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Sheriff's Office seeks public's help in identifying suspect in trailhead auto burglaries
CORNVILLE -- Yavapai County Sheriff's detectives are seeking to identify a second suspect in several car burglary cases June 6 at Mormon Crossing in Cornville.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No arrests in Rimrock shooting that left one man dead
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D'Evelyn said one man is dead and another was treated and released after also being shot.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prices for eggs, milk plunge in latest food price comparison
PHOENIX -- The prices on two grocery staples is finally returning to normal in Arizona.

Shoppers for the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation found they can now buy eggs for $1.69 a dozen. That's pretty much half price of what it costs just a year earlier.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prop. 123 money flow to schools begins
The state Investment Board voted unanimously Tuesday to distribute more than $190 million to schools by Thursday in the first payment for Proposition 123.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: U.S. Congressional District 4 candidate Ray Strauss
Jobs. Jobs are both important for both the individuals I meet and the local leadership concerned with growing their economy.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: U.S. Congressional District 4 candidate Mikel Weisser
Some probably prefer soundbite answers like "Jobs" or "Terrorism," or maybe issue answers like "improving education" and "protecting water resources," but the thing I hear most often is something like, "You should have seen what this Republican did to me today."


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: U.S. Congressional District 4 candidate Dr. Paul A. Gosar
My constituents are very concerned about illegal immigration and President Obama's failure to defend our Constitution and uphold the Rule of Law.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Interstate 17 partially reopened near Cordes Junction
One northbound lane on Interstate 17 south of Cordes Junction has reopened, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The southbound lanes of I-17 at State Route 69 have also reopened.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Q&A Part 2: Yavapai College executive dean talks Maricopa Model, signature destination-type college programs
VERDE VALLEY - In early June, Yavapai College gave Dr. James Perey a new title: Executive Dean/Campus Executive Officer for the Verde Valley and Director of University/Governmental Relations for the college district. In effect, Dr. Perey is the voice of the college's Verde Valley arm.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hiker falls in West Clear Creek
CAMP VERDE -- About 2:10 p.m. Saturday, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office received a report that a 50-year-old woman hiker was conscious but had suffered injuries after falling approximately 100-feet downhill while hiking Maxwell Trail in West Clear Creek.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday Crash on 260
It was labeled a one-vehicle non-injury accident, but a motorhome pulling a trailer with a pickup rolled over onto SR 260 Tuesday just before 8 a.m. snarling traffic.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

College board OKs dual enrollment courses, $10-per-credit-hour
The Yavapai College District Governing Board approved an intergovernmental agreement that allows Yavapai College to provide dual enrollment courses from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, to eligible students enrolled in 13 district high schools.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sheriff's Office warns residents about cable service billing fraud
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has recently received complaints regarding email fraud targeting Cable One subscribers. In the email, entitled "Your Monthly Bill," there is a claim that payment to Cable One was recently declined.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Interstate 17 closed at Cordes Junction for a wildfire
Interstate 17 is closed in both directions at Cordes Junction for a wildfire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sedona's Midgley Bridge the site of another suicide
SEDONA -- There has been another suicide from Sedona's Midgley Bridge, just outside the city limits. The Coconino Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a woman, in her mid-to late 40s leaped to her death from the bridge Sunday morning.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Texas ruling has impact on Arizona abortion laws
PHOENIX -- A new ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court likely voids one Arizona abortion restriction and calls others into question.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Two people shot in Lake Montezuma; one dead
LAKE MONTEZUMA -- An incident command vehicle and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office investigators are clustered around a home in the 3900 block of East Meadow Lane in Lake Montezuma.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Q&A: Yavapai College Executive Dean talks student enrollment, career coaching
VERDE VALLEY - Since 2012, Dr. James Perey has served as executive dean of Yavapai College's Verde Valley Campus and Sedona Center.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cottonwood forum explores long-term solutions to Verde homelessness
COTTONWOOD -- A crowd of more than 100 people gathered at the Cottonwood Recreation Center Wednesday evening to hear about solutions to the homeless situation and panhandling in Cottonwood.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

