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Camp Verde considers future of Cornfest, Fort Verde Days, Pecan and Wine Festival

CAMP VERDE – Once upon a time, the Town of Camp Verde would spend as much as $250,000 in a calendar year to put on Fort Verde Days, Cornfest and its other signature events.

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3 principals, 2 schools for Cottonwood-Oak Creek

Leadership teams ‘have been determined’ for Cottonwood-Oak Creek campus merger study

COTTONWOOD – As Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District considers merging Dr. Daniel Bright School, Cottonwood Elementary School and Cottonwood Middle School into two K-8 schools, there’s only one thing that is certain.

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4 things you need to know about Jerome’s new residential parking permits

Violations of the permit system can result in a $25 citation.

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Jerome fire responders honored by Town Council

JEROME – Waves of responders arrived on the scene of a fire that occurred on Verde Street in Jerome Nov. 29. The first, town crew employees who happened to be nearby.

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Lawmaker wants to ban marijuana billboard advertising

PHOENIX -- The way Sen. David Farnsworth sees it, the decision by voters to legalize the sale of marijuana for medical uses does not mean they get to promote it.

Critics say state’s sexual harassment policy does not go far enough

PHOENIX -- A move by Senate leadership to update the chamber’s harassment policy is provoking some criticism over what is not included.

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City planning board to review outdoor merchandise display

The Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Monday to discuss an outdoor merchandise display at an existing retail bicycle shop.

Attorney paid by state legislature says lawmakers free to run for congressional post without vacating current position

PHOENIX -- Sitting state lawmakers are free to run for the now-open congressional seat vacated by Trent Franks without having to quit their current job -- at least according to an attorney paid by state lawmakers.

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Plan to build privately funded border wall falls flat; sheriff to use donations

PHOENIX -- Unable to build the border fence they wanted with private donations -- or even come close -- a special legislative panel disbanded itself, giving out the remaining cash raised to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department.

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Business coaltion plans push for 2020 education tax election

PHOENIX -- A plan by business leaders to ask voters for a 1.5-cent sales tax hike for education in at the 2020 ballot could set the stage for a possibly expensive battle with Gov. Doug Ducey and his Koch brothers allies -- assuming Ducey is still in office at that point.

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Cottonwood City Council to decide use policy for municipal logo

City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at their Chambers Building located 826 N. Main St. in Cottonwood. For agenda and minutes, visit

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Record-breaking fall temps in Verde Valley

No rain in Verde Valley for more than 90 days, Flagstaff still waits for first snow

VERDE VALLEY – It’s been a warm and dry fall this year.

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One person dies in SR 260 crash

One person died after a two-vehicle accident on State Route 260 at Pueblo Ridge near the Chevron gas station in Camp Verde around 2:56 p.m. Thursday.

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Gretchen Wesbrock ‘gears up’ for new role as Mingus Union director of student support services

COTTONWOOD -- During a 2012 presentation on the Gear Up program for the Verde Valley Leadership program, Gretchen Wesbrock was asked what she would do when the grant funding for her position expired in six years.

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Mingus Union will move forward with representation on consolidation study group

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board did not win any friends with Mingus Union after deciding last week to push the consolidation question forward to voters in November.

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Mingus Union’s Anita Glazar not a fan of Clarkdale-Jerome students paying high school tuition to unified district

A ‘moral, ethical thing’

COTTONWOOD – If the community says yes, then it’s yes. If it says no, then it’s no.

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School board considers restructure plan for Mingus district administration

COTTONWOOD -- A funny thing happened after Dr. Penny Hargrove was hired in March to become Mingus Union’s 13th district superintendent in the past 24 years.

Five new course offerings for Mingus students

In the end, it all boils down to student interest.

New cell tower coming to Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – Folks in Cottonwood and Verde Village can expect to see another cell tower in the community in the coming year.

Trial shortened in Cottonwood murder case

CAMP VERDE – Calvin Rashad Clark appeared in custody for a pretrial conference in Yavapai Superior Court on Monday. Clark faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts involving armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault in relation to a robbery-turned-murder in Cottonwood on Dec. 4, 2015.

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Man pleads guilty to attempted luring of a minor

CAMP VERDE – Craig David Boening, of Gilbert, pleaded guilty to attempted luring of a minor for sexual exploitation Monday at Yavapai Superior Court. He is currently out of custody.

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Cottonwood men sent to prison for Camp Verde burglary/arson

CAMP VERDE – Two of the men involved in a 2013 Camp Verde burglary-turned-arson were sentenced at Yavapai Superior Court on Monday.

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Camp Verde to save more than $85K as council OK’s refinance of WIFA loans

CAMP VERDE – With Wednesday’s 6-to-0 vote, the Camp Verde Town Council approved a resolution that effectively refinances two Water Infrastructure Finance Authority loans under the Camp Verde Sanitary District – and saves $85,480 over the life of the loans.

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Three and done for Dr. Dennis Goodwin?

Tuesday, the CVUSD board voted 5-to-0 to accept Dr. Goodwin’s letter of intent to not seek a contract renewal. Goodwin, whose contract expires on June 30, 2018, is in his third year as district superintendent.

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Healing Canyon Ranch could be ‘fully operational’ by April

CAMP VERDE – For close to 10 years, Animal Guardian Network has provided care for hospice, special needs and senior animals on a roughly one-acre parcel in Cave Creek.