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College advisory chair makes his case on administrative district
"The outcome would be two colleges, each with their own head," said Paul Chevalier, chairman of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee ... "Bob Oliphant has really thought this out and is providing us some good information."
Friday, February 5, 2016

Sgt. Daniels retires because of injuries suffered in Gaver brawl
COTTONWOOD -- One of the police supervisors involved in the Walmart melee with the Gaver family March 21, 2015, has been forced to retire early because of injuries.


Friday, February 5, 2016

College President Dr. Wills faces Verde Valley critics
CLARKDALE - The last time Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills met at the Verde Valley Campus, 27 residents and two advisory committee members spoke their mind.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gaver parents back on trial track
CAMP VERDE -- During two separate hearings Wednesday, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Joseph Butner ruled on issues linked to the Gaver family and the trial proceedings.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Advisory committee considers saying to college district: 'You're fired!'
CLARKDALE - An advisory committee to Yavapai College that was created by the college's governing board is now considering saying "You're fired" to the same district that they serve.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Yavapai-Apache Nation rep sought for advisory board
CLARKDALE - With the recent departure of Leona Wathogoma, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee is seeking a representative from the Yavapai-Apache Nation.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Senate panel urges scaled back power for state schools chief
Rebuffing claims she should be in charge of education policy, a Senate panel voted Thursday to take away some of the powers that now appear to be granted to state schools chief Diane Douglas.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pearsall tells club she thought assessor was not a political position
PRESCOTT -- Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall said she ran for office because her predecessor was mired in scandal and controversy. More than seven years later, she's found her way into a few of her own, she told Democratic Women of the Prescott Area at a luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 27.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

County Recorder announces presidential preference election
Yavapai County Recorder announces presidential preference election
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Clarkdale's Janet Regner appointed to Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review
FLAGSTAFF -- Clarkdale's Janet Regner, the director of Coconino County Community Services, has been appointed to serve on the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Scott Bales.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rauton drops out of Supervisor's race
COTTONWOOD -- Mike Rauton of Verde Village launched his campaign for District 3 Yavapai County Supervisor in early December in Garrison Park with supporters behind him.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

College Board to meet in Verde Valley in March
CLARKDALE - March 1, Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills heads west to the Verde Valley Campus for its monthly District Governing Board meeting. The question remains, "Will it be a repeat of Sept. 1?"


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Old Town Association regroups, looks ahead to productive 2016
COTTONWOOD -- Andrea Harless is stepping down as long-time Secretary and Old Town Association Board Member to focus on family and professional commitments, according to Chairman Larry Cohen.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chimney fire displaces Camp Verde family
CAMP VERDE -- Camp Verde Engine E811 was dispatched to 426 S. 3rd St. for smoke coming from the roof of a residence about mid-morning Saturday. 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cottonwood man faces numerous drug charges
RIMROCK -- Just after midnight Jan. 26, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a red Jeep speeding on Beaver Creek Road and Top O' The Morning in Rimrock.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lori Mabery named Volunteer of the Year
Lori Mabery of Blazin' M Ranch was honored as the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year during Friday's annual chamber banquet.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Clarkdale Police recover huge weapons cache
During the search, 50 weapons were seized by police including six guns, numerous knives, ammunition, and other weaponry.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Yavapai College closed due to snow
CLARKDALE - Monday, all Yavapai College campuses closed due to inclement weather conditions, according to Kim Kapin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Yavapai College.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Flood season nears for Verde Valley
CLARKDALE - The Verde River is as beautiful as it is wild. And while living along its banks can be a blessing, at times it can also be a curse.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Heroin a growing societal addiction
COTTONWOOD - First it was methamphetamine. Then perscription drugs. Now, heroin has emerged as the biggest drug problem facing the Verde Valley.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Disorderly conduct charge filed against youth basketball coach
CLARKDALE - A Big Park School parent-volunteer assistant basketball coach who was ejected from the Clarkdale-Jerome gymnasium and subsequently banned from the school campus now will have to answer to a charge of disorderly conduct.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Verde Valley Leadership hosts Business/Economic Development Issue Day
COTTONWOOD -- The Verde Valley Leadership group devoted an entire day to looking at the five areas that are specified in Cottonwood's Economic Plan to further economic growth in the Verde: Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Visitor Industries; Agribusiness; Healthcare and Biomedical; Manufacturing; and Transportation and Logistics.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Honor Roll: Clarkdale-Jerome School
The Clarkdale-Jerome School second quarter honor roll and perfect attendance for the 2015-2016 school year, is as follows. In recognition of outstanding achievement, Principal's List is 4.0, Honor roll is 3.0-3.99 A-B's.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lawmaker seeks private property protection against drones
PHOENIX -- Saying privacy could be in danger, a state lawmaker wants to outlaw flying a drone over someone else's property and start taking pictures or videos.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

