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Mexican Gray Wolf Arrives at Scottsdale Sanctuary

Courtesy of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

She doesn’t exactly have a name, but Fox Mountain F1188, a Mexican Gray Wolf that was recently captured in New Mexico, has finally arrived at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) in Scottsdale. Last August, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service issued an order for the lethal removal of F1188 for the depredation of cattle. SWCC offered to pay for her live capture and give her sanctuary at the center. Though she lost her freedom in the wild, F1188 is safe and sound… SWCC is reporting that she’s in good health, eating well and settling into her new environment. Eventually, she’ll be introduced to another Mexican wolf, so she’ll have a companion.

Below, a spokesperson for SWCC talked to us about F1188’s new life and why conservation is so important:

Why was her arrival at the conservation center important? 
Her arrival at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center was important in several ways.  It was due to the compassion we have for these wild creatures that we offered to trade her execution for a life in captivity at SWCC.  Because, there are so few Mexican wolves in existence, we feel each is a valuable contribution to the gene pool, and the species as a whole. We also hope that her story will inspire people to become aware of the problems, as well as the successes, of the reintroduction program, and to become more involved to ensure a future for these wolves.

What will happen to her over the next few days/weeks?
Over the next few weeks, F1188 will settle down in her new home and become acquainted with her new routine and wolf neighbors. SWCC currently houses 16 Mexican wolves, and we’re an important partner in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan — although we do not receive any federal or state support for their care. Eventually, F1188 will be placed with another wolf as her companion.

Why is conservation important?
The conservation of the Mexican wolf is important as the species was a key predator that was missing from the landscape for a century. Returning the Gray wolf to the northwestern U.S., especially in the Yellowstone area, has benefited the environment as a whole, and brought it closer to a balanced system. However, restoring wolves in the southwest is a very controversial program with political implications mainly stemming from livestock operations. True recovery of the Mexican wolf will entail compromise among several groups, but the wild lands will be healthier for it. And the wolves will be back where they belong.

What does F1188 look like?
F1188 is a magnificent animal with the features of a classical Mexican wolf. Looking at her photo, you can see the typical coloration of this species. She is on the small side, weighing approximately 50 pounds, but the Mexican wolves have always been the smallest of the gray wolves. She is active and alert, and seems to be adjusting well to her new life. Although we are sad that she was removed from her family and life in the wild, we’re glad we were given the opportunity to offer her sanctuary for the rest of her life.

SWCC tours are guided tours and by appointment only. For more information call 480-471-3621 or visit http://www.southwestwildlife.org.




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Q&A With Our June Cover Model Stacey Barnes

Stacey a.k.a “Silky” on our June cover

We don’t often use people on our covers… it’s just not what we do here at Arizona Highways. However, our June hiking issue is typically the exception… After all, what better way to showcase our amazing Summer Hiking Guide than by showing someone out on the trails. This month, our friend Stacey Barnes graced the cover, which was shot by Arizona Highways contributing photographer, Paul Markow.

Below, we talked to Stacey about life as an Arizona Highways cover model, her day job — she’s the co-owner of GoodyTwos Toffee Company in Scottsdale — and the nickname she earned courtesy of the Arizona Highways crew.

What is it like working with Arizona Highways photographer Paul Markow on the cover? Working with Paul Markow to shoot the cover of Arizona Highways was pretty surreal! Paul and I go way back… I was 17 when I did my first photo shoot with Paul. I have been working in the fashion industry for over 15 years, so Paul and I have worked together on a lot of catalog and advertising shoots, but not one hiking shoot! So, what was cool about this photo shoot was that it involved my favorite activity (hiking) in my favorite state (Arizona) with my favorite photographer (Paul Markow) and for one of my favorite magazines, (Arizona Highways).

Jeff Kida, Arizona Highways’ photo editor, was also along for the photo shoot… Watching Jeff and Paul working together was great and entertaining… those two together just added to the excitement of the day! All and all, I was so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love doing and it made for an unforgettable, adventurous day!

You’ve done a lot of modeling in the past and Paul was the photographer… how was it working with him again?
Amazing! Paul always makes any shoot fun and exciting! Not to mention he is my mentor… I truly look up to him (well, he is 6’7” — he’s known at Goodytwos as “Tall Paul”). He gives me great business advice, has taught me some valuable life lessons and is a super cool guy.

You’ve said that hiking is one of your favorite activities… any favorite trails?
Hiking is definitly my favorite activity — how lucky are we here in Arizona to have so many different areas of the state to hike in? We have classic Camelback Mountain, which I have hiked since I was 6 years old. But I really like to get out of Phoenix for a change in scenery. Favorite hike? That’s a tough one… I have so many! So let me condense it down to two:

Devil’s bridge. You have to hike out to the bridge itself, but once you get there it’s spectacular! The bridge is made from the red Sedona rock that was  etched away by erosion leaving a sight to be seen — also you have an incredible view of the mountains around you!

