UPCOMING EVENTS

APRIL 2014

 

CROWN KING COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING at SCHOOLHOUSE 4/5 @ 10:00 am

CROWN KING SCRAMBLE RUN 4/5

9th ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF @ CK SALOON 4/12

EASTER EGG HUNT - 4/20

Check out all of the towns events scheduled for 2014 HERE.

Town BloG

Do you have an interesting fact or story about Crown King? This is your BLOG site. If you have an story you would like to submit for posting on this BLOG site send it to cfschaffer@cox.net and we will link it on this site. The only rules for story submissions are that they have something to do with Crown King past or present, do not include personal or political views, no profanity and one can not profit by any posting. The BLOG postings will be added to regularly so check back often!

 

TEN THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT CROWN KING - By The Burkes

  1. Everyone watches out for each other's children. You can count on this: if your child is driving too fast on an ATV, or needs a ride home, we will let you know and deliver that child home safely.
  2. People are placed in three unique categories: flatlander, slopers or residents. I guess it goes without saying that flatlanders are tourists, slopers are the cabin-owners that come up on the weekends, and residents are the hardy souls which make this mountain paradise their full-time home.
  3. Your “other car” is an ATV or side-by-side. Period.
  4. There will be a party every weekend. And if there isn’t, you will create a new event. Residents and Slopers generally avoid the “big weekends” of the Chili Cook-Off, Horseshoe Toss, etc., and keep to themselves. Not a good idea to mix with drunk flatlanders.
  5. Your grandson will be paid $20 to eat a stinkbug.
  6. You hear flatlanders say things like, “wow, I can’t believe you drive this road every weekend,” or, “what do you guys do for excitement.” Um, yeah. We make fun of flatlanders.
  7. You have had a ‘psychotic break with reality’ driving up the road, with someone ahead of you that is not only not pulling over, but is purposefully keeping you from overtaking you on the single lane, dirt lane. Really? Residents and Slopers have their own “patented moves” in which they overtake slower vehicles in manageable, safe spots. We wait for you, and politely tell you the “rules of the road.”
  8. Ray Henningson is the man that you go to for anything that you might need. Septic, electricity, information, beer, weather, party updates, heavy equipment, Halloween participation, ANYTHING, he is your man.
  9. The fire department is staffed with mostly volunteers. Mostly people that have a “real job” down in the Valley of the Sun, and choose to give to their community on the weekends as well. 
  10. You cross the “Magic Bridge” and enter an alternate universe.

 

CROWN KING ROAD ETIQUETTE - Author Unknown

The road from Cleator to Crown King is narrow and rough. The reason for it being narrow is some years ago (90 or so), it was a railroad bed. The explanation for it being rough is that it’s hard to maintain a road that is built on bedrock.

For those of you who need assistance with driving this kind of road, and who need some education in consideration for the other guy, we’ve put together a few tips:

  • The person or vehicle that is coming up the road has the ‘right of way’. The person going down the road should ‘Yield, the right of way’.

When you get to one of the two cuts (narrow passes through the rock), remember who has the ‘right of way.’ There is one exception here, if there is a vehicle already in the cut, when you get to it, do not attempt to enter until that vehicle has passed through. There is only room for one vehicle in the cut.

  • Every now and then, look in your rear view mirror. If you see a vehicle following close to you, that usually means they want to pass you. So, find a safe pull-out for your vehicle and let the other, pass.

If you need to stop along the road, please park in a spot so other vehicles can safely pass you.

  • Think about how fast you are going. It’s easy to sometimes forget that the road is dirt. Dirt normally requires a SLOWER speed, not a FASTER speed.

You may be met by motorcycles, UTVs or ATVs coming at you. You may also see the riders displaying hand signs. This is to indicate to you that there may be additional riders behind this one. The number of fingers tells you how many more vehicles to expect. Usually, the last rider will hold up a closed fist. This is to signify to you that they are the last of the group of riders.

  • If you see someone pulled over, take five seconds and stop to ask if they need assistance. You would probably appreciate this if it was you who needed assistance.

If you noticed that it’s a big landscape with lots of space, you’re right. It is not okay to throw cans and other garbage out the window. A good rule of thumb here is “Leave every place you go, a little better than how you found it.” Another catchy phase is “Take only pictures, Leave only foot prints.” (Courtesy of Arizona Highways Magazine.) Remembering that will help you if you momentarily forget any of the above.

We recommend you keep this document in your vehicle, just in case you need to refer to it. Please pull over to the side of the road, before you do.

What our community is saying

  • "The way America used to be!"

