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Canadian Group Invests in $5.2M Office Complex, $40M Total in Valley

Talia Jevan Properties, Inc. acquired the 22,080 SF North Scottsdale Corporate Office Complex located at 6970 E. Chauncey Ln. in Scottsdale for $5.2M. The seller in the transaction was Alliance Real Estate Holdings LLC. Talia Jevan owns two additional assets in the Metro Phoenix market and continues to seek investment opportunities for purchase. Established in 2006, Talia Jevan Properties, Inc. is a privately owned investment firm specializing in the acquisition and long-term ownership of “signaturesque” commercial real estate assets throughout North America. Telia Jevan’s present portfolio consists of 440,000 square feet of prized, commercial real estate properties, which range from irreplaceable heritage buildings in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, to state-of-the-art medical and class-A retail and office properties in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Chauncey Lane Property was brokered by Cashen Realty Advisors. The seller was represented by Josh Landers of Commercial 33 in Phoenix and Andrea Davis of Andrea Davis Commercial Real Estate in Scottsdale.

The Canadian group has invested $40M in the Valley in the last 12 months, Raymond Cashen says, adding it’s looking to invest another $100M.

Grand Canyon - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Arizona strikes deal to reopen Grand Canyon

Arizona reached a deal Friday with the Interior Department to pay for Grand Canyon National Park to completely reopen using state and local funds during the federal government shutdown.

The deal means the park should reopen Saturday, allowing thousands of tourists to flock to the natural wonder in northern Arizona, said Andrew Wilder, spokesman for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

Arizona will pay the national Park Service $651,000 to keep the Grand Canyon open for seven days. The $93,000 a day is less than the $112,000 daily rate the federal government said this week was needed to fund the park operations.

In addition to state money, cash provided by the town of Tusayan and raised from private business would also be included in the funding.

Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said Friday evening that officials at the park hadn’t been notified of the deal and were awaiting word.

Brewer had been pushing to only use state money to open a portion of the park, something the Interior Department said Thursday it would not contemplate because of the complexities of keeping some parts of individual national parks closed while other parts were opened.

National parks in Utah began opening Friday after Gov. Gary Herbert sent $1.67 million to the U.S. government, while Colorado paid $360,000 to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park through Oct. 20.

Brewer and the state’s congressional delegation had been lobbying the Obama administration to allow reopening of the park since shortly after it closed Oct. 1. Three other states also made the request about their parks.

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Google maps now include Grand Canyon trails

Google is giving people a way to virtually hike the Grand Canyon.

The search giant released images Thursday that map the most popular trails at the park’s South Rim and other walkways.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company used a rosette of cameras mounted for the first time on a backpack to gather thousands of panoramic images last year.

The so-called trekker captured images every 2.5 seconds, showing the steep switchbacks of the Bright Angel Trail, the change from juniper trees to scrub brush and the Colorado River.

Google has said it wants to deploy the backpacks to other national parks and forests, and to ancient ruins and castles.

The company also has used tricycles, push carts and snowmobiles to map places where vehicles cannot travel.

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Greenway III Trail, Grand Canyon: Progress Continues

The Grand Canyon National Park is getting a new trail. This new trail, which is being referred to as Greenway III, is an eight-mile long trail connecting the park with the gateway town of Tusayan to the south. This trail will pass through both the park itself and the Kaibab National Forest on its way to Tusayan.

The Greenway III trail will consist of both an eight-foot wide compacted soil path for pedestrians and bicyclists. For those exploring the park on horseback, the trail will also include a two- to three-foot-wide gravel path.

Not only will this trail provide people with an easy way to travel between Tusayan and Grand Canyon National Park, it will also extend the well-known Arizona Trail as well. The trail is expected to be completed in fall 2011.

Greenway III will be another piece of the Greenway trail system. This system began as a project which was first launched in 1999 as part of the Millennium Trails Initiative, which recognized and promoted trails to help remember our past and imagine our future.Greenway III, Grand Canyon Trail

The purpose of the Greenway trails is to provide guests of the park with easily accessible, multi-use trails, so that they can have a non-motorized form of travel throughout the park.

