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May 2017

Happy Birthday in May to…..

Dennis Purcell, Lady Jewells, Tamra Mitchell, Amanda Olson,

Breeze, Randy Price ~ GKMMC, Keith Salyer, Michael McCall,

Clyde Brooks, Margie Sanchez, Roy Siqueiros, Richele Lynn Dildine,

Taliesin MacAran, Robert Baker, Pawnee Erin Carter, Curt Burnley,

Jim Page, Yukon Rick Johnson, David ‘Sleepy’ Layne, Marla Kelly,

Jake Jason Clark, Jennifer Anderson, Phillip Riski Stabolito

Michelle Lee Blackwell Mills, Athena Anderson, Tabitha Demaio,

Paula ‘Sparky’ Maros, Russ Abshire, Marcus Vincent,

Unclebandit Az, ‘St Nick’ Mason, Jane Hudson, Young Deal Odeniyi, Jayne VanDyke,

Rick Hatch, Tammy Nunes Thompson, Bob Moreno & Shantel L’Ange Parks

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Happy Anniversary in May to…..

Yuma Harry & Janice

Nick & Rose Confer

Ernie & Lorri Lizarraga

Nolan & Dawn Parker Steed

Randy & Coreen Price

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In Memory Of…

Paul ‘Waldo’ Stuart

Ed Boon

Wayne ‘Undertaker’ Anderson
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March 2017 … American Legion Post 5, 3927 W Southern in Phoenix, is raffling off a 2005 Victory Kingpin motorcycle as a fundraiser for American Legion Charities. There are 250 tickets available at $50 each. The drawing will take place once all the tickets are sold. 92 cubic inch, less than 14k miles, silver & white, lots of accessories. FMI or tickets 602-237-3114.

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3-21-2017 … Recall … NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V194000 … “Preformed Fuel Hose May Develop Holes or Cracks” Potential Number of Units Affected: 487

Summary: KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2016-2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT motorcycles. The preformed fuel hose can develop small holes or cracks, potentially causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of a ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

Remedy: KTM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective fuel hose, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Customers may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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3-30-2017 … Shared to the East Valley ABATE group on Facebook: Steve (Stubby) Teunissen lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Thursday March 30. A memorial to celebrate Stubby’s life and share memories was held on Saturday April 8th, at 10am at the north end of Prospector Park in Apache Junction, AZ. If there are any questions, contact Toby Vorpahl at 262-689-5895.

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3-31-2017 ... Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V221000 … “Handlebar Mounts may Loosen”

Potential # of Units Affected 22,433

Summary: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2017 FJ-09, FZ-09, and XSR900 motorcycles. The lower handlebar holder may loosen due to a painting issue and the inadequate application of the thread-locking agent. If the handlebars are not properly secured to the motorcycle, a loss of vehicle control may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the lower handlebar holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2017. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990114.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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4-7-17 … A member of the Chosen Few MC, Arthur “Smurph” Murphy, was killed in a shooting on April 7, 2017. Our condolences go out to his family & friends.

“Phoenix Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of 400 E. Grant St. Callers reported hearing approximately 20 shots coming from a large party in the area. When police arrived they saw several people fleeing the area. Police officers located two victims with gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to a local hospital. One of the victims died from his injuries and the other had a non life-threatening injury.”

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4-17-17 … No more Evil Twin Custom Cycles Bike Night in Tempe.

We’ll let you know if/when one is re-established at another location.

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4-21-17 … Congratulations to Clayton Gandara [from Evil Twin Custom Cycles] and his wife Danica as they welcome daughter Mianette Gandara to their family.

Born @ 12:10pm, 8lbs, 11oz & 20 1/2 inches long.

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April 2017

Happy Birthday in April to…..

Beaux Marks, Robin Munn, Sue Goodwin, Chuck Franklin,

Jon Kinsey, Karen Gibson, James Gonzales, JoAnne King,

Johnny Goodson, Jacob Voorheis, Sarah Wood, George Fann,

Melinda Loukota, Randy Heath, Kathleen Thompson, Zee Spivak,

Tatyana Christina Fish, Bob Beyer, Karen Hoover Henry, PJ Reyes,

Henry Nichols, Kirk Johnson, Katena Pappas, R Ken Kuusisto,

Kevin 'Kajer' Rhode, Peter Wolkoff, Brett Turley, Joe Terborg,

Amy Rose Aho, Sonja Williams, & Matt Brown

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Happy Anniversary in April to…

Christina & Robert Duwel

Andreanne & Chazz DePape

Jeff & Kim Gorall

Mike & Lisa Anderson

Roy & Lisa Siqueiros

Gina & James Leathers

Terry & Sandy Crabtree

George & Amber Fann

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2-19-17 … High Country ABATE-AZ Chapter has announced a $500 raffle for cash. Tickets are $5 each. Drawing takes place May 6, 2017 during the Wild in the Weeds party at Punkin Center Bar & Grill. No need to be present to win. FMI: CC for tickets / info 928-476-1955.

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2-21-2017 … Recall… NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V111000

Fuel Leak due to Fuel Tank Abrasion.

A fuel leak in the presence of a ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

Potential # of Units Affected: 14,320

Summary: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, engine vibration can cause the fuel tank mounting bracket to contact the fuel tank, which overtime, may result in the tank leaking fuel.

Remedy: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank bracket. The fuel tank will be inspected and replaced if necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin March 9, 2017.

Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926.

Yamaha's number for this recall is 990112.
 

Note regarding this & ALL the following NHTSA recalls: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153),

or go to www.safercar.gov.

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2-21-2017… Recall … NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V112000

Water may Enter Ignition Switch and cause Stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

Potential # of Units Affected: 14,320

Summary: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycles. Water can enter and corrode the ignition switch resulting in an unexpected engine stall.

Remedy: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch subassembly, free of charge. The recall began March 9, 2017. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990112.

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2-24-17 … RIP Frederick "Scooby" Willis Jr, Rollin Knights MC… On the night of Friday February 24, Frederick ‘Scooby’ Willis Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 47 years old. According to the Casa Grande Dispatch, he was riding on eastbound I-10, between Red Rock and Pinal Air Park in southern Pinal County, when he crashed. There were no further details available at the time of this writing. Fred was ‘a loving father and husband, he was also a very skilled mechanic and a Mason...’ There is a ‘GoFundMe’ account set up to help the family with final expenses, https://www.gofundme.com/rnfzxm-please-help-with-funeral-expenses

He is described as ‘a kind-hearted man who was loved by everyone he met’.

We add our condolences to the many being extended to his wife DonDiva & their family.

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2-28-17 … Our condolences go out to Christina Duwell & her family

as they say goodbye to her Mother who passed away this day……..

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3-7-17… NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V145000

Manufacturer: Zero Motorcycles Inc. Anti-Lock Brakes may not Function Properly. If the ABS does not function properly in a braking event, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Summary: Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain 2017 S, DS, and FXS motorcycles.

The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Hydraulic Control Unit (HCU) may have the wrong vehicle model information, possibly causing the ABS to function improperly.

Potential # of Units Affected: 61

Remedy: Zero will notify owners and dealers will reconfigure the HCU, or replace it as needed,

free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 20, 2017.

Owners may contact Zero customer service at 1-888-841-8085.

Zero's number for the recall is SV-ZMC-017-363.

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3-10-2017… Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign #: 17V158000 … Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc. Loose Steering / Suspension Connections…

Summary: Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain 2017 Slingshot, Slingshot SL, and Slingshot SLR vehicles. Three of the bolted connections between the steering and the front suspension may have been insufficiently tightened, possibly resulting in a reduction of steering and/or front suspension performance. Reduced steering and/or suspension performance can affect vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

Potential # of Units Affected: 254

Remedy: Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected nuts and bolts, tightening them correctly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris' number for this recall is T-17-01.

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March 2017 … American Legion Post 5, 3927 W Southern in Phoenix, is raffling off a 2005 Victory Kingpin motorcycle as a fundraiser for American Legion Charities. There are 250 tickets available at $50 each. The drawing will take place once all the tickets are sold. 92 cubic inch, less than 14k miles, silver & white, lots of accessories. FMI or to buy tickets 602-237-3114.

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March 2017 … Charity Stuart is currently deployed ~ serving in Qatar… She is a Jet Engine Mechanic in the AZ Air National Guard … and recently reached her 14-year anniversary serving as an Air Force maintainer. While away she’s also preparing a 10-year Remembrance for her Dad ~ Waldo ~ to be held May 7 up in Show Low. More details are in our calendar.

Thank you Charity, for your Service to our Country!

We love you, Li’l Sis {:o) B&B

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March 2017

Happy Birthday in March to…..

Jayme Sousa, Frank Kartler, Ray Hartman, Chuck Ortman, B Paul Price, Jack Batty,

Nitemare, Rick Wilson, Steve Carlson, Katherine ‘Pez’ Karraker,

Jay ‘Rebel’ DeBoer, Enjoli Ann, Dawn Boardman, Brett Shea,

Joseph A. Cordeiro, Kevin Burke, Reverend Rodney Tussing, John Lewis Mealer,

Sue Mills, Sherry Tripp Flamard, Jeremiah Mullins, Jessica Keatts,

Jennifer Gallegos-Beyette, Chris Kamell, Deb Butitta, Linette Mastorakis,

Dina Valerie, Linda Tush, Alaina Griffith, Victoria Moreno, Shawne Beyette,

Gloria Pinkon Nunez, Mike Ysco, Laura Keuscher, Bunnie Rodriguez,

Mike Larkin, Douglas Hardison, Tina ‘Sweet Pea’ Benoit, Harley Barbie Sivil,

Rhonda Silva, Robert Duwel, Charlie ‘Specs’ Lentz, Yogi ~ ALMA MC, Moore Sam,

and Tracy ‘Trixy’ Sickul-Curtis

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Happy Anniversary in March to…..

Victor & Denise-Gibbons Castorena

Mark & TheresaAnn Kalifut

Thaddeus & Connie Jones

Shortbus & Mary Radcliff

Duane & Lisa Moore

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November 4, 2016 … This was a clear & cool night ~ beautiful for the Motorcycles on Main Bike Night in Downtown Mesa. There was a really good looking turnout of bikes... cruisers, sportbikes ~ you name it; including some displaying latest tech innovations & others early history – 1930’s era. Clubs from CMA to HA and many in between were represented, along with a lot of Independents. We stopped by to visit the ABATE-AZ booth hosted by the East Valley Chapter. There were three different bands performing, including ‘Unknown Associates’ on the main stage & ‘Rocksmith’ at Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery. I didn’t catch the name of the band at Desert Eagle Brewery. It was a good evening out & a nice opportunity to catch up with people we hadn’t seen in a while. This event takes place on the First Friday of each month, except July & August. Follow it on Facebook at /MotorcyclesOnMain/

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November 6, 2016 … Sunday … Today the Tinners Motorcycle Club hosted their 2nd annual Meals on Wheels Poker Run, to benefit the Area Agency on Aging Region One.

Sign-in started at 9am at The Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, 2604 E. Adams in Phoenix. Everyone was welcome… all street-legal vehicles could participate. A modest $10 entry fee got you a chance at some significant ride prizes… $200 1st Place, $100 2nd Place, & $50 3rd Place; plus food & entertainment at the end party.

There were 43 participants on this self-paced ride, with stops at: 1st @ SMWIA 359 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall (2604 E Adams St, Phoenix); 2nd @ UA 469 Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship Hall (3109 N 24th St, Phoenix); 3rd @ IBEW 640 Electricians JATC Hall (1520 E Indianola Ave, Phoenix); 4th @ Steelhorse Saloon (1818 W Bell Rd #100, Phoenix); and last stop @ Flicka’s Baja Cantina (2003 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale). This was a Family-Friendly gathering.

The names of the ride winners were unavailable at the time of this writing. Raffle prizes included an assortment of Accessories and Gift Cards.

Big Thanks from Tinners MC go out to Flicka’s Baja Cantina for providing the Music and Dinner Buffet at the Final stop. Special Thanks also go to Big Frog T-shirts for supplying Ride T-shirt commemorating the 2nd Annual ride.

Tinners MC was able to donate $600 to AAA-Region 1’s “Meals on Wheels”.

In addition to the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program, “The Area Agency on Aging, Region One, offers a large variety of programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents of Maricopa County, Arizona.” Learn more from their website http://aaaphx.org/…

Thank you to Tinners MC’s President Scooter & Secretary Dale for your help with this report.

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January 2017 … Independent Motorcycles, 6403 West Chandler Blvd in Chandler has a Text Club that you can join by texting INDBIKES to 68728. Never miss out on their Specials again.

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February 1, 2017 … Our condolences go out to our dear friend & sister, Lady Jewells as she and her family say goodbye to her mother, Molly, who has passed away.

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February 6, 2017 … Our friends Nolan & Dawn Steed recently bought Dawn her own bike. It’s a 2007 Yamaha 650 V-Star. She received an AMSAF scholarship to take the basic rider course. Good for you! We wish you many miles of safe travels ahead {:o)

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February 21, 2017 … Congratulations to Rhino and Tracie of Discount Biker Supply for being recognized by the Exchange Club of Chandler for their community service. The Exchange Club {www.nationalexchangeclub.org/} is a Community Service Club, with chapters throughout the USA.

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February 2017

Happy Birthday in February to…..

Harold Fischer, Bill Hosler, Georgia Sehr, John Fisher, Lori Klauber,

William Scott, Heidi Shea, Freddywithay Schulz Sr., Dee Dee Martin, Jim Silk,

Preacher Ken Blank, Mike Bowman, Eric Kirker,

Cherie Glenn-Dunn, Sarah Summers, Rhino Roy, Linda Dahl, Haze ALMA MC,

Cliff Noble, Rosey Fuller, Eric Henry, Michele Osborn,

George Childress, Harry Luge, Kurt Groff, Jesse Hendrix,

Darcy Ford Greene, Lori Christine Dale, Jim Lange, Amy Fann Petrovsky,

Chaplain Joe Dugan, Nichole 'Nyx' Kirkpatrick,

Kym Hansford Ingram, Richard Simat, Robb Felder,

Barbara Lentz, Wayne Slocum, Joan Hunsinger, Vicky Cisek Long,

and Larissa Mckee McCauley

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Happy Anniversary in

February to…..

Tracey & Jeremy Price

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December 13, 2016 … from the ACMC mailing list … Speedy aka Steve Morgan of the Privateer Riders MC lost his life to a massive heart attack. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

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December 30, 2016 ... Recall - NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V948

Motorcycle Rear Suspension Bolt may Loosen - If the bolt loosens and affects the motorcycle's handling, there may be an increased risk of a crash.

Manufacturer:

BMW of North America, LLC

Components: SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 21

Summary: BMW North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured June 8, 2016, to November 16, 2016, and 2017 S 1000 R motorcycles manufactured on October 12, 2016. One of the bolts on the rear suspension deflection lever may loosen and adversely affect the handling of the motorcycle.

Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bolts and tighten them to the proper specifications, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 10, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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January 5, 2017 … Robert Green of Scottsdale was the winner of the Sacred Grounds Horse Rescue Ranch motorcycle drawing that took place on January 5th. He took the cash ~ he reportedly couldn’t swing the taxes on the bike. According to SGHRR owner Bobby Joe, they may do a similar style raffle again. Once the details are worked out they will let us know when tickets go on sale.

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January 13, 2017 … Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V031

Air Bag Inflator May Rupture ~ An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the operator resulting in serious injury or death.

Manufacturer:

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 882

Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2006-2009 and 2012 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A."

Additionally, if not included in "Zone A," Honda is recalling certain 2006-2009 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B."

Additionally, if not included in Zone A or Zone B above, Honda is recalling certain 2006-2008 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2017. Owners may contact Honda Motorcycle Customer Support at 1-866-784-1870. Honda's number for this recall is KE5.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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January 18, 2017 … We learned about the death of Loners MC Club brother Michael ‘Sinner’ Powell. He was riding in Glendale, (near 51st & Northern Aves) in the early morning hours of January 18, and hit a median as he was approaching the intersection. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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January 18, 2017 - Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V035

Throttle may Stick Open when using Heated Grips ~ If the throttle sticks open, there would be an increased risk of a crash.

Manufacturer:

Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD

Components: STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,390

Summary: Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black motorcycles. During use, the heated hand grips may expand and cause the throttle to stick open.

Remedy: Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will install a spacer to prevent the throttle from sticking, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 20, 2017. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010. Triumph's number for this recall is SB 546.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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January 2017

Happy Birthday in January to…..

Millio Cicciarelli, Papadave Treadwell, Wilma Shearhart, Billie Daman, Still Ray,

Billy Sample, Scott Hagemann, Kathi Calahan, Woody Phillips, Mark Kalifut,

Mustang Sally, Jimmy Brewer, Gary Nicholas Imholte, Gina Ritchie,

David ‘Double D’ Devereaux, Jeanne Shinn, Greg Sleeper, Bill Goodwin,

Nick Karras, Sally Mo Jo, Mariah Newill, Craig Martin, El Hefe, Brandy Bradford,

Chad Daugherty, DEfeCT, Nick Malucci, Josette ‘NeverReady’ Rossi, Gina Edwards,

Horrhayy Manos, Cheri Latini, Britt Rowland, Vicky Wikid Purple Elliott, John Tartaro,

Mick Degn, Gene Mummert, Deb Lotardo, Lynda Marie Handi Barnett,

Linnae Wolkoff, Christine Layne, Stu Dvoret, Tom Felten, Mark Pappy Patton,

Frankie Petrucci, George Bellman, & Rosi Khazoom

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Happy Anniversary in January to…..

Ginger Brunson & Joe Terborg

Margie & Frederic Sanchez

Billy D & Jewels Docherty

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October 15, 2016 ... The Reason Riders Association concluded their inaugural Blanket Drive for Homeless Veterans. From September 1st until October 15, blankets and cash donations could be dropped off at Arrowhead HD, St Nick’s Tavern, Charley’s Place, Timmy Tees Shirt Shop, & the VFW on Purdue Ave. Online donations were also being received via the Reason Riders website, http://reasonriders.com/. More than 350 blankets were collected.

We got this wrap up from RRA President Bishop, “’Operation Marshmallow’ is the organization that we contracted with to do the delivery to the homeless Vets. Many blankets have already been given out in the city parks around the Phoenix area and on street corners. At least a hundred have been set aside to distribute to the homeless at the upcoming Arizona Stand Down. The hand-made blankets and afghans that were donated have been rolled up, wrapped , and covered in patriotic ribbon. They were then given out as honors to disabled Viet Nam Veterans and to the Parents of deployed children. We did receive donations from all over the country. The U.S Military Vets MC (Wild West Chapter) came through with more than 100 blankets and set up the relationship for us to be able to partner with Harbor Freight and Tools, who graciously sold us the high quality quilted waterproof blankets at a considerable discounted price. That allowed our donated money to go much farther than buying at full retail prices. We are extremely grateful for that. The New Founders of Freedom also held a special ceremony to donate to the Bikers for Blankets Drive and hosted a great party to present the donation to us. Many online outlets picked up the story and helped spread the word as well. It was a true showing of charity where help was needed. We hope that next year we can repeat the success of the inaugural event and make a staying presence in the State.”

Learn more about the Reason Riders Association via their webpage at http://reasonriders.com/. Follow them on Facebook at /ReasonRiders/

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November 28, 2016 ... Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V854000... Summary: KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles manufactured December 1, 2014 - March 10, 2016, and 2013-2016 1190 Adventure and Adventure R motorcycles manufactured November 20, 2012 - April 25, 2016.

Wiring Harness could Fray and Brake Line may Melt. In the affected vehicles, the wiring harness can fray and contact the ABS modulator. If the brake line is electrically conductive, the brake line may overheat and melt. If the brake line melts, brake failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,812.

Remedy: KTM will notify owners, and dealers will re-position the wiring harness for the electronic control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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December 3 ... Congratulations to newly patched member of the Reason Riders Association “Jamming” (Roger Reeves). He was getting his patches sewn on during the Arizona Biker Leathers Anniversary Party. RRA President Bishop shared, “he is a long time Valley rider and has become an invaluable resource to our association.”

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December 6, 2016 ... Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V877000. Summary: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain model year 2014-2017 Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster motorcycles manufactured April 15, 2013, to July 15, 2016.

Fuel Rail may Chafe and Leak. In the affected motorcycles, the fuel rail may contact other components and result in a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Potential Number of Units Affected: 23,746.

Remedy: Indian will notify owners, and dealers will install a bracket that will limit movement of the fuel rail, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2016. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-16-03.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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December 6, 2016 ... Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V878000. Summary: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2012-2016 DL650 motorcycles manufactured August 30, 2011 - October 12, 2015.

Alternator may not Charge Battery. In the affected motorcycles, the alternator stator may have insufficient heat resistance, resulting in a short circuit of the stator wires. A short circuit of the stator wires may prevent the battery from properly charging, causing an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,613.

Remedy: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2016. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-714-572-1490. Suzuki’s number for this recall is 2A67.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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December 12, 2016 ... Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V892000. Summary: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 XC155F SMAX scooters manufactured September 17, 2014 - October 27, 2015.

Speed Sensor Wire may Break. The affected motorcycles may have an insufficiently clamped speed sensor lead wire, causing the wire to fatigue and break. If the speed sensor wire breaks, the speedometer will not work, increasing the risk of a crash.

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,640.

Remedy: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the speed sensor assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2017. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990111.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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December 12, 2016 ... Recall ~ NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V891000. Summary: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Ducati Scrambler motorcycles manufactured February 17, 2015 -November 11, 2016.

Side Stand Pivot Bolt Nut may Detach. The affected vehicles have a side stand pivot nut that can detach, potentially causing the side stand position sensor to no longer function properly. If the side stand position sensor does not function properly, the engine may stall, or the motorcycle may be ridden while the stand is still down. Either scenario increases the risk of a crash.

Potential Number of Units Affected 5,502.

Remedy: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side stand pivot bolt, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 23, 2017. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-800-231-6696. Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-16-004.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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December 2016 … Homeless Veterans Camp ~ update … Early in December we were telling you, via our Facebook page, about an encampment of homeless Veterans set up in the river bottom near the Tempe/Mesa border.

First we want to share is that the ‘Call to Action’ asking for donations was extremely helpful! Robert has transported truckloads of goods & food to the camp.

Another critical piece of good news is that rather than EVICTING these people ~ which was the original plan…. The Governor’s Office, ADOT, and the VA are getting together after the first of this year to figure out a good place to relocate the camp. So, they got a reprieve to stay put through the end of the year {2016}. On top of THAT, we learned from Robert on December 23 that the state of Arizona in coordination with the VA, had just delivered portajons & they were working on bringing in a water truck to support the camp. Outstanding!

The people staying in this camp are caring for their surroundings. They have repeatedly filled huge roll-away dumpsters with trash from the river bottom. The area is kept neat & tidy. This is a drug & alcohol-free zone.

When homeless Vets find the safety and security of this camp, it gives them the opportunity to seek support from the VA representatives and focus on finding a job & help rather than their next meal.

Numerous people have ‘graduated’ from the camp; they’ve found jobs and more traditional homes. They, in turn, are doing what they can to guide homeless Vets to the camp, support the camp, and bring awareness to the issue of our homeless Veterans.

Homelessness is a year-‘round issue. It can take very little upset in a person’s life to go from a cozy home & regular meals to living under a bridge. Spreading awareness & taking action are things we can all do to help, each in our own way.

The point of contact regarding information or to make donations is Robert at Evil Twin Custom Cycle, 433 W Main St; Mesa 85201. Stop by or call 480-784-0040.

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December 2016

Happy Birthday in December to…..

Kieth Rice, Raynita Carlson, Hollie Sanchez, Norma Franco, Scott Mc Ewen, Slider,

Mike Turngren, Leonard Smith, Deborah Montelongo, Jeff ‘El Monte’ Miller,

Pat Tyrrell, Tom Corr, Mike ‘Buz’ Sneezy, Deanna Meeks, Star Fish,

Nolan Steed, Rob-roy Beattie, Aaron Kenchiova, Desi Chicola, Traci Anderson,

Don Hooch LFFL, Michelle Ferguson, Steven M Foster, Tc Calawa,

Carol Lefferts, Terri Shahan, Smart Alex {Davies}, Shavon MzD'Vyne Coburn,

Tami Andrews Piwnica, Bob 'Motodad' Rohn, Denise Hartman, Kathy Fields,

Allen B ~ SAHR MC, Greg ‘Troll’ Hughes, ZigZag, Jimmy Andrews Jr., & Smiley

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Happy Anniversary in December to…..

Redbone & Patty ~ celebrating 43 years ♥

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11-13-16 ... Fatal Motorcycle Collision, W Ajo Way & S Kostka Ave, Tucson. From the City of Tucson Police Department Public Information Office, Sergeant Pete Dugan.

On November 13, 2016, just before 1:00 a.m., officers from Operations Division South and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a single vehicle motorcycle collision at West Ajo Way and South Kostka Avenue. Multiple witnesses were on scene and directed the first responders to the unconscious motorcyclist. Tucson Fire immediately transported the adult male victim to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Several hours after arriving at the hospital, the victim sadly passed away.

Tucson Police Traffic Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that the victim was traveling eastbound in the median lane of W. Ajo Way, approaching the intersection of South Kostka Ave. There is heavy construction in that area with multiple signs guiding traffic around the road work. As the victim entered the construction area, he struck a roadway barrier head-on and was thrown from his 1997 Yamaha motorcycle.

Speed appears to be a factor in the collision. A helmet was located on scene, however it is unknown if the victim was wearing it at the time of the collision.

The victim’s name is currently being withheld pending next of kin notification.

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11-17-16 ... Melissa ‘Missi’ Hughes... owner of Two Gals Event and ‘Miss Too Broke For Sturgis’ 2016... was in a motorcycle wreck on Thursday November 17. She shared on her Facebook page, “I was side-swiped, hospitalized, had surgery on my arm and shoulder, now recovering. Please no visitors for now. I'm surrounded by family. Thank you for all of your positive thoughts and prayers.”

We’re sending along our best wishes Missi, for a complete & speedy recovery ~ to add to the many well-wishes being sent your way. B&B

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11-17-16 NHTSA Recall ... Subject: Clutch Lever Seal may Crack and cause Oil Leak

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation , USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 WR250R motorcycles manufactured August 1, 2013, to June 1, 2016. Due to an incorrect assembly process, the clutch push lever oil seal may crack, allowing engine oil to leak out.

CONSEQUENCE: If oil leaks from the engine, the oil may get on the rear tire, causing a loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clutch push lever oil seal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990108.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Report Receipt Date: NOV 03, 2016 | NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V800000 | Component(s): POWER TRAIN |

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,550

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11-23-2016 ... Many of you will remember Bob & Pat of the MotoDad Leather Shop on 19th Ave in Phoenix. After closing the shop, they relocated north of the Valley. Sad news has been shared via Facebook.... https://www.facebook.com/robert.m.rohn

Pat has been diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis is Stage 4 lung cancer. She is home, with Hospice care. Prayers, donations, and well-wishes are appreciated. This GoFundMe link will provide more information... https://www.gofundme.com/rally-together-for-pat-and-bob

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11-27-2016 ... Congratulations to our friend Lady Jewells as she welcomes a new grandbaby to her family. Caleb Lee (Olson) Smith, son of Amber & Brandon Smith, was born 11-27-16 at 04:15am, AZ time. He arrived at 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Mom & son are doing fine.

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November 2016

Happy Birthday in November to…..

Donna Martin, Norman Crain, Bill Brooks, Mike ‘Redbone’ Schneider, Brad Cosby,

Brenda Heath, Dyan ‘Painted Lady’ Norfleet, JoAnn Goodson, Barb Heller, Josh Barela,

Camaro Dave Tenison, Eric Hampton, Theresa Ann Kalifut, Jack Carpenter, Nenie Torres,

Vickie L Squire, Spirit Rider Don, Duck Burley, Lisa Wengert Siqueiros, Dee Schultz,

Alan ‘Pyro’ Aubrey, Kirby McPherson, Kara Lazzara, Jennifer Sykes, David Miller,

Shelley Victor Thorkelson, Ed Chandler,

Jason Arnold, Diana Carney, Jeannie Castaneda, Larry Walker, Lee ‘Snakebite’ Gonzales,

Bill Ludlow, Ruby Cheeks, Dennis Archer, Thaddeus Jones, Lori ~ SAHR MC,

Cheryl Vasquez, Mike Jackson, Kelly Harris, Sharon ‘Little Bit’ Pfeiler-Lindert,

Patrick Gierhahn, Sandy Marby-Crabtree, and Caveman Jim ~ SAHR MC

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Happy Anniversary in November to…..

Cliff & Paula Stringham

Robert & Jeanne Shinn

Brett & Heidi Shea

Yuma & Pam ~ SAHR MC

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10-1-16 … Fatal Motorcycle Collision ~

East Pima St & North Sahuara Ave…

Sergeant Kimberly Bay, Public Information Office,

520-791-4852, tpdpio@tucsonaz.gov

On October 1, 2016, around 11:11 p.m., officers from Operations Division East and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a serious injury collision involving a motorcycle and a vehicle at E. Pima St. and N. Sahuara Ave. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male motorcycle rider with obvious signs of trauma. Paramedics immediately transported the male to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Shortly after arrival, the rider succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The adult male driver of the vehicle did not sustain injury.

Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They were able to determine the rider of a black 2004 Triumph motorcycle was eastbound on Pima St. in the median lane approaching N. Sahuara Ave. The driver of a 2006 silver Saturn was westbound on Pima St. and made a southbound turn onto Sahuara Ave. The motorcycle struck the Saturn on the passenger side of the vehicle. A helmet was located at the scene but it is unknown at this time if the rider was wearing the helmet.

Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision and there were no signs of impairment from the driver of the Saturn. No citations have been issued at this time. Detectives are continuing the investigation.

The motorcycle rider has been identified as 25-year-old Christopher Campbell. Next of kin has been notified.

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We later learned that Christopher Campbell is also known as K-9, VP of Sho Ryders MC Tucson. Services and a Celebration of Life were held on October 8. We add our condolences to the many being extended via the ACMC mailing list.

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10-16-16 … Congratulations to George & Amber Fann of Arizona Biker Leathers on the birth of their son, David Allen Fann. He arrived, health & cute, at 7lbs 15oz. All the best as you welcome this new addition to your family!

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October 2016

Happy Birthday in October to…..

Tush, Bob Goodwin Lffl, Donald 'Gypsy' Callahan, Stan Corbin, Rose Confer,

Law Tigers Bob Moellman, Cash McCall, Ray Simpson, Nicki Purcell, Mud Flap,

Bill Dunnells, Kelly Gage, LaLa Montes, Casey Yates, Carl E. Herbison,

Shortbus Radcliff, Fernando Freddie Araiza, Johnnyd ~ ALMA MC,

Lisa Gayle 'Bucket' Johnson, Tim 'Ferdinand' Mclachlan,

Annette 'Red' Baker, Martin 'Jughead' Ridgway, Tom Lazzara, Lisa Cyr,

Connie Roler-Jones, Gina Leathers, Carl Consoni,

Joe Stazione, John Haines, Jon 'Scrappy' Ritzheimer, Michele Peltier,

Farley McDavidson, Lucy Barreras, Jane Adler, Gina ~ SAHR MC, Linda L Hix,

Cindy ~ SAHR MC, Steve Bullock, Patricia Neiman, Angela Vegas Verdugo,

David 'Spook' Ornelas, Teresa 'Trauma Mama' McClelland, Lorri L. Weld Lizarraga,

Bonnie aka Wolf, and me, Betsy ☺

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Happy Anniversary

in October to…..

Raynita & Steve Carlson

Jack & Donna Batty

Gypsy & Sheri

James & Carolyn DeBoer

Manny & Desi

Tracie & Rhino

Sara & Brad Storks

Cindy & Brian ~ SAHR MC

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8-25-16 … Andreanne DePape has returned to the East Valley … She is now the General Merchandise Director at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson in Mesa {922 S. Country Club Dr.}

Stop by and say hello.

Congratulations & best wishes in your new position.

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9-3-16 … This was the first time ‘round for the Evil Twin Custom Cycle Bike Night with & at co-host Arlie’s Bar & Grill [2155 E University Dr, Ste 116, Tempe, 85281]. What a fun time! We’re glad we could be there. There was a really good turnout, good music with the Unknown Associates, and giveaways. As always with Robert’s raffles, monies collected from ticket sales will go to help a child in need.

It’s always on the first Saturdays, from 6-10pm. So next times are on October 1, then November 5, and wrapping up the year on Dec 3. Mark it on your calendars. Got any questions about the Evil Twin Custom Cycle Bike Night ? Give Robert a call at 480-784-0040.

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9-26-16 … Traci & Rhino have welcomed their 3rd Grandchild into the world. Maverick was born at 5:27pm, arriving at 7lbs 11oz & 19.50”. Congratulations to the family on their new arrival.

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September 2016

Happy Birthday in September to…..

T-bird Terry, Ed Pearman, George Ziegler, Paula Stringham,

Ray Croghan, TeeKay, Ron Sexton, Greg OB O’Brien, Joe Ferrucci,

Michael O’Shaughnessey, Jack Jones ~ DTMC, Beau Bicknese,

Dave ‘Tumbleweed’ Grey, Gary ‘Ghost’ Dunham, Michael Thornton, Tim Chambers,

Barbara Jean McAtlin, Dawn Epling, Doug Keatts, Journeyman Paul,

Dave Robin Six, Danita Martinez, Cory Donaldson, JaCee Manolian,

Aaron ‘Sparky’ Cutrano, Sheila Palmer, Jen Buttram,

Gadget ~ Sho Ryders MC, Tyler Spross, Brandon Lax,

Kenny Belanger, Fred Pascarelli, Bump ~ SAHR MC, Kat ~ MMMC,

Ronnie Swinehart Jr., Billy D Docherty, Ginger Brunson,

Barbe Siler Littlestar, Tracie Rhino, Dawn Parker Steed, Maverick Clark,

Hoss ~ SAHR MC, Chaz Pinto, Katrina Taylor, Suzanne Gregory,

Scott Bohlman, Carmen S Moreno, John Aho, & Tracey Felten-Price

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Happy Anniversary in September to…..

Bob & Carmen Moreno

Marcus & Cheri Vincent

Athena & Joe Anderson

Doug & Jessica Keatts

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Us ~ Bruce & Betsy….

Celebrating 20 years married ☺

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8-23-16 … Jubel Dean of Wolfskin Tattoo Studio in Phoenix died this night. Adding to this news, which is sad enough already… is the report that his Life was cut short by a bullet during an altercation of some sort. An investigation is underway and answers are being sought. Among the MANY Facebook messages and condolences, this note was shared … “his family has asked for the space and respect to process the tragedy.” Understandable. My mind is numb as I wrap my head around this. We just saw him up in Overgaard, with no idea that it would be our last visit, last laugh, last hug. When arrangements are announced for his services, we will post it to our Facebook page. Rest in Peace, Jubel. You will be deeply missed and well remembered. With Love & Respect, B&B

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Congratulations to Denise & Joe of Delmar Sales. They are expecting a grandbaby in November ….

It’s a boy!

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More baby news … Evapeology Mesa’s barrista Eden is expecting. Our best wishes go out to you ☺

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9-3-16 … Evil Twin Custom Cycle [Mesa, AZ] & Arlie’s Bar & Grill [2155 E University Dr, Ste 116, Tempe, 85281] are co-hosting a Bike Night on the first Saturday of each month from 7-10pm. Starts this September. Music & sit-in jam session hosted by the Unknown Associates. Games, food & drink specials, & more. FMI: Robert 480-784-0040, https://www.facebook.com/events/705217276293861/

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August 2016

Happy Birthday in August to…

Buddy Laskan, Jim Moore, Robert Windsor, Tiny Dillon, Skeeter Peak,

Richard Dalton, Nick Confer, Missi Hughes, Jeff Gorall, Rita Brenner, Nancy Judith Robinson,

Harold Thomas, Bill Bracken ~ LDMC, Crystal Miles,

Diane James, Josh Jones, Lyman Scherer, Mark Tapp, Robin Estep~Sun Riders MC,

Michael Beaver, David Lee Kriete, Mata, Logan Roberts, Jc Reece,

Kathy Sleeper, Sage Dunham, Wendy Schops, Jessica Endriss,

Christie Richtar-French, David Joseph Maclellan, Holy D ~ALMA MC,

Charity Stuart, Suzi Q ~SAHR MC, Autumn Foster, Dawn Vella,

Aleshia Fisher, Kim Icee Smock, Digger Dave, Dennis Beye,

Ron ‘Ronzo’ Spirlock, Yuma ~SAHR MC, Pat Savage, Journeymen Doc,

Debra ‘Eagle’ Donaldson, Bert ~SAHR MC, Bridget Hughes,

Barry Van Hook, Curly Judy Amsbury, Theresa ~SAHR MC, and

Michelle Holmberg

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Happy Anniversary in August to…..

Ray & Denise Hartman

Mick & Janelle Degn

B Paul & Teresa Price

Kevin & Alicia Rhode

Greg & Cindy Hughes

Gary & Suzy Lindroos

Hoss & Lori ~SAHR MC

Suzi Q & Allen B ~SAHR MC

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Rough Riders MC’s

Black Jack Chapter

Celebrates 7th Anniversary

The Black Jack Chapter of the Rough Riders MC held their 7th Anniversary Party on Saturday April 2nd from 5-10pm , at PC’s Lounge, 4700 AZ-90 in Sierra Vista, AZ. Thank you to Tape-It from the Rough Riders MC Black Jack Chapter for helping me with this report.

