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I-17 fully reopens in north Phoenix
Both directions of Interstate 17 have reopened in north Phoenix following a tanker rollover that closed the highway early Friday morning
Friday, August 1, 2014

Horne: E-cigarettes cannot be banned under anti-smoking law
PHOENIX -- It may look like a cigarette. And it certainly delivers a dose of nicotine like a cigarette.

But Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that nothing in a voter-approved Arizona law precludes someone from "lighting up' one of these electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants, museums or, for that matter, anywhere else where real cigarettes are banned. He said that, appearance or otherwise, they just don't fit the definition.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Man found shot, killed in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon
A man was found shot and killed on Bell Trail, and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in its investigation. The death is being called suspicious.

Hikers apparently came across the body of George Wesley Montgomery, 43, of Peoria, along the trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon on Thursday morning. YCSO was dispatched around 11 a.m.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mitch Levy new president of Old Town Association
COTTONWOOD -- Mitch Levy of Burning Tree Cellars is the new president of the Old Town Association.

He wants people to know that he is always available, to the point that he has widely distributed his cell phone number to his fellow merchants in Old Town.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Police show of force in Old Town
COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Police, armed with tactical automatic weapons, surrounded a mobile home in Old Town Wednesday afternoon after a report that a man had crawled through a window.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Donation to Verde Valley Hospice Home funds meditation room for patients, families and friends
Thanks to a generous $25,000 donation to the Verde Valley Medical Center Foundation from two longtime volunteers and donors, Lois Takach and Laura Curtiss, the new Verde Valley Hospice Home will feature a beautiful meditation room for patients and visitors.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Volunteers sought for Clarkdale Board & Commission Vacancies
Volunteers are needed to apply for Board and Commission vacancies. Now is your chance to make a difference in your community and help guide the future of Clarkdale. We are requesting applications for the following Board and Commission appointments:


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Former Phoenix mayor wants to do away with Arizona's partisan elections
PHOENIX -- Badly trounced two years ago, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is crafting a new initiative to scrap partisan elections in Arizona.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last Yavapai Fire ban to be lifted Friday
Southern Region was the last area of the county that remained under restrictions.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sedona business owner guilty of forest rentals without permit
SEDONA -- A Sedona man recently pled guilty to a criminal charge of conducting a commercial service on the Coconino National Forest without authorization and had to pay a fine and restitution.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lightning fires stir up new smoke
Smoke has returned to the Verde Valley. This time there are new fires aggravating eyes and skin.

The Prescott National Forest reports these fires:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Predator Zip Line a case study of the value of Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization
The Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization was formed in 2007 to assist in the expansion of the regional economy and was endorsed by every community in the Verde Valley as the official regional economic development organization for the area.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Candidates' Forum for Jerome Town Council planned Aug. 13
The Jerome Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley are holding a candidates' forums Aug. 13 for the Jerome Town Council election, which will be Aug. 26.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Arizonans join those urging White House to include immigrants in debate
WASHINGTON - Phoenix resident Gerardo Torres said immigrants have "ideas that are really going to help" communities affected by immigration policies - if only President Barack Obama would ask.

Torres was one of a number of protesters outside the White House Monday urging the president to include immigrant voices at the table during any policy meetings, arguing that there should be "no negotiation without representation."

Torres, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in Phoenix for more than 20 years, said there are immigrants here illegally who are "willing and able to be at the table," but that so far none have been included.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scorecard on immigration votes splits Arizona lawmakers on party lines
WASHINGTON - All four Republican representatives from Arizona got a zero on a new national scorecard that rated all House members for their votes on nine immigration-related measures and statements on the issue.

Arizona's Democrats fared better on the 2014 National Immigration Score Card, released Monday by a coalition of 10 immigration advocacy groups, getting scores ranging from 73 to 100 percent.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Arizona official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges
WASHINGTON - Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a congressional committee Tuesday that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in Western states could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opening lands to renewable energy could make state a 'solar capital'
WASHINGTON - Arizona could become the "solar capital of the world" if public lands can be made more readily available for renewable energy development, an Arizona official told a House subcommittee Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Report: Pinnacle West saw highest increases in energy efficiency in 2012
WASHINGTON - Arizona Public Service was able to improve efficiency by about 1.8 percent through programs it instituted in 2012, the biggest savings rate that year among large public utilities nationwide, according to a recent report.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Agreement on VA bill includes $20 million for Phoenix outpatient clinic
WASHINGTON - A tentative agreement between House and Senate negotiators on a multibillion-dollar plan to help the ailing Department of Veterans Affairs includes $20.7 million for a community-based outpatient clinic in Phoenix.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Still no decision on bicycle fatality case
The Yavapai County Attorney's Office still has not made a decision on whether charges will be brought against the driver responsible for the Lynn Hartline fatality May 17.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Camp Soaring Eagle sale is final
CORNVILLE -- Camp Soaring Eagle has announced that it has finally closed the sale of 26 acres in the heart of the Cornville North Aspaas residential community.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mingus readies first full frosh day
The freshmen at Mingus Union High School are getting their run of the campus come Friday, said Principal Jennifer Chilton.

