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Bill Helm

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Pay raises for Camp Verde, Beaver Creek teachers

Camp Verde teachers get 7.52% raise in new budget

CAMP VERDE – On July 10, the Camp Verde Unified School Districts governing board voted 4-to-0 to approve its fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.

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What’s in a name? Should consolidation occur, one of first tasks for school board will be to give new district a name

Coming up with the right name for a new school district would likely be “a challenging decision for any new board,” said Mingus Union High School District Superintendent Penny Hargrove.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek 2019 budget gives teachers 12% pay raise

COTTONWOOD – On July 10, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Districts governing board voted 5-to-0 to approve its fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.

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Mingus offers meals through national program

COTTONWOOD – It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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Alex Goetting becomes write-in option for Camp Verde mayor

On July 17, Alex Goetting officially declared himself an option for Camp Verde’s mayorship.

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Camp Verde students can get free backpacks for school

Camp Verde students go back to school on Monday, Aug. 6. But two days prior, backpacks filled with supplies will be available at Camp Verde Community Church.

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Mingus sues to stop consolidation election

Petitions ‘designed to confuse and mislead’

COTTONWOOD – If it’s not the whole truth, it isn’t the truth at all.

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Mingus Union offers school psychologist 5-percent raise, flexible schedule, but no longer Special Education director

COTTONWOOD – It’s reasonable to give the school psychologist a 5-percent raise and allow him to work four 10-hour days each week when the district’s other teachers are required to work five days.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Kristy Aston

In education, resourcefulness isn’t limited to the classroom.

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Cornucopia offers free training for agricultural, handling practices

On Aug. 13, Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Cornucopia Community Advocates’ Food Recovery Program will host a free Good Handling Practices (GHP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training at the Camp Verde Community Library.

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Let’s go to camp: Camp Verde’s summer day camp offers fun in active, educational and experiential environment

Have fun and make friends. : That’s what the Town of Camp Verde’s Parks and Recreation wants for children who come to summer camp.

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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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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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Consolidation questions, yes; consolidation answers, no

County school superintendent tells Valley Academy ‘we’re on unchartered ground’

COTTONWOOD – If voters approve a consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts, other districts will be affected, Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter said Tuesday.

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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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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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Public has until July 26 to submit pro/con consolidation arguments

COTTONWOOD – On July 5, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter’s office began to compile information that will be part of the information packet to help voters consider whether to merge the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts.

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Mingus schedules closed session for legal advice on consolidation

COTTONWOOD – In June, the Mingus Union High School Board voted to not support efforts to consolidate with the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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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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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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Beaver Creek projects more tuition fees, more revenue in 2018-19

RIMROCK – At Beaver Creek School District, the annual budget is about “must-haves, staff salaries, and the wants."

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek/Mingus Union merger now on Nov. 6 election ballot

COTTONWOOD – Friday, the office of Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter announced that the proposed consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and the Mingus Union school districts is now scheduled to be a part of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election.

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‘About 60’ VOC Big Park students now enrolled at Cornville’s Oak Creek School

About 60 of those students, King said, attended Sedona’s Big Park Community School a year ago – a school that no longer exists.

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Mingus board to consider assessments, planning, goals

COTTONWOOD – Monday, Mingus Union High School District’s governing board will hold a retreat at the Business Assistance Center in Cottonwood.

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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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Fun facts about Beaver Creek’s annual 4th of July celebration

By the numbers

Fun facts about Beaver Creek’s annual July 4th celebration

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A very blessed life: Designer of Sycamore Park named grand marshal for Beaver Creek’s annual 4th of July parade

As long as she can remember, Verna Shafer has been in love with Sycamore Park. After all, she’s the one who designed the park from a plot of land “all covered with weeds.” So it’s good for the 88-year-old from Lake Montezuma that she will serve as grand marshal of this year’s Beaver Creek 4th of July parade. Each year, the parade starts at Sycamore Park, so for her, it’s almost like a homecoming. Except that Lake Montezuma is where Shafer lives.

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15-year-old ‘never would have thought’ she’d be in Beaver Creek parade

Coming up on 16 years of age in September, Abigail Jensen and her family have lived in Lake Montezuma for the past 12 years. Each year, the Jensen family spends its Independence Day the same way as much of Beaver Creek’s community – by eating pancakes and sausage, taking in the annual parade, then enjoying the annual Kiwanis Rubber Duck Race. But being in the parade, that’s another story. “I never would have thought I’d be junior grand marshal,” Abigail said.

