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Winners, losers in Aug. 30 mayoral primary
VERDE VALLEY - Perhaps following a trend nationwide of voter's distrust with incumbents, a number of surprises surfaced during the Aug. 30 mayoral primary election in the Verde Valley, including the ouster of one incumbent mayor and razor-thin victory of another.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Garrison claims 803-vote lead over Joens in District 3 supervisor race
VERDE VALLEY - With 100 percent of the ballots counted as of 8 p.m. Aug. 30, former Cottonwood Council member Randy Garrison will become the new District 3 County Supervisor, defeating former Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens by gaining 61.40 percent of the vote versus Joens' 38.43 percent.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

McCain: 'humbled by and grateful for our success tonight'
PHOENIX -- John McCain gave the following victory remarks today after winning the Arizona Republican Primary Election:
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Election results updated: 9:46 PM
Yavapai County Election Results

9:46 PM

Number of Precincts - 45

Precincts Reporting - 44

Total Ballots - 36,945

Registered Voters -- 130,335




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Crosses memorializing highway deaths now require approval
VERDE VALLEY - They've been a part of Arizona's landscape since roads were first traveled using four legs instead of four wheels - - especially by those of Hispanic and Native American descent. Now, ADOT is requiring pre-approval of the materials, placement and size of roadside memorials prior to placement.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cornville woman charged with reckless manslaughter appears before judge
CAMP VERDE - Andre Alicen Caron, 40, of Cornville, appeared in court Monday before Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff in Camp Verde for her first case management conference.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cory Lynn White enters not guilty pleas; county attorney dismisses charges against Lomeli
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

IRS scams ongoing in Yavapai County
PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is reissuing updated warnings about IRS tax scam calls due to a recent influx of reports within the past few days. Many employees of the Sheriff's Office are receiving the scam calls almost daily, according to a news release from YCSO.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How much does a campaign cost? Simmons outspends Pearsall by more than 5 to 1
Not all contributions or expenditures for the candidates in Tuesday's primary election have been tallied - they have until Sept. 29 to complete their primary campaign finance report. However, they have filed their campaign finance reports through Aug. 18 with the Yavapai County Elections Department.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Supporters of minimum wage ballot measure already have $1.4 million in contributions
PHOENIX -- Proponents of hiking the state's minimum wage have already collected more than $1.4 million to put the issue on the November ballot and convince voters to support it.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fire rages through Seven Canyons Villas in Sedona
SEDONA - Around 4:37 a.m. Friday, a call came in for a fire in the Seven Canyons Sedona Golf Resort. Sedona Fire District stations 1, 4, 5 and 6 were dispatched, along with a crew from the Verde Valley Fire District.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Cornville woman faces manslaughter, DUI charges in crash that killed tourist
CAMP VERDE - Andre Alicen Caron, 40, of Cornville, faces a charge of reckless manslaughter for the March 23 head-on crash that killed 53-year-old Minnesota woman Mary Meyer.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

What you need to know for Tuesday's primary vote
VERDE VALLEY - With the Tuesday, Aug. 30 primary election just around the corner, here is what you need to know, according to the Yavapai County Recorder's Office:
Saturday, August 27, 2016

What does a library card get you nowadays?
VERDE VALLEY - With September being National Library Card Sign-up Month, what do Verde Valley libraries offer beyond books?
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cottonwood woman to make court appearance Monday
CAMP VERDE - Cory Lynn White, 35, of Cottonwood, is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday with Judge Michael Bluff at the Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde for a second case management conference and arraignment.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Three to consider pleas in home invasion homicide
CAMP VERDE -- Karrie Ann Funkhouser, Hope Olszewski, and Jermaine Shields are suspects charged in the death of a 27-year-old man during a home invasion robbery on South 2nd Street in Cottonwood eight months ago.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chinese language teacher brings global perspective to Mingus
COTTONWOOD - At 15 years of age, Devon Howard wants to see the world.

Last year, the Mingus Union High School student studied Spanish. Now a junior, Devon is taking Chinese.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mingus announces Doozie video award winners
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School students Sonny DeCrosta, Alex Lloyd and Encino Cervantes each won first prize in the school's Tech Partnership Contest with Los Angeles-based Doozie, a company that created an app so a smart phone could be used to shoot, edit, upload, view, share, and like short videos.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Camp Verde emergency officials respond to Hazmat assignment in Verde Lakes
CAMP VERDE - Wednesday, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority and other local agencies were dispatched to a Hazmat assignment at a home in the 3000 block of E. Tumbleweed Drive in Verde Lakes, according to a media release from CVMO.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Court Docket Aug. 28, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Old Town revitalization gets another shot in arm from Jurisin
COTTONWOOD - The Tavern Hotel at 904 N. Main St. is moving forward with the expansion project, now that it has gone through most of the permitting process, said owner Eric Jurisin. Jurisin said the expansion of 24 more rooms will make it a 40-room hotel that includes a cottage and a high-end spa.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cottonwood PD pleased with 1st community report card
COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell said the department was pleased with the response rate received from an online survey link that was mailed with all Cottonwood utility bills a few months back.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

ROTTEN TOMATOES ... Well, at least it's a rotten season for them, according to local growers
VERDE VALLEY -- It's a rotten season for tomatoes.

