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Camp Verde council talks future of community events

CAMP VERDE – With this year’s Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival scheduled for March 16-17, the folks at Camp Verde Promotions are preparing to coordinate their final major event.

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Cottonwood City Council to consider distracted driving ordinance tonight

Cottonwood may soon hop on the bandwagon of Arizona cities banning texting while driving.

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Supervisor Tom Thurman to attend Beaver Creek Community Association meeting

As District 2 Supervisor for Yavapai County, Tom Thurman views his role as a “public servant with a great sense of gratitude.”

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Jerome Town Council considers distracted driving ordinance

Tuesday, Jerome Town Council had the first reading of the proposed distracted driving ordinance.

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4 things to look for at Wednesday’s Yavapai Board of Supervisors meeting

The supervisors will meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m., at the Yavapai County Administrative Services building in Cottonwood, 10 S. 6th St.

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Something to howl about: From a kill-list in California, wolf dogs find loving homes in Verde Valley

Echo, a 3-year-old mother wolf dog gives birth to five puppies at a breeders in California. They are among 160 wolf dogs that a judge has ordered put to death.

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Infant murder case to reach conclusion 11 years later

Julio Cesar Garcia-Soto facing life in prison

An 11-year-old murder case involving an infant’s death in 2008 may finally have closure Tuesday.

Zaske, Smith to lead Clarkdale-Jerome School Board

Tuesday, the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board elected Jill Zaske as board president and Angelina Smith as board clerk. Zaske also served as board president in 2018.

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Citizen helps in arrest of three felons

A citizen who noticed suspicious activity behind Home Depot led to the arrest of three felony suspects Tuesday morning.

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PANT Investigation leads to large meth and heroin seizure in Cottonwood

A pound of heroin and half pound of meth taken off the Streets and away from three children living at alleged dealer’s home

YCSO embargoed this report until now because of an ongoing investigation with PANT.

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Kyla Allen stepping down from Cottonwood City Council

Vice Mayor cites husband's health, housing as reason for leaving dais

Cottonwood Vice Mayor Kyla Allen is stepping down from her seat after the next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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New plan holds VACTE harmless with consolidation

PHOENIX – Sen. Sylvia Allen has released a rough draft of legislation that would keep a consolidated version of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts connected to – and funded by – the Verde Valley’s voter-approved Joint Technical Education District

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Lori Drake new Mingus board president

COTTONWOOD – Not 20 minutes into Wednesday’s Mingus Union School Board meeting, Chip Currie nominated Lori Drake as the board’s president for 2019.

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City to award CDBG funds Tuesday

Cottonwood City Council will choose a project to award federal money during a public meeting Tuesday.

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Authorities seek whereabouts of alleged OTA embezzler

Law enforcement agencies are still seeking more information in an embezzlement case involving the Old Town Association from last spring.

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VACTE students meet Gov. Ducey at state inauguration

For nine Verde Valley career and technical education students, Monday’s state legislature inauguration at the State Capital was a chance to meet Arizona Gov. Ducey.

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Friday Camps seek funding

CV school board talks funding, for 5th Day’ programs

Dickey said that the Camp Verde School Board members “need to weigh out the costs versus benefits like they do with all programs the district offers.”

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Beaver Creek Adult Center closed for repairs

Due to what Sandy Dragman called “devastating flooding due to frozen and burst water pipes” the first week of the year, the Beaver Creek Adult Center will be closed for the next few weeks while the center’s board of directors work with the insurance company on restorations.

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Third Annual Sedona Women’s March to return in ‘tidal wave’ (with video)

Organizers say they are marching for further strides in empowerment, intersectionality

Rain, snow or shine, the Sedona Women’s March will once again take the streets on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Roth, Freeman to lead Camp Verde School Board

Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board voted 5-to-0 for Tim Roth as board president and 5-to-0 for Helen Freeman as board clerk.

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Camp Verde council discusses early end to Retail Strategies contract

CAMP VERDE – In November 2016, the Camp Verde Town Council agreed to a three-year $110,000 contract with retail recruiters known as Retain Strategies.

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Carol German replaces Kitty McDowell on Camp Verde School Board

CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has selected former Camp Verde Town Council member Carol German to replace Kitty McDowell on the Camp Verde School Board.

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Eric Marcus selected new board president at Cottonwood-Oak Creek

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s school board unanimously selected two of its three newest board members to serve as president and vice president for 2019.

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Old Town no longer a R.I.O.T

Foley says it’s time to move on

Jet Foley created a bar where everyone knows her name.

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Q&A: Lauren Thagard, algebra teacher, Student Council advisor, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – From family pictures to senior pictures, engagement shoots to newborn babies, Lauren Thagard has photographed just about everything.