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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Safe zone …

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… not only are we fortunate to live in the safe zone or sweet spot in our solar system, but our solar system is in the safe or sweet zone of our galaxy … our galaxy is about 100,000 light years in diameter and there is a sweet spot that is roughly 15,000 light years across between the outer edges of the galaxy and the inner part of the galaxy … a space of relative calm at least for the present where star systems like ours can form and not be stripped of planets or the star (our sun) be shredded by the massive stars further in. How long would it take to cross the Milky Way in a space ship going say 18,000 mph? about 4 billion years or about the time our little solar system has left … traveling by commercial jet at typical speeds about 120 billion years … give or take a few … and we know that the light from the outermost galaxies from us has been traveling for over ten billion years to get here. We sure will be able to save everything … huge smiles.

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Jana Bommersbach is Dinner Speaker
at LWV Arizona Convention

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

logo_leagueofwomenvotersVerde Valley AZ (April 23, 2015) – One of Arizona’s most acclaimed journalists, Jana Bommersbach, is coming to the Verde Valley on May 16 as the guest speaker at the League Women Voters of Arizona Convention.  The Mabery Pavilion on the Verde Valley Campus, Yavapai College in Clarkdale is the perfect setting for this dinner event.

Jana’s direct, pithy, funny, engaging, entertaining and informative style of speaking will delight all who attend the League’s dinner.  Her topic will be WILD, WILD, WILD Arizona and will be a wild romp through Arizona’s colorful history from Arizona’s influence on American politics to how the state once tried to pass a “dildo bill” and the inside scoop on Geronimo.   Read More→

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Old Town Center for the ArtsDebut Performance of Bresnan Unplugged shakes it up

Cottonwood AZ (April 23, 2015) - Dan Bresnan returns to Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, AZ with the debut performance of Bresnan Unplugged. On Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 P.M., this new ensemble featuring Dan Bresnan on acoustic archtop guitar and Chuck Murcko on standup bass, will present an eclectic mix of originals, jazz standards, blues, folk, and rock music. Joining Bresnan and Murcko for this performance will be special guest artist, Lesli Carroll, who will contribute her extraordinary and soulful saxophone, woodwinds, and vocal talents to this evening of delightful music. This evening will include a complimentary wine tasting sponsored by Burning Tree Cellars, who along with Cottonwood Best Western Inn are helping to present this concert. Read More→

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Three Amigos Ceramic Exhibition

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

logo_madeinclarkdale2Clarkdale AZ (April 23, 2014) – Made In Clarkdale’s Corner Gallery announces the opening of the “Three Amigos Ceramic Exhibition”. Ben Roti, Michael Bolen and Luke Metz are excited to share their ceramic art collaboration. Each artist brings a unique vision and approach. Thinking outside the box is a quality all of these artists share. Come see where fine craftsmanship and art merge. Read More→

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Sedona City Talk: Freedom Is Never Free

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaBy Councilor John Martinez

Sedona AZ (April 23, 2015) – Throughout the history of our country, men and women have been called to make a great sacrifice and give their time and sometimes their very lives that we might enjoy freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With every challenge we faced, we have risen to defend the nation we love and cherish.

Well, men, it looks like Hitler, Hirohito and Company at last are in for a pack of trouble. They have the women of this country all riled up. And as anybody knows, when the gals play marbles, it’s really for keeps. 
— Douglas Airview, February 1942 Read More→

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logo_ycsoVerde Valley AZ (April 23, 2015) – The wonderful volunteers from the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team, whose membership has been instrumental in the success of so many rescue operations, have embarked on a community outreach campaign. The focus of this educational program involves wilderness safety and the critical components necessary to survive if lost or stranded. Much of the target audience will be our youth throughout Yavapai County as part of the “Hug a tree… and Survive” program which is a nationally recognized wilderness safety course. Read More→

David Haskell Art Exhibit at Sedona City Hall

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (April 23, 2015) – Sedona City Hall is currently featuring beautiful oil paintings created by artist David Haskell. The exhibit is on display in the Vultee Conference Room through the end of June.  Please join us for the opportunity to meet and greet David and view his paintings on Tuesday, May 5 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Haskell will discuss his work and be available for a question and answer period. Read More→

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logo_jeromeartwalkJerome AZ (April 23, 2015) – Another great spring evening is in store for locals and visitors in this mile high mountain town. First Saturday Jerome Art Walk on May 2nd will be a party filled with art, music, refreshments and great conversation at the 20 galleries and studios. A free shuttle will whisk you from The Old Jerome High School to The Adorn Collection and everywhere in between. Walking the inviting streets is another easy option for art lovers. Jerome First Saturday Art Walk has become the best Saturday activity in the Verde Valley… at least according to many art lovers who are slowly savoring each section of this thriving art community. Read More→

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logo_SIFFJerry Stiller and Larry King among many featured in film debuting at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona AZ (April 23, 2015) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its Premiere Series with the one-night-only debut of “Deli Man”, an award-winning new documentary featuring Jerry Stiller, Larry King and Fyvush Finkel. The film will show Thursday, April 30 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Deli Man” features more than 160 years of tradition served up by the Jewish deli owners, operators and fanatics who are keeping hot pastrami hot — a culinary must. Read More→

Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
12 hours …

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… of pure fun … most of the day beginning at about 5AM has been spent immersed in photo selection and putting together the Power Point presentation for the workshop at 10AM this morning and again Saturday morning at 10AM in Classroom B, Church of the Red Rocks. Topic is wildlife photography and the ins and outs of it; along with an ample number of my shots we’ll talk about techniques and see if we can bring your work up a notch or so. As with all types of shooting in photography, composition is of the utmost importance and we’ll discuss some ways that you can improve that while shooting … the subject is really important, like why else would you be shooting it … but you have to look at all of the stuff in the image and judge how it will affect the entire image. The discussion begins in nine hours.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The plan …

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… same as I had last night … get to bed early and be in the air shortly after sunrise. Didn’t quite work out last night as I didn’t find the bed until 2:30AM and sunrise is before 6AM … had to do a fasting blood panel anyhow so will use that as my excuse. Tonight I will wrap the day by 11PM and know I will wake without an alarm by 4:30 … and I can drop ten shots of espresso through the kindly sweet taste of a vanilla latte … two of them actually, five shots each. Then it is off to the canyon, the confluence and perhaps Page and Lake Powell.

