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Q&A: Meet the CJS school board candidates -- Robert Szmanda
The Clarkdale-Jerome School governing board has three seats to four candidates for this year's Nov. 4 election.

Voters can get to know the candidates through our four-part question and answer series, starting with Robert Szmanda, who is challenging the three incumbents.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Verde Valley Leaders Embark on Journey Ahead
Verde Valley Leadership (VVL) welcomed Class IX to their kick-off retreat held at Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde September 19 & 20.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Valley View Care assisted-living center now open
Northern Arizona Healthcare has opened its new Valley View Care, a 12,000 square foot assisted-living facility located at 421 N. Willard St.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Northern Arizona Healthcare leadership change
Bill Bradel, CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare, submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 31, 2014, to the NAH Board of Directors.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Marriage equality and a Luckey wedding
SEDONA - Sedona's Mark and Greg Luckey married in California just four days before Arizona's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.

"We're a little still in shock and overwhelmed by the decision -- delightfully overwhelmed," Mark said. "It's really nice to know that our rights as a married couple are the same now as other married couples."


Friday, October 17, 2014

Court Docket: 10-17-14
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints
Friday, October 17, 2014

Jerome Fire holds 40th annual Halloween Dance
The Jerome Fire Department can expect about $8,000 annually from the Halloween Dance to equip its volunteer force.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Water rights firm joins Clarkdale sustainability efforts
Legal questions arising from the Verde River @ Clarkdale and Water Resource Management projects has prompted the town to seek legal help.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Clarkdale intends fourth wastewater rate bump
Clarkdale residents could see the fourth wastewater rate increase in as many years go into effect by Dec. 18.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Finally home: Recovered remains of Clarkdale World War II veteran laid to rest
On April 10, 1944, Herbert V. Young Jr., 23, of Clarkdale, Ariz., was among 11 B-24D Liberator crew members who took off from Texter Strip, Nazdab Air Field, New Guinea, on a mission to attack an anti-aircraft site at Hansa Bay. The aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire over the Madang Province, New Guinea. Four of the crewmen were able to parachute from the aircraft, but were reported to have died in captivity.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Convicted kidnapper, child molester shaves 7 years off prison sentence
PRESCOTT - Eric G. McNeill, sentenced to 27 years in prison last December after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping and a child sex charge, on Monday was able to knock seven years off his prison term because of an error on the jury's verdict form.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WWII remains of Clarkdale man returned to Arizona
PRESCOTT - The remains of 1st Lt. Herbert V. "Buddy" Young Jr., who was missing in action for more than 70 years after his plane was shot down in World War II, will be coming home for burial this week at the Prescott National Cemetery.

And, the daughter who never knew him, Diana Young Long, will be able to, at last, welcome her father back to his homeland and bid him farewell.

Born June 6, 1920, Young grew up in Clarkdale. He played football at Clarkdale High School and later at Arizona State University.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Early ballots sent out; nonpartisan ballot questions still carry controversy
Judges and seven ballot measures are on the list of nonpartisan decisions voters are going to make this election.

Early ballots have started going out, but Yavapai County voters can't check the performances of six judges on the ballot.

The county is among 12 others in the state whose judges are not subject to a review process established by voters in 1974.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Puppy dumper' wants lower bond, plea deal
CAMP VERDE -- The attorney for the alleged Cornville "puppy dumper," Joseph Kennedy, is asking the court to place a hold on his trial scheduled in early November and to make time for a possible plea agreement.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

How much would you pay to clean up Verde watershed?
Everything flows downstream eventually.

That includes sediment from bad roads. That includes ashy flood runoff after forest fires.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sheriff says new jail - not tents - only option
Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher wants a new jail. So much so that he lobbied for it at a Saturday-morning forum, breaking away from his family camping trip.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Clarkdale Fire and UniSource Energy Services train together
UniSource Energy Services (UES) and Clarkdale Fire District crews held a joint training exercise held on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

1000 acres to be burned along Black Hills this week
Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to conduct prescribed fire operations near Cherry. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct 18, as long as the weather is favorable.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yavapai College Board to meet, followed by Sedona open house
The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. at the Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. The meeting is open to the public.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

VVN wins 10 newspaper awards
Verde Valley Newspapers received 10 awards at the annual Western News&Info Editorial Seminar on Oct. 3.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

City and Mingus still struggle over pool costs
A battle over costs of the Cottonwood outdoor pool by the Mingus Union High School swim team raised its head again this past week. The council was asked to approve a resolution for an intergovernmental agreement with Mingus.
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thunder Valley Rally 'an unpleasant weekend' for Jerome
JEROME - They say what's good for the goose is also good for the gander.

