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Vyto Starinskas

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Sedona budget battle not over

Following Home Rule, PBA vote will mean something more

The city will remain under Home Rule for four years, but the Nov. 6 ballot would establish a permanent expenditure limit on the Sedona City Council after that.

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‘Color-ometer’ about to pop: Your guide to best places to view foliage in Oak Creek Canyon

'Time hurries on...and the leaves that are green turn to brown.'

Our unofficial “Foliage-o-Meter” is about to pop in Oak Creek Canyon. Some reds have come out, but the gold and yellows that the canyon is known for are about one week away. That means if you want to see the glorious cottonwoods, willows, oaks, poplars and even maples turn color in Oak Creek Canyon, it’s time to make plans. The next few weeks will be amazing. The colors are still a pale lime-green, but Mother Nature is ready to explode.

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Diane Joens honored as Professional Women’s Group’s ‘Making A Difference Woman of the Year’

The 2018 nominees for the Professional Women’s Group of Northern Arizona “Making A Difference Award” line up for a photo at the Cottonwood Recreation Center where they held their luncheon Tuesday.

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It’s Hip to Be Square

The Cottonwood RoadRunners danced at their annual Harvest Moon Festival at the Clemenceau School on Friday and Saturday night.

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A Second Chance: Dozens of rescued wolf dogs arrive in Clarkdale (with video)

The volunteers at Pets Return Home resembled a MASH unit as they lifted the 35 wolf dogs from an RV retrofitted with kennels in Clarkdale last week.

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To get a shot or not?

Yavapai County Health Services recommends ‘Better safe than sorry’

Everyone is wondering: should they get a flu shot this year? The Yavapai County Community Health Service’s states that the single best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.

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Clarkdale soil clean-up comes to a halt, crew leaving town

CLARKDALE -- The contaminated soil removal from hundreds of yards in Clarkdale is coming to a stop and the clean-up crew is leaving town.

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Taggers vandalize historic site (with video)

Graffiti-response team saves historic artwork

The Friends of the Forest graffiti-response team likes to strike fast. So when someone defaced an archaeological site in Sedona last weekend with large, black letters spewing vulgarity, the crew was on the site by Thursday morning.

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New apartments considered at Old Jerome High School

They want to explore further development for residential purposes, said Jerome Council Member Hunter Bachrach.

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Everyone is everywhere: New Mingus Union High School play has 14 students, 58 charaters and 18 stories

Fourteen students are playing 58 different characters in 18 vignette or stories in the play opening this Saturday, according to the Mingus Theater and Music teacher James Ball.

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9 Questions for retiring Verde Valley Fire Chief Nazih Hazime

Last Wednesday was Chief Nazih Hazime’s last day at Verde Valley Fire District Station 31 after seven years as the leader of the 39-member department.

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Today’s Royal Portrait

Chaz Taylor and Rylie Burke were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Mingus Union High School’s football game Friday. VVN/Vyto StarInskas

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Weekend burglary puts halt to work projects for Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity (with video)

COTTONWOOD -- It may be too early for the Grinch to be lurking around, but someone hit the Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 737 S. Main St., stealing tools and delaying work on wheelchair ramps and home repairs.

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5 great mountain bike trails in the Verde Valley

The employees of the Verde Valley Bicycle Co. not only work on mountain bikes, they are also avid mountain bikers. Randy Young and Jeff Johnson of the Verde Valley Bicycle Co. suggested five great mountain bike trails in the Verde Valley.

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9-11 Remembrance (with video)

Tuesday morning, the Verde Valley Fire District employees lined up at the station on SR260 and listened to the following message: “On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States found itself under attack.

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Verde Santa Fe to re-open as Agave Highlands

A group of five local investors has purchased the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in Cornville and have renamed it the Agave Highlands.

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Hooked On Books turns another page

Larry Wolfe has moved his 45,000 books to 148 S. Main St., organized them and reopened his bookstore. Hooked on Books, at the new location.

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New microbrewery opens in Sedona: Owners follow footsteps of other local brewers

These three Verde Valley couples share more than just their love for beer. They also love to make beer.

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$4.2 million on table to make safety improvements to Cornville Road

CORNVILLE -- Yavapai County Supervisors Thomas Thurman and Randy Garrison have teamed up again to announce a $4.2 million highway safety improvement project on Cornville Road.

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Central Barber Shop serves Cottonwood for 40 years

Nancy Griggsby, the owner of Central Barber Shop located in the Food City Plaza, is celebrating the business’ 40th anniversary in Cottonwood this month.

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The Sweet Spot: Sustainable tourism seeks to strike balance between quality of life and robust economy in Sedona

Sedona Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff: “Our issues in Sedona are issues of abundance and issues of success, and they are great problems to have.”

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Local couple leaving no stone unturned to re-unite with beloved English bulldog

Rocky is out there, and his owners are hoping the English bulldog makes a break from his captors

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Plan calls for Starbucks to be located in former Cottonwood Chamber building

Starbucks is trying to corner the coffee business at the intersection of Arizona 89Aand SR260, at the former home of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

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NEW BUSINESS: Bombaz Grill expands food truck to restaurant in Verde Village

A new restaurant has opened on Western Drive in Verde Village, just a few hundred feet off State Route 260. The Bombaz Grill has opened with a menu serving “Southwest Style Fixins.”