The Greenway trail system began as a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, what is now the Grand Canyon Association, and a volunteer group of planners and designers known as the Grand Canyon Collaborative. In addition to Greenway III, the project currently consists of four other trails:

  • The Greenway I trail, completed in 2002, extends the Rim Trail (from Grand Canyon Village to Yavapai Point) through Mather Point out to Pipe Creek Vista.
  • The Greenway II trail, completed in 2003, connects the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village.
  • The Greenway IV trail, completed in 2009, connects Bright Angel Point to the North Kaibab Trailhead.
  • The Greenway V trail, completed in 2010, extends the Rim Trail to the South Kaibab Trailhead.

The Greenway III trail is being funded by a grant received from the Federal Highway Administration’s Public Lands Highways Program. Kaibab National Forest is also helping out with the construction of the trail, and the forest’s supervisor Mike Williams is quite pleased to be working with the project.

The National Park Service is also providing a 100-car parking lot north of Tusayan’s IMAX Theater for the convenience of people who wish to use the new Gateway III trail.

According to Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, it is hoped that the new trail will be used alongside the shuttle buses going to Tusayan in the summer months, and that people will soon be able to combine a hike or bicycle ride with a shuttle trip for a truly easy and convenient time at Grand Canyon National Park.

For more information about Grand Canyon National Park, visit nps.gov/grca.

Grand Canyon, northern Arizona, Photo: John Loo, Flickr

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is Arizona’s greatest tourist destination. With countless outdoor activities and a fascinating history, it attracts over five million visitors every year, and offers an activity for everyone.

The Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,904 square miles, and has a rich history that includes a number of Native American tribes, pioneers and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The United States acquired the Grand Canyon region in 1848 in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the region quickly started booming because of the logging, mining and ranching opportunities the land provided.

The area developed as roads and railroads were constructed to move goods through and around the canyon. Entrepreneurs built up businesses around the area, and tourists flocked to the area see Arizona’s natural wonder.

Today there are numerous ways for visitors to experience the Grand Canyon.

Suspended 4,000 feet over the Grand Canyon, the Skywalk provides an opportunity for visitors to view the Colorado River and look at the Grand Canyon while standing on a viewing deck with a glass bottom. The viewing deck stretches 70 feet over the canyon’s rim and lets visitors feel as though they are walking the sky.

The Grand Canyon features unique trails that provide hikers with access to the inner canyon. For those wanting a quick glimpse of the Grand Canyon, there are five South Rim trails or 13 North Rim trails that will take the visitor into the canyon and back out in the same day.

Avid hikers can journey into the inner canyon and stay overnight with permit permission. Approximately 40,000 people camp overnight in the Grand Canyon each year.

Guided tours are available to visitors via bus, jeep and air. More adventurous guided tours include mule, bicycle and rafting tours.

River trips provide another way to experience the canyon. There are several different river trips that allow visitors to whitewater raft through the Colorado River. Trips range from one day to 25 days, with the longer trips requiring permits.

Hermit Road, which runs along the South Rim, is the most popular scenic route for tourists. There are nine scenic viewpoints along the road, and the route is accessible to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Shrine of the Ages was originally built for religious services for all faiths. Today the building is used to host informational sessions about wildlife, history and the canyon, private functions such as weddings and special events like concerts and demonstrations.

Built in 1905 and most recently renovated in 2005, El Tovar Hotel is the leading lodging choice at the Grand Canyon. The hotel is a registered National Historic Landmark and has hosted famous people such as Theodore Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.

 

Come back in July; we’ll have more “Places to See” then!

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10 Top Political Events in Arizona’s History

10 Top Political Events in Arizona’s History

Officially gaining its statehood February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state in the Union.  With a history of the Wild West, Cowboys and Indians, and gorgeous sunsets, the Grand Canyon State has a long and impactful history.  In the political realm, Arizona has seen several major political events, policies and leaders in its 100 years of statehood, and these are the events we felt were the most influential.

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1963: Arizona vs. California

It was in 1963 when the United States Supreme Court decision Arizona vs. California delegated water rights amongst local Indian reservations in the Grand Canyon Lower Basin. It was a landmark case and a topic of concern that had been a controversial subject matter in Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah government. Ultimately, it went on to help resolve an ongoing debate for control of the Colorado river.

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1948: Native Americans officially granted the right to vote

A lawsuit was filed by a Native American who fought in World War II and ultimately led to voting equality in Arizona. In 1948, Frank Harrison and Harry Austin (Mohave-Apaches) at Fort McDowell Indian Reservation were denied voter registration and took the case to court, citing that their constitutional rights as American citizens had be violated. Native Americans had previously been exempt from proper voter registration, as they were deemed “wards of the government” – not independent citizens. They ultimately won and in effect overturned a 20-year-old court case (Porter v. Hall).

