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Cottonwood on learning curve with destination events
COTTONWOOD -- Hezekiah Allen, Special Events Coordinator for the Cottonwood Parks Department told the City Council Tuesday that the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival was a tremendous success.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Arizona's slip in state-funded pension will not impact retirement accounts
WASHINGTON - Funding for Arizona's state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Council honors police chief's receipt of national FBI award
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning was honored by the Cottonwood City Council and Manager on Tuesday for receiving the Livio A. Beccaccio Memorial Award in Seattle, given by the FBI National Academy Associates annually to one FBI National Academy graduate from around the world.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tilted Earth Shares the Wealth
The Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival sponsored by the Page Springs Cellars Winery held at the Riverfront Park in Cottonwood last June bears its fruit and benefits the local community with $22,000 in donations to three local non-profit agencies - the Verde Valley Humane Society, The Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters and Prescott Creeks, a clean-water protection group.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amigos transforms home with makeover in Cottonwood
Sherry Twamley, executive director of the Amigos del Verde Valley Volunteer Coalition, and James "Jimbo" Mason from Vets4Hire Painting Services work on a house owned by an elderly woman in Cottonwood that was in need of repairs, painting, a roof and landscaping.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Court Docket 7/26/15
Judge Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Judd Simmons to run for Yavapai County Assessor
Long-term Yavapai County resident and businessman Judd Simmons filed his organizational papers to enter the 2016 Republican primary race for the office of County Assessor, according to a news release.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Veterans gather to launch Military Service Park
About 100 citizens, many veterans from throughout the Verde Valley including a couple who fought in gunships during World War II, gathered to take part in the groundbreaking for a Verde Valley Military Service Park Wednesday.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Elections director warns Citizens Clean Elections Commission to back off on 'dark money' fight
PHOENIX -- The state's elections director on Thursday warned the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to back off its plans to try to force disclosure of the sources of "dark money' or end up in court.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Does marijuana odor ruling pass the sniff test?
PHOENIX -- Just days after three judges one division of the Court of Appeals said the smell of marijuana is not enough for a search, a second panel in another division have reached a contrary conclusion.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Court rules utilities can burn trash to produce electricity
PHOENIX -- An Arizona utility can burn trash and claim the electricity it generates is coming from renewable resources, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

AG says no thanks to pursuing robocall complaints
Brnovich does not believe it is the role of an attorney general to tell phone companies what services they should offer
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Update: Cottonwood upskirt photographer James Hickey arrested in Flagstaff
Last year around Halloween, Cottonwood police were chasing the trail of James Darryl Hickey, a balding 53-year-old man who had a Clarkdale address in the Mountain Gate.

He was wanted for taking up-skirt photographs of women.




Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dead snake draped on fallen officer police memorial
Nathan Cody Cumiford, of Cottonwood, was arrested this week for placing a dead rattlesnake on a police officer memorial statue.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Cottonwood hears plans for proposed National Monument
COTTONWOOD -- A coalition effort to convert 160,000 acres of Sedona/Verde Valley land into a national monument took its case to the Cottonwood Recreation Center July 21 for a second public meeting filled with heated debate. With the new venue came a new approach by the coalition and -- along with it -- new questions.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Guilty - except insane?
Two parents and five children, including two juveniles, have been in custody since a brawl and shooting March 21 at the Cottonwood Walmart. It now appears that mental health specialists will examine all except father Peter Gaver.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sedona Recycles to pull out of Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- The trash talk may finally be over. Sedona Recycles announced they are ready to remove their large recycling containers from some popular locations like Walmart in Cottonwood because the city won't help fund their recycling and educational efforts.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Motorist assist results in arrests for forgery/fraud/possession of meth
Late Monday morning, a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy stopped to check a vehicle parked on the side of SR 179, near Sedona. The blue 1993-Toyota was stopped near the fog line without lights on.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Verde Valley Fire rescues teen
CORNVILLE--Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Verde Valley Fire District was sent to a medical emergency on a narrow trail off Oak Creek Valley.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Verde Valley News Roundup
The Town of Clarkdale is seeking residents to volunteer for the following appointments: Board of Adjustment, Design Review Board, Planning Commission and Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pearsall's letter asking for support not signed by all assessors in state
PRESCOTT -- When Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on June 26, asking him to overturn a county Board of Supervisors' decision to remove staff from her department, that letter was co-signed by 13 of the state's 15 county assessors.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Polk will seek AG opinion on county Assessor's Office changes
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk will seek clarification from the state Attorney General's Office regarding a dispute between the county Board of Supervisors and Assessor Pam Pearsall.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sheriff to roll out body cameras next week
PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher said his agency would begin its initial rollout of deputy-worn body cameras next week, possibly by Wednesday, July 29.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

