Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 3, 1995 · Page 73
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 73

Publication:
Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Issue Date:
Monday, April 3, 1995
Page:
Page 73
Start Free Trial
Cancel

11 Monday, April 3, 1 995 The Arizona RcpublicTHE PHOENIX GAZETTE 3 Key Red Mountain segment amoved up, by eight years By Anthony Sommer Staff writer vJ.' The Maricopa Association of 'Governments has approved accelerating a critical portion of the Red Mountain Freeway but de-t laved a vote on a controversial ojnterchange in Tempe. ine mau regional uouncii -agreed to include a quarter-mile -."segment of the Red Mountain from :McKellips Road to Country Club Drive in the portion to be opened '; in 1998. ' The segment originally was scheduled to be part of the next stretch of the freeway that would . reach Gilbert Road by 2006. ' " The request came from Mesa , officials who said the recently widened roadway on Country Club would be far more capable of ",handling the traffic at the end of 'the freeway than McKellips. However, even though MAG approved the change, construction fmay be delayed by an Army Corps of Engineers study on the effect of the freeway on the Salt River. "I'd rather have it pushed back from the 1998 timetable than the 2006 timetable," Mesa Vice Mayor Jerry Boyd said. The Regional Council which is made up of the Valley's mayors delayed action on a proposal to replace two tunnels on the Price-Superstition freeway interchange in Tempe with two loop ramps. The proposal would cut $11.5 million from the cost of the interchange. But the interchange is in a residential area and members of the community are up in arms about the possible increase in noise if the tunnels are removed. The Tempe City Council is expected to endorse keeping the tunnels. Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano asked for a delay until the Regional Council's April 26 meeting so that a noise study can be completed. DAUGHTER From Page 1 Johnston told Nickel-Relf that her husband had run up the " couple's charge cards just before ; fleeing. She never heard from him ; again, and she divorced Relf about a year later. A reporter's attempts to locate '. Johnston were unsuccessful. ! Nickel-Relf and Richard Relf ; divorced in 1983, when Heather ; was IV2. At that time, Nickel-Relf ; had a drinking problem that she '. couldn't control. She felt that ; Heather would have a more stable .life in her father's home. She was ! granted "reasonable visitation" in .; the divorce decree. ; . Relf married Johnston about a : year later. He and Heather lived I with Johnston and her daughter, i ;Tiffany, in Phoenix and later in j Cave Creek. I ' Heather had a horse and other 1 pets, nice clothes, dance lessons j and trips to Europe. ; "At one point Joanne quit her ' job to stay home with Heather, which I really appreciated," Nickel-Relf said. 4 Heather stayed with her mother every other weekend, and the two wrote letters between visits. Shocked by crime When the pair first disappeared, 'Nickel-Relf was more shocked to learn of Relfs criminal activity 'than she was worried about her daughter. 4 "I thought they had the perfect marriage, the perfect family. Heather was being raised so well. ' .She was living the kind of life I couldn't give her. ,.,,,"Rich and Heather were very close, so I wasn't worried about her safety. And I wasn't really mad, -not yet. I was just shocked by the crime." ; Relfs parents say they have no .'idea wheretheir son is. "I miss my son I cry every ' 'day about it, but I can't do nothing about it," Martha Relf said. "I wonder where they are all the time." She prays that her son can stay hidden until Heather is 18 because she doesn't think Nickel-Relf is a fit mother. "When he comes back, he'll go to prison, that's for sure, and what's going to happen to Heather?" she said. "I think my granddaughter's better off with him (her father) until she comes of age." ' Nickel-Relf acknowledges that she lost many years to alcoholism . and that her guilt about being less :-than an ideal mother is a heavy ; burden. But she has been sober ' now for several years. She does "My biggest hope is she is OK and she's happy. But I'm also mad, because I feel like my mom and my whole family and I are being robbed of her." Tammy Hughes Family member secretarial work and writes magazine articles and fiction. She has built a healthy relationship with her older daughter from a first marriage, Tammy Hughes, who is now 22 and lives in Mesa. 