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89 and Vine proposed north of Verde Santa Fe
COTTONWOOD -- The massive 760-acre parcel of gently rolling land opposite the Verde Santa Fe development north of Cornville Road seems to have a new bloom of interest.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Newspaper seeks photos, stories from local veterans
The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers are looking for photographs of Verde Valley veterans for inclusion in our Veterans Day special section, which will publish Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

New support system in place for 'Leaning Wall of Jerome'
The Town of Jerome has shored up the historic wall across from the Spirit Room on 89A that will now allow the town to fix the crumbling wall below it.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Verde Valley Leadership launches class X
Flying high at The Mescal Canyon Retreat in Clarkdale, the Verde Valley Leadership (VVL) celebrated its 10th anniversary and launched its 10th class with its customary two-day kickoff retreat.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Out on bond, child porn defendant caught allegedly leaving U.S.
A man awaiting trial here on child porn charges, and out on bond, was stopped at an airport in New Mexico as he prepared to fly to the country of Jordan, Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

AG: Con artists becoming more aggressive, send driver to 'help' victims get money
Scammers trying to separate people from their money have become even more aggressive, sending cars to pick them up.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Jerome sanitation rates up 20 percent Nov. 1
JEROME - As was publicly posted this summer, sanitation rates for Jerome residents will rise 20 percent effective Nov. 1.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Clarkdale approves three liquor licenses
CLARKDALE - The Clarkdale Town Council approved three liquor licenses-two special event and one storefront-during its Sept. 22 meeting.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Superintendent takes his case to the people
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Tighe is on a mission to help over 1,200 Cottonwood kids.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Dr. Ewell to visit Sedona YC campus Oct. 7 for college advisory committee meeting
The Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee (VVBAC) will meet Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sedona Center, 4215 Arts Village Drive, across the street from Red Rock High School.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Prescott Forest offices change operational hours
PRESCOTT - Starting early October, day use hours at Forest Service facilities are reduced reflecting the shorter days.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Lower now master sergeant of Verde Valley Company Arizona Rangers
COTTONWOOD - Longtime Cottonwood resident Bob Lower was recently appointed to the position of Duty Sergeant and promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant of the Verde Valley Company Arizona Rangers at their monthly meeting held Sept. 14 at the Cottonwood Police Department.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Animal fostering can make a world of difference
Most people equate late summer/early fall with vacations, barbecues, and relaxation. The Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) looks forward to that as well.
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Court Docket: Oct. 3
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:

(***Initial appearance conducted by, and dollar amount of bond set by a pro tem judge.)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Arizona cotton farmers squeeze more product from fewer acres
As someone who has eye-witnessed five decades of cotton growing practices in Arizona, Ben Hoyler is uniquely qualified to answer: "Is cotton still one of Arizona's 5 C's?"
Friday, October 2, 2015

Arizona is getting hotter, dryer than 50 years ago
TEMPE -- Along with the "5 C's," another catch phrase of the 50's, 60's and 70's was, "It's a dry heat." Later in the 90's, it was "Blame it on El Nino." Now we hear, "Thanks to global warming."
Friday, October 2, 2015

Mark Killian resigns from Arizona Board of Regents
On the heels of a nearly $100 million cut in state aid to universities, Mark Killian is quitting the Arizona Board of Regents.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Study shows Arizona lagging on filling high-tech and other professional jobs
PHOENIX -- Arizona is not producing enough college graduates to fill the high-tech and other professional jobs it will take to finally boost the state out of the basement of personal income, according to a new report being released Thursday.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Report points to failing of Arizona's child welfare system
PHOENIX -- A lack of structure in how the state's child welfare agency decides whether someone is in danger leads to "poor documentation and subjective decision-making by caseworkers' on whether a child should be removed from a home, a new report says.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Judge asked to void state law blocking cities from regulating plastic and paper bags
PHOENIX -- Calling the law an illegal intrusion on local affairs, a Tempe council member is asking a judge to void a new state law that blocks cities from regulating plastic and paper bags.

Bisbee has decided to ignore the law entirely.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Study shows beef prices on the rise
PHOENIX -- If you like beef, particularly the more select cuts, be prepared to dig much deeper into your wallet.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Douglas outlines her vision for Arizona education
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is calling for higher teacher pay, an end to teaching "racism' in schools, a requirement for high school graduates to be able to speak a foreign language, allow parents to refuse to let their children take standardized tests, and give children more time for lunch because it takes more time to eat the healthy alternatives now required than what schools used to serve.

