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THE AH REPUBLIC AHWATUKEE CLUB WEST THE FOOTHILLS LAKEWOOD MOUNTAIN PARK RACH MO II , , . . t . i NTAINSIDE i 11 - - - lj m. i i -ganwaiuKee.agemraicom imi 6A fW3- 1 Kim LiiADJcKo 10111 AxJ Hi honl WKi AilU?eiK Unikiv iTr - Mi .- V f . X rnrriTTAxr llnlllllvl " A i iTn w ,Hl, l T' i I : . Thursday, July 29, 2004 Why is schools chief optimistic about 620? Art Thomason notes that the state's education superintendent is one of the few officials optimistic about availability of schools on the South Mountain 620. PAGE 2 .3 rf-V A fr Here's help for making plans for your weekend In-depth listing of activities and clubs in Ahwatukee Foothills and the East Valley. PAGES 3-4 Computer scorekeepers give bowlers spare time Today's high tech, computerized-scoring bowling alleys are definitely not your father's kind of bowling alleys, but still fun for families and friends. PAGE 5 Candidate takes issue on his voting record State Rep. John Huppenthal responds to a column accusing him of taking time for socially conservative legislation and being MIA on teacher performance pay. The District 20 senate candidate lists what he has done on performance pay for teachers. OPINIONS, PAGE 7 TALKBACK Talks and studies continue for the proposed South Mountain leg of Loop 202. Do you think a freeway It needed on a southern route around South Mountain? Do you have a preference for exactly where the freeway goes? Do you have concerns about Increased pollution, noise or anything else a freeway may bring? Write to us at se.letters arizonarepublic.com or The Arizona Republic, Talkback East Valley, 106 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85210. Responses also can be faxed to (480) 516-0102. Please include your name, city and daytime phone number for verification. azfentralcom Looking for a restaurant for dinner? Search our database at ahwatukee.azcentral.com by cuisine and city. INDEX Business Briefs . Things to do Calendars East Valley roundup . Sports Opinions Letters to the editor. STANDOFF SWAT called to nab suspect Julie Madrigal and her daughter sought shelter at a neighbor's when authorities executed a warrant in their neighborhood. "' -W- ' i' -M The Arizona Republic I T'1' - H ( j 'y ' 4 if ; I tr,i .,, , wXV I, , 1. .n ,., rnr, , i- Catherine J. JunThe Arizona Republic Ahwatukee peace shattered By Lindsey Collom lindsey.collomarizonarepublic.com It could have been like any other summer day in the gated community of Fairway Hills. Thick monsoon clouds wafted overhead. Children played in the sticky heat. Julie Madrigal and her 9-year-old daughter made a quick trip to the video store. But after returning minutes later, the Madrigals found that their typically quiet Ahwatukee Foothills neighborhood looked more like a war zone. The road leading to their home last week was strewn with yellow tape and a legion of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office personnel. And then there was the tank. "Stay in your car," a voice boomed from inside the armored vehicle. That's when a neighbor began waving frantically at the Madrigals to come inside her home. "Get in the house, get in the house," said Madrigal, repeating her neighbor's words. "There's gunshots being fired." Madrigal grabbed her daughter and ran into the house, all the while thinking the worst. "I thought, 'Oh my god, we're going to get killed,' " she said. "I didn't know where the heck it was coming from. I'm shaking, a nervous wreck." While they huddled in the neighbor's home, chaos swirled. The MCSO SWAT team had been executing a search warrant at a home in the 16800 block of Cyan Court on behalf of the Las Vegas police. Nevada authorities named Eric Rush, 26, and Gabriel Golden, 28, as suspects in a burglary and armed robbery that involved the theft of several assault rifles, one or more semiautomatic pistols and armor-piercing ammunition. The two had been staying in the rental home with other tenants. Golden was taken into custody See STANDOFF page 2 Armstrong's win makes pedaling popular By Betty Beard betty.beardarizonarepublic.com Lance Armstrong didn't just pedal his way to his sixth straight victory in the Tour de France on Sunday. It looks like Armstrong also has driven up sales of road bikes, according to salesmen in Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills. Bicycle sales normally slow as the temperature rises, but salesmen have noticed sales picked up during the three-week race this month. The Cactus Bike shops in Ahwatukee Foothills and Chandler sold more bikes in July than any other month since they opened about a year ago. Co-owner Michael Bennett said he believes it definitely is because of the tour. Things to do Armstrong inspires locals to hit the road. Page 