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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Mini RV Boondock towns are sprouting up throughout Verde Valley
Boondockers are campers who park their RVs in remote areas without benefit of utility hook-ups or fees. What they gain are peaceful surroundings and diverse company. (Photo by Vyto Starinskas)
Boondockers are campers who park their RVs in remote areas without benefit of utility hook-ups or fees. What they gain are peaceful surroundings and diverse company. (Photo by Vyto Starinskas)
You've seen them parked in circles like current-day wagon trains. Increasing numbers of RV dwellers have taken to the boondocks to live a life unfettered by crowds, electricity and - - for a few - - the law.

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• Crash on 89A at Page Springs
• KTVK 3 TV to bring morning show to Cottonwood May 6
• Cottonwood gets first bee scare of spring season
• School funding conflict brings state budget process to a halt
• May 4 hearing on Verde Village Connector Project
• Thomas Dunbar receives President's Award for Excellence at Verde Campus awards ceremony
• Court Docket May 1, 2016
• Rabid bat found in Camp Verde
• State lawmakers want to boost Supreme Court membership to 7

Opinions
Editorials | Letters | Commentary


• Our mailbag is full; readers sound off
• Commentary: Abundant thanks to all for the rewarding journey of teaching
• Letter: Arizona has systematically created two-tier education system for haves, have-nots
• Letter: Tobacco 21 movement a step in right direction for Cottonwood
• Obituary: Let's treat tobacco sales the same as alcohol
• Letter: Tobacco 21 is common-sense safety-first approach to problem
• Editorial: Can shared services concept extend to law enforcement?
• Letter: Cottonwood going down wrong path on under-21 tobacco ordinance plan
• Letter: Writer only addressed one side of the story

Business & Economy


• Main Street T's opens in Old Town Cottonwood
• KidZaam makes dentistry fun for kids
• Verde Digital Works converts to 928MediaLab
• Larry Green receives GM 25-Year Award
• Mickelsen joins Taylor & Huntley Financial Planners in Cottonwood
• Through AARP Foundation, volunteers aide Verde Valley residents with taxes.
• Are we spending too much on car payments?
• Cottonwood chamber executive Christian Oliva del Rio graduates from professional development program
• Are online buyers crushing local businesses, governments?

Features
What's Happening | People, Places & Past | Verde Valley's Amazing Grapes


• What's Happening May 1, 2016
• Fulfill your relationships by closing your circle
• What's Happening: April 27, 2016
• Third-grader becomes dispatcher for a day for Cottonwood Police
• What's Happening: April 22, 2016
• What's Happening: April 20, 2016
• Hannah Detwiler: Designing for the peasant girl turned princess
• What's Happening: April 17, 2016
• Responding to the bell: Barb U'Ren named 2016 Verde Champions Educator of the year

The Villager


• Food Neighbors Project poised for next collection
• Keep Sedona Beautiful presents annual workshop on local plants, water, wildlife, ecology
• Community support helps Big Park School to stay open ... Now what?
• Preserving the Wonder: 'Rare Species in the Verde Valley'
• Sedona Arts Center heads south, opens VOC Arts Annex
• Humane Society of Sedona 5th annual auction goes big time
• Community associations play valuable role in shaping public policy
• Christine Burdette takes top honors in Oakcreek Country Club's President's Cup
• Lifestyle prescription is the medicine your body craves

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• Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition presents Open Studios Tour
• Sedona Arts Center presents abstract and figurative retreat with painter Robert Burridge May 23-27
• Hillside Sedona selected to display Umbrella Project Charity Event
• Sedona Film Festival presents New York Film Critics screening of "Mothers and Daughters" on Tuesday, May 3
• Film Festival presents 'Durant's Never Closes' April 28
• Mighty Minstrels bring reunion show to Studio B
• April Pumphouse Poetry and Prose Project features David Bell, Molly McCaffrey
• Gail Kennedy & Steve Sandner to jazz it up in Living Room concert May 4
• Anthony Mazella kicks off week of music at SedonaSound Bites Grill

Sports
Local | Regional | Gallery: Mingus at Sedona Red Rock Hoops Classic (2015)


• Alhambra Last Chance
• Marauders compete at State Tournament
• Prescott and Sedona Red Rock take home team titles at YCC, Marauders finish fourth in both Divisions
• New Arizona record in high jump, 7-feet, 2.5 inches
• No. 5-ranked Marauders finish season on 6-game win streak with 18-2 win over Show Low
• Mingus Union falls just short at Coconino, 17-16
• Upham honored as "Top 22 Scholar Athlete in Arizona"
• Marauders and Cowboys prepare for final stretch of the 2016 season at Sedona Invitational
• BRIEF: Marauders take down top-ranked Alhambra, beat Page 21-0 in final week of regular season play

Obituaries


• Obituary: Peggy Olive Hamilton 1918-2016
• Obituary: Mark Wilcox 1959 - 2016
• Obituary: Oscar 'Ozzie' Burkhardt
• Obituary: Robert Wesley Puryear 1949-2016
• Rodney F. Ricker 1946 --2016
• Obituary: Jessica Chezik
• Obituary: Ruth Pranspill Schaefer 1920-2016
• Obituary: Beverly Ann Parks 1932-2016
• Obituary: Robert Dennis Wager Sr.

Special Coverage
Galleries | Videos | Projects


• Verde Heritage -- 1898: JEROME JAIL FIRE
• Gallery: 2016 Doozie.com comes to Mingus Union High School
• Verde Heritage -- 1952: Verde Valley Pioneer Picnic, May 4
• Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey April 29, 2016
• Gallery: 2016 Future Chefs COCSD
• Verde Heritage -- 1921: PROHIBITION; Big and Little Stills Taken in Jerome
• Be Fit Fit! Compassion
• Verde Heritage -- 1879: "The Hill and Freeman Party Expedition"
• Verde Heritage: William Nichols Family and Joel Willard Family Move to Verde Valley - 1877-1879, Part 2

Celebrate
Anniversaries | Births | Community Interest


• Cottonwood's Jeanne Martin crowned Ms. Senior Arizona
• Elks Honors
• New Arrival: Felise Langi David Colston
• Wedding Plans: Shafer Stockton and Heidi Brooks
• New Arrival: Elias Ray Cabrera
• Serving Our Country: Colonel Mark E. Emshwiller
• New Arrival: Remy Jovan Anthony Jaimes
• Wedding Plans: Dan and Sandy Wunderlich
• New Arrival: Carter Rae Rocha

Robbed again in Clarkdale
Robbed again in Clarkdale
Local actors presented a reenactment of the robbery of the Bank of Arizona, which occurred June 21, 1928 last Saturday in Clarkdale, now the Four Eight Wineworks building.. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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