Everyone was welcome to attend. The $10 cover included food plus entertainment by the band ‘Rock Haven’.

Tape-It shared, “We had brothers from all over the country ride in to support our event. Additionally, we had outstanding support from the local community as we do every year. We typically have a great turn out for this annual event. This year was no exception. There were around 150-200 people that came to support.”

Raffles & a 50/50 were part of the fundraising efforts. We learned from Tape-It, “We always have a great deal of support from the local business community when it comes to raffle prizes.”

All proceeds of this party went to the local DAV (Disabled American Veterans) office. $1000 was raised & donated.

Rough Riders MC Black Jack Chapter wants to thank, “PC’s Lounge - as always they go out of their way to ensure our event is a huge success. And all of the local businesses that provided raffle prizes.” Thanks also to “all that attended the Rough Riders MC Black Jack Chapter 7th Anniversary Party this year. The DAV does not get any funding other than donations. Attendees supported a great cause and directly affect the ability of the DAV to provide services for veterans in need.”

The DAV [Disabled American Veterans] provides a wide range of assistance and services to Veterans, including legal assistance, assistance acquiring veterans’ benefits, transportation to medical appointments, and much more. Learn about this organization via their website http://azdav.com

Want to learn more about the Rough Riders MC? Visit their website at http://rough-riders-mc.com/wordpress/. Got questions about the Black Jack Chapter? Contact Hi Speed at 520-255-1619.

The Chapter’s next event is their Chili Cook-off, which will take place on Saturday September 10, 2016.

Details are in our calendar.

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6-17-16 … Recall Announcement … Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

SUMMARY: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, Vintage, Springfield, and Chieftain Dark Horse motorcycles manufactured April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. In the event of an engine misfire, unburned fuel may pass through parts of the exhaust system, raising the exhaust temperatures.

CONSEQUENCE: Elevated exhaust temperatures may result in an increased risk of fire.

POTENTIAL # UNITS AFFECTED: 18,367

REMEDY: Indian will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine control module (ECM) software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2016. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-16-02.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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6-23-16 … Recall Announcement … Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles manufactured January 1, 2015, to April 15, 2016. Due to an oil pump problem, the oil pressure in these motorcycles may not be properly regulated. As a result, the oil pump drive gear may fail and cause the engine to seize from lack of oil supply.

CONSEQUENCE: If the engine seizes from a lack of oil supply, the rear wheel may lock up suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

POTENTIAL # UNITS AFFECTED: 11,280

REMEDY: Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the oil pump, free of charge. The recall began July 5, 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990105.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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6-24-16 … Recall Announcement … Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles manufactured January 1, 2015, to April 15, 2016. The clutch pressure plate bearing may break due to an insufficient load rating, causing the clutch to not disengage and preventing the transmission from shifting properly.

CONSEQUENCE: If the clutch cannot be disengaged, the rider may not be easily able to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

POTENTIAL # UNITS AFFECTED: 11,280

REMEDY: Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the clutch pressure plate bearing, free of charge. The recall began July 11, 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990105.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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7-6-16 … AMSAF Scholarship Program Is Back! AMSAF Awarded $250,000 Grant to Continue Providing Motorcycle Rider Training Scholarships … Peoria, Arizona – The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) announces the award of a $250,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) and the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC). The grant, which demonstrates support for AMSAF’s mission of boosting awareness of motorcyclists while reducing rider fatalities and injuries, will be used to provide motorcycle rider training classes to the public through a scholarship program. “AMSAF is excited to continue giving out more scholarships to help educate new and present riders,” says Mick Degn, AMSAF chairman.

Read more of the article via this link … http://www.amsaf.org/website/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AMSAF-PRESS-RELEASE.pdf

If you are interested in applying for a Rider Course Scholarship, follow this link http://www.amsaf.org/scholarships/ for the particulars and learn about the application process.

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7-13-16 … Recall Announcement … Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

SUMMARY: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki) is recalling certain model year 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro motorcycles manufactured February 4, 2016 through June 7, 2016. In the affected motorcycles, the shock absorbers may leak oil and lose their function.

CONSEQUENCE: Loss of function of the shock absorbers may affect the motorcycle’s handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

POTENTIAL # UNITS AFFECTED: 1,282

REMEDY: Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shock absorbers, free of charge. The recall began July 26, 2016. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC16-04.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Congratulations to Steven Foster & Autumn Windsor Foster ~ they became married on July 26, 2016. We wish you both every happiness ☺

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8-1-16 ... Bikers Mall, on Gilbert Road in Mesa ~ featuring Big Biker Babes and Discount Biker Supply is closing for the month of August. They’ll return in September, but are closing the brick & mortar store for good after a series of blow out specials that no one wants to miss out on! Both businesses plan to continue on the vending circuit, so you’ll still be seeing Kelly, TC, Rhino & Traci… and having opportunities to shop all the cool goodies they source. The October party has been cancelled.

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9-3-16 … Evil Twin Custom Cycle [Mesa, AZ] & Arlie’s Bar & Grill [2155 E University Dr, Ste 116, Tempe, 85281] are co-hosting a Bike Night on the first Saturday of each month from 7-10pm. Starts this September. Music & sit-in jam session hosted by the Unknown Associates. Games, food & drink specials, & more. FMI: Robert 480-784-0040,

Learn more about it & follow the discussion here >> https://www.facebook.com/events/1707582216165478/

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July 2016

Happy Birthday in July to…..

John ‘Pharoah’ Angell, Jim J Baginski, Max Power, Faith L Shupa, Patty Schneider,

Victor Grady II, Bags, Shawn ‘RamRod’ Gray, Patrick Flannery, Dawn Maharaj, David Lefland,

Tim Kenchiova, Gypsy, Gina Dittmar, Pat Rohn, Diane Lind, Kelly Hemphill,

GhettoGasman~SRMC, Rocker Chick, Michael Dawkins, Kathi Ricca, John RezRider, Janice Hamilton,

 Sarah Cupp, Denise Gibbons-Castorena, JBoy HFFH, Barry Groom,

Barry Caraway, Cowboy~SAHR MC, Karen M G Bailey, Ashley Romao, Lion John Monize,

A K Fourty Seven, Deb Brunko Ferrucci, Ronda Allaway, Shelley Parrish,

Susie Grimmer-Potter, Ro Franciamone,

And my bestest friend in the whole wide world ~ Bruce ♥

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Happy Anniversary in July to…..

Ray & Deb Croghan ~

Desert Wind Harley-Davidson

Marc & Traci Victor ~ Marc Victor Law

Jim & Joni Baginski

Montana & Delayne ~ SAHR MC

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5-31-16 … Fatal Motorcycle Collision ~ 5800 Block of E Broadway Blvd, from Tucson PD Public Information Office … On May 31, 2016, around 7:30 p.m., officers from Operations Division East and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a serious injury collision involving a motorcycle and a vehicle in the 5800 block of East Broadway Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male motorcycle rider with serious injuries. Paramedics immediately transported the male to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Two adults in the other vehicle did not sustain injuries.

Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They collected evidence and interviewed witnesses. They were able to determine the driver of a 1994 Buick Century was eastbound on Broadway Blvd. in the left turn cut out of the raised median. The driver began to make a left turn into a parking lot on the north side of the road when he was struck by a motorcycle rider on a 1997 Harley Davidson that was westbound on Broadway. Witnesses advised the rider of the motorcycle had been traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving through lanes of traffic prior to the collision with the Buick. The motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet. Detectives are continuing the investigation, but believe the motorcycle rider’s speed and alcohol impairment were contributing factors in the collision. No citations have been issued at this time.

In the early evening on June 1, 2016, the male motorcycle rider succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. He has been identified as 37-year-old Robert Adair. Next of kin have been notified.

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6-12-16 … Too Broke For Sturgis …. The morning-after update. For those who saw/heard the ambulances roll in during weekend.

An out of state club member went dirt biking [on a dirt bike] on a trail. He was in full gear … full helmet, spine support, and motocross boots. He crashed and fractured his ankle.

A young gal over-indulged on alcohol Saturday night and there was concern for her well-being. An ambulance took her into town for observation but by Sunday morning she was back in camp doing fine and cooking breakfast for family. Good news there.

A camper who chose to make a pre-dawn departure on Sunday learned that Elk own the roads when it’s dark outside. Her truck t-boned an elk; totaling the truck and sending her to the hospital. Not a lot of details available, but the bottom line is, thankfully she survived the encounter.

Our Too Broke For Sturgis story will be in the September issue.

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6-15-16 … Fatal Motorcycle Collision ~ W Speedway Blvd & N Main Ave, from Tucson PD Public Information Office … On June 15, 2016 at 6:18 a.m., officers from Operations Division West responded to the intersection of West Speedway Boulevard and North Main Avenue for a report of a collision involving a motorcycle. Tucson Fire was on scene and transported the motorcyclist to Banner University Medical Center. Shortly after arrival at the hospital, the victim passed away from his injuries.

Tucson Police Traffic Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that the motorcyclist was westbound on West Speedway, driving a 2015 Can-Am Spyder. As the motorcycle entered the intersection of North Main Avenue on a green light, it was struck by a 2013 Ford Transit van that was making a left turn from eastbound Speedway. The rider, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, was thrown from the motorcycle.

Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision and there were no signs of impairment from the driver of the van. No citations have been issued at this time. Detectives are continuing the investigation.

The motorcyclist has been identified as 23-year-old Rodrigo A. Ortega Saldate. Next of kin has been notified.

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6-22-16 … IMO … Jim Clark

Posted by Jim Butsback - President ABATE of Arizona, Coordinator Southern Arizona Chapter to the ABATE forum … “Brothers and Sisters, I have just been informed that one of our long time members Jim “Maverick” Clark has passed away. Jim was undergoing a routine medical procedure and went into cardiac arrest and could not be saved. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Many of you knew Maverick both here in Tucson where he was a long time member and officer of the Southern Arizona Chapter and after he moved up to the valley in Phoenix. Jim worked on the ABATE Riders Advantage program as well as many other programs for ABATE.

Jim was born Sept 5th, 1962 & passed June 22nd, 2016.

His son Andrew has informed me that there will be a gathering next Wednesday June 29th, at the HEK-Yeah BBQ restaurant, which was one of Jim’s favorites, at 1PM. It is located at 15044 N Cave Creek Road #6, Phoenix, AZ. They are inviting all who knew Jim to attend. He would also like to organize a memorial ride sometime in the near future. I will send out updated information when I get it.

Ride Free my Brother!!”

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June 2016

Happy Birthday in June to…..
Christy Mark Crow, Ken Couture, Corliss Ventura-Ditton,

Lonnie Schleicher ~ HAMC, Debbie Strong, Cindy Gates,
Robert Shinn ~ Evil Twin Custom Cycles, Ann Ziegler ~ Arizona Biker Leathers,

True Phoenix, Richard Lee ‘Bronco’ Wood, Paul Trujillo, Rue WolfBaker, Stone ~ LCMC, Amy Baker,
Traci Victor ~ Marc Victor Law, Erica Stephens, Joe McPhee, Lisa Poteat Johnson,

Joeta, Michele Root,Christina Duwel, Darrel Lieske ~ LMC, Gary ‘Bam Bam’ Lindroos,
Dennis ‘Goose’ Lansberry, Daniel Swaine, Ed Leclere, Chewey ~ Alma MC, Duane Moore,
and Sara Rood Storks
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Happy Anniversary in June to…..
Mike Ysco & Tina Cheena
Joe & Deb Ferrucci
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CONGRATULATIONS to
Amy Rose Rey & John Aho,
as they get married later this month.
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5-15-16 … Kingman ~ Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash.
from Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper, KPD Public Information Officer
The Kingman Police Department reports, “On Sunday, May 15th, at about 12:45am, Patrick Jaye Liewer Jr., 26 of Kingman, was seriously injured when he lost control of his motorcycle in the 900 block of E. Beale St. Before the crash, Liewer was observed operating a red and black colored Honda motorcycle at excessive speeds and failing to stop at stop signs in the downtown Kingman area. Liewer failed to stop for an officer and fled, driving in different directions at extremely high rates of speed and recklessness. Due to the danger created, the pursuit was discontinued. Several minutes later KPD received the report of a motorcycle having crashed in the 900blk of E. Beale St. The investigation revealed that Liewer’s motorcycle was traveling in excess of 140mph when he lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle, causing serious injuries to his body and head. He was not wearing a helmet. Liewer was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center and later transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas with life-threatening injuries. Alcohol and speed were determined to have been contributing factors in the one vehicle crash. The investigation is ongoing.”
At the time of this posting, Mr. Liewer is still alive and in the hospital in Las Vegas.
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5-18-16… Fatality Wreck ~ Motorcycle vs Rav 4 ~ Tucson … North 1st Avenue & East River Road.
from Sergeant Kimberly Bay, TPD Public Information Office
The Tucson Police Dept shared, “On May 18, 2016, just after 10:30 a.m., officers from Operations Division West and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a report of a collision involving a motorcycle on North 1st Avenue and East River Road. Upon arrival, they located a nurse and a doctor rendering aid to an adult male motorcycle rider. The Tucson Fire Department took over treatment and the rider was transported to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Sadly, the rider succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
“Detectives from the Tucson Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation. They were able to determine the rider of a yellow 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle was southbound on 1st Avenue approaching East River Road in the median lane. The traffic light for north/south traffic was green. The driver of a white 2009 Toyota Rav 4 was northbound on 1st Avenue in the inside left turn lane set up to make a westbound turn onto River Road. The driver of the Rav 4 began inching forward through the intersection along with another vehicle in the outer left turn lane. The driver of the Rav 4 pulled out too far in the intersection and struck the motorcycle. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. The rider was wearing a half shell helmet. The driver was wearing a seat belt. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this collision.
“The motorcycle rider has been identified as 54-year-old Daniel Harrington. Next of kin have been notified.”
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6-3-16 … With the end of this evening’s Motorcycles on Main in Downtown Mesa, this event will take its summer hiatus. There will be NO ‘Motorcycles on Main’ for either July or August. In September, it will return to the First Fridays of September through June.
Until then, be sure to check out the Downtown Mesa calendar of events… highlighting a variety of activities hosted by businesses on Main Street. www.downtownmesa.com/events-calendar/
If you are interested in setting up at the September Motorcycles on Main, contact Courtney at 480-890-2613.
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May 2016

Happy Birthday in May to…..

Gene Lueth, Breeze, Randy Price ~ GKMMC, Dennis Purcell, Keith Salyer ~ CMA, Michael McCall, Clyde Brooks,

Robert Baker, Margie Sanchez, Roy Siqueiros, Jim Page, Tamra, Richele Lynn Dildine, Taliesin MacAran,

Pawnee Erin Carter, Yukon Rick Johnson, David ‘Sleepy’ Layne , Curt Burnley, Marla Kelly, Jennifer Anderson,

Phillip Riski Stabolito, Athena Anderson, Tabitha Demaio, Lady Jewells, Paula Maros ‘Sparky’, Russ Abshire,

Marcus Vincent, Unclebandit Az, ‘St Nick’ Mason, Young Deal Odeniyi, Jayne VanDyke, Tammy Nunes Thompson,

Rick Hatch, and Bob Moreno

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Happy Anniversary in May to…..

Yuma Harry & Janice

 Nick & Rose Confer

Ernie & Lorri Lizarraga

Randy & Coreen Price

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3-26-16 … Bill of the Lost Dutchman MC had the sad task of informing the ACMC mailing list of the news that “Gunner”, President of the Privateers MC died today in a fatal accident on his bike on the way home to Yuma after the ACMC meeting.

His given name was Terry Langworthy. We learned from The Yuma Sun that he is survived by his wife Cindy. He was born in Duluth, MN in 1948. Terry served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Veteran of the Viet Nam War. He retired from the Transportation Dept. School Dist.1.

A Celebration of Life was held at Grace Bible Fellowship on Monday April 11. We add our condolences to the many being extended to Gunner’s Family and Club.

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4-21-16 … Evapeology’s Vaping Café in Mesa is fixing to move. Not far … just across the street. It’ll be in the Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot, 1728 S. Greenfield, #104. Get updates from their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/EvapeologyMesaaz/.

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4-23-16… Rider fatality ~ motorcycle vs dump truck. We learned from Phoenix Police Dept PIO Sgt Howard that on April 23, shortly before 10am, Phoenix Police officers responded to a collision at 4200 E Baseline Road involving a motorcycle and a dump truck. Investigators determined that the motorcyclist, 30-year old Vincent Reid, was weaving through traffic when he approached a dump truck slowing in the roadway to turn right. Mr. Reid lost control of the motorcycle as he attempted to slow for the truck. The motorcycle fell over and slid into the rear of the dump truck ejected Mr. Reid and his passenger. Mr. Reid was fatally injured. He was not wearing a helmet. His 4-year-old passenger, Mr. Reid’s son, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet. The dump truck driver was not injured. He remained on scene and assisted investigators. Our condolences go out to the Reid family.

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4-23-16 … In recognition of Earth Day {April 22} the Law Office of Marc J. Victor PC was among the sponsors of a free Shred-A-Thon that took place on 4-23-16 at Fulton Elementary School in Chandler. People were invited to bring documents to have shredded on site. This is far more secure than allowing personal papers to end up in your regular trash. This paper gets shredded then recycled, rather than dumped into a landfill. In speaking with one of the organizers, we learned that this was their 7th such event. They collect between 6-7,000 pounds of paper on average.

This event takes place twice per year, with the next one coming up in late October or early November. When we know when, we’ll pass it along.

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April 2016

Happy Birthday in April to…..

Beaux Marks, Robin Munn, Sue Goodwin, Chuck Franklin, Jon Kinsey, Karen Gibson,

James Gonzales, JoAnne King, Johnny Goodson, Jacob Voorheis, Sarah Wood, George Fann, Melinda Loukota,

Kathleen Thompson, Tatyana Christina Fish, Randy Heath, Kirk Johnson, Karen Hoover Henry, Henry Nichols,

Katena Pappas, Zee Spivak, R Ken Kuusisto, Peter Wolkoff, Brett Turley, Kevin ‘Kajer’ Rhode, PJ Reyes,

Joe Terborg, and Amy Rose Rey

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Happy Anniversary in April to…..

Christina & Robert Duwel

Andreanne & Chazz DePape

Jeff & Kim Gorall

Gina & James Leathers

Terry & Sandy Crabtree

George & Amber Fann

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3-5-2016 … We learned via Facebook that Show Low Rick {HAMC} has passed away.

Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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3-28-16 … Brothers & Sisters, It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I have been informed that our Brother Robert “GRUNT” Guenther passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon. GRUNT was a charter member of the Tucson/Southern Arizona Chapter of ABATE. He has served as Sgt-at-Arms for the past several years but stepped down this year due to health issues. He was also active in our MAP program. I do not have any information regarding services or any other arrangements at this time. As soon as I have more information I will send it out. Please keep GRUNT and his family in your thoughts & prayers. RIDE FREE BROTHER!! Jim Butsback – President, ABATE of Arizona

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4-1-16 … The Cabin B&G in Overgaard has reopened after the winter hibernation…. No foolin’, you’ll have a fine time at the Cabin when you’re in the Heber/Overgaard area. It’s located at 2763 Hwy 260; Overgaard, AZ.

The phone number is 928-535-6117. Find it on Facebook via search terms ‘Cabin Overgaard’.

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4-23-16 … the Law office of Marc J. Victor PC is among the sponsors of a free Shred-A-Thon coming up on 4-23-16 at Fulton Elementary School, 4750 S. Sunland drive, Chandler. From 10a-1pm, bring up to 5 boxes of documents to shred on site. Protect your personal information by shredding old documents rather than just putting them in the trash.

FMI: 480-788-6446

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March 2016

Happy Birthday in March to…..
Jayme Sousa, Frank Kartler, Ray Hartman, B Paul Price, Jack Batty, Chuck Ortman,
Rick Wilson, Steve Carlson, Katherine ‘Pez’ Karraker, Jay ‘Rebel’ DeBoer, Dawn Boardman,
Joseph A. Cordeiro, Reverend Rodney Tussing, John Lewis Mealer, Brett Shea, Kevin Burke,
Jennifer Gallegos-Beyette, Chris Kamell, Deb Butitta, Linette Mastorakis, Linda Tush, Alaina Griffith,

Jessica Keatts, Nitemare, Victoria Moreno, Gloria Pinkon Nunez, Laura Keuscher,
Bunnie Rodriguez, Mike Larkin, Shawne Beyette, Dina Valerie, Sweet Pea,
Harley Barbie Sivil, Mike Ysco, Robert Duwel, Sara Samons Moore, Rhonda Silva,
Charlie ‘Specs’ Lentz, Aungoli Ann, Tracy ‘Trixy’ Sickul-Curtis, and Sue Mills.
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Happy Anniversary in March to…..
Mark & TheresaAnn Kalifut
Shortbus & Mary Radcliff
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Feb. 24, 2016 … ADOT Roadwork Update …
For Immediate Release:

Twice-weekly US 60 blasting closures east of Superior through April
Regular schedule of closures planned through end of passing-lane project

Having already cleared nearly 90,000 cubic yards of rock material from a mountainside, the Arizona Department of Transportation is entering its final stages of blasting work needed to build a passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior.
After having no travel restrictions this week, US 60 blasting operations will resume on Tuesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 3, and continue on a twice-weekly schedule until the end of the project in late April.
During that period, the closures for work between Devil’s Canyon and Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Motorists should plan ahead and consider alternate routes.
Traffic on eastbound US 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227), and traffic on westbound US 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235), until the blasting work is completed and debris is cleared.
Blasting operations are expected to be completed by the end of April. ADOT needs to excavate an additional 40,000-50,000 cubic yards of earth. Following the blasting work, ADOT will pave the widened roadway before opening the additional travel lane to traffic this summer.
ADOT started the $8.8 million project in August 2015 to provide the westbound passing lane, shoulder widening in Devil’s Canyon (mileposts 233-234), bridge work at Waterfall Canyon (milepost 229) and drainage improvements (milepost 242) west of Miami.
Approximately 30 minutes prior to each blast, motorists should be prepared for possible delays and lane closures as crews set concrete barrier prior to each scheduled closure.
Motorists seeking an alternate route can consider state routes 77 and 177, which is approximately 68 miles long. Motorists headed to the White Mountains region, including Show Low and Springerville, can take State Route 87 through Payson and travel east on State Route 260.
Drivers should use caution, watch for construction equipment and personnel, and allow extra time.
For more information on the project, please visit azdot.gov/us60oakflat.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information System at az511.gov or call 511.
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February 2016

Happy Birthday in February to…..

Harold Fischer, Bill Hosler, Georgia Sehr, Lori Klauber, William Scott, John Fisher, Freddywithay Schulz, Dee Dee Martin, Mike Bowman, Preacher Ken Blank, Jim Silk, Cherie Glenn, Sarah Summers,

Haze ALMA MC, Eric Kirker, Cliff Noble, Eric Henry, George Childress, Kurt Groff, Jesse Hendrix, Michele Osborn,

Darcy Ford Greene, Rhino Roy, Rosey Fuller , Linda Dahl, Lori Christine Dale, Amy Fann Petrovsky,Jim Lange,

Chaplain Joe Dugan, Harry Luge, Nichole ‘Nyx’ Kirkpatrick, Kym Hansford Ingram, Richard Simat, Barbara Lentz,

& Joan Hunsinger

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Congratulations to Nicole Kirkpatrick and William Driggers. They became engaged on January 13, 2016.

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12-12-15 … The Reef Ride to support the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society was held on Saturday December 12, 2015. Registration was at The Reef, located at 393 W Warner Rd, in Chandler. Sign-in was from 9-11am. There were 125 participants on the self-paced ride. Your entry fee of $20/single or $25/two-up put you in the running for prizes of $150 for best hand & $50 for worst hand. The ≈ 60-mile Bead Run had stops at Mesa businesses O’Kelley’s Sports Bar, Desert Wind H-D {922 S Country Club}, Woodshed II, and the Monastery Bar before returning back to The Reef. Music at the end party was provided by Ripple Affect. Joe Cordova was the big winner of the day and donated his prize back to the event. This event raised $2200 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society. Reef Owner & GM Mark Vargovich thanks event sponsors Desert Wind Harley Davidson and Hensley Beverage Company for their support.

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Hope Women’s Center is a faith based non-profit that serves women and teen girls facing any difficult life situation. Whether faced with drug/alcohol addiction, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancy, unemployment, prostitution, homelessness or family conflict, trained mentors and teachers are available to provide assistance, encouragement, and support. Hope Women’s Center has three center locations across Arizona (Apache Junction, Coolidge, and Phoenix). Their 2nd Annual Thunder of Hope Motorcycle Ride on February 27th will help raise needed funds for programs to serve women and teen girls in crisis. In addition to a fun ride, participants may purchase raffle tickets for any of the eight gift baskets, each valued over $400, with merchandise ranging from restaurant gift cards to deluxe motorcycle maintenance and more. For more information, visit www.hopewomenscenter.org. See the event flyer elsewhere in this e-dition, as well as more details in our calendar.

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Story followup … In our January issue we shared a story about a Military Honor Wall constructed by Oscar Rodriguez in the front yard of his Coolidge, AZ residence. Click here for the story. On March 19, 2016 at 11am, the newly relocated Military Honor Wall will be dedicated at its new home at Artisan Village, 351 W. Arizona Blvd. Coolidge, AZ. Mr. Rodriguez has invited all riders to attend this dedication. Anyone who would like to participate in a group ride down to Coolidge for the ceremony is invited by Chapter 91 President ‘Ironbutt’ Ponicki to meet up at the QT Station located on the SW corner of Arizona Ave. and Germann Rd in Chandler, at 9:40am.

There will be a briefing at 9:55a and KSU at 10am.

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January 2016

Happy Birthday in January to….. Mark Kalifut, Millio Cicciarelli, Jeanne Shinn, Papadave Treadwell, Billie Daman,

Still Ray, Billy Sample, Scott Hagemann, Kathi Calahan, Mustang Sally, Jimmy Brewer, Greg Sleeper, Bill Goodwin,

Nick Karras, Sally Mo Jo, Mariah Newill, Gina Ritchie, Craig Martin, El Hefe, David ‘Double D’ Devereaux, Mick Degn,

Brandy Bradford, Chad Daugherty, DEfeCT, Jubel Dean, Nick Malucci, NeverReady, Gina Edwards, Horrhayy Manos,

Cheri Latini, Britt Rowland, John Tartaro, Gene Mummert, Vicky Wikid Purple Elliott, Deb Lotardo, Linnae Wolkoff,

Mark Pappy Patton, Frank Petrucci, and George Bellman

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Happy Anniversary in January to ….. Billy D & Jewels Docherty Margie & Frederic Sanchez

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Important Safety Recall Information regarding Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA … Transmission Gears may Break/Rear Wheel Lock Up NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V802000 SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 YZFR1, YZFR1C, YZFR1MF and YZFR1MFC motorcycles manufactured August 1, 2014, to June 1, 2015. The affected motorcycles have transmission gears that may fail. CONSEQUENCE: If the gears fail, the transmission may lock up, resulting in a loss of vehicle control, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the transmission assembly with an improved one, free of charge. The recall began on December 4, 2015. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 99100. NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Arizona Fire Fighters Warn The Public: Beware of Phone Fundraising Scammers Who Claim To Represent Fire Fighters RELEASED…December 17, 2015 The state’s two largest fire fighter organizations – the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona and the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association – today are issuing a warning to Arizona residents: Beware of scammer telephone solicitors who claim they’re affiliated with fire fighters groups and claim to be raising money to help burn victims. The phone scammers, who say they represent “the Association for Fire Fighters and Paramedics,” have no official affiliation with any Arizona fire fighters organizations and have been named among the worst charities in America by a number of media outlets and charity tracking organizations. Reports of these fundraising calls have been coming into the PFFA and the UPFFA for the past few days now. The so-called Association for Fire Fighters and Paramedics, headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, has repeatedly been cited by Charity Navigator for spending less than 3 percent of donations on providing services, while spending the rest on salaries and overhead. In FY2013, Charity Navigator reports this scammer group reported raising more than $1.5 million, while less than $47,000 went to services. In 2009, the Association for Firefighters and Paramedics was targeted by California Attorney General Jerry Brown for deceptive fundraising tactics, including using tens of thousands of dollars in donations to pay for out-of-town board meetings and a Caribbean cruise for board members and their families. The group paid a $100,000 settlement in 2010. “These scammers have no shame,” said PFFA President Bryan Jeffries. “They even called my parents claiming to be affiliated with the fire fighters, saying they raise money for child burn victims. Let me be very clear – they have no affiliation with us and no one should give them a dime. We’re very proud of the charity work we do in this state – work that channels every donated dollar into services with no overhead. To take 97 percent of donations and spend it on overhead and perks is obscene.” Steve Beuerlein, president of the UPFFA Local 493, said no Arizona fire fighter groups use phone solicitors. “If you’re getting a phone call from someone asking you for money on behalf of the fire fighters, please don’t give them anything. Our Local 493 charities raise and donate more than $1 million annually throughout the community and we never use the phone to raise a penny. Everyone needs to know what a sham this is. These scammers need to be stopped cold.” FMI / interviews, contact David Leibowitz at 602.317.1414, david@leibowitzsolo.com or UPFFA communications director P.J. Dean at 602.359.1507, pdean@l493.org

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December 2015

Happy Birthday in December to…
Raynita Carlson, Norma Franco, Hollie Sanchez, Scott Mc Ewen,
Slider, Ed Boon, Tom Corr,Leonard Smith, Deborah Montelongo,
Mike Turngren, Pat Tyrrell,Mike Buz Sneezy, Deanna Meeks,Rob-roy Beattie, Star Fish,

Desi Chicola, Traci Anderson, Aaron Kenchiova, Tc Calawa,
Don Hooch ~ LFFL, ZigZag,Smiley, Michelle Ferguson,
Steven M Foster, Kathy Fields,Carol Lefferts, Terri Shahan,
Smart Alex, Denise Hartman, Shavon MzD’Vyne Coburn, Tami Andrews Piwnica,
Bob ‘Motodad’ Rohn, Allen B ~ SAHR MC, & Greg Troll Hughes
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Happy Anniversary in December to…
Redbone & Patty
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11-5-15 … City ends photo enforcement and red light camera citations. The City of Tucson is no longer processing citations through the Traffic Safety Camera Program in response to the apparent passage of Proposition 201. Current election results show that 65 percent of voters approved the referendum to end the red light cameras and photo enforcement vans. The change became effective on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
“The voters have spoken clearly on this issue,” said City Manager Michael Ortega. “While the election results will not be certified until later this month, the City of Tucson wishes to honor the spirit and intent of the voters by ending the citations immediately following the election.”
Proposition 201 is a public initiative that amends Tucson Code Section 20-2 to provide that no violation of Chapter 20 occurs if evidence is gathered through the use of automatic photo red light or speed cameras, and prohibiting City use or contracting for traffic control technology that does not produce a human, on-site eyewitness to testify in court.
Traffic laws will continue to be enforced by motor and patrol officers.
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11-13-15 … Mobile Justice - AZ app launching Nov. 13th! You have the right to film the police. Justice is within your reach. Videos of police encounters are changing perceptions about biased policing and police brutality, and sparking reform of police practices.
That’s why the ACLU is expanding Mobile Justice, an Apple and Android app that is already making it easier for people to record police activity in nine states. It’ll be available for download in Arizona, as well as 10 more states, this Friday, November 13!
You have the right to #FilmThePolice. Let others know that they too can keep justice close at hand with the Mobile Justice App: join our Thunderclap to spread the word.
When the app launches far and wide this Friday, from Arizona to Pennsylvania, Oklahoma to New Jersey, our Thunderclap campaign will flood social media with the important message about this powerful tool. We can’t do it without you: tell your friends about the Mobile Justice app.
Thank you for doing your part to protect civil liberties!
In liberty, Alessandra Soler ~ Executive Director, ACLU of AZ
http://acluaz.org/get-help/mobile-justice-az
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11-20-15 … from the ACMC email list… Condolences are being shared on the passing of Mike Fix Sr. {March 20, 1948 - November 20, 2015}. He was a member of Red Iron MC, Maricopa Chapter. We add our sympathies to the many being extended to his Family & his Club at this time of loss.
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11-26-15 … The Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek has burned down. Postings on their Facebook page say they are ‘temporarily’ closed, and it sounds like plans are underway to rebuild. In the meantime, there are a number of fundraisers being planned to help out the displaced employees during the Holidays; including a fundraiser on 12/16 ~ with details to be announced. If there is anything you would like to contribute please send an email to buffalochipsaloonaz@gmail.com
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11-30-15 … Wreaths Across America … the WWA~Arizona 2015 count is in. Jubel Dean shared the news that as of Friday Nov 27, the count was 5,427 wreaths. That is over 1000 more than last year! There was big concern that when the corporate support of US Airways was lost due to the merger with American Airlines, that the Arizona WAA project would take a big hit. Organizer Tarra Matyas credits the efforts of Jubel & his team with this year’s success. Congratulations on a job well done!
REMINDER ~ the National Wreaths Across America Day ceremonies take place on Saturday December 12, at Veterans Cemeteries across the nation. Participating locations can be looked up at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Remember, Honor, Teach. For anyone who would like to participate at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, volunteers are meeting there at 9:45am.
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Now through January 1….. Bikers Mall, located at 525 S Gilbert Rd, Ste A1 in Mesa, AZ 85204, is doing a blanket drive for the two county animal shelters. Apparently, they very seldom turn on the heat and the dogs are so cold on that cement. So, if anyone has any old towels or blankets, there’s a collection box in the store. Pickups can be arranged as well. For additional information, contact Kelly at Big Biker Babes, 480-532-5910. Bikers Mall hours are Wednesday – Friday, noon-6pm; Saturday 9a-5pm; Sunday from 9a-3pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
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November 2015

Happy Birthday in November to…
Donna Martin, Norman Crain, Redbone, Bill Brooks, JoAnn Goodson, Barb Heller,
Camaro Dave, Theresa Ann Kalifut, Jack Carpenter, Victoria Lynn Squire,
Snakebite, Eric Hampton, Spirit Rider Don,Lisa Wengert Siqueiros, Alan ‘Pyro’ Aubrey,
Kara Lazzara, Jennifer Sykes, Josh Barela, David Miller, Shelley Victor Thorkelson,
Brenda Heath, Ed Chandler, Jason Arnold, Diana Carney, Jeannie Castaneda, Ruby Cheeks,
Larry Walker, Irene Torres, Bill Ludlow, Dennis Archer, Duck Burley, Thaddeus Jones,

Mike Jackson, Lori ~ SAHR MC, Cheryl Vasquez, Kelly Harris, Dee Schultz, Patrick Gierhahn,
Sharon ‘Little Bit’ Pfeiler, Sandy Marby-Crabtree, and Caveman Jim ~ SAHR MC
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Happy Anniversary in November to …..
Cliff & Paula Stringham
Robert & Jeanne Shinn
Yuma & Pam ~ SAHR MC
Brett Shea & Heidi Hill
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9-20-15 … Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club Phoenix Chapter 113 [http://windandfirephoenix.com] has signed up with Amazon Smiles to help raise money for their organization. “Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Same great Amazon products you know. Same prices. Same service.” When you are doing your online shopping you can select this Club to be the beneficiary. Visit this link… https://smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0779833
For those who are unfamiliar with this organization, they help support the Arizona Children’s Burn Camp (Camp Courage) in Prescott, along with other rehabilitative and support groups for burn victims.
If you have any questions, contact Lori at lklauber@cox.net
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9-23-2015 … RECALL … Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2015 YZFR3 motorcycles manufactured January 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015. The affected motorcycles may have an incorrectly manufactured upper triple clamp (handle crown) that may crack while riding. If the upper triple clamp fractures, a loss of steering control may result, increasing the risk of a crash.
Yamaha will notify customers, and dealers will replace the upper triple clamp with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015. Owners may contact Yamaha’s customer service at 1-800-962-7926.

Yamaha’s recall number is 990099.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at

1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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10-27-15 … from Samantha Kemp & Heart of Valor ~ Good Morning All!

I am asking for your help!!! Heart Of Valor and my son’s school (Benjamin Franklin Charter High School) are partnering to put together a giant shipment of Christmas care packages to a group of troops in Iraq. We are running our campaign from now until November 12th so I anticipate a lot of donations!! We are collecting all things junk food and entertainment to enable us to send some comforts of home to our amazing troops stuck in the sandbox of Iraq! These items will range from beef jerky and Pringles to footballs and Frisbees! That being said, we are going to need help shipping all of this!!!
If you or your business are willing and able to make a donation to assist us with the cost of shipping, I would be forever grateful and so would our students! You can go to our website to make the donation and you will be given a receipt for your tax deduction!!!
The link to make your donation is: https://www.heartofvalor.org/donate.html
To learn more about the school, you can visit their website at : https://www.bfhschargers.com
Thank you in advance for assisting us in sending a few comforts of home to the troops for the holidays!!!!

