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Fatal plane crash near Sedona ignites wildfire
SEDONA -- Four people were killed in the crash of a small plane northwest of Sedona Sunday, according to the Coconino National Forest. A subsequent wildfire was triggered in the Fay Canyon area that has grown to 25 acres in the Secret Mountain Wilderness as of Monday morning.
Monday, July 21, 2014

City tours educate community on reclaimed water uses
Cottonwood's reclaimed water agreement with the Southwest Wine Center has garnered attention from several groups since it was announced in April, said utilities department Administrative Manager Roger Biggs.

The Verde River Basin Partnership's field trip Wednesday was the most recent of these groups to tour the reclaimed water booster station and the vineyards it irrigates at Yavapai College.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oak Creek School to hire first STEM teacher
A new STEM and agriculture course at Oak Creek School is capitalizing on Cornville's natural education opportunities, said Principal Christine Griffin.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Clarkdale considers Yavapai College resolution vote
Members of Clarkdale's council could join two other communities in passing a resolution that calls for greater communication between Yavapai College and its neighborhoods.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jerome Council Elections: Vacation rentals issue spurs candidate Freund's campaign
Jerome Town Council candidate Douglas Freund collected 111 signatures from residents to get the vacation rentals ordinance placed on the Aug. 26 primary ballot.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

First fallout approaches for state's refusal to comply with Real ID Act
Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law that aimed to make it harder for potential terrorists to get fake IDs.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Prevailing culture of apathy
A small number of advocates gathered Thursday at the Cottonwood Recreation Center meeting room in attempts to build a fire under public interest in the coming to the primary election with pivotal questions for the state to answer.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

County supervisors to unveil budget Monday
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will hold a courtesy hearing to unveil a $200 million fiscal year 2014-15 budget to citizens in the Verde Monday morning.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fire managers let lightning-caused fires burn on Coconino
Fire activity increased Friday afternoon on the four fires that crews are managing for resource benefits in the Coconino National Forest.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Congress takes another step toward saving A-10 fighter from budget ax
Congress moved one step closer to saving the embattled A-10 "Warthog" for another year, with Senate Appropriations Committee approval Thursday of a defense funding bill that included $338 million to keep the jets flying.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

West Nile Virus found in Camp Verde area
Mosquitoes determined to be West Nile Virus (WNV) positive
Friday, July 18, 2014

Cottonwood may go condemnation route to complete 12th St.
The Cottonwood City Council Tuesday approved a resolution that would allow the city to condemn small sections of 12th Street property. The resolution allows the city to acquire the easements through purchase or eminent domain.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dickinson continues to elude capture, while sheriff conducts review of escape
CAMP VERDE -- The search for fugitive Wade Dickinson continues.

The Sheriff's Office and Yavapai Silent Witness, which has offered a $5,000 reward, have received numerous phone calls and detectives are following up on creditable tips.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coffee Talk With the Mayor
A large turnout joined Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens for an intimate coffee talk at Rendezvous in Old Town on Wednesday evening, where the mayor updated participants about progress in the city and heard concerns and ideas. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tire-slashers placed on forest roads near Happy Jack
Forest Service law enforcement is asking the public for any information related to sharpened rebar that was purposely placed on and near forest roads in the Happy Jack area.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cottonwood sets July 24 meeting on Railroad Wash delineation study
The City will be presenting the results of a floodplain study for Railroad Wash and potential floodplain map revisions.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ousted professor who advocated medical marijuana research appeals university decision
PHOENIX -- A University of Arizona doctor and researcher, given her walking papers last month, is not going quietly.

Sue Sisley has filed a formal appeal of the decision by the school to relieve her at the same time of three separate positions. She contends decisions not to renew her contract are a direct result of her support of -- and lobbying for -- medical marijuana research.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Clarkdale expands social media efforts with Flickr
Senior Planner Beth Escobar said the town has been working with Verde Canyon Railroad marketing director Teresa Propeck to create a media kit based on a five-page template that recommends having an online photostream.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pipeline company's tax settlement to hit some county schools hard
PRESCOTT - A natural gas pipeline company will be taking back millions of dollars it paid in property taxes, including $2 million from Yavapai County, after a state settlement to avoid a lawsuit for overpayment.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Acting VA secretary tells Senate $17.6 billion is needed to fix agency
WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate committee Wednesday that the agency will need another $17.6 billion over the next three years to cut patient waiting times for the rising number of veterans.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jan Pac contributions roll in
PHOENIX -- A Texas state senator being forced out of office by a Tea Party Republican is helping Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer raise money to elect like-minded candidates to Congress.

