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Home prices up slightly over 2013
Numbers released this month from Yavapai County Assessor Pamela J. Pearshall show home prices have maintained increases in Oct. 2014, showing about a 1-percent bump to $230,000 this year.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Camp Verde Council considers sanctions against Baker, German
Complaints labeled "a lot of opinions, hearsay and innuendos."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Judge orders Dickinson to go directly to state prison
CAMP VERDE -- Wade Cole Dickinson, the 28-year-old convicted prisoner who scaled the Yavapai County Jail recreation yard fence July 12th, and was on the run while police searched, will go directly to prison.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How much is too much? Clarkdale setting commercial Verde River capacities
CLARKDALE -- Town Council members will sit down in a joint worksession with the parks and recreation commission Tuesday to discuss how much is too much for the Verde River.

Outfitters are increasingly applying for permits to take groups between the two newly opened Verde River @ Clarkdale access points. In the first peak season, there were on average 250 boaters per week, according to a town staff report.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Verde River Partnership sponsors presentation on streamflow 'Flowtography'
PRESCOTT -- The Verde River Basin Partnership is sponsoring a free presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m., in the Board Chambers of the Yavapai County Administrative Building at 1015 Fair Street in Prescott.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cottonwood-Oak Creek considers state legislative lobbying presence
COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board members will discuss and may join a Verde Valley consortium of school districts that want to hire a lobbyist to represent their interests at the legislature.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Budget items prominent on Mingus agenda
COTTONWOOD -- Mingus Union School Board members are adjusting their budget Tuesday night to reflect nearly $88,000 more in state funding for the current academic year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New water tender provides improved fire-fighting capabilities in Clarkdale
CLARKDALE -- A new 2015 Freightliner Water Tender/Pumper is now serving the citizens of Clarkdale. The tender/pumper is used to transport water for fire suppression to areas of the District that do not have a municipal water supply.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Court Docket 12-12-14
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Two men arrested for burglary and fraud in Rimrock
RIMROCK - On Dec. 9, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Steven Elms and Juan Fuentes for burglary, credit card theft, identity theft, nine counts of credit card fraud and three counts of trafficking in stolen property.

In the last few days, a YCSO detective initiated an investigation into use of a stolen credit card taken during a theft from a Rimrock home. During follow-up contact with the 74-year-old victim, the detective learned that not only were cash and a credit card stolen, she discovered jewelry missing after filing the original report.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Clarkdale balances protection, amenities at river access points
From Spanish trails to proof of homesteading, the two river access points in the Verde River @ Clarkdale Project are surrounded by history.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cottonwood, Camp Verde see October sales tax boost
Retail, restaurants and bars drove Cottonwood's sales tax revenue in October, according to numbers from the Arizona Department of Revenue.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clarkdale decides it's time to slow it down on Broadway
Clarkdale officials have joined Cottonwood's efforts to slow traffic along Broadway Road, approving Tuesday night a speed limit reduction from 50 to 45 miles per hour.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Camp Verde Council says YES to Burnside
It took Town Council close to three hours to decide whether a self-proclaimed non-politician was still the best fit to be a member of the Town's Planning and Zoning Commission.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

County urges caution before lighting fireplace
PRESCOTT - It's cold outside, and there's no better time to cozy up around the warming glow of a fire. But before striking a match, Yavapai County Emergency Management reminds county residents to take a few steps to make sure a fireplace is safe.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jerome Chamber elects new officers
Donna Chesler of Gallery 527 is the new Jerome Chamber of Commerce President
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Appeal Court rejects Brewer plea on denial of 'Dreamer' licenses
Time is running out for Arizona to keep licenses out of the hands of dreamers.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

VVMC earns 'A' on Leapfrog report card
Verde Valley Medical Center earned another "A" grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit industry watchdog.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Understanding your health insurance coverage
Whether you're enrolled in a new health insurance plan starting Jan. 1, or changes to your current plan take effect in the new year, it's always a good idea to review your plan at this time of year to make sure you clearly understand your coverage.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Verde Valley Leadership hosts Regional Issue Day
Yavapai County has a diverse growing population. Along with growth comes challenges, and recognizing these diverse challenges, Verde Valley Leadership group devoted an entire day examining some of them.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grant funds new Jerome sidewalk
"The sidewalk was completed just recently from the lot into town, so it's the last piece of the puzzle"
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cottonwood-Oak Creek approves half-million funding boost
COTTONWOOD -- About $580,000 in charter funding and carry over from last year is giving the Cottonwood-Oak Creek district the luxury of a contingency budget, said Business Manager David Snyder.

