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Bill Helm

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Camp Verde prepares eighth Martin Luther King Jr. march

CAMP VERDE – Chandler Plante was 6 years old the first time he led a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march down Camp Verde’s Main Street.

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Davis, Hisrich voted off Camp Verde Planning and Zoning

CAMP VERDE – If he could only serve on one board, B.J. Davis told the Camp Verde Town Council that his first choice was to remain with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Quintus donates $15K for new Camp Verde sound system

Showers hopes to have system installed before fall sports season

CAMP VERDE – By the next football season, Camp Verde High School should have a new sound system.

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Get ready for Super blood wolf moon

Five-hour lunar eclipse on horizon Sunday night

VERDE VALLEY – A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is positioned behind the Earth – and into its shadow.

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Cottonwood man gets 12 years for child exploitation

CAMP VERDE – On Jan. 11, JJ Austin Angel Amack McFarland was sentenced to 12 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for the sexual exploitation of a minor.

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BeneVet sets $13K goal for comfort of wheelchair-bound veterans

Two weeks to go, and Nikki Miller said that “around 100 bowlers” have signed up for the annual BeneVet fundraiser.

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Harshman, Bateman to lead Beaver Creek School Board

Monday, the Beaver Creek School Board unanimously elected Jackie Harshman as board president and Brandi Bateman as board clerk.

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Camp Verde could fill openings on P&Z, Adjustments, Appeals boards

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could fill three openings on its Planning and Zoning Commission, and two of four openings on its Board of Adjustments and Appeals

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Q&A with Beaver Creek School Office Manager Sharon Brooks

Brooks spent more than 25 years in retail as an assistant manager for Kmart and Walgreens before she transitioned to education. It was there that Brooks learned “don’t take work home.”

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Camp Verde council talks future of community events

CAMP VERDE – With this year’s Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival scheduled for March 16-17, the folks at Camp Verde Promotions are preparing to coordinate their final major event.

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Supervisor Tom Thurman to attend Beaver Creek Community Association meeting

As District 2 Supervisor for Yavapai County, Tom Thurman views his role as a “public servant with a great sense of gratitude.”

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Beaver Creek artist brings parents, children together with school murals

During the winter break, Conn oversaw a special project as parents and students painted murals with positive messages on the bathroom walls at the school’s 600 building.

Zaske, Smith to lead Clarkdale-Jerome School Board

Tuesday, the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board elected Jill Zaske as board president and Angelina Smith as board clerk. Zaske also served as board president in 2018.

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New plan holds VACTE harmless with consolidation

PHOENIX – Sen. Sylvia Allen has released a rough draft of legislation that would keep a consolidated version of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts connected to – and funded by – the Verde Valley’s voter-approved Joint Technical Education District

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Lori Drake new Mingus board president

COTTONWOOD – Not 20 minutes into Wednesday’s Mingus Union School Board meeting, Chip Currie nominated Lori Drake as the board’s president for 2019.

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VACTE students meet Gov. Ducey at state inauguration

For nine Verde Valley career and technical education students, Monday’s state legislature inauguration at the State Capital was a chance to meet Arizona Gov. Ducey.

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Friday Camps seek funding

CV school board talks funding, for 5th Day’ programs

Dickey said that the Camp Verde School Board members “need to weigh out the costs versus benefits like they do with all programs the district offers.”

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Beaver Creek Adult Center closed for repairs

Due to what Sandy Dragman called “devastating flooding due to frozen and burst water pipes” the first week of the year, the Beaver Creek Adult Center will be closed for the next few weeks while the center’s board of directors work with the insurance company on restorations.

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Roth, Freeman to lead Camp Verde School Board

Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board voted 5-to-0 for Tim Roth as board president and 5-to-0 for Helen Freeman as board clerk.

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Mingus modifies student ID badge system

Acting superintendent implements new policy independent of attorney direction, demands of ACLU

COTTONWOOD – As far as Mingus Union High School is concerned, the school’s identification badges are no longer an issue.

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Camp Verde council discusses early end to Retail Strategies contract

CAMP VERDE – In November 2016, the Camp Verde Town Council agreed to a three-year $110,000 contract with retail recruiters known as Retain Strategies.

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Carol German replaces Kitty McDowell on Camp Verde School Board

CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has selected former Camp Verde Town Council member Carol German to replace Kitty McDowell on the Camp Verde School Board.

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Eric Marcus selected new board president at Cottonwood-Oak Creek

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s school board unanimously selected two of its three newest board members to serve as president and vice president for 2019.

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Q&A: Lauren Thagard, algebra teacher, Student Council advisor, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – From family pictures to senior pictures, engagement shoots to newborn babies, Lauren Thagard has photographed just about everything.

Mingus considers shared CTE director agreement

COTTONWOOD – Wednesday, the Mingus Union School Board could renew an Intergovernmental Agreement to share Career and Technical Education Director Ralph Fobair with Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District.

