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Small touches create a great master bathroom

It’s easy to design a gorgeous master bathroom if you have a huge budget. But with the right choices, says interior designer Gabriel Anderson, you can have an exceptional master bath without overspending.

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Find right formula when preparing soil for spring

Once you’ve tried digging the first planting hole in a mountain garden you learn that our native soils are HARD! Skimp on spring soil preparation to “soften” the ground and a mountain garden’s production can drop to almost zero.

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Learn your lessons to enjoy indoor gardening

Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful environment to de-stress.

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Take care when making your own home-cleaning products

To reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home.

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Espalier pruning has artistic and practical benefits

Espalier design is an ancient pruning practice that fashions fruit trees, vines or flowering shrubs into artistic, two-dimensional forms. This lateral shaping makes it easier to harvest and mow, maximizes sunlight, and helps trees fit into tight areas.

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Moore: Mid-winter bald eagle survey results

This past Saturday, I was part of a team assigned to cover Goldwater Lake for the annual mid-winter bald eagle survey for the Prescott National Forest.

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Dear Annie: Loudmouthed newcomer

Dear Annie: I’ve played basketball with an informal team of women for well over 10 years.

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WOW Bible study group donates to Community Pregnancy Center

On Oct. 18, Bible study attendees at American Lutheran Church’s Women of Wisdom delivered three carloads of donations, including more than $1,050 in cash and gift cards, to the Community Pregnancy Center at 1124 E. Gurley St. in Prescott.

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Expert advice for keeping young athletes hydrated and healthy

Kids are back in school, playing sports — and it’s hot out there! Playing hard in hot, humid weather can be dangerous for anyone, but kids are particularly vulnerable to dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

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Dear Annie: A gift wasted?

Dear Annie: Without trying to sound arrogant, I am smarter than the average bear. Not quite a genius but certainly up there.

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Hamilton: Must celebrate Passover with Crackers present

The Comedy Store hosted a synagogue for our Very Jewish Christmas show Tuesday. Beverly Hills is where Jewish people live in Spanish houses, drive German cars and eat Chinese.

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Chronic back pain disrupts sleep

I have had chronic low back pain for several years. The pain can keep me from falling asleep and frequently awakens me from sleep. I am wondering if my poor sleep can be a contributing factor?

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Powers: Here’s to a fantastic New Year

All About Pets

Wow! 2019! How about some New Year’s pet resolutions? Better to start late than not at all!

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Pet Focus: Jasper - United Animal Friends

Jasper is an independent and affectionate character who has one thing on his wish list: a forever home.

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Pet Focus: Solara - Miss Kitty's

Solara is a beautiful orange tabby, about 2 years old.

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Pet Focus: Stella - Catty Shack

Stella, approximately, 2 years old, is a cute little orange tabby girl.

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Dear Annie: Words fail a writer

Dear Annie: I am a published author and have been struggling to write my next book. I’ve written a handful of adult-oriented fictional books. My most recent published book came out almost five years ago.

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Roach: Embarrassing fecal incontinence? You’re not alone

To Your Good Health

DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help elderly folks (like myself, age 83) who have a very embarrassing situation wherein their stool seeps out of them. The problem is only noted when I sit down and find that my underwear sticks to me. The problem appears to happen anytime, and sometimes AFTER a bowel movement. -- R.C.

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Dear Annie: Be truthful about not responding to texts right away

ecently, a friend confronted me about something that I didn’t think was a big deal: Sometimes I forget to respond to texts for a while, and then I reply and say that I just saw the message.

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Bluhm: Pegasus earned his wings by helping an Angel

Pegasus is gone. He was 30 and we were blessed to have him for 12 years.

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Howard: Kids at Hope comes up aces for PUSD

I am excited to share with you about a community program that is a part of our quest to serve Every Child, Every Day.

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Project Harvest hands-on teaching tool at Humboldt Elementary

Humboldt Unified School District

The importance of Project Harvest in Humboldt is due to the proximity of the Superfund Site from the local mine.

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Del Rio School earns state honor

Chino Valley Unified School District

Congratulations again to the outstanding staff and hardworking students of Del Rio School.

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Amazing Places: Old Bullwhacker Hill Road ... is still here

Today, we’ll stay close to home, in the City of Prescott. It’s not an Amazing Place, but an Amazing Road — the Old Bullwhacker Hill Road.

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Days Past: Levi Bashford’s ‘Opera House’ was in Howey’s Hall

If you visit the Pioneer Living History Museum, just off Interstate 17 near Anthem, one of the first structures you will see is the old “opera house,” a two-story brick building reconstructed, the museum claims, from the original bricks of Levi Bashford’s opera house in Prescott.