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Mini RV Boondock towns are sprouting up throughout Verde Valley
You've seen them parked in circles like current-day wagon trains. Increasing numbers of RV dwellers have taken to the boondocks to live a life unfettered by crowds, electricity and - - for a few - - the law.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Crash on 89A at Page Springs
Accoring to Verde Valley Fire District officials, a call came in around 10:45 a.m. Friday for a roll-over motor veichle accident on south bound 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

KTVK 3 TV to bring morning show to Cottonwood May 6
Arizona's No. 1 local morning news show, 3TV's Good Morning Arizona!, is headed to Cottonwood on Friday, May 6, as part of the show's Field Trip Friday series.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cottonwood gets first bee scare of spring season
Cottonwood firefighters responded to the parking area in front of the Safeway Shopping Center for a swarm of bees that had reportedly "chased" a woman.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

School funding conflict brings state budget process to a halt
PHOENIX -- Efforts to enact a $9.58 billion spending plan for the state crumbled late Friday as House Republican leaders gave up for the weekend.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

May 4 hearing on Verde Village Connector Project
Yavapai County is recommending road improvements to Rainbow Drive in the Verde Village area. The improvements include extending the asphalt pavement of Rainbow Drive across the existing unpaved road right-of-way to connect with Peila Avenue.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thomas Dunbar receives President's Award for Excellence at Verde Campus awards ceremony
The Yavapai College Verde Valley campus honored 20 of its outstanding students and alumni during its annual Evening of Recognition event on Tuesday.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Court Docket May 1, 2016
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rabid bat found in Camp Verde
Due to a recent rabid bat found in Camp Verde, Yavapai County Community Health Services recommends that residents take extra precautions.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

State lawmakers want to boost Supreme Court membership to 7
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are moving to give Gov. Doug Ducey a chance to put two more justices on the Arizona Supreme Court.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Ducey confident cuts to public school funding will be restored
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is counting on rank-and-file lawmakers to restore some of the cuts in public school funding -- cuts that are in the budget deal he negotiated with Republican legislative leaders.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Solar proposals for 2016 ballot both dead -- at least for this year
PHOENIX -- Deciding not to try to destroy each other at the ballot this year, the state's largest solar installers and the state's largest electric utility agreed late Thursday to withdraw conflicting plans for how the state can regulate rates charged to customers who generate their own power.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Bill proposes $9.50 an hour minimum wage in Arizona by 2020
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers agreed Thursday to ask voters to increase the state's minimum wage -- but in a way that businesses actually want.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Horrors of human trafficking hit close to home in Verde Valley forum (with video)
COTTONWOOD -- A forum on human trafficking was held at Mingus Union High School auditorium Wednesday before unveiling the locally-produced awareness video, "Nursery Rhymes and Daddies."


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Consolidation a done deal for Clarkdale, Verde Valley fire districts
VERDE VALLEY -- Tuesday at 10:50 a.m., the Verde Valley Fire District Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution consolidating the Clarkdale and Verde Valley fire districts effective July 1, 2016.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Feeling Fortunate: Margie Beach to retire from Rainbow Acres
As Director of Communications and Community Relations for Rainbow Acres, Margie Beach boils her job down to a single precept.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mingus students named SkillsUSA state officers
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School students Josie Vojnic and Josh Wheeler have been elected to serve as SkillsUSA Arizona State officers for the 2016-2017 school year.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mingus recognized among America's best high schools
For the third year in a row, Mingus Union High School has been included in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of "America's Best High Schools."


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Southwest Wine Center fifth Plant-A-Vine event is Saturday
CLARKDALE - Yavapai College invites the public to participate in a day of hands-on fun planting grapevines in its student-run vineyard at the Southwest Wine Center on the Verde Valley campus, 601 Black Hills Drive.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jerome News Update
The results of a $25,000 grant from Yavapai County Emergency Management deeming Jerome as "one of the most dangerous in the county for wildfire" can be seen this spring in Deception Gulch.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

50th annual Verde Valley Fair begins 5-day run
COTTONWOOD - Step right up! The 50th anniversary Verde Valley Fair kicks off its five-day run Wednesdday at 4 p.m.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New subdivision, 500 homes: Vineyards at Cottonwood coming soon
COTTONWOOD - Swayze and Kathy McCraine own the sprawling 7-Up Ranch in Prescott. Ranchers tend to know each other and Swayze and Cottonwood's Andy Groseta have known each other for a long time.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mingus students make Doozie of a video
COTTONWOOD - If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then what is a video worth?

