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Western Light: Squeezed Moon

A full moon coming up is almost always picture-worthy, but this one had an extra ... twist.

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Q&A with VERDE VALLEY’S EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK Debra Terrey, first grade teacher, Verde Christian Academy

COTTONWOOD – Ben Russel recently sat behind Verde Christian Academy first grade teacher Deb Terrey during the school’s chapel time.

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Be Fit Fit!: Watch Out For That Kiddo On The Side Bench

So, the researchers pronounced themselves. The verdict is in.

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Life in the Slow Lane: "Really?!"

"Really?!" I said, my head tilted up to the gorgeous blue sky on Thursday morning. I was limping again, having tweaked a tendon even though I don't recall stepping wrong.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 13, 2018

Eyes wide Open ... … the music by Tony Anderson that I am playing and what this hen Gadwall has as she is dropping her gear (her feet) and swings them forward, spreading her feet out for a landing on the water … wee bit chilly now, but they are well insulated and able to deal with it.

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VERDE HERITAGE 1913-1972: VALLEY VIEW CEMETERY

Tombstone inscriptions help tell the story of Clarkdale's past and present.

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HONORING ALL WHO SERVED: Operation Hat Trick generates awareness, support, funding

For 30 years, J.B. Smith served in the Army Air Corps and United States Air Force.

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VERDE HERITAGE: CORPORAL JOHN HENRY PRUITT

John Pruitt arrived at Jerome with his parents, brother and sisters, before 1908. His father was hired as a special officer for the Town of Jerome. John attended Jerome schools and the family eventually lived on East Avenue.

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Young Eagles soar with local pilots

Seven local pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 952 too about 30 children on flights Saturday morning at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport.

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Q&A with Verde Valley's Educator of the week: Micca Martinez, physical education teacher at Beaver Creek School

As physical education teacher and program coordinator at Beaver Creek School, Martinez has been “from day one, a person who wants to support her school in any way possible,” says Karin Ward, the school district’s superintendent.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey: Nov. 1, 2018

I came on this guy on Hwy 77 in Wisconsin, cutting over from I-35N to US 63 at Minong before heading up US 63 to Gordon where we take County Y heading to the Upper Eau Claire lake.

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Western Light: Oak Creek Autumn

Whereas much of the Verde Valley wears its cloak of gray-green until midwinter, there is a hidden treasure in Oak Creek Canyon

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With gratitude and pride: Yavapai-Apache’s Jane-Russell-Winiecki empowered to accomplish anything she puts her mind to

Jane Russell-Winiecki said her biggest challenge as Tribal Council Chairwoman – more specifically as a woman – is to maintain the Nation’s “beautiful culture.”

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5 things you should know about New Cornville business: ‘Living Spaces’

In 2014, Mary Steibli began to show signs of dementia. Eventually, her husband Manfred decided that she needed better care than he could provide. So they decided to offer assisted living for others – in their own home.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT New Cornville business ‘Living Spaces’

On Oct. 1, Manfred and Mary Steibli’s home officially became Living Spaces Assisted Living. Though licensed for as many as eight clients, Manfred Steibli said he will “aim for six, seven at the most.”

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Family of freaks: The Naughty Bits talk upcoming shows for Halloween, their family holiday

The band originally began as the costume-clad theatrical group, Yin Yang & Zen Some. Over the years, they were booked more under the moniker, The Naughty Bits – Yin Yang only appearing on Halloween. Now, they’re sticking to The Naughty Bits.

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Caden Emmons earns third place in U.S. Army Soldier Best Warrior Competition

Former Cottonwood resident U.S. Army Spc. Caden Emmons earned Third Place in the 2018 U.S. Army Soldier Best Warrior Competition held in October.

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5 historical facts you may not have known about Jerome

Jerome got its name from Eugene Jerome, a major financier of the United Verde Copper Company in the late 19th Century. Eugene was cousins with Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill.

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6 things you should know about new cottonwood business: ‘Find It Here’

It’s all about consignment at Find It Here, Cottonwood’s newest place to buy and sell.

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Q&A with Verde Valley's Educator of the Week Miranda Moore

Cottonwood home daycare provider to receive Amazing Educator award

At 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Zoo, Miranda Moore will be one of three Arizona educators to be recognized at the Alliance’s Discovery: Through the Eyes of a Child event.

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Western Light: Resilience

Living in Arizona is tough; tough for people, tough for animals, tough for plants.

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Sedona Pathways Our Daily Journey Oct. 22, 2018

A dreamland of , snow, clouds and blue skies that I had on flights to the SF Peaks last week

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Sneak peak of band practice with The Naughty Bits

Pick up this Sunday's Verde Independent or next Wednesday's Kudos to learn more about The Naughty Bits' future in the Verde Valley as well as some of their upcoming projects.

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Life in the Slow Lane: Pig Update

I'd so like to tell you that June delivered her calf. I can't! I swear, she's doing this just to make me crazy. Actually, the only reason I'm not crazy is because I know there really is a calf and that calf was alive and well a couple of weeks ago.

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The Fit Life ... Rainbow of Colors.

I am addicted to colors. From painting the first condominium which we owned back in Montreal in 16 (sixteen) colors, which, everybody was saying, were “nicely blending and talking to each other”, through dressing like I was a walking rainbow, to the colors of my food.

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