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Life in the Slow Lane: 'Worm Free'

I wasn't a helicopter parent with my kids, and I'm not a helicopter farmer when it comes to my animals.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1899: JEROME FIRE, May 19

Jerome burned again. Sheriff John Munds arrived to help maintain law and order.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: June 4, 2018

I took this shot last spring when I was driving north on I-17 heading home after a day of shooting the incredible flower fields on the west side of Lake Pleasant.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Rhonda Johnson

Preschool assistant director, Technology Teacher, Librarian Verde Christian Academy Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – Jack of all trades, master of none. Nobody at Verde Christian Academy would say this about Rhonda Johnson.

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Gone Green Superfoods in Sedona celebrates 10 years of organic chocolate bars

William Hamburg was born in Belize, so it was the first place he sought a source of raw cacao.

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Be Fit Fit! Munching Away The Healthy Way

Eating raw carrots. It pays off. Really…

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: May 23, 2018

Out of a tight place and this pair of mallards is going vertical to get out of a small pocket in the granite rocks at Watson Lake … the greyish color reminded me of prison walls thus the title, “Jail Break.”

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Picture-perfect views make strenuous North Wilson Mountain Trail worth effort

Because of the length of the North Wilson Mountain Trail, you will need to bring a camelback or a couple bottles of water, walking sticks and snacks for when you reach the top

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Katherine Forbes

Back when she was in the sixth grade, Katherine Forbes decided that she was going to move to Arizona one day, attend Northern Arizona University, and become a teacher.

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Guest Column: Robust foster program a necessity for animal shelters

I named her Corby. When I first saw her she was sitting at the front of the kennel, her nose poking through the chain link. She was a 6-year-old dog in a shelter operating over capacity. And she was about to become my first foster.

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NEW VERDE VALLEY BUSINESS: Nichols Mechanical

New to running their own business, David and Desirea Nichols have opened Nichols Mechanical thanks to the help from the City of Cottonwood’s Small Business Development Counseling Services.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1898: ROUGH RIDER LETTERS

After the end of the Spanish-American War soldiers at Montauk Point, New York, sent letters home to Yavapai County.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: May 21, 2018

Waterfowl are reaching out and taking to flight, whether because they are startled or simply moving on to another body of water or a field and there is a beauty associated with those brief moments when they are transitioning from a state of rest to one of flight

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New home for Old Town Frame Co.

The Old Town Frame Co. has moved out of its storefront in Old Town Cottonwood to a much roomier space at 107 S. Candy Lane.

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Verde Heritage 1968: Loving Care Preserves Purtymun Cabin

Sedona Westerners visit the Purtymun Homestead.

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Rabbi breaks ground in Verde Valley

Kesslers hope to make Judaism more accessible in community

SEDONA -- For Rabbi Mendel Kessler and his wife, Fraydee, Sedona was always on the radar.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Deborah Allen

For Deborah Allen, the fourth time is the charm.

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‘Bear’ of a hike: Breath-taking beauty offered on Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail in Sedona is a favorite among Verde Valley hiking enthusiasts.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Sheep Tales

That title should read More Sheep Tales, but it's been a week of sheep giggles for me. First up is Mari, who has made an amazing turnaround. I had her sheared ten days ago. Like her father Cinco, that wool of hers is a throwback to the Hampshire side of the family. Unlike most Dorpers, who shed their hair (Dorpers have hair, not wool), Mari has wool and it just kept getting thicker. So as I did with Cinco, I hired a shearer.

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What's Happening: Cottonwood Community Band concert set May 20

The Cottonwood Community Band will give its last concert of the spring season Sunday, May 20th 3-4 p.m., at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. 6th Street.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: May 9, 2018

Through life and forever occurs a single moment at a time and that is why I made my choice to remain exclusively with still/freeze frame photography so that we can ponder that fraction of a second and spend some time just enjoying that moment, irrespective of what has gone before and what will follow.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Jeff Scroggins

Jeff Scroggins the Science Guy may not have the requisite ring to it.

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Life in the Slow Lane: BA!

I've never owned a dumb farm animal. That's not dumb as in unintelligent. From the cows to the pigs to the turkeys, every one of my critters has proved capable of figuring out how to get what they want. That includes opening gates, breaking down fences and crossing hot electrical wires.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Perceptions

It was kind of a different day and rather relaxed … friend over for a short visit early afternoon, a trip to the outside world with One and then a little road trip, destination unknown … when I got there I was in the Sedona Community Cemetery and took a trip through looking for some friends sites.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1968: PECK'S LAKE PROJECT

"Operation Mainstream" provided the whole community with a recreation area.