It's worth a lot, according to Jeff Wood, digital filmmaking teacher at Mingus Union High School.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Verde Valley offers autism-related services for children, adults, families
VERDE VALLEY - In many ways, Dathan Wimer and Race Armstrong are typical young boys.

They both enjoy swimming, they like video games, and they have taken to Tae Kwon Do.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Court Docket: April 27. 2016
Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

State spending plan: $9.58 billion $26 million proposed in tax cuts
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers are closing in on a $9.58 billion spending plan for the coming year, including $26 million in tax cuts.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Judge leaves door open for legal challenge to AZ presidential primary
PHOENIX -- A judge on Monday ruled Monday it's legal to challenge last month's presidential primary.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Governor leans toward support of increase on minimum wage
PHOENIX -- He doesn't believe government should be in the business of telling companies how much they have to pay their workers.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blaze destroys RV and jeep Sunday; freeway traffic blocked
McGUIREVILLE -- At 10 a.m. Sunday, Montezuma Rimrock Fire crews were dispatched to an RV Fire in the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 at Milepost 295, just south of the McGuireville Rest area.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Mingus Union's Mike Westcott named 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Education Foundation recognized 67 of the county's teachers Friday night, naming chemistry teacher Mike Westcott of Mingus Union High School as the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cottonwood-Oak Creek schools, Sodexo partner to teach culinary skills, healthy eating
COTTONWOOD - It may look like one of those cooking competition shows on television, but for six students at Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, the second Future Chef competition is an opportunity to learn a few culinary skills, how to eat healthy - and a promise to take home a handy basket of cooking utensils.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

5 Things you'll love about this year's Verde Valley Fair
COTTONWOOD -- The 50th annual Verde Valley Fair opens its gates at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Looking Good Cottonwood: 14 weeks later, local group says goodbye to 965 pounds
COTTONWOOD -- The 2016 Lookin' Good Cottonwood weight-loss program saw 67 participants lose a collective total of 965 pounds, said Trevor Faust, fitness center supervisor of the Cottonwood Recreation Center.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tilted Earth Festival to offer camping
Tilted Earth Wine and Music festival will offer overnight camping in Riverfront Park this year.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

City OK's bonds with emergency clause
The Cottonwood City Council, by emergency passage Tuesday, agreed to authorize the Administrative General Manager to approve the refinancing of Cottonwood's 2006 water bonds, originally used to purchase Cottonwood Water Works.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mingus looks for new Special Programs director
COTTONWOOD - With the pending retirement of Pam Fenstamaker, Mingus Union High School District is looking for a new Director of Special Programs.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Annual district joint meeting Thursday at Mingus Union
COTTONWOOD - At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Mingus Union High School will host a joint dinner and networking meeting with Verde Valley school districts.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

School district remembers colleague with painted glass
COTTONWOOD - On Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m., a 30-inch by 40-inch painted glass will be unveiled at Cottonwood Middle School to remember Patricia Hutchinson, a 27-year educator with the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District who passed away on Dec. 11, 2014.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

County plans Verde Village connector project
The improvements include extending the asphalt pavement of Rainbow Drive across the existing unpaved road right-of-way to connect with Peila Avenue.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Woman flown to hospital after ATV rollover
CORNVILLE - Thursday, about 4:30 p.m., the Verde Valley Fire District were dispatched to the intersection with Beaverhead Flat for an ATV rollover accident. Crews found the ATV on the dirt road just south of Cornville Road and Beaverhead Flat Road.  The ATV was on its side upon arrival. 
Saturday, April 23, 2016


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