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Cooling down in Camp Verde could cost more in coming year

Town budget includes rate increases for Heritage Pool, hourly rate for commercial public records requests

The Town of Camp Verde is asking council to approve rate increase for both adults and children on a per-visit, multi-visit and season passes, as well as family passes, swim lessons and pool rentals.

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Brian Armstrong finalist to become next Camp Verde Marshal

Town Manager to interview candidates

Brian Armstrong is a finalist to become the Town of Camp Verde’s new chief of police, Town Manager Russ Martin announced Monday.

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McGuireville comes alive with Number 5

5th annual Memorial Day Tractor & Engine Show planned May 26

Antique tractors and engines along with rusty iron enthusiasts from across the state will converge on McGuireville to celebrate the 5th annual McGuireville, Memorial Day Tractor and Engine Show Saturday, May 26th, beginning at 9 a.m.

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Could Beaver Creek School go K-12?

School board to hold 5 p.m. work session Monday to review information collected for possible expansion of curriculum

At this time, Beaver Creek School District Superintendent Karin Ward said she is “not sure what our directions will be.”

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5 stars for Verde Valley Medical Center

Local hospital earns top marks in national study

The Verde Valley Medical Center has a new leader and five shiny new stars.

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This week in photos: Night skies, fires and state championships

Check out this week in photos by VNI staff.

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4 homes reportedly on fire in blaze near Prescott Valley

Poquito Valley, Antelope Meadows under mandatory evacuation

A Code Red evacuation message was sent out to residents in the Viewpoint and Poquito Valley neighborhoods Friday, May 11, as a wildland fire, driven by strong winds, ripped through the area.

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Cottonwood explores raising sales tax

Members of the public rally for .65 percent increase

As Cottonwood continues to look at options to resolve a more than $1.5 million deficit through a budget balancing process, scenarios of a potential sales tax increase are currently being discussed.

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Federal Court rules in favor of ballot harvesting law

A federal judge won't overturn a law that makes it a felony to bring someone else's early ballot to a polling place.

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Letter Carrier Food Drive celebrates 26th anniversary

Saturday, May 1, marked the 26th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

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Fort Verde Days to go from 3 to 2-day affair

With 25 recent sign-ups, Camp Verde Promotions is about half-way to its goal of Fort Verde Days volunteers, according to Trish Peterson, president of the Camp Verde volunteer group. But the big news coming out of Camp Verde Promotions is that other than the three-day carnival, Fort Verde Days will this year be a two-day event, from Oct. 12-13.

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Arizona Supreme Court agrees to hear Snowbowl arguments

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Hopi tribe can try to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.

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Ducey determined to push school gun safety plan

Undeterred by opposition from his own party, Gov. Doug Ducey is determined to make another bid this coming year to let parents and school officials ask judges to take guns away from people who are a danger to themselves or others -- assuming he’s still governor.

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Clarkdale Council Member Scott Buckley wins Sedona’s Great Chili Cook-Off

This year the winner of the community contestant Judge’s Choice Award was Clarkdale Council Member Scott Buckley, who has now stolen the crown from Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, last year’s winner.

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Penny Wills announces retirement as Yavapai College president

The year 2019 will likely be a year of travel for Penny Wills and her husband Ron.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Jeff Scroggins

Jeff Scroggins the Science Guy may not have the requisite ring to it.

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Verde Valley Fair highlights talent, skills of local youth

Last week, the annual Verde Valley Fair greeted locals with rides and live entertainment underneath a double rainbow following much-needed showers on the first day.

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Verde Valley Wine Festival returns to Clarkdale

Four Eight Wineworks presents the return of the Verde Valley Wine Festival on Saturday, May 12th.

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Yavapai College academic advisor experiences life-granting organ donation

Amy Sperry didn’t put a lot of thought into the most valuable gift she had the power to give. She saw a social media appeal and made a phone call right away.

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National Park Service works to attract more ethnically diverse visitors to Grand Canyon

More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, but only a tiny fraction were people of color.

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School merger bill sent bill to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk

A bill that would bar Mingus Union to veto a school merger ballot initiative is just a bill, only a bill.

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Sound Off: Jerome’s Gulch Radio makes way for new transmitter site

Station to temporality go off air for a week in June during transition

Jerome Gulch Radio listeners have been wondering “what’s shakin’” with their local, independent music station.

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Medical pot testing bill fails to pass before end of session

Arizona’s more than 162,000 medical marijuana users are not going to get any state protection from being sold drugs that are tainted with pesticides or mold, at least not for the time being.

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Voters will have last say on voucher program

It looks like voters are going to get the last word on whether they want more tax dollars used to send children to private and parochial schools.

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Possible ‘changes to format’ of Fort Verde Days

Camp Verde Promotions will hold meeting to decide event’s fate

More than three dozen of Camp Verde’s concerned citizens gathered Tuesday at the Camp Verde library to help keep Fort Verde Days alive.