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Mountain Hiking 

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and

horse back riding trails. Park Trails range in length from 0.5 - 15.3 miles.







New FREE Class: Fitness/Kickboxing/Self Defense

"Discover the Champion within"

Wednesday & Friday

9-10 am

At the Community Center.

Classes are for all ages and levels

Please call Diane at (480)


Just a reminder

Thinking about adding a storage shed? How about a paver walkway in your rear yard? Maybe even some new landscape plants and boulders? Did you know that per the CC&R’s any modification, addition, or visible change (except the repaint of your home with preapproved colors) to a site or building exterior of a residential property requires written approval from the Design Review Committee? The process to submit is fairly simple: just fill out the Architectural Submittal Form (located online), include a plat map, plans and photos of the proposed work and submit to Taylor Gorman, Community Standards Administrator either via email at tgorman@aamaz.com or drop off at the McDowell Center. Taylor will receive the applica­tions and put them on the agenda for the upcoming DRC meeting for review and consider of approval. Feel free to contact Taylor with any questions regarding the Architectural Approval Process.

Please keep in mind of the bulk trash pick up dates. Bulk trash may only be placed out on your property 9 days before the next regularly scheduled pick up and any remaining landscape debris must be cleaned up after the trash has been removed. Bulk trash may NOT be placed in the common areas so please pay attention to property ownership when placing bulk trash out. The next upcoming bulk trash days are June 24th, July 29th, and August 26th.

It has been brought to the Associations attention over the past few weeks that private trash cans are being used to dump landscape debris and trash from other residents and/or their contractors. Please use your own trash can for waste materials and remind your contractors to dispose of the trash/landscape debris responsibly.

As always we appreciate your efforts to keep the community beautiful.

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It is our goal to provide you with an online community experience that enhances your home ownership and provides value to being a home owner or renter in McDowell Mountain Ranch.

This website offers a private secure area that residents can discuss various issues and get additional information about the Ranch. Remember, this website is a forum to share memories and offer services. As with any online forum, please be prudent when discussing items or sharing information.

We are always interested in bringing additional services to the Ranch. If you have suggestions about the website or want to help add information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are also interested in sponsors that can offer our residents value. If you own or manage a business that has services to offer the residents, please do not hesitate to contact us about sponsorship opportunities.

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Scottsdale News
ASU student: I went into Syria months after Kayla Mueller

Zana Alattar traveled to Syria in November 2013 on a private relief mission. Her view of the path across the Syrian border, the suffering on the other side, is much like the view Mueller would have had on her last two days of freedom.

Mar. 1, 2015: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week

Mar. 1, 2015: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week Mar. 1, 2015: homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1Btwerr A retired banking investment manager, the CEO of an international food company, a land broker and a family of doctors are among the buyers and sellers in this week's priciest home sales. Eric and Kristin Kufel paid $2.775 million in cash using their trust for this 4,424 square-foot home at Charnwood in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix.

Scottsdalian is retiring.

Tragically, Scottsdalian will not be able to finally enjoy urban living in the City of San Francisco. The City is just soooo damned expensive, Mr and Mrs Scottsdalian just couldn't justify.

US News
Amtrak Passenger Train Crashes With Vehicle Near L.A.
An Amtrak train carrying 78 passengers crashed with a vehicle in Camarillo on Sunday, but no major injuries were reported, officials said.

Twitter Reviewing Alleged ISIS Threat to Co-Founder
Twitter said it was working with law enforcement to investigate whether purported ISIS-related threats against co-founder Jack Dorsey were real.

Is It Spring Yet? Snowy, Icy Mess Hits Northeast Again
Boston is on the brink of breaking its snowfall record for one season.

Sports News
Harden's 33 leads Rockets over Cavs in OT

HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.

James hit a 3-pointer with 43.5 seconds left to get Cleveland within one. Harden and James got tangled up on Houston's next possession, but no foul was called and the shot clock expired.

