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Gear Up integrates out-of-district freshmen 'Linklets' into Mingus life
COTTONWOOD -- A quick hug and a few hi-best-friends later, freshmen Serina Stanley and senior Link Crew leader Charles Novak are one of Mingus Union High School's transition successes.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Comments run 2-1 in favor of jail tax increase
Twice as many people submitted statements of support than opposition to the proposed Yavapai County jail sales tax increase for the publicity pamphlet that registered voters will get in the mail.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cottonwood man sentenced for VOC home invasion
Kenneth Birchett, Jr., a 51-year-old Cottonwood man, was sentenced to 30 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections last week by Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

County names chief adult probation officer
The Yavapai County Superior Court has named John Morris as its new chief adult probation officer for the vacancy created by the retirement of Billie Grobe.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Volunteers, donations, sponsorships sought for Oct. 11 250,000-meal Kids Against Hunger event
Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger will partner with the community to package 250,000 meals in a day-long event at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds Oct. 11.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Free family support & coaching program available to teen parents
Arizona's Children Association is pleased to announce an extended service for their Parents as Teachers program for families in Yavapai County.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

STEAM at the Cottonwood Public Library
In July, the Youth Services Department was awarded STEAM Kits from the Arizona State Library. STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Verde Valley Archaeology Center receives conservation qualification
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has received a major endorsement of its conservation efforts and abilities in a Conservation Assessment report from staff of the Arizona State Museum.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deputies Honored for 20 years of Service
Earlier this month, Sheriff Scott Mascher honored six law enforcement officers for their combined total of 120 years of service to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Elections Director: Club is probably violating campaign law
PHOENIX -- The state's elections director says an organization that has so far put nearly $1.7 million into this year's primary election likely is violating campaign finance laws.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Hospice facility open house tours offered Aug. 23
Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the community is invited to the opening of a new 10,000 square-foot facility at 421 N. Willard St. where Northern Arizona Hospice will provide hospice care.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

County votes 'No' on wolves
PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Monday against the return of wolves to this county.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nicholas Reid expected to plead to home invasion, car burglaries
CAMP VERDE -- 25-year-old Nicholas Reid, one of two men facing charges in the 18 Street Cottonwood home invasion and shooting in 2013, is now facing charges for vehicle burglary in a Camp Verde case. DNA testing from the burglary returned identifying Reid as the suspect.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Northern Arizona Boys & Girls Club finally dissolves
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood-based Boys & Girls Club of Northern Arizona will end operations effective immediately, according to Barbara Stricker, Operations Manager of the Pacific Region of the national after-school organization.  

"Like other non-profits, the Club has experienced increased demand for services due to challenging economic conditions at the national, state and local levels. At the same time, these conditions have also resulted in reductions in charitable giving and grant availability. The board regrets having to make this very difficult decision," said Stricker.   

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Poll shows overall satisfaction with Yavapai College
More than 80 percent of those who took the survey expressed overall satisfaction with the college
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

They're Here: Gangs a Yavapai reality, says task force
COTTONWOOD -- Nearly three dozen citizens gathered in Cottonwood last week. Many more were part of gatherings in Prescott and two other locations, as a presentation on Yavapai County gangs was televised throughout the county.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cottonwood Elementary works to rectify AIMS stumble
COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood Elementary School is taking another look at its programs after stepping down from a B to a C grade in the Arizona Department of Education 2014 letter grades.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Volunteers, donations, sponsorships sought for Oct. 11 250,000-meal Kids Against Hunger event
Planning is now in full swing for the largest food-packaging event in the history of Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger.

Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger will partner with the community to package 250,000 meals in a day-long event at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds Oct. 11.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

First-year skills course debuts at Yavapai College
About 60 of the school's new students have signed up for First-Year Experience 103, a new course offered at Yavapai to teach college culture, said Verde Campus Dean James Perey.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

13 years later, man pays for Fossil Creek murder
The murder was in Yavapai County in 2001
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ducey hopes to block JanPAC from funding Smith campaign
PHOENIX -- Unable to get Jan Brewer's endorsement for himself, Doug Ducey is now angling to deter the governor from spending her own political funds to help elect Scott Smith.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

