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WWII vet James L. Oliver celebrates 100th birthday
VERDE VALLEY - James L. Oliver of Cottonwood was born in 1916 and still drives, dines-out and lives independently. And that earned him a centenarian proclamation by Governor Doug Ducey and presentation of a Prescott courthouse flag at the July 20 meeting of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

County library tax to see 16% increase
COTTONWOOD -- For the convenience of Verde Valley residents, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Wednesday regarding a request to raise library funding by 16 percent.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Clarkdale News Update
Clarkdale property tax hike goes public July 26
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Corporation Commission candidates pledge transparency over campaign contributions
TEMPE -- Three candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission vowed Wednesday to force utilities to disclose the money they spend trying to elect the people who regulate them and the rates they can charge.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tuesday spike in calls creates busy day for emergency service responders
A lightning-caused residential fire, a three-vehicle crash on AZ 260, a chainsaw injury and a dehydrated hiker made for a busy day for emergency responders and the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority Tuesday.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

County has 21-year plan to pay back $40.1M in retirement funds
Every town, city and county pays into in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, and the manner in which they manage this payment often looks different from one PSPRS member to another.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Human skull found at Camp Verde Black Bridge
Monday, three teenagers spent the afternoon fishing on the Verde River. At 4:55 p.m., their outing ended, when they found a skull in the river about 150 yards north of Black Bridge.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Aug. 12 hearing to decide if marijuana legalization will be on ballot
PHOENIX -- A judge will hear arguments Aug. 12 over whether Arizonans will be allowed to vote on whether they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

High-tech injection work leads to nighttime lane closures on I-17 at McGuireville
This week and weekend, Arizona Department of Transportation crews are performing nighttime operations on southbound Interstate 17 at the McGuireville exit (milepost 293), using new high-tech injection technology to address needed repairs.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

'Down-zoning' paves way for Vineyards at Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- The trees may have gotten in the way of the forest, but in the end the Cottonwood Planning Commission Monday approved a rezoning request for the new Vineyards at Cottonwood development.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Green light for Tavern Hotel expansion
The Old Town Cottonwood restaurateur and lodge owner succeeded Monday in convincing the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission to allow for a 26-room expansion of the Tavern Hotel.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chagolla sentenced to 11 years for Beauty killing
PHOENIX - Mario Chagolla Jr., 38, of Camp Verde was sentenced Monday to an 11-year prison term after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing, dismemberment and burning of victim Dwayne Beauty, 40, in 2013.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nuisance black bear euthanized in Prescott
Arizona Game and Fish Department officers euthanized an adult black bear Friday morning that was exhibiting unacceptable behavior and was a potential threat to public safety near downtown Prescott.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Verde Valley Forum brings stakeholders together on critical education issues
VERDE VALLEY - After a lengthier event that was planned for April stalled, a more streamlined Verde Valley Forum (VVF) is charging ahead, bringing together local stakeholders and issues Sept. 9 - 10 at Cliff Castle Conference Center in Camp Verde.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VACTE to approve fire science instructor contract
COTTONWOOD - Wednesday, the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education board is expected to officially approve a contract for Camp Verde High School Fire Science instructor Steve Darby.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jeremiah Gaver declared mentally competent; returns to trial court
COTTONWOOD -- It has been sixteen months since the Gaver family left the Carl's Jr. at Rodeo Drive and SR 260 and headed to Wal Mart parking lot to spend the night.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Water restrictions, fire ban continue in Clarkdale
The Town of Clarkdale continues with its water conservation as well as its fire ban since scant monsoon rains offered little benefit during the parched months of June and July.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Arizona Health Assn. plays both sides of fence on legal marijuana debate
The Arizona Public Health Association has submitted an argument supporting legalizing marijuana for recreational use. It also submitted one against the measure.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Smooth sailing on AZ 260 work
To make-up the deficit, German was able to land nearly $250,000 from NACOG. He then approached District 2 Yavapai County Supervisor Thomas Thurman for assistance with the remaining $660,000 balance.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

South side, north side non-profits feed hungry throughout Valley
VERDE VALLEY - Feeding the hungry has no borders, and two agencies 32 miles apart are filling urgent needs throughout the Verde Valley.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mingus campus gets facelift with interior, exterior upgrades from voter-approved bond
COTTONWOOD - Not one to suffer the understatement, Kirk Waddle says this summer's bond-supported upkeep at Mingus Union High School is "a lot of work."


