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  • Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria Lynam

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, FeatureComments Off on Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria LynamRead More »

    By Ed Mickens On January 19, when the Prescott Women’s March gathers for the third year in a row, it will carry a new, more inclusive name, Yavapai County Women March On, but it will still focus attention on the importance of equality, education, healthcare, environment and a thriving community. And in the crowd of women and men will be one of the stalwarts of progressive values in our area: Maria Lynam. Looking back at the first Women’s March in January 2017, Maria recalls, “After the 2016 election I was depressed, and I am not a depressive person, but I was in an emotionally and mentally lethargic state for a few months. Then I happened to see an invitation in the paper to show up at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist congregation to make posters for a women’s march, so I went. I figured there would be ten or so people. There were 60!”   “Everyone brought their poster supplies, there was no room to work. I didn’t think I would really know anyone, but I seemed connected to everyone there–friends and their friends. That lit the fire under me. I made more than 20 posters for that march.” Maria and her husband, Bill Lynam, had retired to Prescott in 2000. She thought she would devote time to her art, especially her printmaking, and he wanted to focus more on writing

  • There’s No Time Like The Present : except for the 100 years, and maybe 50, too

    Jan 4, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on There’s No Time Like The Present : except for the 100 years, and maybe 50, tooRead More »

        By Markoff Chaney   By now, you’re probably sick of holidays and those inevitable (and inevitably redundant and/or boring) “Year in Review” and “Top Stories of the Year” articles. ¶ Don’t pretend you’ve kept up with the papers. You’ve probably started the New Year with a stack of old news that would make the Collyer brothers balk. Instead of recapping recent events, let’s look toward the future … by looking back a century. Here’s a highly partial, by no means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year anniversaries to ponder in 2018. (And for Alert Readers, yes, this intro is nearly identical to that of a similarly themed piece for the January 2015, 2016, and 2017 issues of 5enses. Was it any less effective?) ***** 1919, i.e., 100 years ago 5 things that happened in 1919 • Jan. 16, 1919: The U.S. Congress approves the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, instigating prohibition of “intoxicating liquors,” though it won’t go into effect for one year. The related Volstead Act is later passed on Oct. 28, 1919 against President Wilson’s veto. • Feb. 26, 1919: Grand Canyon is established as a National Park, the 15th such site designated as such. • June 4, 1919: The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, though it won’t be ratified by the

  • Art for a Cause: Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery raises funds for The Launch Pad

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Art for a Cause: Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery raises funds for The Launch PadRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Laura Tully, deputy director of The Launch Pad, 302 Grove Ave., 928-227-0758, TheLaunchPadTeenCenter.Org. The Launch Pad is the beneficiary of Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery’s annual charity art sale fundraiser, which runs Nov. 23-Dec. 26, 134 S. Montezuma St., 928-776-7717, ArtsPrescott.Com.]   What is The Launch Pad and where did it come from? The Launch Pad is a nonprofit teen center that serves kids in the Quad City Area. Courtney Osterfelt started The Launch Pad about five years ago. It came out of the WEB program, Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough, which is a three-day retreat for teenage girls that she started 15 years ago. So, she was doing this weekend every year and the girls kept saying, “Why can’t we do this every weekend?”; “Can’t we have some place where all of us can go all the time?”; and, “Can my brother come?” So, Courtney saw the need for youth involvement in the community. Courtney was my professor at Prescott College and led an independent study with five of us in 2013. We spent the entire semester surveying youth and adults in the community to gauge the need for a teen center and how well it would be received. The next fall, Launch Pad opened. We were renting space out of a tiny little church building,

  • A Fishy Story: The bald-faced truth behind those eagle photos

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on A Fishy Story: The bald-faced truth behind those eagle photosRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell [Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in “Photographic Memories,” 2009, by Dale O’Dell.] When you see pictures in books and magazines of bald eagles I’ll bet you’re pretty impressed. I used to be — until I saw how they were done. If you know where to go, and who to see, photographing eagles is a piece of cake. Not all pictures of bald eagles are shot this way, but a lot of them are. This fish-flinging adventure occurred the second time I’d gone to Alaska to photograph eagles. I’m not going to give away all of the secrets; you’ll have to do your own research if you too want to photograph these majestic and sometimes goofy birds. There’s a town on the southern coast of Alaska (is that vague enough?) where bald eagles congregate in the winter. The eagles range all over the place but gather in one specific spot, out near the beach, where a certain woman feeds them. Although, technically, it’s illegal to feed wild animals, this woman is credited with nearly single-handedly saving the southern Alaskan bald eagle population, so the Fish and Wildlife guys just look the other way when it comes to her feeding activities. She lives across the road from a fish packing plant. Every day during the winter months, when many eagles might starve because there are too few animals

  • Active Visions: Introducing … Save the Dells

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Active Visions: Introducing … Save the DellsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Joe Trudeau, the chair of Save the Dells. Find out more at SaveTheDells.Org.]   What is Save the Dells and how did it get started? Save the Dells is a local citizens advocacy group advocating for the protection of the Granite Dells as a publicly available space. I started this group two years ago when we learned about a major development that was in the conceptual planning phase that involved several hundred acres of the Granite Dells. A few of us got together at a coffee shop downtown and talked about the rumors we’d been hearing and decided it was the right time for us to take a close look at the proposed development. So, we did that and what we found was really troubling. At that point in the conversation with the Prescott City Council — that is, between the developer and the city council — it was looking like it would be a really bad thing: probably the largest development in the history of Yavapai County and certainly the largest in the history of the Granite Dells. We had to do something.   So what’s happened since the group was formed? We spent about a year just trying to educate ourselves on the issues and getting to know the key players and

