On Aug. 8, I read an article written by Dan Tamblo, a good writer. I have also read a few other articles about The Lakes and the proposed residential housing project in this paper. I agree with those homeowners (51 percent or more, I hope) who do not support further residential development at The Lakes Golf Course.
I have followed this situation with The Lakes Golf Course closing very carefully for the last several months. Even though I do not live near The Lakes, I was an annual member of Club West for 17 years, and I live on the Foothills Golf Club golf course, both Gee properties. When they closed Club West for the summer a few years back I moved my annual membership to Whirlwind Golf Club as they have two golf courses which to play and are very financially sound. Now the problem as I see it, is Mr. Gee has made a sound business decision to close The Lakes because it wasn’t profitable and was draining financial resources from his other properties. Folks, this is capitalism at its finest. If a business is failing and the owner has the opportunity to turn his financial situation around by selling the business for a profit, he should do it. I would do it, and you should do it if you had the opportunity.
Volunteers from the Phoenix chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) recently spent 20 hours at the Gold Bar Ranch cleaning out and repairing a 100-year-old irrigation canal to improve wildlife habitat.
I’ve been an Ahwatukee resident since 1999 and I would love to keep the Lakes golf course, but the truth is I haven’t played golf or supported the local courses in over four years. Not because of any reason other than I don’t golf as much as I used to. People do not spend time playing golf like they used to. I played three-four times a week back in the ’90s, but now play less than one time every four years. How many of you actually play golf and supported the Lakes or Country Club?
Pulte Group faced some difficult questions from the audience at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Public Policy meeting Friday, July 11, but overall the group said it’s making some progress getting consent from the neighborhood to develop the closed Lakes Golf Course.
Please allow me to address the opinion piece by Mike Brilz, vice president of land for PulteGroup Arizona Division (June 4, AFN, “Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course solution), voicing Pulte’s eagerness to develop The Lakes Golf Course.
When Randall Presley began to develop Ahwatukee south of Warner Road, his engineers confronted a network of washes that ran into an unnamed stream. City of Phoenix Floodplain Management records designate that unnamed stream a “thalweg” — the lowest point in a Valley, prone to flooding.
The Arizona Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is inviting women to a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop April 25-27 at Friendly Pines Camp outside Prescott.
Family road trips are an important piece of our heritage, so it’s likely that most of us have a special road trip tucked away as a favorite childhood memory. Mine was a summer jaunt to visit family in Lake Stevens, Wash. Endless “license plate game” and “cyclops” hours later, and we arrived at our first main stop — Redwood National Park. As I unfolded myself out of our station wagon, I’ll never forget my jaw-dropping awe as I peered to look up at these giant trees kissing the sky. Although we camped only a night among the canopies of these behemoths, it’s that part of the two-week trip that was forever etched in my memory. As an adult and parent, state and national parks remain a favorite; there’s something about the unspoiled beauty and beckoning adventure that makes everyone feel like a kid.
With the opportunity to infuse the love for animals and learning into one, kids have the chance to get involved with much more than just an exciting “Call of Duty” match or intriguing five-season Netflix series this summer.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald