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Search for new Mingus superintendent starts from scratch
COTTONWOOD - Tuesday, Mingus Union High School District's governing board went into executive session to consider its four candidates to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Paul Tighe.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

American Legion #135 seeks Post home in Cornville
CORNVILLE -- The Cornville American Legion Post 135 hopes to establish a post home in Cornville in the future.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blaze erupts from panel van at gas station
CAMP VERDE -- Camp Verde Fire units were dispatched Tuesday to a vehicle fire near SR260 and Cherry Creek Rd., at the Yavapai Apache Nation Marketplace.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

900,000 more people crossed Arizona - Mexico ports-of-entry in 2015
PHOENIX -Arizona had 900,000 more people cross its international ports-of-entry in 2015, along with 8,000 more trucks and 400,000 more passenger vehicles, according to ADOT.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

June 1 presentation explores impact on Arizona's prosperity
VERDE VALLEY - While some may think of nonprofits as sitting-out on the game of economics, Dr. Anthony Evans of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business intends to prove otherwise during his June 1 presentation "Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact" at the Verde Valley Campus.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tiger trout to be stocked in Rim Lakes for Memorial Day weekend
PINETOP - The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be stocking a hybrid trout new to Arizona, in two Arizona Rim Country lakes this week, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Willow Springs Lake and Woods Canyon Lake will each be stocked with catchable size (8-10 inch) tiger trout.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Clarkdale Block Party takes business to the streets
VERDE VALLEY - Two years ago, downtown Clarkdale business owners banded together to pool their resources in an effort to boost foot traffic to their establishments - - and it appears to be working. This year, the Clarkdale Block Party kick-off event takes place Friday, May 27 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in historic downtown Clarkdale as Main St. is closed to vehicle traffic between 9th and 10th streets.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pearsall declares candidacy for third term as county assessor
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall on Tuesday, May 24, declared her candidacy for re-election and filed nominating petitions containing more than 1,200 signatures with the Yavapai County Recorder.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Honesty, transparency key to new leader of Verde career and tech education program
"We need to find out what this community needs by the way of skilled workers?" Aragon says. "And what can we provide?"


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Arizona to test transgender restroom edict in federal court
Arizona joined with Texas today to challenge a directive by the Obama administration that schools must let transgender students use restrooms that match their self-proclaimed sexual identity.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mingus board continues search for new superintendent
Despite having four finalists to consider, Mingus Unified School District's governing board voted Tuesday to reopen its superintendent search process.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

State Investment Board questions legality of Prop. 123 disbursements
PHOENIX -- The state Board of Investment, headed by Proposition 123 foe Jeff DeWit, is raising new legal questions about whether it can give schools the extra money voters just approved.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

No deal on plea deal; Whitley wants new attorney
Judge denies request to change attorneys and set a new date to hear the settlement and possible change of plea on June 20.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Minimum wage initiative at halfway point in signature drive
PHOENIX -- Backers of a proposal to hike the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 claim they've already got more than half the signatures they need, potentially setting the stage for an expensive fight with restaurants and the rest of the business community.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Waivers relax park rules at Tilted Earth
COTTONWOOD -- Justifying the Tilted Earth Festival as a "destination driver" and "signature event," the Cottonwood Council has relaxed some of its regulations of park rules for the upcoming event.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cottonwood seeks community ideas for Riverfront Trails Recreation Area Master Plan
The City of Cottonwood is seeking input from citizens about how people currently use the City's existing pathways and trails, and how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities along the Verde River.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fresh off Prop. 123 victory, education proponents say more money still needed to boost Arizona schools
PHOENIX -- Calling the money from Proposition 123 a nice start, education advocates are now demanding lawmakers restore the other $1.2 billion they say has been cut from K-12 funding since 2009.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mingus Union students earn $4.8 million in scholarships
Mingus Union High School's graduating class of 2016 earned a phenomenal amount of scholarships totaling nearly $4.8 million, according to Superintendent Dr. Paul Tighe.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Davis, Fann file for Dist. 1 legislative races
PRESCOTT - State Rep. Karen Fann and Yavapai County Supervisor A.G. "Chip" Davis announced Monday they have filed the required signatures to run for the state Legislature.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vampire movie filmed in Verde Valley
Aaron's Blood, a new indie film starring James Martinez (Breaking Bad, Side Effects), Michael Chieffo (LA Confidential, Argo), Farah White (Miss Congeniality) and Trevor Stovall (Sedona), will make its world premiere at the inaugural International Vampire Film and Arts Festival in Sighisoara, Transylvania within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Meet and greet Nikki Bagley for State Senate
Come and meet Nikki Bagley Tuesday, May 31, 4-6 p.m., at RIOT, 777 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Man arrested on numerous charges after crashing stolen motorcycle
Saverino's record showed prior felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms, according to YCSO. As a result, he was charged with weapons misconduct. Saverino denied knowledge that the motorcycle was stolen and claimed the handgun was not his.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Marana man suffers skull injury, brain bleed following ATV crash
EMS personnel arrived, treated the injured man before he was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.

