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The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Black Friday looms large
COTTONWOOD -- Black Friday shoppers can look forward to bigger crowds and more choices this year than last. One-day sales are projected to increase 3.7 percent this year, from $608 billion in 2014 to $630.5 billion in 2015, according to the National Research Federation (NRF).

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Latest News
Local | Regional | State

• Full competency hearing ordered for Gaver brother
• Farm Bureau reports cost of typical Thanksgiving dinner at $47.83
• College committee votes to 'stay the course'
• Rockin' River Ranch: Verde Valley's sixth state park
• Georgie's: a real Cottonwood Thanksgiving tradition
• College Opens Wine Tasting Room (with photo gallery)
• Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates Silver Anniversary
• 'Affirmative defense' established for drugged-driving cases

Editorials | Letters | Commentary

• Editorial: Will Thunder Valley Rally go the way of Rhythm & Ribs?
• Letter: Thunder Valley Rally a winner for Cottonwood
• Letter: Pleasant memories from Verde Valley visit ... even to the doctor
• Editorial: College decision actually saved film school program
• Letter: Thank you voters for supporting our school
• Editorial: Police officers as EMTs just another way Jerome gets it done
• Letter: Discomfort does not trump free expression
• Letter: A big thank you
• Editorial: Transfer station a regional service that should be regionally subsidized

Business & Economy

• THAT (little) Brewery in Cottonwood that could, now cans
• Community invited to open house for Guardian Air's new Cottonwood base
• Yes, Virginia, there is a way you can provide great benefits
• Wellness Family Medical Micropractice Comes to Verde Valley
• Scherich Insurance makes strategic move
• Oxendale Partners with Camp Soaring Eagle to help chronically and terminally-ill children
• Critter wrangler, vortex tourer, wine taster
• Winter snowbirds flocking to Cottonwood?
• April Razo named new CEO Spectrum Healthcare

What's Happening | People, Places & Past | Verde Valley's Amazing Grapes

• Diners' guide to Thanksgiving in Verde Valley
• What's Happening, 11-19-15.
• Child of the Month
• What's Happening, 11-18-15.
• BEST-LAID PLANS: Valley professionals look back at their childhood dreams
• What's Happening, 11-15-15.
• A Mission of Love
• Myth of certainty like building a house on sand

The Villager

• What will Village look like in 2020 and beyond?
• Library holds secrets of gratitude at new location
• Night of holiday music to benefit Village Projects
• Big Park Council to remain neutral on National Monument
• No truth to rumor on social media
• National Monument -- VOCA Board's position
• Flu shot clinic offers in VOC Fire Dept. Nov. 12
• Hilton team hosts spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Big Park School
• Sun Dance Community garage sale set Nov. 13

Kudos Spotlight

• Red Rock Artists Open Studio Tour Nov. 27-28
• Met Live Opera season continues with 'Lulu'
• Camera Club program to feature Lee Otsubo
• Whole lotta shakin' goin' on this week at Sound Bites Grill
• Anthony Mazzella in concert at Sedona Creative Life Center
• Week of classy music at Vino Di Sedona
• Solo guitarist Rick Cyge performs in Sedona, Page Springs, Cottonwood
• Climate care art exhibit and mask performance art presentation
• Red Rock Artists open Studio Tour Nov. 27-28

Local | Regional

• Aftershock qualifies five for nationals, Fenn wins 17-18 girls Region 10 Championship
• Cowboys and Marauders face-off in preseason scrimmage
• Cowboys get last tune-up before season opener with Wildcats
• Mingus boys soccer cruises by Joy Christian
• Briana Young takes over as Head Coach at Mingus
• Marauders still expect to win after losing 10 seniors from 2014 season
• Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest to be held at Clarkdale Elementary
• Cowboys look to rebound from early exit in 2014
• Lobos impress at 24th annual Mingus Mountain Tournament


• Obituary: Donna Jeannine Byrne
• Obituary: Esther Nielsen Bohannon
• Obituary: Ruby Mae Scroggins
• Obituary: Theodore Michael Stowell
• Obituary: Leonor Alvarez
• Obituary: Lee Marie Cali
• Obituary: Lester Louis Kolbeck
• Obituary: Sheldon W. Hagen
• Obituary: Mildred Messimer

Special Coverage
Galleries | Videos | Projects

• Life in the Slow Lane: "Harvest Time"
• Life in the Slow Lane: "Successes!"
• Tasting room opens at Yavapai College
• Sedona Pathways our daily Journey Nov. 19, 2015
• Life in the Slow Lane: "A Time to Wean, A Time to Milk"
• Sedona Pathways our daily Journey Nov. 18, 2015
• 21 days of the 21 tacos are a wrap. See 21 tacos from 21 restaurants. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
• Verde Heritage -- 1954: Clarkdale Homes Offered For Sale

Anniversaries | Births | Community Interest

• Rotary Student Ambassadors of the Month
• Mission Accomplished
• Engaged: Jessica Jenkins and John Thomas
• New arrival: SophIa Louise Beck
• Micah Alexander Sauer graduates Naval Recruit Training
• Military: Elisabeth Hendricks
• Military: Troy D. Peplinski
• Military: Elizabeth M. Hover
• Military: Briscella I. Villalobos Leon

For the Museum
For the Museum
People line the table at the Zeke Taylor Barbecue at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum on Saturday morning. For more than 20 years, the pit barbecue has been a fundraiser for the museum. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

This Week's Events
Fall 2015 Juried Student Exhibition

Fall 2015 Juried Student Exhibition

Movement Playground's Ecstatic Dance

Fall 2015 Juried Student Exhibition

Fall 2015 Juried Student Exhibition

Fall 2015 Juried Student Exhibition

Autumn Images Fall Watercolor Class


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