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Verde Heritage -- 1947: Record Number of Verde Tourists
In addition to the usual travelers, ex-servicemen who saw the scenic attractions in the Verde Valley are coming back to visit.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... Our Daily Journey May 23, 2016
Sunday afternoon I walked up to Eric & Jo's for a visit and to sit in their wonderful backyard photographing birds ... beautiful ones and dozens of species . got some really nice ones, but the leaves on a few plants caught my eye as they were being backlit by the setting sun.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Mingus Union High School Graduation 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1919: JEROME; Fernandez Pool Hall Closed
"The law invoked against the pool hall is incorporated in the city ordinances, which provide that the conviction of the proprietor of such an institution on a charge of permitting gambling on the premises automatically revokes the license. Fernandez was convicted 2 months ago, and fined $250 on this charge."
Friday, May 20, 2016

Verde Heritage: News about the Verde Mining District during May
"The Jerome mining district is enjoying the close examination of many eastern experts and mining capitalists at the present time, from all of which she is bound to receive great benefits."
Friday, May 20, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... Our Daily Journey May 20, 2016
I had a beautiful flight today and decided to shoot aligned images of various volcanic peaks of the San Francisco Volcanic Field on the Coconino Plateau.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1939: CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS
"Livestock men in this area will benefit from range improvements constructed during the winter by crews from the CCC camp in Sedona, on the Coconino National Forest, Supervisor Ralph W. Hussey stated today."
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1939: Rabid Dog at the Pioneer Picnic
Three persons were under medical observation in the Verde Valley today while authorities awaited a report from the state health department laboratories in Phoenix to ascertain whether a police dog that bit them -
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey May 18, 2016
Joy, happiness, and new adventures! The day begins for me when I open my eyes and discover that I am still here and breathing . what a fabulous start to the day
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

VIDEO - Cooling down the bears at Out of Africa
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1904: CHERRY CREEK: Pfau Mine, May
Recent developments of the property of the Pfau Gold Mining and Reduction Company are calculated to give a greater appreciation of the environments and opportunities of this section as a mining district.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Be Fit Fit: It should be fun!
Let's make sure that fitness-related activities you engage in are fun for you. That last part of the previous sentence, "for you", is very important.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... Our Daily Journey May 11, 2016
As I told a friend tonight, weird, it was a very good day really, but with a fasting blood draw, waiting until noon to go in for it, my body was denied the benefits of 10 shots of espresso for an unreasonable length of time . which is why I put my cell phone down tonight while texting with a friend to go find my cell phone so I could make a call after we finished texting .
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yavapai College hands out degrees 2016
Yavapai College hands out degrees 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey May 6, 2016
Sometimes after putting in hours working on straight photos you just need to take a break from reality and create your own.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1952: Vocational Agriculture Introduced
"Work is underway at Cottonwood High School today which the school board and superintendent believe may affect the whole future of farming in this area. "
Friday, May 6, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: "One Crone Amilking"
On the first day of May a rancher called to me...please come out and help me milk Cissy.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey May 4, 2016
HOME!!! A bunch of little projects this morning and then up to the airport and I launched into a beautiful sky full of clouds ... .
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1898: JEROME JAIL FIRE
"Deputy Sheriff Jeff Davis arrested a Mexican named Antonio for drunkenness last night about 12 o'clock and put him in the branch county jail. Half an hour afterwards the jail was discovered to be on fire.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gallery: 2016 Doozie.com comes to Mingus Union High School
On April 29, a technology alliance between Doozie.com and Mingus Union High School included presentations by the Los Angeles-based company's cofounders Michael Dubrow and Henry Min, as well as the announcement of a company-sponsored student closed competition. Four students, one in each class, will win a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. (Photos by Bill Helm)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1952: Verde Valley Pioneer Picnic, May 4
Members of the Verde Valley Pioneers Association will gather at Montezuma Well for their annual spring outing."
Friday, April 29, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey April 29, 2016
Choose me ... that is what this male redwing blackbird seems to be saying as he competes with two other males also singing their hearts out this afternoon, joyfully informing the world (and the female redwing blackbirds in the area) that he is available and probably the best choice they can make.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Gallery: 2016 Future Chefs COCSD
Wednesday, April 27, Mountain View Preparatory school in Cottonwood hosted the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District's second Future Chefs competition, a partnership with Sodexo, a quality of life services organization that provides food service within the district.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1921: PROHIBITION; Big and Little Stills Taken in Jerome
"One of the largest and one of the smallest stills yet turned in to the sheriff's office were duly delivered by Deputies Sauer and Hughes of Jerome yesterday."
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Be Fit Fit! Compassion
I cannot stress enough how important it is to be compassionate when you help others on their path to wellness, health and fitness. People come to you, oftentimes as a "last resort", after years of struggling with either some medical problems or weight issues or nutritional habits.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1879: "The Hill and Freeman Party Expedition"
"The Hill and Freeman prospecting outfit, bound for the N. E. corner of Arizona where gold and silver are lying about loose, and the only difficulty in the way of obtaining it is in the fact that the Indians object to its being carried away, have about all got away, and are forming a rendezvous at [George W.] Hull's store, on the Verde."
Monday, April 25, 2016

