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Acolyte Ice

Easily distracted and chronically late writer discovers an alien world on a windshield

I groaned. Then I sighed. The Jeep was ice-bound.

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Pets provide many developmental benefits to kids

Having a pet is usually a rite of childhood.

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Sometimes a happy ending just takes a little time

Fawn was huddled in her kennel, wrapped in blankets and a little sweater.

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Adventures in skiing

Outdoor Adventure Club gets kids on the slopes to challenge their skills

“Make a wedge with your skis and use your foot to tell your skis to turn,” said Ron, the Sunrise Ski Resort ski instructor.

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Arizona nestwatchers have saved 60 nesting bald eagles

Program celebrates 35 years standing watch over expanding population of Arizona eagles

Despite the loss of federal endangered species protection, Arizona’s unique nestwatch program has continued to safeguard a growing population of desert-nesting bald eagles.

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First impressions can be deceiving in shelter environment

“Adoptable dogs are through the door on the left.” Every time we say those words, it is only a matter of moments before a cacophony erupts — dogs barking, howling and jumping in their kennels.

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Please consider a Lonely Hearts member

Adoption fee just $25 for shelter pets who are often overlooked

Sometimes, here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we have dogs or cats who get overlooked. They remain at the shelter for months, always being passed over.

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Lost Worlds in the living dark

The lost sloth and the vast silence offer a glimpse of extinction and persistence in Kartchner Caverns

I drop back from my little group of amiable explorers, all the way back to where the state park minder watches me warily lest I extend my hand toward the damp, warm, misshapen tissues of stone, which hunker like goblins along the path.

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natur Notes

The metal detector beeped and something small, round, and quick scampered from under the white disc. Young Bridger dropped to his knees and scooted in pursuit of the crawly critter.

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Wilderness day spa

The answer is: “Yes, bears do it in the woods.” My wife I saw one … ugliest thing ever.

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Fresh snow on love’s bunny slope

Everyone agrees: Don’t teach your partner to ski. But a reckless writer tests the limits of good advice.

Before we even hit the slopes, friends had all delivered the same stern warning.

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The importance of playtime for your pet and you

Playing and having fun helps us to eliminate stress — and the same holds true for the pets in your life.

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These and other pets need a home

These any many other homeless pets are available for adoption at the Humane Society of Central Arizona animal shelter, 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street), open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Perched on life’s edge

A grieving writer finds comfort atop a limestone layer that remembers both the Great Dying and life’s blind persistence

I go to the Rim when I need to recalibrate. So I stand now once more on this edge. The wind blows keen, prying into the seams of my clothes, whispering of vanished worlds and unexpected death.

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Christmas bird count reports record tally

A hardy band of 18 volunteers counted a record 5,083 birds of 85 different species just north of Payson this year as part of the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.