A new report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows that Jan Pac, the governor's federal political action committee, got $6,652 in donations from Associa Inc. That company works for the boards of homeowner associations.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

New telestroke program connects Verde Valley Medical Center to Mayo Clinic
Patients taken to the Verde Valley Medical Center - Sedona Campus in need of emergency care for a stroke will benefit from a new telestroke program connecting the campus to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

CASA case of the month
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 8-year-old "Iris," and her 7-year-old sister, "Hannah."


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Man accused of killing baby faces death penalty trial
Village of Oak Creek man charged with murder in the death of his son in 2008 will go to trial eight years after the incident.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Perey pursues college advisory committee plans
VERDE VALLEY -- Area municipalities are once again being called upon to nominate members of a committee advising Yavapai College Verde Campus Dean James Perey.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UPDATED Mingus Union announces 2014 school bus schedule



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Judge sides with ranchers on tax beef
Last night, a group of Yavapai County cattle ranchers may have been toasting with glasses of milk - if not something stronger. A judge's ruling sided with them over a tax beef and cut their grazing-land assessments by more than half.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Did YOU see Elvis? Documentary crew seeks tales of The King's time filming in Verde Valley
COTTONWOOD - A documentary film that's now in the works will take viewers on a cross-country search for a long-lost recording that Elvis Presley created just for the people of the Verde Valley.

The film also will explore the story behind the LP's creation.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clarkdale awaits Verde River amenities analysis
CLARKDALE -- A draft master plan is in the works for amenities at Clarkdale's two Verde River access points, said Senior Planner Beth Escobar.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Camp Verde gets powerful storm Monday
VERDE VALLEY -- The National Weather Service in Flagstaff reported a thunderstorm that hovered over the Camp Verde area had high and sometimes damaging winds Monday afternoon.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hartline vehicle death still pending review
The 48-year-old competitor in the May 17 MS bike run was struck as Shaum passed her too closely in his van.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RIOT first bar to host mayor's coffee talk
COTTONWOOD -- This month's coffee talk with Mayor Diane Joens is being held at R.I.O.T. in Old Town Cottonwood, in what she said is an effort to reach a broader audience.

"I'm just trying to have them in different venues to attract people that feel comfortable in different places," Joens said.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mingus school board to hold annual retreat
COTTONWOOD -- The Mingus Union School Board is holdings its annual retreat Thursday morning at the Cottonwood Economic Development Center.

Superintendent Paul Tighe is going to update members on the Kids at Hope initiative.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What do you think about proposed Interstate 11?
PHOENIX - As the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study nears completion, the Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation are encouraging community members to provide their input on the draft Corridor Concept Report by July 18.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CASA teen case of the month
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 17-year-old "Noelle." The Department of Child Safety (DCS) removed the teen from her mother following a physical attack on her by the mother, who was drunk at the time.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clarkdale Fire awarded grant for water tender-pumper
CLARKDALE -- The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last week it will award a grant to Clarkdale Fire District for a much-needed water tender/pumper. The total purchase price of the new tender will be $221,760, with $210,672 being funded by the grant.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fire ban is lifted, with conditions
YAVAPAI COUNTY --With the increasing frequency of monsoon rains, land managers and fire have begun lifting the fire ban in specific areas. Yavapai County lifted the ban effecting Friday for the Central Yavapai County ban region, which includes Prescott, Prescott Valley, Mayer and Cordes Junction and Jerome.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Authorities identify body found in vacant field
Detectives have ruled out foul play as the cause of death for 26-year-old Donovan Lomaintewa of Camp Verde.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths in CDC study
WASHINGTON - Arizona was tied for the fourth-highest rate of alcohol-related deaths among its working-age population from 2006 to 2010, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

The June report said 13.4 percent of all deaths to working-age residents were attributable to alcohol for that period, up slightly from 13.1 percent during the five years prior.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

State Supreme Court rules juvenile court has ultimate say in family reunification
PHOENIX -- Judges cannot rely on caseworkers to determine on their own when children are ready to be returned to their parents, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The justices rejected the contention of attorneys for the Department of Economic Security that the agency alone can determine the "best interests' of a child for reunification. Justice Robert Brutinel, writing for the unanimous court, said that is the responsibility of the juvenile court and cannot be delegated to DES.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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