Please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me with any questions whatsoever!
Best Regards, Samantha Kemp ~
Operations Manager ~ Heart of Valor, Inc. ~
480-239-9504 (cell) ~ www.heartofvalor.org
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October 2015

Happy Birthday in October to…
Betsy’s fellow October babies ☺
Angela Vegas Verdugo, Annette Baker, Casey Yates, Bill Dunnells, Tom Lazzara,Bob Moellman {Law Tigers},
Bob LFFL Goodwin, Mud Flap, Bonnie aka Wolf, Carl Consoni, Carl E. Herbison, Cash McCall, Connie Roler-Jones,
Donald ‘Gypsy’ Callahan, Lisa Cyr {AZ Bike Week}, Farley McDavidson, Ray Simpson, Cindy ~ SAHR MC,
Fernando Freddie Araiza, Gina ~ SAHR MC, Gina Leathers, Jane Adler, Joe Stazione,
John Haines, Johnnyd ~ ALMA MC, Jon ‘Scrappy’ Ritzheimer, Jughead LFFL, Kelly Gage, Tush,
LaLa Montes, Linda L Hix, Patricia Neiman, Rose Confer, Lisa Gayle ‘Bucket’ Johnson, Lucy Barreras,

Michele Peltier, Miklo Alma MC, Spook Ornelas, Shortbus Radcliff, Stan Corbin,
& Tim ‘Ferdinand’ Mclachlan
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Happy Anniversary in
October to …
Cindy & Brian ~ SAHR MC
Gypsy & Sheri ~ VNV/LVMC
Jack & Donna Batty ~ EV ABATE
James & Carolyn Deboer
Manny & Desi ~ EV ABATE
Raynita & Steve Carlson
{The Cabin B&G}
Sara Rood & Brad Storks
Tracie & Rhino {Bikers Mall}
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9-1-15 … Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (Kawasaki) is recalling certain model year 2009-2015 Vulcan 1700 Voyager and 2011-2015 Vulcan 1700 Vaquero motorcycles manufactured February 2, 2009, to March 20, 2015. In the affected vehicles, an ignition wire may chafe due to contact with the fuel tank, resulting in a short circuit and possible engine stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash. According to the NHTSA recall order, the potential number of units affected is 11,836.
Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will install additional shielding and padding to prevent the ignition wire from shorting. Any ignition switch that has damaged wires will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC15-10.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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9-4-15 … Motorcycles on Main relaunched after the summer hiatus on Friday evening September 4. Even though this was the beginning of the Labor Day Weekend, attendance was strong.
There’d been a very pleasant turn in the weather ~ just in time. Storming the days before had brought the temperatures down into the 90’s! It was an uncommon & much appreciated development ~ and a glimpse of good things to come in future months. People were tired of the heat & happy to get OUT for a while!
This was the first time for Motorcycles on Main to take place with the light-rail operating. It seemed to go smoothly. Transit personnel were there to remind people to stay clear of the tracks. Bikes can no longer be parked along the center median area… only at the outer curbs.
Future months are showing these bands in the lineup… October- ‘Poppy’ and the ‘Usual Suspects’; November- ‘Hillbilly BarBQue Band’; December- ‘Rockland’; and January- ‘Hillbilly BarBQue Band’.
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9-6-15 … From the ACMC mail list... Buddha, of the Limey Riders MC, was in an accident Friday Sept 4th. He was riding his motorcycle and a car made a left hand turn in front of him. He has a compound fracture to his left ankle. They did surgery, plates on both sides and screws. There was a small fracture on the right foot & he is wearing a boot. He also received a cracked sternum, 12 broken ribs, and a broken clavicle.
We add our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the many extended on his behalf.
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9-12-15… The United Food Bank ‘Give Where You Live’ Raffle has concluded, with tickets being drawn at the UFB’s ‘Give Where You Live’ Orange Ball; held at the Hilton Hotel Phoenix/Mesa. We didn’t win ~ but a bunch of other people did ☺ There were 50 prizes on the table, ranging from Grand Prize of a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special [or $20,000 cash option], down to 35 chances to win $100. Congratulations to grand prize winner John Moore, and his fellow winners. The complete list is at https://unitedfoodbank.org/?page_id=12583. Special Thanks to Chester’s Harley-Davidson of Mesa, Arizona. The monies raised by this raffle go to help the United Food Bank in their efforts as they “provide more than 51,000 meals to hungry people in Arizona every day.” Learn more about the United Food Bank at their website https://unitedfoodbank.org
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10-5-15 … The AMSAF Scholarship program will begin taking applications again on October 5. There are still limited scholarships available each month. The application process has been divided into two groups, designated by what county you legally reside in. Applications from counties outside of the provided time frames will be disqualified. The donation/fee to cover the scholarships is now $100 and is collected at the time of your application. The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is valued up to $300 at schools here in Arizona.
Scholarship Applications are available at a random time on the 1st AND 3rd Mondays.
On the 1st Monday of each month residents of Coconino, Lapaz, Mojave, Yuma, Pima, Navajo, Apache, & Yavapai Counties can apply for the riding school scholarship.
On the 3rd Monday of each month residents of Maricopa, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pinal, Cochise, & Santa Cruz Counties can apply.
Who is AMSAF? AMSAF { Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation} is a small group of volunteer motorcycle enthusiasts working for our fellow riders.

We need your help to continue working on reducing Motorcycle crashes in Arizona!
Learn more via their website www.amsaf.org
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September 2015

Happy Birthday in September to…..

Aaron ‘Sparky’ Cutrano, Barbara Jean McAtlin, Barbe Siler Littlestar, Billy D Docherty, Brandon Lax, Bump ~ SAHR MC, Cory Donaldson, Danita Martinez, Dave Robin Six, Dave ‘Tumbleweed’ Grey, Dawn Epling, Dawn Parker Steed, Doug Keatts,

Ed Pearman, Fred Pascarelli, Gadget ~ Sho Ryders MC, George Ziegler, Gary Dunham, Ginger Brunson, Hoss ~ SAHR MC,

Jack Jones ~ DTMC, Jen Buttram, Joe Ferrucci, Journeyman Paul, Kat ~ MMMC, Katrina Taylor, Kenny Belanger,

Maverick Clark, Michael O’Shaughnessey, Michael Thornton, Paula Stringham, Pops CycleHouse, Ron Sexton,

Ronnie Swinehart Jr., Sheila Palmer-Ryle, Suzanne Gregory, TeeKay, Tim Chambers, Tracie Rhino, & Tyler Spross

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Happy Anniversary in September to …..

Athena & Joe Anderson

Doug & Jessica Keatts

B&B ... yep ~ that’s us.... 19 years ago ☺ & living our ‘happily ever after’

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8-6-15… Pat Savage introduced his first grandchild, born August 6, 2015. Her name is Soma.

Congratulations & Best Wishes to the Family

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8-17-15… Congratulations to Charity & Koolaid as they prepare for their upcoming wedding.

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8-27-15… ADOT Roadwork… US 60 east of Superior to close briefly for blasting operations Sept. 2 and 3 and Sept. 9 and 10. Passing-lane project continues with 90-minute closures starting at 9 a.m. for the next two weeks Motorists traveling along US 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, for the next two weeks, need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior, approximately 65 miles east of downtown Phoenix. The closures are scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3 and the following week for Sept. 9 and 10. The construction of the two-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require a full closure of US 60 for up to 90 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 and 3. Traffic on eastbound US 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and westbound US 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235) until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control. ADOT anticipates the highway will be closed at least once per week for blasting for up to three months. As blasting continues there will be a lesser impact on traffic and delays will be reduced. Motorists seeking an alternate route can consider state routes 77 and 177, which is approximately 68 miles long. The $8.8 million safety improvement project will make it easier for motorists to pass large trucks and slow-moving vehicles whose speed drops because of the sustained grades along this stretch of highway

from Devil’s Canyon to the Oak Flat area.

The project will include the following:

• Construction of a new westbound passing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233)

• Widening shoulders in the Devil’s Canyon area (milepost 233-234)

• Improvements to the Waterfall Canyon bridge (milepost 229)

• Box culvert drainage improvements (milepost 242 just west of Miami)

ADOT will work to minimize the traffic impacts as much as possible, including scheduling some nighttime work.

There will be narrow traffic lanes, wide-load restrictions and a reduced speed limit through the work zone.

Flaggers and pilot cars will be used at different times throughout the project. Drivers are asked to use caution, watch for construction equipment and personnel, and allow extra time for your commute. For more information on the project, please visit azdot.gov/us60oakflat or call Rod Wigman at 928-308-8233 rwigman@azdot.gov.

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August 2015

Happy Birthday in August to…..
Curly Judy Amsbury,
Aleshia Fisher, Autumn Windsor, Barry Van Hook, Bert ~ SAHR MC, Bill Bracken ~ LDMC,
Bridget Hughes, Charity Stuart, Buddy Laskan, Crystal Miles,
Christie Richtar-French, David Joseph Maclellan, David Lee Kriete, Dawn Vella,

Debra ‘Eagle’ Donaldson, Dennis Beye, Diane James,
Digger Dave, Harold Thomas, Holy D ~ ALMA MC, Jc Reece, Jeff Gorall, Jim Moore,
Josh Jones, Journeymen Doc, Kathy Sleeper, Kim Icee Smock, Logan Roberts, Lyman Scherer,

Mark Tapp, Mata, Missi Hughes,Michael Beaver, Nick Confer,
Nancy Judith Robinson, Pat Savage, Rita Brenner,
Robert Windsor, Skeeter Peak, Robin Estep ~ Sun Riders MC, Ron ‘Ronzo’ Spirlock,
Sage Dunham, Wendy Schops, Suzi Q ~ SAHR MC, Theresa ~ SAHR MC, Yuma ~ SAHR MC
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Happy Anniversary in August to …..
Gary & Suzy Lindroos
Hoss & Lori ~ SAHR MC
Kevin & Alicia Rhode
Ray & Denise Hartman
Suzi Q & Allen B ~ SAHR MC
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6-29-15… Recall notice from NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation
RECALL Subject : Stator Coil Insulation May Become Damaged
SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 WR250X motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2011 and 2008-2015 WR250R motorcycles manufactured June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2015. In the affected motorcycles, the insulation on the stator coil, a component of the alternator, may become damaged and short circuit to due insufficient heat resistance.
CONSEQUENCE: If the stator coil is not insulated, the motorcycle will not charge and the battery will go dead, causing the engine to stall which increases the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stator coil with one that has sufficient heat resistance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926.
NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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7-18-15… Congratulations & Best Wishes to Amy Rose Rey & John Aho, as they announce their engagement.

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7-6-15 … Congratulations to Holy D of ALMA MC Westside Chapter. He received his patch 7-6-15.

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   7-31-15…. ADOT Roadwork Update… Blasting closure scheduled on US 60 between Superior and Miami for mid-August. Intermittent closures of US 60 will be necessary due to blasting operations
   The first closure for blasting on the Oak Flat passing lane project on US 60 (milepost 231-233) between Superior and Miami has been scheduled between Aug. 12 and Aug. 20. The exact date will be decided late next week when drilling crews have been able to finalize their progress.
   Blasting will be done during a weekday and will start at 9 a.m. Motorists traveling on US 60 between Superior and Miami should plan on the highway being closed for up to 90 minutes. There will be a seven-day notice prior to the exact blasting date and that information will be distributed to the media, digital message boards around Superior and Globe/Miami, project web page updates, ADOT social media sites and contact emails.
   ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions visit the construction website at azdot.gov/us60oakflat or visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov.
For more information about this project, please call Rod Wigman at 928-308-8233, or email rwigman@azdot.gov.

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July 2015

Happy Birthday in July to…..
Ashley Romao, Bags Lind, Barry Caraway,Brian ~ HAMC Phx, Cowboy ~ SAHRMC,
Denise Gibbons-Castorena,Diane Lind, Faith L Shupa, Gina Dittmar,
Gypsy ~ VNV/LVMC, Janice Hamilton, John ‘Pharoah’ Angell, Karen M G Bailey,
Kelly Hemphill, Kathi Ricca, Lion John Monize,Patty Schneider, Rocker Chick,
and Tim Kenchiova.

Happy Birthday also to my Sweetheart and Partner in… everything …… Bruce ♥
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Happy Anniversary in July to…..
Montana ♥ Delayne ~ SAHRMC
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   March 21, 2015… The 6th Annual Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) - Pima County Chapter Awareness Poker Run was held in Tucson on March 21. Thank you Flash, Public Relations Officer for B.A.C.A.’s Pima County Chapter, and to Hikup, for your help with this report.
   Sign-in was at Tucson Harley Davidson, 7355 N I-10 EB Frontage Rd. Breakfast was donated and prepared by the Harley Owners Group - Tucson Chapter. Poker run stops were the Wagon Wheel, Brat’s Bar & Grill, Hideout West, M&M Saloon, and the last stop was the Territorial.
   Over 300 riders registered for the run; with a high hand prize of $250 & low hand prize of $150 up for grabs. Congratulations to the winners.
   At ride’s end there was, “awesome biker music provided by Mikey and The Maniacs of Tucson. Their website is: http://mikeyandthemaniacs.com/
   Flash included this message, “We greatly appreciate Tucson Harley Davidson for their support, and extend our sincere thanks to the members of the biker community who came out to support B.A.C.A.’s mission.”
   B.A.C.A. is a 100% volunteer organization. ALL donations go directly to helping empower children who have been abused to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. Donations go to buying denim vests and patches for kids as well as other small items that remind them they are part of the B.A.C.A. family.

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   5-26-15… Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc has issued a recall on their 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT Roadster due to ‘Elevated Temperature in Engine Compartment’.
   According to a letter sent to owners, ‘under very hot ambient conditions and low speed riding, the temperature in the engine compartment may rise and thereby increase the risk of a skin burn or a vehicle fire… The remedy is now available... Call an authorized BRP Can-Am Roadster dealer and make an appointment to have your vehicle repaired. The solution is the installation of improved body panels and an upgraded fuel system kit. This repair should take approximately 4 hours to complete. The dealer will perform this work at no charge to you.’
   BRP encourages owners to get their vehicles fixed quickly, but relays that, ‘you can keep using your vehicle while taking the following precautions in hot <editors’ lol> riding conditions (ambient temperature of approximately 30°C, 85°F and more):
- Avoid idling or slow traffic riding for a long period of time.
- Avoid parking in an enclosed area immediately after your ride. Let your vehicle cool down first, and
- Avoid prolonged direct contact with body panels; wear appropriate riding gear as stated in the Operator’s Guide.’
   US residents can contact Can-Am via www.can-am.brp.com or call 1-888-272-9222 9a-9pm, Eastern time Monday – Friday.

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   6-8-15… Since the Waco shootings, it has been repeatedly discussed that, considering practically everyone has a cell phone these day & many of those have video capability… there has been no video released to help finally show what actually happened that day. Reports shared early on indicated that the LEOs collected cell phones & other recording devises. One can surmise that this happened to prevent sharing of unauthorized evidence that may negate the LEO version of events. So, thanks to ABATE of AZ, we are sharing news of steps you can take to help protect your rights and a nifty app for your phone….
   From ABATE of Arizona’s attorney, Matt Brown (Brown & Little, P.L.C.);
* It is perfectly legal to videotape police officers in Arizona. I cannot recommend highly enough recording officers you believe are doing something wrong. Even better, use a mobile phone application like the ACLU’s “Mobile Justice” to do it, as a copy of the video is sent to the ACLU the moment someone hits the stop button. The video cannot simply be erased by law enforcement. Although there is no Arizona-specific version, other states’ versions work here too, and their local affiliates are supposed to forward video of incidents to our local ACLU office.
* In the alternative, if you think there is going to be an incident with law enforcement, gather as many people as possible so it will not just be your word against the officer’s. Independent witnesses can be almost as good as video in some instances.
   In the old days of the MRTF [Motorcycle Rights Task Force] we encouraged everyone to carry a small cassette tape recorder. Mine was always with me {:o) This goes so way beyond that. It sure would have made our job simpler ~ lol. With all the crazy shit going on around this Country & World right now; this ACLU app might come in handy some time as you find yourself observing something that is just flat WRONG ~ motorcycle-related or otherwise.

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   6-15-15… Too Broke For Sturgis extras… Of course, the largest gang in the State was in attendance… AZ’s State Police Gang Task Force came in Friday afternoon after someone apparently tried to enter the event without paying. Mormon Lake Lodge security had called in the Sheriff to arrest the guy, as he was being troublesome. GITEM must have felt the need to back up the local officers, although they seemed quite capable of wrangling this lone miscreant themselves. After that the Gang appeared to take it upon themselves to go walkabout within the venue. But truth be told, we heard of no incidents of them hassling anyone.
   Bit Mor, out of AJ, celebrated her 50th birthday at Too Broke. Happy Birthday & best wishes for many more!
Friday night the Sheriff Dept & EMTs responded to a health concern in one of the camps. [They were of course accompanied by GITEM.] We are very happy to report that the gal was fine the next morning. We are speculating that it may have been a combo of too much fun and the higher altitude of MLL. Been there, done that! ☺ Sunday morning there was another ambulance visit… this time to attend to an elder Veteran with a medical concern who was camping with ALR of Post 75. He had some breathing issues due to the altitude, but everything turned out all right. Excellent news!
   Thank you to Desert Thunder MC for their hospitality on Saturday night. We enjoyed visiting at your campfire.
   One of the things we love about TB is seeing people we only see once a year or from even further back in time. This year was no different, as we were so happy to see Audrey again, after too many years to count.

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   6-20-15… The Best Man at our wedding, Bags, is in the news… fortunately, in a good way ☺
According to Facebook traffic, Maher Hazine at Sidewinders in Pine challenged Bags Lind that, if he could raise $1,000, Bags would shave his beard and the proceeds would all go to the Riff Raff Club for the projects they do in the Pine Strawberry communities. On June 20th the goal was reached & exceeded. The shaving was done at Sidewinders and the ‘reveal’ reportedly made for quite a fun event. The day raised $1200 for the club. Followup comments have raised the fundraising efforts to more than $1300. The Riff Raff Club is a 501(c)(3) Charitable organization serving the communities of Pine and Strawberry for more than a decade.

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June 2015

Happy Birthday in June to…..
Ann Ziegler, Robert Shinn, Joe McPhee, Amy Baker, Joeta, Chewey Alma MC, Ed Leclere,
Christina Duwel, Cindy Gates, Christy Mark Crow, Stone LCMC, Daniel Swaine, Darrel Lieske,
Corliss Ventura-Ditton, Dennis Goose Lansberry, Debbie Strong, Duane Moore,
Erica Stephens, Michele Root, Gary ‘Bam Bam’ Lindroos, Lisa Poteat Johnson,
Lonnie Schleicher, Rue WolfBaker, True Phoenix,Paul Trujillo,
Richard Lee ‘Bronco’ Wood, & Sara Rood Storks
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Kirkland Mining Company proposes reopening the Tuff Mine…
   We got the following letter via our website. Denise is sharing news of a development that will affect many riders; both locals and scenic day-ride visitors.
   "My name is Denise Bennett and I am not a member of any Arizona motorcycle riding groups yet, but I have a 1996 Honda Magna that I love to ride in my neighborhood.
   "My neighborhood is the reason I’m writing to you. When I visited Arizona from my home in Colorado five years ago, I fell in love. I found the house I would later buy, and move into, while on a bike ride through one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. I took White Spar/ 89 South and circled back toward Prescott through Kirkland and Skull Valley on Iron Springs Road. Now I know! That stretch of South Iron Springs Road between Kirkland and Prescott is a pretty popular riding spot. Living there, I see motorcycle groups go by all the time.
   "A recent development in this beautiful valley might be of interest to all who enjoy riding in the area. After 30 years, the Kirkland Mining Company is planning to reopen the Tuff Mine between Kirkland and Skull Valley. I realize this subject could be controversial for motorcycle groups, in which a good many folk might be pro-mining but this is bad news to most locals, especially those who commute into Prescott for work. One estimate, using the Kirkland Mining Company’s information given at a recent meeting, has 30 or so trucks hauling the light volcanic ash out onto South Iron Springs Road per day. The mining company’s representative could not say which way the trucks would be driving, but either way this is not good news for riders. The added truck traffic, the fine dust that will coat the road and fill the air, and the noise that will emanate from the mine itself will more than likely lessen the quality of the riding experience through this area.
   "I am asking you to consider posting the website www.kirklandmineforum.org for your riders to visit if they want more information about the proposed mine and who to contact if they have an interest in keeping this fabulous riding area just the way it is.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Denise Bennett
Skull Valley, AZ"

   Denise explained that this is an ongoing issue. A Board of Supervisors meeting on June 1 is going to include voting on a resolution by the BOS to support local citizens by officially requesting an environmental assessment from the BLM for the mining project. It is hoped that this will lead to the BLM going to the next step and requiring an Environmental Impact Statement, where more public comment will be considered. The website will be updated with information as it comes and anyone who would like to help can contact the webmaster listed on the site. Denise admits she may be biased ☺ but feels that, “The area in question is one of the prettiest parts of South Iron Springs Road.” She continues, “I truly appreciate your willingness to get the word out to the riding community about the possible changes to such a great ride!” She also mentioned the idea of a support ride.

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Josh Barela, son to Al & Samantha Barela who were killed during the Torch Ride in March, has been holding up amazingly well considering how the past months have torn him and his family up. But the hits keep coming… Josh needs to put some money together & so his bike is up for sale. It’s a ‘99 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom with 19,000 miles on it. He’s asking $5500. Check out the photo here, and contact him if you are interested. FMI: 505-419-3838 or jbarelatat2@gmail.com.
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Many of you are familiar with the inspiring story of Ernie Lizarraga’s survival of a devastating motorcycle wreck back in March 2010 when a dump truck ran over the group of 8 bikers with whom he was riding. Well, as if he and his family haven’t been through enough already, everyone is being asked to please keep Ernie’s wife Lorri in their prayers ~ as she battling leukemia.
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May 2015

Happy Birthday in May to…..
Lady Jewells, Athena Anderson, Breeze, Curt Burnley, Jim Page, Marcus Vincent-Beagle,
Margie Ferrucci, Marla Kelly, Michael McCall, Steve ‘Muskrat’ Musgrave, Paula ‘Sparky’ Maros,

Robert Baker, Roy Siqueiros, Russ Abshire, Taliesin MacAran, Tamra, Unclebandit Az,
and Yukon Rick Johnson
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Happy Anniversary in May to ...
Yuma Harry & Janice
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News from the White Mountains… Autumn Windsor & Steven M Foster are now Engaged. Congratulations!!
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March 22… The 20th annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show & Blow Out took place on Sunday March 22 at Steel Horse Saloon, located at 1818 W. Bell Rd, in Phoenix. Event sponsors included Law Tigers. Attendance is estimated at about 2000.
There were 20 bikes in the show. Judges were Ron Hernandez, MS Trifecta 2015 ~ Lorri Bentley, & Full Nelson. Tommy Shaw & Long Jon sponsored the trophies.
Music was provided by ‘Black Horse’, ‘Unchained’, and a Rush tribute band called ‘Anthem’. We’re told they stepped in at the last minute; doing a great job as they came to the rescue when the ‘Heart to Heart’ tribute band cancelled at the last minute.
The tattoo contest was sponsored by WolfSkin & Steel Horse. WolfSkin Studio is located across the parking lot from the Steel Horse
The frozen t-shirt contest had about 15 contestants. Judging was by audience response. The $300 prize included $100 cash from Steel Horse + an extra $200 from audience appreciation donations.
Got a band & you want to play at the Steel Horse? Open auditions are Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Call the bar at 602-942-8778 & talk with Jill or Joanna to set up an audition.
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Check out the April 21, 2015 edition of the Sonoran News and you’ll read a profile story on the local Medieval Maidens MC Charter. With the negativity of shows like the Sons of Malarky dragging the motorcycling community’s reputation back into the dark years, it’s excellent to have a non-motorcycling publication present bikers in such a positive light.
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April 24…. ABC News has shared that Harley-Davidson, starting April 24, is recalling nearly 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because they could stay in gear due to clutches that won’t fully disengage. The recall covers certain Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide, and Road King models from the 2014 and 2015 model years. If you are unsure whether your bike is affected, contact your dealer OR visit www.harley-davidson.com and click the ‘Safety Recall Information’ button at the bottom of the page. You’ll be taken to a page where you can enter your VIN number to see if your bike is included.
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Evapeology’s Chandler store has moved. The new address is 3029 N Alma School Rd #109. Think vaping won’t work for you? Talk to owner Charles. He was a 1-2 pack a day smoker for 38 years. He’s been vaping since August 2013; coming up on 2 years. He’s now been nicotine free for a year, and his wife has been for 8 months! You owe it to yourself to give it a try.
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Remember, Motorcycles on Main in Downtown Mesa shuts down in July & August. So, June 5 is the last chance to attend until September’s first Friday Sept 4. We hope to see you there!
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AMSAF Scholarships… On the first Monday of each month, AMSAF gives out Scholarships to area riding academies. Be aware, the Scholarship application process opens at different random times each month, in order to accommodate those working different work schedules & give everyone a chance to receive one. Cool idea. Learn more via their website at www.amsaf.org/scholarships/
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April 2015

Happy Birthday in April to…..
Beaux Marks, Henry Nichols, JoAnne King, Katena Pappas, Jon ‘Drummer’ Kinsey, Karen Gibson,

Robin Munn, Karen Hoover Henry, Zee Spivak, Kirk Johnson, & Randy Heath
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Happy Anniversary in April to
Terry & Sandy Crabtree
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It was recently announced that Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson, sister store to Chester’s Harley-Davidson in Mesa, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Platinum Bar & Shield Circle of Distinction Award’ by Harley-Davidson Motor Company. This is an honor reserved for only the TOP 6 Dealerships, out of over 620 Nationwide. Less than 1% of Harley shops in the United States maintain this level of excellence in customer satisfaction and dealership operations. Congratulations on this recognition!
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Huns MC member Brother Dan Dandis was one of three Korean War Veterans recently honored by the Pinetop-Lakeside VFW, on behalf of the Korean government. These men were presented with the Ambassador For Peace medal from the Republic of Korea. Thank you Gentlemen, for your Service.
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3-6-15… Motorcycles on Main in Downtown Mesa … It was a perfect night to be out on a motorcycle…. And a lot of people agreed with us. Turnout was excellent. The arrangement was a little different, this time. Parking is no longer allowed in the center lane, as people need to get accustomed to the light-rail train tracks which will become active in the future. The overflow of bikes, people, and vendors were accommodated on MacDonald Road.
Vendors included Chester’s Harley-Davidson, HogWear | Purple Slice, Grease Slinger Cycles, & Evapeology. There were numerous Clubs represented in addition to a LOT of Independent riders.
By the time that you read this, there will be just 2 more ‘Motorcycles on Main’ events before the summer hiatus. May’s bands will be ‘Rocksmith’ and ‘Collateral Damage’. June’s lineup is TBA.
Reminder…. MoM shuts down for July & August. It’s too darn hot to go out and play. But everything gears back up for the First Friday in September ~ that’s the 4th.
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   While we were at March’s Motorcycles on Main, we met Adam Sandoval of Scootin’ America. He is currently riding the ‘World’s Longest Charity Ride’. His beneficiary is the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. This fund helps pay for higher education for children whose parents have died while serving our Country.
   His is a very interesting story. He has enjoyed a degree of success in life which allows him to invest a year to this task. He never served in the military and so he is using this opportunity to fulfill his desire to serve the military. He & his dog Scooter are riding his 1996 H-D Classic as they visit every H-D dealership in the lower 48 ~ that’ll be 620+ dealerships. The anticipated mileage by the time they are done is some 65K miles.
   They embarked on this journey November 10, 2014 ~ the U.S. Marine Corps birthday. They have been living on the road, camping, making their way with only what can be packed on the motorcycle [it is VERY strategic], and accepting offers of couches & home-cooked meals as they come along. Donations of parts, fuel, & service along the way have helped smooth out some situations. Adam is very appreciative of the hospitality that has been extended to them in their travels. Some of the dealerships & American Legion Posts organize BBQs, fundraisers, & group rides to roll with them for a while. Individuals who are following their progress will come out & ride with them for a short distance or further. Other times, it’s just him & Scooter riding along and seeing this beautiful country of ours.
   Adam commented that the weather has been his biggest challenge ~ rain, cold, ice… They monitor road & weather conditions along the way & modify their route as needed. Of course, now that summer will be coming on, they’ll have a whole new set of obstacles to face.
   At the time we spoke, they had been traveling for 4 months and had raised $34,000 for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
   You can track Adam and Scooter with live, real-time GPS updates of their current position; via a link on their website, www.scootinamerica.com. And of course, there are donation links there as well. Their travels are all chronicled on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ScootinAmerica.
   I must say, it’s a remarkable read PLUS he does video updates as well. Best wishes for a safe & successful journey!
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3-27-2015 at 3:51am Larry Keim announced “Adrian Harold Mendoza, our beautiful new grandson, making his voice heard on his entrance into this world. 7lbs 14oz. 21”. Everybody’s happy and healthy.”
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3-28-15 … car vs. motorcycle wreck … It is with great sadness and frustration that we share the news that 2 riders visiting from New Mexico for Bike Week activities were killed during the Law Enforcement Torch Ride for Special Olympics. Despite it being presented, as always, as an escorted ride, Al Barela (52 years old) and his wife Samantha Barela (37 years old) were hit by a cage as they rode their bike through a Scottsdale intersection; on Frank Lloyd Wright at Thunderbird.
The following statement was made on 3-29-15 from the Chester’s Harley-Davidson Facebook page, “The Chester’s Family - ALL of us are deeply saddened and devastated by what happened yesterday. Our thoughts and prayer are with the victims and their families.”
There is more that can be said about this tragedy, but for now we’ll focus on extending our deep condolences to the victims’ friends and loved ones.
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March 2015

Happy Birthday in March to…..
Alaina Griffith, B Paul Price, Chris Kamell, Bunnie Rodriguez, Chuck Ortman, Dawn Boardman,
Deb Butitta, Dina Valerie, Gloria Pinkon Nunez, Nitemare, Harley Barbie Sivil, Mike Ysco,
Katherine ‘Pez’ Lopez, Jack Batty, James Deboer, Linette Mastorakis,
Reverend Rodney Tussing, SweetPea, Jennifer Gallegos-Beyette,
Jessica Keatts, John Lewis Mealer, Joseph A. Cordeiro, Ray Hartman,
Laura Keuscher, Rick Wilson, Victoria Moreno, Linda Tush,
Shawne Beyette, & Mike Larkin
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Happy Anniversary in March to
Shawne & Jennifer Beyette
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Congratulations to the band ‘Plum Krazy’. They were voted one of the Top 3 ‘Best Bands in Payson’

in the Payson Roundup’s 2015 ‘Best of the Rim’ Awards. Next year they’re going for #1!
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Congratulations Cheryl Vasquez & her family. Her grandson Robert Vasquez was born January 19;

arriving at 8 lbs 15 oz. The family is doing great.
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February’s Motorcycles on Main was held on Friday February 6. Bikes were parked the full length of the street between the barridades, on both sides of the street PLUS some parked down the center. The weather has turned to where the night riding is beautiful & MoM is a great opportunity to get out. According to browsing of some license plates, there were visitors from CA, IA, IL, MI, MN, MT, OH, PA, SD, WA, & WI; plus Ontario & Alberta Canada. The crowd included 16+ organizations plus a boatload of Independents. Music was provided by Still Standin’ and Adam Moraga. Plus Desert Eagle Brewing hosted the band ‘Boomer’ which was putting out some solid ZZ when we stopped by to listen.
March’s party on Friday March 6 includes music by ‘Krimson Chord’ & ‘Me & My Brother’. Vendors include Chester’s Harley-Davidson, Evapeology, Grease Slinger Cycles, & HogWear | Purple Slice. Motorcycles on Main takes place every first Friday except July & August.
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February 2015

Happy Birthday in February to…..
Jim Silk, Kurt Groff, George Childress, Bill Hosler,

Harold Fischer ~ of Chandler Custom Cycles,
Jesse Hendrix, Michele Osborn,Eric Henry, William Scott,Preacher Ken Blank,
& Darcy Ford Greene
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   10.11.14… The 6th Annual AZ Awareness Ride was hosted by BACA on October 11, 2014. For those who are unfamiliar with BACA, it stands for Bikers Against Child Abuse. This day’s ride departed from Chandler H-D, with breakfast being served by Foothills HOG. There were between 250 - 300 participants. Thank you to Nytro, for helping with this report.
   After leaving Chandler HD, the route had stops at What the Hell Bar & Grill in East Mesa, the Heart & Soul Café in Cave Creek, the Hide-A-Way in Cave Creek, and the Steel Horse Saloon in Phoenix. The end stop & party was at the AAI (Arizona Automotive Institute) in Glendale; co-hosted by Max’s Sports Bar & Restaurant.
There was a car show [including a display of Shriner’s mini-cars], family-friendly games, vendors, & a silent auction. The Shriners also provided free identity packets for children that included finger printing and photographs. Music was provided by KSLX till 2pm & then a DJ donated their time. Unfortunately, as of this writing, I do not have their name to share.
   There were over 100 raffle items, and a 50/50 draw. Raffle tickets were also available for a 2015 Soft Tail Slim; with the drawing held on December 24th. The winner of the bike was Sparky from Tucson. Congratulations & Merry Christmas to you!
   The day raised about $9,000 with all proceeds going to support abused kids! Outstanding!
Nytro sent along a note, to thank all the businesses involved. “Especially AAI & Max’s because without what they did, we wouldn’t have been successful. They did all the filing for the city of Glendale, paid for road closure for bike parking, license fees, KSLX, & allowed us to use their lot for free, as well as put on the car show. They made this run a success for the 3rd year now. Also a crew of young people from the Levi store came in to volunteer their time to help at the booths with the kids games. All the vendors, without them it wouldn’t have been as successful also. All my B.A.C.A. Brothers & Sisters from the Maricopa County & Pima Chapters.”
   Nytro went on to say, “I could only hope that each year it gets bigger and bigger. There are a lot of events out there that are huge and very successful & worthy causes. I just pray people will see that our children who are abused, raped, & murdered are just as important to support. Someday, we’ll get big enough to sustain a camp to send our wounded lil brothers & sisters to be a kid for at least a weekend, once a year, that’s my biggest dream.
   “I have been a member with B.A.C.A. now going on 7 years. We are saddened though by the lack of interest of people to do right by these kids. Many runs are successful for children with cancer, boob runs, even animals…. ALL great causes, but for some reason people turn a blind eye to abuse of children…. It really is sad…. So we hope each year people will see that what B.A.C.A. does, is just as incredibly needed and the cause is beyond a need for people to not ignore anymore. Our children are our future Americans, and if we keep turning a blind eye to the reality of this growing epidemic, then what does that say about our future? What does that say about us? There’s a great saying by Albert Einstein I so love because it is so true…..”The World is a Dangerous Place, Not because of those who do Evil, but because of those who look on and Do NOTHING!!!” It’s time we wake up and help our children to not be afraid of the world in which they live…. And our question always is…What are you doing? What are you willing to do? Will you be the one who will wake up and start doing something about this epidemic?
   “BACA meetings are held the first Sunday of each month at El Zaribah Shrine Temple 552 N. 40th St. Phoenix. From 11am to 12 is for newcomers. Then they can stay for our general meeting which is from 12pm to ??? So we hope to see new people who want to make a difference in a frightened, wounded Child’s life.”

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   11.15.14 … The Original Wild Women of the West Motorcycle Ride took place on November 15, 2014. Superstition Harley-Davidson, located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction was the gathering point.
“The Wild Women Of The West is a non-profit organization of horsewomen dedicated to preserving the history of the women who lived in the 1800’s (Wild West Period) to the 1915 Rodeo Cowgirls.” [www.wildwomenofthewest.com] This is a charitable women’s riding group, dedicated to keeping these women of history alive for future generations.
   21 riders from Superstition HD, along with several Wild Women who also ride motorcycles, rolled toward the Roadrunner in New River. A steak fry dinner was included in the ride fee. Entertainment included listening to the house band and watching bull riding. Additional Wild Women of the West & other event supporters met up with the pack at the RoadRunner; for a total of about 88 participants.
   The ride took about an hour. The route was altered slightly due to a freeway closure; taking the 60 to the 10 and then up 17 to the New River turn off.
   The ride winner was determined by drawing a name from the ride tickets. The winner was Tom Gade and he got his ride and dinner free. The 50/50 raffle was won by Derek Czudak, for $117 dollars. There was a drawing for a rifle as well, a Springfield Armory 30-06 donated by Brian Galley of Apache Junction. Congratulations to each of these winners. Thank you to Brian for your donation.
   This day’s beneficiary was ‘Horses Help’. The event collected a donation of $1000. At their website www.horseshelp.org I learned that “Horses Help is a premier accredited therapeutic and recreational agency that serves the special needs population by providing activities to empower them to break through physical, cognitive and emotional barriers using a unique collaboration of horses and people within Arizona’s ‘Valley of the Sun’.”
   Thanks go out to Copper Sun Construction for their additional sponsorship. My thanks to Ellie Springfield, aka Wild Woman Frenchy McCormick, for her help with this report. As an organizer she shared that, “We will be making this into an annual ride and hopefully gain momentum each year.”