But when it comes to Verde Valley tourism, one community's economic windfall can sometimes become another's headache.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Court Docket: Oct. 10, 2014
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Friday, October 10, 2014

Man killed in Oak Creek Canyon crash
A 29-year old man was killed in a one-car accident early Friday morning on State Route 89A.
Friday, October 10, 2014

SR 89A reopens midway between Flagstaff and Sedona
State Route 89A has reopened midway between Flagstaff and Sedona following an earlier fatal crash this morning
Friday, October 10, 2014

McCasland challenges Harrington for seat on Yavapai College board
CAMP VERDE - The question of equity of services brought some in the Verde Valley to demand separation from Yavapai College this year. Rather than push for a new college, Deb McCasland is running for a seat on the governing board of the current college, with the perceived inequity at the center of her campaign.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mayor Joens Pays Honor to Emergency Room Nurses
In an official proclamation Tuesday night, Mayor Diane Joens recognized the National Emergency Nurses Association.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Clarkdale receives Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Grant
The Town of Clarkdale has received a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program for the 2015 federal fiscal year. Clarkdale requested the grant in order to enhance trail connections as part of the Verde River @ Clarkdale project.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

YA Transit helps Yavapai College students
CLARKDALE - Add Yavapai College students to the list of people who are taking advantage of the new Yavapai-Apache Transit system.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cottonwood pulls plug on Rhythm & Ribs
The Cottonwood City Council has "reluctantly" agreed to retire Rhythm and Ribs Music and and focus on city productions that continue to grow. They agreed to invest more into Thunder Valley Rally and the home-grown Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Walmart closes to investigate bomb threat
Just after noon Wednesday, a Cottonwood Walwart employee received several calls from a man who insisted there was a bomb on the premises.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bridgeport crash sends two women by air to hospitals
Two women from different vehicles were flown to trauma hospitals after a serious t-bone crash in Bridgeport Monday night.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rifle stock maker says Cottonwood right on target for business relocation
COTTONWOOD -- Long a machinist, Gary Eliseo just moved his family and his machine shop from Anaheim, Calif., to Cottonwood.

Eliseo makes highly accurate, ergonomic, adaptable stocks for the competition shooting community in the company's new headquarters at 481 Airpark Way, Unit 5.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Historic Home Tour to open Old Town treasures
COTTONWOOD -- There is a lot of history to be had in Cottonwood and now, whether an area resident or visitor, there is a way to get you intimately in touch. Many know about what buildings inhabit Main Street, but the Inaugural Cottonwood Historic Home Tour Nov. 8 will also get you off the beaten track.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Priest at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Clarkdale
Julie Ann Williams has been selected as the priest for St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Clarkdale. She has been servicing in different positions at St. Andrews in Sedona since 2009
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sedona Police still in education mode for ticketing drivers on cellphones
SEDONA - Like pretty much anyone else who's driven behind someone distracted by their phone while driving, police officer Casey Pelletier is used to the signs: drifting slowly out of their lane, driving much slower than the speed limit.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blood moon 2 will appear Wednesday
Blood moon, Act II, will open in the heavens on Wednesday morning.

And it promises to be bigger than Act I, which was in April.

Monday, October 6, 2014

New water rate notice of intent expect Tuesday night
A Notice of Intent to Modify Water and Wastewater Rates will be re-issued during Cottonwood's Tuesday Council meeting.
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Town hall focuses on Verde Valley's vulnerable populations
Community volunteers are filling the cupboards and pantries of the Verde Valley's hungry with more than the typical processed food box fare.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oak Creek Canyon Back in Business
The Coconino Forest was reopened in Oak Creek Canyon on Wednesday for the first time since the Slide Fire forest fires closed campgrounds, hiking trails and car pullouts along the creek's swimming holes.
Saturday, October 4, 2014


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