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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While the news never sleeps, takes a holiday or goes on vacation, those who bring it to you do.

Larson Newspapers will give its busy employees a day off to celebrate Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24, which means we’ll be working double-time beforehand to make that possible.

As the pace in our newsroom pushes full-steam ahead, we ask the public to do its best to keep up with us.

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The 2016 election has now come and gone and it is the local issues that will affect us the most.

On the local level, Randy Hawley, Heather Hermen and Karl Wiseman have all been elected to the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board.

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The almost unimaginable happened Nov. 2 as the Chicago Cubs broke the Curse of the Billy Goat and won Game 7 of the World Series after a drought of 108 years, the longest in the history of any professional sports team. An estimated 49.9 million people watched the game, making it the most-watched World Series game since Game 7 in 1991.

Other teams have had decades-long droughts, but none are as visceral as that of the Cubs, the perennial “lovable losers” of Major League Baseball. The losing streak is long been part of popular culture and the punchline of jokes. Yet, after a century without a World Series win, Cubs fans are somehow still some of the most dedicated in sports. To be a Cubs fan is to have boundless hope in the face of inevitable doom, like the Norse gods at Ragnarok, facing defeat either at the end of the season or in the playoffs.

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Alrighty people, he were are in the home stretch with just days to go before we can end the longest and most divisive presidential election in American history with a vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Come Wednesday, Nov. 9, we can put all the national polls and back and forth behind us.

Election fatigue set in a while back for many and now, like waiting for the date of a major surgery or the end of a nasty divorce, most of the nation just can’t wait for this all to be over so we can focus on our lives.

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Proposition 206 would raise the state minimum wage to $10 in 2017, then incrementally increasing the minimum wage to $12 per hour by the year 2020. It also entitles employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work.

While we are in favor of raising wages and wish all our state’s workers earned gobs of money for their labor, 206 has some major flaws that make it an ill-advised proposition.
Firstly, the sudden rise in salaries would likely decrease overall employment. A full-time minimum wage worker earns $16,744 per year, which would jump to $24,960, an increase in $8,216 per employee.

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