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Life in the Slow Lane: 'Cold Day, Wool Socks'

What a change. January brought days in the 80s but now that it's late February we're enjoying a stretch of cold, wet weather. Today, the wind is howling, the sky is heavy with thick dark clouds, and it smells like snow.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1922-1923: WILLARD COTTONWOOD GARAGE

Observing one of the oldest Cottonwood traditions, a dance was held in the newly completed building on February 24, 1923.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 20, 2018

I actually liked the first five shots in this series I shot of a Red Tail Hawk finishing his fresh, range fed, natural food field mouse better than this, but taking the sensitivities of some into account we’ll leave you with this one and a final view of our unwilling meal slipping down the throat of the hawk

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Rosie McClain

Just after graduating from high school in 2001 is when Rosie McClain discovered she wanted to become a teacher.

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What's Happening: Feb. 21, 2018

What's Happening: Feb. 21, 2018

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VERDE HERITAGE 1937: WPA Projects in the Verde Valley

The Works Progress Administration projects at Page Springs and Camp Verde were under way and the new bridge at Clarkdale would begin during April.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 19, 2018

Early evening is one of my favorite times to be cruising the peaks with all the beautiful shadows and the low angle light warming all the colors and so it was on Saturday when I headed up there just before sunset.

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Yavapai County Public Works Director retires after 32 years

Feb. 15, Byron Jaspers officially concluded his 23 year career with Yavapai County as the Public Works Director.

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What's Happening: Feb. 18, 2018

What's Happening: Feb. 18, 2018

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VERDE HERITAGE 1924: CLARKDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Architect A. J. Gilford designed the new building with 8 classrooms at the Lower Townsite.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1925: CHOKREE GOBINS BUILDING

Mr. Gobins hired Architect A. L. Gilford to design his new building and Contractor George Barnett to build the structure.

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VVN serves lunch at Old Town Mission

Verde Valley Newspapers employees, from left, Amanda Arnold, Jessica Ryan, and Bill Helm serve lunch at the Old Town Mission Jan. 31.

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Friends of the Verde River presents Verde River Runoff March 17

Friends of the Verde River presents the 6th annual Verde River Runoff March 17 in Camp Verde.

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Mount Hope nourishes community

The 26th annual “A Circle of Friends” holiday concert sponsored by Mount Hope Foods was a huge success again in 2017.

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Shelly Wilcoxson

After more than a dozen years as an educator in Christian schools, Shelly Wilcoxson moved to the public school system, specifically American Heritage Academy’s Cottonwood campus.

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What's Happening: Feb. 14, 2018

What's Happening: Feb. 14, 2018

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5 date ideas for Valentine’s Day

The Deal- Get a box of Lulu’s Love Truffles, Maca Buttercups, Salted Carmel raw chocolates, and Javelina Leap Sangiovese Wine with every tour booked when you mention the Verde Independent story.

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Are women more addicted to smartphones than men? YEP!

Yavapai College students reflect on results of survey that says just that

After surveying about 200 college students on their use of smartphones, a professor at Binghamton University found twice as many women addicted to smartphones, compared to men.

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What's Happening: Feb. 9, 2019

What's Happening: Feb. 9, 2019

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VERDE HERITAGE 1973-1974: Cottonwood Rural Fire Department

The Cottonwood Rural Fire Station, planned during 1973, was completed during April of 1974.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1955: FORT VERDE MUSEUM PLANNED

Barracks Six, one of four remaining buildings, will be used for a museum. The other buildings have been converted into homes.

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Alice Santamaria, Third-grade teacher, Verde Christian Academy, Cottonwood

It’s been 30 years since Alice Santamaria began her teaching career. At Verde Christian Academy the past 17 years, the third grade teacher knew right out of high school that she wanted to return to the classroom to help mold the minds of her community’s youth.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1971-1972: COTTONWOOD LIBRARY

The new Cottonwood Public Library was built on Mingus Avenue near Sixth Street.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1936: TUZIGOOT RUINS WORK PROCEEDS

Artifacts from Tuzigoot were displayed in the museum at Clarkdale before the Tuzigoot Museum building was completed.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1898: Sheep Thieves Arrested Near Jerome

A collection of newspaper clippings tells the story of Sheriff Cameron, Al. Sieber and 3 Indian trackers.

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