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VERDE HERITAGE: 1926: MINGUS MOUNTAIN FIRE, June 11

The constantly changing wind made fire fighting more difficult.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Jane Mathews

If Jane Mathews wasn’t a high school counselor, she’d have wanted to be a race car drive – or a train conductor.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Flies, ugh

It's only been a few years since I last had dairy cows on the property, but in that short time I completely forgot how awful the flies are. However, before I get into discussing the pestilence of flies, I need to get you caught up on general cow news.

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What's Happening: June 24, 2018

Come hear the Cottonwood Community Band as it provides music for Clarkdale’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1956: FIRE ON MINGUS, June 19

A controlled brush burn of 170 acres got out of control and burned 14,500 acres.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Summer is here

And how am I certain that summer has arrived? Because on Friday the temperature got over 100 degrees while Saturday brought us a lovely all-day rainstorm. It was overcast, drizzly, and cool, and I had all the windows open. Welcome to summer in Northern Arizona.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: June 20, 2018

Sometimes a combination of music and beautiful scenery sweeps you into new dimensions and an inner glow brings a smile, eyes close and you are along for the ride … perhaps among the stars or as tonight along the beauty of Sycamore Canyon, the Colorado Plateau and the San Francisco Volcanic field

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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.