  • Story Time: ‘Storytellers’ returns to Smoki Museum

    Nov 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on Story Time: ‘Storytellers’ returns to Smoki MuseumRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Manuel Lucero IV, assistant director of the Smoki Museum, member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a participant in “Storytellers,” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org., $6-$7, free to children 12 or under and native people.] Why tell stories at the Smoki this time of year? Traditionally, with most native people, wintertime is the time we tell our stories. It’s a time for our elders. It’s usually too cold to go outside to work or play, so you can eat some good food, maybe play some games, and then you say, “Grandma, Grandpa: Tell me a story.” It’s usually during this time our creation stories are recited. There are stories about the way you should or should not behave, stories about love, and sometimes scary stories. Were you brought up with that as a child? Absolutely. When I was a kid, my favorite story was how Bat got his wings. It’s a story about animals playing a game of stickball — what we call lacrosse today. And, in this story, little Mouse wants to play the game but all the other animals tell him he’s too small. So, Mouse goes over to the winged ones, the flyers, who are picking teams, and they

  • ‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from Bob

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on ‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from BobRead More »

    Transcribed by Markoff Chaney Lake Creek Saratoga, Wyo. June 11, 1920 Dear Sister: I am home now; and I get hear all write. How are you and the other sisters now? The Wind is blowing out hear now. I am sick with the mumps now. Robert said hollow to you. I here is snow on the mountains now. I here is a lot of snow in the river now. I get home safe now. The dog is asleep now. ***** Academy H.C. J. Cheyenne, Wyo. [UNDATED] Dear Robert Hello, Robert, how are you making out this year? We are having a fine lot of fun, I tell you. We had a School Holiday on Friday and we went out to the prairie right after our breakfast and we had all kinds of sports until about twelve o’clock and then we had our dinner, sandwiches and coffee in the park. All of the day Scholars were up for the sports, too, and the Sisters came up to the field in automobiles and they watched the races. After the sack race, and the three-legged race, and the five-legged race, Reverend Mother gave a prize to each of the winners. Joe Hoeriskey got a box of chocolate candy and the other boys and girls got good prizes, too. I cannot tell you all the fun we have this year. You would like to

  • By torchlight: Introducing … Freefire Glass

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Matt Faulkner, artist and owner of Freefire Glass. Contact him at FreefireGlass@Gmail.Com or at 928-235-7910.] How did you get started doing glasswork? The long version is that I was going to school at Louisiana State University, it was my freshman year, and I was in a dorm. The dorm sucked, so I found someone to rent an apartment that was in a ghetto outside of the LSU campus. It was super shady, but one of the neighbors told us they knew someone who wanted to set up their glass torch in a room nearby. We had a kitchen we weren’t really using, so we said sure, why not. I watched him and, in retrospect, this guy had no idea what he was doing and was just basically learning himself, but I was 19 years old, had never seen that before, and was really into it. We weren’t using eye protection, which is a big no-no, and after watching the torch for something like eight hours straight, I my vision was black and white. Luckily the color came back, eventually, and after that I freaked out and got the proper glasses. … I wanted to learn more, so I saved up and after a few years was able to buy my first set up with

  • Weather or whether?: Fleeing the tornado

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell I’d been photographing electricity-generating windmills in Oregon, Washington, and Montana and was on my way to North Dakota. Things were not going well. After spending the night in Glasgow, Mont., it was about a 110-mile drive to the North Dakota state line. It would be an easy drive on the nearly arrow-straight State Highway 2. Commercial-free jazz played on the XM satellite radio and the cruise control was set at the speed limit of 70 mph. The weather had been bad for the past few days. Storms chased me across northern Washington and late May snows in central Oregon called for a mid-trip course correction, so I was in Montana sooner than I’d planned. As I drove, I scanned the skies. Although it was partly sunny on the high flat plains of eastern Montana, I could see a thunderstorm off to the north and two more in the southeastern distance. So far it was dry, but I wondered if I’d be driving into heavy weather. As a guy who watches The Weather Channel and as a child lived in Kansas for a while, I know what tornado skies look like; the distant skies were angry. As fate would have it, it wasn’t long before I drove right into a major storm. I don’t know if the road took me to the storm or the storm came to

  • On the campaign trail: Introducing Ecosa’s ‘Forever Dells’ initiative

    Nov 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureComments Off on On the campaign trail: Introducing Ecosa’s ‘Forever Dells’ initiativeRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jessica Hernreich, executive director of the Ecosa Institute. Find out more about the Ecosa Institute and its “Forever Dells” campaign at Ecosa.Org/donate and GoFundMe.Com/forever-dells.] What is the Ecosa Institute and what do you do? Ecosa is an ecological design school here in Prescott. Our mission is protect and preserve the natural environment and, thus, the human environment, through education in design. We take 15 students from different backgrounds from all over the world and take them through our 15-week full immersion program that crosses multiple disciplines including graphic design, product design, architectures, landscape, and more. … We’ve been in Prescott since 2000. Our founder, Tony Brown, has been a longtime resident of Prescott and an English transplant. As an architect, he’s worked all over the country and found his way to the Southwest via Arcosanti and Paolo Soleri. Recently, you’ve been promoting your “Forever Dells” campaign. What is that? Ecosa currently owns beautiful and ecologically diverse lands in the Dells, which, if you don’t know, are north of Willow Lake. We want to establish a conservation easement from those 47 acres. Our mission is to preserve the natural environment and thus the human environment through education in design, and we believe that putting that land up as a conservation easement is very much not

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