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Courts asked to take on political attack ads
PHOENIX -- The state's high court is being asked to decide when groups attacking politicians up for election have to disclose who is financing the effort.

Attorney Tom Irvine wants the Supreme Court to rule that only groups which run commercials specifically asking viewers to vote for or against someone must spell out the source of the cash.

Put another way, he is arguing that any spot without certain "magic words' like "vote for,' "elect,' "support' or "oppose' are exempt from laws saying who is pulling the financial strings, no matter how nasty the attack and no matter how close to election day it runs.


Monday, September 15, 2014

VVN web sites to modify reader comments protocol Oct. 1
We will implement a change to our article comments system Oct. 1.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Yavapai College toasts completion of winery school
Clarkdale is now home to the country's largest teaching vineyard and winery, spanning 17 acres, a 3,000-barrel production facility, and enology laboratory.

A glass wall separates barrel storage from a tasting room that is divided by a bar made from recycled flooring, and a backdrop made of used, deconstructed barrels.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity gets new director
COTTONWOOD -- Board member Tanya Simms has taken over as director at Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity with a vision for the future.

"We're continuing to grow," she said. "In five or six years, I hope we'll be serving the community in a much larger capacity."


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Katy Wilkins named Arizona March of Dimes 'Nurse of the Year'
Katy Wilkens, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., won the 2014 Arizona March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award in the Critical Care category.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

I-17 paving work continues south of Camp Verde
PHOENIX - Motorists traveling between Phoenix and Flagstaff need to plan ahead, be alert for work zones and allow extra travel time due to a pavement improvement project that is entering its final stages along Interstate 17, midway between Cordes Junction and Camp Verde.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boys and Girls Club lease to be terminated
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood City Council will deal with the empty Boys and Girls club building at the back of the Old Town Activity Park Tuesday.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

We Will Never Forget 9-11
Cottonwood Fire Department Fire Inspector SteveTrautman was on the scene of the twin towers on 9/11 as a New York EMS member and recollects his thoughts of the event during a ceremony recognizing 9/11 victims and firefighters at the Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

County officials: Jail sales tax is preferable to property tax hike
Yavapai County officials repeatedly stressed Tuesday that tourists will pay a sizable portion of the sales tax they want to double so they can build and staff a new Prescott jail.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clarkdale Town Council accepting applications for college committee
Interested citizens should submit their Letter of Interest and Statement of Qualifications to Clarkdale Town Clerk Kathy Bainbridge
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Court Docket: Sept. 13, 2014
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cottonwood Hells Angel gang member sentenced to 8 years in prison
Bruce Schweigert, Sr., 50, Cottonwood, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Joseph C. Butner III Friday.

Schweigert, Sr., was found guilty July 16 of several criminal charges stemming from an August 2013 bar fight in Cottonwood.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

UPDATE: Court orders Arizona to recognize California-based gay marriage
A federal judge this afternoon order the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Fred McQuire as his legal spouse.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

National report card gives state's schools a D for academics
WASHINGTON - Arizona schools got a 'D' for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

"Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on K-12 Educational Effectiveness," graded states on how well their schools are performing and how well prepared students are for today's job market.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Arizona lawmakers want greater say in U.S. strategy against ISIS
WASHINGTON - Arizona's congressional delegation may disagree over exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but in a rare moment of bipartisan unity, members said Congress should have more input into the decision making.

The plan laid out by President Barack Obama should be brought to Congress so it can "be thoroughly vetted by the American people," said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, adding that the president "should come clean with the American people."


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Friday, September 12, 2014

New law allows microdistilleries to sell their wares directly to stores, public
PRESCOTT - Behind the counter of her tasting room at Thumb Butte Distillery, Dana Murdock slices and crushes fresh cucumbers, oranges and limes. She shakes the citrus medley with a bit of the house distilled Meyer Lemon Vodka and pours the aromatic, yellow creation over ice.

When Thumb Butte's tasting room opened in May, Murdock would have only been able to let her customers sample the contents of the glass in front of her. If someone wanted to buy a bottle of the spirit, she had to direct them to two liquor stores a couple miles away that sell her product.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Months after unveiling, Goldwater statue still awaiting trip to the U.S. Capitol
PHOENIX - With great fanfare, state officials in March unveiled an 8-foot-tall bronze statue of the late U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater that will represent Arizona at the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

