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New propane-fueled buses join school district bus fleet
COTTONWOOD - They stopped short of kicking the tires, but the bus drivers in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District closely inspected their newly arrived buses Wednesday.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cottonwood to staff up communications center
COTTONWOOD -- Before Cottonwood's Public Safety Communications Center opened just last July, City officials were glum that not more subscribers were interested joining in the new state of the art system.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

City Council reviews plans for Mingus Avenue upgrade
COTTONWOOD -- Members of the residential community along Mingus Avenue joined in the discussion with the Cottonwood City Council Tuesday night to review plans for upgrading the road from Willard to 10th Street.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cottonwood Fire Dept.'s Ben Kramer named city's employee of quarter
COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood's City Employee of the Quarter is Firefighter/EMT Ben Kramer. Cottonwood Fire Chief Mike Kuykendahl told the council last week why Kramer was nominated by his supervisor Tim Wills.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

20 Candles for Habitat for Humanity
Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity celebrated 20 years of helping Verde Valley families with quality affordable housing. 
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Relay for Life comes to Cottonwood April 24
Fifteen teams are organized to participate in the fight against cancer through Relay for Life in Cottonwood.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kindness the umbrella under which you adopt new attitudes, actions
I'm embarrassed to admit this: recently I ate my way through every unhealthy carb in the house. Old cravings kicked in, and my acquired self-discipline disappeared, leaving me alone and vulnerable.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Volunteerism is heart and soul of Verde Senior Center
Volunteering is an incredible way to spend your time while enriching the lives of others. In 1736, Benjamin Franklin founded the first volunteer firehouse.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Newest Caregivers volunteer balances profession with helping her community
Chris Favorite is well known as the owner of Sedona's trendiest fashion boutique, Favorite Clothing. Her clothing store provides a service to the community by offering access to all the latest fashions, but recently she has taken a new approach to serving the residents of Sedona -- volunteering with Verde Valley Caregivers.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Walmart brawl video in slow motion analyzed by Chief Fanning
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning held a press conference Friday featuring a slow motion video presentation of the March 21 Walmart brawl. Chief Fanning gave a moment-by-moment commentary with additional details of the incident involving the Gaver family, which ended in the death of one suspect and the shooting of a police officer.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another try at a new city logo for Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD - It has been almost a year since the last time Cottonwood first rolled out a new city logo as part of its overall branding process.

Tuesday, City Council members looked at another new logo design that appears to have met with their approval.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

18th Street shooter gets 15 years in prison
CAMP VERDE -- One of the two men charged in the Cottonwood invasion robbery and 18th Street shooting two years ago has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mingus senior stars in final high school play
COTTONWOOD -- Mingus Union High School's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie stars senior Gloria Alcala in her final appearance on the Mingus Union High School stage.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Road Work Ahead on Cottonwood 12th Street
The city is underway with its reconstruction of 12th Street from the Methodist Church to 89A, closing the street to vehicles until construction is complete.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Open air cinema coming to Cottonwood, Clarkdale
It is not a drive-in movie. The idea is more of a "walk-in" movie, using a giant inflatable pop-up outdoor movie screen to present movies in parks in Cottonwood and Clarkdale.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New judge for defendants in Walmart parking lot brawl
The next appearance for the family members is scheduled May 11 before Judge Butner.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coffee talk with Mayor Joens April 22
Coffee Talk with the Mayor, Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m. at Denny's Restaurant, 2211 E. State Route 89A, Cottonwood. Coffee will be provided.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Camp Soaring Eagle Spring Festival set this weekend
CORNVILLE -- St Joseph's School and Camp Soaring Eagle are teaming up for the First Annual Spring Festival Fundraiser at Camp Soaring Eagle in Cornville to be held Saturday afternoon April 18.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jerome is on the move again and town parking lot now off limits
JEROME -- Looking at Jerome from a distance, it appears the buildings and streets are stuck to the steep mountainside.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bringing back the Building Community Grant program
COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood Administrative Services GM Rudy Rodriguez Tuesday suggested that the city council revive its program to fund small one-time grants to outside nonprofit organizations through an application process.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Funds restored for water conservation program
COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood City Council approved a new $33,045 budget for water conservation program education in grades K-through 8 for the next two years.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Video shows Gaver fight scene at Cottonwood Walmart (See full video)
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning released a dramatic eight-minute video Friday showing the Cottonwood Walmart brawl and shooting from March 21. The often-chaotic video was recorded by a police dash cam.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Video shows Gaver fight scene at Cottonwood Walmart
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning released a dramatic eight-minute video Friday showing the Cottonwood Walmart brawl and shooting from March 21. The often-chaotic video was recorded by a police dash cam.
Friday, April 10, 2015

