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New school year on horizon; where are the teachers?
VERDE VALLEY - When Proposition 123 passed, schools across the Verde Valley committed the extra revenue to teacher salaries. Some districts even pledged those wage adjustments months before the vote, with a desire not only to reward their educators for their hard work - but also a desire to retain their services.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Early voting begins Aug. 3 for primary
VERDE VALLEY - Registered voters planning on participating in the upcoming August 30 primary election need to be aware of the following deadlines, according to Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman:


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Yavapai County tops state in search-and-rescue
PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Sheriff's search-and-rescue (SAR) units were tasked to perform 22 percent of all such missions in Arizona in Fiscal Year 2015-16, making them the busiest in the state.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Court Docket July 23, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Meet Verde District Constable candidate Jody Fanning
I am the Verde Valley Constable and I have the most extensive training and experience, as well as the work ethic, integrity, and dedication to serve in this position.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Meet Verde District Constable candidate Carlos Godina
In my almost nine years at YCSO I excelled as a public servant and have done the work as a Constable just without the title "Constable" as I have served my fair share of documents and have been that "Community minded Peace officer."
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Meet Verde District Constable candidate Monte Reimer
I have the most experience as a process serve as I have been doing this job for the Yavapai-Apache Nation for the last two years. During this time I have served approx. 1000 court documents. I have been a Certified Police Officer in the Verde Valley for 27 years.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lightning sparks pair of fires in Sedona
Lighting from monsoons sparked several fires in Sedona late last week: one turned into a wildfire about 5 miles east of Sedona which produced a large amount of visible smoke from the Uptown area and the Village of Oak Creek Friday, and another lightning strike ignited the roof of a Sedona resort Wednesday.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

WWII vet James L. Oliver celebrates 100th birthday
VERDE VALLEY - James L. Oliver of Cottonwood was born in 1916 and still drives, dines-out and lives independently. And that earned him a centenarian proclamation by Governor Doug Ducey and presentation of a Prescott courthouse flag at the July 20 meeting of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

County library tax to see 16% increase
COTTONWOOD -- For the convenience of Verde Valley residents, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Wednesday regarding a request to raise library funding by 16 percent.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Clarkdale News Update
Clarkdale property tax hike goes public July 26
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tuesday spike in calls creates busy day for emergency service responders
A lightning-caused residential fire, a three-vehicle crash on AZ 260, a chainsaw injury and a dehydrated hiker made for a busy day for emergency responders and the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority Tuesday.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Human skull found at Camp Verde Black Bridge
Monday, three teenagers spent the afternoon fishing on the Verde River. At 4:55 p.m., their outing ended, when they found a skull in the river about 150 yards north of Black Bridge.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

High-tech injection work leads to nighttime lane closures on I-17 at McGuireville
This week and weekend, Arizona Department of Transportation crews are performing nighttime operations on southbound Interstate 17 at the McGuireville exit (milepost 293), using new high-tech injection technology to address needed repairs.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Green light for Tavern Hotel expansion
The Old Town Cottonwood restaurateur and lodge owner succeeded Monday in convincing the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission to allow for a 26-room expansion of the Tavern Hotel.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chagolla sentenced to 11 years for Beauty killing
PHOENIX - Mario Chagolla Jr., 38, of Camp Verde was sentenced Monday to an 11-year prison term after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing, dismemberment and burning of victim Dwayne Beauty, 40, in 2013.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Verde Valley Forum brings stakeholders together on critical education issues
VERDE VALLEY - After a lengthier event that was planned for April stalled, a more streamlined Verde Valley Forum (VVF) is charging ahead, bringing together local stakeholders and issues Sept. 9 - 10 at Cliff Castle Conference Center in Camp Verde.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VACTE to approve fire science instructor contract
COTTONWOOD - Wednesday, the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education board is expected to officially approve a contract for Camp Verde High School Fire Science instructor Steve Darby.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jeremiah Gaver declared mentally competent; returns to trial court
COTTONWOOD -- It has been sixteen months since the Gaver family left the Carl's Jr. at Rodeo Drive and SR 260 and headed to Wal Mart parking lot to spend the night.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Water restrictions, fire ban continue in Clarkdale
The Town of Clarkdale continues with its water conservation as well as its fire ban since scant monsoon rains offered little benefit during the parched months of June and July.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Smooth sailing on AZ 260 work
To make-up the deficit, German was able to land nearly $250,000 from NACOG. He then approached District 2 Yavapai County Supervisor Thomas Thurman for assistance with the remaining $660,000 balance.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

