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New gun law
worries restaurant,
bar owners
by Miriam Van Scott
A new law allowing Arizonans to bring loaded fi rearms into restaurants and
bars takes effect Sept. 30, causing concern among area business owners. Senate
Bill 113 – dubbed The Restaurant Gun Law – lets anyone with a valid concealed
weapon carry permit take a handgun into Arizona’s 5,900-plus eating and drinking
establishments. The law is seen as a bad move by proprietors who worry about
what the legislation will mean to their
businesses.
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“I don’t like this new law whatsoever,”
downtown Chandler from noon to 11 p.m. Sat. downtown C
says Kristina Grako, owner of Sidelines Sept. 26. Story on Page 42.Seppt. 26. Sto
Grill at Alma School and Queen Creek
in Southern Chandler. “We’re a family
place, but we do have people who
come for the bar, and it’s very scary
Finding fall in the desert
mixing alcohol and loaded weapons.
by Miriam Van Scott
All it takes is one person to cause a
The only evidence that it’s autumn in the SanTan
problem.”
STSN photo
Sun area is the date on the calendar, but elsewhere
Her concerns are echoed by State
NO GUNS ALLOWED: A number of Southern
in Arizona, signs of fall are everywhere. Leaves are
Chandler restaurants are posting “no guns
Sen. Jay Tibshraeny, who fought against
changing color, orchards are fragrant and ripe for
allowed” signs on their doors, following the the bill since it was fi rst proposed years
picking, and birds, elk and bear are busily preparing
passage of a new law that allows concealed
ago.
weapons into bars and eateries.
for the coming winter.
“The National Rifl e Association
A short drive northeast is Rim Country, which
(NRA) and other gun rights’ supporters tried to get this legislation passed for three
includes Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Star Valley and
years, and I consistently opposed it,” says Tibshraeny. ”I vigorously opposed it
Christopher Creek. Despite its close proximity to
Submitted photo
because it’s fl awed, and I don’t think it’s wise. Alcohol and fi rearms do not mix.”
Phoenix, Rim Country is a world away in terms
Tibshraeny notes that he supports the rights of gun owners to protect and
GLORIOUS GOLD: Leaves are
of climate, terrain and wildlife. The region’s cool turning fall colors at Hidden
defend themselves. But, he fi nds this law problematic.
weather and abundant outdoor activities offer a
Meadow Ranch in northeastern
“I’m an advocate of Second Amendment rights,” explains Tibshraeny, “but this
Arizona, outside of Greer.
refreshing respite for East Valley visitors looking for
just steps over the line.”
a fall getaway.
See ‘Loaded’ Page 8 See Finding fall Page 10
Aloha charm makes
opportunity and thought, ‘Wow, this is great.’”
So, Kona Ice of Chandler was born, featuring Arizona’s only
Kona Ice a hit
Kona Ice mobile shaved ice truck. The business is co-owned by
Joe Murphy of Sun Groves, who is married to the cousin of Wicks’
wife. Their passion: delivering cool edibles to cheer area children,
by Sharon Schnakenburg
providing door-to-door service, and giving back to the community
“Living in Hawaii, it really changes you,” says Dan Wicks,
in grand Hawaiian style.
a 20-year island resident who moved to Chandler’s Sun River
neighborhood two years ago. “Hawaii makes you realize that What’s inside?
the most important things in life aren’t really things at all. The Enough edibles to serve 1,500 people are packed inside the
Hawaiian way is just taking care of one another.” colorful, eye-catching, tropical Kona Ice truck. It carries a few ice
The great aloha state also inspired him when it came time to try cream treats but specializes in shaved ice, vended in 8-, 16- and
his hand at entrepreneurship.
STSN photo
24-ounce cups for $2, $3 and $4, and spanning 26 different juice
“I had shaved ice in Hawaii quite a bit. Shaved ice was just
ALOHA SPIRIT: Dan Wicks of Sun
fl avorings.
a staple there,” Wicks recalls. “But then we came here and I
River serves Hawaiian shaved ice
to a couple of area children from
was craving it. When I was researching businesses, I saw that his Kona Ice truck.
See Aloha charm Page 12
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Business . . . . . . . . . 25-27
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Dilly’s Deli: fresh for
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Things to do . . . . . . . . . 28
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AZ Arts . . . . . . 29-31, 34
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ffor boneor bone Opinion . . . . . . . . . 32-33
SAVE MONEY
Celebrate Hispanic
Neighbors . . . . . . . . 41-48
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heritage in Chandler
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Youth . . . . . . . . . . 49-54
Spirituality . . . . . . . 63-65
Directory . . . . . . . . 66-68
Community Business AZ Arts Clip it!
Neighbors
Youth
Classifieds . . . . . . . . 69-70
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Where to eat . . . . . . 72-74
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