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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

College advisory committee begins study of community response to questionnaire
SEDONA - For the past few months, members of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee have collected feedback in a questionnaire designed to better understand how Yavapai College could best serve the educational needs of the Verde Valley.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Man cuts officers with knife during arrest
COTTONWOOD -- Just before midnight Sunday, 27-year-old Cottonwood resident Johnathan Ryan Hodgson was arrested on multiple charges following a knife attack on two officers..


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lana Tolleson steps down as CEO of Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce
COTTONWOOD -- One of the faces newcomers or business people often meet and remember when they first come to Cottonwood is the smiling face of Lana Tolleson, though her speech may take you off to Texas.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two arrested in Cottonwood shooting incident
COTTONWOOD -- Monday, just before 8 a.m. Jesse Joe Sanchez III of Cottonwood, was waiting at a residence in the 1200 Block of E. Graham St. for his girlfriend, Meissa Lomeli, to return home, according to a report from the Cottonwood Police Department.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dr. Perey to discuss strategic plan with college's advisory committee
CLARKDALE - In June 2015, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee (VVBAC) submitted an 11-page report of strategic planning recommendations to the Yavapai College District Governing Board.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cottonwood BB shooters go to court
CAMP VERDE -- Two young Cottonwood men are going down separate paths after their arrest for firing a BB-guns at vehicle windows the afternoon of April 28. In one case, a man driving a van told Yavapai Sheriff's deputies he thought they were going to kill him after the teens reportedly fired and shattered his windshield in front of his face.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ex-cons attempt to flee from sheriff's deputy
COTTONWOOD -- Thursday, June 9 at about 6 p.m., a YCSO deputy attempted a traffic stop for an equipment violation involving a silver 2003 Jaguar sedan. The deputy initially spotted the vehicle on Western Drive in Verde Village.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Taj Mahal Q&A
Grammy-Award winning blues legend Taj Mahal is headlining the 3rd Annual Tilted Earth Festival on June 18th sponsored by Page Spring Cellars and the City of Cottonwood. Mahal will be presented with two special honors at the festival. Mahal is receiving a Laffathon Lifetime Achievement Award and Mayor Joens and the City of Cottonwood is presenting him the proclamation that declares June 18th Taj Mahal Happy Blues Day to recognize and share Mahal's positivity.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Yavapai's College for Kids program moves future to present
Students from the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Beaver Creek school districts, as well as from Buena Vista Children's Services in Cottonwood will spend the next three weeks at the college's Clarkdale facility, as well as two weeks in July.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Independent voters subject of June 20 League meeting
Who are Arizona's 1.2 million Independent voters? What are their philosophies, viewpoints, and voting patterns?


Tuesday, June 14, 2016


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