South side, north side non-profits feed hungry throughout Valley
VERDE VALLEY - Feeding the hungry has no borders, and two agencies 32 miles apart are filling urgent needs throughout the Verde Valley.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mingus campus gets facelift with interior, exterior upgrades from voter-approved bond
COTTONWOOD - Not one to suffer the understatement, Kirk Waddle says this summer's bond-supported upkeep at Mingus Union High School is "a lot of work."


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet District 6 State House candidate Alex Martinez
First and foremost, I am a strong fiscal conservative. Federal funds are necessary for community services such as education, transportation and economic development.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Court Docket July 17, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, July 16, 2016

County supervisors meet in Cottonwood Wednesday
Mobile mental health unit, Sedona airport car rental, police K-9 care on the agenda
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Plea may be offered in case of son accused of killing his mother
CAMP VERDE -- No plea has been offered, but it's not being ruled out in the case of a Cottonwood man accused of killing his mother..


Friday, July 15, 2016

Camp Verde's Steve Darby to teach fire science curriculum for VACTE
COTTONWOOD - Camp Verde High School Fire Science instructor Steve Darby has accepted a position teaching the Fire Science Program through Valley Academy for Career and Technology and Education in Cottonwood.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Tavern Hotel expansion, phase 1 of Vineyards development comes before planning commission
COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Planning Commission will consider a major expansion to Old Town's Tavern Hotel and a rezoning request to allow for the first phase of a 500-home housing development.


Friday, July 15, 2016

College trio D'Angelo, Davis, Mulcaire earn national excellence awards
A national organization that celebrates excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges included three Yavapai College employees on its list of 2016 honorees.


Friday, July 15, 2016

David Mackey appointed to third term as presiding judge of Yavapai County
PRESCOTT - David L. Mackey has been appointed to a third three-year term as presiding judge of Yavapai County by the Arizona Supreme Court.


Friday, July 15, 2016

County Library District to raise tax
Yavapai County Free Library District has announced its intention to raise secondary property taxes over last year's level.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A Round 2: Yavapai County Assessor candidate Pamela Pearsall
While the relationship between the Assessor's Office and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has been contentious at various points in the past, I believe today we have arrived at a place of hard-earned mutual respect, characterized by professionalism and a shared commitment to furthering the interests of our bosses - the taxpayers of Yavapai County.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Round 2, Yavapai County Assessor candidate Judd Simmons
I will state that when I am elected to the Office of County Assessor, I will work in harmony with the board, other departments, and staff to efficiently and effectively accomplish the duties of my office.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Jerome relaxes town's mandatory water restrictions
Fire Chief Rusty Blair reported that the town's water storage tanks have refilled.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Cottonwood mayoral candidate Holly Grigaitis
We are at a point where we must prioritize, tend to critical needs first and work to pay debt rather than accruing new debt. Simply put, we shouldn't buy steak and lobster on Friday, if doing so leaves no lunch money come Monday.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Round 2 Cottonwood Mayoral candidate Terence Pratt
I'm a bit biased when it comes to Walkin' on Main as it was my idea to have this event, but what we have found through surveys and interviews is that each event appeals to a different demographic, and the majority of the folks who attend say they will return to Cottonwood at other times.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A: Round 2 Cottonwood Mayoral Race Tim Elinski,
Hopefully, through open public dialogue and an honest exploration of all options available, including formation of a separate water district, we can arrive at a policy that is both accountable to and fair for all
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Clarkdale police offer safety guidance when playing Pokémon Go
You may have noticed a recent increase in foot traffic around many areas of Clarkdale. Last week, Niantic released Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game app that combines real world locations with virtual game play. This phone app is the new craze around the nation with downloads in excess of 7.5 million.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nevada man accused of luring minors for sex in Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood police Monday arrested 48-year-old Nevada resident Clark Reber for luring minors for sex and drug possession.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016


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