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Bill Helm

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What you need to know about municipal elections

The following information about municipal elections was provided by Camp Verde Town Clerk Judy Morgan:

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Camp Verde council: Two incumbents say yes, one still deciding, one says no

For Robin Whatley, it started back in 2006 when she attended her first Camp Verde Town Council meeting.

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Are 2 principals better than 1?

Cottonwood-Oak Creek moves forward to convert 3 schools into 2

For the past few months, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Steve King has researched, discussed and considered the ramifications of merging three of the district’s schools, Dr. Daniel Bright (K-2), Cottonwood Elementary (grades 3-6) and Cottonwood Middle (grades 6-8), into two K-8 schools.

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Ladder Day a ‘rite of passage’ for Valley Academy

A “rite of passage” is what Steve Darby calls Ladder Day at Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education.

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Get down to business while learning tax law

Certified Public Accountant Sharon McQuestion will talk about 2018 Business Tax laws at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Camp Verde Community Library.

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Camp Verde council sets public hearing on wastewater fee increase

It’s possible that Camp Verde’s wastewater fees could increase as much as $5 per home on a per-month basis over the next two years.

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Cornville’s Eric Marcus named new C-OC school board member

COTTONWOOD – Though most folks are accustomed to the right hand up, left hand on the Bible, and “repeat after me,” taking the oath of office for a school board is as simple as signing a document.

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Beaver Creek students learn about the real world at Biz Town

Mikayla Howell has seen a glimpse of what her future could be like.

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Camp Verde Town Manager anticipates new contract ‘probably in March’

Though Camp Verde Town Council will continue contract negotiations with Town Manager Russ Martin, Wednesday’s special session is not expected to yield an official contract offer, the Town Manager said.

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Alicia Leon

It’s been 11 years since American Heritage Academy’s Camp Verde campus opened.

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Bowl a strike for veterans

Annual BeneVET fundraiser now in its ninth year

CAMP VERDE – In 2010, Camp Verdeans Nikki Miller and Mike Jacobson put on their first BeneVet Bowling Tournament to raise money for the Prescott VA.

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6 things you may not know about the proposed consolidation of Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts

COTTONWOOD – Charged with being a fact-finding committee for both the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school boards, the Advisory Committee for Consolidation reviewed answers Tuesday to questions it asked of Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter.

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Camp Verde school board begins search for new superintendent

When Camp Verde Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Goodwin told the board in December that he would no longer seek a renewal to his current contract, he didn’t necessarily say he wouldn’t entertain an entirely new pact.

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Consolidation committee member wants ‘semi-concrete numbers’

COTTONWOOD – Though Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s school board decided in December that it wanted consolidation/unification to go to the voters, at least one of the district’s educators admitted Tuesday that he had not decided which way he would vote.

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What they’re saying at consolidation committee meetings

“It is my opinion that there is an ethical and moral duty of the Mingus Board to do what is in the best interest of all of our students, and that voting to treat a community that has been overwhelmingly supportive and an integral part of the Mingus family for generations as visitors or interlopers feels wrong.”

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Mingus Union theater troupe to present Passport to Broadway

COTTONWOOD – In a collaboration with the school’s choir department, Mingus Union High School’s A Troupe Of Ridiculous Thespians will present Passport to Broadway from Jan. 20 to Jan. 28.

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Mingus School Board expected to name Genie Gee new principal

COTTONWOOD – Thursday, the Mingus Union High School District governing board could approve an administrative reorganization it first discussed in December.

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Kelli Rhoda to replace retiring principal at Mountain View Preparatory

COTTONWOOD – A year-and-a-half ago, Stephanie Jones first told Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s administration of her plan to retire as principal at Mountain View Preparatory.

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Carter to interview five candidates for C-OC school board

COTTONWOOD – What began as a list of six candidates to fill an open seat on the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District governing board is now five.

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Maranda Moran

A “Michelangelo in the teaching profession” is how Jessica Vocca describes Maranda Moran, her school’s third grade teacher.

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Camp Verde leaders look into 2018

“We’re moving forward with the needs of the community,” says Weir. “We’ve still got a lot of work, but we’re on an upward swing.”

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Beaver Creek Community Association looks to become 501 (c) (3)

BEAVER CREEK – The year 2017 was a big year for the Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association.

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Clarkdale-Jerome, Cottonwood schools look ahead to 2018

VERDE VALLEY – At Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Danny Brown is not the only one responsible for dealing with the state’s A-to-F grading system.

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Archaeology Center now 1,100 members strong

With a new jewelry case on display, as well as a new display of textiles, the folks at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center continued in 2017 their mission of preserving the many items it has collected since opening in 2011.

