena

June 12, 2015

I feel very fortunate that Scottsdale taxpayers can armchair quarterback the Glendale arena deal with the Arizona Coyotes. Scottsdale isn’t without similar bad deals, like millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies to the PGA, SkySong, the Scottsdale Cultural Council, WestWorld, the Museum of the West, the TPC and Sanctuary Golf Courses…but at least we don’t […]

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Coyotes On The Run

June 11, 2015

Last night Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and four other members of the Glendale City Council voided a two-year old contract with the Arizona Coyotes IceArizona organization to occupy and manage Glendale’s Gila River Arena. From Wikipedia: Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh and council members Jamie Aldama, Lauren Tolmachoff, and Bart Turner cited conflict […]

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Ducey’s Public Education Metamorphosis

June 5, 2015

As Arizona’s newly-elected governor, Doug Ducey shot himself in both feet right out-of-the gate with his fence-straddling “stance” on K-12 public education funding, and funding cuts to state-funded higher education. Now he’s in the process of trying to reinvent himself as a champion of public education, starting with a proposal announced with great fanfare to […]

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Water Headache

May 20, 2015

There’s been a lot of good ink devoted lately to the subject of the drought and water crisis in the West. I’ve posted several links and articles in months past, especially by Brandon Loomis at the Republic. I just read a really good new piece by David Owen in The New Yorker that made my […]

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Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Program

May 19, 2015

Lisa Sampson just sent out a note about an “Eats-n-Arts” fundraising event that her non-profit Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP) is having at Malee’s on Main Saturday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Mention “I support SNAP” to your server in order to donate 20% of your bill to SNAP…and hear a live cool jazz combo while […]

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COGS on SUSD

May 18, 2015

This analysis comes to ScottsdaleTrails courtesy of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale. While I have disagreed (sometimes vigorously) with COGS, and in particular the author (former city council candidate Copper Phillips), this appears to be a well-crafted perspective on the current problems within SUSD. However, in my humble opinion, the fourth bullet–declining enrollment–is the most […]

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David Peterson Gets Sent to the Principal’s Office…Yet Again

May 15, 2015

Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent David Peterson and his cheerleader-board members (Bonnie Sneed, George Jackson, and recently-elected member Kim Hartmann) have some explaining to do, in light of a report from the Arizona Auditor General released today. That report says, in part: Costs not accurately reported In fiscal year 2012, the District did not always […]

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