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Beer Lovers Choose Cans and Keep Microbreweries Hopping

    The  original concept about beers in cans was ‘cheap, watered-down rice beer,’ right?” said Grand Canyon Brewing Company owner John Peasley, smiling in his Williams, Ariz. brewery. “Colorado beer manufacturer Oskar Blues turned that around; those guys only do cans.” Award-winning Oskar Blue revolutionized the microbrewery world by canning handcrafted beers in back […]

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The Big House: Cost vs. Risk in Small Town AZ

  The capture of the third of three escaped murderers from Arizona State Prison – Kingman has quieted fears of law-abiding citizens, but the daring escape leaves northern Arizonans questioning the benefits of prisons in their local neighborhoods. Prisons bring positive economic impact to a community. But do jobs created by prisons balance the negatives? […]

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Job Creation in Northern Arizona Moderate

National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun continues to point to jobs as the key to real estate recovery. “Given the rock-bottom mortgage interest rates and historically high housing affordability conditions, the pace of a sales recovery could pick up quickly, provided the economy consistently adds jobs,” he said last month. “What we clearly […]

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Local Economy Boosted by Wine

A proven marketing model is helping the Verde Valley ride out the economic tide on a wave of wine. “We have seen the sales of wine at local vineyards double over previous years’ sales,” said Lana Tolleson, president/CEO of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. “No other business has achieved that kind of success.” “In a […]

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