College to maintain presence at Sedona Center for Arts & Technology
The Yavapai College Governing Board at its Aug. 12 meeting gave final approval to an agreement for the College to stay in its Sedona Center for Arts & Technology facility located in the Sedona Cultural Park.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Highway 260 Cleanup
The Verde Villages Property Owners Association met up early Saturday morning at the One in Christ Church near the Verde Valley Fire Station parking lot for their annual clean up of Route 260 in Cottonwood.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Three additional finalists for Yavapai judge pro tem
PRESCOTT -- The Superior Court welcomes public comment on the finalists for the Judge Pro Tem position.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yavapai Food Neighbors August Collection Results
61,328.8  pounds of food collected

51,107 meals


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Allen seeks appointment to replace Crandell on ballot
Responding to calls from constituents and colleagues, Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Tenney Allen declared her intention to replace the late Sen. Chester Crandell as the Republican Party nominee for State Senate representing Legislative District 6 at the State Capitol.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Volunteers needed for Court Appointed Special Advocate program
A Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer is needed for 12-year-old Samantha and her 9-year-old brother, Alex.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

AZ jobless rate stands at 7%
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month, to 7.0 percent, amid lackluster overall growth of jobs in the private sector and sharp but seasonally expected declines in employment in public education.

And it might have been worse except for one thing: the federal Affordable Care Act.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Vacation rentals issue prominent at Jerome forum
Jerome voters have started submitting their early ballots in an election that could hinge on a divisive vacation rentals ordinance.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Judge: Jack Rider jury will hear two differing causes of death
CAMP VERDE -- The defense of Jack Rider has gotten more complicated. Wednesday, attorney John Sears brought Mark Fischione to the stand in an attempt to have the current Yavapai County Medical Examiner excluded as an expert witness. Sears says it will "confuse and prejudice the jury" to have two forensic experts ruling the manner of death differently.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teen arrested with heroin at Camp Verde High School
A student's odd behavior at Camp Verde High School Wednesday morning led to an arrest on seven felony charges.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Coffee Talk With the Mayor
Residents turned out for coffee talk with Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens at the Old Town Red Rooster Café Wednesday morning to discuss issues and concerns facing the city. Cottonwood Area Transit Manager Bruce Morrow accompanied the mayor to discuss the city's public transit system and its history. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Thursday, August 14, 2014

ICE partners with sheriff for multiple arrests in Yavapai County
Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations Team made multiple arrests in several areas of Yavapai County, during the week of July 28. Those arrested were transported to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde for processing and holding for transportation to a Federal Holding facility. The YCSO Camp Verde facility is designated a 287(g) facility in partnership with ICE.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clarkdale's Verde River Ambassadors key to stewardship
When the Town of Clarkdale founded the Verde River Verde River @ Clarkdale (VR@C) project three years ago, they did so believing that improving access and recreation opportunities on the river would give the community an opportunity to personally connect with the river. Those personal connections would help strengthen people's understanding and desire for stewardship of this precious resource.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

State mandates 25-mile rule on marijuana grow privilege
PHOENIX -- Medical marijuana users have no right to grow their own plants once a dispensary moves within 25 miles as the crow flies, a state hearing officers concluded Tuesday.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Court rules transgender man can get legal divorce
PHOENIX -- A transgender man is entitled to get a divorce in Arizona from his wife even though he kept his uterus and bore children with her, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

City prepares for annual water/wastewater rate adjustment
COTTONWOOD -- A work session of the Cottonwood City Council Tuesday prepared the board for a proposed cost adjustment for water and wastewater rates. It was not a formal hearing, but Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez told the small audience that there would be two formal public hearings before the council takes action.

There was a lot of information, a lot of clarification, but the meeting may not satisfy objectors, including the Citizens 4 Fiscal Accountability, which has attempted to build opposition to the adjustment.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Two injured in plane crash in Rimrock
Two people were seriously injured after they tried to land their small aircraft in poor weather conditions.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clarkdale-Jerome prepares for administration shift
CLARKDALE - This academic year brings a new assistant principal into the Clarkdale-Jerome School office in preparation for Superintendent Kathleen Fleenor's May retirement.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brewers craft Cottonwood location's first beer batch
COTTONWOOD -- A month from opening, THAT Brewery owners Tamara and Steve Morken have slowly worked an empty Cottonwood warehouse into a rustic bar and restaurant.

The brewery's new production facility serves as the backdrop for this second location, in what Tamara said creates an industrial feel.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


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