I love fairy tale endings! On Saturday, May 1, Mine That Bird, a 3-year-old gelding and a 50-1 longshot, ran an unbelievable race on a 1 1/4-mile muddy track in the Kentucky Derby.

I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and this race brought to mind, a story written by Walter Farley, titled The Black Stallion

In the movie adaptation, a young boy named Alex becomes acquainted with what becomes his beloved The Black after both are shipwrecked on an island. The cast included Mickey Rooney as the trainer and Teri Garr as Alexs mom. As the movie nears the ending climax, the Black races to what is perceived as an insurmountable come-from-behind win.

Mine That Bird closely paralleled the same feat in Saturdays Kentucky Derby. When you watch the replay, you realize the horse was dead-last out of the gate and accelerated like a rocket past the field to win by six plus lengths. Talk about a horse with heart. Mine That Bird has it, as does his jockey, Calvin Borel.

One has to wonder, can this horse give a repeat performance in the Preakness and the Belmont? The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. If the Derby was any indication, well be seeing a lot more of Mine That Bird.

As always, weve packed this edition with loads of information on a wide array of subject matter. As promised in the last issue, page 13 includes a follow-up to the FLW Outdoors Stren Series tournament which took place on Roosevelt Lake April 16-18. Paysons Clifford Pirch took second and weve included photos from his win.

U.S. concerns over the buildup of nuclear weapons in the Middle East is not the only predominate issue here in the states as CPB officers in Ohio recently seized one million dollars in heroin found hidden inside books and originating from Tehran, Iran. More details on this significant seizure can be found on page 15.

Kudos to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who with the help of featured entertainer, Bill Cosby, raised $1.1 million during the third annual Evening on the Diamond event. Over the years, this foundation has benefited childrens programs, the homeless, and those who cannot afford healthcare. Go Diamondbacks!

Travelers across the state need to keep in mind ADOTs construction projects across the state. Weve included updates on two projects in particular in this issue. State Route 87 has restricted traffic to one lane in each direction between now and May 20. More details are provided in the article below.

The travel restrictions and updates on the safety improvement project, which includes widening the shoulders between Winkleman and Globe on State Route 77 can be found on page 4. Up to thirty-minute delays should be expected, including weekends.

Were always striving you get information to you, our readers. Your suggestions are always welcome and we appreciate the time many of you have taken to send these to us. Feel free to e-mail me at kschneider@azfreepress.com with your comments.

Mothers Day is next Sunday and we all need to take some time and show our gratitude for all theyve done for us over the years.

I know I certainly couldnt ask for two better moms, my birth mother Maxine Brown and my mother-in-law, Ellie Flynn. Youre both the best and we appreciate more than words can express all that you do for us.

Its time to put this issue to bed so, until then . . . take care and meanwhile:

Dance like theres nobody watching. Love like youll never get hurt. Sing like theres nobody listening. Live like its heaven on earth.   back...