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Changing times brings High Times to Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD - When owner and master horticulturist Ian Pedersen swung-open the doors to iGro Hydroponics, he did so with the mission, "I grow where the individual grows."

And "where the individual grows" could mean anything from an organic tomato garden to a fledgling medical cannabis business.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Old Town Association readies for TVR and Chocolate Walk
COTTONWOOD -- Most of the 52 members of the Old Town Association, including property owners, business operators, the mayor and friends, packed Bootleggers Saloon in Old Town Tuesday evening for the Association's 2015 Annual Meeting.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kindergartners Rock: Literacy skills up 43% at Cottonwood's Dr. Daniel Bright School
COTTONWOOD - With literacy skills for kindergartners up 43 percent, both students and teachers at Dr. Daniel Bright School have reason to celebrate.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

V Bar V Ranch celebrates 20th year with University of Arizona
V Bar V Ranch has been used as the University of Arizona Agriculture Experiment Station for 20 years. They held Explorers Day Saturday Aug. 22 and many guests attended.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Clarkdale News Update 8-28-15
During the August 25 special meeting of the Clarkdale town council, a presentation of the new Verde Valley Military Service Park was made by Keith Vogler, Verde Valley Detachment, Marine Corps.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Report: Arizona beer has an economic kick, too, in terms of jobs, taxes
WASHINGTON - When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says "everything is improved by the presence of a brewery," he's talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Court Docket 8-28-15
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Judge allows levy on hospitals for Medicaid expansion
A judge on Wednesday upheld the levy on hospitals for Medicaid expansion as legal, preserving health care for 350,000 -- at least for the time being.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Governor pulls plug on private prison contract
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday cancelled the contract with a private company which has been operating a prison for the state where inmates rioted last month and left much of it "uninhabitable.'

"What happened at Kingman was frightening, disturbing and completely unacceptable,' the governor said at a news conference. He said Management and Training Corp. will be required to surrender the facility and the nine years remaining on its contract to another private company.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Schools see little progress in getting state to pay up $1.3 billion owed to them
PHOENIX -- School districts have walked away from closed-door negotiations over their efforts to get more than $1.3 billion they say the state owes in aid, sending the case back to court.

"We didn't believe that the conversations were being fruitful,' said Chris Thomas, legal counsel to the Arizona School Boards Association.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cruz murder case likely to go to trial in January 2017
Cecilio Cruz, indicted on charges of murder and manslaughter in the 1997 killing of his girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez, and her unborn son, will likely go to trial no earlier than January 2017.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot begin Every Kid In a Park Initiative
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments invites all 4th grade students to visit the parks for free, as part of the White House's new "Every Kid in a Park" program.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cannon Family Chuckwagon plans stop at Clemenceau Heritage Museum Oct. 3
Oct. 3, 1-4 p.m. the Clemenceau Heritage Museum will have a Chuckwagon dinner prepared by the Cannon Family.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday storm pummels Beaver Creek communities
The storm left a trail of destruction in its path ... 12 power poles fell or were damaged, taking the lines down with them.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Changes at House of Ruth
These are exciting times for the House of Ruth Pregnancy Care Center. New Director Lisa Taylor begins and the vision of becoming a Medical Clinic is one step closer with the donation of an Ultrasound machine.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Arizona home prices jump 6.8 percent in past year
PHOENIX -- After years of disappointing performance, there are real signs of life in the Arizona real estate market.

New figures Tuesday from the Federal Housing Finance Agency show that home prices overall in the state rose 6.8 percent in the past year. And when the agency adds in home values, as measured by refinancings, that figure hits 7.0 percent.

The comparable national figures are 5.4 percent for prices and 6.2 percent for overall values.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Arizona ranks high on top spots to retire list
PHOENIX -- It's probably no secret to those already here.

But two of the Top 10 places to retire are Arizona, at least the way WalletHub looks at it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Program allows for low-cost Internet services
PHOENIX -- More than one out of every four Arizona students could have their families qualify for low-cost Internet services under the terms of a new program unveiled Monday.