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   The 20th annual ‘Frosty Balls & Chilly Boobs’ New Years Day Ride, hosted by MMA-AZ’s Verde Valley District was called on account of snow. Yes the event posting said “rain, shine, or snow” but we’re talking MAJOR snow. The FB posting title says it all “‘MMA Frosty Balls Run 19, Mother Nature 1’… Unfortunately, we are canceling run tomorrow as we already have at least 4 inches of snow and it’s still coming down. Mother Nature you win…” There was no way to safely make the ride work.
   But that didn’t slow down those who wanted to celebrate the New Year together AND fulfill a promise to the Verde Valley Community Hospice Foundation ~ the event’s beneficiary. Kactus Kate’s in Old Town Cottonwood still hosted the ride’s end party, starting at 1pm. The band ‘Inexile’ played and about 40 people attended.
From MMA-VVD’s FB page, “Thank you for celebrating with us at the end party. We were happy to present Sari Fleischer, Executive Director Verde Valley Community Hospice with a check for $207, not bad for a canceled run. Special thanks to all our supporters. Great way to start the New Year.” Indeed. WELL done!
   Deb Althouse, MMA VVD Secretary shared, “We never could have imagined that much snow in our little town at 3400 feet. The city doesn’t even own snowplows and we got over a foot.”


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Speaking of snow ~ WE had snow ~ about a half-hour / maybe more on New Year’s Eve in East Mesa. There was a good ½-inch to clear off the cars. Not much compared to our friends in the high country… but noteworthy to us who haven’t seen the stuff in years ~ lol.

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   Our trips to Motorcycles on Main are sometimes ‘official’ and other times, just plain ‘for fun’. ☺ Activities are back on Main Street, having been relocated to a side street during a road construction phase. We’ve heard some good music; plus seen a lot of bikes, Independent riders, and Organizations represented over the past few months.
   Our last outing, Jan 2nd was blinkin’ COLD ~ 48° and dropping as we left the house. But we’re glad we went as we saw some people we hadn’t in a while. Round me up some hot chocolate and I’m a happy camper ☺ Turnout was okay despite the cold.
   The bands coming up in March are ‘Krimson Chord’ in the Main Beer Garden & ‘Me & My Brother’ at Mangos.
The weather will be better for night riding, now that ‘winter’ in the flatlands has passed. So we hope to see lot of you out there. MoM is held the first Fridays of each month, except July & August. It’s always a good time.

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January 2015

Happy Birthday in January to…..
Billie Daman, NeverReady, Greg Sleeper, DEfeCT, Jimmy Brewer, Kathi Calahan Papadave Treadwell,

Mariah Newill, Mustang Sally,Jeanne Shinn, Gina Edwards, and Mark Kalifut
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11-30-14… from the ACMC mail list… On Sunday November 30, the Loners M/C North Valley Chapter lost their Prospect “Jeff”. Jeff was riding west bound on Union Hills just before 32nd St when a delivery driver pulled out in front of him. Jeff was pronounced dead at the scene. To those that had the chance to meet and know Jeff they would agree he was a stand-up man who was taken far too soon. His funeral was held Saturday December 13.
We add our condolences to the many being expressed to the Loners MC and Jeff’s family.

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   12-7-14… Fatal Motorcycle Wreck, Tucson… from PIO Sgt Pete Dugan, Tucson PD. On December 7, 2014, just after midnight, officers from Operations Division East responded to the area of E. Littletown Rd and E. Centennial Dr for a single motorcycle collision. Upon arrival officers located the motorcycle and the adult male rider. Members from the Tucson Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene and began treating the rider for life threatening injuries. Shortly after their arrival, the motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.
   Detectives from the Tucson Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Littletown Road from S. Wilmot Road, with four other motorcycle riders. As they entered a curve in the road, the motorcyclist left the roadway, lost control of the motorcycle, and collided with a street sign. The investigation revealed that speed was a factor in the cause of the collision.
The motorcyclist was identified as 20 year-old Austin M. Hall. He was wearing a helmet. Impairment was undetermined at the time of this report.

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December 2014

Happy Birthday in December to…..

Carol Lefferts, Don Hooch LFFL, Ed Boon, Raynita Carlson, Slider, Steven M Foster, Hollie Sanchez,

Smart Alex {Davies}, Desi Chicola, Leonard Smith, Smiley, Denise Hartman, Tom Corr, Mike Turngren,

Scott Mc Ewen, Terri Shahan, Shavon MzD’Vyne Coburn, Tami Andrews Piwnica, Deanna Meeks,

Mike Buz Sneezy, & Bob ‘Motodad’ Rohn

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Happy Anniversary in December to Redbone & Patty

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AZ Raider, organizer of September’s ‘Ride to the Fields’ invites everyone to check out the World Wide Relay Riders groups at WWW.WorldWide-RelayRiders.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldWideRelayRiders/ They are in the midst of a world-wide RELAY of a little stuffed bear named Charlie Bear. He is being passed from rider to rider all around the States and the world. His travels started in July 2013, and so far he’s been all over the United States, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Philippines, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Moscow Russia, Siberia Russia, & Germany. He’s touched the borders of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg; and he’s now touring the UK. He will be heading to Vegas in 2015 for a USA re-entry then head back to Mesa AZ where he departed from.

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   On behalf of AZ Bike Week Charities Group, Kevin Rhode aka “Kajer” sent out the following request…

“We currently have over 24 families in need, including 5 expectant mothers. We are looking for help in acquiring items on the families holiday list.” A detailed list is available at (http://abwcg.org/documents/Toy&EssentialsNeeds.pdf). Among those items include Baby supplies (diapers, wipes, lotions, soaps, blankets...); Toddler needs (boys & girls) - toys, clothing, & shoes; and Car seats.

   Find drop off locations and additional information on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AZBikeWeekCharities. They hope to have everything ready by the 12th of December, so please feel free to share this information with whomever you believe will be able to help achieve this goal.

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   The weekend of October 11-12 brought riders to a favorite rider destination, Jake’s Corner Bar & Grill. The theme of the weekend was ‘Honoring Women Who Ride’. It was an Event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

   Overnight dry camping was available on site. Entertainment was provided by solo artist Mikel A. Payson Regional Medical Center and Tina’s Treasures [of Scottsdale] offered on site information as well as Pink Ribbon items. Pamphlets, shower cards, t-shirts, hats, & more were available. The Payson Rodeo Committee provided “Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink” bandanas; given to the first 75 pre-registered. High Country A.B.A.T.E. and MMA of AZ were huge supporters of the event; with raffle items, helping with raffle ticket sales, and member attendance.

   We learned from Jake’s owner Robin that they had 200+ participants. $350 was raised from the weekend’s activities, which was matched by the Heppler Family. A $700 donation to the local senior center’s ‘Senior Circle Breast Cancer Awareness Mission’ was made in the name of Jake’s Corner Bar & Grill, High Country A.B.A.T.E., MMA of AZ, and the Heppler Family in memory of Rick ~ Robin’s brother & Jake’s former owner. The Senior Circle assists women in the community who are undergoing cancer treatments; with ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ items such as wigs, headwear, prosthesis, & the like. Robin thanks Jake’s generous staff, partners and customers for their donations.

   Jake’s Corner Bar & Grill is located on Highway 188 in Payson; three miles East of Highway 188, off of Highway 87 on the way to Roosevelt Lake. It is open every day, offering food and beverages. Everyone’s welcome. There are overnight camping, shower, & laundry facilities nearby, as well as a small market. Talk to Jake’s about being a stop or destination for your next event. For more information call 928-474-0679. Please mention AriZona Rider Motorcycle News.

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   The 4th Annual Highway Thunder – Winkelman Wish Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt Charity Ride took place on Saturday October 18, 2014. Hosted by the Phoenix Vulcan Riders, this fundraiser benefits Make-A-Wish AZ. 

   A total of 86 bikes with 112 riders participated. The route [approximately 180 miles] started at Cycle Gear Mesa; utilizing the scenic Winkelman Loop. After leaving Mesa/Chandler, riders headed east to Superior, south to Kearney and Winkelman, looping back through Globe, and back through Apache Junction to Mesa, and the final stop, East Mesa’s What the Hell B&G.

   The ride was a scavenger hunt / poker run. There were six stops (not including the beginning and end) that each required answering a scavenger-hunt question. Five of those stops were motorcycle dealers - Victory of Mesa, RideNow Powersports Chandler, Indian of Chandler, Arizona Kawasaki, & Superstition Harley-Davidson. The middle stop was in a park along the route. At each stop, the participants figured out the answer to a question (something like, “What make of motorcycle is displayed in the customer lounge?” or “What color is the neon sign above the parts counter?”) and continued along to the next stop. Once they got to the finish, they turned in their answer sheet and were given a playing card for each correct answer. The riders then made their best 5-card poker hand out of those cards.

   The names of the ride winners were not available at the time of this writing, but the prizes were as follows: $175 for the 50/50 raffle, $200 for hi-hand, and $100 for low-hand. There were also a number of great raffle prizes including a free helmet from Helmet Center (courtesy of Allstate Insurance) and a great piece of luggage (courtesy of Renegade Classics in Phoenix). The winners of the 50/50 raffle and lo-hand each donated $50 of their winnings back to Make-A-Wish ($100) total; which was a great gesture on their part for the charity.

   Phoenix Vulcan Riders would like to thank……… their sponsors AZ Kawasaki, Indian of Chandler, Victory of Mesa, Superstition Harley, & RideNow Chandler for covering the entire cost of the event t-shirts. This allowed PVR to contribute an additional $700 to Make-A-Wish. Cycle Gear of Mesa started the day off by providing free water & donuts; plus gave PVR space to set up the registration table for participants. Henry at What the Hell Bar & Grill provided an awesome lunch at the end of the day. He also donated $1 of his lunch cost back to Make-A-Wish, allowing us to donate more. ABATE of AZ for helping PVR spread the word through their booth at Motorcycles on Main in Mesa for September & October and through e-mail. TEAM AZ was also a supporter. Phoenix

   Vulcan Riders also want to thank everyone who came to the event and supported it. “We had a great day and made a significant contribution to Make-A-Wish. Also, one great thing about our ride this year is that it was open to all bikes, all brands and all groups. It was very gratifying to see everyone come together for a terrific common cause. We made a lot of new friends and it was great the see the broader motorcycling community come together for a time of great fellowship and for the kids.”

   This event raised $3,430 for Make-A-Wish Arizona. Congratulations to everyone involved, on a job well done!

   Thank you to Gary, Marv, & Bryan of the Phoenix Vulcan Riders for your help with this report. Learn more about the Phoenix Vulcan Riders by visiting them online at PhoenixVulcanRiders.org

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   On October 18, the New Founders of Freedom hosted their 2nd Annual Santa for Soldiers Poker Ride. Through this event, they raise money for military families for Christmas. Last year they were able to help two military families during the Holidays. They set a goal this year to help three.

   The note we received from Vice Commander Tom “Stewie” Stewart, was full of enthusiasm and great news. “Our Santa for Soldier’s Ride was a HUGE success!! We had 66 registered riders, our highest number so far, for ALL our rides. Our goal was to be able to sponsor 3 military families this year. Because of how much was raised, we will be able to sponsor 4 families. This ride alone raised just over $2,600! Combined with what we had left over from last year, gives us over $2,900 for our families. Our stops on this ride were ALR Post 105 [3534 W Calavar @35th & Thunderbird in Phx], Kimmy’Z [5930 W Greenway Rd, Glendale], Sage & Sand [13831 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale], and the Long Branch [10600 W Buckeye Rd, Tolleson]. The ride started and ended at the NFF shop in Avondale [1050 Eliseo C Felix Junior Way #110]. The after party was wonderful. There was tons of chili to choose from; and lots of raffle items, including a shot gun that raised almost $400 on its own. The band ‘Neutral’ played for us in the afternoon. Good food, good friends, dancing, and prizes...overall a GREAT day!!!”

   Congratulations on a very successful fundraiser! Visit this organization on their Facebook page at “New Founders of Freedom, Arizona Chapter”

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   AMSAF ~ Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation has received another grant with which to continue providing motorcycle training scholarships. As of December 1st, a new application period opened. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded each month. Some ‘Confident Rider Courses’ have been added as well as the Beginners classes.

   The application is on the ANSAF website at www.amsaf.org AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help them give away more Motorcycle classes each month. Contact Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Fndn (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org

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November 2014

Happy Birthday in November to…..

Camaro Dave, David Miller,Pyro, Shelley Victor Thorkelson,Barb Heller, Brenda Heath,

Ed Chandler, Jason Arnold,Diana Carney, Spirit Rider Don,Jennifer Sykes, Jeannie Castaneda,

Donna Martin, Larry Walker,& Irene Torres

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Happy Anniversary in November

to our friends Cliff & Paula Stringham {CMA} as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

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   9-13-14 …. The Sun Riders MC hosted a Bike Show from 6-10pm at the Rivers Edge Lounge [4635 N Flowing Wells Rd.] in Tucson. Music was by Shovelhead Road. Voting was People’s Choice. There was a $5/pp entry, with all proceeds going toward the presenting of their 33rd Annual Toy Parade; the largest, original Toy Parade in Pima County. It benefits Tucson’s Youth On Their Own (YOTO.org). That event takes place December 14th.

   This evening’s Bike Show was a success, with support from the different clubs in town, as well as independent riders. Thank you to Robin, Sun Riders M/C Secretary for her help with this report.

   If you want more info about the Sun Riders MC Toy Run, visit their website at www.tucsonsunridersmc.com or call Robin at 520-312-8120.

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9-13-14… In recognition of the 9-11 tragedy, The Healing Field has been organized at Tempe Beach Park for the past 11 years. The Ride to the Fields, hosted by ‘We Ride Arizona’ took place on Saturday 9/13. Riders from Maricopa and Casa Grande as well as the local Phoenix area met at Riverview Park in Mesa for the ride. Final count was 25+ persons and 18+ bikes. After spending time and walking around the Healing Fields, they took a short ride to a restaurant to complete the remembrance. Thank you to AZ Raider for sharing news of this gathering with us. Online we’ll share a link to photos from the ride.

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10-6-14 … Terry Langworthy, aka Gunner, President of the Privateer Riders went down on Sunday 10-5-14. Privateer Riders would like to say how grateful they are for the care given by the Red Iron MC, and specifically to Chad Anderson, at the scene. Also, for the help and concern given by the members of the SOH MC that he was traveling with at the time. Keep the prayers coming. Gunner will be in surgery tomorrow for plates in his head and his jaw will be shut for four weeks. [from the ACMC Mail List]

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   10-11-14 … The Voodoo Poker Run & Ragin’ Cajun Fest were presented by the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. The poker run started at 10am; with the last stop at the Ragin’ Cajun Fest held that evening at Chandler HD.

   My contact for this benefit was Jen Pruett of HDE Agency. She commented that "Starting the 150 mile ride in the morning and ending in the evening with a special event was a unique way to organize this ride. It was awesome fundraiser with multiple elements that gave the riders many opportunities to raise funds and support this local fundraiser."

   There were 100 participants in the ride, which had 5 checkpoints. After signing in at C2 Tactical in Tempe, stops included Discount Tire in Casa Grande, Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa, and Cobblestone Auto Spa in Mesa, before reaching Chandler HD. The route was 149 miles. The 3 best poker hands were rewarded, but the winners’ names were unavailable at the time of this writing. Congratulations to each of you.

The Ragin’ Cajun Fest featured live music by The Riff Raff Band, delicious BBQ from Ragin’ Cajun BBQ, and cold craft beers from Abita Brewing Company.

   "This event is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m really excited to finally get the chance to invite the public to come and join me on a fun poker run while raising money to help our foundation continue to support our mission to bring awareness and support services to those affected by cardiomyopathy," said Anthony Miller, Executive Director of American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy.

   100% of the day’s proceeds benefited AFCM; which is dedicated to providing families with heart screenings, resources, training opportunities, & other support. You can learn more about both this disease and organization by visiting their website www.americanffc.org/

   The organizers want to thank AFCM, Ultra Star Multi-tainment for a fun & delicious lunch break, C2 Tactical, & Chandler H-D for their support. Thank you Jen for the information you were able to share with our readers.

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   10-18-14 … The Run For The Hills Charity Poker Run was held on Saturday October 18, co-hosted by American Legion Posts 58 (Ftn Hills), 34 (Cave Creek), 39 (Gilbert), 44 (Scottsdale), 105 (West Valley), & 117 (Phoenix). The beneficiaries were ‘Feed the Vets’ and ‘The Legion of the Silver Rose’. It was a shotgun start, with sign-in taking place between 10-11am at all Posts. Regardless of where you rode out from, the last stop was Post 58 in Fountain Hills, with the party starting at 3pm.

   There was a lot of competition in the calendar that day, with MANY coinciding events going on. Even so, they had about 60 riders participate. The ride itself was around 110 miles. Most finished it before making their way to the end party. The high hand was won by Robin Begreen, low hand by Post 39 Rider Bill Smith, and the 50/50 by Pauline Fortier.

   We’re told the event was a very good time. The weather was perfect, the food was good, and as usual Robert’s band the "Unknown Associates" was outstanding.

   ‘Feed the Vets’ helps Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children, whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger, through: (1) Community food pantries that provide regular, free food to Veterans and their families, (2) Distribution of related goods and services, (3) Public education and outreach. For more information about ‘Feed the Vets’, contact Rod Denney of Post 105 at 480-291-2406.

   The Legion of the Silver Rose is a foundation established to honor our Viet Nam Veterans that are suffering the effects of the deadly chemical Agent Orange. The Legion of the Silver Rose recognizes the Courage, Heroism and Contributions of American Service Personnel found to have been exposed to Agent Orange. For more information, call 602-622-1014 or email ksthorp@msn.com

   Thank you to our friend Chaos Ken, ALR58 President, for his input on this report.

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   10-21-2014 … Snake Bite from the Modified Motorcycle Association announced, "It is with great sorry and heavy heart that I pass the word that my dear friend and life member of the Leather District, Debbie Riggs, passed this morning at approx 7:15. She has been fighting pancreatic cancer for a year and a half and was told she was terminal five months ago. She is now pain free and rests in peace. Please keep Gareld and her family in your thoughts and prayers."

   Our sympathy goes out to Debbie’s family, friends, and loved ones in this time of loss.

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10-26-14…. Bill from the Lost Dutchman MC broke the sad news, via the ACMC mail list, that while prospecting for their Queen Creek chapter, Dan Court died in a motorcycle wreck on the Superstition Freeway on Saturday October 25. Bill shared, "Dan Court left us for a better place. He was a truly good man and will be on our thoughts for the duration of our lives." We add our condolences to the many being extended to Dan’s friends & loved ones.

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Are you gifted with an artistic talent? Your design could be used on an upcoming tee shirt for Chester’s Harley-Davidson. Drop off your detailed sketch, drawing, photograph, etc at the MotorClothes Dept OR email it to semesa@chestershd.com. Entries will be accepted until 12-31-14. Artwork will be displayed at the store and online at their FB page & website. Community judging will be January 1-31, 2015 with the winner being announced in February. Grand prize is $1000. Any questions? Drop an email to semesa@chestershd.com. Good luck!

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October 2014

Happy Birthday in October to…..

Bonnie aka Wolf, Mud Flap,Tim Mclachlan ‘Ferdinand’, Gina Swinesburg-Leathers,

Casey Yates, LaLa Montes, Michele Peltier, Jughead Lffl, Shortbus Radcliff,

Farley McDavidson, Lisa Cyr, Rose Confer [SAHR], Miklo Alma MC, Tush,

Lucy Barreras, Bob Lffl Goodwin, Patricia Delicia, & Betsy

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Happy Anniversary in October to

Gypsy & Sheri

Manny & Desi

Sara & Brad Storks

Congratulations with lots of love to our friends Cliff & Paula Stringham {CMA}

as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

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   After the article we presented in our August e-dition about the Then Came Bronson Reunion, we got a followup note to let us & our readers know that long-time Bronson’s Garage member Don Collins loaned his Bronson Bike to the Buddy Stubbs Museum until June 2015. Don’s bike was featured in the Sept-Oct issue of MOTORCYCLE CLASSICS magazine and the tank is autographed by his dear friend, the late Birney Jarvis, the real "Jim Bronson".

   So grab your camera and go check out some motorcycling history. The Museum is at Buddy’s Cave Creek Rd Harley-Davidson dealership [13850 N Cave Creek Rd, Phx] and is open Monday-Saturday from 11a to 5pm. The tour is FREE. The Museum currently houses 130+ motorcycles representing 37 different manufacturers. Some bikes date back to 1903.

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9-6-14 Heads up Notice from Lil Bit:

   Be on the lookout for a Black Hummer in the Mesa area. The man driving it has been described as being in his 40’s, very tall with a short military style haircut, brown hair and very muscular.

There was an incident last night {9-5-14} where the Black Hummer cut-off a female rider who was riding alone, attempting to cause an accident. She did not drop her bike but was shook up. She stopped at the Circle K on Southern and Higley to recompose herself. The Hummer followed her into the Circle K parking lot, and the driver, without provocation, physically assaulted her while stating he hates bikers. Rather than ride home and possibly have this guy follow her, she went to What The Hell B&G, and met up with friends who attended to her injuries.

   The police were not called since the incident was not captured on Circle K’s security cameras. Witnesses disappeared and no one was able to get the license plate of the Hummer.

   In the future, she will always park directly in front of the doors of businesses. The rider was kind of in shock when she got to her friends.

   He stated he hates ALL bikers. It’s been commented that it may not really matter if the rider was male or female. He found a lone rider, cut her off in an attempt to cause an accident and then made a u-turn to find her in the parking lot. He was hunting riders.

1. We all have friends who ride solo and, at times, ride alone. Warn them.

2. Be aware of your surroundings to Protect yourself.

3. Ride with a friend if possible. There is safety in numbers.

4. When parking at a business, park where the security cameras can see you. Ride Safe

   As of this writing there is no new info on this creep but everyone is keeping their eyes open in the area. There have been no additional assaults that we’ve been made aware of. Hopefully, this guy pulled his head out of his ass & got his shit together; and this was a one-time thing that is over with now.

Thank you Lil Bit for keeping us posted on this.

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9-28-2014 ~ Deb Brunko has earned her Motorcycle Endorsement. So cool! See you out on the road!

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9-29-14… Brett Shea and Heidi Hill have announced that they are getting married this Nov. 9th. Congratulations! We wish you much happiness!

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9-30-14…. Jennifer Sykes & Spirit Rider Don announced their engagement. Best wishes for a long & joyful life together!!

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September 2014

Happy Birthday in September to…..

Jen Buttram, Kat~MMMC,7-Up~SAHR MC, Barbara Jean McAtlin, Billy D Docherty,

Bump~SAHR MC, Doug Keatts, Ed Pearman, Fred Pascarelli, Gadget~Sho Ryders MC, Gary Dunham,

George Ziegler, Ginger Brunson, Jack Jones, Teekay, Joe Ferrucci, Kenny Belanger,

Paula Stringham, Ronnie Swinehart Jr., Sheila Palmer-Ryle,

SSGT Tim Chambers, Danita Martinez &, Maverick Clark,& Cory Donaldson

 

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Happy Anniversary

in September to

Athena & Joe Anderson,

8-Ball~DTMC & Jessica,

Murrell & Sandra Wilhite,

and

Us ~ Bruce & Betsy J

18 years ago during Mountain Madness at Sharp Creek Campsite. We have such awesome memories of that weekend!

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CHANGE IS GOOD ~

The Original Havasu Crew Poker Run

Sent by:

Scott McCool ~ VNV-LVMC

   Change is a good thing, and this past April the Original Havasu Crew of the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets MC decided that a date change was needed for their 12th Annual Poker Run.

   For the past 11 years, the date of this run coincided with the Laughlin River Run, as an alternative for riders who would rather not spend an arm and a leg to buy a cold beer. Plus, at this run they could ride helmet free and have a chance at one of the biggest poker hand payouts in the area.

   As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds are donated to various veteran charities in Lake Havasu City. Unfortunately, as the years went on, more "anti-Laughlin" runs and events popped up and the VNV/LVMC saw their numbers begin to decrease. It was definitely time for a change.

   "We knew we were up against too many other things," says the VNV/LVMC L-Chapter President Iceman. "Changing the date to earlier in the month {April 5} turned out to be a win-win for everyone." With cooler temps earlier in the month and no other runs anywhere close to Havasu, this run seemed to double in size. And why not? For a small donation you had a chance at winning $2,000 for the high hand of the day! Now some people are just not lucky when it comes to card games, so these guys also threw in "magic" cards. Draw the secret card at a stop and win $50 right there! The low hand was just as nice, with the "winner", or First Place Loser, walking away with $500. Not a bad day’s work!

   With temps in the mid-80s, you couldn’t have asked for a better day to ride around the lake. Starting off at either the sign-in spot in Lake Havasu at the Eagles Aerie 4299, or in the city of Parker (40 miles South) at the Sand Bar, the poker stops took riders to the floating bars of Foxes and the Road Runner in Parker, and to The Office and Twisted Metal in Havasu, before ending at the Eagles where the real party started. No matter where you decided to start, a short 80-mile ride by the lake is something you just don’t want to miss.

   Besides the numerous raffle and auction prizes, the main prize of the day was an one-of-a-kind BBQ that the Club had specially built for this run. For the year prior to this run, tickets had been sold for a chance to win this special BBQ that not only could be used as a grill (both propane and charcoal) but as a smoker as well. And, the real kicker? It was designed to attach to your trailer hitch for easy transportation to a campsite or tailgating event! The proud owner of the grill was Big Bob Pasek. The High Hand and Low Hand prizes were handed out, with both winners giving back substantial amounts to the Club to donate to the various veteran charities in Lake Havasu City. The Art Michaud Band played throughout the day and kept everyone entertained.

   If you haven’t been to this run yet, or haven’t stopped in for a couple years, make sure to get to next year’s run. There are big plans in the works that include a raffle ticket and a prize you’ll want to get your hands on. For all the info, check out www.vnvmclhc.com.

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7-20-14 … The Sho Ryders MC offered folks the hospitality of their Phoenix Clubhouse and the opportunity to participate in their Dominoes Tournament. Spectators were welcome as well. We learned from Dameian that there were 15 competitors. Stand-Up, the VP of Revolution MC, won; beating last year’s winner. He earned a prize plus his name goes on the domino championship belt. The Club would like to thank Sho Ryders So-Cal for coming out; All Or Nuthing SC for cooking; Revolution MC, Elite Ladies SC, and all the Sho Ryders MC supporters that showed up!

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8-2-14 … Susie Grimmer-Potter aka "Lil Bit" announced the birth of her newest granddaughter... Miss Isabella Sophia-Ann Brooks is her 7th grandchild. Congratulations to Mom & Dad, Michelle Grimmer-Brooks & Jason Brooks. We wish the family & the new arrival all the best.

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8-13-14 … Corvette Ivette & Kp Keith announced their engagement. Congratulations!!

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8-26-14… We’re welcoming Lady Jewells home from her Alaska Adventure. She’s already let us know that she’s got stories to share, so we’ve all got those to look forward to.

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8-26-14… We just got word that Desi & Manny of East Valley ABATE are moving to New Hampshire. You will definitely be missed. We are wishing you well on this new path.

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August 2014

Happy Birthdays for August …..
Autumn Windsor, Kathy Sleeper,Robert Windsor, Aleshia Fisher,Bill Bracken~LDMC,

Chris Couch,Bridget Hayes Moore, Mata,Charity Stuart, Dawn Vella,Curly Judy Amsbury, Shorty,David Lee Kriete,Dennis Beye,Diane James, Digger Dave, Eagle Donaldson,

Jeff Gorall,Jim Moore, Journeymen Doc,Kim Icee Smock, Logan Roberts,Mark Tapp,

Mase Woods,Michael Beaver,Nancy Judith Robinson,Nick Confer~SAHR MC,
Ron ‘Ronzo’ Spirlock,Sage Dunham, Skeeter Peak,Suzi Q~SAHR MC, Thee Wolf,
Wendy Schops, & Yuma~SAHRMC
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Happy August Anniversary to
7-Up & Lori
Bam Bam & Pebbles
Chewey & Sherie Martinez
Dennis & Fran Lansberry
Journeymen Doc & Billie
Mick & Janelle Degn
Suzi-Q & Allen B
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   A benefit for two Veterans Homeless Shelters in Phoenix took place on May 3rd, hosted by New Founders of Freedom [https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Founders-of-Freedom-Arizona-Chapter/186044828150997].

   According to event organizer Thomas Stewart, “We are a group of men and woman who REALLY appreciate our men and women of our military, both past and present. We do 2 rides a year to raise money for them. This was the first for this year and we will do another one around November. We adopt military families for Christmas.”

   Registration this day was from 8-9am, with the group of 35-40 riders taking off on the ≈ 114 mile run. Starting & ending at the NFF Shop - 1050 Eliseo C Felix Junior Way #110, Avondale, AZ 85323, stops included Avondale Moose Lodge 1572 S Cotton lane Goodyear; CO-OP (the Old Desert Rose) 18300 S Old US Hwy 80 Arlington; NETO’S 104 W. Murphy St Gila Bend; and Rex Saloon 24202 W US Highway 85 in Buckeye.

   Thomas went on to share that, “NEUTRAL was the name of the band that played. They were AWESOME! They had a wide variety of music. Also, the owner of Dragon in Chains set up a booth to sell his jewelry.”

   Bobby Jones, Chairman of AZ’s VFW Veterans’ Homeless Program, runs a male homeless shelter and a female homeless shelter in Phoenix. NFF was able to present him with a donation of $1700.

   Congratulations on a successful event for an important cause!

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   On May 10, a Bike & Car Wash For Female Homeless Vets was hosted by the VFW Riders and Hooters @ 2820 N 75 Ave in Phoenix. In addition to being able to get your bike or car washed, Hooters added an additional fundraiser to the day. If you brought a copy of the event flyer into Hooters, they donated 20% of your bill to the homeless.
Service Officers were also available to help out any Vet who may have questions about benefits, etc.

   In speaking with Scott Heineman of the VFW Riders [https://www.facebook.com/pages/VFW-Riders-White-Tanks-Chapter-District-3-Arizona/197162203663267], we learned that last year’s AZ Stand Down had under 100 homeless female Vets in attendance. This year, there were three times that many. He commented that the VA was unprepared for that.
So the VFW Riders are now doing events like this, specifically to raise monies which will go to the State VFW for female needs for the next Stand Down; such as purchasing female clothing & hygiene items, etc. This event raised $1200 toward that goal. And Scott specified that 100% of the proceeds will go to help homeless female Vets. Outstanding!  

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“A Dade to Remember” Poker Run
   On the night of April 4th, American Legion Post 138 member, Dade Sisneros, was on his way home when he swerved to avoid a collision and lost control of his motorcycle. Dade was rushed to Chandler Regional Hospital where he was placed in ICU with severe head and brain trauma. He was in critical condition until April 10th 4:50 PM when he passed away with his family by his side. His new wife Shelley was pregnant at the time with their first baby, Lauri, and she was due any day. Lauri arrived on April 29th at 11:21pm ~ 7lbs 6oz and a voice just like her Daddy.
   This fundraiser, to benefit the family of Dade Sisneros, was held May 10th 2014. Everyone was welcome to attend. Post 138 members worked diligently to get the word out about this benefit. 500 flyers were handed out during Mesa’s Motorcycles on Main event at May’s First Friday gathering. An announcement was posted on Ruby’s Rides page from KDKB, as well as an event being created on the American Legion Post 138 Facebook page. Many people shared the event and posted it to their personal walls. Motorcycle shops around town posted flyers in their shops also. Event organizer Tracey observed, “The social media and neighbor support was outstanding!”
   More than 140 people gathered on May 10 to go on the ride, with a combination of motorcycles & cars participating. All modes of travel were invited to attend via Post 138’s Facebook page… skateboards, horses, pogo sticks ~ you name it {:o)
   The ride was set up as a bead run. At each stop, riders collect one bead. Upon returning to the final Post the beads were traded in for 5 cards. Highest poker hand wins. The route went from Post 138 in Tempe, to Post 27 in Apache Junction, Post 9 in Florence, Post 35 in Chandler, Post 2 in Tempe, and ended back at Post 138.
   The party at Post 138 included music by the band ‘Makeit4’. We’re told they were awesome. Plus, not only did they donate their time to the event, they also donated their tips at the end of the night!! That’s awesome again!
   There was a 50/50 and a raffle. Everything up for grabs in the raffle was donated by friends and neighbors in the community.
   Tracey sends thanks to this event’s many supporters & donors… “All the American Legion Riders from Post 91 for their generous donation ~ the Chandler Elks Lodge for having the benefit car wash ~ All the American Legion posts that participated in our event including posts 27, 9, 35, & 2. Personal friends that not only donated from their businesses, but their time as well, some of them include: Panoramic Windows & Screens, Lucky Shirt Promotions, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Origami Owl Independent Designers Donelle McCullar Hasse and Liz Coughlin, Salon De Bellagio, 5 Star Vending, Hello You Photography, Beauti Control, Younique, Pinnacle Restoration, Desert Valley Firearms, Rusty Spur Saloon, Evil Twin Custom Cycle, Discount Biker Supply, Skunk Motorsports, Joeta’s Leathers, and Alice Cooper! Most of all, our family at Post 138 that did so much to make this day such a huge success! They are an amazing group of people with wonderful hearts!”
   Tracey also commented that, “It’s truly amazing how so many people came together for ‘family’ in need. We had so many people from all different posts and clubs near and far come in to attend this event. It truly was heartwarming. It’s what the American Legion is about, helping those in need. Shelley knows we are all here for her and that even though there is no way we can nor would we ever be able to replace Dade, little baby Lauri will grow up knowing her dad through all the stories her oh so many aunts and uncles will tell her as she grows up! This event will be an annual event with the proceeds going toward Lauri’s college fund.”
   There is a secure website where people can donate to Lauri and Shelley at https://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-greatest-healing-therapy-is-friendship-and-love-/161525
   Tracey from Post 138 for sending details of the day for us to share.

