The Obama Department of Homeland Security, in a move to put pressure on Republicans to act on sequestration, has started to release hundreds of illegal immigrants that have been held in local jails, as they anticipate “budget cuts.” Not only is this action politically motivated, but it’s dangerous as well.
FLORENCE, AZ – Almost half of all animals taken in by Pinal County Animal Care & Control are released for rescue or public adoption. That’s a stark contrast to 2010 when Pinal County took in 8,176 animals and less than a quarter were released.
“Our relationship with animal rescue groups coupled with increased public outreach efforts has resulted in dramatically higher live animal releases – an 81 percent increase from 2010 to 2012,” Kaye Dickson, Animal Care & Control Director said.
A total of 3,456 animals were adopted in 2012 with more than 2,335 of those animals being released to rescue organizations, a 417 percent increase over 2010. In 2011, 2,480 animals left the shelter with 1,332 going to rescue organizations. In 2010, 1,911 animals found new homes with 452 going to rescue.
In August 2011, the county facilitated a policy development workshop between animal advocates, county staff and the rescue community. The outcome was the Board of Supervisors’ approval of the Pinal County New Hope Adoption Policy. The policy allows rescue organizations to pull animals from the shelter and provide spay/neuter and vaccination records back to the county.
“The ordinance and New Hope policies don’t simply relocate the problem. We really took steps to ensure that we established policy guidelines that hold our staff and the rescues accountable for the animals’ welfare,” Kaye Dickson, Animal Care & Control Director explained. “We require the rescues to meet a specific deadline for vaccinating, licensing and spay and neuter surgery.”
The euthanasia rate has been cut by 43 percent from 2010 to 2012.
“We can’t be selective in the animals we accept like private animal welfare and shelter groups. We are an open admission county shelter. Because we get wild/feral cats and dogs, injured animals and very sick animals, we will always have some level of euthanasia,” Dickson said. “We get animals in very sad shape and in those situations, putting the animal to sleep is the humane thing to do. Believe me, we hate putting animals down. That’s why we are so happy to see the numbers continue to drop.”
Animal overpopulation continues to be a serious community issue throughout the United States, Dickson said.
“Shelters are always full and we see no end to the problem of unwanted animals filling our shelters until more people spay and neuter their pets,” Dickson said. “Anyone facing the possibility of giving up a pet is urged to try to network that pet into another home, either through rescue groups or through personal contacts. If it’s a behavioral issue that makes a pet undesirable, please talk to us or other animal welfare organizations. We can usually point people in the direction of help with temperament or other pet problems.”
Pinal County Animal Care & Control lists its adoptable animals on the website www.petharbor.com. To search for adoptable animals, enter your zip code and click on the “Adopt a Pet” button in the left side. Then check the button for Pinal County Animal Care & Control. This site also includes animals that are picked up by field officers so www.petharbor.com is an excellent source to find a lost pet. By law, Animal Care & Control must hold stray animals for a minimum of 72 hours before making animals available for adoption to allow owners time to find and recover a lost pet.
To learn more about Pinal County’s shelter, click on http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/AnimalControl/Pages/Home.aspx.
“By outlining my objectives for the coming year, I hope to signal to my colleagues on the board of supervisors and the other elected officials what my priorities and goals are and, hopefully, set a tone for future funding discussions,” Chairman Miller said.
“We need to tighten our belt and curtail spending again this year,” he said.
His twin priorities are:
The Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/) met for their regular weekly meeting at the Feedbag Restaurant in Apache Junction on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm.
Secretary Kelli Caplette moderated the meeting. Kelli thanked attending guests and military veterans in the group and then members lead the Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. After a brief overview of events occurring in the near future (and reminding everyone they can find this information on the website also), Kelli then provided a short succinct overview of the Superstitions 9.12 website which is loaded with information, resources and useful surprises.
Beth Hallgren spoke next illustrating how one can use the Arizona Legislative website (http://www.azleg.gov/) to find current information about legislators and legislative activity and how ALIS (Arizona Legislative Information System) membership allows one to make comments directed to the committee hearing a bill or even arrange to speak in committee about bills of particular interest. Discussion on current bills ensued during the demonstration, including Common Core, bills to repeal SB1070 and Agenda 21. Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. – PLH
Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government with adherence to the Constitution, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Meetings are every Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Feedbag Restaurant in Apache Junction. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please come to the next meeting or leave a message to be contacted.
If you’ve been concerned about the steps our federal and some state governments have been taking to outlaw guns and ammunition, then you’ll be really upset over the request being made by the government of Mexico.
Every morning, I start off my day by going out and feeding our donkeys and cleaning their corrals. Today was an overcast day and it sure did look like it was going to rain. I finished the feeding and cleaning before the rain started and went back into the house. I was having a hot cup of coffee when I looked out the window and saw… SNOW! The video below will give you a brief glimpse of what I saw.
After the snow stopped, I looked out the front window, which faces Superstition Mountain and here is what I saw.
What started off as a drab and lack luster day turned into a thing of beauty.
I received the below email from Tuni House who is President of Paws 4 Life – http://www.paws4life.net – regarding an elderly gentleman with a 13 month old dog he can no longer care for. If you are interested, PLEASE respond to the telephone number listed.
On this Saturday’s radio show on 1100 KFNX from noon till 2:00 Jeff Serdy be reporting live from the second amendment gathering at the state capital. There were about 2,000 at the last one including Matt Salmon, Russell Pierce and Kelly Townsend.
