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Halie Chavez

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Jerome General Plan past, present & future

Jerome has operated under a general plan established in 1981. Arizona law requires that a municipality’s general plan be updated every 10 years – putting Jerome 27 years behind schedule.

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Cottonwood man arrested while on supervised release

COTTONWOOD – Sunday night, the Cottonwood Police Department arrested a man in the Suzy Q Parking Lot for aggravated DUI, prohibited possessor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire restrictions go into effect this weekend

COTTONWOOD – Strong winds, low humidity and drought: fires in the southwest desert now have the potential to spread swiftly, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

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Camp Verde, Yavapai-Apache Nation to co-host Earth Day event

The Town of Camp Verde and the Yavapai-Apache Nation are co-hosting a community Earth Day event April 21.

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Clarkdale Council April Roundup

During a visit to Patagonia Lake, Mayor Doug Von Gausig noticed the picnic tables were being replaced. After noticing the old tables seemed to be in good condition, Von Gausig inquired as to what was being done with them. Patagonia Park decided the Town of Clarkdale could have the benches.

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Cottonwood teachers, faculty walk in support of Red for Ed

Cottonwood Elementary School faculty donned red shirts and held signs as they stood on the sidewalk Wednesday morning in participation of the Red for Ed walk-in. The movement is now a state-wide demand in support of Arizona schools.

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Adam-12 Code Five: Police dispatch is your lifeline to emergency help

COTTONWOOD – It was around 8 in the morning when the Cottonwood Communications Center received a call from a local woman.

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John McTurk new executive director at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

John McTurk, previously fund development and communications director at Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, has stepped into a new position as executive director at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Verde Valley.

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Arizona Secretary of State to promote Yavapai College viticulture program at State Capitol

Wednesday, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will purchase a case of wine made by the Yavapai College viticulture program in Clarkdale and bring it back to the Arizona Capitol Museum Store for sale.

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Lost ring returned after found in Jerome gallery

In January, Jean Caliendo and her husband, Jim, were road tripping to the Verde Valley from Michigan when she lost her sole memento of her father – his gold wedding band. The ring was inscribed with “1/11/41,” her father, Sam Bruza’s, anniversary.

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Newly-adopted dog saves kindergartner in Wet Beaver Creek

On Sunday, 6-year-old Fallon Lennox and his family were picnicking at Wet Beaver Creek.

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A closer look: Clarkdale’s Phoenix Cement Plant (with photo gallery)

CLARKDALE – The Salt River Materials Group Phoenix Cement Plant has been on the Verde Valley horizon for almost 60 years.

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Clarkdale Magistrate Court to consolidate with Verde Valley Justice Court

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Town Council directed Town Manager Gayle Mabery to move forward with co-locating the Clarkdale Magistrate Court with the Verde Valley Justice Court at the March 27 regular meeting.

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Man arrested in Jerome drug bust

A Jerome man is facing multiple drug-related charges following a search warrant and arrest by Partners Against Narcotics Traffickers and the Jerome Police Department.

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Man sentenced to eight years in Village of Oak Creek child exploitation case

CAMP VERDE – One of two men involved in a child exploitation case was sentenced to eight years in the department of corrections this week.

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March Clarkdale Council Roundup

Clarkdale Town Council Roundup

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Keeping dark skies dark

Camp Verde, Cottonwood look to achieve dark-sky designation

Sebra Choe, economic development specialist in Camp Verde, hopes to formalize the town’s commitment to a visible night sky by achieving the dark-sky community designation from the International Dark-sky Association.

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Woman with COPD walks 2K another year

Physical therapy makes difference for Timmie Bell

In June 2016, Timmie Bell was hospitalized for an infection in her lungs. Her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, started as a small cough left that left Bell struggling to breathe.

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Jerome council weighs costs, merits of staggered terms question on ballot

JEROME -- A measure to initiate staggered terms may not end up on Jerome’s ballot after all this year, now that the Jerome Town Council was notified of the cost.

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General plan sparks lively debate in Jerome

JEROME -- While no action was scheduled in regard to the revised Jerome General Plan, that did not stop the room from having the usual lengthy discussion on the plan Tuesday.

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Help wanted: citizens needed to serve on Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission

JEROME -- As of Tuesday night’s meeting, Jerome no longer has a planning and zoning commission due to a lack of members, leaving the board unable to reach a quorum. Two members of the board’s terms expired and neither were present at the meeting.

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Two years later, sexual exploitation case approaches trial

CAMP VERDE – A sexual exploitation case that disturbed Verde Santa Fe residents two years ago is being prepped for trial by the State and Phoenix attorney Bruce Blumberg.

Booze and beef thief pleads guilty to attempted robbery

CAMP VERDE – A man who stole over $400 of meat and alcohol from Walmart accepted a plea deal on Monday.

