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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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Moose Lodge to host First Responder Appreciation Dinner

As a thank-you for sacrifices made every day by first responders serving the Verde Valley, Moose Lodge members are hosting their 5th annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner.

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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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Volunteers fill void at Red Rock Ranger Station

as government shutdown enters fourth week

An American flag sits folded on a counter at the Red Rock Ranger Station Monday waiting for the government shutdown to end so it can fly again.

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Man sentenced to 17 years in death of infant son

Garcia-Soto still maintains innocence in Alford Plea

CAMP VERDE – An 11-year-old murder case finally reached its conclusion Tuesday at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde. Julio Cesar Garcia-Soto was given a flat sentence of 17 years – with credited 11 years already served for second-degree murder.

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Rojo Grande comes back before P&Z

COTTONWOOD -- Citizens will finally have the chance to say their piece on plans for a 172-acre manufactured home park near Sedona before the Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commission on Thursday.

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Judge vacates charges in Escalante case

CAMP VERDE -- Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff issued an order Monday to vacate three charges in a drug courier case involving a 2015 Cottonwood traffic stop.

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Woman in drug bust enters not-guilty plea

CAMP VERDE -- A Cottonwood woman who was arrested in a Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking-led drug bust entered a not-guilty plea Monday.

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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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Cottonwood City Council to consider distracted driving ordinance tonight

Cottonwood may soon hop on the bandwagon of Arizona cities banning texting while driving.

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Governor pushes school safety, drought contingency in State of State

PHOENIX -- Undeterred by last year's defeat, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he will make another run at getting lawmakers to approve his school safety plan -- including a controversial provision to allow judges to take weapons away from people considered dangerous.

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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.

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Jerome Town Council considers distracted driving ordinance

Tuesday, Jerome Town Council had the first reading of the proposed distracted driving ordinance.

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4 things to look for at Wednesday’s Yavapai Board of Supervisors meeting

The supervisors will meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m., at the Yavapai County Administrative Services building in Cottonwood, 10 S. 6th St.

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Something to howl about: From a kill-list in California, wolf dogs find loving homes in Verde Valley

Echo, a 3-year-old mother wolf dog gives birth to five puppies at a breeders in California. They are among 160 wolf dogs that a judge has ordered put to death.

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Infant murder case to reach conclusion 11 years later

Julio Cesar Garcia-Soto facing life in prison

An 11-year-old murder case involving an infant’s death in 2008 may finally have closure Tuesday.

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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Citizen helps in arrest of three felons

A citizen who noticed suspicious activity behind Home Depot led to the arrest of three felony suspects Tuesday morning.

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PANT Investigation leads to large meth and heroin seizure in Cottonwood

A pound of heroin and half pound of meth taken off the Streets and away from three children living at alleged dealer’s home

YCSO embargoed this report until now because of an ongoing investigation with PANT.

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Kyla Allen stepping down from Cottonwood City Council

Vice Mayor cites husband's health, housing as reason for leaving dais

Cottonwood Vice Mayor Kyla Allen is stepping down from her seat after the next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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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