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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 12:24 am | Updated: 10:19 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mighty Mud Mania is coming back to Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park today in all its muddy glory. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and obstacle course races for kids ages 7 to 17 start at 8:30 a.m.

Mighty Mud Mania hits Chaparral Park today

Mighty Mud Mania is coming back to Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park today in all its muddy glory.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and obstacle course races for kids ages 7 to 17 start at 8:30 a.m. Mini courses and a mud pit are available for kids ages 6 and younger.

Spectators who arrive early will be in for mud slinging by city officials, so to speak. Acting City Manager John Little has challenged the assistant city managers, Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell and other city officials to run the obstacle course, a race that’s expected to happen at 8:30, said city spokesman Pat Dodds.

Surface lots and park-and-ride locations are available near Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road.

For directions and parking locations, visit

Amanda Keim, (480) 970-2337

Arabian Library honored for design

Scottsdale’s Arabian Library captured the top award this month at an international competition on library interior design.

Scottsdale’s newest library received the “Best in Show” award July 1 in the 2008 Library Interior Design Competition.

The biennial competition honors excellence in library interior design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function and satisfaction of the client’s objectives, according to the city.

The library opened in September at 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road. The 20,000-square-foot building took the place of a smaller facility that shared space in Desert Mountain High School.

The new library features expanded collections, public meeting rooms, public access computers and an expanded children’s area with story time room. The library also features group study rooms, a teen space and a coffee bar.

The Arabian’s modernistic design has received other recognition. It’s featured in the June edition of Architectural Record. A copy of the article is available at

The library also will be featured in a worldwide design exhibition this fall in Barcelona, Spain, focused on Sonoran Desert architecture.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

City candidates to answer questions

Watch Scottsdale mayoral and City Council candidates answer questions from the Tribune in two one-hour candidate forums Tuesday at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Mayoral candidates Jim Lane and Mary Manross, along with mayoral write-in candidate John Washington, will answer questions from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Council hopefuls Lisa Borowsky, Joel Bramoweth, Betty Drake, Oren Davis, Tom Giller, Suzanne Klapp, Ron McCullagh and Nan Nesvig will answer questions from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The forums will run live on CityCable Channel 11, and will rerun July 29 and Aug. 5 at these times:

• City Council candidates: 7 p.m.

• Mayoral candidates: 8 p.m.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

ASU, SRP offer 10-week business course

The West Coast’s first Small Business Leadership Academy will take place this fall, through a joint effort of Salt River Project and Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Center for Executive and Professional Development.

The corporate-education partnership is an effort to provide education and resources to the local small- and diverse-business community, establishing a program for business owners to garner the knowledge necessary for growing and improving their businesses. The academy will provide chief executive officers of small and diverse businesses with the school’s curriculum. The 10-week, multicourse program focuses on strategy development, corporate procurement and supply chain practices, negotiations, employee engagement and retention, and competition through service.

Each course will take place over a two-week period, with classes held one evening each week. Participants will graduate Nov. 20, earning a certificate of participation from SRP and the Carey School, and four continuing education units from ASU. SRP will award 16 scholarships for the inaugural graduating class. The final award selections will be announced next week.

John Leptich, (480) 898-5687

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