President’s Report: 2
Committee Reports: 2
Did You Know & Kudos: 3
Active in Arizona & That’s Just Fun: 4
Pet Care Corner: 5
Messages & Notices: 6 - 7
Association Details: 8
The new Bulletin Board has been installed at
the front entrance. Refer to Kudos section for
www.crossroadranch.org (photos by Paul Glinski and Mick Supina)
May 2009 Issue 107
President’s Report do prevent all members of the association, from
Don Brandt conducting a business on their property or home.
The April Board meeting was held on 17th at Finance Committee
the Williamson Valley Fire Dept. A number of Sandy Stamper
important items and issues were covered. First, our There is no report for April.
member assessments are behind for the 2009 year
with a delinquency rate of about 5% through April.
If these funds are not paid, we will be forced to
reduce the 2009 budget by approximately $9,000.00. Joanne Fay
The Board also approved all the committee charters, Spring is here and the committee members have
committee chairs and committee membership. I been busy! During April the volunteers pruned,
encourage all members not currently involved in one weeded, fertilized, mulched, weed sprayed, and, of
of these committees to step forward and volunteer course, watered the front entrance landscaping. In
for your association. We also discussed some assessing the condition of our plantings, the
potential projects as a Board to investigate and committee members found that several plants had
discuss this year. They are: CC&R Amendment disappeared. The consensus was that javelina had
procedure; 2 Year Board of Directors Term; been around. Overall the landscaping survived the
Assessment process and amount; plus a Front Gate. winter and is in great shape. (Thanks Vera!)
We also increased some of the Association Currently the autumn sage, apache plume and rock
Administrative charges for the 2009 year. Please rose are blooming.
plan on attending one of our future meetings so you
can observe and express your thoughts in the public Look for us out front watering and weeding
comment period. throughout the growing season and wave hello. Or
you can consider joining us. There are plenty of
I would like to also thank the hard working weeds to go around!
members and volunteers of the Road Committee. We
have worked two Saturdays, so far this year, on Social Committee
Crossroads Ranch and Dillon Wash roads. We had Connie Tobia
12 workers at each session. Special thanks to Joanne Thanks to the Knights for a “visit” to Africa last
and Bill for hosting lunch for the crew at the month. The food was DELICIOUS!
conclusion of our work. If you wish to volunteer for
hosting a lunch, please contact me. Set your calendar for ROAD CLEANUP on May
23rd at 9:00 AM at the Schneider/Batt Crescent
I need to make an important request from Moon Ranch on Carriage Lane. Lunch will be
the Road Committee members to all those POA served after everybody has “worked” up an appetite.
members and guests that travel our association Water and soft drinks will be provided but BYOB if
roads. Drivers must slow down to 15MPH when the you want an alternative and a side dish to share.
orange cones are placed and you must follow any
special instructions from those on the crew that are
directing traffic. The last thing we need is an Communications Committee
accident or an injury in a work zone! Mick Supina
The new Bulletin Board looks great and is Neighborhood Watch Committee
complete. Thanks to all those members who helped John Zienter
with the various phases of this project. There is no report for April.
One last item, you will notice an ad in this
Architectural Control Committee
newsletter for the boarding of horses. Our Board of Paul Glinski
Directors reviewed this item and approved it based There is no report for April.
on the fact that the subject property is outside our Roads Committee
association and not subject to the CC&R’s even Bob Brandt
though this is considered a business. The CC&R’s There is no report for April.
