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Aloha Sedona: Taste of Hawaii comes to Red Rock country with Poke restaurant

Poke “is a traditional Hawaiian dish,” explained Nichols. Its raw ahi (tuna) mixed with sesame seeds, soy sauce, several types of seaweed, sesame oil and a little bit of honey.”

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LISTEN: 4 things you need to know about the fourth annual Verde Valley Comic Expo

Cosplayers, comic book fans, artists and anyone in between will have the chance to support their local library Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South Sixth Street.

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Three steps to deflect criticism

Did you know? When people criticize you, you don’t have to absorb their criticism. If people speak to you and you hear criticism in what they say, your defenses rise. You can learn to deflect the criticism and decrease your defensive response.

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Life in the Slow Lane: 'The Chicks Are Here'

I intended for my new chicks to arrive a few weeks ago, but their delivery date coincided with Oak Creek making its foray onto my property. Fortunately for me, I heeded the warning of the USGS and put off delivery until "sometime in early March." "Sometime" turned out to be Friday.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: March 13, 2019

… I have been doing aerial shooting of fall colors on the plateau since 2007 and 2018 was the best ever …

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Elizabeth Thurner

Not only is this the school’s first year offering K-8 instruction, but Thurner recently was nominated for the county’s Teacher of the Year award in the first-year category.

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Melissa Decker wins annual Future Chefs Challenge

Creating specialties such as albondigas, Spanish rice and chicken tacos, the ninth annual Future Chefs Challenge was an opportunity for six Cottonwood-Oak Creek students to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Erica Allred

CLARKDALE – Respect is a valued commodity in Erica Allred’s classroom.

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Untangle the knot of incompletion and anxiety in your life

I sat in front of my magnifying mirror, staring at the tangle of turquoise beads knotted just below my throat. I sometimes wear two long necklaces together, each looped twice around my neck so they look like one tiered necklace.

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135-pound nickel-iron meteorite delicately wrapped, reverently placed in stone cyst

In the spring of 1927, Dawson found himself between jobs. A Phoenix resident, he loaded his truck with supplies and tools of his trade, and headed north, hoping the fertile ground of the Verde Valley would surrender its ancient treasures.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Steve Darby

COTTONWOOD – As Camp Verde High School’s principal a few years ago, Bob Weir worked with retired firefighter and paramedic Steve Darby.

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Life in the Slow Lane: The joys of technology

It started with posts on Facebook. Folks from my local area were sharing maps of the predicted storm. It looked like a lot of snow was going to come down in a very short period of time.

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Western Light: A Study in Ice

The recent cold temperatures have produced a vast array of natural art within the puddles around town.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Feb. 25, 2019

This rock serves as a great reminder to have a cup of coffee … or my preferred espresso shots.

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CrossFit Can-Do hosts 4th annual open competition in Cottonwood

The 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is the largest fitness competition on earth and an exciting showcase of the CrossFit community. Over 400,00 athletes from all around the world, show up and push themselves further than they ever thought possible over a five-week period.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Eva Ancira

CAMP VERDE – Eva Ancira has been with Montessori Children’s House in Camp Verde since its inception in 1998. According to the school’s director, Ancira’s love of children and passion for teaching have “not diluted throughout the years.”

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Life in the Slow Lane: Under water

Most of the time I love living next to Oak Creek. The water tumbles merrily in the cool shade of the tall trees as the otters hunt for crayfish.

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Shoutouts: Cottonwood selected as destination for antiquing, underrated town

Cottonwood has been selected as one of the best antiquing towns in the country in by onlyinyourstate.com.

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Debbie LaFrance joins Cottonwood Edward Jones firm

Debbie LaFrance recently joined the Cottonwood office of the financial services firm Edward Jones as a branch office administrator trainee.

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5 places in the Verde Valley to take yourself on a date on Valentine’s Day

After all, who knows how to treat yourself better on a date than you?

Look out for number one. Here are five places in the Verde Valley to take yourself on a date

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NEW BUSINESS: Kirsti Baiamonte opens Magnolia Beauty Bar in Rimrock

RIMROCK – Ask Kirsti Baiamonte what beauty means. To her, it’s about “self-love and self-respect.”

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Natalie Rice

COTTONWOOD – Quality teachers are “dedicated, caring, and talented.” According to Ben Russel, lead administrator at Verde Christian Academy in Cottonwood, Natalie Rice is a quality teacher.

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Western Light: Western Bluebird

Although it's still blustery and we're still starting the days with below freezing temps, we know spring is getting ready for its grand entrance.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Down, Moosie!

Before I get to the dog part of this story, I thought I'd update you all on my newly completed brooder coop. At last, after sorting through all the many bits and pieces of this and that cluttering my barn, buying as little as possible and when necessary from Restore, the coop is done and the barn is clean.

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Main Stage presents Ladies Night Male Revue

Friday, Feb. 15, Main Stage welcomes local favorite, DJ ill.Ego. DJ ill.Ego’s performance roots began at Cottonwood’s Main Stage and have seen him garner a thriving and ever-growing fan base not just in the Verde Valley, but throughout Arizona.