This Wednesday, Dec. 7, marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. naval station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and several air fields around the island.

The attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the United States into World War II, which our nation had remained out of for more than two years while fascist dictatorships rolled through Europe and Imperial Japanese forces claimed islands and territory in the Pacific.

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Most Arizonans are not typically used to frigid winters, especially ones were the temperatures regularly drop below freezing.

This winter came along swiftly — two weeks ago, temperatures were in the 70s, sometimes 80s, as an above-average autumn kept us unusually warm far later into the season than expected.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter released the names of five candidates to fill the Yavapai College Governing Board District seat recently vacated by Al Filardo.

Hal Alford, Mary Beth Barr, Connie Harris, Thomas Yager and former Sedona City Councilwoman Jessica Williamson.

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I received a phone call last Wednesday from a former Sedona City Council member giving me a tip about a peace march planned for Saturday.

The “pro-love, peace, joy, beauty” “dance march and rally” began at an Uptown coffee shop and ended at a West Sedona health food store.

Based on the urgency of the call, I assumed that this former elected public servant was organizing or at least participating in this march and was requesting coverage from one of our reporters or photojournalists.

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Americans will spend more than $650 billion on gifts, entertaining and food for the holidays.

Buy Local Month, sponsored by Local First Arizona, runs from Black Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 1.

Check your list twice and think critically about where you might spend your money. While some rare items on your list might only be found through specialty stores halfway across the country, many of the items can likely be purchased from local stores in Sedona or the Verde Valley, or at least in nearby communities of Northern Arizona.

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As the country’s busiest national holiday almost 400 years after its founding, Thanksgiving is more than a celebration of friends and family. It’s an opportunity to welcome in both our neighbors and passing strangers to share food, stories and recipes.

Local restaurants, such as Coffee Pot Restaurant in Sedona and Georgie’s Café in Cottonwood, host an annual free community meal, as do the Bread of Life Community in Camp Verde, the Sedona Elks Lodge and the Old Town Mission in Cottonwood. Meals are offered Tuesday through Thursday next week.

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