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Mingus could pursue bond to fill capital needs
COTTONWOOD -- School board members are looking to a possible bond election after voters decided against a capital override in November, said Mingus Union High School superintendent Paul Tighe.

"We're concerned because there's no mechanism to meet our capital needs," he said. "The board has directed me to bring our bond company in to give information to the board about options."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Illegal immigrant numbers drop in Arizona; impact on schools still felt
PHOENIX -- The number of people in this state illegally dropped by close to 12 percent between 2009 and 2012 according to a new study.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Trust, but verify: Honor system is off for new county hires
COTTONWOOD - The county government is one of the largest employers in Yavapai County, but many of its departments don't conduct background checks on new hires.

If Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting is any indication, that's probably going to change come July 1.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yavapai County wants revenue sharing back
COTTONWOOD - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is sending a letter to state legislators that asks them to restore some revenue sharing programs.

The board's accompanying resolution says the county has lost more than $14.7 million in state revenue sharing since 2008.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Court upholds disparity in funding for charter schools
PHOENIX -- Arizona's charter schools are not entitled to another $135 million of taxpayer funds, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

$1,500 donation from Fry's to help schools in Yavapai County
PRESCOTT -- A $1,500 contribution from the Fry's Fund, a part of the parent Kroger Foundation and an independent 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, will be added to grant program funds offered through the Yavapai County Education Foundation.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Horne to pay $10,000 to settle campaign charges
Tom Horne will pay $10,000 out of his own pocket to end an investigation into whether he illegally used staffers at the Attorney General's Office in his unsuccessful reelection campaign.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dead man found in Camp Verde
The body of David Francis McDonough, of Camp Verde, was discovered around 8:50 on Tuesday at the west end of Hollamon Street.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tuesday blaze destroys mobile home; family displaced
VERDE VILLAGE -- Verde Valley firefighters rushed to a burning mobile home in Skidmore area near Verde Village 1 just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The mobile on East Copper Drive was already gushing heavy fire and smoke when crews arrived. The displaced family, which included a mother and three daughters, had already evacuated the single-wide mobile home.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

New life for Jerome's Holy Family Catholic Church (with photo gallery)
When Scott Kolu sang "Salve Regina," a traditional hymn to the Virgin Mary, from the balcony of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Jerome a few weeks ago, I was transfixed. His sonorous baritone filled the church with life and evoked a passionate spirituality. I felt as though heaven was singing right through me and down to the beautiful old altar. The church's acoustics were perfection.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bridgeport's Garcia's Market robbed by man wielding knife
Garcia's Market and Carniceria Butcher Shop in Bridgeport was the site of a daylight robbery Monday.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ducey faces budget deficit in first year
PHOENIX -- The successful gubernatorial candidate who promised to balance the budget without tax hikes or borrowing won't be presenting a truly balanced spending plan to lawmakers in January.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Murder suspect Jack Ryder to receive public defender
A man arrested two years ago in Florida for killing a woman formerly thought to have accidentally drowned is suddenly without a lawyer and facing first-degree murder charges.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

71-year-old Seligman man arrested in killing
Hollman is currently held in the Coconino Detention Facility on a charged with first degree murder; his bond has been set at $1 million.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scammers and a new twist to ensnare victims
This past Wednesday, Yavapai Sheriff's Office dispatchers received a welfare check request involving an elderly man in Cottonwood. The caller, who identified himself as "Daniel Welch," first told the dispatcher he wanted the Sheriff's Office to deliver a message to the Cottonwood man about an upcoming family reunion.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AG launches legal challenge on AZ gay marriages
The Attorney General's Office is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling which says gays can marry.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sleeping deaths, abuse increased among Arizona kids
PHOENIX -- More infants died in Arizona last year from unsafe sleep environments than motor vehicle accidents.

