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Mini RV Boondock towns are sprouting up throughout Verde Valley
You've seen them parked in circles like current-day wagon trains. Increasing numbers of RV dwellers have taken to the boondocks to live a life unfettered by crowds, electricity and - - for a few - - the law.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Crash on 89A at Page Springs
Accoring to Verde Valley Fire District officials, a call came in around 10:45 a.m. Friday for a roll-over motor veichle accident on south bound 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

KTVK 3 TV to bring morning show to Cottonwood May 6
Arizona's No. 1 local morning news show, 3TV's Good Morning Arizona!, is headed to Cottonwood on Friday, May 6, as part of the show's Field Trip Friday series.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cottonwood gets first bee scare of spring season
Cottonwood firefighters responded to the parking area in front of the Safeway Shopping Center for a swarm of bees that had reportedly "chased" a woman.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

May 4 hearing on Verde Village Connector Project
Yavapai County is recommending road improvements to Rainbow Drive in the Verde Village area. The improvements include extending the asphalt pavement of Rainbow Drive across the existing unpaved road right-of-way to connect with Peila Avenue.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thomas Dunbar receives President's Award for Excellence at Verde Campus awards ceremony
The Yavapai College Verde Valley campus honored 20 of its outstanding students and alumni during its annual Evening of Recognition event on Tuesday.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Court Docket May 1, 2016
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rabid bat found in Camp Verde
Due to a recent rabid bat found in Camp Verde, Yavapai County Community Health Services recommends that residents take extra precautions.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Horrors of human trafficking hit close to home in Verde Valley forum (with video)
COTTONWOOD -- A forum on human trafficking was held at Mingus Union High School auditorium Wednesday before unveiling the locally-produced awareness video, "Nursery Rhymes and Daddies."


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Consolidation a done deal for Clarkdale, Verde Valley fire districts
VERDE VALLEY -- Tuesday at 10:50 a.m., the Verde Valley Fire District Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution consolidating the Clarkdale and Verde Valley fire districts effective July 1, 2016.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Feeling Fortunate: Margie Beach to retire from Rainbow Acres
As Director of Communications and Community Relations for Rainbow Acres, Margie Beach boils her job down to a single precept.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mingus students named SkillsUSA state officers
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School students Josie Vojnic and Josh Wheeler have been elected to serve as SkillsUSA Arizona State officers for the 2016-2017 school year.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mingus recognized among America's best high schools
For the third year in a row, Mingus Union High School has been included in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of "America's Best High Schools."


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Southwest Wine Center fifth Plant-A-Vine event is Saturday
CLARKDALE - Yavapai College invites the public to participate in a day of hands-on fun planting grapevines in its student-run vineyard at the Southwest Wine Center on the Verde Valley campus, 601 Black Hills Drive.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jerome News Update
The results of a $25,000 grant from Yavapai County Emergency Management deeming Jerome as "one of the most dangerous in the county for wildfire" can be seen this spring in Deception Gulch.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

50th annual Verde Valley Fair begins 5-day run
COTTONWOOD - Step right up! The 50th anniversary Verde Valley Fair kicks off its five-day run Wednesdday at 4 p.m.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New subdivision, 500 homes: Vineyards at Cottonwood coming soon
COTTONWOOD - Swayze and Kathy McCraine own the sprawling 7-Up Ranch in Prescott. Ranchers tend to know each other and Swayze and Cottonwood's Andy Groseta have known each other for a long time.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mingus students make Doozie of a video
COTTONWOOD - If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then what is a video worth?

It's worth a lot, according to Jeff Wood, digital filmmaking teacher at Mingus Union High School.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Verde Valley offers autism-related services for children, adults, families
VERDE VALLEY - In many ways, Dathan Wimer and Race Armstrong are typical young boys.