ADEQ seeks public input on soil sampling program in Clarkdale
Comments must be postmarked or received by ADEQ no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

AG expands probe of Arizona Corporation Commission
PHOENIX -- The Attorney General's Office is expanding its inquiry into allegations of improper conduct by members of the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Governor orders Arizona National Guard to be armed while on duty
PHOENIX -- Fearing a repeat of what happened in Chattanooga, Tenn., Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday directed that more than 200 members of the Arizona National Guard -- and potentially thousands -- be armed while on duty.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

ACLU asks court to void Arizona search and seizure laws
PHOENIX -- The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed a broad-based constitutional challenge to the ability of prosecutors and police in Arizona to seize private property without a court order.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Court rules a whiff of pot does not justify warrant for search
PHOENIX -- The smell of marijuana is no longer enough in Arizona for police to get a warrant and come busting down the door, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

In a split decision, the judges acknowledged that the odor of the plant, whether fresh or freshly smoked, was enough to provide police with probable cause that a crime was taking place. And that provided the basis to go to a judge to seek permission to come in.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

DK Ranch donation a 'win-win'
The Steele Foundation announced Monday it has selected the University of Arizona - not Yavapai College - for its donation of the 45.7 acre DK Ranch along Oak Creek.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Land trade yields new subdivision
COTTONWOOD -- Yavapai County Supervisors Monday gave unanimous approval for the preliminary plat of a new subdivision to accommodate 12 new homes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Used cars delivered to Steve Coury's GMC dealership
CAMP VERDE - The parking lot at Steve Coury's GMC dealership is no longer void of vehicles.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tom Jones Ford takes over Steve Coury's Ford dealership on SR 260
CAMP VERDE - Though not prepared to announce an opening date, Tom Jones of Jones Auto Centers has confirmed that he has taken over Steve Coury's Ford dealership on SR 260 in Camp Verde.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

One more delay for Joe Kennedy
CAMP VERDE -- Joseph Kennedy, the 29-year old Cornville man who is in court after throwing puppies, has been given another court date.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Injured hiker rescued in multi-agency effort
At approximately 4:07 p.m. Saturday, July 18, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office received a call from a representative of the Arizona Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) advising that a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) had been activated with GPS coordinates in Illusions Canyon located within the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Yavapai Assessor fights nepotism charges
Yavapai County Assessor Pamela J. Pearsall was in court Friday, July 17, to begin the process of fighting two misdemeanor nepotism charges leveled against her by the Coconino County Attorney's Office.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

As school year looms , school administrators scramble to hire teachers
Arizona officials say there are at least 1,000 vacant teacher positions to fill, with just weeks left until the school year starts around the state.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Protest doesn't deter Ducey's plans for new private prisons
Gov. Doug Ducey won't consider scrapping plans for new private prisons no matter what a review of a riot at a Kingman facility shows.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FDA plan to cut trans fats from foods divides consumers
St. Johns rancher Jay Platt says he has never consumed trans fat in his life.

The 64-year-old checks labels on his food, raises his own beef and grows and cans vegetables with his wife, Tricia. Together, he said, they stay away from pre-packaged foods.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Court upholds conviction in 2004 Scottsdale diversity office bombing
A federal appeals court Monday upheld the conviction of a white supremacist who bombed the Scottsdale Office of Diversity and Dialogue in 2004, causing significant damage and injuring three people.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Underwater hockey makes splash in desert
Snorkels poke out above the water of the outdoor pool at Arizona State's Sun Devil Fitness Complex.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


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