New start, new Clarkdale home for digital media at Yavapai College
CLARKDALE -- The Sedona Film School at Yavapai College has made several changes to meet the demands of the YouTube generation.

But it's made one big change: it's moving to the Clarkdale campus.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cottonwood police honor civilians who helped them in Walmart brawl (with video)
Three citizens were honored Wednesday for coming to the aid of Cottonwood police during the March 21 Walmart parking lot brawl.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cornville man arrested for Verde Valley crime spree
CORNVILLE -- Tuesday, 27-year-old David Kent Thomas of Cornville was arrested for numerous charges including fleeing a law enforcement vehicle, aggravated assault, endangerment, theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Crime report ranks Clarkdale as 2nd safest Arizona town
Clarkdale reported just 56 crimes to the FBI two years ago, only five of them of the violent variety. Clarkdale had an overall crime score of 627.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baby Boomers wanted for upcoming special section
Remember watching the Dick Van Dyck show on TV? How about Kukla, Fran and Ollie? Did you have a hula hoop? Or a slinky? Did you read Archie comics?
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Court rulings another win for rights of medical marijuana patients
PHOENIX -- The right of patients to smoke marijuana recommended by a doctor for medical conditions cannot be taken away by a judge, even if the person has been convicted of a crime, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Downed power line closes road in Village of Oak Creek
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has closed Jacks Canyon Road between Suncliffe Drive and Concho Drive in the Village of Oak Creek due to downed power lines resulting from a single-vehicle non-injury accident.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

'Not Guilty' -- Gaver family makes first appearance in Yavapai County Superior Court
CAMP VERDE -- The Gaver family members, defendants in the Cottonwood Walmart brawl and shooting March 21, appeared before two Verde Valley Superior Court judges Monday and entered not guilty pleas.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Suggestions sought to improve Verde Village river property
VERDE VILLAGE -- The Verde Village Property Owners Association is opening the discussion on possible future development of its 35-acre stretch of membership-owned Verde River property.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mingus art students take top honors in Prescott Fine Arts Scholarship Show
PRESCOTT -- The Prescott Fine Arts Scholarship Show is the premier art competition in Yavapai County with some of the best and brightest young artists competing for over $2,000 in award money.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Use caution as fire season approaches
VERDE VALLEY -- A wildfire raced through grassland near the Verde River Sunday but was extinguished before causing structural damage.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CASA Case of the Month
A Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer is needed for 9-year-old "Helen." The Division of Child Safety (DCS) removed the girl from her parents due to allegations of domestic violence, an unfit home, and issues involving the parents' mental health.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Homeless Coalition looks to reboot with Connect Day
VERDE VALLEY -- Efforts to support the needs of the homeless took a hit recently when a brawl left one man dead in the Cottonwood Walmart parking lot. The Gaver family was said to have been camping in the lot for several days before the incident.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yavapai College open registration begins April 20
Open registration for Yavapai College summer and fall 2015 classes begins Monday, April 20 for all credit classes on all campuses.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Employee accused of theft and fraud from Sedona resort
SEDONA -- Monday, security personnel for the Enchantment Resort on Boynton Canyon Road outside Sedona, reported theft and fraud involving employee Samuel Williams, 33, a resident of the Village of Oak Creek.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Laffathon.com holds laughter demo in Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- April Fools' Day Wednesday saw a handful of enthusiasts put themselves on the sidewalk at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce for all to see and laugh-at Wednesday, encouraging drivers to laugh and them and honk for their good health.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

9-year-old arrested for bringing handgun to Beaver Creek School
An unloaded .22-caliber handgun was recovered and safely secured prior to the arrival of deputies.


Saturday, April 4, 2015


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