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Full competency hearing ordered for Gaver brother
PRESCOTT - Jeremiah Gaver, one of eight family members allegedly involved in a deadly brawl at a Cottonwood Wal-Mart March 21, will have a full competency hearing after his attorney on Monday, Nov. 23 said he was "probably not restorable."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Farm Bureau reports cost of typical Thanksgiving dinner at $47.83
PHOENIX -- Shoppers out looking for that holiday turkey in Arizona should find better prices this year than last year.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday looms large
COTTONWOOD -- Black Friday shoppers can look forward to bigger crowds and more choices this year than last. One-day sales are projected to increase 3.7 percent this year, from $608 billion in 2014 to $630.5 billion in 2015, according to the National Research Federation (NRF).
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Douglas attorney: Education Board lawsuit 'legal gamesmanship'
PHOENIX -- A lawsuit by the state Board of Education against state schools chief Diane Douglas should be thrown out because of legal "gamesmanship,' her lawyer is arguing to a judge.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

UPDATE: Investigation continues into suspicious death of woman
Police are still trying to unravel the cause and series of events that led to the death of a Cottonwood woman
Monday, November 23, 2015

Cottonwood police investigate suspicious death of woman
Saturday at about 10 a.m., Cottonwood police were called to the 1100 Block of South Pioneer Drive in Cottonwood to check the welfare of 61-year-old Pamela Shepherd, who had not been seen since Tuesday night, Nov. 17, according to a news release from Detective Sergeant Tod Moore.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

College committee votes to 'stay the course'
CLARKDALE - - The Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee voted unanimously Nov. 18 to continue under the leadership of Paul Chevalier as Chair and Bill Regner as Vice Chair.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rockin' River Ranch: Verde Valley's sixth state park
CAMP VERDE - Fort Verde State Historic Park is currently Camp Verde's only state park.

But that is on schedule to change.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Georgie's: a real Cottonwood Thanksgiving tradition
COTTONWOOD -- Peggy Reed and her 25-member staff at Georgie's Restaurant go all out on Thanksgiving.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

College Opens Wine Tasting Room (with photo gallery)
Yavapai College officially opened its new wine tasting room on the Verde Campus Friday.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

IRS scams ongoing in Yavapai County
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has again received numerous reports regarding IRS telephone tax scams.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates Silver Anniversary
CLARKDALE - On Nov. 23, 1990, a 1953 FP7 locomotive pulling three mid-century Pullman enclosed cars and two open air cars first rolled out of Clarkdale as the Verde Canyon Railroad.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

CAT/LYNX off for Thanksgiving holiday
Verde transit lines CAT and LYNX will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Coffee talk with the mayor
What is going on in the City of Cottonwood? Do you have some concerns or ideas about your city?
Saturday, November 21, 2015

'Affirmative defense' established for drugged-driving cases
PHOENIX -- People with marijuana in their system can escape being convicted of drugged-driving charges if they can show they weren't "high' enough to be impaired, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ducey set to name first Supreme court justice
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey will get to pick from seven nominees for his first appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ducey: No new refugees at all -- from anywhere
SCOTTSDALE -- Saying all of them may pose a risk, Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his call to at least temporarily halt the resettlements in this country of all refugees, no matter where they're from.
Friday, November 20, 2015

I-17 rollover sends two to Flagstaff hospital
SEDONA --Just after 6 a.m. Friday, local emergency responders were called to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 17 with heavy damage and injuries.
Friday, November 20, 2015

2 teens charged in hoax to 'shoot up' Mingus Union High School
All charged offenses are felonies.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not many of us will ever go to the central equatorial Pacific, but how it feels out there in Nino 3.4 dramatically affects the amount of moisture we can have during the winter in the Southwest. Experts say we won't know the full story until it's over each season, but there are signs already that we are going to have a strong, even Super El Nino and a wet winter.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Arizona jobless rate now stands at 6.1%
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate is finally moving in the right direction.

