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Sneak peak of band practice with The Naughty Bits

Pick up this Sunday's Verde Independent or next Wednesday's Kudos to learn more about The Naughty Bits' future in the Verde Valley as well as some of their upcoming projects.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Pig Update

I'd so like to tell you that June delivered her calf. I can't! I swear, she's doing this just to make me crazy. Actually, the only reason I'm not crazy is because I know there really is a calf and that calf was alive and well a couple of weeks ago.

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The Fit Life ... Rainbow of Colors.

I am addicted to colors. From painting the first condominium which we owned back in Montreal in 16 (sixteen) colors, which, everybody was saying, were “nicely blending and talking to each other”, through dressing like I was a walking rainbow, to the colors of my food.

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Q&A with Verde Valley's educator of the week: Chad Elmer

Agriculture teacher, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

Genie Gee says that Mingus Union High School has a “role model, quiet leader, a strong presence” in AG teacher Chad Elmer.

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5 things you should know about new Cottonwood business: Innovative Stone Center

Innovative Stone Center works in granite, quartz, marble and tile. But granite is Mark Ross’s specialty. Ross, who owns Innovative Stone with his wife Nancy, has been working in the industry since 1987 when he was a freshman in college.

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It’s Hip to Be Square

The Cottonwood RoadRunners danced at their annual Harvest Moon Festival at the Clemenceau School on Friday and Saturday night.

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Verde Valley Women Who Lead: Barbara Quayle

Not run ‘by what strangers think’

The self-described “lively senior” is active in her church as well as organizations like Sedona Women.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Squash Soup

First, I would so like to report that I have a new calf. I can't. Although June is getting more serious about letting that baby go, she continues to bide her time.

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Sedona Pathways, Our Daily Journey: Oct. 10, 2018

I'm blown away by the beauty that surrounded me this morning … my first flight in Mariah for a long time was nothing short of remarkable and reminded me of the shoot that the Loon gave me in Northern Wisconsin just a couple of weeks ago.

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Cottonwood man ‘walking for heroes’

Three months shy of 80, Al Slusser to visit first responders on foot

When Al Slusser wakes up the morning of Oct. 8, he’ll drive to Prescott and to Yarnell, then he’ll walk through the communities as a way of saying thanks to the first responders.

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COMING SUNDAY: Saving Miss Moon

See Sunday's Camp Verde Bugle and Verde Independent newspapers to read about Miss Moon, a 3-month-old Quarterhorse who on Friday will have part of her right front leg amputated.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Oct. 3, 2018

I took this shot of a young doe on the way back to the cabin after an afternoon in search of color … she and her “mom” were feeding on the grasses at the side of the road and I shot them from inside the car so as not to spook them.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Brandi Phillips

Early childhood educator, United Christian School, Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – If Brandi Phillips wasn’t in the classroom teaching her kiddos, she says would “want to work with teachers to help implement developmentally appropriate practices so each child could learn at their developmental level.”

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Life in the Slow Lane: "Still Waiting"

Sigh. There's no calf yet, at least not outside of June's body. All the signs are there. Her tail's loose as are the muscles around the birth canal. Her pin bones are low, her bag is filling up, and every day there are gooey strands wrapped around her tail. That cow! I swear she's doing this on purpose.

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Everyone is everywhere: New Mingus Union High School play has 14 students, 58 charaters and 18 stories

Fourteen students are playing 58 different characters in 18 vignette or stories in the play opening this Saturday, according to the Mingus Theater and Music teacher James Ball.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Kelly Maize

Eighth grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Camp Verde

Include the years Kelly Maize has taught photography and painting, she’s been in the classroom for nine years.

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Spirit of cooperation: Verde Valley Farmers’ Market promotes local growers

Market founders, longtime manager to be recognized at 9 a.m. Sept. 29

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Verde Valley Farmers’ Market will celebrate 15 years as the community’s go-to place for most all things fresh produce.

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NEWS BUSINESS: Ink Stain Tattoo

A new tattoo and piercing shop opened in Cottonwood last month and owners Joey Bovee and Cheyanne Crum are hoping to serve the entire Verde Valley “and then some.” The shop currently employs artist Chip Taylor and piercer Alex James.

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Verde Valley Women who Lead: Ruth Ellen Elinski

Thinking and acting locally

For Elinski, when it comes to working in small, rural communities, patience is a virtue.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Sept. 19, 2018

Have a heart ... and this view of Sunset Crater from the west looking east gives you the heart shape cone I was talking about a week or so ago when I sent out photos from the east looking west.

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VERDE HERITAGE: PIONEER PICNIC TRADITION

The traditional gathering at the Montezuma Well Picnic Ground will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Spiders!

For those who don't know the story, there was once a beautiful and talented weaver in ancient Greece named Arachne. She was so talented that the goddess Athena, also a weaver, challenged her to a weave-off.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Sept. 18, 2019

You are mine! So sayeth the Coopers Hawk to the dove as it flies by … and I will get you … check the cutlery out beginning with the razor sharp talons that sink into his prey as they make contact in the air and the sharp and deadly beak to pluck feathers and rip into the prey and shred it into bite size chunks

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Karen Crownoble

First grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – For Karen Crownoble’s fifth birthday, her parents bought her a whiteboard/chalkboard easel.

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The Fit Life: Get Fat!

What?!?!?! Yes, we, actually, should be getting 20-30% of our daily calories from fat! And these calories will not make you… fat! Actually, if you eat excess calories form any source, being it carbs, fat, even proteins – you will, undoubtfully, gain weight. Yep. Tough luck.

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