A new report released Friday about child fatalities in the state also found:

- Fewer children younger than 18 took their own lives;

- Drowning deaths for children were down;

- More newborns died of complications of prematurity as the number of mothers getting prenatal care dropped.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UPDATE: Missing Sedona hiker found dead
A crew of the Yavapai Sheriff's Office Rescue 1-helicopter located the body of David Polcyn in a narrow canyon area of the Beaver Creek Wilderness.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Gas prices continue slide in Arizona
Average retail gasoline prices in Arizona have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week
Monday, November 17, 2014

DISCONTENT STILL EXISTS ... but Cottonwood water rate hearing plays to much smaller crowd
It could have been a replay of the formal water and wastewater rate hearing held in 2013 before the city raised rates then. The important exception is that the overflow crowd that packed last year's hearing and voiced their dissent for hours in the Cottonwood Recreation Center meeting room, was absent Thursday night.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Local woman seeks housing for homeless female veterans
There are two degrees of separation between Camp Verde resident Ellen Zoltak and comedian Bill Murray. But the separation between Zoltak and Murray's sister changed how she saw female veterans of war.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Yavapai County election turnout was 61%
Yavapai County elections officials finished counting general election ballots Thursday and posted unofficial final results online.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Satellite eye in the sky monitors sex offenders with GPS ankle devices
At any given time, there are between 25 and 35 adult probationers in northern Arizona wearing GPS monitoring bracelets, and it's the job of Larry Battin and Dan Hughart to monitor their movements.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Coconino County searchers find man dead
Scott Olson, 63, the subject of an intensive ground and air search, was located by rescuers Friday morning on the northwest side of Humphries Peak above Flagstaff. He had been a volunteer minister for five years at the Coconino detention center.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lane restrictions on SR 260 east of Cottonwood
Motorists traveling on westbound State Route 260, approximately four miles east of Cottonwood at Wilbur Canyon, need to be aware that crews will begin repairs on embankments along the roadway due to recent erosion at between mileposts 209 to 210.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

House Committee Chairs chosen
Arizona House of Representatives Speaker-elect David Gowan has announced his selection of 19 Committee Chairmanships for the 52nd Legislature. They include both representatives of LD-6 and one of LD-1.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Middle School Students Step Up and Deliver
Students at Cottonwood Middle School concluded their holiday food drive
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mingus to kick off 2nd annual college application campaign
About 100 seniors filed college applications last year at Mingus Union High School, and the counseling department is gearing up for year two.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

City gets voter OK on Cottonwood General Plan 2025
The Cottonwood General Plan 2025 was approved by the voters Nov. 4.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Court Docket: 11-14-14
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Obamacare enrollment reopens; language, outreach among hurdles
Health care "navigators" in Arizona said they learned a lot during last year's bumpy rollout of Obamacare and are ready to apply lessons learned to the second round of open enrollment that kicks off Saturday.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Arizona redistricting accusations
The fact that politics may have been involved in drawing legislative lines is no reason to declare them illegal, the attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission is urging the U.S. Supreme Court.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

VA officials defend pace of action against executives
House members demanded Thursday to know why senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who were implicated in recent scandals at the agency have not been fired, months after the agency got that authority.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Manzanita Outreach delivers 4,320 meals to Mission food drive
Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger helped kick off the Old Town Mission's holiday food drive at the Cottonwood Safeway Friday morning in a big way with the donation of 4,320 meals.
Friday, November 14, 2014

24 Arizona doctors prescribe medical marijuana to 34,000-plus patients
PHOENIX -- Just two dozen doctors in Arizona are responsible for making medical marijuana available to more than 34,000 patients according to a new report, with several writing recommendations at the rate of one an hour for every business hour of the day.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

4FRI environmental impact preview available next week
FLAGSTAFF - The Four Forest Restoration Initiative, also known as 4FRI, is making another move forward by preparing the environmental impact study for Phase 1.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce elects new board
COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce President Lana Tolleson says Chamber members have elected a diverse, well-balanced team to fill out the Chamber Board for the new year.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vehicle fire suspected as arson
An ongoing investigation identified a suspect who is currently being treated at the Verde Valley Medical Center for mental health issues.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Part of Cherry road to be paved
Director Bryon Jaspers has asked the Yavapai Board of Supervisors to approve a $45,000 project on Cherry Road
Thursday, November 13, 2014

MATFORCE announces Youth 'Pizza-Box-Topper' Art Contest
MATFORCE invites area youth to enter the "Say No to Underage Drinking" Youth Art Contest. Winning entries will receive cash prizes. Participating pizza stores will be attaching the winning posters to the top of their pizza boxes helping raise awareness about underage drinking risks.


Thursday, November 13, 2014


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