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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Katherine Forbes

Back when she was in the sixth grade, Katherine Forbes decided that she was going to move to Arizona one day, attend Northern Arizona University, and become a teacher.

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NEW VERDE VALLEY BUSINESS: Nichols Mechanical

New to running their own business, David and Desirea Nichols have opened Nichols Mechanical thanks to the help from the City of Cottonwood’s Small Business Development Counseling Services.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1898: ROUGH RIDER LETTERS

After the end of the Spanish-American War soldiers at Montauk Point, New York, sent letters home to Yavapai County.

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New home for Old Town Frame Co.

The Old Town Frame Co. has moved out of its storefront in Old Town Cottonwood to a much roomier space at 107 S. Candy Lane.

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Verde Heritage 1968: Loving Care Preserves Purtymun Cabin

Sedona Westerners visit the Purtymun Homestead.

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Rabbi breaks ground in Verde Valley

Kesslers hope to make Judaism more accessible in community

SEDONA -- For Rabbi Mendel Kessler and his wife, Fraydee, Sedona was always on the radar.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Deborah Allen

For Deborah Allen, the fourth time is the charm.

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‘Bear’ of a hike: Breath-taking beauty offered on Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail in Sedona is a favorite among Verde Valley hiking enthusiasts.

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What's Happening: Cottonwood Community Band concert set May 20

The Cottonwood Community Band will give its last concert of the spring season Sunday, May 20th 3-4 p.m., at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. 6th Street.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Jeff Scroggins

Jeff Scroggins the Science Guy may not have the requisite ring to it.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Perceptions

It was kind of a different day and rather relaxed … friend over for a short visit early afternoon, a trip to the outside world with One and then a little road trip, destination unknown … when I got there I was in the Sedona Community Cemetery and took a trip through looking for some friends sites.

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Western Light: Slot Canyons

Slot canyons are a distinctly Southwestern phenomena (although they do occur in other places around the world).

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VERDE HERITAGE 1968: PECK'S LAKE PROJECT

"Operation Mainstream" provided the whole community with a recreation area.

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Lois’ Blueprints LLC opens in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- Lois Malafa has opened Lois’ Blueprints LLC in Cottonwood and she says likes her location.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1927: CLARKDALE; New Concentrator Recovers Elusive Ores.

The new building at the United Verde Copper Company smelter houses the concentration plant.

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2018 Verde Valley Wine Festival by the numbers

Things to look forward to at the Verde Valley Wine festival by the numbers.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Sandy Behlow

Sandy Behlow says it was “early in life” that she realized she wanted to become a teacher.

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Apache Maid Trail: the route to Casner Butte

There are two popular stories on how Apache Maid Trail got its name. Both involve troops from Camp Verde. Of course, both involve an Apache female.

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VERDE HERITAGE: VERDE VALLEY FAIR

The first fair was at the Cottonwood park with exhibits in the Cottonwood Community Club House.

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Western Light: Fire night

Cactus are the most remarkable of plants.

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Be Fit Fit! Volunteering Magic Hands

Multiple times a year, I participate in long-distance endurance races.

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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.