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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 110

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, July 27, 2006
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r GALLERY OF GOWNS V 1 I i; i e 11 j i a Doutique moving to cousaaie PAGE S5 CAREFREE CAVE CREEK FOUNTAIN HILLS PARADISE VALLEY ARCADIA SALT RIVER COMMUNITY SCOTTSDALE REPUBLIC 89 THURSDAY JULY 27, 2006 SECTION S It's all about choice It looks like north Scottsdale's days of dodging school taxes are ending LAURIE ROStRTS COLUMN, PAGE S4 INSIDE TODAY it I s . - ' Scottsdale teen dives into national contest Scottsdale's Caleb Percevecz, 17, has become , one of the nation's best divers after taking "a little step of faith" off a high-diving platform five v years ago. He competes this week at the 2006 f Speedo Junior National - Diving Championships, f PageSlO i NEWS Jury indicts trio ' in armored van heist The three men arrested in last week's armored van heist at Casino Arizona are indicted on federal robbery charges. T ? men are charged with "interfer- s ence with commerce by ; threats, violence and rob- ; bery" and face up to 20 . years in prison. Page S4 BUSINESS Pharmaceutical firm carves out niche Primus Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Scottsdale scores with Limbrel, aimed at 20 million U.S. osteoarthritis sufferers. CEO J.D. Weir explains the company's operations. Page S6 OPINIONS Many Valley cities want to be Scottsdale In the family of Valley cities, Scottsdale is the rich uncle the younger relatives mock but secretly want to be when they grow up. Page Sll TODAY INSIDE THE Arizona Republic Few pay tickets from Loop 101 cameras Less than 14 percent of drivers clocked speeding by Loop 101 cameras pay their fines. Valley & State. Bl Carefree loses appeal in developer's suit The Arizona Court of Appeals deals Carefree a blow in its defense of a suit brought by developer Michael Peloquin. Valley & State. Page B4 scottsdale. aztentralcom Chow and Tell Chow & Tell gives readers chances to review restaurants with similar themes. STORM DAMAGE Monsoon's wrath Storms blow off roofs, flood washes, cut electricity Lightning bolts, rumbling thunder, winds and downpours. The monsoons of yore return to the Northeast Valley with a vengeance, uprooting trees, downing power lines and flooding streets and washes. Hundreds lose electricity. See how residents cope after a microburst cuts power and roofs fly off homes. Complete report below and on Pages S2-3 More on monsoon storms The Valley gets needed rain but suffers damage from wind and rain. See how to prepare for more. The Arizona Republic. Page A1 h U28'M IwW ' mii- 'tm V , r- ;-' - H : Mike RynearsonThe Republic SRP workers survey storm damage, including Al Potter's roof, in the alley between Oak and Vernon streets. Microburst rips roof off house in south Scottsdale By Jessica Coomes JESSICA.COOMESAMZ0NAREPUBi.IC.COM SCOTTSDALE Al Potter found his roof in the alley behind his house Wednesday morning following a microburst with winds up to 73 mph. The brand new roof was trapped under his neighbor's uprooted, upside down tree and next to a power pole splintered in half. Winds whipped through Potter's neighborhood southwest of Thomas Road and 68th Street, where neighbors on Wednesday surveyed damage to their roofs, trees, porches and air-conditioners. In his neighborhood, Potter's home caught some of the worst damage. Without a roof to protect his home, the storm's heavy rainfall soaked his ceilings and carpets. "I get the grand prize," he said. I y i (T-' Jack KurtzThe Republic Dan Fincher of Western Skies tacks down plastic sheeting on the roof of a house in Scottsdale. Dowling decision surprises Residents to vote on school options By Ofelia Madrid OFELIA MADRIDARIZONAREPUBUC COM SCOTTSDALE The Maricopa County schools superintendent's decision to combine the communities of Troon and Rio Verde Foothills to either join Cave Creek schools or create a school district of their own surprised residents in those areas. "I was disappointed that she chose to ignore the wishes of the overwhelming will of the people," said Pat Flynn, president of Citizens for a Unified School District. His group, made of Troon residents, favors creating a transportation tax district, which instead of building schools would pay