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Evaluating pros, cons of school district consolidation

Members compiling list of topics could be close to answers

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Advisory Committee for Consolidation, David Gray asked Groseta how a district would operate with a roughly $800,000 per-year increase in teacher salaries in a consolidated district.

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Christine Griffin resigns as Oak Creek principal

After educating the Verde Valley’s youth for the past 16 years, the last five as principal at Oak Creek School, Christine Griffin has made plans to leave the district.

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Snowbowl lawyers want ruling allowing tribes to sue over snow overturned

Attorneys for Snowbowl are warning the Arizona Supreme Court that if they don't overturn a ruling allowing the Hopi Tribe to sue over artificial snow they are opening the door to a flood of litigation.

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FBI seizes classifieds site down amid claims of facilitating sex trafficking

A controversial classifieds site is down with a notice informing visitors of a seizure by the FBI.

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Suspect arrested for sexual exploitation of minors

In late February 2018, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in Dewey regarding a sex offense report. The parents of a 15-year-old girl/victim had discovered a secret Facebook page their daughter created and was apparently accessing on the cell phone of a fellow student at school.

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Three AZ 260 roundabouts soon to open between Camp Verde and Cottonwood

The $62 million project covering nine miles of SR 260 west of I-17 remains on schedule. By the end of the year, this stretch will be a divided four-lane highway with seven roundabouts at major intersections, increasing safety and capacity while handling traffic more efficiently.

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Newly-adopted dog saves kindergartner in Wet Beaver Creek

On Sunday, 6-year-old Fallon Lennox and his family were picnicking at Wet Beaver Creek.

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GOP resistance puts brakes on Gov. Ducey’s school safety plan

Resistance from legislative Republicans to Gov. Doug Ducey’s newly released school safety plan could leave it short of the votes needed to get it approved.

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Active snakes mean active vigilance

Rattlesnakes slither way into warmer weather

As the Verde Valley starts to settle into warmer temperatures, snakes are slithering out of their dens and becoming increasingly more active.

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DDB prinicpal demotes herself ‘for the team’

C-OC superintendent: 'One of the most admirable things I’ve ever seen'

For Dr. Daniel Bright, clarity came Monday when the district announced that Nancy Erickson had “volunteered to step down” to become the school’s assistant principal for the upcoming school year.

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Humane Society pulls plug on banning ‘trophy hunting’

Arizona voters won’t see proposal on November 2018 ballot

Arizona voters won't get a chance to outlaw "trophy hunting'' in the state, at least not this year.

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5 facts about Fort Verde’s annual ‘History of the Soldier’ even

Saturday will showcase an artillery demo at 1000 hours by the 1st Texas Artillery and 3rd US Artillery-Battery A.

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Fort Verde honors veterans with annual ‘History of the Soldier’

From the American Revolution to today, Fort Verde’s annual History of the Soldier event is an opportunity to experience a military timeline of history.

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Youth group shares faith, sustainable living

Members spend spring break in jungle

Seven members of Verde Christian Church’s youth group spent their spring break in a jungle in Belize, with a plan to help jungle communities better understand sustainable living, as well as to spread the word of God.

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Ron Sauntman named emergency services manager for Yavapai County

On April 9th, Ron Sauntman will become the new Yavapai County Emergency Services Manager.

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I-17: How did we get here?

One-day traffic counts reach 60,000-vehicle range

Drivers heading north on Interstate 17 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2017 were not in for a relaxing “over-the-river-and-through-the-woods” type of trip.

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I-17 widening, reversible lanes, climbing lanes could help ease traffic problems

Solving traffic problems on Interstate 17 has been on the radar of state and local officials for years.

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Arizona snowpack near record lows this year

PINE – The Salt River Project’s annual water expo this year featured a “snowpack simulator” – a pile of cold, wet, white stuff on a hot, sunny day in Tempe.

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37-year fugitive arrested in Prescott Valley

Has 'been on the lam' since escaping Iowa prison in 1981

A fugitive who escaped imprisonment in Iowa 37 years ago has been found and arrested in Prescott Valley, police said.

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Teachers seek 20 percent raises, call on state to restore per-pupil funding

Unwilling to wait on promises by the governor that things will get better eventually, teachers and their allies rallied at the Capitol Wednesday to demand a 20-percent pay hike.

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Arizona law enforcement lauded by Holocaust Memorial Museum

On March 15, 2018, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presented to Arizona law enforcement professionals, including Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, the Leadership Tribute Award for their work in learning and disseminating lessons from the Holocaust.

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Northern Arizona Healthcare announces change in executive leadership

Northern Arizona Healthcare announced the resignation of Mr. Rob Thames, its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 26, 2018.

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2 principals + 2 assistant principals + 4 secretaries = realignment

C-OC school board approves staffing structure at Thursday meeting

Ever since the C-OC school board agreed in February to approve Superintendent Steve King’s plan for realigning three of its schools into two K-8 schools, both the superintendent and the board’s five members have held additional meetings to not just decide how to merge the schools, but also to decide how to save money.

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Ducey defends position on background checks

The governor said Wednesday he believes the big hole in the system of background checks is not that it does not apply to person-to-person sales, including at gun shows, but that information is missing in the database that federal firearms dealers are required to use to determine if someone can possess a weapon.

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State extends education sales tax another two decades

With more than enough votes, the state House and Senate agreed Thursday to extend for another 20 years the 0.6-cent sales tax first approved by voters in 2000. Without that action, the levy would self-destruct on June 30, 2021, taking with it the more than $670 million a year it now raises.