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Weekend burglary puts halt to work projects for Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity

COTTONWOOD -- It may be too early for the Grinch to be lurking around, but someone hit the Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 737 S. Main St., stealing tools and delaying work on wheelchair ramps and home repairs.

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Attorney General changes language on Prop 127 ballot

PHOENIX -- A key aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich altered language of the ballot description of Proposition 127 that the state's top elections officer called "eyebrow raising'' and the lawyer for initiative organizers said is designed to help Arizona Public Service convince voters to reject it.

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Ducey open to reforms in charter schools amid reports of financial controversies

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said he's open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances.

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Pilot in Cottonwood plane crash dies

COTTONWOOD -- The pilot in Monday’s plane crash in the Tierra Verde Circle neighborhood in Cottonwood has died, according to the Cottonwood Police Department.

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Pastor in molestation case enters not-guilty plea on 9 new charges

Yavapai County judges may be recused from trial

CAMP VERDE -- A former Prescott pastor entered a not-guilty plea on nine new felony charges Monday.

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Camp Verde man wrestles with black bear near Patagonia

PATAGONIA -- A 30-year-old Camp Verde man was hospitalized for injuries Sunday after he was attacked by a black bear south of Patagonia.

Michael Gordon resigns from Clarkdale-Jerome School Board

CLARKDALE – Due to the resignation of Michael Gordon, the office of Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is looking to fill an opening on the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board.

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Pioneer Picnic moves back to Montezuma Well picnic area

RIMROCK – It’s been more than 90 years since the Verde Valley’s first Pioneer Picnic, 1927 to be exact.

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Paul Chevalier seeks District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board

I am the best qualified candidate to help us get educational services in the Valley commensurate with the high property taxes we pay to the college. We must have equity. And we must find a way to lower taxes.

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Connie Harris seeks District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board

With active participation the past 20 months, my experience base is solid. I am highly qualified to continue to be a member of this college’s Governing Board.

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YCSO volunteer rescues dog attached to moving semi-truck (with video)

A dog tied to the back of a semi-truck lived to chew another bone Sept. 8 thanks to the quick actions of a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office volunteer, who used his patrol vehicle to signal the unknowing truck driver before leaving the parking lot of a gas station.

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Q&A: Jason Finger seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

In an effort to foster trust and transparency with your constituents, using district email accounts should be the only method for conducting board business.

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Q&A: Carol Anne Teague seeks seat on Mingus Union School Board

The solution for those who want to respond to official business in a timely manner is to either just use their personal emails or to create an email address dedicated to MUHS through an accessible server like gmail that will work on mobile devices.

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Two public meetings planned to discuss possible routes for new county connector road

Yavapai County is hosting two public meetings, one on Sept. 26 and one on Oct. 2, to discuss the Verde Connect project with the community. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Friends promotes river stewardship with safety boating workshops

COTTONWOOD -- Friends of the Verde River promotes river stewardship by encouraging recreation on the on the river. River recreation, including tubing and kayaking, has joined fishing, birding, camping, and hiking as a draw for visitors to our communities.

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Plane crashes into Cottonwood residence

Cause of crash still unknown

Authorities responded to a fire this morning at the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle after an aircraft crashed into a residence, according to Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

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Emergency responders on scene of Cottonwood airplane crash (with videos)

Cottonwood emergency responders are currently on scene of an airplane crash in the Tierra Verde Circle neighborhood. See video of crash site and an eyewitness account. More details to come.

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Honwytewa, Smith, Guzman ahead in Yavapai-Apache’s Tribal Council election

Election Board to certify election within three days of Sept. 15 election

With 163 votes, Amanda Honwytewa is the leading vote-getter in the Sept. 15 Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Tribal Council Elections, according to unofficial results posted on the Nation’s website,

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School super candidates unite in opposition to Prop 305

The two contenders for state schools chief found one key area of agreement in a debate Thursday: Both oppose Proposition 305.

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Mingus Union asks Cottonwood-Oak Creek to reconsider consolidation vote

Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board voted 4-to-0 to send the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board a letter asking C-OC board members to reconsider their December 2017 vote to request the school district consolidation questions be sent to voters.

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Virus affecting some deer in Yavapai Hills area near Prescott

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has confirmed a disease event affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott.

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League of Women Voters’ Verde chapter invites Charlie German, Jackie Baker to Camp Verde mayoral candidates forum Sept. 27

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley chapter will sponsor a Camp Verde mayoral run-off forum for voters and community members alike to meet candidates Charlie German and Jackie Baker.

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Texting while driving may be in Yavapai County’s hands

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet next Wednesday at 9 a.m. to a host a public hearing on the possibility of adopting an ordinance to regulate texting while driving. The meeting will be at 10 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood.

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58th Colonel’s Daughter competition scheduled for Sept. 30

Since 1960, the Colonel’s Daughter Competition has been part of the fabric that is Camp Verde, a beauty contest of sorts.

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Public hearing set on full merger of fire districts

Two years ago, the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts entered into a Joint Powers Agreement to form the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority to share services and to reduce administrative redundancies.