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SciTech Festival enters second year in Verde Valley
Community leaders and nonprofit groups throughout the Verde Valley are gearing up for the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math.

This year's festival includes at least 17 different events throughout the Verde Valley from March 21-27.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Alcantara vs. Oliver trial delayed again
CAMP VERDE -- Cheryl Oliver, the former Cottonwood accountant accused of fraud, forgery and theft while working for Alcantara Winery in Camp Verde, appeared by phone before Judge Michael Bluff along with her attorney Dwane Monday.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yavapai College students honored with All-Arizona scholarships
Four Yavapai College students have been selected for this year's All-Arizona Academic Team, thus qualifying for full tuition scholarships to continue their studies at any Arizona state university. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bolshoi Ballet's 'Swan Lake' at Yavapai College in Clarkdale March 1
The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center will bring a series of programs to the Verde Valley campus (601 Black Hills Dr., Clarkdale) in the coming weeks, beginning with a screening of the Bolshoi Ballet's production of "Swan Lake" on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. in Building M, Room 137.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stranded NAU students, faculty airlifted to safety
FLAGSTAFF - The Northern Arizona University students and faculty stranded since Monday have been rescued from the area of Sowats Point near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Business interests seek property tax relief on their equipment
PHOENIX -- Three years after getting rejected by voters, business interests are making another bid to get themselves some relief from property taxes on their equipment.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ducey signs SB 1194, designed to direct doctors to rural areas
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday designed to draw more doctors into the rural and "medically underserved' areas of Arizona.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Keep Sedona Beautiful honors Cottonwood for Southwest Wine Center recycled water project
COTTONWOOD - Keep Sedona Beautiful honored the city of Cottonwood with their Water Conservation Award of Excellence for 2014 at their recent annual awards ceremony.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

DEA: Surge in meth seizures at border sign of Mexican cartels boosting production
PHOENIX - A recent increase in methamphetamine seizures at the border suggests that Mexican cartels are seeking to meet demand with meth-making ingredients more difficult to obtain in the U.S., the top drug-enforcement official in Arizona said Wednesday.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

12th Street north work to start Monday
COTTONWOOD -- A Flagstaff contractor has been given a notice to proceed to rebuild the unfinished northernmost section of 12th Street nearest SR 89a. Work to upgrade the two-lane roadway to match the southernmost section is expected to start Monday, March 2.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

NAWBO seeks nominees for Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards
NAWBO Sedona-Verde Valley Chapter is now accepting nominations for their Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards celebrating women in business in the Sedona-Verde Valley area. These awards will be presented at their annual benefit luncheon, "Shining Stars - A Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence", taking place at the Poco Diablo Resort and Conference Center in Sedona on Friday, May 8.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cornville plans spring road cleanup
CORNVILLE -- The Cornville Community association is asking neighbors to turn out for a cleanup of

Cornville Road soon.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Verde Valley Leadership students complete mid-year skills day
CLARKDALE -- Class IX of Verde Valley Leadership reached its midyear mark, and as part of the training, conducted a workshop on Feb. 20 at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Court Docket Feb. 26, 2015
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Internet crash leaves Northern Arizona unplugged
NORTHERN ARIZONA -- The electronic marvel that promised to speed lives in a way never before seen failed us Wednesday, leaving many folks throwing up their hands wondering what to do.

Initially a construction accident was thought to be responsible for severing a main Internet broadband fiber optics cable in the Interstate-17 corridor, setting back most of Northern Arizona about 30 years. Now, reports quote a CenturyLink spokesman saying the major outage was deliberate vandalism.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

CenturyLink fiber failure kills internet, phones
A failure in a fiber line owned by CenturyLink just before noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, cut telephone and Internet service for customers across northern Arizona.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cottonwood named Sustainable 2015 Economic Growth City of the Decade
TEMPE -- The City of Cottonwood won the inaugural VerdeXchange-Arizona Commerce Authority 2015 Sustainable Economic Growth City of the Decade Award Friday.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Business alliance draws foot traffic to Clarkdale
It's been more than a year since downtown Clarkdale business owners started pooling resources in a grassroots effort that has increased foot traffic and retail sales to the area.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kennedy to consider possible plea on animal cruelty charges
CAMP VERDE -- A trial has been cancelled and there is new talk of a plea agreement for Joseph Kennedy, the alleged Cornville puppy dumper.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Douglas, Ducey and charter schools: Dissecting the claims
PHOENIX - During the showdown over her firing of two State Board of Education staff members, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Gov. Doug Ducey of establishing a "shadow faction" including charter school operators and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Common core remains Arizona school standard
PHOENIX -- Common Core appears to be here to stay, at least for the time being.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Photo radar cameras not going anywhere
PHOENIX -- Those often-cursed photo radar cameras are here to stay, at least for the time being.

