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Mingus hires superintendent’s husband in ‘substitute position’

Thursday, the Mingus Union High School District voted 5-to-0 to hire the superintendent’s husband to do what amounts to menial office work.

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Arizona rancher says ‘dysfunctional’ regulations hurt environment

The president of the Arizona Farm Bureau told a House panel Thursday that regulations meant to help the environment are actually doing the opposite, in part by harming ranchers who are in the best position to help.

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Mingus sues to stop November consolidation election

Late Thursday afternoon, Mingus Union High School District filed a lawsuit to keep voters from deciding whether its school district should merge with Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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Another Fine Detail for All in the Polish

For second year in a row, 2 CV residents prepare to clean old Air Force One

A year ago, Camp Verde residents Rob Fafrowicz and Rob Zubek were commissioned to help maintain and preserve the original presidential jet Air Force One, now at home at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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NWS: Flash flood warning in Northern, Central Arizona

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a flash flood watch for parts of east-central and west-central Arizona through late tonight.

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Former police officer sentenced to minimum jail time for prostitution conviction

Former Prescott Valley Police officer Ronald Craig Lowman was sentenced to serve the minimum penalty of 15 days in jail plus probation for prostitution, a class 1 misdemeanor.

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League of Women Voters’ invites town council candidates to non-partisan forum

Empowering voters – and defending democracy. That’s the motto of the Greater Verde Valley’s branch of the League of Women Voters.

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Camp Verde council could approve budget at Wednesday special meeting

Two weeks ago, several Camp Verdeans told Town Council that they were not pleased with the Town’s 52-percent debt ratio.

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Rimrock Farmers Market manager says garden ‘more of a commitment than having a pet’

When Candy Hammond says having a garden is more of a commitment than having a pet, she should know.

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Wednesday is opening day for Verde Valley’s newest farmers market in Rimrock

Remember to eat your veggies, support locally sourced foods, and thank a farmer or gardener.

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What’s Happening in the Verde Valley: July 11

The Cottonwood Public Library is offering a new program for job seekers called Jobs 101. On the third Thursdays of every month patrons can learn how to take advantage of free library resources to help them on their way to a new career.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Brian Tankesley

It’s been 10 years since Brian Tankesley changed careers and became a teacher.

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Lawsuit seeks to remove ‘ballot harvesting’ ban

A new lawsuit seeks to block Arizona from enforcing its ban on “ballot harvesting’’ for the upcoming election, claiming the state has no legal authority to regulate who can and cannot deliver someone else’s mail.

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New session of U.S. Supreme Court begins with Arizona age discrimination lawsuit

The ability of a tiny Arizona fire district to fire its two oldest employees takes center stage in Washington as the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments the first day of its new session, possibly with a new justice already seated.

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New focus on Roe vs. Wade as president nominates Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

The president’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the newest new Supreme Court justice Monday could mean the ability of Arizona women to terminate a pregnancy likely depends on who is elected governor in November.

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Game and Fish reports June a busy month for nuisance bears

200 bear sightings in more than 50 Arizona communities

At the beginning of June, officials at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) predicted the state would see a lot of nuisance bears entering populated areas in search of easy food. That forecast proved accurate, as the state wildlife agency dealt with more than 200 reports of bear activity from more than 50 Arizona communities last month.

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NEW VERDE VALLEY BUSINESS: Toasted Roasters

For the past 15 years, Denise Lee’s go-to employment has been the coffee business.

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Camp Verde Republicans to host council candidate discussion

It’s important that Camp Verde’s citizens have a chance to interact with this year’s Town Council candidates, said Rob Witt, a member of the Camp Verde Republicans.

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Masseur in sexual assault case given more time to search for attorney

A masseur in a sexual assault case has been given more time to hire private counsel.

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Crazy Tony opens shirts & souvenirs shop in Old Town; Mexican restaurant to follow

Crazy T’s Shirts and Souvenirs has opened in Old Town Cottonwood in the former Old Town Frame Store space and a Mexican restaurant is in the works across the entranceway in the old Bootleggers location. The two businesses will complement each other, explains owner Tony Ontiveros, who is opening both establishments.

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Failed Taco Bell robbery results in 5-year prison term for Cottonwood man

A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to five charges in an attempted Taco Bell robbery in January was sentenced to 5 years in prison and three-years probation Monday.

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Coalition works to establish summer refuge for homeless

The Verde Valley Homeless Coalition is holding its breath that it can get a daytime drop-in center for the homeless community as temperatures reach dangerously high levels.

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Realtors aim to ban Arizona service sales tax

Arizona Realtors formally launched their bid to ask votes ban state lawmakers from ever taxing services, even if it also would reduce or eliminate taxes on other necessities -- or even if legislators say the revenues are needed.

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Crews rescue climbing accident victim at Oak Creek Vista

Members of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office and other local agencies helped rescue a victim in a climbing accident Monday.

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Slip, Sliding Away: Slide Rock State Park stands test of time as Arizona’s most-loved water park

OAK CREEK CANYON -- If Fred Flintstone built a water park, it would be Slide Rock State Park.