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Layman’s guide to following AZ Legislature

PHOENIX -- Want to keep tabs on your lawmakers and not even have to get out of your pajamas? You can -- if you have a computer.

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New law in 2018 could set limits on opioid prescriptions

PHOENIX -- While public education is expected to be the top issue when lawmakers return on Monday, a few other subjects are likely to command some attention.

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Six candidates step up to serve on Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter received six letters of interest for the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District Governing Board vacancy, left by the resignation of Linda Walker, prior the deadline on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Findings of financial analysis on charter schools in Arizona

A Grand Canyon Institute’s report specifies that its reform recommendations relate more to transparency and consistency than charges of fraud or illegal activities.

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Cottonwood APS workers to assist Puerto Rico

50 line workers hope to restore power to island

Arizona utility companies are answering the call for help by Puerto Ricans still without electricity following heavy damage to the island by hurricanes in September.

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TV stations relocate; scan your television

The Television Spectrum Auction has ended and the resulting repack is in progress. Without being too technical, what this means is that many over the air TV stations throughout Arizona and the nation are being relocated to other channels.

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Sheriff’s K9 unit adds members, new team seizes 25 pounds of marijuana

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s K9 unit has added two new teams this month. Deputy Trevor Hearl and his service dog, Vader, and Deputy John Bounds and his service dog, Cyrus, graduated the Arizona Department of Corrections K9 Academy in December.

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Arizona legal users need not fear AG’s tough talk on marijuana laws

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be looking to crack down on marijuana sales in states where they are legal.

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State Route 89A closed in Oak Creek Canyon following officer-involved shooting

SEDONA – State Route 89A in Oak Creek Canyon is currently closed to traffic following an officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

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Camp Verde leaders look into 2018

“We’re moving forward with the needs of the community,” says Weir. “We’ve still got a lot of work, but we’re on an upward swing.”

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Beaver Creek Community Association looks to become 501 (c) (3)

BEAVER CREEK – The year 2017 was a big year for the Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association.

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The Verde Valley's First Baby of 2018

Baby Cora Alyse Ashford, daughter of Scott and Sonya Ashford of Cottonwood, was born at 7:49 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1

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Glamping: Luxury camping comes to Sedona/VOC

The amenities of a full-service hotel with the adventure of a camping experience

Karen Abbott and Mark Boyko are as excited as children planning an overnight campout as they show off their backyard “glamping” business behind their home in Sedona.

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Cottonwood’s new injection well a success; paves way for opening of Riverfront Reclamation Facility

COTTONWOOD – A new injection well near the Cottonwood Kids Park and Verde Valley Fairgrounds will be used to pump reclaimed water from the new Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility.

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Man pleads guilty to charges in Cornville/VOC molestation case

Gary “Jay” Leslie Zimmerman Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of attempt to lure a minor for sex, one count of child molestation, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Clarkdale-Jerome, Cottonwood schools look ahead to 2018

VERDE VALLEY – At Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Danny Brown is not the only one responsible for dealing with the state’s A-to-F grading system.

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Cottonwood holds first reading of proposed use tax ordinance

COTTONWOOD – There was minimal attendance for the Cottonwood City Council’s first reading of the Use Tax ordinance Tuesday.

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Aging population prompts question of quantity vs. quality of life

PHOENIX — Every time Catherine Baimonte visited her mother at an assisted living facility in Colorado, her mother’s health worsened.

New reports criticize Arizona’s charter schools

Parents have more choice, but there’s friction over finances

From the start of Arizona’s school choice movement in 1994, district school leaders have bristled over what they see as a lack of transparency over how charter school operators spend money, how they select students and over payment of teachers and administrators.

Humane Society of Sedona now offering low-cost vaccinations

Wellness clinic expands services after recent rabies reports

SEDONA - In the wake of recent reports of hikers being bitten by rabid animals in the Oak Creek area, the Humane Society of Sedona Wellness Clinic, which reopened last October, is expanding services for pet owners.

Court rules GPS vehicle tracking by police requries warrant

PHOENIX -- Police cannot put a GPS device onto a vehicle to track its movements without first getting a warrant, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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Archaeology Center now 1,100 members strong

With a new jewelry case on display, as well as a new display of textiles, the folks at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center continued in 2017 their mission of preserving the many items it has collected since opening in 2011.

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Camp Verde Public Works looks back at 2017

Besides moving forward with plans for its 110-acre Camp Verde Sports Complex off SR 260 and McCracken Lane, the Town of Camp Verde’s Public Works Department has plenty to celebrate in 2017.

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Camp Verde and Beaver Creek educators remember 2017

Camp Verde and Beaver Creek educators remember 2017

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Fort Verde Park Manager says maintaining annual events ‘is a success’

At Fort Verde State Historic Park, maintaining several events each year “is a success,” says Park Manager Sheila Stubler.