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Camping ban now enforced at Cottonwood Walmart store
Cottonwood Sgt. and Public Information Officer Tod Moore said an officer is on site to enforce the ban and also to "ease the public concern for any safety issue they may feel."
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Verde Valley's William Eaton among this year's honorees for 2015 Governor's Arts Awards
PHOENIX --  Guitar artist, musician, luthier and concert promoter William Eaton of Sedona, Tucson arts advocate I. Michael Kasser and Arizona State University strings professor Dr. Margaret Schmidt captured the top individual awards at the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards Tuesday at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

SR 260 widening plans continue to firm up
VERDE VALLEY - Arizona State Department of Transportation is clarifying that the SR 260 widening project will build seven full roundabout access points with the beginning of new construction. The ADOT board approved a budget of $62 million for the road expansion, including rights of way acquisition.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

County hears pros, cons of vacation rentals
COTTONWOOD - Yavapai County officials agreed Wednesday, March 25, to continue to review controversial short-term vacation rental use permits on a case-by-case basis, after listening to citizens split on the issue.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Verde River recovers from flood impacts
CLARKDALE -- Freeport McMoRan and Clarkdale officials have been working to replace signage and a berm at the Brewer's Tunnel Diversion Dam after recent storms washed out the area, said Town Manager Gayle Mabery.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tilted Earth unveils larger summer solstice festival
COTTONWOOD -- Eric Glomski and the folks at the Page Springs Winery have unveiled plans for the 2015 Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival as a bigger and better event.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Watch your step: snakes and more begin to emerge
KINGMAN - For those wishing to avoid potentially dangerous encounters with some of Arizona's more notorious creatures, there is one basic rule to follow.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yavapai Food Council announces 2014 meal distribution results
SEDONA - The hunger epidemic in Arizona continues to cripple more than two million working poor residents who live at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

AZ Senate says OK to guns in public buildings
PHOENIX -- Calling it a right of self-defense, a Senate panel voted late Tuesday to give the go-ahead for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans to bring their guns into public buildings.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

HB 2608 good for GOP, Dems; not so good for other parties
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers -- all of whom are Republicans and Democrats -- are moving to make it harder for the candidates from other political parties to run for office.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

State News Update ...
State prison inmates could be paid up to $1.50 an hour under the terms of legislation approved by a 42-16 vote Tuesday by the House.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dead woman found in Rimrock
Just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an apparent homicide involving a female in her 40s found lying outside a residential trailer in the 3300 block of East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

AZ senator says 60-day delay provides cooling off period in police shootings
PHOENIX -- It is now up to Gov. Doug Ducey whether Arizonans will be denied for 60 days the names of police officers who kill civilians.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Taxes no fun for the poor, says WalletHub
PHOENIX -- There's little question that it's not fun to be poor.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

New details on Gaver family; living in parking lot, playing music for tips
The Gaver family is from Boise, Idaho, according to The Idaho Statesman. The father, Peter Gaver, and two sons, Nathaniel and Jeremiah Gaver, often played music for tips on the street.

They likewise tried to entertain outside the Fry's supermarket in Cottonwood as well as the north exit from Walmart before they were arrested over the weekend.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Boutique hotel in the works for Clarkdale
CLARKDALE -- The Filardos and Backuses have partnered up to transform the two buildings surrounding the Corner Gallery into a boutique hotel.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vetraplex earns state small business award
From three employees to more than a dozen, Vetraplex has grown through community support and the assistance of the Small Business Assistance Center.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Catholic School for Cottonwood
The Most Rev. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted blesses the large crowd turned out for the ground breaking for the new St. Joseph Catholic School at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood on Sunday morning
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Major flood insurance cost increases coming April 1
Hundreds of Yavapai County residents will see their flood insurance costs increase April 1 because of new surcharges.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

There's a new dog in town
A new Law Enforcement K-9 Heroes Statue was dedicated on Saturday at the Cottonwood Police Department.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Panel votes to kill Common Core academic standards
PHOENIX -- With foes blaming them for everything from the use of a sexually graphic book in one high school to making automatons of Arizona children, a Senate panel voted to kill the Common Core academic standards.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Verde Valley Fairgrounds re-launches antique, collectible show this weekend
VERDE VALLEY - The antique and collectible show is back this weekend following a dozen-year hiatus, said Verde Valley Fairgrounds Director Colleen Gilboy.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Joseph Kennedy rejects plea deal in puppy dumping case ... again
Joseph Lee Kennedy, the 28- year-old Cornville man accused of tossing a puppy to the pavement from a speeding car, has once again rejected a plea deal.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Walmart brawl suspects identified by Sheriff's Office
Four suspects involved in the weekend shooting of a Cottonwood police officer are being held in the Yavapai County Jail on bonds ranging from $75,000 to $25,000
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Night work scheduled this week on SR 260 east of Cottonwood
Night work is scheduled March 24-25 on State Route 260 on a six-mile segment approximately three miles east of Cottonwood between Ogden Ranch Road and Cherry Creek Road between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

