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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Natalie Rice

COTTONWOOD – Quality teachers are “dedicated, caring, and talented.” According to Ben Russel, lead administrator at Verde Christian Academy in Cottonwood, Natalie Rice is a quality teacher.

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Western Light: Western Bluebird

Although it's still blustery and we're still starting the days with below freezing temps, we know spring is getting ready for its grand entrance.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Down, Moosie!

Before I get to the dog part of this story, I thought I'd update you all on my newly completed brooder coop. At last, after sorting through all the many bits and pieces of this and that cluttering my barn, buying as little as possible and when necessary from Restore, the coop is done and the barn is clean.

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Main Stage presents Ladies Night Male Revue

Friday, Feb. 15, Main Stage welcomes local favorite, DJ ill.Ego. DJ ill.Ego’s performance roots began at Cottonwood’s Main Stage and have seen him garner a thriving and ever-growing fan base not just in the Verde Valley, but throughout Arizona.

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Not all heroes wear capes

Brian Boudreau speaks Tuesday at Cottonwood council chambers before accepting the Citation Plaque from Cottonwood police for his assistance in helping police bust a retail theft ring outside Home Depot. Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell said Boudreau provided “critical eyewitness information leading to the felony arrest of three members of an expansive, organized retail theft ring. “ Gesell said Boudreau is the second citizen to receive the award. Boudreau, a 30-year postal worker said what he did wasn’t about being a hero, “It’s just doing the right thing.” VVN/Kelcie Grega

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Jill Maynard

Seventeen years as an educator, the past 13 teaching kindergarten at Camp Verde’s United Christian School. Jill Maynard said she has been teaching kindergarten for so long that she’s now able to attend her previous kindergarteners’ high school graduations.

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Put some harmony into your love life with ‘Singing Valentine’

Harmony on the Rocks, Sedona’s chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is bringing Singing Valentines to Sedona and the Verde Valley again this year.

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Q&A: Camp Verde reading teacher Laura Norman captures kids hearts

CAMP VERDE – Laura Norman is a true “Capturing Kids’ Hearts teacher.”

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 30, 2019

Some days do not turn out the way you plan, but they can be exceptionally fine days too

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New ‘judgment free’ fitness center opens in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- When you pass the “Judgment Free Zone” at Planet Fitness in Cottonwood, it’s like entering another world.

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Flat-rate cash-pay medical practice opens in Cottonwood

A nurse practitioner has opened a new primary care medical office in Cottonwood that only takes cash, credit cards and checks -- but no health insurance.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: New owners for Blackmarr’s Furniture

SEDONA -- Longtime owners of Blackmarr’s Furniture Dan and Peggy Potter are keeping their store in the family as they pass on the Sedona business and store to their daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Scott Keller.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 23, 2019

The view from SW of Rogers Lake, looking to the NE, on a very wintry day last February.

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Life in the Slow Lane: New Brooder Coop

If you remember, oh plucky reader, the last time I got chicks--the Brahmas--was two Januarys ago. For their first two weeks they lived in an old cast iron tub that had dirt in the bottom and was covered with several hardware cloth-filled frames to prevent cat intrusion. This worked really well. Not only did the cast iron tub have round corners, thus preventing chick death from all of them trying to squish into a square corner (a strange chick behavior), but the heat lamps warmed the cast iron which radiated even more heat back at the chicks. However, with thirty chicks they very quickly outgrew that small space and I soon moved them outside the barn into a thrown together pallet-and-baling-twine built coop inside a chicken run.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 22, 2019

You are mine, at least that what this Coopers Hawk seems to be telling the birds hiding and seeking shelter in our Desert Olive bush

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Flagstaff Family Care expands medical services to Sedona

A new medical office has opened in Sedona featuring a family doctor, family nurse and behavioral health and chronic-care management services.

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Changing of the guard at Yavapai Broadcasting

Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation, an independent broadcasting company with offices and studios in Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Prescott Valley, Arizona, has announced several staff changes to fill the void left when Operations Manager Rich Malone (Richard D. Nearing) succumbed to cancer in October 2018.

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Life in the Slow Lane: A New Queen

I once again have seven cats living on the farm, courtesy of the new guy in my life. Molly is a Somali Cat, which means she looks more like a fox than a cat.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 16, 2019

I took this shot last week on a flight to the east of the San Francisco Peaks and got to shoot some of my favorite scenes besides the mountains and clouds and those are of the wonderful abstract patterns created when snow falls and does not completely cover the fields … an abstract of black and white patterns.

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Q&A with Beaver Creek School Office Manager Sharon Brooks

Brooks spent more than 25 years in retail as an assistant manager for Kmart and Walgreens before she transitioned to education. It was there that Brooks learned “don’t take work home.”

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VERDE HERITAGE 1939: HIGHWAY 79 DEDICATION

Planning for the October 8 dedication of State Highway 79 and the W. W. Midgley Bridge began during January.

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College’s Verde Valley Art Gallery presents the amazing photography of Ron Chilston

The public is invited to a special opening reception January 18, 5-7 p.m., to celebrate a photography exhibit by Jerome artist Ron Chilston, which will be hosted at the Verde Valley Art Gallery of Yavapai College in Clarkdale.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Jan. 10, 2019

It was a beautiful day in Sedona when I took off this afternoon, but by the time I got half way to the peaks I was dodging snow showers.

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Q&A: Lauren Thagard, algebra teacher, Student Council advisor, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – From family pictures to senior pictures, engagement shoots to newborn babies, Lauren Thagard has photographed just about everything.

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Frosty & Chilly Run raises $2150 for Rainbow Acres

Every Jan. 1, Verde Valley motorcycle enthusiasts gather to ride to raise money for a local charity.