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Consolidation checklist keeps election process on proper pace

COTTONWOOD – Folks on both sides of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school district consolidation talks want to know whether voters will have their say-so.

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4 things you should know about Verde Valley Farmers’ Market

1It’s been 15 years since the Verde Valley Farmers’ Market came to Camp Verde. Its home is at the Ramada between Fort Verde State Historic Park and the Camp Verde Community Center, the Market is where the locals go when they want fresh, locally-sourced produce, home-made edibles, and hand-made arts and crafts.

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New Verde Community Church pastor: ‘Can’t do it without Him’

Mark Seekins says move to Verde Valley feels ‘like we’re home

COTTONWOOD – It’s not uncommon for lovers of baseball to say that watching a game at the ballpark is almost like being in church.

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Camp Verde fire ‘should be 100-percent contained’ by late-Wednesday afternoon

'Copper Fire’ currently 25-percent contained, says US Forest Service

The 106-acre fire that forced the temporary closure of I-17 between SR 260 and SR 169 “should be 100-percent contained by late-Wednesday afternoon,” said Debbie Maneely, Public Affairs officer for the Prescott National Forest.

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Camp Verde council could approve development plan for RV park

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could approve the final development plan for an RV park located on approximately 65 acres just northwest of the I-17/SR 260 interchange.

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Archaeology center opens Native American Heritage Pathway

Although the Verde Valley Archaeology Center is all-in on the Saturday opening of its Native American Heritage Pathway, the volunteer-generated traditional use garden will “will always be ongoing,” said the head of the volunteer group.

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Town code disqualifies Armstrong as Camp Verde marshal

'He's not in the right zip code.'

The Town of Camp Verde is now looking for its next police chief, Town Manager Russ Martin announced Monday at the monthly Coffee with a Cop.

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Public gets chance to weigh in on Mingus’ $8.2M budget Thursday

Primary, secondary tax rates expected to fall

COTTONWOOD – Two weeks after approving the district’s proposed budget for 2018-2019, the Mingus Union School Board is expected to approve the official budget at a 6 p.m. meeting Thursday.

Camp Verde, Valley Academy to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday

COTTONWOOD – The Camp Verde and Valley Academy school boards will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss student data in career and technical education courses, last year’s budget, as well as estimated budget splits between the two districts in fiscal year 2018-2019.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Jane Mathews

If Jane Mathews wasn’t a high school counselor, she’d have wanted to be a race car drive – or a train conductor.

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Skid Row, Great White come to Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Hard rock comes to Camp Verde on Saturday, June 30 as Skid Row and Great White bring close to 30 years of heavy music to Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Stargazer Pavilion.

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Danny Howe given three more years as middle school principal, one more year as administrator-in-charge at Camp Verde Unified

CAMP VERDE – In March, the Camp Verde School Board named Danny Howe its administrator-in-charge through the 2018-2019 school year.

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Filing deadline for school board elections Aug. 8

VERDE VALLEY – With the candidates filing deadline scheduled for Aug. 8, six of the Verde Valley’s seven school districts each have three openings on their district’s governing board.

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Trading Places? Jason Finger, Anita Glazar pull election packets for each others’ school districts

VERDE VALLEY – Longtime Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board member Jason Finger has pulled an election packet not only to retain his spot on the school board, but also has pulled an election packet to run for the Mingus Union School Board.

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Camp Verde council votes 5-to-1 to give town manager five-year deal

With a 5-to-1 vote, Russ Martin now has a five-year contract with the Town of Camp Verde.

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Camp Verde council approves tentative budget

Finance manager recommends additional $1.5 million debt in case Town purchases water company

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council approved a tentative budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 that includes more than $10 million in debts.

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Camp Verde council to consider tentative budget

Nearly $8.3 million in capital improvements highlights 2018-2019 budget

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could approve a tentative budget with debts projected to exceed income by $9 million.

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Camp Verde council considers five-year contract with town manager

After close to two years of discussions and considerations, the Camp Verde Town Council could approve a five-year contract for Russ Martin to continue as town manager.

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What consolidation means to Clarkdale-Jerome?

If the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek districts were to consolidate into one district, the Clarkdale-Jerome School District would not be a part of the district.

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