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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Calliandra Brooks

Calliandra Brooks says that as a third-grade teacher at Camp Verde Elementary School, she encourages her students “to build a growth mindset which allows them to take risks and work as hard as possible.” VVN/Bill Helm

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VERDE HERITAGE 1917-1924: COTTONWOOD PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION

The old organization was dissolved then the new organization was formed on Tuesday, April 15, 1924.

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Western Light: Vultures

The vultures are back. Every spring we see them drifting lazily through our skies, wagging their wings on the breezes.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Selyna Pringle

With 11 years of teaching under her belt, Pringle is in her first year at American Heritage. She says she was a small child when she first wanted to be a teacher – and an Avon lady.

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Western Light: The nose knows

We've trained our dog to not grab at food, but to wait (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) for the "okay" signal before taking it.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1973: COTTONWOOD A & W RESTAURANT

A & W Drive-In became the A & W Restaurant during 1973.

A & W Drive-In became the A & W Restaurant during 1973.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Deb Goepfrich

First grade teacher Beaver Creek School, Rimrock

Before the current school year began, Deb Goepfrich wrote out a postcard to each of her students. That is when Beaver Creek School Principal Katrina Sacco knew that her first grade teacher was special.

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Gold King Mine’s Big Bertha roars again (with video)

JEROME -- Don Robertson is smiling in his race car in the sky as Big Bertha is again roaring above the hills of Gold King Mine.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Mary Frewin

If there’s anything Mary Frewin doesn’t like about being a teacher, it’s when one of her fifth-grade students proves her wrong.

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Western Light: wood ducks

Wood ducks are not normally known to include Arizona in their range, but then wood ducks don't read, either.

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MVP student wins Future Chefs Challenge

Creating specialty dishes such as Melissa’s Amazing Salad, Mango Coconut Curry and Asian Mex Salsa, the eighth annual Future Chefs Challenge was an opportunity for five Cottonwood-Oak Creek students to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Wednesday, five C-OC students prepared their Asian-inspired meals at Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School in Cottonwood.

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VERDE HERITAGE1973: NEW WESTERN TOWN

"Bitter Creek" is a western movie set located on the Bradshaw Ranch west of Sedona.

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5 things to know about the Verde Valley Job Career & Education Fair

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Yavapai College and businesses all over the Verde Valley in organizing a career fair next month to rally employment opportunities for job seekers.

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The Star Method: Interviewing with confidence essential to successful job search

Interviewing with confidence is a skill. Taking the time to learn and practice interviewing is essential to having the confidence needed to impress your next potential employer.

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Job hunting strategies for high school students

One of the best strategies for finding a job as a young adult is attending a job fair. Imagine a room filled with potential employers waiting to interview and accept applications.

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Skills most sought after by employers

Job seekers wish they knew a secret formula that could assist them in securing employment. What is often wondered is what combination of skills and values do I need to help me attain my career goals?

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Arizona @ Work great place to start on job-search trail

After you have lost a job, a person can face many challenges in returning to self-sufficiency. Individuals can seek assistance within their community, through services available from government, state, private agencies, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations.

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Finding work after 50

Unemployment isn’t easy for anyone, regardless of their age. But unemployed men and women over 50 may find it especially difficult to find work.

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How to ask for a letter of recommendation

Knowledge, skills and personality can get students far, but having the right people in their corners can open doors for new opportunities that students might otherwise never have considered. Perhaps this is why recommendations are so coveted when applying to schools.

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Advice for a successful career change

Individuals change jobs for many reasons, including greater professional satisfaction, money or a change of location. The financial experts at The Balance say that people change jobs more frequently than many people may think, noting today’s average worker changes jobs 12 times during his or her career.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Erin Leckington

Second-grade teacher, Verde Christian Academy, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – Erin Leckington is charged each day with shaping the destiny of her classroom at Cottonwood’s Verde Christian Academy.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Spring Lambs

I was surprised by lambs again this past week. That's not to say I didn't expect to have lambs toward the end of this month. It's that I didn't expect those lambs to come from Mari.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: March 26, 2018

I was going through all of the February photos making final deletions, adding keywords before committing to closure of the month and the filing of February 2018, when I came across a shoot I did while running the ridge from Humphreys Peak to Agassiz

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Verde Heritage 1924: OPENING OF THE CAMP VERDE SULPHATE MILL

This marks the first attempt at developing the non-metallic mineral resources in Arizona.

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VERDE HERITAGE Jerome: Pioneer Store - T. F. Miller Company

The Miller Company was one of the oldest businesses at Jerome and Clarkdale and served as the "company store

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