Gulch Radio Rocks the Verde Valley

Fans of rock, soul, reggae, blues and R& B can now turn their radio dial to 100.5 FM KZRJ-LP Gulch Radio, broadcasting from the mountain village of Jerome, AZ. The 100-watt stereo signal covers the Verde Valley, and listeners report getting … Continue reading

New Life for Holy Family Catholic Church, Jerome AZ

When Scott Kolu sang “Salve Regina,” a traditional hymn to the Virgin Mary, from the balcony of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Jerome a few weeks ago, I was transfixed. I felt as though heaven was singing right through … Continue reading

Candles of Flame—Blooming Agave Parryi near Jerome AZ

In April and May, thick maroon shafts grow from the wild heart of the Agave parryi, growing inches daily, plumply erotic. They can grow as high as fourteen feet. During May, and early June, the shaft of the Agave parryi … Continue reading

Honoring the Women in Jerome AZ: International Women’s Day

Anyone who has lived in Jerome for any period of time knows this to be true: the women are strong, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, accomplished at what they set out to do and passionately engaged. Many are artists that have served the town politically. And they’re smart. Very very smart. Here’s my contribution to International Women’s Day.

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Drag Race Between Camaro and Mustang in Jerome AZ

One day the chief of police in Jerome approached its most notorious teenage daredevil. “Feel like racing me over Mingus Mountain and back?” Zack was in disbelief. “You’ll probably arrest me if I say yes,” Zack said. He was in his late teens. “No, no,” said Ray. “Your car is the only possible contender. There won’t be any arrests.” The race was on.

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Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Wall Builders of Jerome AZ —Jane Moore

Jane Moore is one of the few women who built hand-stacked rock walls in Jerome. I always looked at her driveway and corral walls when I drove up to Richard’s house and assumed Chuck Runyon, her partner, built them. I am so embarrassed. Jane wrote, “Not too many people have ever seen them. I’m sending you a few pictures. I don’t know of too many other women in Jerome who do dry stack walls!”

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Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Walls—Paul Nonnast

Paul Nonnast is right at the top of my list of favorite artists, a visionary that is adept at sculpture, painting and architecture, as well as a master stonemason…Only a few people in Jerome know that Nonnast received one of four honorable mentions in the prestigious Vietnam War Memorial Design competition sponsored in Washington D.C. in l981.

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Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Walls of Jerome AZ

Fifteen hundred retaining walls can be found from the historic Victorian-like homes at the top of Jerome, Arizona to the homes at the bottom of Deception Gulch—less than one aerial mile. Here are only a few of of my favorites.

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Mining in Jerome AZ after 1953

Mining never stopped in Jerome after the two great mines—United Verde Extension Gold, Silver and Copper Mining Company (UVX) and Phelps Dodge Corporation (successor to the United Verde Copper Company—shut their operations and the city emptied out.

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My Mother Meets Katie Lee in Jerome AZ

Nothing prepared mu mother for the party at Wylci and Jore’s art studio. I told my mom she would meet my close friend Katie, whom I described as a well-known published author and singer/songwriter who was about her age. My mother smiled with relief at the possibility of meeting a respectable friend of mine.

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