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Dealing with uncertain
economic times
by Natalie Morris
Recession. Foreclosure. Lost jobs.
SanTan Sun area residents continue
to endure stressful fi nancial times.
Facing the reality of an uncertain
economy and a decimated real
estate market day after day after day
can easily wear down even the most
dedicated optimist. Experts don’t
yet know the long-term impact of
the current global fi nancial crisis,
but experts say local residents can
indeed cope now and learn lessons
STSN photo
that will benefi t them into the future.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: With Bashas’ Market now closed at Alma School and Queen Creek roads
due to bankruptcy proceedings and the possibility of the Target store moving to Arizona
Double dip real possibility
Avenue and Ocotillo, the name of this long-time shopping plaza will need to change. Bashas’
has closed additional stores in the SanTan Sun area including at Pecos and Cooper, Queen
“In terms of the diffi culties the
Creek and Val Vista and the AJ’s at Alma School and Chandler Heights. Two Bashas’ store
economy faces, we’re in one of the
remains open; one in the Chandler Marketplace at Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads, and
most diffi cult downturns in the
one in Sun Lakes.
post-war period,” says Tim James,
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professor of economic development
HANGING ON: While there are some signs of
at Arizona State University, citing the
a slightly improved local economy, some area Schools, hospitals prep
residents are barely hanging on in the face of
near-collapse of both the fi nancial
foreclosure, bankruptcies and unemployment.
sector and the real estate market.
“We’ve got lots and lots of things
for possible fl u epidemic
that came together at once which makes it tricky to fi gure out what the future will
actually look like, whether we will go back to normal or not.”
by Miriam Van Scott
Right now experts see small signs of positive movement in the economy, but
H1N1 – or swine fl u – continues to spread across the Valley, as area schools and
continued cause for concern, as well. James looks ahead and sees the possibility
medical centers put plans in place to deal with potential outbreaks.
of what he calls a “double dip recession” after the current Recovery Act measures
Gilbert resident Nina Brannock knows fi rsthand how important these
expire.
preventative policies are after contracting the virus from her son, Matt, who was
Many of those measures, including extended unemployment benefi ts and the
infected at school.
Cash for Clunkers program, seem to have had a positive effect, but he wonders
“With Matt, it started with a scratchy throat and cough, which I thought was
how the economy will respond when all of the programs that have bolstered the
allergies,” says Brannock, “until he woke up with a fever and I took him to the
economy in the short term come to an end.
doctor for the Rapid Flu test. It came back as H1N1.”
See Economic times Page 6 See Epidemic Page 10
Charity takes fl ight at Chandler airport
by Sharon Schnakenburg Instead, the nonprofi t Angel Flights organization
While most SanTan Sun area residents have long came to the rescue, fl ying him back to the Chandler
forgotten the fi rst half of 2003, it’s a time period Municipal Airport for a reunion with his family and
Michael Tobey of Chandler will never forget. As the the opportunity to recover here.
world held its breath and Coalition forces invaded Iraq, Angel Flights, along with Flights for Life and Flying
Tobey was among the U.S. troops who participated in Samaritans are nonprofi ts providing free medical
the history-changing invasion. However, after only care to those in need, fl ying into and out of the
three weeks of service, a strong hit by enemy artillery Chandler airport. Chandler-based Baja Bush Pilots,
left him in a wheelchair with both his legs broken. an organization of more than 4,000 pilots, helps pilots
Getting home was another challenge. Navigating fl y to Mexico safely and also provides some volunteer Submitted photo
the narrow aisles of a commercial jetliner was out of fl ights.
FREQUENT FLIER: Craig Albright of Gilbert with his 2002 Cirrus
the question, as it would have strained his injuries.
SR-22 single-engine aircraft in which he fl ies volunteer missions
See Flight Page 16 for local nonprofi t organizations.
Halloween haunts & INSIDE
fall fests
Business . . . . . . . . . 18-26
Kokopelli ‘krushes’
Things to do . . . . . . . 28-29
old records
AZ Arts . . . . . . . . . 30-34
Subway ‘sandwiched’
Opinion . . . . . . . . . 36-37
SAVE MONEY
on ideal corner
Neighbors . . . . . . . . 43-56
Coupons Inside Youth . . . . . . . . . . 62-64
Spirituality . . . . . . . 67-69
Directory . . . . . . . . 70-72
Clip it!
Neighbors
Classifieds . . . . . . . . 73-74
Center spread
Page 43
Where to eat . . . . . . 75-78
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