By Ted Grussing

… I was talking with a friend in California today and I was made aware that ducks were the special images that were prized and herons a close second … and I was reminded that I have not sent out a duck image for some time … so here is a very special shot of a pair of mallards taking off near the granite boulders in Watson Lake. My shooting tends to go in streaks and since I have not been on a lake for a while I have not been shooting any ducks. So this is for you Terri and everyone else who enjoys great waterfowl photographs.

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20190521_leahbeaSedona AZ (May 21, 2019) – On Friday, May 31st at 5pm at the Sedona Library is pleased to present authors Nicole Walker and Jesse Sensibar along with musical guest Leah Bee.  Poetry and Prose organizers recommend that if you are only going to make it to one Poetry and Prose show this year – this is probably the one.  Nicole Walker is a very prolific author whose collection of essays Sustainability: A Love Story was recently made a finalist for the Nautilus Award.  Jesse Sensibar and his book Blood in the Asphalt: Prayers from the Highway won the 2019 Voila Award for book of the year.  Leah Bee has charmed audiences with her eclectic and beautiful musical styles performed upon a variety of musical instruments since her arrival in the Verde Valley. Read More→

DUMP the DRUGS Event Saturday, June 8 in Beaver Creek

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

logo_MATForceBeaver Creek AZ (May 21, 2019) – A “Dump the Drugs” event will be held on Saturday, June 8 in Lake Montezuma at the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  The Beaver Creek Community Action Team, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE are hosting this event.

Abuse of prescription drugs is a community health and safety issue.  Opioid overdose deaths across the nation continue to rise. Read More→

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Author Alan Day at Sedona Heritage Museum

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

logo_sedonamuseum2Sedona AZ (May 21, 2019) – The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting a special presentation on Friday May 31 at 10:00 a.m. by author Alan Day who will share about the writing of his memoir “Cowboy Up!” and his life as an Arizona rancher and Sandra Day O’Connor’s brother.

Alan claims that he has soil running through his veins. He was part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. Additionally, his South Dakota ranch became the first government-sponsored sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses, and he developed and successfully used a herd modification-training program for his 2000 head of cattle and 1500 wild mustangs. Read More→

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logo_yavapaicollegePrescott AZ (May 21, 2019) – Bullying, young motherhood, substance abuse and shattering molds were among the reasons cited by the latest group of GED earners for rerouting their educational journeys. Courage and hard work got them all to the graduation stage May 18 at Yavapai College.

“There were many times that I wanted to give up, convincing myself that if I failed my tests, then it wasn’t meant to  be,” 46-year-old Jennifer Trisdale said in an address to fellow GED earners and audience members gathered in the YC Performing Arts Center. “Well I failed many, many times. Each time I became a little wiser, a little stronger and a little more brave. You see, my test wasn’t about passing. My test was about persevering. For every single time I had failed, I was succeeding. I hadn’t just become a student, I had become fearless.” Read More→

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logo_redearththeatreSedona AZ (May 21, 2019) – Red Earth Theatre and The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley bring a rare and powerful collection of stories to the stage, written by 8 individuals who are living well with mental health challenges and life issues. Eight actors bring the words to life for an inspirational evening woven with truth, humor, joy and hope. Read More→

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By Ted Grussing

… yesterday I spent about an hour and a half photographing House Mountain, an ancient shield volcano in the Sedona area. It encompasses most of the area bounded by SR 179 on the north, 89A on the west, Cornville Road on the south and Beaverhead Flat Road on the east. I took shots at various altitudes and from every compass degree going around the mountain. The lava flows from the caldera flow towards the west, south and east, but on the north side it abutted the red rock formations and is thought to have been a part of the Mogollon Rim at the time it erupted some 15 million years ago.

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logo_SIFFSedona AZ (May 20, 2019) – Guitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be performing his “Legends of Guitar” concert at the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 pm. Check out his brand new show, including some new song additions!

Music lovers take notice! It doesn’t get much more perfect than this. Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” show is a dazzling spectacle featuring one of the most highly-skilled musical artists in the country channeling the raw power of living and deceased guitar legends with multiple instruments on stage.

One thing is for certain: Mazzella is highly aware of the seductive relationship between the guitarist, his instrument and its hypnotic effect on the audience. “When I play, my guitar becomes an extension of my body,” says Mazzella. “My movements during an epic song are a sensual visual, no doubt. I feel like a guitarist has to be passionate about playing, because it is the hardest instrument to play well.” Read More→

logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictCottonwood AZ (May 20, 2019) – On Saturday May 18th at approximately 1:40pm, the Verde Valley Fire District responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Camino Real and Stage Way. VVFD was dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident with one person still inside. Read More→

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Letter to The Editor: Climate threat is real

Monday, May 20th, 2019

By Terry Hansen, Hales Corners WI
(May 20, 2019)

logo_lettereditorLetter-writer John Roberts is correct in that the sun does power a planet’s climate system. However, its atmosphere also has a profound impact. For example, although Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is hotter because its atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide.

In its report, “America’s Climate Choices,” the National Academy of Sciences states that climate change “is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities,” and it calls for strong national action and international cooperation to address it. Read More→

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