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Smoke on the mountain, where lighting struck repeatedly
Residents may be seeing smoke from several lightning cause fires above the Mogollon Rim and east of Camp Verde.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Is 123 enough? Proposition means more money for teachers and staff, but no more revenue for materials
VERDE VALLEY - The odds of finding an educator unhappy should Proposition 123 pass are about as good as finding a haystack in a needle.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

What's hot in Verde Valley job market?
VERDE VALLEY - With four out of five of the fastest growing occupations not requiring a college degree - - but rather, technical training - - the Verde Valley finds itself in a quandary of having too many job openings with not enough skilled workers to fill them.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cast, crew of Footloose named finalists for American High School Theater Awards
COTTONWOOD - Just days before Mingus Union High School's A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians [A.T.O.R.T.] debuted Footloose in April, James Ball said the play would give theater-lovers "an awesome show in their back yard."


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea
COTTONWOOD - Joshuah James Whitley is scheduled for a possible change of plea during a hearing Monday morning at Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Election season leaves Cottonwood Council short-handed
COTTONWOOD -- Everyone is aware of the smell of politics in the room. With Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and Councilman Randy Garrison vying for County Supervisor and two councilmembers, Tim Elinski and Terence Pratt, eyeing the mayor's gavel, the atmosphere has been politicfally thick recently in the Cottonwood Council Chambers.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fifth annual Verde Valley Wine Consortium scheduled May 28
CLARKDALE - Members of the public are invited to attend the Verde Valley Wine Consortium's fifth annual wine festival and symposium on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Yavapai College's Sedona Center (4215 Arts Village Drive in Sedona).
Saturday, May 21, 2016

When it comes to spending limits, Jerome goes 'Home Rule' while Clarkdale looks to permanent adjustment
VERDE VALLEY - Different strokes for different folks, and how towns deal with state-mandated spending limits is one example of this.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Matthew Mitschelen selected Hometown Hero of the Month
This month's Hometown Hero award goes to Matthew Mitschelen for bringing awareness and education to all about those that are living with and overcoming their disabilities and for being an advocate for all people with disabilities, especially for those at Rainbow Acres. Matthew is a great example for everyone that everyday life for those who live with a disability is not much different than for those who do not.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Camp Verde ramp to NB I-17 closed Monday 8 a.m. to noon
VERDE VALLEY - Monday, drivers expecting to enter northbound Interstate 17 from Camp Verde exit 287 may want to make alternate plans.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hangar leases a hang-up for Cottonwood Council
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Council Chamber was packed Tuesday night with pilots, hangar owners and others associated with the Cottonwood airport.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Motorcycle rider suffers head injuries in crash
Approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Verde Valley Fire District responded to motorcycle accident on the 4200 block of Del Rio Drive.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seasonal warning: never leave dog in parked car
One of the most common calls for service we receive here in Cottonwood is for dogs left in parked cars especially with our days becoming warmer and warmer. NEVER leave your dog or any pet unattended in a motor vehicle. Not only is it dangerous for your pet, it is a violation to City of Cottonwood municipal code 6.08.100-Protection of animals and public.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mingus graduation Friday at 7
COTTONWOOD - Though Mingus Union High School's graduation begins at 7 p.m. Friday, graduates are to meet in the school's gym at 6 p.m. to line up for the ceremony.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cottonwood Middle School's chess club learns strategy, life lessons
COTTONWOOD - Believed to have originated sometime before the 7th Century in India, chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cottonwood PD establishes Neighborhood Officer Program
The Cottonwood Police Department is excited to announce our "Neighborhood Officer Program."


