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Verde Valley Fair highlights talent, skills of local youth

Last week, the annual Verde Valley Fair greeted locals with rides and live entertainment underneath a double rainbow following much-needed showers on the first day.

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3 suspects arrested in Cottonwood following weapons offense

Three suspects are in custody on drug and weapons offense charges following a high-risk traffic stop on Black Canyon Day Use Road and State Route 260, Sunday, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office media release.

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Verde Valley Wine Festival returns to Clarkdale

Four Eight Wineworks presents the return of the Verde Valley Wine Festival on Saturday, May 12th.

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Yavapai College academic advisor experiences life-granting organ donation

Amy Sperry didn’t put a lot of thought into the most valuable gift she had the power to give. She saw a social media appeal and made a phone call right away.

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National Park Service works to attract more ethnically diverse visitors to Grand Canyon

More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, but only a tiny fraction were people of color.

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School merger bill sent bill to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk

A bill that would bar Mingus Union to veto a school merger ballot initiative is just a bill, only a bill.

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Sound Off: Jerome’s Gulch Radio makes way for new transmitter site

Station to temporality go off air for a week in June during transition

Jerome Gulch Radio listeners have been wondering “what’s shakin’” with their local, independent music station.

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Medical pot testing bill fails to pass before end of session

Arizona’s more than 162,000 medical marijuana users are not going to get any state protection from being sold drugs that are tainted with pesticides or mold, at least not for the time being.

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Voters will have last say on voucher program

It looks like voters are going to get the last word on whether they want more tax dollars used to send children to private and parochial schools.

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Possible ‘changes to format’ of Fort Verde Days

Camp Verde Promotions will hold meeting to decide event’s fate

More than three dozen of Camp Verde’s concerned citizens gathered Tuesday at the Camp Verde library to help keep Fort Verde Days alive.

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The Haven: One person, one family at a time

Almost a year ago, leadership at The Haven of Camp Verde was placed in the hands of Ryan Hendrickson.

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CFMD responds to Cottonwood house fire

Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department responded to a house fire on the 500 block of East Cottonwood Drive early Thursday morning.

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Crews respond to collision on 1-17

Officials say weather may be a possible cause

Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority responded to a two-vehicle accident along 1-17 north of Camp Verde Wednesday morning.

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Sedona-Oak Creek School Board votes to close Big Park

The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Board voted 4-1 to close Big Park Community School Tuesday as members of the district try to address foreboding $1.4 million debt due in part because of declining enrollment and state funding.

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ADOT: Tentative Construction for the Village

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has recently released the tentative five-year construction program for 2019 – 2023. Favorably, it includes some important improvements for our area.

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Martin hopes to hire new marshal within month

Nearly two dozen applicants have put their names in the proverbial hopper as Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin can now take the next step in naming the Town’s next police chief.

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New budget deal pledges 9-percent raise for teachers

Rebuffing last-minute protests by educators picketing the Capitol, Republican lawmakers took the first steps Monday to providing a 9-percent raise this coming year for teachers. But not necessarily all teachers.

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2018 Verde Valley Wine Festival by the numbers

Things to look forward to at the Verde Valley Wine festival by the numbers.

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Fishing report: Anglers report good success for stripers, largemouth bass at Lake Pleasant

The top options for bass fishing in the area remain Lake Pleasant for striped and largemouth bass, Bartlett Lake for high numbers of largemouth bass, Roosevelt Lake, and, at the right time, Saguaro Lake.

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Mingus Union High School educator wins Teacher of the Year award

On the night the Yavapai County Education Foundation crowned Mingus Union High School math teacher Craig Mai as its 24th  annual Teacher of the Year. This is the second time in three years that a Mingus Union teacher has won the Yavapai County Education Foundation Teacher of the Year award, as Mike Westcott earned the honor in 2016.

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Solar power brightens future for Bent River Machine 

Bent River Machine, built in the shadow of the former Clarkdale smelter, has taken its high-tech attitude to a new level – this time with energy.

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Income tax surcharge proposed to support higher education

Ignored by the governor and GOP lawmakers, a coalition of teachers, parents and education advocates are taking their case for more state dollars for classrooms directly to voters even as Ducey and legislative leaders say they’ve reached a budget deal -- one that ignores those demands.

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School closures to continue as educators demand more funding

Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Sedona-Oak Creek announce schools will be closed next week

Schools across the Verde Valley will remain closed through Monday -- some indefinitely -- as educators statewide demand more funding for public education.

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Suspect dons employee uniform and steals truck from landfill

Man seen by employees acting strangely, squirting sports drinks into his eyes

On Wednesday, April 4, the manager at the Waste Management Gray Wolf Landfill on Highway 169 reported the theft of a white 2015 Ford F-550 truck used by the company. It contained several special equipment items (i.e. welders and a plasma cutter) and mechanics’ tools with a total estimated value of $300,000.

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Sheriff’s office seeking to identify human remains found near Verde River

The Yavapai County Sherriff's Office is working to identify human remains found in a remote area alongside the Verde River.