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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Ellen Dehnert

Fifth grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Cottonwood

After 12 years at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus and 16 as an educator, Ellen Dehnert is moving on. Eric Evans, the school’s principal, says his fifth-grade teacher “will be sorely missed,” as she begins her Master’s program at Arizona State University in the fall to pursue her Speech Language Pathologist credentials.

Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation awards scholarships

More than $130K awarded since 2013 to improve healthcare in Northern Arizona

The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation recently awarded 31 scholarships during Nurses’ Week.

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Women of Influence share time, talent, treasure for children of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thirty-two women of the Verde Valley and Sedona gathered recently at the Blazin’ M Ranch with a special purpose in mind.

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Clarkdale-Jerome budget offers 10-percent teacher salary increase

On average, teachers at Clarkdale-Jerome School District are expected to see a 10-percent pay increase for fiscal year 2018-2019, according to the proposed budget that the district’s governing board approved on June 12.

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Arizona Republican Party calls on Rep. Stringer to resign

Citing his comments on immigrants and immigration, the Arizona Republican Party is calling on Rep. David Stringer to resign.

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City Pedals to ‘Road Diet’

Cottonwood works toward bicycle lanes, new master plan

If you ride a bicycle in Cottonwood, you are probably either riding on side streets to avoid traffic, or you are battling pesky motorists for space on busy throughways.

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Citizens petition for street improvements

Problems include drainage problems, eroded pavement

A petition circulated among citizens to add sidewalks and road improvements along both the north and south side of Fir Street from Monte Tesoro to Chuckawalla Street has gained Cottonwood City Council’s attention.

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Camp Verde now world’s newest dark sky community

The stars over Camp Verde are highly visible at night – not that a dark sky designation was needed for residents to know that.

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Camp Verde schools estimate 7.52-percent teacher salary increase

The Camp Verde Unified School District has a “disproportionate amount of teachers in grants,” according to business manager Steve Hicks.

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Dog Day Afternoon: What’s the law on leaving dogs locked in cars in summer heat?

The Cottonwood Police Department policy is not to open vehicles with dogs locked inside in extreme temperatures as high as 100 degrees unless the dog is showing imminent danger.

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June Cottonwood Council Briefs

June Cottonwood Council Briefs

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New Verde Valley Business: Memories I.T.

After spending what must have seemed like a lifetime in Tucson, the Piper family now calls Camp Verde home.

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Q&A with Democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Senator Steve Farley

“There’s nothing better than a non-stop road trip through Arizona,”

Earlier this month, Sen. Steve Farley stopped in Camp Verde to discuss his platform with the Verde Independent during his campaign in Arizona against incumbent Governor Doug Ducey. Farley has served as a democratic state senator for Arizona since 2013. He is currently the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.

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German, Baker square off for Camp Verde Mayor seat

Two Camp Verde council members square off for the seat of Mayor: Incumbent Charlie German versus Council Member Jackie Baker.

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Son accused of killing father in Fossil Creek to decide on plea deal

A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father in 2015 at Fossil Creek faces life in prison should he elect to go to trial.

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Man involved in Taco Bell robbery faces 32 years; sentencing July 2

The man who pleaded guilty to five charges in the January 2018 robbery of a Cottonwood Taco Bell will be sentenced July 2, according to Yavapai County Superior Court records.

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Proposed budget on Mingus agenda

Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board is expected to approve the district’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. At the board’s May 17 meeting, the board approved recommendations by the district’s salary and benefits committee to increase certified 10-month staff – teachers and counselors – by 10 percent, and to increase the wages of its classified hourly personnel by 9 percent.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek estimates 7-percent teacher raises

Thursday, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s governing board will discuss and consider the district’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

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State, Verde Valley brace for monsoon season

June marks the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona. While many Verde Valley residents may welcome the relief of some rain after an especially dry spring, local and state officials are bracing for the intense downpours and poor visibility that inevitably come summer monsoons.

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Beaver Creek educators should see 10-percent increase in pay

Although the budget reviewed Monday by members of the Beaver Creek School District’s governing board is just a proposal, the school’s principal said that she sees the district “a little ahead” of where it was a year ago.

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Beaver Creek to hire two Big Park educators

With the recent closure of Sedona’s Big Park School, teachers have been offered positions within the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District.

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How much more money do Ducey dollars afford Beaver Creek teachers?

School board to schedule time for public hearing, budget approva

One of the big questions across Verde Valley’s school districts is how much of a pay raise will teachers get this year.

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Wildlife expert fully expects bear sightings in Verde through August

No tigers, but lions and bears......oh my

There have been bear sightings -- and in some cases, the animals have been euthanized -- in Payson, Show Low, Yarnell, Pinetop, Mesa, Anthem and Munds Park this year, according to Game and Fish.

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5 takeaways from Cottonwood’s first public water forum

‘The sample was contaminated, not the water.’

Cottonwood city staff hosted the first of two public water forums Thursday in response to water concerns amid news that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office indicted a former city employee for allegedly forging drinking water test results.

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Mingus Union wins 11 awards in annual Music Theatre competition

On May 26, Mingus Union High School’s A Troupe Of Ridiculous Thespians sent its cast and crew of Crazy for You to the annual Arizona High School Music Theatre awards ceremony at Arizona State University’s Gammage Memorial Auditorium.

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