The tomatoes aren't rotten. The problem seems to be the opposite, they won't ripen.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cutbacks to SR 260 4-lane project will prompt design budget hike Tuesday
PHOENIX -- The state transportation board will hold a special meeting and study session Tuesday in Phoenix. One of the action items before the board would increase the design budget for the 4-laning of SR 260. The proposed $423,000 hike for engineering support will increase the design budget from $4.949 million to$5.372 million dollars.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Police seek public's assistance in locating woman wanted on warrant
COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Police Department and the Partners against Narcotics Trafficking task force is seeking the public's help in locating Summer Strawberry-Rose Sizelove.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Assessor's Office: County looked into same nepotism claim 3 times in 7 years; fourth accusation referred for investigation
PRESCOTT - One would think, after making one, two, three, and now four anonymous complaints about nepotism, that the complainer - or complainers - would at least provide his/her contact information so county officials could furnish the outcome of each review.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

County Under Fire: Details of lawsuit include claims of intimidation, harassment
PRESCOTT - On Aug. 10, former Clerk of the Board of Yavapai County Supervisors Ana Wayman-Trujillo filed a civil lawsuit against the County and the Board, in U.S. District Court, claiming she had been retaliated against by members of the Board for exercising her First Amendment rights.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Court Docket Aug. 26, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Truck fire stalls traffic on Interstate 17
Copper Canyon Fire and Medical officials were called to a vehicle fire on Interstate 17, milepost 302, Tuesday morning.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Plea may be in works in Rec Center trolling-for-sex case
CAMP VERDE -- Defense attorney Renee Mendelsohn Monday asked for a continuance of 45 days before returning to court with her client Clark Jeffrey Reber.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cornville man arrested for burglary, disorderly conduct
CORNVILLE -- Louis Hernandez, of Cornville, was arrested around 11:45 p.m. Aug.16 for charges including burglary, resisting arrest, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, and theft. The 23-year-old was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on probation hold without bond, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Yavapai Food Council sees brighter future
VERDE VALLEY - August was a brighter month for the Yavapai Food Council, with the awarding of two grants to expand services, the near-completion of its children's food kitchen and steady food collection results, according to Executive Director Amy Aossey.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clarkdale woman charged in Colorado infant porn case
PHOENIX -- A Clarkdale woman has been charged by federal agents with three counts of possession of child pornography.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Camp Verde man arrested for screwdriver stabbing in VOC
SEDONA -- About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Yavapai County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a reported family fight in an apartment building at 70 Bell Rock Blvd. in the Village of Oak Creek
Monday, August 22, 2016

Mother turns to legal cannabis extract CBD to ease daughter's epilepsy
VERDE VALLEY - When Breanna Moore of Camp Verde hired Perfect Chance Photography to capture an image of her infant daughter Kyrsten, she thought it was going be her last.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Students discuss role of Verde Valley's post-secondary education at Future Leaders Forum
Thursday at Yavapai College, the 501 (c) (3) group sought ideas from the area's youth, as more than 70 students from Verde Valley middle schools and high school students discussed the role of post-secondary education in the future of the Verde Valley.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Aug. 31 groundbreaking planned for Military Service Park
COTTONWOOD -- Planning has taken longer than one and half years, but organizers will finally break ground Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the Verde Valley Military Service Park. The ground-breaking for the park's first phase will occur within Cottonwood's Garrison Park -- east of the ramada and south of the County Administrative annex at 6th Street and Mingus Avenue.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Effort to keep legal marijuana measure off ballot rejected
PHOENIX -- A judge has thrown out a bid to keep voters from deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Yavapai College enrollment on decline
Enrollment trends show five-year decrease in Verde Valley student enrollment, but a near 20-percent increase in online students
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Epiphany on Pima gets endorsement from planning board
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Planning Commission Monday unanimously recommended the design review approval for the proposed "Epiphany on Pima," a combination restaurant-bar and arts and meeting venue.


Thursday, August 18, 2016


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