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State Route 89A switchbacks to close for up to five weeks after Memorial Day
On arguably one of the most narrow and winding roadways on the state's highway system, the Arizona Department of Transportation will soon begin a project that will restore the pavement along a three-and-a-half-mile segment of State Route 89A through the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cheryl Oliver-Alcantara fraud case drags on
CAMP VERDE -- The Cheryl Oliver fraud and theft case continues to plod through the court system, but Monday showed some movement. Oliver is the bookkeeper charged with accounting thefts at the Alcantara Winery over a number of years.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cottonwood sells itself on Phoenix billboards
Cottonwood and the Old Town Association are promoting Cottonwood this month with billboards placed along the Interstate in Phoenix.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hiker falls in West Clear Creek
A Phoenix man on a solo canyon trip in Wilbur Canyon, a tributary of West Clear Creek was seriously injured and had to be short-hauled by helicopter.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cottonwood Easter Egg-stravaganza is back
The Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department invites you to this year's annual Easter-Egg Hunt at River Front Park, April 19. I
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mingus prom not so promising for four students
Students cited and released for underage consumption of alcohol at the prom.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Parking lot collision leads to DUI
Saturday evening Cottonwood police were called to an accident in the parking lot of the Chaparral Bar.

Officers were told a 37-year-old Cornville man, Leonel Hernandez, had been asked to leave the bar after staffers told him he was already too intoxicated.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fire Restrictions to begin Friday on four Arizona National Forests
ARIZONA - Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented at 8 a.m. Friday, April 18, on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions will apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Fire restrictions will not yet be implemented on the North Kaibab Ranger District due to different weather and fuels conditions.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Services
Mountain View United Methodist Church in Jerome celebrates Easter with a series of services:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Organizer tries again for top-two primary system
PHOENIX- With independents now the state's largest voting bloc, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson said he's getting ready for another attempt at establishing primary elections that have the top two vote-getters advancing regardless of party.

"I think it's a process of when you're asking for change it never happens on the first time," Johnson said. "You have to keep going back."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Verde Valley renews broadband push
Stalled efforts to bring broadband to the Verde Valley may be picking up steam in the coming weeks as economic development leaders bring together vendors who can help finance this expensive project.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Judge rules Horne did not violate campaign laws
Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled this afternoon.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Armed standoff escalates into tragedy in Cornville
Suspect killed himself in front of deputies.
Monday, April 14, 2014

Home Sweet Jerome recounts 'fortunes, misfortunes, dreams and ambitions' of venerable mountainside town
If you had seen Jerome in 1979 when author Diane Sward Rapaport and her husband and young son drove into this ghost town of 250, you would never believe it could become what it is today - a bustling historic town with over a million visitors a year.
Monday, April 14, 2014

High winds take hot-air balloon over Mingus Mtn.; passengers injured in crash
A hot-air balloon that took off from Cottonwood made a hard landing near Mayer on Monday morning after inadvertently flying over Mingus Mountain in high winds.

Monday, April 14, 2014

After line-item vetoes, Brewer signs budget
Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval to a new $9.2 billion spending plan Friday -- but not before using her constitutional power to excise some items she does not like.
Monday, April 14, 2014

Verde Partnership to make presentation on Arizona Tribal Water Rights
PRESCOTT - Wednesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m., the Verde River Basin Partnership (Partnership) is sponsoring a presentation by Attorney Patrick Sigl of Salt River Project, titled, "Arizona Tribal Water Rights Settlement Update". The presentation will be held in the Board Chambers of the Yavapai Administrative Building at 1015 Fair Street in Prescott.
Monday, April 14, 2014

From laser-leveled fields to drip irrigation, farms stretch water they have
Ronald Rayner has been fascinated with water since he was a boy on his father's farm in Goodyear. Now a partner on the family farm, A Tumbling-T Ranches, he has found a way to conserve water and double production since 1980.

Rayner does this by planting cotton over harvested wheat and barley plants, instead of clearing and plowing fields beforehand. This technique, called double-cropping, prevents soil erosion and helps trap moisture by creating a natural mulch.


Monday, April 14, 2014

SRP using robot to find pipe leaks
PHOENIX - In the back of an SRP truck, Michael Wiechens stares at a monitor and works a joystick back and forth. His view: a 360-degree scan from inside an irrigation pipe.