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Verde Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week: Meet Tatters!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (April 21, 2015) – Meet Tatters, a handsome 2-year-old pit mix who came in to us terribly thin. He is now gaining weight and is neutered, had his shots and is good to go. Tatters looks sad in his picture, but he’s a happy guy! He needs to be an only dog, but is extremely loving to his humans.  For more info, call Angie at 634-7387.

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Verde Valley Humane Society is open from Monday-Saturday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and is located at 1520 W. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (approx. 1 mile past the Cottonwood Muncipal Airport).

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logo_ycsoSedona AZ (April 21, 2015) – On February 21, 2015, deputies were dispatched to the burglary of a vehicle while parked at the Loy Canyon Trail head near Sedona, Arizona, in the Coconino National Forest. The victim told deputies unknown suspects entered her Toyota 4- Runner while it was unoccupied and stole her purse containing $50 along with two credit cards while she and a friend were hiking. The victim believed the vehicle had been locked, but there were no signs of forced entry. Read More→

logo_jeromechamberJerome AZ (April 21, 2015) – The Jerome Chamber of Commerce has just finished up the list of homes for the most talked about event of the year, The Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour, celebrating its 50th year. Guests will have the comfort and shelter of Spook Hall and enjoy entertainment and seats while waiting for the shuttle to begin this wonderful tour. Read More→

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Jerome AZ (April 21, 2015) – “Animal”, a collection of new pastels and poems by Susan Pitcairn will open May 2nd at Gallery 527 at the Jerome Art Walk, 5 to 8 pm.

20150421_PitcairnKindnesses57A frequent participant in the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Susan turns her artistic hand from landscapes to the “beauty and the beingness of those animals we use for food, which are every bit as intelligent and friendly as dogs and cats.

Inspired by the life-changing 2014 film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” she and her husband adopted a pure vegetarian or vegan diet out of concern for the immense impact meat, dairy and eggs have upon the Earth and human health and as well as the animals themselves. Read More→

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Uptown Sedona and Sedona Fire District
Team Up to Saves Lives

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

logo_sedonafiredistrictSedona AZ (April 21, 2015) – Uptown Sedona and the Sedona Fire District (SFD) team up to save lives as a “Heart Safe Community”. To improve the location and accessibility of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s), Sedona Fire District recently relocated the AED’s currently in Uptown Sedona. The AED’s that were located in red boxes are now inside local businesses in Uptown Sedona. In place of the red boxes, you will now find signs that tell you where the AED is located.   The AED’s are now located in the Oaxaca Restaurant, Felsot Building, Cowboy Club Restaurant, Pink Jeep Tours, and Canyon Breeze. Read More→

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VVHS Photo Shoot, April 25

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

logo_verdevalleyhumanesocietyVerde Valley AZ (April 21, 2015) – Bring yourself/your family and your pets to The Verde Valley Humane Society on April 25th, between 11 and 3, and get a pawsome portrait by professional photographer, Dale Maas. 5×7 prints/CDs are $10 each/both for $20 and will be available to pick up at the VVHS May 1-9. All proceeds benefit your local animal shelter. For more info, call VVHS at 634-7387 or go to www.verdevalleyhumanesociety.org.

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Verde Valley Rangers Promoted and Retired

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Arizona State ParksVerde Valley AZ (April 21, 2015) – Stephen “Max” Castillo, who has worked at the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area since 1998, recently retired from Arizona State Parks after 40 years of service. Additionally, Keith Ayotte is now Northern Region Manager, Wes Yeager is Park Manager at Jerome State Historic Park and Dan Tholund has been selected Park Manager at Red Rock State Park.

“Arizona State Parks is indebted to Max for his hard work and commitment to the agency,” said Executive Director Sue Black. “Although we are heartened at his departure, Arizona State Parks is facing an exciting future and great things lie ahead for the agency.” Read More→

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logo_azdotMinimal delays during work hours

Camp Verde AZ (April 21, 2015) – Crews will continue landscape maintenance on the northbound truck escape ramp next week (mileposts 282 to 286) of Interstate 17, approximately five miles south of Camp Verde. Work hours are Monday through Thursday, April 20 through April 23, between 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Read More→

Newest VVCC volunteer balances work
and helping the community

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

logo_verdevalleycaregiversSedona AZ (April 21, 2015)  - Chris Favorite is known around town as the owner of Sedona’s trendiest fashion boutique, Favorite Clothing. Her clothing store provides a service to the community by offering access to all the latest fashions, but recently she has taken a new approach to serving the residents of Sedona—volunteering with Verde Valley Caregivers.

“I realized it was a chance to do something good for someone besides myself,” Favorite says. “It was the perfect chance to get involved in the community.” Over the past six months, Favorite has helped several neighbors by driving them to doctor’s appointments and assisting with grocery shopping. Read More→

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