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   The 4th annual Memorial Day Ride took place on Saturday May 24; with its After Party being held at Westgate in Glendale. The event’s intent is to honor our service members. Beneficiaries of the day were Veterans First LTD and Soldiers Best Friend.
   Staging for the ride was at Sanderson Ford, 6400 N. 51 Ave, Glendale, AZ. Opening ceremonies included the Glendale Fire Fighters Honor Guard; the National Anthem performed by Timothy Arney, a Purple Heart Recipient & Combat Vet of the 82nd Airborne Division; and the Missing Man Formation presented by the Warbirds Rat Squadron.
   At the ceremonies’ conclusion, the ride departed for Westgate and the After Party; featuring music by the band RockLand. The route included an ‘honor stop’ at AZ’s National Memorial Cemetery, on Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix.
   Through the sponsorship of Law Tigers and their fellow sponsors, rider registrations, and additional donations, a total of $7281 was raised; according to Amy Petrovsky, of event organizer AZ Tribute Rides. Veterans First LTD received $3603, with $3678 going to Soldiers Best Friend.
   Soldiers Best Friend provides United States military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a trained Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog. Many of these dogs are rescued from local shelters. http://soldiersbestfriend.org/
   Veteran’s First, a 501(c3), is dedicated to veteran issues, such as homelessness, with special emphasis on women veterans, past, present and future. http://veteransfirstltd.org/ 
Please visit the websites of these organizations to learn more. Learn more about this annual event by visiting www.aztributerides.com

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July 2014

Happy Birthdays for July

J J J
Gina Dittmar, A K Fourty Seven, John ‘Pharoah’ Angell, Bags Lind, Diane Lind,

Ashley Romao, Gary D,Barry Caraway ~ CycleRides.com, Gypsy ~ VNVMC,
Cowboy ~ SAHRMC, Denise Gibbons-Castorena, Faith L Shupa, Max Power, Kathie Ricca,
Ghettogasman ~ SRMC, Janice Hamilton, Karen M G Bailey,

Kelly Hemphill ~ Biker Information Guide, Murrell Wilhite,
Patty Schneider, Rocker Chick, Tim Kenchiova, Barry ‘ScarryBarry’ Groom,
and my sweetheart Bruce.
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Happy July Anniversary to
Bags & Joni Baginsky
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The Evapeology Vapor Lounges, located at 2164 N Alma School Rd Ste 101 in Chandler and 183 E Williams Field Rd in Gilbert are both donation drop-off points for radio 98KUPD’s Operation Hydration water collection; which supports the Phoenix Rescue Mission by collecting bottled water for valley-wide relief agencies. Water can be donated now through September at either Evapeology location. Any questions, call 480-917-8273
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The Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue Poker Run took place on Saturday April 26. Thirty people signed in at Arrowhead HD, 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn Ctr Dr. in Peoria. Four of them drove their van rather than riding. Their participation was appreciated all the same.
First stop was at Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill, in Phoenix. Here you could get in on a raffle for a 40” flat screen TV. Tickets were $5 each. Additional stops were at Wild Horse West in Peoria and Roadrunner Restaurant in New River; with last stop at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek. A bbq lunch at Harold’s was included in the entry fee of $25/sgl, $45/2-up. Raffle tickets were sold far various items, as an additional fundraiser.
Pat from DLRR expressed thanks to Glenn at Wild Horse West, the Roadrunner, Shenanigan’s for running the TV raffle, and to Diana Walters the Dog Groomer for donating the television. Thanks also to Harold’s for providing a great lunch, thanks to Margaret and Dan; thanks to Bob Moellman & Law Tigers for donating the giveaway bags. Thanks to Harley Davidson Arrowhead and to Bill Brown and sponsors Stacy LaFrance and Karen Aubert. And thanks go to Ann Glaser, Executive Producer for AZ Midday Show, for inviting DLRR to be on their show promoting the Organization and the Run.
Although DLRR does a variety of fundraisers, this was their first motorcycle run. Pat noted that, “We learned a lot and are looking forward to next year.”
From their website, www.dlrrphoenix.org: Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue of Phoenix (DLRR) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to finding loving, life-long homes for displaced Labrador Retrievers. In addition to rescue, our volunteers provide medical care and/or rehabilitation for these dogs and then attempt to match them with appropriate, permanent homes. We also provide Labrador Retriever breed and training information on request. Through public education, we strive to help eliminate animal overpopulation by encouraging the spaying and neutering of pets.
DLRR is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. All of the money raised is used to help dogs directly, or to fund the organization (buying supplies, supporting the website, etc.) DLRR takes in dogs from the pound, other animal shelters, strays, and from owners who don’t want them or can’t keep them.
A visit to their website at www.dlrrphoenix.org will introduce you to a collection of beautiful Labs who are each waiting for a forever home & family. They will touch your heart
J
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from Amy Barrett, Chester’s Harley-Davidson… Our Harley’s Heroes event on Saturday, May 31st was a great success. We had over 100 Veterans come to Chester’s Harley-Davidson and receive FREE services from the DAV regarding their available benefits, education, counseling opportunities and more. With coffee and donuts in hand the Veterans were able to stroll the dealership and look at bikes and visit with Chester’s staff as they waited patiently.
Poverty’s Pets, a pit bull rescue organization, was also on-site with 6 brand new rescued pups looking for a loving home and information about their charity. At least one pup was adopted this weekend.
Members of the Viet Nam / Legacy Vets MC and the Marine Corps League donated a POW flag to Chester’s Harley-Davidson during this event and were kind enough to raise it for us. We proudly display this flag in show of our support to all Veterans near and far.
Jeremy Graham of Sour Diesel Trainwreck provided entertainment for this gathering.
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June’s Motorcycles on Main ‘Summer Send Off Party’ in Downtown Mesa took place on Friday June 6th. There appeared to be a smaller turnout that May’s MoM but it still had good traffic. Parking was on MacDonald and on Pepper.
The group of some 20+ vendors included Chester’s Harley-Davidson, Grease Slinger Cycles, The Helmet Center ~ all the way over from the west side of the Valley , and Evapeology. There was also a fellow there with some extraordinary leather work on display as well… carved pieces that were simply ‘Wow’. ‘Spank’ was back to perform; putting on another good show.
Remember…. This was the last MoM until September. Same as last year, this event is taking July & August OFF. Mark you calendars for September’s return to Motorcycles on Main on September 5th, for Hot September Nights, which will be a Tribute to Arizona’s Firefighters.
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Congratulations to Debra Chalfin, winner of June’s AMSAF Rider Training Course Giveaway. Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) and Team Arizona give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that.
You can go to www.amsaf.org, click on the CONTESTS tab, and select the ‘Monthly Rider Course’ option. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month.
AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help them give away more Motorcycle classes each month. FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Fndn (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org
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Jennifer of Hide & Soul Leatherworks is closing her Mesa location inside Joeta’s and heading back north to South Dakota. Yup ~ you can look her up while you’re in Sturgis if you need to alterations, repairs, or other such stitching done on your leather. Her shop is located between Sturgis & Deadwood. Doesn’t get any more convenient than that! Her phone # is 406-788-5352 or send an email to roadkillleather@gmail.com. She also let us know that she plans to be back here during Bike Week in AZ.
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June 2014

Happy Birthdays for June ...
Ann Ziegler ~ AZ Biker Leathers, Robert Shinn ~ Evil Twin Custom Cycles, Anthony Pratt, Chewey ALMA MC, Christy Mark Crow, Cindy Gates, Corliss Ventura-Ditton, Darrel Lieske, Dennis Goose Lansberry, Ed Leclere, Erica Stephens, Gary ‘Bam Bam’ Lindroos, Joe McPhee, Joeta, Kimberley ‘Sunshiney’ McQueen, Linda Parker, Lisa McLachlan, Lonnie Schleicher, Michele Stevie Root, Mimi Key, Rod Jackson VRA, and Sara Rood Storks
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Happy June Anniversary to
Jerry & Lauren Epp Lee
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The Disabled American Veterans {DAV} Chapter 8 is currently hosting a Rifle Raffle fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now for a Mossberg MVP .223cal/5.56mm Scoped Rifle. It uses AR Mags. ‘Guns & Ammo’ declares it a ‘Tack Driver’. All proceeds go to DAV Chapter 8. Must be 18 or older & able to pass a background check. Tickets cost $3/each or 4 for $10. The drawing will be held June 12, 2014 at 1pm at Chapter 8’s meeting hall, located at 655 N Gilbert Rd, Mesa, AZ 85203. No need to be present to win. Monies from this fundraiser stay local to help area disabled Vets. For more information OR to find out where tickets are on sale, call 480-890-2424.
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The Hogs n Hounds Charity Ride took place on April 5 to benefit Arizona’s homeless pets. It was among the numerous rides which concluded at the inaugural Phoenix Bikefest at Wild Horse Pass. Sign-in was at Tucson H-D. There were about 60 participants. It was a self-paced ride, with departures between 11a-1pm. This was a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. They had an information display at the dealership, which included details about their life-saving programs and services;

plus showcasing a few of their pet VIPs.
Tereasa, from HSSAZ, stated, “Harley Davidson of Tucson & their HOG Chapter have been amazing supporters of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. We are so excited to have this collaboration!”
For more information about the Humane Society of Southern AZ, visit their website at http://www.hssaz.org
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The Hand in Hand Ride on April 5, benefited & started at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ. This was one of the official Arizona Bike Week rides. We learned from Lisa at AZ Bike Week that about 700 signed up for the ride. She commented, “We expect it to grow considerably in the coming years. Such an incredible cause and the people at Phoenix Children’s Hospital were so grateful. The ride was routed up the 51 to the 101 and into WestWorld. Each rider got a hand-shaped card at registration with the name of a child at the hospital on it. This is where the name ‘Hand In Hand Ride’ came from. Each participant was riding hand in hand with one of the children they were supporting.” The ride fee included breakfast, the escorted ride, Cyclefest entry, & the ZZ Top concert.
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May’s Motorcycles on Main took place on Friday May 2nd. Yes, due to the light rail construction everything was set up on MacDonald. It was smaller than on Main Street but it was well done and everyone we saw was having a fine time. It was a beautiful night with a great turnout. Lots of people were ready to get OUT for the evening {:o) The band ‘Spank’ put on a really good show. Vendors were set up on both sides of MacDonald plus in the extra lot; including some new ones. There were still a fair amount of bikes parked on Main. Several restaurants on Main were offering outdoors seating for their patrons.
The Summer Send Off Party is on Friday June 6th. ‘Spank’ is back to perform. Parking is on MacDonald and on Pepper. This will be the last MoM until September. Same as last year, this event is taking July & August OFF.
Mark your calendars for September’s return to Motorcycles on Main on Friday September 5th, for Hot September Nights, which will be a Tribute to Arizona’s Firefighters.
Click here to check out our Facebook photo album of Motorcycle on Main pictures.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.491226120897689.108517.119970341356604&type=3

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May 10’s Motorcycle and Hot Rod Swap Meet at MainStreet Motorcycles, located at 9750 E Apache Trail, Mesa, AZ took place in the evening. It was co-hosted by RoadKill Customs, located on the same property. We got there a bit past 7:30pm. John had big floodlights set up in the lot. The teaming up of these two businesses brought in a combination of displays offering items for both motorcyclists and motorheads.
There were tables full of goods…. Parts, accessories, and collectibles for bikes and for hotrods. Shoppers and vendors alike could take advantage of cooler evening temps.
The next 2 Swap Meets, on July 12 and September 13, will also be at night. Vendor set up is free, and it’s free to come in and shop.
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Motorcycle Training Course Giveaways!
AMSAF’s newsletter announced four winners in May for their Rider Course Giveaway: Roderick Hill, Whitney Danielson, Noble Wells, and Kelly King. Congratulations to each of you!
Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) and Team Arizona give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that.
You can go to www.amsaf.org, click on the CONTESTS tab, and select the ‘Monthly Rider Course’ option. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month.
AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help them give away more Motorcycle classes each month. FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Fndn (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org
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May 2014

We have a bundle of Happy Birthdays to shout out for May!

Athena Anderson, Breeze, Bob Moreno, Curt Burnley, Jim Page, Lady Jewells,

Marcus Vincent-Beagle, Margie Ferrucci, Tamra, Marla Kelly, Russ Abshire, Michael McCall, Robert Baker, Monica Flores, ‘Muskrat’ Steve Musgrave, Paula ‘Sparky’ Maros,

Randy ‘Wings’ Price, Riski Phillip Stabolito, Stacie Edwards, Taliesin MacAran,

and Yukon Rick Johnson.

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Happy May Anniversary to Yuma Harry & his lady Janice as they are celebrating 48 years ~ How COOL is THAT!!

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The 9th Annual Hearts To Heroes Motorcycle Ride, organized by TwoGals Events, took place of Saturday February 22, 2014. Riders could choose to depart from Chester’s Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa or in the west valley from the Hooters at Metro Center. Melissa from TwoGals described the weather as ‘fabulous’ for the ride. Destination for both groups was Pinnacle Peak Patio where the party included lunch plus music by Whisky Dogz. A lengthy list of sponsors included Chester’s H-D, Chuck Franklin, Metal Weld Specialties, Connolly’s, Greasewood Flat, Hooters, Nicantoni’s, Fat Willy’s, and American Legion Posts 34 & 58. This event raised over $6500 for Packages From Home, http://packagesfromhome.org/

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On Saturday March 8, Riders gathered at Chester’s Harley Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Dr; Mesa for the 3rd annual McCarthy “Ride For Sight”; organized by TwoGals Events to benefit the Foundation for Blind Children. This scenic ride took participants up to Hogs N Horses in Cave Creek for lunch & entertainment. This run raised about $4000 for the Foundation, which you can read more about by visiting them online at their Facebook page ‘Foundation for Blind Children - seeitourway.org’

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EagleRider Motorcycle Sales hosted a Slasher Sale the weekend of March 28-30th. Photos below. The parking lot was host to several vendors, offering gel-pad seats, beef jerky, apparel, women’s accessories, patches, frozen spark plugs, helmets, and E-vape smoking accessories. The bar area was serving beer and other alcoholic beverages. There was a pulled pork bbq lunch available. Traffic appeared steady during the time we were there. We did observe contracts being written and happy people with smiling excited faces. Inside the showroom there was a silent auction set up to benefit the Crusaders For the Children & their Child Empowerment Ride. There was a collection of memorabilia from the worlds of sport, movies, and of course Harley-Davidson available for bidding. EagleRider Motorcycle Sales is located at 1000 N McClintock Drive in Tempe. Their website is www.topspokerentals.com and you can call them at 480-905-9397. Open every day 9a-5pm.

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The 2nd Annual Yuma ABATE Membership Drive took place on March 29 and was a huge success. [photos right] Registration was held at Bill Alexander Flight Line Mazda, at 1350 E 32nd St, Yuma; and breakfast was served there also. Desert Oasis Ministries and CMA cooked breakfast for all the riders and I must say the food was amazing. The first stop was the Sons of Hell Clubhouse, the second stop was the Mad Greek restaurant, the third stop was Liberty Motorsports, the fourth stop was at the VFW Post 8242, and the final stop was Rumors Bar. Biker games such as the helmet toss were played at some of the stops for door prize tickets. There were a lot of quality door prizes that had riders on the edge of their seats hoping that their numbers were called. Several clubs came out to support the run: Sons of Hell MC, Viet Nam Vets / Legacy Vets MC, Dirty Dawgs MC, Privateer Riders MC, Christian Motorcycle Association, and the Christian Crusaders. We also had a lot of independent riders too. During the membership drive we gained two new business memberships, two club memberships, four new annual memberships, and had one membership renewal. ABATE of Yuma wants to thank all our sponsors, the clubs, and the independents that made this run a success. Yuma’s ABATE Chapter meets the second Tuesday evening monthly at 6:30pm at The Mad Greek Restaurant located at 1725 S. 3rd Ave, Yuma, AZ. For additional information contact Frank White (Hound) at 209-327-0814.

For the love of freedom, Pastor D ~ Communications Officer ~ Yuma Chapter ABATE

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On the night of April 4th, an American Legion Post 138 brother, Dade Sisneros, was on his way home when he swerved to avoid a collision and lost control of his motorcycle and went down. Dade was rushed to Chandler Regional Hospital where he was placed in ICU with severe head and brain trauma. - Dade and Shelly were recently married and their 1st child, Laurie Elizabeth, is due to arrive any day now. At 4:50pm April 10th Dade “Tader” Sisneros passed away with his family by his side.... Services were held Tuesday April 15 at 10am, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1551 E. Dana Ave, Mesa; followed immediately by the burial procession to The Queen of Heaven Mortuary, 1562 E Baseline Rd. Mesa. A benefit run is being hosted by Post 138 on May 10, to help out Dade’s family. Starts/ends at Post 138, 107 E Broadway Tempe. Sign-in 9a, last out 10:30am, last in 4pm. ALL vehicles welcome! $20/sgl, $25/2-up. FMI: https://www.facebook.com/Post138

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From the Motorcycles on Main organizers: One of the faces of Downtown Mesa, our employee Greg, was in a motorcycle accident on April 5th and broke his leg as well as shattered his knee. Though you may not know him personally, Greg is an integral part of Motorcycles on Main, Bike Night in Downtown Mesa. Although behind the scenes, Greg works very hard to make sure that each month, the event is set up and ready to go for all the bikers who come to Main Street to enjoy our beautiful Downtown. Greg needs help. He’s unable to work for at least 3 months. There will be a donation jar in the beer garden for him, at the point of sale, during the upcoming Motorcycles on Main events in May & June. A fundraising account has also been set up for him. Anything helps! Here is an online link http://www.gofundme.com/8fao1s

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April 2014

Happy April Birthdays to
Beaux Marks, Henry Nichols,JoAnne King, Jon Kinsey,Karen Gibson, Randy Heath,
Karen Hoover Henry,and Robin Munn
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Happy April Anniversary to
Buz & Monika Sneezy,
Chazz & Andreanne DePape,
Ed & Brenda Leclere,
Lodur & Bucket,
Paul & Kathleen Thomsen-Grover, and
Terry & Sandy Crabtree
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On Friday Feb 28, a POW/MIA Chair was dedicated at Goodyear Ballpark, located at 1933 South Ballpark Way in Goodyear, AZ. Photo left. In attendance was Joe “D”, President of Rolling Thunder MA1, based in Massachusetts.
Back in our September 2013 edition, we shared a story about how Rolling Thunder MA1 was encouraging Major League sports teams, plus restaurants & other public venues in the Commonwealth, to maintain an empty chair as a means to raise public awareness for the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action issue. These Chairs are dedicated in Honor of the 91,719 Servicemen who remain unaccounted for since WWI.
The hope and goal is to keep the POW/MIA conversation in the forefront, between parents & kids, teachers & students, constituents & their legislators. The pressure MUST be kept up on our government to do the right thing in regard to POW/MIAs. Sadly, it appears they just won’t do it themselves.
As of June 30, 2014, Afghanistan POW Bowe Bergdahl will have been held captive for FIVE years. On Friday, March 28 Bowe’s 28th Un-Happy birthday was observed. There were bikes in Times Square and it was shown on Good Morning America. There is NO doubt that Bowe needs to be HOME ~ ALIVE ~ NOW. Bowe has become a pawn in the game of world politics. For Bowe’s sake and for the sake of any future POW/MIA service personnel, this issue MUST remain in our hearts and minds.
Congratulations to Rolling Thunder MA1 for this latest achievement!
To learn more about the POW/MIA Chair program and how you can help, contact Joe “D” at joe.dentremont@rollingthunderma1.org
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Mar 7 … This First Friday found us at Motorcycles on Main in Downtown Mesa. It was a perfect night to be out. There was a great turnout! Local riders were joined by visitors from as far away as Washington state, Canada, and other far points. Vendors included Grease Slinger Cycles & Evapeology Vapor Lounge. Chester’s Harley-Davidson had their Kickstart machine running. East Valley ABATE had their booth set up & were promoting the upcoming Too Broke For Sturgis. The bands ‘Hawg Wild’ and ‘Rust’ were joined by a third band ‘Boomer’, hosted by Desert Eagle Brewery. It made for a very good mix of music. Outdoor seating areas for the bars & restaurants were full. There were a lot of independents as well as many different colors flying. There are three more Motorcycle On Main parties before the summer break in July & August. We hope to see you there!

Click here to see photos in our Motorcycles on Main album on FB.
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Mar 8, 2014…. Spirit, one of the original Ladies of the Limey Riders MC, passed away on this day. The news was shared by LRMC President Skypilot. We add our condolences to the many going out to her family & loved ones.
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“No Child Deserves to Live in Fear.” The Bikers Against Child Abuse {BACA} Awareness Run took place on Saturday March 15th. Sign-in was at Tucson HD, 7355 N. I-10 EB Frontage Rd, in Tucson. Close to 300 participants came out in support. This is the Chapter’s opportunity to teach people about their organization, plus it is their annual fundraiser.
The ride route included stops at Circle S Saloon, Hooter’s, Branding Iron South, DAV, and Renegade before ending at Shooter’s Steakhouse & Saloon located at 3115 E Prince Rd, in Tucson.
Lightning, PR & Events Coordinator for the Pima County Chapter, sent along this message on behalf of the Chapter:
We had an amazing turnout and want to thank everyone that donated to our raffle and gave support, The Jonestown Band for playing tirelessly, KLPX for advertising our run and conducting another on-air interview, Shooter’s and Hooter’s for donating a portion of their sales to BACA, and everyone that came out to the ride. Thank you to everyone who supports our organization’s mission! The more awareness we have, the more kids we can help. Hopefully one day, this plague of abuse will end. Until then, we ride for every wounded child...
BACA, established in 1995, is an international organization that provides an extraordinary service to the abused kids of their communities. Learn more about BACA and how you can help by visiting their website at http://bacaworld.org/
Thank you Lightning, for your help with this report.
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March 2014

Happy March Birthdays to
B Paul Price, Chuck Ortman, Dawn Boardman, Deb Butitta, Joseph A. Cordeiro,

Linda Tush, Linette Reid, and Ray Hartman

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Our sincerely condolences go out to Joe & Denise of DelMar Sales

on the passing of Joe’s son Brad McPhee.

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   Saturday January 18 was a beautiful sunny day. It was perfect for the Sons of Hell MC 2nd Annual Swap Meet; held at the SoH clubhouse, located at 2811 S Ave 2½ E Yuma, AZ. This annual event is hosted by the Sons to raise money for the Yuma BMX Track, to contribute to the track maintenance. They also sponsor a rider to the Nationals. This year it was Deegan Warnock. While he did not win at the Nationals, another kid from Yuma who races at the track did win.
   There were 12 vendors selling their goods, plus a bike and car show. Booths & show entries were each $5, as was the walk-in fee. Yuma area businesses LZ Bar & Grill and Benny’s Upholstery donated cash prizes for the winners of the bike & car show.
DJ David played music while people mingled and shopped. Manny cooked burgers and hotdogs for the crowd. It was a fun day for all. They are already planning for a bigger event next year.
   Thanks to Janice & Harry and the Sons of Hell for sharing news & photos of their day.
 

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Motorcycle Training Course Giveaways!
Derek Castillo of Casa Grande was the winner of February’s AMSAF Rider Course giveaway.
In addition, these 20 contestants won the AMSAF’s ‘20 Under 20’ Full Scholarship for a Basic Rider Course (BRC), thanks to the Allstate Insurance’s Good Ride Grant: Andrew Farmer, Martin Zuniga, Dakota Dixon, Matthew Wells, Daniel Shumway, Merrick Kurcsics, David Polidoro, Quintin Riehle, Genette Rodriquez, Richard Polidoro, Judy Haugen, Ryan Brown, Kaitlin Paridee, Shannon McClelland, Kristi McDougall, Thaddeus Jones, Laurel Smith, Vawn Mills, Madison Smith, and Kyle Reza. These contestants each received a $100 Scholarship off of the Basic Rider Course (BRC): Brandon Smiley, Marielle DeBaun, Charlie Hill, Nicolo Molina, Hector Sanchez, Richard Spallinger, Jackie Colvin, Ryan Madison, Keighlene Welch, Zack Long, and Koty De Anda. Congratulations to you all!
Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) and Team Arizona give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. You can go to www.amsaf.org, click on the CONTESTS tab, and select the ‘Monthly Rider Course’ option. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month.
AMSAF is looking for Sponsors to help them give away more Motorcycle classes each month. FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Fndn (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org
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February 2014

Happy February Birthdays to Jim Silk, Kurt Groff, Sidekick, George Childress,

Harold Fischer of Chandler Custom Cycles, Jesse Hendrix, Michele Osborn, & Eric Henry
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The 1st annual Hot Rods 4 Tots hosted by Reapers Southern AZ Chapter took place on January 15th at Daddy O’s, located at 43rd Ave & Thunderbird in Phoenix. Entry into the Bike & Car Show was $10/entry. Although it was a free event for spectators, donations were accepted & appreciated. Proceeds went to benefit Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. We learned from Chuck Foster afterwards that the show was a ‘major success’. He reports they collected almost $3,000 and 500 pounds of food for SACH.
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JC Reece is a proud grandpa ~ greeting his 4th grandchild on Jan 16;

a baby girl 8lbs, 12oz, and 23” long.
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January’s Party on the Patio at Chester’s Harley Davidson, [922 S Country Club Dr] in Mesa, AZ took place on Saturday January 18 from 11a-2pm. This month’s beneficiary was Packages From Home. About 350 people came out to bring donations to PFH. They also got to enjoy a free lunch from Jolie’s Place in Chandler, and music by Double Clutch.
Donations for Packages From Home include things that can be sent in boxes to the troops like socks, deodorant, gum, toothpaste, candy, magazines, etc. Cash donations help to pay the shipping charges and are much appreciated as well.
About 20 people took advantage of the pre-registration booth for this month’s Hearts To Heroes event ~ which will depart from Chester’s HD on February 22nd. This event will also benefit Packages From Home.
Chester’s HD hosts Party on the Patio monthly and the next one

is scheduled for Saturday February 15.
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Steel Horse Saloon [1818 W. Bell Rd.] in Phoenix hosted a ‘Polar Bear Run’ on Saturday January 25. This was a free event. No sign-in fee, no beneficiary… just a ride to have fun. There were between 85-100 people who participated. The run included a stop at Hogs n’ Horses in Cave Creek for biker games ~ weenie bike, barrel race, drag race, and slow race. Some played, others watched, everyone had a good time. After the games everyone rode back to the Steel Horse for the awarding of plaques and for entertainment

by the band High Strung.
Steel Horse Saloon owner JoAnna noted that these free rides will be taking place from time to time. So watch for announcements on their Facebook page at /SteelHorseAZ.
Their next big event coming up will be the annual Trifecta Bike Show on Sunday March 30.
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If you haven’t been by Ramjet Racing [13207 N Cave Creek Rd, Phx] lately, you’re in for a surprise. The place is totally opened up and rearranged. Same space but it sure seems bigger. Stop by & check out the shop’s new look during their

Customer Appreciation Day March 23.
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Have you got your 2014 calendar yet? Here’s a calendar fundraiser you’ll want to read about. “Honor Flight” is raising monies to provide a free trip to Washington, DC for World War II Veterans to see their Memorial on April 22, 2014. “Honor Flight” is sponsored by Freedom Flight, Inc.; a 501(c) 3 educational, non-profit corporation that promotes the POW-MIA issue through the use of Hot Air Balloons. Visit www.freedomflight.org to view & order the Freedom Flight POW-MIA 25th Anniversary Calendar. It costs $15 & is available via their Memorabilia page.
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Motorcycle Training Course Giveaways!
Christopher Boeke was the winner of January’s AMSAF Rider Course giveaway.
Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) and Team Arizona give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that.
You can go to www.amsaf.org, click on the CONTESTS tab, and select the ‘Monthly Rider Course’ option. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month.
AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help them give away more Motorcycle classes each month. FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Fndn (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org
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Charity was recently promoted to Technical Sergeant. Congratulations! She was also recently redeployed back to the desert … the Other desert, that is. She’ll be away from home for about 2 months. Send her messages / greetings from home on her FB page.

Look her up at Charity Stuart.
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Share your news within AZ’s Biker Community. Boast about a grand-baby, extend congratulations or well wishes, send someone kudos for a promotion, announce an engagement, welcome your GI home. You get the idea. Send an email to editor@azridersouthwest.com, subject line: Community News.
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January 2014

Happy January Birthdays to Billie Daman, DEfeCT, Greg Sleeper, Jimmy Brewer, NeverReady, Kathi Calahan, Papadave Treadwell, Gina Edwards, Mariah Newill, Mustang Sally,

Jeanne Shinn, Mark Kalifut [HogWear|Purple Slice], and Mick Degn [AMSAF]

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We’ve learned from Bob Johnston, of San Tan Ford, that his daughter Jessica is getting married on January 16. Our best wishes for a long & happy life together go out to Jessica and her betrothed, Ron Brown.

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Ann & George Ziegler of AZ Biker Leathers are announcing the engagement of their son George Jr. He & his lady Amber are marrying in April. Congratulations! We wish you every happiness as you embark on this special path together.

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On December 7th, D&D Discount Motorcycles, located at 617 N McClintock Dr in Tempe, held their 10th annual Open House, from 8a-3pm. They served coffee & donuts in the morning, then offered a free lunch 1-2:30p. According to D&D partner Mark DeSimone they had, “a record turnout even with the cooler day. It all went great!” This was also an opportunity to see their new helmet & apparel showroom.

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Motorcycle Training Course Giveaways! Sarah DeMarco from Vail, AZ was the winner of December’s AMSAF Rider Course giveaway. Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) and Team Arizona give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that. You can go to www.amsaf.org, click on the CONTESTS tab, and select the ‘Monthly Rider Course’ option. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month. AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help them give away more Motorcycle classes each month. FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Fndn (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org

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Attention Riders Under the Age of 20! If you are interested in taking a Motorcycle Course, AMSAF, in conjunction with a major grant from Allstate Insurance, will be giving away free motorcycle training courses to 20 Arizona teenagers who want to learn to ride. The course is a Basic Rider Course through TEAM Arizona. This is nearly a $300 value. In addition, they will be giving away some very generous discounts to 14 more individuals. Any motorcycle rider under the age of 20 is encouraged to apply, starting on January 6, 2014. Details and applications will be posted to their website at www.amsaf.org. Go to the CONTESTS page and select the “20 under 20” contest. The contest is expected to end very soon; so get your application in quickly. You can follow AMSAF [Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation] on Facebook as well.

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Have you got your 2014 calendar yet? Here’s a calendar fundraiser you’ll want to read about. “Honor Flight” is raising monies to provide a free trip to Washington, DC for World War II Veterans to see their Memorial on April 22, 2014. “Honor Flight” is sponsored by Freedom Flight, Inc.; a 501(c) 3 educational, non-profit corporation that promotes the POW-MIA issue through the use of Hot Air Balloons. Visit www.freedomflight.org to view & order the Freedom Flight POW-MIA 25th Anniversary Calendar. It costs $15 & is available via their Memorabilia page.

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December 2013

Happy December Birthdays to
Carol Lefferts, Don Hooch LFFL, Ed Boon, Slider, Raynita Carlson, Smart Alex,

Steven M Foster, Hollie Sanchez, Smiley, Desi Chicola, Leonard Smith, Buz Sneezy
and
Jeremy Fisher sends out happy birthday wishes to his nephew, US Army soldier Will Fisher.
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Happy December Anniversary to
Redbone & Patty ~ celebrating #40
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There is some very sad news to share, coming from the White Mountains. Andy ‘Chili’ Chilimidos and his wife Darlene were killed by a drunk driver going the wrong way on Hwy. 202 near Priest at about 2:30am on Saturday November 9. They had ridden down to the Valley from St John to celebrate their birthdays. Our condolences go out to their family at this time of terrible loss.
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    Allen Dennison from Sun City, Arizona, was the winner of November’s AMSAF Rider Course giveaway. He’d been away from riding for 18 years. Rather than assuming he’d just pick it right back up again; he made a wise choice in realizing that after being off a bike for so long, that taking a class would help refresh his skills. Congratulations!
    Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) and Team Arizona have teamed up to give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in AZ. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that.
    You can go to www.amsaf.org and click on the NEWS tab. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month.
    AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help us give away more Motorcycle classes each month. Together we can reduce Motorcycle accidents which are on the climb.
FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF)
Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org
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Congratulations also go to AMSAF for receiving the Allstate Good Ride Grant for their ‘20 Under 20’ campaign. The grant will go toward getting 20 applicants under the age of 20 into a Motorcycle Course. Well done!
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It has been announced that Bobbi Hartmann, a dedicated & tireless Motorcyclists’ Rights activist on behalf of AriZona’s bikers, has been unanimously selected by the NCOM Board of Directors to be awarded NCOM’s highest honor, the “Ron Roloff Life Time Achievement Award” at the 2014 NCOM Conference in May.

Congratulations Bobbi, on this recognition for all your work over the years!
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Congratulations to William Padilla on the birth of his grandson, Andrew ~

born November 30.
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November 2013

Happy November Birthdays to Camaro Dave, David Miller, Pyro, Barb Heller,

Shelley Victor Thorkelson, Brenda Heath, Ed Chandler, Jason Arnold, Diana Carney,

and Michael DePaulo

 

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American Legion Riders of Post 138 are holding a raffle to be drawn on 11/23/13. The grand prize is $10,000 CASH. Prizes also include 1 @ $2500 and 5 @ $500. Only 300 tickets are being sold. Tickets are $100 each, but the poster says your odds of winning something are 1 in 43. That’s significant. Proceeds support Post 138’s Veterans Relief Fund.

Get more details by calling 480-966-3288.

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Motorcycle Training Course Giveaways! Congratulations to Michael Kozel, winner of October’s AMSAF Rider Course giveaway!

Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) has teamed up with Team Arizona to give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that. You can go to www.amsaf.org and click on the NEWS tab. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month. AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help us give away more Motorcycle classes each month. Together we can reduce Motorcycle accidents which are on the climb.

FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org

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October 2013

Happy October Birthdays to Bonnie aka Wolf, Mud Flap, Dick Tush,

Tim ‘Ferdinand’ Mclachlan, LaLa Montes, Casey Yates, Gina Swinesburg-Leathers,

Michele Peltier, Shortbus Radcliff, Farley McDavidson,Rose Confer [SAHR],

Bob Moellman [Law Tigers],& Betsy

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Happy October Anniversaries to

Gypsy & Sheri;

Manny & Desi;

Brad & Sara Storks

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Motorcycle Training Course Giveaways! Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) has teamed up with Team Arizona to give away a Motorcycle Training Course each month. AMSAF’s goal is to help reduce Motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. Taking a Motorcycle Training Course is a step to help in that. You can go to www.amsaf.org and click on the NEWS tab. You can only fill one application per month but you can apply every month. AMSAF is also looking for other Sponsors to help us give away more Motorcycle classes each month. Together we can reduce Motorcycle accidents which are on the climb. FMI: Mick Degn, Chairman, AZ Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) Mick@amsaf.org, 602-312-4554, www.amsaf.org

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September 2013

Happy September Birthdays to Barbara Jean McAtlin, Gary Dunham, Paula Stringham,

George Ziegler, Bump [SAHR MC], 7-Up [SAHR MC], Fred Pascarelli, Kenny Belanger,

Jen Buttram, Teekay, Sheila Palmer-Ryle, Ed Pearman, Billy D Docherty, Jack Jones,

Kat [MMMC], Ronnie Swinehart Jr., SSGT Tim Chambers

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Happy September Anniversaries to

Athena & Joe Anderson,

Murrell & Sandra Wilhite,

and us ~ B&B

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August 2013

Happy August Birthdays to

Charity Stuart, Logan Roberts, Mata, Kathy Sleeper, Robert Windsor, Autumn Windsor,

Jim Moore, Suzi Q [SAHR MC], Nick Confer [SAHR MC], Bill Bracken [LDMC], Skeeter Peak, Sage Dunham, Digger Dave, Yuma [SAHR], Aleshia Fisher, Ron ‘Ronzo’ Spirlock, Mark Tapp, Shorty [MMA Leather], Kim Icee Smock, Journeymen Doc, Eagle Donaldson,

Nancy Judith Robinson, & Mase Woods

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Happy August Anniversaries to

Bam Bam & Pebbles, Dennis & Fran Lansberry, Chewey & Sherie Martinez,

7-Up & Lori, Suzi-Q & Allen B, and Journeymen Doc & Billie

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Evil Twin Custom Cycles of Mesa hosted a Water Drive in June for the Homeless. They collected 3 pallets of water, an estimated 10,000 bottles, for the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Participants were rewarded with Evil Twin discounts: a case of water = 10% off any service; 5 cases = 25% off labor; & 10 cases = a free 2500 mile service.

Thank you to all who made donations!

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July 2013

Happy July Birthdays to

Meltdown, Bags, Diane Lind, Patty Schneider, Janice Hamilton, John ‘Pharoah’ Angell, Kathie Ricca, Gypsy, Gina Dittmar, Gary D, Cowboy [SAHR MC], Denise Gibbons-Castorena, Barry Caraway, Ashley Romao, Tim Kenchiova, Faith L Shupa, Rocker Chick, Karen M G Bailey, Kelly Hemphill, Ghettogasman SRMC

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AWESOME News! Mark Tapp ~ Tapper is walking with a cane! He’s been wheelchair bound since 3-26-11; when Darrell Maurice Brown ran into him & Kimmy Chapman while they were riding ~ taking Kimmy’s life. He’s also sharing via FB that his scoot is about finished. Excellent! We look forward to seeing you out & about!

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Congratulations to Scott O’Brien, taking over the General Manager position at

Chester’s Harley-Davidson in Mesa.

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June 2013

Happy June Birthdays to

Lisa McLachlan, Lonnie Schleicher, Robert Shinn, Michele Root, Christy Mark Crow, Undertaker, Joe McPhee, Joeta, Darrel Lieske, Erica Stephens, Ann Ziegler,

Corliss Ventura-Ditton, Gary ‘Bam Bam’ Lindroos, Dennis ‘Goose’ Lansberry, & Mimi Key

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May 2013

Happy Birthday to

Dawn Boardman, Linette Reid, B Paul Price, Deb Butitta, Ray Hartman,

Joseph A. Cordeiro, Chuck Ortman, and Linda Tush

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Tapper has been keeping everyone up-to-date [via his Facebook page] regarding the trial of Darrell Maurice Brown, the driver who killed Kimmy Chapman and put Tapper into a wheelchair back on March 26, 2011. It saddens us to report that on February 21 he was found ‘not guilty’ by the jury; even though it was presented that Tapper was within the speed limit & did not run the red… Upset ~ anger ~ confusion ~ frustration … just a few words to describe the feelings being expressed about this outcome. Our best thoughts and wishes go out to Tapper and to Kimmy’s daughter Kelly.

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April 2013

Happy April Birthdays to Beaux Marks, JoAnne King, Jon Kinsey, Robin Munn,

Randy Heath, Karen Gibson, Karen Hoover Henry, & Henry Nichols

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February 28, 2013… Still Ray Fitzgerald, chairman of AZ’s Confederation of Clubs, is among the 2013 inductees to the Sturgis Museum Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame. “The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment and sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists.” www.sturgismuseum.com/hall-of-fame/ Still Ray also serves at President of the Journeymen MC. Congratulations Still Ray!

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March 12, 2013… Pops, member of Limey Riders MC & ACMC’s eldest member passed away this day, at the age of 91. Services were held on March 29 at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix. More to follow.

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March 16… We learned via the ABATE email service that Pam Costello went down on a curve; while riding home from the MMA-AZ’s March 16th Vulture Mine Ride. According to multiple messages on this topic, Pam serves MMA’s Leather District as ADM, Activities officer, & Board Member Elect. She is also a member of ABATE’s Phoenix - Shadow Mountain Chapter. She will be out of commission for awhile. Her right arm is broken all over, her left wrist is shattered, and her right ankle is shattered. The foot must await surgery for ≈ four weeks, due to its being so badly damaged. While she is described as being pretty banged up, she is also in good Spirits. From Snakebite’s message we also learned of another pair of riders, named Alex and Roxanne, who also went down the same day. They were riding an orange V-Rod. Alex is fine but is scratched up & has road rash. Roxanne is having surgery on her back and will be having plastic surgery on her face; having gone face first into a pill of rock. These three riders were being cared for at John C Lincoln Sunnyslope, at the time. Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers

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March 23, 2013…. According to the ACMC email list, Bullet, member of ALMA MC, was killed the night of March 23; when he was rear-ended by a Semi on the I-10. No additional details were available at the time of this writing. Our condolences go out to Bullet’s Club & the rest of his family.

