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The Bu$ine$$ of Running: Explosion of Arizona running events the perfect storm for StartLine Racing

If you’ve run a community 5- or 10-kilometer race just about anywhere in Arizona, you’ve likely run under the StartLine Racing banner.

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10th Brian Mickelsen Marathon events hit the road Saturday at Riverfront Park

COTTONWOOD – Local runners already know the Brian Mickelsen Memorial Marathon is one of the best running events in Arizona. But it’s not just local affection for the event or the former Cottonwood city manager for whom the event is memorialized. No, the word it out. This race really is as good as it gets in Arizona. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Community invited to Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus

CLARKDALE – Members of the public are invited to attend “Explore YC: Verde Valley Campus” on Tuesday, April 24 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale (601 Black Hills Drive).

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Cows vs. Cars: YCSO responds to vehicle collisions with cattle on Cornville Road

The Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office got multiple calls over the weekend regarding vehicle collisions with cattle.

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Cottonwood teachers, faculty walk in support of Red for Ed

Cottonwood Elementary School faculty donned red shirts and held signs as they stood on the sidewalk Wednesday morning in participation of the Red for Ed walk-in. The movement is now a state-wide demand in support of Arizona schools.

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First grade teacher Beaver Creek School, Rimrock

Before the current school year began, Deb Goepfrich wrote out a postcard to each of her students. That is when Beaver Creek School Principal Katrina Sacco knew that her first grade teacher was special.

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Adam-12 Code Five: Police dispatch is your lifeline to emergency help

COTTONWOOD – It was around 8 in the morning when the Cottonwood Communications Center received a call from a local woman.