When the gas cap is smarter than the driver

It has been many years since I made a trip to Arizona. It has also been many years since I needed to rent a car. That was evident a couple of days ago when my gas tank was getting low, and I needed to fill up. I pulled the rented Kia Rio painted bright yellow, …

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Despite the roundabouts and more homes, Chino Valley still hometown

Chino Valley. It is the place I called home for many years. I was born in Prescott, but when I think of my hometown, I think of Chino Valley. When my family first staked a claim in Chino Valley (no, we weren’t miners, but the metaphor works), there were only 1,000 or so people. Many …

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Going back to school reveals that nothing stays the same

After high school, I spent several years taking classes at Yavapai College, a short distance from my hometown of Chino Valley, Ariz., hoping to eventually go to a university and getting a journalism degree. Life didn’t quite work out as planned, but I’m in the career I originally aspired to be in. It had been …

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Mural survives bigotry but may fall in face of school closing

An interesting little debate hit the streets of Prescott in 2010, the year before I left Arizona. A mural on the side of an elementary school, the side pointing toward a main intersection, was causing a fuss because the dominant figure in the mural was a black boy. I never got the chance to see …

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From the ashes of a corporate bookstore rises an independent Peregrine

Bookstores are not dead. Despite the advance of ordering anything and everything via the Internet, some bookstores have managed to not only survive the online invasion but thrive, as well. One of the things on my list for my vacation in Arizona was to check out the Peregrine Book Company, an independent bookstore in downtown …

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