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A Family Business of Connections

 Mike Merrill of CommSpeed was born to be in the family business. “I grew up in large storage yards with huge spools of cable and huge communication dishes. I would have great games of hide-and-go-seek with my cousins,” he said. But, out of a large number of cousins, he is the only one to have […]

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Embracing Arizona’s History

With Arizona’s Centennial this week, we decided to feature Flagstaff Historian Richard Mangum and wife, Sherry for this month’s community profile.  The original town of Flagstaff burned to the ground in 1886. “A dancer in a saloon did a high kick and knocked over a kerosene lamp. At the time, they used sawdust on the […]

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Improving Quality of Life for Region’s Youth

It’s common knowledge that Flagstaff is an incredible place to raise children, but now, it is official. “Recently, we applied for a ‘100 Best Communities for Youth’ award and were honored that Flagstaff was chosen as one of the 100 recipients,” said Ruth Ellen Suding. “This award, bestowed in October, was offered by the ING […]

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Heart Doctor Appreciating Local Lifestyle

Each day Dr. Robert Wolyn has been checking the weather in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on his iPhone. It’s already raining and the temperatures are dropping rapidly. Then he looks around at the weather in Flagstaff where it is sunny with mild temperatures and he smiles. Wolyn is glad to be in Flagstaff. He is the […]

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Driven to Make Customers Happy

Heath Harris, the owner of Heath’s Auto Service in Flagstaff, calls himself a classic overachiever. He may be right. He starts his day five days a week weightlifting. “I do it every morning at 5:00 a.m. to get my whole day in focus. It sets the pace and the intensity,” he said. Then he goes […]

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Helping Steer Flagstaff’s Future

Stephanie McKinney is one of those people who, after talking to her for five minutes, you feel you’ve known forever. Effervescent and energetic might be two other ways to describe this dynamic community leader. Her day job is serving as vice president for business development at the National Bank of Arizona, where she helps fit […]

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Sawmill Bringing New Levels of Retail to Flagstaff

Momentum to complete Aspen Place at Sawmill is going strong, although it might have a different look than originally planned. It will still have a vibrant business district, but instead of a residential district of single-family homes, townhouses and condos, there will be a student housing project, called The Grove at Flagstaff. Elaine Averitt, a […]

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