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Designing with Gumption

The first time Jen Saunders saw Tucson, she was convinced she had landed on Mars. It was an understandable reaction for a third grader who had only seen Minot, North Dakota up until that time. “The sand. The cactuses. It was a total shock,” she said. After 10th grade, Jen moved to Minnesota to finish […]

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Waging Concerns

On July 1, the state of Arizona raised the hourly minimum wage rate from $8.05 to $10. In Flagstaff, the voters elected to implement a minimum wage significantly higher than the new state-mandated minimum wage. The vote and outcomes caused a tsunami wave of confusion, fear, excitement, emotion and arguments as Flagstaff’s new wage of […]

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Colorado Family Continuing Community Focus at VOC Supermarket

After opening the business more than three decades ago, Jake Weber has sold the Village of Oak Creek’s sole supermarket, Weber’s IGA, to the Aspen-based Clark’s Market chain in June. The store will change from being a part of the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) to becoming the first Clark’s Market in Arizona and will be […]

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Celtic Festival Continues to Grow

For those who enjoy brilliantly-colored flags and costumes, bagpipe tunes, unique foods, dancing maidens, frolicking children and the excitement of tumultuous monsoon clouds skirting overhead, the lure of the annual Arizona Highland Celtic Festival in Flagstaff every July is irresistible. The festival is the biggest fundraising event sponsored by the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society […]

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Rodeo Riders, Ranchers Seek Babbitt Colts

Tonalea special education teacher Ella Farrell tries to get to Spider Web Camp from her home near the Utah border every July for the Annual Colt Sale. This year, she made her third Babbitt Ranches purchase, a palomino from the reputable “Cowboy Drift” bloodline. “My brother advised me,” she said. “He works with the UofA […]

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