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Cooking with Diane: Potato Onion Bake

If you are tired of mashed, baked or fried potatoes, this potato dish is for you. It is easy to make and very delicious. Goes well with any type of meat.

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Ask the Contractor: Rural businesses, including farms, can get grants

I am sure you are talking about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

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People & Places: One Chino woman loves to share her history

Granddaughter of slaves, she teaches love, forgiveness

The first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia, in the 16th century and slavery was practiced in the country until the Civil War, when the Union army freed 4 million slaves and President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which stated that slaves within any states would be forever free.

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Cooking with Diane: Huckleberry-Cheese Oatmeal Bars

My sister-in-law in Washington sent me some huckleberry jam, so I decided to use some of it in this recipe. Everyone in your family will love this dessert, as you can use your own choice of jams.

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Ask the contractor: Keep your trash covered in transport or pay fine

First of all, welcome to Prescott. The team at the Prescott Transfer Station are great employees of the city and good stewards at keeping Prescott clean.

Ask the Contractor: Deadline for REAP grants is March 31

We own a home in rural Yavapai County and were told by a solar company that approached, there is grant money available for energy items. Do you know anything about this?

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People & Places: Discovering the secret to a successful relationship

Chino Valley couple celebrates 63 years together

Denny met Janet in 1950 when they were both in high school. After a courtship, there was a marriage.

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Pet of the Week: Molly

Molly is a German Shepherd/Border Collie mixed female dog looking for a family. She is about 7 years old.

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Cooking with Diane: Valentine’s Scones

These scones are a fun Valentine treat to do with your kids or grandkids.

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Change orders just as important as the contract

Not a week goes by that someone calls in with an “after the fact” problem.

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People & Places: Cooking up something special at Chino High

Senior and her class to compete in Scottsdale

Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a great class that is offered at Chino Valley High School.

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Pet of the Week: EmmyLou

EmmyLou is an American Bulldog mixed female, about 4 or 5 years old and looking for a family to adopt her.

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Cooking with Diane: Spinach-Bacon Pasta Salad

This is a delicious dish as an accompaniment for any meal, and is great for any season of the year.

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Ask the Contractor: Be careful what you put in garbage disposals

I learned the hard way about what to not put down a disposal and most of the time the “hard way” comes in the middle of a Thanksgiving dinner or major celebration gathering.

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People & Places: Chino Valley won’t be the same without Birdie

Norma Jean as comfortable giving haircuts as scolding council

Norma Jean Bennett, better known as “Birdie” from Birdie and Sons Barber Shop here in Chino Valley, was a pillar of our community.

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Pet of the Week: Chanelle

Chanelle is an American Pit Bull=Terrier mixed female looking for a home.

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Cooking with Diane: Chicken Asparagus Roll-ups

This dish is a different way to enjoy chicken, and it slips in a little healthy asparagus as well. It’s sure to be a hit with your family.

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Ask the Contractor: Protect yourself, take the contract seriously

Of course, the starting point is always the contactor and the contract should guard you as the homeowner and also has protection and safeguard for the contractor.

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People & Places: Friends, family recall a pillar of Chino Valley

Edmunds was key in bringing mobile eye unit to the region

Wes Edmunds, a Chino Valley resident for many years, was a great asset to the community.

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Cooking with Diane: Hawaiian Coffee Cake

This sweet, fruity coffee cake is ideal for breakfast, brunch, or anytime for that matter.

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Chino Valley child of the week: Daxson

Photographing 7-year-old Daxson is like capturing a bolt of lightning.

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Ask the Contractor: Tru-Stone an alternative to expensive granite

Living in a close-knit community, as they say, can certainly be engaging.

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Chino Valley pet of te week: Fenton

Fenton is a Catahoula Leopard Dog mixed male looking for a family to adopt him.

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People & Places: Pioneer clothing gets a modern touch

Chino woman makes her own vintage items

Pioneer women of America worked hard and had to craft all their clothing not only for themselves but for their families.

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Cooking with Diane: Smoked Sausage and Veggies

The combination of smoked sausage with the corn and green beans creates a wonderful healthy dish for your family to enjoy. Maybe even picky eaters who don’t like veggies will enjoy this one.