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Kelcie Grega

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By the numbers: Mingus Union proposed budget

Board members approved a 10-percent salary increase for certified 10-month staff.

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Citizens petition for street improvements

Problems include drainage problems, eroded pavement

A petition circulated among citizens to add sidewalks and road improvements along both the north and south side of Fir Street from Monte Tesoro to Chuckawalla Street has gained Cottonwood City Council’s attention.

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Cottonwood looks at ‘tiny home’ ordinance

Cottonwood City Council discussed a developing ordinance on tiny homes Tuesday.

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June Cottonwood Council Briefs

June Cottonwood Council Briefs

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State, Verde Valley brace for monsoon season

June marks the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona. While many Verde Valley residents may welcome the relief of some rain after an especially dry spring, local and state officials are bracing for the intense downpours and poor visibility that inevitably come summer monsoons.

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5 takeaways from Cottonwood’s first public water forum

‘The sample was contaminated, not the water.’

Cottonwood city staff hosted the first of two public water forums Thursday in response to water concerns amid news that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office indicted a former city employee for allegedly forging drinking water test results.

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Cottonwood City Council approves Notice of Intent for sales tax hike

Cottonwood City Council moved forward with a Notice of Intent at its regular meeting Tuesday to implement a .5-percent sales tax hike, raising it to 3.5 percent.

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More sales tax decisions for City Council Tuesday

Cottonwood City Council may move forward with a .5-percent sales tax increase next week.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COTTONWOOD WATER TESTING

What does it mean when there’s coliform in your water?

The City of Cottonwood has been under heavy fire following news by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that a former city employee was indicted for allegedly forging drinking water test results.

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Five candidates in running for Cottonwood City Council

Five candidates have thrown their hats in the ring this election season for Cottonwood City Council. Three seats are being contested.

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Camp Verde changes zoning for marijuana grow houses, dispensaries

CAMP VERDE -- Camp Verde approved an ordinance last week to change the zoning regulations of marijuana grow facilities and dispensaries.

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ADHS: Cottonwood employees ‘knowingly’ provided false information in drinking water samples

Cottonwood employees “knowingly” submitted inaccurate information in testing drinking water samples, according to an October 2017 Arizona Department of Health Services report.

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Human-caused wildfire burns 230 acres in Sycamore Canyon

Firefighters responded to a wildland fire in Sycamore Canyon over Memorial Day Weekend northwest of Sedona, according to the Coconino National Forest Service.

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Cottonwood P&Z approves construction of Dutch Bros Coffee along State Route 89A

Plans for the first-ever Dutch Bros Coffee in the Verde Valley are set into motion following approval by the Cottonwood Planning & Zoning Commission Monday.

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The Chocolate Touch: Gayle Harte to bring her hand-crafted treats from Michigan to Cottonwood

Gayle Hart has always loved chocolate. She said she started making it in a saucepan over a stove in her home in Michigan almost 40 years ago. She has been making chocolate ever since.

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Arizona Attorney General indicts former Cottonwood employee

Hans Burnett facing felony charges after allegedly forging drinking water bacteria test results

An Arizona grand jury has indicted former Cottonwood employee Hans Burnett after an investigation revealed he allegedly forged drinking water bacteria test results, according to a news release by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

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Fire restrictions continue through Memorial Day Weekend

County urges holiday weekend precautions, local agencies to conduct DUI patrols

VERDE VALLEY -- Campfires are out of the question this Memorial Day Weekend as Yavapai County continues its fire ban amid high winds and low humidity. Grilling is still allowed, but only with special precautions.

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Valley leaders hope to reopen Teen Center

COTTONWOOD -- Programs at the Verde Valley Teen Center along Mingus Avenue have been on hold due to lack of volunteers. Now, some local leaders are trying to bring it back.

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Cottonwood votes 4-3 on sales tax hike

Council settles on 0.5-percent transaction privilege tax increase

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council voted 4-3 to increase the sales tax by half a percent, raising it to 3.5 percent in the hopes of trying to alleviate a more than $1.5 million deficit.

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Rabbi breaks ground in Verde Valley

Kesslers hope to make Judaism more accessible in community

SEDONA -- For Rabbi Mendel Kessler and his wife, Fraydee, Sedona was always on the radar.

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Commentary: To the only other person at the meeting

At municipal level, micro actions do lead to macro change

Complaining about our elected representatives may be a great American past time, but showing up takes work.

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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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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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Sedona-Oak Creek School Board votes to close Big Park

The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Board voted 4-1 to close Big Park Community School Tuesday as members of the district try to address foreboding $1.4 million debt due in part because of declining enrollment and state funding.

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Verde Valley Fair kicks off Wednesday

COTTONWOOD – The Verde Valley Fair kicks off today at the Verde Valley fairgrounds at 4 p.m. with rides, live entertainment and a youth pet show at the Large Show Barn.

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Cottonwood works to balance budget

Fiscal shortfalls shown in presentation, council weighs options

COTTONWOOD -- The City of Cottonwood’s current base budget is facing shortfall of close to $1.7 million with the overall budget at almost $72 million, according to Deputy City Manager Rudy Rodriguez. The balancing process, however, is still in its preliminary stages.