Verde Heritage: William Nichols Family and Joel Willard Family Move to Verde Valley - 1877-1879, Part 2
As I looked down into the valley I beheld a green swath extending southward as far as the eye could see, which proved to be the river bottom of the Verde nearly 1/4 of a mile wide covered with trees and vines.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Verde Heritage: William Nichols Family and Joel Willard Family Move to Verde Valley - 1877-1879, Part 1
Joel Willard went to Nevada hoping to recover his health. He was threatened with tuberculosis and believed the high, dry regions of Nevada would be beneficial.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey: April 20, 2016
Betwixt and between Black and Casner Mountains looking to the ENE from over Sycamore Canyon ... Canyon . that is the photo tonight and I shot it from about 7,000' this afternoon around 6PM.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1916: Ferocious Dog Loses His Nerve
Ring, once the scrappiest canine in the Verde Valley, has permanently retired from the fighting game. He has been bluffed out.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Brian Mickelson race 2016
Brian Mickelson race 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1965: CAMP VERDE: Wingfield's Store
"Times have changed for Wingfield's General Store in Camp Verde. It is the oldest continuously-operated general store in Yavapai County, Its evolution into a modern business has made its colorful past a fading memory."
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey April 14, 2016
Straight photography tonight, fueled by music from American Authors after a search and sampling of music to fit my mood tonight.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1931: JEROME DISASTER; Rock Slide in the Open Pit Mine
"An angry mountain which started 10 days ago to shake off rocks and dirt from its side down the west slope of the United Verde Copper Company steam shovel pit in Jerome, with a final roar sloughed off many thousand tons of waste into the pit last Monday night, enveloping the town in dust and making a noise which could be heard for some distance."
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Successes! Well, sort of ..."
First, I get to brag. My granddaughter Judah won the People's Choice Award in the Young Playwrights Festival in Prescott yesterday. Just as I sold the first book I wrote, and won an award for it, she won for the first play she's ever written, only she's getting started a little earlier than I did.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey April 10, 2016
Notwithstanding the hazy sky I got some nice shots on my flight around the peaks on Saturday and you can see that Spring is returning to the mountain and the snow is hanging on.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: "Shy Girl"
Shy Girl was born under my bathroom sink three years ago along with Funny Face, Little Girl and Little Boy.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey April 4, 2016
One of the treasured spots in the Sedona area is Red Rock Crossing and the photos taken from there on the ground, on the creek shore or in the water are absolutely beautiful and iconic.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Loven Family Run 2016
Loven Family Run 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey March 30, 2016
Dreaming ... perhaps it will come true . tomorrow . maybe. Winds are supposed to be down and a test flight by noon or thereabouts is not out of the question.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Inconthievable
And with this title I add to the renown of Princess Bride, the most quoted movie of all time. ("My name is Inego Montoya..."). Why am I quoting from a movie released in 1987, you might wonder.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey March 28, 2016
Turning the corner and here is one I'll be coming around again soon; Mariah will be airworthy again by Saturday and I plan on coming around the corner of Agassiz Peak like this again. Cloud tops were about 10,500' and I was at about 11,500' and Agassiz Peak on my left is 12,360'.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1973: Verde Valley Senior Citizen's Club
The Verde Valley Senior Citizen's Club is looking for a home --- again. The federal funds which paid the rent at their meeting place at Big John's of the Valley [near the corner of Willard and the 89-A Bypass] in Cottonwood have been cut off, along with the funds which financed the Meals on Wheels program."
Monday, March 28, 2016

Be Fit Fit: Awww, the roads you will go
Last weekend, I was privileged to participate in the ultramarathon, organized in the Monument Valley.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: Tool time
Funny that I'm titling this after a sit-com that I never watched. But I did see Tim Allen's Tool Time routine if not the show it spawned. And I related! This is because I have an addiction to good garden tools.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey March 23, 2016
Personal choices ... so what kind of photograph does the photographer choose for himself?
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1900: Verde Valley Water Situation, Part 2
"Since I wrote you in regard to the water question in reply to the item in your paper copied from the 'Arizona Enterprise,' I have looked up data and gone back into memory and old books and memorandum and I find that in 1872, C. P. Head & Co. had the grain contracts for the entire territory and that I was their general run about boy or man, and for a good portion of the summer and fall I stayed in Phenix and shipped barley to Date Creek, Whipple and Verde, and at that time there were constructed in the Salt River Valley the Swilling, Griffin and Maricopa ditches on the north side of the river, and the Tempe and Wormser ditches on the south side of the river."
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Verde Heritage -- 1900: Verde Valley Water Situation, Part 1.
A response to threats about people coming to the Verde Valley to shut off the water supply.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey March 21, 2016
Quietly the new week begins and a return to experiencing the natural world seems like a very good idea. One and I spent several hours exploring the wondrous wilds around our home and I got many fine shots of her in deep grass and weeds. The crows are going through their mating rituals and seem to be having a fine time as they fly around the neighborhood.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Life in the Slow Lane: "One of These Things..."
It's one of those things that just doesn't belong here.... Yes, I still sing songs from Sesame Street, even though my baby will be 36 this year. And that thing that doesn't belong is named is MOOSIE!
Monday, March 21, 2016


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