James drove into the lane and was fouled by Josh Smith, but he missed both free throws to finish 3 for 11 at the line. Harden, who had his 26th 30-point game this season, added a free throw and Cleveland missed a 3 at the buzzer.

James finished with 37 points after resting during Friday night's 93-86 loss at Indiana. He returned for a chippy contest that had multiple technicals and a flagrant foul by Harden on James.

A long jumper by J.R. Smith put Cleveland in front in overtime, but Houston scored the next five points.Patrick Beverley made a go-ahead 3 and Josh Smith hit two foul shots to make it 104-100 with 2:21 remaining.

The Cavaliers had a chance for the win in regulation but James held the ball until right before the buzzer and his jump shot bounced off the rim.

Kevin Love had 21 points for the Cavaliers, who played their second game without point guard Kyrie Irving, who has a left shoulder strain.

The loss ended Cleveland's 10-game winning streak against the Western Conference and prevented the Cavs from moving into first in the Central Division. Cleveland has won 18 of 22 but has dropped two straight.

An 8-2 run by the Rockets, with four points from Harden, gave them a 98-95 lead with less than two minutes left in the fourth.

James made one of two free throws before Tristan Thompson added two more to tie it about a minute later.

The Rockets used back-to-back 3s from Corey Brewer and Jason Terry to take an 88-82 lead in the fourth quarter. But Cleveland bounced right back, putting together an 11-2 run to take a 93-90 lead with about five minutes left.

James and Beverley got into a brief skirmish in the second half after Beverley fouled James on a shot. With both players on the ground, James pushed Beverley down as he tried to get up and Beverley pushed him back. The players were separated and both were given technical fouls.

Harden got a flagrant foul when he kicked in the direction of James' crotch as he fell as James tried to grab the ball from him late in the third. James was pulled away from Harden as he screamed at him, and Brewer and Cleveland's Thompson both received technical fouls from the ensuing argument.

A jump shot by Love gave Cleveland a three-point lead with about three minutes left in the second quarter, and Houston wrapped up the quarter with six straight points to lead 50-47 at halftime.


Cavaliers: Coach David Blatt said Irving was re-evaluated on Saturday and they expect him to return on Tuesday. ... G/F Shawn Marion missed his fourth straight game with a left hip strain.

Rockets: C Dwight Howard remains out with swelling in his right knee. There is no timetable for his return. ... The Rockets won the first meeting with Cleveland this season 105-93 without James.

Collinsworth leads BYU over No. 3 Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points as BYU beat No. 3 Gonzaga 73-70 on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs' school-record 22-game winning streak and perhaps costing them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Byron Wesley scored 17 points to lead Gonzaga (29-2, 17-1 West Coast Conference), which also snapped its 41-game home winning streak - the longest in the nation.

Skyler Halford added 14 points and Chase Fischer 13 for BYU (23-8, 13-5), which has won six in a row to preserve its NCAA tournament hopes.

After trailing by 10 points earlier in the second half, Gonzaga used a 20-11 run to pull to 71-70 on Eric McClellan's free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining.

The Cougars inbounded the ball to Ryan Andrus, who was fouled immediately and made both free throws for a three-point lead with 1.5 seconds left.

Kyle Wiltjer's shot from beyond mid-court then bounced off the rim as time expired.

The win was BYU's first against an opponent ranked third or higher since beating No. 2 UCLA in November 1981.

Gonzaga was seeking to become the first team to go through the WCC regular season undefeated since the league's recent expansion to 10 schools. The Bulldogs hadn't lost since being beaten by Illinois on Dec. 8, 2012.

With the score tied 36-all at halftime, BYU opened the second half with a 9-4 run to build a 45-40 lead. The Cougars didn't trail again.

Gonzaga made only five of its first 15 shots in the second half, and Tyler Haws scored seven consecutive points for the Cougars to extend the lead to 60-50.