3 "It's getting hot, and we thought July would be very slow," Bennett said. Brandon Johnson, manager of Arizona Bike Source in Chandler, said he believes the race has been affecting sales for six years now. "When people follow the tour for so long, they get the fever to ride," Johnson said. "It was such a European event, but with an American winning, it just got huge," he said. "Lance Armstrong is now a celebrity. Lots of people know who he is even if they don't ride a bike." Kevin Miller, sales manager of the Supergo Bike Shops in Chandler said road bikes, especially the lightweight 10-speeds, dominated the market in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sales jumped when Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France in 1989. Mountain bikes then dominated and sales of road bikes plummeted. Now, road bikes are selling well again, second only to mountain bikes, said Miller, who has been selling bicycles nine years in Chandler. "With Lance, road bikes picked up again," he said. Reporter Geri Koeppel contributed to this story. Foothills artists to or aw on s SE Valley schools offer several classes By Colleen Sparks colleen.sparksarizonarepublic.com As Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills students hit the books or prepare to head back to classes soon this school year, they can also gear up for fun after school in drawing classes beginning next month. Young Rembrandts Inc. will offer several drawing classes in 14 elementary schools in the Kyrene School District, including several in Ahwatukee Foothills. And for the first time', it will offer a middle-school-level art class at Kyrene Middle School in Tempe. In Chandler, students in seven elementary schools, including one K-8 facility, will be able to take advantage of the art courses. Classes begin as early as Aug. 16 in some Chandler schools and the week of Sept. 13 in all the Kyrene schools. Young Rembrandts, a national company with a franchise in Chandler, provides step-by-step drawing lessons where students learn to color, follow directions and practice fine motor skills, said OJ Reynolds, director and owner of the franchise, which serves the southeast Valley. "This is an enhancement to any art program that exists out there," Reynolds said. "Young Rembrandts is to art what gymnastics is to physical education; it is nothing more than enrichment. "It's just such a unique, awesome drawing program." Students will use colored pencils, colored markers and Sharpie markers in the one-hour classes, Reynolds said. They will learn how to break up pictures into smaller pieces to create " their drawings, and study famous artists, whose art they will try to emulate, she said. See ART page 2 FIGHTING CRIME Foothills part of city assault on burglaries By Holly Johnson holly.johnsonarizonarepublic.com A plan to beef up burglary-reduction efforts could hinder crooks while helping residents in Ahwatukee Foothills and the rest of Phoenix. In his Future of the City address in May, Mayor Phil Gordon announced his hopes to shore up manpower for three programs aimed at curbing property crimes, and city officials are working with Phoenix police to find both the money and the manpower to staff the initiatives. "We've come to a consensus that about 90 percent of the crimes are committed by 10 percent of the population," said George Weisz, senior assistant to the mayor. "We're looking at ways to go after the creative criminal." That means increasing manpower to three key efforts: the Burglary Reduction Program, the Violence Impact Project and the Phoenix Safe City Task Force. Burglary reduction allows officers from See BURGLARIES page 2 DON'T BRUSH IT OFF: Senior center paint class Ever wonder if Picasso is inside of you? The Ahwatukee Senior Center offers an oil-painting class on Thursdays from 9 to 11a.m. Information: (480) 963-2201. it j M A M'lj TAKE DYE: Jazz musicians welcome f All it takes is a short drive and some guts. Jazz musicians and vocalists are invited to sit in with the house band from 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays in August at the Rio Salado Brewing Co., 1520 W. Mineral Road, in Tempe. The free weekly jazz jam sessions feature the Phoenix Jazz Revival quintet. Information: (480) 755-1590. - KYRENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT: Montessori programs set The district will have a Montessori program for students ages 3 and 4 and one for kindergarten kids who turn 5 by Sept. 1 at Kyrene del Norte Elementary School, 1331 E. Redfield Road, in Tempe. The first semester is full, but new classes will begin with room in October. Information: (480) 783-4053. u t. i ' . U J , 4 4 yi W . hi O Bill Muller Friday in Preview .

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