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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

Pinal County cracking down on potluck dinners
PHOENIX -- A House panel took the first steps Thursday to keeping those involved in community potlucks on the right side of the law.

Friday, February 5, 2016

State proposes new restrictions on return of early ballots
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers approved a measure Thursday that would make felons out of people who return the early ballots of others to the polls.

Friday, February 5, 2016

State Senate unanimously endorses revamping police, fire pension plan
PHOENIX -- State senators gave unanimous approval Thursday to revamping the pension plan covering police and firefighters.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Plans proposes restoring $28 million to JTEDs
Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, said the plan would restore $28 million of the $30 million lawmakers voted last year to cut from Joint Technical Education Districts this coming school year.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Popular vote process gains support in State House
PHOENIX -- The state House voted 40-16 Thursday to move Arizona toward a system where the presidential candidate who got the most popular votes in the nation would become president, no matter what the Electoral College decided.
Friday, February 5, 2016

New push to allow guns in public buildings
PHOENIX -- Undeterred by prior vetoes, gun-rights advocates are making a new push to allow some people to bring their weapons into public buildings.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Attorney: Text deletions should not be fodder for legal challenge
The attorney for Bob Stump contends the Checks and Balances Project has no legal right to ask a court to rule that the state utility regulator illegally deleted text messages -- not that he's conceded Stump actually did.
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

DROUGHT MONITOR: Dry conditions ease across Northern Arizona
PRESCOTT -- The new year brought with it good news for Arizona's drought situation.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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

Another report, another F for Arizona schools
WASHINGTON - Arizona got an F for its support of public education on a new report card from a national education advocacy group, but the nation as a whole didn't do much better, with no state getting better than a C.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Douglas says proposal a threat to her powers as state schools chief
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is lashing out at what she said is a "repulsive' plan by a Mesa Republican lawmaker she contends will strip her of many of her constitutional duties.
Wednesday, February 3, 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

Revamping of state liquor laws on table
PHOENIX -- A House panel voted Tuesday to make it easier for liquor stores to move up the block -- and even next door -- to schools and churches.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Massive changes proposed for police, firefighter pensions
PHOENIX -- Ignoring arguments that the claimed savings may not be real, a Senate panel on Wednesday approved massive changes to the pension system that covers police and firefighters throughout the state.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Voters may get final say on photo radar
PHOENIX -- The future of photo enforcement of traffic laws in Arizona could depend on what voters decide in November, if not at the state level, than in each community.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Conflict of interest issues surface for Andy Tobin
PHOENIX -- The man who replaced a state utility regulator forced out over conflicts of interest has some conflicts of his own that likely will keep him from voting on key issues before the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lawmakers seek revamping of Electoral College process
PHOENIX -- A House panel on Monday approved a measure, that, had it been in effect in 2000, would have meant Al Gore would have been president.
Tuesday, February 2, 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

Chain of command issues new focus for lawmakers
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers voted Tuesday to make sure there's someone left to run the government if the roof caves in -- literally -- during the next State of the State address.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Change proposed for redistricting process
PHOENIX -- A House panel approved a change in the redistricting process that, if ratified by voters, could have the lines for future legislative and congressional elections drawn only by Republicans.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

House Ways and Means Committee show support for 'empowerment scholarships'
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers took the first steps Monday to eventually allowing all 1.1 million children in public schools to get vouchers of tax dollars to attend private and parochial schools.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New restrictions proposed for fetal research
PHOENIX -- Abortion foes at the Legislature on Monday proposed new restrictions on fetal research that would be even more restrictive than federal law.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Poll shows increased voter favor for Ann Kirkpatrick
Democrat challenger Ann Kirkpatrick picked up six points when those questioned were asked whether they would back her or McCain. And they all came from the undecided category.

The bottom line, according to pollster Earl de Berge, is that if the general election were held today Kirkpatrick and McCain would be in a statistical dead heat.

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

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