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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Jan. 19, 2017

Arizona's largest natural lake… is Mormon Lake … it is an intermittent lake and when full has a surface area of about twelve square miles … overall average is about a square mile and average depth of ten feet.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Piglets

Before I launch into the description of Pigs in Heat Part 3, I have to take a moment to celebrate. After two years of watching the wild blackberries engulf the steep ditch bank across from the turkey barn, after watching at least a dozen turkey poults float away because Mama nested in said blackberries then flew across the ditch and called her wingless, newly hatched babies to follow, (drum roll please...) the blackberries are gone!

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 18, 2017

I took this shot from a couple of miles S of the Verde River looking pretty much to the NNE. The Verde River is at the bottom of the image and the flow is from left to right, curving upwards a bit and Sycamore Creek joins the Verde River near the apex of the curve.

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Coilumn: Staying peaceful during intense times

I haven’t discussed politics in my columns, and – don’t worry – I’m not going to start now! Chances are, at some time in the election process, you felt apprehensive, and maybe you feel some angst now.

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Verde Heritage: JEROME: JAMES S. DOUGLAS RECALLS EARLY MINING HISTORY.

In response to a request of the 'Courier's Jerome correspondent, James S. Douglas wrote the following article. "My recollections were renewed of the many visits there on horseback to Mr. Hull while I was working at the Senator mine, and later on Big Bug, in the early nineties."

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Living the dream: Verde Valley’s youth learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

VERDE VALLEY – Many people probably don’t realize that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech contained the phrase “I have a dream” eight times.

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Emergency crews attack residential fire

Home sustained damage, not said to be total loss

Around 7:11 p.m. Tuesday, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, along with Verde Valley Fire District and the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office were dispatched to residential fire in the 1400 block of Roundup Road in Camp Verde.

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What's Happening: Jan. 13, 2017

January Contra Dance at Civic Center Warm your toes and have some fun at the next Cottonwood Contra Dance, Saturday, Jan. 21st, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. The live band features Sonja Whisman and Terry Samples on fiddle, Ron Barton on guitar, and Laura Sherin on Piano. John Sweeney will teach the dances and call the tunes. Check out contra dancing on Youtube for a peek at this fun dance form.  No partner or experiences is required -- wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Those new or needing a refresher should be sure to arrive at 6:30 PM for the half hour lesson; the regular dance is 7-10 PM. Cost is $10/dancer and $7 for students.   Bring a snack to share if possible.   For more information, call (928) 634-0486 or email sandy@ringsforever.com.

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Sedona Pathyways Our Daily Journey Jan. 10, 2017

Three minutes after I started rolling on Rwy 21, I was airborne and looking at the beauty up on the plateau … I spent a few minutes getting shots such as this and then headed up to get closer shots … truth be told I like this one as much as any of the others I shot because I captured the beauty of Sedona as well as the peaks and the plateau.

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What's Happening: Jan. 11, 2017

Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club will be starting new lessons January 17. Lessons are held every Tuesday night at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 North Main, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through May.

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Audition Call for Letters from Luke

Potter’s Hand Productions announces open auditions for Letters from Luke at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2016 at Historic Wayside Bible Chapel, 401 N SR 89A, Uptown Sedona 86336.  Actors and singers will be cast in speaking, singing, non-speaking, or non-singing roles.  Men, women, and families of all ages are required to fill the cast. Rehearsals are primarily on Sunday afternoons, and performances will be April 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2017 in Uptown Sedona. 

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Verde heritage 1937: COTTONWOOD LUMBER COMPANY; Attempted Murder on Main Street, Part 2

The trial of Olin Langford for the assault of W. Frank and Elta (Langford) Edens began in Prescott on January 5, 1938.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 6, 2017

This is a departure from the usual fare, but with pile burning season upon us and the noxious emissions released into the air at the worst possible time of year for the smoke to go anywhere I will be offering some views, studies, photographs and suggestions that have merit and could be implemented in the management of the forests. I have no degree or formal training in fire, but I know some of the brightest people who do and we talk and they share with me.

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VIP Shoe Fashion comes to Cottonwood

VIP Shoe Fashion opened three weeks ago in Cottonwood at 960 S. Main St. Suite B, and will carry women’s shoes and clothing.

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Verde Heritage 1937: COTTONWOOD LUMBER COMPANY; Attempted Murder on Main Street, Part 1.

Owners, W. Frank and Elta (Langford) Edens were shot on November 17, 1937.

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Life in the Slow Lane P.I.H., Episode Two

First, before I launch into the tale of "Pigs in Heat, Episode 2", I don't know about anyone else up here but I'm swimming in a sea of mud.

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Verde Heritage 1938: MARCUS JAY and JANE (STOUT) LAWRENCE Divorce Hearing

When Mrs. Lawrence filed for a divorce, the specific charge was habitual intemperance. She forgot to mention that they were living together, etc.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 4, 2017

One of the things I enjoy most about flying is the solitude and quietude and the ever changing airscapes over planet earth …

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Verde Heritage 1939: MARCUS JAY LAWRENCE MEMORIAL CLINIC

"Glowing tributes to the memory of Marcus Jay Lawrence marked speeches at Cottonwood yesterday," October 29, "as the Marcus Jay Lawrence Memorial Clinic was dedicated and formally opened in ceremonies attended by more than 300 residents of the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona."

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Verde Heritage 1939: HIGHWAY 79 DEDICATION PLANNED

The date of the dedication will be determined when the bridge across Wilson Canyon has been completed.

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Verde Heritage 1969: LOWER CLARKDALE SOLD

Verde Properties, Inc., will begin remodeling the 71 homes after the first of the year.

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Fun facts for New Year’s Eve

WalletHub’s editors searched for the most interesting factoids about New Year’s Eve/Day, and have presented New Year by the Numbers, written by John S. Kiernan.

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Verde Heritage 1920 ELECTIONS: "This Situation Is Nothing New"

"It will be some time before the leaders can settle among themselves the bitter feelings engendered by the disaster of November. ... After a political defeat the defeated fall out among themselves, instead of trying to find the real reason for the disaster, with a view to avoiding the defeat factors in the future."

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Life in the Slow Lane: Dogs and Cats

My dogs are about to be famous. Okay, probably not famous-famous, but more famous than they are now. In the next few days their first book will be published. That's right. The illustrator is finished and my seventeenth book is on its way to publication.

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Verde Heritage: 1897: JEROME FIRE on Christmas Eve

The explosion of a lamp caused a disastrous fire in the district called "hell's half acre."

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