'She'd be perfect' "There was a time when I would say there was absolutely no way Heather should go live with my mother," said Hughes, who was raised primarily by her paternal grandparents. "But, honestly, now I think she'd be perfect. I've seen a big change in my mom. We're very, very close now, and I'm behind her 100 percent." Hughes and Heather became especially close after Hughes got her driver's license. Heather was 8 then. For the next three years, the girls spent fun weekends at their mother's, going to malls and movies. "I miss her very much I want her to come home soon," Hughe's said. "My biggest hope is she is OK and she's happy. But I'm also mad, because I feel like my mom and my whole family and. I are being robbed of her." Until Nickel-Relf gained custody of Heather last year, she could find no one who would help search for her daughter. Now, missing child reports are on file with several Valley police departments, and Heather is listed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Teen magazine is publishing a letter to Heather from her mother in its May issue. Nickel-Relf also has appealed for help from the national television show "America's Most Wanted." She realizes that Heather likely will blame her if the pair are found and Relf goes to jail. "It took me a long time to overcome that fear," she said. "Now I feel, too bad. She's coming up on some really rough years, years I remember going through. She needs me. And I'm in a real good position now to raise her." What's vour mosi uJr when seekihhearinglielp? We are STARKEY LABS CERTIFIED TYMPANETTE HEARING INSTRUMENT SPECIALISTS with the Education, Experience and Long Term Dedication to . professionally serve your hearing problems and amplification needs. You are invited to preview the latest in hearing aid technology. The new Tympanette is the smallest hearing instrument ever . manufactured by Starkey Laboratories, the world's leading manufacturer of custom hearing instruments. This remarkable t new hearing instrument is not only more discreet and more comfortable to wear, but may also provide important hearing benefits because of its deep placement in the ear canal. f YOU WILL ALSO RECIEVE A FULL : ICOLORXV. VIEWING OF YOUR EAR CANAL. PLEASE CALL TODAY r In fre Same Plaza over 11 Years. I Super Bowl program slated TEMPE The Tempe Chamber of Commerce will host "How Do You Do Business with Super Bowl XXX?" on Wednesday at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E. Fifth St. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast, the program and a ques-tion-and-answer period. Martin Samaniego, chairman of the Super Bowl XXX host committee's minoritywomen business enterprise, will speak. Information will be given on how to become a vendor with the Super Bowl host committee and the NFL, how to become an NFL licensee, and how to subcontract with NFL contractors. Reservations are $20 and may be made by credit card by calling 967-7891 or by faxing credit-card information to 966-5365. HEARING IS A PRICELESS GIFT Don't Take Yours For Granted Tympanette Micro Canal Hearing Investment Now Available Do you have questions about your hearing, but don't know to whom you can turn for good advice? At Sound Investment Hearing Center, we have the answers to your questions. It can be a source of great comfort to know help is available. SOUND INVESTMENT HEARING CENTER 7340 E. Main St. Suite 7 Mesa, Az. 85207 f r 1 L Lj J (J'V : For a confidential appointment, please call: 807-4660 Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9-5 Saturday: By Appointmnet Y A M A H A 11212 Wisconsin 13576 Camlno del Sol 20 W.Broadway Youngtown, Arizona Sun City West Mesa 977-7131 584-8461 835-6033 COMPARE 1995 NEWSTREET LEGAL FROM$39555 m m -w m u n. y f 3RD ANNIVERSARY ANNIVERSARY SALE APRIL 3RD TO APRIL 8TH 20 OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE! II Free Alterations t Personalized Service Master Tailor On Staff UUINN & LOE "Distinctive Men s Clothing " Cooper Village Plaza 830-1567 NWC OrilCr Power & Broadway Sunrlliiun:9iun-4 '(Ipm Mon.-Sat. iji.?ivi;aivi;aijMvT3sriw f With CIGNA HealthCare for Seniors, there's finally a plan that covers all they bases, including an expanded choice of doctors. You can now choose a Primary Care Physician from our growing Network of Private Practice Physicians. Whichever plan you choose (Premium or Basic), you receive all the benefits that CIGNA HealthCare for Seniors has to offer. Hospitalization & Emergency Care Specialty Care Low Office Visit Co-Payments Pharmacy Benefits Free Wellness Programs Worldwide Emergency Coverage If you're entitled to Medicare Part B you can apply. To get more information about CIGNA HealthCare for Seniors, call 997-6103, or stop by for information any time at the following locations. Representatives will be present with information and applications. Wednesday April 26th ll:30am-2:00pm Pobson laech Inn 1666 S. Dobson Rd. (Superstition Freeway & Dobson) Refreshments Provided - - Please R.S.V.P. to 997-6103 if you plan to stop by during the hours above. We look forward to meeting you! CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona A Business of Caring CIGNA HealthCare For Seniors. CALL 997-6103. You must continue to pay your monthly premium for Medicare Part B. Annual prescription drug cap $2,500 or $750. Maricopa Country & pache Junction Only ' Y A M A H A 1 r-t isr

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 20,000+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the Arizona Republic
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

Try it free