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that requires each and every tail and brake light on your vehicle to be working.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Committee recommends Lisa Aragon as new VACTE superintendent
COTTONWOOD - If Steve Dockray has things his way, Valley Academy Career and Technology Education's interim superintendent will soon shed her temporary title.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

'A Great Celebration' -- Mingus seniors prepare for graduation, commemorate scholarships and awards
This year, including Mingus Online Academy and students who have graduated early, Mingus should have approximately 319 graduates
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New trial sought for Jack Rider
Rider was convicted of second-degree murder in the drowning death of 22-year-old Krystil Wilson.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dowling steps down; Cottonwood election promises new interest
The upcoming election for Cottonwood Council is expected to shake up the status quo.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

51st annual Historic Home & Building Tour returns to Jerome this weekend
The Jerome Chamber of Commerce continues the most talked about event of the year, The Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour, celebrating its 51st year.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yavapai Food Council seeks volunteer coordinators
VERDE VALLEY - Having gathered the equivalent of 589,726 meals since it began two years ago, the Yavapai Food Neighbor Project (YFNP) doesn't want to stop now.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cottonwood seeks input for Riverfront trails and recreation area Master Plan
COTTONWOOD -- For years, there have been complaints that Cottonwood does not have adequate trails. Cottonwood's long range planner, Charlie Scully says one of the biggest issues in Cottonwood is the lack of public land. But, now The Nature Conservancy is focusing a grant on the land around Riverfront Park.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Calling all scientists: Citizen scientists needed as Montezuma Well hosts Centennial BioBlitz
RIMROCK - Though it may look similar to a leaf with legs, biologists decided that the Microcentrum rhombifolium deserved a more interesting name.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Liddy light' legislation becomes law
PHOENIX -- Sometime this summer, police will have a new excuse to pull you over.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pilot safe after forgetting to lower landing gear at Cottonwood Airport
A pilot escaped injury after he forgot to lower the landing gear on his Mooney M-20G aircraft Monday morning.
Monday, May 16, 2016

It's law: Local government can't prohibit vacation rentals
VERDE VALLEY - In a measure that some feel will damage local communities and others believe will affirm property rights, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1350 on May 12, a law which includes a provision prohibiting local governments from banning vacation rentals.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Community can meet with Mingus superintendent finalists May 23
COTTONWOOD - The Mingus Union High School District Governing Board has selected four finalists from the applicant pool to replace District Superintendent Dr. Paul Tighe, who resigned effective the end of the school's fiscal year.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Response 'slow' to Yavapai College community survey
College Board Member Al Filardo: "I expressed my disappointment with the VVBAC because I expected each member to turn in around 20 responses each as they indicated during a previous meeting.  At this point I think we have a total of 30 or so responses."
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cottonwood to build new restrooms for parks
The Cottonwood City Council Tuesday evening will review plans to upgrade rest room facilities at city parks. Council members and especially Mayor Joens have campaigned for the improvements having been hounded by public complaints.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Governor signs vacation rentals bill into law
Warren Woodward: "We resent being dictated to by legislators who do not even live in Sedona or anywhere near it."
Friday, May 13, 2016

Cottonwood fiscal picture: flat and struggling
The Cottonwood City Council this week dug deep into its in-depth review of the proposed fiscal year budget to take effect beginning in July.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

The dilemma for Beaver Creek students: Mingus or Camp Verde?
RIMROCK - It takes roughly 17 minutes to drive the 10 miles from Rimrock to Camp Verde High School. It takes almost twice as long - 31 minutes - to drive the approximately 23 miles from Rimrock to Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Benefits of prior-year vs. current-year funding depend on student population; end result could affect morale, jobs
VERDE VALLEY - On the surface, the difference between funding public schools based on prior year versus current year funding is a matter of semantics, perhaps the difference between paying for dinner before eating it - or after.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Yavapai College budget $2.2 million less than last year
Yavapai County taxpayers won't be seeing any increased hits to their pocketbooks from the county's community college this coming fiscal year.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Recorder advises to personally drop off ballots
The Yavapai County Recorder's Office recommends dropping off early ballots at one of the many drop box locations (see below).
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Verde Valley home sales bring mixed results this quarter
VERDE VALLEY - Residential single family home sales last year Verde Valley wide experienced a decrease in sales yet an increase in prices, to the Sedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors. The results compared sales from First Quarter 2015 with sales from First Quarter 2016.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cottonwood police arrest kidnapping suspect in Anthem
In the early morning hours of May 11, Cottonwood police were notified by family members that 31-year-old Gabina Salcido Cano may have been kidnapped.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Man impaled by fence post during crash; driver arrested for DUI
CORNVILLE -- 34-year-old Ryan Matson from Cornville was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after a passenger in his vehicle was impaled by a fence post during an alleged DUI crash.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016


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