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Verde Valley Women Who Lead: Barbara Quayle

Not run ‘by what strangers think’

The self-described “lively senior” is active in her church as well as organizations like Sedona Women.

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Camp Verde Cavalry founder leads Fort Verde Days parade

Howard Parrish, 90 since late-April, is the sole surviving founder of the Cavalry. Not many nonagenarians ride horses in their town’s annual parade. But Parrish isn’t your average man.

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We got a ... what? Mingus Union says ‘D’ grade reflects ‘major technology failure’ during AzMERIT testing

Thanks to a countywide broadband initiative, technology problems shouldn’t stand in the way of Mingus Union High School students who take standardized testing.

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Camp Verde’s Danny Howe ‘elated,’ but not satisfied with middle school grade increase

Report cards issued for Verde Valley schools

A year ago, Camp Verde Middle School earned a D in the Arizona State Board of Education’s annual A-to-F Accountability System.

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Judge Mackey approves consolidation petition form, checklist for November 2019 election

COTTONWOOD – Thanks to Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey’s stipulated judgment, consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts could go to vote next year.

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Former Big Park School receives Verde Valley’s only ‘A’ in state’s achievement profile

9 of 20 Verde valley schools receive C

VERDE VALLEY – Because of declining enrollment, the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board voted in May to close Big Park Community School at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek to appeal grades for all of its schools

Clarkdale-Jerome to appeal B grade

No. Times four. That’s what Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King said Wednesday about how the Arizona State Board of Education evaluated his district’s schools.

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County mistakenly sends property tax bills to owners instead of lenders

Monday, Oct. 1, the day most property owners in the county received their tax notices in the mail, the Yavapai County Treasurer’s Office started filling up with people, checkbooks in hand.

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Clarkdale unanimously adopts new sustainability guidelines

For the Town of Clarkdale, sustainable solutions are now more than just allusions in a general plan.

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October Jerome community briefs: Ghost Walk at Spook Hall this weekend

The Jerome Historical Society is hosting its 14th annual Ghost Walk this weekend.

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To get a shot or not?

Yavapai County Health Services recommends ‘Better safe than sorry’

Everyone is wondering: should they get a flu shot this year? The Yavapai County Community Health Service’s states that the single best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.

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Intel targets West Clear Creek irrigation system to achieve company’s ‘water neutral’ goal

More water for the Verde River

The Nature Conservancy, with funding from Intel, is laying pipe to replace the earthen ditch that diverts creek water to nearby farm fields. A pipe will save the water that’s now seeping into the ground. The saved water can remain in the creek and make its way to the Verde River.

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Search and Rescue, air search teams utilized in Sedona-area rescues

SEDONA – Verde Search and Rescue teams were utilized twice in the past week for rescue operations in the Sedona area.

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Sedona Recycles discontinues service in Beaver Creek communities.

Director says recycling industry as a whole faces problems

Our truck is old, prices are abysmal and there is no way to increase funding’ -- Jill McCutcheon, Sedona Recycles Executive Director

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Former masseur accused of sexual assault rejects plea deal

CAMP VERDE -- A former masseur facing three charges of sexual assault rejected a plea during a Donald hearing Monday.

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Yavapai College Film & Media Arts Program director wins Emmy for school video

CLARKDALE – Yavapai College Film & Media Arts Program Director Helen Stephenson was approached to create a campus safety video in 2016. Following the principal photography and a year of editing, she delivered the finished product and, in 2018, returned to the Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale with an Emmy Award for her and her students’ efforts.

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Round 3: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Jason Finger

I think that audio or video recordings would be a helpful tool in improving transparency for the Mingus Union governing board.

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Round 3: Mingus Union School Board Q&A -- Carol Anne Teague

The Arizona School Boards Association does not recommend publishing recordings of school board meetings. I believe in listening to our experts, so I would choose a different battle.

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Yavapai County Community Health Services schedules flu-shot clinics in Verde Valley

The flu shot is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

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Professional Women’s Group ‘Making a Difference Award’ ceremony set Oct. 16

COTTONWOOD -- The Northern Arizona Professional Women’s Group announces its second annual ‘Making a Difference Award’ event.

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Erin Mabery named interim president/CEO of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Board of Trustees of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters has appointed Operations Director Erin Mabery as interim president and CEO of the agency, effective Oct. 3.

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Three new Yavapai-Apache Nation council members take office

More than 100 people arrived at the council chambers to meet the newly installed council members, Nancy Guzman, Henry Smith and Amanda Honwytewa on October 4, in the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

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Cottonwood PD seeks information on hit-and-run near Chaparral Bar

The Cottonwood Police Department is seeking information on a hit-in-run that occurred early Monday morning, said Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

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Verde Independent wins 11 awards in Arizona Newspapers Association contest

CHANDLER -- The Verde Independent and its staff won 11 state awards Saturday during the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2018 Better Newspapers Contest.

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Burglary, theft of a weapon charges filed against Backus

A Cottonwood man arrested last week on felony warrants while in possession of a gun is now facing additional charges of burglary and theft of a firearm.