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What's Happening: Feb. 22, 2017

There is a Short Supply of Life Saving Blood. Please give blood and help save lives! Please donate from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. After you donate, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our ranch. Sample our fresh-baked cookies, coffee and juice. To save time and make it easy on yourself, reserve your appointment by contacting United Blood Services at www.bloodhero.com and entering “Rainbow Acres” as the sponsor code. You may also just drop in and fill out the necessary forms when you get there. Rainbow Acres is a 50-acre ranch-style community that provides loving homes and lives of purpose for adults with developmental disabilities. You will find it just two miles from I-17, off Middle Verde Road at 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road in Camp Verde. Give the gift of life at Rainbow Acres on Saturday, March 4th. Call 928-567-5231 for additional information. Visit: www.RainbowAcres.com

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Special handling required: Due to light sensitivity, Archaeology Center rotates Dyck Collection’s textiles exhibit every five months

CAMP VERDE – Many of the artifacts on display in the Verde Valley Archaeology Center’s Dyck Collection are “relatively permanent,” said Ken Zoll, the center’s executive director.

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What's Happening: Feb. 19, 2017

Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead for Verde Valley SCITECH Festival

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What's Happening: Feb. 17, 2017

Author Sarah McLean hosts reception for her new release Sunday, Feb. 19, 4-6 p.m., the public is invited to a reception hosted by best-selling author, Sarah McLean to celebrate the release of her third book, The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation.

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Taking the plunge during ‘leap of faith’ moment the only way to grow

With tears streaming down my face, I clung in fear to the rock face, not sure where to move next. In my early 20s and a novice at rock climbing, I had gone with more experienced friends to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, a popular rock-climbing area.

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What's Happening: Feb. 14, 2017

In honor of President’s Day, all National Parks will be fee free. Sacred Scarlets will be at Montezuma Castle National Monument at 1pm on Monday, February 20th for a lecture and demonstration featuring a young, beautiful captive-bred scarlet macaw, Sedona Rose.

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Life in the Slow Lane: "Pumps and Chicks"

I don't know what to do with that ovine girl! She isn't in any distress so I'm still willing to wait (im)patiently for the big event

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 14, 2017

Had some fun when I flew last Thursday, there was a lot of smokey haze in the air from all the wood burning stoves and fireplaces in the valley so no long distance shots possible.

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Verde Heritage 1919: WOBBLIES ORDER STRIKE

Labor problems in Jerome resulted in the deportation of members of the Industrial Workers of the World, or I.W.W., a labor union, usually called the "Wobblies," on July 10, 1917. Labor problems continued so Wobblies ordered a strike to begin at 6 o'clock on the evening of February 10, 1919.

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Black Bear Diner to open Monday

The much anticipated Black Bear Diner, located at 1041 S. SR 260, will open its doors Monday

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What's Happening: Feb. 12, 2017

Want to get involved in the re-enactment of the historic 1928 Clarkdale Bank Robbery?  We are looking for actors, production crew, and even an experienced director. 

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What's Happening: Feb. 9, 2017

Get your toes tapping and your body swaying at the next Cottonwood Contra Dance, Saturday, Feb. 18th, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in old town. Flagstaff’s Just Desserts will play and Kari Usher will teach and call all the dances.

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Life in the Slow Lane: "Still No Lambs!"

Yawn. This is getting ridiculous! For over two weeks now, I've been walking out between 2 and 3 AM to check on Tiny. Stumbling out is more like it. Sleepwalking is really close.

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Verde Heritage 1910: Land Sales, Verde Fruit Company

An era of prosperity is prevailing from one end of the Verde Valley to the other.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 9, 2017

After covering another fifty or so feet from last night’s shot our friend the Great Blue Heron had arrived at his fishing ponds, he arched his back, swung his legs forward, increased the angle of attack of his wings (angle relative to plane of flight) and spread his wings wide which has the dual effect of braking his speed and stalling himself out of flight and his right foot has just come into contact with the floor of the pond.

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What's Happening: 2-8-17.

The Arizona Flywheelers 33rd annual Engine and Tractor Show will be March 17-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood. The event will feature tractor pulling, antique gas engine displays, garden tractor pulling, model engine display, swap meet, silent auction and a book sale. Admission is a $5 donation; AZFlywheeler.com

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Verde heritage 1916: Sedona Bridge and News

The new bridge at Sedona was practically completed by May 19, 1916.

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What's Happening: Feb. 3, 2017

Camp Verde Community Library: The weekend before Valentine’s Day, the Library’s 2nd Floor Fireside Room will host Music in the Stacks. Two separate musicians, two distinct styles, two different days, two ways to celebrate. Friday, February 10 from 6:00-7:30pm local vocalist and guitarist Marie Jarreau presents “Love Leaves a Memory” concert. Celebrate the loves in your life this Valentine’s Day with familiar cover songs as well as original love songs from Marie’s vast repertoire. Originally from New Orleans, Ms. Jarreau has been part of the local Verde Valley music scene for over five years. With two CDs to her credit, she is a familiar performer from Sedona and Cottonwood to Camp Verde. Monday, February 13 from 6:30-8 pm nationally musician, Marc Berger presents selections from his album, RIDE, capturing the vastness and romance of the West’s wide open spaces. Celebrate Arizona’s statehood day with Mr. Berger, whose lifelong love affair with the American West inspires his music. Marc has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, and has opened shows for Bob Dylan, and other national acts.  His song “The Last One”, was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for over twenty five years, and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News. Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road. For more information about this or any other program at the library, call 928-554-8380 or check the website at www.cvlibrary.org.

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3,000+ runners to hit road for Sedona Marathon

Now in its 12th year, Sedona Marathon emerges as one of most popular running events in Arizona

SEDONA -- Runners from across the country and as far as Japan will come to Verde Valley this weekend for the 12th annual Sedona Marathon Event presented by Northern Arizona Healthcare.

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Be Fit Fit! Love Your Body!

It is all our perception. The same situation/thing/person can be seen as entirely different by two persons. Or even by one person, if that person looks at it from another point of view. “Reality” is just as real as we allow it.

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Life in the Slow Lane: "IPM"

I was hoping this would be the post where I happily announce the arrival of at least one lamb, but NO! That ewe is purely obstinate. Every sign that points to imminent delivery has occurred, but she continues to hold onto her progeny. That meant I was out with her three times over the course of the night. I add that not to win sympathy, but because lack of sleep may cause t his post to be a little disjointed. If it is, I apologize.

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Verde Heritage: 1939: JAMES S. DOUGLAS RENOUNCES U. S. CITIZENSHIP

His sons, Lewis W. Douglas and James S. Douglas, Jr., are shocked.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 1, 2017

Light … and shadows … the light was pretty harsh when I flew this afternoon so spent my time shooting the ground. I took this shot on the plateau a few miles from the edge of the rim. Kind of a fun shot and nice to be back in the air and a repeat tomorrow. Had to be home by three this afternoon so it was less than an hour in the air, but nice.

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2017’s most- and least-educated states

WalletHub conducts ‘in depth analysis’ using 11 key metrics

Analysts at personal finance website WalletHub have compared markers of a well-educated population, such as quality of schools, educational accomplishment and achievement gaps between genders and races.

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Verde Heritage 1922: HIGHWAY COMMISSION AWARDS ROAD CONTRACTS

One contract was awarded for the first section of the road from Cottonwood to Camp Verde. Surfacing of the road from Cottonwood to Sedona will be completed within ten days or two weeks.

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