And just for good measure, Douglas wants Arizona to sever all ties with Common Core, insisting that will allow the state to create better -- and more rigorous -- academic standards.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Nearly a million cattle still roam, yet they're fewer, but bigger, than 1964
Andy Groseta is a third-generation rancher, a living icon of the American West that some feel is fading like a desert sunset.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Judge will allow new testimony against Jack Rider in Verde River drowning case
CAMP VERDE -- Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Joseph Butner Tuesday permitted the introduction of statements by two women into the alleged murder of Krystil Wilson at Beasley Flat in July 2007.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mingus High's Lost in Yonkers explores 'new normal'
What is "normal" today, anyways?

With a two-week run beginning Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., the Mingus Union High School's A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians (ATORT) explores just that question in Neil Simon's play Lost in Yonkers.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Arizona citrus a top five player -- but not in Phoenix
FORT MCDOWELL YAVAPAI NATION -- When it comes to citrus production, Arizona still dominates four of the top rankings nationwide. Arizona places second in lemons, third in tangerines and is tied for fourth in both oranges and grapefruit.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Education board claims Douglas breaking law over teacher files
PHOENIX -- Saying she's breaking the law, the state Board of Education on Wednesday asked a judge to order schools chief Diane Douglas to give its investigators remote access to teacher files.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Con artists using sheriff's office as ruse to rip off people
Scammers have continued to steal money from unsuspecting victims by claiming to be from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jerome Fire Department VW van to live in Glendale
JEROME -- The Arizona Bus Club which this year celebrated its 25th annual Jerome Jamboree at the Gold King Mine also honored the club's relationship to the Jerome Fire Department, which oversees the crowded gathering that hosted over 300 participant VWs this year, many who drive split-window buses.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Verde Valley constable suspended by presiding judge
PRESCOTT -- The presiding judge of the Yavapai County Superior Court has suspended the Verde Valley Constable for alleged mishandling of funds.

There is no indication that theft is involved, according to a news release from Shelly J. Bacon, deputy court administrator, Yavapai County Superior Court.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Special Report -- The 5 C's: Copper, Cattle, Citrus, Cotton and Climate
Anyone sitting inside an Arizona classroom between the 1950s through 1970s will remember this test question: "What are 'the 5 C's' of Arizona?"
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Arizona still tops in copper, up 28% in 50 years
CLARKDALE -- Copper: So important was it to the history of Arizona that it remains front and center on the state flag as a copper-colored star.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Habitat for Humanity celebrates 1st mortgage burning party
CLARKDALE -- Victoria Rodriguez-Luevano felt she was doing everything right on her path towards the American Dream.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Prison awaits Clarkdale man who imprisoned family
CAMP VERDE - Daniel Romo Felix could be sentenced to as much as 23 years in prison on a plea agreement for the family fight and gunplay that brought the SWAT team to his Clarkdale home in July.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Village of Oak Creek burglar makes himself 'at home'
Deputies arrested 39-year-old James Woods of Prescott, who admitted occupying the guest house for almost a week.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Real men pump it up for Verde Valley Sanctuary
COTTONWOOD -- Walk in her shoes against domestic violence and sexual assault. Supportive Verde Valley men will put on heels of their significant others to walk a mile Oct. 3. It is an important fundraiser for the Verde Valley Sanctuary.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Verde News Update
From noon until 9 p.m. this Saturday, the Clarkdale Historic District is blocking traffic as thousands of people hit the streets to enjoy local beer, wine, food, arts and crafts and live music. The event takes place on Main St. between 9th and 10th, as well as the Clarkdale Park. Plenty of parking is available in the area surrounding the festivities.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Auditor General report shows shortfall in road maintenance fund
PHOENIX -- Arizona will collect less than a third of the money it needs in transportation taxes to meet the anticipated needs by 2035, including keeping the state's roads and bridges repaired, a new state report shows.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Study puts Arizona among worst places in nation to be a teacher
PHOENIX -- A new study by an online financial advice firm concludes Arizona isn't the worst place in the nation to be a teacher.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Democrats seek level financial playing field for public, private schools
PHOENIX -- Legislative Democrats want to cap how much corporations can divert of their state taxes to send children to private and parochial schools so more money ends up going to public schools.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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