But the jobs that are coming back aren't necessarily the high-paying ones the state has lost.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mitchel Peterson jailed on warrants
Mitchel Peterson, 33, surrendered Thursday morning at Verde Valley Justice Court and was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thunder Valley Rally gets mixed reviews
COTTONWOOD -- The Thunder Valley Rally in 2015 performed better than the past two events. The 2014 was repeatedly described as a "disaster."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hospital achieves 70 years of service to community
COTTONWOOD -- Verde Valley Medical Center is celebrating its 70th year. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Sedona Medical Campus

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Clarkdale-Jerome School first quarter honor roll
The Clarkdale-Jerome School first 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.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Minority Whip wants state to speed up tax breaks for insurance industry
PHOENIX -- A top state House Republican is moving to have the state speed up tax breaks for the insurance industry.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

State rejects idea that 'Dreamers' entitled to reduced tuition rate
PHOENIX -- Insisting they're not here legally, an attorney for the state asked the Court of Appeals late Wednesday to rule that "dreamers' are not eligible for the same lower tuition at colleges and universities charged to legal Arizona residents.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lawmaker takes another stab at revenge porn law
Saying existing laws leave victims without protection, a Chandler lawmaker is making one last stab at making "revenge porn' a crime.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ducey still seeks temporary halt on refugees in Arizona
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday a call from the top advisers to the president has not assuaged his concerns that terrorists could be coming into the country -- and Arizona -- under the guise of being refugees.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

YCSO/Yavapai Silent Witness seeks Cottonwood warrant suspect
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of 33-year-old Mitchel Peterson is urged to call YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New face of Clarkdale?
CLARKDALE - Five to ten years from now, what might the scenery look like when traveling on State Route 89A in Clarkdale?

Plan on a low-key General Dollar store, a new public safety headquarters and the completion of 600 homes in the Mountain Gate subdivision.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Supervisors OK school election results, announce new state park
COTTONWOOD - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors formally approved the results of a recent school election and also announced a new state park near Camp Verde at a Nov. 16 meeting held in Cottonwood.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Appeals Court takes Clarkdale-Jerome District challenge of $1 million award
The Arizona Court of Appeals has accepted the Clarkdale-Jerome School District's challenge to a jury's civil verdict awarding $1 million to a former Clarkdale Police Officer Serafin Razo.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Revamped Yavapai College Film & Media Arts provides greater student access
After about a year of researching and re-tooling, the new Film and Media Arts Program at Yavapai College kicked off this fall with a bang.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Document gold mine: Yavapai County records building a treasure trove for history buffs, researchers
The flowery handwritten minutes from the first Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, dated March 16, 1865, reside in a vault tucked away in a 1955 building off Whipple Street, overseen by Records Manager Gary Hanby.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Court to decide if 'church' is really an event venue
PHOENIX -- A fight between a couple wanting to build a chapel and Pima County is forcing a federal appeals court to consider who gets to decide what exactly is a church.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

'Unsafe sleep conditions' cause of spike in deaths of children in Arizona
PHOENIX -- A new report today shows a sharp spike in young children Arizona who die because of the way and where they're put to bed.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thrift Store sale to boost services offered by Old Town Mission
Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, the Mission Thrift Store will have a 50-percent off sale, with everything in the store (includes most furniture but excludes jewelry) at half price.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UPDATE: Search team locates missing elderly man (with video)
Eugene Albert Campbell was located at about 1:50 p.m. in a wash about a quarter-mile mile from his home in very rugged terrain by a Yavapai County Search and Rescue K-9 Team. Mr. Campbell was found to be alert and responsive. He was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

College's Southwest Wine Center to open on-campus wine tasting room
Beginning noon Friday, Nov. 20, members of the general public will have the opportunity to sample student-crafted wines at Yavapai College's newly-opened Southwest Wine Center Tasting Room at the Verde Valley Campus.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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