Did You Know? Sources: Sharlot Hall Museum article printed 10-24-
2000 by Richard Gorby and The O-R-O Ranch history
Right here in Yavapai County there is a tract of land
that has historical ties all the way back to the 13th
century war between the Spanish Christians and Kudos
Moors. The area shows up on County and State
maps as ‘Luis Maria Baca Float No. 5’. Let’s do a The new bulletin board is in place at the front entry.
quick tour over 800 years… Thanks to Phil Sloyan for the design; Mike Sims and
Paul Glinski for the fabrication; Mike, Paul, John
Shortly before the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in Zienter, Phil Fry, John Will, Bill Graf, Vince Tobia,
1212, a peasant named Martin Alhaja offered to Bob Brandt, Don Brandt, Joe Giddens, John
show the Christian forces a secret trail to circumvent Schneider and Mick Supina for the installation; and
the mountain passes held by the Moors. He marked Paul Glinski and Sandy Stamper for the finishing
the trail with cow skulls. After a Christian victory, touches!
he was rewarded by being named a noble and his ____________________
name was changed to Cabeza de Vaca (Head of
Cow). Vince Tobia would like to thank John Zienter and
Bob Brandt for the grading and smoothing work
done on Carriage Lane recently.
Now skip ahead a three centuries and a direct
descendent, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, makes a
remarkable journey in the new world. Over an eight Welcome to the Ranch!
year period he and six companions (out of 400 who
started the expedition) traveled from Cuba to Florida New residents and members:
to Texas and finally to Mexico. The large attrition There were no new members in April.
rate was due to illness, starvation, hostile natives and There were no new residents during April.
exposure. When he finally returned to Spain around
1540 and told his story he was awarded the position Babies, puppies, kittens and colts:
of Governor of Spanish settlements in a region of
Mexico. After his stint as governor, he was awarded No pictures were submitted this month. If you have
a large area of land that would become the five Luis any new additions at your Ranch, please drop a note
Maria Baca Grants. and a picture to Mick at email@example.com.
In 1821, Don Luis Maria Baca (the spelling changed
over the centuries – probably because the family
tired of explaining the cow’s head reference)
Mature, Reliable, Loving
petitioned the Spanish crown for the land awarded to
Alvar. Spain granted him 500,000 acres near Los Animal Care
Alamos NM. However, when Mexico gained
independence from Spain it awarded the same land
From Great to Small
to Mexican petitioners. In 1854, the US government Crossroads References available on request
took over the territories of New Mexico and Arizona
and accepted the validity of the original Spanish land
grant titles. But since others settlers were now on the Joan 928-420-6998
land, the government agreed to ‘float’ Baca’s right
to the original grant by letting the family select five
other tracts of 100,000 acres each in exchange. Their Masters Touch Landscape Management
fifth selection was right here in Yavapai County. Mike & Cindy Ortagus
Today the land is part of the O-R-O Ranch which Landscape Maintenance, Sprinkler Repair
has an equally interesting story to tell, including Landscape Lighting
hints of ‘Area 51’ type activities – but that is a story 31 years experience
for another day! Quality work at an affordable price
Active in AZ Now That’s Just Fun!
Whether you are taking your dog on a stroll on your
Ranch or hiking across the Grand Canyon (see last
month’s newsletter), Arizona offers wonderful hiking
opportunities for hikers of all abilities and ambitions.
Resident hikers have many hikes right on the Ranch
including an invigorating climb to the top of Sullivan
Buttes to enjoy the cool views from that vantage point.
A little further afield is a climb up Granite Mountain
which is an annual event for several Crossroaders.
There are many good references available to help you
prepare and execute just the right hike. The first is:
http://hitthetrail.com This site has planning tips,
equipment suggestions, safety information and more. It
specifically addresses hiking in the high desert, which is Kevin and Anita MacFadden dissplay their eclectic
where we live. Another good site is vehicle collection currently housed in Gilbert, AZ.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/recreation/trails/index.shtml This From left to right : 1950 Studebaker 2R10 ¾ ton
covers Bradshaw, Chino Valley and Verde districts. You pickup; 1923 Studebaker Light Six Touring Car;
can click on a trail and find directions to the trailhead, 1950 Chevy 2 ton dump truck; 1937 American
descriptions, distance, difficulty and elevation change. LaFrance 400 Junior Series Fire Engine; 1970
A good local reference book is A Guide to Prescott and Pontiac GTO. The 2R10 has a flathead six with 169
Central Highlands Trails by Ron Smith. The author cubic inch displacement. The transmission is a three
lists the uses allowed on each trail (horses, bikes, ATVs, speed with overdrive. The engine has been
etc.). A good State–wide reference book is 100 Classic completely rebuilt and body work has commenced.