tuition and gas money to neighboring school districts. "The good thing about this is there will be an election held and the voice of the people will finally be heard, Flynn said. A new law requires residents of an unorganized area to join a school district or form one of their own once there are 150 school-age children. Residents of these two communities live in unorganized areas, which means they are not part of a school district. They pay a county educational tax, but not a secondary tax associated with a school district. Combined, Troon and Rio Verde Foothills have 443 students attending Paradise Valley and Cave Creek schools. In 2005 Cave Creek Unified School District residents' tax rate was $3.31 for every $100. For the same year, Troon residents' tax rate was $1.81. Linda Gaerig, who lives in Troon and has a daughter in a Paradise Valley school, said she was surprised, but understood Superintendent Sandra Dowling's decision and supported it. "Ideally I guess I would've liked to be a part of Paradise Valley, but (Dowling) made the decision from an economic standpoint and the kids' benefit," Gaerig said. Dowling called her option a win for students and taxpayers. The Cave Creek school district has the lowest tax rate among Northeast Valley school districts. Also, Cave Creek has the pol- See DISTRICT page 4 Fall League, Scorpions are returning to Scottsdale Stadium By Peter Corbett PETER.COII BETTlSAIUZONAREMJBUC.COM SCOTTSDALE Arizona Fall League baseball and the Scottsdale Scorpions will return to Scottsdale Stadium in October after missing last season because of renovations to the downtown ballpark. The six-team Fall League, which includes top big-league prospects, starts its season Oct. 10. Its championship game is Nov. 18 at Scottsdale Stadium, said Steve Cobb, league executive director. Scottsdale's two teams, the Scorpions and Grand Canyon Rafters, played in Surprise last fall while Scottsdale Stadium underwent a major renovation. That face lift was part of a $23 million project to improve training facilities for the San Francisco Giants, which has committed to play spring training ball in Scottsdale through 2025. The Rafters will remain in Sur prise this fall because the Giants are using Scottsdale Stadium for an instructional league while their other training fields at Indian School Park are improved, said Tiffani Nichols, stadium coordinator. The other Fall League teams will stay put, with the Solar Sox at Mesa's Hohokam Stadium, the Desert Dogs at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and the Javelinas and Saguaros at the Peoria Sports Complex. 1 3U The Republic Scorpions fan Susan Price (shown cheering in 2004) can go hack to Scottsdale Stadium. Rock on at summer camp Yeah, yeah, yeah ... Camp Rock, a five-day summer camp at Kirk's Studio for the Performing Arts. 11144 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.. calls all aspiring rockers, each with $295, to jam out next Monday through Friday. Campers will form band and have workshops in songwriting, rehearsal, performance techniques and recording basics. Camp ends "rock star" style with a Friday night concert at the Starlight Room, 16737 E. Parkview Ave., Fountain Hills. Campers get a CD of it. Registration: (480) 227-0546. f i , l X I If" Learn how to save lives Get over your fear and save a life with CPR and basic first aid training by Scottsdale Fire Department. You'll learn CPR for infants and adults and continuous chest compression resuscitation. "Many people know how to perform CPR. but the fear of disease makes them uncomfortable, which prevents them from helping someone." said Lori Schmidt Scottsdale's public education officer. CPR class: $25. 6-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month. First aid and CPR: $40, 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. third Saturday of each month. All are held at the Scottsdale Fire Department headquarters, 8401 E. Indian School Road. Scottsdale. Details: (480) 312-1817. Coming Friday Riverwalk and Pima Center together will have 5.5 million square feet of commercial space and eventually will employ 20,000 people. Reporter Peter Corbett shows you plans for the developments near Loop 101 and Via de Ventura. MiM a day. Miss a lot I liBiH 1 1 1 ki&ifcjy ' H1 EiV bJ J :M 0 1 www. 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