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As state's largest voting bloc, independents far from force in primary
PHOENIX - As an independent voter, Ariel Motz said she understands the importance of her vote and is proud to be part of the state's largest voting bloc. But she said the current election system is stifling the voices of independent voters, starting with the way Arizona handles primaries.

As an independent, Motz has to choose a party's ballot to vote in the primary. Because she votes early, she has to decide each election which ballot the Maricopa County Elections Department mails her.


Monday, September 29, 2014

New Report: Arizona sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher
PHOENIX -- If the ongoing political debates about education funding have not convinced you, a new study might: Arizona is the sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher.

The report by WalletHub says the average starting salary for teachers, listed as $31,874 for 2012-13 school year by the National Education Association, is the 44th lowest of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. And that ranking comes even after accounting for the lower cost of living here than many other places.

It's also not great for those who stay in the profession, the study says, with median salaries for all Arizona teachers at No. 48, also measured against the cost of living.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer monsoon rainy season ends
Mostly dry weather conditions are forecast through the upcoming weekend.
Monday, September 29, 2014

FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Joe Vogel named first winner of Sherman Loy Award
VERDE VALLEY - Joe Vogel has had a lifelong passion for flying.

But it took him 70 years to spot his first Native American ruin from the sky.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

UPDATE: At least 100 people stranded at Verde River Day; park officials now allowing vehicles to cross
At least 100 people were stranded at Verde River Day event because of rising floodwaters Saturday.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Public to tour elementary district campus needs
Partners in Education is launching a tour a day this week at each of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek district's campuses.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kudos Folk Music Showcase returns Nov. 1 at Old Town Center for the Arts
Verde Valley Newspapers once again will team with the Old Town Center for the Arts for the third annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase Nov. 1.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the performances beginning at 7 at OTCA, located on the corner of 5th and Main streets in Old Town Cottonwood.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Slide Rock Back in Business
Slide Rock opened for the first time last Saturday since May 21, when the Sedona forest fires closed the site and other popular swimming locations along Oak Creek in Sedona. The pulloffs along Route 89A in the canyon still remain closed with barriers and yellow tape Saturday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Verde Watershed Restoration coalition launches treatment season with local veteran and Conservation Corps field crews
This fall marks the start of VWRC's third field season implementing riparian restoration work throughout the Verde Watershed. VWRC is a public/private partnership that brings together pubic land managers, private landowners, local municipalities and non-profits organizations that are working collaboratively to improve riparian habitat by controlling invasive plants and encouraging native plant recruitment along the Verde River and its tributaries.
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cottonwood cancels water hearing Oct. 2; new date to be set
The Cottonwood City Council will set a new date for a public hearing on water and wastewater rate increases.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gov. Brewer supports experimental drugs for terminally ill patients
Gov. Jan Brewer says terminally ill patients should have the right to use drugs which have not yet been approved -- and may never be approved -- by federal agencies.
Saturday, September 27, 2014

A question of economic impact: What if Cardinals make Glendale's Super Bowl?
PHOENIX - Come February, thousands upon thousands of fans and their wallets will flock to the Valley for Super Bowl XLIX and activities surrounding it, buying hotel rooms, meals and more in the process.

But what becomes of the estimated $600 million economic impact from all of those visitors if the Super Bowl becomes a home game for the Arizona Cardinals, whose fans don't necessarily have to travel?

With the team at 3-0, the postseason certainly is a possibility. And a trip to the Super Bowl would make the Cardinals the first team to play the big game in its home stadium. The closest has been the San Francisco 49ers, who played Super Bowl XIX in Stanford Stadium.


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Court Docket 9-27-2014
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Court rules Indian nations can demand private firms hire reservation workers
PHOENIX -- Indian nations are free to demand that private firms doing business on reservation land give preference to tribal members despite anti-discrimination laws, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In a precedent-setting case with implications in Arizona and beyond, the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals, the judges upheld a requirement the Navajo Nation imposed on Peabody Coal that members of the tribe get special treatment when the company hires workers.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

ACLU lawsuit challenges SB 1070's 'show your papers' provision
PHOENIX - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070′s requirement that law officers to determine whether someone is in the country illegally if they have reason to suspect it.

Courts have blocked key provisions of the 2010 law, but a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld Section 2B, often referred to law's "show your papers" provision, because no specific person had alleged being harmed by it.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Land, no: Poll says Western voters oppose giving federal lands to states
WASHINGTON - A majority of Westerners think public lands belong to the nation and should not be put in the hands of states, which they fear might not conserve those lands properly, a new poll claims.

The poll, released Thursday by the Center for American Progress, said that 52 percent of voters in eight Western states would oppose bills to transfer federal lands to the states.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Saturday is National Public Lands Day, enjoy for free
The Forest Service will join other public lands agencies in offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day.
Friday, September 26, 2014

CPS investigation report: 600 kids removed, agency still tackling backlog
PHOENIX -- Nearly 600 children who were the subject of ignored child abuse complaints were removed from their homes after the state finally got around to taking a look at their cases.

That's the final report of a special team that was created last year to figure out -- and deal with -- the fact that almost 6,600 complaints to Child Protective Services over several years never were investigated.

It took months, but caseworkers eventually made direct contact with 12,879 children. That includes not just the youngsters who were subjects of the initial 6,596 ignored complaints but also children born or introduced into the same homes since the initial report.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

For some women, starting a business is a way around gender gap
PHOENIX - Climbing the corporate ladder has never been a woman's game. In 2014, women still make about 80 cents to each dollar men earn and are holding fewer leadership roles throughout their careers.

