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Cottonwood on learning curve with destination events
COTTONWOOD -- Hezekiah Allen, Special Events Coordinator for the Cottonwood Parks Department told the City Council Tuesday that the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival was a tremendous success.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Council honors police chief's receipt of national FBI award
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning was honored by the Cottonwood City Council and Manager on Tuesday for receiving the Livio A. Beccaccio Memorial Award in Seattle, given by the FBI National Academy Associates annually to one FBI National Academy graduate from around the world.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tilted Earth Shares the Wealth
The Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival sponsored by the Page Springs Cellars Winery held at the Riverfront Park in Cottonwood last June bears its fruit and benefits the local community with $22,000 in donations to three local non-profit agencies - the Verde Valley Humane Society, The Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters and Prescott Creeks, a clean-water protection group.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amigos transforms home with makeover in Cottonwood
Sherry Twamley, executive director of the Amigos del Verde Valley Volunteer Coalition, and James "Jimbo" Mason from Vets4Hire Painting Services work on a house owned by an elderly woman in Cottonwood that was in need of repairs, painting, a roof and landscaping.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Court Docket 7/26/15
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Veterans gather to launch Military Service Park
About 100 citizens, many veterans from throughout the Verde Valley including a couple who fought in gunships during World War II, gathered to take part in the groundbreaking for a Verde Valley Military Service Park Wednesday.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Update: Cottonwood upskirt photographer James Hickey arrested in Flagstaff
Last year around Halloween, Cottonwood police were chasing the trail of James Darryl Hickey, a balding 53-year-old man who had a Clarkdale address in the Mountain Gate.

He was wanted for taking up-skirt photographs of women.




Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dead snake draped on fallen officer police memorial
Nathan Cody Cumiford, of Cottonwood, was arrested this week for placing a dead rattlesnake on a police officer memorial statue.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Cottonwood hears plans for proposed National Monument
COTTONWOOD -- A coalition effort to convert 160,000 acres of Sedona/Verde Valley land into a national monument took its case to the Cottonwood Recreation Center July 21 for a second public meeting filled with heated debate. With the new venue came a new approach by the coalition and -- along with it -- new questions.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Guilty - except insane?
Two parents and five children, including two juveniles, have been in custody since a brawl and shooting March 21 at the Cottonwood Walmart. It now appears that mental health specialists will examine all except father Peter Gaver.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sedona Recycles to pull out of Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- The trash talk may finally be over. Sedona Recycles announced they are ready to remove their large recycling containers from some popular locations like Walmart in Cottonwood because the city won't help fund their recycling and educational efforts.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Motorist assist results in arrests for forgery/fraud/possession of meth
Late Monday morning, a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy stopped to check a vehicle parked on the side of SR 179, near Sedona. The blue 1993-Toyota was stopped near the fog line without lights on.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Verde Valley Fire rescues teen
CORNVILLE--Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Verde Valley Fire District was sent to a medical emergency on a narrow trail off Oak Creek Valley.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Verde Valley News Roundup
The Town of Clarkdale is seeking residents to volunteer for the following appointments: Board of Adjustment, Design Review Board, Planning Commission and Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

ADEQ seeks public input on soil sampling program in Clarkdale
Comments must be postmarked or received by ADEQ no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

DK Ranch donation a 'win-win'
The Steele Foundation announced Monday it has selected the University of Arizona - not Yavapai College - for its donation of the 45.7 acre DK Ranch along Oak Creek.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Land trade yields new subdivision
COTTONWOOD -- Yavapai County Supervisors Monday gave unanimous approval for the preliminary plat of a new subdivision to accommodate 12 new homes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Used cars delivered to Steve Coury's GMC dealership
CAMP VERDE - The parking lot at Steve Coury's GMC dealership is no longer void of vehicles.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tom Jones Ford takes over Steve Coury's Ford dealership on SR 260
CAMP VERDE - Though not prepared to announce an opening date, Tom Jones of Jones Auto Centers has confirmed that he has taken over Steve Coury's Ford dealership on SR 260 in Camp Verde.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

