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Verde Independent, Camp Verde Bugle home delivery and newsstand papers delayed due to snow storm

Due to the ongoing snow storm, the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle circulation departments has closed its offices for the day to allow our call center employees to get home safe.

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Road closures: What you need to know

Area agencies are urging drivers to stay off the road amid the Winter Storm Warning in northern Arizona.

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Snow day: Verde Valley schools will close Friday due to winter weather

Mingus Union High School and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School districts will be closed Friday as more snow showers are forecast today and tomorrow.

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State Senate Committee reviews SB 1073

VERDE VALLEY – In what she called an “extra education meeting,” Sen. Sylvia Allen will ask the State Senate’s Committee on Education to vote Thursday on SB 1073, which would leave the canvasing of votes as interpreted in Arizona Revised Statute 15-459 so each will be counted separately.

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Verde Valley Rotary builds future leaders

COTTONWOOD – Several of the Verde Valley’s young people spent Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in Prescott learning about leadership and team building.

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Valley Academy competes in SkillsUSA regionals

Seven construction students qualify for state competition April 12-13

HOLBROOK – Seven Valley Academy construction students qualified for SkillsUSA state competition as the Verde’s career and technical education program finished with one first place, two seconds, a sixth and a seventh place in the Feb. 1 SkillsUSA Region 4 competition at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook.

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Clarkdale-Jerome’s Jolene Earles takes 2nd in state VFW essay competition

Clarkdale-Jerome School seventh grader Jolene Earles placed second in the state-level judging for the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Patriot’s Pen essay competition, receiving a monetary award, trophy and certificate.

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Clarkdale, Cottonwood offices closed due to winter weather

The Town of Clarkdale administrative offices are closed Thursday and remain closed for the remainder of today. Normal office hours for Friday, February 22, 2019 are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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Cottonwood Payless closing amid nationwide closures

The Payless ShoeSource in Cottonwood will close along with 2,500 other stores nationwide following the company’s file for bankruptcy.

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Winter storm prompts school closures Thursday

Yavapai College, City of Sedona, ADOT Motor Vehicle and Cottonwood VA Clinic to also close

With as much as 16 inches of snow predicted in some parts of the Verde Valley with wind gusts as high as 31 miles per hour, a number of schools and other government agencies have announced closures Thursday.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek schools will be closed amid winter storm

Cottonwood is forecast to get one to two inches of snow tonight with up to three more inches Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Lows are expected to drop to 31 with gusts of wind as high as 21 miles per hour.

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Winter storm prompts rescheduling of annual Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce dinner

The severe winter storm predicted by the National Weather Service has prompted the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce to reschedule its annual dinner.

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Yavapai-Apache Nation commemorates Exodus with spirit run, blessings, cultural performances

CAMP VERDE – At about 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, a two-day 188-mile run from San Carlos will conclude as members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation will walk from Veterans Memorial Park below Cliff Castle Casino Hotel to the Yavapai-Apache Cultural Center on Middle Verde Road.

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Clarkdale soil cleanup may restart this summer

CLARKDALE -- It appears workers will resume removing contaminated soil from lawns and properties in Clarkdale again this summer.

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How much are YOU willing to PAY?

Arizona voters may be asked to boost state sales tax for education

PHOENIX -- A House panel voted Monday to ask voters to sharply increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education.

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Heavy snow in forecast throughout Verde Valley, Sedona

Snow showers are likely to begin after 11 p.m. Wednesday. The heaviest snow will fall midday Thursday until midday Friday in elevations as low as 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Snow showers will gradually diminish Friday afternoon into Saturday, according to NWS.

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County to review IGA to enhance law enforcement along the US-Mexico border

The purpose of the agreement is to enhance law enforcement services concerning criminal activity related to the U.S. - Mexico border. The agreement would assign deputies to the Border Strike Force Bureau Canine team.

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Yavapai Silent Witness seeks public’s help in locating Daniel Sanchez Martinez

Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $500 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Daniel Sanchez Martinez.

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Our Shepherd Lutheran Church presents concert by Stephen Bautista

Stephen Bautista is coming to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cornville. He will be presenting a free evening concert on Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. as well as a musical worship service on Sunday at 9 a.m.

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Winter weather advisory continues until tonight

More snow forecast later this week

A winter weather advisory remains in effect in the Verde Valley until 11 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Flood forces breach of 105-year-old Clarkdale dam (with video)

CLARKDALE -- The collapse of the 105-year-old metal dam in Clarkdale on the Verde River may be an opportunity to get rid of the obstruction and return the river back to its original eco-system.

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LISTEN: What you need to know about Cottonwood's new distracted driving ordinance

Police Chief Steve Gesell talks enforcement, state culture change

COTTONWOOD -- As state lawmakers push legislation to curb distracted driving, Arizona cities and towns are taking the lead on the issue. Most recently, Cottonwood and Jerome.

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Should Bible studies be part of public school curriculum?

Issue being studied for Camp Verde schools; request also sent to Mingus Union

CAMP VERDE – In January, Cottonwood residents Barry Jones and Tony Isola asked the Camp Verde School Board to “teach the Bible for credit.”

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New homeless center opens in Sedona

SEDONA -- The Sedona Area Homeless Alliance new homeless resource center in Sedona has opened on a “Wing” and a “prayer.”

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Site Steward program seeks volunteers

Archaeology Center regional coordinator for Sedona/Verde Valley sites

CAMP VERDE – After a lifetime in Southern California, Tom Burris moved to the Verde Valley in 2013.