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Camp Verde schools to walk out Thursday, return to class on Monday

Much like the state’s other teachers, Camp Verde Unified’s educators will not be in class on Thursday.

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5 things you won’t want to miss at this year’s Verde Valley Fair

The annual Verde Valley Fair is just around the corner. This community event signifies the culmination of 4-H and FFA projects as well as a yearly get-together of food, rides a and live entertainment.

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American Heritage to close Cottonwood campus Thursday, Camp Verde campus to remain open

Thursday, American Heritage Academy will close its K-12 Cottonwood campus as teachers will walk out of class with the rest of the state’s public school teachers.

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SFD: Cause of trolley fire still unknown

Sedona Fire District found a trolley tour bus on fire along State Route 179 while responding to a medical emergency Monday morning.

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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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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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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.

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Camp Verde, Yavapai-Apache Nation to co-host Earth Day event

The Town of Camp Verde and the Yavapai-Apache Nation are co-hosting a community Earth Day event April 21.

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DOJ: Backpage founder, CEO pleads guilty

The Justice Department announced that Backpage’s co-founder and CEO, Carl Ferrer, 57, of Frisco, Texas, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce and to engage in money laundering. Additionally, several Backpage-related corporate entities, including Backpage.com LLC, have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

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Backpage founders to see day in court

Former Phoenix New Times executives and Backpage.com founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin will be in court this week in connection with a 93-count indictment charging them and five others with conspiracy, money laundering and facilitating prostitution.

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Publicity pamphlet for jail sales tax extension available next week

During the week of April 16, the publicity pamphlet and text of the ballot for the proposal to extend the quarter-cent sales tax will be mailed out to every registered voter in Yavapai County.

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College seeks property tax increase

PRESCOTT – In compliance with section 15-1461.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, Yavapai Community College District is notifying its property taxpayers of Yavapai community college district’s intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year’s level.

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Cows vs. Cars: YCSO responds to vehicle collisions with cattle on Cornville Road

The Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office got multiple calls over the weekend regarding vehicle collisions with cattle.

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Cottonwood teachers, faculty walk in support of Red for Ed

Cottonwood Elementary School faculty donned red shirts and held signs as they stood on the sidewalk Wednesday morning in participation of the Red for Ed walk-in. The movement is now a state-wide demand in support of Arizona schools.

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Ducey won’t meet with teachers on salaries

Gov. Doug Ducey won't meet with the leaders of two teacher groups to talk about salaries and related issues even as they are taking the first steps toward a walkout.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Deb Goepfrich

First grade teacher Beaver Creek School, Rimrock

Before the current school year began, Deb Goepfrich wrote out a postcard to each of her students. That is when Beaver Creek School Principal Katrina Sacco knew that her first grade teacher was special.

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