One more delay for Joe Kennedy
CAMP VERDE -- Joseph Kennedy, the 29-year old Cornville man who is in court after throwing puppies, has been given another court date.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Injured hiker rescued in multi-agency effort
At approximately 4:07 p.m. Saturday, July 18, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office received a call from a representative of the Arizona Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) advising that a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) had been activated with GPS coordinates in Illusions Canyon located within the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Yavapai Assessor fights nepotism charges
Yavapai County Assessor Pamela J. Pearsall was in court Friday, July 17, to begin the process of fighting two misdemeanor nepotism charges leveled against her by the Coconino County Attorney's Office.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Verde Valley writers meet
Verde Valley Writers group meeting at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Old Town Cottonwood's rum tasting and cocktail room.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter Gaver arraigned on new indictment
CAMP VERDE -- Peter Gaver, father of the family charged in the March 21 brawl and shooting at the Cottonwood Walmart, was arraigned for a second time Friday morning.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Parents take opposing views on school vaccines
Although ensuring the health of their children is a shared goal, Verde Valley parents differ on how to accomplish this task.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Will 160,000 acres of Verde Valley become a national monument?
The groups organizing a proposal converting 160,000 acres of Verde Valley land into a national monument say time is running out.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Heavy rain brings flooding to Verde Lakes
CAMP VERDE - At about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Camp Verde Fire District was dispatched to the area of E. Verde Lakes Drive for swift water rescue due to heavy rains that had brought flash flooding to the area.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot to increase park entrance fees beginning Aug. 4
VERDE VALLEY - Starting on August 4, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot national monuments will increase entrance fees for visitors to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the parks.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Cottonwood's McQuality recognized by Elks-USA
As members of the Elks-USA from across the nation gathered in Indianapolis, Ind., July 5-9, Sari McQuality of Cottonwood was installed as district deputy to the Elks National President for the lodges in the North District Arizona Elks Association.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Body cams, festivals and Cottonwood's bed tax
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Council Tuesday night will hear a presentation on the use of body cameras for its police officers. Body cameras are becoming popular across the county.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Verde Valley news update
Decision on DK Ranch donation coming next week

The new owners of the DK Ranch will be announced sometime next week, according to Shelby Tuttle of Anderson Advertising and Public Relations of Scottsdale.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

More $$$ for Riverfront Wastewater project
COTTONWOOD -- Eight years after the idea was first born, a vote Tuesday nearly toppled the concept of placing a Cottonwood wastewater reclamation plant at Riverfront Park.

Additional costs for the project, which totaled about $1.5 million, was approved by the City Council on a split vote.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New indictment results in same charges against Peter Gaver
CAMP VERDE -- Peter Gaver, the father of the family that brawled with Cottonwood police March 21, has been indicted a second time on the original charges after his case was sent back to the Grand Jury for a new determination.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jerome Town Council moves ahead with controversial tax increase
The Jerome Town Council voted July 14 to approve the tentative 2015-16 budget, which adds a new bed tax of 2 percent and raises the existing restaurant and bar tax another 1 percent.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Valley News Update ...
Liquor license recommendation approved for #1 Food Store
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Seth Collins SR260 head-on collision generates thick case file
CAMP VERDE -- In the first appearance since he was indicted for a serious head-on collision on SR260, Seth Collins stood quietly for the first case management conference on a 23-count indictment Monday.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hilltop Christian Preschool celebrates 40th anniversary
The Hilltop Christian Preschool will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house on Thursday, July 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature children's activities, door prizes and refreshments.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stabbing suspect sought in Rimrock
BEAVER CREEK -- Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a reported stabbing incident in Rimrock Sunday night.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Groundbreaking set for Verde Valley Military Service Park
Planners of the Verde Valley Military Service Park are ready to break ground Wednesday, July 22, at 2 p.m. The groundbreaking will be held at Garrison Park, 100 Brian Mickelsen Parkway in Cottonwood.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Yavapai College Kid's Film premieres July 15 at Verde Valley Campus
The world premiere of Strange Island, the Yavapai College Kid's Film Project, will be screened Wednesday, July 15 at 9:45 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. in Room M-202 at the Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, AZ 86324.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015


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