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Millions of notes later ... Herb Young told the stories of Jerome
CLARKDALE -- Diane Sward Rapaport opens the first chapter of her delightful, recently published collection of stories of the rebirth of Jerome, "Home Sweet Jerome," with a remarkable question and observation by Herbert V. Young.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lightning pilots have historic meeting at Cottonwood Airport
Cottonwood resident and WW II P-38 "Lightning" Ace, Maj. Ralph Wandrey met Col. Todd Canterbury, a current F-35 "Lightning II" pilot at a reception in Al Gradijan's Cottonwood Airport hangar on Saturday, June 21.


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Father of the Mother Road
NORTHERN ARIZONA -- Prescott is celebrating its anniversary as a town this year. Established May 30, 1864, it marks its sesquicentennial. And while it would appear through the backwards lens of 150 years as a frontier town, Arizona was a beehive of activity at that time. It was a vibrant period of exploration and expansion that would establish the roadways we still use today.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What a Laugh! Jerome cartoonist gives back to community
JEROME - A teddy bear comes between two fuzzy enemies in Michael Gallagher's pro-bono cartoon used to promote the Jerome Humane Society's annual Flea Market last month.

Gallagher and his wife, Candace, "stumbled" across Jerome about 10 years ago while on a road trip from the Grand Canyon, to Sedona, then through Cottonwood to the mile-high Ghost Town.

"It's a story you've heard from almost everyone - they saw it one time and it kind of never left them," he said.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

National Trails Day: Appreciating the great pathways of Sedona and the Verde Valley
The 22nd annual National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7. Established by the American Hiking Society to celebrate the nation's 200,000 miles of trails, the day brings appreciation for special places and the beauty of the wild.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Billy goat ain't gruff; it smoothes the skin (with video)
You can easily spot Terri Painter at the farmer's markets and crafts fairs. She is the one surrounded by tiny goats that all the kids are drawn to (naturally!) But, she isn't selling the goats.

It's the Crazy Goat Lady's soaps, lotions, creams and lip balms that is the attraction.

She has developed a following. Even people who visit the area and discover her products find her again and buy refills by mail order.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Open Mic Night at Thanks a Latte
Paul Hawk remembers the first Open Mic night at his coffee shop.

"It started off with a kick right away," he says. "It was packed. It gives people something to do on a Monday night. Gives an outlet for local musicians to do their thing, to play. And we're appreciative to the people who come in and do dinner."


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bev Hall to rest her baton after Joy of Spring concert
COTTONWOOD -- One of its founding members, tenor Jake Baker, believes, "There are about 30 community chorals in Arizona, but probably none as large or respected as the Verde Valley Voices," which draws from the Verde Valley and surrounding area. The numbers grow and wane but sometimes the chorale numbers as many as 125.

When Bev Hall became director of the Voices over 15 years ago, there were only about 30 singers. She is giving up the baton after this week's performance.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

1956 Grand Canyon crash site gets landmark status
PHOENIX - On the morning of June 30, 1956, a Trans World Airlines L-1049 Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon, near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. All 128 people aboard the planes died.

Marshall Trimble, Arizona's state historian, was 17 when he heard the news on a car radio. He and his date looked at each other in shock.

"I think something like two planes colliding over the Grand Canyon was something that people thought couldn't happen, but it did happen," he said.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Jerome Art Walk project advocates for Birding Fest
JEROME - The full creativity of 50 artists is going on display Saturday as Jerome Art Walk members sell embellished birdhouses to the public in support of this weekend's Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival.

Art walk president Danny Burris said the fundraiser is as much in support of the Birdy Verde festival's cause as promoting the monthly art walk.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The bluegrass appreciation club
BEAVER CREEK - When he was 9 years old, Mark Cohen wanted to play guitar like Eric Clapton.

Today, he aims to play the banjo like Earl Scruggs.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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