    Crown King Cabin Owner - Carl Schaffer
  • "Crown King, interesting history, great scenery, awesome people"

    Knut Nerheim - Crown King Community Association President
  • "The best kept secret in Arizona"

    Crown King Visitor
  • "Hospitality as big as the Bradshaws"

    Crown King Buisness Owner

Our Town

A "living ghost town" Crown King was originally founded with the discovery of gold in 1875. In the tall pines with an elevation of 5,771 feet above sea level, Crown King's temperature is routinely 30 degrees cooler than nearby Phoenix. With +/- 100 full time residents, unparalleled off road trails, several restaurants, lodging, an authentic General Store with one gas pump and a Post Office, a one room red schoolhouse and the oldest continually operating Saloon in Arizona (est. 1886), Crown King boasts itself as the town "AMERICA USED TO BE".

Updated Notices

CKCA Board Meeting Minutes

Click Here to download the minutes of last quarters CKCA Board Meeting

FAQ's

Click Here to download our list of frequently asked questions.

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Community Notes

Useful Information

We're committed to helping the community!

Below you will find useful information regarding safety as well as helpful town links

!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!

Crown King will soon be coming out out with a new community phone book.

If you need to make any additions or revisions to your listing or would like to advertise in our local directory, please call Peg Martin at 928.899.4717 or email her at peg@crownkinginternet.com

All ad's must be submitted by March 31, 2014 and all local listing revisions and additions by April 15, 2014.

Cost of advertisements (Cash Only) are:

Full Page - $50.00 ******1/2 Page - $25.00******1/4 Page - $15.00

 

2014 CROWN KING COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Your Crown King Community Association will be having it's annual membership drive in February

Check back here next month to get a link to the membership application (new and renewal)

We will also have a very handy link to be able to pay via PayPal online.

Firewise

Concerned about brush, grass or forest fires in Crown King? Use this website to learn more about Firewise principles. Find tips and tools to make your home safer from wildland fires. For more info - visit www.firewise.org.

Yavapai County Regional Alert

New evacuation tool! In case of evacuation from Crown King, you can now sign up to be automatically notified on your cell, land line, and email/fax through the Yavapai County Emergency Notification System. Every homeowner and cabin owner should sign up. For more info - visit www.ycsoaz.gov.

Town Links

Crown King Chamber of Commerce - ww.crownkingarizonachamberofcommerce.org
Crown King Road Maintenance Association – www.ckrma.org

Crown King Historical Society - www.crownkinghistoricalsociety.org

Crown King Fire Department –
www.crownkingfire.org
EMERGENCY: 928-632-8811
Office line: 928-632-7163

 

Prescott National Forest

Summer visitors seeking relief from the hot weather of the desert come to Prescott National Forest to camp, fish, picnic, hike and ride. The main recreation season generally runs from May to October; however, winter daytime temperatures are moderate and the Prescott National Forest can be enjoyed all year.

The forest contains 10 campgrounds, 4 group reservation campgrounds, 7 picnic areas, and 2 group reservation picnic areas. Most of the developed recreation sites are located in the pines with 5 of the campgrounds and two of the picnic areas situated near man made lakes. Several developed sites offer barrier-free access for users experiencing disabilities. For more info - visit www.fs.usda.gov/Prescott/.

CKFD Call for Volunteers

Why Volunteer? 
It is a great way to expand your social circle, develop a better sense of community, serve your community and gain valuable skills. You also receive many incentives by volunteering with CKFD, such as monetary compensations, paid membership to the National Volunteer Fire Council, access to the department Costco Card, along with many other benefits.

What are the minimum qualifications to volunteer?
Just a willingness to give a small amount of your time to be available to respond to community emergencies and community events. Members should be residents, cabin owners or regular visitor to the Crown King area and need to be at least 18 years of age.

How much time do I need to give?
We ask that you regularly attend department meetings, which are held twice a month. We also ask that you are 'in-service' as regularly as possible. 

Each volunteer is required to participate in the Crown King General Recruit Class before becoming an active member of the fire department. All volunteers are trained on an on-going basis to complete necessary certifications/trainings.
Trainings offered include: Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations; CPR; Emergency Medical First Responder; Basic Wild land Fire fighting, and many more.

Business Links

Where to stay in Crown King?
Assayers Hideaway – 602.403.1098
Crown King Saloon Rooms for Rent - 928.632.7053
Bear Creek Cabins – 928.899.2031
Cedar Roost Inn – 928.632.5564
Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch & Bunkhouse – 928.632.4477

Where to Eat in Crown King?
• Doozy’s at The Prospector Mall – 928.632.8583
• The Crown King Saloon Café – 928.632.7053
• The Mill Restaurant and Bar – 928.632.7133
• The Crown King General Store – 928.632.7911

Where to buy Real Estate In Crown King?
REMAX Integrity Realtors – Barb Henderson – 623.203.4884
LONG Realty – Carol Boles – 602.717.6363

If you have a business in Crown King and would like it listed FREE in our business link section here, please contact Carl Schaffer with your information.

