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Good evening COGS E-News Reader:  Hot issues: (1) The only national roping event hosted in the Valley was just cancelled at WestWorld. (2)  The Scottsdale Gallery Association and other Downtown merchants’ Petition is on the Tuesday Council agenda (3) This week’s three public Bond Election Forums were sparsely attended—why?

Cancellation of the 2015/2016 Lasso del Sol. The only national roping event hosted in the Valley by the United States Team Roping Championships just got the boot from WestWorld. The team ropers from all over the US, Canada, Brazil and other cattle areas will have to handle that they were uprooted from their WestWorld contract and schedule by shiny and expensive cars. According to the USTRC statement, “The Barrett-Jackson car auction moved its dates to later in January, which caused the Sun Country Circuit Horse Show to move one week earlier. By doing so, Sun Country Circuit took the dates of the Arizona National Quarter Horse Show which forced it to move on the Lasso Del Sol dates. Unfortunately, there is no suitable alternative date option for Lasso Del Sol in December or January.  USTRC is working with WestWorld to resolve this issue for 2016/2017.“  Because Scottsdale claims to be a welcoming  western town, we hope the ropers are willing to return in 2016/2017.  If not, Prescott and Tucson will welcome them.

Scottsdale schools Fall Break is coming.  Why not enroll your children grades 1 to 5th in the city Parks & Recreation program at Mountainview Park.   Planned activities fill the day from 8:30 am to 4 pm from October 12th through the 16th.  The fee starts at $80 per child  for the week.  Get details at this link:

Tuesday, October 6th   5 pm City Council in the Kiva (city hall) Consent Agenda (a single vote approves all/no public discussion) Approving a $4,341,590.57 Hayden/Thunderbird Roads waterline replacement contract; accepting Tribal Gaming funds of $33,000 and $1,519,500; receiving$100,000 for overtime and associated DUI enforcement and education expenses and $24,100 for six moving radar systems from AZ Governor’s Highway Safety Office; accepting $60,226 and $81,900 grants through Homeland Security programs and last item-- seeking approval through a Text Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance related to Special Events. Regular Agenda (public comment accepted and voted individually) Agenda item #12 Maricopa Association of Governments annual dues $40,898. .. Item #13 Conservation program investment in the Northern Arizona Forest Fund $120,000 contract... Item # 14 Establish a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee if the November 3rd Bond Election passes...Item #15 Artisan Markets Petition regarding their Special Events Permit approved on public property has been challenged by 200 plus gallery owners, restaurant owners and merchants in Old Town, Arts District and the 5th Avenue District.  Council can (1) agree with the petitioners (2) direct staff to some action (3) ignore the petition with “no action.”  
Wednesday, October 7th  Fire Department Citizen’s Fire Academy Opening Night 4:30 pm at Indian School Road/Granite Reef Road headquarters; 5 p.m. Planning Commission Remote Hearing on the Outpost case 1 GP 2015--(gas station and commercial development on the northwest corner of Pima and Dynamite). This will be a No-Action hearing at Copper Ridge School cafeteria 10101 E Thompson Peak Parkway. Public comment is encouraged.
Thursday, October 8th  Tourism Advisory Task Force 2 pm special meeting in SkySong to consider the Loloma site at Goldwater/1st Street as an alternative to the proposed tourist center currently called Arizona Center.  ....7  to 9 pm  is the 46th year of the ArtWalk on Main Street and Marshall Way. Stroll the galleries in the cool evenings scheduled for this week then dine late on an outside patios.
Saturday, October 10th FREE Electronic Recycle Collection Day 7:30 am to 2 pm south of via Linda at 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.  Call 480 312 5600 for details. 
***Friends of the Scenic Drive need volunteers to help clear roadside litter. When finished the result is 13 miles of litter-free Scottsdale Road from Happy Valley Rd. to the Carefree Hwy. They provide convenient sign-in locations, a friendly welcome, complimentary donuts and water plus safety vests and supplies. RSVP at  or call 480 361 6498 Horst Berkner will answer your questions.
Saturday 10th and Sunday the 11th is the McCormick-Stillman RailFair 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Enjoy family fun with train displays, moonwalks and face painting. The train ride and carousel are $2 with children under 3 yrs old free.
Tuesday, October 13th  City Council Work Study Session 4 pm in Kiva. There are two items on the agenda #1 McDowell Corridor Strategies Priority update and #2 Where oh where are the city’s 1.5 acres at SkySong? Councilman Smith asked this question when SkySong filled more acreage with another building. The answer might come this night!
Sunday, October 18th the Old Adobe Mission on Brown Avenue in Old Town will receive a historic marker from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The ceremony begins at 4 pm.  More information about DAR is available at
Sunday, October 25th 5 PM COGS ANNUAL POTLUCK for members and our newsletter readers. Mark your calendar now for a dynamic Sunday evening with well-informed and active fellow Scottsdale residents, valuable merchants and  interesting council members. The southwestern appetizers, amazing salads, clever casseroles and way-too-rich desserts in previous years will have you moaning with a full belly.  We have donated water, sodas, beers and wines. If you prefer something else, please bring it. We will be on a private home patio located near Downtown Scottsdale....  has a great firepit for evening chill  When you RSVP we will send you the address. Do plan to join us.


For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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