Under the partnership with community leaders, Cox Communications will offer relatively high-speed connections for $9.95 a month to families where family income is low enough so that students qualify for free or low-cost lunch programs. Estimates put that at about 300,000 of the state's nearly 1.1 million public school students.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New effort to freeze property valuations
PHOENIX -- A self-proclaimed property tax reformer is making yet another attempt to convince voters to impose new caps on the annual levy.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Douglas files assault complaint against Board of Education president
PHOENIX -- The latest dispute between the state's school chief and the Board of Education became a police matter Monday when Diane Douglas filed an assault complaint against Board President Greg Miller.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Food Council report shows just how much the Verde Valley cares
VERDE VALLEY - With food donations up nearly everywhere in the Verde Valley, the Yavapai Food Council is meeting its mission "To build community support for meeting the needs of the hungry ..." as well as "To increase the production and distribution of locally grown healthy food ..."
Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Other Gavers: Children taught to always protect each other from anyone who attempted to separate the family
The story of the Gaver family and the brawl and fatal shooting in the Cottonwood Walmart parking lot March 21 has been well documented.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bunescu, defense consider complicated settlement agreement
CAMP VERDE -- Both the prosecution and defense asked for more time Thursday to resolve a complicated settlement agreement for Jason Bunescu.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Secretary of State Reagan challenges Clean Elections commission
PHOENIX -- Secretary of State Michele Reagan told members of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Thursday to drop their plans to regulate so-called "dark money' or likely face her lawyers in court.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Man with a mission: Meet Frank Milstead, the new DPS leader
PRESCOTT - His family name is well known among long-time Arizonans.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cottonwood Community Band selects interim director
The Cottonwood Community Band takes great pleasure in welcoming Dr. Roy Breiling, interim director, for the fall/winter season.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Secretary of State warns against regulation 'dark money'
PHOENIX -- Secretary of State Michele Reagan told members of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Thursday to drop their plans to regulate so-called "dark money' or likely face her lawyers in court.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

New assistant directors for County Health Services
Yavapai County Community Health Services has new leadership. Annette Olson has replaced Peggy Nies as the Assistant Director for the Community Health Center and Leslie Horton was promoted from Community Health Education Section Manager and replaced Nathan Peterson as the Assistant Director of Public Health.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Assessor creates videos to educate public on Prop 117
Yavapai County Assessor, Pam Pearsall, has created a short video to assist in educating the public to the processes of the Assessor's Office. This video may be found on the Assessor's website at:
Thursday, August 20, 2015

New website gives Yavapai residents 'Animal Control'
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has created a new website at that provides dog owners the ability to obtain licenses, maintain pet records, and even report an animal missing among its many other features.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Houchard to speak on trust-based leadership for increased productivity and better morale
SEDONA -- The Sedona, Verde Valley Chapter of NAWBO will host Andrea Houchard, founder and director of Philosophy in the Public Interest, at Northern Arizona University, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

July jobless rate in Arizona stands at 6.1%
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate rose in July for the second month in a row.

But the director of the state's labor market division said Thursday he's not ready to say that the recovery has stalled.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Changes proposed for Red Rock Pass
SEDONA -- The sometimes controversial fee program active in the Coconino Red Rock Ranger District will see some changes to avoid confusion. The forest is asking for your input.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

30 percent of Yavapai College students not in a classroom; Online enrollment jumps 100 percent in last five years
CLARKDALE - Imagine an empty college classroom lit with the vapor glow of a lone computer.

While this scenario is not likely anytime soon, the trend is undeniable: Online enrollment at Yavapai College has risen 100 percent over the past five years, with 30 percent of students never setting foot in a classroom.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Movement to legalize marijuana gains advocates from education community
Supporters of recreational marijuana brought out teachers, parents and school board members to argue that legalizing the drug is good for education.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Court rules outright bans from entering public buildings illegal
PHOENIX -- Public officials cannot ban people outright from their buildings even if they have caused a disturbance in the past, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Felix pleads 'not guilty,' wife seeks contact despite shotgun blast
CAMP VERDE -- Daniel Romo Felix, 37, was arraigned Monday on two indictments stemming from a domestic violence and shooting incident in Clarkdale July 29.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Peter Gaver seeks 2nd remand to grand jury
CAMP VERDE -- The father of the Gaver family, jailed since the March 21 brawl and shooting at the Cottonwood Walmart, has asked that his case be remanded to a grand jury for a second time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In the Jailhouse Now: County Supervisors give nod for jail plan
COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to enter into an agreement with Chinn Planning, Inc. to provide a comprehensive jail planning and needs assessment study at a cost not to exceed $157,160.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New amnesty plan for state income tax
PHOENIX -- Do you owe tax payments to the state?

Or did you just "forget' outright to file income tax returns in one -- or more -- prior years?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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