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City Council OK's LeMain decks, annexation plan
COTTONWOOD - Decks for the LeMain Development and the annexation of 13 residential properties received the green light Tuesday evening during a City Council meeting at 826 N. Main St.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Student count up in some Verde Valley schools, down in others
In fiscal year 2017, most Verde Valley school districts are experiencing between 1 percent and 5 percent decreases in their student population.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mingus King & Queen
Kiana Kreiner and Victor Hurtado are chosen Mingus High School 2016 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the Mingus Union High School football game Friday night. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Saturday, September 24, 2016

1st analysis shows successful 2016 Thunder Valley Rally
COTTONWOOD - Thunder Valley Rally - adored by some, abhorred by others - has come and gone. While economic information is still being calculated, below are the latest statistics of the event.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Volunteers needed for Oct. 22 Kids Against Hunger event
COTTONWOOD - Volunteers are needed to help pack meals for starving children and families at the Kids Against Hunger event Oct.22 at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Expect water interruptions in Upper Town Clarkdale Oct. 11, 12
CLARKDALE - Residents and business owners in Upper Town Clarkdale can expect water interruptions Oct. 11 and 12 as the town coordinates its water main replacement project with the school's fall break.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School dedication
Sunday, September 18, the new Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Thomas Olmsted , Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

SR 260 digging begins, but not for roadway
CAMP VERDE - Town Manager Russ Martin gave council and interested public an update Sept. 21 on impending SR 260 improvements designed to improve safety and flow between Camp Verde and Cottonwood.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Community's voice sought at public forums
CLARKDALE - Two back-to-back public forums focusing on state-related topics is scheduled for Wednesday, at Yavapai College's Clarkdale campus, according to a release from Arizona Town Hall officials.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Online dog licensing program available through county
COTTONWOOD - Last year, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office launched a website providing dog owners the ability to obtain licenses, maintain pet records, and even report an animal missing.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

IRS phone scam 'epidemic' throughout Yavapai County
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Sheriff spokesperson Dwight D'Evelyn described recent IRS scams as "epidemic."
Saturday, September 24, 2016

YC President Wills: Colleges 'pulling back because brick-and-mortar are fast going to online'
CAMP VERDE - When Yavapai College (YC) President Dr. Penny Wills visited the Camp Verde Town Council Sep. 21, the question on the minds of many but spoken by few was, "Where is Camp Verde's facility?"


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Plea deal may be in works for man accused of killing his mom
CAMP VERDE - A settlement conference, possible change of plea, and a Donald hearing will be pushed back until Nov.7 for Nathaniel Leroy Stubbs, who was before Superior Court Judge Joseph Butner Monday over the three cases he faces, leading to the alleged murder of his mother, Pamela Shepard, at her Cottonwood home on Pioneer Way.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

To burn or not to burn: Jerome's latest quandary
On one hand, Jerome was deemed the most hazardous town in the county for fires by Yavapai County Emergency Management. It awarded the town a $25,000 Firewise grant earlier this year to burn fire fuels such as brush. On the other hand, a resident concerned with health issues from the resulting smoke has asked the town to stop burning.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sneak peek into upcoming Jerome Ghost Walk
JEROME - Crumbling walkways, spooky old buildings and century-old relics may be a recipe for Halloween in other towns. But for Jerome, it's just another night on the town - - except for the added twist of being visited by denizens of the past during the sold-out 13th Annual Jerome Ghost Walk, Oct. 7 and 8.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Young BB-gun car shooter sentenced
CAMP VERDE -- Anthony Michael Villalobos was sentenced to one year of flat jail time and four years of supervised probation Monday at Yavapai Superior Court before Judge Michael Bluff on charges related to an April BB-gun car shooting.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Yavapai Six member admits to probation violation
CAMP VERDE - Jeffrey Lyn Balys admitted to a probation violation Monday for the use of methamphetamine in front of Judge Michael Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Verde River Day returns to Dead Horse State Park
COTTONWOOD - The 28th annual Verde River Day will be held Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Court Docket Sept. 22, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Oak Creek School nurtures love of reading with phonetics-based program
CORNVILLE - As a second grader Oak Creek School, Nolen Hunt says he is a good reader.

