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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Elizabeth Thurner

Not only is this the school’s first year offering K-8 instruction, but Thurner recently was nominated for the county’s Teacher of the Year award in the first-year category.

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NWS: Moderate rain forecast through Wednesday

The National Weather Service forecasts moderate showers through Wednesday.

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A-B-C’s of the annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

Camp Verdeans have plenty to celebrate each year, with various community events such as the Buffalo Soldiers, History of the Soldier, Parade of Lights and Candlelight Tours, to name a few.

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Fun, fitness and outdoor sports with Camp Verde Parks & Rec

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation will continue its Friday programming with “Fun, Fitness and Outdoor Sports.

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Cottonwood to review strategic plan during work session Tuesday

The city’s strategic plan is intended to “guide decisions at all levels of the organization,” staff documents state.

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Yavapai College reveals plans to remodel Verde campus CTE building

Yavapai College is in the business of creating opportunities for its students so they can live better lives.

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Forest fees won’t fund consolidation election

Setting policies for funding elections for member districts, the Forest Fee Management Association Board effectively said that if voters are to decide in November whether the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts should consolidate, that taxpayers would pay for the privilege.

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Bill would crack down on 'party house' vacation rentals

HB 2672 would prohibit homeowners from allowing properties to be used for special events. Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said that will put an end to “party houses’’ where a home in a residential neighborhood suddenly becomes the site for dozens and dozens of guests.

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Jerome parking ‘workforce’ closer to compromise

Item slated to appear on April council agenda

Jerome Fire Chief Rusty Blair said the town needs millions in revenue just to maintain the community.

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The Red and the Green

Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, far right and his wife Ruth Ellen, second from right, represent the city of Cottonwood along with staff Saturday at the annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade. The event is a partnership between NAU Parks and Recreation Program and the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Jackie Nairn selected to fill empty Cottonwood City Council seat.

Cottonwood City Council unanimously chose Jackie Nairn to fill the empty seat left by Kyla Allen Thursday during a special session.

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Casey Rooney to retire from the city of Cottonwood after 12 years of service

Cottonwood Economic Development Director turned in his resignation Friday

Cottonwood Economic Development Director Casey Rooney will be retiring from the city, effective April 1.

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The Nose Knows: County K9s partner with DPS task force

Drug dealers and criminal smugglers now have one more thing to worry about when driving through Yavapai County.

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Verde Ditch may be without water until mid-April

Rain, snow cause damage to diversion dam, primary ditch

CAMP VERDE – Al Dupuy said Wednesday that damages sustained to the Verde Ditch’s diversion dam and primary ditch could cost more than $40,000.

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Local fire authorities warn of potential PAC scam

Local fire and EMS authorities are warning citizens of a possible Political Action Committee scam supposedly soliciting donations to help “our nation’s firefighters.”

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Cottonwood Community Garden filling up fast for new season

Spring has sprung and the Cottonwood Community Garden is filling up fast

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County extends comment period on Verde Connect project

Yavapai County officials announced this week that the initial comment period for the Verde Connect project has been extended to March 31, 2019.

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Sedona Yoga Festival seeks ‘hurting’ first responders

The Sedona Yoga Festival is looking for first-responders who may be suffering from stress, trauma or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to participate in free treatment during the upcoming Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Melissa Decker wins annual Future Chefs Challenge

Creating specialties such as albondigas, Spanish rice and chicken tacos, the ninth annual Future Chefs Challenge was an opportunity for six Cottonwood-Oak Creek students to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

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Mingus discontinues personal email use by board members

COTTONWOOD – It used to be that Mingus Union School Board members could only be reached by phone or personal email.

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Between a rock and a hard place: 5-foot wide boulder blocks path of water slide at Slide Rock State Park (with video)

The Arizona State Parks Department will remove the large rock wedged into the chute used by swimmers at the popular Slide Rock State Park.

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‘Extreme flows’ force cancelation of this year’s Verde River Runoff

CAMP VERDE – Friends of the Verde River has announced on its website that it has cancelled this year’s Verde River Runoff “due to extreme flows on the Verde River since the beginning of 2019.”

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Camp Verde council considers $488K investment in rodeo arena

CAMP VERDE – Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could agree to enter a 25-year agreement to lease 35.81 acres to the Camp Verde Arena Association for its plans of a rodeo facility.

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Get paid: What you need to know about the Verde Valley Job and Volunteer Fair

The premier job fair of the Verde Valley is set to return again this year on Wednesday, April 3, at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

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Man in car dealership theft faces four years probation

A 48-year-old Prescott Valley man who pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges was given four years’ probation Monday for stealing thousands of dollars from Larry Green Chevrolet in Cottonwood.