"This year it's a whole day," she said. "In years past it's just been a half day."


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Horne blames 'liberal media' and others for his political problems
PHOENIX -- Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne lashed out Monday night at "liberal media' and "a small, self-selected group of people' for trying to derail his re-election bid.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

County sends out primary early ballots
Voters will be getting their early ballots starting at the end of this week after they go into the mail Wednesday.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not even a monsoon can stop Cornville Farmers Market (with photo gallery)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oct. 11 Verde Valley food-packaging event targets 250,000-meal goal
Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger will have its most ambitious food-packaging event ever later this year. Kids Against Hunger once again will partner with the community to package 250,000 meals in a day-long event at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds Oct. 11.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Broken camera, failed procedures allowed convict to flee custody
CAMP VERDE - A security camera that would have shown detention officers the area of the Yavapai County jail that inmate Wade C. Dickinson escaped from was "disabled" sometime prior to his escape, a memo addressing jail security said.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As Congress eyes 'competency-based' degrees, NAU already claims success
WASHINGTON - Not only does Phoenix resident Jeremy Dodd expect to be the first in his family to get a four-year college degree - he expects he'll be able to do it in just 2.5 years.

That's because Dodd is enrolled in a Northern Arizona University program that lets students earn credit by passing tests to demonstrate what they already know, instead of how long they sat in a classroom.

"It takes into account my real-world work experience from the last 10 years of my life," said Dodd, 32, a father of two who is pursuing a degree in computer information sciences. He said he "couldn't be happier" with the program.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Bus Schedule
Monday, July 28, 2014

Jerome residents at odds over vacation rentals
A fourth of Jerome's residents put a divisive, council-approved vacation rentals ordinance onto the Aug. 26 primary election ballot.

Ordinance 405 was approved 3-2 in October of last year after about a year of zoning debates and dozens of resident objections.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cottonwood applies to change flood plain map through city center
Few people turned out for a Thursday hearing for an application to the Federal Emergency Management Area to finally change the floodplain map for the Railroad Wash.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

U.S. Marshals join hunt for Dickinson; reward rises
The U.S. Marshals have been called in to help with the hunt for fugitive Wade Dickinson.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Slide Fire burn closure reduced
Two Forest Roads have been re-opened at the far north end of the Slide Fire Burn area near the Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Independent voters could impact Arizona primary
PHOENIX -- Candidates locked in close primary races who ignore independent voters may be risking everything.

A new statewide poll by the Behavior Research Center shows that a third of all independents questioned say they intend to participate in the upcoming primary, whether through early ballots or simply showing up at the polls on Aug. 26. And another quarter said they're not sure yet.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Arizona's Zuni bluehead sucker granted endangered species status
WASHINGTON - A fish found only in the Little Colorado River watershed in Arizona and New Mexico was declared an endangered species Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Zuni bluehead sucker was once prevalent in the watershed but has seen its numbers fall sharply, with conservationists saying it has been pushed to the brink of extinction.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Acting VA chief says Phoenix was 'most troubled' site, but is improving
WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson called the Phoenix VA "clearly the most troubled location" in a troubled system, but assured lawmakers Thursday that improvements are being made.

The comments came in testimony to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where Gibson outlined six priorities for the department as it works to regain veterans' trust. Those included getting veterans "off waitlists and into clinics," fixing scheduling problems and ensuring that veterans "are the focus in all we do," he said.


Friday, July 25, 2014

State to stop enforcing unconstitutional petition requirement
PHOENIX -- Admitting the law is unconstitutional, state election officials agreed Thursday to stop enforcing a requirement for statewide candidates to get signatures on nominating petitions from voters in three counties.
Friday, July 25, 2014

State, Mohave County officials urge halt to 'devastating' hatchery changes
WASHINGTON - Arizona officials told a House panel Wednesday that the federal government's decision to end a rainbow trout program at the Willow Beach fish hatchery could have a devastating impact on the state's economy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last year it planned to stop sport-fish production at the hatchery after 52 years there. Local officials said they rely on the hatchery for tourism dollars, and were never consulted on the decision to end the trout program.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Court: Parents have no right to cross-examine their children in custody hearings
PHOENIX -- Parents have no inherent legal right to question or cross examine their children at hearings to determine if the youngsters should be permanently removed from their home, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Yavapai College's stepped up community relations efforts mollify Clarkdale concerns
Clarkdale Town Council members decided Tuesday to pass on a resolution calling for greater communication between Yavapai College and the communities it serves.

The college's 10-year plan first elicited push back from the community late last year, and the recent effort to create an advisory group for the Verde campus and another for the governing board brought the issue back to Clarkdale's agenda.


Thursday, July 24, 2014


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