The long-awaited North Access Trailhead finally opened to Arizona’s climbing and hiking communities – providing new access to the popular Tom’s Thumb area in North Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Mayor WJ “Jim” Lane was accompanied by Tom’s Thumb namesake, Tom Krueser, who opened the trail with a ceremonial carabiner! Notable landmarks are the Tom’s Thumb and the Markus Landslide hiking trails that give new foot access to an area that has long been popular with rock climbers.  Now with bathrooms, interpretive signing and well-marked trails, visitors can now have a shady place to sit and gather either before or after hikes. In addition, 10 horse trailer parking places were added.  The CVL Hike Club made it to the opening and hiked the Markus Landslide trail to commemorate the event.

Boys Hope Girls Hope New

CVL Consultants sponsored a hole at a golf tournament for the Boys Hope, Girls Hope organization. Because of this and other fundraising efforts, 18 students will receive full, four-year tuition scholarships to college.

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children in need meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family like homes, opportunities and education through college.

The tournament was held Oct. 8 at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

The Foundation for Senior Living hosted an official ribbon cutting for a recent renovation and new construction project at Pineview Manor — a facility for low-income seniors in Payson, Ariz.

CVL Consultants completed ALTA and topographical surveys for the project, and led site grading to allow for expanded parking, new residential units, refurbished units, site trails, and community gardens.  New water, sewer, and dry utilities were installed. A Tucson-based contractor then upgraded 29 units with new roofs, gardens, laundry facility and outdoor porches. Additionally, 20 new units were added.  Sustainable elements included solar covered parking, rainwater harvesting, and high efficiency appliances and windows.

The new and existing tenants were over-joyed by the finished product. Read more in the Payson Roundup:

CVLCI Hike Club

CVL employees, friends, and family added more miles toward our goal of “Hiking 100 for Arizona” weekend.

Thank you to Debbie and Malina Cote, and David Huff for a great hike into Arizona’s Wet Beaver Creek and the Crack swimming hole. This 4-mile meander into a sunny yet cool canyon was the perfect respite from rising temperatures in the city.

Thank you also to Tim Stotler for pointing out that we were just a mile more away from Dairy Queen for a refreshing cool snack after our hike!

With this last trip, we are at 34 miles toward our goal of hiking 100 miles for Arizona’s Centennial Year. Watch for more invitations to come soon!  Anyone can join in and help us meet our goal!


Last week, CVL had our “Spring Stuffed Animal Pickup” at Shepherd of the Valley Preschool in greater Phoenix.  The toddlers there voluntarily collected nearly 500 stuffed animals for other children in need of comfort while at the Phoenix Police Department.

The Phoenix PD’s “Bears for the Brave” program is lead by the Crimes Against Children Unit. It receives donated stuffed animals and provides them to frightened, abused or neglected children at crime or accident scenes, or at police headquarters.

The kids at Shepherd of the Valley were adorable and so anxious to help others who “don’t have any stuffed animals.”  There was a lot of hugging, kissing and long goodbyes as the animals were handed off to Officer Potts.  The true highlight was when 10 kids carried out the biggest Scooby Doo I’ve ever seen!  It was a precious moment.

Officer Potts, Phoenix Police Department, handed out safety oriented coloring books, sticker badges and answered the kids’ questions. (Boy, were there a lot of questions!)

CVL continually collects stuffed animals and looks to partner with other organizations and schools that would like to help us support this program for the Phoenix PD. In the past 20 years, CVL has collected more than 20,000 stuffed animals for this effort. Phoenix police estimate that they hand out 300 per week, so more are always welcome and needed!  Thank you all for supporting “Bears for the Brave.”