On ‘Cue

Story and Photos By Niki D’Andrea The Tennessee Grill & Bar serves superb smoked meats and more The smell of slow-smoked meats and tangy barbecue sauce fills the large and bustling space that is The Tennessee Grill & Bar every night, creating a mouth-watering wait on especially busy nights, like Wednesdays, when tender, smoked chicken wings are on special, and Fridays, when the all-you-can-eat fish ...

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Let It Snowman!

Cool crafts with river rocks and milk jugs Winter is here, but it is not too chilly in AZ! Here are some snowman crafts for our desert winter weather. River rock can make a great snow man or woman. Start with smooth rocks that are clean and dry. We got ours at a dollar store. Find a place to lay down paper or cardboard to paint on. Next, paint the rocks white with acrylic paint or spray paint them and allow ...

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Learn to Play

By Eric Newman Local teacher Lori Stanton uses technology to fund tradition Duck, Duck, Goose. Red Rover. Ring around the Rosie. Tag. Hide and Seek. Imagine a childhood without these traditional playground games. Teacher and Fireside Norterra resident Lori Stanton can’t. Good ol’ fashioned outside time during recess may be seeing itself replaced by electronic devices as students get older, but for the kinde ...

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Hatchet Job

By Lauren Wise Splitting Timber Axe Range brings a new recreational activity to town While experiential entertainment isn’t a new concept – immersive museum exhibits and activities like paintball have been around for years – the market for new entertainment is at an all-time high. Lately, virtual reality simulations, “rage rooms” where people pay to smash items and, of course, the “Escape Room” experience t ...

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In the Absence of Violence

Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. By Judge Gerald A. Williams On January 15, some will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day off work or with a quick ski trip. Others may finally take the Christmas lights off their homes. But it is worth taking the time to remember a man who understood how meaningful change could occur in the absence of violence. Reverend King became the central figure in ...

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Cyberspace Case

Why you should not trust online reviews By Christopher Elliott If you bought something online between Thanksgiving and Christmas, or if you’re looking to buy online now that the holiday rush is over, chances are you’ll get to a point where you’ll ask, “Should I trust online reviews?” (Answer: No, you should not trust online reviews. I’ll tell you why in a moment.) You know what I mean by “point,” don’t you? ...

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Finding a Bigger Purpose

Nicole Hoffmann cites service as her source of happiness during her senior year By Emma Suttell Senior Class Homecoming Queen. When most think of the title, they might think back to their own senior class. The Homecoming Queen title can carry a few assumptions and stereotypes along with it, but Boulder Creek student Nicole Hoffmann radiates all of the positive qualities the title represents. Hoffmann, this ...

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Clinic Coming Soon

HonorHealth begins building process for new hospital By Eric Newman A group of healthcare executives and local politicians broke ground to symbolize the start of construction on the North Valley’s newest hospital on December 5. The HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center, HonorHealth’s sixth area hospital, will be built at Interstate 17 and Dove Valley Road. The facility, on the campus that currently houses the ...

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Champ Champs

Raise a glass to these sensational sparklers By Alison Bailin Batz Photos special to North Valley Is there a better way to ring in the New Year (or send this one out in style) than with a glass of bubbly? We think not! Here are some for every taste – and price point – worthy of celebration. Dark Horse Brut A bold option and perfect for those buying in bulk to stock up for holidays, this brut has definite no ...

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Recipe for Success

Barry Goldwater High School unveils new student-run restaurant By Madison Rutherford Avenue 27 is the North Valley’s newest buzz-worthy fine dining destination. However, you won’t find veteran chefs in the kitchen or master maître d’s in the dining area. The restaurant is run by students in the Culinary Arts program at Barry Goldwater High School. The restaurant hosted its grand opening on Friday, November ...

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