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School gun safety plan riles opposition

Foes say there is 'glaring loophole,' does nothing to help existing laws

A Senate panel voted 4-3 Thursday to allow judges to force some people to surrender their weapons -- but only after a multistep process that supporters say will protect due process rights.

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Mingus actions prompt resignations of two members of Consolidation Advisory Committee

A draft report that discredits school district consolidation proponent Andy Groseta and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board has prompted two members of the consolidation study committee to resign.

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Verde Valley teachers say walkout a painful but necessary decision

The decision by Arizona teachers to walk off the job April 26 represents one of the most agonizing personal and professional decisions they’ve ever made, according to five local teacher representatives to the Arizona Education Association.

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Ducey: ‘Our teachers have earned this raise’

Governor attacks members of his own party on teacher pay

Already fighting with educators over his pay hike plan, Gov. Doug Ducey opened a second front Friday, this time attacking members of his own Republican Party.

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Cottonwood approves infrastructure agreement for 89A & Vine Project

Verde Santa Fe representative brings up erosion concerns

Cottonwood City Council unanimously approved an infrastructure agreement Tuesday between the city, Verde Santa Fe and Brookfieled Communities Inc. for a luxury complex along State Route 89A. Final terms of the agreement will need to be approved by the city attorney.

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Cottonwood City Council evaluates magistrate performance

LaSota brings up issues in transparency between courts, city

Transparency and Human Resource issues were some of the topics of discussion during the annual evaluation of Presiding City Magistrate, Douglas LaSota on Tuesday.

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Clarkdale budget changes: by the numbers

The Town of Clarkdale will be holding the first open session of the 2018-2019 budget process on April 23 at 9 a.m.

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Mingus Union gets 90-day notice in audit

Mingus Union High School Board Members received notice Thursday by the Arizona Auditor General of deficiencies in their financial records for Fiscal Year 2017.

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Soldwedels inducted into UofA Journalism Hall of Fame

Newspaper ink flowed in the blood of The Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle’s long-time owners Don and Luda Soldwedel.

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Superintendent, principal given 3-year contracts at Mingus

School board also approves one-year deals for business manager, assistant principal

Wednesday, the Mingus Union school board officially approved a three-year contract extension with District Superintendent Penny Hargrove.

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Yavapai College offers a night of discovery with Explore YC

This year, the college is bringing back the event, says Heather Mulcaire, associate dean of student success for the school.

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Cause of Jerome wildland fire still undetermined (with video)

In all, it took 24 personnel, eight pieces of equipment and four agencies to suppress this fire, along with four law enforcement personnel and two ADOT personnel to control traffic.

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Sedona-Oak Creek considers models to keep schools open, or close either Big Park or West Sedona

Save the building? Or save the teachers?

SEDONA – Still two weeks away from a decision on the fate of its two elementary schools, members of the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board debated how an expected $1.4 million loss of revenue could be turned into a positive.

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2 mountain lion cubs spotted near Cottonwood Elementary School

Teachers, staff escorted students to library, breakfast served in class

Two mountain lion cubs were spotted outside the perimeter of the Cottonwood Elementary School cafeteria early this morning, according to CES Principal Jessica Vocca.

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AZ teachers vote to walk out of classrooms next week

'This is undeniably and clearly a mandate for action'

PHOENIX -- Claiming overwhelming support, leaders of the #RedForEd movement called Thursday night called for a strike -- but not for another week.

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Camp Verde library remembers ‘a quiet leader’

His impact in the Verde Valley was huge – as volunteers go – as he started the Camp Verde Library Endowment.

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Fire ban goes into effect Friday in Camp Verde

As a result of the critical fire conditions we are currently experiencing, effective Friday, April 20, 8 a.m., Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority will implement a fire ban within its jurisdiction.

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P&Z looks at plans for new Dutch Bros in Cottonwood

Commission raises concerns over ‘cookie cutter’ concept

COTTONWOOD -- Residents of Cottonwood may have more options for their early-morning coffee fix in the near future with the addition of a Dutch Bros. Coffee in the Food City Shopping Center along State Route 89A.

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Contest deadline for Verde Valley fair this weekend

The annual Verde Valley Fair is coming in hot with deadlines for contest entries fast approaching.

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Independence, pride part of Cliff Castle’s new hotel manager

CAMP VERDE – Renee Tafoya says that working at Cliff Castle Casino’s new hotel is like working with family.

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Jerome General Plan past, present & future

Jerome has operated under a general plan established in 1981. Arizona law requires that a municipality’s general plan be updated every 10 years – putting Jerome 27 years behind schedule.

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What’s Happening: April 20, 2018

Contra Dance to Under the Bridge on Saturday, April 21st. Sonja Whisman and Rhonda Hotop are on fiery fiddles fueled by Ron Barton on his galvanizing, toe-tapping guitar. Michael Barraclough will teach and call each dance.

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Arizona PTA withdraws support of governor’s plan to boost teacher salaries

Calling the governor’s plan not financially sustainable, the Arizona PTA has withdrawn its backing for Gov. Doug Ducey’s teacher pay hike plan.

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Clarkdale’s 2018 Concerts in the Park Series announced

Clarkdale Community Services has announced its 2018 Concerts in the Park series.

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Man rescued from car in Clarkdale (with video)

Wednesday afternoon, Verde Valley emergency services responded to a report of a single car motor vehicle accident on Broadway, approximately at the intersection of Bent River Road.