COCSD is seeing almost half a million in one-time charter school additional assistance funding for Mountain View Preparatory.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Clarkdale may lower Broadway speed limit
Drivers may have to slow down as they drive between Cottonwood and Clarkdale, as the two municipalities look at lowering the speed limit on that road from 50 to 45 miles per hour.
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Driver, semi-truck crash head-on in Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- Tuesday, just before 2 p.m., Cottonwood Police were dispatched to the 200 block of East Mingus Avenue on a report of a two-vehicle injury crash. Officers observed a semi-truck parked in the eastbound lane of Mingus Avenue.  A maroon sedan was sitting in the middle of the road.  The vehicle had extensive damage to the front driver's side. 
Sunday, December 7, 2014

New use tax proposed for Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez has proposed the city adopt a "use tax." But, councilmembers Tuesday seemed to be saying they are not ready for that just yet.
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fry's Food Stores donates to Yavapai Health Center
For the sixth year in a row, Fry's Food Stores has donated funds from the Sharing Courage Campaign to the Yavapai County's Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY).
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cottonwood-Oak Creek sets course for bond project
Cottonwood-Oak Creek officials have plotted out the next five months of their municipal bond process, and business manager David Snyder is leading the project.

"We're basically in the planning stages right now," he said. "There are some things that we can do, but it's just kind of setting up timelines and looking ahead."

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Conduct of former mayor subject of special session for Camp Verde Town Council
CAMP VERDE - Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bob Burnside's conduct at a recent P&Z meeting was "less than appealing," said Town Manager Russ Martin.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Court Docket: Dec. 6, 2014
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Putting a number on Verde Valley homelessness
With the summer count now all tallied, the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition is now preparing for its winter count scheduled in mid-January.

Eliza Louden, chairman of the Coalition, said the total Verde Valley Homeless summer count totaled 75 people who lack basic shelter.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Clarkdale home tour heads to the reservation
CLARKDALE -- The Dec. 13 sixth annual building and home tour will take visitors through a 100-year-old church, four historic homes, and the Clark Memorial Clubhouse, said event organizer Cindy Emmett.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jerome vacation rentals issue goes behind closed doors
Jerome council members got a legal refresher on vacation rentals from the town's lawyers Tuesday night, going into executive session and taking no action, Mayor Lew Currier said.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Robot fish' helping officials better determine when, how to stock
PAYSON - When anglers head to two eastern Arizona rivers this spring for trout season, that lunker fit for the frying pan may look surprisingly high-tech, starting with a 6-inch wire hanging from its belly.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cottonwood Youth Commission appointed
The Cottonwood Council refreshed the makeup of the Cottonwood Youth Commission during Tuesday night's council meeting. Students appointed members of the commission included Gabrielle Makuch, Ryan Young, Kirsten Conover, Jasmine Banks, Kayle Gordon, Riley McClellan, Charles Novak,  Parker Kleck, Carrington Midkiff, Wyatt Midkiff, Sirilale Saengsawang, Krista Earl, Evan Snyder, Adult Representative Kirsten Hastings and alternates Gunner Tillemans, Ashley McCracken, Jayde Martell, and Sarah Ortiz.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Reducing youth substance abuse shows progress and a warning
Progress in reducing youth substance abuse is being made, according to MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Apartment fire in Clarkdale
CLARKDALE -- Clarkdale Fire and neighboring fire companies stopped a blaze Monday that raced through a historic apartment complex in Clarkdale's Patio Town.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Verde Valley among future UA veterinary school sites
UA is going to locate its Verde campus next door to the wildlife animal park, on land donated by local rancher Andy Groseta.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brush fire erupts at Grasshopper Point
SEDONA -- About 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sedona Fire District emergency crews were called to a report of smoke near Grasshopper Point, the day-use area just north of Uptown Sedona that is closed for the season.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

20th annual Celebration of Christmas debuts this weekend
Remember when Christmas was a season of pure enchantment, toy land fantasies and winter wonderlands? Remember when it was a time of hope, of new beginnings?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Verde Valley Medical Center receives national quality-based certification
Verde Valley Medical Center and Flagstaff Medical Center received ISO 9001:2008 certification by DNV, the only accreditor of U.S. hospitals that integrates ISO 9001 quality compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation. 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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