A year ago, the 7-year-old would never have said that.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mingus senior wins best of show at County Fair art show
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School has announced that 30 of its 44 students who entered the Yavapai County Fair's first Art Show of the year won awards, including senior Phoebe Chilton, who won Best of Show for her painting 'Drink Me'.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Colorado Springs mayor urges Arizonans to vote No on legalized marijuana
The mayor of Colorado's second-largest city is urging Arizonans not to legalize recreational use of marijuana even as he admits voters in his state want to keep their nearly 4-year-old law.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AZ minimum wage to get bumped 10-cents an hour in January
PHOENIX -- Arizona's minimum wage workers are going to get at least a dime-an-hour raise in January, no matter what voters decide at the ballot.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ducey: '21st century economy requires a 21st century skill set'
PHOENIX -- Saying it's critical to fill the jobs of the future, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to have 60 percent of Arizonans earning something more than a high school diploma by 2030.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Motorcyclist seriously injured on SR 89A
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, said Graves, and was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LeMain Development stirs up controversy over limited parking, balconies, building height
COTTONWOOD - The Planning and Zoning Commission met Monday to discuss building plans for the future Black Bear Diner, the McDonald's redesign, and zoning changes for the LeMain Development in Old Town.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

'Verde Trout' a sporting alternative for anglers
VERDE VALLEY - Even with this week's news that a committee of scientists has determined three species of chub will now be recognized as one, most Verde River anglers care more about catching chubs than classifying them.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Armed Cornville man confronts burglar; suspect begs homeowner not to shoot
CORNVILLE - A Cornville man confronted a burglar with a handgun and ordered him to lie on the floor around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a press release from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Verde Valley Special Olympians prepare for Saturday's bocce tournament
CAMP VERDE - Some say that the word bocce - or bocci in Italian - means kiss.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Paine to bring more rain through Friday
COTTONWOOD - Remnants of Tropical Storm Paine will stick around the Verde Valley until Friday, according to meteorologist Mark Stubblefield from the National Weather Service.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate Mandy Worth
The educational mission of MUHS allows for continued improvement. While the school does a good job of encouraging students to participate within the community, there is a distinct lack of community involvement in the school.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate Robb Williams
Curriculum is always a priority and is continuously being reviewed and improved by administration and staff. The board is grateful for their steady hand creating constant improvement.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate Anthony Lozano
Education is the door to the future of our young adults. I believe M.U.H.S. is serving the needs of our young adults, in every way, for a promising future.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate Jonathan P. Jauregui
The currant board has many challenges. They work hard, continuing to improve MUHS. Areas of improvement are the educational needs of our special needs students.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate David B. Gray
I would personally appreciate working with the current members of the Mingus BOE.  I have witnessed their tirelessness in advancing the well-being of students and staff and I want to be part of it.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet Mingus Union School Board candidate Lori Drake
My candidacy is not based upon a single issue but rather working as part of a team to create and even better Mingus for all of our students.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Volunteers needed for Verde Valley Project Connect
COTTONWOOD - Volunteers are needed for the 2nd annual Verde Valley Project Connect - where individuals experiencing homelessness can connect to the resources needed to access safe housing.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tribal election selects new leaders on Yavapai-Apache Nation
With a 2:1 margin, Jane Russell Winiecki of Clarkdale won the Tribal Chairperson's position with 387 votes to incumbent Tribal Chairman Thomas Beauty with 174 votes.
Monday, September 19, 2016

Where will Jerome's 'Sliding Jail' finally land?
JEROME - A Sept. 13 Jerome Town Council meeting brought a showdown in the "Sliding Jail" tug-of-war involving the historical society, the town and its residents.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Partnerships key to managing recreation on Verde River
VERDE VALLEY - A series of September workshops co-hosted by the Verde Front and Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition brought together conservation groups, municipalities, park systems and the general public in a collaborative effort to manage sustainable recreation on the Verde River.


Saturday, September 17, 2016


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