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Camp Verde Public Works looks back at 2017

Besides moving forward with plans for its 110-acre Camp Verde Sports Complex off SR 260 and McCracken Lane, the Town of Camp Verde’s Public Works Department has plenty to celebrate in 2017.

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Camp Verde and Beaver Creek educators remember 2017

Camp Verde and Beaver Creek educators remember 2017

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Fort Verde Park Manager says maintaining annual events ‘is a success’

At Fort Verde State Historic Park, maintaining several events each year “is a success,” says Park Manager Sheila Stubler.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same - Verde Valley schools look back at 2017

Most Arizona educators would say that the copper state is the forgotten state when it comes to money allocated to schools.

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Economic Development has nine Camp Verde wishes for 2018

Economic Development has nine Camp Verde wishes for 2018

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The faces of Gear Up

Christyana Fletcher joined the Gear Up program while at Oak Creek School in Cornville.

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Gear Up teaches ‘spirit of exploration’

Mingus Union on schedule to graduate roughly 270 seniors, with 86 percent planning for college

COTTONWOOD – They say that life is what happens when your busy making other plans. But what happens when you don’t have a plan?

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Jessica Lux-Herrera

Since she was in middle school, Jessica Lux-Herrera has wanted to be a teacher.

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Economic Development cites seven Camp Verde successes in 2017

CAMP VERDE – In close to five years on the job, Steve Ayers has learned that there are many ways to develop and to grow a municipality’s economy.

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Copper Canyon Fire goes from storming to norming in 2017

CAMP VERDE – In 2016, the Camp Verde and Montezuma Rimrock fire district governing boards signed off on a Joint Powers Agreement – and created the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority.

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Parks and Recreation improving ‘level of service’ for Camp Verdeans

In July, the Camp Verde Town Council decided that the planned 110-acre uber-complex off SR 260 and McCracken Lane would be known as the Camp Verde Sports Complex.

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Camp Verde Parks and Rec celebrates ‘tangible improvements’ to Rezzonico Park

For close to 18 months, Rezzonico Family Park had become a dumping ground for dirt, as construction crews built the new Camp Verde Community Library.

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Austin gets his dream house

Community businesses and friends donate, build, then deliver 8-foot by 14-foot play house to boy with Bilateral Retinoblastoma

This year, Santa Claus visited the Strean family home the day after Christmas.

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SR 260 roadwork ‘sends two messages,’ say town manager

CAMP VERDE – Nine miles. Seven roundabouts. At more than $60 million.

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Camp Verde, Beaver Creek libraries celebrate 2017 with more patrons, new hours, expanded hours

VERDE VALLEY – For years, Beaver Creek’s library has been open enough hours each week to meet the needs of the district’s students.

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Return On Investment: Mingus Union program helps city bolster work force

COTTONWOOD – As long as she can recall, Sofia Rocha has had an interest in politics.

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Mayor Elinski says Return on Investment great bargain for Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – A ground breaker of sorts, Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski is working with Mingus Union High School’s first Return on Investment intern, Sofia Rocha.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Cheryl Kessel

Second grade teacher, Clarkdale-Jerome School, Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – When Cheryl Kessel started her college career, she planned to study business.

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With five adopted children, ‘family is everything,’ says Gagnon family

In August, Zorey Gagnon turned 2 years old.

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Graham cracker village ‘both messy and festive’

Beaver Creek first graders learn about community, then build one with sweet treats

RIMROCK – It’s an exciting time at Beaver Creek School, says first grade teacher Deb Goepfrich, whose class constructed a little town Tuesday with graham crackers, candy and melted confectioner’s sugar as far as the taste buds could see.

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The purest of human pleasures: 90-year-old volunteer tends to garden at Dr. Daniel Bright School

It’s been about 10 years since Kuntz began tending garden at Dr. Daniel Bright School in Cottonwood.

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Camp Verde council could approve equipment purchase to haul free millings

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could agree to reallocate $100,000 from the Town’s Street Paving budget and as much as another $50,000 from its Street Maintenance budget to purchase equipment that would be used to haul millings available at no cost from the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Cordes Lakes fueling site.

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Camp Verde council considers contractual agreement with Town Manager

It’s been nearly a year since the Camp Verde Town Council first considered a possible contract for Town Manager Russ Martin.

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Verde Valley Educator of the Week: Ashley Sherman

Ashley Sherman hopes to one day become a teacher.

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Camp Verde considers future of Cornfest, Fort Verde Days, Pecan and Wine Festival

CAMP VERDE – Once upon a time, the Town of Camp Verde would spend as much as $250,000 in a calendar year to put on Fort Verde Days, Cornfest and its other signature events.

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