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Plea may be in works in Rec Center trolling-for-sex case
CAMP VERDE -- Defense attorney Renee Mendelsohn Monday asked for a continuance of 45 days before returning to court with her client Clark Jeffrey Reber.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cornville man arrested for burglary, disorderly conduct
CORNVILLE -- Louis Hernandez, of Cornville, was arrested around 11:45 p.m. Aug.16 for charges including burglary, resisting arrest, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, and theft. The 23-year-old was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on probation hold without bond, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Yavapai Food Council sees brighter future
VERDE VALLEY - August was a brighter month for the Yavapai Food Council, with the awarding of two grants to expand services, the near-completion of its children's food kitchen and steady food collection results, according to Executive Director Amy Aossey.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clarkdale woman charged in Colorado infant porn case
PHOENIX -- A Clarkdale woman has been charged by federal agents with three counts of possession of child pornography.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Camp Verde man arrested for screwdriver stabbing in VOC
SEDONA -- About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Yavapai County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a reported family fight in an apartment building at 70 Bell Rock Blvd. in the Village of Oak Creek
Monday, August 22, 2016

Mother turns to legal cannabis extract CBD to ease daughter's epilepsy
VERDE VALLEY - When Breanna Moore of Camp Verde hired Perfect Chance Photography to capture an image of her infant daughter Kyrsten, she thought it was going be her last.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Students discuss role of Verde Valley's post-secondary education at Future Leaders Forum
Thursday at Yavapai College, the 501 (c) (3) group sought ideas from the area's youth, as more than 70 students from Verde Valley middle schools and high school students discussed the role of post-secondary education in the future of the Verde Valley.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Aug. 31 groundbreaking planned for Military Service Park
COTTONWOOD -- Planning has taken longer than one and half years, but organizers will finally break ground Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the Verde Valley Military Service Park. The ground-breaking for the park's first phase will occur within Cottonwood's Garrison Park -- east of the ramada and south of the County Administrative annex at 6th Street and Mingus Avenue.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Effort to keep legal marijuana measure off ballot rejected
PHOENIX -- A judge has thrown out a bid to keep voters from deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Yavapai College enrollment on decline
Enrollment trends show five-year decrease in Verde Valley student enrollment, but a near 20-percent increase in online students
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Epiphany on Pima gets endorsement from planning board
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Planning Commission Monday unanimously recommended the design review approval for the proposed "Epiphany on Pima," a combination restaurant-bar and arts and meeting venue.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clarkdale considers adding agricultural business to town's zoning
CLARKDALE - Clarkdale prides itself in weaving "green" technology into its current and future operations. Soon, the door may be opening to agribusiness ranging from vineyards to medical marijuana cultivation as the Planning Commission considered adding agriculture as a conditional permitted use under town zoning at an Aug. 16 public hearing.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Man identified from Camp Verde house fire
CAMP VERDE -- An autopsy, completed Sunday, has officially identified the man found after suppression of a house fire in Verde Lakes Estates last Monday


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Write-in candidates for council make Aug. 30 ballot
VERDE VALLEY - According to the Yavapai County Recorder's Office, voters have one additional write-in choice for council in Clarkdale and two additional write-in choices for council in Jerome during the Aug. 30 primary election.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cottonwood to save more than $1.5 million by refinancing debt
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood City Council in mid-July approved a loan to refinance its 2007-GADA bonds at an interest rate that will save taxpayers nearly $1.5 million. The bond rating service, Standard and Poor's has given the new bond series an "AA-" rating. As defined by S&P: "An obligation rated 'AA' differs from the highest-rated obligations only to a small degree. The obligor's capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is very strong."


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A Round 4: Cottonwood mayoral candidate Holly Grigaitis
Cottonwood should examine our "weak mayor" structure, and if it works optimally for a city of 11,000. I have doubts.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A Round 4: Cottonwood mayoral candidate Terence Pratt
As Mayor, my role will be to promote Cottonwood as a good place to do business, to live, and to visit.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Election 2016 Q&A Round 4: Cottonwood mayoral candidate Timothy Elinski
My job as Mayor will be ensuring we have given clear direction to management, to set clear goals, benchmarks and timelines, and to hold management accountable for the implementation of our goals.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

2nd BB-car shooter pleads
CAMP VERDE -- Genaro Soto pleaded guilty Monday to two charges of shooting a firearm at an occupied structure and possession of drug paraphernalia. Soto was one of two young men, both 18, arrested for firing a CO2-powered BB pistol at vehicles, shattering glass windows.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program connects water savers with water users
Called "The Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program," the collaborative effort is administered by the Friends of Verde River Greenway (FVRG) and involves participating wineries Merkin Vineyards and Page Spring Vineyard.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's official: New taxes in Jerome
JEROME - The Jerome Town Council has voted and it's become official: The "bed tax" goes up and a new commercial rental tax is on the books after discussions at an Aug. 9 regular meeting.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Woman rescued during monsoon storm on Mingus Mountain
MINGUS MOUNTAIN -- Early Thursday morning, just after 2 a.m., Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Mingus Mountain on a report that a 60-year-old woman was wandering lost. She had been camping in the area with her boyfriend and wandered away after a verbal argument during the afternoon.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

AG determines DES director broke no laws in emails on trip to Lourdes
PHOENIX -- The director of the Department of Economic Security broke no laws in emailing agency staffers about his trip to Lourdes and offering to take their written "special intentions' to the holy shrine, the attorney general's office has concluded.