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March 2013

Happy Birthday to Dawn Boardman, Linette Reid, B Paul Price, Deb Butitta,

Ray Hartman, Joseph A. Cordeiro, Chuck Ortman, and Linda Tush

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Tapper has been keeping everyone up-to-date [via his Facebook page] regarding the trial of Darrell Maurice Brown, the driver who killed Kimmy Chapman and put Tapper into a wheelchair back on March 26, 2011. It saddens us to report that on February 21 he was found ‘not guilty’ by the jury; even though it was presented that Tapper was within the speed limit & did not run the red… Upset ~ anger ~ confusion ~ frustration … just a few words to describe the feelings being expressed about this outcome. Our best thoughts and wishes go out to Tapper and to Kimmy’s daughter Kelly.

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February 2013

Happy February Birthdays to Jim Silk, Kurt Groff, George Childress, Harold Fischer, Jesse Hendrix, Sidekick, Michele Osborn, & Eric Henry

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We recently learned that Terry Crabtree & Sandy Davis, both of Chester’s H-D in Mesa are getting married in April 2013. Congratulations & Best Wishes!!

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Renegade Classics Phoenix [3102 E Cactus] is looking for a new idea for their AZ Bike Week t-shirt! Submit your idea, drawing, or sketch to renegadeclassicsaz@gmail.com. The deadline is March 1st. Announcement of the winner is scheduled for March 2nd. Drawings, proposals, etc can also be dropped off at the store. The winner will be announced for the recognition of the idea & a $100 gift certificate.

For more details call 602-595-9597.

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January 2013

Happy Birthday to all you New Year babies….. NeverReady, Gina Edwards, DEfeCT,

Billie Daman, Greg Sleeper, Jimmy Brewer, Kathi Calahan, Papadave Treadwell,

Greg Sleeper, Mariah Newill, Mustang Sally, Mark Kalifut, and Jeanne Shinn

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12-11-12… Claude Walker, Member of and Minister of the Southern Arizona Harley Riders MC, has passed away. From FredEX, SAHRMC Life Member, via the ACMC mailing list, “…He passed last night at 5:36PM at UMC in Tucson from cardiac arrest with his wife and children by his side. He touched deeply many bikers of different faiths and clubs during his Sunday Services and any events that he and his wife Donna attended. His testament of character will be noticed upon the solemn faces of those he touched, mended, and left behind. His pain is lifted, and in Heaven ‘He can now fly as fast as he wants too’…” A celebration of his life was held December 22 at Lem Roberts Park in Sierra Vista, with a reception/open house at the SAHR clubhouse following. Our condolences go out to all of Claude’s friends and loved ones.

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12-14-12… JC Reece via Facebook… “I found out last night my son and his wife are having another baby. That will be #3 for them. WOW! Am I a happy grandpa” Congratulations and best wishes to the family.

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12-18-12… What the Hell B&G update ~ via FB: “Well it’s been HELL that’s for sure! The insurance company has been dragging their feet... Ugh. We still plan on opening as soon as the insurance company quits clenching their cheeks and gives the ok. Hope to see you all SOON!!! We Miss You!” For new readers… Back in October, there was a fire at R & R Furniture, located in the same strip of businesses on Apache Trail in Apache Junction as WTH.

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12-22-12… Pops is injured but recovering … collected via numerous postings to the ACMC mailing list, from various people. Limey Riders MC member Pops tripped and fell at home the night of 12-21-12. He was transported to the hospital in a private vehicle. Examination determined he had a broken vertebra in his neck. He was transferred to Good Sam for further assessment and treatment. As of 12-25 he was out of intensive care & in a regular room; room 611, bed 1 POD B. He’s fractured between C1 and C2. No surgery, but he’ll be in a neck brace for some time. On 12-26 the goal was to get him up for a bit of exercise. As Snakebite noted, “Good thing he is in very good shape.”

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December 2012

Happy December Birthdays to

Carol Lefferts, Ed Boon, Don Hooch LFFL, Slider, Raynita Carlson, Steven M Foster, Desi Chicola, Hollie Sanchez, Leonard Smith, & Smart Alex {Davies}

All the best to Redbone & Patty as they celebrate their 39th Anniversary.

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Charity Stuart, USAF, recently went up for her Tech Sgt board, in the AZ Air National Guard. She’s hopeful and we are for her. Wishing you the best, Li’l Sis {:o)

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What the Hell update: Back in October, there was a fire at R & R Furniture, located in the same strip of businesses on Apache Trail in Apache Junction as What the Hell Bar & Grill. According to their Facebook page {search What the Hell Bar & Grill} the bar is TEMPORARILY closed, and they plan to be back open soon. They’ll post a date for the reopening as soon as they know more. When we learn anything, we’ll pass the news along.

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Congratulations to Robert & Jeanne Shinn {Evil Twin Custom Cycles}. They recently celebrated their 22nd Anniversary. We hope you have many more to come. * & & & & *

Ann & George of AZBL are happy to have their daughter, Army Sgt Summer Collins, home from Germany on leave. We hope you are having a wonderful visit. She’s spending some holiday time with the family before her next deployment, to … Hawaii ~ how cool is THAT!!?? The folks are already planning a vacation. {:o) Summer will be here for the AZ Biker Leathers Anniversary Party on Saturday December 8. Stop by, say ‘hi’, and thank her for her service.

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Got this from JC Reece ~ AMSAF {Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation} has just put up two Digital Billboards to promote Motorcycle Safety and Awareness. Awesome! They’re up and running right now at the following Phoenix locations:

Eastbound I-10 at 29th Ave; & Southbound I-17 at Union Hills.

Learn more about AMSAF at their website www.amsaf.org.

AMSAF is a 501C3 organization and always looking for sponsorships.

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November 2012

Here’s a bit of Community News to share….

Happy November Birthday greetings go out to

Camaro Dave, David Miller, Pyro, Shelley Victor Thorkelson, Barb Heller,

Brenda Heath, Ed Chandler, Jason Arnold, and Diana Carney.

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Our friend Billy D Docherty is now a grand-daddy ~ WOW when did THAT happen?

Amy was always one of those lil’ tykes running around being a kid {:o)

Simone Michelle Hart was born 10-22-12. Our very best wishes to the family.

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Congratulations to Sara Rood & Brad Storks who tied the knot on Oct 27.

Best Wishes for a long happy life together.

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October 2012

There are lots of Happy Birthday Wishes to share for October.

Must have sumtin to do with those cold winter nights

 Bonnie aka Wolf, Mud Flap, Tim ‘Ferdinand’ Mclachlan, Gina Swinesburg-Leathers,

Tush, Casey Yates, LaLa Montes, Rose Confer, Michele Peltier, Shortbus Radcliff, Farley McDavidson, and me ~ Betsy 

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Happy Wedding Anniversary to

Gypsy & Sheri

Manny & Desi

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9-17-12… StillRay & Pat wreck in Memphis TN StillRay [Chairman of the AZ Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs] and his wife Pat were involved in an accident on the eastbound I-40 in Memphis Tennessee while riding his Bike in the rain toward the MRF’s annual Meeting of the Minds in Durham, NC. They were transported to Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis. Sadly, Pat succumbed to her injuries on Sunday September 30. Despite an inspiring fight and encouraging improvements to her condition observed since entering the hospital, her injuries were too severe. As her son Jerod expressed so well, “Unfortunately Mom was over ruled by God this morning and has gone to be with Him. She fought like nobody else I know and in her struggle reminded us all how to love each other and to never take each other for granted.” Amen to that.

We wish to add our deep condolences to the many going out to StillRay, the Fitzgerald family, & all of Pat’s loved ones.

StillRay’s injuries are not life-threatening; and included a broken shoulder, a small bleed in the head, and a bleeding spleen. It is our understanding that he has been awake and coherent from the beginning.

Please keep StillRay & this family in your thoughts and prayers as they travel the road toward recovery from their heartbreaking loss.

Benefits are being organized to help the family with all the medical expenses. Plus, there is a Wells Fargo account set up for donations: #1484995459.

We’ve gathered this information from the ACMC mailing list, PLUS a recently set up Facebook page ~ visit https://www.facebook.com/raypat.fitzgerald?fref=ts. Please feel free to visit this FB page for updates and to extend condolences & well-wishes.

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9-18-12 ... motorcycle wreck, bike vs truck, East Mesa According to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brandon Jones, at approx 10:15am a call came in regarding a collision at Signal Butte & University in East Mesa between a pick up truck & a motorcycle. A female driver in a white Toyota was traveling south on Signal Butte. The motorcyclist was transported to Scottsdale with head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. He succumbed to his injuries at 11:04am. Initial reports indicate no impairment or speeding on the part of either operator. Investigators are reviewing information & witness statements gathered at the scene to determine what happened.

It was not immediately evident who had the right of way.

The investigation is on-going at the time of this writing.

* This motorcycle pilot is 33-year old Randy Batty; son of our friend Jack Batty. Services were held on Sunday September 23. Randy leaves behind 2 young children

~ son Eli age 8 and daughter Lori age 6.

An account in the name of “Randy Batty Donation Fund”

has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank.

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Share your news within AZ’s Biker Community. Boast about a grand-baby, extend congratulations or well wishes, send someone kudos for a promotion, announce an engagement, welcome your GI home. You get the idea. Send an email to editor@azridersouthwest.com, subject line: Community News

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September 2012

Happy September Birthdays!

Barbara Jean McAtlin, Ghost, Paula Stringham, George Ziegler, Teekay;

TJ, Bump, & 7-Up of SAHR MC; Fred Pascarelli, Ed Pearman, Jen Buttram, Kenny Belanger, Sheila Palmer-Ryle, Billy D Docherty; Jack Jones, DTMC; Kat, MMMC

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8-26-12… Wrong-way driver kills motorcyclist; charged w/ 2nd degree murder.

According to AZ DPS, at 3:33pm on Sunday Aug 26, their officers responded to a three-vehicle fatal collision on eastbound State Route 101 at milepost 29.5. A gray Toyota sedan (vehicle #1) driven by 59-year old Carol Ann Sacca, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes when it collided head on with a black Harley Davidson motorcycle (vehicle #2) piloted by 43-year old Scott Benson of Tempe. A second motorcyclist (vehicle #3) took evasive action and crashed too. Mr. Benson was transported to JCL hospital where he was pronounced dead. Ms Sacca and the second pilot were transported for non-life-threatening injuries. Driver and witness statements indicate that Ms Sacca was traveling northbound on S.R. 51 where she took the eastbound S.R. 101 ramp. Once she got to the end of the ramp she made a u-turn and headed westbound in the eastbound HOV lane, where she continued till the collision occurred. Ms Sacca was arrested and booked into MCSO 4th Avenue Jail. Current charged are 2nd Degree Murder, 3 counts of Endangerment, and 1 count of Criminal damage. Further charges may be pending upon blood sample results.

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August 2012

Happy August Birthdays to Charity Stuart; DJ Mata; Logan Roberts; Jim Moore;

Sage Dunham; Kathy Sleeper, Robert Windsor, & Autumn Windsor of the Mountain Motorcycle Ass’n; Bill Bracken LDMC; Skeeter Peak; Digger Dave; and

Suzi Q, Nick Confer, & Yuma of SAHR MC.

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Check out Charity’s new bike …

The paint includes a great tribute to her dad Waldo on the fairing.

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To those who may not already be aware…. The young boy who was killed while riding his bicycle in Chandler on 6-29-12 was eleven-year-old Aaron Arnold. He is the son of Jason Arnold, owner of Precision Tattoo in Chandler. The news of this young life taken too soon was sad enough as it was. To learn that it touched so many lives within our community made it all the more so. We add our condolences to the many expressed to this grieving family.

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Fatal one vehicle motorcycle crash

According to Kingman PD’s Public Information Officer Captain Rusty Cooper, “On Saturday, July 28th, at 9:50am, Kingman Police investigated a one vehicle crash where James Wallace Allen, 68 of Coffeeville, MS, was pronounced dead at the scene. Allen had been driving a 2010 Harley Davidson Trike motorcycle southbound on Coyote Pass coming into Kingman. {photo below} Witnesses reported seeing Allen’s cycle drift off of the roadway and into the desert / mountain area, striking trees and bushes. Allen was thrown from the cycle. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene. Information received and evidence at the scene indicated that Allen may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash. Allen had been traveling with other family members who were following in different vehicles. Allen was wearing a helmet.”

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Barry & Mrs. C of CycleRides.com are welcoming Grandbaby #2 to their family.

ABATE members Wade & Kate are awaiting another grandbaby.

It’s the first GREAT grandbaby for our friend Dick Tush of Show Low.

8-Ball & Jess are tying the knot in September.

Muskrat & his lady Lauren are getting married in November.

Russ & Deb of EV ABATE are engaged.

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MoM update ~ On Friday September 7, due to the Light Rail construction, Motorcycles on Main will set up on MacDonald, from Main to Pepper.

There is no MoM on Friday August 3.

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July 2012

Happy July Birthdays to Bags, Diane Lind, Janice Hamilton, John ‘Pharoah’ Angell, Kathie Ricca, Gina Dittmar, Claude - SAHR MC, Cowboy - SAHR MC, Brian - HAMC Phx, Denise Gibbons-Castorena, Gypsy, and

last but FAR from least ~ my sweetheart Bruce {:o)

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The daughter of Fabyann & Bob McKinley was among the group of 100 students from the Phoenix Children’s Choir to travel to Italy for a 10-day concert tour back in June. This adventure included performing at a Mass at the Vatican, led by the Pope. Another performance was at a children’s cancer hospital where they presented the hospital with a foosball table for the patients. They also sang at our US Naval Base there. On the way home, they spent a night exploring Berlin. What a wonderful opportunity for these students. Congratulations!

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We got a note from Mike Horn letting us know that he was in a motorcycle accident at 59th Ave near Thunderbird, and sent some information for us to post. Back on March 16 at approximately 7:45pm, he was heading north on 59th Ave on his 2003 Honda cbr 600rr when a 40-year old woman who was heading south turned left in front of him. He was traveling at about 45 mph didn’t have time to stop. He totaled her car with his body. This 22-year old man sustained a bunch of internal bleeding. His spleen had to be repaired. They removed 10 inches of his colon and had to debride his arm. He was stuck with a colostomy bag for 2 months and just had another surgery to reverse it. He was the only rider and the only one to get hurt. Mike says, “I’m still alive thanks to the Big Man upstairs watching over me.” We say, “Amen to that!”

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Smokn Joe T shared the news with the ACMC Mailing List that Martin Brons has passed away. He was an Army veteran of Viet Nam. He was a supporter of M/C rights & he supported AMERICA. On Wednesday, June 20th Marty took his last ride, as friends & loved ones escorted him to the Veterans Cemetery in Phoenix, to pay their respects. Rest in Peace, Martin.

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RENT TOY HAULER--Is there anyone out there that wants to rent a toy hauler to a 50’s something responsible couple with references? We will be pulling with a 1 ton Ford truck. Fully insured. Want to rent sometime between July and August for California trip. Please email me at joetasleather@gmail.com or call 480-334-6730.

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June 2012

Happy June Birthdays to Lisa McLachlan, Lonnie Schleicher, Robert Shinn,

Michele Root, Christy Mark Crow, Undertaker, Joe McPhee, Joeta, Darrel Lieske,

Erica Stephens, and Ann Ziegler.

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Ann & George of Arizona Biker Leathers have some great news. Their daughter,

SGT Summer Collins, is coming home in June. She’s been deployed in Germany. Ann writes, “She has signed up for another 4 years with the Army. Very proud of her. Haven’t seen her in a year and half. Can’t wait!! :)” Welcome home, Summer!

We hope you have a wonderful visit with your folks {:o)

 

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Eric Henry & his wife Stephanie are having a baby… It’s a Boy! WooHoo! Another grandbaby for Karen & Rick {RIP}. Congratulations & All the Best!!

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Our friends Yuma Harry & his lady Janice have been together for 46 years. Wow ~ how cool is THAT!! Happy Anniversary, Congratulations, and Best Wishes for many more !!

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May 2012

Happy May Birthdays to

Athena Anderson, Lady Jewells, Margie Ferrucci, Michael McCall,

Yukon Rick Johnson, Paula ‘Sparky’ Maros, Russ Abshire, Robert Baker, Breeze,

Marcus Vincent-Beagle, Jim Page, and Curt Burnley.

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4-2-12 … Motorcycle vs Car Crash, Kingman According to Captain Rusty Cooper, Kingman PD… On Tuesday, April 2nd at 4:30pm, the Kingman Police Department investigated a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a 4-door sedan. The investigation revealed that a 30-year old Kingman man was driving his 2005 Custom Shovel Head motorcycle EB on Gordon Dr. when he began to slow down to make a turn onto N. Pinal St. As the motorcycle began to slow it was struck from behind by a 2001 silver Ford Taurus, driven by 20-year old Dafton B. Lancaster, of Kingman.

The pilot was ejected. He & the motorcycle were dragged under the Ford Taurus for about 84 feet. He was reportedly able to raise his hand above the hood of the car and signal Lancaster to stop.

Amazingly the motorcyclist was not seriously injured. He suffered scrapes and bruises to his hands. He was wearing a helmet and protective equipment.

Lancaster was cited for Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Crash.

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4-8-12... single-vehicle fatality wreck, Prescott According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, April 8, 2012, just after 7:15pm, YCSO deputies responded to a motorcycle accident on Williamson Valley Rd near Pemberton Dr, in Prescott. Deputies arrived as EMS personnel were tending a motorcyclist who had been thrown from his 2001 Harley Davidson bike and found lying in bushes along the roadside.

The pilot, later identified as 44-year-old William Webb from Prescott, was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, then to John C Lincoln, Phoenix; where he died shortly after admittance. He had suffered severe chest trauma & head injuries. He was not wearing helmet.

Deputies spoke with a driver who saw the motorcycle pass him on the right going north and in excess of 60mph just before the accident. Williamson Valley Rd is a single lane in each direction in this area, with a posted speed limit of 50mph.

The investigation is ongoing as to the exact cause of the accident. No known road hazards were reported. An autopsy is pending.

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4-13-12... fatal wreck at 95th & Olive, Peoria ~ bike vs SUV According to Peoria PD PIO Jay Davies, on the morning of April 13, near 95th and Olive Aves., 30-year old Dean Berlinger ran a red light and hit an SUV. He did not survive his injuries. He was riding a Yamaha R6, and he was wearing a helmet.

The SUV driver was a 50-year old female Peoria resident. She showed no signs of impairment & she received no injuries. She will not be cited.

While the following information was not released widely, so as not to add additional distress to Mr. Berlinger’s family, PIO Davies acknowledged that our readership may have particular interest in the details.

As we’ve always said about this column; it is our hope that information about crashes, particularly ones such as this, will help educate riders & reinforce to them a number of necessary issues… including knowing and accepting Personal Limits in regard to speed, experience, impairment, and the like. With all due respect to the family, in case they should see this, we feel it is important to share these details. We know that through rider education and awareness, some wrecks can be prevented.

• Witnesses put Berlinger at 40-65 mph at the time of impact.

• Witnesses observed Berlinger, off & on for a couple miles, passing to the right of any through lanes, using the middle “suicide” or two-way turn lane to pass, and almost rear-ending another car during a quick lane change; all at a high rate of speed.

• Berlinger traveled through a construction zone immediately prior to the collision at a high rate of speed, having passed a group of cars by using the suicide lane to get in front of them.

• At 95th Ave, both through lanes of traffic had stopped for the red. Witnesses report Berlinger “split the lanes”; riding between the 2 lanes along the dividing stripes, at 40-60 mph.

• As he approached the red light between the two lanes, it appears he was not covering his brake & clutch as a defensive driver should; as indicated by the lack of any skid marks from his cycle. The lack of skid marks makes it impossible to get an accurate speed for him. Based on the impact (his bike punctured the SUV), traffic investigators estimate he was traveling about 60mph; consistent with the impact and witness statements.

• One witness who had seen Berlinger driving erratically a mile or two before the crash told investigators that he thought to himself, “That guy is going to die [driving like that]”.

• No immediate signs of impairment, such as alcohol, were present.

 

We appreciate PIO Davies’ candor, and his support of our mission.

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4-18-12... injury wreck, involving Tempe PD officer; closes AZ Rte 347 On Wednesday April 18, at about 6pm, a 36-year old Tempe Police motorcycle officer was heading home at around 6pm on his department-issued bike, a Honda ST 1300. While traveling SB on SR 387 at Riggs Road, he rear-ended a Ford Escape, impacting into the vehicle 1-2 feet; essentially face first.

The motorcycle pilot was airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was listed in stable condition at the time of this writing. He was wearing a full-face Shoei helmet, which is credited with saving his life; as most of the impact was to his head and face. He sustained multiple broken bones, a shattered knee & forearm.

There were minor injuries to driver of the Ford Escape, a 38-yr old male.

This rider was going home. It was the end of the day, he was probably tired… How many of us find ourselves in that situation? This time, there was a miscalculation. Apparently the lanes of traffic were slowing & he misjudged speed & distance.

 Thankfully, this pilot will survive his injuries. Please use this as a reminder to keep yourself sharp. Accidents can happen to anyone… even a motor cop ~ someone who rides all the time, EVERY day. The most brief lapse in attention can change everything. So please keep your focus out there on the road.

 

Information for this report came from Tempe PD and AZ DPS.

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4-20-12... rider hospitalized, motorcycle vs van, Glendale AZ According to PIO Tracey Breeden of Glendale PD, at 7:13pm officers responded to injury accident occurring when a motorcycle traveling eastbound on W. Glendale Avenue collided with a van exiting a private drive when it made a left turn to go westbound on W. Glendale Avenue.

The van was operated by an adult female. Traffic in the #2 / curb lane came to a stop to let the van cross traffic. She did not see the motorcycle traveling in the #1 lane and pulled out in front of him. Both occupants of the van received minor injuries and were medically treated on scene. There were no indications of impairment.

The 27-year old motorcycle pilot was transported to a local hospital. His condition is serious but stable; with non-life threatening injuries.

He was riding a Yamaha 600 sport bike and was wearing a helmet. Indications are that he was traveling at a normal, legal, ‘flow of traffic’ pace for that section of road.

 The van driver will be cited for failure to yield from a private drive.

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4-21-12… fatal wreck on SR303 – bike vs Jeep According to DPS PIO Officer Cook, on Saturday April 21, at 2:45am, on the NB SR303 a motorcycle rear-ended a Jeep at mile marker 109.4, ≈ 4 miles from I-10. The 29-year old pilot was a white male, identified as Justin Miller of Surprise. He was wearing helmet when he was thrown from his 2004 red Yamaha motorcycle. He received blunt-force trauma to his head & body and was deceased at the scene.

The vehicle he rear-ended was a 2000 Jeep 4-door station wagon, driven by a 39-year old female from Surprise.

Investigation is still underway. Speed may have been a factor. Tox tests are pending.

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4-21-12 ... injury wreck Palo Verde St, Yuma According to Sgt Norred of Yuma PD, on Saturday, April 21 at about 3:56pm, Yuma Police responded to a single vehicle injury accident involving a motorcyclist. The accident occurred at Palo Verde Street and Avenue 2 ½ E.

The initial investigation revealed 39-year old Emmanuel Cordova was traveling on his motorcycle eastbound on Palo Verde St. with two other motorcyclists. As he approached the intersection at Ave 2 ½ E to turn south, his brakes locked up and he was thrown from his motorcycle. He sustained serious injuries and was subsequently flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Cordova was not wearing a helmet.

The Yuma PD encourages any witnesses to the accident to please call Civilian Accident Investigator Frank Zacarias at 928-373-4700, or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

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4-21-12… fatal on I-15, bike vs semi-truck According to AZ DPS PIO Officer Cook, on Saturday April 21, at about 7:30pm, a 2007 white, Utah-registered, Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with a 2007 semi tractor-trailer truck on I-15 at mile post 4.6; about 4.5 miles NE of the Nevada state line.

Both motorcyclists died as a result of the crash. The pilot was a 52-year old white male from St George UT. The passenger was a 58-year old female, also from St George. Both were wearing helmets. At the time of this writing, names were not available, pending notification of Next of Kin.

The tractor trailer was operating out of Canada. The driver is a 56-year-old white male.

The motorcycle was traveling SB on I-15 at what has been described as ‘too fast for traffic’ when it collided with the truck.

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4-24-12... fatal hit & run on Loop 101 in Glendale AZ According to DPS PIO Cook, on the night of Tuesday April 24, 24-year old motorcyclist Mark Justin Chapman, of Glendale AZ was riding on Loop 101 in Glendale when he lost control of his 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle, and fell off his bike. He was not wearing a helmet.

A semi then ran over the downed pilot, quickly followed by a passenger car. Neither vehicle stopped. Identification was determined via finger prints, due to the extensive damage to the motorcyclist.

The initial reason for the crash is currently unknown, and may never be known. The medical examiner will do a full autopsy and that may lead to some answers.

If you have any information about these hit & run vehicles, please contact DPS.

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Charity Stuart will be back from her deployment this month. Come out to welcome her home on May 19. Details are in our calendar & on page 13.

 

Chuck Ortman Welcomes First Grandchild. On Saturday April 14, 2012, Chuck Ortman’s youngest son welcomed his first son into the world. Christian Cheyenne Ortman Jr. 6lbs, 11oz., 19in. Congratulations and Best wishes to the family!

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April 2012

Happy Birthday greetings to Beaux Marks, JoAnne King, Jon Kinsey,

Robin Munn, and Randall Heath

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2-25-12… Tucson fatality, Picture Rocks Rd According to the Public Information Office of the Pima County Sheriff Dept, on Saturday February 25, 2012, at approximately 3pm, deputies from the Tucson Mountain District responded to the 8000 block of Picture Rocks Road for a vehicle collision involving a three-wheeled motorcycle and a sedan. Mary Lou Steward, age 69, was driving a three-wheeled motorcycle westbound on Picture Rocks Road when she drifted left of the center line and collided with a green Toyota 4-door sedan. Ms. Steward was transported by helicopter to the Trauma Center at University Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. There was a half shell helmet located at the scene but no one could say if she was wearing it. The driver and passenger of the green Toyota 4-door sedan were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Traffic Unit investigators indicate that Ms. Steward suffered some type of medical issue prior to the collision, but the exact cause is not known at the time of this writing.

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2-27-12... bike vs semi ~ 7th St & 101, Phx According to PIO Sgt Crump of Phoenix PD, on the afternoon of Monday February 27, motorcyclist ran a red light on 7th Street near the 101 Loop. He hit the side of a semi truck. Fortunately for the pilot, the injuries were not life threatening. We’re told a citizen administered CPR while awaiting emergency responders. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was reportedly conscious and talking.

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2-28-12... fatality wreck, Yuma, AZ - 32nd St & Ave 4E On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:55am, the Yuma Police Department responded to an injury collision at 32nd Street and Avenue 4E. The investigation revealed a 1992 Dodge pick-up truck was eastbound on 32nd Street and attempting a left-hand-turn onto Avenue 4E. A 1983 Honda motorcycle was westbound on 32nd Street and they collided in the intersection. The Dodge truck was driven by Maria E. Neriz, 51 years old; with Dacael Neriz, 18 years old as a passenger. The motorcyclist was identified as Kevin Alan King 53 years old of Yuma. He was wearing a helmet. Everyone involved in the collision was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment. King later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Maria and Dacael Neriz were treated and released the same day. The Yuma Police Department encourages any witness to the collision to please call Officer Phil Earle at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

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3-14-12... I-10 wreck downtown Phx We were asked to follow up on a motorcycle-involved wreck seen on the evening of Wednesday March 14; downtown on the I-10 just before the Tunnel on the EB side. Fortunately, according to DPS Public Information Office, it was non-fatal, single vehicle collision. The pilot was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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3-15-12… wreck at Pima & Pinnacle Peak On Thursday March 15 at 10:15am Scottsdale PD was called to Pima and Pinnacle Peak Road for a collision that occurred just west of the intersection. As the rider of a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Pinnacle Peak, the driver of a Chevy pickup truck began turning left from westbound Pinnacle Peak into the parking lot at 8711 E. Pinnacle Peak. As the truck turned in front of the motorcycle, the rider collided with the pickup. The rider, a 28-year old Scottsdale resident, was transported by air to SHC-Osborn with serious, possibly life-threatening injuries. The pilot was wearing a helmet. In followup we learned the rider received multiple broken bones but had regained consciousness. The 44-year old truck driver was cited for Failure to Yield While Turning Left and Causing Serious Injury for the same charge. There were no signs of impairment.

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3-16-12 injury wreck, Yuma According to PIO Sgt Norred of Yuma PD, on the afternoon of Friday March 16 a 36-year old motorcyclist was riding his 2005 Suzuki GSXR600 in the area of 4th Avenue & 19th Street in Yuma. He collided with a 1997 Dodge Caravan, driven by a 23-year old male. The motorcyclist received non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet. Indications are that, due to inattention, the Caravan driver turned left in front of the motorcycle - violating the pilot’s Right of Way, and didn’t see him in time to avoid the collision. Results of the investigation will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review of potential charges.

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3-21-12… fatality 40th St & Shea Blvd., Phoenix According to Phoenix PD Spokesperson Sgt Thompson, on Wednesday March 21, at about 8:30pm., a 2005 Honda Pilot Four-door vehicle, driven by a 39-year-old white male was eastbound on Shea Boulevard attempting to turn left to go north on 40th Street. At that time, it collided with a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle, ridden by a 33-year-old white male, which was traveling westbound on Shea in the curb lane when the two vehicles collided. The motorcycle pilot, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries. He has been identified as John Patrick Green. The driver of the Honda was evaluated and found to not be impaired. Neither he nor his passengers, two young children, were injured. This investigation is still on-going.

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3-23-12… fatal wreck on US 93 near Kingman We were sent an inquiry regarding riders going down en route to Las Vegas. According to PIO Officer Cook of AZ DPS, on Friday March 23, three motorcycles were involved in a fatal wreck on US 93; at milepost 14.7 near Kingman AZ. Vehicle 1 was a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle, ridden by 26-year old Robert Fairchild of New River, AZ drifted right and hit the guardrail; launching the pilot back into the roadway where he was run over by the two motorcycles traveling with him. Vehicle 2 was a 2008 Kawasaki, operated by 29-year old Gerolamo Gino DiCarlo of Peoria, AZ. He was identified as a member of the Ruff Ryders MC. Mr. DiCarlo sustained no injuries. He was wearing a helmet. Vehicle 3 was a black & orange 2008 Suzuki operated by 31-year old Patrick Dupoux. He was admitted to UMC Las Vegas with serious injuries. He was wearing a helmet; but it has been noted that considering the type and extent of his injuries, a helmet or no helmet would likely have made no difference in this situation.

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3-29-12… single-vehicle fatality, I-17 outside Black Canyon City According to PIO Cook of AZ DPS, on Thursday March 29, motorcyclist Roger Gunderson, age 73, of Mesa AZ was riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on I-17 just outside Black Canyon City when he struck the guardrail near mile marker 248. He did not survive his injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

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3-30-12... fatal wreck on SR177 near Superior, AZ On Friday March 30, a motorcycle-involved wreck on SR177 near Superior claimed the lives of 2 motorcyclists, and sent 4 more people to the hospital. According to PIO Cook of AZ DPS, a small group of cruiser-style motorcycles were traveling northbound when the lead bike drifted left of center; causing a southbound Corvette to swerve in an attempt to avoid a collision. The Corvette hit the guardrail and rebounded back into traffic, hitting the last 2 bikes in the group. The lead bike was a 2006 Suzuki. The pilot was Dennis Flynn, age 64 of Glenrock, WY. He sustained minor injuries. Dennis McDonald, age 66, of Alberta Canada was riding a purple 2007 Harley-Davidson when he was clipped by the Corvette. Mr. McDonald died on scene. He was wearing a helmet. The other vehicle to collide with the Corvette was a 2009 Harley-Davidson. The riders were visiting from Jamestown ND. The passenger, Kathy Benson [52] was killed instantly. She was not wearing a helmet. The pilot, Kathy’s husband Ralph Benson, sustained non-fatal injuries including a broken ankle. He was wearing a helmet. The 2001 black Corvette was driven by Robert Wilson of Kearney, AZ. He received minor injuries. Four survivors were airlifted out by helicopter and flown to Scottsdale Osborn.

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3-31-12… Tucson - fatality wreck at Ruthrauff & Ruth On the morning of Saturday March 31, at approximately 1:20am, deputies from the Tucson Police Dept. Foothills District responded to the 1700 block of West Ruthrauff Road and West Ruth Street for a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, they discovered that a motorcyclist collided with a semi-truck. The motorcyclist was deceased at the scene. Pima County Sheriff’s Traffic Unit investigators were requested and responded to the scene to further investigate. The deceased was identified as Jonathan Davies (DOB 12/08/64). Mr. Davies was not wearing a helmet. According to investigators, Mr. Davies was traveling eastbound on Ruthrauff Road. For an unknown reason, he veered from the Number 2 eastbound lane to the No. 1 westbound lane and struck the rear end of a semi-truck that was turning from east to north onto Ruth Road. Witnesses at the scene indicated that Mr. Davies crossed over several lanes and did not slow down before striking the rear of the tractor trailer. Alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. The investigation continues.

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3-31-12 … single-vehicle fatality, US 60 near Miami According to PIO Officer Cook of AZ DPS, on the morning of Saturday March 31, Dennis Barr [59] and his wife Anne Barr [64] both of Tempe, were riding their 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on US 60. At about 10:20am, they wrecked near mile marker 239, approximately 3 miles west of Miami, AZ. The investigation indicates that the bike drifted off the right side of the road and hit a road sign. The pilot, Mr. Barr was deceased on the scene. The passenger, Mrs. Barr was flown to Scottsdale Osborn with serious injuries including a fractured pelvis, orbital socket, and wrist; plus head trauma. They were both wearing helmets.

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Congratulations to Jim Silk, who was recently recognized for 25 years service

at US Airways.

 

We got a note from Logan 3-26-12, saying his nephew lost

his first tooth over the weekend {:o)

 

Wonderful news for Smiley & Mary K of the East Valley… His latest brain scan

 shows him tumor free. Five years and counting. Woo Hoo!

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March 2012

Happy Birthday wishes go out to

Dawn Boardman, Linette Reid, B Paul Price, Deb Butitta, Ray Hartman,

Joseph A. Cordeiro, & Chuck Ortman

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1-29-12... wreck @ T-Bird & 48th Ave, Phx According to Sgt Crump, of the Phoenix Police Dept Public Affairs Bureau, at ≈ 6:30pm on January 29, 2012 a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on West Thunderbird Road. A 2005 Nissan pickup appears to have failed to yield from the posted stop sign at North 48th Avenue and the motorcycle collided into the side of the pickup. The two occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision. The two occupants of the motorcycle were not wearing helmets at the time of the collision. The driver of the pickup was evaluated and found not to be impaired. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the driver of the pickup may face criminal charges for enhanced punishment for failing to yield from the stop sign.

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2-10-12... non-fatal crash, El Mirage In speaking with PIO Officer Peoples of El Mirage PD, it was learned that on the morning of Friday February 10, a sport bike and a 4-door sedan tangled in a wreck near Dysart Road and Northern Avenue in El Mirage. The collision sent two people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the sedan was a 60-year old male. His passenger was a pregnant woman. The motorcyclist was a 24-year old male. He was riding a sport bike and wearing a helmet. It is indicated that speed may have been a causal factor in the incident, as he was reportedly traveling at an estimated 75mph in a 45 zone. Both the motorcyclist and woman were transported to a local hospital.

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2-21-12 … Fatal Collision, Tucson ~ E Speedway Blvd & N Grady Ave. We learned from Tucson Police Dept PIO Sgt Ronstadt that on February 21, 2012 at approximately 8:10pm, the Tucson Police Department received a 911 call reporting a collision involving a motorcycle near the intersection of E Speedway Blvd & N Grady Ave. Officers responding to the scene found the motorcyclist suffering from serious, life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a local trauma center, where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 1:15am on Feb 22nd. He has been identified as 31-year old Daniel A. Wilson. He was not wearing a helmet. From roadway evidence collected and witnesses interviewed, detectives have determined that Wilson was riding a 2007 Yamaha 1300cc cruiser-style motorcycle westbound in the middle lane of Speedway, approaching Grady. An adult male driver in a 1994 Cadillac Seville made a U-turn from eastbound Speedway to the westbound middle lane of Speedway at Grady. The Cadillac was changing lanes into the median lane as the motorcycle overtook the vehicle at a high rate of speed, attempting to pass on the left. The motorcycle struck the left-rear of the Cadillac. The driver of the Cadillac was uninjured. The investigation is ongoing, and the initial stages of the investigation suggest that alcohol may have been a contributing factor for the motorcycle operator. Toxicology results are pending an autopsy. There are no pending charges against the driver of the Cadillac.

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2-23-12... body of motorcyclist found in canal According to the Media Relations Unit of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, on February 23rd a motorcyclist was found in a Gila Bend canal, at Old U.S. 80 and Pima Street. He was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson Road King. There was no evidence of a helmet. For unknown reasons, the rider drove off the roadway into dirt and continued until he drove onto a pedestrian bridge and ended up falling off the bridge into the water. As of February 27, the medical examiner is still working to confirm identification. This process can take as little as a few days to months, depending upon what they have to work with; ie dental records, etc. At this time, a link cannot be fully established between this case and the case of a Mesa man who has been missing since February 12; a motorcyclist by the name of Brent Blum. But it is considered to be a possibility.

