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Updated Sep 19, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Final Word: For a 'Western' town, Scottsdale isn't very Western

Oh boy. It's on.

The mayors of Scottsdale and Cave Creek have drawn their pens and vowed to fight to the death (well, maybe not the death) over the right to call their respective cities the "West's Most Western Town."

It's long been the motto, or saying, for the city of Scottsdale. It's even carved in stone on some street corner that I pass on my way to the Starbucks next the nightclub all the kids go to (Yes, that was sarcasm in the last line).

True, Scottsdale does have a lot of streets in Old Town that are lined with shops selling turquoise, kachina dolls and cowboy boots. And there are hitching posts here and there, although the only thing that is tied up there anymore is the occasional underage drinker waiting to be given a breathalyzer.

Most of Scottsdale is pretty decidedly "un-Western," and truth be told, Cave Creek is a lot more like a town out of the Old West. With places like the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Buffalo Bill's Trading Post, you might actually feel like you're in the Western movie on a night out on the town. Boots actually feel like the right thing to wear.

In Scottsdale, it's more about clubbing and your Prada handbag. There's nothing wrong with that mind you, but nothing Western about it either.

But the Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane wants to hang onto the label. He effectively wrote a cease and desist letter to Cave Creek that says "You can't use that label. It's ours."

Maybe it will be a shootout at noon at the corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads. You know, right between Barney's and P.F. Chang's, across from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.

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About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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