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Mother, daughter allegedly murder matriarch, leaving body in home for 18 months

Police investigating homicide in historic Prescott neighborhood

The Prescott Police Department (PPD) has been actively investigating a homicide at a Prescott residence in the 600 block of Country Club Drive.

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Crews respond to fire at Jerome restaurant

Jerome fire crews were dispatched to an alarm call at the Mile High Grill & Inn.

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Authorities respond to vehicle crash outside Jerome

Car was stolen from Cottonwood, authorities say

The Jerome Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on State Route 89A a few miles outside Jerome Friday night.

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Hector’s big find: Camp Verde student digs up rare arrowhead on field trip

A seventh-grade student at the Camp Verde Elementary School found a rare arrowhead while on a school trip at Montezuma Well.

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Parsons Preserve brings Verde River family together

John Parsons welcomed “Verde River moms, dads, aunts uncles, cousins, grand kids” to his Verde River Family reunion on Saturday in Camp Verde.

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Tracie Schimikowsky named chief operations officer for Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce has named Tracie Schimikowsky as the chamber’s chief operations officer.

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Verde Valley Medical Center’s Lori Smithson receives NAH ‘Living Our Values’ award

Lori Smithson, director of Verde Valley Medical Center’s Patient Care and Surgical Services Each day, is one of five recipients of this year’s “Living Our Values” award from Northern Arizona Healthcare.

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Humane Society of Sedona announces resignation of executive director

It is with a mix of gratitude and sadness that the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Sedona announces the departure of their executive director of the last three years, Austin Gates.

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Effort to lower minimum wage for young workers dies

PHOENIX -- A bid to allow employers to pay some young workers less than the voter-mandated minimum wage is effectively dead.

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19th annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival April 24-28

The 19th annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival Comes to the Verde Valley April 24-28 and draws hundreds of bird and nature enthusiasts to the Verde Valley just in time to join the tens of thousands of birds that pass through on their annual Spring migration.

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Open for business: Corbin, Faust talk economic development goals for Cottonwood

Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin and new Economic Development Director Richard Faust say Cottonwood is “open for business.” Last month, Casey Rooney announced his retirement after a decade of service. Faust, who originally served as the city’s community services general manager, has now taken Rooney’s place.

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Setting the record straight: Camp Verde wastewater fees not used for town operations

CAMP VERDE – In May 2018, the Camp Verde council approved five years of wastewater rate increases to help pay for improvements to the wastewater facility. On Apri

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Mathews: Cottonwood council, staff not ‘terribly concerned’ with resident complaints about airport noise

Cottonwood City Council Member Michael Mathews used his private email Monday to rally local citizens to speak on the other side of the airport noise complaint issue.

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Cottonwood to spend $24K for community clubhouse curtains

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to allocate $24,000 in undesignated reserves for new window curtains for the Cottonwood Community Clubhouse.

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Cottonwood urged to allocate funds for homeless needs

COTTONWOOD -- Verde Valley Homeless Coalition Director Raena Avalon urged Cottonwood City Council Tuesday to consider the homeless population while planning the city budget over the next few months.

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Mountain View expands IB programming to K-6

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board unanimously voted to expand the International Baccalaureate programming at Mountain View Prep through the sixth grade.

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Eberhard says connector road ‘déjà vu all over again’

CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German reminded his fellow council members – and the general public – that the Town of Camp Verde has no say-so regarding Yavapai County’s Verde Connect project.

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Sentencing for man in Cottonwood arson case set for Monday

On Monday Feb. 25, Joshua Dawson, 26 pleaded guilty to three felony charges of arson of an occupied structure. According to his plea agreement, Dawson could face an aggravated sentence of eight years for one of the felonies and 12.5 years for the other two.

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Forced school unification? HB 2139 would eliminate separate elementary and high school districts by July 2024

After Monday’s vote by the state’s House Rules Committee, the school consolidation bill known as SB 1073 is three steps away from becoming law.

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Should there be a code of conduct for Arizona lawmakers?

Facing Democrat demands, House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Wednesday finally directed the Ethics Committee to come up with a code of conduct for lawmakers -- including whether they can be ousted for their public comments -- more than a year after it was first promised.

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Repairing Yavapai County’s ‘tarnished image’ central to supervisors’ replacement of Stringer

Longtime State Sen. Steve Pierce tapped to fill out remainder of Stringer’s term

A “reset,” a “renewal,” and a “refreshing” – they were all words that Yavapai County Supervisors used April 3, prior to choosing longtime State Sen. Steve Pierce to replace embattled Rep. David Stringer in the House of Representatives.

5% raises for Beaver Creek teachers?

Stan Goligoski, executive director with the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, will also discuss teacher wages. According to a draft agenda for the board’s April 8 meeting, Goligoski will also look at trends in offering low-cost housing for staff members on site.

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Camp Verde Business Alliance elects new board

Sheri Hauser, a Camp Verde resident for the past three years, has helped maintain the alliance’s social media outlet and designed its educational flyers.

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Passing the torch for Verde Valley Special Olympians

Each year, the state’s law enforcement raises more than $1 million that “goes directly back to creating increased opportunities for Special Olympics Arizona athletes.”

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April 17 open house set for Clarkdale manager finalists

During the open house, community members and regional stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn more about the town manager search process, meet the candidates, and provide feedback to the town council.