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Diane DeHamer

Stories by Diane

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Giving babies a safe place

People & Places: Parents with nowhere to turn can take a child to Safe Baby Haven

Poverty and teenage pregnancies are the most common reasons for child abandonment.

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A canine love affair: Chino trainer communicates

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Loyalty, unconditional love, and always happy to see you — that describes man’s best friend, the “dog.”

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Equine Center in Chino Valley saving horses’ lives

Most of the people of Arizona love everything about the Wild West and that includes those beautiful hoofed creatures called “horses.”

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Cooking with Diane: Cheesy Eggplant

For you cheese lovers out there, you will love this eggplant dish, which is very tasty with a side of spaghetti and garlic bread.

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Chino couple helps teach archery at local schools

People & Places: Starting from scratch, ending as champs

Archery comes from the Latin word arcus, and although thousands of years ago archery was used for hunting and warfare, today it is a competitive sport and recreational activity.

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Chino Valley artist specializes in relief carvings

People & Places: Take a flat piece of wood, make it art

Despite being a small town, Chino Valley has quite a few talented artists.

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Cooking with Diane: Corn, bacon, jalapeno salad

This corn salad is very delicious, and was a big hit with my husband. It is a great idea to make ahead and have ready for your backyard grilling this summer.

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People & Places: Meet sculptor Corey Ellis

Researchers say that sculpture began in the stone age.

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People & Places: A dream comes true, even after death

Mom, wife open seafood restaurant in Chino Valley

All his life Danny Beasley loved the ocean, all kinds of fishing, and all kinds of sea food, and it inspired his dream. He hoped one day he would be able to open his own fish and chips restaurant. Unfortunately, Danny Beasley died three years ago.

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Cooking with Diane: Melon-Berry Slush

With these overly hot days we have been having this summer. I have been trying to find cool recipes.

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Church, social groups lead to fireworks

People & Places: Many volunteers contribute for one fun day

Fireworks were first used to celebrate our country’s Independence Day in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Cooking with Diane: Pina Colada Dip

Cool, sweet and delicious is what this Pina Colada Dip is, and using the fresh fruit as dippers tastes great!

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Cooking with Diane: Pineapple Cole Slaw

Cool side dishes like this sweet, tangy slaw are great in hot weather.

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Meet First Responder Fathers

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Over the generations you can be sure that many people have thought things similar to this quote, “The greatest gift I ever had, came from God, I call him Dad,” (unknown)

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Cooking with Diane: Raspberry Ice Box Cake

With hot summer days coming on, this cool raspberry dessert is ideal to take to backyard parties, barbecues and potlucks. Happy summer!

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U.S. flag gets spotlight in Memory Park event

People and Places - Groups unite to pay tribute on America’s Flag Day

The adoption of the United States flag happened on June 14, 1777, and in August 1949 Congress established June 14, as National Flag Day.

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Cooking with Diane: Garden Veggie Pasta Salad with Basil

Make this Garden Veggie Pasta Salad with Basil for dinner tonight.

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Meet the Sweet Adelines associate director

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Musical harmony is such a beautiful sound, and many people in this area have heard the local singing group Sweet Adelines Song of the Pines at various functions throughout the quad-city area.

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Cooking with Diane: Coconut-Strawberry Pie

I have made lots of pies over the years but I have never made one with a coconut crust.

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People and Places: Meet Chino Valley’s 4 new street vendors

Everyone enjoys eating a variety of good food and within the past year Chino Valley has acquired several new street vendors who sell some unique food items.

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Cooking with Diane: Spicy Breakfast Bread Pudding

If you are tired of the same bacon-and-eggs breakfast, try this savory bread pudding breakfast casserole, it is sure to be a hit with your family.

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Chino Valley man helps relocate bees

People & Places - Swarm in your yard? Best advice, leave it alone for a few days

There are many different types of plants on this planet, and we have honeybees to thank for that.

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New Chino business helps bring new life to town

People & Places - Pregnancy center opens near Chino Valley Medical Center

One of the most impressive miracles is the first one, the uniting of two people to create a baby.

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Del Rio recognizes its most avid readers

People & Places - Students have until end of the month to read 1 million words

Doctor Seuss once said, “Be Awesome! Be A Book Nut!”

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Cooking with Diane: Apple Cobblestone Cookies

If you like chewy cookies, you will love these Apple Cobblestone cookies. I gave some to my friend, and she immediately asked for the recipe, saying she loved them. I hope you will too.

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Cooking with Diane: Beef Brisket in Beer

This beef brisket is very tender and delicious and perfect for an Easter dinner.