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Wendy Rogers
Unlike Ann Kirkpatrick, I support an effort in the US House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare to replace it with a proposed plan called A Better Way.  A Better Way will be a step-by-step plan that will enable all to access quality and affordable health care for themselves and their families.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Tom O'Halleran
My primary concern with health care today is affordability. The House of Representatives has voted dozens of times to repeal the ACA despite knowing full-well those votes would fail. That time would have been better spent addressing the shortcomings in the law to further improve access to healthcare and bring down costs.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Shawn Redd
I believe in States rights and believe that health care should be left under the jurisdiction of individual states. However I do support reducing restrictions that prevent i
Saturday, July 16, 2016

AZ governors past and present share thoughts on Trump's need to unite Republican Party
PHOENIX -- As Republicans gather in Cleveland, three Arizona governors say they know what it will take for Donald Trump to unite the party behind him.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet District 6 State Senate candidate Sylvia Tenney Allen
A choice between virtually anyone and Hillary Clinton is easy. Clinton offers us four more years of economic stagnation, Supreme Court Justices that will continue to rewrite our laws and take away our freedoms, higher regulation and bigger government, and a foreign policy that has made the world an extremely dangerous place and puts our military in harm's way.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet District 6 State Senate candidate Nikki Check Bagley
Education at every level must be supported to achieve college and career readiness in the generations to come. I will support early education programs, improve our K-12 funding structure to avoid fiscal cliffs and near-constant funding crises,
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dark money referendum effort ends
PHOENIX -- The organizer of a bid to quash a new state law easing rules on anonymous "dark money' donations in political races has folded his tent.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet District 6 State House candidate Bob Thorpe
Local government control is best because it is closest to and most accountable to the local public. State government needs to support local governance and only pass laws that correct serious local problems and to create uniformity of laws across the state.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet District 6 State House candidate Alex Martinez
First and foremost, I am a strong fiscal conservative. Federal funds are necessary for community services such as education, transportation and economic development.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Court Docket July 17, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Planned Parenthood Arizona, Desert Star Family Planning sue to keep flow of state, federal dollars
Abortion providers filed suit in federal court Thursday to block a new state law that is designed to cut off other state and federal dollars they get.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lawsuits challenge extreme ends of Arizona wages
Two statewide business groups are trying to keep voters from deciding whether $12 an hour is too much for workers and $216 an hour is too little for hospital executives.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Arizona cities among best in country for motorists
Scottsdale came in first in the entire country.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

County supervisors meet in Cottonwood Wednesday
Mobile mental health unit, Sedona airport car rental, police K-9 care on the agenda
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Plea may be offered in case of son accused of killing his mother
CAMP VERDE -- No plea has been offered, but it's not being ruled out in the case of a Cottonwood man accused of killing his mother..


Friday, July 15, 2016

Camp Verde's Steve Darby to teach fire science curriculum for VACTE
COTTONWOOD - Camp Verde High School Fire Science instructor Steve Darby has accepted a position teaching the Fire Science Program through Valley Academy for Career and Technology and Education in Cottonwood.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Tavern Hotel expansion, phase 1 of Vineyards development comes before planning commission
COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Planning Commission will consider a major expansion to Old Town's Tavern Hotel and a rezoning request to allow for the first phase of a 500-home housing development.


Friday, July 15, 2016

College trio D'Angelo, Davis, Mulcaire earn national excellence awards
A national organization that celebrates excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges included three Yavapai College employees on its list of 2016 honorees.


Friday, July 15, 2016

David Mackey appointed to third term as presiding judge of Yavapai County
PRESCOTT - David L. Mackey has been appointed to a third three-year term as presiding judge of Yavapai County by the Arizona Supreme Court.


Friday, July 15, 2016


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