Native Americans gained the right to vote in 1948 in a Supreme Court case

8.

1992: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

There had been much controversy surrounding New Hampshire and Arizona in the early ’90s as the only two states whom had not yet officially recognized the MLK Day. Ultimately, the National Football League relocated its Super Bowl XXVII plans from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 1993 in the wake of media controversy. Eventually, the law was passed despite much controversy, and Arizona finally established Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a nationally recognized holiday for Arizonans.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Arizona

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January 8, 1988: Republican Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona is impeached

Republican Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona was impeached in January of 1988 on charges of money laundering, perjury and failing to report $350,000 to a real estate developer (according to an October 1987 Arizona Republic story). After a string of controversial campaign decisions, however, he was acquitted on all six felony charges in June. Although he attempted to stay in the political and journalism sphere, he was never able to fully reenter.

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1919: President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act

In 1919 Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act, making Arizona’s Grand Canyon one of the nation’s oldest and most popular physical landmarks. Over 1,900 square miles, the National Park is also considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and attracts tourists of all walks of life to hike, climb, explore and vacation. A trademark of Arizona geography, the Grand Canyon Act has helped to preserve this natural wonder and allow its over five million annual visitors to experience a wonder of the world.

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act

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1964 Election: Barry Goldwater of Arizona runs for president

Republican Barry Goldwater of Arizona became the first Arizonan to run for President of the Untied States in 1964, after his party’s nomination. Known as “Mr. Conservative,” he was a harsh conservative when it came to fiscal responsibility and is credited with the Libertarian Party movement of the 1970’s.  Later in his political career, he was critical of his own Republican party of the 1980’s and it’s sudden explosion of religious influence. Although he later lost the election of 1964 to Lyndon B. Johnson, he would continue to have lasting influence in traditional Republican politics for decades to come, until his death in May of 1998.

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January 16, 1917: The Zimmerman Telegram

Just prior to America’s involvement in WWI,  The Zimmerman Telegram was a secretive message sent from Germany to Mexico, stating that Mexico would regain Arizona as a territory if they aided Germany in the war. It was intercepted by British Intelligence, translated and sent to United States for analysis.  It was eventually release to the public in March, angering the American people. It dramatically influenced our foreign policy towards the Axis countries, catapulting the United States into WWI

The Zimmerman Telegram was an intercepted message from German officials, asking Mexico to join their war efforts in exchange for Arizona

3.

September 30, 1935: The Hoover Dam was dedicated

The Hoover Dam began construction in 1931 during the Great Depression and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. This 726.4-foot-tall dam spans the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona, and supplies large amounts of electricity to Nevada, California and Arizona. According to the Department of the Interior, the Dam has a rated capacity of 2,998,000 horsepower, 17 turbines and 4.2 billion kilowatt-hours produced annually. It provides 15.4 percent of Los Angeles’ power and 18.9 percent of Arizona’s power every year. A necessity for Arizonans way of life, the Hoover Dam was a marvel of man that continues to bring energy to millions every year.

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April 23, 2010/July 29, 2010: Arizona Senate Bill 1070

In April of 2010, Arizona Senate Bill 1070 was signed and went into effect under Republican Governor Jan Brewer later that year. A highly controversial bill, SB 1070 is the most stringent anti-immigration law in recent decades and allowed police officers to make arrests for “looking like” an illegal alien. Controversy surrounded its legality and accused the supporters of it of utilizing racial overtones in order to target Mexican immigrants as riots and marches throughout the Phoenix area captivated the nation. Hundreds of thousands of self-proclaimed illegal immigrants gathered in the Grand Canyon State in opposition to the bill in 2010, intensifying the immigration debate on all levels.

Arizona Senate Bill 1070

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September 25, 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor is the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court

On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman member of the U.S. Supreme Court and represented Arizona until her resignation on January 31, 2006. Born in El Paso, TX, she would go on to receive a B.A. in economics from Stanford University but was met with strong opposition due to her sex in multiple law firms after graduation. However, she would later become Attorney General of Arizona (1965 – 1969) and appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969. Eleven years later, she would be appointed the first woman Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history by President Ronald Reagan and continue to inspire women in politics for years to come.