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Bowl a strike for veterans

Annual BeneVET fundraiser now in its ninth year

CAMP VERDE – In 2010, Camp Verdeans Nikki Miller and Mike Jacobson put on their first BeneVet Bowling Tournament to raise money for the Prescott VA.

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Camp Verde aids Verde Valley DUI Task Force

CAMP VERDE — The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office joined forces with eight other Verde Valley law enforcement agencies to keep the roadways safe this holiday season with weekend DUI saturation patrols throughout the month of December.

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Sedona and Verde Valley Real Estate 2017 in review

Supply and demand were the key components driving the Verde Valley real estate market in 2017. Residential inventory has been on a downward trajectory for the last seven years while at the same time prices have been rising.

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Cottonwood City Council to receive overview of 2018 budget

COTTONWOOD – When it comes to putting together a city budget, a six-month window of time can be like the blink of an eye.

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Unique exhibit on display at Clarkdale Historical Society annual meeting

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum will hold its annual meeting at Clark Memorial Clubhouse Ladies Lounge on Jan. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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6 things you may not know about the proposed consolidation of Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts

COTTONWOOD – Charged with being a fact-finding committee for both the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school boards, the Advisory Committee for Consolidation reviewed answers Tuesday to questions it asked of Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter.

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Ducey budget puts emphasis on K-12 education

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled at $10.1 billion spending plan for next budget year built on projections of more consumer spending, Arizonans buying more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe, auditors the governor previously laid off.

Attorney contends schools conflict with legislature a political issue, not a matter for courts

PHOENIX -- An attorney for the state told a judge Friday he has no legal right to hear a complaint that the Legislature is not providing enough funds for schools.

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Tucson lawmaker seeks new surcharge for medical marijuana users

PHOENIX -- A Tucson Republican lawmaker wants people who are legally entitled to use medical marijuana to pay for a program to discourage drug use among others rather than lowering the excess fees they pay the state.

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Mesnard: Trump tax cuts won’t have negative impact on Arizona taxpayers

PHOENIX -- One of the state’s three Republican legislative leaders has vowed he won’t let the Trump tax cuts have a negative ripple effect on Arizona taxpayers.

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Police arrest suspect for attempted vehicle burglary

Police arrested 27-year-old Cottonwood resident Skylar Darrell Issac Griffith around 1 a.m. Thursday for two counts of attempted vehicle burglary.

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Teen rescued after spending night on Thunder Mountain

A 15-year-old boy was rescued Thursday morning from the south aspect of Capitol Butte (also known as Thunder Mountain) in Sedona by the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team Back Country Unit aided by a DPS Ranger Helicopter.

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Camp Verde school board begins search for new superintendent

When Camp Verde Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Goodwin told the board in December that he would no longer seek a renewal to his current contract, he didn’t necessarily say he wouldn’t entertain an entirely new pact.

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Arizona Supreme Court to hear weed-on-campus case

The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether lawmakers can make criminals of legal medical marijuana users who possess their drug on college and university campuses.

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Ducey offers plan to restore capital funds to schools

Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday trotted out a five-year plan to restore funding for state schools’ capital needs to what it was before the Great Recession.

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One Year in the Saddle: Q&A with Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski

"I have been humbled day after day that the citizens have entrusted this role to me, and there isn’t a moment I’m not proud to represent the residents of Cottonwood.”

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Consolidation committee member wants ‘semi-concrete numbers’

COTTONWOOD – Though Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s school board decided in December that it wanted consolidation/unification to go to the voters, at least one of the district’s educators admitted Tuesday that he had not decided which way he would vote.

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BOS to hold meetings about renewing ¼-cent sales tax

During the months of January and February, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will be holding meetings with organizations all across Yavapai County to discuss and answer questions about the ballot issue coming to a vote in March of this year.

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What they’re saying at consolidation committee meetings

“It is my opinion that there is an ethical and moral duty of the Mingus Board to do what is in the best interest of all of our students, and that voting to treat a community that has been overwhelmingly supportive and an integral part of the Mingus family for generations as visitors or interlopers feels wrong.”

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Mingus Union theater troupe to present Passport to Broadway

COTTONWOOD – In a collaboration with the school’s choir department, Mingus Union High School’s A Troupe Of Ridiculous Thespians will present Passport to Broadway from Jan. 20 to Jan. 28.

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Jail District Election could move to May 15

The date of the all mail-in Special Election for the Yavapai County Jail District Sales Tax Extension could be moved to May 15 if the Board of Supervisors approve the change this Friday.

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Man in molestation case sentenced to six months jail, five years probation; father receives $500 fine

“My actions were wrong. I understand there were two victims and I’m sorry,” Swank said. “I want to right my wrongs and fix anything I possibly can. I was young and wasn’t thinking about how my actions would affect those two girls … I really cannot believe I did those things.”

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Cottonwood police search for armed robbery suspect

Clarkdale resident Lewis Larry Bradley is wanted for questioning by the Cottonwood Police Department for allegedly committing armed robbery and assault.

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Peeples Valley suspect reports she killed husband

Woman remains at Camp Verde Detention Center with first-degree murder charge

Katherine Herbert went to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in Prescott on Tuesday and reported she had shot and killed her husband, 58-year-old James Herbert.

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Multi-vehicle I-17 accident involving jack-knifed semi kills 2

DPS says driver lost control in heavy rain

A fatal multi-vehicle collision involving a jack-knifed semi-truck on Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction took the lives of two drivers and critically injured a passenger around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.