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Statewide cellphone-driving law sent to governor

Arizona lawmakers gave final approval this afternoon to a comprehensive statewide ban on the use of hand-held cellphones by motorist, sending the bill already approved by the Senate to Gov. Doug Ducey for his anticipated signature.

Mingus approves benefits for part-time employees

COTTONWOOD – Mingus Union High School District has struggled to recruit and retain bus drivers, according to Lynn Leonard, the district’s business manager.

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Smooth ride: ADOT begins final phase of SR 260 road work

CAMP VERDE – Wednesday, Arizona Department of Transportation began the completion phase of its SR 260 road widening and improvements project, as workers began paving turn lanes both west and east on the nine-mile stretch of road between I-17 and Thousand Trails Road.

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Cottonwood to raise wastewater fees

COTTONWOOD – While some members of Cottonwood City Council believe they’ve inherited a $14 million wastewater problem, most could agree that a gradual increase in wastewater rates is necessary to meet long-term capital needs.

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Middle Verde residents firmly opposed to Verde Connect road project

CAMP VERDE – Following his presentation Wednesday to the Camp Verde Town Council, Middle Verde resident Zach Wolfe admitted that he “absolutely despise[s] public speaking.”

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Westcott leads Mingus’ April school board meeting

COTTONWOOD – Barely two months on the job – so to speak – Mike Westcott facilitated his first Mingus Union School Board meeting as the district’s interning superintendent.

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School district consolidation bill awaits Gov. Ducey’s signature

With a 17-13 party-line vote Tuesday, the Arizona Senate passed the consolidation bill known as SB 1073.

Beaver Creek School announces career day April 30

RIMROCK – Beaver Creek School will hold its inaugural career day from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30.

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Camp Verde Business Alliance fills board positions

CAMP VERDE – Until bylaws are rewritten and voted on by its members, the Camp Verde Business Alliance cannot elect a president, or a vice president.

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18 pounds of meth hidden in vehicle found after K9 Alert

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputies found 18 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on Wednesday, April 3.

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Influx of migrants, overstretched charity prompt Yuma mayor to declare a state of emergency

YUMA – Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency in response to what he described as an overwhelming flow of migrants dropped off by federal officials, and he’s asking for state and federal funds to deal with it.

School district consolidation bill awaits Gov. Ducey’s signature

PHOENIX -- With a 17-13 party line vote Tuesday, the Arizona Senate passed the consolidation bill known as SB 1073.

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State Senate OKs bill benefiting private well owners

PHOENIX -- State senators approved legislation Tuesday crafted by House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Tuesday he said will help keep thousands of Arizonans out of jail.

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Advocates work to slow the revolving door of repeat prisoners

TEMPE – Officials and experts are exploring a vexing question about the revolving bars of the criminal justice system: How can we stop people from ending back in prison?

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Drop in vaccination rates puts Arizona at risk of outbreak

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report warning that higher exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of measles, mumps and other preventable diseases.

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Arizona’s messy tax system hampers small businesses battling online retailers for tax fairness

PHOENIX – Arizona small business owners are fighting for sales tax equality with online retailers, similar to 39 other states trying to collect taxes on goods that consumers buy online. But experts said Arizona’s tax system complicates the situation.

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A tale of two cities: What Baltimore can teach Arizona about fighting fentanyl overdoses (with video)

PHOENIX – Baltimore and Phoenix are two completely different cities culturally and geographically, but they’re both experiencing the same problem: increased deaths due to opioid overdoses, specifically those involving powerful fentanyl.

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President Trump signs Colorado River drought contingency plan

PHOENIX -- President Trump on Tuesday signed the plan for how Arizona and other Colorado River basin states will divide up the limited water that's now available.

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Association breaks ground on rodeo arena

CAMP VERDE – At 8 years of age, Brynna Mulcaire enjoys barrel racing with her quarter horse named Shine.

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County P&Z to consider Page Springs Cellars expansion

COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider approving an expansion of Page Springs Cellars in Cornville Thursday at the Yavapai County annex building in Cottonwood.

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End of an Era: Dr. Deborah Lindquist has treated three generations of cancer patients during 30-year career in Sedona

Dr. Deborah Lindquist, MD, has treated thousands of cancer patients out of her Sedona office for 30 years. She says she is the one that is “truly blessed.”

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Verde Disconnect claims $25 million road grant a ‘drop in the bucket’

CAMP VERDE – Had Camp Verde’s council received public sentiment during Verde Connect’s March 20 presentation, Middle Verde resident Todd Scantlebury had planned to quote a neighbor whose family has farmed the area for more than 100 years.

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No help coming from state on consumer protections for time-share buyers

PHOENIX -- Lobbied by the industry, state lawmakers are not going to help those who bought timeshares get out from under what is often a lifetime obligation.

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Camp Verde council could approve new contract with magistrate

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town council is expected to approve an agreement with Paul Schlegel on a 28-hour per-week contract to continue as Camp Verde’s magistrate.

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Sharks in the Verde

Sarah Ann Lesslie, left, of Chocolita is the first-place winner of the MoonshotAZ, Verde Valley Pioneer Pitch held at the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood Saturday.

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