25 Candles for Clemenceau Museum
Volunteer Broolynne Roback cuts the Clemenceau Heritage Museum birthday cake on Friday. The Verde Historical Society/ Clemenceau Heritage Museum turns a quarter century this fall and had an early celebration Friday.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Christian Oliva del Rio to assume leadership of Cottonwood Chamber
Christian Oliva del Rio, who has been office manager at the chamber for nine years, will fill some large shoes, effective July 1.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Feds give local jobs a boost
VERDE VALLEY - Two federal grants totaling just under one million dollars as well as loan money totaling one-half million dollars will plant the seeds for job growth in Yavapai County.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yavapai College loses Verde Valley Associate Dean
CLARKDALE - After 10 years with Yavapai College, including the past six months as Associate Dean for the Verde Valley Campus, Dr. Kelly Trainor has tendered his resignation effective July 7
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mingus interim superintendent to 'meet and greet' before Tuesday board meeting
COTTONWOOD - Before addressing Tuesday night's agenda, the Mingus Union High School District governing board will be part of a meet and greet with Eric Harmon, selected by the board as interim superintendent to replace Dr. Paul Tighe, who has resigned his position as district superintendent effective June 30.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

County budget at $205 million; tax rate to go down by about 1-cent
PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will not increase the primary tax rate for homeowners this year.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

League of Women Voters sets multiple candidate forums
Yavapai County Supervisor for District 3, the seat vacated by Chip Davis, will be finalized in the primary because only 2 Republicans are running. One will be the winner of the Republican primary and there are no Democratic candidates running to challenge the Republican primary winner in the general election in November.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: US Senate Dr. Kelli Ward
I am the only Republican who can win in November because people want a citizen servant in the Senate, not another career politician.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: US Senate John McCain
Throughout my tenure in the U.S. Senate, I have championed legislation to create a stronger, safer and more prosperous Arizona. From ensuring veterans receive the care they have earned and fighting to keep America safe from the threat of ISIS to addressing drought and catastrophic wildfire, I have never shied away from confronting tough issues.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: US Senate Clair Van Steenwyk
I won't vote for bad bills, won't serve more than 2 terms, won't vote for McCain if he wins the primary.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: US Senate Ann Kirkpatrick
Consistency: From my time as a prosecutor to a small business owner to serving as a member of Congress, I have spent my life fighting to put Arizona first.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: US Senate, Alex Meluskey
The problems facing Verde Valley are not much different from those facing much of our great state and nation. The number one issue facing us in the Verde Valley is the economy.
Friday, June 24, 2016

VACTE to negotiate with superintendent candidates
COTTONWOOD - Before Tuesday's meeting of the Valley Academy Career and Technology Education (VACTE) governing board, Superintendent Lisa Aragon shared a hug with board member and local business owner Charlene Day.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jerome Declares Emergency: Town under mandatory water restrictions
JEROME - During an emergency meeting June 22, the Jerome Town Council imposed mandatory water restrictions effective immediately as they struggle with half-empty water tanks continuing to deplete at a rate of half a foot a day.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

One lane reopened on I-17 southbound near Sunset Point
The left lane on Interstate 17 southbound has reopened about 1 mile north of the Sunset Point Rest Area
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cottonwood selects one new, one former, member to fill council vacancies
When the questions were complete, the city clerk totaled the council scores in order to name the two highest scoring candidates. Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens announced the appointees as Kyla Allen with a score of 106 and Linda Norman with a score of 94.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vacation rental reality: Will local taxes offset the impact?
VERDE VALLEY - With Governor Doug Ducey's May 12 signing of SB 1350 allowing residential homeowners to rent their places nightly or weekly regardless of zoning, how do Verde Valley communities plan to handle the impact of increased visitation to their neighborhoods?


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

26 wildland fires currently burning in Arizona
There are 26 wildland fires currently burning in Arizona. Here's a list of the largest:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

25th birthday celebration planned for Clemenceau Museum
Twenthy-five years ago a dedicated group of far-sighted, hard-working persons create the Museum we now know. Its collection is diverse and far-ranging collection of the artifacts of life in the Upper Verde, mostly during the last century or so.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

12 candidates express interest in city council appointments
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood City Council has a medium-sized agenda Tuesday night, including final approval of the new fiscal year budget, tentatively set at $73.1 million.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Game and Fish reports nuisance bear may have moved on
CAMP VERDE -- Wildlife Manager Tom Bagley said Arizona Game and Fish officers have been looking for the juvenile bear that has haunted the Camp Verde area.

Bagley theorized the young bear has moved on as the agency's attempts at trapping the animal over the weekend have failed.


Monday, June 20, 2016


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