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My sister and chocolate: a treasured memory

Yesterday I placed a piece of dark chocolate in my mouth, and its smooth sweetness transported me, in memory, to a secret middle-of-the-night adventure.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Ellen Dehnert

Fifth grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Cottonwood

After 12 years at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus and 16 as an educator, Ellen Dehnert is moving on. Eric Evans, the school’s principal, says his fifth-grade teacher “will be sorely missed,” as she begins her Master’s program at Arizona State University in the fall to pursue her Speech Language Pathologist credentials.

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7-year-old Verde child seeks ‘Big Brother,’ chocolate ice cream

Ilijah spent one of the first days of his summer vacation swimming and splashing in Beaver Creek. He would like more opportunities to do so during the coming hot months.

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Sedona Pathways: Our Daily Journey, June 13, 2018

I took this shot of Humphreys Peak mid-February, late in the afternoon, the winds were down, so not much orographic lift and the engine was on

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Tom and Erika Garrow received Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Award

SEDONA -- Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has presented Tom and Erika Garrow, affiliate agents with the Sedona office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, with the International President’s Elite Award.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Ron Franklin

Social Studies teacher, basketball coach, Beaver Creek School, Rimrock

RIMROCK – Taking care of business – working toward a business degree at Northern Arizona University – was not the right business for Ron Franklin.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1881: Fort Verde News, June and July

The cultivation of grapes and manufacture of wine is a nice business in the Verde Valley.

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Life in the Slow Lane: I bought a cow

You know how some people are shoe fanatics, or have shelves full of bobble-heads, or collect those theme plates? Well, I've decided I'm an animal-aholic. It's for this reason that I stay away from the "Farm and Garden" section of Craigslist.

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Be Fit Fit! Grains: They Are Not That Complicated

So, here we go again: Standing at the Whole Grocers in front of that intimidating wall, featuring several rows of like-looking large cntainers, each container containing that “something” inside.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1970: Fish Are Again In The Verde River

Herbicide used to kill weeds and Johnson grass poisoned fish and other aquatic life.

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What's Happening: Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance Block Party

The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance along with The Clarkdale Foundation presents the second summer Block Party.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1919: Fishermen Prepare for June 1

Trout season opens with many enthusiastic anglers.

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NEW BUSINESS: ‘Vital Essence’ retreat finds home in Old Town Cottonwood

“From the warm sands of Nantucket to the Red Rocks of Sedona,” Kim Bettincourt explains that she is bringing 11 years of experience in Wellness, Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and ACE Therapeutic Cupping to her new “Vital Essence” retreat in Old Town Cottonwood.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Lynda Hilton

Early Education Director, United Christian School, Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – To Lynda Hilton, an early education teacher partners with families “as teaching any age child should be.”

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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.