But so is texting while driving.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New FAA drone regulations could lead to more use in real estate
TUCSON - Fresh-cut grass and dirt swirl around a box as a small white craft slowly rises from it.

As it flies around a city park in Tucson, Doug Trudeau points out that he's the first person to obtain an exemption specifically for real-estate marketing from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Charges dropped in teen rape case
PRESCOTT -- Monday, the Yavapai County Attorney's Office dismissed charges against three Cottonwood teens accused of kidnapping and sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl Jan. 31. 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fifth grader competes in, wins his first spelling bee
CAMP VERDE - Somewhere in between a hearty breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and an evening on stage in a Dr. Seuss-themed musical, 10-year-old Tanner Dodt of Prescott Valley competed in the 69th Annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts in Camp Verde.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Clarkdale-Jerome students receive $66K Mountain Gate donation
Friday's flag ceremony at the Clarkdale-Jerome School included the first of three $66,000 donations from the developers of the Mountain Gate subdivision in Clarkdale.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Yavapai College launches free summer college prep program
Students graduating from high school this May are eligible to apply for the inaugural Yavapai College summer LEAD Program.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

3 teens in rape case to stay in custody
PRESCOTT - Three teenage boys accused in the rape of a 15-year-old girl will be held in custody at least until they have a hearing to determine whether they will be tried as adults, a judge decided Friday, Feb. 20.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Accused puppy dumper in court Monday
CAMP VERDE -- The man charged with throwing a small puppy from a moving car returns to court Monday for a pre-trial conference.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Burglary investigation leads to arrest of three Cottonwood teens
COTTONWOOD -- On Jan. 1, three teen boys broke into a parked travel trailer on Old Hwy 279 in Cottonwood. The trailer owner intended to celebrate the New Year at the trailer with her family, but due to the cold weather and road conditions, the plan was delayed and the trailer was left unoccupied. Upon returning to the in the afternoon of January 1, she found it had been burglarized and vandalized.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

County Supervisors to meet Wednesdays in 2016
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has been meeting on Mondays for at least a few decades, but that's set to change.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Arizona abolishes AIMS test
PHOENIX -- The last batch of high schoolers sweating getting passing grades on the AIMS tests can breathe easy.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

State wants to withhold funds to schools who don't use it in classrooms
PHOENIX -- Hoping to spur more classroom spending, a Senate panel voted Thursday to actually take money away from school districts that don't keep up.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

City holds early planning for Mingus Avenue reconstruction
COTTONWOOD -- Citizens, businessmen and government officials swarmed over huge maps of Mingus Avenue arrayed on cafeteria tables in the Cottonwood Recreation Center last week. They all wanted to bend the ears of engineers and designers gathered to plan the massive reconstruction of Mingus Avenue.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marijuana dispensary, grow house changes management
VERDE VALLEY-- Zonacare, the medical marijuana dispensary in Sedona and the medical marijuana grow house located in Cottonwood's industrial area, are now under the operational management of the Bloom Management Company to handle day-to-day operations.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

City Council OK's slight raise in fees for Cottonwood Recreation Center
COTTONWOOD -- During the past month, all members and those on the mailing list of the Cottonwood Recreation Center received a notice of a possible rate increase.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Several factors contribute to vaccination opt-outs in Yavapai County schools
CAMP VERDE - As measles cases in Arizona worry many people, Codie Athey said she doesn't have to be concerned about her kids, ages 6 and 10, because they're immunized.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cottonwood PD honors employees
COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Police Department held its annual Chief's Award Ceremony Feb. 10. Many employees were recognized for their accomplishments during 2014.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nation Presents Casino Proceeds to Cottonwood
The City of Cottonwood was presented with a check for $16,874 by the Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Forest law officer cleared in shooting death
FLAGSTAFF -- The criminal investigation of USFS Law Enforcement Officer who fatally shot a suspect who attacked him in the Blue Ridge area has been completed and the officer will not face charges.
Thursday, February 19, 2015


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