Hikes in Arizona by Scott Warren. The work includes The Touring Car also has a flathead six. Other points
pictures, maps, descriptions, difficulty, hiking time, of interest include a vacuum fuel delivery system;
elevation change, etc. on some of the most interesting leather fan belt; wood spoke wheels and rear only
trails in the State. brakes. The car is licensed and can tour the area at
speeds up to 30 mph. The dump truck has a 261
Probably no other State can match the myriad of cubic inch engine. The dump body is an Obeco and
backcountry terrain that Arizona offers. There are is constructed of wood except for floor cross
deserts, forests, mountains, canyons, and rivers galore! members. The truck has a rated capacity of 16,000
So, get your gear together and hit the trail! The CRII pounds but has proably handled higher loads
guru is Maureen Shaffer. routinely. At Christmas each year, Kevin decorates
the truck with over 1500 lights and a Santa. Kevin
hauled the Fire truck from Michigan to Arizona and
made lots of friends across America during the trip!
The vehicle has its original ladders, bell, lights and
siren. Power comes from a 490 cubic inch, 170 hp
V12 engine designed by Lycoming for the Auburn
Car Company originally. The speedometer reads up
to 110 mph which would have been crazy to attempt
to reach even in the 30’s. Finally the GTO has a 400
cubic inch V8 engine rated at 350 horsepower and a
four speed transmission. It has its original build
sheets and all related documentation from GM. The
Orbit Orange muscle car can proably reach speeds in
excess of the others added together! CRII plans
include a large storage garage for the collection.
Pet Care Corner Giardia is another common microscopic intestinal
Roxanne Batt DVM parasite. Giardia is usually a water transmitted
parasite; however we frequently see this disease
even in our dry area. Most dogs have that have
With our current challenging economy it becomes
Giardia show mild symptoms. But some dogs and all
ever more important to take steps in preventing
humans with Giardia have diarrhea and intestinal
disease in our pets rather than treat problems that
cramping. Intestinal parasites are easily treated with
could have been easily avoided. This series of
specific medications available from your
articles will focus on basic pet care and prevention
medicine. Planned discussions include: vaccinations,
parasite control, dental care, feeding to prevent
External parasites in our area include ticks and
obesity problems, and diagnostics, including various
fleas. These tend to be found in low numbers
well pet blood tests. Other topic suggestions are
compared to more humid parts of our country.
Fleas are small, mobile blood sucking insects that
Parasites of Dogs and Cats
can be seen crawling across the skin of both dogs
and cats. They cause considerable itching and skin
With our hot dry climate, we in Arizona are lucky to
damage. We occasionally see “stick-tight” fleas.
have minimal parasite problems. However, there are
This is a different species that is usually associated
a few internal and external parasites that can affect
with birds but will gladly hitch a ride on your cats.
our pets. These parasites do need your awareness
You will see them as tiny brown specks stuck
around the eyelids and ear edges.
Ticks are occasionally seen on dogs and cats. The
Internal parasites are seen in dogs and cats (as well
most common is the Spinous Tick. This is a tick that
as horses, cattle, sheep, and llamas.) The major
mostly likes cattle but will infest pets if they are
worms seen in dogs include Roundworms,
available. They live deep in the ear canal and are
Hookworms, and Whipworms. Diarrhea, weight
very annoying to the pet. Usually they have to be
loss, and poor condition are common signs of
removed by your veterinarian. The Brown Dog Tick
worms. But there may be no external evidence of
is another local (but rare) insect. They get very big,
these invaders. Worms stay inside the intestines and
fat, and round after feeding on a dog. Pull them off
release only their microscopic eggs into the stool.
gently, drown the tick in rubbing alcohol and
They are diagnosed by a laboratory test called “fecal
discard. Do not crush the insect or get its blood on
floatation.” A small portion of stool is diluted with a
you as they can sometimes be carriers of diseases
heavy salt solution. The fluid is then centrifuged at
like Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever. While we do
high speed to let the eggs come to the surface for
have occasional ticks here, we do not have the tick
microscopic evaluation. Positive results mean eggs
transmitted “Lyme Disease.”
are seen. Testing the stool at least once a year is very
important to keep pets free of intestinal worms.
