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Marc Buckhout's Story
Community shares memories of Marc, talented journalist and caring friend

Marc Buckhout's Obituary

Celebration of Life Information:
In a Journalism class at NAU in 1997, Marc was required to write his obituary, where he stated in lieu of flowers, his wishes were for donations to be made to the Nature Conservancy or The Boys and Girls Club of Arizona. A Celebration of Life and visitation will be held at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way on Saturday, August 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Debra Hillard: Layers of mystery beneath the surface
Imagine the sweeping color of a desert sunset, the gentle, swirling movement of a life giving river flow, the shimmer of rain drops on a wildly lush landscape under the expansive twinkling night sky.

Anthem Pets celebrates ‘CATurday,’ Aug. 16
Anthem Pets is hosting a special ‘CATurday’ adoption event this Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bonnie’s Barkery in Cave Creek.

Chamber of Commerce announces Board of Directors
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is announcing its Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Leading the board is new President and Chairwoman Jennifer McGirr.

Frank Riggs: ‘Strong sense of purpose’ in politics
Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs has a substantial list of things he feels need to be addressed in Arizona.

Free violin and voice lessons in Carefree
The Jubilate Music Program is beginning their new semester on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23, with orientation and registration from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church in Carefree.

Animal neglect allegations lead to arrest
A New River woman was arrested on Aug. 6 for multiple counts of animal neglect.

Desert Foothills Library August Events

DVUSD celebrates ‘A’ grade from ADE
Deer Valley Unified School District received an "A" Profile Letter Grade for Accountability and Achievement from the Arizona Department of Education for the fourth consecutive year.

Dr. Paula Tseunis named principal of the year
Dr. Paula Tseunis, principal of Sierra Verde School in the Deer Valley Unified School District, was nominated by her peers and selected by district leadership as Principal of the Year for creating demand on her campus to always focus on students. 

Fatal shooting in Cave Creek
An argument on Friday, Aug. 1 at a home in Cave Creek led to a stabbing and a fatal shooting.

Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival upcoming
The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, which will take place Nov. 21, 22 and 23, will be held at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale this year.




 

Movie Review — “ Box: Transformers: Age of Extinction
It was clear that there were plenty of different explosions Michael Bay could generate in 165 minutes. The fourth incarnation, which forwent the cast from the past three films, introduced a world where the Transformers were hunted as fugitives and were forced into hiding.

Movie Review — “22 Jumpe Street
Sequels, especially to great first films, are difficult to accomplish effectively. Creating new conflicts, coming up with fresh comedy, or allowing the characters to change are all reasons for failed second films.

Movie Review — “Edge of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a smartly designed and skillfully constructed science fiction thriller, with good performances from the two leads.

Movie Review — “Maleficent
The 1959 Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” is given a makeover with a new leading lady, the villainous Maleficent.

Movie Review — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ushered in the beginning of the summer movie season where big budget popcorn flicks saturate the box office.

Movie Review — “Transcendence
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.