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Swift water rescue near Montezuma Castle

CAMP VERDE – At approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, emergency crews from Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District were dispatched to a swift water rescue in the area of 1190 Park Lane in Camp Verde.

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Thank You, Mr. Bartosh

The community says goodbye to Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh.

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Can you help? Silent Witness seeks your help in locating fugitives

Valdez is wanted for questioning in connection with a June 28, 2004, homicide. A direct tip to Silent Witness resulting in the arrest of the fugitive within 90 days of the announcement will result in $1,000 cash reward.

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Motorcycle crash on Mingus Mountain Saturday

Two motorcycle riders were taken to the hospital following a crash at mile-marker 338 on Mingus Mountain, south of Jerome, Saturday afternoon. The crash closed the road for less than an hour, according to the Department of Public Safety. “We received a call of a motorcycle down blocking the lanes of travel,” stated the DPS press report from Trooper Kameron Lee. “It is unknown why the motorcycle went down but the operator and passenger were both injured.” Both were transported to a local hospital and the operator, a 47-year-old man, was admitted for injuries.. The lanes re-opened shortly after 4 p.m. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Jill Maynard

Seventeen years as an educator, the past 13 teaching kindergarten at Camp Verde’s United Christian School. Jill Maynard said she has been teaching kindergarten for so long that she’s now able to attend her previous kindergarteners’ high school graduations.

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Copper Canyon, Verde Valley districts respond to weather-related crash

VERDE VALLEY – At approximately 11:05 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Verde Valley Fire and Copper Canyon Fire and Medical districts responded to a single-vehicle accident on I-17 NB at milepost 278.

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Multiple or single consolidation ballot issue stalls hearing on SB 1073

Sen. Allen considers whether consolidation election should be three ballots, or one

PHOENIX – Whether the consolidation of Cottonwood-Oak Creek and the Mingus Union school districts should be resolved with three ballots or with one ballot, Sen. Sylvia Allen decided to not bring SB 1073 to Arizona State Senate’s Committee on Education on Tuesday.

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Weekend rains bring flooding to Oak Creek, Verde River (with videos)

February has always been the month for floods in the Verde Valley and this weekend was no exception.

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TEACHER CRISIS? ‘A piece of paper does not make a teacher’

Finding qualified teachers more about care, compassion, connection than certification

A December 2018 study by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association said that 75.2 percent of the state’s teaching positions are either unfilled or filled by teachers who are inexperienced, working on their credentialing, or teaching a subject they are not credentialed to teach.

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Consolidation: Three ballots? Or just one?

Sylvia Allen to present amended SB 1073 Tuesday to Senate Education Committee

Three ballots? Or one? That’s what Sen. Sylvia Allen needs to decide before she brings an amended SB 1073 at 2 p.m. Tuesday to Arizona State Senate’s Committee on Education.

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City to begin process of filling vacant council seat

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council will start the process in filling in an empty council seat left behind by former vice mayor Kyla Allen.

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Camp Verde council to choose Marshal’s committee members

CAMP VERDE – When Camp Verde Marshal Corey Rowley uses the word transparency, he really means it.

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New bold look takes shape on Verde Canyon Railroad locomotives

CLARKDALE -- The Verde Canyon Railroad eagles will glide through the canyons of the Verde Valley with a new attitude thanks to the skills of two long-time sign-painters.

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Friends of the Verde River fight the enemy -- invasive plants

There are sections of the Verde River that resemble a ride at Disneyland.

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Help Cottonwood man walk for heroes

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood resident Al Slusser is walking for heroes, again.

Oak Creek School awarded $5k playground grant

CORNVILLE – Thanks to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix, Oak Creek School in Cornville is now $5,000 richer.

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2019-2020 school calendar on Cottonwood-Oak Creek agenda

COTTONWOOD – For the past seven years, Cottonwood-Oak Creek has endeavored to schedule its calendar of days in school – and days out of school – with the Clarkdale-Jerome and Mingus Union school districts.

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Man accused of sending nude photos to teen girl

COTTONWOOD -- A 28-year-old man has been booked into the Yavapai County Jail on felony allegations of furnishing harmful materials to a 16-year-old girl.

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Cottonwood woman accused of stealing $7K-plus from Maverik store

COTTONWOOD – A 32-year-old Cottonwood woman was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail Jan. 29 for allegedly stealing more than $7,600 from her employer.

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LISTEN: Mayor Alex Barber talks vacation rentals, unique challenges Jerome faces with growth

Home Sweet Home Jerome

Jerome Mayor Alex Barber doesn’t mince words when it comes to stewardship of the Verde River.

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A-to-F school report cards and a whole lot more

VERDE VALLEY – The Arizona Department of Education recently decided that posting its A-to-F accountability grades was not enough.

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Nature’s way: Local honey a sweet cure for allergies

Brenda Nicholson said she has no scientific proof that eating local honey will help allergy symptoms, but her customers at the Honey Hole in Rimrock believe a teaspoon a day keeps the doctor away.

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ASU partnership may aid Clarkdale in revitalizing business district

Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is partnering with Clarkdale in a project that is meant to encourage sustainability, revitalization and private investment.

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Clarkdale parking study underway

Clarkdale’s Town Council adopted a specific focus area plan for the Central Business District on February 27, 2018. This plan was developed with input from the Planning Commission, residents, businesses and Town Staff.

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Loven Family Run set to take place at Blazin’ M Ranch on March 23

The Loven Family Run & Walk is open to all ages and includes a family 2K run/walk, 5K run/walk and 10K run. Following the race, registered participants receive a good-old fashioned country breakfast at the Blazin’ M Ranch.