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Mingus Union’s Anita Glazar not a fan of Clarkdale-Jerome students paying high school tuition to unified district

A ‘moral, ethical thing’

COTTONWOOD – If the community says yes, then it’s yes. If it says no, then it’s no.

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School board considers restructure plan for Mingus district administration

COTTONWOOD -- A funny thing happened after Dr. Penny Hargrove was hired in March to become Mingus Union’s 13th district superintendent in the past 24 years.

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Gretchen Wesbrock ‘gears up’ for new role as Mingus Union director of student support services

COTTONWOOD -- During a 2012 presentation on the Gear Up program for the Verde Valley Leadership program, Gretchen Wesbrock was asked what she would do when the grant funding for her position expired in six years.

Five new course offerings for Mingus students

In the end, it all boils down to student interest.

New cell tower coming to Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – Folks in Cottonwood and Verde Village can expect to see another cell tower in the community in the coming year.

Trial shortened in Cottonwood murder case

CAMP VERDE – Calvin Rashad Clark appeared in custody for a pretrial conference in Yavapai Superior Court on Monday. Clark faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts involving armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault in relation to a robbery-turned-murder in Cottonwood on Dec. 4, 2015.

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Man pleads guilty to attempted luring of a minor

CAMP VERDE – Craig David Boening, of Gilbert, pleaded guilty to attempted luring of a minor for sexual exploitation Monday at Yavapai Superior Court. He is currently out of custody.

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Cottonwood men sent to prison for Camp Verde burglary/arson

CAMP VERDE – Two of the men involved in a 2013 Camp Verde burglary-turned-arson were sentenced at Yavapai Superior Court on Monday.

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Camp Verde to save more than $85K as council OK’s refinance of WIFA loans

CAMP VERDE – With Wednesday’s 6-to-0 vote, the Camp Verde Town Council approved a resolution that effectively refinances two Water Infrastructure Finance Authority loans under the Camp Verde Sanitary District – and saves $85,480 over the life of the loans.

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Three and done for Dr. Dennis Goodwin?

Tuesday, the CVUSD board voted 5-to-0 to accept Dr. Goodwin’s letter of intent to not seek a contract renewal. Goodwin, whose contract expires on June 30, 2018, is in his third year as district superintendent.

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Healing Canyon Ranch could be ‘fully operational’ by April

CAMP VERDE – For close to 10 years, Animal Guardian Network has provided care for hospice, special needs and senior animals on a roughly one-acre parcel in Cave Creek.

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How to use the Verde Valley Shopping Passport for last minute gifts

If you still have last minute gifts to buy, consider supporting local businesses instead of buying online or traveling to a mall.

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Cottonwood requests continued funding for NACOG

Dec. 5, Council approved a resolution that requests the federal government to fund Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) and the many programs they offer to cities and towns.

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50 YEARS AGO TODAY The Verde Valley woke up to the biggest snow storm in Arizona history

Fifty years ago, the absolute silence in Clarkdale on the morning of December 13, 1967, woke me up. The outside stillness brought back childhood memories of winters in Massachusetts when a heavy snowfall that had started during the night would muffle the outside world under a white blanket.

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Sheriff’s investigators ask for public’s help to find missing Prescott girl

A girl whose father was preparing to place her in a Phoenix group home due to “incorrigibility issues” has disappeared, and Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating her, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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Town Manager contract subject of Camp Verde council meeting

On Dec. 15, the Camp Verde Town Council could go into executive session to discuss a possible contract for Town Manager Russ Martin.

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Camp Verde council to consider refinance of WIFA loan

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could approve a resolution that would authorize the sale and issuance of Camp Verde Sanitary District General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

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Camp Verde council to consider future planning, coordination, execution of its annual events

In the past 20 or so years, the Town of Camp Verde, Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, Camp Verde Promotions, Verde Valley Archaeology Center, even the newly-formed Camp Verde Business Alliance have played a role in operating and/or owning Camp Verde’s three signature events.

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Arizona flu cases spike

A huge spike in the number of flu cases could portend a particularly bad year for the flu in Arizona.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek considers boundaries for proposed K-8 merger

District looks for best way to split children into two schools

COTTONWOOD – At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District will hold its third and final meeting of the year geared toward the possible merger of Dr. Daniel Bright School, Cottonwood Elementary School and Cottonwood Middle School into two K-8 schools.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek uses parent advisory committee to explore K-8 plan

COTTONWOOD – At the end of the day, the burden is on Steve King to decide if it is best to merge three of his district’s schools into two K-8 schools.

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Stabbing suspect still at large

Warrant with $100K cash-only bond issued for Benjamin Pita

Police are still searching for the suspect who allegedly stabbed a man multiple times in the State Route 260 and East Thousand Trails Road area Friday evening.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek board president, vice president trade places

JoAnne Cook now board president as Jason Finger becomes vice president

JoAnne Cook, who replaces Jason Finger, has been the board’s vice president until the board’s 3-to-1 vote.

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Despite vote to support merger, Cottonwood-Oak Creek continues to participate in consolidation committee

Just because the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board voted Tuesday to support efforts to both consolidate and unify its district with Mingus Union doesn’t mean that the Advisory Committee for Consolidation has nothing left to accomplish.

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Trial date set for man allegedly involved in Clarkdale burglary

A trial date for Gary Devin Amaro-Godoy, 18, was set on Monday by Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.