Months later, visitors to the old State Capitol will still see the statue looming over the state seal in the rotunda.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Feds challenge Arizona on smuggling portion of immigration law
PHOENIX -- The Obama administration is asking a federal judge to void another of Arizona's laws aimed at illegal immigration.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Gay-marriage widower a legal dilemma in Arizona
PHOENIX -- An attorney for the state told a federal judge here late Monday it's "unfortunate' -- but not illegal -- that Arizona will not recognize a man legally married in California as his husband's legal survivor.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Judge: Tucson must turn over cell phone-tracking documents
PHOENIX -- A judge has ordered the city of Tucson to provide a list of documents it refuses to make public on its possession and use of a controversial device that allows police to track cell phone users.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Attorney General takes Arizona's abortion fight to U.S. Supreme Court
PHOENIX -- Attorney General Tom Horne is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that Arizona lawmakers can legally restrict the right of women to a medication abortion if they have "justification' to do so and other options remain.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Mingus takes case for override to Clarkdale
Amy Lower gently removed the back pages from her daughter's once-tightly bound calculus textbook, showing members of Clarkdale's town council what an override would buy.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Communities seek college advisory board nominations
Jerome and Clarkdale recently joined the list
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drive time accident blocks traffic
A drive time accident at State Route 89A and Mingus Avenue Wednesday morning injured at least one person. A pickup and a passenger car collided on the south side of the state highway.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sexual assault suspect, facing trial, charged with harassing victim
Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies received a report that 49-year-old Thomas Bolton of Wilhoit, violated court ordered conditions by harassing his minor-aged victim in front of a Wilhoit business.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

With voting exhibit, Capitol Museum aims to increase participation
In 1912, the year Arizona became a state, voters would slide their ballots into a slot atop this locking metal voting box, a relic now under glass in the old State Capitol.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Education rules first gubernatorial debate
Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Fred DuVal promised Wednesday night to stop fighting public schools and immediately give them more than $300 million courts have said are owed them.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Governor offers debate advice to DuVal, Ducey
Gov. Jan Brewer has some advice for Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey as they face off in their series of gubernatorial debates.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brewer apathetic over Legislative pay raise, GOP school chief nominee
A proposal asking voters to hike the pay of state legislators by $11,000 a year is getting a decidedly cool reception from Gov. Jan Brewer -- as is her own party's nominee for state superintendent of public instruction.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Commission claims Horne used state employees for campaign
Attorney General Tom Horne used more than $300,000 worth of state employee time and office rent in his unsuccessful bid to get reelected, the executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission concluded Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monsoon Message
Arizona has seen one of its most prolific monsoon seaons in decades this year. Monday, this storm system moved toward Cottonwood from the southwest. Wednesday's forecast for the Verde Valley calls for more scattered showers and thunderstorms with abundant sunshine and highs in the 80s expected Thursday and through the weekend. VVN/Vyto Starinskas


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 Rhythm & Ribs called a home run
COTTONWOOD -- Organizers say the numbers will tell the story and those have not yet been tabulated. But, the gut impression is that Rhythm and Ribs in its 9th year has finally hit its stride.

Brad Miller of Yavapai Broadcasting hailed the event Friday and Saturday as the best ever. Councilman Terence Pratt, who welcomed the crowd both nights, agreed.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DUI driver charged with aggravated assault
COTTONWOOD -- A little after 8 p.m. Sunday night, Cottonwood Police officers were dispatched to two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Cove Parkway and South Main Street. Dispatch reported there was a person in a "lifted" truck that just crashed into second vehicle and the truck was stuck on a small white sedan facing south on Cove Parkway.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Assault at Rhythm and Ribs
COTTONWOOD -- Forty-year-old Mesa resident William Joseph McIntyre was arrested on an assault charge during the Rhythm and Ribs event in Cottonwood.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Horne backs off on challenge to alleged improprieties concerning his campaign
PHOENIX -- Attorney General Tom Horne is quietly dropping his effort to quash one of the investigations into his losing campaign for reelection, at least for now.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chamber breakfast talks school elections
COTTONWOOD -- Dr. Paul Tighe of Mingus High School and Barbara U'Ren of Cottonwood Oak Creek School District, will discuss their schools' Bond and Override elections this fall. Get all the facts from the Superintendents and ask your questions.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Verde River Day returns Sept. 27 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Verde River Day activities promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde River's riparian habitat.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jerome cancels 2014 Ghost Walk
JEROME -- It will be a safer and longer Ghost Walk that debuts the second week of October next year, said Jerome Historical Society President Jay Kinsella.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

College Alliance conference coming to Prescott, Verde Valley
The Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) 2014 national conference at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center is expected to attract some 200 guests to the area Sept. 24-26. Yavapai College is serving as the host college for this year's conference.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Corrections department renews registration to import execution drug
WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday renewed the Arizona Department of Corrections' registration to import pentobarbital, the drug of choice for executions in states that allow lethal injection.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


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