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Cottonwood Bank of America branch to close

COTTONWOOD -- The local Bank of America branch located on Main Street in Cottonwood will close this summer, according to a letter sent to customers on April 20.

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School closures to continue as educators demand more funding

Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Sedona-Oak Creek announce schools will be closed next week

Schools across the Verde Valley will remain closed through Monday -- some indefinitely -- as educators statewide demand more funding for public education.

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Driver from tour jeep rollover dies from injuries

The driver in a tour jeep rollover from last month has died due to injuries sustained from the accident, according to Bart Graves from Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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School is out, but teachers are still rallying

Verde Valley parents respond to school closures amid Red for Ed movement

On Wednesday evening, Verde Valley teachers protested once again to rally for public education funding. On Thursday, schools across the Verde Valley and Arizona will be closed amidst a statewide teacher walkout.

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5 things you won’t want to miss at this year’s Verde Valley Fair

The annual Verde Valley Fair is just around the corner. This community event signifies the culmination of 4-H and FFA projects as well as a yearly get-together of food, rides a and live entertainment.

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Cottonwood approves infrastructure agreement for 89A & Vine Project

Verde Santa Fe representative brings up erosion concerns

Cottonwood City Council unanimously approved an infrastructure agreement Tuesday between the city, Verde Santa Fe and Brookfieled Communities Inc. for a luxury complex along State Route 89A. Final terms of the agreement will need to be approved by the city attorney.

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Cottonwood City Council evaluates magistrate performance

LaSota brings up issues in transparency between courts, city

Transparency and Human Resource issues were some of the topics of discussion during the annual evaluation of Presiding City Magistrate, Douglas LaSota on Tuesday.

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Mingus Union gets 90-day notice in audit

Mingus Union High School Board Members received notice Thursday by the Arizona Auditor General of deficiencies in their financial records for Fiscal Year 2017.

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2 mountain lion cubs spotted near Cottonwood Elementary School

Teachers, staff escorted students to library, breakfast served in class

Two mountain lion cubs were spotted outside the perimeter of the Cottonwood Elementary School cafeteria early this morning, according to CES Principal Jessica Vocca.

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P&Z looks at plans for new Dutch Bros in Cottonwood

Commission raises concerns over ‘cookie cutter’ concept

COTTONWOOD -- Residents of Cottonwood may have more options for their early-morning coffee fix in the near future with the addition of a Dutch Bros. Coffee in the Food City Shopping Center along State Route 89A.

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Contest deadline for Verde Valley fair this weekend

The annual Verde Valley Fair is coming in hot with deadlines for contest entries fast approaching.

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Group begins petitioning for school consolidation

Grass roots effort works under assumption senate bill will pass

COTTONWOOD -- The future of school district consolidation between Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union could rest in the hands of a local grass roots group — that is, if all goes according to plan.

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Cottonwood moves to reach out to other firms in city manager search

Cottonwood City Council is choosing to seek outside resources in searching for a new city manager. Current City Manager Doug Bartosh announced his retirement early this year. He will be retiring in January 2019.

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89 & Vine: Cottonwood plans for luxury complex development take big step forward

COTTONWOOD -- Since 2001, plans for a mixed-use development project along State Route 89A have merely been in talking stages.

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Verde Valley Humane Society welcomes Tacy Pastor as new executive director

COTTONWOOD -- For Tacy Pastor, volunteering with animals started out as a hobby. Now, it’s turned into something more.

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Up in arms: Firearm owners weigh in on gun conversation

The guns Wager and his family own are very much a part of their livelihood and identity. They are also part of their rights as Americans, he said.

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5 takeaways from School Safety Listening Session

Administrative leaders of the Verde Valley and Yavapai County met Friday to talk about school safety amid recent mass shootings that have devastated American schools.  

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Active snakes mean active vigilance

Rattlesnakes slither way into warmer weather

As the Verde Valley starts to settle into warmer temperatures, snakes are slithering out of their dens and becoming increasingly more active.

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Commentary: Fruits of progress on the Seder plate

Friday night, Jews will begin with the same question they ask every year: “When do we eat?”  

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5 things to know about the Verde Valley Job Career & Education Fair

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Yavapai College and businesses all over the Verde Valley in organizing a career fair next month to rally employment opportunities for job seekers.

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Cottonwood moves to replace portion of old police fleet

Cottonwood City Council approved a trust to replace a portion of police, administration and Parks & Recreation Department vehicles Tuesday.

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Cottonwood still at crossroads on city hall

Members weigh options for new location

Earlier this month, Cottonwood City Council directed staff to research options for a new city hall location.

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Holy Comic Books Batman! Comic Expo returns for third year

This weekend, the Cottonwood Recreation Center will be running rampant with comic book fans clad in superhero garb, sporting the uniform of their favorite pop culture icons. No, Halloween hasn’t come early. It’s time for the annual Verde Valley Comic Book Expo.

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Cottonwood present mirrors past

City looks to rebrand Civic Center to old roots

From Workers Progress Administration project, to community clubhouse to naval housing, the Cottonwood Civic Center has stood the test of time and now Cottonwood city employees hope to see it stand even longer.

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