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Clarkdale man allegedly steals televisions; one day later he goes back for booze and is arrested

During the early morning hours of Feb. 15, officers were called to Walmart for alcohol theft, according to Cottonwood police. When officers arrived, they recognized 31-year-old Clarkdale resident, Joseph Isaac, as the person who stole three 65-inch televisions and a cellphone the day before.

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Rimrock man arrested after defrauding bank of nearly $10,000

Feb. 5, One AZ Credit Union contacted the Cottonwood Police Department to report one of their customers, Michael Taylor, was depositing fraudulent checks into his account and spending the money before the checks cleared.

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Details still to be ironed out on temporary homeless shelter in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- The doors of a proposed homeless shelter in Cottonwood remained closed despite temperatures dipping into the 20s the past few nights in the Verde Valley.

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Yavapai-Apache Nation plans Friday opening of casino’s new hotel

CAMP VERDE – Growing up in Denmark, Harry and Hanne Olsson likely didn’t think much about casinos, nor about how they might stimulate a community’s economy.

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Two ramadas provide facelift at Rezzonico Family Park

Grants – plus CIP money – pay for structures, picnic tables

Thanks to $25,000 in grants from the Nature Conservancy and the Bonville Environmental Foundation, as well as Capital Improvement Plan funding from the Town of Camp Verde, Rezzonico Family Park has been given a facelift in the form of two ramadas.

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Lack of primary care doctors in Verde Valley has patients scrambling

Is there a doctor in the house?

The Association of American Medical Colleges reported that there will be a shortage of 100,000 doctors in the nation by 2030 and the trend in the Verde Valley is no different. Local patients are scrambling to get treated in traditional practices, clinics, instant care facilities and emergency rooms. Many are waiting to see doctors until they are severely ill.

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Camp Verde Fire District welcomes Darby back to board

One of the Camp Verde Fire Board’s original members back in 2010, Steve Darby resigned in 2017.

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Expanded Tavern Hotel partners with local business for complete Verde Valley experience

Eric Jurisin has opened his expanded “upscale boutique” Tavern Hotel in Old Town Cottonwood with 45 “rustic retro” rooms.

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Cottonwood Police Department to present ‘Use of Force’ demonstration March 15

The Cottonwood Police Department would like to present to the community a segment of its Citizen’s Police Academy.

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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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Crash closes Interstate 17 northbound 20 miles south of Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF – Interstate 17 northbound has been closed 20 miles south of Flagstaff because of serious collision, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Yavapai-Apache Nation remembers its exodus

Annual commemoration day includes spirit run, blessings, cultural performances, food

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, a near 30-hour run from San Carlos will conclude with a Commemorative Walk as members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation will meet on Middle Verde Road in front of the Yavapai-Apache Cultural Center.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board to discuss details of K-8 realignment

Steve King says that Tuesday’s discussion of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board will be a matter of “what we know, what we don’t know and what we want to know.”

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Mingus Union, Cottonwood-Oak Creek business managers to present mock-district to consolidation committee

On Feb. 7, the business managers at both Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek were asked to create a mockup of a consolidated district to present to members of the Advisory Committee for Consolidation.

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Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition to raise $75K for Western Gateway Trail Construction Project

The VVCC is building upon its 2017 fundraising success by establishing a $75,000 goal for the Western Gateway Trail Construction Project in 2018.

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Sheriff’s Office warns that Secret Shopper Survey scam is back

Following an email notification, a Prescott resident recently received a priority mail envelope with instructions on enrolling in a secret shopper program providing ‘undercover’ surveys of local businesses.

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Woman with child in car faces felony DUI charges

Police arrested Rochelle Watkins, 33 for aggravated DUI with suspended license, aggravated DUI with child under 15 years old (two counts), aggravated DUI with Ignition Interlock Required (two counts), and possession of prescription drugs, according to Cottonwood Police spokesperson Monica Kuhit in a press release Friday.

VVPOA announces candidates for next Board of Directors

VERDE VILLAGE -- Candidates for the office of Unit Director for Units 2 and 5 were announced at the Verde Village Property Owners Association General Meeting held Feb. 13.

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Man shot by Forest Service officer was bloodied, naked

New report on Oak Creek Canyon shooting is released

A new report released this week states that the man who was shot and killed by a U.S. Forest Service Agent in Oak Creek Canyon on Jan. 5 was seen walking down State Route 89A bloodied and naked.

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Friday morning SR 260 accident causes minor injuries, heavy car damage

A Friday morning accident on State Route 260 and Western Drive caused minor injuries and heavy front-end damage to a vehicle.

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7 things to know about Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers are the African American soldiers who served from 1866 until 1951.

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Camp Verde school board to look internally, externally for next superintendent

Tuesday, Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board voted 5-to-0 to meet with Arizona School Boards Association to discuss their options and to compile a list of characteristics they hope to find in the district’s next superintendent.

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Camp Verde school board gives Dr. Goodwin home assignment

Middle School Principal Danny Howe named administrator-in-charge for remainder of school year

Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board decided Tuesday that it would rather pay its superintendent to not come to work.

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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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Talk of privatizing Rec Center leaves sour taste in mouths of pickleball crowd

Cottonwood City Council members found themselves in quite a pickle Tuesday night.