Both fleas and ticks can be easily prevented with the
Some parasites such as Roundworms, Hookworms,
veterinary products Frontline and Advantage. They
and Giardia can also be transmitted to humans.
are applied to the skin between the shoulder blades
Routine testing reduces our risk of “zoonotic”
once every month. These are extremely effective,
(animal transmitted) disease.
safe products that work great. Do NOT use products
purchased in pet stores, feed stores, or other over the
Tapeworms are an uncommon parasite of local dogs
counter products. Many of them are very toxic (even
and cats. They can be transmitted to our pets either
deadly) at package label instructions.
by fleas or by eating infected wildlife like rabbits
and mice. Evidence of these is found by looking
under our pet’s tail for light-tan “rice-like”
Heartworms are the final canine parasite that
requires detection and prevention. Heartworms are
transmitted from dog to dog by the bite of an
Occasionally we also see a parasite called Coccidia.
infected mosquito. This dangerous disease has no
This is a single cell organism that damages the
external symptoms until the heart is severely
intestinal lining causing severe diarrhea – but mostly
damaged and we see evidence of heart failure. Blood
tests detect early infections, when they are most
amiable to treatment. (continued on page 6)
While heartworm disease is treatable, it is far safer Messages and Notices
and less expensive to prevent it. Prevention is a
once-a-month tablet given all year around. While we The next meeting of the Board of Directors is
in Northern Arizona have a very low incidence of
Friday, May 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM. The location
Heartworms it is still strongly recommended that
dogs receive prevention for this deadly disease. The
is the Williamson Valley Fire Department
two most common prevention medications are located across from the CRII entrance. The
Heartguard and Interceptor. An added advantage of address is 15450 N. Williamson Valley Road.
these drugs is that they also will prevent the major The agenda will be posted on the CRII Bulletin
intestinal worms: Roundworms, Hookworms, and Board.
Whipworms. Cats do not routinely develop
From the CRII Board
Parasitic diseases of our pets, while rare, can cause
considerable discomfort and expense. Routine blood
Clarification on the ATV Voting
and stool testing is important to detect and prevent Procedure
parasites, keeping our friends happy and healthy.
John Schneider, Vice President
First of all, a word of thanks to those of you
who have already responded to the proposed change
in the CC&Rs. It is most appreciated.
We have received feedback from some
members— much of it quite negative— regarding
the new signing process and the apparently
confusing nature of the documents and how they are
to be completed. To comply with the requirements
for amending the CC&Rs, our Association attorney,
Jim Atkinson, created the documents for this
proposed change. Our CC&Rs (Section 9,
paragraph D) state that:
“This Declaration may be amended by
instrument executed by the owners of at least two-
thirds of the parcels, included or incorporated within
this Declaration, and such amendment shall not
be effective until the recording of such instrument.”
Our CC&Rs require a “signing” instead of a “vote”
to execute the instrument which amends them. At
the request of the Board the directions were to return
UNSIGNED signature pages to designate that you
were AGAINST the proposed amendment. In so
doing your name could be removed from any follow-
up communications, thus preventing additional cost
Are you looking for a retirement and time to the Association.
home for your horse? Although to all of us the instructions in the
Flying B Ranch LLC in Crossroads cover letter seemed straightforward as to how the
will pasture, feed, trim and administer packet should be completed (probably because we
shots and worming for your older dealt with the issue on a regular basis), we
nevertheless underestimated the amount of
horse for $250 per month. Please call confusion the change in format would create. And
Bliss Knight at 899-4193. for that, we apologize. (continued on page 7)
Rest assured there were no “hidden agendas” by
members of the Board regarding the proposed
CC&R change. We all worked together diligently to
craft what we believed to be an objectively worded
document that was fair to both sides. I am also
pleased to inform you that we are in the process of
reviewing and improving the CC&R amendment
procedure. Your CRII Board is listening, and we are
taking steps to add clarity to the process.