Mount Baldly. Let me just say that the White Mountains have some pristine vegetation! Some of the land is owned by the Apache Reservation, so it is very well preserved and some areas look almost untouched! The landscape is completely different from all of Arizona. The forest is thick with pine and aspen trees, and offers numerous beautiful natural lakes and rivers that are great for fishing and yes, hiking!

Besides posing on our cover, you also make yummy toffee… tell me a bit about that gig?
My mom and I started our own business making English toffee almost seven years ago. We took our decades-old family toffee recipe and started selling it at local farmers markets. The business started to grow to the point where we needed a larger commercial kitchen… at that point, we decided to incorporate a retail store, too. We opened our first store in 2009 and it was when my mom and I were busy in production, hand crafting our toffees in small batches, that we decided to get creative with our toffee flavors! We now make eight different toffee flavors from our Traditional Toffee — still our top-seller — to our Sweet & Salty Toffee, which is coated with Dark chocolate and kissed with sea salt, to our very adventurous Nutty Twist Toffee, which is made with local Cruz tequila, macadamia nuts, key lime, white chocolate and dark chocolate.

We also incorporate our toffee in different ways like in our Toffee Corn and in our Twozels (which I think is an Arizona Highways favorite). In 2011, we relocated to a much larger and sweeter space due to our growth and high demand. Though we continue to grow and evolve, one thing will never change — we still put a lot of vitamin L-O-V-E in our toffee to make sure there is plenty of sweet goodness in every bite! We offer generous samplings of all of our goodies at our shop in Scottsdale and encourage people to come in and try our toffees for themselves. When I am not out exploring Arizona, I am busy at Goodytwos, and I welcome everyone to stop by for some goodies and sampling… and while you’re here, ask me for suggestions on hiking trails in Arizona!

You’re obviously an Arizona girl … what do you love about the state and why should folks come out and visit?
Well, I am originally from Iowa, but have lived in Arizona for a number of years now and I can say that Arizona is my home and one that I love! I am very outdoorsy, so the fact that we have our vast Sonoran desert, the red rocks of Sedona, the Grand Canyon, our dense forests in Flagstaff, the Rim country and Greer…. We have it all! Not to mention Arizona’s history… Arizona Highways has done such a great job of telling Arizona’s story from past to present. My favorite Arizona Highways issue was the Centennial issue (February 2012) — the photography was remarkable and includes some memorable photos taken by Robert Markow, Paul’s father. There is plenty to do here in Arizona from sightseeing to hiking, shopping, golfing and yes, even snowboarding! Who would think that in the winter when it’s 80 degrees in the desert, you can drive a few hours away and find snow — but you can! Also I’m a bit of a dare devil and we have a great place to skydive just outside of Tucson!

Rumor has it, you’ve been christened “Silky” by some members of the Arizona Highways staff… how do you feel about that, Silky, er, um Stacey?
Hmmm…. Took me a while to figure out where “Silky” came from! Doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s funny, and to have a nickname from the über cool team at Arizona Highways, well, what more can a girl ask for? Love it!!! xo-Silky

Information: GoodyTwos is located at 6990 E. Shea Blvd. suite #116 & #117 Scottsdale, AZ 85254; 480-575-0737 or 480-282-3815

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Tis the Season for Cookies at The Saguaro Hotel… And Then Some

Image courtesy of The Saguaro Hotel

Like you really need an excuse to eat cookies while listening to carolers……… BUT, just in case, how’s this? If you happen to be wrapping up your last minute holiday shopping in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, why not stop by The Saguaro Hotel and enjoy some old-fashioned caroling, homemade cookies and Iron Chef Jose Garces’ special blend of coffee.

Talk about the perfect pick-me-up! And the coffee has to be good…it’s Iron Chef-quality java!!

Of course, if you’re in the mood for a lil’ something extra, head over to Old Town Whiskey at the hotel for “spiked” hot chocolate and make-your-own s’mores by the fire on the patio.

And to get you even more into the holiday spirit… here are a few other fun, festive things you can do this weekend!

Holiday Ice Skating
The CityScape outdoor ice rink is back for the holidays, enjoy outdoor ice skating on real ice. Details: CityScape 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. 602-772-3900

The Elves & the Shoemaker
This holiday themed version tells the tale of Santa and his elves helping out the hard working shoemaker and his wife. Details: Great Arizona Puppet Theater 302 W. Latham Street, Phoenix. 602-262-2050

Las Noches de las Luminarias
More than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and ten musical groups performing nightly at Desert Botanical Garden. Details: Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-481-8188

Polar Express
The Polar Express comes to life on this train ride. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Details: Grand Canyon Railway 1201 W. Route 66 Ste. 200, Flagstaff. 1-888-848-3511

21st Annual Red Rock Fantasy
Sip hot chocolate and cider as you stroll through this holiday wonderland of one-million lights.  Watch the lights and dance to holiday tunes. Then vote for your favorites to determine this year’s winning displays. Details: Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 160 Portal Lane, Sedona. 877.444.8044


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