Lon Megargee: Arizona’s first cowboy artist was a creative character

Lon Megargee  Arizona’s first cowboy artist was a creative character. I first became acquainted with the art of Lon Megargee back around 1950. A beer truck loaded with A-1 Pilsner wrecked just outside my hometown of Ash Fork. Cases of beer were scattered all along Route 66, creating a mass exodus of locals bent on filling their refrigerators with the spoils. The truck was also carrying a load of Lon Megarge ...

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How White is White?

How White is White?  By Scott Bohall If you’re ever looked for a paint color, you already know how many shades of white you can have. In metals, white is not really white, it’s a variation of gray or silver. There’s much confusion about the various white metals, primarily because most salespeople who sell jewelry don’t really understand what makes metal the color it is and how to care for it. Platinum Let’s ...

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Fresh reads for June

Check out these fresh reads for June By Julie Carlson   Wonder By R.J. Palacio R.J. Palacio’s book Wonder has won awards and captured readers’ hearts around the globe. Told from six viewpoints, the story surrounds the life of August "Auggie" Pullman. He’s never attended school because of a craniofacial malformation known as Treacher Collins syndrome and a cleft palate. For a majority of his life, Auggi ...

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Going for Gold: Two local teens awarded Girl Scouts’ highest honor

Going for Gold  Two local teens awarded Girl Scouts’ highest honor. By Sara Goodwin For two North Valley teens, their futures are looking a little extra sparkly thanks to the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award, which is comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout merit, is the most prestigious award in all of Girl Scouting, and it’s no easy feat to get. Girls spend over 80 hours working on a pr ...

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Ditch the dress shirts and socks. This year, what dad is really looking forward to is his first consultation.

A Fresh Look for Pop  Ditch the dress shirts and socks. This year, what dad is really looking forward to is his first consultation. By Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan, Oasis Plastic Surgery Men may not say it as often as women, but everyone wants to look and feel their best. Here are some gift ideas that will have the special man in your life looking great for summer. MiraDry If your special guy is bothered by under ...

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North Valley fathers speak from the heart about fatherhood

A FATHER’S LOVE LOCALS SPEAK FROM THE HEART ABOUT FATHERHOOD.   CHADWICK FOWLER Father to Emerson and Addison Single dad Chadwick Fowler bonds with his children over afternoon bike rides, hiking, and a host of other outdoor activities. “Time spent together and traditions are important to us,” says Fowler. What really makes him happy is to see his children grow into kind and thoughtful people. “My son i ...

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This season, Saturn reveals its mysterious ring system in a big way

Summer Skies  This season, Saturn reveals its mysterious ring system in a big way. By Steve Kates   The heat is on! Summer arrives for us at 9:24 p.m. on June 20. At that time, the sun reaches its highest point above the northern hemisphere along the ecliptic path. This means, the sun is at its highest elevation in our sky for the year. June and July are great months to look at the many riches in our A ...

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The do’s and don’ts of working through injuries

Time to Heal  The do’s and don’ts of working through injuries. By Dr. Robert Cucitrone Juggling work, errands, exercise, and time with family and friends is a recipe for exhaustion. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, injuries are bound to happen when your body is exhausted, and no one has the time to let an injury knock them off their feet. But continuing a lifestyle of being constantly on the move w ...

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Be savvy about sparklers

All That Glitters  Be savvy about sparklers. By Scott Bohall   If you put steak sauce on a hot dog, will it taste like a sirloin? Consumers have more experience buying food than jewelry. Most of us have bought an item at a ball game or concert where the food and beverage was low quality but four times the normal price. As a captive audience, we buy the stuff. The problem with jewelry is that most peopl ...

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Over Easy: North Valley dining spot offers a unique take on breakfast and lunch

Over Easy  North Valley dining spot offers a unique take on breakfast and lunch favorites. By Andrew Leach A sun filled room awaits you at Over Easy in North Scottsdale. Connected to the Ice Den, one of the few local ice rinks around town, this dining spot serves up breakfast and lunch favorites with a twist. The restaurant has three Valley outposts in addition to their Scottsdale location, as well as one i ...

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff  For a comforting weeknight dinner, try Mama G’s family classic.   Beef stroganoff is a sturdy dish of beef sautéed and served in a sour cream sauce. The unusual name of this dish is courtesy of Count Pavel Stroganov. The count was a noted gourmet and 19th century diplomat. My quick and easy recipe calls for McCormick beef stroganoff sauce mix. This recipe was beloved by my great grandm ...

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John Carbis: Phoenix photographer captures the essence of Phoenix

John Carbis  Phoenix photographer captures the essence of Phoenix. Phoenix native John Carbis is a self-taught artist creating vibrant multiple exposure digital photography. His fascinating imagery of downtown Phoenix captures the unique beauty and reality of a bustling city and compels the viewer to look beyond the surface of everyday surroundings. “My photography allows me to express my individuality by c ...

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Golf pro Scott Sackett on why the initial part of your golf swing is important to a successful shot

Plane & Backswing  Golf pro Scott Sackett on why the initial part of your golf swing is important to a successful shot. Vertical swing plane is something that has been looked at since the advent of video, V1, and now smartphones. You can instantly film a swing, draw a swing plane line, and immediately have a general idea of where things stand. You can ask any one of my students how much I focus on the i ...

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Sierra Vista delights with unexpected sights

Hidden Gem One of Arizona’s best-kept tourism secrets, Sierra Vista delights with unexpected sights. By Alison Bailin Batz   Just three hours southeast of the Valley is Sierra Vista. To most, the area is known as a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cyber security research, workforce development, testing, and certification. And it’s no wonder as it’s home to Fort Huach ...

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For a brief period of time, a lush Arizona valley was a utopian paradise

Shangri La For a brief period of time, a lush Arizona valley was a utopian paradise. By Marshall Trimble When one imagines pristine Arizona’s dry, desolate, sunbaked deserts in the 1850s, it’s difficult to picture any of it as being a utopian Shangri La. But, for a brief period, in a beautiful green valley at the foot of the majestic Santa Rita Mountains, there was just such a place. In his twilight years, ...

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