They both enjoy swimming, they like video games, and they have taken to Tae Kwon Do.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Court Docket: April 27. 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blaze destroys RV and jeep Sunday; freeway traffic blocked
McGUIREVILLE -- At 10 a.m. Sunday, Montezuma Rimrock Fire crews were dispatched to an RV Fire in the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 at Milepost 295, just south of the McGuireville Rest area.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Mingus Union's Mike Westcott named 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Education Foundation recognized 67 of the county's teachers Friday night, naming chemistry teacher Mike Westcott of Mingus Union High School as the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cottonwood-Oak Creek schools, Sodexo partner to teach culinary skills, healthy eating
COTTONWOOD - It may look like one of those cooking competition shows on television, but for six students at Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, the second Future Chef competition is an opportunity to learn a few culinary skills, how to eat healthy - and a promise to take home a handy basket of cooking utensils.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

5 Things you'll love about this year's Verde Valley Fair
COTTONWOOD -- The 50th annual Verde Valley Fair opens its gates at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Looking Good Cottonwood: 14 weeks later, local group says goodbye to 965 pounds
COTTONWOOD -- The 2016 Lookin' Good Cottonwood weight-loss program saw 67 participants lose a collective total of 965 pounds, said Trevor Faust, fitness center supervisor of the Cottonwood Recreation Center.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tilted Earth Festival to offer camping
Tilted Earth Wine and Music festival will offer overnight camping in Riverfront Park this year.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

City OK's bonds with emergency clause
The Cottonwood City Council, by emergency passage Tuesday, agreed to authorize the Administrative General Manager to approve the refinancing of Cottonwood's 2006 water bonds, originally used to purchase Cottonwood Water Works.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mingus looks for new Special Programs director
COTTONWOOD - With the pending retirement of Pam Fenstamaker, Mingus Union High School District is looking for a new Director of Special Programs.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Annual district joint meeting Thursday at Mingus Union
COTTONWOOD - At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Mingus Union High School will host a joint dinner and networking meeting with Verde Valley school districts.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

School district remembers colleague with painted glass
COTTONWOOD - On Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m., a 30-inch by 40-inch painted glass will be unveiled at Cottonwood Middle School to remember Patricia Hutchinson, a 27-year educator with the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District who passed away on Dec. 11, 2014.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

County plans Verde Village connector project
The improvements include extending the asphalt pavement of Rainbow Drive across the existing unpaved road right-of-way to connect with Peila Avenue.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Woman flown to hospital after ATV rollover
CORNVILLE - Thursday, about 4:30 p.m., the Verde Valley Fire District were dispatched to the intersection with Beaverhead Flat for an ATV rollover accident. Crews found the ATV on the dirt road just south of Cornville Road and Beaverhead Flat Road.  The ATV was on its side upon arrival. 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ruth Gaver released on probation
COTTONWOOD -- Ruth Gaver, the 53-year-old mother of the adult children who took on police in the parking lot of the Cottonwood Walmart March 21, 2015, has been released from jail on probation.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Ordinance would make Cottonwood first in Arizona to raise legal age to light up
Cottonwood could soon become the first city in Arizona to raise legal age for the purchase of tobacco products for those younger than 21.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cottonwood-Oak Creek reinstates full-day kindergarten program
COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District's board engaged in several minutes of healthy debate - and consideration before voting Tuesday to reinstate the district's full-day kindergarten program with full-time certified teachers.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Two of three Cottonwood-Oak Creek board members to seek re-election
According to the office of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, Mary Valenzuela and JoAnne Cook will each seek reelection to the district's governing board.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cottonwood-Oak Creek to share special ed director with Sedona
COTTONWOOD - Tuesday, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District board voted unanimously to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with Sedona-Oak Creek School District for Michael Remus to serve as Shared Special Services Director.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

College announces appointment of new vice president
The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 19, at the Sedona Center. Board members Al Filardo, Steve Irwin, Dr. Patricia McCarver, Deb McCasland, and Ray Sigafoos were present.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Full slate of events offered for Earth Day 2016
VERDE VALLEY - Earth Day - - an event celebrating environmental protection of the planet - - is celebrated annually on April 22 by over 200 countries. Peace activist John McConnell was credited with coming-up with the idea in 1969.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Deputy finds unique way to help despondent man
CORNVILLE - A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy found a unique way to help a despondent man Saturday, April 16, when fellow deputies created an impromptu car show with several of the man's friends.


Thursday, April 21, 2016


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