So the crux of the voting process is this. If
you are in favor of changing the CC&Rs to allow the
use of ATVs on CRII roadways—a “yes” vote—you
need to sign the signature page to the Third
Amendment and return your signature page in the
envelope provided by May 31st. If on the other hand
you are not in favor of changing the CC&Rs to “Now just stay perched there for another
allow the use of ATVs on CRII roadways—a “no” minute!”
vote—return the signature page to the Third
Amendment unsigned in the envelope provided by One of the Dangling Starz Ranch cats makes a
May 31st. determined effort to have fowl for dinner. None of
If you have questions or are in need of the potential prey seem overly concerned! (photo
further clarification on how to proceed, do not courtesy of Rosemary Zienter)
hesitate to contact any of us on the Board and we
will be happy to answer any questions you might
Remember to contact the ACC prior to initiating
any lot splits or commencing any construction
activity on your property!
If you would like a bc: email notification when
the Newsletter is published, send your email
address to Mick at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Butterflies and Humming Birds are back at the
Omission: The cover photo in last month’s Ranch. I wonder if the Junipers give them allergies?
Newsletter was courtesy of Paul Glinski. (photo courtesy of Rosemary Zienter)
All About You Salon
Chino Valley, Behind Iron Horse Restaurant
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Facials, Microderm Abrasion & Waxing
Beth & Tami
Board of Directors: Advertising: Advertising in Business card format is
accepted. Rates are $30.00 for three issues; $50.00 for six
President Don Brandt issues; $90.00 for 12 issues. Contact Sandy Stamper for
Vice President John Schneider
Contributions: Send pictures, letters and articles to
Director Joe Giddens Mick Supina: email@example.com. All materials are
reviewed by the Board prior to release for publication.
Director Dick Parks
Address Changes: It is the Property Owner’s
Director John Will responsibility to notify Sandy Stamper, Association
Administrator, of any address changes. Mail all changes
Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer: to: Crossroads Ranch II POA
Sandy Stamper 15407 N. Crossroads Ranch Road
Prescott, AZ 86305
Or email the changes to:
Board of Directors Meeting Notice: The monthly
Architectural Control Paul Glinski meeting of the Board of Directors is held on the third
Friday of each month. The meeting is at 6:30 PM at the
Communications Mick Supina WVFD Station at 15450 N. Williamson Valley Road;
Prescott, AZ. 928-717-2304. The meeting agenda will be
Entrance Joanne Fay posted on the Crossroads Ranch II Bulletin Board at least
24 hours prior to the meeting.
Finance Sandy Stamper
Emergency Calls: When calling 911 from a cell phone at
Neighborhood Watch the Ranch, state that you are in the Prescott area and then
John Zienter the type of emergency. For non emergency Fire or
Medical assistance call the Williamson Valley Fire
Roads Bob Brandt Department at 928-717-2304. For Law
Enforcement/Police Assistance, call the Yavapai
Social Connie Tobia Sheriff’s Department at 928-771-3260.
Splits and Improvement plans: All splits and
improvements must be reviewed and approved by the
Architectural Control Committee before commencement.
Contact Paul Glinski at 928-999-8427 or via email at:
Address all correspondence to Board firstname.lastname@example.org. Consult the Association’s
members to: Architectural Guidelines for exact requirements.
Crossroads Ranch II POA
15407 N Crossroads Ranch Rd Mailbox Assignments: Contact the Association
Prescott, AZ 86305 Administrator at the above listed Association address or
email: email@example.com. Owners must
Phone: 928-899-1524 secure an official address from Yavapai County as well as
a building permit for their lot before obtaining a mailbox
key. A charge of $5.00 is required for keys.