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People & Places: Hobby began as classic cars instead of a paycheck

Car collectors are passionate about the vehicles they collect. Some are interested in modern cars; others in antique vehicles; and some collectors only tow the cars to shows to display them.

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Bringing a passion for karate to Chino Valley

People & Places - Local man learned martial arts in Japan

Kyokushin Karate is studied around the world and is considered one of the best martial arts because it is suitable for young, old, and all body types.

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Cooking with Diane: Spring Pea Salad

This is a fresh, light salad that is easy to prepare and tastes great.

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Mix flowers, vegetables in the garden

People & Places - Paulden woman says her garden is her therapy

The love of lots of pretty colors is how Lora Goulding of Paulden plants her garden each year.

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People & Places: Being 9 years old, and a prisoner of war

Paulden woman recaps childhood in her book about World War II

Who can even imagine the terror of having your family being told to flee into the hills because the Japanese were bombing Hawaii. Then, a few weeks later, she was put into a prison camp.

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Cooking with Diane: Cabbage Burgers

Cabbage burgers are a popular midwestern dish brought over by German immigrants (my ancestors). They are very tasty, and are great with potato or pasta salads.

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People & Places: Takes a lot of work to get the horse to do the work

Chino Valley man trains cutting horses

His love of horses is a large part of Phil Jackson’s life. Born in Peoria and raised in Buckeye, Jackson said he has always had horses and ridden consistently since he was a teen, and was into competitive team penning and ranch sorting.

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Cooking with Diane: Potato Onion Bake

If you are tired of mashed, baked or fried potatoes, this potato dish is for you. It is easy to make and very delicious. Goes well with any type of meat.

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People & Places: One Chino woman loves to share her history

Granddaughter of slaves, she teaches love, forgiveness

The first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia, in the 16th century and slavery was practiced in the country until the Civil War, when the Union army freed 4 million slaves and President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which stated that slaves within any states would be forever free.

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Cooking with Diane: Huckleberry-Cheese Oatmeal Bars

My sister-in-law in Washington sent me some huckleberry jam, so I decided to use some of it in this recipe. Everyone in your family will love this dessert, as you can use your own choice of jams.

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People & Places: Discovering the secret to a successful relationship

Chino Valley couple celebrates 63 years together

Denny met Janet in 1950 when they were both in high school. After a courtship, there was a marriage.

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Cooking with Diane: Valentine’s Scones

These scones are a fun Valentine treat to do with your kids or grandkids.

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People & Places: Cooking up something special at Chino High

Senior and her class to compete in Scottsdale

Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a great class that is offered at Chino Valley High School.

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Cooking with Diane: Spinach-Bacon Pasta Salad

This is a delicious dish as an accompaniment for any meal, and is great for any season of the year.

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People & Places: Chino Valley won’t be the same without Birdie

Norma Jean as comfortable giving haircuts as scolding council

Norma Jean Bennett, better known as “Birdie” from Birdie and Sons Barber Shop here in Chino Valley, was a pillar of our community.

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Cooking with Diane: Chicken Asparagus Roll-ups

This dish is a different way to enjoy chicken, and it slips in a little healthy asparagus as well. It’s sure to be a hit with your family.

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People & Places: Friends, family recall a pillar of Chino Valley

Edmunds was key in bringing mobile eye unit to the region

Wes Edmunds, a Chino Valley resident for many years, was a great asset to the community.

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Cooking with Diane: Hawaiian Coffee Cake

This sweet, fruity coffee cake is ideal for breakfast, brunch, or anytime for that matter.

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People & Places: Pioneer clothing gets a modern touch

Chino woman makes her own vintage items

Pioneer women of America worked hard and had to craft all their clothing not only for themselves but for their families.

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Cooking with Diane: Smoked Sausage and Veggies

The combination of smoked sausage with the corn and green beans creates a wonderful healthy dish for your family to enjoy. Maybe even picky eaters who don’t like veggies will enjoy this one.

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People & Places: Local residents express their hopes for 2017

More peace, less division among the top goals

This past year, 2016, was a very memorable one with both good and bad happenings.

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Cooking with Diane: Mozzarella Chicken Bake

This Mozzarella chicken is delicious with baked sweet potatoes and a crisp green salad. It is a simple recipe to make, with ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen.

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People & Places: Making a whimsical, bold statement

Recent arrival to Chino excels in Deco Mesh

What started out as an activity to do with children, led Chino Valley resident Gina Graham to discover the inner artist.

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Cooking with Diane: Treats for New Year’s parties

It is said that eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s will bring you prosperity for the coming year.