Camp Verde to hold sign code interactive workshop

CAMP VERDE – At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Camp Verde Community Library, the Town’s Community Development Department will solicit public feedback through an interactive workshop so it can include that input into upcoming changes to sign codes.

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Selection of new board president on Mingus Union agenda Jan. 9

COTTONWOOD – Five names. Three new to the Mingus Union School Board. Two others who have been on the board at least since 2016.

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Camp Verde ‘encourages development’ in coming year

CAMP VERDE – Expect to see a lot of dirt flying in Camp Verde in 2019.

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New president, board member for Yavapai College in 2019

CLARKDALE – From 77 candidates to seven to three finalists to one, Yavapai College’s district governing board unanimously selected Lisa Rhine to replace Penny Wills, whose last day with the college was Dec. 31.

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James Perey checks off 2018 as banner year for Yavapai College

CLARKDALE – The following are things that James Perey counts as Yavapai College’s successes in 2018 – and future successes in 2019.

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Special Education funding big challenge for schools

COTTONWOOD – Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter will swear in Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board members Mindy Bejarano, Neil Manzenberger and Eric Marcus.

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Clarkdale-Jerome, Mountain View Prep successfully appeal A-F letter grades

No change for Mingus Union, Cottonwood Community School, Sedona Red Rock Jr./Sr.

Clarkdale-Jerome received the A it believed all along it had earned.

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Mingus lawyer says ACLU Arizona letter ‘incorrectly states’ facts, law

COTTONWOOD – Whether Mingus Union High School’s students should wear identification badges is a decision “for the district and its governing board.”

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Terry Keller looks back at 2018, forward to 2019 for Copper Canyon

In addition to the merger of the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts into the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District, the following are things that Copper Canyon Fire Chief Terry Keller counts as successes in 2018, and things he looks forward to accomplishing in 2019.

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Copper Canyon looks back at 2018 as Year of the Merger

Folks at the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts might have learned something about merging their districts had they reached out to the chief of Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District.

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Town Manager contract, signature events, possible water company purchase as Camp Verde council looks back at 2018

CAMP VERDE – It was back in March of 1987 when Jackie Baker first ran for a spot on Camp Verde’s town council.

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Camp Verde Mayor German looks back at 2018

CAMP VERDE – Charlie German said recently that the $60-plus million SR 260 improvement and widening project, the Northern Arizona Healthcare medical facility on Finnie Flat, and council’s passing of the General Plan in 2016 “created renewed interest in the future of Camp Verde.”

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A look back at 2018: School district consolidation -- Committees, lawsuits, meetings, stipulated judgment

COTTONWOOD – As 2018 draws to a close, it appears that voters in the Mingus Union, Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome school districts will be able to decide whether the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts should merge into one district in 2019.

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UPDATE: ACLU Arizona demands Mingus Union change ID badge policy

COTTONWOOD – The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has asked Mingus Union High School to put an end to the school’s current identification badge policy or it “will be forced to pursue further action.”

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Former Camp Verdean takes on ‘Titan’ challenge

Titan Games pits 64 men and women in strength, endurance, agility

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – A Texas resident who lived her first eight years in Camp Verde is one of 64 participants in a televised competition designed to test the body, heart and mind.

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Q&A with Oak Creek School teacher of the week Tiana Hatler

Cottonwood-Oak Creek educator excels at ‘building trust’

“Tiana is very good at building trust with her kids,” Persaud said. “She is skilled at assessing where they are academically and behaviorally, and identifying what they need. She is collaborative and reflective in her teaching practice.”

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Coffee with a Cop on New Year’s Eve in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – Though the last Monday of the month this year falls on New Year’s Eve, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will hold its Coffee with a Cop from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 31 at Thanks a Latte.

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New board members, D grade, blended learning spell Beaver Creek in 2018

RIMROCK – A year ago, Karin Ward offered to go part-time at Beaver Creek to save her district money.

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Mary Newton recognized as emergency number professional

CAMP VERDE – Mary Newton, communications supervisor with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, is now an Emergency Number Professional.

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Realignment, new board members highlight Cottonwood-Oak Creek in 2018

COTTONWOOD – With three candidates for three openings, Cottonwood-Oak Creek held no school board election this year.

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B-grade tops Clarkdale-Jerome highlights for 2018

CLARKDALE – Clarkdale-Jerome improved its A-to-F letter grade this year from C to B.

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Looking back, looking forward: Danny Brown talks Clarkdale-Jerome

CLARKDALE – It’s not just a B-score that has Danny Brown happy at Clarkdale-Jerome School District.

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Guzman arrested for aggravated assault; accused of stabbing woman

CAMP VERDE – The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office arrested 24-year-old Everardo Guzman on allegations of aggravated assault and failure to obey a court order.

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Camp Verde schools ‘strengthened the feeling of teamwork’

CAMP VERDE – In February, the Camp Verde School Board sent the district’s superintendent home for the remaining four-plus months of his contract.

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PACE, new K-9 officer, new marshal as CVMO looks back at 2018

CAMP VERDE – Professionalism. Accountability. Community. Excellence. That’s what policing is all about.