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NEW BUSINESS: Bombaz Grill expands food truck to restaurant in Verde Village

A new restaurant has opened on Western Drive in Verde Village, just a few hundred feet off State Route 260. The Bombaz Grill has opened with a menu serving “Southwest Style Fixins.”

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On a mission At St. Cecilia’s

Vets For Hire is first going to spend five to six days prepping the stucco-covered church, according to Allen.

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Turning tables: Couple aims to serve fresh produce from Verde Valley Farms

A couple has opened a market on the corner of Cornville Road and Page Springs Road that aims to bring local produce from Verde Valley farms, gardens and orchards directly to area residents.

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NEW BUSINESS: Feral Goat Firearms ‘gun people serving gun people’

Feral Goat Firearms has opened on Main Street in Cottonwood and offers gunsmithing, firearm sales, ammo, training, tactical equipment, lethal and non-lethal protection equipment.

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Bear in Sedona captured, relocated to remote area

A female bear was captured and tranquilized Sunday evening in a neighborhood in Sedona, according to Arizona Game and Fish and the Sedona Police Department.

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NEW BUSINESS: Gaia’s Place to serve community as holistic gathering venue

Patti Lane, the owner of Gaia’s Place in Cottonwood, wants her new holistic center to be a place for people to gather in Cottonwood.

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Crazy Tony opens shirts & souvenirs shop in Old Town; Mexican restaurant to follow

Crazy T’s Shirts and Souvenirs has opened in Old Town Cottonwood in the former Old Town Frame Store space and a Mexican restaurant is in the works across the entranceway in the old Bootleggers location. The two businesses will complement each other, explains owner Tony Ontiveros, who is opening both establishments.

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Coalition works to establish summer refuge for homeless

The Verde Valley Homeless Coalition is holding its breath that it can get a daytime drop-in center for the homeless community as temperatures reach dangerously high levels.

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Slip, Sliding Away: Slide Rock State Park stands test of time as Arizona’s most-loved water park

OAK CREEK CANYON -- If Fred Flintstone built a water park, it would be Slide Rock State Park.

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Gulch Radio now accessible by Internet only (with video)

JEROME -- The “sound of silence” is the only thing you will hear if you tune into Gulch Radio on your radio. And it’s not the song.

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Tilted Earth Festival returns to the banks of Oak Creek

For the second year in the row the Tilted Earth Festival returns to the banks of Oak Creek at the Page Springs Cellars. The fifth annual Tilted Earth Festival is Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23.

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City Pedals to ‘Road Diet’

Cottonwood works toward bicycle lanes, new master plan

If you ride a bicycle in Cottonwood, you are probably either riding on side streets to avoid traffic, or you are battling pesky motorists for space on busy throughways.

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Dog Day Afternoon: What’s the law on leaving dogs locked in cars in summer heat?

The Cottonwood Police Department policy is not to open vehicles with dogs locked inside in extreme temperatures as high as 100 degrees unless the dog is showing imminent danger.

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‘Suspicious person’ prompts one-hour lockdown at West Sedona School

SEDONA -- The West Sedona School went on lock-down at about 8 a.m. Wednesday after a report of a “suspicious woman” in the area possibly carrying a Taser or a gun on a belt.

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NEW BUSINESS: ‘Vital Essence’ retreat finds home in Old Town Cottonwood

“From the warm sands of Nantucket to the Red Rocks of Sedona,” Kim Bettincourt explains that she is bringing 11 years of experience in Wellness, Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and ACE Therapeutic Cupping to her new “Vital Essence” retreat in Old Town Cottonwood.

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Human skull found at Tuzigoot River Access Point in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE -- At about 5:35 p.m. June 4, Clarkdale Police Department responded to a report that a swimmer located a human skull in the Verde River at the Tuzigoot River Access Point, according to Clarkdale PD Sgt. Nicole Florisi.

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Trees best tell story of extreme drought conditions in Yavapai County

You may want to give your trees a drink of water. Especially if you have noticed dried dead branches.

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Clarkdale residential property soil cleanup work underway

Soil will be stored in temporary location

CLARKDALE -- Crews have begun digging up contaminated soil from some of the 500 properties in Clarkdale in the United Verde Soil program.

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New home for Old Town Frame Co.

The Old Town Frame Co. has moved out of its storefront in Old Town Cottonwood to a much roomier space at 107 S. Candy Lane.

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‘Bear’ of a hike: Breath-taking beauty offered on Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail in Sedona is a favorite among Verde Valley hiking enthusiasts.

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5 stars for Verde Valley Medical Center

Local hospital earns top marks in national study

The Verde Valley Medical Center has a new leader and five shiny new stars.

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Sound Off: Jerome’s Gulch Radio makes way for new transmitter site

Station to temporality go off air for a week in June during transition

Jerome Gulch Radio listeners have been wondering “what’s shakin’” with their local, independent music station.

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Lois’ Blueprints LLC opens in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- Lois Malafa has opened Lois’ Blueprints LLC in Cottonwood and she says likes her location.

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Solar power brightens future for Bent River Machine 

Bent River Machine, built in the shadow of the former Clarkdale smelter, has taken its high-tech attitude to a new level – this time with energy.

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Cottonwood announces entertainment slate for Thunder Valley Rally

The City of Cottonwood has announced its bands for this September’s Thunder Valley Rally.

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Gold King Mine’s Big Bertha roars again (with video)

JEROME -- Don Robertson is smiling in his race car in the sky as Big Bertha is again roaring above the hills of Gold King Mine.

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