Until eight years ago, SRP workers inspecting pipes for flaws had to do it themselves, crawling into cramped spaces that can contain broken glass, needles and toxic air and requiring a supporting cast of workers to ensure safety.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mickelsen race sees Page runner record 18,000th mile of "a running life'
When Paul Ostapuk crossed the finish line at Saturday's Brian Mickelsen Memorial 10K, he crossed No. 18,000 of his list.

His 18,000th mile.

Ostapuk, 57, an environmental and safety manager at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, began documenting his running life while a teenager in Tucson four decades ago.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

40 signed up for Clarkdale poker run
The quiet water of the Verde River is replacing the typical green felt tabletop for a poker game Saturday, culminating in the first Clarkdale concert in the park of the season.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Car rolls over to avoid animal
Accident on Clarkdale's South Broadway

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Detention officer accused of jail sex
Tuesday, a staff member of the Coconino County Detention Facility spoke with a woman inmate who told him that a detention officer was engaging in inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature with her.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

CPS alerts to kids getting drugs from stepfather
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives served a search warrant last Saturday as part of a Children's Protective Services investigation at a Paulden home.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Open burning triggers brush fire
Just before 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Clarkdale Fire District was dispatched to Hawk Hollow Way for a brush fire.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Update on man charged in child porn and sex case
A former Rimrock man, caught by the Internet Crimes Against children Task Force, has been imprisoned for the past two years.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lost hikers in Sedona saved by cell phones
In three separate incidents, hikers in the Sedona area had to be rescued in recent days after getting lost on trails. All were carrying cell phones or they might have experienced all night desert exposure and risk of serious injury or death.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fire Capt. Troy Hoke joins MATForce Board of Directors
Capt. Troy Hoke of the Cottonwood Fire Department has been named to the MATForce Board of Directors.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

VRBP to make presentation on Arizona Tribal Water Rights
PRESCOTT - Wednesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m., the Verde River Basin Partnership (Partnership) is sponsoring a presentation by Attorney Patrick Sigl of Salt River Project, titled, "Arizona Tribal Water Rights Settlement Update."
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Court Docket 4-11-14
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Friday, April 11, 2014

Utility work on State Route 89A in Cottonwood scheduled on Saturday
Drivers can expect a 15 minute delay between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Four tons of marijuana stopped at the border
NOGALES, Ariz. - A Mexican man was arrested Wednesday at the Port of Nogales for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Arizona, Nevada officials hold informal Interstate 11 meeting
"We want this to stand out on road maps," said Kevin Biesty, assistant director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. "One of the largest gaps between major metropolitan cities without a road like this is between Phoenix and Las Vegas, and we can change that."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Legislature OK's warrantless searches of abortion clinics
PHOENIX -- Citing everything from protecting women's health to God's opposition to the procedure, state senators gave final approval Wednesday to legislation allowing unannounced warrantless inspection of abortion clinics.

The 17-13 party-line voice vote came after extensive debate about not just whether the law is needed but whether it is really designed to harass abortion providers and their patients. The House already has approved the measure, meaning it now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mark Pelletier steps down from Old Town Mission
COTTONWOOD -- The Old Town Mission is once again looking for a new leader.

Dr. Mark Pelletier has announced his resignation and the Mission board will meet Friday to map a recruitment process for a new leader, according to President Gary Alden.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cottonwood's reclaimed water finds another outlet
COTTONWOOD -- Another page was turned Monday as Mayor Diane Joens threw the switch on Cottonwood's ever-growing re-use of wastewater effluent, now called "reclaimed water."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New members added to Cornville Community Association board
CORNVILLE - There were no surprises in the annual election for the Cornville Community Association Wednesday.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Get involved: Serve on a school board
Yavapai County has a total of 69 open school District Governing Board seats to be filled during the Nov. 4, 2014, election.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Relay for Life Zumbathon
On April 6, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District's Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) team put together a Zumbathon Charity Event.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Verde Valley Equine Festival comes to Cottonwood
The Rio Verde Roverettes brought the Verde Valley Equine Festival to Cottonwood on April 4-6.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

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