As of Sunday, he was listed in critical condition with a broken skull and bleeding on his brain.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Smoke on the mountain, where lighting struck repeatedly
Residents may be seeing smoke from several lightning cause fires above the Mogollon Rim and east of Camp Verde.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Is 123 enough? Proposition means more money for teachers and staff, but no more revenue for materials
VERDE VALLEY - The odds of finding an educator unhappy should Proposition 123 pass are about as good as finding a haystack in a needle.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

What's hot in Verde Valley job market?
VERDE VALLEY - With four out of five of the fastest growing occupations not requiring a college degree - - but rather, technical training - - the Verde Valley finds itself in a quandary of having too many job openings with not enough skilled workers to fill them.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cast, crew of Footloose named finalists for American High School Theater Awards
COTTONWOOD - Just days before Mingus Union High School's A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians [A.T.O.R.T.] debuted Footloose in April, James Ball said the play would give theater-lovers "an awesome show in their back yard."


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea
COTTONWOOD - Joshuah James Whitley is scheduled for a possible change of plea during a hearing Monday morning at Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Election season leaves Cottonwood Council short-handed
COTTONWOOD -- Everyone is aware of the smell of politics in the room. With Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and Councilman Randy Garrison vying for County Supervisor and two councilmembers, Tim Elinski and Terence Pratt, eyeing the mayor's gavel, the atmosphere has been politicfally thick recently in the Cottonwood Council Chambers.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fifth annual Verde Valley Wine Consortium scheduled May 28
CLARKDALE - Members of the public are invited to attend the Verde Valley Wine Consortium's fifth annual wine festival and symposium on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Yavapai College's Sedona Center (4215 Arts Village Drive in Sedona).
Saturday, May 21, 2016

When it comes to spending limits, Jerome goes 'Home Rule' while Clarkdale looks to permanent adjustment
VERDE VALLEY - Different strokes for different folks, and how towns deal with state-mandated spending limits is one example of this.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Matthew Mitschelen selected Hometown Hero of the Month
This month's Hometown Hero award goes to Matthew Mitschelen for bringing awareness and education to all about those that are living with and overcoming their disabilities and for being an advocate for all people with disabilities, especially for those at Rainbow Acres. Matthew is a great example for everyone that everyday life for those who live with a disability is not much different than for those who do not.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Camp Verde ramp to NB I-17 closed Monday 8 a.m. to noon
VERDE VALLEY - Monday, drivers expecting to enter northbound Interstate 17 from Camp Verde exit 287 may want to make alternate plans.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

All indications are that Prop. 123 narrowly approved by voters
Figures as of late Thursday shows 520,425 votes in support of the measure to boost school funding, with 503,659 against.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Arizona jobless rate stands at 5.5% in April
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate ticked up last month amid continued weakness in the computer and electronics sector.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor agrees cities cannot block puppy mill pet stores
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday to kill the ability of cities to keep pet stores from selling commercially bred animals.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Online sex sting case heads back to Yavapai County for trial
PHOENIX -- A conviction and sentence for child prostitution doesn't necessarily require that an actual child be involved, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor signs student intrusion measure into law
PHOENIX -- Responding to concerns of unnecessary intrusion, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday to preclude students from being asked certain questions on assessments without first getting parental consent.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Hangar leases a hang-up for Cottonwood Council
COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Council Chamber was packed Tuesday night with pilots, hangar owners and others associated with the Cottonwood airport.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Motorcycle rider suffers head injuries in crash
Approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Verde Valley Fire District responded to motorcycle accident on the 4200 block of Del Rio Drive.
Thursday, May 19, 2016


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