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Back country crew, DPS Ranger helicopter team to rescue lost hiker on Devil’s Bridge

It’s a hiker’s worst nightmare: alone and stuck with no food or water, cell phone battery dying, wearing shorts, shirt and sandals, completely lost and unable to retrace steps, does not want to stray due to possible drop offs hidden by heavy brush.”

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Verde Valley Fair Schedule of Events


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20-year-old murder case needs 90 more days until trial date can be set

New attorney on case needs time to review material

A trial date is still yet to be set for Cecilio Cruz, indicted on charges of murder and manslaughter in the 1997 killing of his girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez, and her unborn son, following a pretrial conference on Monday, April 24.

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Unofficial shooting range doubles as ammunition trash pile

Members of the Marine Corp League deployed a volunteer effort Saturday to clean up the shattered debris of gun shells, glass and broken skeet shells at a popular shooting area along SR260 near Cottonwood.

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‘Red, White, & Moo’ -- 51st Verde Valley Fair readies for five-day run

COTTONWOOD – The 51st anniversary of the Verde Valley Fair will kick off its five-day run May 3. This year’s theme is ‘Red, White, and Moo – Barn in the USA’

Sylvia Allen to speak at annual Verde Valley joint school board meeting

RIMROCK – Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen will be the guest speaker at this year’s joint governing board meeting of Verde Valley schools, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Beaver Creek School.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Earth Day Arts Fest

Saturday at Camp Verde’s Rezzonico Park, folks learned about reducing, reusing and recycling at the Town of Camp Verde’s first Earth Day Arts Fest.

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40-pound snapper turtle found at Montezuma Well (with video)

Reptile indigenous to eastern United States found in monument’s irrigation ditch

RIMROCK – He doesn’t have a name yet, but the snapper turtle found on April 13 at Montezuma Well National Monument is now at his new home in the Phoenix Zoo.

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NAWBO to name Entrepreneurial Excellence Award winners May 4

NAWBO Sedona-Verde Valley Chapter is pleased to invite you to attend their Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards luncheon celebrating women in business in the Sedona-Verde Valley area. Nominees are listed below.

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‘Lifetime Gold’ Donation

Faye Johnson surprised Verde Historical Society members on April 12 with a donation to the Clemenceau Heritage Museum; a gift that helps support its continued service to the community.

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Mingus senior Rachel Valentine selected for Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship by NAWBO

Rachel Valentine, Mingus Union High School senior, has been selected by NAWBO Sedona-Verde Valley Chapter to receive the Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship at their annual benefit luncheon called “Shining Stars–A Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence.”

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Field trips filling fast for Verde Watershed Conference

The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition announces The Verde River: State of the Watershed Conference for May 10-11.

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Testing, dancing, tree hugging at Camp Verde schools

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1593 as compared to 1593 one year ago.

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Sheriff’s Office seeks VOC robbery suspect

Deputies working leads

Around 5 a.m. Saturday, the Circle K in the Village of Oak Creek was robbed, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Fire officials extinguish brush fire near Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Initial investigation indicates fire was human caused

The Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department extinguished a brush fire near Dead Horse Ranch State Park Sunday afternoonThe Department responded to the call around 4:30 p.m.

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Court Docket April 23, 2017

Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:

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Arizona jobless rate falls to 4.6%

Remember those claims during the Proposition 206 debate that increasing the minimum wage would lead to less hiring and people being laid off from low-wage jobs?

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Verde Valley Equine Festival runs through Sunday

The Verde Valley Equine Festival is a three-day event which started Friday at the Verde Valley Fair Arena in Cottonwood.

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Keynote speaker to appear at Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, April 27 – 30, will be hosting a Keynote Dessert Reception Friday, April 28 at 6:30 - 9pm at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. 6th Street.

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Fire safety group comes to Cottonwood

Appearances by Sparky the Fire Dog, Smokey Bear, Deputy Do Right

USDA Forest Service, Verde Valley Fire Chief’s Association, and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department present Life and Fire Safety (LAFS).

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April Volunteer of the Month

Dennis Hach has presented La Donna Maxson with the April Volunteer of the Month award for the Camp Verde Senior Center.

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Raise a family in Camp Verde? WalletHub says NO

A recent report by WalletHub says that Camp Verde ranks 63 of 65 Arizona communities based on desirability for raising a family.

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Verde Valley News Roundup

Culinary Arts and Intergovernmental Agreements are on Tuesday’s agenda for Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education’s governing board.

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Four Verde Valley teachers named finalists for county’s Outstanding Teachers awards

A “wonderful mix of success and difficulty” is how Mike Westcott views his profession.

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Jerome woman donates giant tortoises to Out of Africa (with video)

‘If you love them, set them free’

“I know that I’m gonna cry, I just want to let you know that,” said Kathleen Koerner, two days before her two beloved tortoises would be taken from her Jerome home to live out the rest of their lives at Out of Africa Wildlife Park.