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Sun, Jan. 26

Column: adds cyber dimension to local news

I hope everyone with Internet access is looking at the fresh new updates to the Web site. It features local news, lots of photographs and perhaps the most exciting new feature, reader-submitted photos and comments.

Do you have a funny picture of your kids, pets, other family members or friends? How about the abundant natural beauty our valley and the surrounding mountains offer? Send them in, and there's a very good chance you'll see them on the Web site.

It also has an entertaining feature that I'm having fun with - I'm now a blogger!

As many of you will have read, I got married recently. First, a big thanks to all of you who have read the announcement and have either called, e-mailed or wished us well in person. It's really heart-warming to get so many congratulations.

There's a photo on the blog of my new husband and me, along with a big question. Just what is your secret to a happy marriage? Share those pearls of wisdom with me and the other readers.

For those of you without Internet access, feel free to send you secrets to me via a letter to the editor. You'll find the address and e-mail address at the bottom of this page.

There's also a readers' poll question online. I wondered how Golden Valley could benefit from the Biker's Weekend that brings hordes of motorcyclists through our community every April.

It seems most of you think the local businesses should try to schedule special promotions that week. And the rest of the respondents are pretty much equally split on hosting special events to coincide with the influx of two-and three-wheeled riders, or just staying home and letting the roaring contraptions have the highway for a few days!

Keep those responses coming. With all of those potential visitors riding through our valley, we should be able to capitalize on the opportunity, and we have a year to put those ideas into motion.

I have another question and I hope you all can help me: My son is getting married the end of May. He's just getting out of college and his new wife will still be finishing her higher education for a while. What would be a good wedding gift for someone in that position? I'm sure I'm not the only parent living on limited means who would like to give their offspring a memorable gift on their wedding day without having to take out a second mortgage!

That brings me to a related topic. You've seen photos and announcements of some of the special events in my life. Now it's your turn.

Send me your announcements and photos of your weddings, anniversaries, job promotions, birth announcements, military news and pictures, and just about any other special commemorations. Let me and the other readers celebrate with you!

And the best part is that it's free of charge. How many things don't have a hefty price tag attached these days?

I also want to celebrate my third full year of living in Mohave County and working for Western News and Info Inc. I started as a reporter at the Kingman Daily Miner in April 2005.

A Native American elder once told my sister - a 20-year Kingman resident - that people move to Arizona from other parts of the country either stay for a short time (she said four years or less) or they come and stay. Well, I'm working on my fourth year here. Let's see if her predictions were true in this case. (Just for the record, I don't have any plans to move, so she just might be right!)

I'm looking forward to hearing from you, so get out your paper and pens, or jump on the computer and let me know what's going on in your lives.

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