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2-24-12... Injury wreck, Peoria AZ involving Phoenix PD officer According to Peoria Police Dept PIO Jay Davies, an early morning encounter with a coyote sent a Phoenix PD officer to the hospital with non-fatal injuries. The 41-year old pilot was riding to work around 6am on his department-issued 2006 Honda when he swerved to avoid hitting a coyote. That maneuver took him off the roadway and into a ditch. The wreck occurred in the area of 107th Avenue and Beardsley Road in Peoria. The motor cop was separated from his bike but he was able to call for assistance from his personal radio. He was air-lifted to a local trauma center. Injuries include a broken hip, shoulder, and tibia. He sustained no head trauma. He was wearing a helmet.

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Have someone to whom you’d like to send congratulations or well wishes? Have some

news you’d like to share within AZ’s Biker Community? Please send us an email to editor@azridersouthwest.com Subject line: Community News

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February 2012

Happy Birthday greetings to Sidekick, Jim Silk, Kurt Groff, and George Childress

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Teri Kelly, long-time Board Member for Modified Motorcycle Association, passed away on New Year’s Eve; due to lung cancer. A memorial service was held on Thursday, January 5th. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends.

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We learned via the ACMC mailing list that Pockets, an active member of the Spartan Riders MC since its infancy, passed away at the end of January. We want to add our condolences to those being expressed to his friends and loved ones. A memorial service is taking place at noon on Saturday Feb 4th at the Big Ramada at South Mtn Park.

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Congratulations & best wishes to the newly engaged…..

Jim Silk & his lady Linette, and Carol Lefferts & Mike McCall

announced their engagements via Facebook, just after the New Year.

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12-30-11… Injury accident, Hwy 95, Yuma

According to information released by Major Wilmot of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately noon on Friday December 30, 2011 YCSO deputies responded to a report of a two vehicle accident with injuries at Alamo Drive and Highway 95. The initial investigation revealed that Rebecca Aviles, 22 years of age, of Yuma, was driving a yellow 2001 Ford Ranger pickup eastbound on Hwy 95 and made a left turn onto Alamo Drive, failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. 52-year old David Stanz, of Yuma, was riding westbound on his maroon 1987 Yamaha 1100 motorcycle and was unable to stop; hitting the passenger side door of the pick up. Aviles was taken to YRMC as a precaution with no visible injuries. Stanz was also transported to YRMC for severe injuries to include a possible broken pelvis and a severe head injury. Stanz was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Anyone with additional information regarding this accident is asked to call

the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427.

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1-3-12… motorcycle wreck 75th & Missouri Aves, Glendale

According to PIO Breeden of the Glendale PD, police received a call of an accident with injuries on Tuesday evening January 3rd a little after 6:30pm; in the area of 75th and Missouri. A 4-door sedan with an adult female driver was traveling northbound on N. 75th Avenue. Facing a circular green traffic light, the female driver attempted to make a left turn onto Missouri at the intersection, directly in front of a DongFang 250cc motorcycle which was traveling southbound on 75th Avenue. As a result, the motorcycle collided with the vehicle. The motorcycle pilot was ejected and received life threatening injuries. He was transported to a local hospital, where he passed away the following morning. The motorcyclist has been identified as Pedro Heredia-Rodriguez, 54-years of age, and a Glendale resident. He was not wearing a helmet. Vehicular Crimes Detectives are investigating. Impairment and speed do not appear to be factors. The driver of the sedan will be cited for the incident.

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1-4-12... fatal wreck, Loop 101 at Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix

According to PIO Graves of the DPS, on January 4th a single-vehicle fatality wreck occurred at milepost 27.2 of State Route 101 at 9:54pm. The motorcycle involved was traveling eastbound on SR 101 near Cave Creek Rd when the rear tire failed. The Honda then struck a concrete barrier, ejecting the pilot and passenger. They were both wearing helmets. The pilot, Henry Tank of Phoenix [age 61], suffered head trauma and a wrist injury. His passenger, Marie Tank, also of Phoenix, [age 55] was deceased on scene.

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1-7-12… shooting at I-10 & Elliot

On Saturday January 7th we heard news of a road-rage incident involving motorcyclists and a Jeep on west bound I-10 near Elliot Road. Depending upon the news article you read, witness accounts offered a variety of possible scenarios as to what instigated this situation ~ and who did what first. Following is the information that was released by Tempe Police.

On Saturday January 7, 2012 at approximately 3:15pm the Tempe Police Department received information that a shooting was occurring on the W/B I-10 near Elliot. Investigation revealed that a group of motorcycles and a champagne/tan colored SUV were traveling W/B on I-10 from Wild Horse Pass. Witnesses reported that they observed a grey Jeep attempting to collide with the motorcycles. The motorcycles began to chase the Jeep. As they reached the area of I-10 and Elliot Rd, The SUV rammed the Jeep causing the Jeep to lose control and crash. One of the motorcycle riders, Andre Jordan (35-year old Apache Junction resident), was seen pointing a handgun at the victim. Witnesses reported that several of the individuals involved were in possession of firearms. After a physical altercation, shots were fired and the driver of the Jeep received a gunshot wound to the cheek. Investigation into the person responsible for shooting the victim is ongoing. Tempe Police Detectives have identified two of the individuals involved as members of two separate ‘criminal street gangs’*. Jordan was booked into Tempe City Jail on one count of Aggravated Assault (a class 2 Felony), Threat by Gang Member (a class 3 Felony), Assisting a Criminal Street Gang (a class 3 Felony), Endangerment (a class 6 Felony). The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are being released at this time.

* Editors note: Bikers who choose to become members of motorcycle clubs are subject to being lumped by Law Enforcement into the same category as gang-banger street thugs such as the Crips, Bloods, and the like.

Motorcycle Clubs Are NOT Street Gangs.

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1-9-2012... hit & run wreck, Mesa

A motorcycle-involved hit & run took place Monday January 9, 2012; which left the pilot in a coma. Sadly, we must report that David Chiappetta did not survive his injuries.

According to Sgt Wessing of Mesa PD, MPD units were dispatched to the area of Extension & Guadalupe, Mesa, for a report of an injury collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle at about 3:10pm. Upon arrival, responding personnel found the motorcycle rider, later identified as 53-year old David Chiappetta, to have life threatening injuries. Chiappetta was transported to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital where he was listed in “extremely critical” condition. The motorcycle’s passenger was 51-year old Piper Pfeil.

Evidence and interviews suggest that a “newer model” Chevrolet Corvette [vehicle #1] was turning off of eastbound Guadalupe Rd onto northbound Extension as a silver 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle [vehicle #2] was traveling westbound on Guadalupe Road. The Corvette turned into the path of the motorcycle, causing the pilot to lay the motorcycle down to avoid a direct impact. This type of incident is what can be called a ‘non-contact’ collision. As a result of this action, Chiappetta suffered a fractured skull, head injuries, and internal bleeding. Passenger Pfeil was not seriously injured.

The Corvette and its driver remain unidentified. Neither Chippetta nor Pfeil was wearing a helmet. Speed and impairment have not been identified as factors in the collision. The primary contributing factor in this collision appears to be failure to yield. UPDATE: There are still no positive leads as to the identity of the driver in this investigation. Witnesses described the car color as grey.

Any tips can be forwarded to the Mesa PD at 480-644-2211.

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1-12-12... fatality @ 101 & Cave Creek

According to Sgt Crump of Phoenix PD, at about 6:30am Thursday morning January 12, 2012 there was a fatal collision at the SR 101 and Cave Creek, which caused the intersection to be closed for several hours. The collision involved a blue 2003 Yamaha motorcycle ridden and a small SUV. Preliminary information indicates the motorcycle rider was southbound on Cave Creek Road, after exiting the SR 101 westbound. The SUV was eastbound on the access road proceeding through the intersection. The driver of the SUV has been tested by our detectives at the scene and impairment does not appear to be a factor. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation. The motorcycle pilot was later identified as Ferrel M. Anderson Jr., a 42-year old White male. He was wearing a helmet.

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1-20-12 ... Queen Creek crash kills motorcyclist

On Jan 20, a motorcycle-involved fatality occurred at Rittenhouse & Ocotillo in Queen Creek. My understanding of what happened, as it was explained to me by MSCO spokesperson Officer Hegstrom, is that both vehicles were on Rittenhouse, coming to Ocotillo from opposite directions. 49-year old Raymond Rodriguez was traveling west on his black 2006 HD Fatboy; then entered the turn lane, preparing to turn south. A white 2003 F-150 pickup truck was traveling east and entered the turn lane, preparing to turn north. Witnesses indicate that the motorcycle exited the turn lane and re-entered the forward traffic lane, as the F-150 was completing its turn. The motorcycle accelerated to proceed through the intersection, hitting the right rear of the truck. Mr. Rodriguez was not wearing a helmet. He died on site from his injuries. At this time there is no indication of impairment or distraction. At this time there is no indication of any citations to be issued.

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1-22-12… Fatal Collision, Tucson ~ E Valencia & S Country Club Rds

According to Sgt Ronstadt of Tucson PD, on January 22, 2011 at approximately 6:50pm, the Tucson Fire Department notified the Tucson Police Department that they were responding to a serious injury collision at E Valencia Rd and S Country Club Rd. Officers from Operations Division South arrived on scene approximately two minutes later and found a motorcyclist suffering from apparently life-threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a local trauma center, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. He has been identified as 54-year old Jorge H. Gonzalez. Next of kin have been notified. Officers quickly determined that the driver of the other vehicle involved, a 2001 BMW X3 sports utility vehicle, fled from the scene on foot immediately after the collision. An extensive search was launched, involving numerous officers, including multiple K9 teams from the Service Dog Unit as well as the Air Support Unit. Ultimately, the suspect was not immediately located.

The Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation. Detectives examined and collected roadway evidence and interviewed witnesses. Detectives have determined that Gonzalez was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson Softail Classic motorcycle eastbound in the middle lane of Valencia, crossing Country Club on a yellow traffic light. The BMW was traveling westbound on Valencia and the driver made a left turn at Country Club, striking the motorcycle. Gonzalez was not wearing a helmet. The investigation is ongoing as detectives attempt to identify and locate the suspect, described as a possibly Hispanic male.

Update: A person of interest has been identified, but neither located nor charged as yet. The case is still open and under investigation. The Tucson Police Department urges anyone with information about this collision to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

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1-29-12... wreck @ T-Bird & 48th Ave, Phoenix

On Sunday Jan 29, 2012 at approximately 6:30pm, a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on West Thunderbird Road. A 2005 Nissan pickup appears to have failed to yield from the posted stop sign at North 48th Avenue and the motorcycle collided into the side of the pickup. The two occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision. The two occupants of the motorcycle were not wearing helmets at the time of the collision. The driver of the pickup was evaluated and found not to be impaired. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the driver of the pickup may face criminal charges for enhanced punishment for failing to yield from the stop sign.

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January 2012

Happy Birthday greetings to Billie Daman, Greg Sleeper, Jimmy Brewer, Kathi Calahan, Papadave Treadwell, Greg Sleeper, Mariah Newill, and Mustang Sally.

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11-29-11 ~ deceased motorcyclist found in desert From the Public Information Office, Mesa PD … On November 29, MPD units were dispatched to the area of N. Higley and E. Thomas, Mesa, AZ, for a report of an injury collision. Call comments indicated that workers from a landscape company discovered a deceased motorcycle rider lying in an undeveloped gravel retention basin adjacent to Thomas Road. Mesa Police and Fire Dept units arrived on scene and found a deceased motorcycle rider, later identified as 46-year old Curtis Nathan Pile. The roadway evidence and interviews suggest the following occurred: Curtis Nathan Pile was operating his green 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle and traveling westbound on Thomas Road at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle was not equipped with an operable headlight or current registration. The pilot failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and struck the south curb of E. Thomas Road, causing the motorcycle to go airborne down a dirt/gravel embankment. Pile and his motorcycle separated and came to rest in a retention basin, approximately 300 feet from the initial curb strike. He was wearing a helmet and protective vest. Witnesses in the area reported hearing a speeding motorcycle and loud “bang” around 11pm the evening prior, however PD was never notified. The condition of Pile’s body suggests he likely had been deceased for several hours. Speed and inoperable equipment appear to be factors in the collision. At the time of this narrative, impairment has not been identified as a contributing factor.

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11-30-11 ~ Motorcyclist injured in single vehicle wreck on Glendale Ave. According to the Public Information Office of Glendale PD, on the evening of November 30, 60-year old El Mirage resident Kathryn Moore was operating her ‘93 Harley westbound on Glendale Avenue. The accident occurred at 114th St, between Glen Harbor Blvd & El Mirage Rd. It appears that while reacting to a traffic signal functioning from green to red, she applied too much braking which caused her to go down. She was not wearing a helmet. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries.

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12-6-11 ~ bike vs car, Date & 8th St, Mesa According to the Sgt Wessing of the Mesa PD Media Relations Office… At 2:22pm on the afternoon of December 6, 2011, Mesa PD units were dispatched to 600 W. 8th St, near Date & 8th Street, Mesa, AZ, for a report of an injury collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle. The roadway evidence and interviews suggest the following occurred. 31-year old Jeremiah A. Begay was riding his black 2009 custom motorcycle westbound on 8th Street, in the curb lane. 83-year old Ida Jo Bufford, driving a silver 1999 Honda Civic turned off of eastbound 8th Street onto northbound Date, and into the path of the motorcycle; causing Begay to be thrown approximately 40 feet to a nearby sidewalk. Upon arrival, responding personnel found the motorcycle pilot to have life threatening injuries. Begay was not wearing a helmet and suffered extensive injuries, including severe head trauma. He was non-responsive on scene and was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Jeremiah Begay later died from his injuries. Ida Jo Bufford was transported to Arizona Regional Hospital with apparent minor injuries. Motor/DRE Instructor Slaughter #11463 responded to Arizona Regional Hospital for impairment protocol checks. Neither impairment nor speed was identified as factors in the collision. The driver will be charged with ARS 28-672, Causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation (in this case 28-771); which is a misdemeanor offense.

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12-10-11 ~ Hey, let’s get some good news into the mix here. On December 10, the 4th annual Toys For Tots Fundraiser to benefit the USMC Toys for Tots Foundation was held at Fuzzy’s Southwest Grill 18795 N Reems Rd #109, Surprise, AZ. Volunteers were there from 9a-3pm to collect toy & cash donations; while Santa & Crystal Claus were there from 10-2 for photos. We learned from organizer Nick Plaskon, aka St Nick, that this fundraiser is directed toward the public as a whole, not only at the motorcyclists; and the community support from Surprise and the Sun Cities was great. They were able to collect $7,318 and 372 toys, not counting the stocking stuffers or stuffed animals. They were able to help a lot of kids have a Christmas. This year’s sponsors included Scott’s Customs, the Tequila Riders, Fuzzy’s Southwest Grill,

and AZCA Printing & Graphics.

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12-23-11 ~ wreck @ 59th & Glendale A rider went down at 59th and Glendale on the morning of December 23. According to the Glendale PD PIO, it was a single-vehicle wreck. The pilot was a 66-year old male by the name of Leroy McDaniel. Witnesses report the motorcyclist entering the intersection. The rider jerked the handlebar, the bike went down, and the pilot was ejected. He was not wearing helmet. He suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to local hospital.

He passed away later that day.

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12-28-11 ~ rider fatality on Thomas in W Phoenix A motorcycle-involved wreck on Thomas Rd near 80th Lane resulted in the death of motorcycle pilot Robert Jerome Koreen II, a 34-year-old White male. The wreck occurred at approximately 4:45pm, and as of 9pm, Thomas Road remained closed between 79th and 83rd Aves.; with no estimated time for re-opening. Information from Phoenix PD at the time of this writing indicates that a 1999 Dodge Avenger, driven by an 18-year-old Hispanic male, failed to yield from a southbound stop sign at 80th Lane and made a left turn to go east on Thomas Road. At that time, a 2000 Honda motorcycle driven eastbound on Thomas by Mr. Koreen collided with the Dodge Avenger. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but unfortunately died from injuries sustained in the collision. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Avenger sustained minor injuries, but it does not appear that he was impaired. This case is on-going.

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Bob Rose and his lady Lee are tying the knot on New Year’s Eve.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

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December 2011

Happy December Birthday greetings to Slider, Carol Lefferts, Don Hooch – LFFL, Ed Boon, Raynita Carlson, Steven M Foster, Hollie Sanchez, Smart Alex, and Desi Chicola * & & & & *

 

Congratulations to Desi & Manny. We learned that they got married at the end of October. Our very best wishes to you two.

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For any of you who are familiar w/ the Belanger Bros – a favorite Phoenix-based biker band of years past …. Gar Belanger was hospitalized in NH back in November with life-threatening health concerns. FORTUNATELY he is showing outstanding improvement at this time. You can get updates via Kenny’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573663493.

Gar is not out of the woods, though. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Please DO NOT call the family. Messages can be left on the FB page, and Kenny posts updates as any news becomes available.

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10-30-2011… Fatal wreck ~ Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix From Phoenix PD … On October 30th, 2011, at about 1am, 24-year-old Hailey McElroy was riding a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound in the area of 19,600 N. Cave Creek, when she left the roadway for unknown reasons and collided with a pole. She was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene. It is not known if impairment was a factor and this investigation is on-going.

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11-1-11... motorcycle down near 35th Ave & Bell… From Phoenix PD … On November 1, 2011 at approximately 8:45 hours, a 2001 Buick was traveling southbound on North 35th Avenue, making a left hand turn onto West Campo Bello Avenue. While making the left turn the Buick collided with a 2002 Honda motorcycle, which was traveling in a northbound direction on North 35th Avenue. The driver and passenger of the motorcycle were wearing helmets at the time of the collision. The driver of the motorcycle, Andrew K. Stewart (22) sustained life threatening injuries and died early this morning at a local trauma center. Next of kin has been notified. The female passenger on the motorcycle also sustained serious injuries but is expected to recover. The 24 year old driver of the Buick was evaluated by detectives and impairment does not appear to be a factor. The investigation is on-going.

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11-5-2011 ~ Southern & 11th Aves ~ fatality

According to Phoenix Police… On November 5, 2011 at approximately 12:30pm, a fatal motorcycle wreck occurred at the intersection of Southern Avenue & 11th Avenue in Phoenix. A 1996 Isuzu Rodeo stopped at the stop sign at South 11th Avenue and West Southern Avenue, facing north. The Isuzu made a left hand turn onto West Southern Avenue to proceed in a westbound direction. The Isuzu merged into westbound traffic and failed to yield; colliding with a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle, which was also traveling in a westbound direction on Southern Avenue. The pilot of the Suzuki has been identified as Jacob I. Jordan, a black male, 19-years old. He was transported to a local trauma center where he later died of his injuries. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, which came off at impact. The adult female driver of the Isuzu remained at the scene and was evaluated by detectives. Impairment is not believed to be a factor. No citations will be issued until the investigation is complete, which includes all tox reports from the ME’s office.

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11-19-11… wreck near Bagdad According to the Dept of Public Safety, on 11/19/11 at 1:05pm, the DPS began investigating a collision involving a motorcycle and a commercial tanker truck. The two vehicle fatal collision occurred on State Route 97 at milepost 165 (6 miles south of Bagdad, near SR 96). A black 2011 Ducati motorcycle operated by Tony Michael Richey, age 40, of Phoenix was southbound when it went down and slid into the northbound lane. A red 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer operated by David William Anderson, age 41 of Bisbee, struck the motorcycle. The traffic lanes in both directions were blocked for a period of time for the investigation. Richey was deceased at the scene of the collision. He was wearing a helmet. It is unknown why the pilot lost control of his motorcycle. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. He did nothing wrong and no charges will be filed.

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11-21-11 … Pinal County Deputy injured in San Tan Valley motorcycle crash According to PIO Johnson of the PCSO, on at 7:38am November 21, 2011 Deputy Charles Gaston had completed his shift and was heading home. The 33-year old deputy was riding his PCSO-issued 2009 Honda ST-1300 at Gary Road and Skyline Drive in San Tan Valley when he was involved in a collision with a 4-door Dodge sedan.{Photo above} The driver was a female in her early 30’s. She failed to yield while making a left-hand turn onto Gary Rd, striking deputy Gaston who was heading south. Gaston flew over the hood of the vehicle and landed in the intersection. He was conscious, alert, and breathing as he was transported by air to Scottsdale Osborn. He was wearing his PCSO-issued helmet, an Arai-314. The driver was not on a cell phone or other device. Investigators do not suspect impairment was a factor. She was cited for failure to yield - resulting in a collision with injuries. Deputy Gaston received a broken jaw [which had to be wired shut], lost 10-12 teeth, has several broken ribs, a broken wrist, and head trauma. He’s expected to make a full recovery, but was required to remain in the hospital for several days. This timeline put him in the hospital for Thanksgiving, so the Sheriff made sure a Thanksgiving dinner was delivered to the hospital for the deputy and his family.

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11-23-11 … Yuma motorcyclist dies from motorcycle wreck… From Yuma PD, PIO Sgt Norred … On November 23, 2011 at 2:28pm, Michael Guild [54-years old] was involved in a motorcycle wreck while riding his 1992 H-D Ultra Classic with his passenger Lynn Guild. They were traveling westbound on 32nd Street and the collision occurred between Avenues 9 and 10-E. They came upon traffic that had stopped while waiting for a vehicle to make a left turn into an RV park in the 9700 block of E. 32nd Street. He was not able to stop in time; laying the bike down on its right side, sliding into the rear of a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. The investigation at this point shows no sign of the pilot being impaired. The driver of the Toyota, 52-year old John Underwood, is not facing any charges. Neither the pilot nor his passenger was wearing a helmet. Both were admitted to Yuma Regional Medical Center; where Michael later succumbed to his injuries. Lynn’s injuries were non-fatal.

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11-25-11 … motorcycle hits truck - fatality on I-17 From AZ DPS … on 11/25/11 at 1:11pm, a white 1995 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling southbound on the Interstate 17 frontage road from Cactus Road. The driver, Brian James Reader - a 27 year old male from Phoenix, was accelerating and making lane changes around slower traffic. A black 2003 Chevy pickup was abandoned and parked in the #1 Traffic Lane. The motorcycle was in the #2 Traffic Lane when the pilot changed lanes into the #1 Traffic Lane where the pickup truck was parked. The Suzuki collided with the rear of truck, ejecting the driver of the motorcycle underneath it. Brian Reader was wearing a helmet. He was transported to a local trauma center where he was pronounced deceased by the trauma surgeon as a result of his injuries. The roadway was partially blocked from 1:30 until 3:30pm when it was fully re-opened. When found, the owner of the abandoned vehicle will face no charges, beyond the possibility of a civil traffic citation for leaving the vehicle in the roadway, depending on the circumstances. Drivers are, at all times, responsible to avoid striking anything in the roadway and that responsibility includes disabled vehicles.

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November 2011

Happy Birthday greetings to Camaro Dave, David Miller, Pyro,

Shelley Victor Thorkelson, Barb Heller, and Brenda Heath

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We’ve been advised that there is still Too Broke For Sturgis merchandise available. If you wanted to get that shirt, patch, bandana, what have you…. but did not get the chance… now’s your opportunity. Check out the TBFS store at http://www.toobrokeforsturgis.com/store.php

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The riding community has seen some more losses again this month… some taken by others and some [no disrespect intended] self-inflicted. Regardless of who did what, any wreck that ends in a death is tragic. Our hearts go out to those who are dealing with the passing of their loved ones.

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9-30-11 … minor injury wreck … At 4:57pm AZ Dept of Public Safety was notified of a single-vehicle motorcycle collision resulting in minor injuries. It occurred in the E/B lane of SR 202 at Alma School.

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10-6-2011 … Off-duty Tempe Police Officer killed in motorcycle collision On October 6, 2011, just after 5pm., Phoenix Police responded to a serious injury collision at 48th Street and Western (Just north of Elliot). When they arrived, they located a White male victim who was riding a motorcycle southbound on 48th Street. The rider was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The rider was not speeding and was wearing his helmet. The 24-year old White female driver of a Chrysler sedan was facing northbound in the left turn lane and failed to yield to the motorcyclist as she made her left turn; colliding with the motorcyclist. She was unharmed in the collision. The driver has not been cited as of yet. The investigation continues, including a reconstruction of the scene. The pilot was identified as 40-year old Scott J. Saffell. He served as a Police Officer for the Tempe Police Department and worked patrol. It was noted in the statement released by Phoenix PD, “He will be greatly missed by family, friends, peers, and the community which he proudly served.”

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10-9-11 ... A fundraiser took place on October 9 at DAV Post 22 [1510 N 79th St, Scottsdale] to help raise money for the families of ALR 138 Riders Dave Moreland and Barry Lundquest. These men were involved in a motorcycle wreck on September 24. This gathering raised over $7000. In a statement from Jim & Joni, of ALR Post 138, “The never-ending generosity, support and love is, has been and probably always will be, nothing short of overwhelming! … Thank you all…”

Sadly, there is more followup to this story. Dave passed away on October 14, as a result of his injuries. A Celebration of Life took place in Chandler on Wednesday, Oct. 19th. He was laid to rest in Milwaukee.

David “Dave” Moreland ~ US Army 101st Airborne 67-69 ~ Viet Nam Veteran ~ RIP

Barry continues to undergo treatment and surgeries.

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10-10-11 … Non-fatal wreck 86th & McDonald… As reported by the Scottsdale Police Dept … on Monday October 10, 2011 about 8:35am, a non-fatal wreck occurred in Scottsdale, at the intersection of 86th & McDonald. A blue Toyota, driven by a 22-yr old female, was heading eastbound on McDonald when it went through a red light, and struck the northbound Honda motorcycle on 86th Street. The motorcycle pilot, a 70-yr old male, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was wearing a helmet. No impairment was reported. The Toyota driver was issued a citation for a red light violation.

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10-12-11... wreck @ I-17 & New River Rd We learned from AZ DPS that a motorcycle-involved wreck occurred on the night of Wednesday 10-12-2011 on the northbound I-17 at milepost 234, just north of New River. Witnesses said that a 49-year old male on a 2006 HD was riding with a few other motorcycles. He was riding recklessly and doing wheelies. It appears he wasn’t wearing a helmet. He went into the left guardrail and fell off of his bike. It happened in front of a few vehicles which also ran him over. He was immediately killed.

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10-17-11 … single-vehicle injury wreck – Kingman From Kingman PD … On Monday, October 17th, at 8:50pm, Kingman Police responded to a one vehicle crash in the 300 block Anson Smith Rd. A call to 911 reported that a motorcyclist had crashed. Upon arrival officer discovered that Gregory Lee Cook, 20 of Kingman, had crashed his 2004 Honda motorcycle after leaving the roadway. The investigation revealed that Cook had been westbound in the 300blk. of Anson Smith Rd. when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and crashed into a large pile of rocks and a fence. Cook was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center before being air lifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas with serious injuries. Cook was listed in critical condition. Speed is believed to have been a factor. Alcohol is not believed to have been involved. He was wearing a helmet.

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10-18-11... car vs motorcycle - Cave Creek & Cactus, Phoenix On October 18th, 2011 at approximately 6:02pm, a 1999 White Tornado Motorcycle, driven by a 65-year-old white male pulled on to Cactus Road from a private driveway of a convenience/gas mart at 2000 E. Cactus Road. He was struck by an eastbound 2003 Buick Le Sabre 4-door, driven by a 72-year-old white female. The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. At the time of this report it is unknown whether the motorcyclist was impaired. He has been identified as Terry Harding. The woman was not injured. She was examined at the scene and impairment did not appear to be a factor. This investigation is on-going.

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10-22-11… Fatal collision on SR 87 Larry & Sheri traveled to AZ from SoCal to attend Rip’s BAD Ride. They were involved in a wreck at the intersection of Hwys 188 & 87, near Jake’s Corner. Neither survived… Our condolences go out to their friends and loved ones.

According to AZ DPS… At 2:25pm, a blue 2007 Honda motorcycle failed to stop at the stop sign posted at the junction of SR 87 and SR 188. The motorcycle was driven by Larry Wayne Giltner, a 62-year old male from Canoga Park CA. His passenger was Sherri Lynn Hoffman, a 58-year old female from Reseda CA. The motorcycle was hit by a red 2011 Dodge Pickup driven by Douglas Jacobs, a 50-year old male from Scottsdale AZ. The passenger in the truck was Daniel Jacobs, the twin brother of Douglas. Both motorcyclists were deceased at the scene. Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets. Both occupants of the truck were taken to local area hospitals for assessment and treatment of injuries. They were treated and released. There were no criminal charges. The roadway was closed from 2:25p until 5pm. The collision remains under investigation.

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10-24-11 … Collision 44th St & McDowell According to the Phoenix Police, on Monday October 24, 2011 a traffic collision involving a motorcyclist and another vehicle took place at the intersection of 44th Street and McDowell. Information collected during the investigation indicates that the rider was westbound on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle when a 4-door sedan made a left turn in front of her. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The passenger in the other vehicle sustained minor injury. Witnesses believe the rider ran the red light. The rider, approximately 30 years old, was transported to an area hospital in extremely critical condition. She was believed to be impaired.

The pilot involved in this wreck turned out to be Kristen Stapleton, active duty National Guard and wife to John Stapleton. John works over at Logan’s Valley Motorcycles. We learned from Logan’s Facebook page that sadly, Kristen’s injuries were too severe. Tests indicated no brain activity, and John decided to remove her from the respirator. Kristen was a registered organ donor. “Her life will live on in the recipients of her gift.” We wish to add our condolences to the many being expressed to John and the rest of Kristen’s loved ones.

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10-25-11 … Fatal collision – bike vs truck, Tucson... at S Pantano & E Golf Links Roads. From the Tucson PD PIO… On October 25, 2011 at approximately 8:15am, officers from the Tucson Police Dept’s Traffic Enforcement Division and Operations Division East responded to the intersection of S Pantano Rd and E Golf Links Rd for a reported collision involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck. Officers arrived on scene within two minutes. The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local trauma center; where he succumbed to his injuries at 8:47am. He has been identified as 32-year old Jeffrey A. Bistline. Next of kin have been notified. Detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit continued the investigation at the scene. Detectives examined and collected roadway evidence, and interviewed witnesses. The investigation has revealed that the motorcyclist, riding a 2008 Baja Motorsports SC150, was traveling southbound on Pantano Rd, approaching Golf Links with a green light. The driver of the 2001 GMC 3500 pick-up truck was northbound on Pantano Rd and made a left turn onto westbound Golf Links in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the front passenger side of the truck. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The driver of the truck, 47-year old Larry R. Langdon, was arrested and field released for one count of Failure to Yield - Making Left Turn at an Intersection/Causing Death by a Moving Violation, a class 3 misdemeanor. There are no indications of impairment for either party.

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October 2011

Happy Birthday to Bonnie ‘Wolf’, Mud Flap, Dick Tush, Casey Yates, Betsy, Tim ‘Ferdinand’ McLachlan, Gina Swinesburg-Leathers, LaLa Montes, & Michele Peltier.

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Happy wedding anniversary to Gypsy & Sheri.

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Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Norman “Zee Zee” Lubich, a member of Breathe Life Riders. We learned through the ACMC on September 20, that he lost his fight with cancer. He was laid to rest at the AZ National Memorial Cemetery. * & & & & *

 

Our friend Jerry from the Spartan Riders MC is recovering from severe injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck back on 8-19-2011 at 23rd Street & Van Buren in Phoenix. He was headed West on Van Buren when a pick-up truck pulled out in front of him to make a left and then stalled across both lanes. Jerry had no where to go and got pretty busted up. He’s been in a bunch of surgeries and has a long recovery time ahead of him. He’s in good spirits and we wish him all the best.

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8-31-2011… Rider Down… Phx… on the 101 at 7th Ave in the East Bound Lane From AZ DPS… On August 31, at 8:46am, Troopers responded to a wreck at SR101 and 7th Avenue. During the investigation it was learned that the motorcyclist struck the rear end of another vehicle and was subsequently ran over by another truck. The rider, Irvin Kohnert, a 70-year old male, was transported to John C Lincoln North Mountain with serious injuries and was later admitted into the hospital with injuries / broken bones. He was riding a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle and wearing a helmet.

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9-4-2011… Injury wreck @ 32nd & Thomas, Phoenix From Phoenix PD… On Sunday September 4, around 8:30pm, near 32nd St & Thomas a 27-year old male was drinking with friends and decided to move his bike. He was driving a 2010 Harley and as he entered the driveway to the complex he lost control and struck an apartment building. He was not wearing a helmet and impairment is believed to be a factor. He was taken to a nearby hospital is currently in extremely critical condition.

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9-9-2011 … Fatality on Highway 89 On September 9 at 8:15pm, Department of Public Safety Officers investigated a single-vehicle motorcycle collision on SR 89 at MP 300 [between Prescott and Wilhoit]. The pilot, Ellis Dawson of Prescott, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. He was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson northbound on SR 89 when it sideswiped the right shoulder guardrail, causing Dawson to lose control. The rider was not wearing a helmet.

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9-17-2011… Fatal Collision, Phx ~ bike vs Expedition [McDowell_SR-143] … According to the Phoenix PD, on 9-17-11 at 4:00am an adult female driving a 2003 Ford Expedition was westbound on McDowell Rd in the left turn lane attempting to turn on to the southbound SR-143 [Hohokam Expressway]. Per witnesses, she failed to stop for the red left turn arrow and turned left in front of a 22 year old male who was driving a 1980 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on McDowell Rd. A 21 year old female passenger was on the back of the motorcycle. The motorcycle went down trying to avoid the Expedition and both riders slid into the side of the vehicle. Neither were wearing helmets. The 22 year old male driver sustained fatal injuries. The 21 year old female sustained critical injuries but is expected to survive. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the collision. The investigation is continuing.

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9-17-2011… fatal wreck… bike vs bike… Rt 66 near Oatman Injury Accident Turns Fatal – Approximately 5 Miles South of Oatman … Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an injury accident involving two motorcycles on Highway 66 at milepost 20 late Saturday (9/17) morning. About 11:17am, deputies responded to the scene of where a 2011 Harley Davidson, traveling northbound, crossed left of the center line and struck a 2007 Harley Davidson traveling southbound. All three subjects suffered injuries. All three were wearing helmets. Upon arrival, Mohave Valley Fire Department along with Oatman Fire Department personnel were attending to the victims. Don La Vetter, 62, of Tucson, was traveling northbound in a curve in the roadway when his motorcycle crossed over the double lines. La Vetter was transported to Valley View Medical Center where he was treated and released. Steve Osborn, 60, of Golden Valley, was traveling southbound with his wife Donna, 58, as passenger. They were airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas. Steve Osborn is currently listed in fair condition. Donna Osborn did not survive her injuries. She was pronounced deceased Sunday (9/18) evening at the Sunrise Medical Center. Both motorcycles were towed from the scene. La Vetter was issued a citation for traveling left of center when in or approaching a curve in the highway. This accident remains under investigation.

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9-17-2011… single-vehicle wreck on NAU campus According to Northern AZ University’s Office of Public Affairs, a single-vehicle motorcycle accident took place on NAU Campus at 12:07am on Saturday night, September 17. Joseph James Palmisano II was riding a Yamaha YZF-R1 on Pine Knoll near parking lot 62 when he lost control of his motorcycle. We learned that there was evidence of the bike traveling at a high rate of speed, and braking prior to overturning. The bike collided with a curb, and ended up sliding on the sidewalk. It continued to slide along the sidewalk, then down a handicap accessible ramp, across the entry way to the parking lot where it hit another curb and stopped. There were no witnesses, but a vehicle passing by saw the motorcycle headlight and notified local police of the wreck. He was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. Mr. Palmisano was not an NAU student. He was wearing a helmet.

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9-17-11 … non-fatal near Jerome On Saturday September 17 at 1:02pm, Dept. of Public Safety Officers investigated a single-vehicle motorcycle wreck on SR 89A at MP 342.4 near Jerome. The pilot, Kathleen Zeisse was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center. She reportedly sustained several fractures and internal organ injuries. The bike was a 2007 Harley Davidson. There is no indication of helmet use. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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9-18-2011 … Fatal on Hwy 260 … motorcycle vs Jeep AZ DPS reports that a fatal wreck happened on AZ Highway 260, three miles from Forrest Lakes at noon Sunday [9-18-2011]. The pilot, Kenneth Wesolowski {67} of Munds Park, was driving a 2011 Harley Davidson. The rider crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck an oncoming Jeep. Both vehicles caught on fire. The passenger and driver in the car suffered minor injuries. The investigation continues. The pilot was not wearing a helmet. The highway was blocked in both directions, and some travelers returning to the Valley re-routed through Salt River Canyon.