'John Doe' suspects in jail following Walmart brawl and shooting
COTTONWOOD - One day later, there remains more questions than answers in the aftermath of a parking lot brawl and shootout at the Cottonwood Walmart over the weekend.

The incident left one Cottonwood police officer with a bullet wound to his leg, another man shot in the stomach by police and another man was killed.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Verde Village home destroyed by fire
VERDE VILLLAGE -- Verde Valley Fire crews were called at 4:12 a.m. Sunday morning and dispatched to a residential house fire on Rio Verde Drive. Fire crews found a single-story home of about 1,800 square feet with heavy smoke and fire pouring from the roof.
Monday, March 23, 2015

UPDATE: Pilot, passenger identified in Sedona plane crash
As an airshow was underway at the Sedona Airport Saturday, an experimental F-1 Rocket made a crash landing on Chavez Ranch Road below the mesa.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Verde Valley irrigation ditches represent the old and new of water flow technology
VERDE VALLEY -- There are 42 irrigation ditches in the Verde Valley along Oak Creek, the Verde River, Beaver Creek and West Clear Creek.

Many of them predate the original white settlers and were initially dug by native farmers looking to bring water to farm land. The earliest operating ditch is believed to date from 1200 AD.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Airplane's crash landing results in injuries to occupants (with video)
SEDONA -- At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yavapai County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a fixed-wing airplane down on Chavez Ranch Road and Cathedral Vista Drive, an area south of the Sedona Airport.
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Officer shot, another man killed at Cottonwood Walmart
COTTONWOOD - A Cottonwood police officer was shot in the leg and another man was killed during a parking lot brawl at the Cottonwood Walmart late Saturday.
Sunday, March 22, 2015

18th street shooter facing sentencing for home invasion
CAMP VERDE -- Nicholas Joseph Reid, 25, has agreed to a guilty plea for his part in the home invasion robbery of an 18th Street Cottonwood home on Feb. 15, 2013.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yavapai's Tim Carter appointed to state education board
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey named five new members to the state Board of Education on Friday in his effort to reshape the 11-member panel more to his liking.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mount Hope robbery suspect still at large
COTTONWOOD -- A Hispanic man in his late teens to early 20s went into Mt. Hope Foods Friday to return a detox kit. The clerk advised that since the item was already opened, she would not be able to give him cash but would instead give him an in-store credit.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Visitation restrictions lifted for children under age 12 at Verde Valley Medical Center
The Infection Prevention Committee at Northern Arizona Healthcare's Verde Valley Medical Center has been monitoring the weekly Arizona Department of Health Services and Yavapai County Community Health Services statistics for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus cases, which have consistently and steadily declined in Yavapai County and across the state.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Westcott Funeral Home plans special service for 'Missing in America Project' veterans
There's an old saying, "No one loves a soldier until the wolves are at the back door." This no longer applies to our grateful nation, but what of the forgotten heroes of our past? Soldiers have no say in what kind of combat they will face. They fight in every weather condition and against any enemy, both foreign and domestic.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

House panel rejects Thorpe bid to outlaw 'powdered alcohol
PHOENIX -- Sometime later this year, Arizonans should be able to have a shot of vodka -- and if they have enough of them, even get drunk -- from a packet of powder.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

No suspects in CenturyLink cable cut
Authorities say they have no leads in the investigation of vandalism to a CenturyLink optical fiber cable that cut off telephone and Internet services across northern Arizona for about five hours Feb. 25.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Elks Lodge honors community servants
Jerome Elks Lodge #1361 in Clarkdale had its award night Thursday
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cottonwood gets low marks on Wastewater Energy Audit
COTTONWOOD -- If it was a report card, you wouldn't want your mom and dad to see it.

Lisa Henderson of the Governor's Office of Energy Policy reported to the Cottonwood Council Tuesday about a June 2014 energy audit conducted for Cottonwood's main wastewater treatment plant off West Mingus Avenue.

Friday, March 20, 2015


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