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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

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

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

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

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

Cottonwood plans forum on homelessness & panhandling
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cottonwood will hold a community forum on Homelessness and Panhandling June 22.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

You dropped your cell phone in the toilet?!?!?!?!
For people who wash their cell phones, swim with their cell phones or even drop them in the toilet, now there is hope.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

County supervisors review progress -- or lack thereof -- at state capitol
VERDE VALLEY - A legislative update from the Phoenix-based County Supervisor's Association of Arizona opened discussion as to whether rural communities are losing local control as well as county funding due to actions taken at the state level. The presentation took place during a June 15 meeting in Cottonwood of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Clarkdale News Roundup 6-19-16
CLARKDALE - The first of four focus areas in the Town of Clarkdale's Master Plan was formally adopted by town council during its June 14 meeting.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lisa Aragon to leave VACTE
Citing a need to be closer to her mother in Riverton, Wyoming, Aragon has accepted a position as assistant principal at Riverton High School. Aragon said it's a "huge step for me, a step I don't want to take."


Saturday, June 18, 2016

RUMOR CONTROL: No, Verde Valley Humane Society, does not euthanize dogs
The Verde Valley Humane Society is concerned that rumors continue to spread that the local shelter "puts down" dogs when they are brought in, according to Tessa Unwin, the local shelter's volunteer coordinator.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Call to Jerome residents to fill Planning and Zoning vacancy
JEROME - Jerome town government is seeking to fill a vacancy in its Planning and Zoning Commission.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cottonwood receives award for financial reporting
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Cottonwood for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Water restrictions still in effect in Jerome
JEROME - With the current drought decreasing flows from area springs and therefore dropping water levels in the town's water storage tanks, Jerome remains under a water restriction.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Cottonwood Mayoral Candidate Holly Grigaitis
I was compelled to enter this race because I don't believe my opponents, 10-year incumbents, will work to resolve the debt issues they helped create during their respective tenures. 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Cottonwood Mayoral Candidate Tim Elinski
The reason I am running for Mayor and the reason I have served Cottonwood for the last 11 years is rooted in deep concern for my community.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Cottonwood Mayoral Candidate Terence Pratt
My incentive for running for the Mayor of Cottonwood is that I am excited about and proud that Cottonwood has become a much-admired city in Arizona in the last eight years.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A No. 2: Diane Joens, Candidate, Yavapai County Supervisor District 3
Question 1: With every development project that is proposed in the Verde Valley, the question invariably comes up: "Where are we going to get the water?" Is this a no-growth scare tactic, or is groundwater sustainability a real problem for the Verde Valley?


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A No. 2: Randy Garrison Candidate, Yavapai County Supervisor District 3
Question 1: With every development project that is proposed in the Verde Valley, the question invariably comes up: "Where are we going to get the water?" Is this a no-growth scare tactic, or is groundwater sustainability a real problem for the Verde Valley?
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Taxation brings representation at Jerome Town Council meeting
JEROME - A June 14 meeting of the Jerome town council brought an array of views when budget talks turned to taxation.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jerome magistrate signs-up for two more years
JEROME - Town of Jerome Magistrate Joan Dwyer will carry-on her duties with council's approval of her employment contract effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Will new fire code effect old buildings in Jerome?
With council approving the adoption of the 2012 International Fire Code, some concerns were raised about its application to Jerome's historic buildings.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Excessive Heat Warning - 108 degrees expected in Verde Valley
The Verde Valley and other low-lying areas are expected to approach or even exceed 108 degrees this weekend and into next week.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Cottonwood woman suspected in trailhead burglaries; second woman sought
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office got a break in a burglary/ID theft case thanks to an alert detective in Cottonwood.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Fire at Jerome UVX Apartments
JEROME -- At 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Jerome fire was dispatched to a fire in the UVX apartment house, 403 Clark St., Apartment D-13.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

School board names interim superintendent for Mingus Union
The Mingus Union School Board has reached an agreement with Eric Harmon to serve as interim superintendent for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Perey named executive dean of YC Verde campus
SEDONA - Tuesday, Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills announced that Executive Dean Dr. James Perey will now serve as Executive Dean/Campus Executive Officer for the Verde Valley and Director of University/Governmental Relations for the college district.


Thursday, June 16, 2016


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