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Fire restrictions lifted across Yavapai County

YAVAPAI COUNTY – Following the July 21 lifting of fire restrictions in Cottonwood comes word that Yavapai County has ended the fire restrictions countywide.

Pile burning planned for Mingus Mountain

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to burn piles on Mingus Mountain through Friday, July 28, weather conditions permitting.

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COMPARING PAYCHECKS: Regional government wage study shows the bigger the agency, the bigger the salary

VERDE VALLEY – One consistent message in the Cottonwood Focus on Success Economic Development Strategic Plan is that there’s good money to be made locally by landing a government job.

Bobcat in Anthem attack tests positive for rabies

Tips offered to prevent rare human-wildlife conflicts

ANTHEM — A bobcat that attacked a large dog and bit a man on the hand in the Anthem Country Club area on Sunday evening has tested positive for rabies.

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Firefighters add drone incursions to wildfire threats

It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat.

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Navajo Nation may buy Yavapai Ranch for $60 million

Possible deal would sell only 17,500 acres

Negotiations between the owners of Yavapai Ranch and the Navajo Nation are underway for the sale of 17,544 acres in the western area of Yavapai Ranch, which encompasses more than 100,000 acres. The property lies 13 miles south of Seligman where the unpaved portion of Williamson Valley Road cuts through the ranch about 40 miles north of Prescott.

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Deep Well Ranch project could bring thousands to Prescott

Developers say project would be ‘economic engine’ for city

A new master-planned community that could bring more than 10,000 new homes to Prescott over the next several decades got its first public review this week.

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License plates you’ll never see in Arizona

There are over 29,0000 license plates in Arizona that the Arizona Department of Transportation has banned – for reasons such as being too explicit, drug-related, or just plain offensive.

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Yavapai County prosecutors win three state awards

Three prosecutors in the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office won prestigious statewide recognition at the annual Arizona prosecutors conference, held in Phoenix last week.

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Flying drones impact Goodwin Fire operations

Two separate incidents involving hobbyists flying drones hindered operations on the Goodwin Fire, according to the Prescott National Forest.

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Wrong-way collision at Black Canyon City takes woman’s life

Suspect charged with vehicular homicide

A wrong-way collision Tuesday on I-17 southbound at Black Canyon City took the life of 50-year-old Cindy Lee Meade of Phoenix.

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Back country rescues tax fire resources in Sedona

In the past month, said Fire Marshal Jon Davis, SFD has responded on 24 back country rescues that consumed 272.23 staff hours. In comparison, there were nine back county rescues during the same time period in 2016.

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ADOT closes Highway 69 because of Goodwin Fire smoke

Mayer residents living west of Main Street evacuated

The Goodwin Fire was reported moving to the south and Arizona Department of Transportation officials closed Highway 69 between Interstate 17 and Highway 169 because of dense smoke. Also, authorities issued mandatory evacuation notices for Mayer, west of Main Street, and Mayer to Poland Junction, Tuesday, June 27.

Change the face of art

Over the next few months, the founder of the ‘forever’ art movement called Collaborative Art WORKS will discuss and demonstrate her techniques at the Verde Valley’s public libraries.

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Metered parking starts June 28 in Uptown Sedona

Metered pay parking takes effect on Main Street, SR89A, in Uptown Sedona beginning June 28. The parking program was developed as a partnership between the city and Uptown merchants to help manage traffic flow and parking demand, and revenues will be reinvested in the Uptown area.

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Excessive heat warning for Verde Valley

The Verde Valley is expected to approach or even exceed 108 degrees this weekend and into next week, according to an advisory from Yavapai County Community Health Services.

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10-year-old victim of alleged child abuse dies

Christian Pearson, the 10-year-old boy whom police found not breathing, with burns and bruises covering his body last week, was taken off life support and died Sunday night, June 11, about 10:30 p.m., said Lt. Vince Schaan of the Chino Valley Police Department.

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Chino couple charged with attempted murder of 10-year-old boy

A Chino Valley couple was charged with the attempted murder of a 10-year-old boy Thursday, June 8, after he was found not breathing, with burns on his body, and bruises, said Lt. Vince Schaan, Chino Valley Police spokesman.

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Sheriff’s deputy finds 6.5 pounds of meth during traffic stop

May 31, at about 11:30 p.m., a Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy was driving north on I-17 near Highway 169 when he saw a pickup truck in front of him exceeding the speed limit. The truck also weaved over the fog line at least twice.

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David McAtee named public information officer for Yavapai County

June 4, David McAtee will officially transition from his position as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) and the Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) to the newly created PIO position for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

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Prohibitions and exemptions: What cannot be done during Stage 1 fire restrictions, and the list of exemptions

VERDE VALLEY – Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, the following is a list of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, as well as exemptions. According to Red Rock Ranger District Ranger Nicole Branton, the “lack of moisture and rising temperatures are increasing the potential for wildfire in these lower elevations.”

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Preventative measures: Verde Valley implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Due to conditions both dry and windy, the Prescott and Coconino national forests have announced that they will implement Stage 1 fire restrictions effective 8 a.m. June 1.

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AZ Game & Fish Dept. warns of increased urban wildlife sightings

After a wet winter and mild spring, Arizona has seen an increase in many wildlife populations.

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Long backup on I-17 northbound out of the Valley after vehicle fire

Drivers heading north on Interstate 17 should expect delays due to heavy holiday traffic and the lingering backup from a vehicle fire that temporarily closed the roadway near Sunset Point Rest Area, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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YCSO seeks missing person, offers reward

YAVAPAI COUNTY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating missing person Keely Culver.

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