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SR 260 construction gets new bike path, walkway

CAMP VERDE – The original project plans for Arizona Department of Transportation’s $60-plus million SR 260 road improvement project included a multi-use pathway from Cherry Creek Road to Wilshire Road on the south side of the highway.

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Sedona considers closing one of its schools

Declining enrollment, current-year funding cited as reasons to close either Big Park or West Sedona School

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sedona-Red Rock High School gymnasium, the school district’s governing board will hold its second of three meetings to consider a consolidated K-6 curriculum and the closure of either Big Park Community School or West Sedona School.

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Fire restrictions go into effect this weekend

COTTONWOOD – Strong winds, low humidity and drought: fires in the southwest desert now have the potential to spread swiftly, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Selyna Pringle

With 11 years of teaching under her belt, Pringle is in her first year at American Heritage. She says she was a small child when she first wanted to be a teacher – and an Avon lady.

Consolidation committee cancels April 17 meeting

COTTONWOOD – Monday, the Advisory Committee for Consolidation cancelled its April 17 meeting when four of its members informed Committee Chairman Dan Mabery that they would not be able to attend.

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Camper fire extinguished near Thousand Trails

Verde Valley Fire District officials believe an engine compartment fire was responsible for a blaze that caused extensive damage to a camper Monday morning near Thousand Trails and Forest Service 147A.

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#RedForEd to vote this week on teacher strike

PHOENIX -- Calling the governor's proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide by Friday whether to strike.

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Nobody injured in Rimrock home fire

Garage destroyed, kitchen also damaged

RIMROCK – At approximately 1:06 a.m. Sunday, April 15, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority responded to a report of a house on fire on Bentley Drive in Rimrock.

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Camp Verde, Yavapai-Apache Nation to co-host Earth Day event

The Town of Camp Verde and the Yavapai-Apache Nation are co-hosting a community Earth Day event April 21.

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Group begins petitioning for school consolidation

Grass roots effort works under assumption senate bill will pass

COTTONWOOD -- The future of school district consolidation between Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union could rest in the hands of a local grass roots group — that is, if all goes according to plan.

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Governor pledges major pay raises for Arizona teachers

Arizona Educators United not ready to abandon protests

PHOENIX -- Lack of details of where the money is coming from and what the governor’s plan does not include has Arizona educators pannin

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New state law limits legal debates to English language version of insurance documents

Better make sure you understand the coverage documents you’re given in English. That’s because it soon won’t matter whether the copy or explanation you got in another language says something else.

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State seeks clampdown on online alcohol sales

The way Attorney General Mark Brnovich sees it, you can’t get on your computer and order booze between 2 and 6 a.m., even if you’re not planning to have your order delivered until more reasonable hours -- and even if that order is going out of state.

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Clarkdale Council April Roundup

During a visit to Patagonia Lake, Mayor Doug Von Gausig noticed the picnic tables were being replaced. After noticing the old tables seemed to be in good condition, Von Gausig inquired as to what was being done with them. Patagonia Park decided the Town of Clarkdale could have the benches.

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Cottonwood moves to reach out to other firms in city manager search

Cottonwood City Council is choosing to seek outside resources in searching for a new city manager. Current City Manager Doug Bartosh announced his retirement early this year. He will be retiring in January 2019.

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Clarkdale to host 9th annual Home Tour, Bank Robbery performances

On Saturday, April 21, the town of Clarkdale Historical Society will be offering their 9th annual tour of classic historic homes. Step back in time to the days of company houses built by the United Verde Copper Company between 1913 and 1930.

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YCSO: Driver in Cornville collision had meth

A woman involved in a multiple-vehicle collision yesterday was found in possession of methamphetamine, according to a Yavapai County Sherriff's Office media release.

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DOJ: Backpage founder, CEO pleads guilty

The Justice Department announced that Backpage’s co-founder and CEO, Carl Ferrer, 57, of Frisco, Texas, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce and to engage in money laundering. Additionally, several Backpage-related corporate entities, including Backpage.com LLC, have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

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Backpage founders to see day in court

Former Phoenix New Times executives and Backpage.com founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin will be in court this week in connection with a 93-count indictment charging them and five others with conspiracy, money laundering and facilitating prostitution.

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New apartment community unanimously approved by Cottonwood City Council

Inspiration At Cottonwood, a new 192-unit garden style apartment community, was unanimously approved by the Cottonwood City Council on April 3.

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89 & Vine: Cottonwood plans for luxury complex development take big step forward

COTTONWOOD -- Since 2001, plans for a mixed-use development project along State Route 89A have merely been in talking stages.

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Sedona-Verde Valley real estate off to solid start in first quarter of 2018

The real estate market in the Verde Valley is hitting on all cylinders as we head into the second quarter of 2018. With inventory remaining in short supply and increased numbers of transactions

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Verde Valley Humane Society welcomes Tacy Pastor as new executive director

COTTONWOOD -- For Tacy Pastor, volunteering with animals started out as a hobby. Now, it’s turned into something more.

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Genie Gee earns Yavapai College’s 2018 Outstanding Alumna award

Regina Gee, principal of Mingus Union High School, was honored as the Yavapai College Outstanding Alumna of 2018.

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Publicity pamphlet for jail sales tax extension available next week

During the week of April 16, the publicity pamphlet and text of the ballot for the proposal to extend the quarter-cent sales tax will be mailed out to every registered voter in Yavapai County.