Boynton Canyon Vortex in Sedona

Boynton Canyon Spire, Kachina Woman

SEDONA - Famed for its stunning red rock cliffs, Sedona is one of those Arizona cities you simply can’t get enough of. People travel from around the world to catch a glimpse of the crimson landscape sitting in our backyard. Yet the red rocks alone aren’t drawing tourists. Many flock to Sedona to feel the power of energy vortexes dotting the region. In this sense, a … [Read more...]

Coyote Cheese Log Recipe

Cream Cheese

Once a month, we're bringing you a scrumptious and "doable" recipe with a southwestern flare. This one was originally published in Clay Thompson's Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook. Do you have a recipe you'd like to share? We just might feature that too. Submit to Coyote Cheese Log 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Processed Cheese, softened 1 pkg. (3 … [Read more...]

The Titan That Never Clashed

Titan Missile

SAHUARITA -- The Titan Missile Museum here isn't really scary like a haunted house, but when you stop to consider the damage that one of those things could have done, it goes way beyond frightening. Fortunately, it never happened. During the Cold War, several Titan missiles armed with nuclear warheads were planted in deep holes and aimed at the Soviet Union as a … [Read more...]

The Facts on Aridity, Humidity


Excerpt from Valley 101: The Great Big Book of Life, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published April 13, 2001.) Q: The other day when it was raining, it made me wonder about this: Is it possible to have more than 100 percent humidity or less than zero percent? My husband thinks I am odd. A: He may be right. I don’t know. If he … [Read more...]