Jeff will then hustle over to the studio as Congressman Paul Gosar will be calling in at 12:45. Jeff intends to ask him 3 questions:
1. What is going on with the investigation into fast and furious?
2. Is there any chance of rescinding the NDAA?
3. What does he think of Obama’s “kill list” and the use of drones against US citizens?
If you are able to listen to this show, please do so as Jeff will be addressing some really important issues.
KFNX is 1100 on your AM radio dial or you can listen on the Internet by logging on to 1100kfnx.com/ and then clicking on the listen live icon that is in the upper right of the page.
FLORENCE, AZ – Last week, Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf delivered the 2013 official report of property values to the Pinal County Budget office. The number for 2013 was slightly over $18 billion, a decline of over $900 million from last year’s figure of $18.9 billion. The total for 2013 also included $364.7 million in new construction. There were 247,931 parcels and accounts in this year’s report compared to 247,526 in 2012.
As required by state law, the values for 2013 were based on real estate sales from 2010 and 2011. Property values were still weak for those years, which accounts in part for the decline of the 2013 abstract.
“While we are currently seeing some recovery in the housing sector, the 2013 Abstract of Value does not reflect that because the law requires us to go back in time to determine value. We do anticipate some price recovery to show up in the 2014 Notices of Value, which will be mailed out to property owners this month,” stated Mr. Wolf.
Pinal County and local taxing authorities within the county plan their budgets for the year ahead based on the 2013 Abstract of Values that was released last week.
Editors note: Jeff Strubel is a candidate for Apache Junction City Councilman. He has good sound ideas for improving the quality of life in Apache Junction. I have known Jeff for a couple of years now and find him to be an honorable and intelligent man and the type of local politician our community needs. What follows is a letter from him.
Apache Junction City Council Candidate Questions
Name Jeff Struble
Occupation Owner, Padgett Business Services, and Rhino Dreams LLC, 13 years
Minor Children 1
Adult Children 4
Graduated from Rapid City (SD) CentralHigh School
Graduated from Northern StateUniversity, Aberdeen, SD 1985
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting, finance and economics
Apache Junction Kiwanis
Superstition Business Owners Group (SBOG)
Dons of Arizona
Truth@Work Business Forum
Christian Business Networking
SuperstitionMountain Republican Club
Public office held:
ApacheJunctionParks and Rec Commissioner, 2011-Current
Apache Junction Industrial Development Authority, 2012-Current
Apache Junction Municipal Property Commission, 2012-Current
1. Do you favor requiring developers to contribute impact fees for new growth or do you feel that current city residents should bear the cost of those growth related infrastructure costs?
Residential developers should have to pay the same impact fees as an individual home builder. The city should work out an arrangement with commercial developers to assist with or subsidize the impact fees for developing commercial property that will bring in additional sales tax revenue and job growth in the city. The developer can pay for the specific costs associated with a project with a reduction on their sales tax payment after the company has been in operations a certain amount of time. The city may assist with the general infrastructure in an area.
- Despite four years of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the current city council has repeatedly balanced the city budget. What, if anything, would you do differently with the city budget?
That is an interesting question. The city council is supposed to balance the budget. They should be commended for making some difficult decisions but that is one of the major functions of the council. That being said, the city council needs to implement and develop an atmosphere in the community so that the private sector can build a more diversified economy for the city. This will be one of the ways that in future economic downturns the city will have a more stable revenue stream. This will also allow us to use the yearly influx of winter visitor revenue to be a bonus not a necessity.
- What are your view and/or commitments to continuing the city’s work on creating a downtown?
The community needs to develop and clean up the city as a whole. Bringing focus to the downtown is a good thing. It will be something that the citizens can be proud of and it will help us to promote our area. But the downtown development will not bring good paying jobs to the city. This will only be done by enticing industry or manufacturing into the city. Improving the downtown and the city roads will be one of the ways to assist in bringing some true economic development. We need to work with the county, state, school district and the current business community to bring in those jobs and industry.
- As an elected representative of the people, you will be privy to in-depth, detailed and sometimes confidential information about important city issues. Should a councilmember do what they believe is good for the community or should they do what citizens want?
The councilmember is elected to do what is best for the community. This is the essence of being a leader. You see an opportunity or challenge, you find out as much information you can about the issue, seek good advice, listen to people , ask questions and then make a decision that is best for the community or organization, There is no place in the process to show favoritism to an individual or group. The leader makes a decision that will affect the organization for the future. This sometimes may not be beneficial in the present. This is why the council needs to develop a long term vision for the city.
- Do you support or oppose Prop. 100 Home Rule? Why or why not?
I strongly support Prop. 100 Home Rule. This is one of those areas that a higher government entity should not be making regulations that lower government entities have to follow. There are severe detrimental ramifications if it does not pass. I urge the citizens to once again vote affirmatively for Home Rule. If it does not pass the city will be forced to reduce it’s spending to a level of the late 1970’s when the city was small and there was obviously less services provided. The city would not be able to provide the core responsibilities, public protection, infrastructure and promotion.
- Additional comments
I welcome any and all questions that a citizen has for me. If you would like to read more abut my vision and ideas for the future of Apache Junction you can go to my website, www.letsbuildourfuture.com. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the community as the next council member for Apache Junction