In the future, we will be adding a small amount of advertising for businesses outside of Crown King for a small fee. We will talk about it in our Blog in the coming months.

About Us

Crown King Community Association

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PRESIDENT

Knut Nerheim

Knut, his wife Susan and their kids Rebecca and Daniel, discovered Crown King on a camping trip in 1995. In 2005 they bought a cabin and spend most weekends in Crown King. Knut and Susan are volunteers with the Crown King Fire Department and has served the town by being been part of all the towns events. Knut has been on the Crown King Community Association since 2011.

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SECRETARY

Sue Hastings

Sue and her husband Larry "survived" their first trip to Crown King while riding quads with friends on the back road from Lake Pleasant. On their second trip up, they began looking at properties and became cabin owners in 2006. Together with their son, they have made Crown King their home away from home. Larry has been a volunteer with the Crown King Fire Department for seven years and their son became a new recruit on the Fire Department with his first call of duty being the Gladiator Fire in 2012. Sue is proud to serve and support Crown King by acting as the Community Associations recording secretary

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Treasurer

Jim Reidburn

Jim and his family made their first trip to Crown King in the mid 70's. He bought a piece of property intending to build a cabin as so many do, but ended up purchasing a cabin in 1996. Jim enjoys the many friends and neighbors he has in Crown King, and as acting treasurer for the Community Association, Jim has become more active in the affairs of the community, with support to the local business community and residents.







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MEMBER / CKRMA

Chuck Bolle

Chuck originally hails from Wisconsin growing up on a small dairy farm. Chuck spent 20 years working at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant in the radiation protection and emergency planning field. Along with his wife and well radiated, they retired and moved to Crown King full time in 2003. Chuck is also the treasurer of the Crown King Road Maintenance Association and serves the Community Association by being its liaison with the CKRMA.

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CK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Eric Van Cleve

Eric took a day quad ride on Veteran's day in 2006 and upon arriving back at home that night told his wife JoAnn that he found the coolest little town with the nicest people in Arizona. In 2011 they bought a cabin and have been an important part of of the community ever since. Eric also serves the Community Association as the liaison with the Crown King Historical Society.

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CK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Sandy Baker

Sandy Baker is currently the acting President of the Crown King Chamber of Commerce, working for and on behalf of the Town of Crown King and all the businesses in town. Sandy and her husband Jerry owned the Crown King Café for 2 years and are now the new proud Owners of the Crown King General Store. Prior to moving to Crown King, Sandy was a Manager of branch offices at a Title Insurance Company for 30 years. She is the mother of two girls and has 6 grandchildren. Sandy love’s our little town and hope that everyone that comes to visit does as well.

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MEMBER

John Steele

John and his wife Lolita have been Crown King cabin owners for over 27 years. In 2010, after 45 years in the banking industry John retired an moved to Crown King and became full time residents. John and Let have five children and five grandkids which is now their full time job. Besides serving as a member on the Community Association, John is also a volunteer with the Crown King Fire Department.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

Carl Schaffer

In the summer of 2004 Carl and his better half, Jacki Lynn were asked by someone in Cottonwood if they wanted to take a side adventure on their way back to Phoenix. They entered Crown King into their GPS and their SUV took them the 27 miles of dirt road the town is famous for. Instantly falling in love the town and its residents, the very next day they bought property and as all architects do, designed and built a new cabin which they completed in 2010. Carl and Jacki have grown children between them and two grandchildren who love Crown King as they do. Carl is also on the board of the Road Maintenance Association and the serves the Community Association as web master and as Public Information Officer.

Membership Information

Membership Forms


The Crown King Community Association is open to all home, property and cabin owners in Crown King. This is YOUR Community Association and we need you to be a part of it.

Click on the link for your membership form and mail it back to:
CKCA PO Box 176 Crown King, AZ 8634

Membership renews annually and is per voting member.

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Pay Membership Dues

    All Board Members of the Crown King Community Association are unpaid volunteers so why does the Community Association require a membership fee? Your $20.00 per voting member dues are tax deductible and are necessary for the Community Association to keep and maintain this web site, subscription to email blasts and mailings to members. The link to PayPal will make paying your membership dues easier than mailing a check. If you would rather pay by check enclose it with your membership dues and mail it to the address above.

 

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Update Membership Information

    The Community Association strives to keep their membership database current, but can only do it with your help. If you sell your property or cabin and need to be taken off our data base or if you move please send an email to Sue Hastings at slrhastings@cox.net so we can update your information.

Map & Contact

Get in touch with us

This website will serve as our communities emergency alert conduit... Any official website updates and press releases will be sent by our Communities Public Information Officer, or to contact the CKCA;

Carl F. Schaffer

CKCA - PIO
PO Box 176
Crown King, AZ 86343

Tel:928-592-5510
E-mail: CKCA@cox.net

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