Man chooses prison over probation

CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff found 23-year-old Adakai Anderson’s honesty to be a mitigating factor in his DUI case on Monday.

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Lack of precipitation in the Verde Valley: how will fire season be affected?

A fire season can be defined in two ways: the first is by the occurrence of fires, most of which occur from mid-April to mid-July. The second definition refers to when most fire crews are hired – April to October.

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Bill Regner to represent Clarkdale, Verde Valley at Flinn-Brown Fellowship

Clarkdale Council Member Bill Regner was announced as one of the 2018 fellows in the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Flinn-Brown Fellowship.

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20 Years and Counting: Town Manager Gayle Mabery enters third decade of service in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Town Council was all in agreement when it came to Town Manager Gayle Mabery’s performance, calling her “outstanding.”

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Police Chief Steve Gesell meets FBI Director Chris Wray

Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell shook Federal Bureau of Information Director Christopher Wray’s hand last week in Phoenix, after a meeting between the director and approximately 30 police chiefs from around the state.

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Taco Bell assault, robbery cases move forward in Yavapai Superior Court

Tia Lorrell Stevens and Zion Eliaz Plotnikoff appeared in court for their first case management conferences Monday.

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425-unit RV park coming to Camp Verde

A new, 425-unit RV park could be ready for move-in as early as the end of this year in Camp Verde.

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A closer look at Clarkdale park remediation process

CLARKDALE – Town Manager Gayle Mabery gave the Town Council a break-down of the ongoing park remediation at the regular council meeting on Tuesday.

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Man chooses trial over 3-year plea deal

Ernest James Garcia, representing himself in Yavapai County Superior Court on Monday, elected to go to trial on four charges of failure to appear rather than take the plea deal offered by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

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Man ruled mentally competent in Fossil Creek murder case

Francis Klettke has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial for the October 2016 murder of his father, Dale Klettke.

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Woman receives one-year unsupervised probation in child abuse case

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff deliberated a choice as he often does on Mondays: send 50-year-old Mongco Thich, convicted of child abuse after a jury trial, to prison or grant her probation.

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Clarkdale town parks to undergo soil remediation

CLARKDALE – Four of Clarkdale’s parks will require soil remediation, according to soil sampling conducted over the past several months, including the Clarkdale Town Park on Main Street.

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Plea bargain in works for Yavapai County sex trafficking cases

CAMP VERDE – A pre-trial hearing date has been set in the consolidated cases of two Yavapai County men charged with sex trafficking.

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Jerome nuisance abatement an uphill climb

Residents of Jerome might ask: what is the technical definition of a public nuisance?

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Jerome police hope to begin parking permit system by May

Police Chief Allen Muma said it is the department’s goal to operate a parking permit system by May 1, according to a report submitted to the Jerome Town Council.

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What’s going on at the Clarkdale Classic Station?

Residents of Clarkdale may have noticed the gas pumps and storage tanks have been removed at the Clarkdale Classic Station.

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Ryan Bigelow leaps from Parks and Recreation to Cottonwood Library

The first word Ryan Bigelow used to describe his transition from parks and recreation to the library was “unique.”

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Man pleads guilty to stabbing roommate, sentenced to four years

A man who inflicted a “life-threatening” neck injury to his roommate was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday.

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He did it; she did it: Two suspects charged in Taco Bell robbery plead not guilty

CAMP VERDE -- The suspects charged in an attempted Cottonwood Taco Bell robbery last month are all pointing fingers at each other, according to probable cause documents submitted to Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Cottonwood studies flood risks in Old Town

Long-time residents may remember when Old Town Cottonwood flooded in 1964, filling houses, businesses and the old hospital with water and mud.

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Clarkdale gets silver, according to Verde Valley Sustainability Alliance

The Town of Clarkdale has a certified silver rating, according to the Verde Valley Sustainability Alliance.

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An inside look at Cottonwood’s new Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation Facility (photo gallery)

COTTONWOOD – The Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility is operational – more than six years after former Cottonwood City Council members authorized its construction.

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500 take to the streets for Women’s March in Sedona

‘Power to the Polls’

Hundreds people arrived for the mile-long Women’s March at 10 a.m. despite cold rain showers. Sedona Police counted 500 marchers between Rodeo Road and Coffee Pot Drive, according to Sergeant Stephanie Foley.

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Bible museum opens in Jerome

JEROME – When you first walk downstairs into the Newstate Shops on Main Street, Janie Layers’ animal sculptures are readily seen.

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What you need to know about Clarkdale and Jerome's election season

Candidate packets are currently available at the Clerk’s Office.

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Man sentenced in attempted luring of a minor

The oldest case on Judge Michael R. Bluff’s calendar was resolved on Jan. 8.

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