Wesley's basket cut BYU's lead to 66-61 with 3:32 left before Collinsworth replied with a three-point play to push the lead back to eight.

Gary Bell Jr. made a 3-pointer as Gonzaga pulled to 69-64 with 1:52 left.

After a BYU turnover, Wesley was fouled on a drive and made both free throws to cut BYU's lead to three. The Cougars ran down the clock and Collinsworth scored on a put-back to make it 71-66 with 14 seconds left.

In the first, BYU jumped to an 11-2 lead as Gonzaga made just one basket in the first 6 minutes.

After Domantas Sabonis scored three baskets to bring the Zags within three, Skyler Halford's 3-pointer pushed BYU's lead to 17-11 midway through the first.

Gonzaga found the range and Wiltjer's basket cut BYU's lead to 27-26. But the Cougars went up 33-28 behind two baskets by Collinsworth.

Gonzaga scored the final three baskets of the first half, with Kevin Pangos' short jumper tying the score at 36 at halftime.



BYU: Tyler Haws, the defending WCC player of the year, leads the league in scoring at 22.3 points per game and is the career scoring leader at BYU. ... Coach Dave Rose has won 74.7 percent of his games in 10 seasons.

Gonzaga: This was senior night for the Zags, who honored Pangos, Bell and Wesley. ... Gonzaga has won the WCC regular season title for the 14th time in 15 seasons. ... Pangos has started 133 of the 134 games of his college career.


BYU: West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Gonzaga: West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

York leads No. 7 Arizona past No. 13 Utah, 63-57

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gabe York scored five of his 12 points in the final 2 minutes as No. 7 Arizona scored the last eight points to rally past No. 13 Utah 63-57 on Saturday night.

Brandon Taylor made a 3-pointer with 1:57 remaining to give Utah a 57-55. York then drew Jakob Poeltl's fifth foul and made one free throw and then rebounded his miss on the second attempt and put it in to give the Wildcats a 58-57 lead with 1:39 to play.

Hollis-Jefferson, who had 10 points, made 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute and York hit two more to clinch the Wildcats' 13th straight win over Utah (22-6, 12-4 Pac-12).

Kaleb Taczewski led Arizona (26-3, 14-2) with 13 points while Stanley Johnson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Politics News
All Eyes on Netanyahu Ahead of Controversial Speech
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to address Congress without White House approval has strained relations.

McCarthy: Change Filibuster Rules
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., says he will help be in the room with Democrats and help solve the problem of funding the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Dr. Ben Carson: 'Use Every Means Possible' to Fight Terror
The potential Republican candidate for president tells Chuck Todd that the U.S. needs to eradicate ISIS now.

Entertainment News
Ellen Pompeo secretly welcomes second daughter with husband Chris Ivery
Dr. Meredith Grey is full of secrets! Ellen Pompeo has secretly welcomed her second daughter with husband Chris Ivery: a baby girl named Sienna May. "Sienna May Ivery welcome to the world," Pompeo wrote on Instagram Thursday, debuting her little one via WhoSay. "We love you more than words can say.

Matthew McConaughey does 'Wolf' chest thump to rally football team
Matthew McConaughey's ability to inspire has been proven on the big screen, and now, in a new video, the actor's pep-talk skills are on display at a University of Texas football practice.The Oscar winner and UT grad has shown up before to cheer on his Longhorns, roaming the sidelines and throwing the signature horns hand signal around the locker room.

'Eat, Pray, Love' carriage house for sale
The Brooklyn carriage house featured in the 2010 movie “Eat, Pray, Love” is back on the market for $6.995 million, down $1 million from its original asking price.Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s home in Frenchtown, New Jersey, had a “skybrary” upstairs.

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How to Delete Pictures on an iPad
Do you have too many photos clogging up your iPad's storage space? Cleaning out your old photos can free up a lot of room, but the process can be a little confusing, especially if the photos were synced from your computer. See Step 1 below to learn how to delete any photo off of your iPad.

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