$350,000 stolen in Bank of America heist; $10,000 reward offered
Wednesday's early morning burglary of the Cottonwood branch of the Bank of America saw about $350,000 stolen and a $10,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Second Clarkdale cell tower is calling
CLARKDALE - When Clarkdale town council convened on the afternoon of Jan. 26, what they hoped to gain was community feedback and a chance to explore their options for a proposed second cell tower.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

New chief has face time with community
Gesell: "Policing is under attack across most of America as far as the national dialogue. We, in the police department here, enjoy immense support in this community. We value that. I inherited a phenomenal department."


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Eighth-graders drop-in at Mingus Union to get a taste of their future
COTTONWOOD - There was a time when a student's transition from middle school to high school was left as "sink or swim".


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Clarkdale pulls plug on Cottonwood Ranch water
CLARKDALE - After 10 years supplying water to Cottonwood Ranch, the Town of Clarkdale has finally pulled the plug, officially handing over the reins to the City of Cottonwood.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fresh face on a stale problem: The saga of the 'leaning wall of Jerome'
JEROME - Thanks to a fresh look by a recently-retained engineering firm, an inexpensive yet decorative solution to the 'leaning wall of Jerome' may be close at hand.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sedona begins enforcement on hand held cell phone use while driving
Sedona recently installed signs informing motorists of the City's ordinance which prohibits the use of hand held cell phone use while driving.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off set for May 7
The Rotary Club of Sedona announces the addition of the Mayors of Sedona, Cottonwood and Clarkdale as competitors in the Sixth Annual Great Chili Cook-off Saturday, May 7 at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, a part of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend. 
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Buchanan elected to Arizona Forward Northern Regional Council
VERDE VALLEY - Linda Buchanan, Community Education Coordinator at Yavapai College, was recently elected to the Northern Regional Council of Arizona Forward.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Verde Valley Equine Fest to return this April
COTTONWOOD -- Verde Valley Equine Festival is gearing up for another blockbuster event, having already been acclaimed by Arizona's many equestrian communities.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

'Large sum' of money stolen in Cottonwood Bank of America theft (with video)
COTTONWOOD -- A substantial theft of money has been reported by the Cottonwood branch of the Bank of America before dawn Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cottonwood Bank of America closed today because of overnight burglary
The Bank of America in Cottonwood has been closed, due to what is described as an overnight burglary.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Clarkdale mayor has inside track on drones (with video)
COTTONWOOD - With more state and local governments (including Arizona and the Town of Jerome) considering the regulation of drones, Town of Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig's belief is, "Not right away."


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Community invited to 'meet and greet' with new police chief
Cottonwood is holding a "Meet and Greet" with the city's new chief of police, Steve Gesell, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Locally produced video shines light on scourge of human trafficking
YAVAPAI COUNTY - Jan. 11 is officially designated as "National Human Trafficking Awareness Day" by the United States Senate. Many other organizations consider January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

18-month extension allowed for Alcantara expansion
COTTONWOOD - Alcantara Vineyards owner Barbara Predmore has been given a third extension for a final site plan and use permit to expand her operation.


Saturday, January 23, 2016


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