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9-24-2011 … bike vs car … Speedway & Wilmot, Tucson Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Motorcycle at E Speedway & N Wilmot At approximately 6:48 PM on September 24, 2011, the Tucson Police Department received notification of a serious traffic collision involving a motorcycle that occurred at the intersection of East Speedway Blvd and North Wilmot Rd. Officers from Operations Division East responded to the location in order to initiate an investigation. It was quickly determined that the pilot of the motorcycle was in very serious condition as a result of the collision. As such, the intersection was closed for several hours. During that time, the Tucson Fire Department transported both the motorcyclist and the driver of the other vehicle, a 2003 silver Honda Civic, to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. While at the hospital, the pilot, 36-year old Tucson resident Andrew Seale, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. Next of kin has been notified. The driver of the truck had minor injuries. Detectives from the Traffic Investigations and Night Detective Units responded to further the investigation. They collected evidence and interviewed witnesses at the scene. The detectives learned that the motorcyclist was traveling southbound through the intersection when his 2000 BMW K1000 motorcycle was struck by the silver car, which appeared to have been completing a left turn from the northbound left turn bay of North Wilmot. The driver of the silver vehicle immediately stopped his car and remained at the scene of the collision. Various witnesses immediately called 911 to report the collision. It appears that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The investigation continues regarding the specific cause of the accident and who was at fault. There were no obvious signs of impairment noted at the scene; investigators are awaiting toxicology results. No arrests have been made.

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9-24-2011 … 2 Riders Down … ALR Post 138 We learned from Bags, President of American Legion Riders Post 138 [Scottsdale] that two of their riders, Dave and Barry, went down while participating in a group charity ride. They were both transported to Scottsdale Osborne and are in critical condition. This information was sent over by the Dept of Public Safety … “On Saturday September 24 at 12:02pm, DPS officers responded to investigate a collision involving two motorcycles on northbound State Route 101 at Chandler Boulevard. The roadway was primarily blocked with the exception of the HOV lane until 2:20 p.m. There is no further information available on this collision at this time.” We were advised by Jim & Joni that there is a fundraiser taking place to help these men and their families on October 9 which starts & ends at DAV Post 22 [1510 N 79th Street, Scottsdale].

Sign-in at 11am, $20/bike +$5 for 2-up; $20/cage.

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9-25-2011 … Bike vs SUV… Mayo Blvd, Phx … fatality On September 25, 2011 at approx. 3:45pm, Phoenix Police responded to the area of 6800 East Mayo Boulevard regarding a serious injury collision involving a Sport Utility Vehicle and a motorcycle rider. Officers and Fire personnel arrived on scene and located a 23-year old Hispanic male motorcycle rider pinned underneath an SUV. The rider was declared deceased on scene by Fire personnel. He was later identified as Carlos Gomez-Cruz. The driver of the SUV was a 47-year old White female. She was not injured and the four minors in her vehicle also escaped injury. Detectives on scene have determined the motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Mayo Blvd when the SUV pulled out from a private drive and failed to yield to the rider. The victim laid his bike down and became lodged underneath the vehicle. Impairment is not believed to be a factor, however speed may have played a role in this collision. The rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Family of the victim has been notified.

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This just in…. we heard that the head mechanic at Knockout Motorcycles, Kenny Lucas was killed in a motorcycle wreck on Friday, September 30… we’ll post more information to our Forum when we get it.

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September 2011

Our reporter Beaux’s got some proud news to share. His newest Grand-daughter, Jocylyn, was born July 27th. 6lbs, 2 ounces, 20 inches. Welcome to the World, Little One ~

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As we spent our day up at Mormon Lake on Saturday July 23 we had the honor of being invited to the Desert Thunder MC camp for a very special occasion. Surrounded by family and friends, 8-Ball asked Jess to marry him and she said, “Of course’. Papa Bear serenaded them with ‘Turn the Page’ as they embark on this new path together. Congratulations to 8-Ball & Jess ~ We wish them all the best for a long and happy life together.

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Regarding the mistrial of Michael Jakscht, the driver who killed four motorcyclists and injured five others when he ran over them with his dump truck while impaired…. He IS being held over for retrial… There’s been no change to his bond. He is still in custody. The next hearing is Tuesday 10/18/2011. The new trial is set for 11/01/2011. * & & & & *

 

Fatal Wreck Near Tuba City… Tucson couple killed in motorcycle wreck near Flagstaff From the AZ Dept of Public Safety PIO… On Friday morning 8-5-2011, at approx 8am, Samuel Julian McClintock, age 59, and Linda Louise McClintock, age 50, both from Tucson, AZ were riding together on a 2004 Honda when they were fatally struck by a 2006 Ford Pickup truck. They both perished at the scene. They were both wearing helmets. The collision occurred on U.S. 160 near Tuba City [about 80 northeast of Flagstaff]. The driver of the pickup, George Douglas Doores, age 29, from Mills, WY had been traveling west on US160 and made a left turn in the path of the eastbound motorcycle. The collision remains under investigation.

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Motorcycle wreck in Surprise 8-8-2011… from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office... 19-year old Dylan Blecher of Surprise, AZ was killed the night of Monday August 8th while riding his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle through the intersection of 115th Avenue and Happy Valley Parkway in north Peoria. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was struck by a Ford F250 pickup whose driver was making a left turn onto 115th Avenue and claims he did not see the eastbound motorcycle. According to the PIO, the accident is still under investigation and they have not decided on charges yet. They are waiting for test results to come back which could take weeks. The pilot was not wearing a helmet.

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Non-fatal – Kingman Vehicle vs Motorcycle Injury Crash On Friday, August 12, at 3:50pm, Kingman Police investigated a two vehicle crash between a GMC van and a Suzuki motorcycle on Harrison St. at Golden Gate Ave. The crash left the driver of the motorcycle with serious injuries. The investigation determined that Dennis James Stanley, 51 of Kingman, was driving his 1996 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Harrison St. when a white 1994 GMC van, driven by Daniel Patrick Willis, 28 of Kingman, pulled onto Harrison St. from Golden Gate Ave., into the path of Stanley’s motorcycle. The motorcycle skidded and was laid down, sliding into the van. Stanley suffered serious internal injuries and was transported and treat at KRMC. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Daniel Willis was issued a citation charging him with Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign and No Proof of Insurance.

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Fatal Collision in Peoria 8-26-2011 ... According to the Peoria Police Dept, on 8-26-11, at 3:30pm, 58 year old Rickie Zabel was waiting to make a left turn on westbound Peoria Avenue at 80th Lane on his 1990 Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail motorcycle. Mr. Zabel changed lanes to continue westbound on Peoria when he was struck from behind by a Toyota Camry that was traveling westbound in the lane Mr. Zabel changed into. The Camry was not able to stop to avoid. Mr. Zabel was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma from the accident. He was immediately transported to John C. Lincoln hospital where he was pronounced dead. The occupant and driver of the Camry were not injured. Peoria Avenue was closed for approximately 4 ½ hours in both directions while the accident was investigated.

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Fatal Wreck Near Estrella Mtn Park 8/27/2011 ... According to the Media Relations Unit of the MCSO, on Saturday August 27, 2011 at 7:10pm, deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a fatal accident at 143rd Avenue and Indian Springs Road, near Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear. Brett Fencer (40 years old) from Goodyear was driving his 1998 Honda VFR Intercepter 800 westbound on Indian Springs Road. A witness advised that Fencer was driving at a high rate of speed. Fencer failed to stop for the stop sign at 143rd Avenue and struck a cement barrier. Fencer was pronounced deceased at the scene of the single vehicle accident. There was a passenger on the motorcycle who has been identified as Tracy Edwards (44 years old) from Glendale. Edwards was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment but she was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Edwards was wearing a helmet and Fencer was not. It is still too early to tell exactly what factors caused the collision but speed is definitely one of them.

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Fatal Collision… Bike vs SUV On August 29, 2011, at approximately 8:20pm, Phoenix Police responded to the intersection of 12th Street and Northern Avenue regarding a serious injury collision involving an SUV and a motorcyclist. Upon arriving on scene, officers located the victim who sustained serious injury during the collision. The victim, a 23-year old White male, named Justin Thomas Webb, was transported to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries. Investigators from the Phoenix Police Department’s Vehicular Crimes Unit arrived on scene and have determined a 35-year old White female was traveling westbound in her Ford Expedition and failed to yield to the motorcyclist while making a left turn at 12th Street. The motorcycle rider collided with the SUV while he was traveling eastbound on Northern. The rider had a helmet but it may not have been properly strapped onto his head. The driver of the Ford Expedition was evaluated for impairment. She was determined not to be impaired. The victim’s family has been notified. No word yet if there will be any citation issued.

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August 2011

Happy August Birthdays to Charity, Logan, Mata, Jim Moore, Bill Bracken LDMC,

MMAA members Kathy Sleeper, Rob Windsor, Autumn Windsor, and

SAHR MC members Doug, Suzi Q, Nick, & Fred.

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HellFire Guitars was offering a guitar raffle during Too Broke For Sturgis as a fundraiser for ABATE’s Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter. Due to the circumstances of the event shutting down early, the drawing has not taken place yet. For those still interested in purchasing a ticket contact Victor at HellFire Guitars 602-421-2000, hellfireguitarphxaz@hotmail.com. It’s a real beauty. Pictures don’t do it justice. The drawing is scheduled to take place at the Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter meeting on August 14, 2011 at the AZ American Italian Club,7509 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020. You do not need to be present to win.

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July 20… Mesa 202 wreck kills 1; motorcycle involved DPS Officers are investigating a two vehicle crash involving one fatality. This occurred at about 7:09am southbound SR 202 (San Tan) just south of the US 60 and prior to the Guadalupe Exit. Information indicates that a middle-aged male motorcyclist (solo-rider) was in the #4 travel lane or far right travel lane, when he changed lanes to the left into the #3 lane striking the right front of a white Mitsubishi Sedan with the left rear of his bike. The motorcyclist, Anthony Arthur Pereira, age 46, of Mesa, AZ was riding a 2011 Suzuki touring style motorcycle, and wearing a helmet. He lost control and was ejected from his bike. He died on-scene. The driver of the car was not hurt in the crash. Following the crash and up until 9:40am, the SR 202 was closed approaching the US 60 southbound with traffic diverted onto US 60. The ramps from the US 60 to southbound SR 202 were also closed. ADOT provided assistance with traffic control and the road closure.

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July 21… Thursday Good Morning... Just thought I’d pass this incident along and maybe you could let the rest of the ALR Groups and PGR’s know about it and save anyone else the embarrassment of being refused service. Last Saturday 7/16 after our E Board meeting (Post 117) I stopped at Bridgett’s Last Laugh Bar and Grill on Cave Creek Rd & Bell Rd in Phoenix, for lunch and was refused service because I was wearing an American Legion Riders patch on my vest. I emailed the owner later that day to find out why and she replied: “Michael, our policy is no clubs, or riding groups that could resemble an MC club. You have a choice in where you spend your money as I have a choice in creating my policies. I’m sorry, but this our policy.” I guess that says it all, we’re not welcomed at her place. Again this is just an FYI, I would hate for another ALR or PGR Member to be embarrassed/outraged as I was.

Sincerely, AZMike ALR/PGR Member

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July 22, 2011… Motorcycle vs Truck….. From the Phoenix PD Media Relations Office… Just before 5am, the Phoenix Police Department responded to a serious injury collision involving a motorcyclist at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Upon arrival officers and paramedics located the motorcycle rider who sustained serious injury during this collision. The victim was Robert McComber, a 42-year old White male. He was transported to an area hospital where sadly, he succumb to his injury and was pronounced deceased. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet during the collision. Detectives arrived on scene and conducted their investigation. Based on scene evidence and witness statements, the suspect, 54-year old Veronica Percy was driving her 2008 Dodge Dakota eastbound on Bethany Home Road and failed to stop for the red light. She collided with the victim who was traveling northbound on 7th Avenue. During the investigation, the suspect displayed signs and symptoms of impairment and was evaluated by one of our detectives. Subsequent to the evaluation, the suspect was believed to be impaired and has been booked on one count of manslaughter. The victim’s family has been notified.

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July 22, Friday… It is with a heavy heart that we report the news that Colin MacDiarmid of Prescott Valley did not survive the injuries he sustained in his motorcycle crash on April 27. Our condolences go out to his friends and loved ones.

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7-29-11… car vs motorcycle, NON-fatal

S/B I-17 was closed between SR101 and Bell Road, and E/B and W/B SR101 ramps to I-17 S/B were also closed, due to a two vehicle serious injury collision, which occurred at 0526 on I-17 southbound, north of Bell Road. A motorcycle and car [a VW Jetta] were southbound on I-17, when for unknown reasons the motorcycle ran into the back of the car. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle. This was a non-fatal, but serious injury collision. The motorcyclist is a male. He was wearing a helmet. Age of pilot, type of motorcycle, age / gender of the occupant[s] of the Jetta are unknown at time of this report. It is unknown at this time if any impairment is involved. All lanes were re-opened at 0701 hours. The collision is still under investigation.

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There is a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Bike being Given Away. It belonged to the grandson of Harry Dilson; and he has passed away. While the bike was not the cause of his death, the family is trying to give out all his belongings to erase memories; the bike included. If interested, contact Harry via email at harrydilson@hotmail.com

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Robert of Evil Twin Custom Cycles 2534 W. Broadway Road in Mesa is considering moving the shop to a new location near Southern and Mesa Drive. He wants to hear from his current and potential customers. What do you think about the move? Comment period closes Monday August 8. Give him a call at 480-784-0040 or email robert@eviltwincustomcycle.com

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July 2011

Happy 90th Birthday to Red Hartman, founding father to the Southern AZ Harley Riders MC. His brothers & sisters in SAHR threw him a surprise party back on June 23 to celebrate the day. Red started Hartman’s HD in Sierra Vista back in 1948. He’s still riding, still works every day, and still going strong. Wishing you all the best ~ B&B

July birthday greetings also go out to Bags, Claude [SAHR MC], Cowboy [SAHR MC], Diane, Gina Dittmar, Janice Hamilton, Pharoah [MMAA], and Kathie Ricca.

We hope you each have a great day.

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Born 2B Wild The Born 2B Wild Fundraiser for Liberty Wildlife was held on Sunday March 27, 2011. The sign-in location was at Logan’s Valley Motorcycles 1440 W. Main St. Mesa. According to organizer Melissa Hughes, “we released two Harris Hawks back into the wild on Kimmy’s behalf; may they fly in the wind with her forever.” 125 riders registered. The route ended at Cody’s in Cave Creek. Liberty Wildlife, located in Scottsdale, is dedicated to caring for and rehabilitating injured wildlife; and educating the public about the importance, beauty, and benefits of native wildlife and habitat. Learn more at www.libertywildlife.org/

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We learned from the ACMC list that Shadow, Vice President of Glendale Chapter of the Limey Riders MC passed away the evening of Tuesday June 28, after a long health battle. We add our condolences to the many being expressed at this time.

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June 3, 2011… Fatal Hit-and-Run… 2800 N 32nd St, Phoenix Just before 11am, Phoenix Police responded to the area of 2800 N 32nd St regarding a serious injury collision. Initially the collision was believed to involve a single vehicle. The victim, a motorcycle rider by the name of Ronald Edwin Mercer, is a white male, 23 years old. He was riding a 2007 Kawasaki, and believed to be traveling southbound on 32nd Street. For some unknown reason he lost control and went down just south of Thomas Rd. He was pronounced deceased on scene. After investigators arrived on scene they discovered the victim had actually been run over after he went down. Investigators do not have any information on the driver and/or vehicle which ran the rider over. The driver fled the scene after striking the downed rider. Police are requesting help from the community in identifying the individual or vehicle which fled the scene after running over the victim. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call Phoenix Police. If they wish to remain anonymous, they can call Silent Witness at 480.WITNESS. As of June 26, the hit and run driver is still unidentified.

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June 16, 2011… Non-Fatal, Single Vehicle Wreck… Prescott Valley At approximately 8:48am, Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to the area of Bradshaw Mountain Rd and S.R. 69 for a motorcycle crash. The investigation showed that 56-year old Kenneth Chance of Prescott was traveling southbound on S.R. 69 when he crashed his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The cause of the crash is not known and Chance’s vehicle was the only one involved. He was air lifted to Flagstaff Medical Center for his injuries. At last report he was in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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June 18, 2011… Fatal Collision, Single Vehicle Wreck… 2500 Block of South Palo Verde Rd, Tucson At approximately 5:10pm, Tucson PD Officers responded to a single-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle in the 2500 block of South Palo Verde Road. The rider suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Trauma Unit at the University Medical Center. He succumbed to his injuries on the afternoon of June 20, 2011. He has been identified as 50-year old Mark A. Smith of Tucson. Next of kin have been notified. Detectives from Traffic Investigations responded to continue the investigation at the scene. Detectives have determined that the motorcycle was traveling northbound on South Palo Verde Road, north of East Crossover Road. The operator failed to negotiate the slight curve to the left, and the motorcycle left the roadway, striking an object in the landscaping along the outside of the curve. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 911, or 88-CRIME. In followup, we learned that Mr. Smith was riding a 1986 Honda Magna. There is no indication that there were any other vehicles involved, or any kind of road hazard or mechanical failure involved.

At this point, there are no known witnesses to the event.

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June 23, 2011 … Serious Motorcycle Collision – single vehicle wreck, 1600 block of N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. According to the Scottsdale PD Public Information Office, on the morning of June 23, Gordon Earl Muggy, a 26-yr old male was observed by other motorists riding his Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Pima Road approaching McDowell Road at a high rate of speed. He lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to SHC-Osborn. Alcohol appears to be a factor. The roadway was closed for approximately 2 hours while officers conducted their investigation. Mr. Muggy remains in serious condition at the hospital. No citations or arrests made at this point in time. Editors note… one can infer that since no mention of a helmet was made in the report, that this pilot was probably wearing one.

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June 26, 2011…. Non-fatal, Motorcycle vs SUV… We’ve been able to determine via the ABATE email list, that victims 1 & 2 referred to below are Mike & Val. We learned from Phoenix PD that just before 3:30pm officers responded to the area of 39th Ave and Thunderbird Rd regarding a serious injury collision. Upon arriving officers located Victim 1 [White male, 44 years old] in extremely serious condition. His passenger, victim 2 [White female, 39 years old], also sustained injury during the collision and both were transported to area hospitals. The riders were traveling westbound on Thunderbird Rd on their 1985 Honda motorcycle. They were approaching 39th Avenue when they noticed traffic was backing up. Victim 1 changed lanes in an attempt to avoid some of the traffic. Driver 1 [White male, 47 years old] was also traveling westbound on Thunderbird Rd and also changed lanes in front of the motorcyclists. Both vehicles collided causing both victims 1 and 2 to go to the ground. Victim 1 was transported to an area hospital and is currently in extremely critical condition. Victim 2 was also transported but is in serious but stable condition. The driver of the Xterra was not injured during this collision. The Driver of the Xterra was evaluated for impairment and it appears impairment does NOT appear to be a factor in this collision. The investigation continues.

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June 2011

Happy June Birthdays to Lisa McLachlan, Lonnie Schleicher,

Robert Shinn, and Michele Root

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Does someone have a House for rent that is available right NOW? Call Ginger at

480-635-6264. We prefer rent by owner. No HOA. 3 bedroom, dog friendly.

Have a blessed day...

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Fatal Wreck - Tucson, I-10 & Valencia We received the following information from the AZ Dept of Public Safety….. On Sunday, May 8, 2011, DPS was notified of a motorcycle down on westbound Interstate 10 at MP 267 (Valencia Road). Officers investigated and discovered the two deceased persons who were ejected from the motorcycle sometime around 0330 hours that morning. The vehicle struck the guardrail but otherwise the details of the collision are unknown. The deceased were Claudiu Ionescu, a 30 year old male from Tucson Arizona and Valerie Sias, a 27 year old female from Las Vegas, Nevada. The motorcycle was a black 2003 Suzuki. This is being investigated as a single vehicle collision with no indication of other vehicles involved. As it is a single vehicle collision, and there are no charges to file, the DPS will not test for impairment or attempt to determine an estimate of speed.

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Fatal Collision, Tucson – S Wilmot & EB I-10 Frontage We received the following from the Public Information Office of the Tucson Police Department: May 9, 2011… At approximately 9:30 p.m. on May 8, 2011, Tucson Police Department personnel from Operations Division East responded to south Wilmot Road and the eastbound I-10 Frontage road for a collision involving a motorcycle and a sports-utility vehicle. The motorcycle operator was transported from the scene via ambulance to the University Physicians Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. He has been identified as 37-year old Brian D. Petrie, of Tucson. He was wearing a helmet during the collision. Next of kin have been notified. Detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit responded to continue the investigation at the scene. Based on roadway evidence and witness statements, detectives have determined that the motorcyclist, riding a 2006 Suzuki, was traveling southbound on south Wilmot Road approaching the eastbound Interstate 10 Frontage road. The passenger vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 27-year old female, made a left turn from the stop sign at the eastbound I-10 Frontage road onto northbound Wilmot. The driver failed to yield right-of-way to the motorcyclist, who struck the side of the vehicle. There are no initial indications that excessive speed or alcohol were factors in the collision. Citations or charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, which is ongoing.

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Fatal Accident_Tucson E Speedway Blvd / N Riverside Ave

We received the following information from the Public Information Office of the Tucson Police Department: Tucson Police Department Traffic Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal motorcycle collision, which claimed the life of a 32 year-old Robert J. Bellemey. On May 14, 2011 at 6:31 p.m., Officers from Operations Division Downtown responded to a single vehicle collision at E. Speedway Blvd/N Riverside Ave. Upon arrival, officers located Mr. Bellemey suffering from life threatening injuries. He was transported to University Medical Center, where he died on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 9:40 p.m. Traffic Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation. Based on evidence at the scene as well as statements from independent witnesses, detectives have determined that Mr. Bellemey was traveling eastbound on Speedway approaching Riverside Ave. Mr. Bellemey stopped briefly in the left turn lane just west of Riverside Ave. He then accelerated from the stop, losing control and striking the median. He was riding a 2010 Honda Goldwing. The investigation is on going. Fatalities year to date: For 2010 18 For 2011 17

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Off-Duty TPD Officer Killed by Right of Way Violator

We received the following information from the Public Information Office of the Tucson Police Department: At approximately 10:00 a.m. Sunday May 22, Tucson Police Department officers from Operations Division Midtown responded to a report of a collision with injuries, involving a motorcyclist and a passenger car. The driver of the car, an 83-year old female, was uninjured. The motorcyclist was transported by ambulance to a local trauma center, where he succumbed to his injuries approximately 90 minutes later. The motorcyclist has been identified as 52-year old Joseph Pat Olguin, an off-duty Tucson Police Department Officer. Next of kin have been notified. Officer Olguin reportedly had 20+ years of motorcycling experience. Detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation into the cause of the collision. Detectives examined roadway evidence and conducted interviews with witnesses. Detectives have determined that Officer Olguin was travelling eastbound on 6th Street on his 2007 Harley Davidson. The driver was traveling westbound on 6th Street in a 2006 Kia Spectra when she failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, making a left turn to enter a private driveway on the south side of 6th Street. Officer Olguin’s motorcycle struck the Kia, throwing him from the motorcycle. The driver of the car has been issued a civil traffic citation for Failure to Yield Way Making a Left Turn. Officer Olguin was a veteran with the Tucson Police Department, having served as an officer for more than 20 years.

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On May 29, 2011, just after 9 pm., Phoenix Police responded to the area of 12600 North 19th Avenue regarding a serious injury collision. A 2009 Yamaha motorcycle collided with a 1994 Nissan Quest which was traveling southbound on 19th Avenue. When officers arrived on scene they discovered a motorcycle rider [white, male, ≈ 59 years old] had sustained fatal injuries during the collision. In addition, they located the driver [Hispanic, female, ≈ 39 years old] of the Nissan Quest with three young children who all escaped injury. All occupants of the Nissan were wearing their seatbelts. Detectives from the Vehicular Crimes Unit arrived on scene and determined the motorcycle rider, for some unknown reason, drove left of center while driving northbound on 19th Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

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May 2011

Happy May Birthdays to Athena Anderson, Lady Jewells, Margie F, Michael McCall, Sparky, and Yukon Rick Johnson

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Well folks, the motorcycling community is taking some heavy hits right now… Use extreme caution while out on the road.

Here’s some news of what we’ve heard through the month…

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4/27/2011 ... Colin MacDiarmid {Modified Motorcycle Ass’n-AZ} was in a motorcycle accident on April 27. He has been air lifted to Maricopa County Hospital. The accident happened at approx 5:05pm at the intersection of S.R. 69 and StoneRidge in Prescott Valley when he collided with an SUV. The bike burst into flames. He’s been air-lifted to Maricopa County Hospital. Reports are so far that he is in critical condition; having sustained 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body and a broken pelvis. He is in an induced coma. According to the statement released by the Public Information Office of the Prescott Valley Police Dept, “The preliminary investigation showed that 62 year Colin Macdiarmid of Prescott Valley was traveling on his 2008 Victory motorcycle eastbound on S.R. 69. A 2001 Kia SUV driven by 18 year old Arielle Miller of Prescott Valley was traveling westbound on S.R. 69 when she made a left hand turn into Stoneridge in front of the motorcycle.

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April 27 - a non-fatal between motorcycle & car at Broadway & Craycroft in Tucson… According to Tucson PD, “at approximately 6:30a.m., the adult-male motorcyclist was eastbound on Broadway approaching Craycroft on a 2009 Harley Davidson. Traffic ahead of him in his lane had slowed/stopped for the traffic light at Craycroft. The motorcyclist changed lanes to the left, apparently unaware that traffic in that lane was stopped as well. He struck the right rear corner of a stopped 2006 Chevy HHR, before going down. He was transported to the hospital via ambulance, and is expected to survive his injuries, which were considered serious. There were no injuries to the two adult occupants (one male, one female) in the Chevy. Citations are still pending, but the motorcycle operator was determined to be the at-fault driver.”

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4-21-2011 Fatality collision in Tucson… Tucson Hell’s Angel Tasgall “TK” Kinwarder was killed late afternoon Thursday April 21 when a SUV pulled out in front of his motorcycle. From the Tucson PD Public Information Office... at approximately 4:30pm on April 21, 2011, officers responded to 911 reports of a traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a passenger car at the intersection of South Houghton and East Valencia Roads. Officers found that the motorcyclist was deceased. The driver of the car was suffering from non-life threatening injuries. The 62-year old female driver of the car, a Tucson resident, was transported to a local trauma center. The motorcycle operator has been identified as 41-year old, Tasgall Davidson-Kinwarder, of Tucson. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The female was driving a white 2003 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on Houghton, preparing to turn westbound on Valencia. The motorcyclist, on a silver 2008 Harley Davidson, was traveling southbound on Houghton, approaching Valencia with a yellow light. The driver of the Jetta failed to yield right of way and turned left in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the passenger-side of the Jetta, causing the car to overturn. Excessive speed does not appear to have been a factor and there is no initial indication that either party was impaired due to alcohol. The issuance of citations is still pending the final outcome of the investigation.

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April 17, 2011 – 3-vehicle collision, 1 fatality... Doug King, {American Legion Riders, Post 78} was riding between Camp Verde and Payson at ≈ 1pm when he and another vehicle met head on in one of the turns. From the Public Information Office of Dept of Public Safety: This collision occurred on SR 87, at milepost 272.7, 3 miles north of Strawberry on April 17, 2011, at 1307 hours. The collision involved two motorcycles who were riding parallel in the southbound lanes. Apparently, the outside motorcycle drifted left, forcing the inside motorcycle (closest to the center line) to cross into northbound traffic, where it struck a pickup truck head on. The first motorcyclist, Juli Glover, suffered a broken ankle. The second motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased has been identified as Douglas V. King, age 58, from Cordes Lakes, AZ.

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April 8, 2011, 9:31pm, I-17 & Bell ~ injury collision. From the DPS Duty Office… DPS officers investigated an injury collision on northbound Interstate 17 on the Bell Road exit ramp. The off ramp to Bell was temporarily closed. The collision involved at least two passenger vehicles and two motorcycles. There were injuries, but no information on the injured has become available.

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April 6, 2011- Fatal Accident on Mingus Mountain... At 11:23am DPS responded to a multiple vehicle crash on State Route 89A at milepost 334.8, involving three motorcycles and a white 2000 Toyota Camry sedan. The roadway was closed in both directions until 4:30pm. One of the motorcyclists was killed. He has been identified as William H. Pritchett, 75, of Dillion Colorado. He was wearing a helmet and riding a 2006 gold GL1800A Honda Goldwing motorcycle at the time. The second rider injured and flown to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) was David A. Petersen, 66, of Greenwood, Indiana. Mr. Petersen was wearing a helmet and riding a silver 2003 FLH Series Harley Davidson motorcycle. The third rider, John T Elmgren, 64 of Surprise, Ariz. was riding a 2009 FLH Series Harley Davidson motorcycle. Mr. Elmgren was able to take evasive action and avoid the out-of-control Toyota Camry, and laid his bike down. He was transported to the Yavapai County Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The three men were riding from the Sun City area to the Sedona area. The driver of the Camry was also injured and transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). This is a criminal investigation. Two brothers, one in the Camry and the other on a 1996 Suzuki motorcycle were racing/reckless driving on Mingus traveling southbound, when the car lost control and hit the motorcycles in the opposing northbound lane. The driver of the Camry, Nicolas Scott Windsor, 18, of Prescott Valley, AZ will be charged with the death of the motorcyclist and injuring the other two. The specific charges will be up to the County Attorney. The other man, David Thomas Rodriguez, 21, of Prescott Valley, AZ was driving on a suspended license and his motorcycle will be impounded for 30-days. He also will face lesser criminal charges, including driving on a suspended license.

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Tapper update…. Before going to press, we got an update on Tapper. And fortunately, the news is pretty damn good, under the circumstances. He’s in good overall health and has a good positive attitude. His back has been fused, he’s got screws in his knee, and a rod in his leg. He’s going through some pretty intensive rehab right now. So, no open call for visitors.

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April 2011

Happy April Birthdays to Beaux Marks, JoAnne King, Jon Kinsey, Rick Henry, and Robin Munn. We wish you each a very happy day with friends, making great memories.

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On March 12, Jimmy Brewer and his lady Kathy Russell were involved in an accident as they were riding down to an event with the Huns MC along with fellow members of the Mountain Motorcycle Association. Not all details are available, but they were riding 2-up on Hwy 77 in the area of Mammoth, AZ. They left the roadway and struck the wall. Kathy was killed in the wreck. Jimmy’s injuries are not life threatening. He broke most every bone on his right side, including a broken shoulder... He has about 8 pins in his leg along with skin grafts. Jimmy has now returned home to the White Mountains for recuperation. Services for Kathy were held in Show Low on Sunday March 20. We will have more on that in our next edition. We extend our condolences to Kathy's family and loved ones in their loss. Best wishes to Jimmy for his recovery.

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This stunner hit us and so many others on Saturday March 26……. Kimmy Chapman of Biker Information Guide was killed in a wreck, just hours after she helped judge the bike show at American Legion Riders Post 58 in Fountain Hills. She & Tapper were riding home when they got T-boned. He is at John C Lincoln, with extensive injuries. You can follow Tapper’s progress via updates to our Forum or Facebook pages. Kimmy’s Memorial will be on Sunday April 3. There will be more from that in our next edition.

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Charity is serving TDA overseas. We wish her safe travels.

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March 2011

Happy Birthday Wishes to Dawn Boardman, Linette Reid, B Paul Price, and Deb Butitta. We hope you each enjoy your day, and many more.

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Cheryl and Jay, members of MMA's Leather District were involved in a Fatal Traffic Collision on Thursday, February 24, 2010. The accident reportedly took place at 3500 West Acoma, in the area of 35th Avenue between T-Bird & Greenway. Cheryl died from her injuries and Jay is in the hospital as of this writing. Following is the information we’ve received from PIO Sgt Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Dept: On February 24, 2011, at approximately 5:30 pm., both victims were traveling southbound on 35th Avenue on their Harley Davidson Motorcycle when they collided with a 4 door Kia Optima making a left turn to travel westbound at the intersection of Acoma Drive. Victim 1 was a white female, age 54. Victim 2 was a white male, age 56. Driver was a black female, age 33. The female victim riding on the Harley Davidson was taken to an area hospital and was declared deceased. Her husband, also on the Harley Davidson was taken to an area hospital in serious condition. Neither of the victims were wearing helmets at the time of the collision. {I know, I know… it’s just comes as part of the report……..} The driver of the Kia Optima was evaluated for impairment. It was determined impairment did not play a factor in this collision. Our prayers go out to Jay and their family as they deal with this loss and his injuries. As news becomes available regarding services for Cheryl, we will post it to our Forum.

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As we were going to press we heard that Tommy Tennyson, of Flagstaff Hot Bikes, has passed on. He was active with ABATE and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. We have little more than that to share just now. If we get any updates regarding services and such, we will post the info to our Forum. Our condolences go our to Tommy’s friends and loved ones.

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February 2011

Best Birthday Wishes go out to Sidekick, Jim Silk, and Kurt Groff. Enjoy your birthdays and we wish you each many more.

 

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On Friday November 26, 2010 around 3pm, a non-fatal accident took place at the intersection of Val Vista and McKellips in Mesa. A car heading south on Val Vista failed to yield while making a turn onto McKellips and turned into the path of the motorcycle, which was heading north on Val Vista.. The two riders, Joe and Wendy Hadley were seriously injured. We understand that the driver of the passenger car was an elderly female. She was reportedly unhurt. Update on the Hadley’s: Joe Hadley had more than 12 surgeries while at Scottsdale Osborne Hospital. Some were to repair his pelvis, which was broken in four places. He sustained additional injuries, including to his hand and back. He has since been moved to Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Wendy Hadley was in a coma for 23 days. Among her injuries, she sustained a broken pelvis, a broken foot, and a closed head injury. As of last word, she is at Springdale Nursing Home in Mesa. According to family, the driver was cited for failure to control her vehicle and making an improper left turn. Please keep these riders in your thoughts and prayers as they travel the long road toward recovery.

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Our dear friend Dick Tush, from whom you’ve read stories in these pages over the years, is just home from the AZ Heart Hospital at the time of this writing. He got some distributor and motor work done… We hope you will join us in wishing him a speedy recovery.

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Our friend and fellow writer Beaux recently dropped his bike. He’s recovering from a nasty knee injury, and his bike is under the care of Scott’s Customs. Even an experienced rider can get tangled up in gravel and get messed up. Always ride with extra caution when you see those gravel patches.

We hope to see you back on your bike soon.

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We are saddened to be reporting the death of another rider. On the afternoon of Sunday January 23, Ken ‘Panda’ Rohrer was leaving the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale and was involved in an accident on the 101 where he reportedly rear-ended another vehicle and died at the scene. There is not a lot of information at this time. A memorial service was held Thursday the 27th. We want to extend our sincere sympathies to Panda’s friends and family for their loss.

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January 2011

Our goal has always been to have a Community News section in the paper. Just like in any community, there is good news and not-so-good news. Perhaps someone has passed away, or is in the hospital or home recovering from injuries or illness; if you’ve got a child or grandchild who is deploying ….. Perhaps when people read these things, they'll say a prayer, wishing them well - each in their own way. Announce a birth in the family, or someone’s getting married, a GI just got home. You get the idea. We look forward to hearing from you. And for now ~

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Happy Birthday wishes for January go out to Kathi Calahan, Jimmy Brewer, and Greg Sleeper. We hope you each have a great day.

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Captain Richard Martin, son of Denise & Joe at Del Mar Leathers, is a KC-10 pilot with the Air Force. He spent some time at home on Christmas leave before departing for his 6th deployment. Summer Ziegler, daughter of Ann & George at AZ Biker Leathers was able to visit home on Christmas leave. She is just about to start her 6th year in the Army and is based out of Baumholder Germany as a medic working at a clinic.

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Rest in Peace …

Barbara Hensler passed away on December 6, 2010. She was Membership officer and long time member of the High Country Chapter of ABATE. On Jan 15th, there will be a celebration of Barbie’s life at the Moose Lodge 4211 E. AZ Hwy 260 in Star Valley AZ, 928-474-6212. The celebration will start at noon. The Lodge is off Hwy 87 and go East (right - if you’re coming from Phoenix) onto Hwy 260, it will be on your right. If you have any pictures to share, please contact JC Reese at harleyrider32@cox.net. Carol (in Payson) is making a DVD of Barbie's life. Donations are being collected to assist her husband Billy in taking Barbie's remains back to Pennsylvania next year. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank, account #9475826401.

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From Misty Rogers, Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:54 AM … I write this with a heavy heart. My mother Rita Rogers, owner of Motatir Creations has passed away. She was hospitalized last week with her yearly respiratory infection. There were complications and she finally passed yesterday. She had no medical insurance. Those that wish to donate can send to my father Tom @ 850 N Swallow Ln Gilbert, AZ 85234. No flowers please. She didn't like them.

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We’re sad to report that Casey, of the old Tombstone Hawg Corral in Tombstone has passed away. She lost a long battle with cancer on Tuesday December 21. You may also recall that in addition to the Hawg Corral, she did some reporting for us from time to time, before relocating back east. Friends are discussing a memorial gathering. We’ll keep you posted with details as we get them. Our condolences go out to her friends and family. She was a really cool gal, a friend to many, and will greatly missed.

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On a happier note, Congrats to Marty and Denise aka AZ Rebel & Fluffy. They’re getting married and you’re invited to the party. That’ll be at the Crystal Palace Saloon, on Saturday, February 26th, starting at 6pm. There’s more info in the calendar. We want to send our best wishes out to Marty & Denise.

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