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Passport to success for Macy Ahlers: 22-year-old embarks on journey as English teacher at Mingus Union

COTTONWOOD – Macy Ahlers isn’t too much older than the students she now teaches.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Laurie Sudol

As principal at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus, Eric Evans says he could place Laurie Sudol “anywhere in K-6 and she would shine.”

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What’s Happening in the Verde Valley: Aug. 1

August 15th: Linda Brannock, Career Coach at Yavapai College will discuss what information you should include in a successful resume and what you probably leave out and why. She will also discuss resume formats.

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Western Light: Mammatus

Mammatus clouds, named for their similarity to the female anatomy, are generally a sign of unsettled weather.

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Artist in residence program comes to Verde Valley

Poet, Hopi weaver visit Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot national parks

VERDE VALLEY – Earlier this year at Petrified Forest National Park, the man they call “Monk” wrote poetry about people, mostly about the rangers and other park staff.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Heather Priest

Kindergarten teacher American Heritage Academy Camp Verde

At Camp Verde’s American Heritage Academy, Heather Priest is the “light of love.”

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: July 23, 2018

For a few moments last Friday afternoon, these two predators had their eyes locked on each other and then the larger of them turned his head and resumed his stroll across the grass towards the wild area of brush, trees and tangles.

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NEW BUSINESS: Bombaz Grill expands food truck to restaurant in Verde Village

A new restaurant has opened on Western Drive in Verde Village, just a few hundred feet off State Route 260. The Bombaz Grill has opened with a menu serving “Southwest Style Fixins.”

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On a mission At St. Cecilia’s

Vets For Hire is first going to spend five to six days prepping the stucco-covered church, according to Allen.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: July 18, 2018

When all else fails, do something different and this is the seventh photo I pulled up tonight.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Kristy Aston

In education, resourcefulness isn’t limited to the classroom.

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VERDE HERITAGE: 1970: Remember Alfredo at Bueno's?

Alfredo and Ava Gutierrez operated a Mexican restaurant on 89A at 12th Street.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Humidity

Our Monsoon season opened with a storm so powerful that it sent a flash flood right through my property.

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NEW BUSINESS: Feral Goat Firearms ‘gun people serving gun people’

Feral Goat Firearms has opened on Main Street in Cottonwood and offers gunsmithing, firearm sales, ammo, training, tactical equipment, lethal and non-lethal protection equipment.

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What’s Happening in the Verde Valley: July 11

The Cottonwood Public Library is offering a new program for job seekers called Jobs 101. On the third Thursdays of every month patrons can learn how to take advantage of free library resources to help them on their way to a new career.

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Life in the Slow Lane: PCU

It's official. I'm not selling the farm. What makes my decision official? I bought piglets.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Brian Tankesley

It’s been 10 years since Brian Tankesley changed careers and became a teacher.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: July 10, 2018

I saw a bobcat whilst out with One this evening and it reminded me of a shot I took in 2015 of a young bobcat in someone’s yard high up on Merry Go Round Rock Road while heading into town.

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NEW BUSINESS: Gaia’s Place to serve community as holistic gathering venue

Patti Lane, the owner of Gaia’s Place in Cottonwood, wants her new holistic center to be a place for people to gather in Cottonwood.

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NEW VERDE VALLEY BUSINESS: Toasted Roasters

For the past 15 years, Denise Lee’s go-to employment has been the coffee business.

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Trotters Wake Irish Band to perform in Clarkdale Concert in the Park

Time to practice your Irish jig. Saturday, July 7, Clarkdale Community Services presents Trotters Wake Irish Band.

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Live in the Slow Lane: "Beaver"

Over the past eight years (and this month it's officially eight years that I've been a co-owner of this property), I've only once seen a beaver. That was about five years ago in July, no less. I was standing on the porch when all of sudden Moosie, then just a pup, went racing down to the Mason ditch. I watched as he walked along the ditch bank his attention on something in the water.

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Sedonas Pathways Our Daily Journey: July 3, 2018

Coal Mine Canyon is one of the beautiful canyons in northern Arizona and it much more vast when viewed from the air as opposed to from the ground. It

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What's Happening: July 2, 2018

Don’t miss the fourth annual Dogs on the Catwalk Red Carpet Fashion Show Charity Fundraiser and Adoption Event at Pawz On Main in Old Town Cottonwood. 

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‘Bombs bursting in air’ -- Be wary of lost pets this Independence Day

More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.