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What's Happening: Jan. 20, 2017

January Contra Dance at Cottonwood Civic Center Warm your toes and have some fun at the next Cottonwood Contra Dance, Saturday, Jan. 21st, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Our live band features Sonja Whisman and Terry Samples on fiddle, Ron Barton on guitar, and Laura Sherin on Piano. John Sweeney will teach the dances and call the tunes. Check out contra dancing on Youtube for a peek at this fun dance form.   No partner or experiences is required -- wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Those new or needing a refresher should be sure to arrive at 6:30 PM for the half hour lesson; the regular dance is 7-10 PM. Cost is $10/dancer and $7 for students.  Bring a snack to share if possible.  For more information, call (928) 634-0486 or email sandy@ringsforever.com.

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Coilumn: Staying peaceful during intense times

I haven’t discussed politics in my columns, and – don’t worry – I’m not going to start now! Chances are, at some time in the election process, you felt apprehensive, and maybe you feel some angst now.

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Western Light: Fogbow

Fogbows are created the same way as rainbows, but because the water droplets in fog are so much smaller than rain, the colors are weak and very often hard to see.

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Verde Heritage: JEROME: JAMES S. DOUGLAS RECALLS EARLY MINING HISTORY.

In response to a request of the 'Courier's Jerome correspondent, James S. Douglas wrote the following article. "My recollections were renewed of the many visits there on horseback to Mr. Hull while I was working at the Senator mine, and later on Big Bug, in the early nineties."

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Living the dream: Verde Valley’s youth learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

VERDE VALLEY – Many people probably don’t realize that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech contained the phrase “I have a dream” eight times.

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Emergency crews attack residential fire

Home sustained damage, not said to be total loss

Around 7:11 p.m. Tuesday, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, along with Verde Valley Fire District and the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office were dispatched to residential fire in the 1400 block of Roundup Road in Camp Verde.

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What's Happening: Jan. 13, 2017

January Contra Dance at Civic Center Warm your toes and have some fun at the next Cottonwood Contra Dance, Saturday, Jan. 21st, at the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. The live band features Sonja Whisman and Terry Samples on fiddle, Ron Barton on guitar, and Laura Sherin on Piano. John Sweeney will teach the dances and call the tunes. Check out contra dancing on Youtube for a peek at this fun dance form.  No partner or experiences is required -- wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Those new or needing a refresher should be sure to arrive at 6:30 PM for the half hour lesson; the regular dance is 7-10 PM. Cost is $10/dancer and $7 for students.   Bring a snack to share if possible.   For more information, call (928) 634-0486 or email sandy@ringsforever.com.

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What's Happening: Jan. 11, 2017

Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club will be starting new lessons January 17. Lessons are held every Tuesday night at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood, 805 North Main, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through May.

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Audition Call for Letters from Luke

Potter’s Hand Productions announces open auditions for Letters from Luke at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2016 at Historic Wayside Bible Chapel, 401 N SR 89A, Uptown Sedona 86336.  Actors and singers will be cast in speaking, singing, non-speaking, or non-singing roles.  Men, women, and families of all ages are required to fill the cast. Rehearsals are primarily on Sunday afternoons, and performances will be April 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2017 in Uptown Sedona. 

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Verde Heritage 1937: COTTONWOOD LUMBER COMPANY; Attempted Murder on Main Street, Part 1.

Owners, W. Frank and Elta (Langford) Edens were shot on November 17, 1937.

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Life in the Slow Lane P.I.H., Episode Two

First, before I launch into the tale of "Pigs in Heat, Episode 2", I don't know about anyone else up here but I'm swimming in a sea of mud.

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Verde Heritage 1938: MARCUS JAY and JANE (STOUT) LAWRENCE Divorce Hearing

When Mrs. Lawrence filed for a divorce, the specific charge was habitual intemperance. She forgot to mention that they were living together, etc.

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Verde Heritage 1939: MARCUS JAY LAWRENCE MEMORIAL CLINIC

"Glowing tributes to the memory of Marcus Jay Lawrence marked speeches at Cottonwood yesterday," October 29, "as the Marcus Jay Lawrence Memorial Clinic was dedicated and formally opened in ceremonies attended by more than 300 residents of the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona."

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Verde Heritage 1939: HIGHWAY 79 DEDICATION PLANNED

The date of the dedication will be determined when the bridge across Wilson Canyon has been completed.

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Verde Heritage 1969: LOWER CLARKDALE SOLD

Verde Properties, Inc., will begin remodeling the 71 homes after the first of the year.

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Fun facts for New Year’s Eve

WalletHub’s editors searched for the most interesting factoids about New Year’s Eve/Day, and have presented New Year by the Numbers, written by John S. Kiernan.

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Verde Heritage 1920 ELECTIONS: "This Situation Is Nothing New"

"It will be some time before the leaders can settle among themselves the bitter feelings engendered by the disaster of November. ... After a political defeat the defeated fall out among themselves, instead of trying to find the real reason for the disaster, with a view to avoiding the defeat factors in the future."

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Western Light: Frost-limned sycamore leaf

A frost-limned sycamore leaf sparkles in the sun. Even in death, the seasonal dress of the trees near Clear Creek still shows beauty, just in a different way. And in the darkest part of winter, we especially look for those tiny glimmers of light that promise warmer days in the coming spring.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Dogs and Cats

My dogs are about to be famous. Okay, probably not famous-famous, but more famous than they are now. In the next few days their first book will be published. That's right. The illustrator is finished and my seventeenth book is on its way to publication.

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Verde Heritage: 1897: JEROME FIRE on Christmas Eve

The explosion of a lamp caused a disastrous fire in the district called "hell's half acre."

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Verde Heritage 1905: VERDE NEWS

Jerome had 15 inches of snow on the ground before Christmas.

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Verde Heritage: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

"The year was 1921, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gray had just been married a year. Mrs. Gray was the daughter of the pioneer Verde Valley family of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Jordan who lived in the big two-story red house beside the present Evalyn Jordan home at Bridgeport."

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What's Happening: Dec. 21, 2016

Clarkdale Community Services is pleased to announce the 2017 Concerts in the Park.  Clarkdale Community Services annually hosts a series of concerts in the Clarkdale Town Park which run throughout the summer months. 

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Verde Heritage 1917: CHERRY CREEK MINING DISTRICT

"Indications are that there will be general activity in the Cherry Creek District this coming year. Several new companies are being organized among the best mining men of the State. Capital is being interested in California, Ohio, Chicago and other places east."

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New homeowner thankful for hand-up, not hand-out

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 14th Verde Valley house

COTTONWOOD – Rachel Hernandez had a smile on her face as she pushed a shovel into a plot of land on Cherry Hills Way drive.

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