Paul Watkins, chief of the agency's civil division, acknowledged Tim Jeffries used the state's email system to send out not only a note to all DES employees ahead of his trip but several follow-ups from France, including pictures.

The emails drew a complaint from Madeline Ziegler, a legal fellow of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Panel wants new approach to determining bail
PHOENIX -- A special panel of experts on criminal law wants to scrap the current system of setting bail and imposing fines and replace it with one linked to a defendant's ability to pay.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pearsall nepotism complaint linked to Simmons' campaign
PRESCOTT -- A records request to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has revealed that David Hess - referred to as someone "working on the campaign to elect Judd Simmons to the position of assessor" - sent Sheila Polk an email alleging nepotism in the Yavapai County Assessor's Office by County Assessor Pam Pearsall.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trial date confirmed in Seth Collins 260 highway crash case
CAMP VERDE-- Judge Michael Bluff Monday confirmed the trial date for 45-year-old Seth Collins to begin in October. When originally set in June, Bluff had "double-booked" the trial with an unrelated trial of another man in custody.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How much longer will the Verde River flow?
CLARKDALE -Monday at Yavapai College, the Executive Director of the Verde River Institute and Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig presented "The Future of Water in the Verde Valley: We Know the Problem, Now What Can We Do About It?"


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Accident involving YCSO deputy closes SR 260 Friday night in Camp Verde
CAMP VERDE - A "T-bone" collision Friday evening in Camp Verde closed SR 260 in both directions for one hour as emergency workers treated two patients and the Department of Public Safety investigated the scene, according to Battalion Chief Eric Strauss of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Arizona has strictest DUI penalties in America
VERDE VALLEY - An analysis of driving under the influence laws in 50 US states and the District of Columbia revealed that Arizona has the strictest penalties in the nation, according to a new study by WalletHub.com


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Restoration work continues on Clemenceau Building
COTTONWOOD - For four days this summer, administrators at the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District were rendered professionally homeless as workers tackled extensive electrical upgrades throughout the Clemenceau Building.

"We were sitting pretty much on an electrical time bomb," said District Superintendent Barbara U'Ren. "It's been an interesting summer."


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Food truck wars: Clarkdale joins Cottonwood in paving the way
CLARKDALE - Carol Chandler, a national food winner and member of Prescott's Mile High Mobile Food coalition, addressed town council Aug. 9, saying "the ordinances Clarkdale proposed are pretty fair." She just hopes that the town - - and other communities considering it - - "adopt the County's Mobile Food Unit definition and agree to universal policies."


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Aug. 24 deadline for write-in school board candidates
VERDE VALLEY - On Aug. 25, it is possible that Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter will ask the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to cancel five of the Verde Valley's nine Nov. 8 school board elections.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bar-restaurant and art space part of the 'Epiphany on Pima' project
COTTONWOOD -- A decade ago, there was nothing but vacant buildings along Main Street in Old Town. Today, vacancies are so hard to find, that more and more businesses are looking at the side streets.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Jerome man indicted for cattle rustling
HOLBROOK -- A Jerome man appeared in court to face charges of stealing cattle Thursday.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Small growers better able to deliver farm-to-table goods
VERDE VALLEY - Growing a sprouting farm is similar to growing a sprouting bean: The last thing it needs is to be smothered by a heap of, well, bureaucracy.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

VACTE seeks students for fire science, film-TV-medic classes
CAMP VERDE - Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE) in Cottonwood recently hired Camp Verde fire science instructor Steve Darby to run its own fire science program as a centralized program offering.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Russell to retire from YCSO; Rhodes to take over second-in-command position
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Russell hasn't taken two consecutive weeks off work since 1982.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Court Docket Aug. 14, 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Local committee supports Filardo's position on study for separate Verde admin college
CLARKDALE - For the past several months, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee has either discussed, considered or voted on processes that could one day lead to a Verde Valley administrative college separate from Yavapai College.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dr. Perey tells VVBAC that growing a program takes time
CLARKDALE - Verde Valley's college-aged learners aren't looking at Yavapai College for their post-high school education needs, said Bill Regner, vice chairman of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee.


Thursday, August 11, 2016


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