Massacre Cave at Canyon Diablo

By Marshall Trimble When a group of Apaches raided a Navajo encampment near the Little Colorado River in 1878 and killed all but three people, the Navajo leaders sought vengeance. Twenty-five Navajo warriors were sent to find the attackers and take revenge. They eventually found them in a cave near Canyon Diablo. The Apache sought shelter for themselves and their horses but the Navajo scouts felt the hot ai ...

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A Fresh Start

Stephanie Kotula gives back to organization that aided her By Annelise Krafft Stephanie Kotula was used to making fresh starts. “As a child, my father’s job moved us around,” says Kotula, who formerly lived in snowy cities across Michigan and Ohio. “In high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do it somewhere warm.” But, getting out of the cold took some time. While still in hig ...

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It’s in his Blood

Grant Ganzi finds his peace on the polo grounds By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Grant Ganzi is busy. Ganzi balances studying international business at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and sharpening his polo skills for events like the 2019 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships at WestWorld on Sunday, November 3. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Ganzi says. “It’s not easy. It’s easier in the fall semest ...

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Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.

Folds of Honor Arizona supports veterans’ families By Alison Bailin Batz O n November 11, the nation will observe Veterans Day, honoring the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. But for Folds of Honor Arizona, Veterans Day is every day. “Folds of Honor Arizona was technically founded in 2015, but our history goes back far longer than that,” says co-founder Rod Martin. In 2007, Ma ...

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Making Dreams Happen

AXA Advisors goes beyond rainy day funds By Alison Bailin Batz The team at the North Valley’s AXA Advisors Southwest works under one simple principle: we make dreams happen. “As a financial planning firm, that seems a pretty obvious mission statement,” says executive vice president of AXA Advisors Southwest Dillan Micus, who took the role in 2005 at 29. At the time, it made him the youngest executive vice p ...

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Understanding Epilepsy

The disorder has a variety of potential causes By Dr. Joseph Sirven, Neurologist, Mayo Clinic Epilepsy is a surprisingly common neurological disorder. It affects 1 in 26 Americans, including men and women of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Yet many people don’t understand epilepsy unless they have first-hand experience with it. After spending my entire medical career focused on treating patients wit ...

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Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona

Sandwiches are helping to save the day of area youth By Alison Bailin Batz Several local Subway franchisees were at a cross roads in 1999. The brand had been growing in the Arizona market since 1983. Given their successes, while the franchisees were fulfilling as many food donations for local charities as possible, they wondered how they might do more. Although it had never been done by a market, brand lead ...

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Fictional Crimes, Real Places

Author James L. Thane’s books are a study in the North Valley By Madeleine Williamson North Scottsdale crime novelist James L. Thane brings fiction and reality together into his books by creating settings using Valley landmarks. Eddie V’s, Mastro’s and Pinnacle Peak all make cameos in his three books, “No Place to Die,” “Until Death” and his recent offering, “Fatal Blow.” “I just simply enjoy the area so mu ...

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‘Tenacious T’

Realtor Kimberly Tocco shares her story to help eradicate suicide By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Kimberly Tocco and her family were eating breakfast, when a minor argument ensued. Her 13-year-old son, Jason Legere, went upstairs and shot himself. “He died in my arms,” Tocco says about the March 22, 2011, nightmare. “It was quite traumatizing. We had to just figure out a way to wake up every day after that.” ...

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Bonnie’s Barkery

The Cave Creek pet store gets to know its customers By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mike Murray says his Cave Creek pet store, Bonnie’s Barkery, goes beyond food and treats. He and his staff offer personalized service, nutritional guidance and a full array of natural, organic and holistic food and treats. Freezers hold raw foods for dogs and cats. Grooming services are available. “Each product we carry has go ...

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A Family Atmosphere

Consistency is the key to Brisam’s success By Eric Newman Brisam’s Grill, Bar and Patio has become a staple in Cave Creek for creative dishes and drinks, and a great atmosphere. Having recently celebrated its 13th anniversary under owner Steve Buchanan, Brisam’s regularly feeds the Cactus Shadows football team before games and has a steady flow of guests. It’s hard not to believe there’s another 13 years or ...

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The Lexus GS-F is a ‘hoot’ to drive

By Greg Rubenstein Stuffing a high-output V8 engine into an otherwise vanilla sedan has been a recipe for success since the Rocket 88, created in 1949 when Oldsmobile shoehorned the model 98’s 5.0-liter V8 into the smaller, lighter model 78. Seven decades later, just about every manufacturer offers at least one super-sedan, and anyone who’s piloted a mid-size four-door with high-output engine knows why it’s ...

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Setting an Example

Dr. Brandon Gough stresses a healthy lifestyle to his orthopedic patients By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brandon Gough wants what’s best for his patients. To do so, Gough feels he has to show them he’s in a good frame of mind himself. Gough sets an example by spending time in the gym, biking down mountain trails and advocating for his patients. “I’m a big advocate of promoting a health ...

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The Lexus GS-F is a ‘hoot’ to drive

By Greg Rubenstein Stuffing a high-output V8 engine into an otherwise vanilla sedan has been a recipe for success since the Rocket 88, created in 1949 when Oldsmobile shoehorned the model 98’s 5.0-liter V8 into the smaller, lighter model 78. Seven decades later, just about every manufacturer offers at least one super-sedan, and anyone who’s piloted a mid-size four-door with high-output engine knows why it’s ...

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Bonnie’s Barkery

The Cave Creek pet store gets to know its customers By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mike Murray says his Cave Creek pet store, Bonnie’s Barkery, goes beyond food and treats. He and his staff offer personalized service, nutritional guidance and a full array of natural, organic and holistic food and treats. Freezers hold raw foods for dogs and cats. Grooming services are available. “Each product we carry has go ...

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