So more and more women are bypassing the ladder altogether by starting their own businesses.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Kirkpatrick, Tobin trade barbs in CD1 debate
PHOENIX -- Republican congressional challenger Andy Tobin blamed incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Wednesday for everything from higher health care premiums to the problems in the Veterans Administration health care system.

And he said she wants to bring terrorists to this country.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Navajo Nation to get $554 million in largest-ever settlement with a single tribe
WASHINGTON - The federal government will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million to settle the tribe's 8-year-old lawsuit claiming that the government mismanaged royalties on tribal mineral resource contracts for decades.

The settlement, scheduled to be signed Friday in a ceremony in Window Rock, calls for the largest government payout ever to an individual tribe.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Arizona not so hot in happiness ranking
PHOENIX -- Money may or may not be able to buy happiness.

But a new WalletHub report shows that, on average, Arizonans are somewhat less happy with their lives than much of the rest of the nation. And part of the state's ranking at No. 31 is because income is below the national average and is not growing.


Friday, September 26, 2014

State school chief candidates show contrasts during first debate
PHOENIX -- Republican Diane Douglas said voters should elect her as the next schools chief to save education in Arizona from "people in the ivory towers that actually have the audacity to refer to our children as human capital.'

During a televised debate here, Douglas said the education system has turned in to one predominantly of training children for jobs. The result, she said, is the message for children is that "the only goal that they should have in life is to become worker bees.'

"We have to educate the whole child,' she said. "We have to make sure that our children are not only ready to contribute to society but know how to be self-governing adults.'


Friday, September 26, 2014

Proposition 122 designed to give state power over feds
PHOENIX -- It won't eliminate ObamaCare in Arizona.

And it's unlikely to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new air quality rules on power plants here.

But proponents of Proposition 122 insist that the proposed state constitutional amendment will give Arizona the power to rein in future federal government overreach. And it would do it through the power of the purse.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Defendant Cecilio Cruz ordered back to jail until higher bond paid
Cecilio Cruz is back in jail.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

ADOT to hire consultants for 260 4-lane expansion
COTTONWOOD -- Work continues to plan the long-anticipated four-lane upgrade of State Route 260 from Thousand Trails to Interstate 17. Construction is still scheduled for Fiscal Year 2016, but the design work continues.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Clarkdale nominates Regner, Wicks to governing board group
Carter said while he is conducting interviews in October. He will be looking for open-minded people who are able to deliberate.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

National education leaders visit Mingus Union
COTTONWOOD -- The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach from the US Department of Education, Ms. Lucy Johnson, and her colleague, Dennis Bega, visited Mingus Union High School to talk with students and staff about issues facing rural school districts.
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fleas test positive for plague near Flagstaff
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Doney Park area, northeast of Flagstaff near Townsend Winona Road and Cosnino Road, tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis).
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Man pleads guilty in three-bank robbery spree
PRESCOTT - Kevin L. Campbell, accused of robbing three Yavapai County banks in February, accepted a plea agreement in court Wednesday and will likely serve 21 years in prison.

Campbell, 54, faced an eight-count indictment on charges including theft, robbery, endangerment, and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

The charges stem from bank robberies Campbell committed on Feb. 4 in Camp Verde; Feb. 11 in Cottonwood; and Feb. 21 in Chino Valley. He got away with a total of $5,800. He also faces charges in a late January bank robbery in Mohave County.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Man shot by USFS officer ID'd, early details released
The Forest Service Officer involved shooting that occurred on Friday, Sept. 19, in the Blue Ridge area which resulted in the death of the individual who attacked the officer is ongoing.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rimrock man caught cutting down 207-year-old juniper tree
A Rimrock resident was recently cited for illegally cutting timber and conducting a business without a permit on the Coconino National Forest.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More arrests loom: Fugitive had help after jail escape
Officials made it clear Wade Dickinson had help from one or more people after his escape
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fugitive captured: Wade Dickinson arrested in Las Vegas apartment
LAS VEGAS -- Wade Dickinson, now 29, was located and arrested within an apartment building in Las Vegas Monday night.

A team of the deputies from the U.S. Marshal's Service, working with Yavapai County detectives who had recently arrived in Las Vegas to assist, developed information indicating the likelihood Dickinson was staying in a particular apartment building near the airport and adjacent to the strip.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Verde River Day returns Saturday at Dead Horse Park
COTTONWOOD -- Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's unique riparian habitat.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Old Town Center opens season with Celebrate the River
Old Town Center for the Arts opens its 7th Season with a concert dedicated to bringing attention to our most important natural resource - water. Musicians, artists and river advocates will gather for an evening of music, stories and poems for the 26th annual 'Celebrate the River' concert.

The concert will feature some of the region's best musicians, including Allen Ames, Marianne Kremer-Ames, John Ziegler, Claudia Tulip, Eric Zang, William Eaton, Mary Redhouse, Wendy Harford, and JoAnne Agostinelli. There'll be solo and duo presentations as well as original songs from the "River Band," all inspired by the river and the life-sustaining aspect of rain and water cycles.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mold forces relocation of two Cottonwood Elementary classrooms
Two classrooms at Cottonwood Elementary School are out of commission
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Arizonans arrested at Democratic headquarters in immigration protest
WASHINGTON - Two Arizona women were among those arrested Monday at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters where protesters chided President Barack Obama's "broken promise" to take action on immigration reform before the end of this summer.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Minor domestic fight at Thunder Valley Rally
COTTONWOOD -- Quiet is probably not the best word to describe this past weekend's Thunder Valley Rally, but Cottonwood Police say they did not have any major incidents to report from the biker fest.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Forest Service law officer involved in shooting
CLINTS WELL -- A law enforcement officer with the Coconino National Forest was involved in a shooting Friday afternoon after contacting an individual in the forest near Blue Ridge in the Mogollon Rim area.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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